Fiction: Rusty and Neglected. “Short Kids Story.”

Malek Sherif

A Legal Disclaimer for a Fictional Story: This is a work of fiction and cannot be presented as fact. Unless otherwise indicated, all the names, characters, businesses, places, events, and incidents in this book are either the product of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual people, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

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David Barrett is now nine years old after reaching that milestone today. Paul and Ted were there for his birthday party, as were other attendees such as Bob, Mary Lou, Susan, and Betty. The event took place at his home. David, who could not contain his excitement about starting the party, said, "What shall we play?"

Susan couldn't contain her enthusiasm as she said, "Oh, let's ride Rusty!" Rusty was the Shetland pony that belonged to the Barretts, and he was happy to offer rides to youngsters. Because of the snow, he had been confined to his shed for many days, and now that he was finally free, he was so glad that he hopped around like a rocking horse.

David made the observation, "Wait, let me mount him," and then exclaimed, "Oh my goodness, I don't even need a saddle to ride him!" He let out a cowboy cry and swung his leather helmet around like a sombrero as he yelled, "Come on, Rusty, let's show those children some real riding. Yippee!" Bob responded by saying, "Come on, Rusty, let's show those young people some genuine riding."

After traveling backward over Rusty's tail, Bob crashed to the ground with a bump when he landed there. Upon the fragile ground that had now frozen solid. The scream may have made Rusty feel like a cowboy's pinto because he did a frightening leap and raised his hind legs in response to it.

Bob stood up and checked to see if he was injured before saying, "Feels as if I'll have to eat your birthday cake standing up, Dave!" Rusty did a frightening leap and raised his hind legs in response to it. "Wow!"

Don't you dare! David grinned and cautioned the other individual, saying, "Don't you dare!" after telling them, "Ever since we've had Rusty, Mother has always kept a special cushion in the dining room, and you are not the only one who needs to use it!"

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