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The Gift For The Cool Crowd - by A.B.King

   Once upon a time there lived a boy named Julius. He and his brother, Jimmy who was one year younger than him where both raised in a cute Christian home. The boys were particularly happy these days because it was Christmas season. Apart from the joys, the feel and the pleasure of the atmosphere of the season; the boys were excited that they would both get the XY 3000 which was the hottest thing on the market that season. As far as all “cool” boys in the continent and beyond where concerned, the XY 3000 was the ultimate Christmas gift that those who didn’t have it wished to receive.   The XY 3000 was the freshest and most advanced portable hand held gaming device to date.Julius and his friends dreamt of how they would play with it when they got it.   Julius and his younger brother, Jimmy even went as far as telling their parents what they wanted for Christmas. That way, they would be both be sure to get an XY 3000.   When the day for receiving Christmas gifts arrived, the boys couldn’t hold in their joy they were glad that they were finally going to receive a XY 3000, but to their surprise and dismay, they both get a totally different product that had most of the features of the XY 3000 but it was made by another manufacturer who made cheaper and affordable versions of most of the latest technology.   Although neither one of the boys complained to their parents out loud, in their heart Julius was very angry while Jimmy though disappointed decided to be content because he understood that his parents must have made their decision based on financial reasons. He had learnt to be content and grateful because he knew that that is what Jesus would want. And it really isn’t difficult to be content when you consider the fact that there are tons of kids around the world who have never gotten a Christmas gift in their lives, and there are some who the last thing on their mind is a Christmas gift not because they have something against Christmas gifts but because the doctor has told their parents that they won’t make it to the coming year.   However, Julius didn’t even think that far. He complained to Jimmy but Jimmy who saw things differently talks to him and tells him that he should be glad that he got a gift in the first place. That there is no law that suggests that their parents must give them gifts otherwise they are bad parents.   Later that day, when Julius goes out to play with his friends, all his friends are playing with their XY 3000s. They asked him if he didn’t get an XY 3000 as his Christmas gift when they don’t see him coming with one. Julius lies and says that he forgot his at home. He says that he has been playing with his all night long and now he wants to do something different for the mean time. He would get back to playing the game later.   Through out that day Julius carried the anger inside him that this parents didn’t get him what he told them to get him. Julius laments about it to his brother again but this time he tells him that he plans to rob a store that night in other to get an XY 3000. That way he can show it to his friends tomorrow and his friends wouldn’t know he had lied and he would still look cool to his friends.   Jimmy gives Julius a sermon which brillantly outlined a truck load of reasons why he shouldn’t do what he was planning to do. It was a truly touching sermon and at the end of it Julius said that he agrees not to do it. But the truth was that the sermon did not touch him at all. He had only lied to Jimmy so Jimmy would not tell their parents what he had said he would do, just to be on the safe side.   Julius was a stubborn boy. He had made up his mind that he would get an XY 3000 and whether anybody liked it or not he would get it.   That night Jimmy went out and robbed the store. His nefarious midnight mission was successful. He then thinks to himself that all those people who say that crime doesn’t pay don’t know what they are talking about. If you are slick enough you can get away with anything.Just after Julius had made his escape and had already jumped out the window. He met two of the store owners dogs; they were bulldogs. The dogs got to work quickly. They knew their job well.   Needless to say, Julius spent the rest of his Christmas wrapped up in bandages on a hospital bed and his so-called friends he wanted to look cool for laughed and laughed and laughed when they heard what happened to him.
The End.

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