The Strange and Annoying Land
by Nicolas M., sixth grade writer
It was 4:30 p.m. and every noise I heard bugged me, because I had just finished the worst school day of my life. As I drove away from school, even the growling of my car’s engine tortured me. I could barely stand it anymore, since the aggravating jack-hammers doing construction kept drilling again, and again, and again.
As I thought back, I could still hear that torturous spine-chilling noise of the mean Social Studies teacher’s finger scraping against the pitch-black chalkboard. After that, her Joker from the jack-in-the-box cackled. The Joker’s horrible laugh was so startling that the whole class jumped in surprise. Immediately after the clown experience, I left school to drive myself home. Suddenly I found myself transported through an eerie shimmering green vortex.
The first thing I heard was a very weird and irritating noise. The sounds were blustering from a dog howling, a bear growling, a mosquito biting the bear, and a woman screaming in fright. After I heard them, I decided to give them names. I named the dog Pete. Pete was an obnoxious, frightening bull dog. Bill an irritating mosquito, Joe a hideous bear, and Mrs. Umbrage a crabby and creepy lady.
I jumped out of my orange Subaru and said hello. I told them my name was Bob and asked if they could be a little more quiet. They said they were ThePestering Four, and that it was their job to be noisy. I asked why. They said, “This town is called Annoyingville, and so it is everyone’s job to be as offensive and inconvenient as possible!”
Then I asked, “How do I get out of here?”
They said, “Once you are in here, it is impossible to get out. That is why everyone is always so bothersome.”
I ran to my Subaru and pushed on the gas. As I drove, I detected the same green vortex that I had been transported through earlier, and instantly arrived at home. After that, I decided I’d never be as thorny and unhelpful again for the rest of my life.