The Shop Stuck in Space by Edward Lay

Adam was casually walking around his street one day when suddenly, he noticed a new shop. On entering the store, he noticed they sold pencils, rubbers, torches, mp3 players … they basically sold everything! Adam decided to buy a poster featuring his favourite sport, which was soccer. Then he looked around to see if there was anything else he needed.

He was sure he could feel the ground rumbling beneath his feet. “Whoa, an earthquake!” he gasped, almost tumbling over with the force. Everyone ran from the store except for the store owner, who was frantically collecting the money from the cash register. Adam was torn between trying to drag the owner outside or just trying to escape himself. But it was too late.

Looking out the door, Adam could see that the shop had already risen metres off the ground and was heading upwards rapidly. The sky looked like it was falling because the shop was ascending with such velocity. Adam had to close the door to stop himself falling out. He turned around to see the shop owner frozen with fright.

They both were brought back to reality at the moment when the shop stopped hurtling through the air. Adam looked out the window.

“Wow … we’re in space!” screamed Adam, astounded at the view.

The shopkeeper began to place the money back in the cash register. “We’re going to die!” he stammered in horror, shivering at the thought.

Adam began to feel sorry for the man and asked his name.

“My name is Lachlan”, replied the terrified shopkeeper.

“I’m Adam.”

“What are we going to do?” Lachlan pleaded, tears dripping from his eyes.

“We’re going to try to find a way to get back to Earth” replied Adam in an attempt to calm Lachlan.

For many hours the two sat down and thought of what to do. Seconds later, the light finally went out and Adam looked out the window and saw a giant rock floating in the near distance. It was a meteor and it gave Adam an idea.

“What if we could use the meteor to get home?” suggested Adam.

“What, like ‘ride’ the meteor to Earth?” joked Lachlan.

“No … we could use it to push us back to Earth”, Adam replied. “If only we had something to bring the meteor toward us.”

They both thought for a while, then Adam had a brainwave. It was a long shot and Adam had no idea if it would work, but they were running low on air.

“Do you sell vacuum cleaners?”

“Yes, but why?” Lachlan asked, bemused.

“Perhaps we could stick the vacuum hose through the wall and duct tape the hole so we don’t lose anymore air”, explained Adam.

“Then try to suck the meteor towards us”, continued Lachlan.

“Yeah, and hopefully the meteor will bring us back down to Earth’, concluded Adam, very pleased with his plan.

They began to gather the necessary items. Adam got the vacuum cleaner and Lachlan found some duct tape. Now they only needed to make a hole in the wall. Taking the hammer, Lachlan was ready to smash a hole in the window.

“On the count of ‘3’, you put the hose in the hole … 3, 2, 1″ shouted Lachlan.

“Smash!” went the window and Adam quickly put the hose through the hole and sealed the gaps with duct tape. He felt a sigh of relief as the air stopped rushing out of the gaps.

“OK … are you ready?” asked Adam.

Lachlan nodded, then Adam turned on the vacuum. He slowly set it to maximum, glad that it was the new turbo Galaxy 3000 model with extra sucking power. The meteor began to move closer to them. Adam wiped the sweat from his brow, knowing that they were going to be fine. But as the meteor met the house they hoped no windows would break. The meteor and the house began to move towards Earth and plummet in the direction of home.

As the house fell rapidly through the stratosphere, everything in it began to rise to the ceiling. The two occupants had to grab onto things that were fixed to the wall in order to hang on.

Once they were in Earth’s atmosphere, the house suddenly plunged into the ocean. Water was rapidly leaking in through all the cracks, so they opened the door and swam out of the house.

They noticed a beach close to where they landed, and swam toward it.

Life returned to normal and Adam never forgot his strange adventure.


The Park in Winter by Joanna Steedman

“Camilla, don’t run too fast in the park”, says Mum to me, but I don’t take any notice! I run as fast as I can. When I get to the park, all of these amazing thoughts come to mind. Look at all the crunchy leaves, they look like corn flakes and the park smells of roses. I can hear all the amazing Indian Minors chirping. It feels like there’s no one else on earth. I feel free and wild!

So, I jump on a swing and go as far as I can go, then I jump and in mid-air, I feel an adrenalin rush. As I land I feel as though I can do anything, so I climb a tree. When I reach the top, I feel scared but I know I can do it. So I jump out of the tree and I land without a worry. I sprint around the park until I can’t go any further, then I walk fast. Home in time for dinner!