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Boo, the Snowball King
Morgan, Age 11, Maineville, OH

I was sitting there, all alone. I wanted someone, anyone to help me stop thinking about being alone. I guess I spoke too soon…
             
             | Boo |

He was there, in the snow. I couldn’t see him, but I knew he was there. He could hide himself well, but trying to stand still without making a sound was something he couldn’t do.

Then I saw him. Right before my eyes, the snow turned from milky white to sky blue. I stared at him in awe. He was about 3 ft. tall, with purple eyes, and a mixture of various colours of blue fur. He wore nothing but red-orange gloves, both holding a snowball.

Before I could blink, he threw them both at me, one missing me by a foot, but the other, hit me with a SPLAT! Knocking me to the ground. I landed on the snow with a gentle thump and watched as he darted off in a split second.

“What was that… thing?!?” I asked out loud. Big mistake. Because right when I finished, he appeared again.

“That ‘thing’? Is that what you call the Snow King? A ‘thing’…” he looked a bit mad, but then he smiled. “You must be new here.” He laughed a bit.

“Uh…yea,” I said confused. Who does this guy think he is? I asked myself.

“Who am I? I’m the best of the best. I can throw the fastest snowballs, and make the biggest forts. I can create snowballs in less than a second, and throw them in less than half. I could hit a cow a mile away, or spot a bug hidden half a mile away. I can hide in the snow and sneak up on my victims, and then SPLASH! They’ve been hit by me, Boo, The Snowball King.”

“How did you know that I asked that? It’s not like you can read thoughts… Can you?”

“Yea, I can.”

“Well, I don’t believe you.” I said.

“You don’t have to,” he replied calmly. “I’ll just keep seeing what you think.”

I stared at him for the longest time, trying to think if I should believe him or not.

“Fine,” I finally gave up. “I’ll believe you, but just stay out of my mind,” I said. “Fine, I’ll stay out of your mind if you get out of the Snowball King’s territory.” I giggled at the thought. “You? A Snowball King? Yea right.”

“I did get you good,” he said with a smirk. I had to agree on that one. He did hit me, and knock me off the ground but, does that make him a Snowball King?

“Yea, it does make me a snowball king. I’m the best of the best. I can throw the fastest snowballs and make the biggest forts. I can create snowballs in less than a second and throw them in less than half. I could hit a cow a mile away, or spot a bug hidden half a mile away. I can hide in the snow and sneak up on my victims, and then SPLASH! They’ve been hit by me, Boo, The Snowball King.” He finished his speech again with a bow.

“Whatever…” I replied bored. I started walking away… When I was hit again! “You don’t want to challenge the master?” he asked.

“I thought you were a king. And besides, I don’t do Snowball fights. My mom-“ I stopped. Where was my mom? Why did they leave me here with… him?  I sighed and went along again. “Fine, then. Be that way and don’t challenge me. But, I’ll be waiting…” And with that… He disappeared back into the snow.

                                          ***

“Wow, he was weird…” I said to myself.

Me weird? No…

“Who was that?” I shouted, surprised.

You know who I am…

“I do?”

Yea, Remember your friend. Boo, The Snowball King…

Now I remembered. Boo could read minds, but, does that mean that he could speak telepathically too?

Yea, I can…

“I said to stay out of my mind!” I yelled to the snow and kept walking.

What happened to your mother? Boo again.

“I said stop bothering me…” I didn’t want him to know about my mother. I couldn’t tell him what happened anyway. It’s not that it was personal or anything. It was just that… I didn’t know what happened either…

                                      ***

We were on vacation in Ontario again. We always went to Ontario for a vacation. Every year. Mom says that it’s only way for us to “get out” and enjoy the air for a while. That’s what she thinks.

I’ve always hated it here. The strange air, the coldness, and the moose. Boy, did I hate moose. Strange creatures that look like giant cows with horns. Have you ever watched the Animal Channel? Reports of people getting attacked by moose increase every year. Mom says that they’re really nice creatures that wouldn’t hurt a fly, but you can’t believe that. I’ve seen the moose eating flies. Now, do you call that nice? Anyway, we were going through the forest, when we saw them. The Moose.

They were standing there, when all of a sudden, they started charging at us. Of course, I got away, but I think they got mom. But, I wasn’t watching that closely. No siree. I was making a new world record. I was running as fast as I could to wherever my small legs could take me. That’s how I ended up here. All alone.
             
                         ****

“Oh My God, * sniff * that  *sniff * was so * sniff * sad…” I heard some more crying and sniffling behind me. Turning around as fast as I could, I saw a glimpse of his fur, before he could hide back into the snow.

“Why, are you following me?”

I’m not following you, I’m just… uh…

“You’re following me.”

Am not…

"Are too…"

Am not…

"Are t-"

That went on… forever… Finally we got to an opening in the forest and Boo had to come out of hiding. “Oh, darn… How come there isn’t-”

But, he stopped when he saw where we were. Lake Huron. “Look what you did, Boo. Look where we are now…”

“Well, it’s not my fault.”

“Whatever,” I said and walked toward the lake. I sat there, alone again.

The tears were coming, I could feel them. As I reached into my pocket, I found my mother’s picture. “Mom…” I said.

“You miss her...Don’t you?” said Boo. “Well, you know what. We’re going to find her.” And with that he picked me up, and jumped into the water.

“But, Boo…”

We hit the water and went under. I held my breath but couldn’t stay under for long. And, before I knew it, everything went black. When I woke I saw strange buildings all over.

“Where are we Boo?” I asked. But, he was talking to… some dude. “Uh… Hi?”

“hertbuiytbcew5rtbouewtbciuowybv yeworp”

I stared in awe. “Boo, do you have any idea what he just said.”

He said we’re In China. CHINA!

“Boo, How’d we get here?”

I walked.

“You can’t walk across the Pacific Ocean.”

Oh, Yes, I can.

“Well, Boo, since you got us here ask him how to get home.

“Okay. Let’s see… eusbseybsto beupab rib euptbrv ieuaer”

The Chinese dude looked at him for a moment, and then started talking again. “eubiribesrtcuetwrb vaisorbgtw8eosrtb vbuirt”

“So, what did he say Boo? … BOO?!?”

He was gone. I was all alone… again. I decided that I shouldn’t give up. So, I decided to do what Boo did. I had to do something. I had to find Boo. So, I did the only thing I knew best, I yelled. “BBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” No answer. All I got was people staring at me, looking at me if I was crazy. Wait, wouldn’t Boo contact me if he were lost? But, what if he wasn’t lost. What if he betrayed me? But, he wouldn’t ever do that… Would he?

I couldn’t believe Boo would do something like that. But, I had to do something. What if Boo was hurt or something? What if he needed me? I decided that I was going to do something. Even if, it cost my life.

I’d thought about what Boo said. About walking over the Pacific Ocean. That’s what I had to do. I mean, sure, Boo could do a lot of different things. But, I had to try. So, after thinking it over, I decided I had to do it. I started walking, and soon found the Pacific.

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw it. The whole thing… was frozen. Frozen like an ice cube. The whole thing was light blue and shimmering like a diamond, as the sun shone down on it.

I took one step on it, and, to my surprise, it held. I started my way across the Pacific Ocean. I found that it was easy for me to move across, but I still had to be careful. There were a couple of times when I slipped and started to slide, and some, where I almost fell through. When I finally got there, it was getting dark. I rested my head on the trunk of a tree and fell into a deep sleep.

Keeerrrriiiiiiii…. KERI!

I woke up suddenly, and looked around. No one was there. I must have been hearing things again, I thought.

Hearing things? There you go again with that word, ‘Thing’. I knew that voice…BOO!

“Boo, Where are you?”

I’m in Ontario, duh!

Ontario? How could he get there so fast?

“Boo, I need your help again. I’m… lost”

Oh, Lost ‘eh? Fine, I’ll help you again. Oh, and before I help you I wanted to tell you that I fou-

“Great Boo! Now, How do I get back to Ontario?"

Follow the snow.

“Follow the snow? What?!? It isn’t snow-“ But I stopped. I could see snow falling in front of me and heading north.

After following the falling snow, I finally came into a snowy clearing. “What am I supposed to do now?” I asked.

Hmm… Find the rabbit.

I looked around, but didn’t see anything.

“There is no rabbit, Boo.” Then, I remembered what Boo could do, camouflage himself. I picked up a stone and threw it at the snow.

“Ouch!” I heard a voice.

“Who’s there?” Suddenly, I saw a something jump out of the snow… a rabbit. He seemed to be rubbing his head. “Hello?” I said. He took one look at me, shrieked, and started to run. I ran after him, trying to catch up. When I finally lost track of him, I saw Boo. “Boo!” I cried.

“Hiya, Keri. Look who I found.” He said cheerfully, pointing into the forest ahead of him.

Mom came out, riding on…Moose?!?

“Mom!” I cheered.

“Keri, I’m so glad that you’re safe.”

“Mom, have you met… Boo?”

I looked around. He was gone. I searched and searched; when I was hit with a snowball… again.

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