Lesson7: Pink Bow Tie
Let me tell you about a guy I know.
He is always wearing a pink bow tie.
Old Splodge's secretary was typing some letters.
It's always a pleasure to see her. Her name is Becky Newham and she is really beautiful.
Every boy in the school is in love with her.
Unfortunately she is seventeen and I'm only fourteen.
Old Splodge called me in. I went and sat down.
"Well, why have you dyed your hair?" said Old Splodge.
"I did not dye my hair, sir," I said.
"Yesterday," said Splodge, "I noticed that you had black hair. Am I correct?"
"Yes, sir," I answered.
"Then tell me," he said. "Why is it that your hair is white today?"
"It's a long story," I told him.
"Yesterday I was going home on the train and was sitting with very strange people.
A kid of about my age was smoking.
A ticket collector came looked at the kid and said, 'Put that cigarette out. You are too young to smoke.'
The kid picked up a kind of box and turned a knob.
Then he started to grow older in front of our eyes.
He slowly changed until he looked about twenty-five, 'Am I old enough now?' said the kid.
The ticket collector gave a scream and ran away.
The kid-man threw the box to an old lady and got off the train.
We all stared at the box.
It had a sliding knob on it.
Along the right hand side it said OLDER and at the left end it said YOUNGER.
There was a label on the top saying AGE CHANGER.
An old lady pushed the knob a few centimeters down toward the YOUNGER end.
Then she started to grow younger.
In about one minute she looked like she was sixteen.
She looked pretty.
She threw the Age Changer over to me and jumped off the train.
Give that to me,' said a man.
He took the Age Changer from me, pushing the knob almost up to the YOUNGER end.
He started to grow younger but he didn't stop at sixteen.
Soon there was a baby wearing adult clothes.
He was only about one year old.
Then, he pushed the knob right up to the OLDER end.
Something terrible happened.
He started to get older and older.
First he was about sixteen, then thirty, then sixty, then eighty, then one "hundred and then he was dead.
But it didn't stop there.
His body started to rot away.
In the end it was only a skeleton that was left.
That was the way my hair got white.
I had to sit with a skeleton for fifteen minutes, shaking with fear.
It was the most horrible thing that had ever happened to me.
My hair went white in just fifteen minutes.
Splodge looked really angry.
Do you expect me to believe that story?
"I can prove it," I said.
I got the Age Changer out of my bag and put it on his desk.
Splodge picked it up and looked at it carefully.
"You can go now," he said in a funny voice.
"I will send a letter to your parents telling them that you are suspended from school for telling lies."
For the next two weeks I worried about the letter showing up in the letter box.
But nothing happened.
I was saved.
Well, it is not quite true that nothing happened.
The good thing is that Splodge disappeared and hasn't been seen since.
The bad thing is that Becky got a boyfriend.
He is about eighteen and is good looking.
I think it strange, though, that she should go out with a kid who wears a pink bow tie.