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The Time I Ran Away

After fruitful careers as a scientist and inventor I've gone back to what I love most - writing children's books Read More
  • Joined Oct 2013
  • Published Books 1552

It all started because of a silly argument about leaving my toys on the floor. Mom said something, I answered something, she said SOMETHING, and…

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Before you could say “Galileo”,  I was out of the house, on the sidewalk, walking away from home as FAST as I could. “I will never come back”, I told myself.

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I walked and walked towards the center of town. And on the way I wasn’t thinking about anything. I hadn’t paid any attention to where I was headed.

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When I finally looked around, I was lost. The streets were strange. And empty. And the sun was beginning to set.

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That’s when I started to worry. What if there were monsters in this part of town?

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After all, everyone knows that monsters come out at night and kidnap children on empty dark streets. The poor kids never come back. I imagined creepy slimy monsters waiting for me behind every building.

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And then I saw it. Not the whole monster, just the tip of its shadow. It was following me down the street. My knees began to shake. Then the rest of me.

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I did what any frightened anybody would do. I started to walk faster. The monster walked faster.

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I trotted. The monster trotted. I ran. The monster ran. The tip of its shadow grew longer and longer.

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I could hear it breathing. Soon it would catch up with me and drag me off. I thought of my family. I was sorry for arguing with my Mom.

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The shadow grew and grew. In a moment the monster would be upon me. I had no choice but to turn around and face it face-to-face.

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Its giant paws were over me in a second, pushing me over as it stood on his hind legs. “Galileo”, I yelled. “Galileo”!

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Soon, Galileo was joined by Dad, who was out of breath. “Son, we’ve been looking for you everywhere. Lucky Galileo was able to track you down.”

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We walked home together in the dark. We were even more silent than the empty street. I showered. I told Mom I was sorry. I meant it.

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Nowadays, I always pick up my toys. And even when I get angry, I never run away.

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After all, who knows? Next time the monster might be for real.

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Thank you for reading my book!  If you like it, you might also want to read:  The House on Magic Street – illustrated by Harriet Goitien

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