I didn’t know what to do, but I was bored, so in the end I decided to press the button.
I felt an electric shock and was pushed backwards.
‘What was that?’ I said, standing up.
A cloud of smoke enveloped both me and the machine. I couldn’t see anything. The white fumes made me cough.
After a while, the smoke disappeared. And lo and behold the attic was gone. I was in the middle of a green field.
‘Where am I?’ I wondered. I was wearing short sleeves and it was so cold I started shivering.
‘What do I do now?’
For some reason, I continued speaking in a loud voice, even though I was alone. I started walking. I didn’t know which way to go. All around me there was grass and then nothing else. No cows, no fences, no roads. As a landscape it was plain boring.
Suddenly, the earth moved. I looked behind me and I saw a huge dinosaur walking towards me. He was ugly, scaly and didn’t look friendly.
‘You have to be kidding me!’
I started running, but he was faster than I was. Now I understood how rabbits felt when chased by a wolf.
He caught up with me and held me with one of his paws. I was more terrified than I’d ever been before. He lifted his paw towards his mouth and I closed my eyes.
‘No, please Lord, don’t let him eat me.’
Just then I heard a plop and was surrounded by smoke one more time. When the smoke dispersed, I saw I was back in the attic.
My uncle was looking at me and he didn’t look happy.
‘What have I told you about not touching my things? You could have died! Thank goodness I happened to be looking at the Prehistory camera right now and was able to bring you back…’
‘I’m sorry, Uncle Bob, it’ll never happen again. I promise.’
While I spoke, I hid my hand behind my back. My fingers were crossed. What? My uncle’s inventions are too much fun to give them up altogether just like that.