by Genevieve LaFosse
Beep! Beep! Beep! Beep! Kate groaned and reached out of her bed toward her black, blaring alarm clock. Beep!Beep! Kate whacked the clock. The beeping ceased. She sat up in bed, rubbed her dark brown eyes and yawned. She stretched her arms out and jumped out of bed. Then she walked out of her bedroom and ran down the hallway into the bathroom to take a shower.
After taking a quick shower, Kate, who was twenty-one, pinned up her long, brown hair into a bun on the top of her head, and raced down the stairs. She opened up the cabinet in the kitchen, pulled out a box of cereal, and ate a quick breakfast. After eating, Kate ran outside and jumped into her hover-car. She lived in the city of Teraville, and the city was anything but boring and dull. Hover-cars zipped this way and that. People bustled down the streets. Kate soon arrived at her destination just outside of Teraville: T.A.S.O. (Teraville Action Spy Organization.)
Kate was a spy. She went on secret missions as she worked at T.A.S.O. She parked her hover-car and walked toward what looked like a mountain. Kate stepped on a flat stone that was in front of the mountain and a panel in front of the “mountain” opened up. Kate typed in a few numbers on the panel, and she pressed her hand on the screen. Lastly, she put her eye right up to the front of the panel and scanned it. Beep! The panel shut, and a door opened up. Kate walked inside, and the secret door shut behind her. She walked down a hall and stopped at a metal slide door. She entered a pass-code on the door, and it shot open. She walked into the office of Mr. Joe Smith, the boss of T.A.S.O. Mr. Smith was sitting behind a desk, typing something on his computer. He looked up at Kate.
“Kate, I have an important mission for you. Please take a seat.” Kate sat in a chair in front of Mr. Smith’s desk. “Kate,” he began, “in a run-down part of this city stands a big building that used to belong to Dr. Hintera—before he vanished.”
“He vanished?” Kate asked. “How long ago?”
“Oh, it’s been about two years,” Mr. Smith replied.
“Two years!” Kate exclaimed. “Why-”
“Kate!” Mr. Smith interrupted. “I don’t think that you fully understand the situation. Let me explain. Well,” Mr. Smith began, “Dr. Hintera was a good doctor. He was devoted to finding a cure for the disease codajitis.”
“Did he?” Kate asked anxiously.
“Sadly, no.” Mr. Smith answered. “He was close to finding a cure, but that’s when he vanished. The building that I mentioned before was his lab. One day, his assistant couldn’t find him. That was two years ago. He hasn’t been seen since.”
“What’s become of the building now?” Kate asked.
“Once we heard that he had vanished, we sent some spies to pick up clues of where he went. They found half-finished experiments and a lot of papers. They didn’t find any clues. They left his experiments, papers, and everything else in the building.” Mr. Smith stood up. “Kate, there have been rumors going on that people have seen lights on in that building at night, and worse still, some say they’ve even seen Crabbit McNabbit.”
“The dangerous villain?” Kate asked surprised. “Why, nobody has seen him in years!”
“Well, that’s what they say,” Mr. Smith returned. “If it is him, my theory is that Crabbit is looking for something in Dr. Hintera’s building. Anyways, I want you, Kate, to go and search the building. But beware! This is a very dangerous mission! If it is truly Crabbit, then I expect the building will be booby-trapped. I want you to search the building for Crabbit and for any clues of where Dr. Hintera may be. I’m trusting you. Kate, you are one of my best spies.”
“Thank you, Mr. Smith. I will be careful.” Kate stood up and exited the room. She walked down the hall and stopped at a door. After typing in the password, the door opened and Kate walked inside. All of the doors in T.A.S.O. had passwords for extra security. This was Kate’s private room. All of the spies in T.A.S.O. had their own private rooms. The rooms contained a television, couch, bed, bathroom, shelves, and a locker in which they kept their black jumpsuits that they wore when they went on missions. Also, along with their jumpsuits, they had a utility belt, filled with all sorts of cool and useful gadgets. All these the spies of T.A.S.O. kept in their private rooms.
Kate quickly dressed in her black jumpsuit and strapped her utility belt around her waist.
She then proceeded to fill her utility belt with many gadgets that may come in handy on her mission. She left her private room, walked down T.A.S.O.’s hall, and exited T.A.S.O. She jumped into her hover-car and flew to Dr. Hintera’s former lab.
Exiting her hover-car, Kate walked toward the huge building. She grasped the handle on the building’s door and turned it. She pulled on it. It was locked. Kate reached into her utility belt and pulled out her lock picker. She stuck it into the lock and turned it. Plink! The door unlocked. Kate cautiously stepped inside the building. Shutting the door behind her, Kate put her lock picker back into her utility belt and looked around. She was in a hallway. She could barely see, since the front windows were boarded up. She pulled a flashlight out of her utility belt and turned it on. To her left was a door. Cautiously, she opened it. It was a little room which was filled with papers tossed here and there. The room was a mess. There was a desk and chair in the middle of the room. To the right, there was a shelf with even more papers on it. To the right, there were curtains, and light was peeking out from behind them. Kate threw open the curtains, and light streamed throughout the room. Kate turned off her flashlight and bent down. She picked up a paper. It was a list of scientific chemical names: Clybostamate, Golabaerus, Maecolaboshina.
Kate didn’t know how to pronounce Maecolaboshina. The list went on and on. Kate picked up a second paper. In scrawled handwriting was a list of dates when experiments had been done, and their outcome. Kate looked at a few more papers and found other useless information. As Kate exited the room, she turned her flashlight on. She walked to the end of the dark hallway. In front of her was an elevator. She pressed the “up” button on it and the doors opened. Shining her flashlight inside the elevator, Kate realized that there was no floor!
Horrified, Kate backed away from the elevator. There was a door on her right. She quickly opened it, and there was another long hallway with doors everywhere! It would take forever to search all these rooms, Kate thought. Where should she start? Kate had a hunch that she would find something upstairs. Kate frantically searched every hallway for stairs. She found none.
“What building doesn’t have stairs?” Kate asked herself aloud as she trudged back to the elevator. Kate reached into her utility belt and pulled out her headlamp. She strapped it around her head. Kate grabbed her grappling hook. She leaned into the elevator shaft and looked up.
She reached her arm up and shot out her grappling hook. Dink! It hooked to the top of the shaft. Kate grabbed ahold of it and started to pull herself up. When she reached the top, she unhooked the grappling hook and jumped out of the shaft. Kate cautiously walked down the hallway. There were many doors on both sides of her. Which one should she go in? Kate stopped dead short in front of one particular door. Kate thought that she heard something coming from inside!
Kate slowly opened the door. For a second she thought that she saw something moving around inside. Click! Her headlamp turned off. The battery ran out. Kate quickly turned on her flashlight. She screamed.
There standing in front of her was Crabbit McNabbit himself! Clad in a black suit and black boots, Crabbit McNabbit stared down at Kate with an evil smile on his face.
“I’ve been waiting for you!” he laughed.
“Waiting for me?” Kate questioned.
“One of you agents!” He roared. “I was expecting you’d be here!”
“How? Why?” Kate stammered.
“Oh, I know things,” he answered.
“What did you do with Dr. Hintera?” Kate demanded.
“This is my building now,” Crabbit said. “And if you want Dr. Hintera, then find him yourself!” Crabbit seized Kate by the arm, dragged her to the elevator shaft, and pushed her down it.
Quickly thinking, Kate flicked a switch on her boots, and she hovered in mid-air. She floated down to the bottom of the shaft, jumped out, and turned off her hover-boots. She looked around and she realized that she was in the basement. Kate heard knocking coming from a door at the end of the hallway. Kate slowly walked towards the door and unlocked it.
“Don’t hurt me!” Kate heard a man’s voice say.
“Who are you? Where are you?” Kate asked.
“You’re not Crabbit!” The voice replied. A man jumped up from behind a box. He was very scruffy-looking. A long, brown beard dangled from his chin, and his brown hair reached below his shoulders. He was wearing a white doctor’s coat. The man was none other than Dr. Hintera!
“No, I’m not Crabbit.” Kate stated. “You are Dr. Hintera, aren’t you?”
“I am,” The man said. “Who are you?”
“My name is Kate. I work for…I…I work…for…um…” The words just wouldn’t come. How could Kate tell Dr. Hintera that she was a secret spy agent who worked for T.A.S.O.? Well, it is Dr. Hintera, then I can trust him, Kate thought. “I work for T.A.S.O. I am an agent, and I’m here to rescue you from Crabbit McNabbit!”
“Well, then let’s go!” he replied. Kate opened the door.
“Not so fast!” Kate looked up. It was Crabbit! Kate reached into her utility belt and pulled out her stun gun. Zap! She zapped Crabbit, who fell over.
“Let’s go!” Kate cried. She rushed towards the elevator shaft, pulled out her grappling hook, and shot it up the elevator shaft. “Go, Doctor!” Kate shouted. Dr. Hintera grabbed ahold and was pulled up. Kate turned on her hover boots and flew up after him. Pulling out her phone, Kate called the police.
Two hours later, Crabbit McNabbit was safely behind bars, while Kate was being praised by her fellow agents. As for Dr. Hintera, he was busy cleaning up his lab—and calling a repair man for his elevator.
I wrote this piece for the Write Local homeschool workshop. I chose “spies” for the subject of my story because I enjoy detective stories and I like to enact spy games with my siblings. Writing is a fun hobby for me. I especially enjoy writing stories because I like to invent my own characters, settings, and plots. Writing gives me the opportunity to use vocabulary words that I learned in homeschool and practice concepts learned in English.
Genevieve LaFosse, 13 – Latrobe