I came home from work today and my son greeted me at the laundry room with a warm, happy smile as he excitedly showed me his robot vs the army drawings. I asked what was it all about. He paused for a long time. He then said, ” the robot is the bad guy and the armies are the good guys.” I asked him again, ” but what is going on in the story?” He paused again looking serious. He then said, ” don’t know.” I asked him if he wants me to make him a story. He said, ” yes dad, make me one please, ” with a pleading look on his face. I told him that I’ll make one for him while at work during my break time.
Before I went to bed, he asked me to spell the words fire, water, hot and cold which he wrote on the arms of the robot. He was a bit disappointed at first because he spelled cold as “kold.” I was trying to help him with his phonics and the way I said C sounded like K. He insisted for a while the right spelling was ” kold” because it sounded that way. After much discussion, he quickly erased and changed the k to c when I turned my back. The power of persuasion worked.
I haven’t done a fictional children story before, much more about robots and armies. What would be the plot? How do I twist the story to deliver a positive message and moral lesson? I’m squeezing my brain at 06:00 A.M. in the morning.
Finally, I thought of the title, “The Magic Robot” and this is how the story unfolded.
Before the Transformers visited the planet, there was the Magic Robot who look like any other toy when in dormant form. It was hidden inside a chest at an old cottage in a remote coastal village. It has been forgotten by time until one day, a boy whose parents inherited the cottage from their great-grandfather found it. It looked worn out and dusty. The boy washed it with soap and water until it was all clean. He wondered what the words fire, water , hot and cold on the robot’s arms meant.
That night, the snow came. The temperature was enough to freeze the outside pond. The boy’s father burned some wood inside the fireplace to keep everyone warm. The boy was so cold so he moved closer to the fireplace but then he didn’t realize that he was to close and accidentally dropped the robot. The fire consumed it so fast before his dad could save the robot. The robot was badly damaged that it’s no longer recognizable. The boy felt so sad that he cried. His dad hugged him, assuring him that he will do his best to fix the toy in the morning. The boy’s father placed the burned robot outside the patio before they went to bed.
The boy slept that night with a heaviness in his heart. He has grown to love his new toy and he misses it a lot. That night he dreamed or so he thought that the robot came back to life but this time it has grown to a towering height of about 600 feet towering over the village. Unknown to the boy, the dream is happening in the real world, just outside his house and creating fear and chaos to the people living in the area.
How did the magic robot transformed itself into a towering giant? Unknown to anyone, there were six elements that brought the robot to life. These were fire, water, hot and cold temperature, human emotion and a child’s dream. All of these brought the robot to life, made it grow and gave it super powers.
As the robot walked around the village, the frightened people were running left and right, screaming hysterically looking horrified. The first responder to the scene were the police officers who came in one huge truck. They used their weapons to try to stop the robot but instead he grew bigger and more powerful because he absorbs any form of energy. The robot looked just as frightened. He doesn’t understand why the humans are trying to hurt him. He thought they were gentle and caring just like the boy who loved him. The robot was just trying to find the boy who he considered as his friend. The robot started to cry, but his tears were so big that it started to flood the streets. The people down below were more terrified.One lady was screaming, ” Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh. We are all going to…” She didn’t finish the last word because she was so scared that she fainted.
Then came several tanks. They tried to stop the robot with their missiles but to no avail. The robot simply absorbed the thermal energy and grew even bigger. The robot is now trembling in fear but it’s so huge that it’s shaking the very earth it stood on. People down below are holding on to anything, hiding under tables in fear of falling debris.
Then came the helicopters. The soldiers in it tried to stop the robot but failed. They did rescue some villagers stranded on top of their roofs.
Then came the fighter jets. The pilots tried to stop the robot as well but just like the earlier ones, they also failed. By now, the robot is so gigantic that the people from the other village across the other island can see how humongous it was.
The navy also sent their powerful submarine at full speed but it wasn’t fast enough to stop the robot.
Finally, the boy was awaken by his father from his deep sleep. He was wondering what was the loud noise and the bright lights outside his window was all about.
This time they headed to the roof because the water rose all the way up to the second floor of their house. When the boy looked up, he saw a familiar figure only way, way bigger this time.The boy was all excited. He called out the robot who approached him happily.
The robot gently placed the boy on his palm. The boy shouted to the soldiers, ” Stop! The robot is here to use his powers to help people.” The soldiers immediately retreated back to their camps.
Luckily, nobody got hurt during the entire event. The robot used his powers to clean and rebuild the village.He even built more buildings for shelter, recreation, playing and centers of healing. He created a magical rainbow that brings peace, love, hope and happiness to those around it. The villagers feel very fortunate to have him and treasured him through the years.
The boy grew up and eventually got old. One day while sitting by the patio, the old man told the robot that he is leaving soon. He explained the human cycle of life and that it was his turn to go back to his maker. The robot was sad but he understood that he has to let go of his friend. Just before sunrise , the old man had his last breath and didn’t wake up. The robot turned back into its original inanimate toy form. A few days later, it vanished and nobody knew where it went. The villagers believed that destiny will guide another boy to find it and another magical story begins.
I read the story several times before I decided to post it. It has no resemblance to the children books that I normally borrow at the library. I’m sure my son has a wilder imagination than I have. I hope he likes it.
Should I ended the story in a different way? What do you think?
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