Are you ready for a new FABO Story Competition? Author Helen Vivienne Fletcher has written a new story starter. Finishing the story is up to you!
This year, the Fabosters are having fun with Time Travel. A reluctant duo travels through time and space.
1. Read the story starter and continue the story.
2. Your story should be no more than 500 words.
3. You have two weeks to write your story, so there’s no need to rush! Take your time and send us the best story you can write.
4. Send your story to us by 8pm Friday July 6.
5. Every fortnight a children’s author will post a new story starter for you. The stories will follow on with the same two characters.
6. The winner of the previous competition will be announced on this website a few days after that competition closes.
Illustration by Ronja Schipper
Lost in the PE Shed Vortex: Episode Four
Ratty darted in and out between the orb-headed students’ feet. They skittered away from him, jumping this way and that as they tried not to step on him.
Ratty raced across the grass, disappearing into one of the strange-looking school buildings on the other side of the sports field.
“Ratty!” David yelled, and started after him.
Ella tried to run after them as well, but she stumbled, feeling dizzy. “David, wait! I don’t feel so good.” Ella sat down with a thump, the dizziness overwhelming her.
“What are you doing?” David ran back to Ella and tried to help her up. “We have to go after Ratty!”
But now David wasn’t feeling good either. He’d thought it was just the trip through the time portal into the future that had made him vomit earlier, but now he wasn’t so sure. He lay down on the ground next to Ella, clutching his stomach.
“Stranger alert! Stranger alert!”
The weird, silver-orb-headed students weren’t running away from Ratty anymore, they were heading straight for David and Ella.
“What do we do?” Ella tried to get up, but she couldn’t.
“I don’t know!” David couldn’t get up either.
The blob-headed people surrounded them. David and Ella cowered, as one of them leaned down.
Suddenly an opening appeared in the front of the silver orb. A normal girl’s face peered out.
“What are you doing?” she said. “You can’t be out here without an atmosphere helmet!”
She grabbed the sides of her helmet, pulling off two small silver blobs.
“Breathe through these, quickly.” She pressed the blobs to Ella and David’s faces.
Instantly the sick feeling eased. David touched his face. The blob was all gooey and squishy It was like breathing through a bowl of silver jelly.
The girl pulled Ella to her feet.
“Who are you?” Ella asked.
“Ballecia Bendenet,” the girl said. “Head girl.” Ballecia gave a little curtesy, which was copied by all of the other students. “Now we’ve got to get inside. Those filters won’t last for long!”
Two of the other students picked Ella up, and started running towards the school building.
Ballecia grabbed David’s hand and pulled him along too.
“But our rat!” David’s voice came out muffled through the goo.
Ballecia shook her head. “No time. You’ll drown out here if your filter runs out!”
David pulled away from her. “But Ratty had this bracelet. It said it was going to explode if we didn’t get it back to Aramaya Abalonia.”
The girl’s face went pale. “Not a Sissy 7.3? How long did it say until detonation?”
“Eighteen minutes,” Ella yelled. “But I’m not sure how long ago that–”
From inside the school building, they heard an explosion…