This is a story I writing for my Pre-IB English class. I t is about a girl who meets an old man named Sebastian and becomes friends with him. The whole story has to be no more the five pages but, I might write more here.


3. Two Months Later

I was running late because one of the tires on my bike had gone flat. I quickly sprinted through the gates of our town’s public gardens. I dashed past the rose bowers and the koi pond. When I finally made it to the hydrangeas and rhododendrons Sebastian was already waiting for me. I flopped down on the bench on the public gardens next to Sebastian.

“How are you today?” he asked.

Fine, I suppose.” I replied.

“Just fine?” He looked at me questioningly.

“I failed my geometry test today. I don’t know why; I studied all week!”

He looked thoughtfully at the children playing tag by the gazebo before answering, “Well, Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.’”

            “What’s that supposed to mean?”

            “You tell me.”

“I hate it when you do that.” I grumped. When he did not respond I sighed and said, “I suppose you are trying to tell me to be optimistic.”

“Correct. What good does it do you to mope about it? Just know that you will do better next time. If you want I can help you study for the next test.”

“You’re a gem Sebastian! You can always cheer me up.” I stood up to go, “Oh by the way, you left your dentures at our house last night.”   

“I was wondering where those went! I had to wear my extra pair, and they don’t fit quite right.”

            I laughed, “I’ll run them over later.”

            “How is your garden coming along?” He asked

            “Well I am still weeding it out. It’s amazing how stubborn some of those weeds are. I finally saved up enough money to have the glass replaced in the greenhouse.”

            “Would you like some help weeding to day?”

            “Thanks, that would be awesome! If you come over at about six I bet you could stay for dinner.”

            “I think I shall. Your mother is the best cook."

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