Last summer, I woke up from a dream where I had discovered time travel! In my dream, a few friends and I (we were children) had discovered a portal that sometimes appears on posters. One of our friends had gone into a portal alone, the rest of us scrambled together and went after him. Once we were on the other side, the portal closed and we were stuck. We were in a little general store where the store keeper served us a sample of a pastry. The pastry popped out of the bottom of a toaster type oven and was the most delicious thing I had ever tasted. The crust was crispy and warm and the filling was sweet and fruity. It reminded me of the breakfast foods we sometimes eat at my house, only a million times better. Anyway, when I woke up, I wrote a story.
Josie and her friends come across a portal on an old circus poster while exploring old abandoned buildings. The portal takes them to a real circus set in the 1920’s where they witness the amazing acrobatic performance by Lillian Leitzel. They make it out safely and form their new club, The Portal Adventure Club or the P.A.C.. Later that evening, Josie looks up Leitzel and discovers that she dies after a fall in Copenhagen. Wanting to save the performer, she finds a way to get a note to her. Does it change history and make a difference? Unfortunately it does not. However, Leitzel does get a message back to Josie through the report on her death:
Thank you for the warning, but nothing can keep me from flying through the air. Not even death.
The circus character in this story is based off of a real person. Her famous act and death are recorded according to the historical references found regarding her life. The note at the end is totally fiction.
I entered this story in the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition and won Honorable Mention. There is my super cool winning metal image that Writer’s Digest sent me!
I plan to continue writing this into a complete middle grade fiction book.