The Magician's Pet Shop

 "Ola,  are  you  going  to  that  new  pet  shop?  I  think  I  saw  it  on
Black Avenue  yesterday  evening;  maybe  we  can  go  check  it  out  after
  school. I  heard  they've  got  lots  of  puppies,”  said  Ola's  best
friend  Mariette. " What do you mean?  I’ve been on Black Avenue this
morning, and there was no pet shop, in fact, there weren’t any stores but
the library, and if you say there’s a new pet shop, don’t you think I’d
notice it?"  “Are you calling me a liar?"  Asked Mariette.  "No, but don’t
you think it’s a little hard to believe, that a store could appear and then
disappear?”  “ Yes, but maybe you missed it, it wasn’t that big anyway” said
Mariette, trying to sound as innocent as she could.  “Okay we can go see it
after school, then we can see if I’m right, or you.” Then they both headed
to their class.

Finally, I said to myself as the school bell rang for dismissal.  Before I
knew it, I dashed for the door, and instantly stopped when I saw my sister
Monika standing there.  “ Ola, what’s the rush?”  She asked, trying to sound
concerned, I just said,  “ I don’t know”.  I mean what should I have told
her, well; Mariette and me are going to see a pet shop that appears at dawn
and then disappears.  I don’t think so.  It would probably be a miracle if
she just laughed.  Then Monika started heading for the door, which led to
the outside of the school building.

I started searching the class for any sign of Mariette, but I knew that I
would have to wait a while, because most of class was searching frantically
for lost papers and asking about homework. After about 10 minutes, there
were only 4 students left, Jessica, Veronica, 1 boy that had to stay for
detention, and Mariette. “Come on, let’s go,” I said to her, motioning with
my hands. “I can’t find my Math sheet,” she informed me. “I’ll let you
borrow mine,” I said. A few more minutes went by as we packed Mariette’s
backpack.
Finally we made it outside.

After some frantic searching, we found Black Avenue. It was cold and
deserted, and the old library felt creepier then ever. “ I told you there
was no pet shop, besides who’d want a new store here and not somewhere where
everybody is?” I said. All of a sudden a twig snapped behind them, and the
bush rustled. Ola and Mariette turned around and both said,” What was that?”
in the same time, but none of them laughed. They started going toward the
bush when someone jumped from behind the bush and yelled “boo,” I was about
to scream when I saw, it was just my little sister Mika, (that’s her short
form). So instead I said,  “ what are you doing here?” as mad as I possibly
could. “Well sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you that much. I just followed
you here because I wanted to see the pet shop too, I heard you talking about
it this morning, and when I saw you in a rush from your classroom, I decided
you must have been going today. The reason I scared you was because I saw
you guys were creeped out; boy, you should have seen your faces.” “Okay, I’m
not going to get mad at you till we get home, because now I’m still a bit
shaky,” said Ola.

They all turned around, and froze at what they saw, the pet shop. Mariette
was the first one to speak, she said, “ is it just me, or did this pet shop
appear out of nowhere?” “ I think it just appeared,” I said, barely being
able to breath. Slowly and cautiously we started going toward it. Every few
seconds, we peered behind our backs; just to make sure no one was following
us. At last we reached it. It didn’t look as spooky close to it then it did
farther off. The only creepy thing was the thought of what just had happened
a few seconds ago.

“Should we go in?” I wondered. “Yes,” my sister said, with a daring tone. “I
don’t know, what if something happens to us while we’re inside?” Mariette
asked, “What could happen? A puppy’s going to bite you?” whispered Mika,
with laughter, “ No, like the pet shop could disappear and reappear who
knows where!” Mariette continued. “Good point,” Mika said, starting to
whisper again. While the two girls were talking, they didn’t notice Ola was
gone, finally when they were going to ask her what they should do, they
noticed she was gone. Horrible thoughts came to their heads while they
searched all around the Pet shop.

As I walked inside of the pet shop, I knew my sister and Mariette wouldn’t
stop talking for a while; so instead of fighting along with them, I came
inside here. It was amazing in here, there were tons of eggs, some that had
baby blue clouds on it and they moved about, all over the egg. Some were
green, some yellow and so on. I knew they were all probably plastic, but
they were beautiful, a decoration of some sort. Boy, was I wrong.

I didn’t notice the shopkeeper, until I heard an owl hoot, I spun around and
he said “welcome to my pet shop, can I help you with anything?” I did want
to know why it kept appearing and disappearing, but I wanted that egg more
then anything, it would look so good on my shelf. “Yes, I would like that
egg with clouds please.” I told him. He smiled at me and replied, “Since you
are my first customer here, you can have it for free.” Ola muttered under
her breath, “yes!”

While he was getting the egg, she asked him “what do you mean, that I’m your
first customer, here.” It took him a while to answer, like getting ready to
answer a secret. “This store is magic, it can go where ever it wants to,
like a bird in the sky, since now you know my secret, you can never ever
leave,” then he smiled, an evil smile.

“I give up” confessed Mika, “me too” muttered Mariette. “I think I know
where she might be thou” Mika told Mariette. “That’s what you say every five
minutes.” “ Why haven’t I thought of this before? She must be in the pet
shop” “ Mika, you’re a genius, that’s the only spot we didn’t look yet”

At the pet shop, Ola was scared; she didn’t know what to do. The shopkeeper
was blocking the door. Ola’s head started spinning, and she felt dizzy, but
she still knew what was happening, they were going to another place, now
Mariette and Monika will never be able to rescue me, she thought. Just then
the spinning stopped. Ola looked out of the window, and there was still hope
of escaping, they didn’t go anywhere. “Don’t be happy, the only reason we
didn’t go anywhere, is because there can only be one human in the store. I
know what to do thou, follow me, it’s the only thing you can do anyway,”
said the shopkeeper. I didn’t know what to believe, the shopkeeper, or my
instinct, which told me something bad is going to happen. At last, I decided
to follow the shopkeeper, and when we reached the destination room. I
screamed.

Mariette and Monika had to go to their homes, to get a flashlight and
jacket, since it was growing dark and cold. They were to meet at the pet
shop, or if bad luck came, where it had been. “Mika, where’s Ola?” asked
their mom, “um, we’re playing hide and seek on Black Avenue,” “Okay, but be
back no later then 7:00 pm, now it’s 5:00 pm.” Mika thought to herself, I
have 2 hours, if it doesn’t work out, or if something happens, I’ll just
tell mom, that Ola, and me are sleeping at Mariette’s.

“What’s the matter?” asked the shopkeeper. The whole entire room was filled
with machines; Ola knew he was going to do something to her,
but she still hadn’t found out what. Please hurry, Ola begged in her mind,
for her sister and friend to come, before the shopkeeper can do, whatever he
has in mind for her. The shopkeeper led her to a table with two chairs, he
said,  “I just want to talk to you, sit down.”  It sounded more of a command
to Ola. Ola sat down, then felt something go around her arms, as to hold
her. “Let me go” she yelled. Then she blanked out.

Mariette started walking across the street, when a black cat crossed her
path; she knew it was supposed to be bad luck. She should turn back, but she
had to rescue her best friend, also she had promised to meet with Monika,
she couldn’t just let her search by herself. Mariette walked, and walked,
sometimes she thought of turning around, and running home, at those times,
she just thought of Ola, and kept on going. She saw ahead of her the pet
shop, and almost leaped with joy, it hadn’t left yet.
Mika was waiting for Mariette beside the store, and when she saw her coming,
she felt hopeful, like maybe she and Mariette, could really rescue her
sister. She called to Mariette “hurry up.” They walked in the store.

Ola got conscious again, but felt weirder then ever, something was not
right, and she knew it. She was cramped inside of something, and couldn’t
move.
She tried yelling something out, but her mouth wouldn’t obey. She would just
have to wait.

“Excuse me, have you seen my sister? she came in here about 2 hours ago,”
said my brave sister Mika. “No,” lied the shopkeeper. “Look around maybe
you’ll find something you like, if you do, just ring the bell.” He pointed
to a small bell on the counter, and left. I could hear every word that
shopkeeper said, even though I was stuck in here.

Beep, beep, went the bell, in an instant the shopkeeper came in to the room.
“Yes, what would you like?” asked the man. My sister said “I would like to
buy that plastic egg, and if I may, can I choose which one I want?” “sure,”
said the shopkeeper. “We didn’t come here to buy anything,” said Mariette
angrily, but still whispering, “I know, I’m just buying it for my sister,
because I know she would have wanted one.”

Now, I could see my hand, err, paw. If I could have screamed I would have. I
knew what had happened, the shopkeeper had turned me into whatever it is
usually in this egg. I felt the egg beside me move.

“No,” I heard the shopkeeper yell, “not, that one.” He must have thought it
was me in there. You can’t have that one because it’s broken, was his
excuse.
Then I felt like I was being lifted.
“Here, is how to take care of it, I mean like clean it and stuff.” He handed
them a letter. “Let’s put the egg inside a box,” said Mika.

Mariette and Mika were taking turns holding the box. Finally they reached
Mariette’s house, and Mika phoned home to tell her mom she and Ola were
sleeping over, just so her mom wouldn’t worry. They left the egg on the
shelf, and went to sleep.

I had to get out of this egg; I couldn’t stand being in here anymore.
I took my claws and scratched the egg, instantly I made a hole.
Soon, it was big enough for me to poke my head through. I kept pawing on the
egg, until it was big enough for me to get through.
I got out of it, and tried to figure out what I was.
I tried to remember where Mariette’s giant mirror was, oh yes, on the wall
above her bed. I jumped off the shelf and noticed I had scales, and I landed
with four feet. When I got to the mirror, I screamed, but it sounded more
like a growl. I was a…

Mika woke up, and looked at the egg, “Oh my gosh” she cried, and got up from
her mattress. “Mariette, wake up, wake up!” “What” said Mariette sleepily.
“The egg, someone broke it, I think it was your Siamese cat, Chocolate.” “I
don’t think she could get on my highest shelf,” explained Mariette, “well
then what happened to it?” asked Monika “I don’t know, my guess though is,
it hatched,” “don’t be ridiculous, what kind of egg has blue swirly clouds
on it that move?” Mika asked. “Let’s look around and find the creature” told
Mariette.

As I was saying, I’m a baby dragon. I fit the description, I had scales,
wings, claws, tail, and I tried breathing fire, but I’ll need practice.  Now
though, I need to fly out of here, just then I was captured in a net.

“What is it?” asked Monika, “I’m not sure, but I think it’s a dragon,”
“that’s impossible!” stated Mika, “don’t you think it’s hard enough for me
to believe it?” “Okay, if it’s a dragon, then I’m calling it, Spiter,” “ya,
whatever” Mariette said. “I’m going to go to the pet shop and find my
sister,” “no, we must go together,” said Mariette.

So the two girls were off. The dragon was left alone. It found a piece of
paper and wrote this:

Hello, I am the dragon, Ola.
So don’t look for me any more.
The shopkeeper turned me into
one. The only thing I can think
of is to go back, and demand
him, to turn me back to a girl.
Bye, Ola (Spiter?)

The girls went back to the house to take the dragon with them, but were
stunned at the note beneath it. “Why, are you playing jokes with me?” asked
Mariette, “can’t you see I’m not in the mood for a joke, especially
involving my best friend,” declared Mariette, “I thought you wrote it,” said
Mika honestly. “Spiter, come here, if your really Ola, then write Ola on
this paper right now,” Mariette told the dragon. “This is so pathetic, I’m
talking to a dragon,” said Mariette. Then she looked down on the sheet, and
it read Ola.

The girls ran, practically the whole way to Black Avenue, and the shop
wasn’t there. All there was left was a note that said:

You probably know by now,
that your friend, Ola is a
Dragon. For her to turn back
to human, well there is no way,
except; wait for her to be 1 year
old which by then she’ll be as
big as a small dog, and she is to
eat garlic, by then her allergies to
garlic will be there. She will go
unconscious, so put her in your closet.
In an hour she’ll be human. While she’s
in there though noone can look in the
closet, because light will kill her. (Not
when she’s human though)
Bye, the shopkeeper

1 year later

It was fun being a dragon, no chores, homework, and stuff, but now it was
time for Ola, to become a human again. Everybody did what they, were
supposed to, so all they had to do now was wait. They held their breath as
the hour clock struck 6:00 p.m., and the door of the closet started opening,
Ola had got out, and Mika screamed, Ola’s face was, was “hey,” said Mika
angrily, as Ola took off the mask. “Well, now everything is going to be
normal for a change,” said Ola’s mom and dad. Then everyone laughed.

As soon as everyone had left, Ola thanked her sister and bestest friend in
the world, Mariette for saving her life. Then she took the broken pieces of
eggshells left, divided them in three equal pieces, and said “this is the
memory for our adventure,” and Mika said “Amen.”
 

                                                  The End
 
 
 

Ola--AGE 12

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