Writing Wednesday: Pearl’s Perfect Pet

Every now and then I write a children’s story and have no idea what to do with it, because it’s too short to publish. Pearl’s Perfect Pet is one of them. Feel free to read it to your children and let me know what you think of it by commenting below.


Pearl’s Perfect Pet

Pearl the mermaid always wanted to have a pet, but her parents wouldn’t allow her to have one.

“You aren’t old enough to look after a pet, Pearl!” her father, Finn, rumbled.

“You aren’t responsible enough either” her mother, Coral, added.

“I am old enough and responsible enough to take care of a pet!” Pearl retorted.

This heated argument that seemed to go on forever.

Pearl was very upset. She swam off, sob, sob, sobbing all the way to town. She was determined to come home with a pet whether they liked it or not.

Before long she came across a pet shop with all sorts of ocean creatures in them. There were golden fish and grey fish, colourful seahorses, spiny urchins and even electric eels.

One animal stole her heart in particular. It was a small toothy shark. Pearl lifted the shark carefully.

“You’re coming home with me little fella. Dad and Mom will take one look at you fall in love” she whispered to the shark lovingly.

When she returned, she let the shark loose in the house. He went straight for her mom’s China cupboard. Clang! Bang! Pang! The shark knocked every single piece of crockery over. They smashed into hundreds of pieces.

“Oh no!” Pearl cried.

Then the shark began to nibble on her Dad’s favourite couch. Crunch! Crunch! Crunch! His teeth were so sharp that soon a large wad of fluff was sticking out of the leather seat.

“Stop that!” Pearl yelled, but the shark didn’t speak a word of English so he continued to destroy their home.

He whizzed into Pearl’s room and nibbled her clothes to shreds. Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! He puked all over her bed and farted on her pillow.

“You’re disgusting!” Pearl declared.

The shark went to Finn and began to nibble on his tail. Munch! Munch! Munch!

“Ouch!” he yelled.

“What’s this?” he asked angrily and just then the shark gave him a peck on the cheek.

Finn rubbed his tail and laughed a bit.

“This shark is really cute, but we agreed, No pets!” he said.

“I know Dad, I just really wanted a pet” Pearl cried.

Zoom! The shark shot off again, faster than Pearl or Finn could catch him.

The shark found Coral. She was wearing her expensive pearl necklace that Finn had bought her for their anniversary. The shark really loved how the necklace shone and he went straight for it. He opened his mouth, took hold of the necklace and pulled and pulled and pulled. Until…Snap! Snap! Snap! The necklace broke and pearls were scattered all over the floor.

“Get this horrible creature out of here right now!” Coral cried while trying to catch the loose beads one by one.

Pearl’s parents were fuming.

“Maybe a pet isn’t such a good idea after all”, Pearl muttered and gathered the shark.

She swam back to the pet shop slowly. She was so sad that her pet idea didn’t work out.

“You’ll find the most wonderful home, with the most wonderful family” she whispered to the shark.

She entered the pet shop and sighed. The shark pecked her on the lips. Pearl gave it a short hug goodbye. Then she left without her shark friend.

When she arrived there was a surprize waiting for her. Her Mom and Dad led her to her room where she found a pretty yellow seahorse.

“For me?” Pearl gasped.

“Yes! Dad and I were talking and we thought you were old enough to have a pet” Coral said excitedly.

“So here he is. You can name him anything you like.” Finn added.

“Thank you! Thank you!” Pearl cried and hugged them tightly.

“I’ve always wanted a pet!” she said while caressing the seahorse.

“I’ll name you Periwinkle and you’ll be my friend forever!”

Love and Blessings,

Lindsay Sign Off


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