A Bigger Bone
By Ai-Li (Malaysia)
Sam was a big brown dog. He spent most mornings hanging around at the
neighborhood market, and his favorite spot was the butcher's stall. After
Sam's frequent visit to the stall, Sam and the butcher became good friends.
One day, at the end of a busy day, Sam got his reward for keeping the
" Here you go boy!" The butcher tossed a big bone to Sam.
Happily Sam jumped up high in the air and caught the bone with his
sharp teeth. As he landed on his two front legs, he caught a greedy looking
dog at the corner of his eye.
" Run!" He told himself. Sam ran as fast as his legs could carry him.
After a distance, the greedy dog gave up the chase.
" Phew!" Sam was relieved. He stopped and looked around to find a place
where he could quietly enjoy his delicious meal. He then decided to have
it behind the bushes, but he had to cross the bridge to get there.
" Huh !" Sam let out a surprise moan, as he was crossing the bridge
halfway. He took a few steps back. What he just saw was another dog in
the water who seemed to have even a bigger bone in his mouth!
" I must have that bone too!" He told himself.
He wasted no time and sprang forward. He opened his huge jaw to grab
the bone from the other dog. A loud thud followed, as his own delicious
bone sank into the river.
Baffled, Sam stared into the water. A disappointed and regretful look
stared back at him.