An elephant in love
Mark and Kathleen were at the beach on their annual vacation. As usual, they were having a great time building sandcastles and burying each other in the sand. Mark had gone to the hot dog stand to buy some hot dogs, but when he returned 10 minutes later he had some news for Kathleen. “I’ve fallen in love at the hot dog stand. Her name’s Fiona. She’s a squirrel.” Kathleen was shocked. None of her friends had fallen in love before, especially not with a squirrel.
Mark was determined to impress Fiona. He wanted to show her that he was strong and brave, so he headed to the swimming pool and climbed to the highest diving board. As he stood on the edge looking down, he felt terrified. He could just about see Fiona down below. He closed his eyes and fell into the water, causing a huge splash. When he got out he ran over to Fiona. “What did you think of that?” he said cheerfully. “Sorry, I missed it. I fell asleep on the sun lounger,” said Fiona.
Mark was disappointed, but not deterred. He decided to impress her by doing some jet skiing, so he hired a jet ski and got in the water. The waves were high, but Mark showed great skill twisting and turning in the ocean. A huge crowd gathered on the shore to watch the elephant on the water. An hour later he returned to the beach where Fiona was sitting. “What did you think of that,” he said. “I’m sorry. I had to make a phone call. I didn’t see it,” said Fiona.
This time Mark was very sad. He sat on the shore with his trunk in the water and stared at his reflection. He was thinking about Fiona and about how unfair everything was, when suddenly he heard somebody shouting in the water. “Help, help,” said the voice…
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:
Idea 1: Fiona is in the water and she can’t swim! Mark saves her and takes her to the shore. Is she impressed? What does Kathleen think?
Idea 2: A child is drowning and Mark saves him! Does Mark get a reward? Does Fiona notice?
Idea 3: Fiona can’t swim and Mark tries to save her, but then he gets in trouble. Does Kathleen save them both? What does Fiona think about that?
(JOHN PHILLIPS, STAFF WRITER)