A Boy Called Duct Tape

By Christopher Cloud

Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old child with out a lot going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” simply because his tattered discount-store footwear are held jointly with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t get away the bullying.

Pablo’s good fortune adjustments after he unearths a $20 gold coin whereas swimming together with his sister in a river close to their domestic. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map on the county reasonable. The map indicates the path to the “lost treasure” of the infamous outlaw Jesse James. Pablo can’t aid yet ask yourself: Is there a hyperlink among the map and the gold coin?

He is set to determine, and he, his 9-year-old sister, Pia, and 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, rent an ill-mannered cave advisor, Monroe Huff, and start a treacherous underground experience looking for treasure. Their treasure hunt is made extra perilous simply because they're being by way of the evil Blood brothers, who wish the treasure for themselves. The Blood brothers will cease at not anything to say the treasure as their very own.

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A ferocious wall of water was once dashing towards us. “Pablo … ! ” Kiki wailed, her headlamp lighting fixtures the fast-moving wave. “Run! ” Monroe screamed over his shoulder. “Run! ” Slipping and sliding at the wet cave ground, Kiki and that i grew to become and ran, scampering to maintain. Monroe threw one other shout over his shoulder. “Hurry! ” The wall of water used to be merely seconds clear of gobbling us up whilst the hall funneled right into a tiny chamber now not a lot higher than a coat closet. A slim balcony neglected the small hole from a peak of 3 ft or so, and we scrambled onto the ledge on the very second the deafening rush of water poured into the cave.

Stylish, huh? ” I acknowledged. Welcome to Hicksville, primo. “Actually, it’s an excellent idea,” Kiki answered. “Whatever works. ” whilst Kiki requested concerning the glossy trophy sitting at the tv, I instructed her I’d gained it at a dust motorcycle occasion in Joplin. “Pablo can do a 360 double tailwhip on his dust motorcycle! ” Pia sang. “It’s impressive! ” “What the heck is that? ” Kiki requested, a grin arching the sides of her mouth. “It’s only a loopy spinning trick,” I acknowledged, drawing an image of the maneuver within the air with my finger. I had waited all night to inform Kiki the excellent news, and that i checked out my sister and stated, “Get the coin, Pia.

Carry your horses for a spell. ” The map putting from his hand, Blood stood immobile for the longest time, his flashlight drifting from side to side over the 4 folks. I had a ailing feeling. “Remember the deal we made, Blood,” I stated. “Shut your catch! have to imagine! ” “So think,” Monroe challenged. a gentle breeze drifted in the course of the chamber, brushing our faces and enjoying a bit song because it omitted the asymmetric floor of the Magic Rock. “Okay,” Blood stated after a couple of extra moments of deep suggestion. “This here’s the plan.

No caves on, in, or via undergo Mountain. it's one of many few mountains during this a part of the area with none caves. interval. finish of tale. i assumed might be your map could end up me fallacious. ” Monroe chuckled, however it had a tragic ring to it. “I used to be fallacious. ” The uninteresting buzz of locusts smothered the silence. “Please examine the map, Mr. Huff,” Pia appealed. Monroe stomped round the campsite mumbling to himself and kicking the floor. eventually, he walked over and surveyed the map back. He dropped to his knees and traced a callused finger down James Creek because it headed west at the map.

Possibly we’ll … you recognize, run into him. ” “That’s now not a good plan, Pablo,” Pia acknowledged. I heaved an enormous sigh. “I recognize. ” I unscrewed the head from my canteen and poured water right into a small indentation within the cave flooring a number of ft from the bone hearth, which endured to burn hot and vivid. The smoke twined its means throughout the ceiling of the cave-within-a-cave. “Why are you pouring water at the ground, Pablo? ” Pia requested. She used to be sitting in entrance of the hearth together with her legs crossed, and chewing on a bit of pork jerky.

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