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“Joy and Rain,” from Cloud City and The Flaming Sun, written by Alex, Anay, Romoney, and Subani

Joy and Rain were two best friends who lived in Cloud City. They were both nine and first met at the zoo. Joy lived on a farm and Rain lived near the Blue Bridge. Joy was very nice. Rain was very nice, but a little mean. They both had rainbow hair.

It was a bright sunny day with three rain-bows in the sky and Rain and Joy were hanging out at the zoo. They went to look at the animals and to get some treats. The first thing they saw was the jelly elephant. Joy and Rain knew they had to be careful or else it would fall apart because it was made of jelly.

Rain went to look at a very cool animal. He didn’t tell Joy so she was lost without him.

Joy was so sad that she left the zoo only to walk back in and look for Rain everywhere. While Joy was lost, Rain realized that he was lost too. Since there were no clouds, Rain made the sky all cloudy so Joy could find him. When Joy saw where all the clouds were coming from, she knew where Rain was.

When Joy found Rain she was so happy to find him she exploded candy everywhere. But then, all of a sudden, they didn’t want to be together again. They waited a little and then hugged. They went to get lunch. Rain got spicy noodles and Joy got cotton candy. Then they went home because they didn’t want to get lost again. They hung out at Joy’s house. Once they were home, Rain decided that the clouds should go away. Rain said he was sorry because he could not bring all three rainbows back into the sky. Joy told him it was fine and she brought the rainbows back.

One day Rain had some bad news. He had to move away because his street was too crowded. Also all the robots, the mummies, and the ghosts from other streets kept coming to bother him. But he had a surprise for Joy: spicy noodles! He knew she had never had them. Their friends Candy and

Thunder came to the dinner party. Then Joy told Thunder that Rain was going to move away, but Thunder already knew. Joy was scared to try the spicy noodles. She took only one noodle and her eyes were all red and candy came out of her ears.

In Cloud City everything was destroyed and the clouds turned red. Since Rain had cloud power, Rain made the sky cloudy and covered the sun with his clouds. Then they made a fence to protect everyone from the sun. People got super cold because there was no sun, so they gave the fence two features: it could turn the city a little cold or a little warm.

On top of the gate there was a big shield covering the whole city. The burning sun could not go through it. On top of the shield there was a candy buster. In case the shield breaks, people can throw candy at the sun.

Joy wanted to help, so she took her rainbow powers and covered the houses with rainbows to keep them safe. But people started thinking about leaving the city, so Joy used her secret candy canyon, which could help warm areas if she used the glitter from her pocket. As the city got colder, Joy used the candy canyon and the glitter did its magic. The Gem Tower was forever changed and destroyed because Joy forgot to cover it with a rainbow and the burning sun was able to burn it.

The fence they made to protect the city was like a glass wall and nothing you did could break it. But one day it broke. The city was about to have on another fire, but the plants from Joy’s farm had grown so tall they protected the city and it never ever burned again.

Also, some people from Cloud City left and never returned.

It was hard to come to terms with the end of Cloud City.

Stay tuned for Part 2…

“Misty Forest,” by Larisa

Once a legend was told about a little girl called Skye and her parents who went for a family trip in the Misty Forest and had never been back since 2001. One day on January 13, 2010 a girl called Jemma Wilson decided to go inside the Misty Forest even though the police told everyone to stay out. As she entered the forest she heard the ground shaking from below and also heard violins and someone singing. As she traveled deeper into the forest she felt a heat energy or a source that made her feel tired. She decided to rest in an old abandoned cabin. When she entered she saw another person inside floating but that person ran away. Jemma decided to go after her and saw that girl from the legend Skye.

Skye told Jemma to leave but she disagreed. Jemma asked if she was still alive but Skye said no. She said that her parents were not alive as well but were a living soul, so she needed to find them.

Jemma said, “This is why you were guarding the forest and scaring the people you wanted to find your parents.”

Skye looked pale and sad that after all these years she couldn’t find them.

Jemma said, “Do you want help finding them?”

Skye accepted her help and they traveled for days and Jemma’s friends and parents were looking for her and were terrified that she was gone. After one week of searching for Skye’s parents they found a lot of clues that all ended up in the same place. The part of the Misty Forest that Skye was scared of she said she was scared of because something huge attacked her and her parents in there. Jemma said that if they wanted to find her parents then they had to go look in there because everything led to there. So Skye and Jemma went inside the deepest place in the Forest and they looked and looked and looked. Suddenly something attacked Jemma and it was a type of lion that was huge but luckily Jemma knew how to calm the lion down and they decided to travel on the lions back because they were very tired and hungry.

They traveled a little more until they found a huge cabin in the middle and when someone came out they stared at Skye and ran toward her. It was her parents and as a gift Skye’s parents teleported Jemma back to her parents. Jemma’s parents thought it was a miracle that their daughter just came out of nowhere. Jemma started explaining where she had been and introduced Skye. Skye also started explaining to her parents and introduced Jemma, and after a few years their parents were best friends and Jemma and Skye had a lot of friends.