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This is a young boy living in rural Egypt, where they can scarcely afford to eat. 

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This summer, my world was shaken a little more than I would have liked. My Uncle died. It was sudden, and painless, but nobody knew quite how to act.


We went to the funeral and a slow steady line of wet-faced, grief-stricken people filed in. They just kept coming and coming and coming, until it was standing room only. It was not a small church by any means, but it certainly was not large. 


Now, you must understand that this took place in rural northern Minnesota, where the towns are frequently composed of 300 people or less. Five hundred people. Five hundred people. Five hundred people cared enough about my Uncle to take time off of work on a Friday morning, and pay their respects at his funeral.


It got me thinking. If I die tomorrow, or even today, who would come to my funeral? What is so great about My life that people would care enough take time out of their life to notice I'm gone? Sure, I have family, and some friends, but would the world notice? I would be another statistic. Just a number children hear about in school. 


I am a number no longer. From now on, I am going to make the best of life. I am not only going to make the best of my life, but I am going to help others do the same. 


My Uncle's death was a horrible tragedy, but at least I can use it as fuel to keep on keeping on, and help others do the same.

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I was in the fourth grade. It started out like any other day, until I walked into the class room. There were two people in the room before me. My teacher, and Paul. I started talking to my teacher and she paid absolutely no attention to me. She just stared at the TV, with a look of utter shock. I look over at Paul who is sporting a look of pure confusion as he gazes at the TV. 


I finally turn to see what they are gawking at and see a strange building, with fire and smoke billowing out of one side. I had no idea what the building was, or even if it was in the US. We stood there in silence as we watched the second plane crash into the other tower. 


By this time, I realized something was drastically wrong because my teacher started crying. As students streamed into the room, they were first confused and then frightened by the look on our faces. Each one of them stopped, and stared at the TV. Nobody made a sound. Nobody took their backpacks off. Nobody knew what to do.


I don't remember much of the rest of that day other than this. My Mom would not allow me to walk the 1 and a half blocks home from school. She decided it was just too dangerous. I remember standing in the kitchen with my mom, watching the news, seeing the damage. Hearing President Bush speak, but not comprehending any of it. 


I never knew how much that day would change my life, and the lives of countless others. But I pray the loved ones of those who died that day, have found peace, knowing that we will never forget.

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This fantastic storyis the result of a conversation between a friend and I from Facebook a while back, I've left her comments in because I feel as if it adds to the story.


I've changed the names to letters upon her request. I am L and she is J.


I realize it's kind of lengthy, but I hope it's worth it...


I hope you enjoy.


J was bored, and i was avoiding homework so i wrote a story...


7:46pm J


tell me a story


7:47pm L


ok... once upon a time there was a unicorn named fred he was a lonely unicorn


7:47pm J


:'(


7:47pm L


none of the other unicorns liked to play with him because his horn wasn't sparkly like the others


7:48pm J


uh oh! then what?


7:50pm L


one day he met a tiny fairy named bert whoops i mean albert albert was lonely too everyone made fun of him because he is a boy fairy


7:51pm J


sad!


7:51pm L


but it was always his dream to become a fairy and he was happy being one


7:52pm J


good.


7:52pm L


so one day albert and fred met in the magic forest they hunted high and low for gnomes play with but the gnomes are very illusive creatures they live in tunnels under the forest floor


7:54pm J


ooh, like harry potter!


7:54pm L


and inside the trees. eventually they find a gnome named gerald he is the coolest gnome around he's a gangsta gnome


7:55pm J


yes! the best kind!


7:56pm L


So albert, fred, and gerald the gangsta gnome set off on an adventure of epic proportions


8:03pm J


I'm intrigued! go on…


 hey! story!


8:03pm L


yeah, i'm thinking


8:04pm J


okay! it'll be great. i can tell.


8:04pm L


so they set out to find the mushroom of the double eclipse


they head east to the crystal castle of happiness


8:05pm J


yay!


8:07pm L


there they find the princess of lingoland who has the magic wand which will reveal the invisible map that is hidden on fred's back this was fred's secret purpose and this is why his horn is not sparkly


8:07pm J


wow, i wasn't expecting that one!


8:08pm L


all the sparkles went into making the hidden map


8:08pm J


wow. i'm in shock.


8:10pm L


the princess gives albert her magic wand so that they can see the map whenever they need to but they put it inside of gerald's pointy hat for safe keeping as they travel, they meet a troll named hector he is a grumpy troll fred tries to cheer him up


8:13pm J


intense! i'm going to get a snack for this story! keep writing.


8:13pm L


then albert tries to cheer him up with his best joke but it is useless hector is just too grumpy Then gerald says to hector "yo hommie, what's the deelio? you get me? ma boiz are just degrumpifying you. Youz gots a problem wit dat?"


8:16pm J


nice gangsta talk 8:16pm L as soon as hector heard that coming from such a tiny creature he couldn't help but laugh


8:16pm J


:D


8:18pm L


after he heard their mission, as a sign of thanks for degrumpifying him, hector gave them a piece of the dust bunny which they need to get to the mushroom of the double eclipse they only need 2 more pieces Next they run into a group of centars they will only give them a piece of the dust bunny if they brush all of the centars' hair, and then weave a sweater out of the hair they have collected Fred felt terrible that he could not help in this portion of their adventure because he has hooves but luckily both albert and gerald were able to finish this challenge


8:22pm J


phew!


8:24pm L


They wove a beautiful sweater depicting the centar's ceremonial worship of the leaf the centars were so moved by their artistry that as they gave them the piece of the dust bunny, they broke into tears


8:25pm J


good. just one left.


8:26pm L


well, this made fred, albert and gerald feel kinda bad that they were crying, but they assured them that they were alright and that they should continue their voyage so on they go next they went into a huge, dark cave there were many passages that they could take, so in order to find their way back out, they broke off a stalagtite and they tied it onto fred's tail so that it make a line in the sand behind them


8:28pm J


clever, they are.


8:29pm L


finaly they run into a group of bats


8:29pm J


!


8:29pm L


these bats decided that if they could help their leader turn into a vampire, they would give them the last piece of the dust bunny


So, gerald climbed on top of fred


8:30pm J


hopefully not a sparkly vampire


8:30pm L


haha and albert climbed on top of gerald and they held hands with the leader of the bats and chanted "i do believe in vampires, i do , i do! I do believe in vampires, i do, i do!" after about 15 min of that they realized that it would not work suddenly albert remembered the magic wand so they got out the wand and said "yo make this dude a vampire k?" and he instantly turned into a vampire the bats were so amazed that they immediately gave up the last piece of the dust bunny they put all 3 pieces of the bunny together.


Suddenly the bunny was glowing and shaking and it was alive suddenly it darted out of the cave and into a tree and it popped out with the mushroom of the double eclipse their quest was complete but wait what happens when you eat the mushroom of the double eclipse??


8:36pm J


?


8:36pm L


they took a vote and decided that fred would eat it he started violently convulsing just when they thought it was the end of fred he sprouted wings and they all lived happily ever after


the end

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This is a story about friendship against all odds, about being who you truly are no matter how others treat you, and about the mystery magic can bring.


I realize it's kind of lengthy, but I hope it's worth it...


I hope you enjoy.


 


Once upon a time there was a unicorn named Fred. He was a lonely unicorn.


None of the other unicorns liked to play with him because his horn wasn't sparkly like the others.


One day he met a tiny fairy named Albert. Albert was lonely too. Everyone made fun of him because he is a boy fairy.


But it was always his dream to become a fairy and he was happy being one.


So one day Albert and Fred met in the magic forest they hunted high and low for gnomes play with. But the gnomes are very illusive creatures, they live in tunnels under the forest floor and inside the trees. Eventually they find a gnome named Gerald. He is the coolest gnome around; he's a gangsta gnome.


So Albert, Fred, and Gerald the gangsta gnome set off on an adventure of epic proportions.


 


They set out to find the mushroom of the double eclipse.


 


They head east to the crystal castle of happiness.


There they find the Princess of Lingoland who has the magic wand which will reveal the invisible map that is hidden on fred's back. This was fred's secret purpose and this is why his horn is not sparkly, all the sparkles went into making the hidden map.


The Princess gives Albert her magic wand so that they can see the map whenever they need to, but they put it inside of gerald's pointy hat for safe keeping as they travel.


They meet a troll named Hector, he is a grumpy troll. Fred tries to cheer him up.


Then Albert tries to cheer him up with his best joke but it is useless. Hector is just too grumpy. Then Gerald says to Hector "yo hommie, what's the deelio? you get me? ma boiz are just degrumpifying you. Youz gots a problem wit dat?"


As soon as Hector heard that coming from such a tiny creature he couldn't help but laugh.


After he heard about their mission, as a sign of thanks for degrumpifying him, Hector gave them a piece of the dust bunny which they need to get to the mushroom of the double eclipse. They only need 2 more pieces.


Next they run into a group of centars. They will only give them a piece of the dust bunny if they brush all of the centars' hair, and then weave a sweater out of the hair they have collected.


Fred felt terrible that he could not help in this portion of their adventure because he has hooves, but luckily both Albert and Gerald were able to finish this challenge.


They wove a beautiful sweater depicting the centar's ceremonial worship of the leaf. The centars were so moved by their artistry that as they gave them the piece of the dust bunny, they broke into tears.


Well, this made Fred, Albert and Gerald feel kinda bad that they were crying, but they assured them that they were alright and that they should continue their voyage so on they go.


Next they went into a huge, dark cave. There were many passages that they could take, so in order to find their way back out, they broke off a stalagtite and they tied it onto Fred's tail so that it make a line in the sand behind them


 


Finaly they run into a group of bats.


These bats decided that if they could help their leader turn into a vampire, they would give them the last piece of the dust bunny.


 


So, gerald climbed on top of fred.


Albert climbed on top of Gerald and they held hands with the leader of the bats and chanted "i do believe in vampires, i do , i do! I do believe in vampires, i do, i do!"


After about 15 minutes of that they realized that it would not work.


Suddenly Albert remembered the magic wand so he got out the wand and said "yo make this dude a vampire k?" and he instantly turned into a vampire.


The bats were so amazed that they immediately gave up the last piece of the dust bunny.


They put all 3 pieces of the bunny together.


 


Suddenly the bunny was glowing and shaking and it was alive! Suddenly it darted out of the cave and into a tree and it popped out with the mushroom of the double eclipse.


Their quest was complete!


 


But wait. What happens when you eat the mushroom of the double eclipse??


they took a vote and decided that Fred would eat it. He started violently convulsing! Just when they thought it was the end of Fred, he sprouted wings!


And they all lived happily ever after.


 


the end.

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