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!

A Biography Of Jack London

After watching Jack London’s: “White Fang”, I decided I’d like to learn a little about Jack London. I wrote this mini biography on him yesterday for my English:

Jack London

1876 – 1916

Jack London was born in San Francisco, in 1876. At just 13, London worked in a cannery for fourteen hours a day. He soon became known as “Prince Of The Oyster Pirates”, for his skill in raiding the oyster beds of San Francisco. He traveled around on freight trains and ships. He liked to gamble, and often got into fights. At the age of 18, he was jailed for vagrancy.

Out of jail, London began writing 15 hours a day on an old typewriter. Soon, he joined the gold rush north to the Klondike. Jack London was became rich, but not from striking gold at Klondike, but for writing about Klondike! He soon became one of the most famous and best-selling authors in the whole of America! Some of his most famous books are “Call of the Wild“, “White Fang“, and “To Build a Fire“.

In 1900, he married Elizabeth “Bessie” Maddern, but divorced her 5 years later to marry Charmian Kittredge. Charmian helped his type and edit his books, and joined in all his adventures. London believed that through willpower, anyone can do anything. London loved to eat “Cannibal sandwiches” of raw beef and also ate barely cooked duck often. He spent lots of his time playing cards, and was a heavy drinker. He died at just forty years old from a kidney obstruction. His ashes were buried at his ranch in San Fransisco, under a red boulder.


I also wrote a poem inspired by a scene in White Fang, which I’ll probably be posting tomorrow!

Who’s In Charge Project: Chapter 8- Anarchy

I think It’s probably about time I told you that I’m home-educated, if you didn’t know before :-) That means that I don’t go to school, and that I’m home-tutored by my mum! At home, we get to do lots more art and creative writing. We get to illustrate our projects, and sometimes, we’ve made them into lapbooks, in my opinion one of the best possible ways to set out a project! I also get to chose what I want to learn. I am very interested in how the government works, and so I did this project on it: Who’s In Charge. Here is chapter 8- Anarchy! (my favourite :D ) Enjoy!


What is Anarchy?

Anarchy means ‘without rule’ and is where there is no-one in charge. Everyone can do whatever they want and there are no rules at all. This may sound great on paper – however, there is one major difference between anarchy and the other forms of government; that is that anarchy has never actually been successful!

Why Anarchies Arise

Anarchy can arise when the government is weak and collapses or is overthrown. An example of this was in Spain in the 1930s during the civil war. The government was weak and was overthrown. Local Communists unities took charge and organized things without help or permission from the government. Large parts of Spain were run by anarchic groups and this helped people get on with normal lives during the war.

Who’s In Charge Lapbook: 7- Democracy

Direct Democracies

Democracy means ‘rule by the people’ and is where every legal citizen is allowed to vote. Democracy started in Ancient Greece. This was direct democracy, where lots of free men went to the crowded market place and made speeches, telling the people their views and ideas. Other free men could vote for these ideas.

Representative Democracies

Most Modern Democracies are Representative Democracies. In this type of democracy people vote for people to represent their view, rather than voting on ideas.

Separation of Power

Executives come up with ideas and laws. The Legislates vote on these laws. The Judiciaries enforce and uphold these laws, making sure the citizens are treated fairly.

Who’s In Charge Lapbook: Minibook 6- Dictatorship

Dictators of Ancient Rome

The idea of dictatorship started in Rome. It was when the government gave a person absolute power, so as to deal with a problem or war. After the problem was solved, the government would take back the power and the dictator would go back to his or her normal life and work.

From Ancient to Modern

Modern Dictatorships are where a person grabs power, often with help from the military. A despot is a dictator who takes complete control over the state, and a tyrant is a dictator who is cruel to the state’s citizens. But a dictator does not always just think about themselves and power, some take control to make the citizens happier and make the state a better place to live.

Absolute Control

Dictators often maintain power by controlling information, such as TV broadcasting channels, newspapers, businesses and schools. This way, citizens can only hear, watch and see what the dictator wants them to and the dictator stops information which will make him look bad, weak or even ill.

Who’s In Charge Lapbook: Minibook 5- Monarchy

The Meaning of Monarchy

Monarchy means “rule by one person”, and is where one person – called a monarch – rules. The word monarch covers kings, queens, emperors, tsars, kaisers and pharaohs. In most monarchies when a monarch dies his or her eldest son inherits the throne, even if he has older sisters.

Constitutional or Absolute?

Nowadays, most monarchies are constitutional. In constitutional monarchies the monarch has a ceremonial role as head of state, but elected leaders in a parliament actually rule the state. In an absolute monarchy the monarch has absolute power over the state and its people.

Who’s In Charge Lapbook: Minibook 4 – Theocracy

The Meaning of Theocracy

Theocracy means ‘rule by god’ and is where a state makes decisions according to the beliefs and scriptures of their religion.In ancient times many rulers used religion as a source of power, but in the 18th century western philosophers began to think otherwise. They believed reason and science should be the foundation of a state. A modern example of a theocracy is Vatican City, where the pope rules, under the power of the Catholic Church.

Wars over Religion

But as states started to choose and follow a particular religion, its scriptures and beliefs, this gave rulers reasons to start wars because of religious differences. Lots of wars – such as the Crusades between Christians and Muslims – were caused by religious differences.

Who’s In Charge Lapbook: Minibook 3 – What Makes Up A Government

  • Leader The leader is the highest person in a government. A leader makes decisions to improve their state, and takes responsibility if something goes wrong.
  • Politician Even leaders cannot make every decision themselves. Politicians – sometimes called governors – make and change a state’s rules, taking advice from experts when necessary.
  • Army Armies help the government defend the state and its citizens, which sometimes includes attacking other states. Armies are an essential part of a government.
  • Money Governments need money to rule a state. They raise money from taxes and use it to pay for goods and services for their citizen’s.
  • Law and Order Laws are in place to make the state a safe place to live. The police and courts punish people who have broken laws.
  • Services The government spends money on providing citizens with hospitals education and military protection.

Who’s In Charge Lapbook: Minibook 2 – Evolution of Politics Timeline

10000 BCE            Start of agriculture

6000 BCE              First monarchy (Sumer)

2500 BCE              First border dispute (Sumer)

1700 BCE              First aristocracy (Crete)

640 BCE                Beginning of currency (Lydia, Turkey)

509 BCE                Rome becomes fully-fledged republic

505 BCE                First democracy (Athens)

336 BCE                First great land empire led by Alexander the Great

165 BCE                Birth of Civil Service in China

46 BCE                   First dictatorship


850 CE                   Feudalism established

1198 CE Spanish Inquisition

1215 CE Signing of Magna Carta

1381 CE Peasants revolt

1492 CE Columbus discovers and conquers South America

1789 CE French Revolution

1800 CE Industrial Revolution

1936 CE Spanish Civil War begins

1939 CE Spanish Civil War ends

1945 CE United Nations established

1947 CE Gandhi helps India gain independence from the British Empire

1950 CE The Cold War begins

1991 CE The Cold War ends

1994 CE End of Apartheid