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He crawled on his belly through the grass, keeping low and trying to stay out of sight. The two trees which he was trying to reach lay in sight ahead, but a vast expanse of open field lay before him. He had to decide whether to stay low and try to wriggle all the way- safe, but time-consuming- or to just get up and run, taking a far greater risk of exposure but reaching his goal far quicker.

His tactical decision-making process was disrupted by a squeal from right behind him. His sister had been found; she had been so close behind him that he knew he couldn’t bank on staying hidden in the grass any longer. He had to make a run for it.

He leaped to his feet and ran, feet pounding across the field, heart racing as he heard footsteps behind him. He was tackled from behind, arms wrapped around his body as he and his pursuer both rolled across the field.

“Caught you!”His cousin laughed.”Told you you’d never make it!”

Lying on his back, he looked through the grass towards the two trees.

“Meh,” he said with an amiable shrug, “I was close.”

“Your sister’s gone back to see when tea’s gonna be ready,” his cousin told him.

“No point starting another game yet, then,” he said, lying back and clasping his hands behind his head. “We’ll wait here for her.”

He lay there in the grass next to his cousin and looked up at the blue sky, wishing this summer could last forever.

© Kari Fay