“We walked down a tunnel and into a very light room. In that room sat the demon leader. He was reading a big book that had writing on the cover: A Demon’s Guide to Eating Healthy. I didn’t know that demons could even read!”
It was the same as last time, but now I was in an enormous oven.
It started exactly a year after our last war. I was in the park with Bryan, Eliza, and my new baby sister April. April was two months old. She was long and had dark brown hair and green eyes. In my opinion, she was the most beautiful baby. In her hand she had a stuffed animal that we called “magical unicorn.” She brought it everywhere.
We were talking about the dance next week. Bryan and I were finally together and he had asked me about it. The most popular boy in the grade, Liam, had asked Eliza so now we were going on a double date tonight. I was so excited. This was going to be my first dance!
Suddenly, we heard a loud noise overhead and a person in all black came down on a long skinny rope and grabbed Eliza and Bryan by their waists. I started to run away, holding April in my arms, but I was grabbed and pulled up too. What was going on? What did I do? Was this some sort of punishment? I was scared out of my mind. We were brought onto a large plane. I felt something squirting on my face, and then I blacked out.
I woke up about an hour later. We were in a dark room and it was all black. April was crying softly, and I could sort of make out the shadows of my friends.
“Are you guys there?” I whispered.
“Yes,” they responded.
At the moment, I was terrified of what was going to happen to us. But, mostly, I was worried about what was going to happen to April. What did a tiny baby do to deserve this?
“We need to get out of here,” I said. And that was when the human walked into our room.
“Come with me,” he said.
He was about my height, skinny, and had jet black hair sticking up. Then I recognized him. He was Al Mary. He was the famous criminal who had just broken out of the highest security prison in Pennsylvania! The prison was Alcatraz 2. I knew if we didn’t follow him, then he would kill us. So, I walked out of the room…
He walked into a glass room and sunlight poured in. The clock on the wall showed us that we had been asleep for thirteen hours. I bet our parents were very worried about us. I thought about what they were doing right now. They could have been looking for us, putting up signs, and calling our other friends. I looked down and immediately felt nauseous because, as some of you know, I am deathly afraid of heights. We were at least 300 feet above our city. I reached out for Eliza’s hand. M.R.S. Rose walked into the room. Now, thank God, we were going to be okay!
M.R.S. Rose was our third grade teacher. Even though she was my favorite teacher, why was she here? Was she the one who kidnapped me?
“Welcome,” she said in an ice cold voice. “You will join us or die.”
“What the heck does that mean?” asked Bryan.
“Why did you take us?” said Eliza.
“Because you guys are the strongest kids I know. I didn’t mean to bring the baby along. But now I realize that I can use her for ransom! Or kill her!” responded M.R.S. Rose.
We were thrown back into the dark room after I started begging for a phone call with our parents. Now, I remember seeing M.R.S. Rose talking on the phone during lunch and recess. Thoughts were racing through my head all at the same time. I really didn’t want to work with M.R.S. Rose, but what choice did I have? If I didn’t join, April would be killed. I couldn’t risk that. Also, I really wanted to know what M.R.S. Rose was doing. That was when I thought of my plan.
After checking for video cameras and microphones, I told everyone my plan.
“We are going to join M.R.S. Rose. And once we know of her plan, we are going to find a phone to call our parents. It’s not very complicated, but it is risky,” I said.
“That sounds great,” said Eliza.
“I hope it will work,” I replied.
“We swear on the life of April that we will follow your orders and do as you say,” we said in unison.
“Great,” said M.R.S. Rose. “Now come and get your uniforms.”
We walked into the other room and were horrified by what we saw. Bryan was supposed to wear black pants, fancy shoes, and a white top. Emily and I were going to be forced to wear the shortest pink skirts we had ever seen. We were supposed to wear a white top too. It was like we were playing dress-up or something. After we had changed, one of the guards motioned for us to follow him into a deep dark tunnel. We did.
We came out on the other side of the plane. I had a really good view of the plane. It was silver and very big. It was sort of like a big house with windows everywhere, but there were no doors and there was an open end. We were then told to stand guard and make sure that no one tried to come on the plane for a few hours. April was to stay with us and not make a sound. If not, we would be in trouble. We stood there for hours. We watched the sun go down. Finally, people brought us some dinner. After gobbling it down, we kept watching the end of the plane. As the clock reached 10 p.m., another guard came out and told us that we would be here for the rest of the night. He walked off. Then Bryan saw the phone.
The phone was just sitting there on a table in the corner of the room. It was camouflaged and very big.
“We should call right away,” said Eliza excitedly.
“No. We need to know M.R.S. Rose’s plan,” said Bryan.
“We’ll call when we learn more,” I said.
The next morning we found out more.
“Come in my darling children,” a woman said. “My name is M.R.S. Miller. I am the general here and I will be telling you our plan.”
Just my luck, I thought. After this, we can go back and call our parents.
“Our goal is to take over the Earth,” she said. “M.R.S. Rose is our leader. We do whatever she wants. She promised that she would give each group a piece of land to rule and do whatever we want with. All of you people against us will be our prisoners. Now, in one week we are going to go down and take over. And this is going to happen with war…”
We walked back to our post at the end of the ship. We had decided that I would make the call. Bryan and Eliza would keep watch. We ran to our places and I picked up the phone. It started beeping. I knew what that meant. I slammed down the phone and groaned.
“It’s broken,” I said.
After our shift, we walked back to our new room. We had changed back into our normal clothes.
I said to them, “Guys, there is no way our parents with be able to help us. We need to escape ourselves…”
Later that night we had another shift. We started walking back to our post when I saw something that caught my eye. Three parachutes were there and could be useful to jump out of the plane. This was our chance to escape.
“Look guys, parachutes,” I said. “We can use them to jump off of the plane.”
“Great idea, Anna,” said Bryan. He kissed me on the lips softly.
“Get a room,” said Eliza.
I pushed away. Wow, that was exciting! Then I remembered what we were about to do.
I thought to myself, This is going to be terrifying! “Aaaahhh,” I shouted.
“Shhh,” whispered Eliza.
We hadn’t even jumped. We checked the parachutes, got ourselves strapped in, and were about to jump. Then we heard the pounding of footsteps behind us. It was the guards, and they had heard me!
“Jump,” Bryan shouted. We grabbed onto each other’s hands and jumped as if there was no tomorrow!
“Wahooo!” we all shouted.
I held onto April as hard as I could. I kept my eyes closed. We were going as fast as a cheetah.
As we got closer to the ground Eliza yelled out, “Pull the yellow tab.”
When we did, we gradually slowed down and landed on the ground. I thought to myself, That was horrible!
We started walking towards the main road. It was about a mile away from our house. But we had to hurry. We didn’t want M.R.S. Rose catching up. We started running and we finally reached my house. But where was my family?
We walked around to the back of the house and found all of our families talking to the police. They ran towards us and brought us into a group hug.
“Where have you been?” shouted my mother.
“We were worried sick,” my father said.
“Yeah,” said Bryan’s mother. “We want to know everything.”
We went into the house and told the story.
“We need to go tell the mayor,” said Bryan’s father. “He will know what to do.”
We decided that Bryan, Eliza, my mother, Bryan’s father, and I would go, and everyone else would stay at the house. After a long car ride with lots of traffic, we reached the mayor’s office. After waiting, (again!) for an hour, the mayor called us inside.
The mayor was a big man who was very serious but loved children and always listened to people’s problems. So, we told him what had happened to us.
He listened carefully and said, “This is a big problem. We need to focus on this immediately. But we need help. M.R.S. Rose has already gotten at least half of the world’s population on her side because of all the brainwashed criminals. They’re probably spread out everywhere, So we’re going to need the help of our good friends the aliens and the demons…”
“Can we go and find them?” I asked.
“Yes,” said the mayor. “But you need the help of your friends Emily, Jason and Leo. You are all so strong together. You can get anything done. We need you.”
Those words made me want to help more. I knew I would do anything to help.
That night, we put together a bag of all the stuff we would need to drive there: food, phones and clothes. We also had knives just in case we had to fight. I’d used them before. At dawn the next morning we started walking to the entrance of the demons main cave. The demons lived in the mantle of the Earth. It would take us three days to drive there and another three days to drive to the alien’s spaceship landing spot. This was going to be a long trip!
The next morning we were all shouting.
“No it’s not!” she said.
“Yes it is!” he said.
“No it’s not” she said.
“Shut up guys,” I shouted. ““Emily is right. That is Connecticut. Jason, please be quiet.”
“Hey look, there’s a metamorphic rock. Metamorphic rocks have been under the Earth in the mantle unlike humans. Humans would not be able to stand the heat,” Jason said.
I turned around and pulled the pointing hand out of the baggage. “Thomas, what the heck are you doing here?” I asked.
“Ummm, I wanted to come with you,” he said.
“Do Mom and Dad know?” I asked.
“Yeah, I left them a note. And Ki-Ki’s parents know too.” he said,
“Wait, why would my parents know too?” asked Bryan.
“Because Ki-Ki and Maya are here with me too!” he said.
“Why did you bring them!?!” asked Emily.
“Because they wanted to come,” Thomas said.
Maya and Ki-Ki popped out.
“Well it’s too late to go back now. I’ll call our parents and let them know that we have the little ones,” I said.
After the phone call, we kept on driving. Two hours later, we pulled up to a deep looking cave. We got out of the car and started walking inside.
“Welcome,” said a deep dark voice, “to the diamond caves. We are the demons. What may we do for you?”
“Hello, we are here to see your leader,” I said. “Please tell him that it’s Anna and friends here.”
We heard a crackle and then footsteps. Then a demon walked up to us.
“Hi Anna! Remember me?” she asked.
“Of course,” I replied. “You’re Amelia, the demon who showed me the way to your leader last time.”
“Yeah,” she said. “You remember me! Now follow me and I’ll take you to my leader.”
We walked down a tunnel and into a very light room. In that room sat the demon leader. He was reading a big book that had writing on the cover: A Demon’s Guide to Eating Healthy. I didn’t know that demons could even read!
“Hi sir,” said Emily. “We have been sent to talk with you about joining us in a fight.”
“Sit down. Sit down,” said the demon. “Please call me Raymond. Now tell me what this fight is about.”
After explaining everything to Raymond, we bartered with him. “We will join you,” Raymond said, “if next time we are in a fight you will join us.”
“Agreed,” Jason said. “But we need you now.”
“Then let me just rally up my troops and we will follow you,” said Raymond. “But don’t you think that we should get the aliens on our side also?”
I responded, “And that’s where we’re going next…”
Again after a 3 hour drive, with all of the demon troops following us, we reached the aliens’ landing spot. It was a dark brown color with no windows. It was in the shape of a circle. After telling the demons to wait there, we walked into the building. We were pulled up into what looked like a tornado! It pulled us onto the spaceship and plopped us down on the ground. We were all too stunned to say anything.
“Welcome to the alien spaceship, please state why you are here. My name is Riley and I want to know all about you.”
“Hi,” said Emily. “We need your help. We need to talk to your leader.”
“Come in,” shouted a squeaky loud voice. “So, Anna and friends, welcome back. What may I be able to do for you?”
“We need your help sir,” said Jason. “Can you give us your army to fight against half of the humans?”
“Of course,” he responded. “For a price. We will one day need your help too. So if we ever need to fight against anyone then we need your army to help us.”
“Agreed,” said Eliza. “But we need you now…”
“We’re back!” we shouted.
“Welcome,” said the mayor. “I see you have brought our good friends with you. Let us get you comfortable. We have emptied two hotels for you. Please take a room and enjoy while I talk to the children in my office. We will meet tomorrow outside the Ritz Hotel. Goodbye.”
And with that they all left and we were alone with the mayor. “Now tell me,” he said. “What did they want in return?”
We told the mayor everything. “Wow,” he said. Well if that’s what they want then that’s what we’ll give them.”
So we left and went home to rest for tomorrow. “You’re back,” shouted my parents. “Maya and Thomas, don’t you ever do that again. We almost called the police.
“Sorry,” they said. “We won’t do it again.”
“Now go upstairs and get ready for bed,” said my mother. “And we want to talk to you two.” As soon as they left, Jason and I started whining, “We didn’t do anything, it wasn’t our fault, they snuck into the car by themselves.”
“Oh don’t worry,” said my father. “All we wanted to say is, you will not be fighting in this war.
At midnight Jason snuck into my room and sat on the bed. “Anna, Anna, wake up.”
“What the heck Jason,” I whispered. “It’s the middle of the night and you’re going to wake up the whole neighborhood.”
“Sorry,” he said. “But we need to talk. I’m going to war…”
“No You Can’t,” I said. “Mom and Dad won’t let you.”
“I don’t care,” he responded. “I’m leaving.” And he stomped out of the room. Whatever, I thought to myself, I’ll talk some sense to him in the morning…
The next morning I woke up to police sirens outside of the house. I ran out of my room and downstairs.
“Stop,” said Maya. “Mommy said you need to go get April. Then we get to watch TV!”
“OK,” I said. “But what’s going on?”
“I don’t know but Mommy said to —”
“Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it,” I yelled. I ran upstairs and grabbed the kids. Then I ran back down plopped Maya and Thomas down in front of the TV and ran outside. And what I saw I will never forget.
That morning I fainted when I saw him. There was blood everywhere. So much blood. I woke up two minutes later. Lying on the ground was Jason. The paramedics were working on him. From the looks of it, he had been hit by a car. One of the paramedics then shouted, “We’re losing him, we need to get to the hospital.”
“Run inside Anna,” shouted my dad. “Grab your sister and brother and come with us.”
At the hospital they wheeled him into the emergency room. We ran in after him. By this point I was freaked out. I was thinking to myself, who has done this? What had happened? When had this happened? And then I realized that because I had told him he couldn’t join the army. He had run away. He had RUN AWAY!!!!
Three hours later the surgery was done. Jason was unconscious but stable. He would never be able to move his left arm again. But thankfully that was all. He had an IV, a broken leg in three places, and his heart had to be re-started twice. He had six broken ribs too. But other than that he would be alright. It turns out the guys in the car who had hit him were drunk. They were now in jail. The Mayor’s orders. And the fight with M.R.S. Rose was starting tomorrow…
“And now we fight!” shouted the Mayor. And the troops charged forwards! I was standing up next to the Mayor with Eliza, Emily, Leo and Bryan. Everyone except Jason who was still in the hospital. The armies were going to meet M.R.S. Rose and her army. All of our parents had told us to not get involved in the fight. And after what had happened to Jason, we all agreed. Now we were about to go have lunch with the Mayor. But, just then we were grabbed by three men in ninja outfits and pulled onto M.R.S. Rose’s plane. Again…
“Where are we?” shouted the mayor.
“Shhh,” said Eliza. “We’re back on M.R.S. Rose’s plane. We need to find a way to get off.”
“Hey look,” said Leo, “There’s a door. We can see where it leads.” We walked towards it and Bryan put his hand on it.
“Ouch!” he shouted. “It’s electric. There’s no way that we’ll get out now.” And that’s when the door opened.
“Welcome back,” said M.R.S. Miller. “And for those who don’t know me, I am the general here. And you will now follow me.” We walked into a room with flowers everywhere. And sitting at a table was M.R.S. Rose.
“Hi kids,” she said. “Come, follow me.” We walked down another hallway and into a side room that we had missed before. In the room I saw something that terrified me.
A giant oven.
“Nooooo,” I shouted. I can’t go in there. I’m claustrophobic!”
“And that’s why you’re going in there,” said M.R.S. Rose. “Until the mayor surrenders I will keep you in there.”
We walked into it and she closed the door. I was pushed into the middle of it. It was at least 100 degrees In there. As M.R.S. Rose walked out of the room she said, “And if you don’t surrender then you will die.” And she slammed the door behind her.
“Come on Leo, you can do it!” I shouted. But just as I said that Eliza and Bryan both fainted because it was now at least 125 degrees.
“Keep on going,” said the Mayor. “Soon I’m going to faint too.”
“I got it,” Leo whispered. And the door clicked open. We dragged Eliza and Bryan outside and closed the door. A few minutes later Eliza and Bryan woke up and we walked into the hallway. And ran right into M.R.S. Rose.
“HAHAHA! Look at this, M.R.S. Rose,” I said. “We’re winning the war and we’ve escaped. You can see now that we are going to win this war.”
“Yes children, you’re right,” she said. “So now I will give up and give you the win and the world.” And with that she pulled out a knife and said, “I have never been good enough for this world, for my parents, for my students, and for anything. So now I say good-bye.” And with that she stuck the knife in her heart and fell to the ground.
And at that second, she was gone.
I sat in my room for the rest of the day. The funeral had been horrible. And the worst part, M.R.S. Rose was dead, and I hadn’t done anything to stop her. I knew that I would live with this forever. But right now I needed to think of all the good things that M.R.S. Rose had done for me and all of the other kids she had taught. She had been a good person till the depression and the craziness had hit her. I would remember her forever. And I hope other people would too. I heard a knock on the door and I ran downstairs. There were Eliza and Bryan. I’m so lucky to have them. And now my life would be back to normal.