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A short story from the island of Sri Lanka.
Thrishana Pothupitiya is a teenage writer from the island of Sri Lanka.
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Suzie's brother was always telling her "Your curiosity will get you into big trouble one day" his words came true, the day she found a strange looking bottle with funny writing on it. Without much thought Suzie drank the liquid inside. That’s when she began to feel rather queer. When she looked at herself, she saw nothing. Then she realized it. She had become invisible!
At first Suzie was rather frightened, and she wished she had not been so stupid. If her parents find out Suzie would be in big trouble. So she quietly slipped out of the house, to the narrow lane in which her house stood. Walking down the lane she came to the main street. There stood the hospital where her father worked (he being a Doctor). For a moment Suzie wondered if she should go and tell her father what had happened, but then decided against it. She was still invisible so it was not likely that her father would see her.
She walked lazily down the street. There was a big Jewelry Exhibition in the museum just down the street. She thought that she might as well go see it, as there was no fear of spending money on tickets. But Alas! It was 6 o'clock and the museum was closed for the night. But something was wrong, the side door was slightly ajar. There was no sign of anyone inside the building. Suzie crept in not thinking of the danger that might lie ahead. Suzie's curiosity finally brought her to the exhibit where the world's largest sapphire was kept. it was inside a safe fixed into the wall and was only opened at the time of the exhibition. The door of the safe was locked and a man was trying hard to open it. Suzie crept closer to get a closer look. Even though she was invisible she was careless. She slipped over a chair and with a loud "THUD" fell down.
The man was suddenly alert. "Who's there?" he asked in a gruff voice. Suzie kept quiet. She knew that if she got caught she would be in big trouble (as usual). The man saw the chair on the floor. "Now how did that fall? Never mind it must have been the wind or something", he said to himself. He put the chair back in its place, and went back too his battle with the safe. It simply wouldn't open.
Suzie looked closely at the man. He was wearing a dark suit. He had on a maroon tie and black gloves. His hair was brown. Suzie kept all this in mind, it might come in use sometime.
For the first time in her life Suzie sat down and thought hard. She knew that she herself could not stop this man alone. She also knew that she had to go get the police. But dear me, she was invisible so how would the police see her, and would they believe her? They'd think it was a joke. Yet she was a determined girl, and she thought she would try. She ran as fast as she could to the police station, but she didn't know to present her case. But there was one thing that she didn't know. The power of the drink would fail in ninety minutes, and that ninety minutes were up. Now she was plainly visible before the policeman.
"Well then, what seems to be the trouble little miss?", asked the policeman kindly. Breathless with excitement Suzie asked the officer if she could see the inspector.
In the inspector's office Suzie told him about the bottle with its weird liquid and how she had drunk it and become invisible. At first the inspector did think it was all a joke, but then realized that there was something in the tone of her voice that made it sound quite truthful. So she went on to say about the robbery that was taking place in the museum. She went on saying what the robber looked like and what he was wearing. Then she told him how the robber was trying hard to open the safe. The inspector stopped her and asked her whether he might be there still. "I don't really know, he might be there, but you'd better hurry if you want catch him", she replied.
Suzie turned out to be correct. The frustrated robber was trying hard to open the safe. The police arrived just in time to stop the robbery and catch the thief.
Of course Suzie got praise from the police, her friends and her brother. She even got a reward from the owner of the sapphire she rescued. But her parents how ever were quite angry with her, for drinking strange liquids and going to dangerous places. "Remember Suzie curiosity killed the cat. That bottle could have contained poison. Don't let us find you doing things like that again", they scolded her. Deep down they were really proud of her although they would not give her the satisfaction of knowing it.
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