Marbles

So this is my first attempt, but I want to start writing children's literature. If any of you readers have younger brothers or sisters/ children/ grandchildren/ cousins/ nephews or nieces around the ages of 9/10 maybe you could comment on how the language of the story is. I'm not too sure if its too easy reading? But let me know - cc very much appreciated.

TWO BOYS, FROM VERY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS, BECOME TO KNOW EACH OTHER THROUGH A GAME OF MARBLES. AS THE DUELS BECOME MORE INTENSE AND JEALOUSY SETS IN EACH TASTES THE THRILL OF COMPETING AND WANTS MORE. BUT CAN THESE COMPETITORS EVER BE FRIENDS WHEN THEY ARE BOTH SEARCHING FOR VERY VERY DIFFERENT THINGS AND BOTH NEED TO WIN?

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1. Best Friends

There is always that one person that you’ve known forever. But that doesn’t make them your best friend. They might be; but not always. They could be your very, very good friend who’s your mother’s best friend’s child and now you’re best friends too. Or they could be your father’s uncle’s son’s teacher’s dog’s owner’s child. They may be your best friend, but that person who you’ve known forever, may not always be best for you.

Sometimes, there are those people in life, who you meet in the weirdest of situations but then, as weird as things seem, they’re actually your best friend. Think about now. You might have met your best friend in the park; when you accidentally kicked a football for your dog but it landed straight in their face. You know, that mate who had to have their arm in plaster because they fell over after the ball you kicked hit them? It was lime green, and their little brother said it looked like a giant bogey with a hand sticking out the end, but they didn’t care because really it was the best thing that happened to them. And that was because of you.

Or maybe you met your best friend in the ‘three-legged egg and spoon race’ at school. The one where your mum was in the front of the field cheering you on but then you both fell and end up with runny egg splattered in your hair. Can you remember?

I know I met my best friend when we shared garlic mayonnaise from a plastic tub in the middle of a field trying to keep warm in our bright orange survival bags that ‘should only be used in emergencies’ the teacher said.

You see, memories like that will last with you for a life time. You don’t even have to remember them; they will always be there. Just like a best friend.

You may not always understand your best friend. And you may sometimes be angry with them. But it doesn’t mean, when it comes down to it, that they aren’t your best friend.

Billy Harris and Julian Brady were exactly like that. The boys didn’t know it yet, but a weird series of events would make them best friends. Forever. 

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