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    爱的礼物
    The Gift Of Love

    作者 Author 插畫者 Illustrator
    莉紗 Risa Resnick (14)
    香港国际学校
    Hong Kong International School

    作者 Author 插畫者 Illustrator
    盖亚 Gaia Meyers-Spector (14)
    香港国际学校
    Hong Kong International School

    插畫者 Illustrator
    夏洛特 Charlotte Baxter-Bray (14)
    香港国际学校
    Hong Kong International School

    字數 Word Count: 0(中) 621(Eng)


    The bars of my cage were cold, and the expired food in the corner gave off a morbid stench. Dreadful men who were towering over us walked through the hallway of whimpering animals, popping open the cages. As the other dogs and cats ran outside, I stayed put.


    A family of three came in and saw me, noticing the bones protruding out of my small, white body. The little girl with a pink shirt strolled over and opened my cage. “Daddy, I want to get this dog!” I tilted my flat head, wondering what she had said.


    Before I knew it, I was being carried into a silver Toyota van by my new owner, Tessa. I was hopping around all hyped up. I guess I was too excited that I drifted off.


    Hours later, I opened my eyes and I was laying in my blue, cloud-like bed. I was inside a room with a huge purple bed in the middle. I jumped on it, and laid on my back until a woman came in.


    She picked me up with her slender hands. I licked her nose, making her laugh with eyes widened. She kissed Tessa on the cheek then turned to me, “I’m glad Tessa chose you, Bear.”


    Tessa walked over to a brown closet and took out a long string with a metal clip attached to it, but before she could come near me, I delightedly dashed away from the house onto the empty road. I raced around the block, with Tessa at my heels.


    I stopped and stared at this brown fluffy tail wagging with its pointy ears and a little body eating a small orange sphere. I started barking and chasing after it, but it disappeared into a tree. I looked around for Tessa, I found myself in a completely different place.


    There were so many people on the street! I tried to walk past them, but I kept bumping into sets of furless limbs. I couldn’t see Tessa’s green, grassy lawn at all. Where was I? I was completely paralyzed by fear as I couldn’t find any familiar faces.


    I roamed by day and howled by night. Would I be able to live through this? I had to stay strong...but I was so thirsty. I used all of my energy and trudged on over to a glistening navy blue pond.


    The trees weren’t dancing with the wind anymore. Instead, I looked up and saw immense, concrete buildings casting shadows over me. I found myself at a bus stop. A man with a black cap was sitting below the roof.


    The sun disappeared when chilly drops of water started to fall from the dimmed sky. I swiftly ran under the bench, barking at the dreadful rain that began to flood the streets. He looked at me, came closer, and scooped me up gently with his muscular arms.


    I tried to wriggle out of his arms, but he just clutched me even harder. He checked my collar and put me in the backseat of a car. Was he going to bring me back to the shelter? I pawed desperately at the window. But then, I heard Tessa’s voice.


    My heart had finally calmed down. I barked as loud as I could. The car screeched to a halt. I jumped out of the open window. She turned around, her brown hair whisking through the air...only to find the car had already vanished into the distance.


    I grew up to become a loving father under Tessa’s care. I had seven identical cubs and a wonderful wife, but once in awhile, I still thought about the mysterious man who had saved my life when I was a lost, emaciated puppy.

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