-Nicholas D. Grade 4, illustration by Eamon F., grade 8
One day, a farmer named Joe from Pine Creek Valley planted some special carrot seeds. The seeds were special because the carrots were supposed to grow really large and orange. Farmer Joe needed a good crop of carrots to pay for the repairs to his barn and fence. He watered the carrots with a special serum he developed every day for several weeks. Finally, they started to grow, except for one row. Instead, only one of the carrots in that row was growing, and it was humongous! It was as if the carrot was eating all of the other carrots in the row.
One night, Farmer Joe heard a strange sound outside. When he looked out the window, he saw something orange floating around the field. He couldn’t believe his eyes. The humongous carrot was eating the fertilizer and drinking the water in the barn! The more the carrot ate, the bigger it got. After eating everything in the barn, it started floating toward the house.
The farmer was so scared that he tried to call the police, but the carrot knocked down the electricity polls. The shock struck the carrot and made it grow eyes, legs, and arms. When the transformation stopped, the carrot looked at the farmer and started screaming. Farmer Joe began screaming as well. The carrot was so surprised that the farmer started screaming that he stopped. He turned to the farmer and said, “Hello.”
The carrot started asking him all types of questions. Farmer Joe invited the carrot into his house. They talked for hours about how to grow the best carrots so that the farmer could get the money he needed. By the end of the day, Farmer Joe and the carrot had become veggie friends.
Later that evening, while Farmer Joe was getting ready for bed, he noticed that the door to his safe was open. When he went to check the door, he saw that half of the serum he used to water the carrots was gone. He went to ask the carrot if he had seen the serum. The carrot was on the porch watching someone running to his truck. Farmer Joe squinted and couldn’t believe his arch-nemesis and neighbor, Farmer Faker, was on his farm.
The carrot started screaming, “He took the serum!” Farmer Faker just laughed and jumped in his truck. Back at his farm, Farmer Faker used the serum on his beets. He wanted to grow the best beet so he could beat Farmer Joe in at least one harvest contest.
Farmer Joe and the carrot hopped inside his truck and started chasing Farmer Faker. However, they were too late. Farmer Faker had already used the serum. The carrot told Farmer Joe to leave to make sure nobody saw him, so they left and returned to their farm. Farmer Joe didn’t know what to do. He didn’t want Farmer Faker to create a large beet that could walk and talk. He thought about sneaking up on his farm and destroying his beets, but that wouldn’t be a nice thing to do. He was so upset. Finally, the carrot told him not to worry. The carrot explained that he only came to life because Farmer Joe cared about his carrots so much. It was because he took such good care of them, that he wanted to come and take care of him, so he would have someone to talk to.