S: The Balloon Ride
BC: Emily Thomas is a 12 year year old girl, who currently attends LMMS. Her favorite sports are soccer, swimming, and running. She likes to read, listen to music, and hang out with her friends. Emily has a loving, outgoing, energetic personality, and she loves to laugh. Emily got inspired to write this short story when she was sitting in her bedroom, when she saw a picture of a hot air balloon. This is Emily's first short story, but she is in the process of making another story called, "The Plane Ride." This story is due to come out sometime in early April. Emily wishes you a merry Christmas, happy birthday, and a wonderful New Year. | about the author
FC: the balloon ride | Emily Thomas
1: The Balloon Ride | by Emily Thomas | Illustration by Emily Thomas | 2010
2: To all my friends, who keep me sane through my darkest hours, school. | The Balloon Ride
4: Charlotte is an adventures girl full with wonderful and wild things to do. That's the problem. You see, Charlotte lives in Watchville, the most boring town around. Watchville is down right dull. Everybody living in Watchville does the same thing everyday.
6: The most thrilling thing in Charlotte's life is the hot air balloon the old owners of her house left behind. Her father doesn't even let her be in it though, “It's too dangerous.” Her father says every time she asks. “It’s so unfair!” Charlotte thought.
7: One night, Charlotte had enough. She was done being bored. Charlotte decided she would go in the hot air balloon all by herself. She had seen her father work the balloon, so Charlotte knew how to work the balloon. Charlotte got into the balloon, and off she went. Up up into the sky. | The most thrilling thing in Charlotte’s life is the hot air balloon the old owners of her house left behind. Her father doesn’t even let her be in it though, “It’s too dangerous.” Her father says every time she asks. “It’s so unfair!” Charlotte thought. One night, Charlotte had enough. She was done being bored. Charlotte decided she would go in the hot air balloon all by herself. She had seen her father work the balloon, so Charlotte knew how to work the balloon. Charlotte got into the balloon, and off she went. Up up into the sky.
8: Charlotte knew how to control the balloon, but it was so dark out. Charlotte was scared, she couldn't see anything! The balloon flew up and up, while Charlotte tried to find the correct knob.
9: Finally! She found the knob that makes the balloon fly down, and she turned it. Charlotte flew the balloon for the longest time, she flew on, and on, and on.
10: It began to get light out, and Charlotte began to get tired. She made the balloon fly down. She landed near a tree and tied the balloon to it.
11: Charlotte was very tired, but she couldn't find a comfy place to sleep. Charlotte was also hungry, but all she could find were some disgusting berries. Charlotte missed her family; she missed a hot breakfast, and her nice, warm bed. “I can't go back home in the balloon, it's too scary.” Charlotte thought. Charlotte suddenly heard, “Who goes there?”
12: A man stepped out and said “What's a kid like you doin’ in a balloon like that?” “I ran away from home.” Charlotte said to the man. “I was bored, but I wanna go home now, I had more fun in Watchville.” But I’m lost now, so I can't go home.” With that, Charlotte burst into tears and ran into the man's open arms.
14: “Watchville, eh?” said the man. “Let me show ya’ something kid.” Charlotte followed the man out of the trees. In the distance, Charlotte could see a sign on the road saying, Welcome to Watchville. Charlotte could also see her house. Charlotte hadn’t flown far away at all.
15: “My house!” Charlotte squealed. “Thank you so much.” She said to the man. Charlotte turned and ran all the way home. | Welcome to Watchville
16: Charlotte ran into her home and shouted, "I'm hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooome!!!” Charlotte ran and gave her father a big bear hug.
17: “I'm so sorry I ran away, dad, I was so bored. But I'm so happy to be home now, and I'll never run away again. Well, I hope you learned your lesson.” Father said. Me and your brother were worried sick about you, but were glad your home now.”
18: Charlotte kept her promise, and never ran away again. Charlotte made new friends, and Watchville became a little less boring. They all lived happily ever after.
19: The End