Introduction to the tiger paws
‘Wake up angel.’ Said Alice annoyed with her twin. Today Angel, Alice and their best friend Kate were going to start their own best friends club. They walked slowly to their meeting place; a small room at the end of their terrace where Kate was already waiting. ‘I wonder if we’ll be solving mysteries……….’Said Angel as they were walking. ‘Hi Kate’ said the twins as they finally reached. ‘You both are late! Anyways we were just seeing the place, tomorrow is our first meeting, bye,’ said Kate noticing that the twins were sleepy. Everyone was eager for their first meeting.
The first meeting
Everyone was punctual. ‘First we have to name our club’ said Kate. ‘Angel, you were to make the list of names, right?’ asked Alice. ‘Here, read it out.’ said Angel handing the list to Alice. ‘Tiger girls, Cheetah girls, Tiger paws…………’ ‘Perfect! Ok?’ asked Kate. ‘Yes!’ said Angel and Alice together. ‘Well, tomorrow we’ll make badges. Bring stuff.’
We’re proud to be the Tiger Paws
The three girls arrived with material for making badges. They decided to vote for who should be in charge of what. The three jobs were- boss, security and designer. It was soon decided that Alice was boss, Angel as security, Kate as designer. ‘Alice, command. ’ ‘Well….I am nervous…….ok! Here I go…….Start with the badges. I want them ready in ten minutes!’ screamed Alice. They were scared and finished in less than ten minutes. Alice signed all the badges. ‘Come tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.! Password is snacks! Wear your badges! Bye and see you soon!’ screamed the boss in a great hurry. She had a party to attend. She got ready and ran.
Scarlett needs help
At the party Alice met Tina. She didn’t look at all like an Indian. She was fair and had curly-black hair that reached till her hips. At the end of the party she took Alice slowly into an inner chamber. She started sobbing and told Alice her sad story. ‘Hey Alice, I can trust you and I know you will help me. Well……no one ……not even my best friend knows my secret. Actually……..my name is Scarlett. I am a Nepali –Bangladeshi. I live in Bangladesh…..Umm……I was given about 50 rupees a week. I saved and saved. Soon I had enough money to travel. Of course I never knew India had banned foreigners here. I came and I read the banners. Can you think of a place I can stay forever? I don’t think I want to go back. I might get caught!’ she said crying. ‘Come home with me.’ Said Alice not knowing why she said that. So that night Alice crept into the dark house and hid Scarlett in their meeting place. She bought the extra mattress, pillow and quilt and laid it out for Scarlett. Then there was a knock. She thought it was mother. Angel and Kate stormed in. ‘I discovered you were missing and called Kate for a meeting. We are searching for you and you? …….wait a minute……who………..is………that?!’ shouted Angel getting angry.
A new member for the Tiger Paws
‘Well…..I’ll explain tomorrow or mom and dad will wake up.’ said Alice solemnly. Everyone agreed and went to bed including Scarlett. Next day everyone met at 4:00 p.m. The password was whispered and the meeting began (which Scarlett had been allowed to attend). ‘Guys, Scarlett needs to stay in India. I am making her a member of the Tiger Paws.’ said Alice. She told everyone Scarlett’s story. Everyone agreed that she needed help. Kate handed her a badge and she was a member. ‘Tomorrow there is a picnic.’ said Alice.
A happy ending
The next day they had their so cool picnic. Kate supplied most of the food almost as much as Angel and Alice. Scarlett shared her left over snacks from her trip. There were cakes, buns, biscuits and lots more. They told their mothers that Scarlett was a new girl in their class. The mothers believed their children.