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44. Valery's Bus Trip
Riding the bus is as easy as pie.
bus driver is there to answer any questions
may have. And it only costs one dollar
fifty cents. These were the things Valery had
from all her friends about public transportation. She
never ridden on the bus alone before. This
about to change in fifteen minutes as she
waiting at the bus stop at the corner
Atlantic Avenue and 61th Street. Valery had just
fifteen and was ready to start riding the
on her own.
Valery's mom had sent her
Grandma's house for a weekend stay. She had
all her belongings in a backpack, and was
in her lucky outfit in case she crossed
black cats. She was heading to the city
Montebello where her Grandmother lived. Her heart began
when she saw the number 260 bus approaching
the distance. She looked around to see if
was alone, but there wasn't anyone else waiting
the bus. She was all alone.
can do this," Valery said to herself. She
she and her mother had taken the same
to her Grandma's house the dozens of times. "
's just like before, except mom is not here,"
said, trying to ease herself. The bus finally
to a halt at its stop, and its
opened in front of Valery. She took a
breath, looked at the bus driver, and stepped
Valery put the money into the slot and
the bus driver. She then proceeded to the
of the bus and quickly sat down next
an elderly woman. The scariest part was over. "
all I have to do is sit and
until I reached my destination," said Valery to
. "Don't forget to pull the cord," a familiar
said in her head.