Posted by: Caitlynn | January 13, 2010

Genre #9 — Children’s

(For more information on my Genre Self-Challenge, read previous entry here.)

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“Susie’s Shadow”

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Susie Smith and her parents had just moved to a new house in a new town. They spent all day moving boxes and unpacking, but every time Susie tried to help her parents, they always told her “This box is too heavy” or “That will break if you’re not careful. Don’t touch it.” Finally, her parents sent her outside to play.

“Come inside when you start getting too cold,” her mother warned. “It’s still winter.”

Her father added, “And don’t wander too far away. Stay in the yard.”

After they finished bundling her in her coat, scarf, hat, and mittens, Susie went into the backyard to play. It was huge, much bigger than her old backyard was. At first, this made her happy, and she ran around laughing and playing in the snow. She got bored very quickly, though, and sat down next to a large pile of snow to rest.

“What good is a huuuuge backyard without anyone to play with?” she said, sighing. “I miss my friends. I wonder if I’ll make any new ones when I go to school. But what if the other kids don’t like me?” She sighed again. “I just wish I had someone to play with right now. Being eight-years-old is hard.”

“I’ll play with you,” the voice of a little girl said.

“Who’s there?” Susie asked. She looked around, but didn’t see anyone. “Where are you?”

“Down here,” the voice said, and Susie looked down. “It’s me, your shadow. I’ll play with you.”

“Are you really talking to me?” Susie questioned in surprise. “I didn’t think you could!”

“Of course,” her shadow answered. “All shadows can talk to their owners. But their owners have to be lonely enough to wish for a friend. That wish is what brings a shadow to life.”

“Oh, okay. I think I understand,” Susie replied. “Well, what should we play, then?”

“Let’s visit the Snow Kingdom!” her shadow suggested. “There are lots of pretty things to see there, and lots of fun games to play. I can even stand up like a normal girl can if we visit the Snow Kingdom. I won’t be stuck on the ground like this.”

“I can’t,” Susie said sadly. “My dad said that I have to stay in the yard.”

“It’s in your backyard!” Her shadow said, giggling. “All you have to do is dive into the pile of snow behind you. It’s just on the other side.”

Susie stood up and looked at the snow. It seemed ordinary, and she wondered if there was really a kingdom on the other side. She had been in plenty of snow piles before, and none of them had ever had anything inside. Finally, though, she decided to try what her shadow had said. Susie backed up some, then ran at full speed and jumped into the snow.

At first, all she could see was white. She was little scared, so she closed her eyes. But then she heard, “We’re here!” And when she opened her eyes again, she saw a magical place where the ice shone like the sun and the snow glittered like jewels.

She looked over to her side and saw her shadow standing there beside her like a normal girl. “You look like me,” Susie said, shocked. “Only…you look grayer.”

“That’s because I’m your shadow,” she replied, “so I’m supposed to look like you. Now, come on! We have a lot of things to play with!”

Together, Susie and her shadow raced off, eager to explore this new land. They went ice skating on the frozen pond, ate snow-cones, had snowball fights, and made snow angels. They also saw many beautiful things, like a palace made of ice. They played and played for hours.

Just as Susie began to feel tired, she heard her mother’s voice. “Susie! It’s time to come inside!”

She frowned. “I don’t want to stop playing,” she said to her shadow. “It’s fun being here.”

Her shadow smiled at her in response, saying, “Every day has to end. It’s almost nighttime now.”

“Will we get to play again soon?” Susie asked as they began walking back to the entrance of the Snow Kingdom.

“Only if you get lonely,” her shadow answered. “But, school will be starting soon, and I’m sure you’ll make lots of friends there.”

“I want to keep playing with you!” Susie shouted. “I won’t need any other friends if I at least have you.”

But her shadow shook her head no. “Make human friends, Susie. That’s what you’re supposed to do. Besides, I’ll always be with you, if you ever do need me. I’m your shadow, so I’ll always be a part of you.”

After that, Susie climbed out of the pile of snow that led her to her magical play place and went back inside the nice, warm house. And that night, when she went to bed, she dreamed of ice palaces, glittering snow, and shadows come to life.

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Responses

  1. Awww! I used to play with my shadow…it was named Elsie. ^_^ Cute story!

    • Yay! I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one who used to play with my shadow…hehe.

  2. Aww, cute!

    I don’t remember you playing with your shadow…perhaps that’s a memory I don’t have 😛

    • That’s because I played with my shadow at school. Where I had no real friends. lol 😛


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