'The air is so polluted. Moreover, you have just recovered from that
dreadful fever. Make sure you stay at home.
'Yes, added Grandmother. 'We'll just hop out for a minute. Your aunt and uncle
are feeling poorly. And your young cousins are critically ill. It's an epidemic
that we are having.
'The scorching heat is unbearable, warned Mother. 'Stay home. It's cooler.
Obey!' frowned Mother as she glared at her youngest daughter.
'Don't do this. Don't do that. Don't go there. Don't go out. I am suffocated in
this dark damp corner. I can scream: And scream she did.
'What's the row?' asked Hermit as he popped his head into the room.
`I'm so bored. There's nothing to do.
`Well, young girls are not supposed to be
gallivanting around. You are supposed to stay home and..:
`One more word and I'll shriek!' screeched Jeanie.
`Please! Enough!' Hermit was heading off when Jeanie ran after him.
`Hey! Where are you going? Take me with you. 'To the city, of course.
`I want to go. I have been like a prisoner in the house. All because of a
little fever. I am suffocated by all the constraints and the dos and don'ts and
`Enough! Enough! Stop whining.'
`I heard so much of the new development in the neighborhood - the gigantic
new factory that has just been opened. Could you ..:
`No. Sorry! I'm not going there. Anyway, your mum would kill me if I were to
take you anywhere near there. Bye. Be good.'
Jeanie screamed until her voice came out in a croak. However, she was
determined to have her way. She walked as fast as her short legs could carry
her. Looking left and right, she trotted towards the direction of the spewing
It was sweltering. But her eyes glistened
excitedly when she caught sight of the towering chimneys and then the factory
itself. Jeanie went further down the road, keeping to the grass verge. She was
determined to go and have a look at the factory as her family members had
forbade her to do so. `This will show them not to treat me like an infant!' she
thought to herself.
Before long she could feel herself getting dehydrated. Her skin seemed so
hot, as though it was on fire. Jean started panting. Gasping for breath, Jeanie
felt faint and lost consciousness.
It was evening when Jeanie was found. 'There are so few of us black-eyed litter
frogs left. Another tragedy. We will be extinct soon, sighed Granddad wearily.
'If only she had listened to me, sobbed Mother. 'I repeatedly warned her
contaminants enter our body easily. The pesticides and pollution will kill us.
Humans destroy us.