Category: Young Writers

Elpis

I can still remember when the bad humans killed my mother. I was only 6, and my tusks were only a few centimetres long, not fit for selling, but Mother’s were already one point five meters, and they were what the humans were after.  We were running from the lion pride of Gomondwane, an all-male

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A Glimmer of Hope

My eyes flutter open. I was lying on my stomach on a boat, and I’m drenched in salt water. I don’t know where I am, or how I ended up here. Then it hit me- I remember everything. The crash, our screams of agony, our hands flailing around trying to stay afloat. I remember reaching

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Shipwreck

As the young boy washed from the ocean onto the shore of the hidden tropical island with beautiful white sands, a group of natives came up to him. ‘‘This boy is alone!’’ said a man with a feather hat and long staff covered with deep marks and burns. As the Chief came from the village

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Born-Free

“No. Never. Don’t say such a thing. My God! How can you…?” Tara kept repeating, holding her head. Amar had just entered the living room. He was surprised by the tension on her and Leela’s faces. “What’s up?” he asked. “Oh! You. It’s all your fault. We have lost everything…” “What?” “Ask her!” She screamed,

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Destiny

When I woke up today, it was raining a little. Yes, I have seen countless monsoon mornings. But this morning still reminded me of one years ago. That day Dad had woken up at about 3 in the morning. I was fast asleep. He woke Mom up. After tea, Dad took the fish hook, the

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Endangered

“Mum…” I moaned, “Could we rest for a moment? We have been walking for almost three days.”  “Soon, my dear,” Mum muttered, her voice dangerously soft, “soon”; and we lumbered along a trail supposedly leading up to a blind alley. For miles behind us, lay nothing but a wrecked land of fallen trees and engulfing

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Every Ship Needs a Sailor

I want you to try and imagine a ship. Then imagine you, a human. What similarities between you and the ship do you see? I see that both humans and ships are made up of so many parts. If even the smallest part is taken away from them, they’re not the same anymore. They might

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Alone

Hi, my name is Blair King, and there’s one thing you should know about me: I’m popular. Well, it was always like this. Since middle school, everyone worships the ground I walk on. I have two friends, Grace and Cassie. Grace is the smart one, she’s the one who happily takes notes for me and

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I’m Scared, Ma

The gunshot echoed through the forest as Savitri and her little son, Nanda, hurried across the thick brush bordering the outskirts of the jungle. The sun was just rising in the eastern sky, as the golden rays shone on their grey coats. It was nearly ten minutes before Savitri decided to slow down, so that

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My Everyday Hero

She was a great person. A three-time hero: a teacher, a search & rescue volunteer and my mum. I always come here to think. I don’t know what it is, staring down at the misty water from the cliffs above. It soothes me. No one comes here anymore so it’s always peaceful. All I can

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The Elephant Mother

She walks majestically and mightily. Through the fog and the rain, through the scorching sun on the brightest day. From dawn to dusk, sunrise to sun set, till all the brightest colours are bleached from the sky and replaced with a veil of cold curling mist. She walks on, never slowing and never faltering. Her

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A Day at the Beach (Part 1)

I have always wondered what lies beyond the horizon. What could be there? A monster? A fairy? A treasure? It never ceases to amuse me imagining what could be there. It served as a little fantastical adventure for me, where I could pretend to be the protagonist of my own story for a teeny-weeny little

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A Day at the Beach (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1, here.   Pa…Pappy? Pappy was laughing, grinning from ear to ear. He looked at the both of us, before trying to control his laughter and failing to do so. “Captain, told you my son was a special one. Refugees…ha…your boat looks like a refugee’s raft!” They know each other? Wait…Pappy, you

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The Forest Light

One step. Another. Each one echoing and bouncing off the thick wall of trees surrounding me. An icy wind whipped fiercely at my fluffy green jacket, sending tears trickling down my freckled cheeks. I hoisted my heavy pack higher onto my shoulders, my boots planted firmly, the heels digging into the moist clumps of dirt.

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Can you go on?

What is death? It creeps up behind you. It gently nudges you into its velvety blackness, its misty greyness. It is a deep void, full of everything; full of nothing. A dense mist, ever moving but never changing. This is where I am. Not yet ready to jump off the grey cliffs of what I

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The Deepest Thought

I am walking, walking towards an unknown place. My mind is leading my body into a different world, an escape. I feel so lost inside and I feel that nobody, not even myself, knows who I am anymore. I am drowning in these thoughts and feelings that make me think about the end, the end

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Lady on edge

I was contemplating why this was happening, why it had to be me! I was confused. I couldn’t stop the abysmal thoughts whirling around in my head…I was too weak. My eyes scanned the fog that blanketed the lake district mountains and then down to where light mist clung over the valleys like a limpet

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Solitude

Watching the mist swirling into a solid mass in front of me, I quietly celebrate the end of my fourth week in isolation. I say that I did this quietly because I have not uttered a word to another human since I became stranded here, although I have initiated a one-sided discussion with a pair

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Elephants

As per usual the elephant family were living their everyday life. There was the mother elephant who was named Lily, the father elephant who was named Marcus and the little girl elephant named Elodie. One day as they were drinking water from the river they heard an unusual rustle in the bushes. While Marcus protected

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Jonah

My name is Jonah. I live on the uninhabited island of Neverland. I suspect that it’s somewhere off the coast of the Caribbean but, truly, I don’t know where it is. My life is simple; I wake up, tend to my crops, collect firewood, build household objects, and then go to sleep. How I got

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