A Boy Called Duct Tape

By Christopher Cloud

Pablo Perez is a 12-year-old child with no a lot going for him. His classmates have dubbed him “Duct Tape” simply because his tattered discount-store footwear are held jointly with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t get away the bullying.

Pablo’s success alterations after he reveals a $20 gold coin whereas swimming along with his sister in a river close to their domestic. Pablo later buys a $1 treasure map on the county reasonable. The map indicates the path to the “lost treasure” of the infamous outlaw Jesse James. Pablo can’t support yet ask yourself: Is there a hyperlink among the map and the gold coin?

He is decided to determine, and he, his 9-year-old sister, Pia, and 13-year-old cousin, Kiki, rent an ill-mannered cave advisor, Monroe Huff, and start a treacherous underground experience looking for treasure. Their treasure hunt is made extra perilous simply because they're being by way of the evil Blood brothers, who wish the treasure for themselves. The Blood brothers will cease at not anything to assert the treasure as their very own.

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Don’t know,” I stated. “A human scream,” Monroe acknowledged. “The Blood brothers? ” Kiki guessed. “Uh-huh, maybe,” Monroe stated. “You don’t appear too worried,” I acknowledged, my mild on Monroe. “I’ll fear while the time is correct. ” Pia appeared again over her shoulder, her headlamp fading into the murk of darkness. “Like Monroe acknowledged, Pia,” I stated, “find somewhere to sit down and leisure, and we’ll come back—” “No, by no means mind,” Pia interrupted, brushing at her eyes. “I’ll pass. ” “Huh? ” “I’ll move. ” “Make up your mind,” I challenged. “Are you going with us or no longer? ” “I’ll pass. ” “Pia, there's no such factor as ghosts,” Kiki stated. She didn’t sound that convincing. “Are you convinced? ” Pia requested, lighting fixtures Kiki’s face. Kiki nodded. “Uh-huh, lovely definite. ” “I’ll pass. ” everybody begun strolling back. Pia looped an arm round mine. Monroe was once nonetheless prime whilst the tunnel made a pointy 90-degree flip to definitely the right and flowed right into a small cavern. Monroe rounded the nook, then leaped again and compelled his again opposed to the wall. “Stop! ” he whispered. “What …? ” I requested, nearly gagging at the observe. Monroe positioned his finger to his lips and shook his head. He mouthed the phrases “Don’t speak. ” Pia and Kiki got here jointly in a nervous embody. “I observed … something,” Monroe whispered. “Some … factor? ” I requested, my middle banging in my chest. “Some … one,” Monroe stated quietly. “But I can’t ensure. not more than a glimpse. ” Clinging to Kiki, Pia gasped. “Some … one? ” I pressed, alarm bells ringing in my head. Monroe grew to become off his headlamp and eased to the nook of the tunnel. He poked his head round the nook, after which withdrew it. Pia choked again a sob. My knees becoming vulnerable, I positioned one hand flat opposed to the wall for aid. each horror motion picture I’d ever noticeable used to be enjoying out within my head. A Nightmare on Elm road was once the 1st that got here to brain. “Is this one other of your tips, Monroe? ” Kiki whispered, her voice quivering. “No. ” Monroe’s face was once clouded, and that i may possibly inform from the tone in his voice that it wasn’t a trick. Monroe caught his head round the nook a moment time, flashed on his headlamp for an immediate, then jumped again back. He set free an important sigh. “What? ” I croaked, a softball-sized lump in my throat. In a regular voice, Monroe stated, “It’s a portray I observed. ” “A portray? ” I requested, many of the panic draining from my head. “Yeah. ” Monroe stepped round the nook and walked into the cavern. each person carefully. The cavern used to be in regards to the measurement of a two-car storage. “This needs to be the place,” Monroe stated, his headlamp taking part in over the images on one wall. “Room of Ghosts. ” Pia, Kiki, and that i stood staring at on the photographs at the wall. “Ghosts,” Pia stated in a whisper, framing the figures along with her gentle. Her headlamp made a whole one hundred eighty to the correct, then a a hundred and eighty to the left. She left no nook unseen. “Those are very, very scary,” Kiki saw. Painted onto the cave wall prior to us have been 8 life-size pictures of ghosts. Armless and legless, they resembled Halloween costumes, head and our bodies hidden underneath a shroud. the pictures additionally had huge darkish eyes, small nostrils, and open mouths that stretched now not horizontally like a human’s mouth, yet vertically like a ghost’s mouth.

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