CMS Young Writers News

MORE Vermont Writes at Colchester Middle School! Recently we shared information about students at Colchester Middle School participating in the Vermont Writes opportunity offered by The Young Writer’s Project (YWP) . Last week, Dasha Serdyuk’s YWP submission was featured in the Colchester Sun. Congratulations to Dasha! If you missed it in last week’s edition, here is her story starter:

The Golden Staircase
by Dasha Serdyuk

     I rubbed my eyes, sitting up on my plush queen sized bed. Despite my best efforts, I was still awake. My alarm clock read 12:00, midnight. I’ve been trying to fall asleep for the past two hours. Through my window I see the moon, illuminating my room in a silvery glow. I stand up, maybe a glass of milk will help me fall asleep. But as I near my bedroom door, I see that there’s a light peeking out from the other side. My parents are in Toronto visiting family, so there’s no one in the house but me. Curiously I step out, I was sure that I had turned off all the lights. I proceeded to walk to the kitchen, I’ll admit, I was a little nervous. As I entered the kitchen, I noticed that I had left the lights on. I drank my glass of milk and shrugged away the previous five minutes, thinking very little of it. As I left the kitchen and turned the lights off, I was astounded to notice that the mysterious light, had not left. It was sprawled on the floor, illuminating the dirty wooden boards that I had yet to sweep. Looking for the source of the light, I saw that it was coming from the closet. I reached my pale hand out for the doorknob, the cold of the metal sending a shiver down my spine. I wait for a moment, hand on the doorknob, and then I fling the door open. Only to see the most shining and beautiful staircase, climbing into the sky, lighting the few clouds above in a golden glow. The staircase was a gorgeous gold, patterns etched into the delicate material. Carefully, I took one step, nothing happens, I take another, and start sprinting up the staircase, into the glowing sky above.


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