Stories

The Story of Underwater Life

Once upon a time, in the Blacksburg River, there lived many animals. Creatures undefined, creatures unknown would swim in the Blacksburg River... And all this was possible because of the River Soul. It was round and blue, and kept all the animals of the River alive...

The Little Onion Princess

In a kingdom called meersnitchaw there lived a king called Mr. Wenchispaw. 
The king had many pordlies and shcreens
The only thing he needed was a kind queen. 

Then he found a very nice queen, who had a nice heart and the soul of a phrein... 

A Christmas Story

It was almost Christmas!  Paul and Shelby already started decorating their house! Once they were done, they asked grandma: "Granny, we have finished the decorations, now can you tell us a famed Christmas story?" Their Grandmother was very good at storytelling, so she agreed...

The Secret Treasure

It was 5th March, 2021 in London. Jane and Max had just finished their online classes. "Mummy! Can we go to the basement? please?" Jane asked her mother, Mrs. Patterson. "And why would I let you if I don't know what you're upto?" said Mrs. Patterson.

 
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The Story of Underwater life

Once upon a time, in the Blacksburg River, there lived many animals. Creatures undefined, creatures unknown would swim in the Blacksburg River... And all this was possible because of the River Soul. It was round and blue, and kept all the animals of the River alive. But the goddess of the river saw something bad in her dreams. The River Soul was cracking because of the humans. The humans were throwing plastic and garbage in the River. The creatures were dying. And the humans mercilessly kill all.

So the Goddess of the River used all her magic and tried to fix the River Soul. But nothing happened. She was enraged! She shouted out so loud that the whole world heard it! "Humans! Do you have no mercy for other creatures?! You rule the world with no peace! You kill and kill! You cut the trees! You destroy life! And still you want more!

The humans shouted: "We are the superior species! It's up to us how we rule it! Not you!" The goddess said calmly: "But you're not the only superior species in this vast multiverse" She chanted: "Oh, creatures far and near! Save us from these merciless humans!" As she said this the River Soul used up all it's energy and blasted to bits unleashing immense power. But still, even after the Soul had broken down, the Goddess heard a voice, "Your wish shall be fulfilled!". Then suddenly, colourful creatures big and small descended from the sky. All the people were frightened and started screaming! The goddess shouted again: "You humans fear aliens because you think they will treat you the same way you treat other animals. This is your last chance! Do you surrender?" "Yes!" Everyone shouted together. The goddess said: "You don't have to! From now on, you will be alone on this planet! We are leaving! And if you do something bad to this planet again, I will not give you a second chance! We shall leave the flowers and trees with you! And with that, dear superior species, I hope you will be able to create good life again!" Saying this, the creatures of Earth left the humans alone.

 
In Royal Dress

The Little Onion Princess

In a kingdom called meersnitchaw there lived a king called Mr. Wenchispaw. 
The king had many pordlies and shcreens
The only thing he needed was a kind queen. 

Then he found a very nice queen, who had a nice heart and the soul of a phrein. They got married and started to grow old, they needed an heiress who was fearless and bold. They prayed to the goddess of the phobblenork forest, to give them a kind and nice heiress.

The goddess of the forest granted their wish, but she had a condition, fair and mish. She said: "Your daughter may be one of best, but she'll be stubborn and every day she'll need a new dress..."
The king and queen agreed, and gathered the best strailors, who created dresses with silk imported by sailors. Soon there was child, crying in the great meaodle, with people trying to hush her with a little dreopale.
When she grew up, everyday, she needed a new dress, with people from all over the world making gowns with merlace. The king and queen were tired, from all the hard work, and princess Celctonia was sad to see her parents so shmork. She went to her dragon, loyrinoya and asked her for a solution. She replied, "Go to the goddess and ask her for Moclusion. "

She went to the goddess and shouted out: "Why Goddess, Why shall my subjects always frown and pout?" A voice echoed: "I don't know why, but I have a solution for all your cries."

"Oh do tell me!" cried Princess Celctonia, The goddess said, "I'll give you many beautiful glertocnias." "You'll receive many of them, but if you exchange, you'll be a prinefliem." The princess agreed and went back home, and fell asleep with a nice schromme.

Next day she woke up and was surprised to find a new dress! Then she remembered about the deal with the goddess. Now all this happened everyday, and the princess was happy at the merdiomay. Then soon she saw that people did not like her anymore, instead they liked a girl who was just wearing a trionsmore. So she went to the girl and exchanged dresses then suddenly a flash of light blinded all the serneshes. They opened their eyes and saw no princess, instead just an onion covered in mesh. The layers you see on the onion are actually all the glertocnias that were once worn by princess

Celctonia. And when people saw the onion, it reminded them of Celctonia which made them bolcenia.

Meanings:

Pordlies = Soldiers    
Shcreens = Protectors
Phrein = Golden Eagle
Strailors = Tailors
Meaodle = Cradle
Dreaopale = Pacifier
Merlace = A type of cloth
Moclusion = Help
Glertocnias = Gowns
Prinefliem = A bad thing
Schromme = Feeling
Merdiomay = Solution
Trionsmore = Simple dress
Serneshes = People

 
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A Christmas Story

It was almost Christmas!  Paul and Shelby already started decorating their house! Once they were done, they asked grandma: "Granny, we have finished the decorations, now can you tell us a famed Christmas story?" Their Grandmother was very good at storytelling, so she agreed...

"Let me tell you a famous Christmas story about a man called Grooch Hamblinton." The kids were excited! They had never heard about anybody with the name Grooch!

Granny started with a deep sigh, "It was Christmas, All the people were very happy! All the houses were covered in decorations. All the streets in Georgie town were filled with smiles

and joy! But one house looked pale without any decorations... This was the house of Grooch Hamblinton. A strict man with no love for Christmas.

He was the only man in Georgie Town who never stepped out of his house at Christmas. Who knows what he may have been doing? Everyone in Hobgobhood Alley  tried to avoid Grooch.

One day, Grooch was lying on his bed, thinking,  "Why does everybody love Christmas so much? It's not that the holiday is going to give them money! Then suddenly, with a whoosh of wind and a flash of light appeared a ghostly body in front of him! At first he got scared, then with closer inspection, he saw that it was a woman... 

Then, a shaky, ghostly voice coming from the direction of the figure said: "I mean no harm to thou! I am the ghost of the past. I am here to show thou why you don't like the Magic of Christmas... Then she said: "Hold my hand, I shall take you to the past." Grooch was terrified! But he didn't get a chance to ask the questions that were going through his brain.

He closed his eyes, and when he opened them again, all he saw was his childhood self. His parents had abandoned him on Christmas Eve and he was lonely and scared... Grooch felt sad as tears rolled down his eyes. He had never cried before. The ghost of the past wiped his tears and said: "Christmas has become a curse to thou since you were a child." Saying this, she vanished.

When he woke up, Grooch looked around. The ghost of the past was nowhere to be found! Then suddenly again, a ghostly figure appeared before him! This time, the figure was fat and short. He laughed out: Ha ha ha, I am the ghost of the Present!

Without asking Grooch who he was, The ghost of the present held Grooch's hand and flew to another house. Behold, the magic of joy he shouted and showed Grooch the house of a poor family.. They had nothing to feast on, but bread. But they were so happy! Grooch thought to himself, Why am I not able to be happy? Then the ghost of the present dropped him in his house and vanished with a loud laugh!

He again looked around but no one was there. Then another ghostly figure appeared! This one looked tall and strict. He said with a deep voice: "Grooch Hamblinton! I am the ghost of the future! I have seen what you have done to Christmas! Come with me and I'll show you!" He grabbed Grooch's hand and took him to the future. What he saw, saddened him. People were sad. Christmas wasn't there anymore!

And old Grooch was sitting up there by the window sill of his house, laughing! "Do you understand what you've done?! Your mistakes cannot be fixed now! Grooch cried: "I'm sorry, I don't want this to happen! I promise I'll be good! Please! Take me back! He woke up! It felt like a terrible dream!

He then thought about what he did and climbed up to his window sill and shouted: "Tonight, there will be a feast at my house! People wondered, "A feast at Grooch's house? When did he change? But they all agreed! That night they had a lot of fun all because of Grooch!

 
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The Secret Treasure

             Chapter 1: The Door


It was 5th March, 2021 in London. Jane and Max had just finished their online classes. "Mummy! Can we go to the basement? please?" Jane asked her mother, Mrs. Patterson. "And why would I let you if I don't know what you're upto?" said Mrs. Patterson. "We just want to look for our old toy that you stowed away!" "Please, Mummy?" Alright, alright, go on, but don't open the door in the basement!" Mrs. Patterson said. Jane chuckled, grabbed Max and jumped down the stairs. She reached the basement door and gently pushed it open. Without even looking, she held Max and pointed at a dirty, torn-apart teddy bear with a small card on it's hand saying: 'Mr Blonkie' Max sighed and went inside the basement. He grabbed it and walked towards the door but what he saw surprised him. He called out loud, "Jane! Come here!" He showed her a small brown door with a strange-shaped keyhole. 

 

                Chapter 2: The Journal


Jane said "This is the door Mummy told us not to open!" "It'll be exciting! Come on!" Max said. They looked for the key everywhere, But alas! It was nowhere to be found. A few hours later, Mrs. Patterson called out, "Dinner's Ready!" They ate their dinner and went to sleep. The next day after their online classes, they went into the basement without their mother noticing. The looked every where and then suddenly, Jane found out that the key was inside Mr Blonkie all along! They opened the door and went in. It was dark and dusty. They found an old chest. They opened it and found a thick black journal. The first few pages were totally blank. The next pages mentioned something about a secret treasure, scrolls, riddles."I don't believe it!" Max said. "All of this is just nonsense!" "But what if it's true? What if there is a secret treasure?" "We've got to find this! And Max, you've got to join me!" Said Jane.

 

              Chapter 3: The Strange Scroll

Jane and Max were so excited! They couldn't sleep well that night. The next day, both of them read the Journal thoroughly and found a map. Since the front door was locked, they went out through the back door. They saw something behind the bush that they liked to call 'Greengowsy'. They saw a dug up place behind the bush. They removed all the mud and soil and found another old chest. they opened this one and found a weird looking scroll. Jane opened it and read aloud: 'Go behind the place where you find the most cakes and search, grab and run before the angry dog wakes!' They knew that Sweet Sugar Corner was the place where they had the most cakes and they also knew that the owner had an angry German Sheperd. "But what do we have to search for, grab and run?" said Max. "Let's just go to Sweet Sugar Corner! We'll know what to do next!" said Jane. They quietly went to the Cake shop trying to avoid crowds as much as possible. They went behind the shop. and found that the German Sheperd was asleep. They saw something else too. They found another chest, but this one was locked! "Ugh! All the chests, scrolls and keys are making my head spin!" cried Max. "Let's just go back and eat that delicious apple pie mum's making for us!" he shouted. "Wait, that's it! The scroll mentioned something about an apple pie!" Jane exclaimed with excitement. 


              Chapter 4: The Skull Key


They went into the Cake Shop and saw the last apple pie on the counter. "Wait! Don't sell that!" Jane screamed. They bought it before anybody else and went out of the shop. "Well that was embarrasing!" Max said. They took the Apple Pie home and went to their bedroom. max ate up the whole Apple Pie and Jane found a note at the bottom of the plate labelled Sweet Sugar Corner. She turned it and read aloud. The key you search for is in a place you don't want to go. It's in a place which at night can beautifully glow. They knew that The Garden of the Glowing Trees was the most haunted place in Redwood City. But they had to go there to find the key. So at night, when everyone was asleep, they got out of their house in search for the key.

 

       Chapter 5: The Glowing Garden


They reached the glowing garden and saw thousands of bats perched on the tree tops. Jane crawled from below and found the key lying on the ground. "Hmm, this seems too easy!" But it wasn't. The bats had sensitive ears and just when Jane got up from the ground and all the bats whooshed. They ran back home as fast as possible. Jane took the  Skull key to Sweet Sugar Corner and opened the chest and all they found was another scroll. "We almost died for that?!" Max shouted. But their safety was not to last. The angry German Sheperd woke up with a startle and eventually got extremely mad and chased them back to their house. They were safe. But their parents woke up and scolded them for going out at night.

 

                  Chapter 6: A Surprising Secret


The next day, both Jane and Max were feeling gloomy. Jane angrily scolded Mr. Blonkie for starting the treasure hunt and getting them in trouble in the first place. But they had to admit, it was fun. So they went to their bedroom and Jane opened her secret stash and grabbed the sroll they had found at Sweet Sugar Corner before the angry dog chased them off. They read it and it said. The treasure you seek is in the attic of your house. they realised that had been in their house all along! They went to the attic and found another chest. But this time the chest had a beautiful gold border and a shade of mauve. They opened it and found two gift boxes. One wrapped in blue and the other wrapped in pink. The blue one had Jane's name written on it and the pink one had Max's name. They got excited and opened the gift boxes. Jane found a book in hers and Max found an action figure in his. There was something else in the chest. A card saying 'Happy Birthday to both of you!' Of course it was 8th March! The twins' birthday! "Happy Birthday Jane and Max" A voice said from behind. It was mummy and daddy! "We are so proud of you!" Dad said "You found the treasure!" "Was it you who created the scavenger hunt for us?" Max asked. Mr. Patterson nodded his head. "We knew you would open the door when we told you not to open it. It was our secret plan all along!" All of them laughed and had an exciting day! But is there really a treasure in Redwood City? I guess we'll find out later!