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The Eavesdropper

It was a hot summer day and I was riding the bus home when I felt something rough and bumpy underneath me. I picked it up and looked at it. My mouth opened in surprise, I was staring at a beautiful pair of diamond earrings. I hoped that I was not imagining it because it seemed just too good to be true. Just then my stop came and I jumped off. On the walk home, I decided that it would do no harm to try them on. Birds chirped happily and I could hear the distant bark of dogs as I put on the earrings. And as soon as I put them on the birds no longer chirped and the dogs no longer barked, instead I could understand them. They were having little conversations. The birds were talking about how much their chicks had grown and the dogs were talking about how they could fool their owners and come together because they were brother and sister. I took the earrings off wondering where they might have come from. Who might have owned the priceless pieces? Did the owner know that these earrings could translate all kinds of different languages from both animals and humans alike to what the owner could understand? Should I tell anyone about them, and if yes then who should I tell? Would I become famous because of them? I soon arrived at my doorstep and rang the doorbell twice, and then I knocked hard seven times (ringing the doorbell twice and knocking hard on the door seven times is a way to know if the person outside is a person from our family, a different person or a stranger).Very slowly everything began to mist and fade away around me as I woke up. It all felt like a dream but yet much too realistic to be one. I could still remember the dream, perfectly and crystal clear as if it was still happening over and over again. I quickly went downstairs and searched in the secret hidden compartment in my backpack and lo! Inside I found the exquisite the pair of dazzling diamond earrings, as real as ever, sparkling in the pure and solid stream of gold sunlight coming in through the window making the floor dance with little, and tiny, colorful rainbows.

Nidhi Manu
10 yrs

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