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‘What’re you doing, Freak?’ Jack asks, coming in through our back door.
I flick open the window flap of the large cardboard box that I’m sitting in. The box is in the middle of the lounge room floor.
‘It’s a teleporter,’ I say, letting the flap close again.
‘It looks like a cardboard box covered in foil.’ He says, lifting the flap and staring in at me. He’s holding a soccer ball.
‘The reflective coating is actually a heat shield to protect the machine as it zings through space,’ I explain.
‘Yeah, right.’ Jack snorts as he runs his eye over the ingenious machine that I’ve spent all morning working on. ‘How’s it work?’
‘Well, you type in where you want to go and you disappear, reappearing in that place.’
He looks at me. ‘I know what a teleporter does, but this is a cardboard box. I want to know how a box does that.’
‘Whatever.’ I pull a string, closing the cardboard flap, locking him out. I prepare for teleportation. He’ll see who the freak is when I disappear.
Jack lifts the flap again to find me punching letters into the keypad.
‘What are you doing?’
‘Inputting my destination,’ I say. I click the intercom button. ‘Teleportation to commence in T minus three minutes.’
‘So you’re telling me you can type a location into a keypad drawn on a box in orange texta and then the box –’
‘The teleporter,’ I say.
‘The teleporter,’ he says, ‘will take you there.’
‘Correctamundo. But you’ve got to believe.’
‘You coming?’ I ask.‘We can go somewhere where there’s food if you like. They reckon there are awesome pizza pies in Chicago. And in Bavaria they have Black Forest cake.’
Jack doesn’t look too happy but he pulls open the door and gets in.
‘I just want to play soccer.’
My eyes light up. ‘Where? London? Wembley Stadium?’
I tap ‘Wembley Stadium’ into the keypad. ‘Please fasten seatbelts, ensure seatbacks are in the upright position and tray tables are stowed away.’
‘Get on with it!’ he says.
‘Please arm doors and cross-check,’ I say quietly.
Jack shoots me a look. ‘Ten . . . nine . . . eight . . . seven . . .’ He shakes his head. ‘This is baby stuff, man. If anyone from school saw us doing this…’
‘ . . . three . . . two . . . one . . .’
Then I make these awesome noises like an explosion and something flinging through the air at the speed of light. My sound effects are so real that I can actually feel the heat and electricity of teleportation as we make our maiden voyage.
Then there’s silence. I wait, listening.
‘Are we there yet?’ Jack asks.
ABOUT TRISTAN BANCKS:
Tristan Bancks tells stories for the page and screen. His background is in acting and filmmaking. His short films have won a number of awards and have screened widely in festivals and on TV. Tristan has written several books for children and teens, including the brand new Galactic Adventures, First Kids in Space (UQP, July 2011) and My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up (July, Random House). He is also author of the Mac Slater, Coolhunter series released in Australia and the US, and illustrated series, Nit Boy, about everybody’s favourite mini-beasts. Nit Boy is currently being developed for television. Tristan’s Young Adult novel, it’s yr life (Random House) was co-written via email between Byron Bay and L.A. with actress / author, Tempany Deckert. Tristan is saving for his ticket to space. He loves telling inspiring, fast-moving stories for young people.
“I stayed at Varuna for a glorious week this year during the Sydney Writers Festival. I have run workshops and talks for Varuna for the past two years during the Festivals. I’m a long-term admirer of Varuna.” Tristan Bancks
Galactic Adventures, First Kids in Space (UQP, July 2011)
My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up (Random House, July 2011)
it’s yr life (Random House, July 2009)
Nit Boy: LiftOff’ & Nit Boy: Bug Out (Laguna Bay Publishing, May 2009)
Mac Slater: Coolhunter 2: I Heart NY (Random House, Feb 2009)
Mac Slater, Coolhunter 1: The Rules of Cool (Random, June 2008)
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