This week Michael asks us to tell a fairy tale type story starting Once Upon a Time
We’ve got a target of between 500 – 600 words, and so far I haven’t even come close! I’ve decided to use Michael’s image, so let’s see what happens!
Once upon a time when the housing crisis was an absolute nightmare for the Borrowers, a Human Bean threw out an old pair of boots, one of which became an ideal home for the Foot family.
It was a bit whiffy of stilton cheese and old socks, but once Ma Foot got her cleaning gear out and set to, she soon had it shining like a new pin within.
Pat and Stella Foot loved to play outside, and the laces provided them with new games involving climbing and sliding. Ma didn’t mind as long as they did their chores first whilst their Pa kept things shoeshape outside.
Pat and Stella were forever on the lookout for nice things to put in their new home. It was the first time they had ever been able to have a room each, and there were no arguments when Stella had the Upper and Pat had the Heel. Pebbles, pieces of wood and leaves all found their way into their gallery, making the boot homely and cosy.
They all lived happily there for several months until the daughter of their Human Bean discovered their whereabouts and became fascinated by the way they lived.
Ma and Pa were anxious that Ms Bean would tell and they would have to leave their home, but that was far from the case. She would leave little parcels of food at their back door, but her idea of little was huge to the Foots and they had little space to store any left overs.
One day a rather large nose came sniffing around in search of tasty morsels, and Pat and Stella screamed for their father.
Ms Bean came hurrying down to their spot and shooed the beast away, explaining it was just an inquisitive puppy and she would keep it away in future. Once they understood the animal was no threat to them, Ms Bean allowed them to have rides on it. They found it hysterical that the dog would try and scratch them off, though they didn’t tease or torment it, just rubbed its tummy or behind the ears if they could get a fur hold.
With Winter coming, Pa Foot was worried about the roof which had developed a leak, discovered when Puppy peed on it. Ma wasn’t too impressed and got the disinfectant out. Puppy promptly sneezed and blew her sideways.
Ms Bean had an answer to that, and gave the Foots one of her mother’s rubber gloves to put over their roof to keep the water out.
Pat and Stela laughed and said it looked like the boot was giving the world a High Five.
It did the job though.
Ms Bean had helped Pa disguise their presence with bracken and cuttings from further up the garden. As long as nobody looked too closely, the little family remained safe.
That was until Sir Bean had to relocate, and the Foots were sorry to see their friend go.
Ms Bean was having none of that, and when everything was packed, there was an extra parcel in the boot of the car. The box said Hiker Boots, but the Foots and Ms Bean knew otherwise.