“As I came to, I was aware of hot sun shining down on me. Then a gentle movement and strange squawking sounds. My mouth was dry and it was difficult to open my eyes. Then I felt the dreadful thumping inside my head . All I could remember was someone breathing loudly in my ear, then a huge crack on the back of my head before everything went dark.
That was five days ago. I’ve been counting as the sun goes down and rises again. Five days, alone on a tiny boat in the middle of the open ocean. My only companions, the seagulls that swoop down every time I try to eat some of the dry bread left for me in an old rucksack, along with five litres of water under the canopy that’s kept the hottest of the sun off my dry, burning skin.
I’m guessing my uncle may have something to do with all this. He’s a strange man who had me forced upon him when Mum and Dad had to race off to Scotland to visit my sick grandma. Uncle Wesley’s never liked me. He says I’m clueless. He’s very organised, knows everything – or thinks he does, and now I believe he’s set me this challenge to make me more focussed and smarter. In the rucksack there were five clues and five items to help me find my way back to land. Here’s the story of how I used them and how much I changed on my great watery adventure…”
Jovan Ooi, Ved Kuwadekar, Lyon Tay
Alexander, Alix, Myah, Devon, Emily, Ewan
I felt deep into the rucksack and pulled out a mobile phone. On the phone I noticed there was 15% battery left and the initials D.W. on the home screen. I knew that D.W. stood for Dan Wesley my uncle. Of course it was one of his crazy schemes and I knew his pass code was 11-2-17...I cautiously tapped the numbers into the keypad.
Kieran Clover & Eve Garnham
A compass? How will THAT help!?I put the phone down as if it was hot and buried my face in my hands like an ostrich but then I heard a crash and realised my hands were all bloody, I stared blankly at my hands for a moment not feeling any pain, mainly out of shock. The rock that I had crashed into had these letters carved into it:
Max Clague, Max Dommett, Julianna Ilnicka
I started to panic, I started sweating and realised it was a little lizard. My vision was blurred but could make out that it was unusually colourful. I lifted my heavy eyelids to look around and saw that there were a few of them that were contently playing with my trouser leg, biting and ripping it into shreds. My trousers had just become shorts and I watched it eyeing my leg, it was getting closer and before it went to bite me, I felt a rush of adrenaline, got up and picked up a little lizard. I put it down and shooed the others off. I knew that I had to stop getting distracted by insignificant creatures, so I decided to look for some more clues on this island that my infuriating Uncle had left me with. I reached into my bag and pulled out a piece of paper that was in a laminated jacket. Then I realised what it was, A RIDDLE! Great riddles are one of the many things I really suck at. I decided to postpone my clue-finding and have a look around. To his right he saw the rock that his boat had crashed into. I suddenly remembered the message and followed the instructions and then….
Tom Trevallion, Freddie Hallam, Seb Godbold, Dylan Lawson
I see a dark gloomy cave with cobwebs hanging in the entrance. I enter the cave cautiously and see a leaver hidden behind a giant rock. I pull the rusty leaver. A hidden door opens and huge rocks fall. It opens to a windy spiral staircase. I walk down and a find an ancient tomb. There are ancient hieroglyphics in the cave. Unfortunately, I never payed attention in history class so I have no idea what it means. I pull the riddle out of my bag. It says that Q: what has a thumb and four fingers but isn’t alive A: a glove. I have a glove in my bag so I put it on and touch the hieroglyphics. Another hidden door opens. I walk into the door and fall down a staircase. I hit my head. I wake up to a man carrying me up the stairs and out of the tomb. I put the glove back on and touch the wall. I fell down the stairs again but this time I don’t bang my head and I get up instantly and see the man staring at me. He starts to walk towards me and says…
Megan, Rory, Leah and Tyler
'Come with me Little boy.'
Hannah P, Breard I, Austin S, Brett B.
A’keyla H. Rosemary N.
Bethany, Year 7, Good Samaritan Catholic Collage
“What happened! Where is Derek! Are we on the mainland?MY LEG! I WAS SHOT!”
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