Can YOU write the next part of the story?

Cressida Cowell, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate and the author and illustrator of the How To Train Your Dragon and Wizards of Once series, has written beginning of a new story  for First News readers. She’s handing over to you to imagine what happens next, and remember – absolutely anything is possible in the world of magic, so let your imagination run wild…
‘Nothing can get in the window when I’ve done the spell to shut it,’ said Ferocity, trying to calm her pet boggart, Guggalugs, before getting into bed. Guggalugs was not convinced. He was about the size of your hand, and he waddled up and down the bedclothes, clouds of purple smoke coming out of his ears, which is what happens when boggarts get anxious.

Ferocity’s father had gone out hunting, so it was just Guggalugs and Ferocity, all alone in Seeker’s Cott age, surrounded by the tangle of the forest. ‘The Tappers are coming out of hibernation,’ whispered Guggalugs. ‘…and Tappers are Child-snatchers…’ Ferocity picked Guggalugs up. ‘I spelled that window so tight, that not even a dust-sprite could wriggle their way in,’ said Ferocity firmly. Ferocity was not the worrying type and she was really quite an accomplished spell-maker for an 11-year- old. And boggarts change their minds easily, so looking into her bright hypnotic eyes calmed the little creature, and the smoke coming out of his ears turned from the purple of anxiety to a much more jolly yellow. ‘You’re right!’ squealed Guggalugs trustingly, and he fell instantly asleep, tipping forward and snoring loudly into the bedclothes. Ferocity made him comfy, before falling asleep herself.

But much later, the smoke drifting out of Guggalugs’s sleeping ears turned from yellow to midnight black. The ears of the boggart had heard something, although the boggart slept on. The sound was coming from the window. ‘Tap,’ went the sound. ‘Tap… tap… TAP…’

Can you write the next part of the story? Each week we’ll be asking First News readers to continue Cressida’s story by writing the next 250 words. You can submit your part of the story at [email protected], popping Story into the subject line. We’ll pick one entry to print next week!

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