katie and emporium of secrets

  Katie and the emporium of secrets  



Even though it was Christmas and every shop on earth would be drenched in lights that would make you squint that was not the case for the emporium of secrets. Even though it was placed in the middle of summer road you could not walk along it without feeling the chills, the gold ember bricks would seem like they were closing in on you and no one not even the bravest would go down it. well, everyone but Katie English. 




Katie had always been fearless; she would stand up to anyone and she could jump of a plane without goosebumps, she could even wrestle a rhino! (Maybe not but you get what I mean, she was fearless) but she was also such a funny and curious girl. 

One Monday morning Katie was going out for a walk to the post box to post her Christmas presents for her family. When she noticed a long narrow dark scary alleyway. She knew that if she walked down that alleyway, she would have to take a trip to trouble and a ride on a rocky roller-coaster, but she had to. It was too mysterious to resist. 

Katie crept down the alley as slowly and quietly as she could expecting something to jump out at her when she found a sign, she tried to make out what it said under all of the spray paint “summer road” it read Katie looked around at the dark rocky terrifying alleyway and murmured “Summer Road? I don’t get it.” Katie wandered in further, and it felt like the walls were getting smaller and smaller and that there were hundreds of horrible bugs crawling all over her, Katie started to panic what was happening! She sat down against the wall to calm herself down when suddenly the wall started to open behind her! Katie stood up. Startled she turned back and saw a heavy wooden door. But little did she know what would be waiting behind her. 

Katie turned and found herself in a beautiful summery warm place. So warm that she had to take her jacket off, in the middle of winter! It had a magnificent waterfall casting a refreshing breeze into the air, hundreds of beautiful blossom trees towering over the lush emerald, green grass, there were beautiful apple trees, Butterflys, Deers, Peacocks and every other beautiful animal you could imagine. Katie looked around and lay down on the green grass as a little bunny ran over to her and lay down beside her Katie felt like she was in heaven. Katie looked around thinking “where did this come from?”. She had posted hundreds of presents for years and there had never been an alley beside the post-box. How had this place appeared? Where would it lead her to? She had so many questions that she couldn’t answer. Katie got up and looked around she noticed a door that looked like the one she had come through she got up and pushed the door… 

Katie looked up a found herself staring into the cloudy eyes of tall old man clutching a heavy old book, a tall grand tiger sat on a bed beside him. Katie backed away in fear the man said, “do not be scared, this is my magical emporium”. 



“This is my tiger fluffy do not be scared he acts like a puppy” murmured the man Katie looked confused and thought “a pet tiger?” Katie looked around but the man interrupted her thoughts and said, “Sorry my name is Nathaniel but call me Nat” Katie stared and asked, “What is that?” Nat stared at the book and said nervously “nothing, nothing at all just don t touch it!” Katie was alarmed and she muttered “can I look around?” Nat said yes and Katie looked around the magical place dreamily, but she was nervously avoiding the sleeping tiger. After the man had left the place was silent, Katie started to feel funny around the book by herself she knew that she should never touch someone else’s stuff, but this was different the book was beckoning her towards it she had to see what was inside! 

Katie hauled the cover open and stared into the pages and pages of magical drawings and notes and stories and every wonderful thing you could imagine! Katie took a seat beside the waterfall and read the book until she realised every time she turned a page another was added, and it seemed that the book was never ending! The book had sparked hundreds of ideas in her mind, and she felt like she would explode! The drawings of ships, cottages, magical forests, under water houses and the stories of talking monkeys and walking fish were incredible, who had come up with this idea? 

Suddenly she heard a roar! She looked around and the heavy tiger was bounding towards her, she didn’t have time to run so she just stayed where she was. by the time the tiger had reached her it had lay down and was licking her face and cuddling into her Katie laughed a then felt fluffy drop something on her, a pen! What would she do with it though? Katie looked at the tiger who was sitting on front of the open book it had a big blank page staring her in the eye she couldn’t resist and found herself drawing and under water cabin with dolphins and fish and octopus and every underwater animal she could imagine! after her hand was to sore to keep going, she found herself being scooped up onto Fluffy’s back. Katie squealed and grabbed on to Fluffy’s thick heavy skin and laughed as a minty breeze flew into her face, she looked around at the different doors. Some were yellow and covered in bananas, some were red and covered in apples and there was even a silver door with jagged sharp spikes flying out! Suddenly Fluffy came to a halt at a large blue door covered in shells and star fish and sand! Katie looked down and felt Fluffy nudging her towards the door and he pawed it as if to say “go on” Katie pushed the door open and saw a blue world with a cabin, it was exactly like the one she had drawn! 

Without thinking about how she would breathe under water, Katie stepped into the wonderful room. How was this happening she was walking under water, breathing under water! She looked around and saw fish swimming there were octopus, fish, sharks, dolphins and right in the middle was the same cabin she had drawn in the book. Katie ran towards it to see if she would be lucky enough to find the thing she longed for, but little did she know what would happen next… 



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