A Close Call
    Footnotes

    “A Close Call,” Friend, Mar. 2007, 47

    A Close Call

    Once I was helping my brother clean his room. He got frustrated with me and threw his soccer cleats at me. That made me angry. Later, when we were in our pajamas, I noticed a tan spot on my brother’s shoulder. I looked closer and saw that it was a scorpion! I remembered the soccer cleats and wondered if I should tell him about the scorpion or not. I decided not to, but then I thought, “He is my brother, no matter what.” So I told him and told my mom too. She flicked the scorpion off his shoulder. I’m glad I made the right choice.

    Meagan T. W., age 11, Arizona

    Scorpion illustration by Mark Robison