Ok, let me get this straight. I know who stole it but nobody believes me! I’m Lucille McDonald, I’m 5 years old, and no, I’m not crazy!

It all started after Halloween night. I had gotten so much candy! 25 Milky Ways, 15 Twizzlers, 30 Tootsie Rolls, and 9 Airheads, to be exact. But the ghost in my house, Jojo Simwa, loves candy. Usually, she eats all of Mommy’s candy and blames it on me! Then, Mommy puts me in timeout for “sneaking” and “lying.” Anyway, after Daddy told me to put my candy away and go to sleep, I put all 79 pieces of candy in my bag and hid it in the cabinet.

“Daddy!” I yelled. “Come tuck me in!”

After Daddy came and kissed me goodnight, he turned off the light. I wasn’t scared of the dark or anything but I swore I saw the dreaded ghost of Jojo Simwa. She had her hair in braids and had tons of chocolate on her face. 

“Chocolate,” I said to myself quietly. “That sounds really yummy.”

I wanted to go to the kitchen and have one piece of chocolate but I am a good girl. Jojo Simwa isn’t though. She walked out of my room, took the entire bag of candy that I got, and ate it all! Then, she left all the wrappers in my bed, rubbed chocolate on my face, and rubbed candy all over my pillow! After she did that, I fell asleep because I didn’t want to deal with her that late at night. When I woke up, Mommy and Daddy were yelling at me.

“We told you no candy!” Daddy yelled. “Why would you do this?”

“Your sheets are disgusting!” Mommy yelled. “I have to clean this now!”

I was sad but I didn’t cry because crying is for babies. I’m not a baby! Instead, I decided to make a promise. I promised to Mommy and Daddy that the ghost of Jojo Simwa would never eat all of my Halloween candy ever again. But then Mommy sent me to timeout.

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6 months ago

Sweet/Scary RunnerUp: An absolutely delightful story, with the best name for a ghost that we’ve ever heard: “Jojo Simwa”. We’re still not sure if the ghost is real or if our precocious five-year old is already an accomplished fiction writer! Either way this was both a treat and a bit of a trick.

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Juma (@juma)
6 months ago

This is a delightful story, Leyla! You’ve got the five year old psyche down! Even though it was a long time ago, I can still remember counting my treats after Halloween, and making sure my brothers and sister didn’t take any from my bag. But I never had to contend with a ghost! By the way, I absolutely love the name Jojo Simwa. What a great imagination you have. Keep these awesome stories coming!

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Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
6 months ago

I feel so sorry for the little good girl! Not only was she blamed for having lied to her parents, for having eaten all the chocolate and dirtying the sheets, she also lost all her candy! And the naughty Jojo Simwa got away with it! Terrible!

I love your story, Leila! It’s very funny and well written.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
6 months ago

Poor little Lucille. She’ll have to figure out how to set a trap for Jojo. Great story, nicely done.

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
6 months ago

Hi Leyla
I extremely like the flights of fancy in the story. It has the taste of a candy!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

Poor Lucille. She had already lost candy and was even accused. I love it so much, Leyla. I was having fun while reading it. Good job.

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