From a Backyard, To a Waterpark


By Mishka Parashar, 4th Grade, 2015


Chapter 1

The Playdate

There once was a girl named Maria. This story all started when Maria was playing outside in the backyard with her friend, Kelly. Though, they had nothing fun to do, so they just decided to play a simple game of catch. Maria then accidentally threw the ball too hard, and then it ended up hitting Kelly’s head.

“That was never meant to happen!” Maria said making sure she wouldn’t get in trouble. “The wind must have shifted!” Maria watched as Kelly screamed in tears, her head bleeding. “I don’t think that was me.” Maria looked at the ball. It had run out of air. Maria picked it up, and noticed a needle sticking out of it. “Oh. Heh heh.”


Chapter 2

Nothing To Do

Seconds later, Maria’s mom came outside, rushing on the phone. She must’ve have been on an important call. “Just a minute, I have to make another call.” she said on the phone.

Minutes later, Kelly’s mom came rushing to Maria’s house, picked Kelly up, and took her to the hospital. Maria then felt lonely. She was grounded for one day.

“Why not feed Ruffy? He’s been hungry all day. Won’t that make you feel better?” Her mom suggested. Feeding Ruffy never made Maria feel better. Ruffy is an old black and brown dog with strong legs, that has been biting Maria a lot ever since. Every time Maria sees or feeds Ruffy, she starts wondering why Max would choose such aggressive dog to be their pet at the pet store. What Maria really wanted all along, was a cat. But she couldn’t get one because her mom said to her, “No snakes, lizards, wild animals, bunnies, hamsters, or cats.” She had pouted and said,“Not even a kitten?”

Maria sighed as she poured Ruffy’s food into the dog bowl. Ruffy suddenly growled, leading Maria away from the bowl as she finished. Ruffy then growled again as he devoured the food in his bowl.

Maria’s mom then came walking towards the kitchen, Max following her. “Would you like to go grocery shopping today Maria?”

Maria sighed, “Okay.” Some excitement then abruptly hit Maria’s mind. “Can we then go to a waterp-”

Her mom interrupted, “No, absolutely no. You are grounded, Kelly is hurt, and no more playdates with her.”

Maria sighed. “Fine, fine.”

“And remember,”


“Max is coming with you.” Maria wasn’t expecting an answer like that! But since she had nothing to do, she agreed.


Chapter 3

Cranky Max

When they reached to the grocery shop, Mom placed Max in the cart. Maria usually didn’t like going to places with Max.

A few hours later, Max started getting a little cranky. It all started when he saw some ice cream in the refrigerators in the back of the store. Then he cried, “Ice cream! Ice cream! I want ice cream!”

“We won’t get ice cream alright?” her mother said.

“Ice cream, ice cream! I want some ice cream!” Max started crying. He would cry every time no one would give him what he wanted. That’s who Max is.

“Can we get out of the dairy section?” Maria was annoyed. She always thought Max was the worst five year old in the world. Sometimes, she wonders how such a crybaby could get stars on their kindergarten homework.

Maria’s mom drove the cart out of the dairy section, and moved on to the breakfast section. “Ice cream! Gimme ice cream!” Max cried.

“Calm down Max!” her mother was annoyed too.

“I want ice cream!”

“If you ask for ice cream one more time, we’re going home.”

“But we just started!” Maria said.

“I don’t care, if Max troubles, we’re going home.” Maria looked at Max like he smelled like garbage. And he pretty much did.

Max then yelled, “I WANT ICE CREAM!!!” There. Now he’d done it. That was the loudest Max had ever yelled in the grocery store. All the shoppers looked at Maria, as if she’d been the one who yelled it. Her mother looked at Max, then at Maria.

“THAT’S IT!!!” she shouted. “Now we’re going home.” Everyone stared at the family, as they walked to the door. “I can’t believe one little boy can cause so much trouble!” Maria’s mom said. Maria sighed as she walked to the car.

Chapter 4

Something To Say

When they reached, Maria’s mom opened the door and said, “I have something to say, Maria.” Maria looked at her surprised as she walked inside. Maria’s mother didn’t seem to be in bad mood anymore.

When Maria walked into the car, her mother took a deep breath(she always takes a deep breath when she wants to say something important)“I’m sorry Maria.”

Maria looked down at her legs. “It’s okay.”

“There’s another thing I want to say.”


“There’s a nearby water park near the mall. Would you like to have some fun tomorrow?”

“But I thought-”

“You’re only grounded for today.”

“YES!!!!” yelled Maria, startling Max.

“Can I go too?” asked Max.

“Sure you can!” Maria’s mom smiled. “But first, we eat dinner, go to sleep and have fun.” They all reached home and ate dinner. Maria was so excited, that she hardly slept!

Chapter 5

The Waterpark

The next day was a nice Saturday morning. Also known as “Fun Day” for the family. They woke up excited, put on their swimsuits, and left there house. Gina, Maria’s 18 year old older sister, went too. She invited her best friend, Isabelle. Maria invited her best friend, Kelly who was feeling much better now, and got her head bandaged.

When the family reached the waterpark, they found a locker to keep their items. After that, they went to the waterslides. But there weren’t just water slides. There were hot tubs, water games, including water basket ball!

When Maria and Kelly were waiting in line to go on a tall water slide together, Maria said, “I’m really sorry.”

“About what?” Kelly was confused.

“Remember when you went to the hospital?”

Kelly thought for a long time. Then she finally said, “Oh yeah, I remember.”

“So, are we still friends?”

“Of course we are!” Kelly wondered why on earth Maria would think she’s not her friend.

“Though, I did get some stitches at the hospital.” Maria’s smile turned upside down.

“But I still forgive you.” Maria smiled again.

“Thanks for inviting me to this awesome water park!”

“You’re welcome!” said Maria, overjoyed.

Meanwhile, Gina and Isabella were enjoying their warm time in the sun, in the relaxing hot tub. “Aaaahhh this is the life.”

“You got that right Gina! Paradise!” They both giggled, and enjoyed their day.

Also, Max was playing in the shallow water in the kiddie zone, where there are mini slides, tiny pools, and lots of other fun things little kids and babies like to do.

Everyone had a lot of fun at the water park. Now there’s a day they would never forget.