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101 Salamanders

Chany Rosengarten

While she helped unload her family’s car, 12-year-old Hila kept glancing at the other small bungalows in Wrenchete, hoping to spot a friendly face. There was no one. They’re all inside helping, she thought. At night, though, there would be plenty of time to play. She met Shifra the next morning.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

salamanderHila wished she could go over and say something natural, like, “You just arrived. Don’t worry, I’m new here, too,” but her teeth remained firmly clenched.

Shifra smiled at her and started rolling a suitcase toward her new bungalow. Hila blushed.

There’ll be plenty of time to become friends, Hila thought, and walked across the grounds to check out the pool.

She didn’t go past the gate. She never went near a pool without a friend. Hila wished she had a pal with whom to wet her feet at the shallow end. If she had a friend, she could point out the shade of the trees and the frogs jumping at the crickets. She could play endless games of jump rope and paddleball. If only friendliness came naturally to her.

She walked back to her bungalow. There, she saw Shifra laughing with a girl in gold sandals. She wished she had joined Shifra earlier. 

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