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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
The Ice Cream Man

It was a hot summer day. The sun was shining brightly. The air was full of midges and they were buzzing around Nortonís ears, annoying him. He kept swatting them away with his long tail. The beach was noisy today. The sand was dotted with colorful towels, buckets and shovels and half built sandcastles.

The waves were gently rushing onto the sand, pulling bits of shell, seaweed and tiny crabs as sucked back into the sea. Norton was kept busy, walking back and forth along the beach. He loved to feel the waves lapping at his hooves.

Murdoch had just tied him back up to his pole when he heard a ringing noise. He turned his head to see what it was. Just then a wee girl shouted, "Itís the ice cream man!" Norton watched as half the children on the beach dashed towards him. He was riding on a large tricycle with a box on front, filled with ice creams. He was ringing his bell to let all the children know he was there. The wee girl came back carrying a chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream on a stick. It was so hot that it was already dripping down her hands. She licked it off and then bit into the ice cream. The chocolate broke into big chunks as she gobbled it down. Norton wished that he could have a bite. It looked delicious and refreshing.

Murdoch whispered, "Would you like one of those, Norton?" Norton let out a soft bray. "Iíll be back shortly." Murdoch headed for the ice cream man. He came back with two ice creams. One was the chocolate-covered one and the other was an ice lolly. Murdoch held the chocolate ice cream for Norton to eat. His sharp teeth bit into it. A piece of chocolate fell into the sand. It was gone in two bites. The ice lolly was banana flavored and was cold and icy and very sticky. Midges stuck to his nose and lips. Norton kept licking the lolly until there was nothing but sticks. "Did you like that, Norton?" Murdoch asked. Norton brayed loudly. All the children on the beach heard him and came running to get a ride.

Every day the ice cream man rode his tricycle along the beach, ringing his bell, and every day Murdoch bought Norton an ice-lolly. Sometimes the children came for rides on his back holding ice-lollies in their hands. Theyíd make a sticky mess all over him but he didnít mind. Norton loved hot summer days at the beach!

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