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Progressive Story 32
Your class will be writing ONE group paragraph(s) for the story (not each student). The first class will write the intro paragraph(s). Then the next class will read the paragraph(s) and decide how they want to continue the story. This will continue until the last class on the list writes the ending and gives the story a title. Your paragraph(s) will be typed onto this Wiki page. You will also need to send (email as .jpg) the 3 pictures to me. The pictures should illustrate events in the section that your class wrote.
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Newport Elementary School
Newport, PA USA
Ramsey, NJ, USA
Irving, TX, USA
Myross Bush School
Invercargill, New Zealand
Title: The Enchanted Key
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On a dreary, winter day in England, Harry, a 10-year old boy, was hunting for Red Squirrel. All of a sudden, a
green light flashed angrily before his eyes. Almost immediately, a shiny, platinum key fell suddenly to the snowy ground near his shaking left foot. With a sad moan, the flash of green light disappeared. A stunned silence covered the English countryside. The scared squirrels scattered away stealthily, but the mysterious key remained - sparkling like a diamond on the blanket of snow. Curious, Harry picked up the key and inspected its size and shape. His eyes widened in disbelief. He wondered in a hushed voice,
“Could this really be it?”
Was it the misplaced key that he and his best friend, Jozie had been searching for all these months? Could it really be the magical
– the one that would open the sealed door in his family’s new home? His twin sister, Emily, had teased and called him a crazy dreamer. Now, if this
had the power he thought it did, she wouldn’t be able to roll her eyes at him anymore! Harry smiled, stuffed the key deep into his coat pocket, and ran towards the waiting house.
When Harry arrived home, he pulled the key out of his pocket and revealed it to Emily. Late that night, Harry and Emily snuck out of their beds and ascended the steep staircase to the secret door. Harry pulled the key out of his pocket. His hands were trembling as he fumbled the key. Closing his eyes, Harry went to place the key in the lock. His hands went cold. “Harry, it’s gone,” whispered Emily as she began to tremble. The key was gone, vanishing from Harry’s hand. They just stood there, speechless. The rusty door began to creek open. Standing there was a little girl in a tattered white dress. “Don’t go in,” she warned. “Time-traveling will ruin your future.” Before they could speak, a blinding, green light shined down on them. Mesmerized, Emily and Harry walked through the door. They arrived in the future.
As they looked around they realized they were no longer in the country. A busy city buzzed all around them. They saw little electric cars flying like airplanes 200 feet in the air. People walked quickly by dressed in odd plain clothing. The women wore white and gray flowy dresses while the men wore black and white pants and shirts. Harry and Emily glanced all around them in awe and gasped, “This is amazing!” Suddenly they spotted what looked like their house back home, but erosion had destroyed it greatly. It was sitting on a cliff near the ocean and looked out of place in the loud city. Emily whispered, “Harry let’s go investigate.” They started to walk toward it and Harry turned to Emily, “Why are these people staring at us?” All of a sudden a loud clanging bell rang and the green light appeared in front of them. They saw the little girl again, and she warned, “Do not let your future selves see you or you will turn to stone, and never get back home. Also you must find the key before sundown or you will be stuck here forever!”
“Be warned. Your future selves want to destroy the key so no one else can get trapped here,” the little girl explained. “Here, take this map. Good luck.” In Harry’s shaking hand remained, ripped and crumbled, the mysterious map. Hovering over the map was the green light. Suddenly, it exploded like fireworks into nothingness. Harry fumbled with the map trying to figure out where the key was. Then he saw it – the green trail stalking the image of the key. “Look!” yelled a panicked Harry as he waved the map nervously in front of Emily’s face. “That is where we need to go, but first it says that we must complete these riddles or the key will never appear!” Emily and Harry cautiously rushed toward the house.
Upon entering the ancient, abandoned and rustic house, Harry and Emily found a stone. It was enormous and chipped showing a great deal of age, but it was not heavy. They picked it up and automatically there appeared a riddle on it that went like this, " Follow the steps you did to get here." There was a sudden glow of green light from the dense, dark and overgrown forest. Harry grabbed a sharp piece of rubble that was near the stone and ran outside towards the green glowing light. Emily, feeling befuddled, followed Harry yelling, "Where are you going?" Harry responded, " We are going to where it all began when I found the key while squirrel hunting." While wandering towards the green light, they heard a rustling sound coming from an overgrown bush. They were curious and carefully crept towards the bush, and the girl in the white dress appeared and bestowed upon them the travelers key. Harry and Emily ran excitedly towards the house and once again ascended the steep staircase to the mysterious door. As the sun was setting on the distant horizon, they approached the door and found a mirror that had a message enscribed on it that told them how to get back to their past lives. They put the key in the door and it transported them back to their past. When they arrived, Harry dropped the firey key which disintegrated forever.
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