The Musical Box
lived with her parents in a large township which had lots
of factories where the townspeople worked. Her father also
worked in a glass factory. His wife Natasha was a singer and
she took singing classes at home. She had named her house
'The Music Den'.
Anna could play
the violin very well. She had taken classes but it was God's
gift that she could play so well as to teach small kids at
home. The Harrisons were a hard working, modest family who
were liked and admired by one and all.
Anna's granny lived
in the neighbouring small town and Anna and her mother visited old
Harriet whenever they could. Natasha was always ready to sing at
her mother's parties of which there were many. Once in a while,
Harriet would visit her daughter and always got a special gift for
her grand daughter. Once one she came, she gave Anna a
Musical Box as a gift. "Come
here child," she said. "I picked this up at the auction
last month. It is a Musical Box which belonged to a girl who lived
in the old grange where the new owners had an auction. They have
no children so they offered the musical box to be auctioned and
I bought it for you Anna dear. Do keep it safely. It is supposed
to have special powers." "Thanks a lot granny. I will
treasure," smiled Anna happily.
Days passed and Anna's
special gift became her prized possession. She kept it on her bedside
table. It was shaped like a cottage and when the window of the house
was pressed, it played a beautiful melodious tune.
One day Anna
was alone at home. Her father was working at the factory and
her mother was out shopping. Anna took her musical box and
pressed the door instead of the window. To her surprise, the
door opened and out came a small doll. It was an ordinary
sweet looking doll but the only difference was that it smiled
at Anna and gave her a note. The note read - "Anyone
who gets this note can come inside and visit us." Anna
spoke aloud - "Well, I can't go in, I am too big."
The next second, she was transformed into the size of the
doll. It took her hand and pulled her inside. Anna went along
a dark passage holding the doll's hand. At the end of the
passage was a glass door through which Anna saw the strangest
sight her eyes had ever seen.
Inside the room on
the other side of the glass door were dolls of every size playing
various musical instruments. The doll who was holding her hand opened
the handle on the glass door and they both walked inside. The melodious
room was decorated with all kinds of flowers which smelled heavenly.
There was a fountain in the middle with cool scented water flowing
from it. Each doll had a lovely sweet smiling face and all of them
waved at her. Anna sat in a corner and listened to the soothing
music for sometime. After about 20 minutes, the same doll who had
brought her inside took her out and gave her another note. The note
read - "Bye Anna, you can visit us whenever you want."
Anna returned to her
normal size again and decided to keep her visit inside her musical
box a secret from everyone.
Contributing Story Teller: Amita
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