|Mary's Adventure (standard:other, 1510 words)|
|Author: pheonix||Added: Nov 23 2008||Views/Reads: 1791/1221||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A little girl disobeys her Mum and enters the forest with worrying consequences.|
MARY'S ADVENTURE Once, a long, long time ago, there was a little girl called Mary. She lived with her mother and father and big brother Jim. They lived in a house near the forest. Mary knew not to go in the forest, as strange animals and creatures lived there. Brother Jim was allowed to go in the forest with Daddy – because Jim was really big. He was so big he was nearly ten. Mary, of course was only six. Sometimes Jim would tell Mary about the strange animals he saw. She was never sure if he was telling the truth about them, but she liked to hear the stories anyway. Daddy and Jim never went in the forest after teatime. Daddy said it was because it was dangerous to walk in there at night. When Mary asked Jim why, he smiled at her and told her strange things happened among the trees at night. One thing he told her was that there were flying elephants in there. Between five and seven-0-clock each evening, these elephants held parachute practice. All the other creatures knew to keep clear when this happened – all that was – except the crocodiles. They were foolish and walked through the forest between five and seven-0-clock. That was why crocodiles were all now flat. Another thing he told her was that the Elves and Hobgoblins came out at night to look for naughty children. If they found any, they made the children prisoners and forced them to work all night collecting toads and spiders and beetles. Mary was always curious about the forest, and once she even ran to the edge and almost touched a tree, but she thought she heard a strange noise, so ran quickly back home. She was in the garden on her swing one day. It was very hot and she was just swinging lazily and dreaming of the animals and Hobgoblins. Before she realised what she was doing, she found herself right at the edge of the forest. The sun was shining down and she felt very hot. She moved without thinking into the shade of the nearest tree. It felt much better here and she hopped and skipped along the edge of the forest, feeling very happy and not the least bit afraid. As she moved along, she gazed into the forest, imagining the wonders that lay inside. She stopped for a moment to stare between the nearest trees. She was just a weenie bit afraid at first, but as she took a step closer, nothing happened. She looked back to see if Mummy was watching. There was no sign of her Mummy, so Mary ran forwards and quickly touched a tree. She stepped back quickly and waited. Nothing happened, so she moved forwards again and stood right next to the tree. Still nothing happened, so she took a step into the forest. She held her breath, ready to dash back, but all remained quiet. She knew it was too early for the elephants, and it wouldn't be dark for simply ages. She took a couple more steps inside. Feeling very brave and grown up, she looked about her. She saw a bunch of primroses, and as she looked further inside, she saw a whole clump of bluebells. She just KNEW Mummy would love a bunch of those. Mary tiptoed towards them, and was just stooping to pick a bluebell, when guess what she saw? It was a little red squirrel. The squirrel was eating an acorn, which it was holding in its tiny front paws. Mary was thrilled and started creeping towards it. The squirrel saw Mary and hopped off and climbed a tree. As Mary moved forwards it ran out on a branch and jumped to another tree. Mary was so excited she forgot all about the bluebells and ran after the squirrel, as it hopped from tree to tree, until it disappeared among the leaves. Mary was a little sad, then remembered the bluebells and looked round Click here to read the rest of this story (115 more lines)
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