Finn and the Adventures in Thornberry House
by Sam Shortall
5th Class Ms. O’Connor
It was a day like no other. It was stormy and the boys were alone in the house. There was a crash! Finn ran downstairs. The crash had come from a tub of ice-cream (chocolate and vanilla). His brothers Ron and Phil had done it.
Their parents had gone to Limerick to see their sister perform in a play and wouldn’t be home until tomorrow night. They got a call saying the babysitter couldn’t make it – after their parents had left. They decided to have fun! Ron and Phil were going to get ice-cream and cookies. And Finn was going to get sweets to put on it.
“I told you to be quiet,” he said.
“Why?” asked Phil. “There is nobody in this house except us, the cat, the dog, the snake, the mouse, the budgie, the fish and the other countless animals here.” Les, their Dad, worked as a pet seller. “I’m talking about the neighbours,” said Finn. “If we wake them they could come and ask what’s going on. Then they would call our parents and we’d be in big trouble.”
Ron agreed. Even though he was silly he knew when to stop. Suddenly they heard a knock on the door.
“Told you,” said Finn, “we’re gonna get in big trouble.”
But the person at the door was not their neighbour. No, he was a stranger. He simply left a note in the letter compartment and disappeared. Finn took the note and opened it. He almost got a heart attack when he read what was on it! Here is what is said:
Dear Randal sons. We have collected information that you have supernatural powers caused by a meteor crash. We have knowledge that that was no meteor. It was in fact an ancient alien device created by an intergalactic genius who tried to get it away from an intergalactic criminal mastermind. He wanted the device so that he could become unstoppable and take over the universe. The power it held was the power to alter your own DNA and combine it with other DNA and hyper-evolutionise it. We ask you to come to Thornberry House, 41 pillar street.
“Isn’t that the old abandoned house on the old part of town,” said Phil. Finn had recovered from shock and said, “I don’t know who these people are or what they want with us but if they know about that meteor then I want to ask some questions.”
The next day they went to the address hoping to find the mystery man. They explored the place a while until Ron got a text saying their parents wouldn’t be home until tomorrow. “Well, no-one’s here, let’s leave.”
But the moment he said it, a man said, “psst.” He was in a portable toilet.
“Of course,” said Finn, “he was in the bathroom the whole time.”
“Over here ya little rats,” said the man.
Ron gave an angry look and walked over. “Get in here,” said the man whose name was Bill. They did what they were told. Bill finished the toilet and whoosh they shot down and stopped. They were at some secret base. Suddenly their eyes met a familiar character. Their sister Lola.
“What are you doing here?” said Finn angry and surprised.
“I’m an alpha class member of this place,” she said.
“I mean why aren’t you doing your oh-so-special play in Limerick?”
“I had business to do here. The one over there is another agent in disguise. Anyway, you guys have a mission to do.”
“What?” interrupted Phil. “What do you mean we have a mission? I didn’t sign up for this!”
“You’ll get training later,” said Lola, “you’re the only people who can handle this.”
“Yeah right,” said Ron.
“Just do it!” she said.
“I’m leaving,” he said. He opened an exit and shut it closed again. “There are dinosaurs here!”
“That wasn’t a lift,” said Finn, “it was a time machine!”
So after that they agreed to do the mission.
They simply had to go into a temple and take an egg. How hard could that be?
The first trap was a pit with spikes and snakes.
“Let’s use our powers,” said Ron.
“No way. These markings say that if we use our powers, it will be a hundred times worse,” sad Finn.
“You can read ancient markings,” said Ron.
“It’s in English,” said Finn.
“Why would it be in English?” said Ron. “An alien made it!”
“Oh well, I just know that’s what it says.”
“Okay so how do you think we’ll get across?”
“I have an idea,” said Finn. “Give me your phone.”
“What?” said Phil, I’m not giving it to you. All my information is on that.”
“That’s why he needs it,” said Ron, even though he had absolutely no idea what Finn wanted it for. (Phil was the only one who had brought it by the way.)
Phil gave his phone to Finn and Finn seemed to be downloading an app onto it.
“This is no time to be playing a game,” said Ron. But Finn wasn’t playing a game. No, he was playing a flute. “You downloaded a flute video game,” said Phil, “why would you do that?”
Finn was now playing the game. The snakes were doing what he wanted. He walked along the snake to get across. Phil and Ron nearly fell into the snake pit in shock. They followed Finn bewildered.
The other obstacles were easy. They rolled across the quicksand. (They had seen it on TV once).
They used dumb luck next and ran across the spear arrow fight trap.
When they finally got to the main room the greatest challenge came. They heard a screech, like nails being scraped along a chalk-board. Suddenly a giant monster appeared. It was a giant, half-man half spider, 10 feet high with ancient drawings marked all over.
Phil and Ron knew they had to stop the beast so Finn could get the egg. So they did, using their powers for the first time on their quest. One turned into a dino-person alien. The other looked like a dinosaur but resembled a pterodactyl.
They fought the beast and defeated it and Finn had reached the egg when BBBOOOOMMM CCCCRRCKKK!! Bill was smashing through a wall! But they realised then it wasn’t Bill. There never was a Bill. He was the mastermind alien the whole time.
Ron and Phil were in shock. Finn wasn’t as much. A guy that rotten and mean couldn’t be a good guy. Ron and Phil charged but he took them out with a blow. Then he raced for Finn. Finn grabbed the egg and CABLASCROOM!!! This place was actually a volcano erupting. Finn grabbed his companions and ducked into a cave. Bill wasn’t so lucky. He fell into the fire and smoke.
The cave shook and whoosh they shot up and stopped. They were back at the abandoned house. Lola was waiting for them. “You did it! You got the egg!! Now Bill is gone and we have the egg.”
The universe is safe for another day....