By Ann Cameron

Bicycles–shiny, whizzing, wobbly bicycles–scare Julian greater than lions or tigers. yet how can he inform that to his ally, Gloria? she will be able to already trip without arms. So rather than telling the reality, Julian makes up a bit fib. And he virtually will get away with it–until his fib backfires and Julian unearths himself within the greatest, so much confounding repair ever.

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That’s all. ” “Oh! ” Gloria stated. Her smile got here out all surprising and shining, like a rainbow after a typhoon. “I didn’t recognize that! ” i may see that we have been acquaintances back. i may see that Gloria felt sorry for me. “You won’t have any break day? ” Gloria requested. I puzzled what to claim, sure or no. If I stated i might have day without work, then there will be time to benefit to journey a bicycle. the simplest solution used to be no. “I’ll be operating virtually evening and day,” I stated. i attempted to sound courageous, as though i may take all of the jobs Dad may well provide me and never bitch. “I was once operating all morning,” I additional. “I need to paintings back beautiful quickly. ” Gloria checked out my residence. Her eyes bought big—as if she was once a jail. “Well, each time you don’t need to paintings, you recognize you're regularly welcome to go to me,” she acknowledged. “Thank you,” I acknowledged. i attempted to sound braver than ever, like a spaceboy who needed to be left at the back of on an asteroid. Gloria sighed. She placed her hand on my shoulder. “See you later,” she acknowledged. “Try to feel free. ” My Father Talks to Heaven After Gloria left i made a decision to really perform a little paintings. I went upstairs to envision on my rock assortment. earlier than breakfast i discovered out Huey have been stealing my sharp rocks and storing them lower than my bed. i made a decision to determine that they have been within the correct place—under Huey’s bed. They were—and their issues have been nonetheless as sharp because the peaks of the Rocky Mountains. I made my mattress. Then I made Huey’s mattress and fluffed up the pillows. If my mom thanked me for making Huey’s mattress, i might say, “Oh, I’m certain he’d do an analogous for me! ” With that paintings performed, I went and sat at the porch. i assumed it used to be nonetheless an exceptional summer—even notwithstanding it might be an improved summer season if Gloria had by no means gotten a bicycle. and that i was once completely satisfied that Gloria felt sorry for me. If I went over to her condo, she might most likely even cease using her bicycle to play with me. If she sought after me to profit to experience, i may constantly say I had a task to do at domestic and depart. i used to be happy i used to be shrewdpermanent and had gotten myself out of difficulty with Gloria in a brief, uncomplicated means. I smiled and stretched my legs out and appeared up during the leaves of the timber within the entrance backyard. i used to be pretending i used to be a fish swimming within the sky whilst I heard my dad’s truck develop into the driveway. I stood up and shook off my fish scales. Huey and pa bought out of the truck. “Hi, Julian,” Huey stated. He sounded very sweet—as if he used to be now not the individual that had moved my choice of sharp rocks from my shelf and positioned them less than my bed. yet I knew he was once. “Hi, Huey! ” I stated. I gave him a fish-fanged smile. “HEL-lo, Julian! ” my dad acknowledged in a super-friendly voice. often that voice potential difficulty. I checked my dad’s eyes. definite sufficient, little crimson and blue flames have been jumping in them, like in a furnace that will soften metal. yet I stayed cool. “Hi, Dad,” I acknowledged. no matter what he had that glance in his eyes for, it couldn’t be due to me. “Guess who we simply met within the highway, Julian! ” Huey stated. “Gloria! Does she ever have a superb bicycle! ” My lifestyles was once getting worse forever.

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