Diana Diethelm

Chapter 1:

“Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Diana! Happy birthday to you!” Everyone sang to me. I blew out the candles on my cake and everyone began to dig in.

Chocolate, my favorite flavor of cake… mostly because that’s all we have. I had vanilla cake at one of my old friend Karina’s birthday parties. She always had the best parties.

Later, my parents decide that it’s time for gifts. All my friends gather around excited for me to open their gift.

“To Diana, from Mom and dad” I say excitedly. With each tear I get more and more exciting wondering what it could be! It’s a pack of pens!

“Thanks mom thanks dad” I ran out of utensils for school last month I’ve been asking for this for a while! “now I’ll have something cool to write with!” They smile at me and then give me another gift.

“From… Clara, Markus, and Hanna. Oh My Gosh! Thank you, thank you, thank you!” I run over hugging them all. It’s what I’ve been wanting. It’s a book. I love to read, and I don’t get to read that often. Now I can read whenever I want.

As the day goes by people start heading home. I wish that I could live in the past. Back when I went to school with my actual friends. When I could go to the beach, when I could go to the park.

“Goodbye, Ralf!” I’m drained I just want to go to sleep and hope that tomorrow will be a good day. However, now that I’m 13, I want to go outside by myself.  Maybe I’d see Karina.

Karina Yvonne, I always admired her. She had long blonde hair with green eyes. I have plain brown eyes and brown hair. Karina said that we would always be friends, but one day she just stopped talking to me.

“Mom, now that I’m 13 can I go outside by myself, I’ll only be gone for a little bit.” I beg for her to let me go.

She said yes, but she also told me to watch out for soldiers. The soldiers that walk outside from dawn till dusk waiting for people to catch outside during bedtime. They scare everyone with their blank faces. The only thing that they care about is finding people, people who are hiding in the shadows.

As I was walking I saw Karina! Yes, this is perfect! I walked on the opposite sidewalk then her. When she saw me walking down the street she waved, and I waved back. That was the most communication we’ve had in months. Kay, her brother, wasn’t with her, so I started running to her. When I finally caught up with her, she and I talked about school. Then she went on to say that her family doesn’t want her to talk to me or my family.

She gasped and whispered politely “Quick go hide, Kay is coming! Meet me behind our bush after school on Monday. Oh, and happy birthday!” She smiled at me, worried, and nervous.

I ran away confused as I could ever be. Why did I have to hide from Kay? Why doesn’t her family want to talk to my family? Well, at least I’ll see her on Monday. I skipped all the way home avoiding the random soldiers just like my mom had told me. I saw one with a bloody nose. He didn’t wipe the blood off, he just walked. Walk, walk, walk, he stopped and turned to the left. Then he yelled and grabbed somebody. This person, wasn’t very old. They seemed to be young, a child, younger then me! I gasped, then covered my mouth scared that he might have heard me. He looked in my direction, just for a second and then turned back. Scared for my life, I stayed there for a minute. Then, when I knew he was gone a raced all the way home, never stopping, not even to breathe. I ran into my house; the lights were off.

“Mom, Clara, Markus, Hanna, Dad! Oh hey, Mom” I said as I saw her walking into the room.

“Where were you. You scared me to death! I can’t call anybody, I would have had to just assume they found you like they found Theo last week. Diana, you said a few minutes, not an hour!” I tell her “I’m sorry” and “yes ma’am”. She was worried for me, I could tell because when she’s worried she talks a lot.

After this interrogation I go to sleep and dream about tomorrow after school. It’ll be daylight, so I’ll be able to see her face. I also won’t have to worry about soldiers!

I yawn and check our clock to see what time it is. 6am, time to get ready for school. I put on my school clothes, then I see the star on it.  The star of David, they make all of us Jewish kids wear them. All my classmates and friends wear them, so I guess it’s a bold fashion choice.

“Hanna, will you walk with me to school today?” I ask kind of whining because I don’t want to walk alone. She tells me yes, but I’ll have to hold her hand. I complain and tell her I’m not a baby anymore. Then we argue quietly, being sure not to wake our parents. She finally agrees, and we walk to school. We learn about multiplication and division in math today. It’s difficult but I eventually get it. Then we take a spelling test. I know how to spell all of these words because Clara took this test last year.  Finally, the teacher dismisses us. I run out to the bush, Karina is sitting behind it waiting for me. She to have a silver box in her hand. I run faster and faster until somebody pounces on top of me.

“AHHH!” I yell of the top of my lungs. “GET OFF OF ME! SOMEBODY HELP!” I can’t seem to get this person’s arms off me. I bite its fingers hoping that works. Sure enough, they let go. I turn around with my fists ready.

“Kay!? what are you doing?! Don’t do that ever again!” He nods and tells me he’s sorry. Then he has a sinister smile on his face and walks away. Confused I start to head towards Karina. Then I notice that he and his friends are watching me, so I signal Karina and tell her I’ll be right back. She nods knowingly. I start heading home hoping the boys will just give up and go home. They don’t. I’m halfway home and they finally give up and they enter their house. I turn around and they are gone. Their windows are shut and covered. I run back to the bush, Karina is still there waiting for me. She’s eating a bologna sandwich. I go and sit next to her. She offers me a bite of her sandwich, so I take her up on that offer. We talk for what feels just a few seconds. Eventually we decide that every Friday we’ll meet up back here. Sadly, I tell her I have to go, and she hands me the silver box she had earlier.

“Open this before you go to bed but when your parents aren’t’ there” I nod and we part ways. I wonder what’s in this box and why can’t my parents see me open it?

Chapter 2:

I open the door and head to my room. Before I can even open my door all the way, Hanna, my sister, slams it shut. “Where were you?” she said quietly trying not to wake up our parents. I pause thinking of a quick answer. “I was walking home and then there was this soldier,” I lie “he looked kind of scary, so I hid behind a bush.  Then out of nowhere like a whole bunch of other soldiers came out and started talking to him. I was so scared that they were going to catch me so” I can’t seem to stop talking until she covers my mouth with her freezing cold hands.

“Hey, I won’t tell mom or dad! Aren’t sisters supposed to tell each other our secrets?” I tell her yes and I tell say “I was with Karina! She and I met up when I went out for a walk on my birthday! We decided to meet up at” I stop talking for a second, wondering if I should tell Hanna where we met up at. “well we met up at what we call, our spot and we talked there for a really long time!” Hanna finally decides that my life is far less interesting than her own life so, she leaves me alone.

I go next to my window and make sure that it’s closed. I quickly tear off the wrapping paper, it’s a black box with a note on top. I read the note and it says,

“Dear Diana, Hey It’s me, Karina. I just wanted to say… I’m sorry about what happened to you. I told Kay to do that, I needed a distract you. If you had gone to the bush before that… I would’ve gotten in trouble and so would you if anybody saw us. I don’t know what’s happening. My mom said that your family was evil and the reason for our sudden loss of money. She tells me stuff about “your kind” and “those things” it kind of hurts to think of her saying that. My dad tells her not to say that stuff because he works with Jewish people too. He says not to be afraid of them and that they are human beings too. He said that fighting against them is not okay. That’s not the reason my I gave this to you though. It these dark times I know that they take Jewish people away from their homes. In school they are teaching us French, they said they wanted us to know French “just in case”.  “La beauté est dedans.” This means “Beauty is within”. It reminded me of you. Even though you’re pretty on the outside… you are even prettier on the inside. I know you so well that I know you haven’t opened the gift yet, so go ahead.”

I tear off the silver wrapping paper in four tears it’s off. it’s a black box. My mind throws thoughts of what it could be all around.  I slowly open the box. It’s a necklace! It has half a heart with an arrow going through it. I begin to finish reading the note.

“I hope you like it. It reminded me of the quote that I told you earlier. I want you to wear this necklace under your dresses and shirts all the time. Don’t take it off unless they catch you.” Then her named was signed at the bottom. That’s all there was. On a side note I started to think about who would catch me? Is she talking about the soldiers? I guess I’ll just have to see her next week.

I put my necklace on, under my dress. I think I should just go to sleep now. I go to my bed and drift into a soft sleep. I dream about the stars, and about the boy getting caught.

I wake up to a loud noise. I look around terrified and wondering what it was. I hide under my blanket to comfort myself. I count to ten before I get up.

“1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9…10” I count quietly. Then my entire family walks in, they all are wearing layers of clothes. I ask what going on while I’m stuffing tons of clothes on. All the words they say are “We need to go. Just hurry up we’ll tell you later!”

As we flee from our house, they tell me not to look back. We keep running until we finally meet our destination.

“Mom, what are we doing here? Are we lost?”  I ask feeling stranded and alone. She then tells me that we are meeting another family here. “Another family? Mom we can’t do that! We can barely feed ourselves how are we going to feed another family?”

She doesn’t answer. I freeze when I hear a stick snap. Then a family of three walks out. We all say our hellos, not saying our names. I don’t know why mom told us not to say our names. I say hello to the little girl, I’m guessing their daughter. She must be shy because she doesn’t say anything back.

After a second of talking we all start heading further away from our home. Then we find a cabin. Hanna my sisters and I ask our parents why it’s here. They tell me that years ago our great grandparents built this.

We enter the house and my mouth falls open. “A BOOKSHELF!” My parents have plastered on fake grins. I can tell because their eyes aren’t happy, just their mouth. After I give a deep examination of this book shelf I ask them where our rooms are. They take me to my room, which I share with Hanna, Clara, and Markus. “Tiny room for so many people.” I go back to the bookshelf, pick up a book and head back to the room.

Chapter 3:

As I enter the room I see that everyone else is trying to go to sleep. I look out a crack, it’s dark outside. I put my book down and fall asleep, hoping that I can sleep through the rest of the night.

I wake up to the sound of Markus and Hanna playing with sticks. I get up and go play with them.

“Hey Markus, hey Hanna. Good morning.” I say. “Morning! How’d you sleep?” Markus asks. I tell him that I slept all night. Then we chat a little bit about what’s happening. “Guys quiet! NOW!” Hanna strictly leads us. We stay quiet because we have no idea what’s going on. Hanna tells us that she’s hearing something. I doubt that she’d lie to us, right? We try to listen, but our fear has made us be able to hear our loud heartbeats. I start to get up but then Markus does too. We get up and then Hanna tell us to get down.

“Ow!” we both yell when our heads collide together. Hanna bursts out laughing. “Got you!”

Angry as ever, I exit the room. I went to the bookshelf and pulled out a book. “Pippi Long stocking, Sounds like fun!” I pull the book off the book shelf and read it. My dad taught me how to read. He says its his favorite thing to do when he feels down. I guess that’s where I get my thirst for books.

I sit down on the cot in my room. I grab Hanna’s pillow and use it for a head rest.  I read the first sentence an immediately get hooked. I keep reading until Markus walks in and asks to play a game with him. I tell him no, but he keeps on begging. Eventually I just ignore him until he leaves. I start reading again this book is so interesting. It sparks imagination, it makes me think about how my life could be compared to hers.

I hear thunder and look out my window. I watch lighting strike near some trees. Out of nowhere rain starts pouring down. Hanna, Markus, and Clara walk in and start talking about the lightning. They say how it almost hit them. I just listen in disbelief. How could it possibly have “almost” hit them?

“Hey guys. I saw a lightning strike over by those trees.” I pause. “Want to go find it?” They all decline and say they don’t want to get all muddy.

“I’ll go with you.” An unfamiliar voice replied. I turned around and smiled. “Hello.” I take a second to try to remember her name. “I don’t believe I ever got your name.”

“My name…?” She pauses “I’m Mitzi.” She smiles and asks me for my name. “I’m Diana! Nice to meet you.” We talk a little bit and then put on our shoes.

“What are you doing?” I pause from this angry noise. It must be Mitzi’s mom because I don’t recognize the voice. She tells her that we are going to play outside. “Not in your good dress.” She replies sharply. “Go change into something else.” She whispers rude things to herself. I walk to Mitzi and she tells me to wait in front of the front door. I walk over there and sit on the wooden steps. I begin to nervously play with my necklace. I feel a wave of sadness go through my body. I wonder what Karina is doing. I bet she’s is magical fields of daisies or something beautiful like that. I just wish that I could be with her she’s my best friend. Maybe I’ll become best friends with Mitzi too.

“Okay, you ready?” Mitzi says while closing the door. “Yep let’s go searching!” We start to walk towards the trees when she asks “Wait, what exactly, are we looking for?”. I tell her that earlier I saw a large bolt of lightning strike,” I pause looking back at the house, then I look to the side a bit “Over there.” I point to a spot that is crowded with trees and bushes.

As we get farther from the house I get more nervous. I barely even know this girl; how do I know she isn’t going to kill me or something.

“So, Mitzi” I pause searching my brain for a possible question that doesn’t make me sound like a weirdo. “How are you?” I finally spit out, after what felt like forever. “I’m 12, and you?”

“I’m 13! I just turned it a few days ago!” we talk for a long time. She’s turning 13 in a month or so. Eventually, the light blue sky turns black and we have to turn around and go home. I tell her I don’t want to go back, I want to keep going, I want to explore what hasn’t been found.

“We’ll come back in the morning. Then we can bring food, water, and a blanket” She takes a deep breath and smiles. “I’ve never met somebody who has the same wants as I do.” We giggle and find our way home.

“Now Mitzi!” That angry voice that I heard before I left screamed. “Where have you been? I told you to get home before dark, now didn’t I? Answer me, didn’t I?” I don’t say anything, but I certainly don’t remember her ever saying that.

I decide to leave the room and get a good night’s rest. I’m going to need it, after all I am going on an adventure in the morning!

“Where were you?” I hear my mom say. “Oh, hey mom! I was just playing outside…with Mitzi.” I say expressionless. “Oh, I’m you two are friends, I was beginning to think that she’d stay locked up with her parents forever.” She laughs and then goes to her room.

I play with my necklace and laugh about what Mitzi and I talked about. We talked about how the sky shouldn’t be blue in the day. It should be purple, it would be a lot prettier that way. We also talked about how it should be a dark maroon at night, that way night time wouldn’t be so plain.

I start feeling my tiredness come over me like a wave. I give in and sleep peacefully. I dream about our trip here and how the woods didn’t seem so scary when I was with Mitzi.

I feel a slight poke on my arm. “Hey, Diana. You ready to go?” Mitzi whispers with a smile!

“Sure am, lets go get our stuff” I reply quietly, yet I still have so much excitement.

Chapter 4:

“Okay” Mitzi starts “Did you get you get water?”  I quickly but quietly reply “Yep, did you get food?” She says yes, and we keep asking questions about we brought. I sure hope I brought enough water.

Mitzi begins another conversation “So, can I tell you about my dream?” I tell of course. Her dreams are always interesting, and she always comes up with a meaning behind it.

“So, it started out with me coming home from out in the woods.” She pauses. “I had no idea where you were, just that you were in danger. I went inside the cabin where my mom was, she was knitting by the fireplace, then she turned her chair around to face me. She started yelling at me for wearing my blue school dress. I told her that I don’t even go to school anymore, so I thought it would be okay!” She stops for a minute, holding back tears. “then she grabbed me by the wrist and throws me in your room. I see a toy chest and I figure, I could play with the toys while I wait for her to come back with my punishment. I opened the chest and found a tunnel. Then I told myself that you could be in there. I climb in the tunnel and walk towards the back, then out of nowhere, I saw you screaming your head off. You were pointing behind me, so I turned around. It was my mom!” My eyes open widely, I begin to feel terrified for Mitzi.

“Then she said “Well, well, well, if it isn’t Mitzi trying to save her friend. Mitzi darling, you will fail for all of eternity.” Then she had this like evil laugh. It was creepy. Well that’s it! That was when I woke up. At that moment I was still scared, and I just wanted to get away for a while. I went and grabbed blankets, food, and some clothes. That’s when I got you and told you we had to go. What was your dream?”

“Well” I begin “It started out with me in the woods, by myself. I was kind of scared, so I went back into the cabin. Then I saw you outside, so I went and hung out with you, it wasn’t as scary hanging out in the woods when I with you. Um… that’s it.” I say all of this very shyly. She then hugs me and tells me she’ll always help me be brave.  I smile, and we keep walking.

As I walk, my foot gets tired and I tell her that I need a break.

“We’ve only been walking for…” She pauses and looks up in the sky “For 1 hour!” I reply to her saying “Fine, but the second that we find a good place to sit, I’m going to sit down.” She says fine and then laughs.  “What’s so funny?” I ask “Nothing” She replies. She continues laughing. I don’t even know what’s funny but her laughing makes me laugh! Then we just become kids in the woods laughing for no reason. Which then makes me laugh even more!

After some more sporadic laughs and a lot more walking she says that she’s hungry and feeling dehydrated. We sit down and ration out our food and water.

“Woah!” Mitzi says looking behind me. “What? What is it?” I say while turning around. My eyes widen in amazement! We both run over to this large waterfall. “It’s beautiful!” I say looking at it. She and I just watch it pour down it’s clear blue water.

We eventually decide that we need to keep moving forward. We drink a little bit of water and snack on one of the cookies that Mitzi brought. As we walk the day seems to be slipping by us.  It’s crazy how the sky is already getting darker and pinker as the sun starts so set.

I look up at the dark sky and tell Mitzi that I think it’s time for us to go to sleep. She agrees and says that she brought three blankets. She pulls them out of her backpack along with a small snack for dinner.

As we set up our “bed” we talk about what our favorite part of today was. I say it was the fact that I got to be with my best friend all day! She says that she enjoyed that part, but she really liked the waterfall. We lye down and eat some bread and cheese. As we watch the stars I feel bad for our parents. I wonder what they think happened to us, what they think we are doing right now.

Mitzi says she doesn’t want to talk about her mom, I guess it’s just a sore subject for her. Considering her mom, it would be sore for me too.

Laying down feels great on my legs. I’ve been walking on them way too long. I am so tired that I don’t mind laying down on the ground with tons of rocks under me.

When I wake up, Mitzi is still asleep. That’s a first, I know what wore her out though, all the walking.

“Hey, Mitzi.” I say while patting her back, trying not to scare her, but rather gently wake her up. “Mitzi…c’mon! Wake up, it’s morning and I’m ready to move and explore!” I say ecstatically.

“Can’t it wait, yesterday was tough. I’m still recovering. Hey, could you get me some water?”

I gave her some water, she drank slowly, making sure not to drink to fast and make herself sick. I do the same, I start to feel like I need to move again. This time, so does she.

We start walking forward, not taking a break. I think eventually we will find a store or someplace that we can find more food and water.

I take a few steps closer to a tree and see a slug crawling on it. I show it to Mitzi and she seems to be grossed out by it because she said she wanted it as far away from her as possible.

We see a lot more slugs and other creatures. Nature is pretty cool like that. I can look around at the trees and the leaves. It’s so green and beautiful, I never thought being free would be so pretty.

“Mitzi, isn’t it pretty?” I ask. “Yeah.” She says and smiles wide. I smile back at her and say, “I’m glad we’re friends” She replies, “Me too”.

Chapter 5:

We stay there for a little bit longer, then we begin to walk away. As we walk the leaves on the trees are getting brown. It’s odd how there can be so much beauty in one spot, then in the next everything is dying.

“Hey Mitzi,” I begin, “can I ask you a really personal question?” She replies saying “Sure.” Kind of laughing. “Why does your mom always seem…mean?” I ask trying not to sound rude.

“Well,” She begins, “When we left home, it was because there was a bombing near our town. We didn’t talk at all on our way there. It wasn’t the way I thought we would. Mom was nice before that happened. Lately she’s really mean because she’s scared, and she doesn’t like it here. She’s trying to make things seem normal, she doesn’t realize that right now she’s the problem. It’s really hard for her, and us leaving, I’m sure, isn’t making this better.” She says, starting to cry.

“Do you want to go back?” We stop walking, “I mean, we can if you want. I don’t want to make you feel home sick.” I tell her, feeling sympathetic. “No! I’m not going back. I want to get away from the soldiers and the family drama. I want to get out of here.” I nod, and we get back to walking.

Once again, we reach a black sky so, we set up camp. Eventually, the temperature drops so low that our blankets can’t keep us warm. “I learned how to make a fire, from my dad.” Mitzi says enthusiastically. I tell her okay and I watch her make it.

Once the fire got started and was stable enough where we would just have throw some sticks on it every so often. We begin to sing a song by the fire, she has an amazing voice. “Hey Mitzi?” I ask. “Yeah?” She answers anxiously. “What did you do, before all of this happened?”

She starts to talk, but then stops herself to think. “Well, I was just a normal girl. I went to the beach and the movies with my friends. We had fun, we never even thought about how we looked or what each other was wearing. Now, all my friends turned their backs on me. They don’t talk to me.” She pauses. “Except, one girl. She gave me this.” She shows me a necklace. I freeze. My eyes widen, and I am kind of freaked out. “What? Are you okay?”

I pull my necklace out and show her. We have matching necklaces. “So, what is the name f your friend, on three.” She nods and says “3…2…1” At the same time we both yell “Karina!”

“Wow.” I begin “Um…do you think she knew that we were going to meet?” I ask. “Well, she had to have. Why else would she give us the same necklace?”

“I need to go sleep, can we just go to bed?” I ask. She says sure and we drift of into a deep sleep.  Before I fell asleep I saw Mitzi get up and go for a small walk around our camp. I force myself to stay awake until I see her lay down. Eventually, she comes back. I ask her if she’s okay. No answer. I ask her if she needs anything. No answer.  I understand that she’s feeling weird, so I decide to leave her alone and go to sleep.

I can’t remember if had a dream or not. I just remember seeing black.

I, once again, wake up before Mitzi. I wonder how long she stayed awake. I ponder our necklaces and wonder what they really mean. I sit in front of the burnt-out fire and think about the possibilities.  Out of nowhere I feel a pat on my back. I slightly jump and turn around.

“Mitzi! Oh my god, you scared me!” I say quietly, still feeling as if I could wake up my parents. “Hey, I never asked you about your life before all this.” She says, then she gives me a slight smile.

“Well, I guess I was kind of popular.” I begin, “I had a lot of friends, my friends meant a lot to me. We talked about how if we ever got separated we’d find each other, eventually. Once this happened, they never came to me. They started to mock me and make fun of me for being a Jew. It wasn’t right, and they knew what they were doing. It’s almost as if, me being a Jew made them feel disgusted. Karina was my best friend. She might have been with them, but she didn’t mock me. When I’d look at her it almost seemed that she had an expression of sympathy. Eventually, they just stopped talking to me. They made me feel invisible, therefore I didn’t really make friends at my new school. Then my new peers started talking to me. They told me that I was cool, that I was awesome. That was something new because nobody had ever called me that. I felt better about myself. I felt better about everything, this made me realize that I didn’t have to care about those other girls, I had myself. A little while later I had my 13th birthday party and I decided to go for a walk. Out of nowhere, I saw Karina. I ran over to her and we talked, a lot. Then she saw her brother, which is weird because I never saw him. That’s not the point…but it was good to talk to her.” I stop and take a deep breath. “Well, that’s all I want to say… you know almost all the rest.”

“You don’t to say anything that you don’t want to.” She smiles and thanks me for telling her the rest. “Hey Diana?” She starts. “Did your old friends ever say anything else to you?”

“No, they pretty much disappeared.” I pause and realize something. “In fact, they did disappear. I haven’t seen them since that day. Do you think they all left?” I ask “I don’t know” she answers.

“Well” I say to distract us from that topic. “Do you want to try to find our way home?” I laugh. “Sure, but we have to tell them that we were playing out in the woods when we found an animal, so we ran and got lost. Sound good?” I was amazed at how fast she came up with that. “Sounds like a plan… do you think It’ll work?” I ask. “of course, it will work!”

We begin to walk back. As we walk I start noticing cuts, bug bites, and bruises on both of us. How did we not see these before?

“Diana. Thanks for this.” She smiles, and I smile back.

Chapter 6:

“Hey, Mitzi.” I say quietly. “yeah?” She responds. “What if they don’t believe us?” I ask nervously. “They will!” She tells me. “What if they tell me that they want me to leave them forever and that they never want to see my face again?” I rant. “If they do that then we will leave together, I’m not letting you go by yourself! What if you run into a group of soldiers! You’ll need me there to tell you what to do.”

I agree with her and we walk forward. I wonder what we would have happened if that storm never struck it’s lightning by a random group of trees. I wonder if Mitzi and I would’ve become friends. I stop and look back. I remember our memories and how far we made it. We can’t go back now. We were so close; how could we just give up!

“Mitzi, we can’t go back.” I tell her. She stops and replies “Why not? If you are still worried about what your parents are going to say” I cut in and say urgently “Don’t you remember how far we got? We grew closer together just from a few days! We cannot give up now.”

“Diana, I don’t know what you were thinking about but you’re right. We have made it too far to give up now. I…” She pauses to think about what she’s going to say next. “…I’ve never experienced a friendship like ours. I kind of lied when I said that I went with my friends to places. My, um, only friend was Karina.” She takes a deep breath and wipes a tear from her face. “I don’t know why I was such a loner, but Karina made me feel…” She pauses again. This time I cut in, “She made you feel good about yourself.” She nods, looks down at her feet, and then walks forward. She then turns back, “You make me feel the way she did. Happy, and as you said, good about myself. I feel as though I’m on a cloud that is impossible to bring down!”

We smile and laugh. “We’ve shared a lot laughs and smiles. I can’t believe that lightning brought us together.” I laugh while speaking. She laughs too, and we walk back in the direction we came from.

“Do you think that they are still at the cabin?” Mitzi asks. “I don’t know, but I sure hope so.” I tell her calmly and gently.

If they weren’t at the cabin, they would either be at a camp or a different place entirely. I don’t know what we would do if they were gone. I give myself goosebumps thinking about where our families could be. “Mitzi, I want to see my family, but I need to get out of this place! We need to get out.” She nods, and we walk. Right now, that’s all we can do. I give Mitzi a hug and thank her for supporting me through all of this. She tells me it’s no big deal, but for me, it is. I doubt that anybody else would even consider doing this for me.  I smile and laugh just thinking about our time together. Mitzi, is somebody that I wish I could’ve met before this happened. I’m sure we would’ve gotten along just fine.

As we walk back we start to talk about our lives and how we wished they turned out so far.

“I wish that I could still be friends with my old friends. I also wish that we could’ve met, and we could have done fun things and it would be really cool. I just miss when we didn’t have to worry about running into bad people.” I say. Mitzi tells me that she completely agrees, from there we walk in silence.

“Um… Diana?” Mitzi says alarmingly. “Did we see that building before?” I look over in the direction that she’s pointing towards. “No, I don’t remember…want to check it out?” She nods in excitement.

We run towards the left side and wait to make sure that there aren’t any soldiers. We pause, no breathing, no talking, not a sound. I start to form a smile. “Ready?” I whisper. “yep… you go first.” She replies quietly.

I walk into the store and I look around. “Mitzi! Come in here, it’s so cool!” I say. She walks in and I can see her look around in amazement. I can’t believe how much food is in here!

“Diana are you sure there isn’t anybody in here?” I shrug and have a look of fear. “Do you think you heard something?” She tells me no but nods yes. I give a look that says it all. She looks down and nods. “Hello?” I yell. “You can come out…we won’t bite!” we both giggle and look around. Out of nowhere a child arose from behind some boxes. “Y-y-you aren’t a soldier, right?” The child stutters. “No, in fact we kind of running from them.” Mitzi says and laughs. He walks out and says, “Me too!” he smiles, he looks hungry. “You know you can eat the food in here, right?” I ask concerning. “Mom told me to always ask before you take food.” He replies. I look at Mitzi and she looks back. “Hey, what’s your name?” I ask. “Um, I’m Felix… I already heard your names.” He looks at me, “Diana,” then he looks at Mitzi. “Mitzi…right?” We both laugh and tell him yep. “Hey Felix, how old are you?” I ask. “I’m…uh…” he looks to his left and then counts on his fingers. “I’m eight.” I then ask, “Felix, where are your parents?” He looks at me, kind of afraid. “Promise not to tell?” I nod. “They took them. I hid behind the closet and all I heard was screaming.” He starts to cry, so I walk over to him and pat his back. “It’s okay, don’t cry. You’ll see them again. Hey, look at me.” He turns his head and looks me in the eyes. “Felix, you have us now, we won’t hurt you.” I smile, and he smiles back. “Do know if anyone else is here?” He tells me it’s just him. “Do you have a backpack?” He nods, and I tell him to pack it full of food.

“Mitzi, try to find some clothes and blankets. I’ll find water.” We nod and look around. I look all around but I can’t seem to find water. “Hey Diana.” Felix yells. “Yeah?” I yell back “I think I found water!” I run over to him, and sure enough there’s the water. “I’m sure glad we found you!” we all laugh and pack our bags. “Okay, everyone ready?” we all say okay and we start walking.

Chapter 7:

We walk and walk as much as we can until we can’t move. Our feet are in so much pain. The weight on our backs is not helping.

“Hey Diana, where are your parents?” Felix asks. “My parents? Well, um, I’m not sure. When we left they were at our cabin We haven’t seen them since then. However, I’m sure they are still there. Anyway, tell me about yourself, about your family.” I say.

“Well, I’m eight years old. My favorite color is red. My family was nice. I had two sisters and a brother. I was the youngest. My sisters were both sixteen and my brother was eighteen. I was the youngest, so I was always picked on. Of course, I’ll live, my school life was a lot harder.”

“You mean you were bullied? Felix you can tell us.” I say urgently.

“What I mean is, that I didn’t have very many friends. The ones that I did have weren’t the best. They kept trying to get me to say things and do things that I didn’t want to do. I was so scared that they were going to judge me, so I did what they wanted. I’d constantly get in trouble. My parents didn’t understand why I did it. I don’t really want to talk anymore…can we keep going?”

“Sure Felix, I’m sorry if I pressured you.” I say in a concerned tone.

After our break we walk some more. We don’t talk at all. We don’t laugh, we just walk. I can’t remember what we came out here to do. Why we left in the first place. I get sick from the silence.

“Mitzi, do you have any stories?” I ask, “I know a few, I’ll tell the story about the witch in the woods” She laughs “Get it, because we are in the woods?” We all laugh and then she begins.

“Once upon a time there was a sweet old lady who had four cats. Everyone walked by her house, but they were always afraid of her. One day a child started telling everyone about how she feeds off cats and she has eaten so many that her yard was just full of bones. Then another child said that metal gate was made from cat bones. Eventually, the adults even began to spread rumors. They say how she is witch and they once saw her try to eat a child. On a stormy night the lady decided to go have a cup of tea on her porch. When she went outside she saw a whole bunch of leaves on her porch so, she grabbed her broom. When she went back outside there were families all around her fence. She was very confused about why they were there. Everyone gasped at every move she made. Until she got sick of everyone being there. Then she yelled, “EVERYONE GET AWAY!” Then she would reveals, “I KNOW THAT YOU GUYS SPREAD RUMORS ABOUT ME”. I’m tired of that! I’d just like some peace. I am a normal person like you. After that, many children would avoid going in front of her house, they were so much more terrified. Eventually, the lady was kicked out of her house. She had to live in the woods! Many kids said that they could hear her cries for help whenever they’d pass by the woods. Well the end! How was it?” I was pretty freaked out, but she didn’t have to know that!

“It was good. I think that it could’ve been scarier. It’s dark out, want to go to bed? “I say. “Are you scared?” Mitzi says.

“No. I’m just tired.” I say half laughing. “Well let’s get some sleep then!” Felix yells, he’s frustrated. He needs some sleep too. I pull out him blanket and set up his “bed” for him

I fix my blanket and lay down. I can’t seem to fall asleep so, I go take a walk. I get up quietly and get a wave of cold. I grab my blanket are start walking. Making sure not to get too far away from our camp.

I think about everything that we’ve gone through so far.

“Over here!” I hear a voice whisper. I don’t move a muscle. Scared for my life I yell out “W-W-Who’s there?” I stay there for a while. Waiting for a response. “I don’t want any trouble. M-My friends and I will leave you alone if you just give a minute to leave.” I say with a shaky voice.

I walk away once they say, “Just hurry up, I just need to get away from everyone.” I run back to camp and start shaking everyone.

“Guys wake up! Hurry we need to leave! Come on wake up!” finally they wake up and we start packing everything up. “I’ll tell you what’s happening later we just need to hurry!” I tell them urgently.

We run as far away as possible staying as silent as possible. As we run I start to cry. I feel like if I hadn’t takin that walk, we might not have been so lucky. I don’t know who that person was or what they had. They might’ve been a bigger danger than I thought.

The more I walk the more my imagination wanders. That could’ve been a child, or an adult. They might’ve needed help, something that I can do! It’s too late to think about that…I decide that I need to eat something.

“Mitzi, I’m not feeling very well. Could I get something to eat?” she hands me a bag of…something. When I finish eating I walk in silence. I don’t talk I just stare at the ground.

Mitzi and Felix start to talk about their parents. They talk about how their mom’s both went a bit crazy. I’m glad that they can be friends. Mitzi bursts out laughing, taking me out of my thoughts. I look around and there are so many trees, bushes, and green. It’s beautiful!

“Well, I was wondering when your smile would come back” Mitzi says, as soon as I smile. I laugh with her and soon Felix joins in.

“Thanks for taking me with you.” Felix begins. “I really am glad that you did. I’d probably be sitting in that store, starving myself.”

Chapter 8:

Felix, Mitzi, and I settle down once more. We hope that this time we can get a decent night of sleep. I close my eyes and lay like that for a bit longer.  Eventually, I fall asleep. I dream about the old lady. I wonder what it must’ve felt like to be her. I bet it was lonely, I couldn’t be like that. She must have had a lot of courage. I know that it’s hard to be alone.

I wake up due to a sudden pain on my leg. I reach for it and I feel a liquid, almost like water. I look down and my leg is covered in blood.

“Mitzi!” I start to yell. “Help me! My leg…it’s uh bleeding, a lot!” I yell in a panic.

Mitzi runs over to me and starts panicking. “Oh god! That’s pretty bad. What happened? Are you okay?” She continues asking questions. She’s freaking out and personally think she’s just making it worse.

“Hey…what’s going on?” Felix says while rubbing his eyes. “OH MY GOSH! WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR LEG?” He screams, making him no longer very tired.

“Hey everyone! Calm down. I just need a wipe, napkin, or anything that can soak up the blood. Please get me something as well as a bandage.”

Felix then runs back to his bag. He hurries his way up back to us and hands me a package of wipes and two containers with bandages. I thank him for this and begin to wipe down my leg.

I wince a little once it reaches the wound. I grab another wipe and ask Mitzi to open the bandages. While she struggles with that I clean up whatever blood that was left on my leg.

“Hey!” we hear from a distance. “Get them!” our eyes widen, and we look in every direction.

“Run. Run and don’t look back. Leave me here, Mitzi take care of him. Now GO!” I say, trying to stay calm. A tear slides down my face as I watch them go.

I try to get up and run with them, but my leg is so severely wounded that I can’t get up.

With one full movement I try standing up. I did it. I’m up, then I fall back down. I decide to get down and stay down.

I hear movement. I hear feet running across the leaves. I slow down my breathing to make sure they won’t hear me. With all my effort it doesn’t anything. I’m crying so much that my breathing is scattered, and loud.

I feel something grab me. It grabs me roughly and painfully, not caring that I’m just a child.

I look up in terror just to find myself in a larger state of panic. I try to shake my way out of his grip. I find that with every shake his pushes his nails farther into my shoulders. I scream as loud as I can. I do this to try to warn others, if there are any.

I give up. I let them drag me across the ground all the way to their vehicle. I was far outnumbered. I knew where I was going. How long I’d live, that was the was unknown!

I sit and wait, not knowing how long I’ll be here. I hold my tears back. I feel as though I must stay strong. I don’t know who I’m doing this for, not myself.

All I know is that I must figure out a way to escape, find my friends, and go back to the cabin to find my family.

I keep a straight face, showing no emotion. I can’t let them see my fear, my anger, nor my sadness. I come up with a plan. I’ll wait till we get to the camp, then stay there. I’ll do the most I can to stay alive. I’m sure I can wait this out.

I’m very worried. I just have to hide my emotion from the soldiers. I’m afraid that if they see my worry they’ll use it against me.

I obviously worry too much. Although, in this situation I feel like my worry is used correctly.  I’m sure I can do this. I believe in myself. Out of nowhere, a giant shiver rolls down my back. There, right in front of me, is a giant fenced in area.

Chapter 9

They take me to the showers first. It’s awkward because I don’t know any of these people.

Once I leave the shower, I’m taken by a strange man. He grabs my wrist tightly. I’m stumbling behind while trying to keep up, he’s too fast.

Once we reach a large house I am told to go inside and ask for Mr. Yvonne.

“What?” I say then immediately regret it. He kicks me onto the ground and says “Mr. Yvonne. Now go!”

I stand up and hold my tears in. This can’t be Karina’s dad. It’s not possible. A headache arises from my confusion.

I ring the doorbell and a tall lady opens it.

“Oh, you must be the new girl. Come in, come in, I suppose you are looking for Mr. Yvonne?” She speaks very fast and very well.

I try to speak but I can’t manage to get the words of the tip of my tongue. I nod, that’s all I could do.

“Do you speak?” She says, giving a slight giggle. I don’t reply.

“Theodore, you have a child waiting for you, Bruno brought her.” Based on her comfort level with calling him Theodore, she’s either a friend or Mrs. Yvonne.

“Hello dear.” She smiles at him, he nods, and she leaves. “Wait a second. Do I know you?” He asks, scaring me for a second.

“Um, not that I know of sir.” I say while trying to manage my stuttering.

“Okay. Anyway, your job here is to help clean around. We recently lost our last servant. The kitchen is around there. Go clean or something.” He goes upstairs and doesn’t come back down.

I head in the direction that he pointed to and hoped for the best. I walk into the room and, luckily, it’s the kitchen.

At first, I’m glad that it was so easy to find. Then I take a look around and I’m disgusted. Now I understand why the last servant…wait a second. I’m a servant? How did I not know this?

Whatever, I put aside my frustration. Considering that I’m a servant now, I’d better get to work.

There must be a bug infestation because there are giant roaches everywhere! I immediately gag, and a shiver runs down my spine. The dishes are layered in dried up food.

I sigh and get on to scrubbing the dishes. Surprisingly the food easily leaves the plates. I scrub each dish. Scrub, rinse, soap, scrub, rinse, repeat.

Finally, I finish drying them and putting them back in the cupboard. After that I move on to sweeping and mopping the floor.  This wasn’t hard, rather gross because of all the dead bugs on the ground.

I’m done. I feel proud but, now I don’t know what to do.  I look around for some type of schedule, I don’t find anything. I guess I’ll just have to call out for Mr. Yvonne.

“Mr. Yvonne?” I say while wandering the halls. “Mr. Yvonne, I finished with the kitchen. Do, um, do you have anything else I have to do?” I’m not yelling but I’m not speaking quietly.

“Oh, hello again. You finished? I wasn’t expecting it to take such a small amount of time.” He smiles and tells me to follow him.

He takes me into a small, but pretty, room. I bet it’s a lot better than sleeping on rocks and sticks.

“It has all of the essentials. There is your schedule.” He points to a binder on a small dresser. “Follow it exactly and we won’t have any problems. Well, because it’s so late you may go to bed. Sorry if you had to skip dinner, but you will have a bigger breakfast then I assume you’ve been having. Goodnight.”

“Thank you, sir.” I smile then he leaves.

I take of my shoes and crawl into my new bed. It’s a lot more comfortable then I expected.

Chapter 10:

It’s been a week since that night. I’ve received more chores since then. Not only do I clean the entire kitchen, but I clean their clothes, fix their Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner, and I clean around. Basically, I’m their maid.

I head to the kitchen where I start to pull out ingredients for eggs. I go to the fridge and there’s a note on it.

“Fix us pancakes. We are bored of eggs. -Mr. Yvonne”

After reading his short note I put everything back and pull out flour, olive oil, eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt, and milk.

Once I prepare the pancakes, I fix the table. I’m starting to enjoy my job. After I got rid of the roaches everything has been so much cleaner!

I place two pancakes on each plate, then I place a warm cup of syrup in the center of the table. Everything looks good, tastes good, and I’ve put everything in the kitchen away.

“Breakfast is ready!” I shout. I learned on the first day that’s what I do when breakfast is ready or else nobody will eat.

Mr. and Mrs. Yvonne hurry down the stairs to eat.

“So my brother and his two kids will be coming over next week. I need you to clean two bedrooms one for the kids and one for my brother. You will call him Mr. Yvonne as well. You may speak to the children ONLY if they speak to you. Got it?” Mr. Yvonne says sternly.

“For god’s sake Theodore, she’s a child who hasn’t seen another face her age in a week.” Mrs. Yvonne argues.

“Fine. If my brother allows you to talk to them you may.”

“Well, now you’d better write to him now. We don’t want her to have to wait till day-of to talk to somebody. Now do we?”

I decide to cut in. “Mr. Yvonne, Mrs. Yvonne. It’s okay. I can wait. Thank you, I’d better get ready with their rooms.” They nod and smile. Then they whisper something. I can’t understand it, but it seems to be something positive. That’s a good sign.

I head to the first room. There are already beds in there. I just have to wash and dry the sheets and pillow cases. I start picking up toys from what I guess were from the last time they visited.

I sweep the floor, getting rid of a lot of dust. The room looks so much better now.

“Wow, I didn’t know so much work could be done in such a short amount of time!” Mrs. Yvonne says.

“Thank you ma’am.” I respond.

“Well, Theodore spoke to his brother and he says that you may play with his children. This means that you can take the days off of work next week. However, you still have to clean the kitchen, make meals, and do laundry. Do you understand?”

“Yes ma’am. Thank you so much!” I say. She smiles and then leaves.

I continue cleaning but am going so much faster just so that the day may seem to go by faster. It doesn’t work, time seems to be slowing down.

I take the bed sheets from the room and go outside. I put them in soapy water and wash them. After that I try to go inside but a man walks up to me.

“You are going to have to come with me” He grabs my arm. Bruce, it’s the soldier.

“MRS. YVONNE! HELP ME PLEASE!” I yell, trying to get her to save me.

“Bruce, what are you doing?” she says slamming the screen door.

He freezes and stutters “Boss says all servants need a shower. She’s a servant isn’t she?”

“It’s okay, I have a shower that she can use in here. I’m sorry but I can’t allow you to take her.” They argue on and on. Sadly, she doesn’t win. Bruce takes me by my arm and I can see in the distance Mrs. Yvonne crying. Mr. Yvonne then walks out and starts yelling at her. That seems to make her even more sad.

I’ve heard them talk about showers before. They said that some people don’t come out of them.

Once we get to the large shower building I must start undressing. There are so many people in there. I feel afraid that everyone was staring at me. It just gets more awkward the more I think about it.

We get taken into the shower room. We just stand there and wait for the water to start pouring onto us. Waiting feels like forever.

Out of nowhere people start to cough. I start to freak out! I am balling my eyes out. I run over to the door and bang my arms against it.

“Let me out” I cough, why am I coughing? “LET” I cough again “ME OUT” I can’t stop coughing.

Everything is getting dizzy. I see many other women falling onto the ground. I try to get the soldier’s attention, but they don’t even glance in my direction.

I continue crying, everything is going wild. I hear a very annoying ringing sound in my left ear. I crawl up into a ball and scream until my throat feels dry.

My vison is foggy, and everything is spinning. I let them down. I let Mitzi and Felix down. I let my entire family down.

I close my eyes. Open. Close. Open. Close. I don’t have the strength to open again.

Everything is dark. Darkness is all around. I can’t move, I can’t do anything. Everything is black. Everything is gone. Everything has faded, just like that it’s all gone.





What I liked and Disliked about this School Year!

Today was the last day of school! This year has gone by super fast! Today I will be telling you what I liked and didn’t like about this school year!

This school year I really enjoyed writing short stories! When you write a story you get to be creative and there are no rules! There is nothing that says something doesn’t exist! You can make it exactly how YOU want! I never realized how fun writing could be until this class! Last year I would write but I would really enjoy it! Maybe it’s my age that helped me understand how much fun it is, or maybe my teacher! Another thing I really enjoyed was the robotics section! In this course I created many things! Instead of creating the robot that my teacher made I used a kit! The robot that I used is called Snap circuits! This was so fun that we actually ended up buying another one! Building a robot like this isn’t as complicated but it helps you remember what the symbols of resistors, diodes, and much more!

The things that I didn’t enjoy this year, there weren’t that many because this school year was fun, there isn’t much to complain! However, the main thing that I didn’t like this year was having to read G. A. Henty books! The reason why I didn’t enjoy these books were that they weren’t that fun to read! They just aren’t what I like! Some people do like these books, that’s their taste not mine! One other thing I didn’t like about this school year is how I didn’t have that many assignments to write a story! Many people wouldn’t complain about that! However, I find writing stories very fun! I really enjoy stories where I get a topic and I get to make up a story all about that!

In conclusion, I really enjoyed this school year! I really wouldn’t want to change anything! This year was fun, and I am excited to do another year of homeschool next year!

A Journey to the Center of the Earth!

A Journey to the Center of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction book by Jules Verne. The story is about a German professor, Otto Lidenbrock, who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. Himself, his nephew Axel and their guide go down into the volcano encountering many adventures, like seeing prehistoric animals and natural hazards.

My favorite part of this book was in chapter 40. I like this part the most because he was seeing these creatures that were trying to kill him and he was super worried about the fate of his uncle, Otto, and his guide. He was worried because he had left them there when the strange and dangerous creature had seen him and came after him. When he left the tent he found somewhere to hide from everything. Soon enough the big creature, name the Ape Gigans, found him. He described him as 14 feet high, covered in coarse hair and sharp pointy teeth “like a mammoth saw”. He was worried that it had smelled him because the ape then started sniffing everywhere like he had smelled something. Then he woke up! The entire thing was a dream. That is the reason why I liked it. It took me by surprise when he said that it was a dream!

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The Battles of Hastings!

In history class I learned about the Battle of Hastings!

The battle of Hastings marked the start of Norman conquest and the end of the Viking era in 1066. Also in 1066 European power got added to England’s domain.

A man named William of Normandy made an attempt to win a battle! This battle lasted an entire day! luckily he and his army won, because of this he was then named William the Conqueror. Another war was the Battle of the Stamford Bridge. This war was a very bloody war and many people died. Unlike the battle of Hastings the Saxons won this battle, because of this win, William was crowned king on Christmas Day. The battle of the Stamford Bridge started because many people believed they should be king! The battle of the Stamford Bridge played a big role in the Battle of Hastings.  The role was to see who the next king was to be, because at the time many people wanted to be the next king! The battle of Hastings was won by the Normans this is when it started a new era, the Norman conquest era.

As King William was leaving the battle he was either shot in the eye by an arrow or he was shot in the back of the head. The reason I don’t know how King William was killed is because, there are many stories of how he was killed, but nobody knows for sure how he was killed! By the end of the war the Saxons were fleeing the sight and King William then got killed!


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English semester report

Throughout the first half of my class I have been reading and learning a lot in my English class. Today I will be doing a semester report on everything that I have done or learned in my English class!

When I started this year I began to learn about plot! First, I learned about exposition, which means introduction. I learned that in the exposition you have to introduce the main character or characters. Also, the setting is introduced in the exposition. The book that I was reading at the time was: The Dragon and the Raven by G.A. Henty! As my teacher says, “He does a very great job at explaining the setting!” However, even though I did not like this book I would recommend this book to people who like to read history, but in a story mode! The next part of the plot is the rising action. When you reach the rising action in a book you learn about a problem and sub-plots. A sub-plot is a mini plot in the story where you have a slight problem or issue that gets solved in the climax! Also the rising action builds up to the climax! The climax is when you have the big/main problem that the main character or characters need to solve.  When an author is writing his/her story they have to try there best so that you don’t know the outcome or even what the climax is going to be about!  That is when you can see their personal writing style very well! Coming right after the climax is the falling action! In my teacher’s words “it is one of the hardest parts of the story to write effectively.” in the climax you are building up the tension but you have to be careful when you release the tension in the rising action you could write something that is expected, or something that can be “called” before it has even happened! Last you have the resolution. In the resolution the author is just ending/finishing the story! If they leave too many cliffhangers in the  resolution the readers will be expecting another chapter! If they don’t have another chapter than either they will have to add on and write another book or they’ll have to expect bad reviews on the book due to the fact that the readers are left confused and/or expecting more!

The next subject that I focused on was genre! I have previously made an essay on this subject check it out in the link above! The definition of genre, according to my English teacher, is: “a term for any category of literature or any other form of art or entertainment based on some set of stylistic criteria” in most books you can immediately tell what genre it is. In non-fiction books you read it and you come out knowing more and also knowing that that book was telling you facts not a story. It may have been told in a story like way. In my opinion I prefer that way because then it’s more like a story and to me a lot more fun!

I have also been reading books in this class. One of my favorite books was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a book written by Charles Dodgson also known as: Lewis Carroll. It is about a girl named Alice who fell down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world with all “peculiar” creatures. The story, even though is a fiction book, has logic, helping the story last in both adult’s and children’s memories. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the nonsense genre. That is the summary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! I would rate this book as a 9 because for me it is very crazy and odd. However I love the storyline and it is a fun story to read!

Another book that I have read that I really enjoyed was A Christmas Carol. I have also written a book report on this. Check it out in the link! A Christmas Carol is a story by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge and how he changed his personality in just one night because of visits by the ghost of his previous business partner, Jacob Marley, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future! This is the summary of a Christmas Carol! I would rate this book a 10 because it’s a classic story that everyone knows and is very well written!

This is my semester report on what I have learned in English! Thank You for reading this post! Come to my blog for more learning in pajamas!













The Secret!

It has been raining since Friday, It’s Thursday now. Crestmont city had been in a serious drought for an entire year! Many people think that the rain had been stored up in all the clouds and now we are getting all of it. I don’t know what I think. All this rain is stopping me from going outside and doing me outdoor chores. Mama thinks that I’m procrastinating, just being lazy. She doesn’t understand the trouble of this rain, it’s not like any other rain I’ve ever seen! This rain makes people break out into a rash. I already have sensitive skin. Doctor says a rash could be deadly. See mama never heard that part of the story, all she ever heard was that I had sensitive skin. I guess I am procrastinating, I still haven’t told her. I guess I am scared to let her know, I feel like she won’t understand. She’s always talking about how wonderful I can be, I think this might ruin what she thinks of me. The thing about my sensitive skin is that I get it from my Daddy. Mama and Daddy haven’t spoken directly to each other in years. It’s kind of sad how relationships sometimes do  that! At my old school all the other kids would make fun of me, push me around, make fun of my skin, and talk about my parents. Ever since I started homeschool I haven’t met anybody who is mean, to be honest I haven’t really met anybody, I’ve been locked up in this house. I see people ,from my window, out and about doing their business all of the time, I wish they knew about the rashes. Mr. Hobleson, my neighbor, Was out there yesterday, He had rashes all over his face. He never was mean to anybody, He was the sweetest and nicest old man you’d ever meet. He didn’t do anything to anybody, all he ever did was love, he doesn’t deserve this rain. I can’t say the same about Mrs. Winston, she’s mean and hateful. I can’t blame her though. She lost her husband a few week before the drought. We all went to the funeral, you can really tell she misses him. She hasn’t talked to another man since his death She calls it a sin. I never thought such a nice lady could become to mean, I think there is still some good in her heart. She was talking on the phone yesterday, Her sister passed. I really feel bad for her, sometimes I wanna giver her a hug and tell her that it’s okay, I’m right here, I’ll be here for you. She wouldn’t appreciate it though she’ll tell me to get off her and go home! I’ve never tried it before I just don’t know what to do, I can’t go outside, I can’t do anything unless she come here! Mama says that everybody goes when there time comes. I hope that the rain will stop before Mrs. Winston’s time ends.

If that’s the case I can hug her, I can tell her that everything is okay, She has the entire neighborhood as family. I guess by now there’s no hope in neighborhood it’s every man and woman for themselves!

“FAITH GET DOWN HERE FOR SUPPER”! Mama yelled from the kitchen.

“COMING” I yelled back down to her. Mama usually didn’t have yell for me. This was a special day for me, today I get to go out to see the doctor! Now you might be thinking “what a crazy girl, who “wants” to go to the doctors?” well I do! The reason is because when you don’t get to see people that often, whenever you do, whether it’s seeing the doctor or  going to school, it’s really exciting!

I went downstairs to find my mama talking to strange woman!

“Mom who is that?” “oh this is your Aunt Lily!”

“Hi. mom can we eat?” I asked. I was kind of scared of her. This was my Aunt but I had never met her before, and why is she here now?

I was silent for the entire meal while mama and aunt lily talked. The strange thing was mom said that she was an only child! I didn’t trust this lady, I felt like she was lying to my mama!

“Ok faith you can stay here with lily I’ll go to the doctor by myself.” mama told me.

“NO MAMA, please, let me come with you, PLEASE!” I begged!

Mama thought for a minute, her answer was final, I was staying with Aunt Lily!

I ran right to my room! “Why is it that my ONLY interaction with people for the next few months was taken away because of the strange weird lady came into my life?” I thought. A few seconds later an idea came to me! With her here she can be my human interaction! I walked downstairs to find aunt lily picking a game. Once I got her attention we talked for a little bit, I chose my favorite game ever, RISK!  Aunt Lily and I played for a few hours. That’s why I like this game, when you play you have to stick around through the entire game, you can’t just get up and quit! Mr. Hobleson and I used to play all the time! He taught me how to play! Eventually I grew to like aunt lily! Three years later she was living with us! It was then mama, Aunt Lily, and myself living together. Aunt Lily slept in bed and I slept in a cot in mamas room! One night, I woke up due to thunder, mama was dead asleep so I went to Aunt Lily. I overheard her on the phone so I listened in.

She said that she was still working on getting our trust but she thinks that she is getting a little too close with, and I quote, “the little girl, Faith” At the exact moment when she hung up, I walked in! She asked me what I was doing up I lied and said that she woke me up while she was on the phone! You could tell that at that moment she got seriously frightened! She asked me how much I have heard. I lied again, I told her I had heard it all. I threatened that if she didn’t tell me what was going on I was going to tell mama. She tried to bribe me but I declined. She told me that she really was mama’s sister and my Aunt, I just had to trust her for now! By now I’m confused, I don’t know what to do.

That next morning while aunt lily and Mama were making breakfast, I made a plan. I decided that I‘m going to find out if the water is going to kill me! Mama called me down to eat, I didn’t say a word. That’s when aunt lily and Mama, at the same time, said “what’s wrong does the cat have your tongue?” Mama had never done such a thing like that, she was sophisticated, she was smart, and she never said anything someone else would! Was Mama outwitted? Is this lady really who she says she is? Is this my fault? So many questions went through my mind! I didn’t know what to do! I went upstairs and hid my bag in the closet. “Tonight while Aunt Lily and Mama were out, I am going to run away!” I thought to myself! While I drew out where the possible exits in my house are. Aunt Lily came in my room to get changed. I tried to hide my paper but Aunt Lily had already seen it. She asked me what it was ,so I lied and said that if there was a fire this was our exit plan. Somehow she believed me. As soon as I could no longer see mama car I grabbed my bag and left. In my bag I had tons of things! I had clothing, a first aid kit, loads of money, and food for a month! I’m prepared and I know it! I take my  first step outside since two years ago. Obviously this rain was lasting to long. I feel the water hit my foot, it feels nice, it’s fresh water. I didn’t feel a thing wrong with the water! I took my umbrella out and opened it. I walk out behind my house and start walking farther and farther away from my home. I start to feel like a horrible person! I miss mama, I take out the only photo that we have of her and hug it! Eventually I realize that I don’t have any rashes on me at all! I was lied to! This isn’t true, I was able to go outside for three years! All of those summer days that I missed! I put my umbrella away and let myself get wet! I am so happy that I’m free, I dance. I get a headache for no reason and so I stop. I cover my eyes, when the headache is over I open them. In the distance I see a man running. I follow him, He leads me to a place that I have never seen before! There is sand all over! There is water all over! I set my bag down and jump in the water! I hear a man’s voice in the distance! I turn around and see a strange man. I asked him who he was and he told me the scariest thing! He told me that he’s my father. I couldn’t breathe, but at the same time I couldn’t believe that this was real! I ran up to him and hugged him! We talked and talked. He told me that mama lied about the rain because she knew that I would run away if she let me out in the rain!  see how that turned out? The craziest thing was that mama never told me that aunt lily was daddy’s sister not hers! Everything made sense now, daddy sent aunt lily to get me to run away! Mama had no idea and probably still doesn’t! Daddy and I went and swam for a while then he told me to go home and take a shower! When I got home Mama and Aunt Lily were still gone! That night I fell asleep without any trouble! Everything was better, EXCEPT, I have to tell Mama that I know! I’ll do that later. I met my Daddy, I met my Aunt Lily, and all is good! I can now tell Mrs. Winston that she is okay! I can talk to people I can go back to school! And even better The rain won’t bother me!


A New World: Part 3

A New World: Part 3

As I was floating through the air in my rocket my only thought was “I get to see my family”. Which is okay, but….. I could have been thinking about what I was gonna eat for dinner, what that note from the queen was meaning, or even if I was even gonna make it through this! The only thing that matters to me is helping my mom get better. Then out of nowhere there was a big bang! It came from the slumber chambers. I got up and started tiptoeing towards my room when I heard whispers from behind me close to the door! I took a look around but I couldn’t  see or find anything. I assume that I am just hearing things but it still seems strange. What seems like a few hours later I feel like I have stopped so I look out the window and there are hundreds of people sitting around including the news, NASA, and the FBI! I step out in the warm sun I feel the warmth rushing through my body. I walk out of my rocket and start strutting out as if I were on a catwalk. I suddenly get overwhelmed with questions. I rush through the crowd of people. I finally find my house in a crowd of what used to be familiar but now is almost unrecognizable.

I walk in and call for my mom. As I shut the door a man walks in from the dining room confused.

“How did you get in?” he asked me. “ I live here. The real question is how did you get in here!?” I replied.

For some reason I couldn’t even faintly remember who this guy was! “Hey! Do you know where my mom is? I need to see her!” I yelled

“Wait a minute! I recognize you you’re Kaylee Mariner!” He exclaimed “I bought this house after you’re mom went to the hospital!” “ the hospital.” I whispered “ we need to go!” I shouted at him

After he told me which hospital she was in I demanded him to drive me! After a while I was very nervous to see her but also exited! I was also feeling gloomy. What caused her to go to the hospital. Also the fact that my house was full of this guys stuff, yet there are no boxes, tells me that that he has been there for a while! Which also means she has been at the hospital for a long time.

When we arrived I jumped out of his black and blue Jeep! When we opened the doors to the hospital I was shocked. The room was completely empty, except for the nurse at the front desk. I ran up to the nurse and asked her about my mom. “ OHHH. your mom was, Lesley mariner, she died years ago!” I felt a tear about to drip off of  my blood red face so quickly wiped it away. “ do you know” I stuttered “how she died?”

“ she died from Hydrocephalus one of the worst brain diseases, you can go read about it in that pamphlet over there.” she pointed to pamphlets.

“ I don’t WANT to read about it I WANT my mom back!” I couldn’t take it any longer. “ I no family, I have no friends, I have no home, and worst of all I have no mom!” I started to pour out crying. Not knowing what to do.

Then, I woke up. It was all a dream I was so happy! “ where am I!?” I yelled.

Someone came up to me and told me I was in the hospital! Shocked I yelled for my mom! “Honey I am your mom don’t you recognize me?!”she told me confused yet still joyful because I am awake. “ Mom… how long was I here”

“ 5 years.” she replied. I gave her a hug and cried again. Mom walked out of the room and tons and nurses came in! They all asked me questions. Soon they told me I could get up. But I would be in a wheelchair for a while. They told me that they will push me to my mom’s car while she gets it so I let them put me in a wheelchair!

I get in the car and have a silent ride home. When we get home mom introduces me to netflix and shows me tons of shows. We start binge watching stranger things. As we get to episode 4 I fall asleep. I wake up in a few hours and have dinner. I guess this is my life now! I am just happy to be home with my mom!

Lion of the North: Book report

In this book about the Thirty Years’ War, a 16-year-old named Malcolm Graheme is a Scottish boy who volunteered to fight with the military forces controlled by Gustavus Adolphus. When the Emperor of Austria decided to get rid of Protesters from Germany, the Swedish King fought the terrorism that they had to suffer through throughout villages whose population was unforgivingly lowered by the Hun invasion. The Scottish displayed the courage of Gustavus’ army by fighting their way across a Germany that was tormented by religious persecution. Malcolm went through tasks where the possible outcome was dangerous, but his quick thinking and bad manners gave him the struggle against a cruel opponent.

My favorite part was when Duke Franz Albert faked a conversion to the Protestant Faith and was warmly received by the king. He sought for an opportunity to assassinate the king before the battle, but was unsuccessful. During the battle he rode behind the king and at a convenient moment shot him twice in the back. Then he rode off to tell Wallenstein of the death of the king. I liked this part because he failed but he kept trying. This may be a strange reason for why I like this part but it does not change the fact that I like it. Another reason why I like this part is because when he failed he didn’t get caught trying to kill him, he just kept going with his life then when he did succeed in killing him, he pretended like he didn’t kill him.

My least favorite part was when King Gustavus had a hunch that he would not return from the battle with the Roman Catholic imperialists. he is showing his 5 year old daughter, Christiana, to the Diet that the queen must eat and scolding everyone to respect her as queen in the event that he did not return. His wife (the queen) is crying because she is now very worried that her 5 year old daughter will have to become the queen if king Gustavus dies in the war. This is sad because he does die and now the 5 year old has to be the queen. I did not like this because he has to explain that he might die and in a 5 year olds shoes that may be hard to understand and accept. I feel another reason why I don’t like it is because I don’t tend to like sad stuff. This is sad because he thinks he is going to die and he wants the best for his child but he either has to get rid of the throne or give it to his daughter and even though it’s hard he had to give it to her if he died and to me this is really glum. Upsettingly he did die and he was killed by Duke Franz Albert. I like that he didn’t give up on killing the king but I don’t like that he killed the king and gave the king’s daughter no choice but to take the throne!

This is my book report about The Lion of the north thank you for watching and come back to Learning In Pajamas for more from me! Also, don’t forget to read all about the author.

About the author:

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._A._Henty “G. A. Henty was born in Trumpington, near Cambridge. He was a sickly child who had to spend long periods in bed. During his frequent illnesses he became an avid reader and developed a wide range of interests which he carried into adulthood. He attended Westminster School, London, and later Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was a keen sportsman. He left the university early without completing his degree to volunteer for the Army Hospital Commissariat when the Crimean War began. He was sent to the Crimea and while there he witnessed the appalling conditions under which the British soldier had to fight. His letters home were filled with vivid descriptions of what he saw. His father was impressed by his letters and sent them to The Morning Advertiser newspaper which printed them. This initial writing success was a factor in Henty’s later decision to accept the offer to become a special correspondent, the early name for journalists now better known as war correspondents.

Shortly before resigning from the army as a captain in 1859 he married Elizabeth Finucane. The couple had four children. Elizabeth died in 1865 after a long illness and shortly after her death Henty began writing articles for the Standard newspaper. In 1866 the newspaper sent him as their special correspondent to report on the Austro-Italian War where he met Giuseppe Garibaldi. He went on to cover the 1868 British punitive expedition to Abyssinia, the Franco-Prussian War, the Ashanti War, the Carlist Rebellion in Spain and the Turco-Serbian War. He also witnessed the opening of the Suez Canal and travelled to Palestine, Russia and India.

Henty was a strong supporter of the British Empire all his life; according to literary critic Kathryn Castle: “Henty…exemplified the ethos of the new imperialism, and glorified in its successes”. Henty’s ideas about politics were influenced by writers such as Sir Charles Dilke and Thomas Carlyle

Henty once related in an interview how his storytelling skills grew out of tales told after dinner to his children. He wrote his first children’s book, Out on the Pampas in 1868, naming the book’s main characters after his children. The book was published by Griffith and Farran in November 1870 with a title page date of 1871. While most of the 122 books he wrote were for children, he also wrote adult novels, non-fiction such as The March to Magdala and Those Other Animals, short stories for the likes of The Boy’s Own Paper and edited the Union Jack, a weekly boy’s magazine.

His children’s novels typically revolved around a boy or young man living in troubled times. These ranged from the Punic War to more recent conflicts such as the Napoleonic Wars or the American Civil War. Henty’s heroes – which occasionally included young ladies – are uniformly intelligent, courageous, honest and resourceful with plenty of ‘pluck’ yet are also modest These virtues have made Henty’s novels popular today among many Christians and Homeschoolers.

Henty usually researched his novels by ordering several books on the subject he was writing on from libraries, and consulting them before beginning writing. Some of his books were written about events (such as the Crimean War) that he witnessed himself. Hence these books are thus written with greater detail as Henty drew upon his first-hand experiences of people, places, and events.

On 16 November 1902, Henty died aboard his yacht in Weymouth Harbour, Dorset, leaving unfinished his last novel, By Conduct and Courage, which was completed by his son Captain C.G. Henty.

Henty is buried in Brompton Cemetery, London.”

A Christmas Carol

Recently I have been reading the book a Christmas Carol by  Charles Dickens. Today I will be telling you all about it.

The basic idea of the book is a man named Scrooge who has absolutely no Christmas spirit. During the night of Christmas Eve, he gets visited by three ghosts. The ghost of Christmas past, present, and future. With their help, he changes his point of view and starts to love Christmas. He also becomes a much nicer person.

The ghost of Christmas past shows Scrooge his past as a child which then reminds him how much he loved Christmas. However this one ghost can’t cure Scrooge’s hatefulness by itself. That is when Scrooge gets visited by the ghost of Christmas present. This ghost shows Scrooge how even the poorest of people can still be happy and hopeful even though they are poor and don’t have much. Last of all the ghosts is the ghost of Christmas future. All of the Christmas carol movies and books show that this is the scariest of all the ghosts due to the fact that it looks shuddersome and acts creepy not to mention that is shows when you die! All of these ghosts shows scrooge that he needs to have more Christmas spirit and needs to be more jolly!

In the end, Scrooge is worried that he missed Christmas because this was his first time visited by ghosts so he doesn’t know what to gets a young boy to get him a turkey and he enjoys his Christmas.

This story has been made and re-made many times. All of the movies have the same basic plot but are told in many different ways! For example there is the original Christmas Carol movie, Scrooged, and many others.

Happy New Year to all and to all a good year from the learning in pajamas blog.

New World : part 2

I wake up with a bad headache, it’s my third night here and I am already home sick. I look around from the patio outside of my room. Everywhere I look I see Borgish people with their family and I am longing to see and cuddle with mine! The day before I left I just found out that there was something wrong with my mother’s brain. I really truly yearn for my mom.

My headache is relieved as soon as I stop thinking about that. Instead I think about the first night here and how everyone stared at me when I didn’t bow down for the queen. I laugh a little because I also remember the second night, I woke up really late according to the queen… it was 6:23 A.M.!

That is all the remembering I can do for now I have to brainstorm things I can do to get my rocket fixed! I think of ways I can earn some money so I can just hire someone!

“I got it” I yell I am so happy I might just be going home soon!

“Ouitelisteri!”the queen yelled angrily. Ou.. that means you, ite.. Are, lis…not, the rest I of the words I can remember what they mean. What does she mean I am not going anywhere? I think back to yesterday…

“ You aren’t planning on leaving us right?” Bacy, the queen’s royal bounter, the person who asks questions for her asked!

“No. The only reason I would leave is if I  was homesick” I said. I was homesick and I was already thinking of ways to get out of this strange place. My plan was to call the Basa group to lake Bickerabi and have them fix my rocket! Then I remembered the Basa group is nothing like our NASA! This place is not very intelligent for that kind of stuff.

I remember what my mother said before she told me about her brain. “Kaylee, nothing can stop you. Remember things may be different out there but you need to trust that it will be okay!”

I will just have to go with the Basa group. Besides that’s what my mom would want.

The queen takes a seat in the hall and tells me she wants me to leave the room. As I leave I see the Basa station, I find my only friend Bally. “Yo!” she says in English. I feel lucky that she learned English for me. Nobody else did so she lightens up my day when it gets rough.

“Hey, you wanna go to the Basa center?” I say enthusiastically. When she said yes we went ahead and started heading over. As soon as we got there they immediately told me that they are not good at that kind of expertise. Of course, I already knew that so told them that that was ok.

When we get to the spot that I crash landed on we notice that it is already fixed. Baisy, Bally’s older sister, is standing there admiring her work.

“Did you do all of that?” Bally asked.

“Yeah do you like it?” Baisy asked

After a while of that we want to go ahead and test it out to see if it can take me back home where the grass is not called brass. We get the Basa guy named Bim to try it out for us. As we watch him test it we notice a letter hanging from the back of it. It looks like a signature from the queen!

Once Bim is back we get the letter out and once again the queen said “OuiteListeri”

I don’t think she actually knows I am leaving so I hop in and hope for the best.