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That bus ride home for Jessica had changed everything.

She realized that some stranger had crept several feet behind her. For others, their hearts would usually pound. But Jessica isn’t one of those people. She was curious.

Before she can expose the stranger in any way, she decided to lay low. She pretended to walk slowly to her doorstep while glancing behind to look at him with the corner of her eye.

And then, she couldn’t fake anymore. So she walked inside carefully and went to watch from the windows.

Now, the stranger. Jess looked at his face. He seemed to be impatient, but cautious. Jess was good at figuring things out. She thought of a possible scenario. Maybe he was waiting for a delivery that no one was supposed to know about.

The stranger started to pace.

A few minutes later, another stranger came by. He wore a regular outfit, black jeans, and a dark brown hoodie. But the way he came made him seem like a ghost, the king of darkness. He made his way toward the first stranger. The second stranger held a box. Just an ordinary box. The first stranger accepted the box and walked toward Jess’s doorstep. The next thing she heard was a ring from her doorbell. Jess gulped.

Her mother was taking an afternoon nap, so she had to get it herself.Β She opened the door with a creak, just a tiny bit so she can see outside with only one eye. She peered downβ€” the box laid still.

But the strangers were gone.

Jess had the urge to open it. She also had the urge to snatch her phone, dial 911, and call the police. But the mystery was onto her, and she was determined to be the one to solve the puzzle.

She squatted down to pick up the tiny box. She shook it slightly, holding it close to her ear. Yes, she did, in fact, hear something, but she realized they were soft, not hard and metallic. She decided it was safe enough, and opened the box.

When she opened it, she looked at the item carefully.

But she didn’t need to. What were in the box, were socks.

Huh? She scratched her head. Why were there socks in the box? She didn’t understand.

She looked at it closely. She touched every part of the pair, but there was nothing in them, nor were there any stains or pricks. It was a flawless pair of socks. They were new and beautiful. The colors of them were gray, and it had a small penguin as a cute design. But there was something wrong, she thought.

She put the socks back in the box, held it tight in her hand, and turned her direction to go upstairs. But after she took a step forward, she slipped. She slipped on some… paper.

β€œPaper?” Jess said to herself. β€œWhy is there some scrunched up paper on the floor?”

She picked it up cautiously. She paused before she opened it up. Many wrinkles that couldn’t be mended made it hard for her to read.

To anyone who found the socksβ€”

Please read this note. Do not try on the socks.

If someone you know or do not know tries them on, their memories will be gone. They will forget all.

This… is crazy, she thought. She continued.

You are wondering why you received them. You received these because you are in great danger. You must use these socks to help you. I must tell you no more, for you will find out more on your own.

Do not tell ANYONE about the socks, nor show them this letter. That is truly forbidden.

Beware of magic, for it is very real and can cause great harm. The world depends on you, and so do we.

If anyone you know wears the socks, the next very words will be the steps of the cure…

Jess stopped reading. Magic isn’t real. I’ve been scammed again. She sighed and carried the box upstairs to her room. She yawned. She would find out the answer to this mystery sooner or later, right now all she wanted was a good night sleep…


β€œStay. Away. From. The. Box.”

Jess was cornered; a large white-haired man pointed the staff at her. Three out of the four men held a spear. The other one held the box, as if it was filled with thousands of rich diamonds.

β€œWe sent it to the wrong person. I will have to confiscate this.”

β€œBut why?” Jess asked. β€œThey are just socks.”

β€œMore than socks,” the man answered. β€œThey are truly magical.”

β€œBut—”

β€œOff you go!” the man yelled, waving the staff at Jess. Everything turned white, then dark blue, then black.

Then she woke up.


Jess yawned. What a weird dream. It seemed… so real. She thought to herself. She looked around, searching for the box.

The box! Jess opened her eyes wider, searching more wildly. Where did the box go?


She hurried downstairs, but only saw her mother heading toward the bathroom. Her feet didn’t make the usual light taps on the wooden floor. Jess gulped.

Please, please, please, do not be wearing the socks.

She didn’t believe in magic. But if magic was real, then her whole life is over.

She leaned forward to see the bottom half of her mother. Her feetβ€”

She had the socks.

Jess cried out, β€œMom! Stop!” She dashed toward the bathroom, making it there in time. She caught her breath. β€œM-mom!” Wheeze. β€œTake those socks off!” Wheeze.

Her mother had a confused look on her face. β€œJess? What are you doing here?”

Wait. So she remembers me?

β€œWhen’s my birthday?” Jess asked, slowly.

She was still confused. β€œNovember twenty-fifth, 2008.”

β€œMy favorite ice cream flavor?”

β€œRocky Road.”

β€œFavorite animal?”

β€œPanda. Or dolphin. Or koala. Or… I don’t know! Jess! What’s going on?”

Jess was really relieved. The socks have been a scam! At least, she hoped. She also hoped she can find more about these suspicious scam socks.

After Jess finally gave Mom permission to go to the bathroom AFTER she took her socks off, she went to watch from the window again. Maybe that strange guy will come back.

And, as Jess suspected, he did. Two of them again. But the whole picture was strange. The man who gave the box to the person who put it on her doorstep was yelling at him. His whole face was red.

Jess wanted to stay at home and watch, but she knew she can’t take any more of this mystery. So, clutching the box, she went outside in the hot sun.


β€œThere you are!” the man with the red face shouted to Jess. He marched toward her and held out his hand for the box.

β€œYou…You want this?” Jess asked, her voice crackling.

β€œOh no, I NEED it! This idiot next to me gave the box to the wrong person! He was supposed to give it to someone next door to you!” He hissed in the man’s ear, β€œIf you never gave it to her, none of this would have happened! You idiots are always so full of shit that you never pay attention!”

β€œWait, who lives next door to me?” Jess asked, ignoring the first man’s rude comment.

β€œWhy, Kathleen Stephanie Wilkerson, the queen of magic!” the second man blurted out.

β€œYou weren’t supposed to tell her that!” the first man hollered. Jess didn’t think it was possible, but his face got even redder.

β€œWait… Are any of you guys related to this dream I had yesterday?”

β€œOf course! Kathleen sent you that dream. She thought it would work. But it didn’t. So the next thing she did was drain the power of the socks so whoever wore it wouldn’t lose memory. We had to give her that note so she can give it to Agustina Wilkerson, her first cousin, so she can give it to Isabella Wilkerson. Then—”

β€œWait, why can’t you just give it directly to the person that you want to give it to?” Jess asked. Magic was weird.

The first man sighed. β€œSadly, magic doesn’t work that way,” he says. β€œJust like family has generations, and generations have steps, family also has steps. If you need to give something to someone, you have to give it to the youngest of the generation, to the oldest. But if you need to give it to the youngest, then you just give it to the youngest.”

Jess couldn’t take any more information about magic. She just wanted them to leave as soon as possible. β€œI guess the mystery is solved.”

The second man just stayed quiet as if he was afraid the first man would yell at him again.

β€œYou better go in; your mother will be waiting.” The first man waved to her, and he and the second man started to leave.

β€œWait,” Jess said.

They turn around.

A smile began to form on her thin lips. β€œDon’t you need the box first?”

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Nichole White
17:46 Jun 03, 2020

This story was really good, to where I hoped you would write another one! This could be a movie Kendra, this is AMAZING!!!

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Thank you so much! I wish they did make a movie out of this. That would be amazing. Thanks for being honest, your comment is very motivating :)

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Nichole White
18:20 Jun 03, 2020

You're so welcome!!!πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ˜

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Nandini Mujumdar
05:08 May 02, 2020

Nicely written enjoyed reading it. new here just posted one story. Hope you will like it

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I'll be happy to read your story! :)

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Taskin Hasan
13:08 Apr 25, 2020

I guess you can give this as a script to the filmmakers! I'm sure they are gonna cast the best actors for this script of yours..... this is amazing! I could feel all those characters in front of my eyes...😊😊😊

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Thank you! ^^ πŸ™‚πŸ™‚ I'm so glad you think it's good! πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

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Taskin Hasan
08:31 Apr 26, 2020

Will you please spare some time reading my one and comment what I can do to make my writing better! 😁😁

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Pranathi Gorty
17:04 Apr 23, 2020

Nice story! Do you think you could read my story and give me feedback on it? It's called "The (Not So Stranger) Stranger." It's for the same prompt. Thank you!

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Pranathi Gorty
19:08 Apr 23, 2020

Thank You!

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09:11 Apr 23, 2020

Oh my God, this is tv show material, i completely imagine a movie or series starting this way

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Tammy Tsang
21:53 Apr 22, 2020

Great story, I really enjoyed reading this one more than your 'Lost Phone, Found Prison' one. This story had a proper structure and a stronger, more believable story. (Even though it's more magical!) I especially liked the dialogue between Jess and her mother in the bathroom. It felt like a real conversation! I also laughed at the end when Jess questioned the strangers while they were explaining the ridiculousness of who needed to receive the box in what order. However, I have the same note as your other story. It would be helpful to ...

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07:09 Jul 08, 2020

Thank you Tammy for giving this writer such a thorough review. It was kind and generous of you. i wish everyone did that I was beginning to think I was the only one and you have trumped me properly.

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Ndekwoh Ojen
15:38 Apr 22, 2020

Great story. My children have completely fallen in love with you via your stories. They want to read all of them before even reading mine. Imagine!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Please keep writing.

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07:10 Jul 08, 2020

Tch! Kids

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Grace Morgan
15:45 Apr 21, 2020

:) My sister and I love reading your stories! I hope you are doing well!

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Ujiro Asagbra
17:37 Apr 20, 2020

Nice story. I really enjoyed the suspense.

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The title got me really interested lol Socks in a box

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And I loved your story :)

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^^ I'll be very glad you read your story too if you want! Have a great day!

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Cj Alexander
02:16 Apr 20, 2020

This was such an interesting take on magic. I liked the β€˜magical socks’ idea: very unique. The explanation for why the socks didn’t go straight to the queen felt a little shaky and confused me a smidge. Otherwise, wonderful job.

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Sebastian Ehlke
00:19 Apr 19, 2020

I thought your story had an interesting idea, it definitely had a lot of potential. I suggest you work on some of your grammar, organization, and descriptive skills. I also recommend you have someone other than yourself (like a teacher, or another adult) proofread your work before you submit it. Keep writing, you have the potential to do great things!

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Erica Mcintosh
20:15 Apr 18, 2020

I enjoyed your story! It definitely kept me engaged all the way to the end!

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I'm very glad it did! I'm warmed that you had fun reading!

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Johanna J
20:23 Apr 22, 2020

I LOVE this story! Amazing and well-written. My story "Him" needs feedback, so I was wondering if you could review it... It's for this prompt, thanks a lot! the title was the thing though, that got me intrigued. :)

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Incognito Author
06:35 Apr 20, 2020

could you explain the ending, please ?

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Lara Macgregor
19:45 Apr 18, 2020

Interesting story!

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Thanks! Glad you found it interesting :)

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Lara Macgregor
20:54 Apr 18, 2020

You're welcome! :)

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Lydia Freeman
16:01 Apr 18, 2020

I loved this story!

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Thank you! I'm glad you loved it! ^^

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Khadija S.
20:22 Apr 18, 2020

Nice story, original concept, entertaining style!

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Thank you very much! Appreciate it ^^

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Aishath Saimon
05:37 Apr 20, 2020

this is brilliant!

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Emily Nghiem
06:33 Jun 12, 2020

Hi On Khadija S. comment above, this is positive constructive that says nice, original and entertaining. But it was accidentally marked down instead of up. (I marked it as up, but it only shows as 0 instead of 1.) Kendra: can you check if it can be corrected? KS should have 2 points not 0. I will delete this and replace it with a comment later. Thanks!

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Khadija S.
07:13 Jun 12, 2020

Wow :). This was in my 'activity', just wanted to say I am really surprised at the effort you took to try and correct that ! You are a very kind person. And just to say, that it is ok, it doesn't really matter.

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Emily Nghiem
18:03 Jun 12, 2020

Well, you just got another point to make up for that glitch. When I find writers willing to take the time to read and share critiques, I try to thank as many of their comments and stories to give maximum credit for that effort. It also helps newer writers to feel included and encouraged. Writing in general takes so much effort and courage, there is no such thing as an undeserved participation trophy - anything people try posting or sharing out in the open like this deserves support. It all leads to growth as a community, and I want to say th...

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Khadija S.
19:30 Jun 12, 2020

:)

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07:46 Jul 08, 2020

Couldn't put it better myself..

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