CJ's Road to being a Bushranger
©Jessica Carlson-Jones (11
One fine sunny summer’s day C-J was in her really hot cell waiting to
get out of gaol and be free. C-J had been in gaol for five years now and
today was her freedom day. A guard came in and said,
“You are allowed to go out of gaol now and be free and live in the
bush.” C-J was really happy but she had heard of Rocky Rawson and how
she was really scary and you don’t want to see her or else she would
kill you. C-J was really scared and didn’t want to go out in the bush.
The tall guard led C-J outside of her cell where she was freed. She was
walking around when she heard a woman scream. C-J was really scared and
looked down and where she looked she saw a gun that still had bullets in
it. C-J picked it up and wanted to test it. She pulled the trigger and a
big loud bang happened. C-J looked up and heard a scream. C-J jumped.
She felt safer now and went for a walk in the bush. She didn’t like
walking too much.. As she was walking C-J saw a man lying on the ground
dead and leaning over him was a white horse. C-J kept the horse and
looked after it very well and road it all the time in stead of walking.
As she was riding she bumped into ROCKY RAWSON: The meanest scariest
person in town. C-J said:
”I don’t want to hurt you. I am C-J!” Rocky Rawson replied:
“I don’t hurt people! I am kind to them.” C-J was so happy and said:
“Why don’t we become partners?” Rocky Rawson replied,
“Yes! That is a good idea.” So Rocky Rawson and C-J became partners.
2 years later
“What’s that in the bushes Rocky Rawson?” said C-J.
“I don’t know,” replied Rocky Rawson. Suddenly Vikki Lora appeared. C-J
“Who is that Rocky Rawson?”
“It’s Vikki Lora who was my buddy for a long time.” Vikki Lora said:
”I would like to introduce you to Cyndi. She is a ghost but a kind one.”
Rocky Rawson said:
“I would like to introduce you to C-J. She was the one who fired the gun
“That gun that you found was her gun that shot Cyndi and killed her. Now
she can go to heaven,” said Vikki Lora. Suddenly Cyndi said good-bye and
she disappeared off up into heaven.
”Why don’t we be Bushrangers together?” said C-J.
“Yes that is a good idea C-J,” replied Rocky Rawson “Let’s steal some
food from the next carriage Vikki Lora.”
“OK are you coming C-J?”
We all died in 1834
Caitlin, as had the other girls in the following stories, indicated she
was aware of the issues involved and managed to craft a story plot that
explored many of the pertinent issues. Her particular ending revealed
her belief that punishment was necessary as the crimes warranted it. Yet
as a prisoner her character was treated humanely with no sense of
Not all stories were resolved in a true peace-building sense but at
least the issues were understood and additions to endings could become
the essence of further class exploration. The students did recognise
that the collective consciousness has changed over time.
Dead or Alive