Sven, my engine is running, but I don’t know if I can make it all the way back to Illinois on my own. It doesn’t feel like it did before I got stuck in the river. What if I have to be towed back to Illinois?
We don’t want to tow you, said Sven. That would also be really expensive. So I said, What does expensive mean? Is it like embarrassing? But Sven said it wasn’t and it wasn’t important.
We will need to put you in a container and ship you to the States, said Sven. I told Sven I don’t know what that means. Can I go in an aeroplane instead? But Sven said I couldn’t fly in an aeroplane because they don’t let cars on aeroplanes.
Well where is the container, and how does it get me to Illinois? I asked. Sven said, That’s how humans get fast from one place to another without a car. It’s called teleporting. We are almost done cleaning you, so tomorrow we will drive you to the teleporter.
Okay, as long as I don’t have to go on a boat, I said. I don’t want to get stuck in the ocean, too.
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