On a trip like no other
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“You know how Leonardo invented all those crazy things, like submarines and helicopters and hang gliders?” Tommy said, and Luke looked over at him, guessing what he was going to say next. “I’ve just been thinking that maybe he didn’t invent them at all. Maybe he saw them.”
“You mean he travelled to the future?” Ms. Sheck said.
Luke nodded; he’d been thinking exactly the same thing. “He saw some of these things and went back and tried to design them, but using fifteenth-century technology.”
There were murmuring voices and footsteps in the corridor outside their cell. Luke glanced up to see Mueller and Mumbo walk past the barred gate.
Each of them wore the black uniform of a 1940s German SS officer.
“They’re getting ready to leave,” Luke said.
On a trip like no other, he thought. A journey back to World War II.
“We’ve got to stop them,” Ms. Sheck said.
“How?”, Luke asked, looking at the thick bars of the gate.
“I don’t know how, but we have to. The Nazis came very close to inventing an atomic bomb in the 1940s,” Ms. Sheck said. “With Mueller’s plans, they will succeed, and they will win the war.”
“We’ll be Nazis,” Tommy said glumly.
“I don’t think so,” Luke said. “I don’t think we’ll exist.”
Tommy looked up sharply.
“Well,” Luke said, “if you change history that much, you’ll change everything. Your grandparents might never meet. Your parents won’t be born. So you will never be born. Same for everyone else we know. It’ll be a completely different world, with different people in it.”
Luke examined the gate again. Surely there had to be some way to get out. But it looked solid, if brown and rusted, and it still looked just as locked. It was secured with a heavy-duty modern brass padlock.
Maybe with Tommy’s lock pick they might have had a chance, but that was in his backpack. And the Werewolves
“If we could not get out of here,” Luke asked Ms. Sheck, “what would we do?”
“I don’t know,” she said. “But if they get back to the 1940s with those plans, then that’s the end of everything.”
Extract from the book The Project
By Brian Falkner
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New York: Random House, c2010.
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Extract contributed by Wen Di, Librarian, Public Library Services
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