“Still 2 hours Nathan” my Dad replied, “Try going to sle-”
“ZZzzz.” When I awoke we had already landed, so I followed my parents to the car rentals. We got into our car and followed the GPS through the busy streets of Santarem, Brazil to our hotel. When we arrived I went to my room and instantly fell asleep again.
I awoke to a bright sunny day and groggily went to the washroom. “Nathan!” my Mom called me from the kitchen, “come eat breakfast quickly. We are leaving to the airport soon.” My parents had booked a flight from Vancouver to Brasilia via Santarem for our vacation. Our vacation was over, and now, after staying in Santarem for the night, we were continuing our flight to Vancouver.
After breakfast we drove to the airport and after going through security, headed over to our gate. “Mom,” I said “I need to use the bathroom!” “Go quickly, your dad and I will meet you at gate 11B.”
After coming out of the bathroom, a burly man bumped into me and we both dropped our tickets. I picked up what I thought was my ticket, glanced at the gate number, and headed over to gate 17A!
“Where is Nathan?” my mom asked my dad, coming back from the souvenir shop.
“He must have already gone into the plane,” answered my dad, “let’s go, I can’t wait to get back to Vancouver.” And they both walked over to gate 11B.
Half an hour into the flight I started to get worried. I had not spotted my parents yet. I walked over to the flight attendant and asked “How long till this plane lands?”
“45 minutes till it lands in Itacoatiara,” she answered. I nearly fainted when I heard her. Itacoatiara was exactly opposite to the direction of Vancouver. The city was home to Professor Joao Mateus, an undercover poacher whom police have been trying to capture for years. He was after my mother’s research. My mother, a marine biologist had located a rare species of octopus. I had to find my parents!
After the plane landed, I gave my ticket to the security guard saying, “My mother is waiting for me at the entrance. I needed to use the bathroom.”
“Sure, tell me if you can’t find her,” he answered. I froze, I knew that voice. It was Joao Mateus! As quickly as I could I went to the entrance. As soon as I got out of the airport I checked my pockets. I had 85 reals (About $30), my cell phone, and an address book. I checked if anyone lived in Itacoatiara. Bingo! Uncle Luiz Henrique, a Manaus police officer.
“Have you seen a 12 year old boy board this plane” said Mom. “No Ma'am, I have not,” answered the flight attendant. My mom anxiously walked around gate 11B. “Where could he be!” cried Mom, “he must have boarded a different pla-” ZAP!
BEEEP. “Mateus, I’ve got them. Over and out!”
I went into the corner store and bought a map of the city for 3 reals. I started following the directions to my uncle’s house, but I couldn’t shake the feeling I was being followed.
I turned into a narrow alley when suddenly a guard blocked my path! I gasped. It was the same man who had bumped into me at the airport. He pushed me through a metal trapdoor which led to an underground laboratory, and chained me to the wall next to hundreds of endangered animals and... my parents?
“Nathan! Where were you?”
After explaining to them what had happened, my dad exclaimed, “Thank goodness you're safe! We were shot by a sleeping dart by that guard outside. Now, how are we going to get out of here?”
Just then, Professor Mateus walked into the room with two bodyguards. “Joao!” My mother exclaimed. “You’re the one who is behind all of this!”
“Of course” he said, grinning evilly “Who did you expect?”
“What do you want?” I shouted.
“The location of the octopus, what else,” the professor answered. Suddenly a loud crash sounded from the back room. “Sam, go to the Amur leopard’s cage,” Mateus ordered. Turning back to us he asked. “Where is the octopus?”
“Boss!” said Sam, sounding worried.
“What is it? Can’t you see that I am busy here!” Mateus snapped.
“The Amur escaped and the gate won’t hold much longer,” said the bodyguard.
“What! How could it escape? I am going to call WACages.Inc and give them a piece of my mind!” he fumed.
“Can you stop talking and get us out of here!” my mom exclaimed.
“Sam, Joe, get into the helicopter. We are leaving. As for these three, they will be having a little fun with the leopard!” said Mateus with a laugh. And with that they were gone.
“How can they leave us here like that. What are we supposed to do?” said my dad.
The sound of grinding metal came from behind us. The leopard was breaking down our door! “Quick we have to get out of here. Try the trapdoor,” my mom said.
“It’s locked,” called my dad. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a red button encased in glass on the corner of the ceiling. I picked up a drill and hurled it with all my strength. It crashed through the glass and hit the button. Suddenly a panel on the wall slid open.
“Come on!” I called to my parents. One by one we climbed through, the panel sliding behind us.
After we reached the top, we ran to Uncle Luiz’s house. Ding Dong! The door opened. “Nathan?” said my uncle with surprise.
“Uncle! Thank goodness you’re here!”
After escaping, we booked a flight back to Vancouver. After that, life was pretty much back to normal. I heard that Mateus and his guards went to jail, I started school again, and my parents went back to work.
One day the phone rang. “Hello?” I said.
“Hello Nathan,” answered the caller, “this is Uncle Luiz. I thought you might want to know that Mateus escaped from jail and was last seen coming out of an airport in Vancouver!”
Before I could even gasp, suddenly the front door crashed open and I heard the sound of a gun being cocked.