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Halloween Writting Contest Entry

The following story was submitted as an entry in The Wanderer's third annual Halloween Writing Contest.

"The One-Eyed Pumpkin" by Hannah Niemi

There once was a pumpkin who fell off a counter and fell on a dirt pile and got conjunctivitis. The pumpkin was very sad. The next day he found out he had it very bad that he lost his eye.

Jack went to the doctor. His name was Mr. Candle. Mr. Candle checked Jack in and asked "What's wrong?" Jack said "I fell and got conjunctivitis and lost my eye. I don't know what to do, so I asked you."

"Well, I don't know what to do either," said Mr. Candle. "I'm sorry."

"It's okay," said Jack.

Jack was walking back to his house and saw a little pumpkin on his lawn. "Hey! What are you doing on my lawn?" he said.

"Hi Jack, I am Nick. The word on the street is you lost an eye."

"Yeah, so what?"

"Well, I know how to get another one."

"You do?" asked Jack.

"Yes, I do. I will do anything for you. I don't need anything because you need to go to the witches."

"Say what now?" asked Jack. "The witches? Okay, I will go."

"Okay, let's begin our adventure. I will get my map. We have to go through the cave of the Spiders first. I am afraid of spiders. They creep me out so much that I freak out."

"Don't be a baby," said Nick. "I am smaller than you and I'm not afraid. So stop right now."


"No 'buts. We are doing this."

"Wow, we are in the Spider cave. So come on, let's hurry before the spiders come. Okay, finally we are out of that creepy place. Okay, next, we have to go to the trolls. I have never been there at all. I'm serious. Okay, let's go right now."

"We are at the troll's bridge so do we just cross it, no. He will pop out at us. We have to give something to him. Okay let's step on it. So he can wake up so we can cross the bridge. Okay. I will stomp and you will watch."

"Okay," said Nick. "Let's do it! Stomp! Stomp! Who is that? You better watch out because here comes the troll."

"Boo!" said the troll.

"Hey, don't scare us like that - you almost blew out my candle."

"Well, well, what do we have here. Two little pumpkins," said the troll.

"Hey, I'm not little!"

"Whatever," said the troll.

"We need to cross right now."

"Why?" said the troll. "To cross, I want that map."

"Fine. Here you go."

"Thanks. Now you can cross."

"Okay. Bye! Now we have to go over the hill bumps then we are at the witches house."

"Now we are at the green bumpy hills. Watch out - there's a bird that drops coconuts on your head."

"Okay," said Jack. "Let's jump and duck so he won't get us.

"Okay, let's do it fast - ready, go."

Jump and duck, jump and duck, jump and duck, jump and duck.

"Jump down on the ground," said Nick.

"We did good!" said Jack. "Let's go now!"

"We are finally out of there now. We need to walk a mile, then we're at the witches house."

"Okay, I'm ready for it," said Jack.

"I'm really really tired," said Nick.

"Okay, I guess we could rest for a little bit, so have a nice sleep."

"Okay, we're finally waking now, so we have a half-a-mile left - let's do it."

"Hey, I see a house over there."

"Where?" asked Jack.

"Over there on that curve."

"I see it," said Jack.

"Let's knock on the door." Knock! Knock! Knock!

"Who is it?"

"It's Jack and Nick, the pumpkins!"

"Come in please! Hi, I'm Sarah and this is Ava. We are twins. What brings you here?"

"Well, I'm Nick and this is Jack. He needs another eye."

"Well, you need an eye, then you will get one."

"Thank you!" said Jack. "Thank you so much.

"You're welcome," said the witches.

Now Ava has to say a spell. "Okay, I will," she said. "All must be nice and get two of everything. So give the pumpkin an eye."

"I got my eye! I got my eye! Whoopie! Yeah! Thank you so so much."

"You're welcome," said the two witches.

"Now could you grant us a home?" asked Jack.

"Yes, of course. All people and things need home, so be off at midnight."

"We are home! That was a cool trip," said Nick.

"Come over every day so we can hang out more," said Jack.

"Okay," said Nick.

"I am happy that we are friends," said Jack.

"Me too," said Nick, in a happy voice.

The End!!