My name is Bobby and I'm the creator of this tall tale. My story begins in a small crazy neighborhood of Los Angeles. On a quiet summer day me and my homies decided to go skate at City Walk. I was observing all things that go on in a overcrowded city. I started to think what if we had a major catastrophe like an earthquake. People in the city wouldn't know where to take cover or run. Now that is scary. We were people watching with nothing to do when it all began.
"Hey guys! let's go cream those people trying to walk," said one of my homies.
"Cool dudes!" replied another. That's when the earth began to rumble.
"Hey, did you just feel a quake?"
I sure did, and I said so. I turned away from the guys and headed home.
"Hey, Bobby! where are you going?"
"I'm going home, because I need to take care of my mom," I shouted.
We crazy kids didn't know what was up when it came down to earthquake safety. It was something that we should have known because it was important information to know what's up with earthquakes.
I was heading to my house trying to get into the door, and I called out for my mother, but there was no answer back. I was afraid and my forgetfulness was not an isolated aberration, but then I remembered that my mom was pregnant. So the first thing that popped into my head was to rush into the door. When I got inside I yelled for my mom, and found her on the floor. Petra was in a lot of pain and she was crying out for me. I wasn't sure what to do.
The quake had set off Mom's labor. She was screaming her lungs out. "Bobby help me! ahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
I tried to make her comfortable when suddenly another quake started. The house shook and shook for at least thirty seconds, but it seemed like an hour.
"Oh, Bobby, don't leave me I need you!!!"
That was when I saw that she was having the baby right there. I was in a panic, and didn't know what to do. I didn't know it then, but my Dad, Cruz, was trying to get back to the house to help us. The shaking lasted for a long thirty seconds. Then everything was still. When my Dad finally got to us, the first thing he said was, "Let's take her to the hospital."
I looked around, and saw that some of the ceiling had trapped the front door. The windows were covered with debris, and Mom was really having the baby. The only thing left to do was to help my mom have little Jose.
"Oh no!!!!!!!!" Dad and I screamed, almost simultaneously.
The roof started to come down right over us. Dad shielded Mom and was knocked unconscious. By this time, I heard a baby crying, so I ran to the rescue of my Mom and discovered my little, new, baby brother. We named him Jose.
Finally the shaking stopped. That short time was a real nightmare. I finished helping Mom, called 911, and while we were waiting, we all thought about our neighbors and how bad the damage was.
I found out later that our neighborhood was destroyed, electricity polls were all in the ground, and the water was all in the sky from the fire hydrant. People around the neighborhood were walking outside and looking out for each other. Out of a highly populated area there were only 78 people dead. But 105 people were injured.
Later, at the hospital our neighbor, Ms. Lusky, told us that the earthquake was probably a 7.5 and that the epicenter was at Echo Park, 15 miles from where I live. Ms. Lusky knows about this stuff, because she majored in seismology at the University of Southern California, since this state is know as the quake state. she reminded me that earthquakes may occur anytime, and the only way you can save yourself is just to be prepared.
Soon a rescue squad was at our door, cleaning a path to get to us. I heard the ambulance sounds right behind them. They took Mom, the new baby and Dad, who was not very injured at all except for a sore back, to City Community Hospital. Miraculously, Mom was okay, too.
I turned out to be the big hero of the family. Wait until my homies see my picture in the newspaper with my new brother. Not bad for a 17-year-old kid, right?
About the Authors
Isai Crisanto is a Junior at Manual Arts High School in the College Prep Magnet and Fannie Mae Academy of Finance. He likes to swim in his spare time. His favorite subject is Journalism because he wants to major in Broadcast Journalism at USC.
Oscar Maldonado is in the 11th grade at Manual Arts High School. He is interested in International Relations, and hopes to attend college and graduate as an electronic engineer. His hobbies are soccer and drag racing.