Eve would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

A is for Advent

By Eve All Rights Reserved ©

Children / Humor

Dec 1: A is for Advent

Click.

The dinosaur’s arm slots into place. The left or the right, it doesn’t matter. Left and Right are grown up words. Timmy doesn’t care for them.

Click.

The other arm slots into place. The left or the right.

Timmy picks up a tail, a little pointed piece. He holds it for a moment, feeling its edges, thinking of where to put it. Amidst the pile of dinosaur pieces in front of him, this piece has a proper place to be. Just like all the other pieces. He has to fix it.

It feels good to fix the dinosaur. This is something he can do. He’s good at puzzles. He couldn’t use the playground today; Mum said it was still wet. He couldn’t run to the library either. Mum had held his excitement by the hand and said something grown up about roads and cars. He had tugged at her, impatient to get inside. There were puzzles to be puzzled, inside. Puzzles like this one. Something he can do.

Click.

The pointed piece settles nicely at one end of the board. A perfect fit.

Timmy hears Mum growling at his brother as he runs away again. He's racing past the crayoned paper Christmas tree and out of the Children’s section, in a sprint for the back doors. Or for the staircase. Last week Mum had found Daniel upstairs in the Genealogy section, and had to work with other grown ups to corner him for capture. He’s fast.

Timmy wasn’t, at the time. He was doing a teddy bear puzzle. He didn’t mind being alone in the Children’s section. He doesn’t mind now, either. He’s figured out where the jaw piece goes.

Mum is bringing Daniel back, and putting him on a chair. Telling him not to move, or we’re going home. Timmy hopes not. He hasn’t finished his dinosaur yet. He’s holding a green scaly-looking piece and doesn’t know where it goes, but doesn’t want to ask. This is something he can do. Something he will do. By himself.

Mum sits, eyeing Daniel on his quarantine chair, waiting, and Timmy still can’t place the piece.

Okay. He’ll ask. “Where’s this goes, Mummy?”

Mum looks at it. “It’s a thigh.”

What does that mean? He grips the piece tightly, its edges cutting into his fingertips, and he doesn’t understand. His eyes flick across the fragmented dinosaur, looking for the answer in its shapes.

“It’s the top of his leg,” Mum finally adds, and points to a blank spot on the board. “It goes here.”

Timmy tries it. Turns it. Tries again.

Click.

Yes. He can do this. The belly is easier to fix now. He can see how it fits around the thigh piece.

Click.

Click.

Click.

“Mummy, look!” Timmy calls. Mummy is pinning Daniel to his chair with raised finger and a frown, now. She’s not looking. “I did it! I did it the dinosaur!”

“Well done,” she says in a voice that doesn’t agree. It’s a monotonous voice, but Timmy takes it anyway. His smile is wide and excited, and he slides the puzzle back into its bag. It takes a few attempts, but he does it.

He’s fixed a dinosaur. He’s good at this.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

romyvonk: Love love love it😍

_B1ankFac3_: The story is good and I’ll continue reading it, but it does requires a little editing. Some parts doesn’t add up to the current situation, other parts shouldn’t even be in that current situation. May I suggest using google or auto-correct to help with a word if you don’t know how to spell it?

sarahw : Omg I love this book sooooooo much and somehow the author made two concepts that have both been done before amazingggg and unique. I just love love love this book so much x

Sophie Sy: I fell in love with each and every character in this wonderful work. You could feel the intensity and gravity of their love as friends and as they grew to genuinely love as husband and wife. To be able to share not only a deep insight on the thoughts of Kenna, but even with Aidan is truly amazing...

deevee: This book was soooooooo amazing... I enjoyed every part of it

Nishchitha Shetty: It's really very simple and cute storyAnd I love the sarcasm........Ur definitely good at jokes....can't stop laughing sometimes Ur pretty good writer love to read ur stories...:)Gooooog job;)

Wisher13: This is a really good. I loved how she changes into looking like a boy. But I think it's way too short and there should be at least 5 or 8 chapters instead of just one.

杨玲: Please make a sequence of this book, that's not fair you ended without even beginning their lovestory.

More Recommendations

lina32: the book is good everything is goood |||||||| i love the 1 chaptor

latashashetters: I absolutely love this. Really page turner! But it definitely needs work, there's a lot of misspelled words and along with name mix ups when 2 people are conversing in the story. Other then that I love it and wish it was longer!

averysummers: Captivating. 5 stars all the way. The story starts off with Seven, and soon, Colin falls into place. The romance between them had me cracking up, and how Seven reacts to his remarks. The plot felt real and the pace was amazing! I think this was more of a lighthearted young adult read, one that wo...

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.