Fiction: The Apricot Dream. “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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When the Dream Fairy arrived to pay a visit, she found the old Mrs. Apricot dozing off in the chair that was located next to the bright window. She then gently stroked Mrs. Apricot's face with the star-topped wand that she was holding while whispering.

At that time, Mrs. Apricot seemed to be extremely youthful! She was still sleeping in the bed she'd used when she was a child when she awoke from her nap looking like a little girl.

Because the only source of heat in the area came from the stoves that were located in the kitchen and the living room, the space remained just as frigid as it had previously been. The little girl was trying to keep warm by dancing madly while she pulled her garments closer to her and groomed her hair.

She dashed down the stairs and quickly constructed a peephole in the window of the parlor by blowing on the glass while it was still cold. The countryside was completely covered in snow all around. There was no one else in the area, and there wasn't even a house since the nearest one was two miles away.

The girl said to herself, "Poor little creature." If only I had some children of my own, I would be very content. Then, to her utter surprise, she became aware of laughter and chatter flowing from the outside of the building. Those are the sounds of children! The little girl said, "Oh, my god!" in shock. Could I possibly be having a dream?

She awoke with a start, blinking her eyes, and in an instant she was Mrs. Apricot, having just woken up from a pleasant nap in the sun. People were conversing outside! It seemed as if the children from What-a-Jolly Street were making their way here at that very moment.

Mrs. Apricot ran frantically to the front door while grinning. Do you believe that it was a complete coincidence that I baked cookies first thing this morning? As she floated out into the night, the Dream Fairy smiled broadly before vanishing into thin air. With a low voice, she remarked, "I thought I'd give her a wonderful dream, but I honestly feel she's better awake!"

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