30/09/2013 Matt Whyman

My friends fan out across the rocks down there. It’s as if they’re watching from the wings of an arena. All of them are facing me. Some nest on towels. Others are on their feet, hands cupped to mouths as they urge me to see this through. They look so tiny, like plastic dolls, while I feel like a god with wings. Perched here on this outcrop in the cliff face, with the sea breeze in my face, I spread my arms wide. And freeze.

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Comment by Lynne Coppendale on September 30, 2013 at 9:34

What was that? I heard a splash. Looking down below me I saw… nothing.  Arms out like wings, I leaped.  My blonde hair whipped around me as I plunged towards the shimmering black waters at an impossible speed. I was sure that I was going to die. I was the weakest swimmer of all of my friends, and I couldn’t believe that I was stupid enough to let them convince me to take part in this idiotic sport. I closed my eyes tight and hoped that I would survive this. As I did, I slowed down. I opened my eyes, confused, and saw that I had stopped falling in mid-air. Everything had gone silent. I looked down and saw a boy sat below me. He had black hair, longer than the average boy’s, and it was hanging in his eyes. He looked up at me, almost as if he could feel me staring at him. His stormy grey eyes locked onto mine and he nodded. As soon as he did, all of the sounds returned. My friends started cheering, saying how spectacular my dive had been. I was completely befuddled. I did not finish my dive. What had happened? I looked back at the boy. His clear eyes seemed to stare into my soul. I felt drawn to him.

I realized that I was literally being pulled towards him through the air. I stopped about a foot away from him and tumbled to the rocky outcrop. He held out his hand and I took it, standing up.

“What the hell is going on?” I demanded.

“Hello. My name is Avvarr. And you are Bree, correct?” he completely ignored my question, but I couldn’t stay angry with him. His voice was dark and seductive, and for some reason, I felt that I could trust him completely.

“Uhm, yeah.  How did you know that?”

“Oh, you know…” he seemed to be being purposely vague.

I was about to tell him that I didn’t know, when he started speaking again.

“I, like you, am a vampire.”

I started to protest. “But I’m not… I mean… what?”

“it’s okay, I know that you have not been informed of this. Please be calm, and I will prove it.”

Jessica Thompson, Y9, Danum Academy, Doncaster

Comment by Sue Parr on September 30, 2013 at 10:52

He flew over to me and as I watched him in awe he stopped, hovering in mid-air. Suddenly, he grabbed me and with a swish of his cloak he flew me to his cave. As I looked around, I couldn’t see anything; the whole room was pitch black.                “Sunlight,” Avvarr said. “The cave doesn’t have any sunlight. Vampires would burn in sunlight, so I apologise that you cannot see the true form of my cave. Now, for another trick.”                                                                                       We went outside, which was dark, but not as dark as the cave, so I could see again. He got a glass and poured a dark red liquid into it. I had a feeling that it wasn’t cranberry  juice.                                                                                                “Drink this.” Avvarr said, handing me the cup.                                                 “Drink…that! No way,” I said. “That’s blood!”                                            “Fine, then copy me” Avvarr said and bared his long, white fangs.               “I can’t do it! For the last time, I am not a vampire!” I shouted.                  By this time, I was close to staking him as he had annoyed me so much.                   “Well, if you can’t do it, then go, goodbye, but tell me this, Bree, can you explain how you were hovering in mid-air when you took that dive?” asked Avvarr.                                                                                                              “I…Well...I don’t know.” I said, frustrated and stomped off. I never wanted to see Avvarr again. Whether I was a vampire or not, I was still Bree, an ordinary girl, who had to get back to her friends.

Maryam, Lara, Alex, Saffy, Y6, Heathfield School for Girls

Comment by WP Central on September 30, 2013 at 12:14

I took off, walking with haste. My bare feet splashing in the shallow pools of water,

that had formed on the surface of the cave floor. I could feel the cold of the cave

seeping into my bones; I had to get out of that cave! Up ahead I could see the light

of day, the brisk morning air slapped me in the face, and I could taste the salt of the

sea in my mouth.

My thoughts suddenly turned to my home; my warm home. I wish I was anyway but

here, this cold, wet cave.

A droplet of stagnant water ran down a rocky outcrop and landed at my feet. I was

nearly out of the cave, in the distance I could see what I thought were my friends

bobbing up and down like discarded bottles. I picked up my pace; I had to get out of

this cave, everything about it made me feel oddly unnerved and on-edge.

I was about 10 ft away from the cave entrance when suddenly a gaping, dark hole

opened up underneath me, I didn’t have time to react before I was falling; falling

faster and faster, I couldn’t stop. The air made a ‘phew’ sound as I whizzed past

walls coated in lichen and moss. I didn’t have time to scream, I must have been

falling for about 10 seconds but it felt like an eternity, the light above me ceased

from illuminating the cavern above and a new light appeared, a green glowing light

that seemed to pulse and radiate every now and then.

I thought I would never stop falling; then I was at the bottom. It took me a while to

get my bearings; the brightness of the green light made my eyes burn and water.

The room was made of crumbling stone bricks; I could feel the warm moisture in

the air. Cobwebs and dust were illuminated by a burst of green light.

I was about to shout out for help when I felt a rasp of hot air on my back, I spun

around and froze, standing there solemnly was Avvarr, his face was covered with

emotions of fear and dread. I was kind of glad to see a familiar face down here but

before I could question him, Avvarr uttered the words “How did you find this place,

now you can never leave!”…

Euan, West Kirby Residential School

Comment by Samantha Donnelly on September 30, 2013 at 13:39
Avvarr’s face was very close to mine; the cramped space was completely lit with green light.
“Where are we?” I asked with fear in my voice.
“You are now in my realm” said Avvarr with malice “A place of darkness and fear, a place of puzzle and mystery and last but not least, your grave. You defied me with your disbelief, for this you will pay with your life.”
My heart started to race, my blood started pounding in my ears as my brain repeated one message. I was going to die.
I screamed and Avvarr disappeared cackling maniacally. I sank on to the floor close to tears. I started to pound on the walls in frustration.
A rock fell from the wall.
Ping! Ping! Ping!
Three more rocks fell to the ground.
Boulders cascaded around me and a hole in the wall opened up. I was free at last. I leapt through the small opening and sprinted through the cramped corridor when I heard a screech behind me.
He was coming!
I looked for something to defend myself but the corridor was completely bare except one thing: a coffin. Thinking only for my safety I jumped in and screamed there was a large skeleton beside me where the heart would be-a wooden stake! I heard Avvarr glide by and I lunged out of the coffin, stake in hand and hoped I would impale the vampire…

Khaya and James Y7
Sandbach School

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