A Sixer and a Surprise

Illustration of boy hitting ball with cricket bat near broken vase and a ring

Shamik, Jay, Shankar, Ravi, Dev and Sanchit were playing cricket in their colony. Dev was bowling and Shamik was batting. Shamik’s team needed a six to win. The match was at its deciding point. Dev threw the ball and Shamik hit it with great force! It was a six that meant Shamik’s team had won the match… except no one was celebrating.

The ball had gone flying through Sakaram Uncle’s window! Now Sakaram Uncle was a strict man. No one had ever seen him smile. So you can imagine why the boys were all so scared. “We could all just go home. He doesn’t seem to be at home right now. Many kids play here in the evening, he’ll never know it was us and besides it’s not like we did it purposely,” said Dev.

“But it would be wrong to not own up to our mistake,” said Shamik.

“Our mistake! You were the one batting. If someone is to apologize, it should be you.”

“I wasn’t the one batting when you broke Shanti aunty’s window or Ravi broke Devakar uncle’s car headlight but I still came with you and Ravi to apologize, didn’t I?”

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Manjiri Manjunath Pai Dukle is a 15-year-old student of Presentation Convent Hr Sec School, Margao, Goa.

Manjiri Manjunath Pai Dukle

Manjiri Manjunath Pai Dukle is a 15-year-old student of Presentation Convent Hr Sec School, Margao, Goa.