Karin asked, “now what?” Meow!=We push motorcycles over hill, watch them bounce and crash! Meow, meow!=Oh, that good idea, have some fun! “I guess we could do that,” I said. Over the edge of the hill they went, bouncing and crashing until they were completely out of sight in the bushes below. “That was fun,” I said. Karin looked at me. Seems like she is still a bit annoyed. “I will ask again,” she said, “now what?!” She is definitely getting a bit anxious, that’s not good, too easy to make mistakes when feeling like that. “Well,” I began, “we certainly didn’t get far enough to help us, they will be catching up to us very soon. And it will still take a few days to get to the next town.” I took out our map and spread it on the ground so we could all look at it.
“That’s a long stretch of lonely road,” said Karin sighing. “Yes, and only people we don’t want to see will be on it too,” I replied. “Plus, they will know approximately how far we managed to travel with those bikes,” I added, “and that part is not good.” “Cutting straight across land would be shorter, but since we don’t know the area that wouldn’t be a good idea, we might meet with some rough terrain and have to turn back,” I continued. “We can’t stay on the road either,” said Karin, “they’ll see us.” “That’s true, I said, “and with all these tight curves in the road we likely wouldn’t hear them until they were right behind us, leaving us no time to hide off in the trees.”
Meanwhile…”They took the bikes just like you said they would Ma,” said Earl. “Of course they would,”, said Ma, “now you’ll be able to find them more easily.” “How did you know they could drive the bikes?,” asked Dave. “K told me,” Ma answered, “and that reminds me, take a boat with you, they will likely go on the river next.” “How can they do that, they don’t have a boat and I doubt they could make a stable raft that quickly,” said Earl. “How can you 3 be so stupid?,” yelled Ma! “Have you never heard of a rubber raft?”, she said, “That PI has one in his backpack!” “I wondered why his backpack was so big and heavy,” said Dave. “You wondered, you wondered, I doubt that brain of yours could wonder about anything!”, hollered Ma, “it’s a good thing K told me about it.”
“And you,” yelled Ma pointing, I want that double crossing K…alive!” “She was going to be my friend, she was going to help me, HA!”, screamed Ma, “then she runs out on me!” “Now she gets the same thing that Harold got, a trip to the bottom of the river. She hates the water just like he did!” “So you make sure to bring her back to me, we need to have some ‘discussions’ before her ‘swimming’ lesson!” And Ma laughed with glee at the thought! “Now you 3 get your men together and get going!”, bellowed Ma, “if they get that raft in the river that current will take them out of our reach in no time.” “And you better bring them back with our merchandise before the trustees and J get here,” screamed Ma! “If we don’t have that merchandise for them, we’re all dead!”, she added.
And off they went in a big hurry. Everyone was scared of Ma for some reason. “I’m surrounded with a bunch of idiots!”, Ma said to herself after they left. But I’ll just let J take care of them, she thought and she laughed boisterously at the thought! Meanwhile…we are still at the side of the road looking at the map. It looked like it would be tough walking through that thick undergrowth to get over to the river, but that might be the only way. I looked around with my binoculars. “Hey, look at that”, I said to Karin and gave her the binoculars. I pointed out the spot I had seen.
“It looks like part of the road”, she said, “how does that help?” “That doesn’t show on our map, so they must have built a new section of the road since this map was made,” I said. “And it goes very close to the river,” I continued, “that means we can go by river which will be much faster and safer.” “Um, I hate to remind you Steve, but we don’t have a boat and I’m not floating down the river on another homemade raft!,” said Karin, crossing that river before was hard enough for me, I can’t swim and I hate water!” “But I have a rubber raft in my backpack, it’s not very big, but it’s big enough for 2 people,” I said, trying to sound encouraging.
To Be Continued.
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