The de­fi­ant boy

The Borneo Post - Good English - - News -

Sam was stand­ing at the side of the road. He was wait­ing im­pa­tiently for the traf­fic to clear. The pedes­trian cross­ing was just as stone’s throw away but he re­fused to walk there.

Sam’s neigh­bour walked past. She told Sam that he should cross at the pedes­trian cross­ing but he re­fused to heed her ad­vice. When a group of his class­mates walked past and told him to cross at the pedes­trian cross­ing in front, he ig­nored them too. Just then, the traf­fic cleared. Sam dashed across the road. He was half­way across the road when he heard the screech­ing of brakes and the blast­ing of a car horn. He turned and saw a red car speed­ing to­wards him. Sam jumped up in fright. The road was clear ear­lier. He was in a dilemma as to whether to turn back or run for­ward. For­tu­nately, a man who was walk­ing past on the other side dashed across and dragged Sam to the other side of the road. He was just in time. The red car sped past them and the driver glared at Sam.

Sam was too shaken to move by then. He knees were so wob­bly that he could not stand straight. The stranger told Sam sternly that he should only cross the road at the pedes­trian cross­ing.

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