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Elizabeth and the Robin
作者 Author 插畫者 Illustrator
- Julia Wang (12)
Hong Kong International School
字數 Word Count: 0(中) 496(Eng)
Once upon a time, there was a girl, Elizabeth. She never spoke up in school, and didn’t have friends. Her mother worked every day, and forbid Elizabeth from going into the forest near their house’s backyard. Elizabeth imagined squirrels in the forest. Was it possible that she could get hurt?
One day, Elizabeth’s curiosity got the best of her. She checked the house to make sure her mother wasn’t home, and slipped out the door. She was doing it! Before she knew it, Elizabeth was at the entrance to the forest. Finally, she closed her eyes and walked slowly forwards.
When Elizabeth opened her eyes, she gasped. The air smelled like pine leaves; the freshest smell in the world. The tree trunks looked like rough yet beautiful pieces of driftwood, and reminded Elizabeth of waves on the sea. Suddenly, there was a noise behind her. Elizabeth turned and almost screamed.
There was a baby robin! Elizabeth scooped the bird into her hand and looked around. There wasn’t a nest.
“Elizabeth!” Mother called, and Elizabeth jumped in the air. Had she been in the woods for so long? She looked up and saw the glowing sunset, and ran, carrying the bird.
“The bird stays in your room,” Mother informed Elizabeth. She was so relieved that Mother had let her keep the bird, but extremely worried that Mother would change her mind, for Elizabeth loved the robin. Elizabeth was so desperate for company, she would take a bird for her first friend.
Within the first minutes of meeting the robin, Elizabeth immediately knew that it couldn’t chirp. It was silent all the way. Elizabeth wished to teach the bird how to chirp.
“But what if it can chirp?” a voice whispered in Elizabeth's head. “What if it’s just shy - like you?”
Elizabeth’s free time was spent either teaching the robin to chirp or pondering whether being shy was a choice or something you couldn’t change. Elizabeth dreamed wistfully of raising her hand and saying something in class. The only thing left to do was have courage. But Elizabeth didn’t.
One day, when Elizabeth chirped to the bird again, the bird chirped back. Elizabeth was shocked. As if proving its point, the robin chirped again. Elizabeth was so proud, she opened the window for the whole world to hear. So suddenly that it almost turned invisible, the robin flew away.
Elizabeth had hoped that the bird would someday find a life of its own, but she was inconsolable.
“At least I helped him,”Elizabeth sighed. She definitely, certainly, would overcome her shyness and be like the robin. Brave, and confident. Little did she know that her dreams would come true.
The next day, Elizabeth’s teacher asked, “If x plus six equals 10, and y plus six equals 12, what is x plus y?”
Elizabeth felt the robin’s bravery inside of her, and raised her hand.
“Elizabeth?” called the teacher.
“Ten.” Elizabeth replied confidently, and she could hear her robin chirping.
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