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She Sucked Her Thumb

A story of a would-be Alice who followed a make-believe rodent with magic afoot.

The 💯 STORY CHALLENGE and fungi that thrills.

A beautiful red mushroom with white spots on a forest floor.
Image by Marcus Ganahl from Unsplash

When he couldn’t stand the wailing any longer, he found her sitting at the table sobbing her heart out, “What’s your problem?”

“I enquired of the looking glass, ‘Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?’ and its reply proved unkind.”

“Why? What did it say?”

“Not you, with your scruffy brown hair and spotty face.”

“Perhaps you shouldn’t have asked it.”

“But I’m bored.”

He produced a package from his pocket and opened it with a flourish. “Here, try nibbling at this stuff.”

“That doesn’t strike me as appealing.”

“You love mushrooms.”

“In garlic accompanying a steak maybe, but they’re dried up and unappetizing.”

“If you nibble while we chat, you’ll enjoy them, I promise.”

As the pile became smaller, she glanced up. “Stop messing about. Where did your whiskers emerge from?”

“Do I seem like a rabbit?”

“No, a rat. A white lab rat.”

“And you described the mirror as unkind.”

As she broke into hysterical laughter she said, “Hey let’s update that. Mirror on the wall, now who’s fairest of them all?”

“With beautiful blond hair, smart blue dress and white pinafore, you are, of course.”

Still staring in the glass, she spoke to her mushroom eating companion, “I believe you better move yourself. There’s a big smiling cat eyeing you up.”

“Ah, don’t worry, that’s Cheshire Cheesy Tom, he’s a pussy.”

With that, the tomcat leaped so the rat and pretty girl dived beneath the table. “Look, I’ve spotted a mouse hole in the skirting board.”

“Although large enough for the famous Gerry, it’s not for us.”

“Suck on your thumb and wish.”

Kerpow! The shrink was immediate. The escape was absolute. While peering through the gap, they watched a claw laden paw scratching the woodwork. Shards of timber flew everywhere. “He’s breaking through. What shall we do?”

“Whatever else, don’t suck your thumb again or we’ll return to normal size and be trapped.”

Never prepared to follow instructions, she sucked away. Another kerpow! Although unaware of how much later, she looked in the mirror and smiled at her acne covered face shrouded in unappealing tresses. Then she laughed at the sight of him with his forehead in his hands. “You appear better without whiskers and a pink nose.”

Inspired by Zane Dickens 💯 Story Challenge and magic moments.

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