They lived underground. Ever since ‘they’ had come, the above was no longer safe. We still told stories of looming trees and ripe, colourful fruits, but they were just stories. The grounds people could not go above, or else they would be punished. Adam prepared his gear. He took his black vest out of the cupboard and pulled it on. He then pulled his hood over his head, with two small slits for his eyes. He looked at the clock: 11:57pm. It was too late already. Adam swung his backpack over his shoulders and strode out of his room. Mr Flaherly sat down calmly drinking a cup of tea. Mr Flaherly had been good to Adam. Ever since Adam was a young boy. Flaherly had taken him in.
“I know it's no use tellin ya not to go,” said Flaherly in his strange accent, “but be careful out there.”
“I will be Mr Flaherly,” said Adam.
“Bring us back somethin nice,” he called after Adam.
The hole opened at 11:59 exactly and Adam jumped out. He clutched his knife tightly, as other communities often tried to attack. Adam cautiously walked to the corner store, careful to stay in the shadows. He opened the vent and slid inside. Adam crawled and crawled until he saw a trapdoor. Now it was the hard part, the waiting. Minutes and hours gradually slipped away. Adam understood. No raid was every well planned. Then, it came.
BOOM! The wall burst into pieces as Adam punched the trapdoor and jumped down into the store. He filled his bag as quickly as he could. He could see them running towards him, rifles in hand. Adam zipped his bag and ran out of the store. He saw the guards stop running and give up. Now it was the next part, the slaying. Nobody had enough time to get much food during a raid, so Adam had to hide in a bush, ready to take out other runners. A runner ran down from many yards away and Adam tensed himself.
Adam exploded outwards and threw his body on top of the other runner. They struggled as Adam drew his knife and stabbed him in the chest. Then, Adam grabbed the other runner’s bag and swung it over his shoulder as well. He then saw it. Barely visible in the night, but it was there nevertheless. The green. It was larger than anything Adam had ever seen. There were bits of the Green where Adam lived, but they were barely anything compared to this. Then. He snapped back into reality. Adam sprinted to the hole. He took one last glance at the green and dived back into his world below.
He lowered himself down slowly and dropped onto the hard, metal floor. Mr Flaherly had told him about a time when people visited each other and brought gifts. A time when people enjoyed each other’s company, and smiled and laughed. These times seemed difficult to imagine. Nowadays everyone was so absorbed in their own lives that hanging about was out of the question. Adam thumped the door of the administration office and dropped the bag down in front of it.
He then went down the dark metal staircase and entered his cube. In each cube there were four flats. Mr Flaherly and Adam lived in flat B. Adam took the key from his pocket and opened the door. Mr Flaherly stood there, drinking tea in the same position he had been twenty minutes ago.
“Did-ya hand the goods in?” he asked, not bothering to look up from the table.
“Yep.” Mumbled Adam. He was too tired for a conversation.
“Corrupt administration. We’ll be lucky to get a scrap.” Muttered Mr Flaherly to himself.
He was right. The administration never gave enough food or resources despite how much Adam got after every raid. Adam planned to become a raider when he was of working age. Raiders planned the raids and got to live in much better facilities than others. Adam could even bring Mr Flaherly with him. He shoved his gear into the closet and turned in for the night.
He woke up with a rifle to his head. He jumped out of bed but the soldier didn’t even seem fazed.
“Security footage revealed it was you rascal.” Grunted the soldier. He grabbed Adam by the collar and pulled him towards the door. Mr Flaherly lay on the floor, his eyes closed as the other soldier watched over him.
“No.” said Adam defiantly. There was no way. Not Mr Flaherly. He had always been there. He couldn’t die just like that. But he made no move and simply lay there. He was long gone.
“NOOOO,” screamed Adam. “This isn’t fair! You can’t do this!” he roared with tears forming in his eyes.
“Kid. Fair died out long time ago,” said the soldier as he pulled Adam out the door and threw him down the staircase. He was only a boy, but he had been a victim of this system. The soldiers simply walked away, refusing to think about it a second longer
By Adrian, Year 4
Last Friday, I woke up in the middle of the night to dreadful moaning and grumbling sounds. I was horrified to see that my wardrobe was rocking from side to side and a strange light was shining through the cracks between the doors.With great fear… I opened the doors and it was Wonderland. There was a rainbow sky, running unicorns, an Anything You Can Eat Candy Shop, and ice cream trees that had different ice cream flavours.
I grabbed some rainbow ice cream and a unicorn ran to me, so I jumped on the unicorn and said, ‘Fly unicorn, to the sky!’ I ate the fairy floss clouds.
Then a Cupid came out of nowhere and shot my unicorn! It fell in love with another unicorn and dropped me. As I was falling, I remembered that I still had rainbow ice cream leftover in my pocket and a different unicorn appeared from the east and picked me up. After ten minutes, I said, ‘Drop me, unicorn!’ and I fell into an ice cream tree. I ate my way through the ice cream and found a door. I was sticky and cold, and ice cream was dripping from my clothes.
When I entered the door, my clothes were dry and I wasn’t sticky at all. I closed my wardrobe doors and locked them with my giant pencil. There were no more weird sounds and bright colours coming from the wardrobe, so I went to bed.
Until last night…
by Soraya, Year 2
Once there was a little girl called Crystal. She lived in a cosy little cottage, high up in the snowy mountains. When she had time, Crystal used to walk down to the village harbour and sit on the benches to watch the boats sail out to sea. Below her she could see the village of Waves. It was spring and everybody was spring cleaning. Crystal stared at the village harbour. Her father was the village fisherman and Crystal had wanted to get her own ship ever since she was little. Her mother had asked her one thousand times why she wanted a ship and Crystal always replied she wanted to be warmer and go for adventures in the lost islands.
One morning it was bright and sunny so Crystal decided to down to the village and buy a ship. Crystal had enough money to buy her own ship because she had been helping out at the grocery shop to sell groceries and she had earned quite a lot of money. Crystal bought a large ship with humongous sails. As she set sail, she saw a gigantic shadow looming over her. It was a pirate ship!
Crystal panicked! She found herself being hoisted off her ship’s deck onto a much larger deck. The pirates made Crystal cook the most complicated dishes with rare ingredients such as giant mussels, dolphin prawns and deep sea mud. The pirates were also mean to Crystal, she was only allowed to eat bread and water and was often hungry.
As Crystal cooked, she began thinking about how she would escape. Suddenly she had a good idea. She could set the kitchen on fire while the pirates were eating dinner. So that night, when the pirates ate their dinner, she tried out her plan. She tried to turn on the oven and burn the ship but it didn’t work because the gas had been turned off. Then Crystal thought of a different idea. The pirates had gone to bed and she could use dynamite barrels to blast them away! Crystal gathered all the dynamite barrels from the cellar of the ship, hopped into her boat set the dynamite on fire and…. BOOM!!! She escaped the sinking ship just in time.
Crystal sailed back to her town and arrived safely at her house. She enjoyed her voyage so much that she decided she would take her mother for a ride and they could have more adventures together!
By James, Year 3
I had one cup of tea, peppermint flavour.
‘That cup of tea was delicious. Can I have another cup of tea?’ I asked.
'No!' shouted my mum.
So I went to put on my thermal underwear, but then I got attacked by a cup of tea!
‘Aaaarrrggghh!’ I screamed. ‘I just wanted to put on my thermal underwear and go to bed!’ I staggered away.
The cup of tea said, ‘I’ll let you go on one condition: you let me eat you first.’
‘No way!’ I shouted.
‘Fine then,’ the cup of tea said. ‘I’ll just eat you.’
By Olivia, Year 1
One day I was sleeping and I woke up in the morning. Normally my bed is blue and now it was grey. I had no idea what happened. I thought my eyes were lying.
On the news it said somebody stole every bit of blue … I was very scared.
Luckily I had a crazy dream the night before that I sucked up all of the blue into a giant vacuum because it all looked so yummy I wanted to keep it all for myself.
The next night, I had another crazy dream that I realised I did the wrong thing and put all the blue back.
When I woke up everything was ok.
By Jerry Yu, Year 4
Once there was a really sad lady named Lisa. During the school holidays she wanted to go to the zoo but the zoo was closed. Then she had a great idea. She could go to the sea to see a hammer head shark. Lisa really wanted to see a hammer head shark that was free because it would have more space to swim in.
Lisa went to the train station because she lived really far from the beach. It took three hours to get to the beach so she brought some food and some water to drink.
On the train Lisa saw a poster for a movie about an atomic bomb, and the cinemas were super close to the beach. When Lisa got there, she went to the cinema, bought some chicken flavoured popcorn to eat, and then bought a ticket.
She sat down quietly to watch the movie. The movie was about a giant atomic bomb and it was about to explode……
After the movie, Lisa hadn’t finished eating the popcorn so she put it in her bag because she didn’t want to waste a perfect bag of popcorn. When she got to the beach she started to search for a hammer head shark. After an hour she finally found one, but it was a bit boring because all the hammer head sharks did was eat, eat, eat, and sleep.
After a long, long, time, Lisa went home. She had a brilliant time watching the movie but it was a bit boring watching the hammer head shark.
By Chloe, Year 2
Once upon a time in a dark gloomy cave, there lived a big scary monster. He had red glowing eyes and purple spikes on his back.
One evening, the monster felt hungry. His tummy was rumbling and his mouth was watering, so he decided to ask his mum for something to eat. The problem was, his mum was at work! He tried to yell to his mum, but it was no use. The monster had to think of a way to stop his tummy rumbling and his mouth watering! The monster thought and thought, but the more he thought the hungrier he felt! The monster thought all evening until he thought of an idea.
He thought his idea was brilliant! In fact he started his project straight away. He wouldn't go to the shops because he was too lazy. He would build a food machine. He couldn't wait till he finished his machine that would give him anything he wanted.
First he had to draw a plan of what it would look like. After that he got some screws, nails and a hammer and started building. It took hours until it was finished. At last the machine was finished and the monster could eat. He was very, very happy.
By Raynee, Year 2
Once upon a time there was a sleepy zoo keeper. His eyes were blue, he was bald and handsome. His name was Kieron. He was very sleepy because he was at a 30th anniversary party and he was bored. He just stood in the corner eating chips to stay awake.
After the party he went to bed. Even though the party had been boring, he was very sad that the party was over because it meant no more chips! So he went to sleep at 9pm.
In the middle of the night, Kieron started sleepwalking. Soon he was at the Jelly Bean Factory! When he woke up, he realised he was not in his bed. He said to himself in his head, ‘How can I be in a Jelly Bean Factory?’ He thought a little bit. ‘Maybe I was sleep walking?’
Suddenly, he heard a sound. It sounded like tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock. Kieron tried to find where the sound was coming from. He went upstairs and saw an object that was as big as a sausage dog. It was black and hard, but empty inside. Kieron said, ‘It’s a ticking time bomb!!!!!!’
The time on the ticking time bomb was two hours and one second. Kieron spent nearly two hours trying to find an exit. He went upstairs and downstairs and up and down again. The time was nearly up. Finally he found the exit and ran through it, just as the factory exploded! Jellybeans were flying everywhere.
Kieron collected some jellybeans and went home to the zoo.
By Chloe, Year 2
One day, Captain Woody decided to go to a dry, sandy island where there was a wooden box full of gold and gems. Captain Woody had a pet parrot called Spiky. He was three and a half. Captain Woody's ship was called The Wooden Ship, and he had twenty shipmates. One of his shipmates was called George. His job was making sure everyone was doing their job while Captain Woody steered the ship. As they set off, Spiky looked for the little island. It was very hard to see because the sky was foggy and icy.
Suddenly they hit something round. It was the little island! They hopped off the huge ship and saw the treasure sitting beside a tree. Just as Captain Woody was about to pick it up, a little green, scaly dragon swooped down and took the treasure! He flew away before Captain Woody could catch him. Captain Woody was furious!
"Come back with my treasure!!!!" he shouted, but the dragon didn't come back. Captain Woody jumped on his ship and shouted "Get him!!!!" They quickly sailed across the sea, following the dragon. It was hard following the dragon because he was small, as fast as lightning, and the sky was still foggy. After a while, they were lost. There was no sign of the dragon. Captain Woody said to his shipmates, "Quick, think of a way to find the dragon!"
All twenty shipmates thought of a way to catch the dragon, but none of their ideas worked. Suddenly, George had one more idea: when the dragon came back, they could throw a rope around it so that wherever it went, it would bring the whole ship to the dragon's dark gloomy cave. When they saw the dragon, they quickly threw a rope at it and the plan worked!
The little dragon didn't realise that he was tangled in a rope so he kept going. When he reached his cave, ten of the shipmates snuck inside. The dragon placed the treasure on a big giant rock and went to bed. While the dragon was sleeping, one of the shipmates got the treasure and went back to the ship. They sailed home and shared all of the treasures. Each received five gems and one hundred bars of gold. They were very happy.
By Chris, Year 6
Once upon a time, there was a wild monkey called Chris that loved eating. One day he didn’t want to eat fruit any more so he decided to find something else to eat. But his friend Sam said, “Don’t be silly. Monkeys only eat fruit.”
Chris wasn’t listening so he went to the city. He smelled something really good and really yummy, so he followed the smell until he reached a shop with a sign that said, “Pizza.” He tasted a bit of that thing which smelled really good. Then he heard that the thing was called 'pizza'.
The next day he called Sam to come with him to the city to see and taste pizza. Sam also loved pizza, so they decided to make a pizza by themselves. They waited until the owner left, then got to work. They made a pizza that tasted really good.
They decided to make another pizza the next day. But the shop owner saw them. Chris and Sam got such a fright that they jumped right up to the roof!
“Come here, little monkeys,” the owner said. “I won’t hurt you. Come, if you wanted pizza you only had to ask.”
Chris and Sam slowly climbed back down. They shared a pizza with the owner, whose name was Jack, and then Jack asked if they wanted a pizza oven and a pizza base. Chris and Sam were so excited they borrowed Jack’s phone and called 50 extra monkeys to help carry the things home.
Back home, they made a pizza by covering the base with bananas, strawberries and pineapple (these were the only ingredients they had). Unsurprisingly, their pizza tasted just like fruit. It wasn’t quite new food, but Chris still liked it very much.
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