I wrote this story when I was 10 years of age. My Mother saved it for me, a treasure from my childhood. As a child, I created the characters, story-line, plot and the locations. It is a story about horses, adventure, heroes, villains, friendship… and much more.
I will be sharing the chapters on my page, with minimal editing to the original rough draft. I hope you enjoy it. (By the way… I am 52 years old now.)
Here are the links to the first 4 posts on my page for this children’s story, they are also on my blog.
THE ADVENTURE OF TONNA AND SHANNA (5)
“What trick do you think Abiga will play on us, Monno,” Simon asked.
I don’t know, but he might not even play a trick on us. And if he doesn’t, that means that we have been treating Tonna and Shanna good and the great spirits have appreciated what we have done for them,” answered Monno.
“Well, I sure hope that the great spirits have appreciated what we have done for them because I want to get back well and alive,” said Simon.
“So do I. If Abiga plays a trick on us, I hope he plays one that isn’t so bad,” said Monno.
“Don’t you think we had better get to sleep, because if we don’t we will be very tired in the morning and won’t be able to walk,” Simon said sleepily.
“Yes, I do think we should get some sleep because I want to go to Manoose tomorrow. Good night, Simon,” Monno said.
“Good night,” Simon said back to Monno.”
That night they slept very well. The next morning when they woke up they weren’t sleepy at all.
“Good morning, Simon and Monno,” Abiga said as he walked into the room.
“Good morning, Abiga,” Simon and Monno said back.
“How did you sleep last night?” Abiga asked.
“Just fine, Abiga, just fine,” answered Simon in a loud voice for he was not shy like he was last night.
“Yes, just fine. And how did you sleep last night?” Monno asked.
“I slept just fine, and now let’s go and have some breakfast.” (Abiga)
“Yes, lets! I’m starved,” said Monno.
They went down to the dining room and sat down at their places. “Here comes the oatmeal and camel milk that we are going to have,” said Abiga while licking his lips.
“My, that looks delicious. I can hardly wait to taste it,” Simon said licking his lips too.
“One glass of camel milk for you, Abiga, and here is your oatmeal,” said the chef as he gave him his camel milk and oatmeal. “Here is some for both of you as well,” said the chef as he gave Simon and Monno their camel milk and oatmeal.
After Simon, Monno and Abiga had eaten, they fed Tonna and Shanna. Then Abiga told one of his guards to get the carriage ready and then told his messenger to tell the captain of the ship that they were coming and to have the ship ready to leave.
After all of this was done, it was about a quarter after eight and they were about to get into the carriage when Simon said, “Where is the food for Tonna and Shanna?”
“It’s in the back with them on a shelf,” answered Abiga.
At a quarter to nine they were on their way to the dock.
Soon they reached the dock. Everyone was on board. Simon, Monno, Abiga, Tonna and Shanna. Everyone in the village was at the dock to say good-bye. Marco was there and he even had Shonna with him. Mr. and Mrs. Gonna were there (they are Monno’s mother and father).
“Good-bye,” everyone said.
“Good-bye,” said Abiga, Simon, Monno and the captain.
It was a long time before anyone aboard saw any land. It was July seventeenth when they left and now it was the thirtieth of October.
“I see land!,” cried out one of the crew.
“Hurray,” shouted Monno and Simon.
“Neigh,” cried Tonna and Shanna, as if they knew what the person said.
“See the high tower on the right side of the town? That’s where I was born! Right next to it!,” Simon said in a very excited voice.
The all of a sudden, “THUD”! They hit shore. Everyone started unloading. Tonna and Shanna jumped off the ship and onto the sand. They ran around on it as if it were their home.
Tonna came up to Simon and rubbed his nose against Simon’s arm. Shanna did the same thing to Monno. A royal carriage appeared on the shore.
“Come on Simon and Monno. And bring Tonna and Shanna with you,” said Abiga. They climbed into the royal carriage, and Shanna and Tonna were placed in the royal horse trailer that was hooked behind.
Soon they arrived at a huge motel with twelve candles lit up on the outside and about 200 inside.
That night Tonna and Shanna slept in the horse stall just outside of the motel, and Simon and Monno slept in one of the finest rooms in the motel. Of course, Abiga slept in the very best and finest of them all. All of Abiga’s guards slept in the guard room.
“I see that Abiga didn’t play a trick on us,” said Simon.
“No, he didn’t. We are probably the first ones that he has never played a trick on,” said Monno.
“Maybe its Tonna and Shanna that he wanted, not us. Do you think we should run away?” asked Simon.
“Yes, I think we should. And we had better get some money from Abiga before we go. Don’t you think so? Monno asked.
“Yes, I think we should and we should do it tonight,” Simon whispered.
“Tonight? Why tonight? We have a whole week before we leave this motel,” Monno said.
“I know, but if we still want to be alive tomorrow then we had better leave tonight.”
“Okay,” said Monno.
They got out of bed and dressed quietly so no one would hear them. After they had got their bags packed, they went into the lounge and out the door. They went over to the horse stall and got Shanna and Tonna. They grabbed two bags of oats for Tonna and Shanna. Then they took off into the night, not making a sound.
It was about sunrise when Simon, Tonna, Monno and Shanna got out of the city limits. Simon saw the same travelers coming down the road.
“Go over into the filed, Monno. Here come some travelers,” he said.
They ran over into the field and hid. Tonna and Shanna followed. They also hid.
As the people were passing, one of them said, “Manoose is just ahead and that is where Abiga is keeping those two kids and their horses.” Then they rode on.
“Did you hear that? That’s why Abiga wanted us to come so he could give us to those people,” said Simon.
“I hhhheard tttthem,” stuttered Monno in a trembling voice.
“We had better be on our way if we are going to be far away so Abiga won’t find us. Don’t you think so?”, asked Simon.
“Yes, I do,” answered Monno.
They set off on their journey. First Simon, then Monno, then Tonna, then Shanna. Simon was beginning to get hungry and he figured it was around lunch time. He thought that the 2 people they saw before must have reached where Abiga was staying by now.
“We had better hurry, because I have a feeling that Abiga must have found out that we are gone and those people we saw would have gotten to where Abiga was staying”, Simon said to Monno.
“Do you think that we could ride on Tonna and Shanna for a while?” Monno asked Simon.
“We could try,” Simon answered.
(to be continued)
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