Mally the Monkey
19th October 2021
Written by Emma (Age 7, Co. Galway)
Translated by 洪汶卉 閻昭茵 吳汶錡 王俞文 郭芳岑
Illustrated by 王佳瑜 彭文欣 林佑宣 張清宜 吳芮蕎
“Mally!” called Head Bear. “What are you doing? Get back to riding the elephants. It’s nearly Circus Day. I hope that you are all ready.”
Tiffany Tiger came running over to Head Bear. “There is a fire up in Cabin 10, where all the elephants are!” she said.
“Mally!” said Head Bear crossly. “Mally did this. I will need all the hedgehogs.”
“Okay, then,” replied Tiffany Tiger.
A few minutes later, ten or fifteen hedgehogs with yellow helmets and hoses in their hands came running in.
“Ready,” said one of the hedgehogs and they all ran closer to the fire.
“Aim!” The hedgehogs pointed their hoses and sprayed at the fire.
Head Bear ran over to Cabin Ten. “Mally, what did you do?” he asked.
“Well,” said Mally, “I was taking the elephants out for training because you told me to. Tiffany Tiger told me to get the fire for the hoops and then the fire happened.”
“I never told you to train the elephants- I told you to ride the elephants,” said Head Bear.
“Well, it’s the same thing!” replied Mally.
Days passed and soon it was Circus Day. Everybody was nervous, especially Mally. They were about to perform in front of everyone.
“Everybody come here,” said Head Bear and they all bunched in a circle. “I know that you will all try your best, but I want you to do better than your best.”
The show started. Tiffany and Tyler jumped through a loop that was on fire, while holding hands. Mally went up on an elephant and went riding through a ring. He saw his friend cheering him.
“MELSIN!” Mally cried out but... he fell off the elephant and everything got knocked down.
“Mally!” cried Head Bear.
Mally the Monkey was never seen again.