Zaid and the Witch's Mansion by Muhib Waqar, age 8
Once upon a time, there was a boy named Zaid, and his best friend's name was Uzair. One day Zaid and Uzair went on a hike in the woods, and they walked and walked and walked. After a little while, they stopped to eat, and looking around, they saw a house. When they went to the front door, Uzair said, “ I am scared.” Zaid said, "Huh, you’re scared!” Uzair nodded, and Zaid said, "Don’t be a chicken!”
They opened the door and went inside. It was like a police station full of bad guys! They spotted their friend Hamza and they quietly walked towards him and said, “What are you doing here? Weren’t you going home from school?”
Hamza whispered, “I did leave school, in fact, when I was coming home, a lady came up to me and said, 'Come with me and I will give you candy', so I went towards her and BOOM! I fell asleep. Then when I woke up, I was here!"
Zaid said, “Did you hear anything?" Hamza nodded. "I heard her say that all the kids in town will become a mouse with her Mouse Maker 2000.” Uzair said, “Are you serious? She must be a witch!” Hamza said, “If I’m lying, I’m dying, and one more thing - the Mouse Maker 2000 looks just like a chocolate bar.”
Suddenly the back door started opening. Zaid said, "Hide!” They hid in a corner. The witch came inside and said, "Who dares enters my mansion?!" Looking around, she found Zaid and Uzair. When she saw them, she instantly changed and said nicely, “Do you want some chocolate?” Zaid yelled, “No! We won't fall for your trick, you mean witch!” Zaid said it in his bravest voice. Then everyone was quiet. Suddenly, the witch said “Get them!” The boys ran for their lives.
Zaid said, "Phew! That was a close one!” But the witch and her servants were still after them! They had to get out of the mansion. Suddenly, Zaid heard a voice from behind him. “Yoo-hoo- hohahahahahaha!” It was the witch! She had caught Uzair and Hamza, but she couldn't catch Zaid.
He knew that he had to do something to save his friends, so he bravely went up to the witch and said, “Catch me if you can!” The witch couldn`t stand it, she gave Uzair and Hamza to a servant. The witch said, “Oh you can’t run away from me!” She took out a speedy potion, but Zaid quickly ran and grabbed the speedy potion out of the witch's hands and drank it! The witch screamed, “No!"
Zaid quickly grabbed his friends and ran speedily out of the mansion. As he was running, they saw a chocolate bar that had been labeled 'Mouse Maker 2000'. “There it is,” said Hamza, “let's grab it!” Zaid grabbed the chocolate bar and together they ran out of the mansion. When they got far into the woods, Zaid smiled and said, “Let's sleep for now and in the morning we will plan how to defeat the witch.”
In the morning, they ate a breakfast of marshmallows which they had brought in their hiking bags, while they discussed how to get the witch to eat the Mouse Maker 2000. They thought and thought, then finally Zaid said, “If we cut some wood, we can make a bat, then we can try to hit the Mouse Maker 2000 into the witch's mouth and feed her to a cat! Then we can free the servants, but only if they are good. If they are bad, we can make them a mouse too!” Uzair and Hamza nodded. Altogether they said, "Game on!”
They went back to the mansion. The witch had no idea where the Mouse Maker 2000 was. She was worried that her secret would be out, and she was about to go fly on her broom to look for the boys. As soon as flew out of the mansion, the boys shot one of the chocolates into the witch's mouth and she instantly became a mouse! She squeaked, “You might have stopped me but you can't stop my servants because they are all hypnotized!”
“That won`t stop us because we will make them back to normal,” said Zaid
“I’d like to see you try," said the witch.
Together they thought and thought, then Zaid saw a book on hypnotizing. He quickly grabbed the book and followed the instructions. Then BOOM! All of the servants were back to normal!
Then the kids went to the witch mouse. “I think you were wrong, you mean witch!" said Zaid as he brought a cat. The witch mouse cried, “Nooooooooooooooooo!!” But the cat ate the witch in one gulp. The servants were so happy, and they cheered for Zaid, Uzair and Hamza, who were the heroes of the day. And then they all went back to their normal lives.