Chapter 4: I Audition to... Go Underground?
After a few days of bouncing up and down and foot tapping, it was finally time for qualification! I raced to the room they were being held in to find Ben already there. Grinning from ear to ear. "What's up?" he said. "Excited! You?" I said and he nodded. We stood there in silence waiting. We had submitted our names the other day so they were calling people through the door. I had been one of the last in line to put my name so I would probably be called later.
I scratched my head, bored. Kids, kids, kids. All day. I looked over at Mich to see that he was calling the next name. Ugh, ANOTHER ONE! I was sick and tired of doing this qualification stuff. Sick and tired! "Hey, Joe, do you think that last kid could have been okay?" Mich asked me. "Nah, he didn't seem to understand what we were askin 'im." I said. Mich shrugged and called,"MAY GONST!"
A young girl, probably around fourteen entered the room. She was bouncing up and down and shaking with pure excitement. "Hey, your Edward's daughter, aren't you?" I asked. She nodded and started,"I'm May and I'm BEGGING you to let me on this ship. You know how amazing it would be if I were one of the first to make it down to the core? My dad would be so proud! Please!" I glanced over at Mich to see if he was filming, then I looked and her and asked the question,"Why do you think you should be allowed to go on the craft?" she thought for a moment then said seriously, her face blank,"I know every detail there is to know about the layers of the earth. Every little section, it's rooted to my head. I also know what information scientists want to find out about the deeper layers that have yet to be discovered. So,I know just the details that I should remember once I get deeper down." I nodded,"Thank you. You may leave now." she nodded and left silently.
A couple of hours later:
I flipped through the tapes again, watching those kids answer, then spoke,"Mich, are we sure these are the ones?" he nodded gravely,"THEY know what they're doing. Together they CAN run this thing."
I played the tapes again, in order:
First came the S4 tapes:
"Hi, I'm Rodger." it cut to his answer "I can go into that craft and in less than ten minutes I'll know what every single button on that control panel does. Basically, I can steer the craft."
"I'm Amelia!" then her answer "I can read the sonar system. Make sure the ship or whatever doesn't go strait into a giant molten bolder. I can also read the infrared sensor."
"My name's Scot." his answer "I'm the one who can fix the ship if there's a problem. I also can handle the communication back to base and fix it if the signal stops working."
Then came S3's:
"Hey, um... I'm, uh... I'm Will." his answer "I'm good at conducting tests on rocks. You know, to find information about them? That's what I'm good at."
"I'm Ben, it's great to meet you!" his answer "I can date things, see how old they are. I also know my fair share about fossils. I mean, what if we find prehistoric bones or somehting? I'm your guy!"
"I'm May and I'm BEGGING you to let me on the ship!'' then her answer "I know every detail there is to know about the layers of the earth. Every little section, it's rooted to my head. I also know what information scientists want to find out about the deeper layers that have yet to be discovered. So,I know just the details that I should remember once I get deeper down."
Mich looked at me,"So it's settled then?" I nodded,"That's them."
I woke up to my dad shaking me. "Dad! it's even earlier then you USUALLY wake me up, and that's at four thirty IN THE MORNING!" I yelled after a quick glance at my clock. "I know" he said breathlessly "But I HAD to tell you something!" I looked at him for a second the asked,"What?" curiouse. He grinned,"The mission to the core! The craft! You're in!"