The Unlikely

by Ada Donnelly, age 10
The Unlikely

“Hello, my name is Lizzie, I’m 11 1/2. I perform at the Rose Theater in England. Today, I perform ‘Alex and Alex II.’ I play Ida.

I’m going to tell you a story about a strange thing that happened to me.”

Chapter One: I’m Lizzie

 

Hello, my name is Lizzie, I’m 11 1/2. I perform at the Rose Theater in England. Today, I perform “Alex and Alex II.” I play Ida.

 

I’m going to tell you a story about a strange thing that happened to me.

 

“Lizzie, do you know where my prop is?” Ron asked. I reached for pink flowers with brown stems and handed it to Ron.

 

I finished my costume and went back to my teeny-tiny apartment. I looked at my savings jar. There were three sides — Spend, Save, Share. I used to be an orphan, but when only three orphans were left (including me) the caretaker bought us each a tiny house, and bought us each a dog. And that’s why I live alone.

 

I felt a lick. It was my dog, Lucy-Rosie.

 

“Hi girl! I’ll feed you right now,” I said. “Here’s your food.” I gave my dog a bit of dog food and washed her. She was very dirty.

 

Now back to my savings jar. I have one nickel, two quarters and three dimes. I realized I left my rainbow earmuffs from Gemma at Ron’s garage, where we were practicing.

 

Chapter Two: Bows and Buses, and a Strange Visitor

 

I tried to find a nickel to see if I could buy a bit of ribbon to tie a bow for my costume. After I found the nickel and made the ribbon, I got on a bus. I found a seat in the back — the only one left. I found a candy wrapper and tied it into a bow. (Did I mention I’m good at making bows?)

 

When I got off the bus for the second time, I put my earmuffs on and I walked inside. I noticed that my window was open and my dog was gone. I thought my dog was hiding, because the closet door was open and I could smell her wet fur.

 

Then a pretty red-head came in and said, “I think I found your dog!” She showed me a golden retriever with a pink bow and a pink leather jacket. It wasn’t my dog.

 

There was a very pretty teal pouch lying by the dog. I saw the girl run away. I think she might have been rich, I thought.

 

“Wait!” I said, but it was too late. She was gone.

 

I saw a very pretty pink card with sparkles on it. I opened it. It said:

 

Dear Poor Girl,

You can keep the puppy and what’s inside the pouch.

From,

Emily W

 

There was a gift card for H&L. I’ve never been to H&L, but my half-sister works there.

 

Just then, my best friend walked in with Lucy-Rosie.

 

Chapter Three: I Tell My Friend…

 

“The weirdest thing happened!” I announced. “A girl named E-”

 

“Well? Tell me what happened!”

 

“I shouldn’t tell you. You’re gonna be afraid. You’re a scaredy-cat.”

 

“No I’m not!” Elizabeth said, shaking her head.

 

“Can you give me a ride to H&L?” I asked.

 

“But…oh, okay.”

 

I got into a wagon with two horses.

 

Chapter Four: H&L

 

“Wow, can I buy anything here?” I looked at my gift card. How could this be? I knew she was rich, but I didn’t know she could get me a…I gasped.

 

It was a $100,000 gift card!

 

The first thing I found was a white tank top, very plain, but I turned it around and there was a package of fabric markers. “I like it,” I whispered, and I plopped it into my cart. Next, I went up two flights to a sign that said “Dog Clothes.”

 

“Oh, my!” I gasped. I saw the most beautiful jacket that comes for you and your dog. And then I saw a pretty red tee-shirt for my dog also. “I’ll buy this stuff!” I whispered loudly as I plopped it into my cart.

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