Thursday Story 4 - Alexander McCall Smith

The room was quiet apart from the persistent buzzing of a large fly. The boy sat back in his chair and watched the fly as it moved from wall to wall and floor to ceiling, pausing only for a moment or two before it continued its erratic flight. Watching a fly can be a relaxing way of passing a few idle moments, but it can also be a trigger for great and exciting thoughts. As he watched the fly one such thought came into the mind of the boy. Immediately he leapt to his feet and rushed to the telephone. He would tell his friend before his enthusiasm faded. He lifted the phone and dialled his friend’s number. A strange voice answered. “If you are looking for your friend”, the voice said, “you are going to have to look elsewhere.”

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Comment by WP Central on October 15, 2009 at 8:42
The boy wondered where his friend could have been and began to worry. So many thought went rushing through his head he asked himself questions, where could my friend be? What might he be doing?

Suddenly there was a BANG! Coming from outside. He rushed to the door of the silent room and saw nothing. The boy began to panic he was not sure of what to do. He was worried he didn’t know what was going to happened to him he thought that his phone call was going to be the last phone call he would ever make.

The boy couldn’t hold in his fright any longer he was confused and not sure of what was going on then… BOOM BANG CLASH!...

Blackheath Bluecoat
Comment by Sue Parr on October 15, 2009 at 9:37
He went outside to see what had happened but nothing seemed unusual.” Hey Alex what do you think you are doing, shouldn’t you be calling your friend to help him out, he’s in danger!”
Alex looked up “was it you fly?”
“Of course it’s me” the fly replied.
Alex did what he was told and called his friend. But there was no answer.
“Go his house” said the fly.
Alex did. It was a total mess, rubble was everywhere.
Suddenly the phone rang, it startled Alex. He answered it.
It was the same strange voice “Go to the church and fast”
Alex ran to the church. He asked the Pastor if he had seen his friend. The Pastor was drunk and said nothing. All of a sudden, the Pastor fell backwards into the holy water. There was no splash, he drowned.

By Uma Santhira-Segaran and Esmé McCarter
Comment by Nicola McNee on October 15, 2009 at 11:01
Little shadows danced in the rippling water. Alex leaned closer and peered in. There was a sudden splash. A sharp pain ran through his nose. It dug deeper and he screamed piercing the before still and silent air. He grabbed onto the slippery creature it wriggled and flicked water everywhere. He pulled. It bit in deeper. He yanked hard and it gave up. Alex stared at the creature for a long while. He knew what it was but it didn’t come to him. Then, finally, it was a piranha! He threw it high into the air with shock and it landed with a heavy plonk in the water. Then, a tall, dark figure came out from behind the Pastor.
“Come” he beckoned. He was the kind of man that you had to listen to. I followed him to a small car. I hesitated. But not for long.
“Get in” He Said gruffly. I got in the black auto-mobile and it sped off.
“Your friend has been kidnapped because of his talent. We are trying to find him.”
“Who is we?” I asked.
“We are Secret, Intelligence, capture, kidnaps.
“Oh, S.I.C.K” I Muttered.
“However, you have talent so you are of use to us.” I knew what he meant. Talking to animals wasn’t an every day thing. He interrupted me in the middle of a thought.
“But now you know too much. So choose. Take the badge and join us. Or take the knife and end it all here. You will be killed without pain. And will be given a decent funeral.” I thought about this.
“So” he said “which will it be? The badge or the knife?”

Natalie and Agnes
Comment by Liz Bridge on October 15, 2009 at 11:30
Alex thought about this for a moment and his thoughts bounced throughout his brain. He didn’t know what to pick, the badge, joining S.I.C.K he knew nothing about them! “The badge” he shouted, it was much better then being killed with a cheap funeral. And then it started raining, the pitter patter from the rain covered the long endless roads with a sheet of water. They reached the destination, a secret cave within the mountains. Once they entered the cave the strange man took the boy for questioning . “Your friend has been kidnapped by an evil terrorist group. They are extremely dangerous and it must be stopped.”
by Adam and Rory Warblington
Comment by Mrs Diana Scott on October 15, 2009 at 11:48
His answer was on the tip of his tongue. "Yes," he was about to say, but suddenly a blinding light seared into his brain.
He was trapped, roped to a sturdy chair. In front of him stood a tall, burly man wearing a black suit. It was the mysterious agent.
"So, Agent 0012, we've finally managed to capture you," giggled the strange man.
A muffled noise came from the direction of Agent 0012, "Mmmmmmmm!" He was gagged with a filthy oil rag.
"Sorry, what's that? I can't hear you. Oh, thats right, I gagged you. MUHAHAHAHHAHAAAH!!"

Alex was jolted back to reality. In front of him stood the mad agent. A realisation came to him... He could see the future!

By Hajera and Mustafa, Mayfield School.
Comment by Bev Humphrey, Woolwich Poly, UK on October 15, 2009 at 13:21
You would have thought this will be a bad thing but he loved it and he knew what agent 0012 was going to do as he turned backwards he noticed that the road they have just come from has just vanished like thin air. Every bone and muscle was paralysed for a little while, then suddenly agent 0012 said in an echoing voice “come with us or end up like your ungrateful friend and trust me you do not want to end up like him. “ In sudden shock he said “what have you done to him? you monsters and Andy had a wonderful talent that he could read minds and you killed him.” An arm behind him grabbed him and slowly said “what are you doing? Just come with us and be part of the s.i.c.k .you understand and don’t be as foolish as him” and Alex murmured in a deep voice” ok I will join your group just tell me what you actually do because I have heard rumours.” Remembering Alex I could read minds he said “tell me then?” and agent 0012 replied before he can blink “we are an organisation that wants to take over the world…” he focused on the agent and noticed that he was not lying and he noticed that he had a scar like the murderer of his dad…
By Adams –tobi Woolwich Polytechnic
Comment by Bev Humphrey, Woolwich Poly, UK on October 15, 2009 at 13:26
year 7
Comment by WP Central on October 15, 2009 at 16:23
No.” Alex said. “No. You’re lying. Who are you? What do you want?”
“Look, Alex, we just want to make use for your talent. We’re not going to hurt you. But if you don’t co-operate…we do have our ways of making you.”
Agent 0012 suddenly appeared to tower over Alex and he was incredibly scared, but he knew he just had to play along for a bit…he didn’t want to die just yet.
“Ok. Ok. I believe you. Just don’t hurt me. And tell me where my friend is!”
“You’ll find out. All in good time.”
Another unidentified man joined us in the gloomy laboratory, and they began to whisper furiously. He couldn’t hear what they were saying, but he caught a few words…”killed…won’t…scar? Notice?”
He gasped. It was the murderer of his dad! He knew he had to get revenge, but how?”
And suddenly, an idea came to him…”
Connie and Yan
Comment by Margie Godwin on October 15, 2009 at 21:00
Tgh Aston Minnie Ruffin Elementary, Monroe, LA
Over in corner of the laboratory was an old dog. Being able to talk to animals did have its advantages. "Dog get up, get up. I need your help." No one had spoken kindly to the old dog in years so the dog decided to help. Late that night when agent 0012 was asleep, Alex and the dog made plans to escape. Just before morning the dog quietly came out from his usual hiding place with a bone in his mouth. Oh great thought Alex what will I do with a bone? On closer inspection, Alex realized that it was not a bone but a knife. As Agent 0012 slept soundly, Alex crept toward him with the knife in his hand. Before Agent 0012 could move Alex stabbed him in the neck with all his force. Alex and the old dog slipped out the back door and ran through the alleys until they reached the edge of the city. They traveled at night until they could finallyfeel at peace. Although Alex never saw his family and friends again, he and the old dog lived together for many years.

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