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A bulldog sniffed1 greedily at the ground, following the bird's tracks. The tracks stopped suddenly, and the dog sniffed madly. "Oh, here it is," he said after a moment. "I picked up the bird's scent2." The dog's name was Gamma, and he wore a high-tech3 collar like Dug's.
Another dog—a rottweiler named Beta— sniffed nearby. "Wait a minute, what is this? Chocolate? I smell chocolate."
"I'm getting prunes4 … and denture cream!" Gamma narrowed his eyes. "Who are they?"
"Master will not be pleased," Beta said. "We'd better tell him someone took the bird, right, Alpha?"
Alpha sat nearby, his back to the others. He was a fierce Doberman pinscher and the lead hunting dog. "No," Alpha said. "Soon enough the bird will be ours yet again. Find the scent, my compadres, and you two shall have much rewardings from Master for the toil5 factor you wage."
Though Alpha's commands seethed6 with menace, the voice from his collar came out high and squeaky.
"Hey, Alpha," Beta said, "I think there's something wrong with your collar. You must have bumped it."
"Yeah, your voice sounds funny!" Gamma agreed. He and Beta cracked up.
Alpha silenced them with a glare. "Beta. Gamma. Mayhaps you desire to—squirrel!"
All three dogs turned to stare at a tree. They stood stock-still, quivering with attention. Nothing moved. False alarm.
"Mayhaps you desire to challenge the ranking that I have been assigned by my strength and cunning?" Alpha finished.
Beta looked at the ground. "No, no. But maybe Dug would. You should ask him."
Gamma snickered. "Yeah, I wonder if he's found the bird on his very special mission."
"Do not mention Dug to me at this time," Alpha snapped. "His fool's errand will keep him most occupied, most occupied indeed. Hahaha! Do you not agree with that which I am saying to you now?"
"Sure," said Beta, "but the second Master finds out you sent Dug out by himself, none of us will get a treat."
"You are wise, my trusted lieutenant7." Alpha nosed a button on Beta's collar. A video screen flickered8 to life. "This is Alpha calling Dug. Come in, Dug."
The screen showed grass and rocks moving past. The camera on Dug's collar was pointed9 at the ground. "Hi, Alpha," Dug said. "Your voice sounds funny."
Alpha gritted10 his teeth. "I know, I know," he growled11. "Have you seen the bird?"
"Why, yes," Dug said, "the bird is my prisoner now."
Gamma snorted. "Yeah, right."
But the camera shifted slightly, and a pink wing appeared on the screen. It was the bird! It lowered its head and hissed12 at the camera.
"Impossible!" Alpha snarled13."Where are you?"
"I am here with the bird," Dug said, "and I will bring it back and then you will like me. Oh, gotta go."
A boy in uniform appeared on the screen. "Hey, Dug!" Russell said. "Who you talking to?"
The screen went blank.
"No, wait!" Alpha shouted at the blank screen. "Wait!"
"What's Dug doing?" Beta cried.
"Why is he with that small mailman?" Gamma asked. To the dogs, anyone in a uniform was a mailman.
Beta looked at Alpha. "Where are they?" Beta's collar beeped, locating Dug.
"There he is," Alpha cried. "Come on!"
The dogs blasted into the jungle. They were back on the trail.
Carl trudged14 along, pulling his house. The going wasn't so bad, as long as he wasn't walking against the wind. And it wasn't half as hard as putting up with that dog's constant begging.
"Oh, please, oh, please, oh, please be my prisoner!" Dug pleaded. He had latched15 on to Kevin's foot and wouldn't let go. The giant bird hardly seemed to notice, though. Kevin just kept plodding16 along, following Russell.
"Dug, stop bothering Kevin!" Russell ordered.
"That man there says I can take the bird," Dug said, nodding at Carl, "and I love that man there like he is my master."
"I am not your master!" Carl snapped. Sheesh, he thought irritably17 to himself, you would think I asked this circus act to come with me.
Finally, Kevin seemed to notice that there was a golden retriever attached to its leg. The bird stopped and tried to shake the dog off. But Dug didn't budge18, so Kevin hissed at him.
"I am warning you once again, bird!" Dug said. Kevin pecked at Dug, and the dog scrambled19 to attack.
"Hey, quit it!" Russell shouted.
Dug was discovering that it wasn't easy to attack a twelve-foot-tall bird. "I am jumping on you now, bird," the dog explained. It didn't do much good.
Russell waved his arms and tried to get between the dog and the bird. The group toppled to one side, dragging Russell and causing the house to wobble and tilt20.
A window smashed against a rock.
Carl gasped21, looking up at the house. Ellie's clubhouse—it was being ruined!
Dug and Kevin stopped fighting. The dog looked sheepishly at Carl. He could tell his new master was angry. Shouting was always a good clue.
Carl glared at Russell, who gave him a nervous smile. "I'm stuck with you." He turned to Dug and Kevin. "And if you two don't clear out of here by the time I count to three …" Carl raised his cane22 to show that he was serious.
But Dug didn't get the threat. All he saw were the tennis balls that were stuck to the bottom prongs of the cane. "A ball!" Dug cried, leaping and bounding. "Oh, boy, oh, boy! A ball!"
"Ball?" Carl stared at his cane. That wasn't the reaction he'd been expecting. Still, it gave him an idea. Carl popped one of the balls off the end of his cane and waved it in front of Dug. "You want it, boy?"
"Yes, I do." Dug danced impatiently. "I do ever so want the ball!"
"Go get it!" Carl heaved the ball as hard as he could. It sailed down a ravine … and Dug streaked23 after it. "Oh, boy, oh, boy!" Dug gushed24. "I will get it and then bring it back!"
"Quick, Russell," Carl urged, "give me some chocolate."
Russell hesitated. He was saving that chocolate for Kevin. "Why?"
"Just give it to me!" Carl snapped.
Russell pulled the chocolate bar from his pocket and handed Carl a piece.
Carl waved the chocolate. "Bird," he called. "Bird!"
Kevin looked over. Carl tossed the chocolate, and the bird chased after it.
"Come on, Russell!" Carl shouted. He hurried away as fast as he could, which wasn't really very fast. After all, he was an elderly man pulling an entire house behind him.
"Wait," Russell said, following Carl."Wait, Mr. Fredricksen. What are we doing? Hey, uh, we're pretty far now. Kevin's going to miss me."
But Carl kept going. He climbed over a ridge25. Finally, Carl paused and looked back. "I think that did the trick," he said to himself. He sat down on a log to rest.
But when he turned around, he came face to face with the golden retriever. The dog had the slobbery tennis ball in his mouth.
Then the bird showed up.
Dug dropped the ball in Carl's lap.
Well, that didn't work, Carl thought.
Darkness fell … and so did rain. Sheets of rain poured from the black sky. Every now and again, lightning flickered. It lit up the house, which was tied to a rock. Beneath it, Carl sat on a rock near a small fire as Russell tried to put up a tent. Dug was still wrapped around Kevin's leg. Both animals were asleep nearby.
"Which one's the front?" Russell asked himself as he fiddled26 with different parts of the tent. "Is this step three, or step five?"
Carl rolled his eyes. Some Wilderness27 Explorer, he thought.
Russell tightened28 something. He loosened it again. "There!" Russell got tangled29 in the tent poles and ropes. He frowned at one of the poles.
Carl looked away while Russell struggled.
"All done," Russell announced finally. He pointed proudly toward the tent. "That's for you!"
The tent fell over.
"Aw," Russell said. "Tents are hard."
"Wait, aren't you Super Wilderness Guy?" Carl asked. "With the GPMs and the badges?"
Russell bit his lip. "Yeah, but … can I tell you a secret?"
"No," said Carl.
"All right, here goes." Russell took a deep breath. "I never actually built a tent before. There. I said it."
"You've been camping before, haven't you?" Carl asked.
"Oh, never outside," Russell explained.
Carl eyed Russell's sash full of badges. "Why didn't you go ask your dad how to build a tent?"
Russell shrugged30. "I don't think he wants to talk about this stuff."
"Why don't you try him sometime?" Carl suggested. "Maybe he'll surprise you."
"Well, he's away a lot," Russell explained. "I don't see him much."
"He's got to be home sometime."
"Well, I called, but Phyllis told me I bug31 him too much." Russell looked at the ground.
"Phyllis?" Carl repeated. "You call your own mother by her first name?"
"Phyllis isn't my mom," said Russell.
Carl looked away, finally understanding. Russell's parents must be divorced. "Oh," Carl said gently.
They both stared into the fire for a moment. Each was thinking his own thoughts.
"But he promised he'd come to my Explorer ceremony to pin on my Assisting the Elderly badge," Russell said at last. "So he can show me about tents then, right?"
Carl looked at Russell. The kid seemed hopeful, but also sad. Suddenly, Carl felt bad that he hadn't been nicer to Russell. The poor kid tried so hard. He had a sash full of badges, but he had never even been camping.
Carl thought about the pin that Ellie had given him. It was made out of a grape-soda bottle cap, but it meant the world to him. She'd given it to him because they were in an adventurers' club. But they'd never even had an adventure.
We're not so different, I guess, Carl thought, watching Russell.
The empty place on Russell's sash caught Carl's eye. Assisting the Elderly. Has anyone ever worked so hard to get a stupid badge? Carl wondered. He doubted it.
"Hey, uh, why don't you get some sleep?" Carl said gently. "Don't want to wake up the wild kingdom over there." He nodded at Dug and Kevin.
"Mr. Fredricksen, Dug says he wants to take Kevin prisoner," Russell said. "We have to protect him!" With a yawn, Russell lay down on the log next to Carl. "Can Kevin go with us?"
Carl sighed. "All right. He can come."
"Promise you won't leave him?" Russell asked.
"Cross your heart?" Russell asked.
For a moment, Carl didn't answer. He'd only ever crossed his heart for Ellie. "Cross my heart," he said at last.
Carl glanced up at the house. The rain had stopped. The clouds had blown through, revealing a bright moon. The house was lit by its glow.
Carl looked around the camp—from Russell to Dug to the crazy-colored bird—and shook his head. At that moment, Paradise Falls seemed farther away than ever.
"What have I got myself into, Ellie?" Carl muttered.


1 sniffed ccb6bd83c4e9592715e6230a90f76b72     
v.以鼻吸气,嗅,闻( sniff的过去式和过去分词 );抽鼻子(尤指哭泣、患感冒等时出声地用鼻子吸气);抱怨,不以为然地说
  • When Jenney had stopped crying she sniffed and dried her eyes. 珍妮停止了哭泣,吸了吸鼻子,擦干了眼泪。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The dog sniffed suspiciously at the stranger. 狗疑惑地嗅着那个陌生人。 来自《简明英汉词典》
2 scent WThzs     
  • The air was filled with the scent of lilac.空气中弥漫着丁香花的芬芳。
  • The flowers give off a heady scent at night.这些花晚上散发出醉人的芳香。
3 high-tech high-tech     
  • The economy is in the upswing which makes high-tech services in more demand too.经济在蓬勃发展,这就使对高科技服务的需求量也在加大。
  • The quest of a cure for disease with high-tech has never ceased. 人们希望运用高科技治疗疾病的追求从未停止过。
4 prunes 92c0a2d4c66444bc8ee239641ff76694     
n.西梅脯,西梅干( prune的名词复数 )v.修剪(树木等)( prune的第三人称单数 );精简某事物,除去某事物多余的部分
  • Dried fruits such as prunes, pears, and peaches, are stewed. 梅干、梨脯、桃脯等干果,都是炖过的。 来自辞典例句
  • We had stewed prunes for breakfast. 我们早饭吃炖梅干。 来自辞典例句
5 toil WJezp     
  • The wealth comes from the toil of the masses.财富来自大众的辛勤劳动。
  • Every single grain is the result of toil.每一粒粮食都来之不易。
6 seethed 9421e7f0215c1a9ead7d20695b8a9883     
(液体)沸腾( seethe的过去式和过去分词 ); 激动,大怒; 强压怒火; 生闷气(~with sth|~ at sth)
  • She seethed silently in the corner. 她在角落里默默地生闷气。
  • He seethed with rage as the train left without him. 他误了火车,怒火中烧。
7 lieutenant X3GyG     
  • He was promoted to be a lieutenant in the army.他被提升为陆军中尉。
  • He prevailed on the lieutenant to send in a short note.他说动那个副官,递上了一张简短的便条进去。
8 flickered 93ec527d68268e88777d6ca26683cc82     
(通常指灯光)闪烁,摇曳( flicker的过去式和过去分词 )
  • The lights flickered and went out. 灯光闪了闪就熄了。
  • These lights flickered continuously like traffic lights which have gone mad. 这些灯象发狂的交通灯一样不停地闪动着。
9 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。
10 gritted 74cb239c0aa78b244d5279ebe4f72c2d     
v.以沙砾覆盖(某物),撒沙砾于( grit的过去式和过去分词 );咬紧牙关
  • He gritted his teeth and plunged into the cold weather. 他咬咬牙,冲向寒冷的天气。 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • The young policeman gritted his teeth and walked slowly towards the armed criminal. 年轻警官强忍住怒火,朝武装歹徒慢慢走过去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
11 growled 65a0c9cac661e85023a63631d6dab8a3     
v.(动物)发狺狺声, (雷)作隆隆声( growl的过去式和过去分词 );低声咆哮着说
  • \"They ought to be birched, \" growled the old man. 老人咆哮道:“他们应受到鞭打。” 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He growled out an answer. 他低声威胁着回答。 来自《简明英汉词典》
12 hissed 2299e1729bbc7f56fc2559e409d6e8a7     
发嘶嘶声( hiss的过去式和过去分词 ); 发嘘声表示反对
  • Have you ever been hissed at in the middle of a speech? 你在演讲中有没有被嘘过?
  • The iron hissed as it pressed the wet cloth. 熨斗压在湿布上时发出了嘶嘶声。
13 snarled ti3zMA     
v.(指狗)吠,嗥叫, (人)咆哮( snarl的过去式和过去分词 );咆哮着说,厉声地说
  • The dog snarled at us. 狗朝我们低声吼叫。
  • As I advanced towards the dog, It'snarled and struck at me. 我朝那条狗走去时,它狂吠着向我扑来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 trudged e830eb9ac9fd5a70bf67387e070a9616     
vt.& vi.跋涉,吃力地走(trudge的过去式与过去分词形式)
  • He trudged the last two miles to the town. 他步履艰难地走完最后两英里到了城里。
  • He trudged wearily along the path. 他沿着小路疲惫地走去。 来自《简明英汉词典》
15 latched f08cf783d4edd3b2cede706f293a3d7f     
v.理解( latch的过去式和过去分词 );纠缠;用碰锁锁上(门等);附着(在某物上)
  • The government have latched onto environmental issues to win votes. 政府已开始大谈环境问题以争取选票。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He latched onto us and we couldn't get rid of him. 他缠着我们,甩也甩不掉。 来自《简明英汉词典》
16 plodding 5lMz16     
a.proceeding in a slow or dull way
  • They're still plodding along with their investigation. 他们仍然在不厌其烦地进行调查。
  • He is plodding on with negotiations. 他正缓慢艰难地进行着谈判。
17 irritably e3uxw     
  • He lost his temper and snapped irritably at the children. 他发火了,暴躁地斥责孩子们。
  • On this account the silence was irritably broken by a reproof. 为了这件事,他妻子大声斥责,令人恼火地打破了宁静。 来自英汉文学 - 嘉莉妹妹
18 budge eSRy5     
  • We tried to lift the rock but it wouldn't budge.我们试图把大石头抬起来,但它连动都没动一下。
  • She wouldn't budge on the issue.她在这个问题上不肯让步。
19 scrambled 2e4a1c533c25a82f8e80e696225a73f2     
v.快速爬行( scramble的过去式和过去分词 );攀登;争夺;(军事飞机)紧急起飞
  • Each scrambled for the football at the football ground. 足球场上你争我夺。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • He scrambled awkwardly to his feet. 他笨拙地爬起身来。 来自《简明英汉词典》
20 tilt aG3y0     
  • She wore her hat at a tilt over her left eye.她歪戴着帽子遮住左眼。
  • The table is at a slight tilt.这张桌子没放平,有点儿歪.
21 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘气( gasp的过去式和过去分词 );喘息;倒抽气;很想要
  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她惊讶得屏住了呼吸。
  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 体操运动员的高超技艺令人赞叹。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
22 cane RsNzT     
  • This sugar cane is quite a sweet and juicy.这甘蔗既甜又多汁。
  • English schoolmasters used to cane the boys as a punishment.英国小学老师过去常用教鞭打男学生作为惩罚。
23 streaked d67e6c987d5339547c7938f1950b8295     
adj.有条斑纹的,不安的v.快速移动( streak的过去式和过去分词 );使布满条纹
  • The children streaked off as fast as they could. 孩子们拔脚飞跑 来自《现代英汉综合大词典》
  • His face was pale and streaked with dirt. 他脸色苍白,脸上有一道道的污痕。 来自辞典例句
24 gushed de5babf66f69bac96b526188524783de     
v.喷,涌( gush的过去式和过去分词 );滔滔不绝地说话
  • Oil gushed from the well. 石油从井口喷了出来。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • Clear water gushed into the irrigational channel. 清澈的水涌进了灌溉渠道。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
25 ridge KDvyh     
  • We clambered up the hillside to the ridge above.我们沿着山坡费力地爬上了山脊。
  • The infantry were advancing to attack the ridge.步兵部队正在向前挺进攻打山脊。
26 fiddled 3b8aadb28aaea237f1028f5d7f64c9ea     
v.伪造( fiddle的过去式和过去分词 );篡改;骗取;修理或稍作改动
  • He fiddled the company's accounts. 他篡改了公司的账目。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He began with Palestrina, and fiddled all the way through Bartok. 他从帕勒斯春纳的作品一直演奏到巴塔克的作品。 来自辞典例句
27 wilderness SgrwS     
  • She drove the herd of cattle through the wilderness.她赶着牛群穿过荒野。
  • Education in the wilderness is not a matter of monetary means.荒凉地区的教育不是钱财问题。
28 tightened bd3d8363419d9ff838bae0ba51722ee9     
收紧( tighten的过去式和过去分词 ); (使)变紧; (使)绷紧; 加紧
  • The rope holding the boat suddenly tightened and broke. 系船的绳子突然绷断了。
  • His index finger tightened on the trigger but then relaxed again. 他的食指扣住扳机,然后又松开了。
29 tangled e487ee1bc1477d6c2828d91e94c01c6e     
adj. 纠缠的,紊乱的 动词tangle的过去式和过去分词
  • Your hair's so tangled that I can't comb it. 你的头发太乱了,我梳不动。
  • A movement caught his eye in the tangled undergrowth. 乱灌木丛里的晃动引起了他的注意。
30 shrugged 497904474a48f991a3d1961b0476ebce     
  • Sam shrugged and said nothing. 萨姆耸耸肩膀,什么也没说。
  • She shrugged, feigning nonchalance. 她耸耸肩,装出一副无所谓的样子。 来自《简明英汉词典》
31 bug 5skzf     
  • There is a bug in the system.系统出了故障。
  • The bird caught a bug on the fly.那鸟在飞行中捉住了一只昆虫。
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