Dawn Grant & John Hammond
120 MILES WEST OF COSTA RICA
"Alright now, pushers move in loading team move it!" Muldoon demands sharply and cautiously in a strong voice. He looks like he is in his 40s.
The movement as agitated whatever is inside the crate, and the whole thing shivers as growls and snaps come from inside. Everyone moves back.
"Alright, steady Get back in there now, push Get back in there, and don't let her know you're afraid!" Muldoon warns. The men go back to the crate and begin to push it into the slot. The crate thuds up against the opening. A green light on the side of the pen lights up, showing contact has been made.
"Well locked, Loading team, step away Jeffrey, raise the gate." Muldoon says preparing his gun for anything that might go wrong.
Jeffrey climbs to the top of the crate. The searchlights are trained on the door. The riflemen throw the bolts on their rifles and crack their Stun guns, sending arcs of current cracking through the air. Jeffery gets ready to grab the gate when all at once - - A screech from the inside the crate, and the panel flies out of his hands and smacks into him, knocking him clear off the crate.
Now everything happens at once. Jeffery thuds to the jungle Floor, the crate jerks away from the mouth of the holding pen flash, an Alarm buzzer sounds and a claw slashes out from inside the crate. It sinks into the ankle of Jeffery dragging him toward the dark mouth between the crate and the pen. Jeffery screams and paws the dirt, leaving long claw marks as he is rapidly dragged toward the crate.
"Get in there Goddamnit" Muldoon shouts they fire their guns-the wood of the crate splinters. Muldoon runs in and grabs Jeffery who is screaming, and is trying to pull him free. The wild arcs of currents from the stun gun flash and crack all around, "SHOOT HER!" Muldoon shouts the workers are trying to get a good shot inside the crate. Jeffery is losing, his life. "SHOOT HER! "He shouted again but no use Jeffery is gone.
A few days later.
A group of people are working on a Skeleton they just dug up. The palaeontologist working on the claw lays it in his hand. Four complete skeletons such a small area the same time horizon thinks this.
"They died together? Ellie Sattler said, "The taphonomy sure looks that way". He replied.
Grant is in his mid-thirties, with an intense concentration you wouldn't want to get in the way of, carefully examines a claw.
Sattler, his girlfriend working with him, leans in close and studies it too. She paints the exposed bone with rubber cement. Ellie in her late twenties, athletic-looking.
On a chair with fossil in her, hand Dawn Grant, Alan grants daughter 16 years old (Sarah Michelle Gellar) blue/green eyes and blonde hair wearing a white tank top and beige shorts with black converse and sunglasses with a bored expression on her face.
Am Dawn Louise Grant am sixteen years old. Alan Grants my Father my Mother died 3 months ago from liver cancer. When my father found out about me, he was furious and had no choice but to accept me and I got sent to live with him and his girlfriend Ellie Sattler. She's been really nice and she already seems like a real mother to me we are very close and is helping me and my father get closer since we always argue and I always storm out the house.
2 weeks ago after dinner, me and Dad were arguing about me going out at night
"You are not going out in that are you?" My Dad said.
I am wearing a mini dress that goes up to my thighs and have black chunky boots that go up to my knees and my short hair that goes up to my shoulders I am wearing it down.
"What are you going to do huh? It's not like you care" I say getting my bag ready.
"Don't start with me Dawn ok? I have had a very bad day," He shouted.
"Please guys can't we just?" Ellie saying following me and Dad.
"No we can't Ellie. He doesn't care! He cares about his dinosaur's bones and you that's it!" I roared breathing heavily. This shocked them both, they stopped in their places.
"What Dawn no that's not true is it Alan?" she turns to Alan. He does not say anything. I laugh already knowing the answer I turn to the front the door and open the door
"Where are you going?" he says "Bye Alan! Bye Ellie!". I say not turning back.
"Dawn where are you going I said!" he shouts getting frustrated "I told you out..." I shouted at him turning my back to him. He stands there not saying a word.
"Dawn! Dawn! Don't go drinking!" Ellie shouts as I walk down the path and get in to my car.
I left and went to my friend's house. I went to Willows I sobbed as she listened to me crying over him. I didn't come home till 9 in the morning there had left a note for me typical of them not calling me Ellie would of but not dad.
We both gone to work
We are gonna have a BIG talk later just the 3 of us
(End of flash back)
"Dr Grant! Dr Sattler! We're ready to try again!" Paul the technician shouts interrupting me from my thoughts,
"I hate computers." My Dad says not pleased.
"The feelings mutual" Ellie says while putting his red handkerchief around his neck smiling.
They go down the hill; Ellie turns back to me, Dad keeps walking, "Come on Dawn you want to see this?" She shouts I nod and follow them,
A little boy chubby around the middle is kicking sand into the bones when Dad goes up to him.
"What's that kid doing?...What are you doing there!? This is very fragile! Are you out of your mind? Get off that and go find your parents!" he turns to Ellie,
"Did you see what he just did?" he said shaking his head. We all turn to the computer and watch the screen "How long does this usually take?" Ellie says to Paul who is on the chair working the program. "It should be immediate return. You shoot the radar into the ground, the bone bounces back..." he said.
The screen suddenly comes alive, yellow contour lines tracing across it in three waves, detailing a dinosaur skeleton. "This new program's incredible! A few more years of development and you don't have to dig anymore," Paul says to the others.
"Wears the fun in that?" my Dad says typical always putting dinosaurs first, I put my sunglasses on. "It looks a little distorted, but I don't think that's the computer." Paul said.
"Post-mortem contraction of the posterior neck ligaments" Ellie turns to Dad. Velociraptor?" she questionably asked.
"Yes. Good shape, too. Five, six feet high. I'm guessing nine feet long. Look at the" he said. Dad points to part of the skeleton, but when his finger touches the screen, the computer beeps at him and the image changes. He pulls his hand back.
"Alan's not machine compatible," I say grimly with my sunglasses on they all laugh except Dad. I call him Dad to others, but Alan to him. He just sighs, "Look at the half-moon shaped bone in the wrist. No wonder these guys learned to fly." He said faintly touching the screen, they all laugh I smile while chewing my gum. "Seriously, show of the hands. How many of you have read my book?" he said hoping anyone would put their hand up.
Everyone stops laughing and looks away. Ellie raises her hand Supportively. So does Paul, I don't bother putting mine up because it's not like he would notice.
"Great. Well maybe dinosaurs have more in common with present-day birds than reptiles. Look at the public bone it's turned backwards, just like a bird. The vertebrae full of hollows and air sacs, just like a bird. Even the word raptor means "bird of prey". He finishes out of breath man he really does ramble on.
The same kid we saw before comes up and bravely speaks up, "That doesn't look very scary. More like a six-foot turkey. "He says challenging Dad. They all laugh I just look over my glasses. "A turkey" He whispers nodding his head as if he is preparing for a big speech.
He walks up to the little boy Ellie follows I just sit there and watch.
"Try to imagine yourself in the Jurassic Period or Try to imagine yourself in the Cretaceous Period. Ellie rolls her eyes. "Here we go" I mumble. Ellie looks at me and smiles we know this he does this every time to a kid who says something about dinosaurs and even tried at me once but obviously it didn't work.
"You'd get your first look at the six-foot turkey as you move into a clearing. But raptor, he knew you were there a long time ago. He moves like a bird; lightly, bobbing his head and you keep still, because you think, maybe his visual acuity based on movement, like a T-rex, and he'll lose you if you don't move. But no. Not stare at him, and he just stares back. That's when the attack comes not from the front, no, from the side; from the other two raptors you didn't even know were there." He says while the kid takes the information in "Velociraptor's a pack hunter, you see, he usescoordinated attack patterns, and he's out in force today. And he slashes at you with this" takes the claw out of his pocket. "a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. They don't bother to bite the jugular, like a lion, they just slash here, here.. He points to the kids chest and stomach.
"Or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. Point is, you are alive when they start to eat you. Whole thing took about four seconds." He says as the kid is on the edge of tears. "So, you know, try to show a little respect." He said hoping that would teach him a lesson. The kid nods quickly and dad walks away with Ellie following him I go up to the kid.
"Sorry, kid, My Dad is always doing that to kids, don't be scared ok?" I said, "He doesn't like em". I walk away and catch up with them.
"You know, if you really wanted to scare the kid you could've just pulled a gun on him." I said to Dad walking up to them, "Yeah, I know, you know...kids." he motions to Ellie "You want to have one of those?"
"Well not that kid what's so wrong with kids?" she says while looking at me. "Oh, Ellie, look. They're noisy, they're messy, they're sticky, and they're expensive." He says pointing out all the facts. I start to get angry like he would know he wasn't there them 16 years. Nearly 17! "Cheap cheap". Ellie says while smiling pushing him playfully.
"They smell. Babies smell." He said, "Alright, the one on the airplane had an accident, but usually babies don't smell." Ellie said defending the kid that puked right in front of us, and had the runs. "They know very little about the Jurassic Period they know less about the Cretaceous." My dad said. Suddenly I couldn't take it anymore I blurted out,
"Everything is about the cretaceous period and the Jurassic period with you isn't it!" I shouted and we stopped on the sandy hill. He looks at me with hurt and shock in his eyes,
"What" I say in a sharp voice with anger in my eyes and my tone was dangerous. He looks at me with hurt in his eyes before we can continue a large helicopter comes down and the wind is picking up the pace. We all run to the bones.
"Cover the bones! Cover the bones! Cover the bones!" We shout. We go running down the hill, trying to cover everything. Dad goes over to the helicopter and says something to him and then goes into the caravan I go and follow him.
When I go in "What the hell is going on!?"I say angry. My not so nice side comes out when am angry and I have a really bad temper. I was suspended from before I came to live with Dad and Ellie. A man in his 70's with white hair and white clothes on looks like dad has already delt with him
"Hey Dawn this is John Hammond". My Dad said, flustered and nervous for some reason.
Then Ellie comes barching in the door and shouts angrily ready to take down someone down.
"Ok who's the jerk?"
"Ellie this is John Hammond" Dad said in a light tone and smiling at her.
Ellie blows out a breath, "oooh did I say jerk?" she shakes hands with him.
"Am Ellie Sattler" she says with a smile on her face happily, shaking hands with Mr Hammond.
"And this is my uh.." Dad says towards me, obviously he can't finish the damn sentence. I finish for him "Am Dawn his daughter" I said poliety and glare at Dad, who looks at us. I shake hands with John. John Hammond knows something is up between us doesn't mention it. He gets straight to the point "Well now, I'll get right to the point. I like you. The two of you. I can tell instantly with people; it's a gift. I own an island. Off the coast of Costa Rica. I leased it from the government and spent the last five years setting up a kind of biological preserve down there. Really spectacular. Spared no expense. It makes the one I had in Kenya looked like a petting zoo. No doubt that sooner or later our attractions will send kids right out of their minds." He said in an excitement tone, sipping his champagne. I don't know why.
"What are those?" Dad said to John. I roll my eyes has he seriously just asked that question?
"Oh ya know small versions of adult's Alan you know like me but a little shorter and a little low on age" I said enthusiastically. He gives me a dirty look and Ellie just smiles at me.
"Not just kids - for everyone. We're going to open next year. Unless the lawyers kill me first.I don't care for lawyers. You?" he looks at us. "We, uh, don't really know any." they both say.
"Well, I'm afraid I do. There's one, a particular pebble in my shoe. He represents my investors. He says they insist on outside opinions." He said.
"What kind of opinions?" Ellie asked. "Not to put a fine point on it, you're kind. Let's face it, in your particular field, you're the top minds. If I could just get you two to sign off on the park you know, give a wee testimonial I could get back on schedule" he says in a hopeful voice.
"Why would they care what we think?" Ellie says interested
"What kind of park is this?" Dad asks.
John smiles "Well, it's right up your alley". He gives Dad and Ellie a drink "Look, why don't you three come on down for the weekend. Love to have the opinion of a paleobotoanist as well and a teenager." He goes to hand me a glass of champagne but Ellie stops him taking the drink from his hand.
"She's sixteen she doesn't drink right Hun?" She said looking at Alan. But no Dads to infalled with John. "I've got a jet standing by at Choteau." John said smiling, and beaming.
"No, I'm sorry, that wouldn't be possible. We've just discovered a new skeleton, and" dad stands up trying to deny the request but he knows he can't resist.
John pours himself another drink "I could compensate you by fully funding your dig" Dad jumps a little, getting a little excited.
"This would be an awfully unusual time" Dad said again I know he wants to. He knows he wants to.
"For a further three years." That caught them off guard. "Well... Where's the plane?" Ellie says happily and full of excitement and Dad stands up and smiles and they both cheer and click their glasses together and laugh.
My Dad and Ellie hug each other happily and laugh. I walk out, sit on the ground, and watch while John leaves in the helicopter. Dad walks past me and to the rest of the dig site and Ellie comes and sits by me.
"Hey Hun you ok? She said I could speak to Ellie about anything.
"Yeah so when are we leaving?" I ask, not really wanting to say what was really on my mind but she can read me like a book.
"Tomorrow at 11 a car is picking us up and taking us to the airport to meet John and then we go to pick up the others and then off to the island," she said excitedly.
"Hm." I said.
"You do know he is trying don't you?" Ellie asks me, and she has a serious look on her face.
"Do I? Its hard y'know" I said in a tight voice . "I mean 16 years, I grew up without a father getting told that he left before I was born and didn't want to know me. Then you just get told that you have a father and you get sent to live with him. And he doesn't want to know you." I said looking into her deep ocean blue eyes that are full of sincere.
"Give him a little more time, it's only been 3 months and be patient with him," she said, touching my cheek, and kissing my head. Alan watched this from the other side of the dig site. He looked at the ground for a moment, then he saw them emerging from the ground.
We are driving back, home now. The air con is on; the music is low in the background. I decide to put my IPod on; I am sitting in the back seat.
"You sure you want to come tomorrow Dawn?" He asks me. "Yeah I want to" I said with my sunglasses back on.
"Ok then" Ellie looks back at me and smiled. "Hey maybe this weekend together will be good for the three of us" she said hopefully.
"Maybe," I whisper. Then I crank up the volume. Dad looks through the side mirror at me and I just stare back. I go back to looking out my window with the music blasting. We all go home to get ready for the weekend away tomorrow.
I edited this and fixed the little mistakes.. I will be doing this with other chapters..