The Princess and the Pea

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PART ONE

This is no ordinary princess and the pea story. I should know, for I saw it all. Yes, yes, even in times where I would be seen, I was there. An unexpected heroine is discovered in this story, and she changes everything. Twists and turns make this story an exciting one. There are surprises around every corner, ones you won’t see coming, foolish human! This is the story of a prince, princess, warrior, and of course, the pea. Oh, I must go soon! I see you still have one question on your mind. Who am I? I hear you asking. Ha ha! Well, as for that, my newest acquaintance, you will find out soon enough. 

In a far off kingdom there was an enchanted forest. Beyond that forest was a castle, where the king, queen, and princess spent their days. The princess was not allowed outside the castle walls, because of the dangers in the forest. For one, there were the mysterious goblins who always had tricks up their little sleeves. There were also the mischievous pixies and elves, who found a way to get on your nerves faster than you can say “magic”. The babbling brook will talk your ear off if you don’t cross fast enough. Drawbridges open at any given second. If you stumble upon a patch of four-leaf clovers, don’t pick any, or else you’ll receive bad luck. The giant flower meadow lives up to its name – the flowers reach past 60 feet tall! But those are only some of the dangerous wonders of the enchanted forest.

The king and queen wanted their daughter to be the most beautiful, most graceful, and most protected princess in the kingdom. After all, they believed she was a true princess.

I must interrupt here. There were two types of princesses in this realm. The royal princess, a girl born into the royal family, and a true princess, a princess who met all expectations. Those expectations were: Beauty, Gracefulness, Loyalty, Kindness, Respect, and, above all, the ability to feel a single pea under twenty mattresses. Continue on, I’m done for now.

The royal rulers protected their princess and made sure she met every expectation. However, they were forgetting one. The king and queen decided to wait until the princess’s 15th birthday before she would be tested for true princess quality. The test with the pea. In another kingdom, just beyond the enchanted forest’s border line, another king and queen protected their prince, and made sure he was eligible for the princess on the other side of the forest.

Soon, the day came when the prince had to travel through the enchanted forest and meet the princess on the other side. He packed his bags and saddled his horse. After saying good-bye to his parents, he took off into the forest to reach the other castle. Not even a mile into the forest and the prince was met with his first challenge.

Ooooooo this is about to get good! Sorry, sorry. Keep reading.

A cluster of brightly colored goblins revealed themselves from their hiding places behind toadstools.

“EE CHAA!!” a red one, probably their leader, cried out.

“YAA WOO!!” the others responded.

The other goblins surrounded the prince, some holding spears and others wielding potions.

“What?! Hey! Back off, little trolls!” the prince yelled, taking out his sword.

“KAK KROO!! KAK KROO!!” The goblins screamed in terror.

The prince raised his sword, ready to strike, for he believed the goblins were threatening him.

The chief goblin screeched out “YAK YAK YOOOOO!! EE CHA, YA MABOOO!!”

While the prince was distracted from the chief’s yelling, a purple goblin and a green goblin jumped up onto the horse and started stealing things from the prince’s satchel, replacing the looted items with exploding fruits.

What did I say? Those little rascals are full of tricks!

The prince swings his sword around, and when the gleaming weapon is inches from the goblin’s head, a bright green arrow comes flying through the air, knocking the sword from the prince’s hand.

“Leave my friends alone!” someone called out.

Yes, my friend, the warrior has arrived.

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The Elementals – book 1 – How it All Started

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Chapter 7 – Hickory and Thunder

“Well,” Hickory starts, “It happened six years ago.” He takes a deep breath, as if the story were long and painful.

“Go on,” Earth says, nodding to Hickory.

“Six years ago, I realized I was different. I told my parents I was, but they just told me that everyone is different in their own way. So I started keeping a journal of all that happened to me. Talking to animals, identifying trees and plants off the top of my head, turning into a lion, to name a few. I still have that at home, and my parents have never found it. Just now, I realized that I’m not alone. I’m not the only one with these elemental powers. I have you, Earth. And as I got older, I started doing things I hadn’t before. Growing plants out of my hands, turning into other animals, things that you just did a few minutes ago. Thank the spirits of nature I met you, Earth. Cause now I know I’m not alone on this.” Hickory looks at Earth, and exhales, releasing all his tension.

“Well, that was sappy,” Thunder says. “Time for my story.”

Marina gleefully squeals and daintily claps, happy to hear Thunder’s back story.

“It started six years ago, just like all of you, and it was hurricane season. My house was right in the path of the hurricane, and we had to run for shelter. We quickly packed bags and ran out to our car. That was when it hit – the hurricane. I saw a glowing blue orb in the center of the storm. I hopped out of the car, like the heroic six-year-old I was, and–”

“Wait, wait, wait! Is this actually real?!” Earth interrupted. “What SIX YEAR OLD would go running into a destructive storm, chasing after some glowing ball that happened to be his favorite color?!”

“I would,” Thunder continued. “Anyway, I hopped out of the car and sprinted towards the bright blue light. My parents screamed at me, telling me to come back to them. I didn’t listen. I was drawn to the orb, as if it were calling me. I slowly made my way through the storm, reaching for the orb. I came to it, and reached out. I touched the orb, and was flung back.”

Marina gasped and covered her eyes.

“The storm went away with me, and all was clear. Blue lines appeared in my hair, and I realized that whenever it rained, I could control how much rain there was, when it started and stopped, and I could bounce it back and forth as if it were a toy. There. That was waaaay better than my bud Hickory’s story,” Thunder finishes.

“Well,” Earth says, “Now we all know that we are alike, and shouldn’t keep secrets from each other.”

Then the alarm sounded.

The Elementals – book 1 – How it All Started

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Chapter Six – the boys

After transforming into animals, three boys walk over to Earth, Inferno, and Marina. One boy has red brown hair and he has brown eyes and freckles. The second boy, slightly shorter than the first, has dark brown hair and eyes the same shade of brown. The third boy has light brown hair and he has brown eyes, the same light brown as his hair. They walk over to where the girls are standing, and the second boy, the one with dark brown hair, says,

“Hi, I’m Blaze. I saw what you guys just did. It was REALLY COOL!”

Earth extends her hand and says, “Nice to meet you, Blaze, I’m Earth, and these are my friends Inferno and Marina.”

Blaze shakes Earth’s hand and says, “Nice to meet you, Earth, Inferno, and Marina. These are my friends Hickory and Thunder.”

Hickory, the one with the red brown hair, waves and says, “Hi, nice to meet you! I’m Hickory.”

Thunder, the one with the light brown hair says, “Hey girls, I’m Thunder. Pleasure to meet you.”

Marina’s face gets bright red and says, “Hi Thunder, I’m Marina.” She then positions her hair and smiles brightly. Earth catches her doing this and says,

“Awwww, Marina! Do you LIKE someone?!” She giggles and then makes a gagging noise, disgusted by the thought of Marina nose diving into love with this boy they literally just met. “Boys, did anything ever happen to you? Anything you can’t explain? Like, for example, growing plants out of your hands or walking on water or controlling a candle with a swipe of your hand? Anything like that?”

The boys glance at each other and Blaze says, “Should we tell her?” Hickory responds with a nod, and says, “She should know.”

“Six years ago,” Blaze starts, “Something unexpected happened. At daycare, I was messing around with a candle, and my mom had always warned me to not play with fire, but I never listened. The flame of the candle hit my skin, but I didn’t scream. Instead, I… manipulated it. I tossed it around, played with it. The daycare instructor came in and thought I was a freak. Kicked me out of the day care. Yelled at me and my parents. She put gloves on my hands and told me to never take them off. My parents understood, in a way, but they didn’t actually. The moment I got home I washed my hands about twenty times, and my parents told me to stop, it was no use. I was… different. My friends and teachers saw that, but what they didn’t see was that I had the opportunity to let me control fire, I could stop forest fires, stop houses from burning down. If only they had let me use that power, I could have stopped my daycare from burning down, which the fire was set by a mad person with evil plans- some guy named Sir Nylon, or something like that. So, yeah. I have fire powers.”

Blaze’s shoulders lighten, glad to get all that out of his mind and himself. Earth nods knowingly and looks towards Hickory and Thunder. “What’s your stories then?”

The Elementals – Book 1 – How it All Started

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Chapter Five – Animal Transformations

“Earth,” Inferno says, “If you can transform into a hyena, like just now, and a jaguar, six years ago, do you think you can change into other animals, too?”

“I don’t know!” Earth exclaims, “Let me try.”

She closes her eyes, and focuses on turning into an animal. A flash of light appears, and she turns into a black Lab. She runs around her friends, barking, while they stare, mouths open in astonishment, at Earth the dog. They laugh in amazement as Earth the dog does a back flip in the air, and, just as quickly as she turned into the dog, Earth changes back into a human.

“I … Never knew I could do that! Any of it, actually!” Earth says, excited about her newfound powers.

“Okay, okay. Earth, turn into … A CAT!” Marina says excitedly.

Earth concentrates on turning into a cat. A green flash of light appears, and Earth is now a cat. She sits on the ground, and licks her paw. Her friends giggle as Earth starts rolling around on the ground.

“Ooo, let me try!” Inferno exclaims, closing her eyes and thinking of turning into an animal.

A burst of flames shoot up, and Inferno is transformed into a wolf. She howls and trots around, tounge sticking out. Marina giggles and Earth transforms into a wolf as well. Inferno changes back into a human, but Earth realizes something’s not right …

“Ummm… I? Your ears and tail didn’t go away,” she explains to Inferno.

“Coooool!” Inferno yells, turning around to look at her tail. “I’m a werewolf!”

Marina closes her eyes, focusing on her animal transformation. A dazzling water display shoots up, and Marina emerges as an elegant blue swan. She struts around, shakes her feathers, and turns back into a girl.

“That was SO FUN!” she cries, bouncing up and down in excitement.

“Guys!” Earth exclaims, “We can transform into ANIMALS!”

A Very Merry Elemental Christmas

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Part 1

“Make my wish come true! Cause baby all I want for Christmas…. Is YOU!” Earth sings into her broom handle.

Her teacher, Mrs. Mason, claps and says, “Wonderful, Earth! Wonderful! Thanks for staying after school to help me clean up from the big holiday party, you guys!”

“Aw, no problem, Mrs. Mason!” Earth says.

Hickory sets his broom down and says, “Hey, guys, let’s go to Earth’s house now!”

Earth, Inferno, Marina, Thunder, and Blaze all shout “Yeah!” in reply.

“Bye, Mrs. Mason! See you after winter break!” Earth yells to Mrs. Mason while heading out the classroom door. The six friends run out to their lockers and grab their book bags from their lockers. Earth swings her book bag over her shoulder and says, “Last one to their jump speeder picks last from my mom’s cookie batch!”  And she dashes down the hallway to the small set of stairs leading to the lower level of school.

She jumps the last few steps and runs across the floor to the school door. Earth flings open the doors and sprints over to where her jump speeder is parked. She straddles it and thrusts the handles forward to start the engines. Her friends come out shortly after, and Marina is last to get on her jump speeder.

Earth laughs, “Ha ha! Marina! You get to pick last from my mom’s fresh batch of cookies!”

“Awwww! Earth! You know I hate running!” Marina whines, getting on her jump speeder

The six friends zoom off down the road, heading towards Earth’s house. They zip up her driveway and park their jump speeder in the garage. They sprint off down the sidewalk, and Earth knocks on the door to her house.

“Mom! Open up! We know you have cookies in there!” Earth yells at the door.

Her mom opens the door and says,

“Earth, sweetie, you don’t have to yell at the door!”

“I know, I know,” Earth replies, walking into her house, which was decorated ceiling to floor in Christmas decorations.

 

The Elementals- book 1 -How it all Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Chapter Four – Her Bark is Worse than her Bite

“Oh. My. Gosh!” Marina yells in astonishment. “I cannot believe that we have powers!”

“Okay, okay! Calm down, Marina! It’s not like we just won the lottery or something!” Earth says.

“Actually, Earth, it’s just like winning the lottery! Just think of what we can do!” Inferno says.

Earth thinks of the possibilities. Well, she thinks, I can always grow a tree and tie Shatcene the drama queen to it, and then have poison grow out of her sock. And I can make lots of trees grow, so that way the loggers don’t have to cut down the rainforests, and I can turn dry, dead grass into fresh, new green grass! 

“Well… WHO THE POMEGRANATE AM I KIDDING?! THIS IS SO AWESOME!” Earth yells, startling her friends.

Eliza walks by, and purposefully knocks Earth to the ground, shoving Inferno and Marina as well. When Earth’s hands touch the ground, two flowers pop up. She realizes what she did and points her hand toward Eliza’s feet, and poison ivy slinks its way up her leg, tightening its grip. She goes to take another step, and falls, smearing mud all over her pink dress.

“Auuuuuugghhhhh!” she screams, realizing that poison ivy was holding her down, and that she got mud smeared along the front of her new dress.

Vines wrap around her, pinning her to the ground, which Earth had coated with a fresh layer of mud. Earth, still on the ground, laughs so much she turns into a hyena. Earth the hyena rolls on the ground, laughing, and then springs up and runs circles around Eliza, laughing. Inferno and Marina stare at Eliza, who is on the ground, struggling, and then at Earth the hyena, who is running circles around Eliza, still laughing. Marina can’t stand Earth’s laughing, and Eliza’s screams, so she yells,

“STOP! IT’S TOO ANNOYING!”

Earth changes back into a girl, but still has a hyena tail. The vines and poison disappear, and so does the mud on her dress. Earth’s hyena tail vanishes, and she stands up, saying,

“What. The pomegranate. Just. Happened?”

Eliza stands up and says,

“Ewww! What was I doing on the ground?! And why are you guys here? Get out of my way!” She walks away, clearly having no memory of the previous events. Earth, however, remembers it all.

“One thing’s for sure,” Marina says.

“What’s that?” Inferno asks.

“Earth’s bark is worse than her bite!”

Earth laughs. “Depends on what type of tree it is!”

 

The Elementals – book 1- How it all Started

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By: sharkgirl25

Chapter Three – The Discovery

In social studies it happens again, except this time a tree sprouts up out of the ground, knocking the teacher’s desk over.  Earth knows that it has something to do with all the chaos six years ago. Social studies class had to be stopped because of the whole tree incident, so the students had an extra twenty-five minutes of break time. That means more time to figure this whole plant growing situation out! Earth thinks. Inferno grabs Earth’s arm and drags her over to a tree.

“Tell me Earth, did anything happen at school those six years we were apart?” Inferno asks.

“No! At least, not that I noticed…” Earth replies. “Wait a second! I ran through a tree, and got this green stripe. You banged your head on a lava rock and your hair turned half red. Marina touched a mysterious rock at the bottom of her pool, and now the tip of her hair is turquoise. Inferno, stretch out your hand toward that patch of dead grass.”

Inferno reaches her hand out and concentrates on the grass. Her eyes start to turn a deep red-orange, and her hand becomes an orange color. Red sparks fly from her hand and light the grass on fire. Inferno jumps back in surprise, grabbing Earth’s arm.

“Ouch! That burns!” Earth claims when Inferno grabs her arm.

“Sorry,” Inferno says.

“Marina!” Earth calls, “Point your hand toward the fire!”

Marina does and soon, her eyes glow turquoise, and her hand glows blue. A burst of water shoots out of her hand, drenching the fire. Earth reaches her hand out, aiming at the patch of dead grass, and imagines a tree shooting out of the ground. Earth’s eyes become more green than ever, and her hand glows green. Green light bursts out of Earth’s hand. The ground begins to rumble and shake, and a huge oak tree shoots out of the ground. It’s leaves brush Earth’s fingertips, and the bark has a sweet smell to it. Earth stares in amazement, wondering how she just grew a tree. She aims her hand at the ground, and a flower pops up. She moves her hand in a circle, and a ring of mushrooms spring up out of the ground. Marina stretches her hand out and a pool of water begins to form. Inferno is busy… setting the ground on fire.

“Marina! Fire over on patch of grass number 127!” Earth calls to Marina.

“I’m on it!” Marina says as she runs over to where Inferno is standing, gleefully setting the grass on fire.

Marina quickly shoots water onto the fire, drenching it.

“Hey! That was my fire!” Inferno yells.

“Guys! Calm down!” Earth says. “Do you even know what this means?!”

Inferno and Marina stare at her with blank expressions, clearly unaware of what it means.

“It means,” Earth starts, “That we have powers!”