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Writers' Block
Help us finish a story by adding your own ideas. It's simple. Each month, we'll begin a new story.

Writer's Block
Story Image Help write this Writers' Block story with other kids from across the country! Each day this week, come here to read where the story is going. Then send in what you think should happen next in "Nutcracker Nonsense." The story ends on Friday.

Nutcracker Nonsense

Casey was stuck watching his sister dance in "The Nutcracker" -- again. Every year, he had to sit through the long ballet. This year, he had an idea to liven things up. He snuck backstage just before the show started. He saw the dancers in their costumes, and his sister getting ready. Then ...

Emily J.
Age 10
Wichita, KS
United States

when the ballerinas were all gone and anxiously waiting for their turn, he noticed a small prop lying in the corner of the room. He silently walked towards the object and realized it was a plush mouse. He edged closer and saw it move. "Must be a mechanical mouse," he thought. But it wasn't. Casey almost yelped in surprise but quieted himself. The mouse was real. And he had a good idea of what to do with it. He

Age 13
West Palm Beach

thought maybe someone lost it. He yelled to the dancers "Does this mouse belong to someone?" No reply. Suddenly the mouse awoke, looked up at him and smiled. In amazement Casey stepped forward. The mouse avoided him and gazed at him and spoke "Hello....ummm how are you, sir?" Shocked that the mouse spoke, all Casey could do was reply

Age 9
Magee, MS

"You can talk!" "Of course I can talk," exclaimed the mouse. "I've never seen a talking mouse before," said Casey. "Well, I don't usually talk to people. It sort of scares them, you know what I mean?" answered the mouse. Suddenly the mouse fell limp as if he were a toy. Casey looked around to see why and saw

Age 10
Lake Hopatcong, N.J.

a bat hanging from the bar where all the costumes are. He almost screamed but then he turned around to see where the mouse was, he was gone. The bat woke up and said hi to Casey. "Hi, how are you sweetie?" "Well good I guess. Do all the animals talk back here?" said Casey. " Why sure of course." said the bat. Then

Age 12

the ballerinas came back on stage. And who was at the center ... the mouse. He tried getting out but was pushed back each time. The mouse looked pleadingly at the bat. The bat flew down and picked up the mouse and flew away. Just then, Casey's sister spotted him. He ran back to his seat, and the ballet went on. By the end, Casey was bored again.

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