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Month: November 2023

The Shrinky Family – Chapter 8

Meeting the Hairy Magoon Scoundrels The Shrinky family and their friends were fast asleep when Mr. Winkle Handsome heard some strange sounds in the trees. He peeked out from his cozy blanket, but it was super dark, and he couldn’t see a thing. Isley, the dragon, woke up too, and she heard Mr. Winkle Handsome moving around. “Mr. Winkle Handsome, what are you doing?” Isley whispered. “I heard some noises, and I’m checking if anyone or anything is coming,” he replied. “It can’t be the Hairy Magoon’s scoundrels, they only come out when the sun rises each morning,” Isley assured him. “That’s good to know,” Mr. Winkle Handsome said, but he still heard rustling in the bushes. “Go back to sleep, Mr. Winkle Handsome. I’ll stay up and watch for any intruders until morning,” Isley suggested. Mr. Winkle Handsome tiptoed back to his warm blanket, trying not to wake anyone else, and fell back asleep. As the sun peeked over the hills, everyone slowly woke up. “Good morning, children and friends! It looks like a beautiful day for our journey. Let’s have some breakfast to fuel up for the day,” Mrs. Shrinky announced. The children eagerly helped prepare the food while Mr. Shrinky tended to the campfire.  Isley, Splash, and Drench ventured into the forest for their morning feast. Charlie Whitesocks was busy grooming herself and didn’t seem bothered by anything. Mr. Winkle Handsome walked over to Mr. Shrinky and asked if he heard any strange noises during the night. “Just Mrs. Shrinky snoring,” Mr. Shrinky chuckled. “Isley told me that the Hairy Magoon’s scoundrels only travel during the day looking for food. I’ll keep my eyes open to protect Gallop, Yew, and Hoppy,” Mr. Shrinky replied. After breakfast, they prepared for the day ahead. The sunshine was splendid as they walked along a winding pathway. “Do you think we’re nearly at the edge of the earth?” asked Eeney. “Oh, I think we have a long way to go,” Meeny replied.  After nearly three hours on the road, the Shrinky family, along with Mr. Winkle Handsome and Charlie Whitesocks, felt the need for a rest. Isley and her dragon babies, Splash and Drench quietly explored the bushes nearby. Suddenly, a loud noise echoed, and out of nowhere, seven Hairy Magoon scoundrels appeared behind them. The Hairy Magoon scoundrels were sniffling and snorting, focusing on Gallop, Yew, and Hoppy. As they got closer, the Shrinky family saw their peculiar shape. The Hairy Magoon scoundrels had three long arms, short hairy legs, and three eyes on the front of their hairy faces. One eye pointed left, one pointed straight ahead, and one pointed right. They also had one large eye in the back of their heads, allowing them to see in all directions. One of their ears was pointed forward, and the other pointed backward. Four Hairy Magoon scoundrels circled the group, separating Gallop, Yew, and Hoppy. The other three crept toward the animals, each targeting one for a mysterious attack. To be continued…

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The Shrinky Family – Chapter 7

Friends Around the Campfire The Shrinky family trotted along the road, feeling a bit tired after Mr. Shrinky’s tumble down the cliff. Gallop, the trusty horse, noticed Mr. Shrinky feeling pain from his hurt leg. “Hop on my back, Mr. Shrinky! I can carry you,” Gallop offered kindly. Mr. Shrinky hesitated, but Mrs. Shrinky and the children insisted. “Please, Daddy, let Gallop help. You need a rest,” they chimed in together. With a grateful nod, Mr. Shrinky climbed onto Gallop’s back, and the journey continued. As the sun began to set, Mrs. Shrinky suggested they stop for the night. “We can rest here and continue our adventure tomorrow. I’ll cook something delicious for everyone!” she announced. The children eagerly started helping with chores – Eeny, Moe, and Meeny each had their tasks. Eeny stared to build a fire, Moe cleared an area of ground of rocks and sticks leaving a nice smooth place to rest for the night. Miny helped Mrs.Shrinky preparing the food for supper. While they worked, darkness crept in, and the family heard footsteps approaching. Mr. Shrinky urged everyone to huddle in the shadows until they could see who it was. To their delight, it turned out to be Isley and her baby dragons. They explained they had heard about possible dangers nearby and wanted to check on the Shrinky family, especially with Gallop, Yew, and Hoppy in tow. But the surprises didn’t end there. More footsteps revealed the little man and his cat, Mr. Winkle Handsome the III and Charlie White-Socks, the amazing cat. The children were thrilled to see familiar faces from their journey’s beginning. Amid friendly chatter and laughter, the little group settled around the campfire. Mr. Winkle Handsome shared that they had heard rumors of Hairy Magoony creatures in the area, creatures known for their love of horse, sheep, and rabbits. The Shrinky family felt grateful for the unexpected company, and Mrs. Shrinky happily mentioned she had cooked extra food. Introductions were made, and soon everyone was enjoying a warm meal together. Gallop, Yew, Hoppy, Splash and Drench the baby dragons happily grazed nearby. The night passed with stories and shared experiences, creating a bond among the newfound friends. As they settled in for a cozy night’s rest, the Shrinky family and their new companions looked forward to the adventures that awaited them. To be continued….

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