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The Doll Maker, #17 — The water boiling in the kettle frightened Red.

“It’s just the kettle for my tea, Red,” I rushed to her. “The whistle lets me know it’s done. You okay?”

Pulling Red closer I cuddled the two. Red started sobbing. “After the darkness grew to take over the woods and took me I heard that sound.”

“Do you remember anything else in the darkness?”

“I think just the bad lady. She hurt me when she yanked my basket of pretty flowers away. I didn’t mean to do anything wrong. Honest, I didn’t.”

Still shivering, Red said, “She yelled, ‘those are mine, you thief!’ loud like.”

“Anything else?”

“I wasn’t in the woods when I heard that — her kettle whistle.”

I pushed some Crayolas and coloring books over to Charlie who was playing with her spoon and cup.



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Katie Michaelson

I’m a retired therapist who specialised in parenting. I write on the edge of verse and prose about plants and people and simple things.