~*Saving KidPub - Chapter 1*~
Posted February 27th, 2013 by BriannaH
in lost in the world of YA
A/N: This isn't a very exciting first chapter, but the next chapter will be better. The character sign-up is still open and this is linked to it, so if you want to sign up you can. Please comment and give CC if necessary. I hope you like it!
Golden rays of sunlight shone through my open window as I put the finishing touches on my book report. I was about to post it on KidPub when a small window popped up on the screen.
"A new e-mail from Perry? What could that be about?" I mumbled. Unable to wait any longer than necessary, I scrapped my plan to post my book report first and logged into my e-mail. I clicked on the e-mail just after the page finished loading and waited. Less than a minute later, Perry's e-mail was fully loaded. It read:
I just received word that KidPub might be shut down. I don't know why, though. The only other thing I was told was the one way to stop this. If you and the other KidPub members can go on a world-wide hunt, get all of the books on the list, and survive the many dangers in one month or less, KidPub will be saved. Here's the list:
All seven Harry Potter books
All five Percy Jackson books
All three Kane Chronicles books
All three Heroes of Olympus books
I hope you and the other KidPub members are able to succeed. Good luck!
Before I could read the last part of the e-mail, the doorbell rang. Since I was alone in the house, I had no choice but to answer it. But before I went downstairs, I decided to read the end of Perry's e-mail. It said:
P.S. The other KidPub members should show up at your house soon. I hope that's all right.
My eyes widened. I was finally going to get to meet the other KidPub members! I was so excited. I hurriedly closed the top on my laptop and then raced to the stairs. Because I was so ecstatic, I ran down the stairs and nearly tripped twice.
Yanking the door open, I saw three girls that looked to be between eleven and fourteen years old. Two were brunettes and the other was a blonde. All of them were dressed casually in either jeans or Bermudas with cute hoodies and sneakers.
Not knowing what else to do, I beckoned them to come inside and then said, "Hi, I'm Kiara. Who are you girls?"
The tallest one, the blonde, said, "I'm Tess."
The girl in all gray and denim-blue introduced herself as Jessica and the girl with the side-braid said that she was Lena.
"So, what do you think of Perry's e-mail, Kiara?" Jessica asked.
"Well, I'm kind of worried about KidPub, but I'm determined that we can succeed." I said. When no one said anything, I broke the awkward silence by asking if anyone was hungry. All three of the girls were, so I got out graham crackers, marshmallows, and two king-sized Hershey bars.
"We probably won't be roasting the marshmallows, but I didn't think you girls would mind." I said as I set the ingredients on the table.
As Tess, Jessica, and Lena made s'mores, I went back into the kitchen to look for a healthier snack. Before I could decide what to munch on, the doorbell rang. Upon hearing it, the girls stopped snacking and looked up, expressions of excitement on their faces.
A freckly, amber-eyed girl that I believed to be about ten stood outside, humming a song I didn't recognize.
"Hello, I'm Maura." She said.
"Hey, Maura." I replied. "Come on in."
Thirty minutes later, Tess, Jessica, Lena, Maura, and two other female KidPub members were gathered around the kitchen table. After retrieving my cell phone from my bedroom, I sat down between Tess and Jessica.
I pulled my e-mail up on my phone and then read Perry's e-mail aloud. "So," I said after I finished reading, "What do you girls think we should do?"
"We should go to Juneau!" Jill exclaimed. When everyone, including me, gave her confused looks, she explained, "Well, in the second Heroes of Olympus book, Percy, Frank, and Hazel head for Alaska. Juneau is in Alaska."
"Sure, but there's also the Roman goddess, Juno. And in the third Heroes of Olympus book, Percy and everyone else goes to Camp Jupiter, which is in Rome. So Rome would also be a logical destination." Roxy countered.
Seeing that the two had come to a disagreement, I butted in before they could start arguing. "Both ideas are good and logical. I think we should go to both places."
Tess, Jessica, and Maura agreed. Lena, however, wasn't so quick to respond. "Lena, are you okay?" Tess asked her friend.
"What? Oh, yeah... I was just daydreaming. So, what's the plan?" Lena answered.
Tess stifled a giggle and then repeated our plan to Lena. The daydreamer looked like she was having trouble deciding something. Finally, she spoke. "That sounds great, but where do we go first?"
Roxy automatically voted to go to Rome first and Jill voted for Juneau just as quickly. Tess and Lena supported Roxy's idea, but Jessica and Maura sided with Jill. I knew that my vote would be the tiebreaker, so I thought both ideas through before speaking.
"I vote for Juneau." I said. After realizing what I said, Roxy looked crestfallen. "Your idea is good, but Juneau is closer than Rome." I added, hoping that that would make Roxy feel better. I didn't want to upset any of my friends before we started the hunt.
"That makes sense." Jill said with a grin. I could tell that she was trying to hide the pride she undoubtledly felt.
"So, when do we leave?" Jessica asked.
"Well, we should all have some sort have backpack to carry personal stuff in. It would also be good to have a bag with emergency food and drinks. The books should also have their own small bag. Did any of you bring a bag?" I said.
All of the girls said that they'd brought a bag and left it in the front hall. While my friends went to retrieve their bags, I gathered a small stash of new food and neatly set it in a canvas tote. Once I'd grabbed as much food as I believed to be necessary, I set the tote down and hurried upstairs to my room so I could pack my bag.
After stuffing my backpack full of extra clothes, toiletries, a few personal items, my cell phone, and some money, I zipped up my bag and exited my room.
Upon seeing me, Maura exclaimed, "Let's go!"
All of the girls headed to the door, but I stayed behind long enough to scribble a note. It read:
A few KidPub members and I left for Juneau, Alaska. If you need to find us, call this number.
At the bottom, I wrote my phone number down and taped the notice to the front door. After making sure the note was secure, I ran to the sidewalk where my friends were waiting.
Once I joined them, we left silently.
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