“The Adventures of Green Bean Racer and the Dragon’s Fire Racecar Rally”

14 Feb

“The Adventures of Green Bean Racer and the Dragon’s Fire Racecar Rally”
Part I
By Libby Beilsmith

   Green Bean leaned hard to the right on her lime green bicycle as she rounded the corner of the block. She had to do it just right, or else she would ride off the sidewalk and straight into the street. And she knew what could happen then—CAR! Bean had practiced rounding the corner at high speeds dozens of times that summer. She only needed to brake a little bit now that she had learned how to do it just right.
   At the beginning of the summer, she had learned to ride the corner fast in order to keep up with the older boys. But today, she was riding to beat the older boys. There was a lot at stake in this race. The winner would get to decide the activities of the neighborhood kids all day.
   Bean had never been the leader before and she was itching to make a lemonade stand. The boys said making lemonade was too girly, but if Bean won they would have no choice. Just the thought of Reid stirring lemonade made Bean giggle. Now all she needed to do was beat him.
   Bean had two laps around the block left until the finish line. Reid was her closest competition from what she could see. He was half a street block ahead now. She couldn’t hear anyone behind her, but she glanced back over her shoulder just to check. No one! Bean was so close. She figured most of the kids had become too tired to finish the ten lap race around the block.
   Reid was no longer in sight. “He’s already hit the next corner,” thought Bean. “I’ve got to speed up.” But Bean’s legs were burning and she was short of breath. What she wouldn’t do for a tall glass of ice cold lemonade right now!
   Up ahead, Blaine was watching the finish line. Cori and Ryan sat with him. Cori was waving her arms wildly as she cheered for her best friend, Bean.
   “Who’s all in?” gasped Bean as she came towards them.
   “Reid is ahead and I think John is behind you,” reported Blaine as Bean flew by him. “I think Reid cut through the Lost Alley.”
   Bean couldn’t believe her ears. She wanted to stop and see if she had heard right, but that could cost her time. The Lost Alley was not part of the race course. It was a shortcut and not allowed.
   The Lost Alley was a daring move for Reid. You couldn’t ride through it nearly as fast, even if you wanted to. The first part of the Lost Alley—right on the end of the alley—was Mr. Thompson’s prize winning blackberry bushes. They practically covered the alley with juicy blackberries. They not only splattered your legs and bike when you rode over them, but they stained your socks purple, which Mama didn’t like. If you went too fast through them or moved your handlebars too quickly either way, your tires might slide on the slippery berries, and then you were really in for it!
   If you made it through the blackberries, then you had to worry about the yappy Princess Snuggle Poof. She was Ms. Sarah’s annoying poodle. Ms Sarah didn’t have a fence, so she would put Princess Snuggle Poof on a leash around the big lindenwood tree in her backyard. Princess loved to misbehave—she barked at passersby, snapped at ankles and often managed to get off that old leash.
   You had to ride across the Blaire’s driveway to avoid Princess and that meant riding down the huge slope in the pavement. If you went too fast over the hump, your stomach would turn like you’re on a roller coaster ride.
   Yep, Reid was crazy to try this stunt! Bean steamed with anger, but this gave her a second wind and she picked up her pace. “I will beat you, Reid, if it’s the last thing I do!” she yelled aloud. “I need to go into lightning speed!” Then Bean’s imagination took off!

~~~

   “Shifting gears to lightning speed,” reported Green Bean Racer into her headset. Her racecar went into lightning fast speed with a vroom! It was the last leg of the world famous Dragon’s Fire Racecar Rally. If she won, she would win the Dragon’s Master Cup. The gigantic silver cup was filled with your favorite drink, straight from the royal kitchen of Princess Josie.
   The past winners got to choose from delicious drinks like Zoozle Whip Hot Cocoa, Wishing Well Raspberry Water and Lemony Zestade. Only the winners of the Rally had ever tasted these amazing concoctions! Not only did you get to taste the special drinks, but you also got to spend an entire day at the royal castle. What a treat!
   Bean was a fan favorite to win the Rally and she didn’t want to let anyone down now. It had been a long race so far and she could imagine the taste of the delicious drinks in her mouth. She just had to stay in first place. She could see at least two cars in her rearview mirror. She knew one of those cars belonged to Racer Reid—her toughest competition.
   Bean had already twisted and turned through the winding roads of Dragon Mountain. She took each turn with speed and accuracy and only had three dangerous obstacles left—Slim Tail Bridge, Scaly Slope and the Dragon’s Mouth.
   “Keep it up, Green Bean Racer, and you’re sure to win,” said Coach Cori’s voice on the other end of the headset. “Now you’ve got to cross Slim Tail Bridge. It’s narrow and slippery—good luck.”
   “Thanks, Cori. I’ll do my best,” reported Bean with concentration.
   Bean could see the bridge in the distance. Rough waves from the river below the bridge splashed on the pavement making it extra slippery to cross. Bean had to turn her windshield wipers on full speed as she carefully crossed the bridge.
   “One obstacle down; two more to go,” she thought. “This is the hardest one yet—the Dragon’s Scales.”
   Bean had to drive down a hill full of razor sharp rock barriers that could pop her tires with the slightest touch.
   “Here I go!” she yelled as she weaved in and out of the rocks. Left, then right she steered the car down the slope of jagged teeth rocks.
   Once through the Dragon’s Scales, Bean faced her final and greatest challenge—the Dragon’s Mouth. Bean had trained for this challenge all year. She slammed the gas pedal to the floor. Her tires squealed as she got into position to cross the canyon filled with the fiery, hot lava of the Dragon’s Mouth. She could smell her tires burning—it smelled like when you leave toast in the toaster too long and it comes out with black edges! Bean drove at lightning fast speed up the mammoth hill. Then she flew across the canyon. Swoosh sounded the car as it jumped the canyon.
   “I did it! I’m going to win for sure!” hooted Bean wildly when she landed on the other side with a loud kerthunk!
   “See you soon, Bean the Victorious!” cheered Coach Cori on the headset.
   Bean checked in her rearview mirror to see if anyone was still behind her. There were no cars! But just then, she saw something strange in the mirror. It was Bean’s friend, Philippa the Hoopoe Bird, flying fast behind Bean’s car. Philippa looked very worried and Bean knew that something was wrong. Philippa quickly flew up to Bean’s window. Bean rolled her window down and the air gushed in louder than a tornado, bringing Philippa in with it!
   “Help, help!” screeched Philippa. “Racer Reid is in trouble at Slim Tail Bridge. His car has gone off the bridge!”
   The finish line was in front of Bean. Her stomach turned in knots—what was she going to do?

To Be Continued on February 21st

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