Once upon a time there was a girl named Kirsten.
She lived with her parents Victoria and Albert in a very, very old house
in London, England. Albert was tall and had a good sense of humour.
Victoria was short and very serious.
One day, Kirsten decided to visit her Uncle Hanif and her Aunt Petunia
in Indonesia. The day they arrived in the swelteringly hot country, the
newspapers announced that a new law had taken force: everyone was to
start smoking turtles, that is roast them over big pits on the beach,
every year on November the 13th – Kirsten’s birthday – and anyone who
did not smoke the turtles, would be send to jail.
Kirsten’s favourite animals just happened to be turtles, so when she
found out she was so angry she felt like punching each and every one of
the idiotic, good-for-nothing government officials in the face!
When November the 13th came, Kirsten and family were out buying the
turtles and chose five big ones. Kirsten looked at the five big,
beautiful turtles that would soon be in someone’s stomach, and felt
terribly guilty. She decided then and there to try and set them free!
After the adults had purchased the turtles, Kirsten asked to hold their
cage. As soon as their backs were turned, Kirsten opened the cage and
set the turtles free. When her parents and her aunt and uncle saw the
cage was empty, they knew Kirsten had released them; she had a guilty
look on her face. They began a shouting match about why Kirsten had
“What have you done you silly girl? Now we will all be thrown in jail!”
said her Aunt Petunia.
“Well, I don’t want to eat them!”
“Want has nothing to do with it! What made you let those turtles go?”
said Kirsten’s mother.
“Turtles are my favourite animals, and no way am I going to eat them!”
While they were argued the turtles vanished into the crowd!
Once everybody had calmed down, Kirsten persuaded the adults not to eat
any more turtles. Instead, they decided all to fly to London, so that
her Aunt and Uncle could move in at Kirsten’s place and live with her
family, where they would never have to eat turtles again.