Encouraging links between students and school staff around the globe
This is a very special story starter - Manon is the name of a real life girl who loves Eleanor Updale's books. Her mum donated money to the Authors for the Philippines appeal so that her daughter could be featured in a Write Path story! Let's make this an exceptionally good one for her!
Why did I ever listen to you?' said Tom, twisting the door handle and pulling. 'It's locked. We're trapped. If we'd run through the woods, we might have got away.'
Paul snapped back. 'How was I to know there was anyone here? This place has been empty for years.'
'For goodness sake, stop fighting, you two,' said Sam. 'We're here now, and we've got to find a way out.'
'I can smell burning,' said Paul.
Tom's voice lurched from anger to panic. 'We're going to die, aren't we? There's no way out of here.'
'Calm down,' said Sam. 'I can try something.'
'What? Said Tom. 'there are no windows. The door won't budge.' He gave the handle another tug, and it came off in his hand.
Paul started to sob, Sam put an arm round him and spoke softly. 'It will be all right, I'll call Manon.'
'Man on what?' Tom sneered. 'Man on wheels? Man on wings? Man on a fire engine?' You just happen to know a superhero?'
'Not a superhero, a superheroine. Manon's a girl.'
'Oh yes?' said Tom. 'And how are you going to call her? That guy took away our phones before he locked the door.'
'Trust me,'' said Sam, tapping rhythmically on the wall. 'I know the code. I can use it only once in my life. This is the time.'
'Oh grow up!' said Tom. 'We're in real trouble. This is no time for believing in magic!'
Paul gasped, pointing to the bottom of the door. Smoke was curling into the room. 'Look at that,' he squealed. 'We're going to burn to death - if we don't suffocate first.'
The three of them watched in despair as the smoke grew thicker, clouding the light from the single bulb in the ceiling. But then it began to take a more solid form, settling into a human shape.
'Hello,' said a female voice. I'm Manon. I'm here to help. Tell me who we're up against, and then do exactly what I say.'
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