This is the first time when Chem stayed at home alone. Chem’s parents had never left him alone at home in such situation. They had to leave their home promptly as Chem’s grandmother was seriously sick then. Besides, Chem would have an exam next day. That’s why they had to leave Chem alone at home for that night.
Being alone at home, Chem was very busier compared to when he was with his parents? Chem learnt his lessons by heart in preparation for his exam in the next morning. He felt so tired, yet he had to do cooking, washing dishes and cleaning house. He worked incessantly, for he was afraid of being blamed by his parents.
Finishing his dinner, he started to have an anxious feeling as the sky became dark.
His scare disappeared, nonetheless, when he remembered what he told his parents that he could stay at home alone. “I must keep the lamp illuminating for the whole night; otherwise, I would feel afraid,” he thought. He went to bed, keeping the light on.
Chem could not sleep as he was not accustomed to sleeping under light. He switched it off then. The darkness was frightening him, when he looked through the door and windows, seeing shadows of trees waving in wind. “How should I do? No, I have to be brave. That’s only the tree shadows”.
Chem tried to sleep again after having committed himself to be brave. Falling asleep during that midnight, Chem was awakened when he heard his chickens yelling in their cage. Chem spoke to himself in a low voice, “Oh! I forgot to lock the chicken cage. If my parents knew, they would blame me bluntly.”
Chem illuminated the lamp and went down with the key to lock the cage. Approaching the cage, he saw two men with a small flashlight in their attempt to steal his chicken, and he blew out the lamp. He was thinking then that, “What should I do? If I shouted, the thieves would escape.”
Seeing the cage door was open, he moved slowly toward the door, pulling and locking it so as to get the thieves confined. He was afraid then, but he determined that, “I must be brave.”
Chem locked the door, and ran to call for helps loudly, “Helps! Helps!
Helps! There are chicken thieves! Helps” Hearing so, his neighbors ran in groups toward the scene with sticks, knives and axes to help Chem. The thieves were so anxious when they heard Chem’s shouting. They tried to escape but failed as the cage was firmly locked.
The villagers and their chief arrested the thieves and sent them to be punished under the laws. They all were so happy because they had tried to arrest them for ages. The village chief praised Chem, “You’re a very smart and brave child.”
Chem got up in early morning to review his lessons before leaving for school. During the exam, Chem could answer all questions correctly. When he returned to his house, he saw his parents and villagers were in a meeting. He was very thrilled and told his parents that, “Today I got good scores from my exam.”