Gladiator- A Short Story

The clammy-handed guard shoved him face down into the soft, pale sand of the arena. He rose slowly, the gates crashing shut behind him. He stumbled further into the arena, spitting the sand out of his mouth, disgusted. A horn sounded sharply from somewhere above, and looked up to see, besides where the emperor sat on his jeweled throne, a muscular man, his lips to a broad golden horn. Claudius put his hand to the sword at his belt in anticipation. For a moment, nothing happened. Then, at the opposite end of the arena, a large black gate grinded open. There was a growl, and a huge winged beast pounded into the arena, hungry and slathering. It had the head and mane of a lion, the muscular torso of a bull, and a hissing cobra as a tail. Two blood-red wings shot from Its back. Claudius gulped, bracing himself. You’ve defeated the others he told himself, You can defeat this one… how do you expect to defeat the Ultimate… and to gain your freedom, If you can’t defeat this guy. “The Ultimate” was the Emperor’s prized beast. He had only heard stories… Few had faced “The Ultimate”, and even fewer had lived to describe it… At the other end of the arena, the beast lifted Its huge head and sniffed the air. Then growling, it turned to Claudius. Claudius drew his sword. Calmly and boldly, he stepped forwards. The beast roared, displaying a jaw of gleaming fangs. It scraped the sand beneath its feet with an ink black hoof, like a bull would before It charged. Claudius took a deep breath… The beast charged.

Surprised at the beast’s speed, Claudius rolled across the sand, barely avoiding the tongue of the snake as it lashed out at him viciously. The beast skidded to a halt, turning back round to face him, roaring and baring Its fangs. It charged again. This time, Claudius was ready. As he jumped out of the way of the charge, he lunged at the beast’s rear, and brought his sword down, slicing the hissing snake clean off the beast’s torso. To his disgust, the snake continued to writhe and hiss. It slithered towards him, tongue flashing angrily. Meanwhile, the beast had recovered, and was readying for another attack. It charged. Speedily, Claudius grabbed a firm hand around the snake’s neck, hoisting it into the air. Then, dodging the beast’s charge, he threw himself onto the beast’s back, making it roar with anger. He whipped the snake viciously across the creature’s muscular back, making it cry out in pain.

“Hi-ya! Hi-ya!” he cried, lashing the beast again, guiding it slowly up, past the crowds of people in the audience, past shocked and awed faces. He flew up and up, past an infuriated emperor, who fell backwards off his grand throne as the beast, Claudius aback it, passed closely, then continued to soar up, up and into the clear blue skies.


I wrote this story on 29th January for a Literacy assignment. I hope you had as much fun reading it as I had writing it (… which was a lot, by the way :-) )

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Writing A Fantasy Novel + The Kane Chronicles: “The Red Pyramid”

I am currently planning the plot and characters of a fantasy novel set in a magical new world with lush green hills, bountiful crops and blooming forests. Both Elves and Dwarves are included in the tale, as well as many of my own mythical beasts, which I have created many ideas for (I may hold a vote sometime in the near future, to decide which beasts I will use in the novel!)

I apologize for the lack of posts recently, but I have been spending a lot of time writing plans, as well as reading a book called “The Red Pyramid”, written by Rick Riordan, the author of one of my favourite book series: Percy Jackson. (I’ll have a review for this soon!) I so have done little art, poetry, and what with the snow we’ve not been out much, but It has thawed now, and we may be going to Wolferton on Friday, so maybe I’ll have some new photos to show you! :-)

Yesterday, I wrote a short story (First one I’ve written successfully, i.e. without ditching the “Short Story” idea and trying to turn it into a novel). I wrote it for my English, and I’ll probably be sharing it sometime over the next few days! :-) It’s about how a Gladiator named Claudius defeats a mythical monster (Of my creation), and gains his freedom from the arena early… but I’ll say no more. Maybe I’ll share it with you tomorrow!

1000 Likes On My About Me Page! YIPPPPEEEEE!

about me 2013 finished

I’ve finally got 1000 likes on my About Me Page! :-) Now, when I started, I never would have thought my blog would have got 1000 likes, let alone my About Me page! In fact, I was scared I wouldn’t get any likes! :eek: But as the likes on my About Me page rose rapidly, reaching 100, then 200, then 300, to then sit at 970, I made it my goal to get 1000 likes on it! And the day has come! Thank you to everyone who’s checked out my About Me page, and to everyone who’s commented, and liked it! :-)


Help Wanted Deciding On A Poem To Enter For Competition!!!

I’m thinking about entering a poem into a young people’s writing magazine, and I think It’ll be either Wenda And The Vendor or The Winged Child. I know, Wenda and the Vendor isn’t that good, but It is short, funny and quirky, In a similar style to the winning poem of last month :-) On the other hand, The Winged Child, is in my opinion, Is the best poem that I’ve written up til now.

Which poem should I enter? Wenda And The Vendor?… The Winged Child?… or would you choose neither of these? Please comment and give you’re advice and opinions! Thanks! :-)


Birdbath In The Snow- 3 New Photographs

Here are some photographs I took in the garden a few days ago. I’ve really had enough of snow now though, haven’t you? Okay, so the first day was pretty cool. Playing snowballs, watching the snowflakes fall. But the novelty sure does wear off :-) It’s been snowing down our way for a week or so now, and now It’s gone all icy and slippery, and the roads all gritty. (But I’m still glad I’m not in Romania… -15oC :eek: )

Is is snowing where you are? Have you had enough of it too? :-)

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BTW: We’ve been having to De-freeze the birdbath three times a day recently :-)

Birdbath In The Snow 4 Blog

3 Versatile Bloggers Awards In A Week!!!!!!!

Hi, everyone! I’ve been nominated three times for the Versatile Blogger Award recently, and with help from my readers, I came to the decision of combining the three blogger awards into one post! Thanks for the advice everyone! :-)

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My first award, awarded to me on the 13th January, by blogger Charles Yallowitz! Please check out his blog here!

Versatile Blogger Award Graphic

My second award, awarded to me by rabbit at!

Versatile Blogger Award Graphic

And the third, awarded to me by Pish, who’s blog you can check out here!

Here are my nominees (Forgive me, I failed to nominate 15 bloggers, but nominated the blogs I think deserve a blog award nomination :-) )


Thanks to Charles Yallowitz, Rabbit and Pish for my awards, and thanks to my followers for the advice! ;-)

“They Stole The Precious! Sneaky Little Hobbits’es!”

Here is a photo I took yesterday called “Gollum Vs Smeagle”, depicting a scene ( suggested by fellow blogger and author, Charles Yallowitz:

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If anyone else wishes for me to take a photograph depicting another of your favourite scenes from the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, I would be happy to do so! Just leave a comment here on my post: What’s your Favourite Scene from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy?

Blogger Awards: Advice Wanted

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Hey! I’ve currently got three Blogger Awards to do… and they’re all the Versatile Blogger Award! What shall I do? Shall I combine the three awards in one post, and thank the three people who’ve nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Would that be okay? Or shall I do them all individually? Also, the Versatile Blogger Award’s rules include nominating 15 other blogs!!! Especially If I do all three awards separately, I will likely not be able to nominate 15 blogs for each? Or is it okay to nominate blogs that you have nominated once before?

What’s Your Favourite Scene From The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy???????

Having started watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy all over again, I was inspired to take some pictures based on scenes from the Lord Of The Rings. This scene is based on where, in the third film in the trilogy, the Orcs attack Rohan, smashing through the doors with a battering ram, blowing up the walls with explosives, and last but not least, climbing up the walls with ladders. The ladders behind the battlements are King Theodon, Haldir (But I usually play him as Legolas, cos Legolas is cooler :-) ), and Gimli the dwarf (He’s awesome! Lol :D)

Orc Climbs The Wall

This was one of my favourite scenes in Lord Of The Rings.

What’s your favourite scene from the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy?

Please tell me your favourite scene from the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, and, if you wish, I’ll capture it in a photo for you!