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The Adventures of Kathleen the Great and Mark the Meek 英勇凱薩琳與害羞馬克歷險記

Meet Kathleen the mouse and Mark the elephant. Kathleen is very brave and likes adventure, but Mark is very shy and scared of many things. But friends stay together, so Mark follows Kathleen wherever she goes. Sometimes they get into some very sticky situations.

見見老鼠凱薩琳和大象馬克。凱薩琳非常勇敢又喜歡冒險,但馬克的個性十分害羞,對許多事情都感到害怕。不過,朋友都喜歡黏在一塊兒,所以凱薩琳走到哪兒,馬克就會跟到哪兒。有時候,他們也會碰上非常棘手的情況...

Invaders from outer space 外星怪客入侵記

Mark and Kathleen had taken a trip to the countryside for a relaxing picnic. As usual, Mark had prepared banana and lettuce sandwiches, which Kathleen hated. “I can’t believe you can eat those things. They taste disgusting,” she said. Mark was just about to tell her how great they were, when he heard a loud noise in the sky above.

When he looked up he couldn’t believe his eyes. An alien spaceship, with flashing lights was making strange noises and hovering about 100m above them. “Quick, run behind that tree,” yelled Mark. They got behind the tree but it was too late — the aliens had already seen them. The door of the spaceship slid open and a transporter carrying four aliens, all armed with ray guns, started to fly towards them at high speed.

“Let’s get out of here!” Kathleen shouted, and they began to weave in and out of the bushes as gun shots exploded behind them. Mark turned his head just in time to see his banana and lettuce sandwiches explode into a ball of flames. He didn’t have time to worry about that though, because by now the transporter was right behind them.

“Put your hands in the air. We have you surrounded. Resistance is futile,” an alien voice said from the transporter. Mark and Kathleen put their hands up, and the aliens got out of their craft. The first alien looked like a giant slug and had mean green eyes. “We have come to conquer the earth,” said the alien. “You can’t do that. This is our home!” Kathleen shouted, just as a laser beam descended from the ship and began transporting them up to the mother ship…

(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)

馬克和凱薩琳到鄉間野餐,想放鬆一下心情。馬克一如往常準備了香蕉和萵苣三明治,這些都是凱薩琳最討厭的食物。她說:「我不敢相信你吃得下去那些東西,它們的味道噁心死了。」正當馬克要告訴她這些東西其實很好吃時,他聽到上空傳來一聲巨響。

FINISH IT 故事接龍

Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:

Idea 1: The aliens take Mark and Kathleen up to the mother ship where they meet the leader. What do they say to him? What does he look like?

想法一:外星人抓馬克和凱薩琳回母艦和他們的首領見面。他們會跟首領說什麼?他長什麼樣子?

Idea 2: When they get to the mother ship they find it’s empty. What do they do? Do they fly away in it? Where are the aliens?

想法二:他們進入母艦後,發現裡面空空如也。他們會做什麼?他們會把它開走嗎?外星人都到哪去了?

Idea 3: The aliens want to take Mark and Kathleen back to their planet to conduct experiments on them! Do they escape? What else happens?

想法三:外星人想把馬克和凱薩琳帶回他們的星球做實驗!他們會逃走嗎?還發生了什麼事?


他抬頭一看,完全不敢相信自己的眼睛,一架閃著亮光並發出奇怪聲音的外星人太空船,就在他們頭上約一百公尺處盤旋。馬克大叫:「快跑到那棵樹後面去。」他們躲到樹後,但太遲了──外星人已經看到他們了!太空船的門滑開,一架運輸機開始高速朝他們飛來,機上還載著四個佩帶了雷射槍的外星人。

凱薩琳大喊:「我們快離開這裡!」他們在樹叢間穿梭,背後傳來陣陣槍響。馬克回過頭看,剛好看到他的香蕉和萵苣三明治炸成一團火球。但他沒空管那個了,因為此時運輸機已經飛到他們的正後方了。

運輸機上傳來一個外星人的聲音說:「高舉雙手,你們已經被包圍了,抵抗是沒有用的。」於是馬克和凱薩琳把手舉起來。外星人走出機艙,第一個外星人看起來像一隻巨大的蛞蝓,還有著邪惡的綠色眼睛,它說:「我們是來征服地球的。」凱薩琳喊著說:「你們不能那樣做!這裡是我們的家園!」這時,太空船射出一道雷射光束,他們就被送上母艦…

(翻譯:袁星塵)

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