[The authors of these stories are students in writing classes taught by Michael Szpakowski. They are between the ages of eight and eleven, and attend Martin’s Wood School, Meriden School, and Grange School, in Hertfordshire, UK. They were responding to an assignment called “In a Hundred Years.”]

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THE DOG WHO DID NOT DIE

There was a beautiful dog with long silky fur. It did not moult or die because of a mechanical metal switch. It is a brilliant machine to have. Or you could clone brains that you can stick in jars, or little elves that run round your ankles and leprechauns nick your chocolate, car keys and your cat.

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IN 2101

You could be old or you could be young and if you are young you could be pregnant, if you are old you could be diabetic. If you did something underground you could find dead people. If you live in a creaking house made out of glass it could be haunted and birds could be pecking on the creepy haunted house when it’s dark. Suddenly there was a creak coming from the glass and a bit of glass smashed on the bed and hurt someone and they heard something coming from up in the sky and it was a flying sofa and a flying saucepan over the house.

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I WISH

I wish dinosaurs would come back to life.

I wish a robot that looks like you would go to school for you.

I wish there was less school, more fun (cause that is a good thing).

I wish there was Sumo wrestling for English people.

I wish there was no adults in the world.

I wish there was more cinemas in Hertfordshire.

I wish there was no one to tell you what to do.

I wish there was stunt bikes for younger children.

I wish there were no wars.

I wish there were no illness.

I wish there was more medicine.

I wish there was something to bring people back to life.

I wish there was something to make you not sad.

I wish there was no diseases in the world.

I wish there was no fighting ever in the world.

I wish everyone was happy.