Thank You, Theo
Theo is a scientist who builds all sorts of inventions. Some are useful, some are useless, and some are downright appalling. Leroy is an action man and Toby is convinced he has telekinesis. All are twelve years old and are being bullied at school. Tired of the name-calling they join forces to combat their tormentors. Things don't run to plan, however, and events unfold with hilarious results. More
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For as long as he can remember Theo has had an insatiable curiosity, and all of his spare time has been devoted to science and exploration. As a consequence he has always wanted to follow a similar – but much better and more exciting – path in life to the one that both his father and mother have taken. They are scientists as well.
Theo’s father wears glasses and teaches geology at the nearby university, where he is also finishing off his doctoral studies in geophysics. He is very tall and lean. He is a keen environmentalist and rides an electric bicycle to and from work. He is also a science fiction buff.
Theo’s mother wears contact lenses and tight dresses and is an engineer with a research institute in the city. She is also a keen environmentalist and drives a Porsche to work. She is interested in theatre, sculpture, the stock market and Greco-Roman wrestling. Both of Theo’s parents, if you haven’t already guessed, are very smart.
Theo is also very smart and he also wears glasses. He has modified his, however, so that when he presses tiny buttons on the frame little aluminium screens fold down to cover each lens. He said they are designed to protect his eyes from hurricanes, fireballs, plagues of locusts, spitballs and nuclear explosions. The glasses appear a little odd when the screens are up – Theo looks as though he has enormous silver eyebrows – but I thought they were a pretty cool invention. Theo was pleased with them as well.
"Your eyes are the most sensitive optical instrument you’ll ever possess," he said. "They need to be protected at all times."
"True," I replied, happy to agree with Theo's line of reasoning. Despite my initial admiration, however, I wasn’t completely convinced. "If you’re in a fireball or a nuclear explosion, though, your eyes might be protected but won’t the rest of you just get blown to bits?"
Theo thought for a moment then took his glasses off and ran his fingers through his thin dark hair. "I suppose that might happen," he said. "Perhaps I need to extend the shields so that they can spread out further and cover the whole body."
"That should do it," I said.
"Yes," he agreed. "Might require a bit more work, that one. Could be a bit tricky, what with the weight and all. I'll look into it, but I think I’ll keep them as they are for the moment."
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