As the summer days went hot and dry , Ahmed’s wish for a tree-house in his garden grew stronger . Ahmed had always wanted a tree house in which he could sit in hot days . Not only Ahmed but his sister Hira was also anxious for the tree house .
“it’s my tree house and you are too young . you’d do something silly” said Ahmed .
“I’ll be very careful Hira” replied.
“Hira won’t do any harm I am sure” added the father .
“She’s too small, ” whined Ahmed . “She’d fall out .”
Next day , when Ahmed and Hira came home from school , there was a rope ladder hanging from the tree . And over two wide branches that ran out from the trunk , a wide platform had been built .
“The floor of my tree-house!” Ahmed shouted .
“Hurrah!” He climbed up the ladder and began to bounce on the wooden platform .
Hira looked up the tree-house . she imagined having tea up there , with her friend Fatima .
“Come down , Ahmed !” called his father
“Those planks have not been nailed properly , yet . besides mum says it is tea time .
Ahmed climbed down the ladder which swayed as he moved. Hira watched and thought . “I could do that , easy as pie .”
That night it rained . The wind howled and lightening flashed across the sky . It rained all next day as well . When Ahmed and Hira came home from school , the tree- house hadn’t been built . All the planks were still neatly stacked in the garage .
Ahmed asked why nothing had been done .
“Look at the rain . I can’t build a tree-house in weather like this,” said the father .
“Is it going to be ready tomorrow?” Ahmed asked .
“It depends on the weather , ” said the father .
“But I’ve called out my friends for today,” Ahmed moaned .
“Goodness,” said the mother . “How many boys are coming /”
“Twelve , ” said Ahmed “And…”
“Hold on , Ahmed you’ll never get 12 boys in the tree- house all at once,” said the father .
“We’ll take it in turns,” said Ahmed .
Hira thought , two girls would fit in the tree-house very nicely . it rained again in the night , and all the next day .
“I’m sorry , Ahmed,” he said .”I didn’t have a chance to fix your tree house . it I been too wet After , the father went out . Suddenly, Ahmed jumped up went to finish his treehouse himself . but just then he was to lay the last plank , He couldn’t keep himself on the floor and slipped down .
The very next day Ahmed fell sick . He had a terrible cold , a big bruise on his forehead and he’d sprained both his ankles .