The Palisadian-Post is running a selection of winning pieces from the 2021 Pacific Palisades Library Association’s Summer Creative Writing Contest, which featured the theme “Help!” The following piece was penned by Ella Kervin, who was awarded third place in the Scribblers category.
Simon was a regular kid looking forward to second grade. He had a pet monkey named Coconut. It had been two years since Simon saw his friends in person, COVID-19 changed everything. The world was a junkyard and it was ruled by a rich robot named Chaos. Two years ago, Chaos was a cleaning robot at a science lab. One night when he was cleaning, he found the Corona molecule. Chaos used it to make the world sick and steal all the gold to become rich.
Simon had spent his summer building a time machine. He was planning to go back in time before Corona and see his friends. When the machine was done Simon went to tell his mom who was a scientist. When Liliane heard about the machine, she decided to tell Simon about the theft at her lab. Liliane asked Simon for help to save the world and stop Chaos.
Simon and Coconut using the instructions from his mom jumped into the time machine. They got to the lab just before Chaos started his shift. Simon helped look for the molecule while Coconut was on lookout. Simon found the molecule on his mother’s desk just like she said. He destroyed the molecule and jumped back in the machine with Coconut. They got back and Simon asked his mom about Corona and she said, “What is Corona?”
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