The Hairy-legged Mystery
By Michelle Dry
Also known as Ruby Allure
The Hairy-Legged Mystery by Michelle Dry
One afternoon, while Ben and Jenny play in the garden, Ben notices a pair of extremely hairy legs belonging to a huge creature hiding in their hedge. Just as they investigate, they are called in for tea. From that moment on, the pair attempt to determine what the creature is.
During the night, they watch from their bedroom window and can see the outline of a hairy shape lurking in the darkness. It had to be a monster didn’t it? What did that monster want? The whole thing was turning into a mystery. Why had the cucumber patch been destroyed? Had the creature taken the fruit bowl? Why would the prize roses be beheaded? Was the creature trying to get their attention? The whole thing had turned into a hairy-legged mystery!
THE HAIRY- LEGGED MYSTERY
Copyright Michelle Dry also known as Ruby Allure 2017
All rights fall with Michelle Dry also known as Ruby Allure
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For the ‘little dudes’ that find my random stories amusing.
Thank you for making me share this with the world!
What was that wriggling in the hedge?
Ben, a scruffy bean-pole of a boy aged nine, paused and picked up his ball. The sun had finally come out and the smell of damp grass and earth hung in the air. He glanced back at his little sister, Jenny, who was coated in mud. Her curly dark hair was encrusted against her face and her green eyes looked impatient as usual. She stood with her hands on her hips waiting because she wanted to play! With a Shhh! sign Ben waved her over and pointed. With a frown and a stomp she trampled over. ‘Come on!’ she said irritably. Ben made another Shhh! sign.
“What?” Jenny whispered.
The brother and sister crouched down and peered at the bracken beneath the hedge. Two very hairy legs with dark feet that looked like long sultanas stood in some mud. The pair glanced at each other. They had never seen anything like it before.
“What is it?” mouthed Jenny.
“It’s not human,” Ben replied with a shrug. There was definitely some kind of creature close by. Had it emerged from the forest beyond their garden? Did they dare find out?
“Tea time!” called their mother.
The pair stood up and did not know what to do. Should they tell their parents or should they find out more?
“Come on kids” said their father strolling out onto the patio. “What’s so exciting that you want to stay outside instead of have your tea?”
“Nothing!” They both replied at the same time.
Their father studied them with a certain look on his face.
“Nothing eh?” Well then you best get in for your tea. “I made Lasagne and your mother made fruit trifle.”
There was definitely something there.
After their evening bath, the pair watched the garden from their bedroom window. In the darkness a solid fluffy shape plodded about the garden. It resembled a small hairy hedge with legs.
“What do you think it is?” asked Jenny. She scratched her face and fidgeted as usual.
Ben shook his head and grabbed his wildlife book. He opened the pages to find all manner of bizarre creature. None of them looked anything like a dark moving hedge though. “I don’t know, we need to get a closer look.”
“What if it tries to eat us?” Jenny was serious. How did they know the creature wasn’t a child eater?
“We don’t know what it is yet,” said Ben studying her. “I don’t think there are any children eating creatures out there.”
“How do you know?” Jenny watched the creature some more. “Do you think it’s a cow?”
“No it is too hairy and it is walking on two legs,” Ben replied skimming through his book.
“What about a sheep?”
“I think the head is too big to be a sheep and sheep walk on four legs.” He replied thoughtfully.
“What about a small horse? Oh please let it be a small horse,” shrilled Jenny with excitement.
“I don’t think it is one of those and Jenny since when have horses walked on two legs?” Ben shook his head in dismay.
“I saw one on television that walked on two legs and it had feathers in its mane. If it was we could keep it in dad’s shed and feed it grass,” she said with a small excited clap.
Ben studied his sister. “I don’t know what it is but I think it has come from the forest. I reckon it could be a monster.”
Jenny and Ben stared out over the garden and beyond the hedge because that was where the New Forest was. That forest was full of stories and tales of weird creatures. What if they were real?
“Do you think we should tell mum and dad?” Jenny asked.
Ben shook his head, “No we need to find out what it is first. And you know how parents are – they won’t believe us.”
“Right time for you to go to bed,” said their father striding into their room.
The pair looked guilty.
“What are you two up to?” Their father asked with an inquisitive tone.
“Nothing,” they both replied at the same time.
“Oh nothing,” he said with a wink. “Nothing is usually something.”
Their mum came in and kissed them both on the forehead. “I will see you in the morning after the night shift at the hospital. Now you be good!” she said as she left.
“Good bye Doctor,” said their father kissing their mum on the lips. Jenny and Ben rolled their eyes, they were always smooching.
When their mother left the room, their father tucked them both in bed. “Do you want me to tell you a story?” he asked.
The pair nodded.
“Tell us a story about the creatures in the forest,” asked Ben.
Their father revealed an expression of curiosity but did not resist. “Well I will tell you a story until your eyes close. There are myths and legends about the creatures in the forest. Many of them lived in the dark caves. In olden times they said there were dragons, giant monsters and fairies. Which creatures do you want to know about?”
“Monsters,” they shrilled.
“Well the most mischievous forest monster was the Mud Glump. It used to hide in muddy pools, jump out at children and coat them in mud. Other times, when it was grumpy, it would drag them into the mud pool and dunk them. The children would return to their parents coated in mud and it was not their fault – it was the Mud Glump. Of course their parents never believed them.”
Jenny’s eyes closed and her father paused. “I would tell you more but think it is time to sleep.” he said noticing Ben yawn too.
“What about hairy monsters?” said Ben fighting to keep his eyes open.
“I will tell you a story about those tomorrow,” replied his father. “Goodnight.”
But what was out in the garden?
In the morning the aroma of fresh toast filled the air. The children ran down to breakfast to find their mum looking concerned and their father standing in the garden with his hand on his hips. He looked confused.
“What happened?” asked Jenny.
“All the cucumbers have disappeared from the cucumber patch. Your father has found footprints.”
The pair ran up the garden path and studied the cucumber patch.
Their mother chased after them and escorted them back. “Oh no you have to eat your breakfast and go to school.”
It was not fair!
The pair gulped down their food and ran into the garden once more. There were muddy footprints all across the patio and a trail of chewed cucumbers leading back to the hedge.
Was it the hairy legged creature they had seen in the bush? Or had something else had a cucumber feast? Was there a cucumber eating beast with hairy legs hiding somewhere in the garden?
On the walk to school the pair trailed behind their father whispering. “What do you think it is?” asked Jenny. Concern filled her face.
“We need to find out. We will search this evening,” Ben replied. What would eat cucumbers and leave huge foot–prints? The bright side was the creature had eaten vegetables which meant it was less likely to eat children.
“What are you two up to?” their father asked.
“Nothing,” they both replied at the same time.
Their father studied them with a certain look, “That is a lot of nothing’s in a few days.” He kissed them both by the school gate and then waved as he walked to work. When he was out of sight the pair went and whispered in the playground.
“Do you really think it could be a monster?” asked Ben.
Some of their school friends joined them. “What are you talking about?” one of their friends asked. The pair glanced at each other. Should they share their secret?
“There was a creature in our hedge with hairy legs and we don’t know what it is…” blurted Jenny. It was bigger than me and said “Oooop, ooop.”
One of the boys laughed yet Tabitha, her best friend who was freckled with curly red hair, was interested. “What was it doing?”
“It was making chomping noises and grunting.”
“What colour was the hair on the legs?”
“Orange,” replied Ben.
The group look confused.
“And….” Said Jenny.
The school bell rang and a surge of children clambered to the school.
“You have to find out what it is…” said Tabitha thoughtfully.
“We know,” said Ben.
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