Fiction: Do It Quickly. “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.

Little Jane Ling was a person who took things slowly. Toby, her older brother, would often yell, "Hurry!" when it was time for him to go to school at 8:35 a.m.

When it was almost nine o'clock, her older sister Susan would shout, "Hurry!" When the time got close to nine o'clock, her elder sister Susan would yell, "Hurry!" at her to tell her to get ready for the evening. Jane would add with a longing tone, "I'm hurrying," as she picked at each grain of cereal in her bowl one at a time.

When Jane's mother went down for breakfast one morning, long after Toby and Susan had already eaten, she saw that her daughter's yellow sock had a massive hole in the heel of it. The hole was in Jane's daughter's sock.

In disbelief, Mrs. Ling let out a startled cry. Jane, you should probably change your socks before lunch, mom said. In response, Jane nodded her head "Yes" as she cautiously added a spoonful of cream. Before tearing through the front door of the home, Toby cried, "Hurry, Jane!"

Jane, please don't be late! Susan yelled out to her. "I can't wait for you!" Jane took her time ascending the stairs after a leisurely morning meal. She meticulously unfurled the bright red socks as she relaxed with a pair of socks in her hand. Shouting the name "Jane!" Susan shouted. It's time for me to depart!

Susan, you need to halt right there! A call came in from Jane. I have no choice but to go! The door to the main entrance was abruptly closed. If Susan isn't going to hang around, the hour must be rather late. Jane hastily went downstairs, put on a snowsuit and boots, threw on her socks and shoes, and then ran frantically after Susan while galloping madly after her.

As she entered her kindergarten classroom, the bell rang, and she immediately sank to the floor to take off her shoes. Jane was advised to move quickly by the teacher.

Jane gave a good response in response to the question. She made a solemn pledge to herself that she would never hurry again when she put on one pair of red socks and one pair of yellow socks and discovered that one of the yellow socks had a hole in it.

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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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