With rattles and soft clicks they tumbled out, one by one into a small heap. As they lay there stunned by the brightness all around them, something came from the sky. They began to move. The thing would poke them one at a time. Nothing much seemed to happen, they just moved around a little. After this had been going on for a few minutes, they realized there was a method to the seemingly random piles they were being placed in. Each pile contained ones that were similar: it just hadn’t been noticed before because of the darkness. All were of a similar size and shape, they knew that, but now they came to see that there were many different colours too. And that was how they were being sorted. They puzzled over this, but decided it didn’t really matter. They reveled in this new discovery and looked about with eager eyes. Something seemed wrong. They thought there were less of them now, but sight was still new so they weren’t sure. But before too long it became apparent that some were indeed missing. There was only one of the dark ones left. They all began to panic, but it was to late, the last one disappeared into the dark cave and with a crunch none were left…Or so it seemed, but a little to the left there were more, just being awakened.

Shake, Whizz, Click. One disappeared. None noticed. Again; shake, whizz, click, another gone. This time it’s neighbours saw. Again and again, faster now. Quickly all were afraid. These alarming disappearances on top of the frightening light from one side. One by one they all disappeared, faster and faster, until only the pale one in the corner was left. It lay in the bottom wondered of it’s fate, when it realized… It was the only one left. And then, shake, whizz, click. The last thing it heard was a puzzling noise as the light sucked it up. “The last Smartie is always the best.”


Angeleah Hoeppner

Hornby Island, Canada

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Try to guess what’s going on before the end of the story.

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