By Nina whittaker
THE MULTI FRUIT
It was a hot, hazy day in Brazil and Sally, Harry and Barry were lounging on the out door couch drinking orange juice while listening to Tim read the newspaper. Sally was a girl of eighteen years old, she had two younger brothers, Harry and Barry, Harry was thirteen years old and Barry was ten. Tim was their best friend. He was the age of twenty years old. They lived temporarily in an apartment so that their Dad Terry could study the animals of the Amazon. He was a well known man who owned a sky diving company. It was one of his favorite sports. Tim however lived in Brazil and knew how to speak portugease, so he was their translator, “hey guys, in the the newspaper here it says the council is going to build a new factory. That means they are going to have to chop down quite a lot of trees including the multi million tree” said Tim.
The multi million trees provided a special fruit, the multi fruit. These fruit adapted to the animal that ate it, for example a Jaguar. The Jaguar wouldn’t just taste any fruit he would taste his favorite type of meat or as another example a monkey. The monkey would taste a banana. “No way that means the animals of the Amazon will suffer, they haven’t lived without the multi million tree in thousands of decades. We have to stop them somehow. Maybe dad can help us trick them into not chopping the trees down ” said Sally.
A PLAN IS FORMED
“Lets go to Dads office. Maybe he will have some ideas” said Harry. “Good plan i think Dad rented an apartment on the fourth floor for his office. Let’s take the elevator, the stairs take too long” said Barry. Two minutes later Sally knocked on the door of room 444. Come in said a gruff voice. Tim, Sally, Harry and Barry entered.
Oh kids I‘ve just been doing some research. Did you know The Amazon is one of Earth’s last refuges for jaguars, harpy eagles, and pink river dolphins, and it is home to sloths, black spider monkeys, and poison dart frogs. It contains one in ten known species on Earth, forty thousend plant species, three thousend freshwater fish species, and more than three hundred and seventy types of reptiles.
“Wow Dad thats amazing. We wanted to ask you for a favour. You see we found an article on the Multi million tree. Apparently the council is going to chop down a bunch of trees to build a new factory and when they chop down those trees they are are going to chop down the multi million trees as well. The animals of the Amazon can’t live without them!” said Sally. “Good lord, well that won’t do. You kids figure out which compony is going to do the chopping down, I will think up a plan…
“Hey Dad ,we found out the name of the company its IMPACT LOGGING” said Harry. “Good job. My plan is to organise a protest. The protest will slow the traffic down, so we can take the batteries out of their chainsaws while they order reinforcements. We are going to hack into their computers and change the destination where they are supposed to chop down the trees to into the natives territory” said Dad. “Aaah Dad how are you going to organise a protest?” said Sally “
I made this:
“How do you like it?” “Wow dad, that’s amazing, but you forgot to put what day the protest is on” said Sally. “Oh dear, just let me fix that. Ok now we need to print about thirty of these and hang them up around the town. Sally and Barry you go with Tim in his car. Harry you come with me in my car” said Dad. “Ok” said Tim…
Two hours later the four friends met again with a satisfied completed job air about them. The sun was starting to set and they where tired from the busy day. They had just finished. They would have to have a good sleep because the next day would be a hard one.
Sally, Harry, Barry and Tim had just woken up from a wonderful sleep. Sally had dreamed about riding a tiger into a clearing where there were huge machines choping down trees and printed in steely gray on the machines was written: IMPACT LOGGING. Then the dream had fastforwarded to Sally riding into a smaller much prettier clearing with a small cottage right in the center. Sally had knocked on the door of the cottage and the door had opened to reveal…
But then Sally had woken up by Barry bouncing on her bed. They had bacon and eggs for breakfast. When it was time for action they all hopped into Tims car and drove to a cafe to get a coffee and wait for ten thirty.Then they would join the traffic, find the road leading to the Amazon. Then Terry would lead the protest across the trail and Terry would stop the protest right in the middle of the trail to make a speech. Then Harry and Barry would hop into the trailer with all the gear in it and take out the batteries for the chainsaws and they would meet up to decide what to do next.
“All right its time” said Dad. While everything pans out as I explained it, Terry finally finished his speech, they met up . “Ok I’ve thought up a plan. I’m going to stay here for backup. You guys are going to travel along the path in Tims car, because it can cope with mud more than my one can. The path will lead to the natives camp. Sally you will have to use your brains to explain our situation in an appropriate manner. They will help you from there. Call me if you need help. Text me once the task is done.
Five minutes later Sally, Harry, Barry and Tim set off down the trail. Half an hour later they reached a pair of gates. Two natives stood on either side. They were wearing straw skirts and wore feathers in their hair. They had sharp spears in their hands.
The natives said something in portugese. Tim translated they want to know what we are doing here. There are a tribe of machines coming to invade your camp suggested Barry. Tim decided he wouln’t take that point of view and said to them in portugease “The council wants to chop down trees in the amazon and we think they are going to chop down the trees that go into your territory and we wanted some help to stop them. Can you help us?
“Come with us” they said. Tim understanding he was the only one that spoke portugese, Tim translated to the others and they moved through the gates. The natives lead them through some low hanging vines and the all gasped. Spread before them was another town, just that it was so much more green and beautiful than the one they had just come from.
And best of all right in the middle of it, well I guess you could call it a palace. 1the guards led them through the town and up a elegant path leading to the beautiful building. The guards opened the front doors. They walked down a hallway until they stood before a throne with a elegant woman seated on it. What suprised them most was that she spoke english. “I heard you came to give us a warning” she said. We will stand by you as friends until we have a reason not to.
If these machines do not come, you will be put in our prison until we have taught you what you did wrong. So you better be telling the truth. Oh by the way, my name is Queen Antalya and you shall join me for a drink until those choppers supposedly come. How long will they take? “Ahh, prabably half an hour” said Sally. “What are your names?” demanded Antalya. “I’m Sally. These are my two brothers Harry and Barry and our friend Tim” said Sally.
Antalya lead them to a lounge and they waited and waited. It had almost been half an hour, but still not a sound so they waited some more. “Fifteen minutes past half an hour this is ridiculus” said Antalya.You have wasted my time. “Take them away” said Antalya.
Sally was stricken. Why was it taking so long? Then she saw the guard heading towards her. “Run” she shouted. The four friends bolted. “Get them” yelled Antalya. They ran through the town and struggled through the vines and finally reached the gates. They all hopped into the car. Then they noticed there where two paths.
The one they had just come from or a unfamiliar path they hadn’t seen before. We have to go through that one. They will expect us to go back to town. So Tim drove onto the unfamiliar track. They drove for half an hour. Then disaster struck. Tim had just told a joke and they were all doubled over with laughter when they started to sink. Tim had just driven into a deep pond.
Quickly, get out, forget about your bags. Just get your water bottles. They all got out and waded to the side. Five minutes later they had thaught up a plan. We’ll keep on going down the path. Harry, you call dad. Harry pulled his phone out of his pocket and tried to turn it on. But it wouldn’t turn on. “I think the water broke it” said Harry.
Well, lets just keep on walking then. So they walked for half an hour when they reached a clearing with a little cottage in the middle. “Hey this is the cottage I dreamed about” said Sally. They knocked on the door of the cottage and it flew open. Standing in the doorway was a young woman with a tiger by her side.
They all took a step back. “Hello” she said, “are you the peaple that escaped Antalya? I admire you for that.” “Ah, how did you know” said Harry. “Oh lightning told me”, she pointed at the tiger standing beside her. “Please come in and explain. I love a good story.” They followed her inside. The four friends explained everything. “Can you help us?” asked Sally.
I suppose so. My name is Mina by the way. She wistled sharply. There was a russtle of leaves. Then four more tigers emerged. Hop on. They will take us to the machines. Ten minutes later they emerged into another, much bigger clearing were machines were dotted around everywere. They overheard someone saying “I’m glad you found out that we were supposed to do the chopping here. Otherwise the boss would have been very angry.”
Right in the middle of the clearing was a black car and a tall man was standing beside it.
“Sally, I think its your turn to make that speech in front of the council about what you think about what they are doing.” said Tim as a joke, but Sally started walking towards the tall man. “Tailor how could you do this” Then Tim noticed that that guy whas a man Terry hanged out with all the time. “You should think twice about what you are doing” carried on Sally. “Think about all the trees you have pulled down to build a factory and not once have one of those factorys been completed. Why don’t you pull down one of the half finished ones and build the factory there? You are making so many animals suffer from your mistakes. I think you are being foolish!” After Sally had finished her speech, she turned red at her own braveness.
And as for Tailor, well he looked like he regretted every one of his mistakes. You are right Sally, I have been fool. But before he could finish his sentence there was a wistling sound right out of nowere. Dad flew down out of the sky and landed right by Sally. He had a silly grin on his face. I always did like a good sky dive. After that a new fully completed factory was built were a old one had been and the council started up a tree growing project.
And for the now five friends they were as happy as ever, especically since Mina had become one of them.