Both are fun to write. My first book that I wrote and published was a children’s book called “The Great Adventures of Ruby & Nolan in Space” and it was a written as a Christmas gift for two friends that were getting too old for Barbie and G.I. Joe toys.
The gist of it is that the whole family is offered an opportunity to travel to an uninhabited world in far off galaxy. The program was intended to not only settle the planet, but to discover valuable assets for Earth.
Ruby and Nolan were thrilled to have this great adventure as long as they could take their dog Pebbles and their Uncle Dawnzella, who the called Uncle Dawnzereli, unfortunately she couldn’t go with them.
This is the story of how a family copes with a life changing decision, do they drift apart or become closer.
This is a fictional story that lets you peek inside the lives of this family of four that makes that decision. The family makes the journey together. However, this story is mainly about two pre-teens adventures in space.
The family is settled on the new world in their home, but kids will be kids.
Well, why don’t you just read a couple of chapters?
Chapter 1. The adventure begins.
“Come on Ruby, hurry up.” Nolan cried.
Frowning, she quickly turned from the sink; the front of her wet apron covered with soap bubbles which were falling. “Keep your britches on, Nolan you know our chores have to be done before we can leave.”
Ruby was tall for her age, a little over 4 feet, with long wavy Brown hair that fell nearly to her waist, big Blue eyes. Her slim figure showed that she was on her way to becoming a beautiful woman, way too soon for her parents, especially for her Daddy’s comfort.
“Okay, okay, what do you want me to do to help?” He asked, sounding a little exasperated standing there trying not to look impatient, but, losing that battle.
Nolan was not as tall as Ruby, but growing fast enough to overtake her in a year or less. Standing with his hands on his hips; his blue eyes sparkling over an impish grin under a shock of curly light brown hair.
“Why don’t you go and get our backpacks, swords, and sheaths? I am nearly finished with the dishes and will pack a lunch for us, so we won’t have to come back until dinner time”.
He hurried to get everything Ruby asked for, as she finished the Breakfast dishes and packed sandwiches, water, and treats. Their parents Ty and Robin were away helping a neighbor, as they were the unofficial leaders of the New Seattle settlement.
Chapter 2 is an introduction so I will just give you a little more.
Chapter 3 Kids will be kids
Ruby finished her chores and met Nolan out front with their lunch. Nolan handed her, her backpack, her scabbard, and sword, which she fastened at her back. He had his sword belted at his waist. Ruby’s sword is a little longer; also made of wood, and she keeps a sharp knife securely strapped to her ankle, hidden by her slacks and boots.
Nolan had his sword at the ready and immediately tried to get through Ruby’s defenses. However her defensive moves are still a little faster than his, and she was able to disarm him in several minutes.
“You are getting better, every day Nolan, it won’t be long before we are evenly matched, then we can take on Dad and Mom, but right now, we’d better get going before the day is over,” Ruby said a little out of breath.
They started out around the hill, for the climb to the top, to check on the solar panels. It would take them the better part an hour to do the climb. Ty insisted that they are checked on every week, and most of the time Ruby and Nolan did the climb as part of their chores. Off they went climbing up around large boulders and up the established trail to the top of the hill. About half way up they paused and sat on a couple of boulders, sipping water, they talked about what they would do after this chore was done.
“I think that we should go check out our hide-out, to make sure some wild animals haven’t broken in and destroyed our stuff,” Nolan said.
“Okay, but I’d be surprised if it has been disturbed, and the large animals usually do not venture near our encampment. The hunters have started to go further to hunt for meat. “Let’s get started,” Ruby said pushing herself up and they started up the hill again.
Chapter 4 Oh. Oh. This is not good.
When they crested the top of the hill, they stood stock still and stared at the wreckage in front of them. They were shocked to see several of the Solar Panels bent nearly to the ground on the metal rods holding them, and at least two of them had big tears right through the Panels.
Generally, when they did this climb, they would take the time to view the whole valley through their Binoculars. It was kinda fun to see the changes their neighbors make to their homes. Usually, they bring back news of a new barn or shed. They always marveled at the amazing tableau before them, with cleared, planted land surrounded by huge trees that seemed to reach for the sky. They didn’t as yet remember the names of all the trees, but they did know that they were perfect for climbing and had been campaigning for a tree house to be built in one near the River; one that they could fish from.
“This is not good.” they both said in unison.
“Geez, Dad will be angry, when he sees this” Nolan cried.
“I wonder if we can we straighten them again?” Ruby said as she started straining to push up the panel; even when Nolan helped, they only managed to get winded in the effort.
“Okay, guess we will have to report it to Dad; good thing they all weren’t damaged. We are still getting plenty of power with only two panels down”. Nolan said.
“Let’s look around to see if we can find tracks of what did this damage,” Ruby said.
So they started walking kinda bent over looking for tracks, hoping that it wasn’t a large animal, and if it was, hoping it was not still in the area, especially with them armed with only wood swords. Ruby didn’t think that her small knife would be very helpful. After several minutes of looking, Nolan suddenly stood up and shouted: “Hey Ruby, come look at this.” Ruby hurried over to see what he was hollering about, thinking that maybe he found a rabbit or deer tracks.
As she looked at the tracks, she sucked in her breath in shock, “Nolan, those looks like claws. This can’t be; we’ve never seen any birds large enough to make these. We need to take pictures, and measurements, so we can prove to everyone that we didn’t imagine this. Dad will want to know what did this damage.” Ruby said while fishing her camera out of her backpack, and snapping several quick pictures of the damage to the panels and the claw marks in the soft ground. She also dug out her tape measure and carefully wrote down measurements on her notepad.
While she was doing this, Nolan continued to search the area; suddenly he excitedly dropped to his knees and started wiping mud off a large oval shaped rock wedged under a thick bush. He cleared a small area about the size of a baseball, took off his glove, and was marveling at the colorful pattern on the smooth surface that actually felt and looked like glass. As he was marveling at the colors and running his finger over them, he realized it was quite warm, and he felt a slight vibration.