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Join us for this intriguing interview with the gremlin himself, Gorkle, who is here visiting from cyberspace! Gorkle tells us about his experience with the floating text messages and meeting the humans. Thanks, Gorkle! 🙂
Thank you for having me, this is the first time I have left my planet.
Can you please tell us a bit about where you live? What’s it like there? How do you usually spend your time on your planet?
My planet is called Cybron and it’s so miserable. The colours are not very nice. The sky is red, the grass is grey, and the leaves are purple. The gremlins don’t live very close together, so it can be a bit lonely sometimes. When we do see each other, it is fun to play hide and seek in the trees and look at all the stars and planets and bright shiny things that humans leave in space.
What was it about Earth and the shiny things coming from it that caught your eye? What were your initial thoughts when they started appearing near your cliff?
Earth looks so bright and colourful with the blue oceans and green bits of land that are all different shapes, it looks like a very cheerful planet. I liked the shiny things, the way they twinkled when light from the stars made them twinkle looked really pretty. At first I was scared when they appeared because they were so unusual. I hid behind trees until I was sure they weren’t going to hurt me.
I’d never seen a human before and I didn’t know what they were, so I hid until I was confident they were friendly. I thought they looked very unusual with only two arms, two legs and two eyes – they looked very different to me.
What was it about them that changed your mind?
They were quiet and didn’t rush around. They also spoke to me calmly and were friendly. I liked their smiles.
What is the most important thing the humans taught you?
Well, let me think (Gorkle taps his chin with one hand and scratches an ear with another). I think they taught me about how to treat things that don’t belong to you. If something doesn’t belong to you, you shouldn’t take it without asking.
What have you learned about ‘friends’?
Friends are important people in your life. They support you and care about you.
Is there anything you would like your readers to know about technology and being cyber safe?
I think it’s important to be polite when sending messages. If you are using technology, always tell an adult what you are doing, especially if something goes wrong. They will help you get out of any difficult situations.
Anything else you’d like to share with us about your story, Gorkle?
I promise not to touch any more brightly coloured text messages again, unless they are yellow ones from John and Xin.
Thanks so much for coming all the way to speak with us, Gorkle! 😊
My pleasure, I enjoyed the questions.
Illustrations by Anam Akram
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