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The Shimmering Box
Nicole, Age 13, Easton, CT

As I ran through the large forest, sweat dropped rapidly  from my forehead. My feet burned from running on the dry, rocky ground. But, I couldn’t stop or else the tribe would catch me; I was being chased by a whole tribe of native Indians. I apparently was disrupting a special island ceremony by taking pictures of the beautiful, but rare Ko-Ko bird. Consequently, I was chased by a group with silver daggers and a razor sharp stare ready to attack me.

I kept running, look for a place to hide, anywhere. With a quick jerk of my head I looked to the right and then to the left, I saw nothing, not even the tribe. I figured that I was safe. Then, suddenly, I felt my feet start to drop slowly. As I finally put all the clues together, I realized I was in quick sand. Lower and lower my body went. This is it, was all I could think. There was no way to get out. No vine to help me. No tribal member to come pull me out. The spine chilling sand was up to my neck, when all of a sudden I heard a SWOOSH! The suffocating sand threw me into a midnight black hole. I fell, and fell. I screamed out, “Is this wonderland or something because if it is you have the wrong girl, I am not Alice.” I felt my heart beating ferociously. I shut my eyes tight trying to get away  from this reality nightmare. CRASH! I landed face down on a pile of decaying bones.

Gross was the first word that came to mind. Walking around the musty place I saw beautiful architecture that was hidden by the flooding dust. I tried to put the puzzle together, dark hole, bones, middle of no where, LOST TEMPLE! I found myself in a hidden world. Trying to find a way out, I glanced around the corner. Taking a step back I saw a light shimmering in the distance. I walked closer and closer to it. I followed with no cautions whatsoever. My mind was hypnotized. Slowly, the light dimmed and I ended up at a solid cement door that was as thick and strong as my 400 pound uncle. I was obviously lead here for a reason, so I tried with all my might to open the door. I pushed so hard that I literally felt a new muscle appear. I opened the door and stepped into the room. My face light up like the moon in the black sky. I was not in just any temple; I was in a lost temple with many forgotten treasures.

I walked around for a bit and spotted a glittery box. This box was so bright I became almost blind. The box was pure gold with blood red rubies decorating the rims of the master piece. Now, take into consideration my mind was drifted away in the land of greed, so I did not think about the movie Aladdin and the moral that if you take something that is not yours you will be trapped in the temple. So, me being the girl I am took the box and opened it. To my surprise a whirling twister came out of it. I tried to resist the wind but I couldn’t hold on any longer. I let go and went spinning. My stomach felt as if I were dropping 100 feet from the sky. The twister viciously tossed me on the ground. When I opened my eyes, I realized I was in the middle of no where. No one was there. Nothing was there. It was just me, myself, and I.

This just goes to show do not take anything without permission or else you will be cursed, or you will find yourself in a lot of trouble.

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