What Lies Beneath?

By Gabriel Rodriguez (Schwenksville Elementary School, Schwenksville, PA)

Behind the mysterious door
Lies the shifting floor,
To Gnome City it leads
Which holds the magical seeds.
Providing food
For the gnomes in a grumpy mood.
The seeds give them ice cream
Giving them fun dreams.
This door is magical, in many ways
Come see it, before your end of days.

What Lies Beneath?

By Drew Shulman (Chatham Park Elementary School, Havertown, PA)

I think the forest fairies lie beneath the door. The girls wear gowns made of daisies. The boys wear suits made of leaves. They eat flower pies, barkcakes with sap, and grass salads.

Their hobbies are singing, dancing, weaving baskets out of sticks, and picking flowers.

They help our environment by making sure there are enough trees that streams and ponds are full and clean, and that plants are growing.

What Lies Beneath?

By Cecelia Marshall (Hopewell, NJ)

A little girl named Cece went behind the door and found a fairy. The fairy turned Cece into a fairy. Then they turned the whole family into fairies, even Eloise her sister. The fairy took the new family and showed them the fairy dust factory. Cece thought the fairy dust factory was wonderful.

The End.

Forward or Backward

By JJ (Philadelphia, PA)

Walking down a forest path, I came upon a door. It was pretty weird and freaky. The door looked old and it was made of wood, on a slant and had no lock. I had no idea what was behind it. I said to myself, “Should I open the door?” I decided to open it, so I tried, but it was locked from the inside. I kicked at the door, but it would not even crack.

 To the left of the door, there was what appeared to be a mailbox, so I touched it. It flipped upside down and went into and then under the ground, and something that looked somewhat like a handle came out of the ground. I grabbed the handle and twisted it, but nothing happened. I was so mad that I kicked it to the side. I waited for another moment, but still nothing happened. Then, suddenly the door slid down into the ground. Inside the door was what looked to be, a time-traveling machine. The idea of what could happen scared me so much, I ran back home.

 A month later, I came back to the door. It was just as it was when I approached it a month before. So, I touched the mailbox and kicked the handle and the door opened once again. I went into the door, then, I studied the machine a lot harder than the last time. All of a sudden the door shut right behind me.

 At first, it was very dark. Then a bright strobe light came on and I saw the machine. I walked closer and I saw what looked like a screen with a date on it. I realized it was today’s date and noticed a keypad next to it. All the screens showing the date went blank. The first thing I did was press the key for one minute back in time. I looked above me and saw a thick rope that said, “Pull to go.” I hesitated, took a risk, and pulled the rope. Suddenly everything went black. For a second I thought the machine was broken and I started to scream and kick at the door. Then the door opened and I saw myself back outside.

 Once again, I went back into the machine and set it for an hour back in time and pulled the rope. I saw myself in my house, putting on my shoes to go to the door. I got back into the machine and went back to the original location of the door. This time I set the machine an hour forward. I ended up seeing myself walking back down the path through the rain. I was stunned! So, I got back in the machine, set the time back to the time I left for the future, got out of the machine and walked home. I was determined to go back to the machine and set it for at least ten years into the future.

 A week later, I went back to door, and took a huge risk, to set the machine for ten years into the future. I pulled the rope and the space went black as usual. I waited, but this time it never got light again. I heard a weird noise. For a moment I didn’t know what it was, but then it hit me; it was the sound of the machine shutting off. I was screaming and kicking at the door. Finally, the door fell apart. I ran home as fast as I could and never went back to the door, or that spot in the forest again.

What Lies Beneath

By Tommy Christaldi (Aston, PA)

Have you ever wondered how the Tyler Arboretum got all of its wonderful plants?  I’ll tell you.  The secret to the great plants lies deep underground, beneath the door. That is where the team of the Giant’s Hand and the Giant Worm live. 

You see, way back in medieval times giants were hated creatures. Sometimes people would cut off a giant’s hand or leg. One giant was also a wizard. When his hand was cut off, he used his powers to give the hand a brain. The hand crawled out of the small village and entered a forest. 

What he didn’t know was that a giant worm lived in a cave in that very forest. As he crawled, he stumbled upon that hole. “I could live here,” he thought. The hand, like most creatures wanted privacy in his home. 

With his amazing strength, the hand tore a tree into pieces.  Some of these pieces can still be found laying in that forest today. The rest were built into a door. When the worm heard the hand coming, he prepared to attack. Then he saw that it was just a hand. “Oh,” he thought “I’ll let this hand live here.” 

Every night, the hand would crawl out and capture a dead creature (usually a bird) and give it to the worm to eat.  Then, the worm would go into a clearing in the forest and well, do his business, which created a very fine soil called humus. 

After a couple hundred years, the land where the Tyler Arboretum sits was found. Now, the hand is old and so is the worm. Instead of going out at night, the hand captures anyone who happens to open the door and the worm does his business indoors (talk about smelly!). So my advice to all of you reading this is: