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Topic: Write for the ACTION and/or ADVENTURE Genre (11/13/14)
- TITLE: High Adventure On the Highway
By Ernest Yoder
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Tommy had noticed how some of his friends would disappear as they decided to act on an impulse to see the world beyond the pond. It was scary but Tommy decided to leave his pond too. So he headed out toward the noises he had always heard. The noises were the traffic of a busy highway.
Tommy did not know what a highway was but he was about to find out. He got to an embankment and crawled up it. Suddenly a huge object flashed by him and the resulting wind almost blew him off his stubby legs. He did not know enough about the situation to realize the danger if he proceeded to crawl forward.
“What in the world are you doing here?”
He turned toward the direction of the voice and spied Honey his hare friend staring at him in amazement.
“This is not your pond and you are about to get yourself smashed,” continued Honey. “Don’t you know you need to be speedy to get across this busy highway?
“No, I guess I did not know that. But I really need to get across,” countered Tommy.
“You’re nuts,” exclaimed Honey. “How do you expect to do it?”
“I – I guess I don’t know. Speed is one thing I don’t have,” meekly replied Tommy.
They sat quietly thinking the situation over.
“Hey, I got an idea,” said Honey. “We’ll look to see when the coast is clear and then you grab my tail, hike up your legs, and I’ll pull you across on your tummy slick as a whistle.”
Tommy looked at Honey. “But – but you don’t have much of a tail,” said Tommy, “Is that little poof ball a tail?”
“Of course,” replied Honey, “There’s something there. You just have to look for it.”
Honey positioned herself in front of Tommy as Tommy nuzzled and searched for the little bit of a tail Honey said she had. Finding a bit of something meaty in a mouth full of fur Tommy clamped down on it causing Honey to jump straight up and squeal, “Ouch. You don’t need to bite that hard.” You see Tommy was a snapping turtle and had a pointy sharp beak.
They got in position again. This time Tommy was a gentler with his beak. But at the same time he did not want to lose his grip half way across the highway. They got ready and waited for the next lull in the traffic. They made an odd sight on the side of the road. A rabbit parked directly in front of a turtle for no apparent reason.
“Now,” shouted Honey when she saw a gap in the traffic, “Are you ready?”
“Yesh,” muttered Tommy through the mouth full of rabbit fur in his mouth. “Letsh go.” He hiked up his stumpy legs and got ready for the ride, or slide, of his life.
Honey took a leap forward as Tommy’s body cleared the ground and landed on the hard pavement of the road. He lost his grip. Honey spied a car bearing down on them.
“Tommy, she shouted, “I’ll be back. Just squat and lay low.”
Tommy squatted as low as he could and Honey scampered out of the way just in time. The four wheels of the car straddled him. The wind wash almost blew him topsy-turvey.
Honey hurried back into position. Tommy got a new grip on Honey’s increasingly numb tail. This time she took off with a more gentle pull and then went faster as Tommy slid on his belly behind her. They got to the other side of the road in the nick of time, the driver of the car that was bearing down on them slowed down and stared in amazement at the oddest sight he had ever seen. A hare pulling a turtle across the highway.
“Whew,” gasped Honey as she and Tommy caught their breaths on the other side of the road.
These two unlikely but true friends waved goodbye and went their separate ways. But they expected to meet again. Next time, Tommy might have something Honey needed and being friends Tommy knew he would be happy to share, especially after their adventure they had shared today.
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