Felix, Net and Nika and the Gang of Invisible People
They headed to their headquarters at the school attic, following the usual precautions. Felix switched on the monitor and selected a wavelength for the drone’s camera. The image was full of static, but it was possible to make out a child’s room and a door.
“More than a kilometre,” said Felix. “But we don’t have time. The battery’s going to die soon.”
On the screen they could see two young boys. One of them grabbed the drone and started running around the room, pretending it was flying.
“He’s going to smash it any minute,” Felix said, clenching his teeth.
He turned on the remote control and put his thumbs on the switches.
“Wait,” Net warned him.
And so, they watched helplessly as the boy carried out an imaginary mission and knocked down houses made of Lego with his other hand, pretending to strike them with rockets. Then the drone overturned model cars with imaginary anti-tank missiles.
“Now!” Nika shouted, and Felix immediately started the propellers. On the screen they could see the other boy’s hands trying to snatch the drone.
The boys’ mouths made shapes that looked like they were saying “Wow!” Then they both started jumping, trying to reach the toy. Felix tried to avoid catching by the boys. It was tricky because the remote control didn’t work very precisely at such a distance.
“The window!” shouted Net. “It’s open a crack!”
Felix turned the drone towards the window, made a spectacular manoeuvre and flew through the narrow opening.
“Where are we… I mean, where is it?” Net asked.
“It looks familiar, though,” Nika said, thinking carefully.
Battling against the wind, the drone rose over the treetops and slowly turned around. They could make out the school attic on the monitor. Felix pushed on the controls and the drone started heading towards the attic. It was going against the wind.
“Open the window,” Felix said.
Net cracked open one pane of the small, semi-circular window and the sound of a police siren reached them along with a gust of fresh air.
“I wonder what’s going on,” Net remarked, trying to peek out.
“I’ve got the car on the monitor,” exclaimed Felix.
The police car was really speeding. A white van was racing three hundred metres in front of it. The three friends watched in suspense.
“Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Felix asked.
“It’s the Gang of Invisible People!” Net answered. “They’ve robbed another bank. They’ve got no chance of escaping!”
Another police car was approaching from the other end of the street.
“The battery is dying,” Felix announced, but he didn’t hesitate. He made the drone rise even higher and turned it, pointing the camera straight at the chase.
With a squeal of tyres which they could hear through the window, the white van turned into a side street and drove into a white lorry. It didn’t hit the lorry – it literally drove up its ramp at the back and entered it. The ramp shut quickly. Both police cars turned into the side street, drove past the lorry and kept going.
“Holy cow!” Net exclaimed. “So that’s how they disappear…”
Translated by Scotia Gilroy