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The lucky charm

ANKITA PODDAR

Rahul was very happy with his birthday gift. It brought him a great deal of luck. And then one day Tina sneaked into his room and took away his lucky charm. Would he ever get it back?

It was Rahul's birthday. He was very excited. He had got many gifts - toy cars, books, pens and many other things. But the best was a small blue stone, which was given to him by his mother. "This is the best thing I've ever got. Thanks a lot mom, for giving me a lucky charm."

The charm turned out to be really lucky. His uncle, whom he had never seen, sent him chocolates from Switzerland and he got invitations for a lot of parties. "I am getting lucky because of this charm," he said to Tina. He hid the charm in the secret pocket of his jacket.

But Tina was having a bad time. She had lost her ball, torn her new dress and broken her favourite cup. She pleaded with Rahul to lend her the lucky charm, he refused. Tina got angry and said, "Watch out, one day I'll take your charm. You are very mean."

She watched him closely and discovered the place where he hid the stone. "I would never have thought of searching there," she thought. When he went to play, Tina took the lucky charm. "Where should I hide it?" she thought. "I will put the charm in the purse. No one will look there. There is a zip, which can hardly be seen. That's a good hiding place," she thought.

Soon she found a few things she had lost. Her mother gave her money to buy chocolates. She got good marks in maths and dictation. Her friends gave her a treat and she won a few games.

When she was talking about her good luck, Rahul gave her a sharp look and went to his room to search for the charm. He screamed "It's gone. You thief, give the charm back." "Don't call me a thief. I will give your charm back tomorrow night," she said.

"No, you will lose it. I want it right now," he said as he searched her room. "You will never find it. I will give it to you tomorrow," was her reply as Tina got ready to go to the market with her mother.

At the market, she heard her mother yell and as she turned around saw a man running away with her mother's purse. "There goes Rahul's charm," she said sadly, because she had hidden it in her mother's purse.

She went home with her mother. The police had come and her mother gave the description of the thief. "Madam, I think it is the same chap who has robbed many people of their purses. He keeps the money and sells the purse after fitting a different handle to it.

There is no way of telling that the purse is yours." Rahul was very disappointed about his charm.

The next day, Rahul along with his mother and Tina went shopping. "There is my purse. This has a different handle and the name of a different company, but I can recognise it," she said pointing to a woman who was selling old purses by the roadside.

On a mat lay two purses. One of them was exactly like the one stolen. The police was called and two plainclothesmen came. "There is no way you can prove that the purse is yours," they said. "I can prove it," said Tina. She went towards the purse, opened it and took out the stone from it. "My charm," said Rahul happily.

The police arrested the woman. She confessed that her husband stole purses. The police thanked and praised Tina. Her mother gave her an icecream. "I forgive you for taking my charm, Tina," said Rahul hugging his sister "thanks for getting mom's purse back."

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