“The Adventure of Petal and Tackle,” by Arthika

On the Planet of Donuts there was an alien named Tackle. Tackle was a strong and caring alien, and he lived in a town named Cloudsdale. Tackle’s best friend’s name was Petal. They did everything together.

One afternoon Tackle and Petal were at karate class. Tackle said to Petal, “I really want to meet Sicky one day.” Petal agreed. Sicky was a bad alien. He made people sick, and nobody knew where he lived.

After karate finished, they went to a cafe. When they entered the cafe, it smelled like dirty socks.

“Why does it smell so bad?” said Petal.

“I don’t know,” replied Tackle. They also saw green goo and smoke. “That’s weird.”

Then…POW! They saw Sicky! Everyone in the cafe left through the fire exit. Only Petal and Tackle were left in the cafe.

“Leave, Sicky! You’re not supposed to be here!” said Tackle.

Petal and Tackle were getting ready to fight using their karate moves. However, Sicky spoke up. “Please don’t hurt me,” said Sicky. They were confused. Wasn’t Sicky a bad guy? “I am only here to make friends.” Petal and Tackle did not believe him. But Sicky wasn’t doing anything, he was just standing.

“Fine,” said Tackle, “if you can prove that you will be nice, we will believe you.” Sicky nodded. “The first thing I need you to do is clean up the mess you made,” said Tackle.

Sicky started cleaning the goo and the smoke. When he was done, Petal told him to apologize to everyone who was in the cafe. Sicky went to go look for everyone. They were all outside the cafe. Everyone was going to leave, but Sicky explained everything.

“I am very sorry that I frightened everyone. I hope that you can forgive me.”

They all nodded and agreed to forgive Sicky.

Petal and Tackle were getting friendlier with Sicky. “Okay, this is your last task. You need to announce to the Planet of Doughnuts that you are a kind alien now.”

“How am I going to do that?” asked Sicky. “You need to go to the radio station and kindly ask them if you can speak on the radio,” said Tackle. Sicky didn’t even know how that was possible, but he said he would try.

When they arrived at the station, Sicky asked the radio station manager, “Hi, can I please do an announcement?”

“Well, as long as you follow the three rules: It can’t be useless information, you cannot play with the buttons, and you have to pay,” said the manager.

Sicky didn’t have any money, so he didn’t know what to do. “Miss, I don’t have money,” said Sicky.

“I don’t want money, I want a precious red ruby from the Forest of Gems,” said the manager. The manager needed the gem because one of the buttons was broken, so she needed a ruby to replace it.

Sicky was scared to find the gem alone, so Petal and Tackle agreed to help Sicky. “Don’t worry Sicky, we have your back!” said Petal. Sicky told the manager that he could do it, so he went on a mission with Petal and Tackle.

When they arrived at the Forest of Gems, they started searching for the ruby. “We’re never going to find it!” said Petal.

“Don’t be so negative,” replied Tackle.

One hour later, Sicky saw a ruby! “Guys, I found the ruby!”

“Okay, get it and let’s go!” said Petal. When Sicky picked up the gem, the bushes started shaking.

“What’s happening?’” said Tackle in a frightened voice. Suddenly, a fox jumped out of the bushes. “That’s my ruby!” exclaimed the fox. “If you want that ruby, you’re going to have to fight for it.” The fox kicked Sicky in the leg. Then all of them kicked and punched the fox back. POW! BOOM! CHING!

“Okay! You win, you get the ruby!” yelled the fox in pain. The fox left and Sicky got the ruby.

“Let’s get out of this forest before we have to fight again,” said Tackle. When they left the forest and went to the station, they gave the ruby to the manager.

“Thank you for this ruby. You can go make your announcement,” said the manager.

All of them ran to the radio room. An employee showed them where the microphone was.

“Hello everyone. It is Sicky. I am not a bad guy. I was just here to make friends, and I do not make people sick. It is just a rumour! I have changed who I am, and I am sorry for who I was before. I hope you can accept me as a friend one day. Thank you.”

The next day, the whole Planet of Doughnuts welcomed Sicky with kind arms. Sometimes, aliens can change for the best.

“Dragon the Dragon Makes a Friend” by Salma

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Dragon the dragon was alone in the Enchanted Forest and felt a bit sad about it. He didn’t have any friends right then because he’d just arrived there. Before he came to the Enchanted Forest he lived in Dragon Space World with his family. It was pretty much a regular home. He left Dragon Space World to explore, but got lost along the way and now he couldn’t find his way home.

Before now, Dragon hadn’t ever left his home, so he found it hard to get back straight away.

Dragon was exploring the Enchanted Forest when he bumped into another dragon. He was so surprised!

“Ouch!” they both said at the same time.

“Hello,” said Dragon the dragon.

“Hello!” said the other dragon.

“My name is Blaze.”

“My name is Dragon,” said Dragon. “Are you new here as well?”

“I have been here for my whole life!” said Blaze.

“Wow!” said Dragon the dragon.

“I am new here and I’m trying to find my way back home.”

“Where do you live?” asked Blaze.

“I’m from Dragon Space World. It’s in space.”

“Actually, I think I know the way to the Dragon World!” said Blaze.

Dragon the dragon was very happy to hear this. He flew around with joy.

“It’s very far away,” warned Blaze. “It will take at least four days to get there!”

Blaze had a very, very old car that they were going to use to get to Dragon World. The car was green and rusty with a lot of scratches. Even though it was old, the car could fly through space, but you had to drive it for four whole days before it would fly.

Dragon and Blaze got to Blaze’s house to pack up for their trip. Blaze packed two toothbrushes, one tent, some money ($50), two pairs of shoes, and two jackets. Luckily Dragon the dragon had a bunch of food, so they packed that too.

They made a couple of gas station stops along the way to buy more food and for bathroom breaks. As the drive went on Dragon and Blaze became better friends.

First they started driving, and then they started asking questions to get to know each other.

Dragon asked, “What’s your favourite colour and favourite food?”

Blaze said, “My favourite colour is green, that’s why I picked this old car that’s green!”

Dragon told Blaze that his favourite colour was red.

After driving for four whole days Blaze pushed a button on the car and the space feature opened. They were flying in space! Once they were in space it only took two minutes to get to Dragon Space World.

When they landed, Dragon ran back to his home. He went up to his parents and gave them a big hug. He was so happy. Blaze said goodbye and went back to the Enchanted Forest. Blaze said that he would always come back and visit Dragon in the Dragon Space World. Dragon knew he’d made a friend in Blaze and he didn’t feel so lonely anymore.

Toothpaste To Be Nice To Da Shark” by Naaneka & Justin

Once there was a cloud world where flying squids lived. In this cloud world, there was a beach made of ice cream sandwiches. The flying squids loved to swim in the blue clouds surrounding the beach.

One day at the beach, Squidson Washington III and their friends had taken lollipops off their sticks to play with them like beach balls.

All of a sudden, a cloud plane was about to crash into the beach!

“Everyone get out of the way!” Squidson yelled. “There’s a plane coming!”

Squidson and all their friends jumped into the clouds to start swimming. The cloud plane crashed into the beach and turned into more ice cream sandwiches.

As Squidson was swimming away from the crash, a magic tree below made Squidson’s brain switch with Drago, their Dragon-fox frenemy from the enchanted forest below!

At that moment, Drago was flying through the sky in a game of fox-dragon tag, which was like hide and seek mixed with tag, high above the treeline (the dragons used clouds to hide from each other). Drago was chasing another fox dragon when they suddenly found themselves transported into Squidson’s body.

For both of them, it was a very weird feeling.

Suddenly, in the cloud ocean, a baby shark came towards Squidson and their friends. Usually, Squidson was afraid of baby sharks, but Drago as Squidson was not, they released their special ink that was like blue toothpaste at the shark, which made the baby shark’s teeth clean and beautiful. This was important because the shark had a thousand teeth!

Just then, Squidson was having a very difficult time flying in Drago’s body. They were used to flying as themselves. They crashed into the squid cloud ocean and into Drago as Squidson. When Drago crashed into Squidson they both returned to their regular bodies. Everything went back to normal, except now the baby shark had very, very clean teeth.

“The Video,” by Haneen

My character’s name is Claire. She writes all her stories in her bedroom with a computer. Claire is an online writer; she writes historical facts about life and she loves to read. She publishes one story almost everyday because she is motivated.

One day Claire made a video about her inspiration, Emma De Williams. She wanted Emma to see her passion. She was very dedicated to her work.

A few weeks later, Emma De Williams found Claire’s video on the internet. She giggled and laughed, “Oh boy, I wonder why I inspired her? Her stories are absolutely atrocious!”

Then, Emma De Williams commented, “You better work harder, Claire. I’m super disappointed.”

Emma wrote the comment as a joke, but then Claire took it seriously.

“What did I do wrong? I always worked hard! And my favourite inspiration isn’t inspiring me, but being rude!” Claire sobbed. She had worked hard for seven years on her writing and Emma still thought it was a joke.

Claire replied to Emma’s comment, “I don’t get it, that wasn’t a funny joke, Emma. I took it seriously.”

Emma saw and replied, “I’m sorry, I thought you loved jokes! But lucky you, I’m publishing your stories in my famous book: Emma’s Most Loved Stories!”

“Thank you so much! I can’t believe it! You’re amazing!” Claire wrote. She felt proud of her writing and videos!