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The Last Hope
何開梓 Mia Ho (13)
Chinese International school
作者 Author 插畫者 Illustrator
鄭睿言 Olivia Zheng (12)
Chinese International school
字數 Word Count: 937(中) 648(Eng) 「你實在太笨了！」馬克大叫, 搶走了小明的鉛筆。小明聽了漲紅了臉，咬緊嘴唇，終於忍不住嚎啕大哭起來。
“You are so stupid!” yelled Mark as he snatched away his partner’s pencil. His partner’s face turned bright red. He bit his lip and burst into a waterfall of tears.
“Mark! Detention!” roared the teacher. Mark sighed and walked towards the room.
That night, Mark was in a bad mood. He went straight to bed, without finishing his homework or dinner. Suddenly, he heard a whisper in his ear. “Mark,” he looked around and saw his favourite action figure, Tornado, sitting on the edge of the pillow.
“You can talk!” Mark said.
“Yeah, I can,” answered Tornado blankly.
“What?!” Mark pinched himself on the leg.
“We need your help in Action Figure Land. It is in great danger,” pleaded Tornado.
“Action Figure Land?” Mark questioned.
“That’s where I’m from,” continued Tornado. “In Action Figure Land, there is a diamond. But, the Ninjas stole it and now bad things are happening everywhere! The legend says that whoever holds the diamond controls our land.” 「走開！」馬克把龍捲風從枕頭上推下去。
“I don’t want to help, go away!” Mark pushed Tornado off his pillow.
“C’mon!” Tornado said.
“I want to stay at home and relax,” Mark replied.
“But... you can get out of school,” Tornado said, his smile persuasive.
Mark thought about it and said, ”You're right, I’ll go!”
Tornado reached into his bag and took out a machine. “What is that?” asked Mark.
Pressing a button, Tornado yelled over the noisy machine, “A time machine.”
The machine made a blue circle of wind, that pushed Mark and Tornado inside.
Mark and Tornado reappeared beside a greyish, polluted lake. The water was covered with soda cans. Black leaves fell one by one, leaving the tree branches bald. “This is really dirty,” Mark said depressingly, as he was browsing the land. 突然，一個醜婆婆出現了。
Suddenly, an old woman appeared out of nowhere. Her face was covered with warts.
“Such an ugly woman,” said Mark, backing away.
“She is the Old Lady of the Land, and she might turn you into a rat!” Tornado warned. Mark snorted.
“Please, give me some food,” she moaned.
“Yuck, scat!” Mark bellowed, ignoring Tornado’s advice. The Old Lady of the Land turned into a wisp of air.
“I told you to respect her!” steamed Tornado as he continued to walk.
Suddenly, Mark slipped and fell off the cliff.
Blood trickled down Mark’s hands and his shirt was stuck on a tree branch. Mark winced when he saw an old lady walking towards him. It was the Old Lady of the Land!
“Help!” Mark called, hoping to attract her attention.
She looked up and recognized him. “Ah, Mark. Tornado has been searching for you and he asked me to help. I will get you out of this tree, if you promise to give me some food.” Mark agreed. 地婆婆 笑了笑，馬克的衣服馬上從樹枝上滑了下來，馬克卻往上飛了起來。 著陸的時候，馬克立刻把他的糖果給地婆婆。地婆婆決定加入他們的冒險行列。
The Old Lady of the Land smiled, and Mark’s shirt slid off the tree branch as he began to float upwards. When he landed, he pulled out his candy and gave it to her. The Old Lady of the Land decided to join them on their journey. 他們很快就到了城堡。地婆婆打開手中的瓶子，一股粉紅色的煙從瓶子冒出來.保護城堡的士兵立刻睡著了。馬克跑進城堡，把鑽石找了出來，然後把龍捲風做的假鑽石放在架子上。
Soon, they had arrived at the castle. The Old Lady opened a glass bottle and pink mist burst out. All the guards fell asleep immediately. Mark searched the castle for the diamond and when he found it, he replaced the real diamond with a fake one. 馬克和龍捲風把鑽石放在公仔世界的中心。突然，公仔世界煥然一新，彩虹從雲裡「跳」了出來，青草從泥「射」了出來。 河流變得透明，海豚在水裡玩，大家都對這美景感到快樂。
Mark and Tornado took the diamond to the centre of Action Figure Land. As they arrived, rainbows emerged over the land, and the region once again became fresh and green. The lake turned crystal clear and pink dolphins jumped out of the sparkling water with joy. 馬克看了看他旁邊的景色。他感覺自己好像是公仔世界的英雄。回到家後，他跟他的同桌夥伴小明說對不起，又發現他的冒險永遠改變了他。
As he looked around, Mark felt proud of himself for helping the environment and the people of Action Land. With pride, he thought about all the people he had saved. When he returned back home, he said sorry to his partner and realized that his adventure changed him forever.1 / 16