Clop, clop, clop. The noise was getting nearer. Clop, clop, clop. Nearer and nearer. The little girl was not scared, she was just curious about the noise she could hear. Clop, clop, clop. She wondered if she was right about the creature that could make that funny noise. Suddenly, she saw a black figure coming towards her. Really fast. Faster and faster. CLOP, CLOP, CLOP. She thought that maybe it would be sensible to move out of the way of the black figure approaching her, but something told her that everything would be fine if she stood exactly where she was.
“STOP! Good boy,” said the boy riding the horse, since it was a horse that was making that noise against the dry road. “Hello, Little Nani. Would you like a ride on my horse?”
Little Nani looked at her friend, Big Billy, surprised that he was riding a horse. “Where did you find that horse?”
“It was a present. My neighbour asked me to help him to do some cleaning in the stables, and when we were finished, he said he didn’t want a horse any more. So he gave it to me.” Little Nani nodded to show she had understood.
“Do you want to ride the horse with me?” asked Big Billy.
“No, thanks, I am allergic to horses,” said Little Nani while stroking the horse’s head.
“If you are allergic, why are you touching it?” asked Big Billy.
“Because I like touching horses,” said Little Nani, as if it were an absolute truth.
“Then why don’t you ride it with me?” insisted Big Billy.
Little Nani threw at him an exasperated look and said, “Because if I ride it, I will touch it, and I am allergic to horses.”
“But you are already touching it!” said Big Billy.
“But I don’t want to ride your horse,” said Little Nani with a determined look.
At that moment, they heard a loud noise, “CRACK!” After their initial surprise, they realised it was the noise produced by their friend Skinny Nikki when appearing. He didn’t like walking like a normal person, so he learnt to appear out of thin air wherever he thought he could be, or at any place where he knew his friends would be. As usual, he was holding his accordion.
Draw a picture of Big Billy riding his horse, while Little Nani and Skinny Nikki talk next to him and touch the horse. Remember they are in the middle of the forest. Draw lots of trees and nice flowers.
“Hey! You got a horse, Big Billy! Can I ride it?” asked Skinny Nikki.
“No, I am asking Little Nani to ride it with me.” Big Billy didn’t like Skinny Nikki because all girls in the town liked him so much. Skinny Nikki could be always where the girls were, and they liked his sudden apparitions because they found them funny and they could dance while he played his accordion. They were always scared at first, but then they all started giggling and joking with him. What nobody knew was that Skinny Nikki was not interested in girls at all, but he found it funny to startle them and, at the same time, to annoy Big Billy.
“But Little Nani won’t ride it with you. She is allergic to horses.”
“Thanks a lot, Skinny Nikki, at least someone listens to me when I talk,” said Little Nani while rolling her eyes. “Men!” she thought. “You two guys go for a ride with the horse. I want to ride an ostrich,” said Little Nani.
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