Fiction: Adventures in the Dark. “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 events is purely coincidental.

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The toys in the Browns' living room sprang to life immediately when the clock in that room struck noon. An effort was made at freedom by the plush animal that was kept in Mike's cot. He cried out to two dolls who were walking by, "Help me!"

The dolls, Snow White and Ingrid, stopped moving as soon as they were put down. Are you too big to fit? they probed. Teddy yelled out, "Not at all!" I'm screwed! The dolls reassured us that they would find someone far bigger. They made their way down to the basement, where they discovered the remaining children's toys that were stashed in the kitchen.

The farmer and his animals from Peter's barnyard set, the cowboy from Peter's outfit, and Judy, the floppy rag doll who had baths with Mike, are all in attendance.

The dolls were presented with an impossible choice: either they devoured the pie or they were discarded. I'll have the cowboy hold Farmer Brown here while one of you climbs up on his shoulders. Here, let me have the cowboy support Farmer Brown. Collectively, the dolls responded with the question "Us?" That's it; we're going to lose it!

I'm too wobbly, "Judy replied. Do-Do said, "I squeak. If I carry out that plan, Hustle-Bustle could stand up. Ingrid reflected, "to the best of my abilities.” She ascended onto the farmer's shoulders as quickly as her legs would carry her. She let out a piercing, "Ooooo" scream as she ran away. I'm going to the ground!

"On top of me comes tumbling down." My ability to be emotionally stable is limited," explained Judy. Hustle-Bustle, the parrot, could be heard groaning in his sleep. Concern, concern! As soon as she heard his voice, Ingrid ran straight into Judy's welcoming arms. The farmer succeeded in driving away his animals. The cowboy ran away without firing a shot, and the other dolls quickly made their way to the top of the building.

The next morning, Mike discovered that all of his toys had been placed where they should have been. Nevertheless, he was perplexed as to how his teddy bear had been trapped between the bars of the crib and needed aid from Daddy to be freed.

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With over a decade of writing stories for the local paper, Malek Sherif has a uniquely friendly voice that shines through in his newest collection of children's stories, which explores the importance we place on the legacy.

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