A FITTING PUNISHMENT FOR ELAINE
By PUJA HARIKUMAR
Elaine was a very sneaky little girl. She often tricked people and was mean to them, but she did not care. She just liked to get what she wanted.
One day, Elaine saw an old lady holding a brown basket going out of her home. Elaine took a deep breath and got the aroma of a delicious rich chocolate cake from inside the old lady’s house. Elaine’s mouth watered. She wanted to eat the cake. She crept behind the old lady slyly and started yelling. The old lady thought that someone was hurt and was crying out for help. She hurried away to see how she could help. Elaine quickly entered the old lady’s house and sank her teeth into the chocolate cake she found there. Soon Elaine had eaten up the whole cake. Then Elaine wiped the chocolate from her mouth. She knew that if the old lady found out the truth she would be very angry. Elaine was just about to go home when someone suddenly cuffed her ears. Elaine was surprised to find that it was the old lady, who had returned unexpectedly.
“I will have to punish you for eating my cake.” The old lady shouted at Elaine, who started crying in fear. Elaine then begged for mercy. the old lady felt sorry for the little girl. She let Elaine go and told her,” You must not be sly again. If you want anything, ask for it.”
Elaine promised to behave properly and she never did anything slyly again.
(This story was published in ‘MAGIC POT” September, 2007. Magic Pot is the largest selling children’s magazine in India. It caters to children in the age group of 5 -10. Puja Harikumar is just 10 years old and is studying in Boston, USA)