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Pine Bluffs Student wins State for 3rd Grade fiction


September 26, 2019

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Above: Emma Faust holds her State Champion ribbon awarded for her story "Mr. Fluffy Pants, Cat Detective."

Emma Faust is a winner! This fourth grade student at Pine Bluffs Elementary brought home the state prize for third grade fiction in last year's Young Authors Contest.

A young girl who loves to read, loves mysteries, and loves baking came up with a story that is both creative and fun. Emma can often be found with a book in her backpack, and thinks that she may see a baking type of job in her future. Emma is also already working on her story for this years entry. She didn't share that story with me, but if it's anything like the one she already wrote, I definitely see another ribbon in her future.

Like most of us that love the written word, Emma is not a huge fan of math, but she puts forth her best effort in everything she does, and it truly shows in her work. I am including her story, "Mr. Fluffy Pants, Cat Detective." I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

Mr. Fluffy Pants,

Cat Detective

It was a dark and stormy night in New Cat City. I, Mr. Fluffy Pants, was sleeping when the bells went off and the robber got away.

1:00 a.m. Tuesday - New Cat City - My house

The phone rang. I answered, "Who is it?"

"It's Officer Fluff Butt. The New Cats City Museum was robbed! You're New Cats City's best detective. I thought you could crack the case."

7:00 a.m. - New Cat City - my dining room

I was enjoying my mouse omelet, and then I went upstairs and took a shower. Then I went to the museum to investigate. When I got to the museum Officer Fluff Butt was already there. Officer Fluff Butt unlocked the museum with his key. We went to the scene of where the robber stole the items. I used my paw identify machine. There were no paw prints. Whoever did this wore gloves. There was only one clue -a specific machine was used to make a perfect hole to get the diamonds and rubies.

I left the museum and met my best friend at my favorite restaurant The Cat's Meow Catfe. Also he had the same machine that was used to cut the glass to get the diamonds. So he searched all the names of labs that had that tool. We visited every one in the city none of them had any stolen jewels. Now we had clue two - who ever stole the jewels lived out of town.

Officer Fluff Butt said, "It's been a long day. Go home and get some rest." After this day I knew this was going to be a hard case. I had chicken fela for dinner. Officer Fluff Butt was right it had been a long day. Then I went to watch a little TV in my room. I fell asleep with the TV on. I'm a detective. Detectives don't fall asleep with the TV on, but I had a long day ahead of me. I still had to find out who stole the jewels.

10:00 a.m. Wednesday

I met Officer Fluff Butt at the Cat's Meow Catfe. I told Officer Fluff Butt all of my clues. He said, "Not many clues."

"I know, right," I said. We laughed.

Officer Fluff Butt got a call. "Excuse me," he said.

When he came back he said that the New Cat City Museum was robbed at 1:01 a.m. but this time they broke through the glass. That is how the police only found out when the owner opened the museum. He was scared about the museum being robbed again so he went and checked every floor. First he saw the broken glass then he saw the missing jewels. Officer Fluff Butt said, "Could it be two different cats?"

"Impossible," I said. "Why would two different cats go for the same thing?"

"Good point," Officer Fluff Butt said, "Now that I think about it, it doesn't make sense."

"Wait," I said. "What if the two robbers are working together that's why the two robbers went for the same thing."

"That makes sense," He said. "The only thing we need to do is find out who did this." Mr. Fluff Tail the restaurant's owner came over and asked if we wanted anything else. We didn't.

4:00 p.m.

I had dinner with my mom so I went early to help her with her chores. You know she's getting old. I would not say that to her face. It got really late so I spent the night at my mom's house.

9:00 a.m. Thursday.

Victoria Smithey/Pine Bluffs Post

Above: Emma Faust smiles with pride as she holds up her State Champion Fiction award.

I left a little late because my mom made pancakes. But I had to go. This case was not going to solve itself. Then I had an idea. What if the robbers were Officer Fluff But and my best friend the scientist Fluffy Buns. The first robber would have been Mr. Fluffy Buns because he has the tool that was used to make the cut, and Officer Fluff Butt would have been the second because he knows how to break through the glass and have the equipment to break through the glass. It all made sense. Now I had to find the culprits and I knew just where to find Officer Fluff Butt. I knew he would be at the police station.

So I went to the police station. All the other officers believed me when I told them Officer Fluff Butt and Mr. Fluffy Buns stole the jewels. The police took them away.

I visit them at prison every month. My next case was to find out who stole Miss Short Tail's diamond collar.

Until next time.


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