Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Return To Matainui-Day 11

I woke up with the sound of kids chattering. I turned my head and noticed that my whole class was sitting peacefully chatting away to others in the plane. Jordan, Marek, Grayson and Josiah were all there as well. I sat there for a few minutes, confused and feeling rather dissy. The plane was flying comfortably. 'This is weird' I thought. I saw an island out ahead which looked a bit like the view I saw from when I was a ghost. "We will be landing in a moment" I heard on the intercom. "Please fasten your seat belts. I did what he said and waited for impact.

We landed more smoothly than I expected. The plane stopped at the tip of the runway. The tree's were all dark green. Sam stepped out of the plane and people started clapping and saying thank you for the smooth ride. "Okay everyone. Gather around over here". We all walked over and for a circle around Mr Woody. "Now" he said. "Get into your groups that you had planned before the trip". I got into my group then waited for my next instruction. "And with with your survival items you are all going , in you groups, to a part of the island were you are going to set up camp and survive for 14 days". Everyone one cheered, full of excitement. "Split up to different corners of the island and set up camp". We all started heading towards different parts of the island.

We had an enjoyable walk to the top left corner of the island full of laughter and excitement. The island was exactly the same as before but seemed much more realistic. The birds were much quieter. We found a nice flat area looking out over the beautiful blue see and just a couple of meters away from the soft yellow sand. We started opening our bags and getting everything out of our bags that we needed to set up camp. The tent was set up after about 10 minutes and we had all picked our spots. We lay our sleeping bags down in the tent and because of the heat we decided to go for a nice relaxing swim. After the swim we lay down on the beach in the sizzling hot sun.

It was getting darker so we went to bed thinking how great this camp was going to be and hoping that nothing strange was going to happen.

Return To Matainui Day-10

It was now the tenth exhausting day on Matainui Island and I could tell that we had all had enough. It was still very dark so I tried to get back to sleep but struggled to so I stood up and stretched. The other mornings I had been the sleepy head but today I was up early. The others looked extremely tired by the position that they were lying in. I didn't want to wake them so I went for a wonder around around the pyramid. I remembered about the huge gash under my foot from the first day were I stood on a sharp shell. The cut had almost gone. All that was left was a faint line near the heal of my foot. I took a few more steps around the out side of the pyramid then to my amazement I saw an opening. I ran speedily back to the others and yelled "wake up. Wake up" I screamed, trying to get their attention. Marek rolled over and slowly and opened his eyes and asked what I was doing screaming at them. "There is an opening tot he pyramid and I think we might be able to get in. "C'mon" I urged. "Wake Josiah up and I'll wake Jordan up". "Okay" he replied. We ran over to the opening and looked inside.

Jordan was the first on to take a step into the opening of the pyramid. Scared, frightened and nervous that something was going to take him away or suck him in. He had both feet on the ground inside the pyramid which told us that it was going to be safe enough. I followed Jordan but took a couple of more steps then him and continued walking until I had reached a huge machine that looked suspicious. "What is that" I asked the others who probably had no idea. "I dunno" they answered. Marek walked right up to it and stared at the button that said "OPEN" in big capital letters. "Press it" demanded Jordan. Marek pushed the button and watched the doors slowly slide open. They were moving really slowly and making a strange creaking sound. When the doors had finally opened Josiah walked straight into the little room that looked similar to an elevator. I stopped him just before he had taken a step into the little room. "Get of me" he argued. "You have no idea what is in there do you". "No" he replied. " I know what" said Grayson. "Lets all go in at the same time so that we all go to the same place". Good idea" said Marek. So we all walked in at the exact same time and strangely nothing happened. There was a huge button saying "press here" so we did and we heard a swirling noise and it went all black.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Return To Matainui-Day 9

Thump, thump. I opened my eyes to see Grayson jumping next to me. "Whats wrong with you" I said. "What's wrong with you" he replied. "You've been asleep for ages and I've been left alone to wake you up". "Well, we're are the others" I asked. They were so excited about that flying thing you discovered yesterday so they decided to give it another try. They have been gone for about half an hour. We should go look for them". I hopped out of my sleeping bag. and wondered sleepily over to the rock that I jumped of yesterday. I was still tired so I waited for a couple of minutes sitting on the rock until I was wide awake. I stood up and looked at Grayson who had all ready jumped off and was waiting for me. I leaped of the rock and started flapping my arms and started moving towards Grayson. "The others have gone to look for for some survivors on the island". "Do you know where they headed". "No. We're gonna have to look for them". "Okay" I said and we were off.

Flying felt amazing. Being able to see for ever. I felt light and that could fly for ever. I had my eye out for the others which didn't seem as hard because I was high in the sky and could see for ever. I looked around in each corner of the island looking for Marek, Josiah and Jordan. "Grayson their there" I said while pointing over at them, far away in the distance. He squinted to where I was pointing and said that he was confident that it was them. So we flew as fast as we could over to them curious to see if they had found anyone. When we arrived we discovered that they hadn't found anyone. "We haven't been in that half of the island yet" said Marek. "Do you want Grayson and I to go look over there". Yeah. That will be good". We flew approximately 50 meters from the ground so that we could see a bigger area. We looked and looked. We found no one.

Have you had any luck I said to the others when I had flown back to them. "Nah. What about you". "Nothing" I answered. "Let's stop" I said. "Yeah". I looked over at the far corner of the island where no one had searched. On top of the hill was a huge pyramid that I had heard nothing about. "You guys. come over here. They flew to me and looked of in the distance at where my finger was pointing. "Wow" said Grayson. "Let's go and look at it". We flew over to the pyramid which we hadn't been to before. It took about three minutes for us to fly there. When we arrived we landed on our feet and had a little look around the gold, sandy pyramid.

It was getting darker by the minute so we decided to lay down under a a bunch of trees and went to sleeping wondering what mystery lay in the center of the pyramid.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Return To Matainui-Day 8

I woke up almost exactly were I lay down last night. I could just see the outline of my hand. Being a ghost was almost like being human except no one could see, touch or hear you. Josiah was rolling around on the ground probably because being a ghost was a huge change. He opened his eyes and stared at me. "Man" he sighed. "I thought all yesterday was a dream but know" he sat there in silence. I looked over at the huge tree behind Josiah and could just see the outline of a foot. "Josiah. Come over here". He followed me behind the tree and there I saw, Jordan sleeping on the ground and Grayson a couple of meters behind him. "Thank goodness" I said. I ran over to Jordan and started shaking his head. He woke up but was still half asleep. "We found you guys" I said excitedly. It was much much easier to walk being a ghost. I felt as light as a feather. Josiah ran over to Grayson and woke him up as well. I felt so light. I thought that I could do anything. Flying was the first thing that came to my head. I wanted to fly. I walked over to a rock that was firmly planted in the ground. It was a meter high and was something I felt comfortable of jumping off. I stood on top of it and prepared to jump of.

I leaped of pretending that my legs were springs and left the rock. 'Please, please' I thought as I leaped of the rock. I opened my eyes while in mid air. My arms were flapping like crazy. I was not coming down. "you guys" I called to the others. They turned and saw me in mid air flying. I was slowly moving higher and higher. By now I was above the trees and I could just see the mountain in the bottom right corner of the island. I was gaining speed and was moving at a reasonable passe. I did a sharp turn in the air and flew back towards the others and landed smoothly on the ground. By now the others were all ready standing on the rocks and were about to leap of. 'Just spring of the rock and flap your arms as fast as you can". Grayson was first. As he leaped of the rock I couldn't help but laugh at how funny he looked. He was flapping his arms as fast as he could and he slowly started moving upwards. Jordan was up next and did the exact same as Grayson which made me laugh again. Josiah new exactly what to do and jumped of the rock and did everything perfect and started moving up. Three ghosts flying around in the sky. They all flew down almost at the exact same time.

"Wow" said Grayson. "I feel so free". Tomorrow we should all fly around the island looking for other people. Josiah yawned. I think we should go to bed now. We opened our back packs and pulled out our sleeping bags and went to sleep.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Return To Matainui-Day 7

"Ben, Ben, Ben". I could faintly hear someone saying my name. I opened my eyes and there I saw Marek, Jordan, Josiah and Grayson standing in a circle staring down at me. "What". "We've been trying to wake you up for almost a half hour. We've wanted to look for other people that have survived the plane crash. "Sorry" I said as I hopped out of my sleeping bag. "Have there been any strange things out have come across during your time on Matainui island" I mentioned. "Don't you know the secret to Matainui" they said. "No, what secret". "Well this island is in the future and is controlled by aliens". "Wow" I stuttered. "That's not all. The island is covered by a huge force field which would explain the plane crash". "Why have the aliens covered this island" I asked. "Because the aliens have put a force field on all the sustainable islands around the world so that they won't die out". "Oh. All the pieces are starting to come together now". "Let's go look for the others" I asked.

We were walking down the hill slowly listening to the quiet sound of what seemed to be a water fall. I was curious and so were the expressions on their faces. "You guys, come over here, follow me" I whispered. I followed the soft sound of the water fall. We walked past some big trees and around some bushes then we were there. It was a huge waterfall with a weird blue type of colour. It was surrounded by trees. The rocks behind the waterfall were covered in long green vines that almost made the wall invisible. 'That water looks nice and cool' I thought. "Who wants a swim" I suggested. "Not really" said Josiah. "Yeah. It will probably change us into some type of magical creature". "Sure sure" I said. I dropped my bag on their dirt and started walking towards the small pond where the water from the water fall was sitting. "That blue water doesn't look very appealing" said Jordan. "What are you talking about". I walked straight into the water and dived under.

I came out of the water just fine. "Phew" said the others as they saw me come out alive. "Come in its cold and refreshing". I dived under again. This time my mouth was open and some water went into my mouth. I accidentally swallowed the water. I came out of the water letting out a yell. "Ewwwwwww" I said. I started to get really dizzy and fell back almost instantly. I sunk to the bottom of the pond. It went all black. I woke up and strangely I was standing at the top of the cliff were the water fall started. "You guys" I yelled down at the others. They stood with blank looks on their faces. They weren't staring at me. They were staring straight into the pond, aimlessly. There was a sharp pain in my left leg. I looked down at it and couldn't see anything. Nothing was there.

I was invisible. No one could see me. I looked down at the others who still had confused looks on their faces. I could just hear what they were saying to each other. "Should we swallow some of the water so we go were ever Ben goes" said Grayson. "Are you crazy" said Jordan. "You don't know where he went or what he turned into". "We are taking a risk" said Josiah. "You can do what ever you want to do" said Jordan. "Okay" said Josiah as he turned away from the others and headed towards the pond. "Don't, don't" I yelled. Unfortunately they couldn't hear me. He lay down in the water then opened his mouth and vanished. Grayson said something to Jordan that I couldn't hear. Then he ran into the water and did the exact same as Josiah and vanished. Jordan stood there for about five minutes. Then walked into the pond and lay down in the water on his back. He started sinking then disappeared.

"Ben". I turned and could just see the outline of his Josiah's body. He had turned into a ghost as well which probably meant that Jordan and Grayson had transformed as well. "You really didn't have to do what you did". "To late now" he joked. "Should we look for the others" he asked. "Nah it's getting late and I'm feeling a bit tired. "Okay" he agreed. We found a nice flat area which was where we went to sleep.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Return To Matainui Day-6

Early the next morning we set of to look for the others. The weather was still bad with pouring rain and fog. "Where should we head for" I mentioned. "How about the huge mountain at the top of the island" Jordan suggested. "Okay" we agreed. We head for the mountain in the top corner of the island which we estimated would be a 2-3 hour walk. It was very strange without the repetitive voice of Asser behind me. I happened to notice quit a few big holes in the ground which made me curious. I told the others to wait a second. I crouched down on my hands and knees in the wet mud and put my face deep into the hole. I could just hear a faint crunching sound which was followed by a loud sharp crunching sound. We started digging all curious of what lay deep down in the hole. I told the guys to stop and let me have a look down the hole. I looked down then suddenly a huge worm shaped creature sprung right towards we. Because of my fast reflexes I just managed to move out of the way. The creature flew straight up in the air and came zooming down onto Mareks head. He let out a huge painful scream and fell down onto his side. We ran over to Marek. "Are you all right" yelled Jordan. Silence...

"Marek" I screamed. He lay dead still. 'Oh know' I thought. He better not be dead. Jordan crouched down and started shaking Mareks head around in circles. He continued this for a couple of minutes. We saw his eyes slowly open. "Marek Marek" we yelled. "Say something". "What just happened" he stuttered with one eye half shut. We pointed at the creature wobbling around in the wet mud. "That landed flat on top of your head" I told him. "really" He said. "Yes. Can you stand up" I asked. He started standing up but was struggling by the looks on his face. He was just able to walk so we decided to take it easy.

We approached the huge mountain we were aiming for. Marek had overcome the huge worm creature and was now walking easily. We looked around the bottom of the mountain to check if anyone from the crash was there. The walk was long. We approached more and more holes full of disgusting worms. We walked up to a dead end. "What do you call this" said Jordan. "A dead end" I laughed. "No time for joking around here. We must find a way out". There was no way we could get past the huge brick wall covered in vines so decided to head back then turn and go around the outside of the brick wall. We walked around the outside of the wall and started walking up the mountain. "Hey Ben" I heard from behind me. I turned around and there I saw was Josiah and Grayson. I ran down a couple of meters to them. Marek and Josiah followed with huge smiles on their faces. They couldn't stop yabbering about their time having to survive on the island. They were both about to travel to the top of the mountain like us so we decided to walk with them. They were so thrilled to see us.

A the top of the mountain we discovered a large flat area which was where we were gong to camp untill tomorrow. We started setting up the Assers tent which reminded me about what happened to Asser. "Hey guys" I said. "Um, two days ago I got turned into a tree". "Wow cool" they both said. "Well not really". "Why?" said Josiah. "Because when I was a tree the only way for me to turn human again was for someone else to sacrifice their life for me". They both exchanged frightened looks on their faces. "Who did it?" they both asked. "Asser". They stood there in shock.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Return To Matainui-Day 5

I woke up soaking wet. This was the first day on Matainui Island that it had been raining. I got up and shook of all the dew on my leafs. I looked over at the spaceship still confused on how it landed there. I walked over to the spaceship to take a closer look. "Hi Ben" I heard from the left of me. It was Jordan. "Hi" I answered. "We've gotta find a way for you to be human again." "Well Asser did say he would sacrifice his life for me last night but, I will feel very guilty". We'll see what happens" Jordan said. "Are the others awake". "No not yet". Wake them up and tell them to get ready for a trip down the mountain. They came out after about 5 minutes. All dressed. We started walking down the mountain. 'I hope we all come back as human' I thought.

We arrived at the circle of living trees and talked to the trees. They explained once more that there was no other way I could be turned human again. "Just kill me" said Asser. "No, you really don't have to" I explained. "I will" he said. The other trees said "are you sure". "Yes" he said. They walked up to him and surrounded him. They moved away and he had vanished. "Noooooooooooooooooooooo" I yelled. 'He really didn't have to do that' I thought. "Your turn" said the trees. I walked into the middle of the trees. They surrounded me. I closed my eyes hopping Asser hadn't sacrificed his life for nothing. I opened my eyes. "You're back" yelled Marek. Yay I was back to my usual self but remembering Asser and how he sacrificed his life for me left a sharp pain of guilt in my stomach.

On the way back up the mountain I discovered a small hunting knife which I thought would come in handy. I decided to keep it and maybe kill something to eat for tomorrow. I walked a couple of meters behind Jordan and Marek. "Grrrrr". A huge wolf appeared from behind a tree and ran straight to Marek. Because of my fast reflexes I just managed to grab the knife out of my pocket and threw it straight at the wolf. It hit the wolf bang on the head. The wolf let out a painful growl and fell flat it's back. "Wow that was a close one" said Marek. We all have to be extremely careful here on this island. So many strange things have happened.

Later that night Jordan mentioned about all the other students from our class that must be somewhere and hopefully on this island, alive. W decided that tomorrow we were going to set out and find them. Marek took the knife of me and started to skin the wolf which I had dragged slowly up the hill. Marek also cooked up the wolf. We ate some and it was delicious. "I want some more" said Jordan eagerly. "Nope, no more until tomorrow"said Marek. We settled down and lay in bed. I closed my eyes and thought about how lucky I was to be human.