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BG’s Worst Day
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關巧研 KWAN HAU YIN ALICE (12)
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關綽硏 KWAN CHEUK YIN CINDY (9)
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字數 Word Count: 0(中) 649(Eng)
BG was snoozing in his chair by the fire. He had all the comforts of the world, but something was missing.
BG was Bill Gregory, but he hoped he was Bill Gates. “How can I become the next Bill Gates?” he always asked.
He probably didn’t need to hope.
He was already from a rich family. His family’s wealth provided almost everything to him.
He lived in an enormous house. There was a huge backyard with tennis courts, a boating lake, an over-sized swimming pool and many other facilities. He thought that everything could be bought with money.
But he did not have a friend.
He never had the joy of playing with peers on his estate. He had model planes, but no one to fly them with. He'd rather fly a kite. Yet, no one launched it with him.
One beautiful day, he and his classmates went
on a school trip to the countryside. On the way, they saw pretty red, yellow and pink flowers dangling among the green leaves. The air was filled with the scent of freshly cut grass.
“A trip to the countryside - such a foolish idea.” he thought,
“There is nothing here that is not in my backyard.”
Bill was wrong, as he soon discovered.
As he walking carelessly along the trail, he tripped. Laying on his back, he found that he was looking at something under the leaves - a tiny white creature with brilliant green eyes.
It was not bigger than his thumb, with elongated pointed ears and blonde hair. They were gazing at each other.
“Arrrh!” cried both of them.
Bill's mind raced, “An elf! The rarest breed!”
In no time, he sprang up and dashed around the forest after the elf.
The elf turned red and slowed down as it got exhausted. Just as Bill was about to grab it, it dived into Daisy’s pocket.
Daisy was his classmate. She was loving, kind and sometimes really tough too.
Bill only knew two ways to deal with people. He deployed Tactics No. 1,
“I demand that you return my pet that is now in your pocket!”.
“Your pet? Why doesn't it greet you but instead keeps tightly tucked in my pocket?“ asked Daisy.
He switched to Tactic No.2, “I will give you a car, a bike, a house ...
anything in exchange for my pet.”
“Well, I am not even convinced that it is yours. Now get out of my way! I don't need any of your silly gifts. All I want now is safety for the elf!” Daisy was clearly quite annoyed.
Bill was up against the wall.
He went to his classmates, one by one, urging them to help him get “his pet” back from Daisy. They were good friends of Daisy, so none of them were moved by Bill’s offers.
Eventually, he ran out of tricks and had to go
back to Daisy. He humbly asked for what he wanted instead of threatening or boasting.
Daisy patiently lead him to look beyond his own pleasure and towards the well-being of the elf. She asked him whether the elf would be happy being locked up in his luxurious house.
Bill pondered for a long time.
“You are right. The elf is happy in the wild. My money may buy a lot of things, but not its happiness. When the elf is not happy, you and I are not either.” Bill concluded.
“See, you've got it!" said Daisy.
Bill asked Daisy to release the elf into the forest. He welcomed his classmates to come and play in his backyard anytime. He also invited the elf to come, not as anyone’s pet, but as a guest.
BG was snoozing in his chair by the fire.
He had all the comforts of the world. He also had friends and he was happy.
It was BG’s worst day. It was also BG’s best day.1 / 15