“Hey, wait for me! You know I am a slow runner,” screamed Diya as her friends bounded across the street. She was the one with straight black hair (which she tied in a ponytail) and great observation and gymnastic excellence. However, she was bad at sports.
Her friends, Aditi and Akshata, laughed at her and said, “Dear Diya, you may be great in observation and gymnastics, but you are still slow when it comes to sports. When will you ever catch up?”
“Oh, my dear! I feel like I’m boiling! So be quiet,” Diya said crossly. Her friends knew her well – old bad-tempered Diya was always cross.
Aditi had long black hair which she wore in a plait, and she was awfully kind and friendly. Akshata, on the other hand, had curly brown hair and she was a clever girl. The girls used her as an advisor.
The girls raced to the hilltop where there was a park that they loved to play in every day. They were besties, so they always played together. Of course, you may have guessed, Diya was always last, and Akshata won the race as usual. They were chatting happily, when, to their disappointment, they found that the park in which they shared all their memories was under construction.
“What are we to do now?” Aditi and Diya wondered out aloud. Akshata came to their rescue, telling them that they must leave. So, they left! Suddenly, Diya scratched herself unknowingly against the wall.
“Ow! I don’t want to get hurt!” she yelled. She massaged her arm while her two friends stared down in utter disbelief.
The wall had changed. It was making way for stone steps and there was a clear path going downwards. They walked down and saw an hourglass with a golden chain dangling from it. They wanted to possess it immediately as it took their breath away.
“Hmmm… I think it would be okay to possess it,” Akshata thought. “I have read fantasy books and I know that these sort of devices are called Time-Twisters and are used to twist time and go to the past.” She shared her opinion with the others, who were ecstatic. With this thought in mind, they hatched a daring plan revolving around the thing that they had discovered.
With the consent of their families, they started a workshop just for kids, where children could come and report their lost items – where they lost it and when they lost it. Using the device, they ensured that the kids got their possessions back. The ‘Time-Twister’ was the name of the device. With this, they made quite a profit.
Their first customer was a little girl named Dharshini, who said tearfully, “My social studies book is missing. And if my teacher finds out, she would hit my hands with a wooden ruler. The last place I left it was near my wardrobe. It was lost yesterday.” The girls felt sorry for Dharshini and found her book using the Time-Twister. She was very happy.
“Thank you so much! Here, this is your payment,” she said, handing twenty five rupees to the delighted girls.
They made quite a profit using their device. One day, they were on a mission to find a pair of lost binoculars. Suddenly, they stumbled across an odd-looking street with odd houses. They were walking by, when they saw a casket lying in front of one of the houses. It was made of gold. The two girls ran for it, while the third stood in her place- Akshata.
“Please stop! I don’t think this is safe,”Akshata said.
“Don’t be a bore! It’s just a casket,” Diya assured her. Akshata warned them again, but inquisitiveness got the better of them.
Inside was a beautiful ring with a pink gemstone adorning its head. Diya suddenly rubbed it, thinking nothing was going to occur. However, to their surprise, they found themselves in a whirlwind, swirling and twirling, and in a few seconds, they landed in an enchanting setting.
Blossoms and flowers of the most vibrant colours lined up in front of them. They walked past them. Diya and Aditi looked as if they were in a rapture. They were also worried as they were in an unknown land. Akshata’s face had a ‘I-told-you-so’ sort of look.
“Hello, I am Monty, the elf,” said a tiny creature, eager to meet them. “I am ready to help you however I can. Please tell me your problem. You are in the World of Magic,” he pointed out. The girls told him about their story.
He agreed to help them. “Let us go to the Witch of the South. She might have a remedy. But don’t worry, she is a good one,” he said, seeing their dismayed looks. “Come on!” They began their journey to the Witch’s hut.
“Who are you and what do you want?” came a bossy, disapproving voice. It was the Witch! Monty explained the situation to her.
“Agreed. But I need the diamond from the valley to make the transporting potion. Here!” she said, chucking a red eraser into Akshata’s hands. “This is a Revealer, which can reveal most secrets. I also have to inform you of the goblins, the guardians of the diamond. They are not easy to pass.”
The girls and Monty went to the valley and saw the goblins. They were really ugly, with pointed noses and tiny shirts. Akshata asked Monty about them. She lit up after she had heard what he had to say. She had the perfect plan!
Diya and Aditi then went nearby, where the goblins could see them. Akshata had devised a great plan when she found out that gold and treasure were their weakest point. The two started to act.
“Hey! Did you know? The cave nearby has gold!” Aditi said loudly to Diya.
“Yeah, it had a lot of treasure in it,” Diya replied.
“I knew it. Some careless person must have left it around,” Aditi said.
“Okay, it’s time. I have to leave. Let’s hope that someone claims the treasure,” Diya said.
The two then scurried to a shrub and hid behind it. They grinned to each other and told Akshata and Monty about the tale.
“If our bluff was successful, the goblins must be leaving. But truly, there is no cave and no treasure,” said Akshata, giggling.
The goblins seemed to be controlled by some force. They abandoned the diamond and left for the cave, line after line.
The girls used this chance to get the diamond, and they brought a fake one as well. Monty, Diya and Aditi raced to get the real diamond, when they heard someone call out to them.
“Girls, please wait,” they heard Akshata yell.
“Akshata, when we are so close to our goal, why stop us? We are merely doing our job!” said an annoyed Diya.
“I know, friend. But look at this,” Akshata said and rubbed the Revealer which she had received from the Witch on the walls. Suddenly, pink lasers shot out, as though it were invisible.
“See? When we touch at least one of the lasers, the goblins will be alerted,” Akshata said. The girls were alarmed. Akshata looked as if she had a plan in mind.
“Diya,” Akshata said, confidently, “Now we have learnt our lesson of underestimating other’s abilities. Use your gymnastics and get the diamond. And don’t forget to replace it with this fake one! Do this and we shall be very, very proud of you.” Diya was only too glad to do it, and she did. The girls rejoiced!
They took it to the Witch, who looked surprised and said, “I thought you would never make it.” As she was powdering the diamond. she made the transporting potion, and the girls thanked Monty and the Witch before they went home.
The next moment, they were in the real world.
There were a lot of last-term jobs to be done – finishing their last search, closing the workshop, and destroying the Time-Twister as it was the reason of all the trouble.
After that, they lived happily ever after.
Aarushi Devi has been a lover of stories ever since she read her first one. She was born in Coimbatore. She is now 10 years old, and is studying in Suguna Pip School. She has multiple hobbies and talents such as reading, drawing, and singing. Most of the people in her family are doctors, but she wants to be a writer or a teacher. Her aunt also loves books, just like her. Her favourite storybook genres are fantasy, mystery, and mythology. Her favourite authors are Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling and Sudha Murthy, who was her inspiration in mythology.