poe – a short story

Poe, the new iPod touch, sat down to play with the other toys.

One of the teddybears asked him if he wanted to play football. The teddybears loved to play football: they could run around all day, and if they fell over, all the better! Some of the teddybears were missing patches of fur – the captain of the football team even had a button sewed on where his eye used to be, but he was still one of the favourite toys.

“I couldn’t possibly play football,” said Poe, “I don’t want to get scratches on my screen! Surely you’d prefer to sit down, and listen to music?”

But the teddybears didn’t want to sit still and listen to music, so they ran off to play football.

A Lego spaceship swooped down from the table, and one of the Lego astronauts climbed out, and asked Poe if he wanted to play with the Lego.

“I couldn’t possibly play Lego,” said Poe, “I don’t know how to make things! Surely you’d prefer to sit down, and watch one of my videos?”

But the Lego astronaut didn’t want to watch a video, so he flew his spaceship back to his Lego base.

This happened a few times, and after a while, Poe started to worry. No-one wanted to watch videos with him, or listen to music: everyone wanted to talk or play, or run around.

“But I can’t play like that!”, cried Poe, “I need to stay shiny and new, or no-one will want me.”

The other toys stopped their playing. The teddybears said to Poe “You can play the music at half-time in our game.” The Lego astronaut came flew down and said “You can play your space videos at my Lego Base”.

Poe was excited. Finally, he could play with the other toys.

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