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1587 words - 6 pages

Short Story The river was roaring past the children and their teacher, as the
group of kids tried in vain to understand the teacher's inaudible
mutterings. Not one of them could understand or comprehend what the
teacher was saying, and being the lively, uncontrollable brats that
they were, they didn't care anyway. When the teacher stopped talking,
he motioned for the children to follow him along the steep,
mud-covered banks of the river. The children understood this and
scuttled after him, along the dangerous route that he had selected for
them.

As the teacher and the mob of children following him drew further and
further apart, a small group of children lagged behind. The teacher
didn't seem to notice and strolled on, oblivious to the fact that
three of children were no longer within shouting distance. He had
enough on his hands making sure that the boisterous group of kids was
under control. While the teacher was - for the umpteenth time -
shouting incomprehensively at someone or other, the three children
slipped off the path and walked down towards the slippery banks of the
now lethal river.

While three children crawled through the vast nettle bush that
separated them from the river, the teacher and the other group of kids
walked further and further away. The drizzle that had almost been
unnoticeable, turned into a monsoon-like downpour, churning up the mud
and fuelling the river which had once been a gentle, trickle of a
stream was now like a stampede crushing everything in its path,
throwing boulders along the banks, and knocking over trees as if they
were skittles. The rain continued to fall, breaking branches off the
trees, and turning the ground near the river into a swamp.

The three children got through the nettle patch and they sat down on
the boulders bordering the river, which was now starting to break its
banks. They searched around for dock leaves to soften the intense pain
of the nettle stings. When they eventually found them they returned to
the boulders and tended to their burning limbs. When they could no
longer feel the stings theyrealisedthat they were bored, and looked
for something to do. One of them, Harry, saw something sparkle amid
the foam in the river, and started out to get it. The other two, Chris
and Matthew, noticed what Harry was after and chased after him
frantically. As Chris and Matthew drew closer to Harry, an immense,
sudden gush of water knocked the three kids flat on their faces.
Chris, who was quite tubby, and the worst swimmer, couldn't fight the
current, and was swept downstream screaming in terror. Matthew and
Harry however, fought their way back to the banks of the river,
petrified at the thought of what might happen to their...

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