Story by Livia Tredway
Collaborative editing by Livia & Rebecca Tredway
Long ago when frogs were magic there lived a frog named Alex. He lived in a puddle and if you caught him he would grant you three wishes. Now our story begins.
One rainy day there was a little girl named Melissa who loved splashing in puddles. She found a really big puddle and wanted to splash in it. A strange croaky voice called out, “You may not jump in this puddle, little one, for it is magic and it is my home.”
Alex the Frog hopped out of the puddle. Melissa, surprised, asked curiously, “What are you doing in this shallow puddle?”
Alex said, “I’m not a normal frog for I can talk and I am magic. This puddle is magic, too. That is why it’s my home. My name is Alex.”
Melissa said, “Oh, I’m sorry, Alex. I did not know that it was your home. I thought it was a normal puddle.”
Alex was indignant. “Why I never! This is a very SPECIAL puddle and if you catch me I’ll grant you three wishes.”
Melissa said, “That would be nice!” She bent down and gently scooped up the frog.
“Now I shall grant you three wishes,” said Alex the Frog.
“Let me think,” Melissa murmured to herself. And then out loud she said, “I wish that you could be my best friend. I have always wanted to be friends with a frog!”
“Wish granted,” Alex croaked.
Melissa smiled sweetly and exclaimed, “Yay! Now I have a new friend!” She tenderly patted him on the head.
Alex sadly croaked, “I never had a friend before. Melissa, can you teach me how to be a friend?”
“Sure, poor Alex! Well, I guess I’m your first friend!” And they both laughed and played together for a while.
Then Alex paused and said, “It’s time for me to grant your second wish.”
Melissa realized she liked having a frog friend but wanted him to stay with her in her own home. “I wish you could be with me forever,” she said.
“Wish gladly granted!” And then Alex asked, “Where am I going to stay?”
Melissa laughed, “Come with me, silly.” Alex hopped onto her curly red hair and curiously croaked, “Where are we going, little one?”
“To my home,” she replied happily.
At home, Melissa prepared a cozy bowl with a little bed for her frog friend Alex.
He said, “No one has ever been this nice to me before. They just thought I was a gross and disgusting slimy frog.”
She patted him gently on the head and said, “I like having a frog for a friend.”
“That’s the nicest thing anybody ever said to me,” Alex croaked happily.
“Well, you are my best friend and I love you,” Melissa said.
Then Alex pointed out, “If you want me to grant your third wish I can now.” But she said, “No, I don’t need anymore wishes. My wish is right here with me.”
Alex thought to himself that Melissa was the sweetest girl in the world.
Melissa told him, “Our friendship is my most treasured possession!” She swooped down and kissed him right on the lips. Alex blushed a little and then they both laughed.
This is the story of the frog and the girl who loved him.