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Topic: Space (01/23/06)
TITLE: The Sneaky Conquest of the Nefarious Light-bulb-arians!
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“Boys and girls! Today we are continuing our studies on, ‘Space Exploration!’” Miss Johnson announced to the boisterous class of 10 year olds in her high pitched screech, which accelerated to the volume of a piercing siren whenever she was excited. The pick-pock of her stiletto shoes echoed around the classroom as she briskly walked across the wooden floor-boards, encouraging a fresh round of giggles from the children. “Our afternoon activity will be to use our imaginations to travel to the extremes of the universe..."
Ben Clarke instantly closed his eyes, he was already in exploration mode...
“Commander Benjamin A. Starburst reporting for duty!”
Picking up his over-sized space helmet, Benjamin hurried to the Space Transporter. Pushing the green button, the doors instantly flung open.
With a crisp salute, a Lieutenant acknowledged his arrival, “Where to Commander?”
“Top Level, Lieutenant! There’s some serious exploring to be done today!”
Benjamin watched the Level indicator illuminate as the Space Transporter reached each frontier entry point. Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five. Four. Three. Two. One.
As the doors snapped open, a concealed loudspeaker suddenly barked, “You are entering the Outer Space Frontier Realms. Continue at your own risk!”
“Danger is my name and adventure is my game,” Benjamin chuckled, ignoring the ominous warning, heading straight over to his newly acquired spacecraft, ‘Intergalactic Nebulous Okey-Dokey One.’
Adrenalin rushed through Benjamin’s body as he skillfully lifted the spaceship from the dock, the thrill of space exploration was always the same, marked with both wonder, and danger.
Benjamin studied the brightly-coloured console sporting a vast array of flashing buttons, switches and dials. Entering his desired co-ordinates into the navigational system, he set the course and engaged the spaceship into automatic drive. Hmmm, time to relax until reaching co-ordinate point, ‘777Alpha-Omega’.
The emergency laser-beam communication screen suddenly appeared.
“Commander Starburst, unusual activity has been reported on Pluto. You are requested to investigate.”
Benjamin punched in the new co-ordinates. Great, ETA for Pluto is only 45 minutes!
Nearing the planet, Benjamin switched on all the spacecraft’s warning systems and defense shield. “THERE!” Bright lights could be clearly seen flashing from the planet’s surface.
Activating his virtual-logbook, Benjamin documented his course of action. “My objective is to travel to the darkened side of Pluto and enter the planet’s atmosphere from there, flying below the range of movement detectors. Through the advantage of stealth and cunning, I shall be able to observe the villainous activities and deal with them appropriately.”
Entering the darkened side of Pluto’s orbit, an involuntary shiver swept over Benjamin’s body. Something’s wrong! I can sense it! Suddenly, the cockpit warning lights and siren erupted into operation.
Deadly brilliant light rays exploded around the spaceship. “Oh no! It’s an ambush!
Images of the attacking spacecraft appeared on the computer screen. “LIGHT-BULB-ARIANS! I should have guessed it was those nefarious light-wielding scoundrels!”
“Thirty-five enemy spacecraft are engaged in a full-scale attack,” Benjamin screamed into the logbook, “Taking evasive action. Engaging light-speed.”
After a suspenseful pause, Benjamin’s spacecraft plummeted into outer space in light-speed mode.
“Disengaging light-speed,” Benjamin reported 20 minutes later. Hehe, I’ve out-maneuvered those diabolical Light-bulb-arians!
“Hey, what’s that now?” As the spacecraft slowed to normal speed, Benjamin could hear loud banging on the fuselage. Frantically scanning the computers he found that he had halted in the centre of a meteor storm. Again light-flashes surrounded his spaceship. “Oh no, double danger! The Light-bulb-arians have followed me into the meteor storm!”
“EVASIVE ACTION! Re-engaging light-speed.”
Moments later Benjamin’s spacecraft disappeared into the universe’s uncharted abyss. The Light-bulb-arians will be smushed by those meteors. Hmmm, I’m heading back to headquarters, my stomach’s grumbling!
Benjamin disengaged light-speed and studied the control panel to determine his bearings. “Hey! The spaceship isn’t slowing down and why are there still flashes of light?” Benjamin looked out through the cockpit window. “AAAHHHGGGHH! A black hole! I’m being sucked into a black hole! And those Light-bulb-arians are still attacking me!”
“Commander Benjamin A. Starburst calling the Supreme Commander-In-Chief, Lord Most High, PLEASE HELP ME!”
Instantly the escape plan downloaded into Benjamin’s mind. Activate the escape-pod. Use your spaceship as a decoy to lure the unsuspecting Light-bulb-arians into giving chase. They will be sucked into the black hole.
“Emergency evacuation! Activate escape-pod!”
“Eject button engaged. Activating the escape-pod. AARRRGGGGHHHH...”
“BEN!” It was Miss Johnson shaking him and squealing in her atrocious voice! “Benjamin Clarke! How many times have I told you not to sleep during class time!”
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