A picture guided composition by Darren T. (12 years old)
An ant was very thirsty, so it went to look for water to drink. It finally came to a river. As it was sipping thirstily to quench its thirst, a gust of wind blew at it. The ant lost its balance and fell into the water. It could not swim, so it struggled in the water, taking in gulps of water while trying very hard not to drown.
Luckily, a kind dove saw the struggling insect. It plucked a leaf and dropped it. The leaf landed next to the ant and it clung to the floating leaf tenaciously. After much effort, it managed to climb onto the leaf. It was shivering mightily from cold, but was immensely relieved to be safe.
The next day, the ant saw a hunter in the forest. The hunter was aiming his rifle at the same dove that had saved him the day before. It could not and would not let its saviour the dove die, so it crawled with much haste and climbed onto the hunter’s leg. It gave the man a few ferocious bites. The hunter howled in pain. He misfired and missed the dove. The dove quickly flew away to safety.
The ant and the dove became good friends. They always helped each other in good and bad times. The dove sometimes took the ant on its back to visit faraway places and they lived happily ever after.