“Ezra, catch!” called Faith as she threw a Frisbee to her older brother. Her light blond hair blew in the wind and her blue eyes sparkled. Ezra turned around from where he was sawing a board in half and saw the Frisbee coming his way.
“Whoa!” He cried, just barely catching it. “Got it!” He laughed and threw it back to his sister.
After throwing the Frisbee back and forth a few times, Ezra went back to the board he was sawing to make Faith a dollhouse for her 9th birthday. Faith wandered over to the rabbit cage. The mother rabbit peered up at her with
beady eyes. Around her stood five furry baby bunnies. Carefully, she opened the little door to the cage, and lifted one out. It was so cute!
“Hey Ezra!” She called. “Wanna play with the bunnies with me in the woods?”
“Sure!” He answered. “That would be fun!” He took the mother rabbit out of the cage and followed Faith out the back gate and into the woods right behind their house.
After they had walked for about five minutes, they arrived to a small clearing where they often loved to play. In the clearing was a cardboard box. They used it to put the rabbits in so that they wouldn't run away.
Ezra and Faith put the bunnies down into the box, and sat down on the log that they used for a bench. “So what should we play?” asked Ezra.
“Well, I was hoping that you might have an idea.” Faith said.
“You’re the one who asked me to play with you.” Ezra commented, lifting one of the bunnies out of the box.
Suddenly the baby rabbit squirmed and jumped out of Ezra’s hands, and ran as if for his life! Ezra jumped up, running after it.
“Oh no!” Faith cried, tracing Ezra’s footsteps, “It got away! Hurry! We have to get it back!”
They both ran farther and farther into the forest, trying to catch up with the very frightened bunny. Finally when they couldn't find their pet anywhere, they stopped to rest.
“Well,” said Ezra, breathing hard, “I guess it’s gone for good.”
Faith started to sob.
“Oh, don't cry!” comforted Ezra, “We have 4 more at home.”
“Ok” she agreed.
“Well, I guess we’d better be on our way now.” Ezra stood up. “Uhhh, Faith, did you see which way we came?”
“No.” She answered “You’re not saying…”
“Oh, I don't think so!” He tried to sound cheerful for his sisters sake. “I think that I may have been here with Dad once.”
After wandering around for some time, they finally stopped to rest.
“Ezra,” Faith said “We are lost, aren't we…”
“Well, its beginning to look like it..” came the answer.
“Ezra?” Faith whispered.
“Did you hear that? It sounded like twigs, breaking.”
“You’re right.” he said, after listening for a minute. “I hear it too…”
“Maybe we should… run.”
“No, not yet!” Ezra explained “Maybe he… it - whatever it is, hasn't heard us yet. Lets keep down, and be still and quiet.”
“Ok.” Faith said, trusting her brother, even though she really wanted to get up and run, as the footsteps fell nearer.
Just then, the mysterious object came into view. A wild hog! And it had seen them!
It started running towards them and Ezra yelled, “Now!”. He and Faith started running as fast as they could.
After a few minutes that felt like hours, the hog finally lost their tracks, and Faith and Ezra sat down on the ground to rest.
It was growing dark and the two children were still lost.
“Hmmm?” he answered, deep in thought about how they were going to find their way back home.
She hesitated. “Do you.. think maybe….” She drew fresh courage. “Do you think that we might never find our way home? Do you think we’ll… die before we get home?”
He looked at her. “I highly doubt it!” he said, looking back down to the stick he was rubbing together for a fire. He had never actually done it, but he was sure that he could easily do it — until he tried. After about ten minutes, he gave up.
“Well,” Ezra sighed and stood up. “I guess we could walk some more. We've got nothing better to do.”
“Ahh!” Faith screamed as she tumbled to the ground.
“What?” questioned Ezra. “Whats wrong?”
“I - I hurt my foot.” She winced in pain. “I think I may have broken my ankle or something.”
“Oh no!” Ezra said. “That’s the last thing we need! Well, let me see it.”
Faith slowly turned her ankle towards Ezra. He carefully removed her shoe and sock off her left foot.
“Oooh! That hurts bad!” She sobbed. “Do you know what’s wrong?”
“I think that it’s just sprained, not broken, but I'm no doctor, so I could be wrong.”
“Now how are we ever gonna get back home!” She looked around. Suddenly she noticed a small light in the distance. “Ezra look!” She pointed in the direction that the light was coming from. “What do you think that is?”
“I don't know.” He responded “Do you think we should follow it? It could be dangerous.”
“But what if its help!” Faith argued. “What if someone if coming to rescue us?”
“Well,” He thought. “Lets just follow it.”
Ezra stood up, and helped Faith to her feet. “Here’s a stick you can lean on.”
Soon they came to a cave, where the light was coming from. They stopped at the entrance.
“Do you think we should go in?” Faith asked looking at her brother. “What if there’s somebody in there?”
“I’m not sure.” He thought for a minute. “I guess we should try.”
They creeped into the cave, trying their best to keep in the shadows. Suddenly they heard voices. “Umm… Ezra?” Faith whispered.
“Did you hear that? It sounded like somebody talking!”
“Yes I did. Shhh!”
The two slowly moved towards the voices, and soon found themselves in the presence of Indians! The Indians hadn't spotted them yet, so they stood as quietly as possible so they wouldn’t.
Then as if one of the them knew they were there, he moved towards the entrance, half blocking it. There was no way out without the Indians seeing.
“Ezra!” Faith exclaimed quietly. “We’re trapped!”
“Yes, I know,” he replied. You could tell he was deliberating a plan.
But he didn't have time for a plan! Ezra peered over the edge of the rock they were hiding behind only to see an Indian strolling towards them.
The Indian walked towards the rock, while the other Indians sat watching. He reached out his hand, and gently pulled the two shivering kids from behind the rock. Ezra and Faith struggled to get free.
“It’s okay!” he spoke softly. “I won’t hurt you!”
Nobody said anything as he led them away from the fire and the other Indians, and down another
passageway. Ezra wasn't sure whether to trust him or not. He seemed nice enough. But then again, every bad guy who wanted to lure his victim into a trap, would try to act nice too. Half of him wanted to grab his sister and run. The other half was curious of what could be farther into the cave.
They walked farther on, until they reached a dead end on the other side. The Indian sat down, and motioned for them to do the same. They settled down on the dirt floor, and studied their surroundings.
It was a sort of room, with Indian looking decorations all over the wall. On one side of the room, there was a bed. It wasn't the kind of bed you sleep in today, but was more like a blanket spread on the floor. The rest of the room was open space.
The Indian finally spoke. “My name is Sahil. What is yours?”
Ezra sat twisting the bottom of his shirt uncomfortably. “Ezra” he replied simply.
“I’m Faith!” said the girl. She seemed to be taking a liking to Sahil already.
“What happened to your foot?”
“I fell.” She answered simply.
“Oh. I will get it bandaged up for you. Maybe that will help it feel better.”
“Where do you live?” He asked. “Near here?”
“Uhh…” Ezra searched for the right words. “Well, we're kind of lost…”
“Oh, okay.” Sahil didn't seem surprised at all. “Hey, you can describe your house, maybe I can help you find it.”
“Okay!” Faith was eager to get home. “It is a big white two story house. There is a big rabbit cage in the front. Oh, and a swing set. Do you know where it is?”
Sahil chuckled. “Oh yes! I’ve seen it lots of times. It’s actually not that far away. Tell you what. If you stay here for the night, I will take you home tomorrow morning.”
“But our parents will be worried!” Ezra finally spoke. “Can’t we go tonight?”
Sail looked hesitant. “Its so late-”
Ezra interrupted him. “You said it wasn't that far, didn't you?”
“So I did.” he replied. “Very well. lets go.”
After an hour of walking, in the right direction, they finally got back to their home. Sahil had carried Faith on his back part of the way.
It was a happy reunion when Ezra and Faith walked into the door. Their parents wanted to know everything that had happened.
“Where were you all day?” cried the children’s mom. “We were so worried! And what happened to your foot, Faith?”
“Yes!” their father joined in. “We were about ready to call the police!”
“We’re sorry.” Ezra said. “We will tell you all about it!”
“ I tripped, and hurt it. And an Indian took us home!” Faith eagerly told her parent, who immediately had worried looks on their faces. “His name is Sahil.”
“Where is he?” they asked.
“Uhh, right here!” She turned around, only to realize that the Indian was now nowhere in sight! “Well, he was here!”
“Well,” said Ezra’s dad, “Maybe you should come in the house. You’ve had a very busy day.”
“Yeah,” put in mom, “I’ll bet you’re hungry too!”
Ezra, Faith, and their parents sat around the table drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies. The two children were busy telling mom and dad about the adventure they had had. When the were, done mom turned to each of them and gave them a hug.
“We’re so glad that God helped you safety through. Lets pray, and thank him for all that he has done for us.”
“And after that,” Dad smiled. “We’ll get you tucked into bed! ”