CHAPTER ONE BACK IN TIME
I love it when the museum is busy! thought Gustavo. All around him, people were admiring statues and peering into glass cases full of amazing objects from the past. He straightened his “Volunteer” armband.
“Excuse me!” called a cheery woman in a blue jacket. She pointed to a globe-shaped vase. It was black and decorated with cream swirls. “Do you know how old this is?” she asked.
“It’s probably about a thousand years old,” Gustavo replied. “It was made by the Marajoara people. They lived on an island at the end of the Amazon River, right here in Brazil.”
“That’s really interesting,” said the woman. “Thanks for your help!”
“No problem,” said Gustavo with a grin.
The museum was close to his Rio de Janeiro home, so he’d been coming as long as he could remember. He knew so much about the objects on display that he could answer any question the visitors asked! He loved history and enjoyed helping to care for the artefacts other civilizations had left behind. It would be so amazing to go back in time, Gustavo thought, and see these objects being used by real ancient people!
Out of the corner of his eye, he noticed a light shimmering. Gustavo’s heart leaped. Could it be…? He turned around. On the lift door was a glowing circle with the letters N, E, S and W. A compass!
Gustavo knew what it meant – a new mission for the Secret Explorers!
He hurried to the lift, tingling with excitement. The doors slid open by themselves and Gustavo stepped inside. All around him was a brilliant white light.
Wind whipped around Gustavo. It made him feel as if he was whizzing through the brightness. Then a moment later the light faded. Gustavo was back at the Exploration Station!