English Short Stories
Stories in the Present
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Diego is playing in the pool. His mother, Darlene, is sitting in the
sun beside the pool. She is reading a book. At least, she is trying to
read a book.
"Hey Mom! I am swimming!"
"Yes honey, you are swimming."
"Mom, are you watching me?"
"Yes, honey. Of course I am watching you!"
Diego is trying to splash water onto her book. She is trying to ignore this.
"Mom! I am holding my breath under water."
The book is getting really exciting. The police are solving a crime. Diego’s mother is trying to concentrate.
"Mom! You are not even watching me!"
"Yes, Diego! I am watching you and I am reading a book. I am doing both things at the same time."
"Mom, are you paying attention? I am doing a handstand."
In the book, the police officer is chasing a suspect. Diego’s mother is hardly breathing.
is being quiet for once. Too quiet. Suddenly, Diego’s mother is looking
around for Diego. She cannot find him. Suddenly, time is standing
still. Suddenly, she isn’t breathing at all.
"Diego! Diego! Are
you hiding from me? Diego! You are not being funny!" She is trying not
to panic. She is walking around the pool, looking in the water.
Out of nowhere, Diego is standing right behind her.
"Diego! What are you doing?" Suddenly she is crying and hugging him tightly.
"I am making sure you are paying attention, Mom!"
"Well, I am paying attention and now we are going home!"
The package contains funny simple short stories and many exercises for vocabulary and grammar.