Adventure Box

Adventure Box

Our little beasts
Dad loved wild animals so he always refused to
have the usual type of pets in the house. At first,
Emily and I made do with our soft toys and
then, as we got bigger, we ended up adopting
the little creatures that moved in with us. Our
house was old and full of nooks and crannies…
perfect for lots of different kinds of little beasts!

In the kitchen there was Dozy, a dormouse
that lived behind the gas cooker. He was all
round and fluffy with a tuft on the end of
his tail and two dark circles around his eyes,
like a robber’s mask. If we wanted to see him,
we had to sit quietly at the table without
moving. If we were really quiet, Dozy soon
appeared. He was always hungry

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On days when Dad got home late, it was Felix who came to pick us up from school. Emily and I spotted him from the playground, with his white hair, his big nose and his kind smile. My sister and I had invented a game. We took it in turns to guess what Felix would say to us when he met us at the gate. Most days he said almost exactly the same thing so it was easy! We got two points for every word we didn’t guess right. At the end of the week, the one with the most points lost.

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That afternoon, it was Emily’s turn to play. She nudged me and whispered in my ear, copying Felix’s voice, “Hello, gazelles. I’m collecting you today. Your father will be back late. You know how it is… that man is so dedicated to his work…” As we set off, Felix took our school bags, which suddenly looked like funny little purses when he held them. He said, “Good afternoon, gazelles…”

Two points… It was a bad start for Emily. Felix went on, “… I’m collecting you today. You father will not be back early… But you know what? He said he has a surprise for you!” We smiled at Felix but said nothing. We were too busy counting points. Emily was not happy. Her score was high. Suddenly, I was in a great mood…

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