Have you ever had something you care about get broken? What does it feel like to have a best friend?
What scares me the most? As a piggy bank, I’m terrified of being broken.
What do I love the most? Having a best friend like Na. She takes me home for New Year’s.
Na knows that I don’t want to break, so she is very careful.
I am always with my best friend Na. Every day, Na feeds me with a bit of her allowance.
It’s been one year. The taller Na is, the heavier I am.
The new year is coming soon.
“The piggy bank is getting heavy. Let’s break it to buy a new dress for Na,” Mom says.
Na helps me to hide quickly!
I will just hide here quietly.
Until the end of the day.
Oh no! Mom is going to throw the box I’m in on the garbage truck!
What should I do?
What scares me the most?
I decide to make a move. I jump out of the box…
Just as I hear Na cry, “don’t throw the piggy bank away!”
What’s going to happen? Will I ever see Na again?
I open my eyes slowly. “Ah, I can still see things!”
Now there is a lovely tree on my back.
What do I love the most? Having a best friend like Na.
What scares me the most? Not being with her.
Creative Commons Story Attribution Text: I Need to Hide! (English), translated by Magdalena Cooper, based on original story Tớ Phải Trốn Thôi! (Vietnamese), written by Trịnh Hà Giang, illustrated by Phùng Nguyên Quang, published by Room to Read (© Room to Read, 2015) under a CC BY 4.0 license on StoryWeaver. Read, create and translate stories for free at https://storyweaver.org.in/