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Moving Vines

Moving Vines


4th grade

Moving Vines (from The Mysteries of Harris Burdick)

One fine morning, detective Amanda Smith was walking down the street. Amanda Smith was the youngest detective in the city. She had short, red hair and a beautiful face. She had light skin and had a slim, fit stomach. She lived in a cottage style house with flowers and butterflies all around. She was single, no husband, never had one. She only had her black cat, Simon, and her German Shepherd, Max.

Another fine day something very bizarre happened. Her cat, Simon, kept acting very strange, like he had been cursed. Max was acting peculiar too. He had started to roll and whimper off and on. She went to work very bothered that day not having a clue what was going to happen. Then she made a very, very big mistake.

When she went to work the next day, it was thundering and rainy, unlike the day before. Amanda was a wreak, so she went into Mr. Linden’s library thinking it would cheer her up. Boy, was she on the wrong side of the road.

“Hello Amanda. How are you?”


“What’s the matter? You look bothered.”

“Well, I have this case, and it’s my first case. It involves a book and…”

“Did you say book?!!”

“Why, yes.”

“Well, what book might it be? Whatever it is, I have it!”

“Well, it’s……it’s…”

“Come on. Spit it out.”

“It’s the book of Azerath.”

Mr. Linden’s face went slowly from a smile to a frown.

“Oh. Well, that’s kind of…”

“Hard. Yes, I know. But I’ve got to have it. This is the mystery of a lifetime. This is the number 1 meal, the Big Mac at McDonald’s!”

“Okay, Okay, Okay! I’ll go get it for you,” said Mr. Linden in a bit of a worried voice. In a split second, Mr. Linden was back with a quite shabby looking book. He shoved it into Amanda’s hands and hurried her out.

Two days passed. Mr. Linden had warned her about the book. Pretty soon, it was going to be too late. Very weird things had been happening since she got the book. She hadn’t touched the book since she got it. It was 9:00 and Amanda finally decided that she was going to take the book out and read it. She got out of bed, went down the hall and into a room on the right. The room was very dark, so she turned on the light, but the light was very faint. She saw the book and went towards it. Something very strange happened. A strong force came from the book and it threw her against the wall, knocking her unconscious.

The next thing she knew, she awoke in a hospital with people surrounding her. Then she went back to sleep, then she was in her house again in the same room she was knocked out in and she saw the book. She got up and began to walk towards it. She didn’t get knocked out again; she grabbed the book and went to her room to read it.

No one knows what happened to her that night, but she was never found. Some say she got in a car wreck. Some say other crazy things. When the cops arrived that fifty years ago, they found vines in every room of the house, but they never found Amanda.


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