story by: Jo Ortix
Written on May 18, 2013


The bus driver growled at them to pipe down, as the bus hit a bump. Causing them to bounce off their seats. Daisy Penguin stared out the window thinking about what her mother. Told her before she got on the bus

“Now whatever you do try to your very best”

“I wonder what she meant by that? Daisy wondered to herself
“Hey check it out!” Puppy cried out “I just saw a wild cat run by us!
“Huh? Are you sure? I didn’t see anything” Daisy answered her. As she looked in the same direction Puppy was
“Yah, it went behind those rocks Puppy added
“Oh, I wonder how much longer until we reach the camp? Daisy asked
“I don’t know, but I don’t think it should be much farther” Puppy shrugged. Daisy was about to answer her back, when the bus suddenly came to a rough stop

“Okay, you little creatures! Every one off the bus!” The driver yelled
“Why are we getting out here? I don’t see any camp site around Tommy Cub asked the bus driver, who just ignored him and walked off the bus
“Hey! I was talking to you! Tommy yelled after him

“Can you believe that jerk! Tommy added once they were outside
“I still don’t understand why, we’ve to get out here in the middle of nowhere. Is someone from the camp coming to pick us up? Vicky Dragonfly frowned
“I’m not sure, hold on I’ll go ask the bus driver” Puppy answered her
“Umm, excuse me, but is someone from the camp coming to pick us up soon? Puppy asked the driver
“I don’t know and I really don’t care” He growled. He then walked passed her and back on the bus and rode off

Puppy joined her friends a couple seconds later. And before she could speak a loud growl interrupted
“What was that? Sammy Turtle nervously asked
“Don’t know, hopefully, it wasn’t one of those wild cats I seen earlier” Puppy answered him
“Quick! Just in case pick up some rocks maybe we can scared them off” Daisy added
They had just finished gathering their rocks, when they spotted the wild cat approaching
“Wow! It doesn’t look very happy, Sammy muttered
“Okay, on the count of three throw your rock as hard as you can. “Okay, ready?” one, two---

And before Tommy would reach three. There was a loud bang making the wild cat to turn around and run off
“Wow! Look at the little wimp run! A high laugh cried out from behind them
“You kids okay? Howdy! I’m your friendly camp director Mr. Law, now grab your things and jump on the bus
“Where did that thing come from? Tommy asked Mr. Law, once they were on the bus
“Oh, just forget all about that nasty little kitty and just enjoy the ride” Mr. Law smiled

Less than five minutes later they arrived at the camp grounds
“Wow! That was quick I wonder why we had to switch buses? Puppy whispered over to Daisy. She was about to answer her back when Mr. Law jumped up from his seat and cried:

“Welcome to your new summer homes Camp Seek!” My assistant Freddy will give you kids, your bunk numbers. And once you finish unpacking and grabbing something to eat.” I’ll see you all a bit later at tonight’s campfire

The girls were assigned to bunks number one and the boys were in bunks number two. They quickly finished unpacking then went looking for the boys. But couldn’t find them
“I wonder where they disappear to. Vicky asked
“Let’s go check in the mess hall knowing those two. They’re looking for some food" Puppy laughed
“Where have you guys been? We’ve been looking all over for you” Daisy asked
“We had to see the camp nurse” Sammy answered her
“One of our bunk mates Jay, had his paw bitten by a snake” Tommy started to explain
What! The girls exclaimed
“Creepy huh?” he was making his bed, it was hiding underneath his pillow”
“Oh wow! Is he going to be okay? Puppy asked
“I guess, his paw blew up like a balloon and was pretty freaked out by the whole thing.” But I’m sure that he’ll be fine in a few days” Tommy shrugged
“How did it get inside? Vicky asked
“No clue, Freddy, told us that this whole camp is probably filled with them. Maybe you guys, have some hiding inside your bunk! Tommy laughed
“You’re not funny dude, so what did you do with the snake? Puppy frowned
“Oh, we put it inside a bed sheets, then went out into the woods and dumped it there. Hopefully, it won’t find his way back” Tommy shrugged

Later that night. They were all gathered by a big bon fire by the lake eating hot dogs, and toasting marsh mellows. Mr. Law got up and said:
“Okay, I’d like to welcome you all to camp. I hope that you all found your bunks comfortable.” Now that we got that out of the way, I’d like to go over some of our camp rules
“First, lights out will be at nine sharp, now I’m sure that some of you might get an itch. To break this rule and try to sneak out after lights out” But I’ m only going to warn you now, that would not a very wise idea.” We’ve our ways of dealing with you rule breakers” Mr. Law frowned
Some of the older kids, laughed at that
“The other important thing these woods are filled with wild bears”
Some kid made a loud growling noise that made the group laugh
“okay, settle down I don’t think you’d be making jokes. When one of these bears want to rip your heads off” Mr. Law smirked
“Now I need two volunteers to help me” He added. Both Tommy and Sammy made their way towards him
“Okay, now I’ll show you, how to survive if you do get jumped by one of these creatures.”
“first, lay float on your stomach and cover the back of your head.” And try your best not to move until the coast is clear” Okay, thank you boys, you can join your friends now” Mr. Law smiled
“Have there ever been any attacks? Daisy asked him
“A few, but let’s not worry ourselves about that.” Okay, now before we break out for the night, please do your best to have a great time during your time with us” you’re all dismissed, enjoy, the rest of your night. And I’ll see you all in the morning! Mr. Law added

The next morning they quickly got dressed and went to breakfast. When they were done they went by the lake for a day of water
sports. On their way back Tommy and Sammy heard a horrifying scream coming out of the woods
“What was that? Sammy asked
“I don’t know, but it sounded like some one’s getting their heads ripped off or something” Tommy shrugged

When they reached their bunks they noticed that. All of Jay’s stuff was missing
“Well maybe, after what happened to him. He decided to go back home” Daisy shrugged. Once the boys told them the story
“Then why didn’t he just tell us, Instead of just taking off without saying a word to anybody? Tommy shrugged
“Well did you guys, ask Freddy? Maybe he knows what happened to him” Puppy suggested

Later that day

“So what did Freddy say?” Puppy asked the boys
“He didn’t, when Tommy asked him if Jay went home.” He just shrugged and said that there was never been any camper, by that name staying here” Sammy answered her
What! Are you kidding us? “How can he say, he was never here? When we all have seen Jay here! Vicky cried out
“I know that’s what we told him but Freddy just laughed.” And thought we were just pulling a fast one on him”
He then ran off before we could ask him anything else” Sammy added
“Oh really, we’ll see who’s pulling a fast one on who? Let’s talk to Mr. Law, hopefully, he can tell us what really happened to Jay,” Daisy frowned

And as Puppy and her friends walked over towards Mr. Law’s office. Her mind started racing
There’s something very strange going around here?
But what?

“Well that was a big waste of time” Tommy sighed. As they walked back to their bunks
“Yah, I can’t believe that he also denied even knowing Jay.” He just laughed like it was all a big joke” Sammy added
“Ha-ha really funny. Well I guess they’re not going to tell us anything” It looks like it’s going to be up to us to figure what’s going on” Before we suddenly disappear too” Daisy told them

The next day the boys were surprised to see the girls. Sitting by the lake
“Hey what are you guys, doing here? I thought you were supposed to be going on a nature hike this morning” Tommy asked
“We were. But after we got ready for it Freddy, popped into our bunks.” And told us to report to the lake that our hike was concealed” Vicky explained
“Yah that jerk just walked away laughing when Puppy asked him. Why the hike was concealed” Daisy frowned

A few minutes later Freddy walked over towards them and asked
“Whose ready for some awesome wild water rapes?
Then after instructed them on the rules they drifted from the shore
“Hey look! At those cool pearl fish I bet I can reach over and grab one” Freddy told them
“Umm Freddy, I don’t think you should be doing----. And before Puppy could finish her sentence. Freddy leaned over to far and fell into the cold water
“Whoa! How do you stop this thing! Sammy yelled as they drifted farther away

Puppy without thinking suddenly jumped into the water and started to swim back
“Puppy! Where are you going? Daisy yelled at her
“I’m going to help Freddy, don’t worry I’ll meet you guys, back at the camp! She yelled back

A few minutes later Puppy found Freddy floating a few feet away. She quickly swam towards him and help him swim back towards the shore
They rested for a few minutes before starting their way back to camp
“Do you think the others will be okay? Puppy asked him after a few minutes of silence
Yep, I’m sure they’ll be fine” Freddy answered her back

A few hours later they wandered back at camp
“Are you two okay? I’ve been worried sick and was about to send out a rescue team to go look for you” Mr. Law cried out
“Umm I accidently fell out of the canoe and Puppy, here saved my life” Freddy explained
“Have the others make it back yet? Puppy asked Mr. Law
“Yes, about a few minutes ago and told me the whole story” He answered
“Now let’s dry up we’ll be leaving in half an hour for our hike” Mr. Law added
“Can’t we just skip the hike? I’m wiped out after what happened. I don’t think any of us are in any mood to go on a hiking trip” Puppy muttered
“Skip the hike don’t be silly. It’ll do you kids some good, now I’ll see you all a bit later don’t be late! Mr. Law laughed

“I can’t believe that we’ve to go on this stupid hike after what happened” Tommy frowned. As he and the others into the woods
“Mr. Law, is this going to be a long hike? Vicky asked. But he just pretends not to hear her and kept walking. Then after a few more minutes she asked again. Freddy was about to answer her when Mr. Law interrupted
“Okay kids, instead of this being your normal nature hike. It seems we’re now going to be doing a seek and recovery
“One of you kids seemed to believe it’d be funny to break our camp rules and take off without telling anyone.” That’s a big no-no and must be punish for it”
Punished how? “I don’t remember hearing about any kid running away? Puppy frowned. Mr. Law reached inside his bag and took out a couple of rifles
“And what are you going to do with that? You really aren’t going to shoot some kid just because they ran away from camp? Puppy cried out in a disbelief tone of voice
“Well we can’t have them break the rules without some kind of punishment can we? Mr. Law smirked
“What! But that’s nuts! That’s no reason to kill them” Vicky yelled
“Oh no, this rifle is filled with sleeping darts! Mr. Law laughed. “Here let me show you”

He pressed the rifle into her chest and was about to press the trigger. When Daisy suddenly stepped in front of her and cried out
“Sorry Mr. Law, but I can’t let you do that”
Mr. Law just smiled evilly before he started to pull the trigger. Both Puppy and Daisy shut their eyes and were about to scream. But instead of the sound of the rifle going off his laughter interrupted
Cognates! You just passed!

Puppy opened her eyes and noticed that the others were all staring and smiling at them
“Hey! What’s going here? What do you mean we passed? Passed what? Tommy frowned
“Okay, the testing stage are over you can all come out now! Mr. Law cried out happily

The gang’s mouth dropped open as they watched their parents walk out from behind the trees
“Now I know that I’m really in the twilight zone! Sammy sighed
“Would someone please mind telling us what’s going on around here? Daisy cried out
“Oh honey! I just knew that you’d pass! Daisy’s mother smiled before giving her a big hug
“Umm thanks, I think but we just passed what exactly? Daisy shrugged
“Well kids, you see this isn’t a real camp. This is a testing center” Mr. Law began
“What? How come anyone never told us! Sammy interrupted
“Because if we did, that’d be breaking the rules. And this whole test would have been a complete failure” Mr. Law answered him
“So you all were on in on it? Tommy asked
“Yes, I’m afraid so.” We wanted to make sure that you kids would be ready” For when you and your parents go on the space shuttle
“And travel to a very scary planet”
“A very scary planet? Daisy gulped
“Yes, one called earth. Our research show that so far this planet is both a very exciting and dangerous place--. And before Freddy could finish explaining Tommy interrupted him
“Dude maybe, but I’m sure it’ll be. But I’m sure it’ll never be as exciting as the week”
“We just spent at camp seek!

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Tony Anderson commented:
Great write, brings back some good memories


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