“Once there were five girls. They were sisters. They weren’t just sisters. They were orphans, too.”
Chapter One: Meet the Anderson Sisters
Once there were five girls. They were sisters. They weren’t just sisters. They were orphans, too. They were trying to sleep on the hammocks near the horse pen because they were assigned to that sleep there. But they couldn’t because the horses were so loud.
The Anderson sisters’ names were Ashlyn, Allison, Alice, Anna, and Audrey.
Ashlyn and Allison were both nine-year-old twins that had different personalities. Ashlyn always wanted adventure. She was dark haired and had beautiful brown eyes. She was silly and always made Allison laugh. She also wanted to be free. She had a million plans to escape. But their evil orphan teacher was always on the lookout. Allison, however, was shy and had thin, lightish brown hair and rose pink cheeks. She never ever wanted anything to do with adventure. But she wanted to be free too.
Alice was seven years old with a ponytail. She had dark hair like Ashlyn. She was silly and wanted to be free also. Sometimes she would be upset, and she would be impatient with the orphanage teacher. But the orphanage teacher really deserved it.
Anna was five years old and was more silly and rough than Alice. She had blond hair with a few light brown streaks. She was small and never kept things to herself. She was a real chatterbox and always wanted to be the center of attention.
Audrey was three and loved animals (except the scary and mean ones). She wasn’t good at spelling or reading. That’s because their parents died when she was one year old, and the orphanage teacher never taught her. She didn’t exactly speak as much as the others. She had beautiful blond hair.
That night, the girls at the orphanage were either assigned to sleep on tables, hammocks near loud horses, beds, or cauldrons.
Although the sisters had different personalities, they always worked together, like once when the orphanage teacher made them do the hardest thing in the world (picking veggies and sweet stuff and making a treat out of it).
They never fit in with the other girls in the orphanage. Everyone else had no siblings while the sisters, well, you know, had siblings. So the other girls thought that they would be weird. Also, they didn’t like them because Audrey would cry almost every night about their old dog.
They used to have a dog named Hamlet, but he ran away after the orphanage teacher threatened to hunt him if he didn’t leave the orphanage. They have missed him forever.
The orphanage teacher was named Mrs. Quincy. She was very wealthy and had everything she wanted. She wasn’t nice to the orphanage girls. That was because she thought they would go wild if they didn’t follow her orders. So she had been pretty tough and rich.
The Anderson sisters were very busy on their plan to escape that night. It was their turn to sleep on the tables the next night. They were planning to do it at twelve o’clock. But Ashlyn was too excited. She took a newspaper to keep her occupied.
What is on the news now? she thought as she picked it up from the floor.
That’s when she saw that the footprint mystery has been solved.
Chapter Two: The Footprint Mystery
The footprint mystery had been going on since four years ago. There was a person who walked in the mountains. Someone found the footprints, and there was a named carved right beside them. It said, Lily Rockstone, but no one knew who Lily Rockstone was. That’s when the footprint mystery began.
Ashlyn has been dying to find out who it was. It turned out that “Lily” was a 16-year-old girl who was an orphan, too. Her mom collapsed in a boulder accident when Lily was three years old. She left the mountains four years ago. All Ashlyn could see of her was her long, dark brown curly hair. Ashlyn was shocked and surprised. She kept reading more about Lily. She was so into it that she didn’t even notice her sisters wake up at twelve o’clock.
“Ashlyn,” whispered Allison. “Ashlyn!”
“Sorry,” said Ashlyn. “You guys won’t believe what I just read in the newspaper!”
Chapter Three: Escape Plan 264
All the girls were shocked when they heard the news, except Allison.
“Yeah, yeah,” said Allison as the girls paid no attention to her and kept asking Ashlyn questions. “So, the plan, everyone?”
“Yes!” said Ashlyn. “Now we had, like, 262 plans. Right?”
The girls nodded.
“Well, this might be our final straw, so make it good!”
After the girls were finishing listening to Ashlyn’s instructions, they leaped into the air and landed on the fire escape. But Anna’s stomp was way too loud, and Mrs. Quincy woke up.
All the girls glared at Anna.
“What?!” exclaimed Anna.
“I see you!” screeched Mrs. Quincy. “Get back here!”
The girls raced for their lives, but it was too late. The girls got trapped.
Mrs. Quincy dragged them all the way to the orphanage.
“Guess what?” said Mrs. Quincy in a weird voice. “How about you spend the night in the snowflake?”
Oh no! thought Ashlyn. The “snowflake” wasn’t nearly as cute or pretty as it sounded.
The snowflake was an awful dome that was below temperature. Girls would go in there if they tried to escape from the orphanage or did something really bad, like the sisters did just a few minutes ago.
There were still girls from about 30 years ago stuck there all frozen.
Mrs. Quincy led them to the “snowflake.”
“In you go,” she said.
She shoved them in, and they were freezing already.
They slowly ran almost all the way to the end of the snowflake.
Once there, they found sticks and coal and frames and wood and bricks!
They built a warm house there in no time!
They also tried to discover who killed their mom. They know who killed their dad and who killed the murderer who killed their dad.
It happened two years ago. Ashlyn saw a dark man. He had a suitcase. Then when their dad just opened the door, they saw a crazy stranger that looked like a robber. Then he killed their dad. Then some other stranger killed the robber. When they ran away, they heard crying. Then mumbling. Then loud noises. Then the next thing they knew, they were knocked out and in a strange place called the orphanage.
They had no idea what happened to their mom.
“Okay, people,” said Ashlyn. “We need to escape and find where our mom is.”
“First things first,” said Allison. “Get your suitcases.”
The girls quickly got their suitcases, clothes, cookie jars, and books.
“Okay,” said Anna, munching the sixth sugar cookie she had that evening. “Whath nexth?”
“Now, who’s a really good climber?” asked Ashlyn.
“Me! Me!” said Allison.
“Are you really strong?” asked Ashlyn suspiciously.
“Positive,” said Allison.
“Okay, Alice. Can you tie ropes?”
“Yep,” said Alice.
“Okay. Allison, after I throw the rope really high so that it goes over the hole on top of the dome, you climb up the rope to the top. I need you to carry each of us one by one. But first carry Alice to the top, so she can tie the rope on the hole. Then after you take all of us. I will get the luggage. Are we good?” said Ashlyn cheerfully with a thumb up.
The girls nodded.
“Great! I’ll go check on Mrs. Quincy,” said Ashlyn. She put her coat on, grabbed all the luggage, and secretly crept out of the dome. The other girls couldn’t do this because they weren’t really trained to.
Ms. Quincy was in her fancy room, on her bed.
Ashlyn noticed a frame on top of Ms. Quincy’s desk.
Ashlyn didn’t have time to see who was on it. She had to meet her sisters on time.
Ashlyn got to the door and waited behind a fire escape. Her sisters were running down the fire escape next.
“Free!” Ashlyn whisper shouted. They went to a bush to rest.