Are 'finders' always 'keepers'?

"PC has found something," said Ellie.

Ellie and Alex were taking Ellie's dog for a walk. Ellie was hanging onto an extending dog lead. Pedigree Chump was several metres ahead of them.

"Looks like a purse," said Alex.

The two children caught up with Pedigree Chump, who had something clamped tightly in her mouth. After a struggle and a lot of growling, Ellie managed to grab the purse, now decorated with a row of teeth marks.

"Come on then," shouted Alex impatiently. "Let's see what's inside."

Ellie unzipped the brown leather purse. Inside were several credit cards and five twenty pound notes.

"Well done Chump!" said Ellie, patting the dog. "A hundred pounds. Let's go into town. Chump, I'll treat you to Doggie Chocs."

Alex said nothing. They had found the purse but that didnít mean they could keep it - did it? Ellie seemed to think so.

"I don't think we should," said Alex finally. "It's not our money. I mean ..."

"You mean you're going soft," said Ellie angrily. "We found this money and I'm going to spend it. Come on Chump."

Ellie stormed off down the road towards the shops. Alex didn't know what to do. Ellie could be getting into trouble. Just then Danny arrived on his skateboard.

"What's up with you?" asked Danny, "standing there with your mouth open."

Alex told Danny what had happened. "That sounds like Ellie," Danny said. "She does things in a rush and then regrets it."

"We must stop her," said Alex. "Go on your board. Try and catch her before she spends anything."

Danny dashed off with Alex running after him. Danny almost reached Ellie when she disappeared into a building. He stopped and waited for Alex.

"She's gone in there," he said.

"But that's the police station," panted Alex.

A few moments later Ellie came out.

"I changed my mind," she said. "Alex, you helped me make the right choice."