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This is the fifth episode in a series of six thrilling short stories titled, 'Perils of Paula.'
Paula often finds herself in dangerous situations which she, remarkably, always gets out of, unhurt.
Episode V. Racecar Disaster
This episode will reveal another evil plan by Talib to rid Paula of her future inheritance.
Paula and Harley have flown back home to Lagos, Nigeria, after Paula's narrow escape in Kenya.
Paula is the adopted daughter of a wealthy, retired manufacturer in Africa, who recently passed away. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria, with Harley in the mansion their father left for them.
She is to get half of her father's fortune once she is married.
Harley is Paula's step-brother and protector. He received the other half of their father's fortune in his will.
Talib is meant to be Paula's guardian until she gets married and he lives in the mansion with Paula and Harley.
However, he is greedy and ruthless; he always comes up with a new fiendish scheme to get rid of both Paula and Harley.
After so many failed attempts to get rid of Paula; he is now plotting to have their wealth and the entire estate fortune.
Paula purchased a racecar (racecar is a palindrome word) so she can compete in the next road race event.
Harley is astounded when Paula announces her intention to drive in the race.
Talib, still her guardian and acting secretary, encourages her to go ahead as he senses a chance to carry out another one of his sinister plots.
Talib and Jide engage the services of a man, Berko, from a street gang to meet and force Harley into a fight.
Paula and Harley have just taken a timed practice run on a section of the road race course with Paula's new racecar.
Harley asks to take a test run of the car and try to beat her time score. She agrees to this. Harley is a really good driver, so Paula decides to let him drive in the upcoming race with her riding alongside as his co-pilot, navigator and mechanic. Harley is delighted with her decision.
They finish their practice runs and stop in the parking area to cool down the vehicle.
That's where Berko comes in; he can be seen clearly blocking their path. This leads to an angry exchange of words between Harley and Berko, that eventually leads to a fight. Paula stands and watches helplessly.
Harley is able to defeat the gang member. He quickly grabs Paula by the hand and rushes back to the racecar before driving back to the safety of their mansion.
Talib and Jide are secretly hiding in one of the event tents in disguise and expecting Berko to win the fight against Harley so they can abduct Paula with ease.
Their plan is for Jide to cry out "Help! Help!" to get Paula's attention when she is close by. They are aware that Paula will, no doubt, come to his rescue. That's when they will abduct her.
However, their plan is foiled again as Harley won the fight, so Talib returns to the mansion to contrive another scheme.
Later, Harley watches on as Talib arrives at the mansion and wonders if Paula will ever come to the realization that he is behind her close calls with death. Paula has no thoughts of ill will against Talib and still believes he is an efficient secretary for the estate.
Very early on the morning of the race, Talib and Jide go to the starting grid and pay one of the participating drivers a huge sum to rent his car for the race.
They drive to the 5-mile curve called 'chapel corner' and put down many wooden boards full of thick nails across the dirt road portion of the race and covered them.
They return to the starting grid and the race begins! Harley and Paula get off to a fast start with Talib and Jide close behind.
Harley keeps up the pace with their great car and the rest of the field falls further behind.
They approach the chapel curve but Harley is driving too fast to make the turn, so their car skids off the road instead.
The car goes into the ditch, missing the curve, but Harley quickly navigates his way back on the road, past the curve and back into the race.
Talib and Jide aren't as bright — they slow down and ride into the chapel curve, puncturing all 4 tires in the process and bringing them to a halt in the middle of the curve.
The other drivers see a motionless racecar in the middle of the road, so they veer off into the ditch and miss the sabotaged curve. They avoid the tire punctures and get back in the race.
Harley and Paula win the rice and they are presented with a large trophy and an all-expenses-paid vacation to Paris, France.
Meanwhile, Talib and Jide are forced out of the racecar and attacked by the angry drivers for sabotaging the track.
Talib's backup plan for this is none other than tough man, Berko. He holds the attackers back and drives Talib and Jide away from the mob of angry racers.
Talib and Jide return to the mansion with one more devious plan to get rid of Paula.
They plant an explosive in her racecar with a remote device to trigger it.
The racecar garage is a separate garage that is located at the back of the house, 50 meters behind, and is part of the 4-acre estate.
Talib is alone in the mansion with Paula, so he is able to entice her to go to the garage. He did this by telling her that Jide has just washed and waxed her racecar. He proceeds outside to trigger the device.
He watches on as Paula leaves the house and enters the garage. He waits a few minutes to be sure she is inside before activating the device.
However, just as Paula enters the front door of the garage, she sees a live mouse, so she screams and runs out the side door. She is entering the house just as the garage explodes.
Talib and Jide are hiding behind a large tree in the woods in the rear boundary of the property and focusing their sight on the garage.
Paula exited the garage and was running back to the house screaming, but they are too far away to view or hear her. Besides, the garage is obstructing their view.
Next, there goes Boom! The air is filled with flying debris, thick grey smoke and fire, at the spot where the racecar garage used to be.
After the explosion and the air clears, Talib is certain he has finally gotten rid of Paula this time. However, he is completely shocked to see Paula in the mansion, perfectly healthy once again!
Paula exits the house, drives out in her Rolls Royce to buy an ice cream cone and relax after another close call.
Later, Talib has difficulty explaining what happened. Instead, he blames Jide for his carelessness when working with the high-tech vehicle.
This is the first time Paula becomes slightly suspicious of Talib. She relates his spiel and her suspicion to Harley and he is pleasantly surprised.
Talib has been beaten once again. Paula is safe and daydreaming about her planned vacation trip to Paris.
In episode VI, which will be the final one, Paula and Harley fly to Paris and they get to see many of the famous landmarks and museums.
They also take in the Paris nightlife, where they again meet Talib and Jide for their final encounter.
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Retiring in 2000, Dennyk rekindled his childhood interest in children's stories first triggered by his father's funny stories, by completing a children's writing course.
Dennyk is married with two children and four grandchildren who live in Europe. His wife runs an animal rescue centre called 'Lillies of the Field', some of the animals feature in his stories.
Dennyk grew up in North Dakota, gaining a BSME from the State University, moving to Ohio in 1955, France in 1964, England in 1978, Canada in 1984 and returning to Ohio in 1990.
Here's a list of just some of Dennyk's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
Black And Blue
Bonbon And Buzzy
Camping Gone Bad Canuck Cowgirl
Catch And Release
Dinky And Chomper
Dreama Talking Cockatoo
Fair And Square
Flowers And Birds
Huey And Yogi
Jake And Lill
Jeremy The Flyer
My Dog Jeremy
Someone Ill Be
The Five Germs
The Lone Ranger
The Majestic 6 Plus 1
The Three Boars
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