Aslam was very fond of sports. He liked to play tennis and squash but most of all he liked to ride his bicycle. He kept it in perfect shape by cleanning it regularly as he enjoyed taking part in bicycle races. 'I'll race you to the woods,' he would challenge his friends. Seldom did he lose a race. His shelf was adorned with trophies of all shapes and sizes and on the wall were photographs of him receiving certificates from eminent personalities. He also coached his friends and family members on how to ride a bicycle. The most enthusiastic student was his younger sister, Amina. He would often encourage her to enter races as she had learnt the skill well.
Then one day there was a mishap. While riding his bicycle, Aslam fell and broke his leg. He was rushed to the hospital immediately. He stayed there for a week, and Amina made sure that she visited him every day. Although he was badly hurt, Aslam would smile at Amina and say that he had not lost his spirits.
The team of doctors at the hospital tried their level best to mend the broken bone, but finally concluded thay Aslam would be fully cured if he want abroad for a major operation. Aslam belonged to a middle class family, and going for treatment abroad required a lot of money. He left the hospital on crutches and was to remain this way until his family was able to arrange for the funds to take him abroad for the operation.
Aslam's current condition made Amina lose her interest in cycling, but he coaxed and encouraged her, 'Now that i am out you should carry on. Do not give up.' but Amina knew it would take a lot of persuasion and courage. It was not a very pleasant sight to see her brother on crutches.
Aslam and Amina lived with their family in an old, but comfortable house which was owned by very wealthy people many years ago. Aslam's crutches made a loud sound as they touched the wooden flooring of the house. Aslam never felt sorry for himself and always looked happy. He set a good example for others who became sad due to minor setbacks in life.
One day he was teasing Amina and hastened after her.
'I'll catch up with you!' he yelled out to her as she tried to run away. In his haste, one of his crutches slipped from under his arm. As he tried to retrieve it, Aslam fell on the floor with a thud. One of the wooden planks of the floor loosened and moved from its place revealing a box beneath. Surprised, he lifted out the box----it was heavy. When he opened it, he found a note that read, 'This treasure is for the person who finds it.' The box was full of gold coins!
Amina hearing the noise, turned around to see a plank out of place and the shimmer of the gold coins.
With the money from the sale of the gold coins Aslam proceeded abroad for treatment and returned fully recovered. He was welcomed back at the airport. When he became an adult, Aslam married a disabled girl because to him a disability was as normal as being normal could be.
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