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A (very) Short Story by Simply Tim
Jimmy Rose picked up a shiny stone from the bank of his father’s pond and skipped it across the surface. His little sister, Sally, clapped her hands and gleefully jumped up and down. Jimmy loved his sister, but she always followed him everywhere. He searched the bank for another flat stone, found one, and flicked it across the pond. Somewhere in-between the third and fourth skip, Sally made her special laugh and the stone disappeared in a puff of smoke.
“Cut that out, Sally,” shouted Jimmy. He spun around, caught Sally giggling in the bushes. “I hate it when you do that.”
“Where do things go when you poof them out like that, anyhow?” Jimmy placed his hands on his hips.
“It went to… Rock Heaven,” said Sally. “That’s where rocks go to live happily ever after, for ever and ever.” Sally was big on fairy tales because — no matter what — happily ever after was always the way they ended.
“There is no ‘happily ever after’, Sally,” scolded Jimmie. “‘Happily ever after’ is a big, fat, lie adults tell to keep us kids in line — just like Santa Claus. No one is happy for ever and ever!”
“That’s not true!” screamed Sally. “There is too a Santa Claus, and there is, too a happily ever after… you’re just making all of that up!” She began to cry.
Jimmy glanced down and picked up the most perfectly-shaped stone he’d ever seen. He threw it as hard as he could, but somewhere in-between the sixth and seventh bounce, Sally stopped crying and made her special laugh. Jimmy disappeared in a puff of smoke and Sally skipped happily ever after into the sunset.
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Jimmy glanced down and picked up the most perfectly-shaped stone he’d ever seen. He threw it as hard as he could. Somewhere in-between the sixth and seventh bounce, Sally stopped crying and made her special laugh. Then, she disappeared in cloud of smoke.
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