Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

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

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 ©


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

Clarissa: Very atmospheric and descriptive language, with good character development. This is a complex and interesting story - definitely worth a read.

Tobi Doyle MacBrayne: I was so impressed with this piece. The slow degradation of the main character into a dark and crazy place is beautifully written. I liked that the characters physical descriptions were not described because it gave me a sense that it could be someone I know or love. The grief that breaks the m...

Kiz16: After a truly shocking start to the story, I found the style and content slowed down as the author introduced a varied group of characters who I thought were fleshed out very well. After a slow couple of chapters, I found this story difficult to leave with the tension growing within the house. Yo...

duggsy: This kept me intrigued, I only intended on reading 1 chapter but couldn't stop until I'd read the whole thing. The only let-down were a few spelling mistakes hence the 3 stars but otherwise a great read.

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...

E_W_Hemmings: First of all, sorry this review took so long: I've had science mocks recently and then when I came to read this, I made notes to put in the review like I usually do... but then I deleted them. Well done me. As a result, this review is a bit more general than most reviews I write, but hey ho, let'...

Shannon Rohrer: This is probably one of the most imaginative stories I've come across in a long time. You have hooking down to a fine art; every chapter has been as engaging as the one before it, the story unfurling in a way that is easy to follow and paced perfectly for each round of events or backstory. Lookin...

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.

Ben Gauger: Kudos to Bryan Laesch, author of Remnants of Chaos:Chaotic Omens for his use of the Gothic style of writing and in addition the footnotes and endnotes at the end of each chapter, a welcome accompaniment to be sure, though his use of grammar could use a little improving, but his use of punctuation...

More Recommendations

Caitlin E. Jones: Such a riveting short story, full to the brim with folklore and horrors! The rich details used to make up Doolin were as well-placed as they were written, right down to the disturbing presence of magical creatures. The lives of the humans are used to great effect, giving us short glimpses of thei...

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...

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

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!

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."