There was once a little boy named Joshua Orsay, but everyone including his mother called him Josh. Josh was a curious little 4 year old boy. He was very intelligent and always getting into mischief just like most boys his age.
One day while his mother and sister
were busy, Josh decided to entertain himself. His mother had helped him
to build a city with his roads and play sets for his cars earlier in the
day. He was playing quietly in his room with his cars when his stomach
suddenly made this loud growling noise. Josh looked around the room
wondering who had made the noise. He did not see anyone and kept
playing. A few minutes later, his stomach made the same noise again only
louder this time. Josh looked around the room looking for the growling
monster in his room. He looked in his toy box, under the bed and even in
the closet. His 6 year old sister, Katie, stood in the doorway
“What are you doing, Josh?” Katie asked.
“Looking for the growly monster,” Josh replied.
“Growly monster? What’s a growly monster?” Katie asked curiously.
“I don’t know. That’s why I’m looking for it,” Josh replied.
“So how do you know what to look for?” Katie asked as she glanced around the room from the doorway.
“I don’t, but when I find it I’ll know,” Josh said.
Katie shook her head and leaned against the doorframe. She nearly
jumped when Josh’s stomach made the growling noise again. It was so loud
that it echoed in the room.
“See. There he goes again. Can you help me find it?” Josh asked.
“Okay,” Katie replied as she slowly walked into Josh’s room. She was a
little curious to find out what was making the noise.
both started looking around the room. Neither of them was having any
luck finding whatever it was. They sat on their knees next to Josh’s bed
wondering where to look next. Josh watched as Katie took a quick look
under the bed. She shrugged when she didn’t really see anything. Josh
peered underneath the bed then looked back at his sister. It was kind of
dark under there, but he decided to look further under the bed and
started to crawl into the darkness. Katie had her hands on the side of
the mattress and was peering into the shadows under Josh’s bed as he
crawled underneath it. Just when Josh’s stomach was next to Katie’s ear,
it growled again very loudly. Katie bumped her head on the underside of
the bed as she quickly backed away startled. A moment later after Katie
realized what it was, she started laughing hysterically.
“What’s so funny?” Josh asked looking at this sister from under the bed.
“You are. That’s not a monster silly. It’s just your tummy grumbling because you’re hungry.”
“Oh,” Josh said crawling out from under the bed. “Are you sure?”
Katie shook her head. “Yes, I’m sure. Go eat something.”
“Oh, all right,” Josh replied.
Josh got up and walked to the door. When he was in the hallway, he
turned around and looked back into his room. He was still looking for
the growly monster. He was still curious to see what one looked like. He
wondered if it looked like his favorite monster from his TV show. Maybe
his sister was wrong. He kind of hoped so. Disappointed, he walked into
the kitchen and looked around for his mom. He didn’t see her in the
“Mom? Hey mom!” Josh yelled from the kitchen.
Josh’s mom walked out of the laundry room and into the kitchen. She
sighed, she hated when the kids just yelled for her instead of actually
coming to look for her.
“Yes, Josh?” she said.
“I need to feed the growly monster.”
“What?” Josh’s mom asked as she tilted her head sideways to look at her son.
“I’m hungry,” Josh said firmly.
“Can you wait until lunch?” Josh’s mom asked. She looked over at the clock on the wall.
“But mom, I’m starving,” Josh said looking up at his mom. He held his stomach in agony.
He made the wide-eyed puppy dog face at her. She couldn’t help but
smile. Josh looked so cute with those soulful eyes of his.
“Well, if you’re starving then you may have a piece of fruit or some
veggie sticks to snack on. There’s some in the refrigerator on the
second shelf,” Josh’s mom said.
“Thanks mom. You’re the
best,” Josh said as he gave his mom a great big hug. She leaned down and
kissed the top of his head.
Josh blew kisses to her as she
walked back into the laundry room. He stood before the huge silver
refrigerator staring up at it. He seemed so small compared to it. His
stomach growled again as he opened the door.
As Josh opened
the door, he was surprised to see a banana and a potato waving at him.
He tilted his head and looked at them. Am I dreaming? Josh
closed the door back. He looked at the refrigerator and opened it once
more. This time he only opened the door an inch and peered inside. It
was dark inside because he hadn’t opened the door wide enough to make
the light come on. He slowly opened the door inch by inch until the
light came on. He looked again, but he only saw food and drinks lying on
the various shelves. Maybe I make believed it. As he was
reaching for a plate of sliced vegetables with a ranch dressing cup, he
saw the banana waving at him again. Josh almost dropped the plate.
“Hello,” the banana said.
“Ummm, hi,” Josh replied a little unsure of himself. “Who are you?
“My name is Absalom Banana. What is your name?”
Josh stood with the refrigerator door wide open as he talked to Absalom.
“It’s nice to meet you, Josh,” Absalom said happily.
The potato standing next to Absalom started waving and nudging him.
“What?” Absalom asked.
“Well, aren’t you going to introduce me?” she asked impatiently.
Absalom sighed, “This is Leah.”
“Hi Josh! It is great to finally meet you,” Leah said enthusiastically.
“Hi Leah,” Josh replied as he reached out to shake her small hand. “What are you guys?”
Absalom and Leah looked at each other and smiled.
“We’re the Fruggies,” they said together.
“What’s a Fruggie?” Joshua asked.
“It’s just what we are,” Leah said.
“Are there more of you?” Josh asked.
“Of course, there are. Would you like to come meet the rest of us?” Absalom asked as he held out his hand.
“I don’t know. My mom’s going to be mad if I stand here with the door open any longer.”
“No, she won’t as there won’t be any need for you to keep it open. Here
just eat this and you’ll be able to come with us to meet the others,”
Absalom said as he handed Josh a small white circular object with
colorful sprinkles on it.
Josh took the cookie from Absalom.
He sniffed it before taking a small nibble. It tasted like vanilla
sugar. It reminded him of these green cookies his mom always made.
Deciding that it wouldn’t hurt him, he shoved the rest of the cookie
into his mouth. A moment later, Josh began to feel weird. His tummy felt
as though it had fallen asleep. There was a weird tingly feeling which
started in his stomach and spread out to the rest of his body. Josh
closed his eyes tight as he held his tummy in his hands.
Josh’s body shrunk down to the size of a Fruggie, only five inches tall.
A tornado-like cloud pulled Josh’s tiny body into the refrigerator as
the door closed quietly behind him.
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