Evie hid behind the tree, peeking out from time to time. Whenever she heard the loud “crunch” of a footstep near her, she took in a deep breath and held it. She wouldn’t let the monster catch her this time! All she had to do was be really careful and really quiet. That way, she could get home without being caught.
She looked out once more, but there was no sign of the monster. Like a hare, she darted to another tree. Evie hid behind it again and looked towards the little cottage that seemed so close yet so far.
“Only five more trees,” she said to herself softly. “I can do this!”
Evie chewed on her bottom lip as she checked for the monster. She looked left, then she looked right. Nothing. The monster seemed to have lost track of her.
“Now!” she said to herself and started for her house.
Just as she passed by the third tree, she noticed the monster was hiding behind the last tree, but she was already running as fast as a cheetah, and it was too late for her to stop.
“Roar!” her mum shouted and jumped out, hugging Evie tightly in her arms. “The monster’s caught you!”
“Aw, man!” Evie sighed. “I was so close. I didn’t think to look at the trees. I thought you’d be out in the open.”
Evie’s mum laughed and kissed Evie on the forehead. “Silly girl,” she said. “Maybe you can be more careful next time. You would have made it if you had been more patient.”
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