Alex The Inventor - Chapter 11 (Pt.1)
The Ghosts in the Glass Tunnels
Chapters 1 - 10 can be read at: Deep Sky Stories & Illustrations
Chapter 11 (Part 1) - The Enemy Gathers
Casting back to the previous day of that fateful weekend, as Dr. Kirstt was arriving at Alex's quiet town, not far away, another nightmare creature peered around the sharp corner from its world into Alex's as well. The Weaver Spider from beyond our sky slowly unfolded its one large Cyclops eye.
The Weaver rested quietly that day, hidden safely within the maze of the junkyard that it had landed in the night before. The Spider was a very patient creature, and besides, the tunnels were exactly where they were supposed to be. There was no need to hurry now. Construction of the machine could begin under the cover of the approaching night. For the time being though, the Weaver remained curled up in a large, tight ball, slowly acclimatizing itself to the new planet it was now on. Despite the heavier pull of gravity on its body, the large arachnid robot was able to compensate for it by diverting a greater percentage of its energy resources to its heart pump. The increased hydraulic fluid pressure strengthened its long, jointed iron legs enough for them to again support the Weaver's heavier weight, but the trade-off was a decrease in its walking speed. The result was that, as the bear-sized creature unfolded its long legs that evening to begin weaving the machine that it had come down to build, it moved with slow, long-legged gracefulness.
Next: Chapter 11 (Part 2)—Deep Trouble...
While the Spider weaves its way to finishing the ominous machine, Dart the Dragonfly struggles in the trap he is tangled in, and with the awful truth that no one is searching for him. Meanwhile, Mr. Chater is having misgivings and hopes that a certain old friend is not looking for him at all! As of 2018-04-30, chapters 1-11 can be read at: Deepskystories.com