The Cave (Excerpt)
Seth, Grade 6
I stood there looking around and it was a summer day. It was humid and there was a waterfall with rippling water at the bottom. Birds were everywhere, chirping and tweeting. The wind made the trees move. The moss was soft under my feet, almost like standing on the smoothest, softest blankets ever. There was a blue sky above with clouds, birds and even a plane. Its loud motor was loud, but after, you had the amazing sound of the birds and the trees more than ever. It was paradise there in the best, sweetest place ever. With all of the colors, blue, purple, orange and green. There was a big gust of wind that made the trees whip around.
Then, I remembered that I love running, so I thought that I might take a run to look at the surroundings even better. When I was running, I saw all of the different animals there. It was astonishing how many different colors there were. All of a sudden, they ran. I had no idea what was going on. Then, I saw a huge black bear. It was probably fifteen feet tall. I had no clue what I was going to do. Then I started to run. It ran after me, but because it was so big, it couldn’t run very fast, but I was wrong. It all of a sudden picked up speed and caught up to me. I was ready for it to try to eat me, but instead, it picked me up and put me on its back. I was so scared that I didn’t realize what had happened. I had my eyes closed, but I opened them and saw that I was riding the bear instead of it chasing me or eating me.
It ended up taking me into a cave with a lot more people. They explained that it will take people in as if they were her own. I had a nice time in the cave, but I tried to leave, but the bear picked me up and sat me down right by the fire. I decided that I was going to try to dig a hole out and try not to have the bear see me. When I started, I realized that I didn’t have anything to cover the hole.
I asked the oldest looking man there how long he had been stuck in the cave.
He said, “Eight years.”
I then thought to myself, I need to get out of here quickly.
Later, the bear left the cave.
I said, “I’m leaving.”
I started to run and then I started to climb the nearest mountain. I struggled to climb to the top, but when I got up there, I saw a huge wall. It might have been 50 feet tall. I looked all around me and there was no getting out, but all of a sudden I saw that there was an opening on the other side of the forest. I ran as fast as I could, but then I ran into the bear.