In My World
by Carole Lander
CHAPTER 1 – The fight
I clambered up the ladder to our tree house. Tess was already there.
‘Hurry up Sam,’ I’ve got treats.
Tess and I have been next-door neighbours ever since we were born. Our hideout is the wooden house my dad built in the gum tree that’s planted on her side of the fence. She gets to it by climbing up the trunk. I have a wooden ladder nailed to my side of the fence.
‘What treats?’ I asked, pulling myself into the house and plonking myself on a cushion.
‘My gran’s been over and she brought cup cakes. Here, try a chocolate one.’
‘Mmm, pretty good,’ I said with my mouth full. Then I asked, ‘What do you think about Miss Mitchell’s announcement today?’
‘About basketball? I like the idea. We’d be the first class in our school to learn the game,’ she answered and stuffed a pink cake in her mouth.
‘I think it’s the best idea ever! Dad and I watch the game on TV. I’m dying to learn how to play.’
‘Well you might be too short, Sam,’ Tess said.
‘Why? I’m not too short to be good at football!’
‘Yeah, you’re definitely a fast footy player. But in basketball you have to shoot too.’
‘I shoot plenty of goals in football.’
‘That’s not the same as basketball, where the net is really high.’
‘Well I’ll practise. That’s what Miss Mitchell said we’d be doing. Lots of practice.’
‘OK. OK. I just said it because—’
‘Because what? Cos you’re so tall and you’ll be the best in our class at shooting baskets?’
My temper was up. I didn’t want to get angry but I couldn’t stop myself. I yelled, ‘You don’t know what you’re talking about. And anyway, you’re in MY tree house. My dad built it.’
‘It’s my TREE,’ Tess shouted back. ‘My granddad planted it.’
I pushed her. She screamed and hung on to a branch. That scared me and I hurried down the ladder to my garden.
‘What’s happened, Sam?’ Mum asked.
‘Nothing.’ I slammed my bedroom door and threw myself on the bed.
CHAPTER 2 – First basketball lesson
I slept in the next day and told Dad I wasn’t feeling well.
‘I can always tell when you’re tricking me,’ he laughed. ‘You have that twinkle in your eye.’ He tickled me and I had to get up.
I didn’t look for Tess when I passed her house. I just walked straight to school on my own, but when I got close I saw her. She was arguing with Gary, the kid in our class who always teases people.
I dodged around the back of the school to go in the little kids’ gate. I pulled my hood up and ran in. Big kids aren’t supposed to use that entrance but I could get away with it, being short.
Continues . . .