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I don't know what it could be, that noise in the
distance. So I walked closer and closer to where the noise was coming
from. Then suddenly the long, thin, corridor I was walking down
branched out into a long living room sort of thing. And sitting
in the living room is me. A hundred miniature me's. I can't believe
it. They all look the same, They're all wearing the same clothes
and they all sound just like me. I can't believe it.
Why would there be a hundred little me's in a
seashell? Why? Then I realized something. They were gathering around
me. Why? Then suddenly I realized I was shrinking to their size.
Whatever magic these little people had, they were using it to make
me one of them. I just couldn't let it happen, I just couldn't.
What would Mum and Dad say if I didn't come home for tea? Would
they think I'd ran away to join the circus? They would be absolutely
heartbroken and I just couldn't let that happen.
I sprinted down the passage, through the water
on the floor to where I'd started. I stopped below the opening I'd
dropped in through. I tried to reach it but I just couldn't. I was
too tiny. I could hear the mini-me's gaining. I didn't have much
time left. What could I do?
Then I had an idea. I stood there and waited for
the little people to come and get me. Soon they arrived. They grabbed
me by the hands and tied them together. They took me back to the
living room, where they tied me feet together and placed me on the
ground. Then five of the little people sat on me. They defiantly
didn't want me to escape. I was there for hours and soon my back
started to ache. I just wanted to go home.
Then, without warning, they untied me. Were they
giving me parol or something? Or were they setting me free? Nope.
I was wrong. They stood me up and began the shrinking process again.
Soon I was just a bit bigger then them. But that's the way I stayed.
Weird. Then a me, that was remarkably small and had different set
of neatly pressed clothes, came up with a box and handed it to me.
I opened it, and in it was a lovely, jewel incrusted crown, a cloak
and a beautiful staff. Then the messenger me whispered in my ear
" You, oh humble one, have been chosen to lead this settlement as
With that every little me in the in the room bowed
low. Except for one old and frail looking person. When everybody
stood up, and the messenger me turned around and saw the old, frail
person still standing, he went absolutely bonkers. " How dare you
not bow to our new Queen," he screamed. "She may be our new Queen,
but I was the original leader. I deserve to be paid respects too."
"Yes, but not at the welcoming ceremony, your humbleness."
With that the old 'past Queen' left. After the
ceremony, I asked the messenger me what was going on with the old
Queen me. "She was demoted a few days ago, and she hasn't been happy
ever since. " "Why was she demoted?" I asked, wonderingly. "She
is just way to old. She was having trouble running the shelldom,
so we told her her time was up." "That wasn't very nice now was
I was starting to feel very emotional towards
the old women. What a reason to be put out of office. Because you
were too old. That was absolute rubbish. " We know but we couldn't
do anything else. Look, all I want to say to you is that to earn
her respects you're going to have to work over-time." With that
she walked off. I didn't understand. Why would she want to hold
a grudge on me? She mustn't have finished what she wanted to in
Holding that thought, I went to the royal address
books. Tell you what, it was hard to find out where she lived because
everyone's names and address were the same. But soon I found her
wondering around the shell. We went to the royal conference room.
We sat down and had a talk and I soon found out what was annoying
her. She didn't have a daughter to take over the throne. Then I
thought of something. " Well maybe I am you're daughter?" I said
triumphantly. " No." she said, " You can't be." " Yes, I can. No
one else was here to take you're position as Queen. But, then, suddenly
I turn up here and take the throne. Surely these little people wouldn't
bring me here without a reason, would they?" " Just because you
turn up when I get kicked out of my position means absolutely nothing.
You know that, don't you? I don't appreciate you being here at all."
With that, she left the room in a huff. I couldn't
believe it. The only reason that she didn't like me was because
I took her position as Queen. Something just wasn't right. I walked
out the room and looked around to see if she was still around. I
saw her still walking down the street. I was about to go back inside
when something ran up and knocked her down. I was shocked. How could
someone be that mean to such an old lady, I just didn't know? Even
if she was a mean old person, she didn't deserve to be treated like
that. I ran over and found her unconscious. I very carefully lifted
her up and took her inside. I looked at her. She looked so kind,
just like a leader should look. Then a thought struck me. I wanted
so badly to go home and she wanted so badly to live her live out
as a leader. It could really work. But what would the rest of the
shelldom say if I did that. Would they despise me for the rest of
my life or would they leave me stuck in this shell for life? At
the moment it was a bit too risky. I think I should wait until I
am a bit more of a respected leader. But it didn't take long for
that to happen though.
Before the end of the day, people were coming
to me for advice. That night, there was a huge banquet held in my
honor. Everybody was there, including the old Queen me. We feasted
for a very long time, but then people, including the old Queen me,
got up to leave. "Wait,' I said, standing up. "I have an announcement
to make." With that everybody turned and watched me. "I am very,
very grateful of you for dubbing me Queen. But I just don't think
that I am old enough for this honour." Shock filled the hall. "I
also believe that it was wrong of you to stop this lovely old lady
here of fufilling her life long dream. So I hereby declare that
you're old queen will go back to being leader, as I am just not
ready for the responsibility of leading this shelldom."
With this a huge cheer filled the hall and I could
tell that the shelldom was happy. The old Queen came up and stood
next to me. "Thanks," she whispered. Then, suddenly, she bellowed
"Quiet." Everybody looked up in amazement. "I think such a kind
act should be rewarded with a kind act back," she said. "What would
you like most of all child," she said kindly.
"What I really, really, really, REALLY, want,"
I said, "is to go back home to the beach I started on, back to the
size I originally was and to live a normal life back in my world."
I said. "We can do that," said the old but new Queen. "Great," I
said, " and I will keep you're shell next to my bed and if you ever
need anything, just shrink me back in. O.K?" "Sure. And if you ever
need anything, Just talk into the shell and we will help you," said
the Queen. And with that I was sent back onto the beach. It was
dark. Mum and Dad would be worried sick. I grabbed the shell and
I ran back home. Mum and Dad were so pleased to see me.
I put the shell next to my bed just like I said
I would. I wonder when the next time will be when I will see the