Here’s a brand new story starter for May, and judging the competition will be acclaimed children’s author Elena de Roo!
Read Elena’s story starter and then finish the story any way you like. Your entry must be submitted by 8pm Friday 12th May.
Elena’s Story Starter
Ana dabbed the very last splodge of bright red paint on the outside of their prefab classroom.
“High five,” she said to Niko. “Bet we win best mural prize for this.”
The two of them had been working on the mural every day after school for what seemed like years – at least a week anyway – and now they were finally finished.
“You should have let me put that dinosaur in,” grumbled Niko, “then we’d beat the other classes for sure.”
Ana rolled her eyes. “The theme of the competition was fairy tales, remember. Since when did you ever see a dinosaur in a fairy tale.”
Both of them stood back and admired their line of brightly painted children, dancing along behind the Pied Piper. Even though it had been a bit of a squash, all the students of Room 11 were represented. They’d even put everyone’s names underneath, so they’d be immortalised forever … or until the school was repainted.
“Come on, Niko” said Ana, “let’s go home.”
But no sooner had they turned away, than Ana heard flute – or was it a recorder – music coming from behind them. Strange, there weren’t usually any after school music lessons on a Friday.
“That’ll be the Pied Piper trying to lure us away,” Niko joked.
Ana laughed. “Yeah, sure.”
Only all at once, she found she didn’t want to leave … the music was so beautiful … so sad. She simply had to turn back …
What she saw made Ana freeze in her tracks.
“Niko, look at the mural!”
Go to the FABO Home page to finish the story and enter the competition.