Daniel and the Woodland Gnomes
By J. Joseph Perry
Copyright © 2013 Sunrise Publishing
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This story herein is a work of fiction. All of the characters, places, and events portrayed in this book are either products of the author’s imagination or used fictitiously.
A cool, satisfying breeze whisked across Daniel Martin’s freckled brow as he stood alongside his favorite fishing stream. With a smooth underhand flip, his cork bobber went sailing, and when it hit the water, it made a subtle splash. The 12-year-old boy then sat against a shady oak tree, and stretched his wiry legs.
“Ok, fish. Come and get it,” he grumbled.
It was a hot day. This made Daniel more irritable than he already was. The fight he’d had earlier with his younger brother, Alex, was still fresh in his mind. He couldn’t stop thinking about it.
Daniel grumbled again. “Why does he always have to be such a little pest? I told him I’d bring him here tomorrow.” His voice grew louder as he continued. “Sometimes I wish he’d never been born. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about him annoying me all the time.”
Daniel had never spoken of his little brother in such a way. Dropping his head in shame, his face flushed, and guilt struck him. He sighed and picked aimlessly at the grass on which he sat. His biggest regret, however, had been when he’d shoved Alex, making him tumble to the ground. He could still see the image of his brother, crying, and running home with his fishing pole. Daniel’s eyes moistened with tears.