The Big Slide

By Prathik M., 4th Grade

May 2018

Did ever go on a dark and swirly ride? Would you do it or chicken out? Would you play in the baby pool instead? Well let me tell you about my swirly and dark ride.

It was a sunny day in summer, so my family went to a water park.  The first thing I noticed was the big slide that was as tall as a mansion.  I really wanted to have that adventure, but what if I was going to faint? I thought I couldn’t do it because I have never been on a big ride like this before.  I went to the other pools and played in there, but I was still thinking about the big adventure waiting for me, and then I thought I could do it, so I went to find the slide, but I couldn’t find it because it was behind another one that was almost the same length but a little shorter.

Suddenly, I looked up and saw the biggest slide in the universe.  I didn’t see any people going on that slide. Maybe everybody knew it was closed but not me? It took me only two minutes to climb the stairs, but in that two minutes I wondered a whole world of things that could go wrong.  What if I faint? What if it was supposed to closed, but there was no closed sign? Maybe there was a shark in there? I still went up to the top, but then I changed my mind and chickened out because it was dark and big and I was only 6 years old.   

I walked down as fast as I could, so nobody would see me because other people would probably call me scaredy cat.  I went to the other pools, and then I saw this guy looking at me weirdly. He wore black clothing so I thought he had a gun.  Then I saw that he had water gun, and was shooting at his children. I realized that the man and the slide were kind of the same.  They both seemed to be scary, but maybe they were awesome. Then after 20 minutes my mom said we have to go in 10 minutes, so that is when I realized I have to do this.  I went all the way up there and sat on the top of the slide. I was about to pull the rod, but my mom said five minutes remaining. I knew I had to do it, so I pulled the metal rod, and it was dark, but still I closed my eyes until 30 seconds and the ride was over.  It was fun so I wanted to do it again, and again, but I had to go home because it was one o’clock.

In conclusion, you can be brave and do hard things like this one. You can face your fears and overcome challenges.