Novels Pre-intermediate

The Earthquake by Laird Elizabeth

This book is written by the modern author form New Zealand. She used to be a teacher and taught in many countries. Now she creates the touching stories for young people. Her books are translated into many languages. This work is about love difficult times. When a catastrophe happens, people first try to find their relatives or friends under the wrecks of the collapsed life. You will find a classic love triangle in the book. Sylvia is a young woman. She takes care of her ill mother. The family used to be rich, but everything changed after father’s death. Gabriel is a young man, who is very kind and generous. He is Sylvia’s old friend and he loves her. However, Sylvia loves Marco. Marco is a reach person. He is interested only in his fortune. A great earthquake happens on one Saturday evening. The tragedy completely changes their lives.

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The Earthquake by Laird Elizabeth

Gabriel had a kind face and intelligent brown eyes. He usually had a friendly smile. But there was no smile on his face today. He wasn’t happy.

‘I’d like to be as rich as Marco,’ he thought. ‘But I’m only good old Gabriel. Silvia likes me. I know she does. She thinks I’m kind and nice. But she thinks I’m boring, too. Boring old Gabriel, that’s me.’

Gabriel had two tickets for a film. There was a red rose on the table in his sitting-room. He took the rose and the tickets and went out.

An hour later, Gabriel arrived at the door of Silvia’s flat. When she opened the door, she didn’t smile at him.

‘Oh, hello,’ she said. ‘What… er…?’

The Earthquake by Laird Elizabeth

‘Don’t you remember, Silvia?’ said Gabriel. ‘It’s Sunday evening. We’re going to the cinema. I’ve got the tickets. It’s that great new film. You said…’

‘What do you mean?’ said Silvia. ‘I can’t go out with you this evening. I’m busy. 1 don’t remember

‘But I called you on Thursday!’ Gabriel said. ‘You wanted to come!’

Silvia pushed her beautiful dark hair out of her eyes. She didn’t look at Gabriel.

‘Oh dear,’ she said. ‘That was stupid of me. I’m really sorry. Please don’t be angry, Gabriel. Come back tomorrow. We’ll go to the film tomorrow.’

She began to shut the door.

‘Silvia,’ Gabriel said angrily, ‘you’re going out with Marco! I know you are! I want to tell you something about Marco. He’s rich, but he’s a bad man. You’re being stupid, Silvia.’

He stopped. Silvia wasn’t there. ‘I’m talking to the door,’ he thought angrily. He looked at the rose in his hand. Then he threw it onto the ground.

Behind him, he heard a quiet laugh. He turned. There was a man on the stairs. His clothes were expensive, and there were twenty red roses in his hand. It was Marco.

‘Oh dear, Gabriel,’ Marco laughed. ‘Is she busy tonight? Doesn’t she want to go out with you? I’ll try now. Perhaps she’ll go out with me’

Gabriel didn’t answer. He walked quickly away and went down to the street.

It was a hot Sunday evening. There was no wind. A lot of people were in the street. They sat in the parks and drank in the cafes. Young men and women talked and laughed. Gabriel didn’t want to look at them. He felt too unhappy…

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