Kids Short Story – Peter – The Master Player
“Once upon a time Peter lived near the church on the north side of Medavakkam village”, Vinodha started telling the story to her children, James and Helen.
“Peter was a cute rabbit. Thomas, a student studying in class IV in Little Ants Primary School in the village was very fond of Peter. One year back while his father had gone to the forest near the village, he found a baby rabbit abandoned near the bushes. He brought the rabbit to his home for Thomas because Thomas always liked pets. He was fond of his pet dog – Joney aged four years and Rohit- a pet cat aged three years. Peter, Joney and Rohit were good friends.
Once Thomas came from school they used to start running towards their friend and master. They could not speak because they were animals. But, they used to talk to Thomas with their eyes. While Peter attempted to talk to Thomas with his lips, Joney talked to Thomas by his tail and Rohit talked to Thomas by lifting his tail upwards and hugging him every now and then. When Thomas used to do his homework, Rohit climbed on his legs and started sleeping on his belly; Joney used to sleep nearby Thomas and Peter used to sit in front of Thomas.”
“Earlier, Thomas tried to talk to his friends. But his father told him one day that they could not understand his language because they were animals. Later Thomas went on talking to his friends and his friends even though never talked to him they used to reply him by their various body movements, blinking through the eyes and gestures.”
“Every day when he came from his school, Thomas stopped nowhere. He started running towards his home and even though he might be hungry he would not eat any food unless he talked to his friends at least for ten minutes. Thomas’s mother and father knew him and his friends very well. They were happy to know that Thomas was enjoying his time very well with his friends.”
“One day his father brought two badminton rackets along with two badminton balls. He started playing with Thomas so that they started learning to play badminton. After a month Thomas became an expert and started playing badminton excellently along with his father. After some time he started winning the games. One day, his father had to go to the nearby village for attending a marriage. He could not spend his time in playing the game along with his son. Thomas felt sad – that he could not play the game that day.”
“He went to the corner of his house and started weeping. Joney could not understand why his master wept. Rohit understood the reasons but he could not help. Thomas wept and wept and slowly started sleeping”
“Peter came nearby Thomas and murmured in his ears. Initially Thomas could not understand what Peter wanted to tell him. Slowly he understood that Peter wanted to play badminton with him”.
“He thought for a while. Is it possible that a rabbit can play along with him. Suddenly he saw that Peter started wearing a trouser and a shirt. He lifted the rocket comfortably and gave one rocket to Thomas and took the ball in his hands and ran towards the other side of the badminton court. Thomas was very happy – finally that day he could play badminton with Peter. He served the ball to Peter. Peter very cleverly returned the ball into the court of Thomas.
The game went on. It was very interesting. Thomas never thought that the game would be so wonderful. Peter was found to be a very smart player. The way he served the balls and the way by which he returned the balls to Thomas – Thomas could not believe his eyes. He was happier than ever. He wanted to tell his father when he returned home from the village that night.
“I can also play the game the next day along with you and Peter” – he thought. The game went on and went on.
Suddenly he found that his mother was touching his hands and handing him over his evening tea. He could not believe that he played a game with Peter.
Once he started drinking his tea, he started realizing – that the game he played was in his dreams.
He thought –“Hereafter, I should have more number of dreams so that I can happily play tough games with Peter even when the father is out of home”.
Thomas started doing his home work and as usual, Rohit, Joney and Peter started looking at their master keenly.