The Adventures of Taco and Cheeseburger Ch. 18

The Adventures of Taco and Cheeseburger Ch. 18

by Maria Yniguez and Lindsey Michelena

Back in Bumshy Head…..

Alison comes to the barrier to take her shift. She sees Dante, sleeping. Alison looks through the barrier. She catches a quick glimpse at Taco, Cheeseburger, and Laurence, running back into the woods, being chased by a cat. “What?” Alison mutters. She yells, “Dante! Wake up, you lazy. I cannot believe you!” Dante quickly wakes up. “Dante…” Alison starts, trying to be as calm as possible. “Did…did Taco, Cheeseburger, and Laurence come when you were sleeping?” “Sleeping?” asks Dante. “I wasn’t sleeping. Well, I decided to sit down and close my eyes for a minute, but I wasn’t sleeping!” Alison says, “Oh, yes you were! You were snoring! And guess what? I saw Taco, Cheeseburger, and Laurence! They were running back into the woods! They probably tried to get in, but they couldn’t get your attention because you were sleeping! So that angry cat…whoever that was…found them and is chasing them. Oh, Dante, you ruined everything!” “I…what?” asks Dante.

In the Woods…..

The three of them run for their lives. After they can’t run anymore, they stop. Hemingway is gone. “Okay, Hemingway is gone, but we have to be careful. He’s probably hiding somewhere”, says Taco. “Guys, we need to get back to the barrier! It’s the only place we are safe”, says Cheeseburger. They run the opposite way, and thankfully, they never run into Hemingway. Once they reach the barrier, again, they see Dante on the ground, sleeping. But Laurence notices something. “Hey, did Dante have a red mark on his check before?” They see Alison behind him, crying. “What’s wrong, Alison?” asks Cheeseburger. Then she remembers that the barrier is soundproof. “Never mind”, she says. Alison quickly looks up and gasps. She sees Cheeseburger, Taco, and Laurence waving frantically at her. She runs away, turns back around, and puts her hand out, as if to say “stop” or “wait”. They do. “What do you think Alison is getting?” asks Taco. “Hopefully something that will help us”, replies Laurence. A few minutes later, Alison returns with a small container. She pours the potion on the soil. The barrier disappears. “Wow, Alison!” says Cheeseburger. “Run!” screams Laurence. He is the only one of the three that knows that the magic only works for a few seconds. They run. The barrier disappears. At first, Laurence isn’t sure if they made it. But he looks up and sees that they are on the same side of the barrier as Alison. Alison, Taco, and Cheeseburger reunite. “Thank you, Laurence! I knew Ramses picked the right person for the job”, says Alison. Laurence smiles and Taco and Cheeseburger can’t help giggling. Only they know that Laurence confessed that Ramses made a mistake in picking him.