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One Step at a Time

Rachel Stein

“Betzalel, did you do your homework?” Mommy asked, noticing he was about to run outside to play with his friends. “We don’t have any today,” Betzalel answered quickly, the words rolling off his tongue before he could stop them. “Okay,” Mommy said. “Have fun!” Waving, Betzalel grabbed his bat and glove and headed out to join his friends. Why’d you lie? Betzalel heard a little voice pipe up sounding surprised.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“Good job, Betzalel!” his teammates called, slapping him on the back. Betzalel smiled and stepped up to bat. “Three-zero, good game!” Tuvia announced, a couple of hours later. “See you tomorrow, everyone.” I helped my team win, Betzalel thought happily as he walked home from the park. Now everyone will want me on their team. But we may not have won if you had told the truth, said the voice. Squashing that annoying thought like a bug underfoot, Betzalel turned his thoughts to supper. 

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