New Story Contest: Transformation - Areesha N. - 03/29/19

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New Story Contest: Transformation

Submitted by: Areesha N., age 10, Westlake, OH

The Silver Sneakers

“I want the gold light-up shoes!” Samuel complained.

“Honey, these were on sale,” his mother said as she handed him a pair of shiny silver shoes.

“Everyone has them!” Samuel whined. “Josh and Robby and Josh and Robby—”

“Just because your best friends have them doesn’t mean you need them,” consoled his mother.

Very angry, Samuel started to run down the street, leaving his exasperated mother behind him. As he walked down the street hurriedly, he stared disgustedly at his gorgeous sneakers that glistened in the sun. He felt like the most unlucky person on the planet.

Suddenly, he noticed a ragged boy with ripped clothes and a tired face with black circles beneath the eyes. Samuel looked at himself and then the boy and then shook his head. He had gotten this all wrong.

A fancy sweater, silver shoes with laces and zippers, shiny sunglasses with polarized lenses, and an expensive jacket of a high quality embellished his body, while the boy across the street wore a ripped, muddy shirt and tattered pants—at least they used to be pants—they were now shorts that hardly extended to the knees. Samuel also realized he had no shoes. He scurried home.

He took off his pair of shoes and put them in the box they came in. He pulled on his old shoes (a size or two tight) and walked out the front door again. He saw the boy where he had left him and strolled toward him slowly.

“These are for you,” he said.

The boy looked up in disbelief. He stared up at Samuel and then at the box, hesitating to take it from Samuel’s hands. It reminded him of a small fawn, his huge eyes gazing at the box. The boy then steadily took the box and opened it. His eyes glowed with delight, and a huge, bright smile grew on his face.

Samuel traversed home with a grin. He entered the front door and immediately ran to embrace his mother. “Thank you, Mom, for all you do,” he whispered.

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