Shivers ran down Ella’s spine. She was nothing more than terrified. The moment was creeping closer, the claws were making Ella horrified. She didn’t know what to do. She was panicking.
Ella felt a horrible sensation in her tummy. All that went in came out. Harriet screamed in terror and moved away from Ella.
A few hours later (but what seemed like years to Ella) the bus stopped at its destination- Sunglaze Camp.
Ella felt like shrieking, she wanted to escape. But she couldn’t. She was surrounded by a swarm of teachers and fellow students, and their eyes were fixed on Ella. They all made fun of her. Ella couldn’t feel worse. She was in the middle of nowhere, homesick, unwell and apprehensive. What would she do?
The sky was a vast, black canvas with small white diamonds perched on it. Everyone were stargazing, except Ella. Ella had refused to go stargazing, because she wasn’t ready to hear people making fun of her. Ella was curled up in her dorm, fast asleep. Her mind wasn’t asleep though. It was filled with horrendous nightmares about tomorrow’s high ropes activity. Ella couldn’t sleep peacefully. It was because of her carelessness. She’d left her true best friend behind. She missed Mum, Dad and Nan. They’d always be there for her, but she was hundreds of miles away from her family, and her dear Worry Doll. The wolves howled. Ella shuddered. Her eyes opened in horror in a split second. There were no teachers nor students in her dorm. She felt terribly upset. Everyone else were in safe hands.
“It’s my fault. If I didn’t refuse to go stargazing, then I’d be in safe hands,” she thought to herself.
The wolves approached Ella’s dorm. Ella was so scared, she began to panic yet again, but before she could cry for help..
“Ella, are you alright?”
It was Harriet. She dragged Ella, grabbed Ella’s bag and took her into a dorm a few metres away.
The dorm which Harriet took Ella into had no sign of wolves, or any nocturnal animal. It was a peaceful, but lively dorm with six girls seated on beanbags.
“Oh Harriet, how can I thank you?” uttered Ella, gratefully.
“That’s what friends are for!” replied Harriet, with a smile.
Before she knew it, Ella fell into a deep sleep. She’d completely forgotten about her dreaded ‘tomorrow.’
The morning approached. The sun was rising, and the rooster could be heard. Ella woke up with a start.
Ella felt normal and relaxed until…
She could see the high ropes. They were tied across two gigantic trees, almost thirty metres above the ground.
Ella had enough. She was angry, furious in fact. She was miserable.Why her? Why did she have to do the high ropes? Why wouldn’t her Worry Doll be with her? She felt guilty.
The time was coming. Everyone were in a line, wearing their helmet and black waterproof suit. Ella had no choice but to wear the suit and helmet. She really loathed heights, she didn’t have a clue what to do.
The first girl in the queue climbed up the ladder and onto the high ropes. She was confident and careful, and completed the high ropes in an instant. The nerves swept in Ella. She shook and shuddered.
The high ropes were being done by everyone in a flash. Before she knew it, it was Ella’s turn. A gang of girls were giggling at poor Ella, however Harriet was encouraging her.
A twinkling voice was heard in Ella’s mind. “Believe, believe, believe.” the voice said softly. Ella didn’t know who the voice belonged to, but it was an immense confidence booster.
Ella obeyed the voice. She believed, and climbed up the ladder. Ella was starting to feel better, and she thanked the voice, her support.
Halfway through the high ropes, Ella felt something in her suit pocket. She firmly gripped the high ropes, and glanced at what was in her pocket.
It was none other than her Worry Doll!
Ella’s mind soared with happiness. She successfully completed the high ropes, and her Worry Doll magically appeared in her pocket!
Everyone cheered and clapped. They never expected Ella to do so well.
Ella delightfully ran to her dorm, and clutched her Worry Doll tightly.
“I’ll be back, whenever you need me. I won’t leave you!” said the soft voice.
Ella examined her Worry Doll, and to her surprise, the soft voice belonged to the doll! “This doll is Enchanted!” Ella exclaimed to herself. Ella was surprised, and proud to be the owner of a magical, life saving, wooden doll.
“You’ll be my best friend!” Ella said to her Worry Doll.
“Forever.” her Worry Doll replied.