Sunni and The Midnight Adventure
By Jacqueline Sullivan
Running. Jumping. Playing. What a fun day for the Socker family. It went rather quickly and then, it was time for the socks to find their way to the corner of the dresser drawer for bedtime.
As they curled up one by one, they drifted into sweet dreams about who would be the socks chosen to be worn by the humans for the next day, and about the adventures that would follow. But Sunni, the baby bobby sock, would have an adventure of her own before the next day had even begun.
Sunni was always the last one to settle down while everyone else was already curled up and asleep. Tonight was no exception.
As Sunni got comfortable and snuggled up against her sister Rinse, she began to drift.
Her eyes began to close. She began to fall asleep.
“Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.” Sunni awoke, startled. What was that noise? Where was it coming from?
“Oooooooooooooooo.” There it was again. Sunni was getting scared.
Sunni snuggled closer to Rinse and tried to fall asleep once again. “Ooooooooooooooooo!” Sunni shivered. She had to tell someone.
“Rinse?” she whispered quietly, trying not to wake anyone else. “R-Rinse? Please w-wake up.” She poked her lightly and Rinse’s eyes opened.
“Sunni, what’s wrong?” Rinse asked.
“There’s n-noises out t-there. They’re scary…” Sunni said, shaking.
“Maybe you had a nightmare, Sunni. Come here.”
Rinse snuggled around her baby sister and tried to go back to sleep.
Sunni whispered. “Rinse, Rinse. There it is.” And there it was.
Rinse heard it that time.
Rinse comforted her sister. “It’s okay, Sunni. I’m sure it’s nothing. Maybe the humans left the TV on.”
“B-but…Rinse, it’s coming from under the bed. It’s the not the TV.” Sunni said.
Rinse began to get scared too. But she was also a bit curious. “Let’s go see what’s making the noise, okay?” Rinse peered out the dresser drawer. “Come on. I’ll be right here.”
“O-okay.” Together they climbed out of the drawer and rolled across the floor toward the bed.
Cautiously they peeked under the dust ruffle at the foot of the bed. There was nothing there. So the noise couldn’t be coming from there. Sunni and Rinse rolled over to the opposite side of the bed. They heard the noise again.
“Ooooooooooooooooo…..ah choo!” The noise was much closer this time. They were close to finding it.
Sunni hid behind her sister. “Rinse, I’m scared.”
Rinse snuggled her sister. “I know, Sunni. But we are close to finding it. We can’t stop now.” Rinse was scared, too. But she had to find out what was making the noise so her sister could sleep.
“Hello?” Rinse shouted into the dark corner. There was no response. “Hello? Is anyone there?” No one answered.
“Anyone? Hello?” Suddenly they heard laughter.
“Hehehehehe.” It sounded mischievous.
Rinse was startled but called back. “Who’s there?”
And out from beneath the ruffle came two small dust bunnies. The one on the left sneezed. “Hello. Who are you two?” he asked.
“I’m Rinse and this is sister Sunni.” Rinse gestured to her sister who remained hidden behind her.
“It’s nice to meet you, Rinse and Sunni. I’m Dustin and this is my sister, Bailey.” He sneezed again.
“It’s nice to meet you, too. Were you guys just making noises a little while ago?” Rinse asked.
“Yes, that was us,” Dustin said. His sister gave him a look. “Well, actually it was just me,” Dustin confessed. “I was pretending I was a ghost to play a trick on my sister. I hope I didn’t scare you.”
Rinse glanced at Sunni who looked relieved. “Well, you actually scared my sister quite a bit. Could you please not do that again?” she asked politely.
Bailey spoke up. “Of course.” She turned to her brother. “See, I told you it wasn’t nice to play jokes. You not only scared me but you scared them, too.”
“I’m sorry,” said Dustin. “I was just joking. I won’t do that again.”
“Thanks,” said Rinse. “We know you didn’t mean to scare us. Right, Sunni?” Rinse looked at her sister.
“Yeah. I forgive you,” Sunni said with a smile. “And maybe we can all be friends!”
The dust bunnies smiled. “Of course!”
“Let’s play,” said Sunni with a burst of energy. “Yay!” shouted Bailey. The four rolled around the human’s floor, playing tag. Dustin and Bailey laughed while Sunni and Rinse giggled as their dust bunny friends began to gather more lint.
“Look,” Sunni said with a big grin.
“Wow,” said Rinse as she adjusted her swim goggles to get a better look.
“What’s wrong?” asked Bailey.
Sunni and Rinse rolled closer to their new pals and smiled. “You are just like the snowmen we see when the humans build them during the winter.”
“How?” asked an excited Bailey.
“They roll some of the snow down a hill and it gets bigger and bigger and bigger …” Sunni said. She paused to get catch her breath. She spread her fabric out to show Bailey and Dustin how big.
“Wow,” said Bailey.
“Cool,” Dustin said.
In unison, both rolled around the room in a furious pace, gathering more and more dust until they were almost the size of Sunni.
Rinse squealed. “Neat!”
Sunni wiggled and lay flat, spinning around. “I want to be a dust bunny, too!”
The four tired themselves out, rolling and playing on the floor.
Rinse looked at her sister and yawned. “It’s time to go. We should get some sleep.”
“Aw, do we, big sis?” asked Sunni.
“I’m afraid so.”
“Can we play just a little bit more?” she asked.
“Maybe in the morning, Sunni. Right now It’s time to get some sleep.” Rinse smiled at Dustin and Bailey. “Good night!”
“Good night!” the dust bunnies said together and slipped back under the bed.
The socks then found their way back to their cozy spot in the dresser drawer. And this time Sunni had no trouble falling asleep.
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