“Stella!” screamed Autumn Elf at the top of his lungs. “Come quick!”
Stella, Autumn Elf’s younger sister, dropped what she was doing and ran into the living room to see what Autumn Elf wanted.
“What is going on?” asked Stella.
Autumn Elf pointed to the television. The weatherman was explaining how winter weather was right around the corner.
“No!” cried Autumn Elf. “I don’t need to hear that. It is way too early for winter. We are only half way through autumn. I am so angry at the weatherman.”
“You know,” said Stella. “You really shouldn’t be angry at the weatherman. He is, after all, just doing his job.”
“If I can’t be angry at the weatherman,” said Autumn Elf. “Then what can I do?”
“Well,” said Stella. “You need to stand up against winter. You need to be strong and not let winter win. You are, after all, Autumn Elf.”
“You are right,” said Autumn Elf, grabbing his jacket. “I can do this!”
Autumn Elf went outside. He grabbed every rake he could and stood them all in a wide circle. He crawled in under the rakes and stood defiantly with his hands on his hips.
“I dare you to show up now,” stated Autumn Elf, with confidence and courage.
Autumn Elf felt a cold wind in his face.
“Do not come any further!” yelled Autumn Elf.
The cold wind stopped abruptly. Autumn Elf held steady and stood his ground. Soon, warm autumn winds returned.
“Autumn Elf,” said Stella. “The weatherman just announced that the winter weather he previously forecasted has been cancelled. Autumn is here to stay, at least for the next week or so.”
“I know I can’t hold winter off forever,” said Autumn Elf. ‘ ‘But I will try my hardest to hold it off for as long as I can.”
“I am proud of you,” said Stella, giving Autumn Elf a hug.
“Thank you,” said Autumn Elf. “And thank you for suggesting I stand up to winter.”
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