Helen Moss http://www.helenmoss.org.uk
The Clocks Rewind
Everything was different this summer. Jaya loved staying with her grandmother. Grandma owned a sweet shop, after all; the old-fashioned kind with jars of sweets you weighed out into little paper bags. But Mum and Dad had been acting so strangely lately. Whispered conversations. Mysterious phone calls. And now Jaya and her little brother, Ash, had been packed off to Grandma’s for the whole school holiday.
After a busy morning helping in the shop, Grandma said they could choose some sweets as a reward. While Jaya picked jelly babies and sherbet lemons, Ash teetered on a stool and reached down a dusty old jar from the very top shelf. The faded label showed historic scenes - pyramids, knights on horseback, a sinking ship, and many more – and, in swirly gold letters, the words, Time Toffees.
‘Ooh, these are weird!’ giggled Ash, stuffing a toffee into his mouth. Jaya thought she’d better try one too, just to make sure they hadn’t gone off. The taste kept changing; pineapple, bubble gum, marmite, chocolate cake . . . She turned the wrapper over, searching for a sell-by date. Faint writing appeared before her eyes.
With Time Toffees all the clocks rewind,
As you journey back, they’ll help you find . . .
Before Jaya could read more, the ground began to shake. The lights flickered. She grabbed Ash’s arm and the jar of Time Toffees . . .
Looking suspiciously around their space, different times flash past them. Medieval Times, Ancient Egypt, Stone Age, all in a strange, mysterious time vortex. Suddenly they appear on rocky ground. Then there was a bellow and a roar, Ash and Jaya only knew they could be in one place, prehistoric times with the dinosaurs! Then, a glow shines in front of them. “What’s illuminating our eyes?” Jaya questions.
What could he do? In his head, he thought. He could do something but it was risky… but he needed to do this and he went on to do it. BOOM PAAAA!!! Everyone heard in the hallway, the figure was gone and Tom was astonished…
After an inexplicable feeling, Ash and Jaya, who were coming to their senses right now, suddenly appeared in a flash of blue light, in the midst of a colossal fortress, surrounded by great walls, worn with age. They spotted a man, dressed in extravagant shining silver armour and chainmail, a noble-looking crest emblazoned directly above where his heart was. Jaya and Ash caught a glimpse of his face through a small gap in his helmet. To them, he was no commoner but an obvious member of royalty, his long, silky hair, and his abnormally chiselled jawline giving this away.
In a sand covered land they arrived. They knew they couldn’t stay as time was not on their side.
Ash opened his eyes only to close them soon after. The blinding light from the sun shone down it making hard for him to open his dark brown eyes. “Wake up, you good for nothing slave!” The sound of a whip cracking through jolted him from his daze and sat right up like the other boys in the room. They start getting up and ready for work and, confused and unsure, Ash followed in suit.
Warren Wood Primary Academy
They mysteriously woke up with a shock; it was a dark, mystical place. Slowly, they turned their heads trying to figure out where they were. Instead, they realized the jar of toffees was beside them. They gawked at the sweets. Did they dare to take another Time Toffee? They shared looks with each other with a bad feeling flooding their bodies. Ash took a time toffee but Jaya didn’t dare take one. Ash said “Are you ready?’’ she froze and exclaimed “NO! I’m not going to do that again!” But they did!!!!!!!
As the two ate the toffee, sudden flashes of past events blazed through their minds and they were then sitting in the same room as George Wasington watching as the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution. They then warped through time to the first human, the they saw Beethoven, they were then in the Stone Age, there were man that walked with a hunch and they made unrecognisable sounds which seemed to simulate a laugh.
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