As some of you know, the July Contest is “Finish the Story”. I have been getting so many responses! It’s amazing. Here are a few of the ones I’ve received. Once upon a time, there was a girl named Emma. She had a younger brother named Ethan. One day, Emma and Ethan…
“One day Emma and Ethan decided to go on an adventure. They brought a backpack filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and bottles of water. They also brought a tent and blankets. Then they set out on their great adventure into the mountains. They hiked for hours, and just as the sun was setting they found a perfect campsite! The view from the tent was incredible, it look out across the lake and they could see everything. After they had both crawled in the tent and were tucked under the blankets, Emma said, “This has been the best adventure ever!”.”
“were walking in a forest when all of a sudden there was a green light. A space ship came down from the sky and landed in a clearing not far away. Emma ran and hid behind a rock, but Ethan followed the saucer and walked up to it. The space ship opened up and an alien came out. It looked like a ball of goo. It said, “Hi!” Hi?, thought Ethan, it can talk, coooooool.”
“Were walking down Main Street, and they saw the Mayor come out of the woods behind the library. Being as curious as they were, Emma and Ethan decided to find out what he was looking at. When they finally reached a clearing, they saw a small hut. They could hear weird noises coming from inside. When they opened the door, a large amount of steam, and smoke came billowing out. Emma and Ethan both immediately jumped backwards. Out of the mist walked a Sasquatch, it turned and looked from side to side, then blew past Emma and Ethan, knocking them to the ground. They ran home as fast as possible, and never left the comfort of the city again.”
“were sitting in their shared bedroom, reading, like they always do on those boring Saturday mornings. The sun was just peeking into the bedroom window, and the smell of sizzling bacon drifted in from the kitchen. Emma closed her book and waited for Mom to call them down for breakfast. Eventually, she heard the normal shout, but the voice that called it was deep and rough. Ethan still had his nose in his book, making him oblivious to the world. Oh no, Emma thought, what should I do?”
” One day, Emma and Eathan were out on a walk when they passed the new neighbors house. Both of them were very curious on what, or who was inside. Eathan took a risk and went to go knock on the door, but to his surprise no one answered. He turned around and shrugged back to Emma and while he was turned around a large man opened the door to the house. Emma was so scared she ran off screaming, Ethan turned around and shaked the man’s hand. While Eathan stood at the door and had a long conversation with the man Emma was hiding in the bushes watching from afar. Out of the corner of Emma’s eye she saw both Eathan and Emma’s mom walking there dog and their mom saw her. When Emma’s mom reached Emma she crouched down next to Emma and asked her why she was hiding in the bushes. Emma told her mom that Eathan and her were just taking a walk when they came across the neighbors house. But Emma’s mom was still confused why Emma was hiding, so Emma repeated to her mom that they saw the neighbors house and when the large man walked out she got scared and ran away. After a while of discussing the problem Emma and Eathan’s mom walked over to the house and engaged in the conversation. Even Emma got up from the bushes and went to the neighbor’s porch to join the conversation. The families talked and talked for a while, at the end of the day the two families where best friends!!!!!!”
“went to the store and picked out four apples. All of the apples were ruby red and perfectly circular. Emma and Ethan had never seen such beautiful apples before, especially not in this store. They bought the apples and walked home. When they got home, they couldn’t wait to steal a bite of the juicy wonder. Emma had picked her two apples and Ethan chose his. They both took a bite of their first apple and instantly spit it out. The apple felt like sandpaper between their teeth and tasted like they bit into a cockroach. Emma suggested that maybe their other apple would tasted like it looked. It didn’t though. It had the same cockroach, sandpaper qualities. How could such a delicious looking apple, taste so terrible? The next time they picked out apples, they picked the most lop-sided, brown apple they could find, and it tasted like heaven. From then on, they learned to not judge and apple by it’s color or shape.”
“Were in the car, reading good books. Emma looked at her brother and said “You should read this series, Ethan.” “What series is it?” he asked. “Warrior cats!” she replied. “Well, you should read mine.” Ethan countered.
“Well, what’s yours?” Emma asked. “Soul eater!” Ethan answered. “How about we switch books for a day. I’ll read Soul eater, and you read one of the Warrior cats books.” Emma suggested. “Sounds like a good idea, Emma!” Ethan replied with a smile.”
“… decided to write a book, unfortunately niether had any ideas on what it should be about. They threw together many ideas each sounding worse then the next. Until their fairy godmother stepped in and whisked them into the empty pages of the book and let them set about their path of creating the world. They needed to only think something and it would appear, though no amount of thinking or wishing would set them free.”
“…got lost in the forest forever!”
“Once upon a time, there was a girl named Emma. She had a younger brother named Ethan. One day, Emma and Ethan were walking home from school. There was a slight rain falling from the sky onto their heads. Emma, being the older one, was holding an umbrella for the smaller boy beside her. Ethan looked up at his older sister, his emerald green eyes shining softly from a beam of light, that seemed to be ripping its way through the overcast above.
“Emma, what ever happened to our father?” The six year old boy asked curiously. Emma seemed to be unnerved by the question brought to her, and cleared her throat quietly. Emma contemplated how she should explain to the child that their father was dead, that he took his own life. Ethan knew his mother was in the hospital, because Emma was able to explain that she was sick, but she never found a way to explain their father. After a few moments of silence Emma spoke;
“Daddy was a very quiet man..” She murmured, reviving the memory of the man she once knew. “He usually kept to himself, unless he was around you or I… And of course mother.” She smiled, reminiscing.”He had short brown hair, the color of mahogany, and eyes of the clearest blue skies. He loved to read to us, and write stories of far away lands, and people that overcame the darkness of this earth, but he was never quite able to overcome the darkness that lived inside of him.” Ethan breathed out a sound of confusion and Emma walked him over to a shelter, sitting down on a bench to wait for the transit.
“Father, he was a sad man inside, not because of anything that you or I did, but because of his past. When father was merely 15 he was illegally put into the military. It was 1939, and while most children his age were hearing of the war through radio, he was out, shooting his own gun. He remained in the military for years, and in the 1950’s he met mama. She was a nurse in the Korean War, the only problem was.. She didn’t belong there. Mama was born and raised in japan, but fled the country because she was going to be forced into an arranged marriage. In Korea, she met papa, and the two fell in love. During the time he was there, he convinced his commanding officers that she was on their side, and she was placed into the bunkers as a cleaning women. She and papa were madly in love, and we’re trying everything in their power to find a way to get her back to the United States, and in a trunk with papas pictures of family, they got her to America. When they got to the states, papa realized mama was pregnant. He got her enrolled in a private institution to learn English, and moved her into his home. In early 1954, I was born.” The transit pulled up In front of the two children and they got on.
“Please continue Emma!” Ethan said, pulling her sleeve. Emma put away the umbrella and took a seat with the boy in the back. “Well, we were all fine, from then until 1964 when You were born. Papa was hurt in his job as a mechanic and there was no money. Mama couldn’t get a job, and neither could I. So daddy started to get sad, it wasn’t for a year that he found a new job on a farm, tending to animals. And mama was able to work there as well, since she knew minor veterinary sciences. As the years went by, things kept getting tougher for papa, and he kept getting harsher toward mama. He eventually fell into the bottle for comfort and mama fell to the comfort of other men, that’s why you don’t remember them much. And when you were four, papa put a pistol to his head, saying he wished he would have been able to provide better for us. It wasn’t until nana got custody of us that we realized he was suffering from depression his whole life. Eventually mama got sick, and was drinking too. She hurt her brain, that’s why she is in the doctors. And now, nana has us. And she is a good woman.” Emma finished,
Ethan was silent for the rest of the ride home, and that night, while he and his sister were in bed, he finally spoke. “Father seemed selfish” he whispered.
“Oh no, he wasn’t, he was just troubled. Everyone is troubled in some way, but so,e people just can’t handle it.” Emma replied quietly.
From then on, their parents were never brought back up. Their mama died at sixty, from brain damage, and their nana died at eighty, of old age. Ethan grew up and went to the military, he is now a veteran that teaches youth about PTSD. And Emma went to be an artist, and lived until she was fifty. She died of cancer, with four children and three grandchildren. Her and her brother always stayed in contact to talk about their past, and their futures..”