Palo Alto Weekly 17th Annual Short Story Contest
Child Second Place
by Brent Talbott
Without warning, Cindy's mother and father died and she was sent
to live with her evil Uncle and his two daughters. Her relatives
were incredibly lazy so they made her clean, cook, and do other
household chores. Consequently, all they said to her was, "Do
this," "Do that," and "Do not to forget this."
When the sisters found out that they won tickets to all seven games
of the World Series, Cindy was so happy because she loved baseball!
But they quickly put her down by saying, "You cannot come!"
When they left for the game, Cindy cried and cried.
Suddenly, a very hairy fairy appeared with a "Bam!"
that shook the windows.
"Who are you?" asked Cindy with amazement.
"I am your Hairy Godmother!" said the ball of fur.
"Have you ever thought of shaving?" asked Cindy.
"Not yet honey, but that is not why I am here," said
"Why are you here then?" asked Cindy.
"I'm here to take you to the ball game," the thing said
"But I have no orange and black and, the Giants are playing
... " said Cindy disappointedly.
"I'll worry about that, you get the model of the Ferrari in
the bedroom you dream about all the time," answered the hairy
godmother. When Cindy got back there was a full Giants uniform with
a gold glove.
"Hand me that model sugar," said the godmother. And suddenly
a silver Ferrari with golden trimmings appeared with a chauffeur
in a suit.
"Be back by 12:00, O.K.?" asked the godmother once more.
"O.K." said Cindy.
When she got to the stadium she took the ticket the hairy godmother
had given her and triple locked the car. She went into the stadium
and then asked an usher where her seats were. The usher said, "Down
there next to the giant's dugout." When Cindy heard this she
jumped for joy. When she got to her seat her gaze fell upon 3rd
baseman, number 7 and with a batting average of 567, Prince Charming.
It was love at first sight for the both of them. The final score
was 7-0 Giants, a shutout! After the game Charming took her to Zuni
Cafe (they have killer chicken and French fries).
The third day was the beginning of the games in New York City.
The sisters went to New York to see the games and Cindy went on
a private jet and stayed at the Marriott, supplied by the hairy
Godmother. The Giants were on a winning streak, the World Series
score was 3-0. After the game, Cindy and Charming went to Iron Chef
Bobby Flay's restaurant, Mesa Grill.
On the fourth day the Giants were tied into over time, three outs,
bottom of the eleventh and Prince Charming was up. Suddenly the
pressure was on with a full count. Then out of the blue an over
the plate 99 mile an hour fast ball came zooming toward the plate.
Charming seized his chance and swung. The stadium was quiet as it
flew and went over the wall. The Giants section erupted with the
chant, "We are the champs!!!!!!!" over and over.
After the game, Cindy went to the huge party that Prince Charming
was hosting. Before she knew it, the time was 11:57. That was when
she remembered the godmother's warning, "Be back by 12:00 or
else." She started for the door, but Charming called, "Wait
up!" Cindy was already running down the street, but her gold
glove was slowing her down so she tossed it to the side and kept
running at full speed. Suddenly she was warped back to California
with no traces that she had been riding in a jet, gone to New York
or seen the World Series, which of course she had just done.
Prince Charming was heart-broken and he searched the land for Cindy.
When he got to the uncle's house, the two sisters eagerly tried
to jam their hands into the miraculous glove. But the fairy bewitched
the glove so it only fit Cindy and gave the faker a jet-black goatee.
That's just what happened to the sisters. Just then Cindy broke
out of the locked room she was in, tore down the stairs and said,
"Let me try it on." The sisters started cracking up. Cindy
calmly tried it on and when the sisters saw it fit they were boiling
mad. Cindy and Prince Charming walked out the door arm-in-arm. The
Uncle and two sisters were so upset they threw baseballs at their
heads and it turned them into nerds and they lived in Nerdtopia
geekily ever after.
Cindy, on the other hand got married to Charming and on their honeymoon
they saw the all-star game. They had 7 children which is enough
for a team if the parents play too. They even had a closing pitcher.
Every year they got the same seats Cindy had originally at the World
Series and made it a tradition.