HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!
Here is my entry in the Susanna Leonard Hill 4th of July Secret Mystery Writing Contest. 🙂 The rules are –
“Write a children’s story, in poetry or prose, maximum 400 words about the 4th of July in which a secret is revealed or a mystery is solved!”
This one was hard for me because my original story was like 700 words and I had to cut it down to 400 (actually 396 words). I hope you like it. To read all the awesome contest entries, visit Ms. Hill’s blog HERE.
Facts Are Stubborn Things
I watched the old widow, Clara Waltor walk out of the Pearly Pet Mart.
We were standing in front of the Snax&Pax Convenience Store across from the Town Square. Clara wobbled over to us.
“It’s a shame that someone would steal our town’s statue so close to Independence Day.” She said glumly. We turned around. The statue of John and Abigail Adams wasn’t in the Town Square! We looked back to Clara. She looked sad.
“That statue stood for everything good about Adamsville,” she said.
Then an adventurous look lit up her eyes. “If those thieves decide to show up in this town again, they better be careful, ‘cause I know Tai-Chi-Do! HAI-YA!!!” She yelled as she tried to jump, waving her cane like a sword, but ended up startling some birds.
The guys started to make up crazy scenarios about what happened to the statue. I told them to keep to the facts.
“We know that the statue is missing,” I started.
“And that Clara “knows” Tai-Chi-Do,” Timmy chuckled.
“We have to find out who did this and I have a plan!” I exclaimed.
I told the guys we had to spread the word about the statue someone will know something about what happened and turn the thief in.
We handed out flyers:
SAVING OUR TOWN RALLY
TOWN SQUARE, July 3rd, 10:30 AM
Everyone showed up for the speech, including Taylor Nix, the mayor.
I went up to the podium.
“Citizens of Adamsville!” I started in my loudest voice. “I’ve called you here today to celebrate being a citizen of Adamsville!”
Cheers came from the audience. I raised my voice, not noticing the workers behind me.
“We are good, honest people, but our town has been the VICTIM of a horrible crime!” I bellowed.
A gasp went through the crowd.
“WE the citizens of Adamsville MUST find out who did this!” I pointed behind me. “SOMEONE has stolen our beloved statue!”
The crowd was silent. Then the place exploded in laughter. I turned around to see the workers uncovering the freshly restored statue of John and Abigail Adams.
Mayor Nix walked up to me and explained that the town paid to have the statue fixed up before the Independence Day celebration. She also thanked me for making her laugh so hard.
Clara just rolled her eyes and said “You kids and your imaginations!”
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AMERICA!!!