By Sierra Holland (Sun Valley High School)
“I don’t think we should be doing this, Bentley,” Mackenzie said to her brother as he walked ahead with his friend, Jackson. They were always getting into mischief and Mackenzie somehow always got dragged into their plans. Today they were supposed to be at home doing their chores but Bentley and Jackson were surfing the net and found a story about a little place down the road from their house. It’s called Tyler Arboretum, and there’s apparently a secret door there and in the story they say that four kids were walking along the trail when they found the door. Of course they were curious, so they opened the door and entered. No one has seen them since.
Bentley and Jackson wanted to see it for themselves, and Mackenzie was dragged along. They didn’t have money so they snuck through the back way. It took them a while to find the trail but they eventually did. “You go first,” Bentley said to Jackson as they approached the door.
Jackson, terrified, walked up to the door, put his hand on the knob and said, “If I go, you’re going with me.” So Mackenzie and Bentley walked up behind him and grabbed his hand. Now, hand in hand, eyes shut tight, Jackson pulled the big door. It swung open, and they were pulled in with the door slamming shut.
Next thing they knew they were laying in a field of pansies and sun flowers the grass was greener than any other grass they’ve ever seen. There were a few apple trees and some cherry trees there were butterflies and birds flying around and chirping beautiful melodies. To their left there were three little men towering over them. The men were wearing jean overalls and one was wearing a green shirt, one was in a purple shirt and the other was in a blue shirt. They all had short, brownish hair and shocking blue eyes. They all were about four feet tall. “What do you think they are?” one man said to the other.
“They’re humans just like the ones who come banging on the door every day.”
As Mackenzie started to open her eyes, the little men got frightened and ran away. When she was fully awake and unaware of where she was, she shook Bentley and Jackson until they woke up.
“Where are we?” Jackson said looking around. They walked along the red trail, when they saw a map on the ground and picked it up. As they kept walking, they found that the trail split into three. A blue trail on the left, green on the right, and red in the middle.
“Which way should we go?” Mackenzie asked
“Blue, definitely blue” Bentley said in a nervous tone.
“Look!” All of a sudden scorpions came out of the bushes on the red trail and 3 tigers out onto the green path. So they ran up the blue trail and kept going until they saw the three little men again. “Why are we here?” Bentley said to the men.
“You’re the one that opened our door.”
“Alright, alright no need to be rude, I’m Skuzzlewuzzle, this is Sneezhiemer, and this is Grumpiwumpi. You are?”
“I’m Bentley; this is Jackson, and my sister Mackenzie, nice to meet you. Now don’t get offended, but how do we get out of here? We have to be home before our mom.”
“Oh, don’t worry, when you’re in here, real time freezes. So whatever time you came in, that’s what time it will be when you leave.”
“Okay, but we still need to leave.”
“Well, you’re going to have to follow this map.” “Okay, whatever it takes to just get out of here.”
“You have to go through the woods, across the river, through the point of no return, and you’ll find the door.
“Okay, will you help us?”
“Sure, but only until the point of no return, then you’re on your own, fair enough?”
They walked along the trail until they got to the woods. As they got closer, they smelled the sweet smell of chocolate and other goodies. As soon as they saw the gumdrops and licorice on the trees, they knew they were in for a treat. There were gummy bears walking around and candy flies and butterfly chocolate fountains. The candy woods weren’t big, so they grabbed a couple things and proceeded towards the river. Arriving at the river, there were gummy and chocolate fish in the water, but they had to find a way to get across. In the distance they saw a boat, but it only seated three. So Skuzzlewuzzle said Bentley, Mackenzie, and Jackson should go across since they were the ones that needed to get home. When they were on the other side, they turned to wave to the men and then walked ahead.
They looked at the map and noticed they were getting close to the point of no return, it grew quieter and colder. Once they got to the entry they heard howling and it grew darker. They took the first step hand in hand. “I’m scared,” Mackenzie whispered. There were rats and snakes all over, and evil little men running around. They accidently took a wrong turn and ended up right in front of the big “Its” cage. Nobody knew what it was or what to call it so they named it “It”. It was huge, bigger than five elephants put together. It was brown and fury. It looked like a cat only much bigger. They heard the big angry snores of it sleeping. They tried to sneak past without waking “It” but Jackson tripped and fell. “It” woke up, and shocked, the kids ran for their lives. It almost caught up with them but then they finally found a little crack and jumped in there while “It” kept running. When they were sure he was gone, they got out of the crack and looked for a way out before it came back. They saw a light and ran towards it. They got out to the point of no return, and when they looked around, they saw that they were in the same exact place they came in. They saw the big door and the three little men. “We could’ve left the way we came in?” Bentley said in an aggravated tone.
“Well, yes, but we thought you wanted adventure.”
“Not when we almost get killed. Come on you two, were getting out of here and going home!” Bentley screamed.
Drenched in water and mud from running from “It” they walked through the door and back home. Upon it shutting, they heard Grumpiwumpi say, “That’ll teach them humans to bother us again.”