Friday, 3 June 2016

Young Author's Challenge

This is my story that I wrote for the Barfoot and Thompson young author's challenge. It could be funny, scary or sad, but it had to have a inspirational message. My message was 'Treat other's how you would like to be treated'.

Mike and the bully

“Wake up Mike, it’s time for school!”. The sound of his mother's voice woke Mike up from his deep slumber.
“Do I have to go?” Mike asked. School meant 6 hours of constant bullying by a kid in his class.
His mother appeared at the doorway “Come on, hurry up and get dressed.”
Half an hour later he started walking along the cracked pavement that led to school. In school, Mike was always mocked by his classmates because he was religious. Every morning and before every meal he prayed. He also brought a mini bible to school. James and his cronies were waiting for him at the entrance, like they always did.
“Hey where's my five dollars you were supposed to give me?” James shouted.
“I’m not giving you anything” Mike replied, bravely standing up to him. Then, he started pelting across the courtyard. He just reached the class a moment before James caught up to him.
After realizing he couldn’t do anything bad with the teacher in the room he whispered in a threatening tone “I’ll get you, you can’t run forever!”

A few months ago James never bullied him, but now he knew that Mike was a Catholic person he did everything he could to make him feel miserable about his life.  Life like that continued for a few more months, then on one normal day a new kid arrived in school. His name was Henry and he was worse than James. He got expelled from his last school because he had lots of fights.

The next day, Mike was walking to school when he saw a strange sight, there was nobody waiting for him at the gates. That day, everyone was saying Henry was going to beat up James, who said nothing. In the playground a huge crowd surrounded two boys and Mike knew who they were instantly.

The rest of the year passed in a blur and the next thing Mike knew, it was the Christmas holidays. He did supercool things like skiing from a massive mountain, sledding and having snowball fights. Back on the first day of school James had changed, he was now nice and helpful instead of mean and rude. Henry had changed too, but not in a good way. He was horrible. Nobody liked him but everyone was afraid of him - even some teachers. In class Henry hit a kid because he thought that kid looked at him. He was then sent to the Principal's office, who suspended him. For three days everyone was happy being at school for the first time since the start of the year. But on Thursday Henry was back, and with a worse attitude. The next week on a Tuesday Henry tripped over James’ foot by accident and stumbled. The whole class burst out laughing. Henry said in anger “At lunch time I’m going to get you!”.  He told the truth, as soon as they were allowed out of the classroom Henry started walking towards James. Luckily, the teacher called him because he hadn’t finished his Maths decimal work. Halfway through lunch Henry finished his work and went around looking for James. When Henry saw James he punched him on the arm. Mike was near though and ran to his maths teacher.
“Mr Rad! Henry is beating James up!”
“Where? Show me.”
Mike led the teacher to the fight who broke it up.
“Thanks” James gasped. “He was just about to kick me!”

“No problem.” Mike said. “Just remember, in the bible, it says treat other how you would like to be treated.”

1 comment:

  1. In this lesson we took in a ton and one week from now on a Tuesday Henry stumbled over James foot unintentionally and faltered. In the play area a gigantic group encompassed two young men and Mike knew their identity in a flash. It could be interesting, terrifying or miserable; however it needed to have a motivational message.