Missing (#100WordStory)

The whole family, excitedly busy in setting up the new home theatre, doesn’t realise that little Arian isn’t anywhere around. Panic strikes when they notice the door ajar and the neighbour announces that he was seen outside ten minutes ago, plucking flowers. Everyone begins running helter-skelter looking for him. Dad and grandpa go as far as the garden, his favourite place, still no sign of him. Wearily plonking themselves on the sofa, as they contemplate informing police, a lithe frame slides out of the cardboard packaging. The relieved mamma runs to hug him, laughing so hard that she starts crying.

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