Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
WLM77 would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Toy Garden

By WLM77 All Rights Reserved ©

Horror

Chapter 1

“Time to count my rosies,

pocket full of posies,

ashes, ashes,

they all fall down.”

Margaret skipped through the garden, singing her little tune. She wore a yellow cotton dress with several small daisies sewn around the neckline. It was something her mother made for her on her 9th birthday last year. As she moved through the garden, she dropped flower petals over her crops. Though her crops were not the usual type you would expect to see growing in a vegetable garden.

She had on a white leather belt that looked like it was five times too big for her. Her little white shoes were torn and tattered and stained red from playing outside, in the hard Georgia clay. She carried a small denim satchel with a worn out smiley face on it. She used some mud to fix his smile, though it looked more like a flat mouth with drooping eyes. Almost like a face with an expressionless grin.

Margaret was never very good at keeping her plants alive, and at some point she gave up on the little garden her daddy laid out for her. Besides, she never liked to eat her vegetables anyway. Now her garden contained old toys. A Barbie doll missing an arm and a leg. An old, red, deflated kickball. Her brother's plastic dump truck that had been mangled and melted. Her fluffy bunny that had the stuffing beat out of him, literally.

As the hot sun blazed down on her garden of toys and clay, she continued to adorn each piece with a few flower petals until she got to the center of her garden. This trinket was a bit bigger than most of the others, and it was covered in a thin, white, mesh veil. Surely, this was the pride of her garden.

As Margaret approached her prize, she could see dried out flowers stuck to the veil. She also noticed fruit flies, house flies, and gnats surrounding the plaything. But it did not seem to faze her.

When she reached the centerpiece she just stopped. No more skipping, no more careless singing. She just stood there silently, staring intently at it.

“Your filth disgusts me,” she said.

Margaret placed her satchel on the ground, and with both hands, she lifted the veil off of the item. The object was old, and a pale gray color, even blue in some spots. It looked much older than the other toys, and not very well taken care of. It was hard to distinguish.

About this same time every day the sun would reach its highest point in the sky and shine down in a full blaze upon Margaret's garden. The piece was now very clear, and appeared to be even worse. It looked beaten and bruised, worn out and exhausted.

Margaret was always rough with her toys, but this one looked like she'd taken personal pleasure in destroying it and causing it pain; even after she had put an end to its existence and stuck it in the garden.

Margaret brushed its hair back with her hand. She flicked off a cockroach that was crawling across its nose. The face of this toy seemed to droop, and it was missing one eye. Margaret watched with wild enthusiasm as the sun fully covered, and lit up, her prized trophy.

Margaret slowly stood up and stared down with a maniacal grin on her face. She cocked her leg back like a punter getting ready to kick a field goal. With one quick motion she kicked her toy as hard as she could. It shook and wobbled, but it did not fall over. Margaret had made sure to plant this particular piece firmly in the ground.

As Margaret turned and started to walk away, a sinful expression came over her face, and she let out a little giggle. She stopped and paused for a moment. She glanced back over her shoulder, to see her centerpiece once more.

“No flowers for you today. Mother!”

###

Thank you for reading Toy Garden. This is the first in a series. Look for more of Margaret's stories on Smashwords and at Barnes & Nobel.  Check my profile to connect with me, and get the latest updates.



Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, WLM77
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Shelley Miller: The ideas and the set up and this are amazing! The feel of the story goes from science fiction to horror to suspense all in a big, thrilling ball. I really like your character so far and her powers and the idea of the ark being a person. The world is intense and gritty and clever as well. While a...

skippybash12: This story has engaging characters that you care about and a plot that is unpredictable and exciting. It is well written with a believable voice. Great weekend escape and if there was a sequel available I would buy it today -

Resting-Madness: I've been in love that strongly, that I could see myself in the same situation as Surgio. The slow crawl of desperation was well depicted, I could feel myself leaning close to the screen, like he and I were conspiring together on how to construct this Frankenstein of Adela. And that's written thr...

MusketeerAdventure: Well - I really enjoyed this very much! The whole idea of a shared haunting really intrigues me. I thought you did a wonderful job; and I really liked the idea of hearing from the first ghost's point of view. It would be interesting to read more about these two - and the ghost-busters that inf...

Deleted User: This is an artfully-written horror story which deals with the most frightening monsters in the entire history of the macabre: teenagers. Indeed, the author captures the speech, relationships, and general highly-charged, petty, and competitive atmosphere of high school so well, that you would swea...

Frank Pilato: I wanted to be sure to comment on this, as I did not read the whole story through, but I am impressed with you.....very impressed. ......................................................................................................................................................................

Deleted User: This is a very clever story in the style of 19th century (and turn of the century) Gothic writing, very reminiscent of Stevenson's The Body Snatchers or even of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (less so of Frankenstein itself, since the author is more minimalist than Shelley's florid, Romantic rhetoric). ...

elssxa: I love everything about this story. I want more...more...more. This author is superb. I am fascinated by his amazing work. I give him five stars.

drainwater411: such a great read for me. I loved how you had to figure out who everyone was and kind of got a sense of who they were throughout the book instead of just telling all about the characters in the beginning, it helped you really get to know them and grow a connection with them. the relationships bet...

More Recommendations

heich: Excellent story and excellent writing style. I hope in the future read your works.The story you present is innovative, fresh, different from everything else and let a feeling that you know you want to read more of it. I hope you continue moving in the same, because he's smart and only you know wh...

Evelyn Alonzo: I was up till three in the morning just so I could finish the story! It just really grabs your attention and you can't stop reading it at all! Lol great job, Nick! Can't wait to read your other stories!

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral stories!
King's Lament

FreakyPoet: "you made me laugh, made me cry, both are hard to do. I spent most of the night reading your story, captivated. This is why you get full stars from me. Thanks for the great story!"

The Cyneweard

Sara Joy Bailey: "Full of depth and life. The plot was thrilling. The author's style flows naturally and the reader can easily slip into the pages of the story. Very well done."

This story wasn't for you ?
Look at our most viral story!
Spectra

Ro-Ange Olson: "Loved it and couldn't put it down. I really hope there is a sequel. Well written and the plot really moves forward."