"GET BACK HERE YOU STREET RAT!" The guard yelled while running down the main street.
"All of this for a loaf of bread?" The boy who the guards were chasing after asked. He looked back and saw the guards were starting to catch up to him. Luckily he knew the backstreets better than anyone else. He ducked into an alley and hid behind some garbage. He saw the shadow of the guards run past him. He waited a few more minutes just to be sure before he came out from his hiding place.
Taking the back streets the boy headed back to his house. It wasn't much, just an abandoned house that was boarded up. He had found it one day when he was scrimmaging for food and ever since then it had been his home. He had made a small makeshift bed out of old blankets and the few clothes and possessions he had he kept in a small box.
The light crept through the cracks in the boarded windows as the boy walked into his home. He smiled as he looked down at the prize he had gotten. An entire loaf a bread could hold him over for a few days.
Just when he was about to take a bite of his winnings he saw something out of the corner of his eye.
"Whose there?" The boy grabbed a stick and headed over to where he saw movement. As he got closer he heard sniffling.
"P-please don't hurt me."
The boy got a confused look on his face as a small girl around the same age as him walked out of the shadows.
"What are you doing here?"
"I-I ran away and needed a place to stay." The girl admitted.
The boy dropped his stick. "Why did you run away?"
"My father was being mean to me and said that I wasn't allowed to go anywhere. So to prove him wrong I left."
"I see." The boy looked down. He never knew his father so he doesn't know how things work.
"Do you mind if I stay here for awhile?" The girl looked at the boy with hopeful eyes.
The boy smiled. He never had any friends so it would be nice to have someone around his age around. "Sure and by the way, my name is Aladdin."
"I'm Jasmine, its nice to meet you Aladdin."
Aladdin broke his bread in half. "You want something to eat?"
Jasmine took the bread. "Thank you."
The two ate their bread in silence. Aladdin finished his half first. "That was a great dinner."
Jasmine stopped eating and looked over at her new friend. "Dinner? You mean this is all you have to eat?"
Aladdin shrugged. "Yeah. I was able to steal it today and I even lost the guards who were chasing after me." Aladdin smiled proud of himself.
"Why were you stealing?"
"Because I have no money and I was hungry. I live here alone."
"You live here too? I thought it was just somewhere you play."
Aladdin shook his head.
"You must think I'm pretty selfish to run away like I did."
"Not really. I have no place to judge. I've never known my parents so I have no idea how it is."
Jasmine looked down at her little piece of bread. She had never really been in the village so she never knew the hardships that came for all the people. This boy struggled everyday to survive and yet he seemed so happy. She was going to learn how to be happy like him.
"Aladdin, could you teach me your tricks?"
"What do you mean?"
"Like how you survive by yourself. I want to learn to be on my own too."
Aladdin thought about it for a moment. I guess I can. It won't be easy though. You will need to learn to be quick, sly, and everything that comes to being a street rat."
"Yep. That's what they call people who live on the streets."
"That sounds awful. You're no rat."
Aladdin laughed. "I know, but its just a name."
Jasmine smiled and then ate the last of her bread. She stood up and dusted off her cloak. "I need to get going but I promise to be back tomorrow. Thank you Aladdin."
"No problem Jasmine." Aladdin watched Jasmine go and for once was actually looking forward to the next day.
The next day Aladdin woke up to the sound of creaking boards. For a moment he thought someone was breaking in but he then calmed down when he saw that is was Jasmine climbing in.
"Morning Aladdin." Jasmine said cheerfully. She carried a bundle of something with her.
"Morning, what's that?"
"Just a thank you gift for letting me hide here yesterday." Jasmine then pulled out some fruit and vegetables, along with a bowl of some sort of meat dish, finally a loaf of bread.
"Oh wow. I've never seen so much food in my life."
Jasmine's heart dropped a little hearing this. This was nothing compared to what she ate everyday with her father. "I figured since you are going to be teaching me to be on my own then this can be kind of like a sort of payment."
Aladdin had already grabbed for the meat dish. "Sounds good to me."
Aladdin quickly scarfed down all the food. Never being this full in his life. "Ready for you lesson?"
Jasmine nodded eagerly.
Aladdin went on to teach Jasmine the art of stealth. It took some time teaching her but she was smart and eager to learn. So in no time at all, Jasmine was able to sneak out of her father's place to visit Aladdin without even alarming the dogs.
From then on Jasmine would come and see Aladdin whenever she could and he would teach her all he knew about living on his own.
Their friendship continued to grow even when they were growing up. But through all their friendship there was something that Jasmine was hiding from Aladdin and she didn't know how to tell him.
This story is not done yet. I'm going to try and do this like they do it in the show with the fairytale story and the real life story going at the same time.