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The Night My Teacher was Attacked by the Terra Cotta Warriors
by Gabi Goffman, age 10
Hi, my name is Carrie Okey, and I’m going on a field trip tomorrow to see the Terra Cotta
Warriors. We get to spend the night, and it’s going to be so fun. My brother said that three
farmers found a Terra Cotta Warrior head when they were building a well in China. Soon after,
they discovered an army of Terra Cotta Warriors, and I get to see it all tomorrow and spend the
night there. Isn’t that awesome?
Well, if I’m going to go tomorrow, I’ve got to get a good night’s sleep. Goodnight!
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Oh my gosh, I get to go to the museum today. I can’t believe it. OMG, I can’t wait to see the first
emperor of China. I can’t believe it—I just heard my teacher say we’re going to be there in just
five more minutes. I can’t wait.
We’re here! We’re here! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it, we’re finally here. As we walked into the
building, a man showed us around. He showed us where we were going to be sleeping—right next
to the statue of the first emperor of China. My friends and I want to be right next to the statue, so
we put our stuff there.
Then, we looked around the museum. We saw chariots, and even horses! Did you know that
whenever the first king of China would get mad at someone, he would have them buried alive?
And, when he was building the Great Wall of China, if the workers were sick, just got a little tired,
or were just useless to him, he would have them cemented in the walls. So to this day, you can
find bodies in the Great Wall of China. Isn’t that weird? I mean, who would bury someone just
because they got sick?
Well, it’s time to go to bed. I can’t wait to look at the statue of the emperor. When everyone else
was sleeping, my friends and I saw a plaque next to the emperor that said, “Whoever shall read this
aloud will awaken the Emperor of China and all of his army.” So my friend, Eggs N. Bacon, dared
me to read it out loud. I knew it wasn’t true, but I was still scared, so I refused. Then she double
dog dared me, which everyone knew was a terrible thing to do, but I still couldn’t do it. Unless, of
course, she did the worst dare of all—a quadruple dog dare, which meant someone had to do it.
And so my friend, Eggs N. Bacon, skipped the triple dog dare and went straight for the quadruple
I couldn’t say no! I’d be the laughingstock of school. So, I read the terrible plaque out loud:
“Overlord of China, rise again and bring your army with you. Cast your evil amongst those who
deserve it and bring kindness to your friends. Your time has come once again. Now rise.”
“Nothing happened,” said my friend, Eggs N. Bacon.
“Told ya,” I said.
And so we went to bed.
In the middle of the night, I woke up to the sight of the emperor king standing over us, looking
very much alive. Immortal red flames blazed from his eyes. The only thing I could do was run!
Then, a terrible thing happened. I heard him command his minions to hunt down my teacher, Ms.
Nuthinbut Trouble, who was sleeping in the foyer.
“HULLO MS. NOTHINBUT TROUBLE, I HEARD YOU GIVE FIVE HOURS OF
HOMEWORK PER NIGHT. PREPARE TO DIE!” the emperor screeched.
The emperor raised his hand to command his minions to chase after her, and then he stalked
toward me. I was so scared I woke up and realized it was all a dream, but then, I heard my teacher
screaming. The emperor’s minions were still chasing after her. I wondered if I should go help her,
but then again, she does give us seven hours of homework per night, so I went back to sleep.