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Primary. Years 3/4/5/6

The Pixie Woods

By Christina Kennedy, year 5, Elizabeth College

Maria stood in the meadow, her long, wavy hair fluttering around her shoulders. She gazed out to the glittering sapphire sea when a familiar voice snapped her back to her senses.

“Hi,” giggled Amy, laughing at her friend’s astonishment.

“H-how did you get here?” stuttered Maria, still suffering from shock.

“I crawled, anyway I was wondering if you want to go mushrooming?” asked Amy, her blonde ponytail swinging as she got to her feet.

“Oh I would love to!” Maria exclaimed. “I’ll race you to the Pixie Woods.”

“On your marks, get set, GO!” yelled Amy. Maria was faster than Amy and soon took the lead. Maria sprinted across the meadow and was not far inside the Pixie Woods when suddenly she felt herself being lifted off the ground, her feet dangling over the woodland floor. Her beautiful brown hair became entangled in the low branches of a birch tree. She twisted and wriggled, when all of a sudden the branches gave way and she felt herself drifting down, down into a black whirlpool of nothingness. Amy had come sprinting up at the sound of cracking branches and her friend struggling. She looked on in shock and terror at the sight she beheld. Amy started screaming and sobbing for help, but when she regained control she ran home to fetch help.

When Maria awoke she found herself lying in bed with a bandage across her forehead. There was a knock on the door and Amy entered, looking worried. Maria propped herself upright and beckoned for Amy to sit down. They chatted and ate cookies when suddenly Maria asked why Amy wasn’t at school.

“It’s four o’clock, Maria,” Amy explained. “You’ve slept through most of the day. Don’t worry, you’ll be back in a couple of weeks.”

And Amy was right.

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