8-12 Group First Place 2018


The Claw Machine by Jamie Sturgeon

Chet knew what to say, but didn't want to. The words were lodged in the front of
his head. His mother had a furious face. It appeared she wouldn't fall for anything. He
frantically murmured something that sounded like "I didn't do it you brainless woman".
She stared through him and finally found herself yelling at him once more, "I know you
broke the vase, Chet! Stay in your room and think about what you've done". She closed
his bedroom door and went to the kitchen.

Chet was annoyed. His family always blamed things on him. He didn't break the
vase, his sister did. He was out exploring like always. He wanted to take a break from
his thick headed family. He noticed a shiny, silver ladder next to his bed and snached it.

He opened his window, threw it down, and climbed out.

He ran and ran only stopping for a broken piece of rock. He caught a glance of a
broken down arcade. He carefully walked in noticing a sign taped to a brown, old, rusted
claw machine. He walked closer to the sign. It read "DO NOT PRESS THE BUTTON".
Chet didn't care, he smashed it anyway. He felt a tingling feeling throughout his body
and thought to himself, "the sign said not to press the button, BUT I DID.

A thunderous swirling began to tug Chet closer to the machine. Suddenly, it was
dark. Chet couldn't feel anything whatsoever. He could see tiny gaps of light above him.
Chet started to push the darkness as sudden light appeared. Faint whispers filled the
big box. Chet was confused, he didn't know where he was. An answer came to him as
fast as thunder as he suddenly realized he had been sucked into the claw machine. He
glanced down and saw that he was fuzzy like the rest of the stuffed animals. He
screamed loud like a firecracker, there were gasps from the other fluffy balls. He walked
up to the prize shoot and went down until he got stuck at the flap. A shy fluff nugget
came from the side and told him it was broken. He screamed even louder this time
waking some of the sleeping fluffs.

"THE ROCK!" Chet remembered. He took it out of his pocket. At the shy fluff's
suggestion Chet stood on her, took his arm back, and flung it at the glass. it shattered
and flew around everyone. Chet and the fluffer jumped out of the machine. He felt a
familiar tingle, but ignored it. He was so happy to be out of the arcade. He looked at
miss fluff. She was no longer a stuffed animal. He looked at himself and saw the same.
His face lit with joy as they both chuckled, "The name's June, you?" asked the fluff
"Chet" he replied. "See ya" said June "yeah". Chet bolted home and hugged his mom.

''l'M SO GLAD TO BE HOME" said Chet. "I'll go glue the vase back together.