They ran until they could run no longer.
“Wow!’ exclaimed Tommy. “That was incredible! An amphibious dinosaur, can you believe it!” Inside Tommy there was a strange mixture of awe and fear.
Inside Jason, however, there was just fear. “What’s wrong with this place!” he snapped. “Everything wants to eat us! We’re never going to get out of here alive!” Jason bent forward, resting his hands on his knees.
“It’s not the dinosaurs fault.” explained Tommy as he flopped down on the ground. “They’re just doing what comes naturally. We’re just food to them.” But Jason wasn’t interested in the dinosaurs point of view. He was tired, covered in mud, and fed up with the local wildlife trying to make a midday snack out of him.
Tommy’s eyebrows furrowed. “Can you feel that?” he said.
“Feel what?” said Jason.
Tommy put his hands flat on the ground. It was trembling. Jason felt it too now. The ground was trembling and the trees were shaking. Then came the noise. It sounded like a thunder storm was raging up the trail. Tommy got to his feet. He’d seen just about every dinosaur movie ever made and knew exactly what that sound meant. He pushed Jason off the trail.
“Climb a tree!” he shouted.
In a fit of panic Jason climbed the first tree he saw. Tommy followed. The noise and shaking increased. Climbing was difficult. Jason reached the upper branches but Tommy was having trouble. He was still too low down in the tree to be safe from whatever was thundering up the trail. As he reached for the next branch Tommy lost his grip and fell backwards. He would have fallen out of the tree completely but his foot became caught between two branches. Tommy now found himself hanging upside down right in the path of a large and very mysterious raging dust cloud!
Jason scrambled down the tree and reached out with one hand. “Grab my hand!” he shouted over the noise. Tommy tried but couldn’t.
Jason looked frantically towards the fast approaching dust cloud. Strange ominous shapes loomed within it. With one last burst of energy Jason lunged forward and caught Tommy by the wrist. As he lifted Tommy up, a group of very large three horned dinosaurs stampeded underneath them. Jason tried desperately to hang on to his little brother. If he let go, Tommy would fall into the path of the dinosaurs! Tommy couldn’t see what was going on underneath him but by the look on Jason’s face it wasn’t good.
After a few bone shaking minutes the last of the dinosaurs thundered by and the thick choking dust began to settle. Jason braced himself and pulled Tommy up into the tree. They clung to its branches trying to calm themselves. It had been one horrible surprise after another ever since they had stepped into this bizarre world.
“Are you okay?” asked Jason.
Tommy gave him a shaky smile. “Yeah, I think so. I would have been a human pancake if it weren’t for you.”
“Anytime Squirt,” smirked Jason. He knew how much calling him that bothered Tommy. “But I hope that’s the last time I have to save you from stampeding dinosaurs.”
The boys climbed down from the tree, brushed off some of the dust and mud and set off up the trail.
They walked for quite some time, and to their relief, without any more surprises, thinking of home and wondering if their Mom and Dad were worried about them yet. The boys had been gone for almost a whole day. On top of all this Tommy wasn’t feeling very good about himself. He never expected a real adventure to get him into so much trouble, not to mention be so exhausting. So far they had encountered three different species of dinosaurs and each time they had barely escaped with their lives. To make matters even worse, the sun was starting to sink down behind the horizon. They were going to be stuck here... in the dark... which wasn’t a pleasant thought. The warm forest air began to cool.
Arriving at the decision that up high seemed to be the safest place, the boys found a large tree by the side of the trail, and prepared to spend the night in it. Being up out of the way of the unusual wildlife, however, brought them little comfort. Tommy took out his flashlight and shone it about the surrounding branches. Right now he couldn’t bare anymore unexpected problems. Fortunately, the branches were clear.
Tommy curled up on the branch as best he could and rested his head on his backpack. “Goodnight Jason,” he said with a yawn.
“Goodnight,” replied Jason. Soon he heard Tommy’s deep breathing.
Jason shivered in the cold darkness. He didn’t feel there was a chance he would be getting much rest in such a creepy place, but soon he could fight his exhaustion no longer, and drifted off into a restless sleep.
Tommy woke with the warm morning sun on his face. He’d had a nasty dream about stampeding dinosaurs. Yawning deeply, Tommy sat up and looked around, noticing right away that he was sitting in a tree. Tommy sighed. It hadn’t been a dream. He reached over and shook Jason. Jason practically jumped out of the tree.
“Their back! Their back!” he shouted.
Tommy patted his brother's arm. “It’s okay Jason, it’s me. I was trying to wake you.”
Jason let out a long sigh of despair. “Man,” he groaned. “I don’t think I’m going to survive this.”
“We should get going,” said Tommy. “You know we should use as much of the daylight as possible.” They climbed down and resumed their journey home.