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by Beanie Baby 

Posted: 28 April 2004
Word Count: 344
Summary: Here is the second in the series. I have tried to include the changes as suggested by so many of you with the last one and I'd like to know what you think.

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Sometimes, at night, I get scared of the dark. I don't like it when Mummy turns out the light. I'm scared in case there's monsters.
Hiding in the dark.
Waiting to eat me up.

I don't like it when I'm outside at night. I don't like the noises. Owls go "WHOOO WHOOO'
And I get scared.

Mummy says, 'Don't be scared, Lee! The dark won't hurt you."
But I still get scared. And I cry.

One night, I had a bad dream. I dreamt a monster wanted to eat me up. I woke up and shouted for Mummy. She cuddled me. I said 'I don't like the dark!'

Mummy said 'Let me show you something.' And we got dressed. In the middle of the night!

Mummy whispered 'We must be very quiet!' We crept outside to the garden. On tiptoes. It was very dark. And I got scared. Mummy held my hand very tightly and said 'Watch ...'

After a little while, I saw something move in the grass. And I got scared. 'What is it?' I asked. Mummy said 'It's a hedgehog!'

We watched the hedgehog dig for worms. Then something else moved. And I got scared. 'What is it?' I asked. Mummy said 'It's a badger!'

We watched the badger sniff his way around the garden. Then something else moved. And I got scared. 'What is it?' I asked. Mummy said 'It's a fox!'

All these animals! In MY garden! Mummy said 'They're night-time animals. They're called NOCTURNAL. And they're not scared of the dark at all! They like it.'

We watched the animals for a little while. I wasn't scared at all! Mummy said 'Let's go back to bed before we get cold.'

Mummy tucked me into bed until I was snug and warm. She said 'What is there to be scared of when all those animals come to our garden to look after us? You're not scared now, are you?' 'No,' I said, 'I'm pretending I'm a hedgehog.'

And I curled up just like a real hedgehog. 'Goodnight,' Mummy said.

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Jubbly at 08:04 on 29 April 2004  Report this post
What a charming children's story Beanie, absolutely loved it. I'm mum to a little one who has trouble sleeping and I always seek out night time themed stories to read him before bed, I might try this one and let you know the verdict. It's ripe for wonderful illustrations too, good luck with it.


Nell at 07:11 on 03 May 2004  Report this post
BB, this is great, with just the right tone to address those childhood fears. I can see small children insisting on nocturnal forays into darkened gardens to prove the effectiveness of this story!

Best, Nell.

Beanie Baby at 21:16 on 12 May 2004  Report this post
Thank you to Jubbly and Nell, I am pleased you like this story. Did you ever try it out on your littl'un, Jubbly?

I haven't been around for a little while so I am hoping to get back up to full pelt with my writing again. You know how it is...not enough hours in the day!


BorderBound at 20:54 on 18 July 2005  Report this post
Ah saw this on the random read and glad I did...

Really enjoyed it

Nik Perring at 03:31 on 21 September 2005  Report this post
Great story well told.

Loved it!


MarlaD at 23:39 on 28 February 2008  Report this post
This just came up on the random read..it's lovely! Marla is going through issues with the dark at the moment ( the real one, not me!)..I'll try this out x

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