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A Unique Locket
Layla was sitting by her grandmother’s hospital bed, holding her hand. Her parents were trying to comfort her, but gave up and left the room. Layla’s grandma took her heart-shaped locket off of her neck and put it in Layla’s hands. Layla was surprised. She put it around her neck.
“Just don’t let it fall into the wrong hands,” her grandma warned.
“I won’t,” Layla promised. It was about nine o’clock when Layla and her parents got home that night. When Layla was supposed to be getting ready for bed, she decided to check out the locket instead. When she opened the locket, she saw a picture of her late grandpa on one side and a plain black piece of paper on the other side. Layla was curious what the black paper felt like so she touched it. Instantly Layla”s room became a blur. She started spinning around and in a few seconds, she was in a totally different place. Layla’s locket had taken her to a magical world.
Layla looked around. She could see families of rabbits and deer playing together. After about ten minutes of walking around and exploring, Layla had gotten pretty used to the magical world. She had just opened the locket and was going to touch her finger to it, when someone (or something) grabbed her from behind.
“If you know what is good for you, you won’t struggle or try to get away,” said a gruff voice behind her. Layla was horrified. She didn’t know what to do, but to let the strange creature march her down the dusty road.
After walking for about fifteen minutes, they came to a village – not just any village, though. It was a troll village. The trolls were huge! They were rainbow striped the crazy, colorful hair. The troll holding Layla walked her up to the king and queen trolls. They were thrilled and told the troll holding Layla to take her and put her in the cages above their heads. Layla sat in the cage, wondering how she was going to get out for about an hour while the trolls celebrated.
At about ten o’clock that night, all of the trolls went to bed. Layla had a plan. She waited about fifteen minutes to make sure all of the trolls were asleep, then she put her plan into action. Layla had just remembered that she had a bobby-pin in her hair. She took it out, and within about two minutes, she had picked the lock.
Luckily, Layla had seen the Queen put the locket on her throne. She jumped down from the cage, and ran over to the throne, yanked it open, and touched her finger to the black piece of paper. Once again, she started swirling around, and within seconds, she was back in her bedroom. It felt great to be home.
Layla put the locket back on her neck, and vowed never to take it off, or give it to anyone besides her children or grandchildren. She quickly slipped into her green panda pajamas and was asleep in seconds.
The next morning, Layla’s mom woke her about 8:30. Layla hastily got ready and ate breakfast. At 9:00, Layla and her parents went to the hospital. When they got to the hospital, they found Layla’s grandmother waiting for them. They were dumbfounded. As soon as they got there, a doctor walked in. He explained that they had found something in her throat that was acting as a blockage. They were able to remove it. They told Layla’s parents that she would never have trouble breathing again. The entire family was thrilled.
While Layla’s parents and the doctor were having this conversation, Layla and her mother were having a different conversation. Layla told her grandma all about her adventure and her vow. Her grandma was very happy to hear this and very proud of her. The whole family went out to eat to celebrate. Layla and her grandma gave each other mischievous smiles and walked out of the hospital together.
After a day of fish school, Finley Fishey swims home. He finds his house torn down with no sign of his parents. He starts freaking out and swims around like a maniac. He finds a note beside his house and he knew he had to go. Finley realized why Fiffy took his parents. It was because Fiffy had always been a big bully and despised Finley so he took his vengeance out by taking his parents.
Finley’s note said: “I tore your house down and took your parents. What are you going to do? Fiffy Flounder.”
Finley swam as fast as he could to try and catch up with Fiffy. He didn’t swim until the sun went down. He was assured he had gained distance on Fiffy. He woke up the next morning and ate some seaweed. Then Finley took off. He swam so fast he could hardly see in front of him, so it was no surprise when he ran into something. He looked up to see his friend Flaky the Marlin. Finley looked up and said, “Finley, what’s the hurry?”
“My parents were kidnapped by Fiffy Flounder. I need to catch him!”
Flaky answers, “I’ll help you catch him! Come on! Let’s go!” Flaky and Finley start on their journey. By the time they stop this time, they fall asleep as soon as they began. Flaky wakes up before Finley. He eats some kelp and lingers until Finley wakes up. Finley wakes up, eats, and they launch off again. Finley looks at Flaky and says, “Thank you for coming along with me.”
“You would do the same for me,” answers Flaky. Finley just turns and keeps on swimming. Flaky sees something in the distance.
“What is that?” he asks.
“I don’t know,” said Finley. “Maybe it’s Fiffy!” Finley and Flaky swim faster than they have ever swum before. They finally catch up with it and it is not Fiffy. Depressed, Finley slows down and says, “What if we don’t catch them?”
“Whew! Don’t think that way, Finley!” Finley turns and says, “Hopefully.” Flaky and Finley don’t talk the rest of the evening. Finally Flaky says, “I think this is a good place to stop.” F inley agrees and they fall asleep as soon as they shut their eyes.
Finley and Flaky wake up with the same routine they always do. They start swimming and talk about many things, the most important of which is the plan.
“I don’t know what to do, Flaky. We can only swim and hope to catch him.”
“I think I found him, Finley.” Finley and Flaky speed off and Flaky was right, they found him and Finley’s parents. Now all they had to do was retrieve Finley’s parents. Flaky attacked Fiffy and Finley got his parents. Finley hid his parents and went back to help Flaky with Fiffy. Flaky and Finley hit Fiffy on the side of his head with their tails and knocked him out completely. Finley retrieved his parents. They headed back for their part of the sea. Finley and Flaky were exhausted. They settled down behind some thick coral and ate some seaweed and then Finley and Flaky took a long nap. When they woke up it was almost dark. Finley suggests they get a move on while they can. Flaky, Finley and his parents take off for Sealandia. They get about one fourth of the way there. They stop and sleep in a big kelp bed. They slept safely through the night.
The next morning they took off and there was a bunch of sea traffic. One sign said, “Sealandia: 30 Miles.” Flaky was still fatigued from the battle with Fiffy. Finley was tired but happy to be with his parents. Traffic slendered out rapidly. They made about twenty miles of progress that day. They slept for a little but the sun rose early that day. They didn’t take much time to get to their destination that time around.
When they got there they moved into a large coral cave they formed for backup in harsh weather last winter. Finley and his parents constructed a coral bed and lived in the cave. They lived happily ever after.