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Author: Gracie Mae Radmore
book2

The Strange Machine in the Basement

The strange hole in the basement

 

“Thank you for coming to the unveiling of the X59Z the world’s first cloning DNA machine , ” announced the President , ” and a great thank you to my team of scientists the leaders of the project Dr John Sullivan and Dr Lindsey Smith and thank you to the other scientists Dr William Steinfield , Dr Whitney Hale and Dr Shawn Dawson. I will now demonstrate the machine’s greatness. “The president plucked out a dark brown hair from his head then he put the hair into a compartment in the machine and the X59Z ate the hair like a bird feeding on a worm. Then Dr Sullivan stood inside the machine .The metallic, silver curtain slid open and President Larry.J.John came out the President shook hands with his doppelganger while staring in his eyes with awe. Everyone gasped. A woman in the crowd exclaimed, ” Where did the other man go?!” The Presidents clone said, “I am still the same person it is just the President DNA made me look and sound like him .We see photographic technology like when a photo breaks up into small pieces and comes back together again, because the President’s hair contained photo of him but not really it was DNA and it got transferred and now I am his clone, but I can do the reverse. “John went back into the machine and the President pulled a lever and he came back the same man he was before.

John is twenty-eight years old he was born in LA and came to Washington to study science and get a degree and he ended up working for the President. His father was best friends with the president when he was younger so he became a scientist. His father, Samuel Sullivan was a NASA astronaut and saved the world from a massive meteor by heading in to it .Sadly he and his team died but they were remembered as heroes.

Lindsey who was twenty-eight was born in Alabama. She was a genius! When she was three years old she completed a high school degree and she aced every single test she ever had! She secretly had a crush on John but she has never told him that she loved him but it was hard see him every day and not tell him the truth.  Her mother was called Michelle but Lindsey didn’t talk to her father. Her mother was a great help to Lindsey and one of the biggest parts of her life.

After the opening of the X59Z all of the scientists went into the lab but John; he saw somebody that the president had not invited to the opening and he was acting shifty and nervous but unlike all the other guests he went down a corridor to the basement. After the opening ceremony the machine was moved to the basement and hidden from all of the guests just in case somebody tried to steal the classified technology of the machine. The person who was acting shifty was caught on the security cameras three weeks before, before the security camera system was shut down for some reason?

So John followed the stranger without making a sound but he disappeared. There were three corridors he could have gone down but John had never been here before. It had been restricted to only very important members of the American Government. The one question in john’s head was how did he know where to go? So John went and told bob the security guard and they shut down the White House, so all of the guests who were drinking champagne and eating food had to run out. Doors started shutting automatically and riot were happening .People falling everywhere everybody thought that someone was shooting at the White House. Finally when all of the guests fled the President ran to security; He asked, “What’s going on? John replied, “Somebody was caught in here three weeks ago on the security cameras here is the footage we had of him before the security camera system shutdown.” Just as John was showing the President the photo of the stranger Lindsey came sprinting in, she panted, “Why did you shut down the White House? I came here from the biggest lab and who is that footage of?”  “She was crying. “That man ran down to the basement but I didn’t know my way, so I couldn’t follow him.” John said depressingly before he could say any more Dr Shawn came running in, “It’s gone! The X59Z is gone!” John, the president and Lindsey looked at each other and then … the lights shut off. When they came back on the President was gone.

 

The next day came it was raining, the sky was still dark. John and Lindsey went back to work and they couldn’t find the president. They did they’re normal jobs and on their lunch break they just walked around the White House and the found a room with a sign on it said that the President’s office. John and Lindsey looked at each other and opened the door.  It looked just like they thought Abraham Lincolns statue was in there the desk was in there and two chairs .There was one thing that seemed strange. There was a warm cup of coffee and it was at that moment that they heard footsteps and the door creaked open. It looked like the president walk in and another man did. John and Lindsey were hiding in the cupboard trying to be silent and they said, “Now he have the X59Z part of our plan is complete all we need to do now is” And the presidents secretary walked in and gloomily said, “The German Chancellor is waiting for you. ” The President left and so did the other man. John and Lindsey came out of the cupboard and came out of the President’s office Lindsey asked John, ” Who was that other man in there and the President didn’t act like his normal self so what do you think has happened and why did he say that we have now got the X95Z our plan is nearly complete well something like that?” John answered, “I think that that wasn’t actually the president I think that man we saw lurking around the place yesterday stole the machine and took some of the real President’s DNA and has now got some sort of plan. But I don’t know what it is but he obviously has someone helping him. ”Then he exclaimed, “WAIT I HAVE AN IDEA!” So he just took Lindsey to the secret service office and he asked one of the agents, “Have you got a key to the basement we can borrow?”, “Why? You’re not permitted to use it.” The agent asked. “The President gave me permission.” Then John showed the agent a signed piece of paper with the President’s signature on it. The agent threw the signature on the table and acted like a boxer punching a table but quite literally punched the table.

They went to the basement door and inserted the key into the key hole and the door creaked open.

The basement was a dark and gloomy place .There were photos of people from around 100 years ago but there was one thing that stood out was a weird shaped machine and it had a photo of an old team of scientists next to it. But Lindsey was looking around to see if there were clues left behind to where the machine and the President were. Lindsey found a piece of paper on floor and it said:

From President Hello Emmet Leave Please

Go to the Mountain of the Gods in 21 Wind Street

“What is that meant to mean?” Questioned John and then they heard loud footsteps coming not from the way they came to the basement but from somewhere inside the walls, “quick lets hide.” John whispered .He was a genius when it came to hiding so they hid behind a wall. “We are going to find any of the clues and evidence and we are going to keep them so Finn can’t find them.” Said a deep voice. John peeped around the corner. There were two men and both of the men had a knife John couldn’t see the men’s faces but he knew they were looking for the president’s note because they got really mad that it wasn’t there and they shouted, ” When we came here an hour ago it was here so the person that took it must still be here, “. After that something really bad happened John’s phone went off, one of the other scientists Dr Whitney Hale had rung him and it was then that the two men started running towards them. John and Lindsey started running but the only place they had to go was a hole in the floor. But didn’t take any notice of. John glanced at the two men just before they nearly succeeded in shooting him as he went in the machine. They were the two other scientists that worked on the X95Z project with John, Lindsey and Whitney .They were Dr Shawn Dawson and Dr William Steinfield. Shawn was a dark skinned handsome muscular man who was 24 years old and was quite rich. William was a laidback man who people called Billy for short. He was 26 years old and had brown hair. John was very surprised when he saw who was chasing them but he had no time to speak .They just went into the machine and fell down a very deep hole and were gone.

They woke up after a few hours and they had cuts and bruises but other than that they were fine. They woke up, stood and looked and there was rubble everywhere and John said calmly, “How long have we been here and why is there rubble everywhere?”  “I don’t know why either let’s finally get out of here.”Lindsey replied.

They got upstairs to the first floor of the White House. Everything was the same but it seemed fine. People were working and talking .People having arguments so no change. Suddenly somebody fainted and dropped and everyone else did and then John fainted and then Lindsey too.

Lindsey opened her eyes faintly and saw a weird man with a camera taking a photo of all of the people who had fainted on the floor and he was muttering to himself, “now what have we got here an unconscious person from breathing in volcanic chemicals I will try CPR, “Lindsey shouted at him and said, “Alright why are you videoing me? “ The stranger replied, “I want to show the people of the future how the last civilization died out. “John woke up surprised at the scene he said, “Oh hello how am I on the floor? “ The stranger answered quickly, “You breathed in volcanic chemicals and it made you faint.” “OH thanks, not to be rude but who are you?” Asked John. “My name is Freddy Fredson and I live in a tepee on the highest mountain in Washington. Care to come to my home I will tell you all about how the world will end because of a super volcanic eruption. ”What um ok.”

So they went to Fred’s Tepee and he showed them a diagram of the earth’s plates, “Something unnatural has been shoved into the earth’s plates to make them move and now the world’s worst volcano will occur the day after tomorrow on the 29th of November and all of the human race will be wiped out unless the artificial object can be removed or destroyed but it would be impossible to do that so enjoy life while you can. OH would you like a cup of coffee? ”So all of the human race will be wipe d out tomorrow if someone doesn’t do something about it .”Asked John. “Yes pretty much. “. John ran out of the Tepee and Lindsey followed him, “Bye strangers. “Said the hippie “Bye, thank you! “Shouted Lindsey waving. John was very overwhelmed and so was Lindsey .They went back to their houses and they went to bed.

The day after John rang Lindsey and said, “I need to go back to that crazy hippie’s tent today for him to explain more, bye.” He hung up the phone before Lindsey could say hello.

John sprinted a few miles to the Hippie’s tent and went inside. He wasn’t in there.All of his belongings were gone well apart from a picture of John and his father when he was a child .He had never seen a photo of his father and him before and this touched him and puzzled him at the same time. He put the picture in his backpack. And then he saw a watch in there that was Billy’s watch the man that had tried to stab him before he fell down the hole and he ran to Lindsey’s home and told her that he found the picture and the watch and she was just as puzzled . Lindsey suggested, “Maybe Shawn and Billy kidnapped Fred because he told you the truth?” “But how would they know that he told us about the volcanic eruption?” “John, they have secret service agent friends that could have bugged every house phone object I mean anything he could have been looking through all of the bugs and heard his plan being told by Fred the hippie.” “Well we have to do something but what?”

It was the next day but the date was the 27th of November and John looked in his backpack. He still had the watch and the picture so he thought he must have gone back in time when he fell through the hole. He told Lindsey that and she believed him. John asked Lindsey if she wanted to hear his idea but he told her before she could answer. He said that he should drive a spaceship into the object to destroy it but Lindsey said he shouldn’t because he would die. He said that it didn’t matter because his father would be proud of him but he wanted to go along with the plan anyway no matter what Lindsey thought. So that afternoon they drove to the National American Space Agency. A few years before John had designed a titanium space craft that can withstand any hit and it couldn’t melt with heat. Because he designed it he asked if he could ride it into the earth’s plates to remove the object they had to say yes because he worked for the president and he explained to the people who worked at NASA what had happened and they let him into the room where the spaceship was.It was phenomenal. It was just a silver spike and the top was so sharp it could pierce through a mountain. It looked like a silver torpedo.

An engineer said it would be ready tomorrow the day before the volcano eruption. John prepared himself the night before, he was very nervous to die and crash in the object. It was so scary it was unbearable. John woke up had granola for breakfast. He went to NASA he tested the rocket and buckled in and he got ready. Lindsey was in mission control she was leading the flight and she did the countdown…10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1 Blast Off!

John was terrified he felt his life flash before his eyes as he ascending from the building but a failure occurred. The rocket hit a mountain and John flew out with his parachute. The door opened and he got sucked out. Everybody thought the mission failed but John was still in the astronaut’s seat everyone clapped with joy and they entered the North Pole. After 4 hours the rocket went inside of a hole and went inside the earth. John started sweating because it was so hot. It was like it was as hot as the sun and they were now only 1 hour from the earths plates .The clock was ticking and it was getting closer. After a while it was 10 minutes until collision …5 minutes..2 minutes and now everyone in mission control felt very depressed Lindsey said, “John can I tell you one thing before you go.” ”yes.” Replied John, “I love you and I wish I now had the chance to just be with you one more time in person .I will miss you and I will never ever forget you. You’re the first person I have ever loved. “She cried she was flooding with tears as there was only 30 seconds until collision. John’s last words were, “I am not John I am Fred.” He hit the object and he died instantly. Then Lindsey and all of the other people working for mission control heard ambulance sirens and they had a man on a stretcher with a neck brace on his head and the doors of the ambulance were shut and the ambulance sped to the hospital. Then Lindsey had a phone call from her best friend who was a paramedic called Sarah she exclaimed, “Sarah you’ve got to come to the hospital now your colleague  John has been critically injured with a blow to the head you need to come now , fast !” This was all very puzzling for Lindsey but she just listened to Sarah and she sped in her car to St Anthony’s Hospital at 80 MPH. She got to the hospital and saw John on a stretcher going in to a surgery fast. He went into the operating room and the doors closed. One hour later Lindsey had tragic news John was braindead but he was on life support Lindsey started crying she had heard that when you were braindead you can never come back. Lindsey went into John’s room and spoke to him, “John I never well I never got to tell you that I, love you and I will never have a chance to ever be with you because now your gone I left it too late.” A nurse came in and said sadly, “He will have to be taken off life support in 2 minutes, say goodbye.” The nurse walked out, “If only I could know if you ever loved me.” She despaired. “Then John’s lips started moving, “I do.” He was alive! It was a miracle Lindsey couldn’t believe it .She called a nurse he was fine he just had neck injuries but they weren’t severe. John got to go home after a few weeks he was glad to be out of the hospital because it was just a very gloomy place.

After a while John was able to walk properly and Lindsey told John that Fred took his place in the mission but John didn’t seem too surprised. “Lindsey, I think I know why Fred wanted to take my place. Because … He was my older brother.” “John what made you thinks that?” asked Lindsey” Well I never told you this but I found a photo of me and my dad here it is.”Answered John, “wait, wait do you see that teenage boy in the background it looks exactly like Fred. “Replied Lindsey ” Oh my gosh it does he must have been my long lost brother and we never knew and I think he is my brother because he looks exactly like my father and me and we all have the same colour eyes.” Said a surprised John,” Wait we have forgotten one thing, the letter we found from the President and why were Shaw and Bill trying to shoot us?” Lindsey studied the letter several times and she figured out what it meant , “do you know where it says in the letter Hello Emmet Leave Please the first letter of every word put together is help but what does Go to the mountain of the gods in 21 Wind Street mean ? ” “I know” shouted John , ” The mountain of the gods in Greek mythology is Olympus and Wind street is a street in Olympus and number 21 is that abandoned motorbike shop for BMW’s.” “Should we go there?” Shrugged Lindsey “Yes.” Replied John.

They arrived at the bike shop .It definitely looked abandoned. Windows were hanging off and it was in an alleyway by nowhere else .John and Lindsey crept up to the door and opened it slowly without making a sound. Shawn and Bill were there and so were the President and the X95Z. Bill and Shawn saw John and Lindsey and started shooting at them but then they saw who John and Lindsey were and stopped. “What you doing here man?” Asked Shawn” trying to save the President what are you doing here?” replied John, “the same as you,” answered Shawn. “But you were in the basement trying to shoot us so you could get the letter weren’t you?” “No I didn’t know that was you I thought you were the people who kidnapped the President that’s why we shot at you, sorry John.” muttered Shawn. “Ok we are here to find the president not to reunite with each other, come on let’s split up and when someone finds him they will shout to the others.” Me and John will go together and Bill you will go with Shawn together ok?” “yes.” Said everyone .John and Lindsey went to the attic and Shawn and Bill went to the Basement .In the attic and there was loads of junk. There was just boxes and storage and when they lost hope they accidentally fell into the wall but it was very hollow and they could hear somebody calling for help. So John hit the wall with the hammer and jumped down and so did Lindsey.  Then they found the President tied up against a pole. They called Shawn and Bill while and untying the President. Shawn and Bill came down and then they heard somebody coming but they had nowhere to go and then they saw who it was. It was Whitney Hale and the fake President. The fake president was called Finn and Whitney Hale was one of the other scientists on the team for the President. Everybody was very shocked to see who it was but they had no time before they tried seizing the President. John, Lindsey, Shawn and Bill managed to get the president out of the building and in a car. Whitney was shooting at the car the real President was in and the windscreen smashed .Glass was everywhere in the car but nobody luckily got hurt. After a while a police car came behind and shot Finn and Whitney car’s tyre and seized them. The scientists and the President all went back to the White House and after a few days things started to go back to normal .I n the end John and Lindsey got engaged and the president got back to doing his job and Whitney and Finn were arrested for life .

After a while Lindsey and John got married and they had children and they named them Fred, Samuel and Michelle. They all lived happily ever after for now.