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The Mystery of the Disappearing Trash

Laura K Marshall

Copyright 2012 Laura K Marshall / Wooden Tulip Press

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In the county of Gleed, in the village of Drivelmort, with cottages covered in moss and ivy lining the cobblestone streets, the residents of the town were like any other people in the land. They enjoyed working in their gardens and spent hours a day in them. They composted yard and food waste. They put it in the garden compost piles or fed it to the pigs. The one thing they hated was the trash that was left over. The Pit outside of town was a nasty smelling place. None of the residents wanted to walk so far with their trash. So the piles of garbage around their houses kept growing.

One day Ed, the grocer, put a pile of trash out on the edge of the street in front of his house. The next morning when he came out to tend to the yard, the pile was gone. He couldn’t believe it, but Ed didn’t tell his neighbors. He didn’t want them to think he was crazy. For the next six nights he put trash in the growing pile in front of his house. But every morning it was still there.

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