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The Battle with the Hairy Magoon Scoundrels – Chapter 9

Emerging from the thick foliage, Isley and her baby dragons dashed towards the Hairy Magoon scoundrels. With focused determination, they unleashed powerful streams of water, targeting the scoundrels’ three-legged frames. The sudden assault startled everyone as the Hairy Magoon’s wailed loudly upon being drenched. Each one danced frantically, as if afflicted by flames, before hastily retreating into the surrounding bushes. Yew, Gallop, and Hoppy breathed a collective sigh of relief. “Wow,” exclaimed Mr. Winkle Handsome, bewildered. “What just happened?” Isley clarified that the Hairy Magoon scoundrels despised water, which caused a sensation akin to being stung by nettles or swarmed by wasps. This discomfort spurred their hasty departure. “Well done, Isley, Splash, and Drench,” praised Mr. Shrinky. “You’ve saved us from who knows what today.” “Off we go, then,” announced Mrs. Shrinky. “Onward to the edge of the earth. Hopefully, we’ll encounter no more hostile creatures.” Resuming their journey, they soon encountered a signpost pointing straight ahead, declaring “Edge of the Earth.” Excitement rippled through the group as they realized they were nearing their destination. Meeny’s shout confirmed their proximity, sending the children into a frenzy. However, Isley interjected, explaining that their path diverged at this juncture. They needed to return to their dragon kin and homeland. Farewells were exchanged, filled with gratitude and warmth. Mr. Winkle Handsome, Charlie Whitesocks, Gallop, Yew, Hoppy, and all the Shrinky family members expressed their appreciation for the dragons’ bravery, support, and friendship. “I hope we meet again,” Moe murmured wistfully, while Eeney embraced Splash and Drench tightly. With hearts heavy yet hopeful, they bid farewell as the dragons departed, and the journey continued. To be continued……

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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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The Shrinky Family – Chapter 6

The Rescue Mission to Save Mr. Shrinky The air was thick with tension as Eeny, Meeny, and Moe, following the ducks who walked backward, approached the edge of the cliff where Mr. Shrinky had disappeared. Vines shook mysteriously, forming a makeshift rope that seemed to extend a helping hand to guide them down the steep descent. As they neared, the children saw Mr. Shrinky’s leg trapped in a small gorge, but relief washed over them as they realized he was relatively unharmed. His voice carried over the sounds of rustling vines, “I am over here, over here!” Eeny, filled with determination, shouted back, “We are coming to rescue you, Daddy!” The backward-walking ducks reached Mr. Shrinky first, skillfully digging sand to free his trapped leg. The children, quick thinkers, wrapped vines around him, creating an improvised pulley system. Miraculously, the vines seemed to have a life of their own, gently assisting in pulling Mr. Shrinky up the cliff after he released his trapped leg. Back at the top, Mrs. Shrinky anxiously awaited, her worry transforming into immense relief as she saw her husband ascending. As he drew closer, he reassured her, “I am okay, my dear, I am okay, and the children are right behind me holding the vine.” When Mr. Shrinky finally reached safety, Mrs. Shrinky noticed a slight injury to his leg. She enlisted Miny’s help to gather wood for a splint. The two baby dragons, Footsie and Toesie, skillfully sprayed water to cleanse the small wound. Mrs. Shrinky, resourceful as ever, fashioned a splint from the gathered wood, securing it tightly with vines to provide support for Mr. Shrinky’s injured leg. Moe, ever observant, found a small branch that Mr. Shrinky could use as a crutch, allowing him to move slowly as they prepared to resume their journey. With a collective sigh of relief, the whole family, ducks, and dragons included, erupted into joyful song. The Roses and Tulips, carrying the news of Mr. Shrinky’s safety, joined the harmonious chorus. As the Shrinky Family continued along a wider, safer road, the backward-walking ducks and water dragons bid them farewell, their melodious voices wishing the family safe travels on their extraordinary journey. To be continued…

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The Shrinky Family – Chapter 5

On the Road to the Edge of the Earth The Shrinky Family’s epic journey to the edge of the earth continues, as they pressed onward, they encountered a curious spectacle – a group of ducks that only walked backward. These whimsical creatures greeted the Shrinky Family with waddles and quacks, creating a comical dance as they moved in reverse. Further along the road, the family encountered another unique character – Isley the water dragon. Contrary to what one might expect from a dragon, Isley didn’t breathe fire; instead, she could spray water with remarkable precision. She introduced her two daughters, Splash and Drench, who were baby dragons that also had the ability to spray water. The Shrinky Family, always open to making new friends, found common ground with Isley. They discovered that she, too, spoke in the enigmatic gobbledygook language, much like the little man they had met earlier. With Moe leading the way in communication, the two families exchanged stories and laughter. As they continued their journey closer to the edge of the earth, the road began to narrow, and the terrain grew more treacherous. It was during this precarious stretch that an unexpected mishap occurred – Daddy Shrinky lost his footing and tumbled down a steep cliff. Fear gripped the hearts of the Shrinky Family as they watched their beloved father disappear over the edge. Mrs. Shrinky’s voice quivered with anxiety as she called out to Moe, “Moe, where are you going?” With determination in Moe’s eyes, Moe replied, “I’m going to save Daddy.” Without hesitation, Eeny and Meeny followed the courageous sibling. Desperation and hope mingled in Mrs. Shrinky’s voice as she pleaded, “Children, please come back!” But Miny, the thoughtful one, stayed behind to comfort and support her worried mother. Moe, Eeny, and Meeny followed the peculiar ducks down the cliff, mirroring the ducks’ backward walk. It was a peculiar sight, a mix of determination and humor, as they moved steadily toward the unknown depths. Word of Mr. Shrinky’s accident spread like wildfire along the road, carried by the singing roses and tulips. Their melodious voices echoed for miles, seeking help and encouragement from any who could lend a hand. The Shrinky Family’s journey had taken an unexpected turn, plunging them into uncertainty and danger. But the bonds of family and the friendships they had forged along the way would prove to be their greatest strength as they faced the challenges of the road to the edge of the earth. To be continued…

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The Shrinky Family – Chapter 4

On the Road to the Edge of the Earth The Shrinky Family embarked on their grand journey, the excitement buzzing in the air like a harmonious melody. With the edge of the earth as their destination, they marched forward, fueled by a mix of exhilaration and uncertainty. The road ahead was paved with intrigue, a path untraveled and brimming with enigmatic possibilities. Mr. Shrinky led the caravan, a seasoned traveler with a long walking stick in hand and a backpack snugly fastened to his back. Behind him, Mrs. Shrinky played the role of guide, her reassuring presence a source of comfort for the three eager children and their loyal animal companions. As the journey unfolded, each step etched stories of anticipation and wonder into the road. The Shrinky Family carried with them the weight of both excitement and anxiety, unsure of what awaited them but ready to embrace the thrill of the unknown. The landscape morphed around them, a mesmerizing tapestry of hills, valleys, and wide-open spaces. Alongside the road, curious flora and peculiar creatures piqued their interest, painting a surreal tableau of colors and forms. One day, while the sun painted the sky with hues of gold, they came upon a sight both perplexing and intriguing – a diminutive man, barely reaching 20 inches in height, strolling confidently while leading an enormous cat. The family exchanged glances, their curiosity piqued by this unusual encounter. With a warm smile, they halted their journey and struck up a conversation with the little man and his feline companion. Through a language barrier that separated them, they endeavored to learn about the road ahead and the origin of this peculiar duo. Introductions were exchanged, and it became apparent that the little man spoke a language foreign to the Shrinky Family. Their exchange was punctuated by chuckles and puzzled expressions, a dance of communication across linguistic boundaries. Then came the unexpected – Meeny, one of the Shrinky children, began conversing effortlessly in the same language as the little man. The family stared, astonished by this newfound ability. “Dad, it’s called gobbledygook,” Meeny explained. “I’ve always known it and can speak it fluently. Eeny and Miny can too.” Mr. Shrinky looked amazed and baffled. “Can you understand what the little man is saying?” he asked. The little man burst into laughter, switching to gobbledygook, a language that flowed effortlessly between him and the four children. To their astonishment, even the massive pussy cat joined the conversation, its deep and resonant voice adding to the enchantment. Through gobbledygook, the little man warned them of forthcoming dangers and urged caution. He shared tales of the road, of wonders and challenges that lay ahead. With gratitude and newfound knowledge, the Shrinky Family bid farewell to their unexpected friends, continuing their journey with hearts full of wonder and the wisdom of the road. As the road stretched onward, the Shrinky Family’s bond grew stronger, their steps resonating with the rhythm of adventure. The edge of the earth was their destination, but the experiences etched into the journey itself were the true treasures they sought. To be continued…….

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The Shrinky Family – Chapter 3

Journey to the Edge of the Earth: The Shrinky family found themselves at the precipice of a new adventure, a holiday that promised to take them to a place as remarkable as it was mysterious – the edge of the earth. With enthusiasm bubbling over, the children dashed around the house, their joyful chorus of “We’re going on holidays!” echoing through the rooms. Even Gallop, Yew, and Hoppy couldn’t help but be swept up in the infectious excitement, their eyes twinkling as they watched the commotion. Curiosity got the best of Gallop as he called out to Eeny, Meeny, Miny and Moe, “What’s all the ruckus about?” The four children skidded to a halt, their faces lighting up like lanterns. “We’re going on holidays to the edge of the earth,” they exclaimed. Yew chimed in, “Are we all going too?” The abrupt silence that followed was as telling as a full-blown conversation. The children exchanged puzzled glances and then turned to their parents to seek clarity. Bounding back into the house, they bombarded Mr. and Mrs. Shrinky with a crucial question: “Are we taking Gallop, Yew, and Hoppy with us on holidays?” The parents shared amused looks before confirming that, indeed, their trusty animal companions would be joining them on this extraordinary journey. With Mr. and Mrs. Shrinky steering the way, the family launched into full-fledged planning mode. Their destination might be uncertain, but their determination to embark on this adventure was unshakable. Discussions filled with optimism and a dash of bewildered excitement played out in the Shrinky home. The packing list became a blend of practicality and speculation, as they prepared for a gamut of weather conditions – from sudden storms to blazing suns and frosty winds. It was as if they were packing for a multitude of journeys, each path equally likely as the next. Safety emerged as a central concern, particularly as the journey’s path was largely unknown. Imaginative discussions on potential encounters with peculiar creatures sparked the family’s collective imagination. Ideas for defense, communication, and creature interaction were tossed around, with even Gallop, Yew, and Hoppy lending their insights in their own unique ways. As bags were filled with essentials, and plans were outlined with both precision and whimsy, the Shrinky family found themselves on the brink of something extraordinary. The edge of the earth awaited, promising an adventure that would be as surprising as it was unforgettable. To be continued…

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The Shrinky Family – Chapter 2

The Battle for Harmony As news of the Smelly family’s sinister plan reached the Shrinky family, a sense of urgency swept over them. They knew they had to protect the precious Harmony Tree from falling into the wrong hands. Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and Moe gathered around the kitchen table, formulating their strategy. “We can’t let the Smelly family succeed in their wicked intentions,” Eeny declared firmly. “We must act swiftly and smartly to defend the Harmony Tree.” Meeny nodded in agreement. “We can start by setting traps along the path leading to the middle of nowhere. It will slow them down and give us more time to devise a plan.” Miny chimed in, “And what about the special weapon we’ve been working on? The one that can turn bad behavior into good?” “That could be our trump card,” Moe said excitedly. “We can use it strategically to counteract the Smelly family’s poison, should they attempt to destroy the Harmony Tree.” The family worked tirelessly through the night, crafting traps with the help of their animal friends. Gallop the horse and Yew the sheep were skilled at setting up barriers and camouflage. Hoppy the rabbit contributed by finding secret hiding spots where the traps could be concealed. Meanwhile, the Smelly family was drawing nearer to the middle of nowhere, their greed fuelling their determination to steal the Harmony Tree. Mr. Smelly, Mrs. Smelly, and their three children, Wee-Wee, Stinky, and Farty revealed in their wicked plans, oblivious to the impending resistance they would encounter. As dawn broke, the Shrinky family stood prepared at the entrance to their domain. The Harmony Tree stood tall and radiant, emanating a gentle glow that filled the surroundings with warmth and love. The Shrinky’s were determined to defend it at all costs. Just as the Smelly family entered the outskirts of the middle of nowhere, they triggered the first trap. An avalanche of logs and rocks tumbled down the hills, blocking their path. Stinky grumbled, and Pew complained, but they pressed on. The Shrinky family observed from a distance, waiting for the right moment to employ their secret weapon. As the Smelly family approached the Harmony Tree, Mr. Smelly took out the vial of poison. But just before he could unleash its malevolence, Meeny quickly sprang into action. Using a slingshot, Meeny launched the special weapon towards the Smelly family. It burst into a dazzling array of sparkling dust, enveloping them in a magical haze. To the Shrinkys’ amazement, the Smelly family seemed to undergo a transformation. Wee-Wee’s face lit up with a smile, Stinky’s scowl softened, and even Mr. Smelly seemed to hesitate. The power of the Harmony Tree’s magic was starting to work its charm. The Smelly family began to feel a change in their hearts, an urge to do good instead of evil. As the transformation continued, the Smelly family dropped the vial of poison, no longer wanting to cause harm to the precious tree. The Shrinky’s rushed forward to greet them with open arms. “We can be better,” Wee-Wee said, tears of realization in his eyes. “We don’t have to be mean and selfish.” Mrs. Smelly nodded, “You’re right, dear. Let’s turn over a new leaf and start fresh.” The Shrinky’s and the Smelly family stood side by side, basking in the gentle aura of the Harmony Tree. The darkness that once surrounded the Smelly family began to fade, replaced by a newfound sense of unity and compassion. And so, the middle of nowhere became a place of transformation and healing, where the power of the Harmony Tree brought out the best in everyone. The Shrinky and Smelly families, once enemies, now joined forces to protect the tree and spread its magic far, far, far away. To be continued…

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The Shrinky Family Stories – Chapter 1

The Middle of Nowhere Once upon a time, in a land far, far, far away, there lived a unique and delightful family known as the Shrinky’s. Mr. Shrinky and Mrs. Shrinky were wonderful parents, and they had four children who were as different as night and day. Eeny, the eldest, was clever and inquisitive. Meeny, the second-born, had a heart of gold and was always ready to lend a helping hand. Miny, the third child, had a mischievous spirit and was known for her adventurous antics. Lastly, the youngest, Moe, was a dreamer with a vivid imagination. Their home was nestled in the heart of the countryside, right in the middle of nowhere.  Surrounded by vast meadows and rolling hills, the Shrinkys had created their little haven, where they lived in harmony with the land. Their farm was no ordinary place, for the animals were extraordinary, and they could talk! Gallop, the wise and gentle horse, served as their trusty steed and loyal friend. Yew, the sheep, was attending to the flock, always keeping them safe and content. And then there was Hoppy, the playful and clever rabbit, who brought laughter and joy to the Shrinky family. Every day was an adventure for the Shrinky’s. The children would run around the farm, playing games with the animals and exploring the enchanting surroundings. Eeny would often have deep conversations with Gallop, who shared ancient wisdom and stories of the world beyond their meadows. Meeny would help Yew with the sheep, ensuring they were well-fed and happy, while Miny would join forces with Hoppy for all sorts of fun and mischief. One sunny morning, as the Shrinky’s were tending to their vegetable garden, they stumbled upon a mysterious, glowing seed. It was unlike anything they had ever seen before. Intrigued, they decided to plant it and see what would grow. As days passed, a magnificent tree with shimmering leaves and vibrant colors emerged from the seed. They called it the “Harmony Tree.” The Harmony Tree had a magical aura that spread throughout the farm, bringing peace and harmony to all living creatures. The animals became even more communicative, and the Shrinky family felt an unbreakable bond with them. Eeny’s knowledge grew, and he became wiser than ever. Meeny’ heart expanded with love and empathy. Miny’s mischievous nature became filled with kindness, and Moe’s imagination soared to new heights. With the Harmony Tree’s presence, the farm flourished like never before. The crops were abundant, the animals thrived, and the Shrinkys’ bond grew stronger each day. Visitors from neighboring lands would often come to witness the magic and warmth that surrounded the Shrinky family and their farm. And so, the Shrinky’s life continued with love, laughter, and enchantment, all thanks to the Harmony Tree and the extraordinary animals that graced their farm. In the middle of nowhere, they had found everything they ever needed – a place to call home and a family filled with endless wonder and love.

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The Child Did Ask

What is in this world the child did ask before it entered the world Is this life to be such a terrible task Should I wait longer and not enter this place just now Is it time to show this new world my wonderful face As a new child I feel I would struggle to grow in this place I would be conditioned in things I did not need to know My teen years would be difficult trying to show who I really am I would have to engage and face all my fears In my teen years I would dream how my life should be Yet I would not think and worry how my life would be so cold Suffering in my mind still as this child who needs just to be me Yet this would be the life that I have and would not know why I know what I see now could I not just be me It is not as I have lived now and not as I dream Life is waiting and only giving me a short time to come right now For me this is not my decision when I must go So I must enter this world I do not know

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