Chapter 11 ‘So Long And Thanks For All The Berries’ Page 43
Bright light flooded into the darkness, engulfing them and the faint glow from the flashlight. Tommy squinted, trying to see what was there and was completely shocked by what he saw. It was his bedroom!
“Look!” he shouted.
Jason lowered his hand and couldn’t believe his eyes. They were home at last!
The boys walked dumbfounded into Tommy’s room. All thoughts of never getting home left their heads.
There was a noise out in the hall. Jason quickly slammed the closet door shut. Seconds later the bedroom door opened and in walked their mother carrying a pile of clean laundry.
The boys stampeded her. Knocking the clothes from her arms.
“Mom!” They shouted as they hugged her.
“We’re so glad to see you!” cried Tommy.
Mrs. Barker had a rather surprised look on her face.
“But you saw me only this morning,” she told them. The boys exchanged looks.
Mrs. Barker looked at her filthy and ripe smelling sons.
“I’ve been looking for you two. Where have you been to get so dirty?” she scolded.
Neither boy answered right away. Then Tommy looked at his closet and then at his mother.
“We were cleaning out my closet,” he said laughing. His mother shook her head then picked up the clothes and placed them on the bed.
“Well, it’s dinnertime in a few hours,” she said. “And I don’t want either of you showing up until you are completely clean. Understand?”
“Yes mom,” said Tommy and Jason.
Mrs. Barker shook her head again and left the room.
Tommy closed the door behind her.
“How can that be?” said Jason after his mother was gone. “We’ve been away for days. How come it’s only been hours here?”
Tommy shook his head.
“I don't know,” he said. “I can’t explain it. Maybe it’s got something to do with the time hole or something.”
“Well, I guess it doesn’t matter now. We’re home,” said Jason. He looked down at his dirty clothes. “Right now I’m going to take a long soak in a hot bath.” He gave his little brother a shot in the arm. “See you later squirt.” Then Jason and his battered and bruised body left.
`When he was alone, Tommy went and sat on his bed. After a couple of minutes he took off his tattered backpack and emptied it out. He picked up his stained Dinosaur Encyclopedia and opened it.
The pages were filled with the faces of extinct dinosaurs. This unique experience had given him a new found respect of the ancient creatures. Were they stupid reptiles or intelligent beings? Capable of making the same mistakes as humans. Tommy had a pretty good idea but no one would ever believe him. He knew he would never look at these pictures the same way again. Closing the book, he laid it on his bed next to his camera. He hadn’t even gotten any photos. Well, perhaps that was for the best. Ten year old Tommy Barker walked out of his room, very glad to be home.