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 shoes are held jointly with…you guessed it, duct tape. He can’t break out 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 exhibits 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, lease an ill-mannered cave advisor, Monroe Huff, and start a treacherous underground event looking for treasure. Their treasure hunt is made extra perilous simply because they're being through 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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I’ve heard tales a couple of Jesse James treasure,” Monroe stated. “Those tales were going round for years. just one small hitch. ” He opened a drawer below the kitchen counter. He stumbled on a fresh towel and made a moment bandage. “Actually, it’s a tremendous hitch. ” “What? ” I requested. “There aren't any caves in endure Mountain. ” “How are you aware? ” Kiki requested, scooting to the sting of the couch, and striking on Monroe’s each observe. “I recognize simply because I’m on a first-name foundation with each rock, tree, and blade of grass in Ozark County,” Monroe acknowledged. “No caves in endure Mountain. ” He got here again over and stood through the wood-burning range, tightening the do-it-yourself bandage. “None. ” “But the map indicates a cave,” I acknowledged. “On the west aspect of undergo Mountain approximately midway to the summit. ” “I’ll be actual attracted to seeing this map of yours,” Monroe acknowledged, his eyes pinched jointly in suspicion. “You’ll see it,” Kiki proven. “Honest, Mr. Huff,” Pia stated. “Like Pablo stated, we’ll exhibit you the map after we get to endure Mountain. It’s a truly cool map that we got for—” “Pia! ” I barked. “Please don’t say one other note. ” Pia cringed. “Oh, sorry. ” Monroe checked out my nine-year-old sister, an odd smile spreading throughout his face. “Do you recognize what i admire approximately caves, candy pea? ” “No, sir,” Pia answered faintly. “It’s now not the silence, even if silence is divine,” Monroe begun. “Not a note, nor a whisper, in basic terms the melody of dripping water, the ghostly gurgle and splash of a rippling circulate, the quiet roar of a waterfall, and the far away cry of bats at midnight. ” a hurry of wind blew over the cabin, moaning, and an icy kick back arched up my backbone. “Nor is it the darkness that I cherish, for heaven is aware I do worship these areas absolutely absent of light,” Monroe persisted. “The entire blackness is my blessing. It renews my global. i'm within the stomach of mom Cave ready once more to be reborn, with out mild and helpless. ” Kiki and that i traded a fidgety look. Monroe used to be one frightening dude. “Nor is it the chill that attracts me many times to the bowels of creation,” Monroe stated. “For i'm a guy who loathes warmth. The cool air of the cave is my sanctuary. ” Eyes closed, he sucked in a amazing breath via his nostril. “No, it’s none of these items that deliver me again to my caves. ” A gentle, guttural chuckle rolled out of his mouth and his eyes popped open with a frightful suddenness. “It’s the scent. ” “The odor? ” Pia requested in a timid voice. “Yes, candy pea, the smell,” Monroe stated, starting his nostrils and sucking in a tremendous breath. “The scent of mom Cave is excellent. rainy earth combined with dry dirt. The ammonia scent of bat urine. The stink of guano. The decaying our bodies of spiders and beetles and cave rats. Tiny carcasses radiating that fabulous scent of demise. ” I snatched a glimpse of Pia. Her eyes have been as giant as $20 gold cash. “Ah, the scent of mom Cave,” Monroe stated. “To me it has the aroma of perfume—I am seduced through it. The cave is a girl and her smells deliver me again for extra of her candy love. ” entire silence. “So,” Monroe stated, his daydream at an finish.

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