written by Debbie Williamson
“Hi Lil’ Rebel,” said Sally, walking up the walkway toward her.
“Hi Sally,” said Lil Rebel. “Guess what I did today?”
“I don’t know,” said Sally. “Did you push your sister down the stairs again?”
“No,” said Lil’ Rebel. “I didn’t do that, but, I did steal this.”
Lil’ Rebel pulled a candy bar out of her pocket.
“You really stole this,” said Sally, backing away from Lil’ Rebel.
“Yes,” said Lil’ Rebel. “I did and you know something, it felt so good too.”
“It did,” said Sally, suddenly wishing that she had not stopped by to say hi to Lil’ Rebel after all.
Sally’s parents had warned her to stay away from her. They had told her that she was trouble. However, something lured Sally to Lil’ Rebel. Maybe it was the fact that Lil’ Rebel keeps getting into trouble all the time. It seemed to Sally that Lil’ Rebel was cool and she just wanted to be cool, too.
“Yeah,” said Lil’ Rebel. “It’s like an adrenaline rush hit me after I stole it. You know what would make you cool? You should steal something.”
“I don’t know,” said Sally. “What if I get caught?”
“You won’t get caught,” said Lil’ Rebel. “I didn’t.”
Sally went home that afternoon and she kept thinking about what Lil’ Rebel had said to her. She wanted to be cool, just like her. The next day, after school, Sally went to the local store and went over to the candy bar aisle. She was just about to grab a candy bar and put it in her pocket when she saw Lil’ Rebel enter the store.
Sally quickly dropped the candy bar on the floor and ran to the back of the store, far out of sight from Lil’ Rebel. She saw Lil’ Rebel take a candy bar off the shelf and much to her surprise, she saw Lil’ Rebel go up to the cash register and pay for it. Lil’ Rebel left the store.
“Hi Lil’ Rebel,” said Sally, running to catch up to her.
“Hey,” said Lil’ Rebel. “Did you steal anything yet?”
“No,” said Sally. “Not yet.”
“I did,” said Lil’ Rebel. “I just stole this candy bar.”
Sally walked away from Lil’ Rebel without saying a word. She was so relieved that she didn’t go through with her plan to steal that candy bar and even though she was mad at Lil’ Rebel and probably wouldn’t talk to her for a long time to come, she was also very glad that Lil’ Rebel didn’t steal anything either.