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By Sara Simpson Chapter 1: The Tent
It’s Saturday afternoon in the summer. Joey and his friend Kevin, are very busy. They’re making a tent in Joey’s garden. The boys are planning to sleep in the tent tonight. They’re very excited. “We must work quickly,” Joey says. “We must finish our tent before evening.” “Don’t worry Joey, we’re nearly finished,” Kevin says. “We need a torch,” Joey says. “There’s one in my house. We can put the torch near our sleeping bags.” “We don’t really need a torch in the tent,” Kevin answers. “We aren’t frightened of the dark.” Suddenly Joey is worried, but he doesn’t say anything. Joey’s garden is next to a forest. Animals from the forest sometimes come into Joey’s garden at night. Joey’s sister, Sarah, likes to give them food. Sarah comes out of the house and throws bread on the grass. “We don’t want animals in the garden, Sarah,” says Joey. “We’re sleeping here tonight in the tent.” “I want to see animals,” says Kevin. “There aren’t any animals near my house.” “Maybe you’ll see a bear, Kevin. Don’t be frightened,” says Sarah with a smile. “Don’t worry, Kevin,” says Joey. “there aren’t any bears here.” Sarah makes a noise like a bear. She laughs and walks to the house. Kevin watches her. “Sarah is pretty,” he says. “Forget it, Kevin,” laughs Joey. “She’s too old for you.” The boys finish the tent. Joey’s father comes into the garden. He’s worried. “A storm is coming. I saw it on TV.” “It’s OK Dad. Our tent is strong,” Joey answers. “And we’ve got warm sleeping bags,” Kevin adds. It’s dark in the street, but Joey’s garden isn’t dark. There are lots of lights from his house. The boys eat hamburgers and talk about football, films and school. At 10.30 pm the boys go into the tent. Joey takes the torch. “We need this, he says. “It’s dark in the tent.” “But we can tell ghost stories in the dark,” Kevin says. “I know some very scary stories.” “OK,” says Joey. He puts the torch outside the tent. He doesn’t want to listen to scary stories, but he doesn’t say anything. “Kevin isn’t frightened of the dark,” he thinks. “He mustn’t know that I am.”
Chapter 2: The Ghost Story
When the boys are in their sleeping bags, Kevin starts to tell a ghost story. He speaks in a quiet, scary voice. “A man lives on the top floor of a building,” he says. “One night, he gets into the lift to go up to his flat. The lift stops at the third floor and the door opens. Nobody enters, but suddenly
there’s a cold wind. The door closes again and the lift starts to move. But it doesn’t stop at the top floor. It continues moving. Suddenly, the lift stops and it’s dark. Then the man sees two big yellow eyes.” “The door of the lift opens and the eyes disappear. Then the door closes. The lift goes to the ground floor.” “That wasn’t s very scary story,” Joey says. “And ghosts don’t exist.” “I know other ghost stories,” says Kevin. “Do you want to hear one?.” “No, I want to sleep now,” says Joey. He closes his eyes but he can’t sleep. He’s thinking about Kevin’s story and the yellow lights in the lift. Joey hears animal noises in the forest. Something moves in the tree next to the tent. “What’s that?. Maybe it’s a bird,” thinks Joey. “Why am I frightened?.” Joey puts the sleeping bag over his head. Finally, he goes to sleep. Joey is dreaming about Kevin’s story. In the dream, he’s in the lift and it’s moving very fast. It’s dark. Suddenly, something jumps onto Joey’s face and wakes him. The tent is completely dark. Joey sees two yellow eyes in the dark. He panics. He opens his mouth to call Kevin, but he can’t speak. The yellow eyes disappear. Joey tries to find Kevin’s arm, but his hand is trembling. His hand touches a cold, wet nose. It’s the neighbour’s cat. “I’m so stupid,” Joey thinks. “Why am I afraid of the dark?. I’m too old for that.” Joey tries to sleep but he can’t. The time passes very slowly.
Chapter 3: The Middle of the Night
It’s half past two. There are big clouds in the sky. The moon is behind the clouds. There aren’t any lights in Joey’s house now. The garden is completely dark. Joey hears noises in the garden again. Something is moving outside the tent. “Is it a deer from the forest?,” thinks Joey. Then, through the tent, he sees two big hands with long fingers. He touches Kevin’s arm. “What’s happening?,” asks Kevin. Kevin tries to see Joey in the dark. “There’s something outside the tent,” says Joey quietly. “Look, Kevin.” Kevin looks through the tent. “It’s only the branches of the tree,” he says. “Don’t be stupid.” Joey doesn’t answer. He looks at his watch. There are four hours until morning. Kevin goes to sleep again, but Joey can’t sleep. The wind is very strong now and the door of the tent moves. Joey wants to go to his house and turn on the light. He puts his hand on Kevin’s arm. “Kevin. Wake up.” “What’s happening Joey?.” “We must go inside,” Joey says. “The wind is strong and it’s dangerous.” Kevin gets out of his warm sleeping bag. “OK, Joey,” he says. “Let’s get our things and go into the house.” But Joey doesn’t answer Kevin. He isn’t in the tent now. He’s running into the house.
Chapter 4: An Invitation
The next day, the boys get up at 10.30 am. Kevin goes home and Joey reads his e-mails. There’s a message from his friend Jamie Tucker. Jamie is having a sleepover party on Saturday night. He’s inviting all the boys in the class. Joey reads the e-mail. Subject: INVITATION From: Jamie Tucker Mail to: Joey Hi, Come to my sleepover party on Saturday night. Bring a sleeping bag, warm clothes and lots of scary ghost stories. Place: next to my house. Address: 17, Woodside Street Time: Saturday, 5th June at 20.30 See you, Jamie “I can’t go to Jamie’s party,” Joey thinks. “The kids at school mustn’t know about my fear of the dark. I must make an excuse to Jamie.” After school on Monday, Kevin goes to Joey’s house. “I can’t find my hat,” he says. “I think it’s in your garden.” The boys go into the garden and try to find the hat. “Aqre you going to Jamie’s party on Saturday night?,” Kevin asks. He’s excited about the party. “No, I can’t,” Joey says. “Sarah and I want to go bowling that night.” “I’m sorry you can’t go,” Kevin says. “Jamies’s parties are always cool.” Joey is sorry too. He wants to have fun with the other boys. But he can’t go. The boys can’t find Kevin’s hat. “There was a strong wind on Saturday night,” Joey says. “Maybe your hat is in the neighbour’s garden.”
Chapter 5: Secret Fears
Joey and Kevin go into the neighbour’s garden. Kevin’s hat is in a tall tree. “There’s your hat.” Joey says. “Climb up the tree and get it.” “I can’t,” Kevin replies. “The tree is too hight. It’s not important. It’s an old hat.” “Don’t be stupid, Kevin,” says Joey. “The tree isn’t high. Climb on my back and you can get to it.” Kevin climbs on Joey’s back and moves to the first branch of the tree. He’s very nervous and his legs begin to tremble. “Go on, Kevin,” Joey says. “Get your hat.” But Kevin doesn’t move. “I want to come down the tree,” he says. “Help me.” “What’s happening?,” asks Joey. “You’re trembling.” “I’ve got fear of high places,” says Kevin. “It’s my secret. Don’t laugh, Joey.” “I’m not laughing,” Joey says. He helps Kevin to come down the tree. “It’s that why you don’t want to go on the school trip in June?,” asks Joey. “Because we must climb a mountain?.” Kevin’s face is red. “Yes. I know it’s stupid,” he says. “It’s not stupid,” Joey says. “Lots of people have got a fear of something.” Joey decides to tell Kevin his secret. “I’ve got a secret fear too,” he says. “I’m frightened of the dark. That’s why I’m not going to Jamie’s party.”
“I know you’re frightened of the dark,” Kevin says. “How do you know?,” asks Joey, surprised. “You talk in your sleep,” says Kevin. He imitates Joey’s voice. “Help. I’m frightened. It’s dark in here.” “Oh, no,” says Joey. Now his face is red, too. The boys start to laugh.
Chapter 6: Kevin Tries to Help
“You must come to Jamie’s party,” says Kevin. “I’ve got an idea to help you with your fear of the dark. There’s a book about fears in the library. Let’s read it.” “OK,” says Joey. “Maybe it can help you with your fear of high places, too.” The boys go to the library to find the book. “It’s in the psychology section on the top floor,” says Kevin. “It’s very high up.” The boys go into the lift. “Remember your story about the lift?,” says Joey. “Maybe this lift has a ghost, too.” Kevin laughs. The lift stops at the third floor. The door opens, but nobody enters. Kevin stops laughing. “This happens in my ghost story, too. Is there a cold wind now?,” Kevin saays. Joey has got a stupid smile on his face. “Hello, ghost,” he says. The door closes and the lift continues moving. It’s moving very slowly and making strange noises. It stops at the top floor, but the door doesn’t open. “What’s happening?,” asks Joey. The boys aren’t smiling now. They’re frightened. They wait for two minutes. Finally the door opens and the boys walk quickly out of the lift. “That was horrible,” Kevin says. “Yes, but everything’s OK now,” says Joey. The boys go to the psychology section. There are lots of books about fears. Kevin reads the names of the books. “Fear of Ghosts… Fear of Dogs. Here’s the book, Joey… Fight Your Fears.” Kevin takes a green book and opens it. “This is what we need,” he says. He finds the correct page and reads it to Joey. HOW TO FIGHT YOUR FEARS Lots of people are frightened of something. But we can learn to fight our fears. The following idea can help people with a fear of a specific place. Go to the place with a friend. Take your favourite food and your favourite music. Sit in the place for ten minutes. Try to relax. Think about a tranquil place. Listen to the music and eat some of your favourite food. Go to the place again the next day. This time, sit there for more than ten minutes “Let’s try it,” says Joey. “It can help you with your fear of high places, too, Kevin.” “We can go to the planetarium,” says Kevin, “and sit at the top. It’s very dark and very high there.” “that’s a good idea,” says Joey. “It’s the perfect place to fight our fears. But first we need our favourite music and food. I’ve got my CD player in my bag.” “I’ve got Billy Man’s new CD here. You like him, don’t you?.” “Yes, he’s cool.” “Now what food do you like, Joey?,” asks Kevin. “Chocolate,” answers Joey, immediately.
“Me too,” says Kevin. “Let’s buy some chocolate in the cafeteria. It’s on this floor.” The boys buy chocolate and then they wait for the lift. There’s a sign on the floor near the lift. The sign says: LIFT BROKEN. USE THE STAIRS The boys don’t see the sign. They’re talking about the planetarium.
Chapter 7: The Lift
“It’s half past five,” says Kevin. “The library is closing now. Where’s the lift?.” Finally the lift arrives and the boys go inside. The door closes and the lift starts to move. Suddenly, it stops and the lights go out. It’s completely dark now. “What’s happening?,” asks Joey. He begins to panic. “Is there a problem with the lift?. There were strange noises when we were in it before.” “Find the alarm button, Kevin.” “I can’t find it. I can’t see anything.” Kevin starts to panic, too. He hits some buttons on the wall but nothing happens. Suddenly, there’s a strange noise and the lift moves. Then it stops again. Kevin hits the door. “Help. Open the door. We’re very high up and the lift is failing.” “We mustn’t panic, Kevin,” Joey says. “Lifts only fall in films. Come on, we can fight our fears. That’s what the book says. We can listen to music and eat chocolate and we must try to relax. Let’s try it.” The boys sit on the floor in the dark. Joey plays his new CD. The music is good. “I love Billy Man’s music. This is his best album.” Joey gives Kevin some chocolate. “Eat this,” he says. “It’s good.” “I can’t eat anything,” says Kevin. “I’m too frightened.” “Then think of your favourite place, Kevin,” Joey says and eats more chocolate. “I’m very frightened. I can’t think,” says Kevin.
Chapter 8: The Boys Fight Their Fears
“My favourite place is Loch Ness in Scotland,” says Joey. “We go there every summer and I always go on a boat on the lake.” “Loch Ness is dangerous,” says Kevin. “There’s a monster in that lake.” “Yes, I know,” says Joey “Sometimes it swims near our boat.” “It doesn’t,” laughs Kevin. “Nobody sees that monster.” “Kevin’s laughing,” thinks Joey. “He’s in a lift at the top of a high building, but he isn’t frightened. I’m in the dark and I’m not frightened. The book is right, we CAN fight our fears.” Suddenly the lift moves. “We’re falling again,” Kevin shouts. Joey remembers Kevin’s scary ghost story and the strange yellow eyes in the lift. He’s frightened too. Then the lift stops. Joey eats more chocolate and feels better. “What’s your favourite place, Kevin?,” he asks.
“Barton City football stadium,” answers Kevin. “I’m always happy when I’m there.” “I don’t know why,” says Joey. “Barton City can’t play football.” The two boys smile. Finally, Kevin eats some chocolate. “Mmm, it’s good chocolate,” he says and takes some more. “I know a joke about lifts,” says Joey. “One lift asks another lift – Do you like your work?. And the other lift answers, - It’s got its ups and downs.” “That’s a terrible joke,” says Kevin. Joey makes the music very loud. “This is my favourite song,” he says. “Listen to the words. They’re cool.” The boys listen and move their feet to the music. They forget their fears. Suddenly, there’s light again and the lift starts moving slowly to the ground floor. The door opens and the boys run out of the lift. “We’re safe,” shouts Kevin, happy.
Chapter 9: Safe and Happy
There’s a man next to the lift. He’s taking some tools from a bag. “Hey. Can’t you boys read?. There are signs on every floor,” he says. Joey reads the sign. LIFT BROKEN. USE THE STAIRS. “There wasn’t a sign on the top floor,” he says. “And there wasn’t a ghost in the lift,” says Kevin. Only the cleaners are in the library now. “The library is closed,” says a cleaner. “You must go home.” Joey lookes at his watch. It’s ten minutes past six. “We were in the lift for forty minutes,” Joey says, surprised. “You were brave in the lift, Joey” says Kevin. “And now you aren’t frightened of the dark.” “You were brave, too,” says Joey. “And now you aren’t frightened of high places. That book is incredible.” The boys go out of the library. “Now you can go to Jamie’s party,” says Kevin. “And I can go on the school trip this year.” “There’s only one problem,” says Joey. “I don’t like chocolate now.” Kevin laughs. “And I never want to hear another Billy Man song,” he says. The boys decide to go to the planetarium before they go home. They climb to the top of the planetarium. It’s high, but Kevin isn’t frightened any more. “There’s a good view from here,” he says, smiling. Kevin and Joey sit in the dark and watch the stars move in the sky. “This is my first time in a planetarium,” says Joey. “It’s dark but it’s incredible.”
Chapter 10: Jamie’s Party
It’s Saturday night, the night of Jamie’s party. All the boys are making tents next to Jamie’s house. A boy throws Jamie’s hat into a tree – and Kevin climbs up the tree to get it. The boys need wood to make a campfire. Joey goes into the forest and finds lots of wood. It’s dark in the forest, but Joey isn’t frightened. Then the boys make a campfire and sit around it. Kevin tells his ghost story about the lift again. Everybody is frightened, except Joey. Joey tells the boys about the lift in the library. But he doesn’t say anything about his secret fear, or Kevin’s. “You were very brave,” says Jamie. “I’m frightened of lifts. I always use the stairs when I’m in a building.” “And I’ve got a fear of the dark,” says another boy called Robbie. “I’ve got a light next to my bed and it helps me go to sleep. I can’t go into a forest at night.”
Kevin looks at Joey and Joey looks at Kevin. They smile. “Everybody is frightened of something,” says Joey. “But you can fight your fears and stop being frightened. You need a good friend to help you, that’s all.”
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