Congratulations to Barrington Public School Year 5 student, Selina Denyer, who received an excellence award in the Great Lakes Advocate’s inaugural Tell Me A Story competition.
Over the coming weeks the GLA will publish a range of outstanding stories entered in the competition.
This is Selina’s story.
It was a normal afternoon as I was about to go to netball training, but this time Mum let us get a slushy.
As we walked into the shop everything seemed black, different, strange. I slurped my slushy fell asleep on the ground. When I woke my eyes, I smelt the sweet aroma of fairy floss, and lollypops. As I stood up, I noticed pink and blue clouds floating around with see through buildings on top of them. I saw little people that looked like gummy bears and people that looked like lolly people. As I leapt onto a cloud, I licked my fingers and it tasted very sweet.
“Hello,’’ said a small harmless voice. “My name is Toffee, come on.” As Toffee bounced along the fluffy fairy floss, I noticed a little horse trotting along the clouds. It had a bright purple mane and a harmless twinkle in its eye. Suddenly, I noticed tiny Toffee jump onto the horse’s back and rode over the cloud.
“Hop on, I’ll show you around.” Once I was secured on the horse’s back, we zoomed off. I glanced down at the spectacular dream and felt a warmth of safety. As we went further along, I saw a crystal, clear sea!
When the horse flew down to the beach, I noticed children playing in the yellow sand. Once I jumped off the magnificent horse, I saw shimmering dolphins diving down under the welcoming water. While I got suffocated in the beauty of the beach, Toffee and the white horse splashed around the water. Slowly I dived into the over lapping waves, and under the water with the amazing dolphins. I looked around and saw Toffee and the horse swimming to the dolphins as if they wanted to ride them. So slowly, I jumped onto a dolphin and it took off, showing me the rainbow city under water.
Once we landed, I needed to breathe. But the air was too far up to get there. Then I saw Toffee, but she could breathe easily, so I decided to try to breathe! I realised in this magical place you can breathe under water. By the time I had absorbed all of the bright, vibrant reds and greens of the coral, and the clown fish swimming through the lemonade water, I was feeling hungry…
“Are you hungry?” said Toffee in a cheerful voice ”Because I’m starving. ”As I followed Toffee on a pink, sparkling dolphin, we whizzed up to the surface where we saw a group of people discussing something very important. When Toffee noticed the people talking she seemed different in herself.
When we went to the Lolly Buffet, the whole table was colourful, and getting demolished. Toffee showed me the jelly that towered six metres tall! Toffee and I both asked for watermelon and caramel ice cream, and a little piece of blue jelly. Then we happily sat by the beach side, and watched the amazing caramel, popcorn sunset gleam over our faces with a huge, warm smile. As I watched Toffee generously share her ice cream with some sugarplum trees that sheltered over us with their sugary leaves, I realised that I still had to get home!
That was when I started panicking. “How am I going to get home!” I said to Toffee. Then with disappointment in her sigh, she led me to this strange queen.
“Hello,” said the queen who was very welcoming.
“Hi,” I said. After I had said hello, Toffee started whispering a faint speech in the Sugar Queen’s ear that seemed to be made out of sugary flowers.
“I see you are trying to get home,” said the Queen that had the most sparkles on her blue dress that made your eyes melt. “Come with me where we can talk more privately.”
Once we had finally got inside, I told her everything that I could remember. Then she proudly told me that every 167 years, they send a sweet tooth fairy to the land of humans. Then they choose one person to come and see lolly land, and that they thoroughly stir a lolly land potion into a sugary treat to make you fall asleep. “Here, slurp this, and you will end up right where you fell asleep.” As I waved goodbye to the peculiar land I felt relieved, but a cake slice of me was sad.
THUMP! I woke up. I saw my sister standing in the shop as if I was there the whole time. That day I learnt to always, be kind and sweet.