The Adventures of Taco and Cheeseburger Ch. 19
By Lindsey Michelena & Maria Yniguez
After Taco and Cheeseburger catch up with Alison, Taco remembers Dante on the floor. She asks, “By the way, what happened to Dante?”
The smile suddenly disappears off of Alison’s face. “I…when…you…” Alison can’t finish. Cheeseburger puts an arm around her and says, “It’s okay. Just tell us what happened, and we can fix it.” Alison takes a breath. “Okay, well…Dante was taking his shift, guarding the barrier, and he fell asleep. I came to take my shift, and I saw you guys being chased by an angry cat. I figured that you guys had found the barrier and tried to get in. We figured you would do that, so we had one of us always guarding the barrier. The guard would call me, and I would get my potion and open the barrier. Unless, of course, I was guarding the barrier, but-whatever. So I woke Dante up and got mad at him. I guess my anger got the best of me because, I kinda sorta…knocked him out. Hard. Harder than the last time. And his head hit a rock when he fell! I hope…I hope I didn’t do too much damage. If anything happens to him…” Ramses runs up. She hugs Taco and Cheeseburger and says, “I’ve missed you guys so much! All of Bumshy Head did, too. And don’t even get me started on the change in the weather. Yes, I know that you guys used your magic to control the weather, but when you were gone…oh, I’m so happy!” But hardly anyone pays attention to Ramses. “What’s wrong?” she asks. She sees Dante on the floor, his head now bleeding badly. She gasps. They explain everything to Ramses. “Will we be able to fix him?” Ramses asks, very concerned. Cheeseburger would have winked at Taco if this wasn’t so urgent. “We’ll go get a doctor”, says Taco. “Come on, Cheeseburger!” The two girls run through the town. They instantly decide that this was a mistake. Everyone shouts excitedly and crowds them with shouts of “You’re back!” and “Oh, we’ve missed you!” Taco yells, “Coming through, it’s an emergency!” This doesn’t do too much good, but a few people back away for them. They run through to the doctor, Dr. Turman. He has heard the crowds and he, too, has come out to greet the girls. “Doctor Turman! We need you! It’s an emergency!” screams Cheeseburger. Dr. Turman doesn’t ask any questions, he just follows the girls. They reach Dante. Dr. Turman inspects him. He says, “Your friend is very injured. This very dangerous.” Alison cries even harder and says, through tears, “Can you help him?” Dr. Turman replies, “Maybe, but I’m not sure. I will do the best I can, then it will all be up to luck.” He hurries back to his office. Taco, Cheeseburger, Ramses, Laurence, Alison, and Dr, Turman follow. They arrive at the office. Dr. Turman says, “I will perform some tests and decide which procedure will be the most effective. Then I will perform it. It will probably be some form of operation. You guys should wait out here.” He closes the door.