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Lightning flashes like the light of a thousand iPhone X cameras right in your face. Thunder crashes fiercely. A man in a Zeeman jacket and cheap C&A jeans is running through the streets of the Belgian Park area just off The Hague’s beach. He covers his head with a fresh newspaper. He shivers, but not from the cold. “I hate thunderstorms,” he curses, “this is almost the biggest one since…”. Every flash of light tenses his eyes. Every roll of thunder makes his legs tremble. His mouth is fixed in a stiff grimace. His eyes swivel fast from left to right and back. “I have to find shelter!” James panics.“I have to be SAFE!” His eyes rest on a small plaza on his right-hand side. It is hidden behind an old iron fence. James finds the opening next to a square building, which a tin-plate sign reveals to be an electricity station.

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Quickly, he runs towards a small roof that covers one of the building’s walls. He sighs.“Phew. I hope I’ll be safe here!”He feels somewhat more at ease now. “You’re blocking the goal, sir!” An unknown voice sounds through the rain, wind, and thunder. James turns his head towards the direction of the voice. He sees a boy standing in front of him. The young fellow is probably nine or ten years of age. “Sorry?” James responds. “That’s a goal, sir, where you are standing. A goal!”

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James moves a little closer to the boy to see better who is in front of him. Since he is no longer protected by the small roof, heavy rain wets his cheap Zeeman jacket. “Who are you, kid?” James asks in a loud voice, to be sure the boy hears him through the rain, wind, and thunder. The kid looks like he’s been caught in the flashlights of a dozen fanatic sports photographers’ cameras. Under his left arm, he loosely holds a soccer ball with a print that James recognizes as the stars of the current Champions League. In contrast to his small appearance, the boy seems confident when he replies firmly, “I am Sam and I am going to be the greatest soccer player in the world.”

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Keepie Uppie  

Keepie Uppie is a visual story about a young boy who wants to be the greatest soccer player.

Keepie Uppie  

Keepie Uppie is a visual story about a young boy who wants to be the greatest soccer player.

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