DOWN TO EARTH
Joy and Aiden cooed with delight, along with the rest of the crowd, as the sky lit up like colourful sprinkles on a doughnut. Well, that was the closest comparison Aiden could think of. A second later multiple claps from each explosion reached them and the music’s tempo increased as the display powered towards its conclusion.
“Best bonfire night ever!” Aiden declared, ignoring the wisps of his breath in the chill evening. He stomped his feet for warmth, determined the cold wouldn’t dampen his enthusiasm.
Joy nodded in agreement, but said nothing as her eyes darted between the dying sparkles. She was drawn toward one red-tailed comet as it dropped to earth. This particular firework seemed not to want to burn away like the others. If anything it grew brighter. “Have you seen that?” she asked, nudging Aiden with her elbow. “It’s brilliant!”
Joy didn’t want to take her eyes from the object so had no idea if Aiden was referring to it, or the display. Just beneath the music and cacophony of bangs, she became aware of muttering around her. “What the heck is that?” a man to her left asked. More voices joined in as the fireball became as big as a fist and growing larger by the second.
“Wow! Look!” shouted Aiden, shaking Joy’s shoulder and finally pointing at the fireball that now had a long flowing tail of burning plasma. “It’s just changed course! It’s heading right this way!”
‘’RUN!’’ screamed a man positioned to the right of the mesmerised Joy and Aiden. The fire ball was coming closer and growing bigger and bigger by the second; the red tailed comet swirling and skidding along the, once dark, now illuminated night sky: spitting fire! Suddenly, reality hit Aiden ‘’we have to move!’’ Joy heard him but did nothing, for her legs were fixed to the ground with fear and fright. She heard the ear piecing and petrified screaming of the people around her. Someone grabbed her by the shoulder and vigorously tried to yank her out of the way. But devastatingly it was too late. The life threatening fire ball hit the ground with an almighty, thunderous crash taking Joy with it. The horrific comet issued a gigantic cloud of smoke! Joy was nowhere to be seen. Aiden had run into the distance fearing for his life completely forgetting about her. Soon news came out about the missing girl. Hours later Joy’s parents came to the site to search for her but there was not a living thing for miles to see. Were had she gone? Had she died? Or was she alive? It was a question that they thought they would never find out…
Abeer & Tavish, Reading School
Hours later, the bellowing cloud of smoke cleared revealing the crash site in plain view of anyone passing by. It was then that they found the first hint to Joy’s mysterious disappearance.
They trekked across the desolate and barren wasteland in search of the missing girl. Mounds upon mounds of dust and debris shadowed the grass and plant life of the once magical and fun-filled attraction that acted as a magnet for young children. Minute after minute, the pressure of the tense atmosphere began to crush the remaining hopes and dreams of Aiden finding his soulmate, Joy.
Still searching, not knowing what to do, confused Aidan was searching but couldn't find anything. He was worried and didn't know what to do. He was thinking but not hard enough. He felt upset but angry, he didn't know what to do. The story of Joy was all over the news. Her parents were still searching after midnight. It was about 2am, and they were searching the bushes and woods nearby the site of the crash, and found one more clue: there was her purse she was supposed to use for getting something to eat before the fireworks started.
Cora, Emma, Lucy, Tamara and Jessica St Edmund Arrowsmith
Aiden was curious of what happened to his girlfriend . Could she have been kidnapped ?Or ran away ? Or even worse than that .....
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