Zi Jian Wang ,（10 years old， Canada.）
Ding! Ding! Ding!
“The school is finally over! Summer has finally arrived.” said Ryan. “I dare you to make a bet with me,”said Jake. “What’s the bet,” asked Ryan. “The bet is that you go into the haunted house and stay in there for an hour and bring something with you to prove that you had stayed in the house and not just hide in the backyard,” replied Jake. “You got the bet, but how much are we going to bet for,” asked Ryan again. “Not much, just 75 bucks, I don’t want bet too much on this one,” replied Jake. “All right, but when are we going to meet,” asked Ryan. “I will meet you on Friday at 6:00 in your house,”
After Ryan went home, he grabbed a snack and thought it would be nice to see what the haunted house was like , Ryan had just moved into the neighborhood, so he didn’t know anything about the haunted house. He took the bet just because he didn’t want Jake to take him as a chicken and he wanted to buy a play station badly. Ryan rode his bike down the street, and he was trying to guess which one was the haunted house. He soon found a house looked old and worn out. He was 100 per cent sure that was the haunted house. The house number was 513; he thought that it might mean Friday the 13th, the bet day. It was a huge house and the front yard was the most ugly yard he had ever seen in his life, it was full of weeds and the weeds blocked the front door. He went around the house and saw the backyard, it was even worse than the front yard; it had tons of spider web between the trees and flies flying around the garbage on the ground.
The very next day Ryan woke up and saw his mom sitting on his bed. “Are you okay,” asked Ryan’s mom. Ryan told his mom everything about the bet. “Well, it’s your choice whether you do the bet or not, I’m not going to stop you from doing anything, but just be careful,” said Ryan’s Mom. “Thanks mom,” said Ryan. After Ryan had his breakfast, he rode his bike to the library. He went to the newspaper section and he found a title “House 135 in Senater.ave’s owner had disappeared.” “Oh, my god” Ryan cried. Now he knew why it was called the haunted house. Ryan really wanted to take the bet back, but he couldn’t, otherwise he would have to pay Jake 75 dollars.
After dinner, Ryan was very nervous about the bet. Goo-goo! Goo-goo! Oh no, 6 o’ clock, time was up. Dingdong, dingdong. “Ryan, Jake is here.” said his mom. “Hey Ryan, are you ready to do the bet,” asked Jake. “Yeah, I’m pretty sure I am.” They went to the haunted house together. Ryan had only brought a flashlight, and a pocket knife. “See you after an hour.” said Jake. “So long, Jake.” said Ryan. Ryan went into the house, he was very scared, he saw a picture that’s just like the one he saw on the newspaper, he was even more scared after he thought about what it said on the newspaper. Suddenly, “Ah……!”
Ryan fell into a secret room, it was too hard for Ryan to climb up, the only way to get out was to find another tunnel. Ryan walked forward, he saw a body right in front of him, and there was a piece of wood on him. Ryan was pretty sure that the body was the owner, and he must have come into this secret room and this piece of wood fell and knocked him down. Now Ryan was not sacred any more, because he knew that the owner didn’t really disappear, people just didn’t find him. He saw a light right in front of him, he followed the light there was a stair right in front of him. “Yahoo.” cried Ryan. He climbed up the stair and moved the rock on top of it. He was in the back yard. He looked at his watch and it was perfectly 1 hour. He saw a baseball right in front of him, he suddenly remembered the bet. Jake said he had to bring something with him as a prove. He picked up the baseball and walked outside the gate. “Where is your prove,” asked Jake. “Right here” said Ryan. Jake had nothing to say, he gave Ryan the money with a hateful face.
Ryan hurried home, he called the police and led the police into the secret room and told the police everything. “You are a very brave kid, without you, we would probably never solve the mystery,” said the police. “We will reward you with 100 dollars for your help, thank you very much.”
Ryan’s story was posted on the newspaper and he became a hero in the neighborhood. Ryan never forgot the day he became an explorer after he grew up.
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