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    Larry's Bus Ride

    作者 Author 插畫者 Illustrator
    - Samuel Violett (12)
    香港國際學校
    Hong Kong International School

    字數 Word Count: 0(中) 546(Eng)


    “Now who will look after our class pet, Larry the crayfish, for the summer?” asked the teacher Ms. Joy.

    Half the class raised their hands. Ms. Joy wrote their names down and put them in a hat. She covered her eyes and picked one name.

    “Chris!” announced Ms. Joy.


    "Larry! You ready to ride the school bus home with me today?” Chris quietly asked. Nobody else knew Larry could talk.

    The bright orange crayfish took a big gulp.

    "What if my bowl falls on the floor?”

    "It will be fine. I will hold you carefully,” soothed Chris.


    Larry saw his second-grade friends rush toward the door of their classroom.

    "Chris! The kids are coming back! They can’t see us talking!” Larry screeched. Chris hurried back to his desk at the other side of the classroom. Larry crawled into his tube and tried to sleep.


    When Larry woke up from his nap, everybody was packing to go home. Chris picked up Larry’s fish bowl and smiled, but Larry didn’t smile back. He was shivering from the idea of the bus ride.

    "It is going to be fine, Larry. Just try to think of something positive.”


    "How can I be happy on a bus ride? It’s long, scary and dangerous!” moaned Larry.

    "Not too loud, Larry. People can hear you! Crayfish aren’t supposed to talk,” Chris warned again.

    "Ok, fine,” whispered Larry. “But I am scared. I have never been on a bus before.”


    Chris sat down at the front with Larry’s bowl on his lap.

    “When I was little and scared of the bus, I talked to my friends to distract myself.”

    “People don’t expect crayfish to talk,” Larry grumbled.

    “You could listen to music?” suggested Chris.

    “I don't have headphones!



    "How about you just look out the window?”

    The bus jerked forward and Larry quickly swam back into his tube, covered his eyes and refused to look outside. Chris hugged Larry’s bowl.

    "It's going to be okay,” said Chris.

    "No, it's not! We’re going to die!!!” screamed Larry.


    “Just try looking at the landscape. That is what I did when I was little. It really did help me overcome my fear of the bus,” explained Chris.

    Larry groaned, but said in a softer tone, “Ok.”

    He looked at the vast mountains, turquoise ocean and the tropical flowers outside.


    Screech! The bus stopped suddenly. Larry gulped. Seven kids shuffled off the bus. Then the bus started rolling again. Larry took a deep, big, belly breath. Gurgle gurgle gurgle.

    He looked out the window.

    “That’s a beautiful tree!”

    “It’s a palm tree,” explained Chris.

    “Wow, it’s pretty.”


    The bus stopped in front of Chris’s house.

    “This is it. We are home!”

    “That wasn’t as scary as I thought,” admitted Larry.

    “That's a lesson for you when you are scared. Stay calm and focus on something else.”


    Chris skipped off the bus with Larry and ran over to his mom, careful not to spill any water.

    “What are you carrying? asked Chris’s mom.

    “I’m babysitting our class pet, Larry the crayfish, for the summer.”

    “What will the dog and the cat think?”


    “They’ll be fine,” said Chris.

    “A dog and a CAT?” yelled Larry.

    “He talks?” mom asked, surprised!

    Chris smiled. It was going to be an adventurous summer.

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