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The Magic Pen
作者 Author 插畫者 Illustrator
蔡文悅 CHOY MAN YUET (11)
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI'S ENGLISH PRIMARY SCHOOL
字數 Word Count: 0(中) 639(Eng)
"Urrrgh!" Melissa banged her pencil on her desk, frustrated. This lesson was art and she absolutely hated it! Why?
Because her artistic skill was low. "What is this? A polar bear stuck in a snow storm?" teased her teacher Miss Roberts when she saw the blank paper.
"No, Miss Roberts," replied Melissa, not laughing at her teacher's joke (and kept staring at her blank paper),"I can't draw!" Melissa spat out the words like she was out of breath. "Hmmm....," Miss Roberts tapped her chin thoughtfully,"See me after class at my desk in staff room no. 501."
On her way to the staff room, Melissa was a nervous wreck. Is Miss Robert mad at me? Does she want to report to my— “Ah, Melissa? There you are!” Miss Roberts said as she swung the door open (and interrupted Melissa’s worries). Melissa quickly snapped back into focus.
“Come, quick!” said Miss Roberts. “Here, I have something for you.” She rummaged through her cabinet. “Ah! Here it is!” Miss Roberts finally pulled out a pencil. “This is a magic pen. It allows you to draw beautiful pictures. I want you to have it.” “Um, thanks,” mumbled Melissa, confused.
Strangely, Miss Roberts was right about the magic pen. With its help, Melissa won awards in many art competitions. She also got high marks in art exams. No matter how hard or tricky the topic was, she nailed it. Soon, she became the most popular person in the entire class.
Someone snuck behind Melissa's back all the time to observe how she drew the portraits of her classmates. And this 'someone' wasn't too happy about that. “No, no, no! It can’t be!” said this 'someone' as she took off her hoodie in disguise and angrily stomped her foot on it.
This ‘someone’ was Natalie, who used to be the most popular among her class before Melissa got her magic pen. “I’ll show little Miss Perfect who's the real artist here,” smirked Natalie. Very soon, Melissa's pen was going to be hers. There was just a little hiccup in the plan.
Natalie spied Melissa all day. She waited until Melissa went to the washroom. Perfect! She quickly tip-toed over to her desk, searched for her pencil case, reached for the magic pen, put it in her pocket, and closed the case. She quickly sat back down before Melissa came back.
Melissa’s whole body was tingling with excitement. Miss Roberts just signed her up to represent her school in an art contest. Among all the contestants, Melissa was the most calm and mature. She took out her pencil case, opened the lid... but she then got a really big shock.
“Where's my magic pen???” Melissa panicked. She dug through her schoolbag and even poured all the stuff out. But still no sigh of her magic pen. Melissa immediately raised her hand to summon one of the staff over. “What’s wrong?” “My magic pen is missing!” The staff looked confused.
“You know, a pen that makes you draw beautiful pictures,” explained Melissa, seeing the quizzical look on the staff’s face. “Magic pen? That’s ridiculous!” laughed a nearby girl in a preppy uniform. Very soon, other kids followed, laughing at Melissa. Melissa's knees became shaky, then she fainted.
When Melissa opened her eyes, she saw Miss Roberts smiling at her. “I’m glad you're fine, Melissa. Have you lost your magic pen?” Melissa looked shocked and said, “Without it, I can't draw!" Miss Roberts giggled, “The magic pen isn't really magical at all! I just made it up!"
Miss Roberts continued, “Melissa, you can't draw because you don’t trust yourself. I told you that to make you believe yourself. Will you still continue in the competition?” “I will,” said Melissa. Later, Melissa really won the first place! When Natalie saw the news, she angrily threw the pen away!1 / 14