The Year of Crease Bane
Part One: The Arrival of Crease Bane
Chapter One: The Year Begins…
It was January 1st, and had just gotten up out of bed. I put on my favorite Star Wars shirt and some jeans, brushed my teeth, and walked down stairs. As I did, I smelled the sweet fragrance of syrup and pancakes.
“Good morning, Tommy,” my mom said sweetly.
“Good morning, Mom,” I replied.
“Here’s you breakfast,” she said as she put a nice stack of pancakes in front of me.
As I ate my breakfast, I felt like this year would be different. Whether it would be bad or good, I wasn’t sure. My thoughts were interrupted by a knock on the door.
“Oh! That must be your new tutor,” my mom said as she rushed to the door.
“My new…. tutor?” I asked.
She opened the door, and I saw a young man, wearing a hoody, a pair of dark blue jeans, and a backpack. Turns out mom was (literally) buttering me up for this guy’s visit.
“Howdy Mrs. Lomax,” he said in a western accent.
“Hello Vernon,” she said. “Tommy, meet your new tutor, Vernon O’Brian. He’ll be helping you with school.”
“Howdy Tommy, it’s nice to meet you,” he said.
“It’s nice to meet you, too,” I replied.
For some reason, I was a little suspicious about him.
“I’m in ninth grade and I’m volunteering at McQuarrie Middle School for extra credit,” he said. “I hope we can be good friends.”
“I’ll let you get to know each other,” my mom said as she walked to the living room.
“So, what things do you like to do?” Vernon asked.
We talked for about an hour, about our hobbies and interests. Vernon seemed to be nice, and I thought it would be fun to have him tutoring me (better then that FunTime stuff, at least).
Little did I know, that Vernon had a secret for coming to this school.
Chapter Two: Friends Return
I walked through the doors of McQuarrie Middle School and looked around. I remembered all the adventures Tommy and I have had together. From helping Origami Yoda to battling Darth Paper. And then meeting some new friends along the way, like Noah and his Skyfolders, James and his OriTraveler, and more.
I decided to walk to the library since that’s where we usually hang out at. I saw Tommy waving to me from a table. I walked over and saw him sitting with Sara.
“Hey guys!” I said “How are you?”
“I’m good,” said Tommy, “I was just telling Sara about my new tutor.”
“What?” I asked.
“My mom got me a new tutor to help me with school,” he replied, “His name is Vernon O’Brian.”
I don’t know why, but that name gave me the creeps.
“That’s nice,” Sara piped in, “so how was everyone’s winter break?”
We started to talk about winter break until we heard a scream. Mrs. Calhoun stared at us like we had just broke a window. Then Harvey came running over to us.
“Have any of you seen Anakin/Darth Paper!?” he asked frantically.
Chapter Three: Anakin is Missing
“He was right next to a book I was reading,” I explained, “and when I turned my back for a second, he was gone!”
“This doesn’t sound like you just misplaced him,” said Tommy.
“What was the book about?” asked Kellen.
“Seriously Kellen?” I said, “DP’s missing and all you can think about is books?”
“I was just wondering,” he replied.
“Who was near you while you were reading?” asked Dwight, who appeared out of nowhere.
“I think there was two girls, one was wearing glasses, and a boy with a cowboy hat,” I said.
“Interesting,” said Tommy, “does Origami Yoda have anything to say about this?”
Usually, I would’ve protested about getting advice from Dwight’s paperwad, but I was desperate. So Dwight pulled him out of is pocket. Paperwad Yoda looked very serious.
“A disturbance the force, I sense,” he said “a new enemy, arrived, he has. Prepare for battle, we must.”
“Did he steal Harvey’s DP?” Kellen asked.
“I think so,” replied Dwight.
“We’ll look around for him,” Tommy said.
Then we all left for class. I just have one question: why someone would take him?
Chapter Four: The Next Week…
I liked Vernon tutoring me. There wasn’t any distractions because it was just the two of us. We went over stuff like math, literature, etc. With this help I could get straight A’s in my classes.
The next week I was back at school, more excited then usual. I guess I was kind of enjoying school. Unlike Harvey, who was pretty glum since he still hadn’t found Darth Paper. And it had been a week, too! Even worse, someone else did have him. Someone had been blackmailing him telling him to give $100 in return for DP!
As I walked through the door of the room Vernon tutors me in, I saw Vernon’s backpack hanging on a chair. But Vernon wasn’t in the room. He probably went to the bathroom or something. I sat down in a chair and looked carefully at the backpack. I was sure I saw something black peeking out of the backpack. I wonder…. no, he couldn’t, he so nice….. but maybe, just maybe…..
“Hmmm… maybe I could just take a little look in his backpack…” I thought. I got up and unzipped the backpack. And lo and behold, it was there: Darth Paper. Just then I heard the door opened. I was shaking in my sneakers as I looked behind me to see Vernon O’Brian, holding a taser.
“Howdy Tommy,” he said slyly, “well, it seems you found that kid Harvey’s Darth Paper.”
“Di- did you….” I started to say.
“Did I steal it? Yes, I did. And I would be grateful if you gave him to me and forgot this ever happened. Unless you would prefer to be shocked by my taser?”
I looked at DP and then back at Vernon. Was it really worth being shocked by a taser to save this piece of paper that my sorta-friend had made? I mean, he caused us a lot of trouble with DP. I had to choose between Harvey and Vernon.
I chose Harvey.
“You want this origami? Well, then go get it!” I yelled.
I slid DP under Vernon’s legs and under the door. I heard someone outside the room say “I found DP! Lets give it to Harvey!” And then they ran off.
Vernon gave me a dirty look. But then he smiled.
“It’s your choice,” he said.
He turned the taser on and plunged it at me. I did cartwheel to the right and then hopped on to table. Then I jumped off and ran to the door. I opened it and was about to run out when I heard a BZZZZ! And then I fell down in pain. I saw Harvey, Sara, and Kellen run over to face and face Vernon. And right before I fell asleep, I saw Vernon pull out something….. was that an origami Cad Bane?
Chapter 5: The First Great Battle
I had been moping around in the library when Kellen came running to my table.
“Harvey! Look what I found in the hall!” he said.
He opened his hands and in his palm was….. DARTH PAPER! 😀
“DP/Anakin! I missed you so much!” I said while holding him. “Thank you Kellen so much!”
Kellen looked shocked. I uses that’s because I don’t say thank you very often. But right now I was excited. But then I stopped smiling and frowned.
“Did you say you found him in the hall?” I asked.
“Yeah, near the room Vernon is tutoring Tommy in,” he replied, “why you ask?”
“Because I thought someone had stolen him and now he appears out of nowhere.”
I thought for a moment. He was found near Tommy’s tutoring classroom. Vernon was tutoring Tommy. Vernon also wore a cowboy hat (I’d never met the guy, but Tommy told me about him) and didn’t I see someone with a cowboy hat the same time I lost DP? That’s when I got it.
Just then Sara walked over.
“Hi guys! Hey Harvey, I see you found DP!” She said cheerfully.
“Vernon stole Darth Paper!” I said.
“Really!?” Kellen asked.
“Yes, and now Tommy’s in danger!”
“Wait, say what now!?” Sara asked, “Tommy is in danger!?”
“Come on guys!” I yelled.
Without hesitation, they ran after me. As we ran, I told them how I figured it out.
“It makes sense!” Kellen exclaimed.
“Yeah it does… Wait is that Tommy!?!?” Sara said.
I looked over and saw Tommy laying on floor, groaning in pain. I ran as fast as I could.
“Tommy!? You okay?” I asked.
“Ugh…. Vernon…. he did it…..” he groaned.
I got up and saw a boy, about 16 with blond hair and a cowboy hat. That was defiantly Vernon.
“YOU!” I screamed.
“Yes me,” he said coldly, “I stole DP and Tommy tried to be a hero and threw it out the door. But heroes always have to pay a price for being heroic. In his case, he got zapped by a taser.”
He held up a taser in one hand. And with his other hand he used to dig into his satchel. And he pulled out…..
“Meet Crease Bane!” he yelled.
It was an origami Cad Bane! I knew I had to save Tommy. So I pulled out Anakin and flipped his mask on. Then I took my glasses off.
“Do not underestimate the power of the Dark Side!” I yelled in my normal voice, which sounded just like Darth Vader’s. Kellen and Sara jumped back in surprise.
“Harvey!? Is that your real voice?” She asked.
“Whoa, I didn’t know you could do that!” Kellen said.
Vernon smiled evilly. A smile that could someone nightmares.
“Let the battle begin!” he said in a voice that sounded like Cad Bane’s.
He plunged the taser at me. I leaned back watched it fly over my face and then back. Sara kicked him in the back and Kellen punched him. He took both of them by their collars and threw them down the hall. I jumped onto him and slapped him in the face a few times. He threw me over and got his taser out.
“Goodbye, Harvey Cunningham!” he said.
But before he could zap me, I rolled to the side. He got the taser stuck on the ground and grunted, trying to pull it out. He pulled so hard that when it finally came out, he went flying backwards into a wall. He slumped down and I pinned him to the ground.
“Harvey, you did it! You’re a hero!” said Kellen, who had just gotten up.
“Yep, you sure did,” said Sara.
Tommy’s body started to move. “Ugh…. What did I miss?” he asked.
“Tommy!” Sara said. She went over and gave him a hug.
I can’t believe it….. I beat Vernon and helped my friend. And now Sara and Kellen think I’m a hero. Doesn’t happen often, does it? I guess that’s what happens from being a good friend.
Chapter 6: Vernon’s Secret
Hi everyone who reading this! It’s me, Sara! Anyways, I’m here to tell you about what happened next. Now, where did Harvey leave off? Oh yes, here we go…
“You got some explaining to do, you crazy cowboy!” yelled Harvey.
“You got that right!” agreed Kellen.
We all gathered around him and started the interrogation, while Kellen got a flashlight out and shined it at Vernon. It went like this:
Tommy: Why did you take Darth Paper?
Vernon: Because I wanted to get some money! Didn’t ya read the letter, kid?
Harvey: Why are you here? I know there’s a bigger reason.
Vernon: That’s for me to know, and you to find out.
Harvey (in Darth Vader’s voice): TELL ME! I DEMAND IT!!!!!!!!!
Vernon: OK! OK! Yeesh! My Employer told me to…
Sara: EMPLOYER!? So someone hired you to do this?
Vernon: Yeah, my employer told me to come to McQuarrie so I could destroy your origami characters!
Sara (me): So you want to destroy the Fortune Wookiee!? I don’t think so!]
Tommy: One more question, who is the “Employer”?
Vernon: I’ll never tell you!
(Vernon quickly jumps over everyone and runs)
“Hey! Come back here!” yelled Tommy.
Vernon quickly opened the nearest window and said one last thing.
He jumped out of the window and went down, down, down.
“Is he crazy!?” yelled Harvey, “We’re two stories high up!”
But then we saw something we were not expecting. We saw Vernon press a button on his boots, and then he started flying! His boots were really rocket boots! He waved and gave an evil smile. Then he blasted off to who knows where.
“Oh come on! Rocket boots! I didn’t even know those were invented yet!” said Kellen.
“Don’t worry, guys,” Tommy said. “I’m sure this isn’t the last time we’ll see Vernon.”
Part Two: The Crease Bane Case File
Chapter Seven: Vernon Returns
It was nice spring day. I had just walked onto the bus to be greeted by my friends. I sat down beside Kellen who was doodling a picture of Jabba.
“Hey Tommy!” said Kellen.
“Hey Kellen!” I replied.
“Hey, did you hear?” he asked.
“Hear about what?”
“That there’s a new, mysterious janitor.”
“Hmmmm…. what does he look like.”
“He’s looks like he’s about 16, he has blond hair, headphones, gloves, and a hoody that covers all his face but his hair. Whenever anybody tries to say hi or talk to him, he just runs away. And even weirder, one time when I was in the library, I turned around and saw him! He was just staring at me. But as soon as the janitor knew that I spotted him, he ran off. Isn’t that strange?”
“Yeah, real strange.”
I thought about what Kellen told me. Why would the mysterious janitor be spying on Kellen? And why would he never talk to kids? I don’t have proof, but I had a hunch that this guy wasn’t on our side.
As soon as we entered school, Kellen started whispering to me, “There! He’s over there!”
I looked over and saw the mysterious janitor. He defiantly matched Kellen’s description. I told Kellen to go on to the library, and I would meet him there. I had some questions for this janitor.
I walked over and greeted him, “Hi, my name is Tommy. What’s your’s?”
The janitor looked over at me, then stood up.
“I’m…. your WORST NIGHTMARE!” he yelled.
Then he grabbed his mop and swung it at me like a karate master. I dodged it, but then he jumped on me and pinned me down. Then he took his hood off. And suddenly knew who he was.
Chapter Eight: A New Hero
I was waiting in the library for Tommy. I thought he should have been here by now, so I decide to go check on him. When I went to the place I last saw him and the MJ (mysterious janitor) were, they weren’t their! But I did hear some yelling behind a nearby door.
I threw the door open and there was Tommy, all tied up in a chair with a bandanna covering his mouth. His eyes were filled with fear when he saw me. I quickly ripped off the bandanna.
“Tommy! Are you okay?!” I half asked, half yelled.
“I’m fine! But Kellen, it’s a trap!!!” he yelled back.
Huh?!” I said puzzled.
Then I heard the door slam shut. I whipped around and saw the MJ holding his mop like fighting stick.
“Howdy, Kellen,” he said, “It’s nice to see you again.”
I recognized that voice from anywhere.
“Yes it is I, Vernon O’Brian!” he said proudly, taking off his hood.
“Grrrr! You will pay, Vernon!” I yelled.
I ran at him as fast as a cheetah with a jetpack. But as soon as I got near him, he karate kicked me. I flew backwards till I hit the wall. Then Vernon pulled out this gun with plungers in it. He pressed a button and a bunch of plungers flew at me, pinning me to the wall. Tommy was right. It was a trap.
But then an amazing thing happened. The door flew open, and a shadowed figure came in. I could only see his bright orange hair.
“G’day, Vernon,” said an young, Australian voice.
“NO! Not you! I thought I got rid of you!” Vernon said angrily.
“Well, that’s what you thought, but you were wrong!” the shadowy figure replied.
The figure jumped over Vernon, and the kicked him from behind.
“OUCH!” yelled Vernon.
Then Vernon spun around and whacked the kid in the shoulder. But the kid recovered fast and did karate chop at his arm. It went like that a while, until the kid flipped over Vernon while the blonde teenager was hesitating. Then he untied the rope Tommy was in and pulled the plungers off of me.