Chapter 9 ‘Ouch!’ Page 36
When they arrived Bonta, Harpi, and Peko were already there. As the group gathered close to talk, Kypou and Typhoo walked out from the jungle and joined them. Jason eagerly told them all about how they found the forbidden crystals. But the group didn’t provide the reaction he was hoping for.
“So did we,” said Kypou.
“We did too,” added Harpi.
“We all found crystals?” said Tommy in a puzzling voice. This sounded too easy. He was sure it wasn’t suppose to be this easy. Tommy had seen the reaction the crystal had caused, so why weren’t the Velociraptors being more careful? He voiced his concerns to the rest of the gang, but it was met with a lot of opposition. The feeling for recent events was elation and they weren’t about to let Tommy rain on their parade. Things would go ahead as planned. Tommy wished Egbert was here, at least he listened.
“Besides,” Kypou reminded him. “If the Myrites thought for a second that the black crystals were going to be used against them, they’d stop at nothing to keep us from them.” The Myrites truly felt they were invincible. No one would challenge them.
“We have the crystals and the element of surprise,” said Kypou. “Tonight is the time to strike.” His earlier apprehensions had disappeared.
Tommy had to agree. Paranoia had clearly gotten the better of him.
It was decided to use the supply of crystals Kypou and Typhoo had found because Tommy figured out these would be closest to the Great Stone.
Once there, they gathered as many as they could. The surrounding area was still peaceful and quiet. The group’s late night mission had so far gone undetected. Now it was time for the real test... get to the Great Stone and destroy it.
The only way to the meteor he knew of was up the path he’d taken earlier in the day with Egbert and the others. Unfortunately, this would take them out from the cover of the jungle and into full view of the pit. Tommy had failed to take this into consideration. Getting there was not going to be as easy as he thought.
They managed to safely get to the path and upon arriving they once again crouched down in the underbrush. The first part of the path was completely visible from within the pit, while the second half was shielded by the jungle. It they could just get past the first part without being seen then the rest of the journey would be a piece of cake. The Velociraptors had so far arrogantly left all areas unguarded, but they would soon regret that.
Bonta then pointed out that they could easily get passed the first bit unseen by going through the trees which lined the edge of the path. True it would slow them down but it was well worth it.
Tommy led the way. The dinosaurs took up position behind him with Jason behind them. Just before they approached the second half of the path, Tommy suddenly stopped, abruptly catching the rest of the group by surprise. The five dinosaurs ran into the back of Tommy and Jason into the back of them. They all ended up on the ground in a heap.
“Get off! Get off!” hissed Jason, who found himself underneath everyone.
Tommy got up and helped the others, except Harpi. He was taking a little too long getting up. Jason gave the dinosaur a sharp push. Harpi rounded on him in anger. He had promised Bonta that he would leave Jason alone, but he stopped short at that by being pushed by a human.
“Watch who your pushing!” growled Harpi.
Jason quickly got to his feet.
“If you don’t like being pushed then maybe you should move faster!” snapped Jason.
“Oh yeah!” said Harpi.
They were now nose to nose and were about to start swinging when Kypou pushed between them.
“That’s enough,” he said in an angry whisper. “We have enough to worry about without you two acting like idiots!”
Jason gave Harpi one last glare then left to join Tommy up ahead.
“What did you stop for!” he grumbled at his brother.
Tommy waved his arms in front of him.
“Can’t go any further,” he said.
The sparse jungle had now turned into a thick mass of trees and vines. They didn’t have the time to find another way around. With every second that passed they were in danger of being caught. Tommy cringed. This development left them only one alternative; to go out on to the path. He was pretty sure the Velociraptors were smart enough to notice two humans and five dinosaurs holding enough forbidden crystals to end their rule forever.
At the same time Tommy was reaching this conclusion, Jason was also coming to a few of his own.
“This is going to be a problem, isn’t it?” he said when he noticed Tommy’s troubled expression.
Reluctantly, Tommy nodded.
“What’s going on?” snapped Harpi with irritation.
Jason turned around and glared at the dinosaur. Harpi really knew how to get on his nerves.
“We can’t go any further this way,” whispered Tommy. “We’ll have to go out on to the path.”
Harpi’s eyes widened.
“Are you crazy!” he whispered hoarsely. “I’m not going out there! The Myrites will see us! I knew we shouldn’t have listened to you!”
Well, Jason wasn’t about to let Harpi talk to Tommy like that, after all he was doing his best.
“If you’ve got any better ideas instead of complaining, we’re all ears,” he said through gritted teeth.
“That’s enough!” said Kypou harshly. “I’m not telling you two again.”
Kypou looked at Tommy.
“Is this our only alternative?” he asked.
“Yeah, it is,” replied Tommy. He didn’t like the idea anymore then anyone else.
Kypou looked at Harpi and Jason again.
“Then that’s what we’ll do,” he said sternly.