FTA: The Search for Sara Beth part 2

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This is part 2 of the first book

Chapter 1 (v.1) - FTA: The Search for Sara Beth part 2

Submitted: November 30, 2015

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Submitted: November 30, 2015

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“Thunder!” Sara Beth scolded. “You left us in the dark!”

He looked ashamed and went slower, flapping along behind them. The only downside was that Elsa could not see very well in front of her. They travelled along for a few minutes until they heard a faint thud.

“Ouch…,” Elsa moaned. “Who puts a metal wall in the middle of a tunnel?”

“I don’t think that’s a wall,” Sara Beth said. “It’s a sliding door. Only it doesn’t slide until you enter in a code… Wait, scratch that, I don’t see a keypad. Maybe a fingerprint scanner… No...

“Hmm… how are we going to get through here?” Sara Beth mumbled to herself. She pressed a button on the ear piece she had brought along, incase she needed to contact the FTA. and called Virginia.

“Virginia, we need help on how to get pass this medal door. Is there anyone on the other aside?”

“Hmmm… No, there isn’t.” Virginia replied.  

“Ok, so how are we supposed to get in?”

“You use the key hole next to you see it.”

“Ah, thanks.”

“We don’t have a key though,” Elsa said.

“That’s okay. Tundrum, stick your claws through the keyhole.”

Tundrum use your claws to open the door hinge.” Sara Beth said. Tundrum nodded and lifted his paw and unlocked the door.

“Wow,” Elsa said. “Why would Kennel make a keyhole in the shape of a claw?”

“I’m pretty sure it’s shaped like a fang that he owns, but a claw works just fine.”

They slowly and cautiously pushed the door open, and found themselves on a balcony overlooking a large room. There was a spiral staircase on the right leading down to the room. In the center of the room, there was a large tub filled with a slimy green goo. They could hear the whirring of machines and the clanging of metal.  

“Wow, what is K.B. doing?” Dillon asked.

“He’s trying to make something,” Elsa guessed.  

“Come on, guys, let’s get out of here before we get caught.” Dillon said fearfully, as they started to hear voices coming from below.

“No, we still need to see what K.B. is up to!” Elsa hissed. They started down the spiral staircase. From below the balcony they could just barely hear K.B.

“Ok boys, let’s load up the materials so we can make the lookalikes,” He laughed. “No one will ever know they’re actually robots of them. Then we can trick Akela and the others, and take over the agency!”

K.B. emerged from beneath the balcony. He looked exactly like the picture. Messy black beard, stony face, and cold grey eyes. Two workers came behind him. While they still had their backs turned, Sara Beth, Elsa, and Dillon silently made their way down the last few steps and hid behind some crates.

“Come on, let’s go get the rest of the supplies,” K.B. said to the workers. One of the workers turned around quickly towards them. They ducked quickly behind the crates to avoid from being seen.

“Ok now we can go,” Sara Beth said. Together they made their way to the door that K.B. had come through below the balcony. They opened the door silently and slipped quietly out out of the room. Sara Beth was the last to go, but she didn’t notice the pair of eyes watching her as she left the room.

 

 Chapter 3

“Oh, what are we going to do!” Elsa moaned when they got back to the agency. The door they had gone through had led them into an empty hall, where they found a door leading back outside. After that, they had made their way back to the FTA building, and told the others what they had seen.

“We have to go back again soon.” Sara Beth said. “And this time, we need to foil K.B.’s plan!”

“It’s too dangerous!” Haydon told Sara Beth. “ You have to go alone Sara.”

“No way!” Elsa said firmly. “We’re her friends! I’m coming with her.”

“No, I’m sorry Elsa, but Haydon is right. Having all seven of you could make it harder and more dangerous,” Sara Beth told her solemnly. “I have to do this alone.”

The team continued to look at her with incredulous faces as she and Haydon left the room.

“Oh well,” Mallory breathed. “You tried.” Elsa ran after Sara Beth from the rest of the kids.

“Sara! Wait up!” She yelled. Sara Beth walked slower but still kept going. They went into her room. “Wh- I know that we can’t come but can’t you at least let me come?” She asked.

“Sorry, but I can’t. Even if just you coming can cause danger,” She started packing her stuff in her backpack,”

“But how?” Elsa urged.

“Just, no. I need to do this myself. I’m sorry, but that’s the way it’s gotta be,” She continued. Elsa didn’t argue anymore and left the room depressed. Later Sara Beth left the agency. She and Tundrum and Thunder trudged through the forest for about two hours before she arrived. They made their way down the same tunnel she, Dillon and Elsa had gone through the night before. Tundrum opened the metal door, and this time, no one was in the room. There was complete silence as Sara Beth surveyed the room, cautiously. That’s weird, she thought. No one’s here.

She went silently down the stairs. The only noise was the bubbling of the bright green potion in the middle of the room. No clanging of metal. No voices on the other side of the doors. Then she heard a cold laugh.  

“I’ve been expecting you,” K.B. said darkly. Sara Beth whirled around. K.B. was standing a few yards away

“So we meet again.” Sara Beth said. “How ‘bout a duel? I bet I could win.”

“Oh yes,” Kennel Buckweed said. “I’m not worried.”

“Tundrum, attack!” Sara Beth yelled. Tundrum leaped at K.B., but K.B. punched him in the nose and he fell to the ground, spraining his hind leg. He tried to get up, but fell down again, whimpering in pain.

“Thunder, wall of fire!” yelled Sara Beth. Thunder flew high up in the air and came down with a screech, flaming and making a wall of fire. K.B. reached for some light blue nunchucks that were behind him. He swung the nunchucks around, creating an icy wind that put out Thunder’s fiery barrier. Thunder flew toward K.B., but K.B. wacked him with the nunchucks and made Thunder freeze into ice. The bird fell to the ground and began using his body heat to melt it.

Meanwhile, Tundrum got up painfully and limped as fast as he could toward K.B., to try to bite him. K.B. advanced on him and Tundrum snarled. Sara Beth ran up and punched K.B. in the nose. He yelled and kicked out at Tundrum, while Sara Beth kicked him in the stomach. He gasped in pain and grabbed Sara Beth’s wrist. She managed to pry K.B.’s hand off her wrist, punch K.B. in the face so hard he passed out, then run back towards Tundrum. She grabbed one of K.B.’s mining tools as she ran, and started hacking away as the ice Thunder was trapped in. Soon, he was free, but still so cold that he could not erupt into flames. As soon as Sara Beth had freed Thunder, she ran over to Tundrum. He lay whimpering on the ground. Sara Beth took out a roll of bandages and wrapped his leg up after applying antibacterial soap to the wound.

While Sara Beth was helping Tundrum, she saw his face contort into a snarl. Sara Beth looked behind her and to her  horror, saw K.B. right behind her. He push her hard to the ground. “You’re coming with me,” He said in a nasty sort of voice. He stepped on Tundrum’s injured leg and he yelped in pain, and almost passed out. For the next few minutes, everything was a blur for Tundrum, and he could not move no matter how hard he tried.

Workers had come and were dragging her away. Thunder flew over to her, but K.B. took a big pipe from a short distance and hit Thunder then chucked it at him and made him fall to the ground with a screech. Sara Beth yelled and kicked some more, but a worker brought a big tool down hard on her head, she saw only faint blurs now and then blacked out.

 

Chapter 4

Elsa woke up by a loud banging on the door. She looked around the room. A faint light came from the window in their room. It was still very early, and the other girls were still asleep. The hammering on the door continued. Elsa walked sleepily over to it and opened it up. Standing in front of her were Tundrum and Thunder. Tundrum’s leg was wrapped up in a bandage, and he was lying on the ground, his eyes barely open. Thunder had been beating the door with his wings, and now he stood in the doorway jumping up and down and crying out.

“Shhh… Be quiet, you’ll wake the other girls,” Elsa whispered. Tundrum shot a pleading look at her. He was very hurt.

“Let’s take Tundrum to the hospital wing and then we’ll talk,” Elsa said. Elsa tried lifting Tundrum. He was very heavy. Thunder held on to Tundrum’s sides with his talons and flapping his wings, lifted him off the ground.

“Thanks, Thunder,” Elsa said. “I suppose that’s how you got from the…”

She paused, and a look of horror crossed her face. “Thunder, where’s Sara Beth?”

 

“She’s… She’s captured?” Elsa said in shock. Thunder nodded. Beside them, Tundrum perched on a stand near by Elsa. He had gotten his wounds taken care of and of course, he was dead tired. Thunder had done his best to tell Elsa what had happened, but it was heard because he only spoke “bird”. Once Hooter had arrived though, he was able to translate the story. Hooter now sat behind his desk and mumbled, “Oh no, oh no, what are we to do?”

Just then, the rest of the class filed into Hooter’s office. There was a jumble of questions from everyone. Mallory was the first to demand, “What happened?”

Elsa told them the news. They were all shocked to hear it and groaned in dismay.

“So what should we do now?” Brady asked with no idea.

“Elsa, you are to be in charge until Sara Beth gets back,” Hooter said.

“What!” Zach shouted, looking at Hooter incredulously. “Why?”

“Hey, she’d be a better leader than you, Zach,” Dillon told him.

“Well, I wouldn’t say-” Zach started, but Elsa interrupted him.

“He’s right,” Elsa told Hooter. “I don’t know how to lead a group. What if I mess up?”

“I believe in you, Elsa,” He replied. “And Rocky will help you. I suggest you all continue your training and bonding with your animals. You must be in shape to rescue Sara Beth.”

“Oh great, our first week here and we’ve already lost a member,” Mallory groaned. “And we have to train!”

“Ok, guys, you heard him,” Elsa told the team. “We’ve got to save Sara Beth!”

 

“Ugh, wh- where am I?” Sara Beth woke up with a start. She had a violent headache and her arms and legs ached. She stood up in the darkness and felt around her. She could not even extend her arms to their full length. She seemed to be in a big box. The box jumbled around for a moment, and she lost her balance and fell to the ground.  

“Oof,” She sat up again. “Wait! I remember! The fight! K.B. must’ve kidnapped me!”

Sara Beth soon got an idea. Maybe if I bang on the wall a lot I might be able to get out, She thought to herself. She got up and hit the wall with her shoulder.

“Ouch,” she groaned. She tried again and again but it didn’t seem to work. She then hit it so hard that she fell over. She noticed a piece of bread next to her, and got angry all over again. “Who knows how long I’m going to be in here, and they give me a piece of bread? Seriously?”

I’m never going to get out of here, She thought. She wrapped her arms around her knees helplessly. She was trapped.

 

“Alright everyone,” Hooter looked severely at each of them. “Are you ready for this?”

The day that they found out the news about Sara Beth the team began training, bonding with their animals and packing. The next day, they considered themselves ready and begged Akela to let them go. After all, there was no time to waste. The each packed a large backpack full of necessary things.

“We’re as ready as we’ll ever be,” Elsa replied. “It was a bad time for Sara Beth to get captured, though. We’ve only been training for a few weeks.”

“Yeah,” Zach agreed. “But we’ve got to get going.”

A worried look crossed Lindsey’s face. “True, and Sara Beth’s probably suffering this very second under Kennel’s wrath!”

“Or maybe she’s locked up in a broom closet!” Mallory suggested.

“I hope she’s alright,” Elsa said.

“Yeah,” Brady agreed.

“Alright,” Hooter began. “Here’s the deal. One of our agents reported that Sara Beth is being held in Kernel’s secret hideout.  If any agency plane or vehicle that is not Kernel’s comes near his hideout it will be shot down. You will have to travel on foot through the forest to get there. Here is a GPS, a map and a compass. I know you all have been trained to get to places with these things, so you will have no trouble finding the hideout. Am I clear?”

“Yes, sir,” Elsa replied. “Thank you. We will do our best to rescue Sara Beth.”

She pushed open the double doors and exited the building, the others, including Akela came behind.

“Good luck,” Akela said to them. “And be very careful. Kernel is tricky.”

They all said goodbye to him and then set out into the forest. The first hour was easy. They were traveling in the shade, and they had put on bug spray and packed a lot of snacks and sunscreen. But soon they became weary, and started to slow down. But they were not to stay lazy for long.

Just then, they spotted a huge animal coming toward them from off in the distance.

“What is that?” Mallory asked.

“I don’t know, but I think we should just ignore it,” Elsa suggested. “It’s probably just a deer.”

Lindsey peered at the thing from behind her glasses. “It’s a bear,” she said. “Oh gosh, it’s a bear!”

“Run for your lives!” Mallory yelled. They took off running through the forest, dodging trees and hopping over logs, trying to put as much distance between themselves and the bear.

Chapter 5

Soon, the team lost the bear deep in the forest, and decided to rest again after the quick run. They were all panting and looking at the dusty ground, when Elsa suddenly looked up and saw an area covered with sticks and leaves ahead.

“Hmmm…,” Elsa murmured. “Maybe a tree fell down.”

“Whatever,” Zach said grumpily. “We’ve got to keep going.”

The first step that they took into the mound of leaves and sticks, they knew something was wrong. They pitched forward and plunged into a deep pit. Luckily, the leaves broke their fall.

“Ouch… My ankle!” Zach moaned.

“My knee!” Tayton wailed.

  “How are we going to get out of here?” Brady inquired with a sigh. They had fallen at least ten feet down, and it was a sheer drop; they couldn’t climb out.

“Hmmm... let’s see. The wall is too steep for the cats to get up,” Elsa mumbled. “So how are we going to get out?”

Thunder squawked at her and then flew up in the air, his tail swinging forward. Long thorns shot out of his tail feathers and anchored themselves firmly into the wall, making handles and footholds for the team to grab onto.  

“Whoa, easy there fella,” Mallory said, as Princeton whinnied and reared.

“But how are the animals suppose to get out?” Elsa asked.  The animals suddenly rippled and their features became like pen drawings. They floated off the ground, getting smaller and smaller, until they were merely drawings that glued themselves to the team’s wrists.

 “Neat!” Tayton exclaimed. They all climbed out of the pit using the thorns. It was getting dark outside, and the team was hot, tired, and hungry.

“Well guys, we should probably stop soon,” Elsa said, as they trudged through the weeds and leaves.

“Yeah, we should find a clearing where we can pitch the tents,” Lindsey agreed. They journeyed on for a couple of minutes, before halting in a shady glade. There, they pitched two sizeable tents, one for the boys, one for the girls. Then they built a fire and started to roasted potatoes and salmon that they had packed.

“We didn’t pack enough food for the entire journey, I think,” Elsa said mournfully. “We’ll have to catch some of our dinners on some nights.”

“Oh wow,” Mallory said, laughing. “This is like camping, only more extreme.”

“Yeah,” Elsa agreed. “I don’t know if my family would be able to survive!”

They laughed, and it felt good after the hard first day. A few of them were excited about catching their own dinner.

They walked without stopping for an hour or two, the forest getting more and more swampy at they went on. The trees grew high up in the sky, their dark branches darkening the quiet forest. It seemed just the place for a sinister hideout.

Just then, they spotted a huge tudor-style house rising above the gnarled branches of the trees. It was an elegant house, but the black painted wood and the dark stone made it look eerie. The double wooden doors had rusted iron handles, and the windows were covered on the inside by black curtains.

“Here we are, guys,” Elsa whispered Even though the house seemed silent and empty, she still wanted to be careful.

“I am not going in there,” Mallory hissed. “Kernel’s minions are probably waiting inside, ready to capture us.”

“Yeah,” Zach agreed. “We need to be super careful.”

“How about we split into groups,” Elsa suggested. “One goes the front way, the other goes to the back door?”

“Is there even a back door?” Dillon questioned.

“Oh,” Elsa considered this. “Probably not.”

“Hmmm…,” Lindsey thought. “I say we all go in together. Then we might be able to defeat… whoever is in there.”

“Alright,” Elsa said. “Come on, guys.”

With some reluctance, the team followed her to the front door. They climbed the dark wooden steps, and stopped before the door. No one said a word as Elsa slowly turned the handle and pushed it open.

“Hmmm…,” Elsa whispered. “Unlocked… That’s not a good sign.”

“Why not?” Isabelle inquired. “It makes things easier for us.”

“Exactly,” Elsa replied. “And Kernel wouldn’t make things easy for us unless he had some trick up his sleeve.”

They went inside. It was silent and dark, with a large brick fireplace at one end, with a dark brown furry couch in front of it. There were bookshelves covered in dust, as if they had not been touched in a long time. The place looked like it would be pleasant in the winter, with a roaring fire, and snow falling outside. But at the moment, it looked like only ghosts had been living there recently.

“This place gives me the creeps,” Tayton shivered.

“Okay guys, let’s look for clues,” Elsa instructed. Some of them went upstairs, and some of them ventured into the large kitchen.

“Hey, look what I found!” Tayton exclaimed some minutes later. The team rushed over to Tayton, who was standing in the dining room. He was pointing to a note attached to the long table.

“A note!” Elsa declared.

“Read it!” Mallory urged. Elsa ripped the note off the tablecloth.

“Hmmm… ‘If you ever want to see your friend again, you’ll have to figure out this riddle:

Go to a place where mountains rise,

in the snowy peaks your friend lies.

A white cross on a red banner,

The country of Kernel Manor.

“What?” Zach asked.

“Read it again,” Mallory requested. Elsa did so.

“Hmmm… A white cross with a red banner,” Lindsey thought. “Switzerland!”

“Oh yeah...,” the class realized.

“Hey, good thing Lindsey payed attention when we were studying Switzerland for the book Heidi,” Elsa said.

“Why is called ‘Kernel Manor’ and not ‘Kennel Manor’?” Brady wondered.

“No idea,” Mallory answered. “Maybe they spelled it wrong in the rhyme.”

“How are we going to get there?” Tayton questioned.

“Hmm… we could probably take a plane or something,” Dillon suggested.

“Good idea Dillon.” Elsa said. “But let me ask Virginia if that’s where we can find one,”

Elsa called Virginia on her watch.
“Hello, may I help you?” The girl’s voice said.

“Yes, please,” Elsa replied.  “Where can we find a plane heading towards Kernel Manor?”

“Kernel’s manor?” Virginia sounded surprised. “Where is that? He’s always changing it.”

“Switzerland, I think,” Elsa answered, and read him the rhyme.

“Yes, that’s Switzerland,” Virginia sighed. “Let me ask one of my associates real quick.”  

“Ok.”

They waited.

“The Atlanta airport,” Virginia said finally. “Three o’clock tomorrow. Kennel has some cargo he’s taking to Kernel. Ya’ll will have to sneak on board the plane, but other than that it should get you there quickly,”  

“Thank you sir,” Elsa signed off.

 

 

 

Chapter 6

Later the next day, the team was looking out among all the planes outside the airport building, trying to spot the right plane. Akela had said that it would have a cat symbol on it.

“There!” Tayton pointed. Off in the distance they could see the white plane with the orange cat on the tail. They made their way over to it, dodging behind crates whenever someone looked their way. Soon, they were less than ten twenty feet away from the huge airplane, hiding behind a large crate. There were two men standing close to it.

“Think that’s it?” One of the men said. He had dirty blond hair and a scrawny beard.

“Yeah, it’s definitely enough,” the other replied with enthusiasm. This one was fat, with messy brown hair. “All we need to do is give this to Kernel and we’ll be his number one henchmen!”

“So, they are working for Kernel,” Elsa mumbled.

“Hey did you hear that?” The first one asked. They looked around. Elsa turned white as a sheet and the class shook their heads in dismay.

“Just a couple of rats, I suppose,” his buddy replied absentmindedly. The team’s faces flooded with relief.

“Eh, you’re probably right. Get the last box will, ya?” He gestured to the box the team was hiding behind. The man with brown hair walked ambled slowly toward the forklift.

“Quickly!” Elsa whispered urgently. “Get in the cargo compartment while they aren’t looking!”

They tip-toed toward the place quietly, until Tayton tripped on his shoelace and fell flat on his face. Luckily, Zach slapped his hand over Tayton’s mouth before Tayton could cry out. Despite the desperate situation, the team struggled to contain their laughter. Tayton got up, grinning at all the attention. Mallory rolled her eyes, and Elsa glanced nervously at the two men as they slipped into the cargo hold. There was just enough room for them to squeeze in behind some boxes. When the last crate was loaded, the door to the cargo hold was shut, and the team was left in total darkness.

 

“Everything secured?” A sophisticated looking man in a black suit sat in the pilot’s seat. He had shiny black hair and a neat moustache.

“Yes sir, we checked twice this time,” The fat man replied sitting down in the co-pilot’s seat. The bearded one looked irritated.

“Good, because you know how Kernel is about receiving packages,” he replied. “He won’t be happy if he only gets half the packages in good shape.”

Just then, a man walked into the room and stood at the doorway. He had messy black hair and a beard. It was Kennel Buckweed.

“Is everything ready boys?” He asked, sneering at them.  

“Everything’s fine, boss,” The man in the suit said with loathing. He looked as if he could’ve strangled K.B.

“Excellent. That’s what I like to hear,” K.B. smiled evilly as he sat down in a seat by the door.

“Ready to take off on your word, sir,” The man in the black suit said grudgingly. Kennel gave a slight nod and they were off.

 

Meanwhile in the cargo department of the plane the kids couldn’t see a thing. “We need light,” Zach said.

“Obviously,” Mallory said in a sarcastic tone.

“Thunder can you do that thing again?” Elsa asked politely. The bird screeched and shook his head warningly.

“Even though Thunder’s smart, it would be too risky to try using fire,” Lindsey guessed. “The boxes would go up in flames. But I think I have a flashlight in my backpack.”

“Thank goodness you’re always prepared!” Elsa breathed, smiling at Lindsey.

“This is going to be a long flight,” Lindsey sighed. “What should we do?”

“I don’t know,” Elsa confessed. “I brought a few card games though, if anyone’s interested.”

“Card games?” Mallory considered. “What if there was turbulence?”

“Well, we don’t have much else to do,” Dillon declared.

“Man, it’s cramped in here,” Brady changed the subject. All eight of them were sitting in an area the size of a walk-in closet.

“Yeah,” Zach murmured as he looked around. “Hey, what’s in here?” He pointed to a box that they were leaning their backs against.

“Who knows,” Mallory muttered.

Just then the plane tipped to the side and the box slid over, crushing them against the side of the plane. Everyone yelped and Mallory screamed.

“Shh,” Elsa said. She looked behind her and noticed that one of the boxes lids slid off a bit. I wonder what Kennel’s up to. She thought to  herself.  Elsa peered inside the box, and started shoving packing peanuts onto the floor, trying to see what was inside. What is in here?

“Hey that’s not nice you know,” Tayton said. “Snooping, I mean.”

“I’m pretty sure in this case yes it is ok,” Elsa kept rummaging. Suddenly, she gave a yelp, and slapped something inside the box.

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