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Ferdinand and the Dinosaurs: A YA Sci-Fi Short Story - Chapter 2

Jennifer Wilber works as an ESL instructor, substitute teacher, and freelance writer. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and English.

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Ferdinand couldn't believe what he saw when he exited the vortex. It seemed as though he had been transported to a prehistoric world. He was at the edge of an ancient forest and could see a number of ancient ferns and other plant species. In the distance, he could almost make out the basic shape for a Tyrannosaurus Rex roaming around near the base of a volcano that stood in the horizon. He could hear the dinosaur's fearsome roar in the distance.

He wondered if he should approach the T. rex. What if it killed him? But wasn't that a chance worth taking in this situation? Here he was, 65 million years away from home. He could be the first human to ever see a real-life dinosaur up close. But still, should he risk wandering that far from the portal?

For several minutes, Ferdinand walked around examining the plant life in this new-found world. He noticed several species of flowering plants and ferns. He must be somewhere in the late Cretaceous period, he thought to himself. He noticed some ancient bees buzzing around the flowers. He proceeded to walk away from the flowers, as he was deathly afraid of bees. Some things never change, even after millions of years. Why couldn't these insects have died out with the dinosaurs? Or instead of the dinosaurs?

The flora was beginning to get boring and Ferdinand wanted to see some dinosaurs. He didn't come all this way just to look at plants, which really, haven't changed much in 65 million years as far as he was concerned. A plant was a plant. Ferdinand looked back to the Tyrannosaurus in the distance. It seemed like an awful long way to travel, and what if he couldn't find his way back to the portal? Maybe he should just go back through the portal to return home.

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The more he thought about it, the more he thought that perhaps the portal wouldn't even take him home. Maybe he would end up simply wandering through various points in time, never again being able to return to the exact moment at which he left. Perhaps, now that he was where he had always wanted to be, he should take full advantage of the opportunity that had presented itself. Ferdinand looked back at the portal, trying to keep a mental image of its location before heading off on his prehistoric adventure.

Just then, the portal began to shrink rapidly and was gone. Oh shit, Ferdinand thought to himself. Now he had no choice but to explore. He did have to try to find a portal again after all, assuming it would reappear somewhere else at this exact moment in time. Perhaps he never should have entered the portal in the first place, but it was too late to think about that now. He had to make the best of this situation. Ferdinand tried to justify the situation to himself, but truth be told, he didn't care if he ever found his way home. The more he thought about it, this is where he wanted to be right now. Sure, perhaps his mother would be upset when she found that he was missing, but she would be the only one.

Ferdinand headed off on his quest to find some dinosaurs. Perhaps there would be another portal near the volcano anyway, though he wasn't sure if he would even want to use it by time he got there. If only he had brought his camera, though perhaps that didn't matter much. He might never make it back to show any other human his photos anyway. Like anyone would really be interested in his photos, even if he ever did make it back to the present day, he thought grimly.

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As Ferdinand headed toward the volcano near which he had seen the Tyrannosaurus Rex, he heard a noise from somewhere behind him. A dinosaur was running toward him. Ferdinand turned around and stopped to watch it. It appeared to be a Triceratops. The dinosaur began to lose momentum as it neared Ferdinand. Ferdinand couldn't believe it. A real, live Triceratops! The herbivorous dinosaur stopped just in front of him, towering about four feet over him. Its head was angled downward so that its sharp horns were only inches away from his face.

Ferdinand reached out to pet the dinosaur and it started nuzzling his hand. What an odd dinosaur, Ferdinand thought to himself. After petting the Triceratops for a few minutes, Ferdinand turned away to continue his journey to the volcano. He still had a lot more dinosaurs to see. The Triceratops continued to follow him.

"What do you want?" Ferdinand asked it, as though it understood English. The dinosaur just looked at him. "I guess you can come along with me if you want, but don't say I didn't warn you if a T. rex tries to kill you."

The Triceratops made an odd sound that somehow seemed to convey joy. "I shall name you Snarl," Ferdinand said to the dinosaur. "I wish you were a stegosaurus though. Too bad those already went extinct in the Jurassic period. But you'll do. You have those cool horns with which to impale people!"

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With that, Ferdinand realized that he may never see another human being again. It was kind of a bittersweet feeling. No more jocks, no more being ignored and ridiculed. He was finally free to just be himself without being tormented for it. Even if he did find another portal, he wasn't sure if he would go back or not. This could be his home. No more constantly moving from city to city with his mother. He could finally stay in one place. Living here with the Cretaceous dinosaurs just felt right.

Ferdinand looked over at his new companion as he trotted along beside him. "You know, Snarl," Ferdinand said to the dinosaur. "You are the first friend I've had in a long time." Ferdinand turned to the dinosaur and put his arms around his neck, as far as he could. Snarl made a noise that Ferdinand took to mean that he was glad to be his friend. Ferdinand pulled away after several moments and looked at his new saurian friend. "Okay, we should get going now, buddy," Ferdinand said to the dinosaur. "We have a lot of ground to cover if we want to see that T. Rex."

Ferdinand and his dinosaur kept walking into the now setting sun. This was the beginning of a whole new life, Ferdinand thought, and he never wanted to go back to the present day.

Read Chapter 3

  • Ferdinand and the Dinosaurs: Chapter 3
    After finding himself stuck in a prehistoric world, Ferdinand ventures toward a volcano where he had spotted a T. rex with his Triceratops companion to seek out new adventures. He soon realizes that T. rex isn't a dinosaur one should mess with.

If you missed Chapter 1:

  • Ferdinand and the Dinosaurs: Chapter 1
    A lonely teenager named Ferdinand wishes that he could escape the torment of high school and just be able to pursue his favorite interest, but what would happen if he actually got his wish?

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