|Thomas's garden (standard:drama, 4168 words)|
|Author: scotslass||Added: Sep 22 2006||Views/Reads: 2582/1778||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Thomas loves to play in the garden but what seems to be just a child's imagination, turns into near disaster.|
Thomas's eyes were bright and clear as he sat near the pond and a gentle breeze tussled his blond hair. He played in the garden everyday and the pond was his favourite place. He would sit and watch the frogs jumping from one lily pad to the other and sometimes his other friends would come out and play. He was always happy when they came. They were special and Thomas didn't share them with anyone else. He was five years old and would be starting school in another three weeks. He wondered what his friends would do while he was at school and whether they would still come when he got home. He was lost in his thoughts when a voice said “Boo!” A smile lit up his face as he turned around. “Ellie!” “Hello Thomas” Ellie said “I have brought Tammy with me today.” Thomas watched with delight as they hovered in front of him. The colours in their wings were wonderful; blues, greens and yellows glittered with the sunshine. He remembered the first time he saw Ellie, he was amazed at the little figure that sat on a lilypad next to a green frog. They had seemed to be talking to each other and he had rubbed his eyes to make sure he wasn't dreaming. Then Ellie flew over and sat on his shoulder. He found he wasn't scared of her and laughed when her wings tickled his ears. She had whispered in his ear “How would you like to sit on a rainbow?” Thomas's eyes had lit up as he answered yes. Ellie told him to close his eyes as she put her tiny hand in his and then he felt himself floating away across a clear blue sky. Birds flew passed and squawked a greeting that Ellie seemed to understand as she answered them. Then he had seen the rainbow. He was awed at the sight of it. He had seen rainbows after the rain but never been this close to one. Ellie had guided him to the top of it and they sat and looked at the world way below them. Thomas could see fields for miles and Ellie had pointed out his house. He had giggled with delight and when he looked up the fluffy white clouds seemed to caress him gently as they passed overhead. He had wanted to stay there with his new friend but he had heard his mother calling him to come in for lunch. Suddenly he was back, sitting next to the pond where he had first seen Ellie. Ellie had promised to come again and he had gone inside the house. Ellie came whenever she chose to. Once in a while she would bring another friend with her. Sometimes she never came for days and it upset him. His mother noticed his mood change a couple of times but had put it down to him not having any friends to play with, but thought that would change when he started school. “Hello Tammy” Thomas said. Looking at Ellie, he asked ‘what can we do today?” Ellie thought for a moment, “Have you ever been to the bottom of the pond?” Thomas shook his head as he looked down into the pond. “There's nothing there” “Oh yes there is” Tammy answered him “there are many things in a pond you don't see” The pond didn't look too deep and Thomas thought it would fun to see what was down there. “Okay” he replied. “Take your shoes of” Ellie told him. He took his shoes of and placed them neatly side-by-side and tucked his socks inside them, and then he followed Ellie and Tammy into the pond. The water was cool and he shivered slightly as they went to the bottom of the pond. Thomas opened his eyes; he saw tiny tadpoles swimming past and water snails feeding off the reeds and the goldfish that his mother had put in darted in and out of the rocks. He looked around for Ellie and Tammy but he had lost sight of them. All of a sudden he started to feel short of breath and gasped, taking in a mouthful of water. He found himself thrashing around and when he tried to stand his feet slipped on the muddy bottom. The more he thrashed, the more water he swallowed. He felt a burning deep inside and it was painful and struggled desperately to get out but everything started to go black and he silently screamed. The words just got lost among the reeds. “Thomas! Thomas! Where are you?” his mother called. She had called him twice from the house but he never came so she went down the garden to look for him. She saw his shoes before she even got to the pond and ran, screaming his name. Their next-door neighbour Mr Murray heard her screams and came running. Without hesitating he jumped into the pond and searched for him. He dragged Thomas's limp body out of the pond and yelled at her to get an ambulance. He proceeded to rescucitate Thomas and was relieved when Thomas coughed and spluttered. The ambulance arrived and took him to the hospital where they kept him overnight. Thomas's mother kept a stricter eye on him after his stay in hospital. She was angry with herself for being so stupid in thinking he would obey all her rules. The most important one being: he was not allowed to go into the pond. When she questioned him about it, he shrugged his shoulders and said he didn't know why he went into the water. She left it at that and told him he was not to go down there without her. Click here to read the rest of this story (261 more lines)
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