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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Apples and Oranges

Juicy, red, crisp apples sat in a bowl on the kitchen table. Angus reached for one and took a bite. “I love apples. Nothing in the world tastes better.”

Another bowl sat on the table next to the apples. It was full of oranges. Arthur picked one out, peeled back the orange rind and broke the fruit into segments. “I love oranges. Nothing in the world tastes better.”

“Stop saying that, Arthur. Oranges are gross. Apples are the best,” Angus said.

“I don’t have to. I love oranges. They’re the best. I’ll prove it to you. I’m going to eat every single orange just to show you how great they are.” Arthur took the bowl of oranges and went outside. He sat on a lawn chair and peeled each orange. He tossed the rind on the ground next to his chair. After he carefully broke the oranges into sections, he ate them.

Angus, seeing his brother outside, took all the apples and sat in another chair. “I’ll show you. I’m going to eat all the apples, even the skin and core and seeds.” Angus gobbled one apple after another, until there wasn’t one left in the bowl. His tummy rumbled and he didn’t feel so good. “I think I’m going to lie down and take a nap. All that eating made me sleepy.” Angus went to his bed and laid his head on the pillow.

Arthur’s tummy started rumbling. “I think I ate too many oranges. I feel sick.” He put the bowl on the ground and went to his bed and lay down.

Angus and Arthur’s mum came home from the shops and saw the empty bowls. “Don’t tell me those boys ate all that fruit! They’ll be sick.” She picked up all the orange rind and apple stems and carried the bowls inside. After unloading the groceries, she filled one bowl with bananas and the other with grapes. When she peeked in on her sons, they were both sound asleep. She closed the doors and went back to the kitchen.

Angus dreamed that he was in a room full of apples. They were huge and red and he could hardly move. He climbed on top of one and sat with his legs dangling over the edge.

Arthur dreamed that he was in a room full of oranges. There were dozens of them, all giant and round. He climbed on top, fearful that one might roll on top of him and squish him. Suddenly the oranges wiggled around and mouths appeared. They nipped at Arthur’s legs and fingers. Arthur screamed and woke up.

During Angus’s dream, the apples started bouncing up and down and grew big eyes and large teeth. They nipped at his ears and elbows. Angus screamed and woke up.

Both boys ran into the kitchen. When they saw their mum they gave her a hug. “Why don’t you boys have some fruit,” she said.

Angus looked at the grapes. “No thank you, Mum.”

Arthur looked at the bananas. “No thank you, Mum.”

Never again did the boys fight and argue over which fruit was the best and never again did they eat more than one apple or one orange.

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