Our story starts in
Helena, Montana where Mike Kramer and his family were just about to move
to Texas. They had to catch the train before noon or it would leave without
them... and that would be a lot of money thrown in the trash. Mike was
the kind of kid who really cared about people, enjoyed sports, and anything
that was a challenge. He also had a really good sense of humor and was
very adventurous. His mother didn't really like the adventurous part (she
sorta', kinda' said "no" to everything) so Mike was always having to figure
out a way to convince her to let him do things... or in his case he usually
did it anyway. When he got caught, you usually heard, "Oh no.....Sorry
Mom...umm ...errrr.....Dad told me I could! Yeah, that's it...Dad TOLD
me I could! Heh heh!"
always said he wanted a really good adventure. What he never expected was
that the REAL adventure was just around the corner! Mike's little sister,
Julia, was sorta' kinda' really annoying most of the time.... except for
when she snuck cookies or goodies for them. She wasn't really into adventures...
she was more into
dolls and "girly stuff".
was almost noon - they had better get going or they would miss the train.
They got to the train station and hopped onto the train just in the nick
the train went a few hundred miles, they discovered that terrorists were
on the train! What they saw was a man running from the back of the train
with a gun in one hand and a lighter in the other. Then more men came with
gallons of gasoline! The men climbed out the window of the moving train
and onto the the roof, as Mike and his family watched in horror! They could
hear the thump of them walking on the roof overhead and saw liquid dripping
down the window and smelled the scent of gasoline. Mike's dad grabbed Mike's
little sister and whipered, " Move away from the window!" They all moved
quickly toward the back door of the train and just as they got to the back
door they heard a big WHOOSH!
yelled, "That's fire!"
family saw a bridge ahead. The engineer yelled over the microphone, "A
fire has burned the brakes out! Everyone try to remain calm!"
family saw the water up ahead and realized they were about to go over a
bridge. Dad yelled," When we cross over the bridge everyone jump into the
water! It's our only chance!"
and his family jumped right when they came to the water. Mike thought how
glad he was that they all knew how to swim. As they were trying to swim
toward the bank, they saw a big explosion up ahead and realized it was
their train! The strong current swept Mike's little sister out of her dad's
arms just as they were almost to the river bank! "Oh no!" he yelled just
as Mike and his mother climbed out of the water. "Julia is being pulled
toward a waterfall!" Mike raced ahead to the edge of the waterfall and
caught his sister just as she was about to go over! He pulled her up onto
the river bank.
they all caught their breath, they hiked down the moutain by the riverside.
They saw a speedboat coming toward them.
recognize those people! They are the terrorists!" cried his dad!
Mike noticed an old fishing net along the bank. He got an idea! Mike and
his mom quickly went across the narrow part of the river. The terrorists
were still coming toward them. Mike and his mom each had a stick that was
connected to the net. They lowered it down to where you couldn't see it
under the water. Right when the speedboat came near, everyone was low to
the ground. As the speed boat came along, Mike and his family all lifted
the net and the front of the boat ripped a hole through the fishing net
which caused the boat to bounce and knocked the terrorists off the boat.
One of their guns was tossed off and landed right beside Mike's dad! The
boat hit a rock and bounced everything on the boat off. Mike saw a cell
phone among the things that landed on the bank. The terrorists were in
the water tangled in the fishing net.
MOVE!" yelled Mike's dad as he pointed the shotgun at them!
said, "Daddy, they can't move, anyway," as she saw how they were
tangled in the net.
Mike dialed 911 on the terrorist's cell phone and soon help was on the
An hour later, the police got there and Mike and his family got to Texas
safely. Their new neighbors gave them a great housewarming party because
they were heroes!
Mike had always wanted a great adventure. Now he had had one! Mike said
to his mother, "I never want to go on an adventure again!"
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