It was a hot, sunny afternoon and Alea was squished. “Lilly…can…you stop…bouncing on me?” Alea managed to gasp. Even though the car had cooled seats, Lilly literally took up 3 seats bouncing on Alea. “Lilly!” She said in a higher voice. “I’m not a trampoline!”
“Sorry! I’m just so excited!” Lilly replied, still bouncing up and down. “Well, Lilly we just want to have the perfect vacation, but you’re acting like a frog on a kangaroo,” Their mom said.
“Stop bugging your sister,” she concluded. “Put your seatbelts on,” their dad said. Then they drove onto the road.
5 MINUTES LATER…
“Are we there yet?! Are we there yet?!” Lilly screamed continuously. “ Of course not moron!” It hasn’t even been 3 hours yet!” Alea said, particularly annoyed. “ How about you do you do your homework?” She added more politely. “You’re starting 3rd grade in less than two months, “And I’m starting 8th grade.” Alea muttered half under her breth. She soon began to wonder. “ Dad why have we stopped in the middle of nowhere?” Alea asked. “ Well, well, Alea, that’s it. We’re out of gas.” He finished with an uneasy look on his face. All of their faces turned white.
Lilly immediately jumped out of the moonroof window screaming S.O.S at the top of her lungs. “Don’t wreck the car, honey.” Mom yelled out to lilly. “Well, let’s enjoy sme time in the forest.” She suggested. Dad shuddered. “ Are you nuts! Do you literally expect me to stay here in the woods?!”
“Oh come on, It’ll be fun!” Mom added with a sly smile on her face.
“Alea, come on. We gotta make sure your little sister didn’t run into a tree.” Mom finished.
They found Lilly sitting next to a blueberry bush, staring at it wildly. She went crazy for blueberries. “Mom, make no sudden movemements,” Alea whispered. Instead, she did the exact opposite and screamed. Lilly shot up like a jet. With a round plump blueberry in her hands, she threw one in her mouth and one at Alea’s face. She was intimidated, even though her sister was much younger.
Suddenly, they heard a muffled, low pitched voice. “Ouchie, clink, clank. A little help here?” It added. Alea dared herself to go towared the voice. Then when she got closer, she saw the familiar black hair and light brown eyes.
“Dad!” Alea called. “What’s wrong?” She asked with a calm look on her face. “It turns out that_” hed didn’t get to finish. “Wait, I’ll go get Mom and Lilly.” Alea suggested. As Alea turned back, she tripped on a tree root and scratched her face with a twig. “ Oh great, now the blueberry stain is purple,” She muttered to herself. She found her mom and Lilly gazing up at the clouds and eating blueberries at the same time.
“Mom! Lilly! I found Dad!” She announced, breaking through their thoughts. “I’ll meet you there!” she added. Then Alea ran off.
“Where are they?” Dad asked quietly. “They’re coming.” Alea replied calmly. They waited for a few minutes. When Lilly and her mom came, they were out of breath. “Let’s tak quickly,” Mom said. “I saw a snake,” she finished Alea LOVED snakes. I’ll handle it. She thought on her head with a sly smile. She ran off.
Alea saw the snake. It was just a green garden snake. She put her hand underneath the leaves the snake was on and slowly lifted it. She put it at the edge of the woods. That will finally satisfy Mom. Then she ran back to the car.
“So, we need more time in the woods,” she heard her dad finish. “Oh, Alea, honey, there you are. And, to make a long story short the gas is fine, but the gears and transmission are stuck.” He said. There was a long pause of silence that Alea finally broke. “Of the car?” she asked quietly. Her dad nodded. We all just sate there for what seemed like a century. It was getting dark. “Let me make a fire,” Alea concluded.
Now with a crackling fire in front of them, they were trying to think of an idea. Alea just doodled on a leaf.
Her mom snatched the maple leaf out of her hand. She showed it to their dad. “Alea! That’s our jackpot!” Alea understood. The smooth slimy, juice would make the gears slippery enough to turn. She explained the materials and they got to work immediately.
Soon enough, they had all the things Alea wrote on her list. She made a looppe with of the branches and fastened it with the milkweed. Then she attached the other end of the milkweed to the bigger and pulled. “Lilly, blueberries.” She said out of breath. Lilly nodded vigorously as she put the blueberries on the platform. Mom and Alea pulled. Dand and Lilly pushed. The machiniery snapped, clicked and slapped down at the blueberries and smushed them on the milkweed. Alea picked the milkweed up and ran to the car.
“Dad, which ones the gears? “ she asked.
“That one,” her dad pointed to a variety of chain-looking thinies she slowly poured the blueish-indigish liquid on the gears and closed the hood. “Dad, try now,” she said holding her breath. If this didn’twork they’d be stranded in the woods…FOREVER!”
They all stared at the narrow chain-looking thing. Their dad got in the car and started the engine. First of all, it just clicked. Then it started getting faster and faster by the second. "Hey!" he said. "It's working! Climb in everyone!" he finished. " San Antonio, here we come!" They all shouted in unison.
The road was bumpy, and the blueberry juice in the gears made a squishy, mushy sound. But still. At least they were back on the road. Alea saw their hotel, Sheraton Four Points. "Dad, pull over I see our hotel."
"Okay," they heard their dad mumble.
They all stared at the hotel for a second. It was literally a skyscraper. "Dad," Alea said without looking back. "Which floor are we on?" He looked back at his paperwork.
"I think the top number 65." he announced with a relieved look. Lilly gulped. Alea knew why. Why? Well, she was afraid of heights of course!
They all climbed out of the car and showed the office people their paperwork. Alea saw the big glass cylinder. I guess that's the elevator, she thought with a smile. She hoped she could go on the 250-foot water slide. she absolutely LOVED heights.
As for Lilly, her stomach turned inside out! "Daddy can't we just climb the stairs?" Lilly asked in a shaky voice
"No Lilly Do you want to climb 65 stories? Well each story is 35 steps so that's 2, 275 steps!" Her dad said, kind of insanely. They climbed into the elevator and zipped up.
They stepped inside their room. It had three beds and a 60-inch flatscreen TV for each of them. "Oooh, this is luxury," Mom cooed, as we lay on the waterbeds.
The next morning, Alea realized the San Antonio waterways were closed, and she found dad next to a wide-open safe. " Well honey let's just wake up Lilly and have a good dinner." Dad suggested And go home, They thought at the same time.
Arwa , Age 9