67 GOOD TO BE HOME
The next morning, the clock on the stove flashed 9:00 A.M. Teplan’s kitchen was warm with the sun’s rays beaming through the skylights. Terah and the four parents were all sitting around the table when Teplan walked in.
“Morning son. Have a seat; we’re just about to eat breakfast.”
Teplan sat down to a table full of food and was about to dig in when his mom interrupted, “Sooo… before we eat, I’d like to show everyone what’s on the cover of today’s newspaper.” She held up the full front page, revealing a picture of Teplan and Terah sitting on a bench in front of the big pig farm. The caption read, ‘Saved our Land and Rivers! Real Heroes!’
Teplan and Terah smiled.
His mom went on, “It says, ’the owner of the pig farm, one Mr. Van Houetti, has been charged with orchestrating the kidnapping of two minors. During the subsequent search of Van Houetti’s pig farm, police revealed a number of serious environmental infractions and the farm has been closed, indefinitely.”
“The river will be saved! We actually did it, Teplan!” Terah said, jumping up and down.
“Congratulations you two!” Mr. Freedden said, giving them both a big hug when the phone rang, “Hello?” Teplan’s mom said.
“Hi Ian. Are you coming over?”
“Yeah, I’m my way now. Did you see the cover of the newspaper?”
“We just read it — it’s so great!”
“It’s amazing news. I’m so proud of those two. The pig farm is closed and Paulton is now in the correct government building,” Ian said with a chuckle. “I’ll be there in twenty minutes,” he said, pulling out of the little old cottage in the woods. “I won’t be able to stay long though, Jackie. Planet Earth Protectors called - I’m going to the West coast. Something about the drought.”
“Yikes! Okay, good luck. See you soon,” she said before hanging up.
“Everything okay?” Mr. Guard asked, noticing the somewhat blank look on his wife’s face.
“Huh? Yeah, everything’s fine. Ian is popping by, but said he has to rush off to the West coast. Something about the drought…”
“Want to go to California, Terah?” Teplan teased.
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