by Sean Griffin, age 9, from US
Michelle had already spent one and a half months at her aunt's cabin in Camp
Nelson, California. This was only her second summer staying with her aunt, but
she already know most of the trails around the area.
Her father was a banker who worked long hours, and her mother was a chef on a
cruise ship so her mom wasn't around very much. Michelle grew up to be
independent, but lonely. Being with her aunt was a real treat. They would play
all sorts of board games, ride horses, and go mountain biking.
One warm evening she walked down to Pier Point to get a book to read. The sun
was just setting over the trees so there was enough light for her to see the
path. Pier Point is a little coffee shop and store along the highway going up the
mountain, and they sell used books. Michelle brought a little flashlight that she
could use on the way back to her aunt's cabin. When she got to Pier Point she
went straight to the book section, and her attention was drawn to a book about
plants that ate socks. She had already read all the Goosebumps and enjoyed scary
stories. She paid for the book and the Warheads she had picked out, said good-bye
to the cashier and headed for home. She jogged all the way with her hair bouncing
on her shoulders.