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I was five years old when I beat my first fear. Every night, I would lie awake in my bed, waiting for the monster to come out from under my bed, and eat me. I used to hide my legs under my thick and warm blanket so that the monster couldn't reach them. It was an ongoing fear; each night the same thing would happen.

I still remember my room where this occurred. Most of the time my room was kind of messy. Despite the fact that I was not alone, yet I was scared of the monster. My younger sister and I used to share the same room for many years. Sometimes, the monster would play with my imagination; it made things look scarier than they really are.>>>

For example, when I looked at my clothes and toys, I saw my monster in them.

I couldn't fall asleep because of my fear. It continued till one day my father came up with an idea. We stayed awake until the sunrise, but the monster did not appear.

Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm turning 30. Almost 25 years have passed since that day. I have a nice house, a comfy car, and a well-paid job. But I don't feel happy. I feel an emptiness inside me like something is missing. I haven't found that person who would make me happy. People are such hypocrites, I've lost my faith in them. >>>

Being distracted by my own thoughts, I didn't see someone who was staring at me for a long time. You will not believe me, but it was my monster! Since it doesn't scare me anymore, I felt like I met an old friend.

I was so shocked that I couldn't say anything distinct. "I know," he began, "it's kind of strange, isn't it?"

"Yes, it is." I said, "not everyone can see his imaginary monster become real. I thought that you don't exist. How the hell is that possible?"

>>>

"In fact, I always was real," he answered, "and I wanted to give you an important message, which could change your life. But you always were scared of me; so, I decided to leave you until you grow up and won't be afraid of me."

"What was that message?" I asked.

"I wanted to warn you about adult life. When you grow up, things start to change. You become the builder of your own life. Throughout your life, you will face serious problems, which can be hard to overcome. So, you will need a person by your side to support you in the future. And to have such a person, you need to start trust people. >>>

Yes, they're not perfect. But they're not as bad as you think. Remember my words. I'll come to see you again in a few years," he said. Then he came closer and gave me a gift box. I was so attracted by the gift that I didn't notice how my monster vanished. When I finally opened the box, I found my old toy car. When I touched it, I remembered that day, when my father gave me that car. It was my fifth birthday!

Suddenly, I woke up and found myself in my old room. It still was messy because I opened my closet, which was full of various things. They fell on my head and made me lose my consciousness. >>>

After tidying my room, I noticed the car from my dream. It was standing on my bedside table with a note on it. I took and read it immediately. It said, "see you soon ;)."

After that nice meeting, my life changed generally. Now I'm married and have a son. He seems to have the same fear, which I used to have. I will help him to understand that there's nothing to fear. And maybe one day, I'll be ready for our next meeting with my monster.

>>>

It's my new story. I wrote it for an assignment. I had to write a story about the monster under my bed. So, this is what I came up with.

Thanks for reading it to the end. What do you think?

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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
One of my naive, childish stories I wrote a few months ago. Somehow my group mate likes this story very much. We've been talking about it recently, so I decided to revive it.
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DELETED USER
. ( I am now going to sleep, put a dot as a reminder, will read tomorrow)
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Lol, you could just swipe down. It sure would appear to you again.
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DELETED USER
Jabba Ree 🌹, no, it doesn’t appear again if I swipe it down. Anyway I read your story and I liked it 👏🏼
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Jale, ah, thank you 😊
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حفصہ المخدوم
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Coqui
Pro Creator
Wait you’re married in your story and not in realice how could that be?
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
What did I realize?
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Coqui
Pro Creator
Jabba Ree 🌹, yep realized dumb phone!
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Coqui, I just didn't understand your question. Can you explain?
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Coqui
Pro Creator
Jabba Ree 🌹, I forgot the question. I think it had to do with you being married in your story but the rest I forgot.
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Coqui, my character is married, yes.
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heisenberg
I like it! ... and happy 7-month belated birthday.
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
What? No, it's fiction.
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heisenberg
Jabba Ree 🌹, oh ehm... Yeah, for sure I knew that.. I'm not stupid or anything 😏 That was directed to your alter ego! :)
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
heisenberg, oh, nice saving, mate 😁
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heisenberg
*... phew, that was certainly close*
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Panni
Pro Creator
I really like it! Good job Jabba!
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Thank you, dear Panni ☺
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
I'm really surprised by how it spreads now and how it didn't back then. I mean, when I first wrote this, I felt like it would hit records. Though, no one even read it. Only one Russian user upswiped it after it expired. I used to laugh about it (of course, only in my head) as my best card I've ever made. It was so good that people didn't even bother to spread it (what a punchline). So, now that it does spread due to the big number of people on platform, I wonder if everyone's reading it actually. Because I see a lot of asian people vote me. What do you think, do they read it?
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DELETED USER
Did you really ask that question?! 😳
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Panni
Pro Creator
Many won’t read it, but don’t be bothered by them, appreciate those who do. I see that if I post a longer card and in the first minutes I get a lot of votes, they just couldn’t read it all... I don’t really care about the votes anymore.
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Jale, yeah, I did. Cause I'm curious.
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Panni, I'm not bothered. Just a bit curious about who actually reads the card or just upswipes because they like me or they are bots. I don't care about votes or anything, I just need a sign that people read it, even if they don't spread it. My concern about votes was that they are needed for spreading. If it was separate from spreading feature, I wouldn't care that much. Wouldn't it be good, if we had spreading and voting apart from each other? Like, someone likes the card and wants it to spread over the net, so, they upswipe it. If they want us to "earn" SOL, they would vote from their limited votes (every week it would be replenished).
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JADED JOEY (🙊5)
I did read it. 😊
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
I didn't doubt in you
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حفصہ المخدوم
can i ask you whts wrong with my comment that you removed???
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
You wrote just one or two words, which are banned in my personal list. It looked like a spam comment, so I deleted. In case you wonder, I'm totally okay with lectures about being "nice" to people and not deleting comments like "good, nice, wow". I just don't pay attention to or read them. So go on.
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☀Sophie🌴
I did read it...👌 Jo
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☀Sophie🌴
Your welcome..
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JADED JOEY (🙊5)
Hmm. I like the jumps in time and thoughts and atmosphere. It reflects the confusion and interrupts the flow, so you have to stop and think and wonder. There are one or two moments where I'm not sure if you read it twice and if you knew what you wanted to say or where your story will go to in the end. But it's this somnambulant uncertainty which makes the whole piece appealing. And hey, I read it twice! So something triggered me. 😊
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Thank you! I don't know what I wanted to say with that. When I read it again, I couldn't believe that it's mine. I think it's a reflection of a certain part of my character. I was having a bad time at that time, so it kinda got into the writing.
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☀Sophie🌴
Jabba Ree 🌹, I like fiction, but I do not like to live in a dream world.
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Righteous Pie Loving Joshua
Oh my gosh that story was something I really enjoyed it. But are you ok?
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Thank you. Am I OK mentally or physically? Either way the answer is yes.
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Nadeem
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Steph
I read it. I like it - very different from what you’d expect from a Monster Under My Bed assignment. Yes, that’s a good thing.
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
I was wondering when will you see it :) I'm different, so are my stories.
Steph
Jabba Ree 🌹, stories matter. In the telling, you share a bit of yourself, but the story is the thing.
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Steph, well said.
Dreamer
Amazing👌🏻as usual
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Thanks. Is it the 12th time you say it? :)
Dreamer
Jabba Ree 🌹, I just say the truth😄
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Jabba Ree 🌹Author
Dreamer, and I just say thank you))
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