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I’m writing this story for the blog “Teagan’s Books”. This week the subject is 3-D. The link for this entertaining blog is as follows:
BEWARE THE 3-D PRINTER by P.S. Joshi
It all started with Gloria Baker’s little brother Sean’s pop-up book. He loved it and it had pop-up pictures of dinosaurs.
Tomorrow was his birthday and she wanted to get him something special. Her dad had bought a 3-D printer for his home office. She wondered what would happen if she put the pop-up book in the printer. Ben would love a figure of his favorite dinosaur, the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Ben was at a friend’s house so it would be a surprise.
It was starting to thunder outside but she would run the machine quickly before the lightening started.
Gloria went to Ben’s bedroom, got the book, and took it to her dad’s office on the ground floor. Opening the printer lid, she slipped the book into the machine open to the photo she wanted to print. She’d seen her dad do this many times. She pushed the buttons.
The machine began to run. Suddenly lightning hit nearby. The machine shuddered. Scary. It had never done that before. It next made an odd belching noise and a screech came from it, getting louder and louder.
The machine stopped and the lid flew back. Out climbed a Tyrannosaurus Rex the size of the neighbor’s Great Dane. It fastened its gaze on Gloria.
Just then Gloria’s dad, Seth, pulled into the drive in his Jeep Grand Cherokee. He opened the door and heard screams from the house–Gloria’s screams. It was beginning to rain, hard.
“Now what”, he said out loud. He threw the car door open and ran. Getting to the front door he reached into his pocket for his keys. No keys.
The door swung open and Gloria ran out–still screaming– and crashed into him.
What was that strange musky odor?
He looked inside and there was a Rex in his office doorway. He grabbed Gloria and rushed her to the car. Its door was open and his keys were on the ground. He shoved her into the front seat, climbed in, and slammed the door.
The front door shuddered and sprung open. The Rex came out, looking around. As the rain splashed onto the Rex’s hide, a strange thing happened. He began to change into off-white, thick plastic.
Just to be safe, Seth called 911 and told them it was an emergency. When they arrived they didn’t know what to think of the large plastic figure of the Rex on the front lawn. How could that harm anyone?