Let's give a warm welcome to Australian author and friend Susan Day who comes to share with us her latest release
Who wouldn't want a robot that looked exactly like they did? How much fun would it be to go on adventures saving dogs with your robot double? Can we really blame Astro for ruining Christmas then?
And who will eventually save us all from this terrible Christmas Calamity?
In this fun children’s story from the Astro's Adventures series you'll meet a young enthusiastic Border collie named Laddie, three very cheeky ducklings and you’ll learn about some of Santa's secret powers. Joining the fun is our team of heroes, Commander Rocky, Stella D'oro, Alfie, Digger, Indy, Hans, Dingo and of course, Astro - our kind hearted reluctant hero. Not to mention, a guest appearance from Santa Claus himself!
It was late in the evening and everyone was relaxing. Astro took the robot to the laboratory for the technicians to fix in the morning. It was the same as him. It had the same shaggy grey coat and the same empty expression on its face. However, it had been a very bad robot and Astro was hoping that it could be reprogrammed to be good. He was hoping that it could join The Organisation and together they could rescue dogs from neglect. The Organisation was secret but it operated all over the world. When a call went out that a dog was being chained or locked in a backyard with no food and no one to look after it The Organisation would rescue it and give the poor creature a nice home.
“Can you imagine you and me, double trouble, rescuing all the neglected dogs?” Astro said to the robot. “Won’t that be fun? People will say, ‘Hey, there goes that handsome dog, Astro, and his robot double!’ And you and I will be the best dog rescuers in the world! We’ll probably get a medal – maybe two!”
Astro smiled at his double. “Now, tomorrow morning the lab techs will come in and have a fiddle with your wiring. It won’t hurt, I promise. But in the meantime, I want you to look nice.”
He had borrowed Operative Digger’s brush and was gently combing the long hair over its eyes. Then he began to tidy up its nails using Digger’s diamond encrusted nail file. Lastly, he got a handkerchief out of his pocket and licked it. Then he rubbed the robot’s nose until it shone brightly.
“There you go, handsome!” Astro smiled. “You look so lovely and clean. You’re like the real thing; ME!” he laughed and patted the robot on the shoulder.
“Thank you,” it said.
“You’re welc…” Astro jumped in fright. “You’re not supposed to be able to talk!” he cried. Astro looked around the room frantically for the remote control. “Where is it?” he whimpered. “Did someone leave it down here by mistake? I thought Commander Rocky had locked it safely away in his office!”
Astro turned to the robot. “I’m sure this is just a slight hiccup. Perhaps you’ve got too much battery power left. You can’t really operate and think on your own, can you? I mean, you’re just a robot; albeit a very handsome one!”
Astro smiled nervously and looked at the robot for reassurance.
The robot slowly turned its head and smiled at Astro. “That’s what you think!” it said and it threw its head back and laughed. “Me been waiting for a chance to away from stupid gypsy cat. No more getting bossed around. I am free!!”
Astro fell backwards in shock. “But, you’re just a robot. You’re not supposed to be able to think on your own!”
“Well, surprise! Surprise!” the robot glared at Astro. “You got that wrong, fluffy! I’m out of here. Get out of my way.”
The robot pushed Astro backwards into some shelves and then it crashed through the walls as if they were made of paper. It stepped over the rubble and out into the street.
Astro cried out for help but then he stopped because he heard the familiar sound of Christmas bells ringing.
“Santa?” He followed the robot through the hole in the wall and looked up.
The robot stopped and looked up. It laughed and jumped up into the sky. It grabbed Santa’s sleigh and the whole thing came crashing to the ground including Santa and the reindeer.
“Oh, no!” shouted Astro, “Someone help! HELP!!! Santa Claus is in trouble!”
Hearing his cries the security dogs came running into the room. Behind them Commander Rocky and Hans soon followed. The Operatives came too.
“We saw everything on the security cameras, Astro,” Hans said. “We came as fast as we could.”
The robot turned and laughed. “Merry Christmas!” it cried wickedly stepping over the reindeer and the broken sleigh. Then it started to jog down the road. Within a few seconds it had disappeared entirely.
Astro screamed, “What are we going to do? What are we going to do?”
The dogs helped Santa to his feet. He was groggy and couldn’t stand up on his own. “I don’t think I can go on,” he mumbled. “My head hurts and my reindeer have been injured. How will the children get their presents? What am I going to do?” Santa Claus held his hands to his head and cried.
Alfie began to sob uncontrollably and Digger sniffed back a tear. They clutched each other for comfort.
Astro was still staring straight ahead. He couldn’t believe his robot had caused all this trouble.
Indy and Stella D’oro were quickly checking the reindeer to see how serious their injuries were. They had cuts and bruises and poor Rudolf was limping badly. The vet rushed in and examined his leg. “Looks like a bad bruise, Santa,” she said. “Rudolf will need lots of rest before he’s ready to fly again.”
Rudolf tried to stand up. Two dogs came to help him. He staggered and his head slumped to the ground. His red nose dimmed and flickered.
Everyone stopped and looked at Commander Rocky. He took a deep breath and let out a long sigh. Then he turned to Hans but before he could say anything Hans spoke.
“I know - Assemble the team!” the small dog sighed.
Commander Rocky looked at the dogs that made up his team. “It looks like we are going to have to save Christmas!”
Hans puffed out his chest and drew in a deep breath. “You heard your Commander,” he ordered in a loud voice. “Let’s go to the Conference Room and figure out how to save Christmas!”
The Operatives stood staring at the carnage before them. They were confused and afraid. How were they ever going to save Christmas! What a calamity!!!
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