RUNNER-UP
Upper Primary (Yr 3 – Yr 6)

The Intruder
Sarah Norris

Dear Mum and Dad,

Firstly, let me tell you how awesome you both are. I love you guys so much and I am so happy that you are my parents. We have had lots fun together, playing ball, going for walks and special outings in the car, and my favourite, snuggling on the couch together in front of the fire. My five years of life has been great and I have never wanted anything to change, but I have to tell you both now, l’m NOT HAPPY!!!!!

Why oh why did you allow the intruder in? Wasn’t I enough? Didn’t I fill your lives with joy, aren’t I the cutest little fluff ball around? Don’t my big brown eyes melt your hearts? And obedient, yes, I’m so obedient. I sit, stay, rollover and come whenever you call. I play dead, beg and shake hands. I even do a wee on command, always outside of course.

l’m also very easy to look after. I need one meal a day (and maybe a little treat in between), one walk a day, a brush once and a while, and I can entertain myself when you are away at work. l’m very loyal and always happy to see you when you come home, even if you have left me alone for hours and hours out in the cold. Did I mention that I am very forgiving? Also, you never have to worry about burglars getting into our home because I can also be super loud and a little bit scary.

So l just don’t understand why you had to get the little intruder. Unlike me it’s ugly, unintelligent, and gross and needs a lot of work. This intruder takes up all of your time that is meant to be spent with me. l’m no longer invited along for fun car rides, the walks are becoming less and less and my ball is growing weird green hair. Worst of all, the intruder is so very annoying. It pulls my ears, tugs my tail and pokes my eyes. It dribbles on my head, plays with my toys and smells horrible and is quite happy to sit in its own poo. Disgusting! I thought I was the luckiest little girl on earth until this disgraceful thing came into my life.

What kind of shop even sells such a beast?

But what is VERY disturbing is the screaming and crying!! This is how the intruder gets its own way. Why do you let it control you like this? You now have begun to leave me behind for longer periods of time, taking the intruder with you. My time with you is taken up by it and its constant demands for attention. My special space it seems is now long gone since that ugly thing came. I have to sleep on the hard floor and sometimes l’m left outside at night in the cold when you just don’t remember to let me in.

Months have gone by with this behaviour continuing. I’ve been patient and have tried to be understanding. But I have to tell you Mum and Dad, that I am seriously considering running away. Maybe you just don’t have enough love for both us. I can see no future. My heart is breaking.

I think I need to find a new home. I will leave in the morning.

Love always,
Your special little girl,

Pippi.

P.S.
Wait!!!
There might be hope! The intruder has just learnt to throw a ball for me and has even shared a delicious vanilla cupcake with me. It now seems to be able to stand upright, and walk like a human! I think it’s starting to say my name! Maybe, just maybe, this might work after all. Please disregard all of the above.

 

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