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Lost In A Forest Of Cornstalks
A story about three young siblings who have an adventure in a nearby cornfield.
[1,427 words]
Steph G
[January 2005]
Lost In A Forest Of Cornstalks
Steph G

One fall day, ten-year-old Stephanie, and her little brothers Eddie and Adam, decided to go on an adventure in their backyard. The day was a warm, early fall evening, and the leaves crunched on the ground as the kids ran around the grass. Stephanie, Eddie and Adam ran around the yard,and playing around, much like any other day. Soon after playing on their swings and playhouse, the kids began to become bored. The three kids loved their playhouse, but today they wanted to do something different. Suddenly, Eddie and Steph came up an idea.
�Adam, let�s go play hide-and-seek in the cornfield!� Stephanie exclaimed
�Me and Steph will hide first,� said Eddie, running full speed to the neighboring cornfield.
�Wait!� said Steph. �Let�s tell Mom and Dad first.�
Stephanie and Eddie ran into their house, and excitedly explained their situation to their parents.
�Mom, Dad, can we go play in the cornfield?� Stephanie asked.
�Please!� begged Eddie.
�Okay, but you have to look after your brother; it�s really important you keep an eye on him. He�s only four. Don�t forget that,� said their mother.
�Yes!� exclaimed Eddie and Stephanie together, running to get Adam. They excitedly decided to start their adventure.
�Hey, let�s just explore first, and then play hide-and-seek,� Adam suggested.
All three kids agreed and began to walk to the cornfield. The tall, green stalks towered over Stephanie, Eddie and Adam. First, they began to play around and explore only three or four rows into the field. Every couple of minutes, the kids walked out to be sure they knew how to get back home. Stephanie stood on the grass watching Eddie running through the field, the corn stalks wiggling as he ran up and down the rows.
�Come on,� Eddie called to Stephanie and Adam, peeking through the firstrow of corn. His green eyes sparkled with excitement. His small body
disappeared into the cornfield, and Stephanie and Adam followed.
 As they stepped into the cornfield, it almost felt like they�d entered a
world of green. The corn leaves brushed against Steph�s bare arms. She looked
at her two brothers wearing sweatshirts, and looked down at
her own T-shirt.She ran out to get her sweatshirt. As quickly as her legs carried
her, Stephanie ran back to find her brothers. She looked and looked, with no
luck. Suddenly, Eddie popped out from a few rows over.
�Ha! I got ya!� he said happily.
�Yeah, yeah, � Stephanie mumbled. Adam came running behind Eddie,
stumbling and laughing, his big brown eyes full of mischief.
�We scared you Steph. Didn�t we?� he said with his four year old sense of
�You sure did,� Stephanie answered, making a smile spread across
Adam�s freckled face.
As the sun set, the sky turned a beautiful collage of orange, pink and
purple. The three kids continued in their adventure with Eddie leading,
and Stephanie staying behind with Adam. Every once in awhile the kids
glanced back, and saw their yard through the spaces in the corn.
They made sure they always saw the big willow tree if they looked up. Eddie
walked faster, and Adam tried to run to catch up with Eddie.
�Stop!� Adam called to Eddie, his eyes filling with tears. Stephanie and
Eddie stopped and waited for their little brother to catch up.
The three kids walked through the maze of corn stalks; the sky began to
darken more and more. The setting sun made the cornfield dark
and a little eerie. Eddie and Stephanie kept running , zig zagging back and forth
through the rows of corn. Again, Adam began to fall behind, this
time, he tripped and fell.
�Steph, Eddie, help!� Adam cried. �Ow, I hurt my leg,� Adam exclaimed.
Eddie and Stephanie ran to help their younger brother.
�What happened?� asked Stephanie
� I was running...and I fell. I scraped my knee,� Adam said holding back tears.
Stephanie rolled up Adam�s pant leg to see a scrape on his knee. His
skinny knee bled, and the sight of blood made Adam more upset.
�Are you going to be okay?� asked Stephanie.
�Yeah, I guess,� Adam answered.
�Okay, Eddie let�s go.....Eddie?� Stephanie called �Eddie? Eddie where
are you?� she asked
�Over here!� he called a few rows in front of Stephanie and Adam.
�Wait up for me and Adam!� Stephanie said.
Stephanie and Adam walked over to find their brother, waiting eargerly to
continue their cornfield adventure. Again, the kids continued
walking with Eddie in the lead. They came to a clearing in the corn, a little path or
dirt. The kids decided to stop and rest for a little while. After
resting, they ran around through the corn playing �tag�.
Stephanie began to notice the sky darkening.
�Eddie, Adam!� Stephanie called to her brothers breathlessly as she
walked back to the clearing.
�Guys, I think we should start heading back,� Stephanie said.
�Alright, let�s go Adam,� Eddie said.
The kids walked forward and stopped. They all looked at each other
puzzled. None of them remembered which way they came from before stopping
at the clearing.
�Eddie, do you know where we are?� Stephanie asked.
�I don�t remember where we came from,� he answered.
�Oh, no, we�re lost!� Stephanie cried.
Eddie, Adam and Stephanie frantically looked back and forth and left and
right. Eddie walked forward, or what he thought was forward,
pushing the corn stalks out of his way. Stephanie and Eddie followed. Suddenly,
they became even more lost than before.
�Where�s the clearing?� asked Adam
�Great, now we�re really lost!� cried Stephanie. �Eddie, you stay here with
Adam, and I�ll walk a few rows and see if I can find the clearing�
Stephanie swiftly walked through the corn, in search of the clearing, and
any sign of the yard being near by. She heard a crunching noise
of someone walking next to her in the corn.
�Eddie, do you have Adam?� Stephanie asked.
�Yeah, he�s right behind me,� he answered. �Adam..� Eddie called
�Great, now you lost him!� Stephanie hollered.
�It�s not my fault!� Eddie argued.
�Well, I�m going to find him!� said Steph, unknowingly walking in the
opposite direction of her brother and home.
As she walked and walked, it became darker, and Stephanie no
longer heard her brother rustling the corn stalks. A chill set in, and Stephanie
continued to walk faster. She called for her brothers with no reply. She kept running forward in a straight line. Panic began to set in after what seemed like hours passed by. The leaves from the corn stalks scraped against her, cutting her skin. She kept running forward, until she finally saw what she thought looked like a house from her road in the distance. As she approached the house and barn closer and closer, it began to look less and less familiar. Stephanie began letting several thoughts go running through her mind. She thought about walking to the house and calling her parents. Maybe the best idea was to turn around and walk around in the other direction. She also thought about trying to follow the road back home?
Before she had a chance to decide what to do, she heard a noise in the
background. Steph ran closer towards the noise which she soon figured out to be
a voice. Nervously, she decided to walk closer and closer to the voice, but
she was unable make out what the person yelled. Stephanie decided her
only hope of being found and dusk came near was to answer the voice.
       �Hello! Who�s there? � Stephanie yelled.
       �Steph,� the voice called. Stephanie ran closer until she knew that the
voice she heard was her dad�s.
        �Dad! I�m over here!� Stephanie called with extreme relief.
She ran to her dad and hugged him.
        �Am I glad I found you, squirt!� answered her dad. � I can�t believe you
walked all the way over here. It�s over a mile away from home!�
he said.
        � Where�s Eddie and Adam?� Stephanie asked worriedly.
        �Over there, � her dad said pointing to the clearing.
 They all met up together, and her dad hoisted Adam up on his shoulders, and Stephanie and Eddie followed him home. They began their walk home, and the three kids told their stories of being lost. Finally, they neared their home and they once again saw the big willow tree in the distance. They walked the rest of the way home in the near darkness. After getting home, all three kids bruised, scraped, and tired, were all relieved to be home, and back together again.



"yee, once the futureheads writ a song they called "piece of c**p". take this as a slice of advice. ...kidding! verily, this wath the best piece of fiction i have ever read*. I especialy liked the bit where they got lost then they were found again. If i was too improve on this story, "eddie" would not of made it out of the cornfield. Perhaps, he should of met a talking cat who persuaded him to fall asleep before burning him? except, of course, the cat would have to be huge. I did not trust eddie. I expected more from him than to foolishly play in the cornfield. Then again, i'm well aware how much fun a corn field is in the "fall" (i think you mean "minter", here, which is what we call the "fall" in engelaend.) *or had read to me by me assistant, Bal Haal Thar Zam. " -- josh.


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