Around the world and back again
Aled Evans watched as his hampster ran like crazy around a wheel inside her cage.
‘Don’t your tiny feet get tired?’ he frowned. ‘Don’t you feel sick?’
The hamster slowed down and looked at Aled. Aled stared into its eyes for an answer, but he didn’t get one.
‘It must be like living in school every single day,’ Aled looked disgusted. ‘If that’s how it feels, then I have no choice but to set you free.’
The hampster went faster than ever before.
‘Wouldn’t you like to be free to run around the world?’ Aled shouted into the cage. But the hamster ignored him.
‘Oh, I would love to run around the world,’ said Aled leaning against his bed. And he wondered if this was possible. Everybody would notice me then, he thought, even my teacher.
‘I will start practising,’ said Aled to the hamster. ‘And when I am ten, I will be fit enough to run around the world.
So Aled Evans ran around the garden five times, then ten times, then fifteen times. By the end of the week he could run around the garden fifty times without stopping and without getting out of breath. It was a good sized garden too.
The following week, Aled began to run around the village of Gusty Gully. This was more of a challenge. ‘I can do this,’ thought Aled. I can do anything if I try hard enough.’
Aled Evans smiled to himself as he ran through the village. He saw people watching him. He could see them peeping around the curtains of their homes. 'I like this,' he thought. 'No one has ever noticed me before.'
‘Where are you running to?’ shouted Phil the Fish as Aled whizzed past him. Ugh! The smell of fish made him feel sick. So Aled ran faster and shouted, ‘around the world!’ on the top of his voice.
‘Can I join in?’ said Tom the Egg as he ran passed the home for waifs and strays.
Aled put up his hand and nodded.
‘Can we come too?’ said Archie and Ollie as they walked home from school.
Tom put up his hand again and nodded.
‘Where are you going?,’ shouted Megan and Hayley as they came out of the sweet shop.
‘Around the world,’ Tom the egg shouted back.
‘We’re coming too!’ said the girls and they stuffed their sweets in their pockets and began to run.