The Great Escape

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

The Great Escape is about a group of kids that go to Hershey, PA's theme park on an ordinary day...but get an EXTRAORDINARY experience.

The Great Escape



“Just another day in 85 Hershey, PA,” I said to my buddies. It was June 25th, and we were about to go to Hershey Park for a fun summer trip. We had heard that the amusement park was quite fun, and we were planning to have some. 

“Yup,” my friend, Jack replied, “Very hot. We’re going to have to get some ice cream!”

“Yeah!” chimed in my friend Bill, “It’s gonna be great!”

“Well then let’s go!” I cried to my crew as we piled into the car. 

“This is going to be the best summer day ever!” my friend Bob said.

Although I was not aware of it, something big was going to happen on this day. And it was going to change the course of theme park history forever.

“Woo hoo! We’re here!” Jack exclaimed.

“Yep. Good old Hershey Park. This is gonna be so fun!” I could hardly wait.

We practically tripped over each other to get to the ticket booth.

“Heelooo, and welcome to Hershey Park. 10 dollars per ticket please.”

We handed over the 40 dollars.

“Thanks guys. Go right in. Enjoy. We have something special for you today.”

She gave us a creepy smile.

“What a weirdo.” I said, “But let’s go enjoy!”

“Yeah!!” said Jack.

Over the next couple hours we had all kinds of fun on all kinds of rides. It was 

awesome. Afterwards, we were hungry. And since it was a special day, we decided to have dessert before lunch at 3:30.

We walked a ways and found a sign with an arrow that said, “Ice Cream”. We walked into the room. Suddenly the doors slammed shut and locked behind us. 

We let out a cry and ran to the doors. They were locked. 

“How could this happen?” Jack exclaimed.

“Alright, alright! Everyone calm down!” I sternly said to them, “The worst thing we can do right now is panic!”

“Wait, what’s that?” Bob said, “It looks like there’s a numeric keypad on the door. Let’s check it out”

“Okay,” I said, being the oldest, “But be careful.”

“I’m always careful,” he said.

“I wish that were true,” I murmured.

“Hey! Look! The keypad says, ‘It might be wise to find the King of Spades .’ What could that mean?” Bill pondered.

“Well, maybe we have to find the King of Spades playing card somewhere in the room.” I said sarcastically, “So let’s start looking for it.”

We searched for about fifteen minutes before Bob found the King of Spades in a desk drawer. 

“Hey! I think I found it!” On the front it says, ‘What which helps you find your direction, will help you find your way out of this room. ‘ So what helps find direction? A map, a compass, the sun. Well, I don’t think it’ll be the sun because we’re inside, so let’s search for a compass or a map.” Bob reasoned.

We searched for a map and we searched for a compass. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, someone exclaimed, “I found a map!”

It turned out to be Jack that found the map, but after further examination, there was nothing out of the ordinary on the map. No text, nothing circled, nothing.

“Well, maybe we should be looking for the compass.” I said.

“We already looked!” Bill groaned.

“Do you want to get out of here or not?” I asked, “We have to look.”


Just when I had given up all hope, after tens of minutes of searching, I leaned on 

the wall. It gave. I yelped. As I peered in, I noticed a small compass on a raised table.

“This is it! There’s a compass” I cried out.

“Maybe it points to something,” Bob said.

I took out my phone and opened the compass.

“My phone points a different way,” I said.

“Then follow that compass!” Bill said.

We followed the compass’ arrow until we reached a picture. We pushed it and it slid aside to reveal a small alien figurine. After examining it we found the only thing printed on it was a serial number.

“Should we try the serial number on the door?” I asked.

“Well, it can’t hurt to try.” Jack reasoned.

We punched the code into the door, our eyes wide. The door clicked. Success! We opened the door and were greeted with a smattering of applause. We were baffled. Afterwards, they explained to us that we had been the first test subjects for Hershey Park’s first Escape Room! 

Although it was terrifying, it was good knowing that we solved it. But we agreed that none of us ever wanted to do it again.


Submitted: April 26, 2021

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