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Time Twisters 1
By: Raspberry and Elephant Ears
“Class,” said Mr. Green, “Please quiet down, there is big news,” everybody fell silent. “We are going to have a science fair,” everyone moaned, everyone except Katy Ganz that is. The reason for the moaning was that summer was near and they certainly were not in the mood to do any more major assignments. “This is your first year doing this assignment, so let me explain,” Mr. Green continued in an oddly stern voice. “You will present an explanation for your experiment on a poster board with your project below it. Your project is due two weeks from now, the 28th of May.”
By now Katy was about to BURST with excitement and when the school bell finally rang she ran home at top speed. If this was going to be a good project she needed to get started!
“Mom,” Katy yelled as she rushed into the kitchen. “There is going to be a science fair,”
“That’s exciting,” her mother replied weakly.
“What’s the matter mom,” Katy asked sweetly. Before Katy knew what was happening her mother burst into tears for no visible reason.
Then Katy realized that she did know what was happening. She had been avoiding the subject ever since her dad had been gone on a “business trip” to Tokyo. It was all coming back to her now though, the yelling; the tears; the fighting; Katy’s parents were getting divorced.
Katy felt like it was her fault. She wanted to roll back time and stop them from fighting. Suddenly an idea came to Katy. Maybe she could turn back time, maybe she could make a time machine as her science fair project and then maybe just maybe, could she stop her parents divorce!
The next morning, Katy woke up bright and early. She had work to do! She pulled on some jeans and an orange T-shirt. As she hurried out to the garage, she gulped down some cereal. While she ate, Katy looked around the garage. Exactly how was she going to build this thing? All she could see was some tools on her dad’s workbench, now deserted, a whole bunch of boxes (metal and cardboard), the metal from her broken dishwasher, and her mom’s blue Volvo. That was it, that’s all she had. Suddenly something came to her. With her moms’ permission, Katy could use all this to make her time machine! The good thing was that she would clean out the garage doing it. The bad thing was that her parents couldn’t know about the time machine. All of a sudden something interrupted her thoughts. Someone had opened the garage door. It was her mom.
“What are you doing?” she asked. As if the episode of last night hadn’t occurred.
“Um… working on my science fair project.” She replied uncertainly.
“What is it going to be,” Her mother asked, still acting as if nothing out of the ordinary had happened the night before. “I’m making a time machine,” Katy answered slowly, not sure why her mom was acting so happy. As you may know there is a time and
a place for everything, and if your child has found out the night before that you are divorcing her father, then that is not the time.
“Can I use some of the things in the garage to make my time machine?”
“Sure” Said Katy’s mom.
“Thanks” Said Katy, “But why were you coming out here?”
I was just going to tell you to start on your science fair experiment, but I see you’re already doing it, so I’ll let you be.”
Katy was amazed that her mother, normally the one to ask too many questions, hadn’t asked any about her project!
Katy decided she had better get started on her project if she was going to turn it in on time. She started looking around the room for objects to us in her time machine.
When it was time for dinner, the time machine turned out as an abnormal triangle with patches of cloth, metal, paper, and cardboard.
After dinner she would try it out, not that she expected it to work but she had to try!
“Time for dinner!” Her mother’s voice called out. Katy left the garage with high hopes and a hungry stomach.
After her favorite dinner of juicy steak sirloin, garlic bread filled with butter, a mouth-watering chunk of chocolate cake, along with some milk to wash it all down, Katy decided to try the time machine out. She probably shouldn’t have tried it out on a full stomach but her anxiousness was getting the better of her! She snuck into the garage. Katy hopped into the time machine and dialed four numbers, the numbers were: 4999. When she pressed enter, the machine shook and vibrated. This caused Katy to role over and hurl. Her stomach just couldn’t take it. Before Katy had any time to recover, a flash of bright blue light blinded her. It was at that moment that she vanished, her screams echoing in the garage.
When Katy awoke, she noticed that she was in some sort of a small portable house. Where am I? Katy wondered.
Then two thoughts came to her; one was that she was covered in puke, which was the more disgusting thought. But the second thought was that she was in the future. Not the past! How was she going to stop her parent’s divorce now? The divorce had all ready happened! But one thing lit a little light in her heart. If she found the time machine, she could go back to the past and stop her parent’s divorce! There was only one little problem: the time machine was nowhere in sight!
Katy searched everywhere and finally, she saw a tiny abnormal triangle down below. Then, Katy realized that she was in a hovercraft, so she was in the air, hovering!
On top of being afraid of heights, Katy had no idea what so ever how to get down! Lucky for Katy, she was a great inventor and knew that in a situation like this, you would have to make a grappling hook, however, thinking of the grappling hook wasn’t her luck because anyone could think of making a grappling hook but not everybody could make grappling hook! To make a grappling hook she knew she would need string and a grapple, so she started looking.
The first object she looked for was string because if she couldn’t find the grapple part she could always just use a rope. She found rope easily because there were little straps of hemp everywhere, which she tied together to make a rope. For the grapple she carefully ripped off a couple of little metal scraps from decorated sides of the hovercraft. When she had found all of the required utensils, she started building.
About an hour later, Katy was done with the grappling hook. She had made the grapple out of little pieces of bent metal, so it wasn’t the best she could do but she was in a hurry and it was worth a shot, anyways. She tried the first time and missed by about ten feet. “I guess I’m not that good at aiming,” Katy mumbled hopelessly. She knew feeling sorry for her self wasn’t going to help anything, so she kept on trying.
On the fifth try, it must have been magic, because Katy caught the time machine smack dab in the middle!
Katy carefully hoisted herself onto the rope. She shut her eyes tightly and started climbing down. Down, down, down. As soon as she felt the rough texture of the time machine below her bare feet, Katy opened her eyes. She lay exhausted on the floor of the time machine, glad to be on the ground again.
This time Katy carefully typed in 2006. Everything happened as it had before, the zap of blinding blue light, the shaking and vibrating, and worst of all, the puking. But this time Katy wasn’t scared. In fact, she was far from it- she was excited!
When she awoke, she found herself in her house. Then, the weirdest thing happened. She saw herself. Not in a mirror, no, it was a double of her! Only Katy’s double was looking strait through her, as if she wasn’t there. “Errr... Hello?’’ Katy asked in an awed tone, amazed at what she was seeing. Nobody answered. Then Katy realized that it was as if she wasn’t there; nobody could see her, touch her, or hear her! So, with satisfaction that nobody knew she was there, Katy walked down the hall to carry out her plan.
She would trick her double into reading the message that she wrote. The message would say:
Please make your parents get along. If you don’t something bad will happen to your whole family.
As her plan carried on, Katy grinned broadly; her plan was going to work!
After Katy had tacked the note onto a bulletin board in her room, she got in to the time machine and dialed the present. It happened just like the two times before, but Katy was too tired to notice; she was going home!
Katy opened her eyes…again. This time there were 2 out of the ordinary things. One was that her mom was still showering! The other strange thing was that she was zipping around the house at full speed. Finally, she came to a halt when something hard rammed into her stomach. Katy was lucky she didn’t throw up because she was still a little woozy from that time machine. But she wasn’t going to throw up until she had seen what or whom she had rammed into. When she was sure that she had fully recovered she looked up and saw that she had rammed into herself! It was different than last time- she was actually there. You couldn’t see through her, you couldn’t walk through her, and you could hear her!
She had bumped into herself and now she was herself! But something was wrong- her dad was missing! Had she done all this for nothing or had he still not come home from his ‘business trip to Tokyo’? Katy needed some time to think so she ran to her room and thought, just sitting they’re thinking about her adventure. Suddenly her mom came into her room. Before she could say anything though Katy burst into a fit of tears.
“Oh what’s wrong, honey?” her mother asked sweetly.
“Are you kidding?!” Katy screamed. “ I can not believe you don’t know why I’m crying and your getting divorced from dad!”
“Honey, I would never do that! I love your father very much. Plus, I think you have a little fever. How about you take a calming nap before dinner?”
“ I am fine! Just let me talk to dad!
“ But he is sleeping, he’s very tired from his work trip to Tokyo and I think you are to, so get some rest and I will wake you up for dinner, you can speak with dad then.”
“ O.k.” She replied in the middle of a yawn. She was too tired to argue so she laid her head down on a pillow and rested.
After dinner, Katy turned on the T.V. As Planet Earth started, Katy’s dad came into the room “Dad=http://!!! You never got divorced! My plan worked! My replica read the note!”
“What plan? What replica? I don’t believe you ever told me about a plan. Katy, your mother was right. You do seem sick! What are you talking about?”
“Oh, never mind!” Katy replied.
Article posted March 25, 2008 at 10:11 PM •
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