Tabatha A. Yeatts

Writer

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
YOUTH WRITING CONTEST WINNERS

Through the Keyhole #1 by Harry W. Yeatts Jr.

THE TREE HOLE
By Alison S.,
Winner, 8-10 year-old category

In a town far away, there lived a girl named Sarah. Sarah was different from all the other girls in her village, though. She was brave and outgoing. She had an intelligent mind and was always hungry for adventure. One day, after she had finished her chores, she decided that she wanted to explore, and she knew just the right place to go.

After she had convinced her fastidious parents to let her outside, she headed about a mile away to a deep forest that was prohibited to tourists. She knew it was wrong, but couldn’t control her curiosity. She ventured farther into the forest, which was thick and full of vines.

All of a sudden, something caught her eye. It was a bright, gleaming light coming from a small hole in a tree that illuminated the whole forest. She got closer, but all she could see was the blinding light in the shape of a keyhole. Then something fell onto her head. Her reaction was to jump almost a foot in the air because she was so alarmed. As she flicked it off, she realized that it was a golden key exactly resembling the keyhole in the tree.

She stuck it in, and instantaneously, her world began to spin until all she could see was a swirl of colors. Before she knew it, she was standing in a tremendously different world. It was filled with greenery, such as bushes, shrubs, and trees. But the most stunning thing of all was that she had sprouted wings!

They looked like white feathers daintily fluttering in the breeze. She immediately started flapping them and was in no time soaring through the sky, feeling the wind in her face, and watching the world under her. She felt like all her troubles had been taken away.

Despite all the fun she was having, truthfully someone was watching her. Someone had followed her, and now knew her secret. When she was finally ready to go back, she gripped the key in her hands and disappeared back to her own world. Before she could tell what was happening, a hooded figure had grasped her coat, and was clumsily flailing his arms in the air, struggling to snatch the key. With all her strength, Sarah pushed the person into the keyhole, and he vanished. But surprisingly, so had the keyhole! Luckily, she was still clinging to the key, sweat running down her hands as she trembled.

She never mentioned the incident to anyone but remembered it her whole life long.

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