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Short Story written by: Cristina Velazquez
Once upon a time, there was a monkey and a tiger; that were tired of always doing the same things and so they set out to find a new place to live . They walked a lot before finding it, but when they did, it was the most beautiful place they had ever seen. The mountains were different and varied in height, some high, some small, and some with a beautiful green colour from the trees and plants living on the mountain side.
They stayed there and the monkey dug a hole with his hands and a cave for both of them. Days passed, and they were very happy there, looking for food and playing with other animals.
One morning they noticed that there were people up on the hills and so they stayed there quietly observing everything. People were coming and going from one mountain to another and it looked like they were building something, but our friends could not discover what.
After a few weeks they saw a beautiful train, called the happiness train which ran through the mountains carrying lots of kids who looked out of the train and pressed their noses against the windows. After a few days of this coming and going, Lolo (the monkey) and Coco (the tiger) couldn´t wait anymore and ran to the top of the mountain to wait for the train.
As soon as they saw it they jumped onto the roof and put their snouts against the windows and saw the kids´ noses on the other side. Their first reaction was one of fright, but Lolo and Coco then began to make funny faces and the kids burst out laughing. The laughter was so loud that the guards went to check what was going on, and as soon as they saw the situation began to laugh as loud as the kids.
When the tour finished, the train driver went to talk to Lolo and Coco and gave them food and asked them to come back the next day.
They have gone there at the same time every day since then, waiting for the train and having fun with all the kids inside. They always receive food and affection and realised that this was the life they had always wanted to live. They hugged each other and said:
“We are very happy”
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