The Key to Life
Katie layed in bed staring at the water stain right over her head, it was shaped like a key. She often imagined it was a map of a different country. Katie had never seen a key shaped country on a map. So there wasn’t one, right? Katie closed her eyes and sighed. When Katie opened her eyes she wasn’t in her bedroom anymore. Katie was on a big rock. She was surrounded by a group of kids who looked to be eleven, the same age as her.
“Where am I?” Katie asked.
“Your on key island,” the shortest boy replied,”Stupid name for an island, I know.” The tall girl next to him punched him.
“Shut up Jim,” the girl said angrily.
“So who are you?” the boy named Jim asked. Katie sat up.
“I’m Katie,” Katie said still feeling confused.
“I’m Mia,” the girl said,”This is Mary my sister and our friends: Jim, David, and Wes.” As Mia talked she moved her hands and pointed.
“OH MY GOSH!!!!!” Mary exclaimed. Everyone looked at her even Katie.
“Katie can save us. You all remember the other day how the great key was some how dropped into the lake. Only people who aren’t from the island can go in the lake without dying. Katie can do that!” Mary said excitedly.
“Huh?” Katie said. Mary explained how the great key kept people on the island alive, but if dropped in the lake like people it would die and kill all the people on the island too. Only people not from the island can go in the lake. Until the key was out of the lake 1 person would die per day.
“I’d love to help,” Katie admitted,” Just I’m sort of afraid of water.”
“Really? That’s stupid! How do you bathe?” David asked while Wes and Jim laughed.
“Well I’m not scared of water. Just drowning,” Katie explained.
“Oh,well I’m scared of dying and that’s what’s going to happen if you don’t jump in that lake and get the key!” Wes said. Mia and Mary both elbowed him, but the fear in their eyes shone.
“Fine,I’ll do it,” Katie sighed. They all cheered, then the group took Katie to the island’s queen, Queen Lizzie. Mia, Mary, Jim, Wes, and David explained what Katie was going to do. Queen Lizzie agreed. Queen Lizzie gave Katie an ugly pink bathing suit. Then it was swimming time. The whole town gathered around Katie and the lake. Katie turned around to her new friends.
“I can’t do this,” Katie cried.
“You’ll have too you already promised,” Mary said. Katie stood there for a while thinking.
“Turn around and face the lake,” David said. Katie did as he said.
“Why?” Katie asked, then she was pushed into the lake. At first Katie freaked out then she swam towards the bottom of the lake and found the key. Katie grabbed it then swam back up. Everyone cheered as her head popped out of the water. Katie handed the key to Queen Lizzie who gratefully took it. Then Katie closed her eyes and smiled. When she opened her eyes she was no longer on Key Island, now Katie was in her bed.
I must have fallen asleep, Katie thought then she spotted the gold envelope. Inside was a short letter. The letter read:
Thank you for saving us! We already miss you!!!!!
Mia, Mary, Jim, Wes, David
To this day Katie still doesn’t know if Key Island was a dream or not.