The Impossible Adventures: Book #1 - Mountain of Ash

When a volcano drives Carlos and his friend Claudia out of their hometown, they end up in the back of a wagon in the middle of a rainforest in Brazil. No one knows that they had snuck a ride in the wagon, so everyone else left without them. Carlos and Claudia manage to get themselves into all sorts of impossible situations, such as becoming prisoners to a strange jungle tribe, ending up in a small prairie town, and being trapped in a cargo ship as it travels across the Atlantic Ocean. By the way, this is not meant to be historically accurate. In fact, a lot of scenes in this book probably happen in different time periods! The series of Impossible Adventures books each involve a pair of kids who get stuck in the craziest situations imaginable.

published on May 14, 201515 reads 5 readers 0 not completed
Chapter 1.

The God of Vortex

“Claudia!” I shout, racing towards the Tall Tree. Claudia is climbing to the top, where we always sit and pick cacao and talk. She looks down at me, gripping the bark of the tree with her hands.
        “Carlos!” she yells. I smile and grab the trunk. With all my strength, I pull myself up.
        Claudia is already at our spot, picking cacao and eating a mango. She offers a piece to me and I accept, the juice running down my chin. I reach out for a cacao pod and am about to pick it when shouts ring out from below. I look down and see the town square crowded with people, all waving tickets in the air and squeezing onto a rickety bus.
        “What’s happening?” I ask. Claudia’s eyes are wide as she shrugs.
        I make out one of the shouts. “Leave! We must hurry! The God of Vortex is here!” someone yells from under us. Claudia panics and quickly climbs down the tree, forgetting her basket filled with cacao, mangos, and sugar cane. I grab it for her and follow her down.
        When I get to the bottom, my eyes scan the crowd for Claudia. I spot her climbing into a small wagon. I sprint over to her and heave myself in the back of the wagon before anyone sees me. Claudia throws a cloth over my body and I squeeze into a ball. We stay as still as statues for a long time.
        Suddenly, a great rumbling noise comes from behind us. It shakes the ground and I close my eyes as tight as I can. A small ball hits me in the back and I peek out from under my cloth. It’s a rock. I look up. White flakes are falling from the sky. It’s snowing!
        Except it’s not cold. And winter was a month ago. This is ash. My breath catches in my throat as I look into the distance. The large mountain where the God of Vortex resides is coughing up plumes of smoke and chunks of rock. It is spitting ash, too. All of a sudden, with a great blast, the mountain spews a river of fire. The God of Vortex is mad! But- at who?
        The crack of a whip gets my attention and I duck back under my cloth. The wagon we’re riding on starts vibrating, and then it shoots off. I focus on trying not to cry. The ash is almost suffocating me. I cough it up, but luckily the noise of the mountain covers up my noise.
        Claudia squeezes my hand tightly. The wagon accelerates. The driver cracks a whip and shouts something to the horses pulling us, but I can’t hear what he says over the sounds of the mountain. A tear slips down my dirty face, leaving a trail in the ash. Within seconds, more tears are dripping, and then I’m crying. Claudia is, too. We’re silently shaking with sobs.
        I’m very tired. The noise of the mountain seems duller now. My eyelids feel heavier and heavier until they drift closed and I black out.
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