By Bonnie Kelso
Finding lost things was Riley’s specialty.
She found Mama’s keys!
A shiny penny.
Her sister’s doll.
“Here it is, Kara.”
Riley and Kara were playing hide-and-seek
when Riley found Mama wrapped in a blanket.
“I’ve lost my job.”
“I’ll help you find it!” said Riley.
Mama hugged her tight.
Later Riley found
a stack of boxes
with Kara’s doll stuffed inside one.
“We’re moving?” asked Riley.
“I’m sorry I couldn’t find your job.”
“I know moving is scary, Riley,
but we have to find courage,” said Mama.
Riley looked everywhere,
but she couldn’t find courage.
She wished courage would find her.
At the shelter Riley counted to ten
and opened her eyes.
She searched for Kara…
in every room,
in every closet,
and on the patio.
Cars zoomed in the street.
Kara was lost!
Her heart beat faster.
“We’re in here, Riley,” said Mama.
Kara was safe.
“I can’t find my courage!”
“Riley, I found a job!”
They squeezed each other tight.
In their new apartment they found wonderful things.
Kara discovered a new word, Riley.
Riley decided courage isn’t something you find.
It grows inside, little by little,
like making a friend,
learning new words,
or the feeling of home in a new place.
This story was submitted to Susanna Hill’s Valentiny Contest. The theme was BRAVE and the word count is 214 words (for February 14th).