Ben Runs Away

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Action and Adventure  |  House: Booksie Classic
A kid who is embarrassed runs away, and upon being caught, realizes that he didn't need to run away in the first place.

Submitted: March 14, 2014

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~~It’s 2: 53 am and 14 year old Ben was wide awake. He was planning on running away from his home. He grabbed his backpack and stepped outside onto the porch. Mustering his courage, he crossed the street and ran into the forest.

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Ben’s mother was going to kill the alarm clock if it didn’t shut up soon. She finally got up and turned the alarm off and went to go get Ben up for school. She went into his room and saw that he was not there. She went downstairs expecting to see him watching TV or eating breakfast. Or both. He was not there either. She check the whole house including the two yards in front and back and the sides of the house. Confused, she called his school and his friend’s house. He was not there either. Panicking slightly, she called the police. 10 minutes later there was a knock at the door. It was a deputy and an explorer from the local police department. “Hello mam, I understand you have a missing boy?” the explorer asked. “Yes sir I do.” Come in and I will tell you what he looks like and stuff.” Ben’s mom said. The Explorer grabbed his radio mic, keyed it up, and said “H9.” “H9 go ahead.” Came the reply. “We have a missing 14 year old male, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, white, went missing between last night and this morning. Believed to be wearing a white shirt and a pair of basketball shorts with white socks and sneakers, size 6” The explorer said “Copy.” H11, H12 and H13 can you assist H9 with the missing child detail? Dispatch said “H12 affirmative. Im code 3 to your location H9”. “H13 same.” “H11 Same. Said the here other deputies. “H9 copy”. Said the explorer. “Okay mam we have three other deputy’s coming to help look for your child.” We will begin a search party as soon as they get here.” The officer said. “Okay, thank you so much. I don’t know why he would leave like this.” Ben’s mom said. And she sat down on a couch and cried.

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Meanwhile, Ben was running through the forest. He just heard the sirens and guessed that they were for him, so he took off through the forest.

Oh crap! Mom found out I left and called the cops. He thought. He ran for another 10 minutes and then slowed to a fast walk. By now he was passing his middle school which was in the forest. He knew if someone saw him he would be in trouble so he turned left and planned on going passed his middle school through the thicker trees behind the school. He went behind the school and was halfway past the school when a yell made him jump. “Hey you! Why are you not in class?” Ben looked towards the yeller. It was the School Resource Officer. He was running towards him. In a second he was in front of Ben, trapping him against a tree and himself. He asked Ben “What are you doing out here?” Ben said nothing. “Okay, turn around” the Officer said. Ben obeyed. He felt his hands being brought behind his back and felt handcuffs being put on his wrists. “Im caught” Ben thought, and he dissolved into tears. Ten minutes later, Ben and the Officer were in the Officers office inside the School office. The officer keyed up his radio and said: S1, I have a boy at the middle school, I think he might be the runaway. I have him in cuffs in my office. “”Copy S1.” “H9 did you get a copy?”” Dispatch said. “H9 affirmative. We will be code 3 to your location”.  “S1 copy” the officer said. “Am I going to jail?” Ben asked the officer. “I don’t know” the officer said. That made Ben cry again. The Officer tried to comfort him. It worked. Later when the officer arrived for Ben’s house and took him home, they had a talk with Ben and his mom inside their house. Ben was still cuffed. “Ben, why did you run away?” his mom asked him. “I was embarrassed about something and I wanted to leave.” Ben said “What were you embarrassed about?” his mom asked him. Ben said nothing. Just stared at his shoes. “Ben, look at me.” She said. Ben looked at her, then at the explorer, then at the deputy and back at his mother again. “I was embarrassed because im going through puberty and I didn’t want you to see and I just wanted to go away.” Ben said. “I thought I was going to be ugly so I did not to be with you and have you see me be ugly.” “Ben, you are not going to be ugly, although you are changing, you will stay the same. His mom said. “No I WON’T! Ben shouted the last word in anger. “Please calm down Ben, we are trying to help you.” The officer said. “Ben, I am 14 years old and I am going through puberty to right now too. I am embarrassed too. I know how you feel.” The explorer said. Ben thought about those words. He asked the explorer if he had ever felt like running away. “Nope, I never have.” The explorer said. They talked about puberty for a while, then the officer and explorer got called to go somewhere else. They said good bye, the deputy took off the cuffs from Ben’s wrists, said goodbye and left. The officer flipped on his lights and siren and took off. Ben waved and went back inside.

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Epilogue
1 year later Ben became an explorer and saw the same exact explorer form the previous year when Ben had run away. The explorer was a Captain and he was very glad to see Ben join the explorer post. The deputy was promoted for saving Ben. Ben’s mom decided to get married and married a man who was nice to both her and Ben and loved them both. Nobody will forget this experience.


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