Esteban planted his butt on the wooden floor and leaned against the front of the settee. It was a rainy Saturday morning and his brother and sister were in the other room watching cartoons on TV but he had something better to do.
He opened the book and began to read, “It was a dark and stormy night…” Soon he was lost in another world. He was joining Meg, Charles, and Calvin as they were being transported through the universe on the tesseract. Suddenly he was jolted back to his mother’s parlor floor.
“There you are, Esteban.” his mother interrupted, “What are you doing, hiding in here? Get up and get outside to play. It’s a beautiful afternoon”
“It’s raining, Mom.”
“The rain quit over an hour ago. Go on, get outside. Take your brother and go find Guillermo. Play some ball, ride your bikes, go to the park.”
He tucked his book into his hip pocket and headed to the back door. “Yes ma’am.”
Ricardo and Ana had shovels. They were digging a large hole behind the garage and both were covered in mud from the rain. He shook his head and walked past them, ignoring their pleas for him to help dig.
Esteban knew from experience that it is hard to ride a bicycle when you have a pocket filled with adventure and imagination so he walked to the corner. As soon as his house was out of sight he pulled the book from his pocket and read all the way to the park.