The Bus Ride

By Miss Orchid

“What is going on?” said Isaac, the bus driver.

“What do you mean?” asked the assistant teacher, Bess, who was supposed to be watching the kids.

“Ohoooo, this bus of mine is making some strange noises, that’s all.”

“What type of noises?” Bess asked.

“You know,” said Isaac. “Squeaks, honks, and weird clashy sounds.”

“Weird clashy sounds?” repeated Bess. “From your bus?”

“Yup,” said Isaac. “It’s starting up again, you just listen.”

And they listened. What they heard was exactly what Isaac said: strange honks, squeaks, and crashes.

“That doesn’t sound good at all,” said Bess.

“You better believe it doesn’t,” answered Isaac.

“What do you think’s gone wrong?”

“Ohooo, I don’t know, maybe I accidentally ran over something big but didn’t notice.”

“Maybe, but I don’t think so.”

“Why? It’s happened before.”

“Oh. O.K. Maybe you should get out and check,” said Bess.

“I would, but there’s no good places to pull off and check,” argued Isaac.

“Well, pull off on this road then,” suggested Bess.

“O.K., I might be able to do that,” said Isaac.

So Isaac pulled over on the road Bess suggested, got out and started looking around at his bus to see what was wrong. While he was doing that, a police pulled over to see if he needed help or not. The police officer (whose name was Officer Harlo Doyle) walked over to Isaac and asked, “What seems to be the problem, sir?”

“Nothing that I can see so far, Mr. Harle,” said Isaac.

“Harlo. My name is Officer Harlo Doyle,” said Officer Harlo Doyle.

“Well,” said Isaac. “I don’t see anything wrong.”

“Then why did you stop?” asked Officer Harlo Doyle.

“I heard some strange noises and thought I might have ran over something on accident,” said Isaac.

“Do you have any kids on the bus that might be making weird noises?” asked Officer Harlo Doyle.

“No,” answered Isaac. “We have great kids, right, Bess?”

“Yeah,” said Bess. “Our kids are the best. They wouldn’t make noises like that. Anyway, we would have noticed.”

“O.K.,” said Officer Harlo Doyle. “If you say so.” Then he got in his car and left.

Isaac climbed back into his bus then started driving again.

After a while they passed a cow on the edge of the road; just then Bess and Isaac heard rattles, squeals, clunks, and hisses.

“What happened!” yelled Isaac.

“I don’t know,” said Bess. “Maybe you ran over that cow and didn’t notice?”

“It looked like I was far enough away from it, though. I gave it a big berth.” Se he quickly pulled over on the side of the road and got out fast to check if she was right. “Well, it doesn’t look like we hit that cow,” said Isaac, then got back in grumpily. “I’m not going to get back out again.”

A little bit later it happened again. Isaac was so annoyed he looked in the rearview mirror and saw the kids. They were band kids, so they all had their instruments and were playing them terribly and that’s what was making all the noises.

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