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szdaily -> Budding Writers
The adventure of Benjamin Franklin (III)
    2018-January-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Wang Qizuo, Senior 2, Shenzhen Foreign Languages School Instructed by Daniel Fournier, ENREACH Education Shenzhen

深圳外国语高中部 高二 王其左 指导老师:Daniel Fournier,深圳英锐教育

Chapter 5 Bad news

On this regular day, everything seemed to be normal. Benjamin went to work in the morning; after flirting with the secretary in his office, he began to draft a contract of the plan to make Britain admit the independence of the United States. After a morning’s work, Benjamin went home to have lunch with his family. But just as he was approaching his house, sounds of gun shots and people’s screams burst out. Then some British soldiers appeared and began beating passers-by. Benjamin’s heart went cold — the door of the house that these British soldiers came out of was nobody’s but his own. He quickly hid himself behind a tree and waited until the soldiers were gone. When he thought that no soldier was nearby, he immediately ran into his house. In his house were the dead bodies of his wife, children and parents. All the people he cared about were gone, permanently! He felt tears in his eyes and a strong feeling of revenge in his heart. He wasn’t strong enough to protect his family, and was far less able to avenge them. For a second, he felt hopeless. But a strange thought came to his mind — he would go and free Chris!

Chapter 6 Back to the cave

Finding the way to the cave was hard, since he had only been there once when he was young by accident. However, just as he got into the woods, a voice called for him — it was Chris. “Walk straight forward into the valley, and get into the cave. You’ll meet me there.”

Benjamin got into the cave. Chris was already waiting for him, smiling.

“So, you’ve made up your mind,” he said.

“Yes, I have,” Benjamin said. “I’m not strong enough, so I need the power. What should I do?”

“It’s easy. Stand on the small round platform in front of the coffin. Stay relaxed and don’t be anxious when something strange happens. I will be transferred from the coffin to you as an appendage. Then I can leave freely,” Chris replied.

“Okay, but give me the power first,” Benjamin said eagerly.

“You’ll have it when I am free,” Chris said.

Benjamin walked to the platform, and suddenly a strange force was exerted on him. He felt that it was squeezing him. And some minutes later it was over. “Chris?” he asked. But there was no answer. He asked again and again, but each time there was only his voice and the echo reflected off the cave wall. Benjamin felt desperate. He thought, “I knew I shouldn’t have trusted anyone related to a demon. And what did he mean when he said that I would have the power when he’s free?”

Benjamin walked along the passage and out of the cave. He was at BostonBay wharf when he found that he could hear what the others were thinking. He was surprised, yet stayed calmed as he heard one British soldier’s thought: “I could make a lot of money when the ship arrives. If we sell all of the tea on the ship we can make enough money to make up for the loss of what we spent during the Seven-Year War. We may probably take advantage of the people here to gain more wealth.” While hearing this, Benjamin suddenly had a plan.

Chapter 7 The Boston tea party

He rushed to the government office and delivered the news. Since the news that the British soldiers had killed several people spread throughout the state, everyone was both afraid and angry at what they had done. So, they decided to get rid of the British army, and furthermore they were planning to draft a declaration to divorce the United States from the control of Britain. In the meantime, male villagers who were willing to defend their land gathered together secretly. That evening, a group of 30 to 130 men, some dressed in Mohawk warrior disguises, followed Benjamin’s lead and got to the wharf through the passage of the cave. They swam near the ship and Benjamin, using his great eyesight, inspected the main structure and the location of the tea. Then they boarded the vessel and held up the guard of the ship. And over the course of three hours, they dumped all 342 chests of tea into the water. They had done it! But it was only the beginning — much more was needed to be done for the independence of the United States!

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