They hiked through the nearest canyon and came to the first set of fossils.
Callum read his notes. “This is where they found an oviraptor.”
“Wow! Look at the bones,” Fiona said.
“It says that oviraptor means egg thief. They have a
beak, see it?” Callum pointed it out. “They also have two small teeth. They
eat eggs, fruit and shellfish.”
“How can they eat shellfish out here? There’s no sea
around here?” Elspet frowned. “Unless you know something I don’t know.”
“I think this area was a sea in the times of the
dinosaurs,” Fiona said.
“It doesn’t say it eats people though,” Elspet said,
“Maybe there weren’t people around this area then. They
eat plants and animals, therefore they are called omnivores. They walk on
two legs and have a parrot-like head with strong jaws for crushing hard
objects.” Callum finished reading his notes on that particular dinosaur.
“Oh, and it’s the size of a grown man. It might not say it eats people, but
I’m sure the ones we may encounter today will.”
A grunting sound caught their attention. “I do not like
the sound of that. Please, oh please, tell me there’s not a velociraptor or
oviraptor standing behind me.” Elspet fought back tears.
“There isn’t, but something is nearby. We’re stuck here
in the middle of this canyon with no place to run except into another
canyon. What should we do?” Callum picked up a bone lying on top of the
ground. “I’m not going down without a fight.”
A shadow turned into the canyon and behind it was a
velociraptor. Behind the velociraptor were three more. They made strange
clicking sounds and lined up in a row, blocking the exit.
“Do you know what
velociraptor means?” Callum searched for a route of escape as he spoke. “It
means swift thief because it runs fast and can grasp things. Pay attention
to the runs fast part. Fiona, what are we going to do? Can you think of some
sort of magic to use?”
“I’ll use every one of them
if I have to.” Fiona closed her eyes. A fire began to burn between them and
the raptors. The flames grew in intensity. The creatures screeched and
backed away from the fire.
“It’s working, Fiona. They
won’t run through it,” Elspet said.
“They can run around and
come behind us,” Callum said.
“I’ll solve that.” Fiona
made a fire behind them, enclosing them between two walls of flame.
“This will keep us safe for
a while, but sooner or later they’ll figure out that they can go above us
and jump down on us.” Callum looked up at the tops of the cliffs. “Oops.
Spoke too soon. They’ve already figured it out. They are smart. Look.”
The four raptors perched on
the cliff above. “Oh no! They’ll jump down and kill us. I saw that dinosaur
movie too. Those velociraptors have this special claw that rips open
people’s bellies and they have a lot of sharp teeth to finish us off. I’ve
never been more scared in my life.” Elspet went into hysterical sobbing.
“I’ll try to use the weather
to stop them,” Fiona said.
“Wait. If you make it rain,
it will flood us out. We’re stuck down here in this canyon,” Callum said.
“Right. I can turn myself
into something else, but what?”
“How about a t-rex? T-rex
eat velociraptors, don’t they? Elspet added her suggestion.
“They do, but there are four
of them and there would only be one of me and they’ve got that sharp extra
claw, remember?” Fiona wiped sweat from her brow. “Okay, I’ve got it. I’ll
make myself into a giant t-rex, ten times the size of a normal one and then
I’ll swat them away like flies.”
The first raptor jumped down
into the canyon and stood in front of Callum. The second, third and fourth
followed. They formed a semi-circle around them, snarling and hissing. “Do
it now, Fiona.” Callum backed up against the wall and pulled Elspet with
him. “Pick up a bone, Elspet and hit them if they come near. Hurry Fiona.”
Fiona turned herself into a
t-rex. The raptors backed away, surprised by the sudden appearance of their
enemy. She roared and bent over to snap at them.
“Grow bigger. They’ll kill
you. There are too many of them.” Callum shouted and swung the bone at an
approaching raptor. “They’re surrounding you and moving in for the kill,
Fiona needed no more
encouragement. She made herself grow. Her head passed the tops of the cliff.
She kept growing until she felt confident she could destroy the
velociraptors without getting hurt herself.
The raptors ran back, away
from Elspet and Callum. When Fiona roared, they darted off in different
directions. “Oh no you don’t,” Fiona said. She roared, shaking the bushes
and trees. Slobber fell from her teeth. “Gross.” She reached over and picked
up a raptor that was running into a dead end canyon. It nipped at her
fingers, taking chunks from them. “Ouch, you nasty velociraptor.” She
flicked it with the fingers of her other hand, knocking it unconscious.
“What to do with you. Hmm.” She picked it up by the legs and swung it around
in circles and then let go. The raptor flew through the air and landed with
a thud against the side of a cliff. “That’ll do you. One down, three to go.”
She grabbed another that was
hiding behind a bush. She grabbed it by the tail and held it in front of her
face. With an enormous roar, she dropped the raptor into her mouth, crunched
it with her teeth and swallowed. “Ew. That tasted so gross. Yuck. Raw
The third and fourth raptors
hid and Fiona couldn’t find them until one of them made a stupid error and
ran from its hiding place. Fiona let it run into her cupped hand and lifted
it. “What should I do with you?” It snapped at her nose and used its claw to
rip open a hole in her cheek. Blood poured from the giant t-rex. This
excited the raptor even more, but it angered Fiona. She squeezed the
dinosaur until it exploded and then tossed the remains on the ground. She
stepped on it with her clawed foot and smashed it into the ground.
Fiona couldn’t find the
fourth raptor, so presumed it had run away. She shrunk back down to normal