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The Strange World of Trancid


It was an average day in Telius, California. I, the best ninth grader in all history, have found a map whilst I was digging with my dog for fun. I know it’s Monday morning, but it was important, so I ran to my friend’s house before school. Being late as always, he ran out the door and collided with me.


“What are you doing at my house so early, Charlotte!?”, exclaimed Jake.

“You call this early? We have two minutes before we’re late!”, I explained to him.

“Fine, what do you want anyway?”

“Look”, I said as I held out the map. “Where do you think it leads to? Do you think there might be treasure at the end?”

“Well, it better not be some sort of cheesy treasure, like ‘Now you guys trust each other and have the treasure of friendship!’”, he said in a sarcastic tone.

“It doesn’t look too far, it leads to Trancid Park. I bet we could find whatever it is before second period. Do you want to skip with me today?”

“Fine, only because I’m ahead of my first period and everyone there annoys me.”

I cheered and clapped him on the back to show my appreciation. We paced towards the park, occasionally ducking behind bushes to avoid being spotted by any adults. At the entrance, and this is the best part, is the start of the maze. Yes, Trancid Park is actually a giant maze of hedges. At the beginning, there are two paths. If you go left, it’ll be easy getting out. Although, if you go right, it’s nearly impossible to find your way back to the start. Every path after going right, is a dead end.

“So where are we headed?”, Jake asked.

“That’s a great question!”, I looked at my map, “It says to go to the path on the right.”

“That’s absurd, there’s nothing there.”

“Look, the map says take a right. This map will also show us how to get out. There’s no problem at all.”

“Uh, how about second period, and the rest of the day?”

He looked skeptical, and I didn’t want to go through that maze alone. I had to do what I could, I had to deceive him.

“Okay, fine. Be that way, I’ll go in alone, but if I don’t make it, I’m going to blame you.”, those were to be my last words. I ran to the right, and Jake ran in after me.

“Do you expect me to leave you alone like that? If I lose you, people will think I murdered you and hid you somewhere!”

I navigated my way around according to the direction the map told us to go. He peered over my shoulder and looked around a few times to make sure we’re going the right way. Which we were, thanks to my expertise.

“Hey, what’s over there?” Jake shouted while pointing at the hole of a tree at a dead end.

I looked at the map, “That’s our destination” I concluded.

“Really? You think there’s treasure hidden in it?”

“Maybe, let me take a look-”, I was interrupted by myself falling into the tree hole.

“Charlotte!”, Jake screamed as he desperately tried to grab a hold of me. It was too late, I fell down the hole for about half an hour and found myself falling asleep. I guess I must have dozed off because when I opened my eyes, Jake was standing in front of me.

“Jake? Did you fall down too?”, I asked.

“It’s not important, follow me. I found an exit.”, Jake answered. I reluctantly followed until we came to a cardboard wall. He pushed it open and revealed a large flash of light. I saw him smiling and he disappeared. Suddenly, it became dark again. I followed the light as it dimmed, getting farther and farther, colder and colder. I ran hard, and grabbed the light.

“Wake up.”, the light ordered.

“I’m not asleep though”, I argued.

“Wake up! You’re going to be late for school!”, it ordered again. I scrunched up my face in confusion, until the light vanished and I felt a hard smack against my cheek.

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