WRITE A STORY WITH CRESSIDA COWELL
A FEW months ago, Cressida Cowell, author and Waterstones Children’s Laureate, started a new story in First News. Then she handed things over to YOU to write what happened next. Every week the story has continued, written by our readers, 250 words at a time. Read every part of the gripping tale at:
FIRST.NEWS/CRESSIDACOWELL SO FAR IN THE STORY…
Long ago, a war between spellcasters and evil creatures took place. For many years, these creatures have been locked away. Now, evil shapeshifter Typhon has helped his father, the Lord of the Beasts, find a way to return these monsters to the world – unless young spellcaster Ferocity and her smoke-producing pet boggart, Guggalugs, can stop them! After surviving a surprise attack from the shapeshifter, Ferocity and Guggalugs find themselves hidden in the beasts’ lair with their spellcasting allies: the mysterious Trick, his sister Aida and his mum Ariella. The three had been fooled into believing that the shapeshifter was actually Trick’s grandfather – and very nearly lost their lives to him. Watching from the undergrowth, the group look on as the Lord of the Beasts opens the door to an ancient magical maze, which holds incredible power at its centre.
PART 20: BY KEIRA WANG
The five proceeded cautiously towards the glimmering silver maze, but started to hurry when they saw the beasts and their leader rushing in a great wave towards it. With Ariella in the lead, they managed to squeeze inside the entrance just before the beasts trickled in. Determined to avoid them as much as possible, the spellcasters turned left onto another path. That was when Trick noticed something.
Pointing towards the end of the pathway, he muttered slowly: ‘Wait a second, see that? It’s moving!’
They looked on, and immediately saw what Trick meant. The turn to another path was slowly closing, forcing them outside into a slightly wider path.
‘This is going to be the hardest thing in my whole life! This magical maze is never still!’ Ferocity moaned. The others all silently agreed, although none admitted so.
Over the next few minutes, they tried every opening they could find, but were soon closed off by the ever-changing maze. Finally, after what seemed like an hour but was probably only a few minutes, a new pathway opened. The five could see that it went a long way without closing, so they hurried in before the maze could change its mind. Proceeding straight forward, they met no obstacles until they came across the Lord of the Beasts himself. He was walking with his back to them, so, thinking quickly, Ferocity hit him unawares in the back with a strong, crimson-coloured spell that sent him flying backwards across the maze. The group continued ahead, smirking slightly.
PART 21: BY YOU!
IF you took the time to have a go at continuing the story, thank you! We’re still enjoying reading all of your amazing entries! If your story wasn’t chosen this week, there’s no reason you can’t try again. We could choose you to be next week’s star writer!
You can submit the next part of the story by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, popping Story into the subject line, or at first.news/cressidacowell.
We’ll be deciding on the next part of the story every Monday, so make sure you send us your story by then!