The Great Tadpole Hunt by Jeannie Meekins
Approx. 7,610 words.
Published on July 31, 2013.
“You stole Freddie!” Billy yelled, pushing George in the chest. George stumbled backwards, slipped and fell in the mud. All the other kids began laughing.
“I didn’t steal Freddie.” George tried to hold back the tears. “Why would I want him?”
“To get me into trouble.” Billy kicked at the mud, splashing more over George.
“So it’s my fault you can't even look after a stupid tadpole for the holidays."