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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...

Computer attack! 電腦攻擊!

Mark and Kathleen were very excited. Kathleen had won first prize in a raffle and was now the proud owner of an Xii-Cube computer. It was the newest and best video game machine on the market and they couldn’t stop playing it.

“You lose again!” said Kathleen cheerfully. She’d just beaten Mark at Ghost Fighter VI for the fifth time. “I’ll beat you one of days,” replied Mark, who didn’t sound very confident. They had been playing in the attic for almost three hours, so they unplugged the Xii-Cube and took a break.

They were just about to get up and leave when they heard a voice. “Hey, where are you going?” said the voice. Mark and Kathleen were shocked. The computer was talking to them! A pair of eyes and a mouth appeared on the screen, as the computer spoke again. “Take me outside. I need to go for a walk,” it said. So they took the computer downstairs.

But before they got outside, something unbelievable happened. Kathleen was carrying the computer through the kitchen, when it jumped out of her hands. Blue sparks shot out from the computer and the other kitchen appliances began to attach themselves to it. Within seconds, a huge robot had been assembled. Its body was the refrigerator, and its legs were made of the vacuum and the washing machine. Its arms were made of wires, and it had ferocious hands made of the blender and toaster.

The robot stood up and stared at Mark and Kathleen. “Thank you for releasing me! But now you will pay…”(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)

馬克和凱薩琳都非常興奮。凱薩琳抽中頭獎,得到人人稱羨的「立方Xii電腦」一台。這是市面上最新、最棒的遊戲機,他們玩得欲罷不能。

凱薩琳興高采烈地說:「你又輸了!」這已經是她玩《幽遊白書VI》第五次贏馬克了。馬克聽起來不怎麼有信心地說:「我總有一天會贏妳的。」他們已經在閣樓玩了將近三個小時,所以他們拔掉Xii的插頭休息一下。

FINISH IT 故事接龍

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寫下你的故事結局:

Idea 1: The robot destroys the house and grows even bigger using other kitchen appliances! Can anybody stop it?

想法一: 這個機器人摧毀了他們的房子,甚至還吸附其他廚房電器變得更大!有人能阻止它嗎?

Idea 2: Kathleen attacks the robot and tries to destroy it! Does she succeed?

想法二: 凱薩琳攻擊這個機器人,企圖破壞它!她會成功嗎?

Idea 3: The robot goes outside and flies away! Where does it go? Does it come back?

想法三: 機器人跑到外面並飛走了!它去哪裡了?它會回來嗎?


他們正準備起身離開時,聽到一個聲音說:「嘿,你們要去哪裡?」馬克和凱薩琳嚇了一跳,電腦竟然在對他們說話!電腦再度開口說話的同時,螢幕上出現兩隻眼睛和一個嘴巴,它說:「帶我出去,我需要去走走。」於是他們帶著這台電腦下樓。

但他們還沒走出屋外,就發生了令人無法置信的事。凱薩琳搬著電腦經過廚房時,它竟從她手裡跳走,冒出了藍色火花,然後其他廚房電器開始吸附在它上面,不到幾秒就組裝成一個大機器人。它的身體是冰箱,雙腿分別是吸塵器和洗衣機,手臂是電線,而兩隻恐怖的手則是攪拌器和烤吐司機組成。

機器人站起來盯著馬克和凱薩琳說:「謝謝你們解放了我!不過現在你們將付出代價…」

(翻譯:袁星塵)

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