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Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)
- TITLE: Danny and the Wishbone
By Carolyn Kenney
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“Can I go outside?” Danny asked as he headed for the back door.
“I don’t know,” said his mother. “They are predicting a hurricane later this afternoon! You can go out for a little while, but be careful.”
Just then, the kitchen door opened and in walked Danny’s best friend, Pete who shouted, “Hi Mrs. Smith! Danny, let’s go!”
“I’m ready,” said Danny.
His mother said, “Danny, remember what I told you!”
“I‘ll be careful,” he said. He and Pete raced out the door.
Pete said, “Are we working on the hut? I know my mom won’t let me come back after lunch with the storm coming.”
Danny said, “Yes, I want to get it finished so we can invite the other guys to see it.
“Hey, this wind is really strong today. We better be careful walking by the Wishbone,” said Pete. “That branch could fall anytime.”
The two boys walked on and soon came to a tree on the edge of the path. From the middle of the tree, a branch in the shape of a turkey wishbone hung precariously off a smaller branch. It swayed gently back and forth as the boys approached.
Danny exclaimed, “It’s amazing the “Wishbone” is still hanging in the same position and has not fallen yet.”
Pete exclaimed, “I brought my camera to take a picture of it! If it falls during the hurricane, at least we’ll have this picture.”
Danny said, “Let’s do it later. We should get to the hut.”
“Ok,” Pete agreed.
A few hours later, they found themselves tired and hungry. They had arrived at the hut and worked hard to fix the inside. “Hey Pete,” said Danny. “Did you bring anything to eat?”
“No,” said a disappointed Pete. “Did you?”
“No,” said Danny. “But, I’m hungry now. It must be time for lunch.”
“Yeah, let’s get something to eat,” said an exhausted Pete.
The two boys started home and soon reached the “Wishbone”. “Danny,” said Pete. “I want a picture. Go stand under the “Wishbone”.
“Great idea!” said Danny. The two friends had not noticed the wind pick up.
As Pete snapped the picture, the “Wishbone” hurtled down in a straight line toward Danny who was only aware of his friend standing in front of him.
Pete yelled, “Danny, watch out!”
As Danny looked up, he slipped and started to fall. When the “Wishbone” landed on his right leg, Danny yelled in pain. Pete dropped his camera to run and help his friend.
Pete shouted, “Danny, are you all right?
Danny screamed, “My leg! Pete, go get help!”
Pete‘s face was white as he said, “I’ll be right back.” He raced off as Danny lay in pain with the black clouds and gusty winds coming closer.
Pete raced through the woods, across the backyard and into the Smith home without even knocking.
“Danny’s hurt!“ he yelled. “The “Wishbone” fell on his leg!”
Danny’s parents and brother followed Pete into the woods. When they saw Danny lying on the ground, Mr. Smith said to his older son, “Go call an ambulance!”
Minutes later, Tom returned with two EMT’s. In no time, Danny was on a stretcher and on his way to the hospital. “Tom,” said Mr. Smith, “Take Pete home and tell his parents what happened. Your mother and I will drive to the hospital.” He said to Pete, “Don’t worry, Danny will be fine. However, you boys must be more careful from now.”
Pete said, “Danny is my best friend; I would not hurt him for the world.”
“I know, Pete,” said Mr. Smith.
A few hours later, a doctor approached the anxious couple. “Danny is fine. He has a slight fracture in his right leg and will need a cast. He will need to stay in the hospital for a few days.”
“Thank you doctor,” said Bill Smith as he and his wife anxiously walked to the nearby room where Danny lay.
Three days later, Danny left the hospital. When the car pulled in the driveway, there sitting on the front steps was Pete. He jumped to his feet and said, “Danny, how are you? I was worried.”
Danny smiled and said, “ Pete look at my cast! Do you want to sign it?” Come on in. I’ll tell you all about the hospital. We are lucky, Pete. I guess it could have been worse!”
“I know,” said Pete. “But wait until you see the pictures! You‘re going to love them!”
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