Sarah loves candy, especially Jelly Bellys. She loves them so much that every year she goes to the Jelly Belly Factory in California. It is only a couple of hours from where she lives in San Francisco. Her mom used to take her for her birthday every year, but ever since she turned 16 and was able to drive she uses her birthday money to by Jelly Bellys. When she goes to the factory she buys lots and lots of Jelly Bellys. She even bought ten pounds once, but that was only when she turned 16 and had lots of birthday money. She gets up early in the morning so she can get to the factory right as it opens so she can get first pick.
At the factory there is a wall filled with every flavor. They are in plastic containers and you can fill a bag with your favorites. The wall is very long, about 50 feet long. There are also about 10 shelves with all ready packaged bags. Each year there are one or two new flavors. These are the first Jelly Bellys Sarah tries. In 2011 when Sarah was 18 there were five new flavors, the most Sarah had ever seen. They were all mixed in a big two-pound bag. Sarah went over to the counter and asked why they had so many new flavors and why they were in a bag and not in a plastic container on the wall like they usually were. The woman at the counter said they just released the flavors that morning, and they had only made that one bag because they did not know if the flavors were good. Sarah immediately went over to the shelf where the bag was and grabbed it.
After getting a two-pound bag of “belly flops”, messed up Jelly Bellys, and another two-pound bag of mixed Jelly Bellys, Sarah went to the cashier to pay.
The person who was at the cash register was different this time. She rung up the 3 bags of Jelly Bellys and when the new bag was the only bag left she said in a weird tone, “Well, have fun with these. They are magical. I would be careful about when you eat these. You never know what will happen.”
Sarah did not know how to respond to this so she said, “Thank you for the warning. I will be careful.”
When Sarah was back at home she opened the bag that held the three bags of Jelly Bellys that she had bought that day. She took out the three bags and placed them on the counter. She then took the three bags of Jelly Bellys up to her room, she placed them on her desk, and opened up the bag of “magical” Jelly Bellys and took out one of each of the five different flavors. The five flavors were five different colors. They were pink, orange, blue, green, and black. She did not like licorice (which is usually black) at all so Sarah planned to try that one last. Her favorite flavor was bubble gum, which is usually pink, so she took the pink one out of her hand and popped it in her mouth. It tasted odd. She thought it was going to be a bubble gum flavor but it was not. It tasted like bacon. Sarah was not very fond of this flavor, she does not like bacon, so she went to pop an orange one in her mouth but she started to feel dizzy. Her vision blurred and she started to hear pigs squeal. She did not know what was happening.
Seconds later Sarah was falling towards a jungle, full of poisonous flowers, plants and animals, at full speed. She closed her eyes and prayed that she would live through the fall. Suddenly out of nowhere an object broke her fall. The object was soft and pink. It could not be a bird because the texture was off. It felt like very old, very used sandpaper. She did not know what it was. Sarah opened her eyes she gasped. She was surprised to see that the “creature” was a flying pig with angel white wings. “A flying pig!” Sarah exclaimed.
When Sarah and the pig landed safely on the ground Sarah took the blue Jelly Belly out of her hand and placed it in her mouth. She knew that the Jelly Bellys got her here and that they could get her home. This one tasted like seafood but she stayed where she was. Nothing happened. “Maybe I am stuck here forever,” she thought to herself.
Sarah looked into the pig’s eyes. They were a dark chocolaty brown just like hers.
“Do you want to be my friend?” Sarah asked the pig.
The pig answered Sarah with a look that no one could explain. The pig wanted to be Sarah’s friend.
Sarah knew how she got to the jungle but she did not know what she had to do to get back home. She placed the three Jelly Bellys that were in her hand in her pocket because she thought they were useless. She started walking towards the sound of water because she knew that she would be able to see more.
On the way to the water she passed breath-taking sights. Tall trees with moss covered vines, animals like deer and bunnies roaming everywhere, and lots more flying pigs. The forest looked a lot like a rain forest in South America and the Redwood forest put together, but there are no flying pigs on Earth. Everywhere Sarah went the flying pig followed. The pig flew just above her left shoulder. It was like a “real shadow”.
As Sarah was walking towards the water, just when she could see the water she thought of the perfect name for the pig. She thought she was stuck here forever so she wanted the pig to have a name. She asked, “Hey little pig! Do you want to stay with me because if you do, you need a name?”
The pig squealed. Sarah took this as a yes. “Ok!” She said, “I was thinking Shadow because you are my “real shadow”, the one that I can talk to. You will have to keep me company while I figure out how to get myself home. Do you know how I can get home?”
When Sarah mentioned home, the pig got all jumpy. Sarah did not know if it was because the pig knew how she could get home or if it was because Shadow did not want her to go home. No matter what the answer was, Shadow started pushing Sarah towards the water.
“What do you want? Slow down!” Sarah screamed. Shadow kept pushing her forward. At some points Sarah almost fell over but she caught herself each time. Shadow kept pushing her even closer to the water. Sarah did not need to be pushed because she was thirsty. When a waterfall and a lake came into view Sarah started running. Shadow quickly flew in front of Sarah and stopped her, dead in her tracks. “What?” Sarah screamed.
This time Sarah was answered by a deep mysterious voice. “You can not drink the water if you want to get out of here. This is a magical rainforest. If you eat or drink anything you find in this place, you are stuck here forever. I made that mistake once.”
Sarah looked around frantically for the person from which this voice was coming. There was no one in sight. But then the bush rustled and a tall, thin, dirty man with a very long beard and dark, black, knife-cut hair appeared. Sarah began to back up and was ready to run away.
At that moment, the man snapped at Sarah, “Stop! Don’t move!”
“You can eat another Jelly Belly and get out of he-“
Sarah interrupted him, “No, you can’t. I tried already,”
“Yes, you can. All you need is to be holding a special rock. You will find the rock behind a waterfall in a small cave just big enough to crawl in. Earth is the only place that you do not need a rock because it would be too hard to find. The Jelly Belly will place you with in one mile of the rock but just far enough away that you will have an adventure trying to get to the rock,”
“How will I find the waterfall?”
“There will always be an animal ready to help you. I hope you find your way home. Here is the rock, I have had it ever since I got stuck here, just in case I ever found the Jelly Bellys I lost and the food is all out of my system. I will find it again later. Bye!”
The man handed Sarah the rock, it was bright blue with lime green stripes and the size of her palm. She said goodbye to Shadow, took the orange Jelly Belly out of her pocket, and placed it in her mouth. It started to dissolve. The Jelly Belly tasted like dirt. The rock was pulled out of her hand and suddenly she was standing on something that looked like Mars.
“This looks like Mars,” Sarah said to herself. She looked up into the sky and there, in space was a tiny blue, green, and white planet. “Goodness!” Sarah exclaimed, “I really am on Mars!”
In science class they had studied about how the planets had formed and Sarah knew that because of the size of Mars it lost its magnetic field and the sun dried up the planet. “How am I going to find a waterfall on a planet with no water?”
Just then a noise from behind a big rock caught Sarah’s attention. A little green creature peeked around the rock. The little creature looked scared. Sarah said, “Hi there little guy,” in her softest voice, “Do you know where I can find a waterfall?”
When Sarah said “waterfall”, the little creature ran over to Sarah and sat down at her feet. He was about one foot tall and looked like a green furless monkey. Sarah started to sit down next to him but he got up instead. The monkey started jumping up and down pointing to a big cave about 200 feet away from where they stood. Sarah understood what the monkey creature was trying to say and she started walking towards the cave entrance. Sarah did not really want to go into the cave because it looked pitch black, but the closer to the cave they got, the lighter it looked. When Sarah and the creature were 10 feet away from the cave the monkey creature stopped walking. Sarah looked at his face and she could see fear in his eyes.
“What’s wrong?” Sarah asked him.
He answered her question by turning around and pointing at a big animal, the size of an elephant, charging at them. The creature was like an elephant but it had 6 tusks, not 2. The creature had razor sharp teeth, spikes down its back and on its tail and claws. It was nothing like an elephant, it was a nonexistent creature that existed.
“Help!” Sarah screamed. She grabbed the monkey creature and ran into the cave. She ran until she was far enough into the cave to feel safe, but she could still see the monster. He was at the cave’s entrance. She looked closer, the monster was not going to fit in the cave.
To Sarah’s right there was a steep slope that Sarah thought would lead under ground.
When the monster came in contact with the cave, it started to crumble. At that moment, Sarah took off down the hill at full speed with the monkey at her heels.
When the ground started to flatten out, Sarah turned around and looked at the hill. It was at least 100 feet long and at the top was the monster still trying to get to Sarah. She did not feel like being lunch so she let the monkey creature lead her farther into the cave.
After half an hour of walking in the dark tunnel, Sarah and the monkey-creature came to a split in the tunnel. There were two ways to go. Sarah started to go right because it was lighter, but the monkey-creature took her hand and pulled her into the tunnel to the left. They continued along the windy path.
After another hour of walking they came to an opening. It was a big dome with a cliff on the right. It looked like it was a waterfall a long time ago.
“Was this once a waterfall? Were these tunnels once an underground river?”
To answer Sarah’s questions the monkey-creature nodded his head and pointed at the cliff. In the middle of the cliff was a small cave just big enough for a person to crawl in.
“Yeah!” Sarah exclaimed, “It’s the cave! How do I get up there, though?” Sarah had a new challenge, she found the cave but know she had to find a way to get into the cave.
Almost as if it had heard Sarah’s question, an animal appeared over the ledge. It was a Mars version of a Pegasus. It was not furry, but was white and had angel white wings. It flew down to where Sarah and the monkey-creature were standing.
The monkey-creature started jumping up and down, pointing back and forth at Sarah, then at the Pegasus. He wanted Sarah to get on the Pegasus. So Sarah went over to the Pegasus and touched it. I did not bite her or anything so she climbed on its back.
When Sarah was secure on its back the Pegasus took off. It flew up to the cave and let Sarah climb off its back and into the cave before it flew back to the ground. Sarah felt around the cave and found the stone. Before she ate the Jelly Belly she waved to the monkey creature and wondered how she could breathe on a planet with no atmosphere. “I wonder, how I was able to breath on a planet with no atmosphere?” She answered her own question, “Well, the man said this place was magical!”
Sarah took her last two Jelly Bellys out of her pocket. She only had two left, a green and a black. She chose the green one. Sarah placed it in her mouth. It tasted like bark. “I wonder where this one will take me. I hope it takes me home.”
The rock was pulled out of her hand. The cave disappeared and all Sarah saw were trees, trees, and more trees. The trees were very tall and covered in moss and flowers. She did not see any animals there to help her so she set off towards the sound of people. Sarah did not even have to walk for 30 minutes before she found a village. She started asking around for help. She came to a man and he was holding a rock that had eyes. He looked very smart so she walked up to him.
“Hi there. My name is Sarah. I am not sure how I got here. Is there a water fall around here?”
“Yes, there is,” answered the rock. “My name is Pebbloid. I live around here. I could show you the way.”
“Thank you so much! That would be so helpful!”
“Yes, my pleasure, but first I have to do some errands for the king. You could help if you like. I could answer more questions if you have any.”
“Yes, that sounds like fun,” Sarah responded.
“Great! First I have to go deliver a letter to the Walking city of Diction,” Pebbloid said.
“Okay! My first question is, Where am I?”
“You are in Rocklor, a province in Diddorol,” Pebbloid answered, “Diddorol is a kingdom on the planet, Grecel (Gree-cell). We are in the galaxy right next to the Milky Way.”
“Cool! The Milky Way is where I live. I live on a planet called Earth!” Sarah exclaimed, “What is the Walking City of Diction?
“The Walking City of Diction is the capital of Rocklor, just like Capital City is the capital of Diddorol. Capital City is located in Fastidiosa.”
“That is amazing!” said Sarah.
Sarah and Pebbloid had reached the Walking City of Diction. Pebbloid told Sarah to wait outside the capital while he delivered the letter. When he returned he told Sarah where she could find a map of the Enchanted Forest. On her way to go find the map she saw a lemur jumping from tree to tree. It was a ringtail lemur like the ones that live in Madagascar. Sarah stopped walking and the lemur jumped onto her shoulder.
“Are you here to help me find the waterfall?”
The lemur answered by jumping back on to the tree. Sarah followed him into the forest. She did not have to walk long before she could hear a waterfall. When they reached the waterfall, Sarah saw that the waterfall was only about 20 feet wide. There was a branch sticking out halfway down the waterfall. She thought that was where the cave was.
She asked the lemur, “How can I get to that branch?”
He showed her a tree with lots of vines. He climbed up the tree, grabbed a vine and swung out to the branch. The lemur grabbed a hold of the branch and climbed into the cave. Sarah knew what she had to do. She had to do the same thing. She grabbed the lowest branches of the tree the monkey climbed and started making her way to the top of the tree. When she reached the top of the tree she grabbed a vine, held on a tight as she could, and pushed away from the tree.
Sarah felt like Tarzan, flying through the air. When she neared the branch, she let go of the vine with one hand and reached for the branch. When she felt the branch in her hand, she grabbed it and took her other hand off the vine and held on to the branch. She used her arm strength to hoist herself up onto the branch. She crawled through the waterfall into the cave. She found the rock, said goodbye to the Lemur, took the black Jelly Belly out of her pocket and ate it. The rock was pulled from her hand and Sarah found herself back in her bedroom.
“Wow! That was an interesting adventure,” Sarah said to herself, “No more of those Jelly Bellys.”
Every time after that when Sarah went to the Jelly Belly Factory she only bought her favorite flavors. She did not want to go on another adventure like that all over again. Sarah did keep those Jelly Bellys and every once in a while she goes to visit her friends. She still has not eaten the blue Jelly Belly, the one she tried to eat. The Jelly Belly that tasted like seafood.