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Fridge Flash: The Conch

March 25, 2016

This week’s Fridge Flash from sixth grader Maddie Silver includes what might just be our new favorite onomatopoeic word. Read on to find out what it is!

By Maddie Silver

I was at the beach at the time, walking along the hot sand, not too far from the water. I happened to stumble and looked down.

“Why, it’s a conch!” I exclaimed as I picked it up. “Can I hear the ocean?” I put it up to my ear and heard nothing. I sighed and started to put it down.

“Wait!” Whispered a small voice that seem to be coming from the conch. “ I am stuck in this shell! please, can you come back at midnight to free me?”

“Hmmm… Well, I can try, but why midnight? Because I could always do it now.” I offered.

“I can only be freed at midnight.” The voice murmured. “So don’t do it now.”

“Alright. I will be back at the spot.” I declared.

What a strange little shell. But – wow! Someone trapped in the shell! I thought.

I left my motel room at 11: 50 P.M. and took the short 5 – minute walk on the beach.

I came to the place where I had found the conch.

“I am here.” I announced. “What do I do?”

“Oh, oh! Just stand, mortal! I am BACK!” The voice boomed out over the beach.

“What is happening?!” I shouted.

“I am NOT like you, mortal. Time for you to serve your time!”

“AAAAAHHHH!” I screamed as I started getting sucked into the shell.



I was in the shell.

And, to this day, I am waiting, waiting for my turn. For my victim to come at midnight.


Maddie_Silver-194Madeleine Silver is an 11-year-old 6th grader from Portland, Oregon. She lives with her parents, brothers, and her chihuahua named Bunny. She enjoys reading, writing, sleeping, and hiking. She aspires to be a lawyer one day and describes herself as determined, stubborn, and passionate. Maddie got her idea for this story whilst daydreaming in Humanities class, looking at a picture of the beach on the wall. She hopes you enjoy!




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