Hall of Fame
By Kew Ling Wei, Raffles Girls’ Primary School
It was an idyllic Saturday morning. Fluffy white clouds hung in the clear cerulean sky. Granny Lucy was tottering to the market. Her heart was filled with light-hearted cheer and her mouth curled into a smile. She was looking forward to preparing a feast for her grandchildren, who were coming for dinner that night.
The wet market was packed like sardines. Animated chatter and boisterous laughter filled the air. Early shoppers swarmed like a hive, eager to hunt for the best bargains. Granny Lucy scanned the stalls keenly, trying to look for the best food. “Cheap! Come take a look!” stallholders hollered at the top of their lungs, trying to attract customers.
“Ah ma! Come and buy my fresh silver pomfret! It just arrived this morning!” An amiable stallholder recommended his bestseller enthusiastically. Granny Lucy stopped in her tracks when she was greeted by an elated fishmonger, who shoved the silver fish in her direction for her to see. Granny Lucy’s fingers pressed gently at the fish. “How much?” she asked the fishmonger as she took the fish gently from the fishmonger’s hands.
“Ten dollars, please,” the fishmonger replied firmly. The old lady nodded her head and handed the fishmonger a ten-dollar note from her purse. She was pleased with herself that she had managed to get a good buy. Then, Granny Lucy decided to go to the noodles stall to buy some noodles.
As the entire floor of the wet market was drenched with puddles of water, Granny Lucy inched forward carefully. Unfortunately, the wet floor slipped under her feet and she lost her balance and fell. She let out a loud yelp and went flying in the air. Granny Lucy landed heavily on her bottom with a sickening thud and her trolley of groceries clattered noisily onto the floor. Granny Lucy’s face turned as white as a sheet as she writhed and winced in agony.
“Somebody help me,” Granny Lucy cried out weakly. All of a sudden, all activities and chatter ceased. The stallholders and crowd of shoppers whipped their heads around to the sound of distress. Gasps of horror escaped from some shoppers’ lips and they clasped their hands over their mouths. Shock was etched on their faces and their eyes practically popped out of their sockets as they watched poor GrannyLucy lying on the floor in pain. Without hesitation, one of the shoppers whipped out his handphone from his pocket and punched in the numbers ‘995’ furiously. Meanwhile, a few kind onlookers assured Granny Lucy that help was on the way. Although Granny Lucy tried to smile, the excruciating pain was unbearable.
Within minutes, the familiar wail of the ambulance’s siren reverberated in the distance. Soon, the ambulance arrived at the scene. Immediately, the experienced paramedics leapt out of the ambulance and examined Granny Lucy. They realised that she had fractured her hip and needed to be hospitalised instantly.
Gingerly, the paramedics placed Granny Lucy onto a stretcher and whisked her to the nearest hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital. At the same time, one of the paramedics informed Granny Lucy’s immediate family about her situation. As the ambulance sped off towards the hospital, she chided herself for being careless and vowed to be more vigilant in future. Regret overwhelmed her that she would not be able to cook for her grandsons now.
Hall of Fame
I am a Superhero
By Charis Leow En Xi, Fairfield Methodist School
He quickly tied the red towel around his neck. He was a superhero going to save the world and fight monsters! Next, Steve climbed onto a high stool. He spread and waved his arms wildly in the air. He was having a whale of a time. Suddenly, the stool wobbled unsteadily and it was about to topple.
All of a sudden, Steve lost his balance and slipped, falling off the stool. Crash! He landed with a loud thud on the ground. Seeing the nasty abrasions, Steve burst out crying.
Hall of Fame
Caught in the Rain
By Jovan Ang, Rulang Primary School
Janice glanced worriedly at her wrist watch. The time was already ten past seven. She had twenty minutes to make it to school on time. The sky was overcast. A slight drizzle rained down like a mist. It started raining cats and dogs as Janice reached the bus stop. She had ignored her mother’s advice to take an umbrella with her. She wondered how she was going to make it to school in the rain.