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
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
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
enjoys writing stories and poems. She has strong editing and
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