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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
What Was That Noise?

Edward lay in his bed, all snug and cozy under his blanket. His pillow was soft and fluffy and he felt oh so warm. As he lay there, he noticed how quiet it was. He couldn't hear a cricket chirping outside or even the wind blowing. He closed his eyes and fell asleep.

A few hours later, when it was dark, he heard a scratching noise outside near his window. He sat up in bed. "What was that noise? Was it the wind or was it a cricket?" The noise stopped, so he lay back down and shut his eyes.

Only a short time passed when he heard the same noise. He sat up in bed. "What was that noise?"

Edward lit a candle sitting on the table next to his bed. After putting on his slippers, he went to the door and peeked outside. "Who's there?"

The wind howled inside through the open door and blew out the candle. Edward saw the oak tree in front of his house. It's branches blew back and forth against his bedroom window. "So that's what's making all the noise."

Not feeling afraid any longer, he shut the door and went back to bed, pulling the blanket up to his neck. He blew out the candle and even though he still could hear the noise, he wasn't afraid any more.

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