A snippet from Chapter 10

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“That’s weird, Nanny. Should we see why they want to go over there?” Timothy asked her. “I don’t think we’ve ever gone to this area of the park before.”

Melissa whined and then barked again. Teddy and Angus started barking and pulling. As they went around the corner of the hedges, they could see a group of older kids pushing a young girl around. They were saying some really mean things to her. Before Nanny even got around the bushes, Timothy and Reid shouted, “Hey, leave her alone! Pick on someone your own size.”

Two of the kids looked at the boys. “Mind your own business, kid, if you don’t want to get hurt.” Then the leader of the group looked around and muttered something to the others, and they each kicked or hit the young girl as they walked by her, laughing as they left.

Timothy, Benjamin, and Reid walked over and helped her pick up her stuff.

“Are you okay?” Benjamin was worried because it looked like she was bleeding.

“Yes, thank you. I’m used to it; this is nothing.” Sadly she pulled out a little homemade first-aid kit. “You shouldn’t have done that. Now they are going to pick on you too.”

Nanny came around the hedge to see what was going on. “Everything okay, boys?”

Timothy looked at Nanny and then at the young girl. “Would you like to join us for a picnic? Is that okay, Nan?”

Nanny looked at the young girl; she could tell something bad had happened. “Yes, of course. The more, the merrier! We should let someone know where you are and who you are with first, though, to make sure it’s okay.”

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