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Sad, happy, and sad again (by Nathalie Heinz)

Chapter 1: Who likes me? Mia is a girl, who loves animals and is very good at school. At 6 o’clock her alarm clock rings, so she wakes up and goes to the bathroom. She brushes her teeth and washes her face. Then she goes downstairs into the kitchen and eats her birthday cake. Today’s her birthday, but Mia is very sad because her parents are in London and she will be alone every day and every night. Mia thinks that her parents don’t like her. One reason might be that she didn’t get a present and her parents didn’t even call her to say “Happy Birthday”. At 7 am she goes to the bus stop, and at 8 am she is at school. She hasn’t got any friends, that’s why she sits alone. When the break starts nobody wants to play with her. Her art teacher comes up to her and says: “That won’t last!” “What? Why?” Mia replies. “You haven’t got any friends, right?” “Yes!” “So tomorrow there will be a new girl in your class.” “Really?” Mia is very happy now. After school she goes to the bus stop again. She suddenly hears a strange noise near the tree so she decides to go there because she wants to know what it is. But then she hears the bus coming and the driver shouts:” Come in, the last stop is Sun street!” Mia likes the bus driver. She has known him since she went to first grade, but she is also really curious about what there might be near the tree, so she tells the driver that she’ll walk to her grandma today. The driver closes the doors and drives off. Mia didn’t tell him the truth. She doesn’t have any grandmas or grandpas - or she didn’t get do know them. Then, when she feels like nobody’s watching she goes behind the tree and what does she see? A basket! Mia looks into it and finds a little cat in there. She is just about to take the basket, when suddenly an old man appears. She is so scared that she grabs the basket and runs away. Back at home she gives the cat some milk. “It’s two pm now.” Mia says to her cat: ”I’ll do my homework and after that we’ll go to the vet’s and let the doctor examine you. After that we should go to the supermarket and buy some food for you.” At half past three they are waiting at the vet’s. When he comes in he wonders: “Where are your parents?” “They are in London.” “OK” he replies and begins to take a closer look at her cat. “Your cat is fine, you can go home” says Doctor Michael. Outside the doctor’s office they are waiting for a taxi. Finally, at 6 o’clock they arrive at the supermarket. Mia buys a new basket for the cat to sleep in, a mouse toy, a yellow ribbon, food and a lot of milk. When it’s their turn to pay, the woman at the cash desk says “20 dollars, please!” At half past seven they finally arrive, when Mia notices a postcard in front of her door. She reads it out loud: Hello Mia, The weather is wonderful, so we decided to stay here for one more year. Maybe we’ll never come back! We’re just joking  Love, mum and dad After reading the words she begins to cry. They didn’t even mention her birthday. Chapter 2: The new girl Today Mia is very excited because there is going to be a new girl in her class. At 6 o’clock her alarm clock rings again. In the bathroom she does her hair, brushes her teeth and washes her face. Then she runs downstairs and eats very fast. When she wants to leave for the bus stop, she hears her kitten complaining “Miau, miau!”. “Oh, I’m so sorry!” Mia apologizes and puts Amandine into her bag. When the bus arrives, Mia notices that there’s a new bus driver. Immediately she asks him: “Where is Mr. Love?” That was the old driver’s name.” “He died yesterday.” Mia is shocked. “When is the funeral?” she asks. “I don’t know” the new driver replies and the bus takes off. At school, Mia sees her art teacher who is just talking to a girl. “That must be the new girl!” Mia whispers to her bag. In the classroom the new girl asks Mia whether she could sit next to her. Mia thinks that’s a good idea. “Yes, of course!” In Maths the two girls keep talking nonstop. They get along very well. But then Mia suggests writing each other little messages in order to not talk during the lesson. This is the new girl’s message: Name: Rebecca Birthday: 12.02.2000 Brothers/Sisters: 1 brother Pets: dog (Bello) Adress: Timestreet 6, 252 Northampton Friends: none Likes: swimming Dislikes: homework This is Mia`s message: Name: Mia Birthday: 03.04.2000 Brothers/Sisters: none Favorite colour: blue Favorite animal: dolphin Subject: French After finishing their little letters to each other the school break starts. They take their lunch boxes with them and sit down on the stairs. Every one of them reads through the message of the other. Then the new girl says: “My favorite color is blue, too!” “Really?!” Mia shouts excitedly. They start talking through the whole break and even the two lessons after that. Mia is so happy about finally having a friend. Chapter 3: Over sleeping at Mia’s After school Mia asks her new friend Rebecca: “Do you want to sleep over at my house tonight?” “Let me see, I’ll call my mum and ask her. Could I use your mobile?” “Yes, of course, here you are!” Mia replies and gives Rebecca her mobile. Rebecca: “Hello mum!” Mum: “What’s the matter, darling?” Rebecca: “I have a question, could I sleep over at Mia’s house tonight? She’s my new friend.” Mum: “No!” Rebecca: “Please mummy!” Mum: “Well, alright, but I won’t bring you anything !” Rebecca: “That’s okay, mum.” Mum: “What time in the morning should I pick you up and where?” Rebecca: “Wait a second, mum. “My Mum asks when she should come in the morning and where you live, Mia.” “Tell your mum to come at 10 am. My address is Learnstreet 8” Mia says. Rebecca: “Mum, pick me up at Learnstreet 8 at 10 am.” Mum: “Okay, bye!” Rebecca: “Bye! Mia, where do I hang up?” At 7 pm both girls are back home after they went shopping. Mia bought shoes, a t-shirt, a pair of trousers and a stylish bag. Rebecca has only bought a blue hotpants. At home the girls go into Mia’s room and put everything they bought on her table. They go downstairs to the living room, and while Mia gets some crisps she says: “Today there is Toy Story on. Rebecca jumps up: “I love this movie!” So they go upstairs very, very slowly because they are really exhausted, fall onto the couch and switch on the television and start to enjoy the movie. After the movie they brush their teeth, fall into bed and fall asleep immediately. Chapter 4: Alone again. At 9 o’clock in the morning Mia’s alarm clock rings. Mia turns around, but what’s that? Where is Rebecca? Mia runs downstairs. Then she looks into the kitchen, Rebecca’s not there. She looks into the bathroom, Rebecca’s not there. She can’t find her anywhere in the house, so she thinks: “I just have to look whether her bag and her shoes are in my room.” Upstairs again, she looks at her table, where they both put their things yesterday. She notices that Rebecca’s things are gone, but there’s a small note on her table: Hello Mia, Sorry that I didn’t tell you the truth. In reality I’m from Germany and I am a circus performer. My parents have a circus, so we were only staying here for one week. But I had a lot of fun with you. Maybe we’ll come back one day. If you still want to be my friend, here is my number: 0911/ 9 60 08 39 I would like you to call me one day! Love, your friend Rebecca While Mia is reading Rebecca’s note, tears are rolling down her face. But I, the author, knows that Mia, her cat Amandine and Rebecca will be friends forever. Always remember: Everyone can have a friend, but sometimes you must wait for the right person. If you don’t have any friends at school, you will have a lot of friends when you’re an adult. That’s for sure! THE END
18.8.13 11:19


A terrible dream (by Pauline Miller)

It was cold and dark. Snow was falling down and landed on the white ground between the trees in the forest. Jackie looked around and saw a little hill that was covered with snow. What was it? It looked strange, like a mad snowdrift. But was it really only a snowdrift? Jackie took a closer look. And now she could see what it was. It looked like a person. A dead person. She closed her eyes and was horrified, but she couldn’t remove the pictures from her head. “Oh my God!” she whispered. Her voice sounded loud between the trees. Jackie started to run. She wanted to be away, far away, so far away as possible, but the memories came back again and again. Jackie tried to push them away, but she didn’t manage to. The pictures were there again and again, and she was thinking about how the person in the snow might have looked like. More and more snowflakes fell down. Finally, the pain in her lungs let her stop. She tried to breathe quieter and more slowly but kept on looking around. She recognized that she didn’t know where she was anymore and decided to follow the path. After a few minutes, Jackie went on through the dark forest on the narrow path that was covered with cold, white snow. She was staring into the darkness through the trees and was listening to every noise. But the silence was everywhere. Once again she thought of the dead body. Did she only imagine all this? No, she was sure that it was real. But when he was dead, someone must have killed him. And if this person still was in the forest, Jackie might meet him, too…she stopped walking and held her breath. Suddenly it seemed like there would be noises everywhere around her. Hadn’t there been a click next to her? She took a deep breath and kept on walking. The snow had stopped falling down and the path became wider and more open. She saw a clearing in the forest. The moon made the high grass that grew there look unreal. On the other side, the path went on into the forest and disappeared into the darkness. Jackie ran across the clearing, but when she was standing in the middle of it, she stepped onto something hard under the snow. It made a terrible noise - like breaking bones - and she stopped. Jackie looked down at her feet and was horrified. Next to her foot she saw some blue material, like jeans material. A shrill shout came out of Jackie’s mouth and like a maniac she ran onto the trail as fast as she could. She ran away from the dead body lying there on the ground. Her whole body trembled and she was staggering. The trees were turning around her faster and faster. She tried to grab the branch of a tree, but instead she grabbed into the emptiness. Being overwhelmed she closed her eyes and fell down. Everything turned black. When Jackie opened her eyes, she saw the white ceiling of a small room. She raised her head and looked around. There were many beds standing one after another with white bedclothes, like the bed she was lying in. There was a strong smell of disinfectant and medicine in the air. She looked at the people who were lying in the beds. Most of them had their eyes closed, but some of them were as well starring at the ceiling. In the bed next to Jackie there was a girl of the same age. She had red hair and her eyes were closed. Suddenly, the shock came back in Jackie’s brain like a huge wave. Pictures of the first man who had been lying dead in the snow, shot through her brain. She closed her eyes, still being horrified and tried to eliminate those thoughts. This time there was a noise next to her. She looked at the girl who had woken up and was now praying loudly. When she noticed that Jackie was watching her, she smiled at her. Jackie whispered: ”Where are we?” “In hospital” she answered. “Oh my God!” Jackie thought and fell back into her pillow. They were quiet for a while, but then the girl wanted to know: ”What happened to you?” “I saw a dead body in the forest.“ “Poor girl! But if you believe in God, soon everything will be okay, I know that for sure.” The girl wanted to go on talking, but suddenly a man stood up and shouted: ”Murderer! Murderer!” The young lady whispered: ”That’s normal here! Don’t worry!” After a few minutes she asked Jackie:” Do you want to go to the chapel with me?” At first Jackie hesitated, but then she said: ”Okay. By the way, what’s your name?” “I’m Amie. And you?” “My name is Jackie. And… what happened to you?” Her eyes went black and she mumbled:” My brother had been killed and I was in a shock.” “Oh! I’m very sorry for you!” “Thank you.” She smiled sadly. Then she pushed a button and a few minutes later, a nurse came in. ”We want to go to the chapel together.” The nurse nodded and went behind the two girls through the room to the door, then along a wide corridor until she reached another door. Finally, they arrived in an old, small room with a picture of Maria and a cross with Jesus. It only had one window, so it was almost dark. Amie sat down on a bench made out of wood and began to pray. Jackie sat next to her. Again she began to think about what had happened to her. But here in the small, quiet room it wasn’t that terrible like in her hospital bed with the smell of disinfectant surrounding her. It was quiet for a while, but then Amie asked:” What are you doing? Are you praying?” Jackie said no. “If you pray and talk to God, it’ll become better, believe me. I often talk to God, and he tells me that Jim is okay although he’s in heaven.” “I’ll try it” Jackie said. Then she closed her eyes and said to herself: “Dear God, please do something against the pictures in my head. They are terrible and I can’t forget them. Please let them disappear! Amen.” When she opened her eyes again, Amie was looking at her and smiling. From that time on, Jackie often went to the chapel, alone or with Amie. She prayed to God and enjoyed the silence there, so that she could think about all the things that were on her mind. And every time she came out of the small room, she felt a little bit better. After two weeks, she could go home, but she believed in God for the rest of her life. The End
18.8.13 11:16


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