by Angel E., Age 13
, Grade 8, Somis School, Somis , CALIFORNIA USA
Teacher: Mrs. Gass
I have never felt so excited in my life. Going to another country is so invigorating. I was tired of not going anywhere and being trapped in my home town. When we arrived in France, the sight was draw dropping. It was beautiful and there was so many vibrant colors and it smelled amazing. The warm sun felt great on the summer day. We could hear the birds chirping and the sound of children laughing and having fun. I was going to meet with one of my old friends that I met when I was seven years old. He had left the United States and come to join the French military. We met some of the guys in his platoon. We are named Soap, Nikolai Belenski, and Grinch. Nikoli was odd, he was Russian in the French military, and he was a crazy. It seemed that he had been through a lot because he had lots of scars on his face and his clothes were always bloody. After that, we introduced ourselves to them and they showed us around the Paris.
When we were walking around the city, we heard a really loud siren. It sounded like a bomb blew up next to my ear.
“What was that?” I asked.
“I think it was the siren to get ready for an attack,” he replied. “We need to get out of here now.”
“I have to go back to get Margaret,” I said.
“There’s no time. We have to get out of the city. Let's get out now.” Nikolai said.
“I’ll get Margaret; you guys go. I’ll meet you by the City of London.” I shouted as they left. My only priority was to get to Margaret and get to the City of London so we could get back to safety. I finally got to the hotel where we had been staying. When I entered our room, she wasn’t there. I heard her scream and calling my name.
“ALEX, HELP ME!” Margaret shouted.
The sound of her scream was the most terrifying things I have ever heard. It was like the sounds of unknown space. I knew at that moment what had just happened. She had been taken by someone. I ran down the stairs and I saw her being taken away in a car.
“Stop right there!” I yelled. There was no point. They had already left and they were long gone. I need to find her, but how can I do that by myself? After a few minutes of thinking, I had an idea. I could get help from Soap and his platoon. First, I had to find them. That would be near impossible. Then, I remembered that we were going to meet at the City of London. When I got there, they weren’t there.
“Where could they be?” I asked myself. After a few hours of walking, I stumbled across a military outpost. I asked people if they knew where Soap was. Luckily someone knew where he was. He told me he had left to Germany along with Nikolai and Grinch.
“Can you take me to Germany to find them?” I asked.
“If you want, you can take the helicopter with us to Germany and we’ll take you to where they are.” said Joshua.
When we arrived, I was shocked to hear that Soap had been killed in battle while he was in a helicopter fighting. The rest of his platoon survived and they aren’t hurt badly.
“Nikolai. Grinch, are you guys okay?” I asked.
“Yea, just a flesh wound,” Grinch replied.
“I was wondering if you could help me with something.”
“Sure, whats up.”
“Can you help find Margaret? I thinks some Germans took her.”
“Absolutely, you two are like family to us.”
We left to Berlin with Joshua because we thought he could be a good use to us. We arrived at Berlin and already we could see all the death and destruction that has been happening due to the battles. We were walking around when all of a sudden we get attack by some Germans. They put potato sacks over our heads and they hit us with their guns and we get knocked out. When we woke up, we were in a hot room with a light pointed directly in our eyes. Our hands were tied together with some rope. We were all put in different rooms so we couldn’t talk to each other. All I heard were screams and loud bangs. Then I heard my door fly open with a loud bang and I heard a crazy Russian. “Could it be?” I told myself.
“It’s me, Nikolai,” he said.
“How did you get out of your room?” I asked.
“You think some cheap rope and a potato sack can hold down the great Nikolai Belenski. No one can do that to me.”
“Cut me down.”
“Don’t worry I get you down. You know I heard them talking and they said that they have some pretty girl and that their going to burn her to show how powerful they are and they don't care about anyone. They might be talking about Margaret.”
“How do you know what they said if you don't speak german?”
There are a lot of things you don't know about me Alex. I picked it up from one of my buddies from back in the day.”
“What was his name?”
“Edward Richtofen. He was a crazy man I tell you, real crazy.
“So Margaret is here you say.”
“Maybe, but i'm not sure. They say she is at the back gate ready to be taken somewhere in about 2 hours.”
“Okay, let's get Grinch and Joshua, and let's go get her.”
We got Grinch and we fought our way through the base trying to find the exit. The fights weren’t too bad since we had Nikolai. He would tell us exactly what to do and we did it. His plans always worked out perfectly. When we got to the exit, we heard the Germans waiting outside for us. They kept repeating something.
“Wir wissen, warum du hier bist. Wir haben das Mädchen. Wenn du jetzt gehst, werden wir dich verlassen. Wenn du es nicht tust, werden wir das Mädchen töten.”
“What are they saying.” I asked Nikolai
“Hold on, I need to think.” He said. “Ok I got it they are saying ‘We know why you are here. We have the girl. , If you go now will leave you. If you do not, we'll kill the girl.’” he said
“What are we going to do.” I asked
“ I'm going to tell you what we're going to do! We are going to kill all of those German soldiers and we are going to get your wife back!” Grinch yelled.
We discussed a plan for an unreasonably long amount of time while the Germans waited outside. For some reason they waited while we discussed even though they said we only get 1 minute to surrender or die. Joshua gave me a gun and we were ready to go.
“ Ready guys?” Nikolai asked.
“Yes sir.” We all replied.
“ On three.” Nikolai said. “ One… two… three.”
We busted the door open and there was at least 30 soldiers waiting for us to come out. Me and Joshua ran to the middle while Nikolai and Grinch ran to the side. The sounds of bullets were so loud that I thought my ears were going to fall off. I was to afraid to shoot them because I had never shot a gun before. The bullets were flying past our heads. I looked over and Joshua was cornered. I ran over to try to help, but my body wouldn’t let me. I was too scared to go over and help. I couldn’t do anything. I felt useless like I can’t do anything to help. Then I remembered why I came all this way. It was for Margaret. I have to do it for her. I suddenly rushed over to Joshua. As I ran over soldiers shot at me but I shot back at them. I got lucky and got a few of them.
“Are you okay?” I asked.
“Yea.” he replied.
“We have to get out of here!” Nikolai yelled.
“But how?” I asked.
“We could go through the back gate where they might be keeping Margaret.” Nikolai said.
“Alrighty then.” I said. We ran out the back as the soldiers shot at us. We ran out the gate and we saw a truck drive away and we heard someone screaming. It was a woman's voice. We got in a car that was outside the gate, we followed the truck, and we started to shot at the tires so it can stop. When we shot one, it started to swerve and it crashed into a tree. Luckily Margaret was into the back and she was okay. We got her and we left. As we were leaving some more soldiers came for us. Nikolai threw a grenade at the car, it broke a window and it blew up and killed them all. As we drove away, there was a beautiful sunset.