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1229 words Jake Scrace HP Short Story Coursework Two Four Seven One This was it. Just as John removed the last boulder, the legendary sunlight blasted through the dingy cavern. All three of us cried out in shock and stumbled backwards, shielding our eyes from the blinding force that nature had just thrown at us. I recovered first. I squeezed myself through the gap in the cavern's ceiling, and stood up on the new earth. I gagged in shock and wonder; I almost wanted to throw myself back into Underworld and run away from this new life that no-one alive new of. Not a single shot sounded in the air. Not one person was to be seen. There were no fires, no ruins and nothing that they had heard of in any story. Instead, trees and fields covered as far as the eye could see; flowers and fruits blossomed everywhere and animals were plenty: birds flew, rabbits hopped, horses, cows, snakes, lions, and elephants all lived in harmony together. It was exactly as it was so many years ago, but with more intensity; it was greener, happier, brighter, purer, and wilder. ...read more.

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Now I was left to pick up my friend and start the journey home. * One week previously I'm Andrew Williams of The Brown Plot in Underworld. Yes, Brown plot. We are second from the bottom in Underworld's ranking system. I've got a large family and am therefore quite independent, and I spend most of my time with my two closest friends; John and Pam. We are all seventeen. They also live in Brown plot, next to me in fact. We spend our time inventing schemes and designs to recreate Underworld into somewhere where everyone is happy and comfortable. It's great fun, just completely unrealistic. John met us after supper last night and told us how he had just had a big row with his family. It was bigger than usual, and it was about Underworld. You see, we live underground. We listen to stories of life above the earth, where it is different. Many years ago, people used to live there, in buildings, with houses and all sorts of strange things that I have never even seen, like rain, and grass, and animals. Apparently there is this ball of light called the sun, which lights up the whole earth and makes this object called day which is how people used to know when to sleep. ...read more.

Conclusion

The mud's colour is getting lighter, and it is also wetter. I am now frantically digging, despite the pain and disappointment of having been fooled into thinking we were there so many times before. My spade hit something hard, and it let out a loud clunk, sending a shock up my arm and forcing me to stop. My heart sank- was this the end? Would we have to retire and go back to angry parents and boring lives again? John took over from me, levering the spade handle in the mud. After ten minutes, a rock the size of him rolled out of the mud and into the cavern, and I jumped out its path to avoid being crushed. Rock after rock was removed. Patches of fire started to appear through tiny gaps, but it was different. It was brighter, silent, and not as hot as fire. I knew this was the final rock. My breathing quickened and I started hopping on the spot, whilst John began ferociously pushing at the spade handle. This was it. Just as John removed the last boulder, the legendary sunlight blasted through the dingy cavern. All three of us cried out in shock and stumbled backwards; shielding our eyes from the blinding force that nature had just thrown at us. ...read more.

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