The Rocket Fiasco

“The Rocket Fiasco,” Friend, August 2017

The Rocket Fiasco

The author lives in Colorado, USA.

Friend Magazine, 2017/08 Aug

Illustrations by Scott Peck

Andrew opens his last birthday present …

It’s a model rocket!

This is the coolest present ever!

Sweet! Let’s put it together.

Dad said I have to wait for him to help.

Whatever. We can do it by ourselves.

That doesn’t really feel right. … But I REALLY want to see it take off.

OK, it’s pretty easy. I mean, I’m 10 now. And 10-year-olds can do basically anything.

Three, two, one … BLAST OFF!

But then …

OH NO! That’s Mr. Warner’s car! We have to tell him!

No way! He’ll be so mad when he sees this!

I’m outta here!

I wish I could run away too. But I know that’s not right.

Andrew runs inside to tell Mom what happened. She calls the fire department.

Now to tell Mr. Warner …


Mr. Warner! Your car’s on fire!

That warning feeling I had must have been the Holy Ghost. I should’ve listened!

The seats are burned pretty bad. But it looks like the rest of the car is OK.

I’m so sorry, I’ll pay to fix your car.

Thanks for being honest and for sticking around. I know it wasn’t easy to tell me.

A few days later …

What’s that?

The bill to fix Mr. Warner’s car. It’s going to cost a lot.

I probably don’t have enough.

We can pay right now, and you can work to pay us back.

OK. Thanks for helping me. I’ll work hard and pay it back.

I made a mistake, and I want to fix it. I mean, I’m 10 now. And I can do hard things. Especially when I listen to the Holy Ghost!