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Stone Future

The story was created at an "Authors and Scribe group" session in the library

Sean Harrison was terrified of water. He had been terrified all his life, until the day came when he went to the summer camp.
All the boys and girls from the school were going and persuaded him to go along with them. He was a little apprehensive because he knew that there would be a lot of opportunities for water sports at the camp and he really didn't like the water.
His apprehension was justified. On the very first day of the camp the leader announced that today everybody was going scuba diving. Diving! Sean sighed to himself. This was just what he didn't want. How was he going to get out of this?
Everyone had to meet up at the beach by ten thirty. When Sean arrived there were instructors and boxes of mysterious equipment. Everyone gathered around enthusiastically and listened carefully. They were shown how to use the breathing apparatus and how to put on the oxygen tanks. Within an hour, everyone was ready, everyone except Sean.
Sean nervously stuck close to the side of the instructor just in case anything went wrong. He wasn't happy at all. He would like to have gone back but he didn't want to look like a coward. They went deeper and deeper. The bottom looked a long way down. Sean felt like he was floating in space. There was a moment of panic and then suddenly he wasn't afraid.
There was so much to see. He could see the most beautiful creatures. Then saw, out of the corner of his eye, something shining. He swam towards it. It was the most beautiful purple crystal stone. Carefully, he picked it up and it glowed in his hand.
As he stared at the stone it seemed to speak to him.
"Would you like to know what the future has in store for you?"
Sean silently nodded his head. He wasn't able to speak while he was wearing the snorkel.
"Look over there", said the stone.
Sean looked back in the direction of the beach. He was astonished to see an image of himself, as a man, sitting on the beach all alone while everyone else enjoyed themselves out on the water.
"This is the way you will always be if you continue to be afraid. There is nothing to be afraid of. We are really friendly here at the bottom of the sea."
Sean swam back towards the instructor. He felt different, more confident. As they moved back to the shallows he was able to speak again. "Diving is fun but I think I would like to get out now. I have just been talking to a stone that has told me my future." The instructor looked at Sean oddly.
"Let's get you back to Terra Firma, Sean" he said.
"I think the oxygen has gone to your head".

Author: Megan (age 11)
Scribe: mother

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