The Witch Cave

261016_1By Ruhi, Age 11

“This half of the room is my territory, that side is yours!” Alice said angrily at her brother, Tom, as he indifferently surveyed the disarray of the room.

“But we both need a bed!” Tom pointed out. As soon as Alice left the room, Tom picked up the saw he had hidden under the bed stumbling from its weight. Then he tried to saw the bed in half so that he could have his own bed on his side of the room. He didn’t succeed. The bed collapsed.

Hearing the noise, Alice hurried into the room and gasped, “What did you do?” she shrieked. “And why? No, never mind, don’t answer that question.” Tom looked down at the mess he created. The bed was sagging in two with splinters and feathers littering the floor.

“Oops,” he said indifferently.

“Mom is going to ground us when she finds out what you did!” Alice exclaimed with an emphasis on you.

“Shhh,” Tom said unperturbed. “She doesn’t have to find out, right?”

“I’m telling,” Alice said.

“Please don’t,” Tom begged making his puppy eyes at her.

Alice paused for a second. Then she said, “Ha! that doesn’t work with me.”

“I’ll give you my drawer full of candy,” he tried.

Alice shook her head. “I want something more,” she said with a deliberate expression of consideration, but secretly she was pleased that she had the upperhand in this situation.

“I’ll give you the candy, 10 dollars, and a pair of my socks,” Tom said hopefully.

“Ummm, leave out the socks and make that 20 dollars.”

“Deal,” Tom answered resolutely.

“So, what’s the plan?” Alice asked.

“Ummm… Well we could…a,” Tom said thinking hard.

“You don’t even have a plan?” Alice said in dismay.

Tom shrugged sheepishly, “I just sawed the bed in half. I wasn’t thinking about that one.”

Alice sighed. “The only person who will help us is the witch,” Alice said.

“Which witch?” Tom asked. “No pun intended.”

Alice groaned in annoyance. “The witch named Halp,” Alice said rolling her eyes.

“Why Halp?” Tom asked.

“Because I got the map to her cave at a birthday party,” Alice said.

“Is it a reliable source? You did get it at a birthday party,” Tom added.

“Good job. You are actually thinking for once!” Alice exclaimed. Tom glared at her intensely, but Alice didn’t notice. “Of course it is reliable,” Alice continued confidently. “It’s a copy from Moby Alex, the world’s greatest explorer and mapmaker. The map was made just two years ago.”

“You might be right. This could actually work. Although, I missed half of what you said,” replied Tom.

“Never mind,” Alice replied smugly. “There are ten points to reach the witch’s cave, and I know where the first one is. Let’s go!”

 

TWO HOURS LATER

“I’m hungry,” Tom complained.

“You should have thought of that before you decided not to help me pack,” Alice retorted as they continued along a mountain path.

Tom said nothing for a while. Then Tom asked, “Are we there yet?”

“We have one more point on the map to find, then we’ll be at the cave,” replied Alice.

“We’re going to starve to death before we even reach the witch,” piped Tom with a long face.

“Great way to keep your spirits up! That remark was so optimistic,” Alice said sarcastically. She paused, leaning against a large rock to catch her breath. It moved. She jumped in evident shock. “Tom! I found the  rock on the side of the mountain, it’s the last point that takes us to the witch’s cave. Look! The entrance is opening up. Get in!” Ann said excitedly as she stepped inside.

“It’s unnatural,” Tom said nervously.

“There might be food,” Alice coaxed. He followed her hesitantly. Tom’s claustrophobia was instantly forgotten when he saw the contents of the cave.

“What does this potion do?” Tom asked curiously, popping off the top and sniffing it. He tipped it upward to drink.

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you,” Alice admonished cautiously.

271016_2“But you aren’t me,” Tom answered carelessly and took a big swig of the vial. He drank the bottle and turned into a big purple cat. Alice laughed heartily. Tom meowed angrily and swiped a paw at her.

“Okay, okay. I’ll help you,” Alice giggled. Tom sat down and yowled defiantly, only making Alice laugh harder. Their mom appeared in the cave suddenly with a flash of light. Tom turned back into a human.

“What are you doing here?” Tom asked.

“Did you think I wouldn’t notice you missing. I am your mom after all.”

“How did you know where to find us?” Alice said in disbelief.

“Just a hunch,” she replied winking at them. Then she touched them both on their heads and they slumped to the ground asleep. They woke up in the morning still in the cave. When their mom saw them awake, she whizzed them back home.

“I feel dizzy,” Tom said.

“You are Halp, the witch?” Alice gasped! Her mother nodded.

“How can someone so boring be so cool,” said Tom. “I officially have the coolest mother in the world!”   THE END


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