Under the Starlit Sky … Part 2

If you missed Part 1, here is the link. Under the Starlit Sky

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Jinx, Snowball and Alabaster were standing on the floor of the spaceship looking around in awe.  They had to squint for it was so bright inside, everything had a vibrant orange glow to it, and the brightness almost burned their eyes until they adjusted to the light.

The music had stopped, much to Jinx’s disappointment. He had been trying to determine where he recognized the tune from, but hadn’t been able to figure it out.

“Oh wow! How cool is this!” Alabaster shouted. Snowball and Jinx went over to Alabaster to see what had him so excited. Snowball rolled his eyes when he saw it and Jinx said he would prefer some hot tea, as they stared at the coffeemaker on the counter.

Meanwhile Snowball when over to the refrigerator and was very glad to see it stocked with bottled water. He grabbed a bottle out and drank it straight down. “Ahh! Now this is real, pure refreshment.”

Alabaster waited impatiently for the coffeemaker to be done making coffee.

Jinx was busy looking at the large control board with all its buttons and levers.

At last the coffee maker was done, and Alabaster poured himself a cup.

Suddenly the spaceship lurched causing the coffee to spill out of Alabaster’s cup.

“Oops! I guess now we know what that red lever does when you pull it!” Jinx said sheepishly.

“Oooh you are a genius!” said Snowball as he got up off the floor, having lost his balance when the spaceship took off.

“So now we are flying around in the night sky, having no clue to where we are going or how to stop this thing from moving, so what are we going to do?” Snowball asked.

” I see a full coffee pot, so I know what I am gong to do. I need to pour myself another cup of coffee. Coffee gives me hope. ”

Snowball had now come over to look at the control board with Jinx. They thought that perhaps 2 heads were better than one, though in their case it  didn’t work very well. They were looking at the control board, feeling totally confused and clueless.

“Whoa!”  they all shouted. There was a sudden huge increase of speed.

“Pull the lever back down Jinx!” Jinx quickly did and the spaceship slowed down.

Jinx laughed, “Well that was fun!”

From a little distance away he and Snowball heard Alabaster muttering to himself. They looked at him across the room and tried to hold back their laughter as they saw him standing with his coffee cup in hand and a puddle of coffee at his feet.

Snowball walked over the fridge and pulled out another bottle of water and offered it to Alabaster. “No thanks!” he said in a disgruntled tone.  “I will just go make another pot of coffee. Will you two stooges be able to keep this spaceship flying smoothly?

“Of course we will, are you doubting that we know what we are doing?”

Alabaster shook his head. “If you guys think you know what you are doing you are quite delusional!”

Jinx put out his hand to Jangle. “I will take a bottle please, for I am rather thirsty and not sure if I will be getting any coffee anytime soon.”  They looked at each other and laughed.

Snowball and Jinx kept looking but they just kept getting more and more confused.

“i don’t see any lever or button that says anything about landing on it. I am afraid we are stuck just floating around in the sky. It sure would help if I shared a brain with someone who was an expert at flying spaceships, but I don’t know of anyone.” said Jinx, feeling hopeless.

“Maybe we are headed to the moon, think how cool that would be!” chimed in Alabaster, who was feeling happier now that he was drinking coffee. “Lets just sit back and enjoy the ride!”

Snowball and Jinx looked at each other, he had a point, there was nothing else they could really do.

They all were chatting when Alabaster stopped in mid sentence and said, “Umm…I think something weird is happening ” He was trying to stifle a laugh while talking.

“What?” Snowball and Jinx looked at him.

“Just take a look at each other! I do believe something was wrong with that bottled water. Never trust water! Do you guys feel okay? Sure hope its not poisonous.”

Snowball and Jinx were speechless as they looked at each other. They couldn’t believe their eyes. Alabaster was holding his stomach from laughing so hard.

Their skin was Emerald Green and Blue! Left side of their body was Emerald Green and the right side was blue! What were they going to do!

Jinx felt himself begin to shake. He was rolling from side to side.

“Jinx Jinx, wake up! Wake up!” Jangle was shaking him. Are you okay? You have been yelling like crazy. The only words I could make out was “I am emerald blue, I am emerald blue!”

Jinx sat straight up, and touching his hands to his face and looking at his arms, ignoring Jangle. He bounced out of bed and ran to the bathroom to look in the mirror. He sighed with visible relief! He wasn’t Emerald blue.  It was only a dream, just a very crazy dream!

He went down the hall to find Jangle. “Jangle you will never believe what I dreamed last night. I was outside  looking at stars when …’

Their front door burst open and Snowball rushed in. “You guys gotta help me! I woke up this morning and LOOK!”

Jangle’s mouth dropped to the floor and Jinx fainted.  Half of Snowball’s body was Emerald green and the other half was blue!

 

 

Under the Starlit Sky

Jinx laid in bed listening to the clock chime. It was midnight and he was wide awake. It didn’t help that he could hear Jangle snoring, from his room down the hall. He might have to suggest to Jangle to start sleeping in a tent outside, though it may be a tad cold for that.

A few more minutes passed and Jinx decided he should get up, at least get some exercise since he is awake. Perhaps he would bundle up and go look at the stars for a little, try to find the Big Dipper.

He quietly got ready, and was soon out the door, breathing into his wool scarf. Ahh! It was a beautiful night to look at the stars he thought, as he slowly walked around.

“Couldn’t you sleep either?”

Jinx jumped! Who else was out here? He turned and to his surprise he saw Snowball standing there.

“Well Hello, I didn’t expect to see you!” Jinx said.

Snowball stretched and said, “Yeah, I took too many naps today and now am wide awake. Been looking for the Little Dipper, but haven’t found it yet.”

Jinx and Snowball were quiet as they continued to search the sky.

“Well, I see the Big and Little Dipper, no problem! They are right in front of me.”

Snowball and Jinx turned their heads quickly at the sound of Alabaster’s voice. They were beginning to wonder if everyone was awake tonight. Well except for Jangle, who most likely was still snoring away.

“Very funny!” they said, as they saw Alabaster walking straight  towards them with a big smile on his face and a sly glint in his eyes.

“No, really, they are, just look behind you!”

They turned around and looked, sure enough they spotted them. “Now to find the Little Bear”. said Snowball.

All three were searching the starlit sky when all of a sudden they saw the strangest thing that they had ever seen in the sky. It was big and shining  bright.

“A shooting star!” cried Jinx.

“No, I think its an airplane”, said Snowball.

“Wow! I never ever thought I would see one!”, cried Alabaster, as he jumped up and down with excitement.

“An airplane?” Snowball asked, looking at him with a quizzical expression on his face.

“No! A spaceship!”

All three stared with their hearts beating fast, the closer it got, the more you could tell, that it was indeed a spaceship! It had a neon orange light glowing around it. Snowball, Jinx, and Alabaster had to shield their eyes, as the light was blinding them. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing, the spaceship had landed just a few feet away from them!

They were frozen in shock as they saw the door come open, but no one came out. They heard music coming from the spaceship and Jinx was drawn to the music as he walked towards the spaceship. Alabaster couldn’t resist not seeing a spaceship close up, so he followed Jinx. Snowball thought his friends were crazy, but he couldn’t let them go alone!

Now they were right in front of the spaceship and the light glowed around them. The music kept playing and they were discussing with each other about walking into the spaceship. Who would go first?

How could they not check it out, imagine the story they could tell their friends, they would be amazed!

They decided they would all go together. They each stepped onto the ramp that had come out of the door. Suddenly the ramp lifted up and they fell on their stomachs as they rolled down the ramp and into the spaceship. They jumped as they heard the closing of the door.

( to be continued … 🙂 )

 

Finding the Perfect Gift

This post today was inspired by 2 special readers of mine. A dear little boy and his special “Gem”, his grandma. The little boy loves dragons and especially Dinosauris. His grandma brought it to my attention that a couple days ago it was “National Appreciate a Dragon Day.” Well even though I missed that day, I am not real good with Dragon facts, I thought I should still honor it. So Benjamin, and Ellen, thanks for the inspiration and I hope you guys and all of my readers enjoy this story. Its always fun to take a visit to the North Pole. 

Finding the Perfect Gift

Everyone was in a celebratory mood, today was a special day. Today they were all celebrating Dinosauris birthday. No one was quite sure how old he was, and actually no one really knew the actual date of his birthday, but everyone deserved to celebrate a birthday! Everyone appreciated him so much for he was such a kind dragon. They all decided to make the day that he joined them at the North Pole as his “birthday” and today marked a year since he had come.

Chef Salvo was preparing a special meal. He cooked all day yesterday for dragons eat a lot! He was really glad that Jinx and Jangle were able to find some Dragon fruit plants.

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Chef Salvo was able to make an amazing  Dragon fruit crepe cake out of it!

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Candy Cane had been in charge of the decorations and they looked great. Everything was ready for the party, well almost everything. Jinx, Jangle, Snowball and Alabaster were in charge of finding the perfect birthday gift for Dinosauris.  When Candy Cane asked how they were coming along with it, she couldn’t get a straight answer out of any of them. She was beginning to have her doubts.

Snowball kept dozing off when she tried to ask him. Alabaster, was so bundled up in blankets, and just kept saying how cold it was. He hadn’t been at the North Pole as long as the others, and came from the sunny South. He was having a slightly hard time adjusting and was busy guzzling down hot drinks. He would nod his head at Candy Cane when she would ask him, or make some crazy pun about the cold.

Jinx kept giving Candy Cane answers that would lead her to another question, and then he would walk away and she would realize that he didn’t answer her original question. Jangle was so busy listening to music, and he would answer Candy Cane’s questions about Dinosauris by breaking into song. Needless to say Candy Cane felt like ” smacking her head” after talking to all of them and she was just hoping that they would have a gift in time for the party tonight.

While preparations were being made for the big party, Dinosauris had a special, surprise visitor that came to see him, along with his grandmother. This little boy loved dragons, and especially loved Dinosauris. He had an amazing time flying with Dinosauris, keeping him distracted while all the elves got ready for the birthday celebration.

Snowball stretched as he opened his eyes. Jinx, Jangle and Alabaster were staring at him. “Wh-What, What do you guys want?”  Snowball asked as he stifled a yawn.

“Did you get it?” asked Jinx.

Snowball looked a little confused, “Get what?”

Jangle shook his head. “The gift, Dinosauris birthday gift! We only have a few hours until his party and Candy Cane will have our heads if we don’t bring the gift.”

Now Snowball was wide awake. “OH NO! I forgot! It slipped my mind, Jinx you were supposed to remind me!”

Jinx looked down at his feet. “Well right now, lets not worry whose fault it is, but clearly we have a problem! We need to find a gift. I suggest we go out exploring to find something. Everyone get bundled up and we will leave in 15 minutes.”

Alabaster sighed, would he ever get used to this cold, he thought.

When 15 minutes had passed, they were all seated in a sleigh and ready to go, though they still had no idea of exactly where they were going.

Jangle drove as they zoomed over the snow, taking the curves a little fast, but they were pressed for time. One time Alabaster almost fell out of the sleigh, but Snowball grabbed hold of him and pulled him back in.

“Look straight ahead, see the cute chipmunks!” Jinx pointed out. Alabaster was wishing he had grabbed his camera, for he thought chipmunks were such cute creatures. Jangle started singing a song about them, as he drove.

At last Jangle brought the sleigh to a stop,  and they all got out to go on a hunt for a special gift.

They walked and walked, feeling more despondent as they walked. What did a dragon need, what did a dragon like? How were they supposed to find the perfect gift?

Jinx wandered away from the group for a little and then they all heard him yell. They all went running to where they heard the yell from, but saw nothing.

“Umm….what are we all staring at? Where did Jinx go?”  Snowball asked.

“Down here!” they heard a muffled yell and saw a hole ahead of them.

When they got to the hole, Jinx was climbing out, brushing snow off himself. He was smiling as he held something in his hand.

“I found it! I found a gift for Dinosauris.”

Everyone smiled as they cried out in unison, “What?”

Jinx dropped marbles onto the snow and emptied his pockets of even more marbles.

“I was walking and didn’t see the hole. I yelled out as I fell, and then realized that there were marbles all around me. Don’t know where they came from! I remembered how Dinosauris loves colorful things and he had fun with a marble game that he had before, but I think he lost it recently.”

Everyone agreed that the marbles sounded perfect, and no one was happier to go back, then Alabaster, whose toes were growing numb. They would make it back with just a little time to spare before the party. Time to show Candy Cane their gift, for she was probably beginning to get frantic by now.

The party was a grand success. Dinosauris was so surprised by the party and the gift,  that happy tears rolled down his face. He loved his cake and had so much fun playing marbles with the little boy and the other elves. He kept winning, and that was okay, for after all it was his birthday.

To thank everyone for the party Dinosauris gave as many rides as everyone wanted. They soared high and spun around, there wasn’t a ride around that quite compared to a Dragon ride!

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Fun in Winter Wonderland

2 weeks until Christmas, the North Pole was abuzz with activity. There was barely any time for sleeping, as the elves were feverishly working and burning the midnight oil.

Jinx and Jangle were trying their best to stay awake, Snowball’s eyes were going closed once again as Jangle shook him awake  and said, “Do You Hear what I Hear?”

“Wh..what?” said Snowball rubbing his eyes.

“Santa Clause is coming to Town”, Jangle replied with a big smile. The music played as Santa walked into the Toy room, all smiles, carrying a big radio with him. “HO HO HO!” Santa said as his jolly belly shook like a bowlful of jelly.

“I brought music to help keep you all awake. You guys are doing great, keep it up for you know Christmas can’t be late!”

And with those words, “The Christmas Song” by Alvin and the Chipmunks started to play.

When it ended a lot of elves breathed a sigh of relief. “Mele Kalikamanaka”  started playing after it, and Jinx and Jangle sang along with it, as it reminded them of their vacation in Hawaii. Oh the days of being warm in the beautiful sunshine.

“Hey Little Drummer Boy”, Candy Cane yelled to Jangle. ” Are you almost done with that drum?”

“just a minute”,  he said, as he did a few more “pa- rum- pum- pum- pum’s”  on it before handing it over.

“Sleighride” played while Jinx finished painting the cherry red sleigh.

Starlight was singing “Away in the Manger” to herself as she intently painted the nativity set that she had. She was a wonderful artist.

The clock struck midnight and Jinx thought everyone needed something to perk them up so he ran through the aisles decking the floor and everyone else with his secret stash of glittery confetti that he had.

A few more hours passed and finally all the elves were ready to wrap it up and call it a night. The cold air blew in as they opened the door and went “Dashing through the Snow” into the “Silent Night”. 

They passed by the large, beautifully decorated evergreen tree, and stopped to admire it. Candy Cane started singing “O Tannebaum” with the others joining in.

Jinx suggested that they  roast “chestnuts on an open fire”, but the others decided that may be better for another night when they were more awake!

So off to their beds they went with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads. Except for Alabaster, he was one of Santa’s newest elves. He dreamed of a hula hoop, and perhaps a hippo entered his dream world as well for “All he wanted for Christmas was a Hippopotamus” 

 

 

 

The Dragon Cure

Jinx stared at the crossword puzzle in his book. He was trying to pass time by working on it,  but it wasn’t helping, he couldn’t concentrate. He had only figured out 3 words so far. “Yes”, that word was easy, for what other word was the opposite of “No.  “Dynamic” was a little trickier to come up with, and then there was “Jackalope”, that was a fun one. He was well acquainted with Jackalopes. The other words though were proving more difficult.  He had no idea of what started with a R, had a P in the middle and ended with a T! He closed the book and turned to Jangle.

“Jangle, don’t you think he should be coming out soon?” asked Jinx.

Jangle put down the book he was reading. “I sure hope so, for I have read this same paragraph 3x now, just can’t stop worrying about him. He really looked pale, don’t you think?”

Jinx nodded his head and they sat watching the door. Within a few minutes it opened up and Dr. Doodly  walked out with a smile.

He walked over to Jinx and Jangle and spoke, ” Dinosauris is feeling bad, but its nothing that can’t be cured.

Jinx and Jangle sighed with relief and smiled. “That is great! We knew you could fix him up! You have the magic touch Dr.Doodly”. they said.

“Well, actually I didn’t cure him, you two are the answer to that! Thank you so much for volunteering to take Dinosauris on a little trip. I know I can always count on the two of you.”

“Whoa! Wait a minute…When did we say…”

The Dr interrupted. ” I will ask Santa to give you off work for the next 3 days. Sound good? ”

Jinx and Jangle looked at each other, adventures were fun, and they were always up for one, so why not! They smiled and said, ” We will do anything to help our friend, sure we will go.”

“Wonderful!” It shouldn’t take you that long to get there. In fact you could probably still make it there today, if you left right away. I will go tell Santa Any questions?”

“Well yeah, where exactly are we taking Dinosauris  and what is wrong with him? they asked.

The Dr  chuckled, “Yes, I guess you do need to know that, I was getting ahead of myself. Dinosaris just needs some cheering up. He is very glad that you all brought him to the North Pole, but he is feeling antsy, needs some adventure. I know just the thing to cheer him up, but I thought it would be nice if his friends would accompany him. I want to send you all to visit the little giant!”

“A giant!” Jinx and Jangle both said in unison.

“No need to fear, he is a little giant.” replied the Dr. ” He is little in size, but he has a giant heart and he is wonderful at spreading smiles.”

Jinx and Jangle were visibly relieved to hear that. They were getting excited now. Sounded like this little giant would be a fun person to meet.

It didn’t take much time for them to get ready. Dinosauris had a little more color in his face, he was already getting happier. Eager to go on an adventure with Jinx and Jangle.

Everyone gathered around to see them off. They were glad that Dinosauris was a little happier, he was special to all of them. They hoped that this little adventure would be the perfect cure for him, that he wouldn’t be a gloomy dragon anymore dragging his tail behind him.

They were flying through the sky and Jinx and Jangle were feeling pretty content. Nothing like just sitting back and enjoying the ride!

As Dr.Dooly had said, in didn’t take them too long to get to their destination. Dinosauris landed and they slid off his back looking around. Wasn’t a whole lot to see, didn’t look like anyone was around, but they had seen the sign. A simple sign that read , “The Home of the Little Giant!”

Jinx and Jangle decided to stretch their legs and go on a little walk. Perhaps they would find the “Little Giant”. Dinosauris wanted to rest, since he had done all the work, while Jinx and Jangle just enjoyed the ride.  They said they would be sure to bring the “Little Giant” to him if they found him.

“Well, it feels like we have been walking for awhile and we haven’t seen any signs of a little giant.” Jinx said.

“Perhaps we should go back to check on Dinosauris, and we could have some supper. I am getting rather hungry.”  said Jangle.

Jinx agreed and they started heading back.

After they were walking a little ways, Jinx stopped, “Jangle, did you hear that?”

“Hear what?”

“Ssh! Just listen.” said Jinx.

They both stood very still and then the sound came again.

“Wow!Am I hearing what I think I am hearing?”

Jinx grinned, “I believe so, the sound of a dragon laughing is pretty distinct! Hurry, lets go!”

They ran the rest of the way and were shocked to see that Dinosauris wasn’t alone. There was a little boy standing with him. They were both laughing so hard, that tears were in their eyes.

Neither of them could speak when Jinx and Jangle first got there.

Finally Dinosauris caught his breath and said, “HI guys! So glad you made it back! I want to introduce you to my little friend. His name is Benjamin.”

Jinx and Jangle shook his hand as they smiled at the boy whose face just beamed with happiness.

Jinx and Jangle looked at each other and then back at him. ” Do you happen to be the little giant?”

“I sure am! So glad you all came to visit me, we are going to have so much fun together!”

Jinx and Jangle looked at Dinosauris smiling and they didn’t doubt for a second that the next 3 days surely would be a a fun adventure!

They all gathered in a circle to eat the wonderful picnic supper that Chef Salvo had packed.  He made plenty, and Benjamin had  juice boxes that he shared with them all  plus very tasty donuts for all of them. He was so sweet.

As they ate Benjamin continued to regale them with stories of his adventures with his best buddies Jellybean, the rabbit and Jaxon, the one and only Jackalope. The louder Dinosauris would laugh the louder Benjamin would laugh. Jinx and Jangle couldn’t help but join in, it made them so happy to see their friend happy once again!

Benjamin kept giving Dinosauris tight neck buster hugs around the neck and Dinosauris just loved it. Hugs always felt good!

There was no doubt, sharing happiness and laughter with a new friend was a wonderful cure !

 

 

 

The Secret Mission:(Part 3)

If you missed Part 2 of “The Secret Mission”, here is the link. The Secret Mission (Part 2) , and now for the conclusion. Enjoy!

Frank and George had been at the North Pole for 3 days and they were finally beginning to thaw out and get used to the freezing temperatures.  They had hit it off with Jinx an Jangle and Snowball. They were alike in so many ways it was crazy, almost like they were meeting clones of themselves, besides the fact that they looked very different.

This morning they were treated to another delightful meal from Chef Salvo and their stomach were nice and full. They were all ready to embark on their little journey. Though with a full stomach, Snowball really wanted to take a nap.

They were at last headed out on their secret mission. It would involve a fairly long sleigh ride to the secret spot. Santa Clause had given them a map to follow. He said they would know when they got to the spot, for there would be a sign.

As they were walking to the sleigh, Jinx and Jangle were arguing over who should drive it. Frank and George remembered witnessing them driving the sleigh into the snowbank and were thinking that perhaps they would be safer walking. Only problem was that they really didn’t want to walk a long way in the cold. They were intent on listening to Jinx and Jangle that they didn’t notice Snowball.

Snowball hurried past them and disappeared.

“So how about I flip a coin to decide who drives?” asked Jinx.

“Okay, that sounds fair, I call heads.” said Jangle.

Jinx flipped it, but missed catching it and it landed in the snow. He bent down to pick it up. After he brushed it off he said, ” Its tails! I win!”

Jangle sighed, but then he  heard, ” No, you don’t, I do, hop in and lets go!”

Jinx, Jangle, Frank and George turned their heads and to their surprise they saw Snowball sitting in the driver’s seat.

“C’mon slowpokes get in!”

They all laughed, and got in. Jinx barely had his other leg in before Snowball zoomed off.  He hoped they would safely make it to where they needed to go!

George had volunteered to read the map to Snowball, but Frank said no. “Remember the last time you tried reading the map, you ended up getting us lost. We ended up in a small town and took part in the carnival that night.”

George nodded his head, ” Oh yeah, the carnival, how could we forget that.”

“Carnivals are fun!” Jangle said, “You guys were lucky! We have a North Pole Olympics event here every year which is a lot of fun too!”

“Hopefully next year someone will remember to Hard boil the eggs!” said Jinx, looking at Jangle, causing Jangle to turn a little red.

“The carnival was fun, but we ended up being at the Dunk Tank Booth!” George told them. Jinx, Jangle and Snowball had a good laugh at that.

They continued chatting away, until George called out, “Hey, I think we just passed the sign!”

“What sign?”, they all asked.

“The one we just passed!” said George. “I think it was where we were supposed to stop. I thought you were reading the map, Frank?”

Frank sheepishly admitted that he had been distracted by chatting.

“Hold on everyone!’  Snowball shouted, and he made a huge donut in the snow and headed back from the direction they had just come from.

“There it is!” said Jinx.

Snowball skidded to a stop and besides Jinx’s hat flying off his head into the snow, everyone else managed to stay in the sleigh.

“That must be the sign that Santa was talking about. It says, “You are Here!”

They all got out, stretched and took a look around. 

“I guess that we now can open up the envelope that Santa gave us, to explain what we are supposed to be doing out here.” 

“Build a snow fort and make 400 snowballs!”

“400 snowballs! This is our top secret mission!??” everyone exclaimed!

They all looked at each other in bewilderment and Jinx spoke up. “Something smells fishy to me, like maybe a conspiracy going on. 400 snowballs is A LOT!”

“Wow, you are a genius!” said Snowball, ” I wonder if there is something Magical about that number?”

“Hmmm….” and it was silent, while they all were thinking.

“Can’t think of anything, but I sure am feeling hungry for some more of Chef Salvo’s magic chocolate cake!” said Snowball.

“Well we better get busy, for the letter also states that Santa will be here at 4:00pm and we need to be done by then.” said Jangle.

They all shook their heads, still confused, but got busy building and rolling.

At 3:45 they were all rolling the last 5 snowballs. They had been chatting away, but now all that was heard was some sighing and some  “…mmm…” groans! They stacked up the last 5 balls and then all sank to the ground feeling very sleepy.

Their eyes instantly opened when they heard a lot of commotion around them and felt snowballs pelting them.

Everyone was gathered around having a huge snowball battle and they were all right in the center of it!

Then they heard Santa’s hearty “HO-HO” as he said, “Secret Mission declared a success!” and the pelting of snowballs began once again.

Frank looked at George, and said, “Do you get the feeling that the big boss is laughing right now? I am thinking this was a Special Payback Mission!”

“…mmm..” Frank couldn’t answer, as another  snowball had just hit him.

 

 

 

 

 

The Special Surprise (Part 2)

Happy Wednesday! If you missed Part 1 of Jinx and Jangle’s story, here is a link. The Special Surprise (Part 1) So who do you think Santa’s surprise guest is? Grab a drink and kick back, as you escape to the North Pole to see what the surprise is!

 

The Special Surprise!

They were all sitting in Santa’s house as Jinx and Jangle were still trying to get over the big shock that awaited them at the airport!

Jinx took another gulp from his cup as he shook his head. Whoever would have thought!

Jangle swallowed the last drop of honey milk from his cup. He felt like he was going to burst with happiness as he looked around the room. A room filled with love!

They had arrived at the airport in plenty of time. Dino was the speediest method of transportation that they had. It was so fun flying on him. They sure did cause a stir though when they landed in the parking lot!

The trip back on Dino still felt like a dream, for they had been in complete shock. They definitely hadn’t guessed what Santa’s surprise was, he totally had pulled one over on them! When they got back they found out that everyone else had known as well! They had been the only ones left in the dark! Everyone else except Snowball, that is. He had been sleeping when Santa had made the announcement to everyone, during the time that Jinx and Jangle were on their way to the airport.

While at the airport and waiting at the gate Jinx and Jangle had talked about who they thought were coming. Then Jangle heard his name called and he looked up. Much to great joy he saw his parents coming. Warmth flooded through his soul as his heart started beating fast! He hadn’t realized how much he had missed them until there they were coming straight for him. When they embraced in a big hug, his eyes got a little moist!

Jinx was watching, feeling very happy for Jangle, when his heart almost stopped. A lump formed in his throat. His parents were coming through the gate as well. Jinx heard his Mom’s laugh and saw the twinkle in her eye. He couldn’t feel his legs as he ran to greet her.

Jinx and Jangle were so overcome with emotion and then they heard someone else calling their names. They looked up in surprise. Who else could be coming?  It couldn’t be, was that really her? Yes, it had to be! Jinx could see her radiant smile. He couldn’t believe it, but it was his Grandma, his gem!!

Before they knew it, she was embracing both of them. “Oh my precious ones, so good to see both of you!”

Jinx and Jangle were so happy but yet totally confused, how did she know both of them?  Their parents were smiling at each other and at them and soon everyone was talking at once.  It seemed that there was still another big surprise for Jinx and Jangle. They were cousins!

Jangle’s parents had moved across the country when Jangle was very young and that’s why Jangle had not seen his Grandma much, but she faithfully had always sent cards. The one memory he did have of her when he was very young, was making honey milk. He and Jinx actually had shared cups of it together when they were at her house at the young age of three!

Sadly Jangle’s parents and Jinx’s had lost contact after they moved. They had only touched base again once both Jinx and Jangle moved to the North Pole. The parents were thrilled to know that the cousins had met and became friends, having no idea that they were cousins! They didn’t want to tell them in a letter, they wanted to surprise them in person and finally Santa managed to work it all out in flying all of them to the North Pole for a surprise visit!

While Jinx and Jangle and the guests were at Santa’s, the other elves were over at the dining hall getting everything ready for a celebratory meal. Chef Salvo had been working on some secret recipes all week and everyone was excited to try them out.

Candy Cane and Snowball were working together in choosing music and in decorating.  They had picked out some some CD’s by Blackmore’s Night, Celtic Women and Tangerine Dream, as they had heard that Jinx and Jangle’s Grandma really liked their music. In talking to her they had found out so many interesting little facts about music, and books as well. It was quite enjoyable talking to her.

“Did you see Jinx  and Jangle’s faces, when they arrived?”  laughed Candy Cane.  ” Their eyes were so big!”

Snowball agreed, “For one of the first times, they both were speechless! That doesn’t happen much! ”

Candy Cane chuckled, as she finished hanging the last streamer.

Snowball looked as his watch, ” They should be coming soon, we got done just in time. Guess I won’t have any time to take my mid morning nap.”

Meanwhile over at Santa’s place everyone was still reveling in the simple joy of being all together.

Conversation had died down for just a moment and Santa took advantage of the silence.

“Ho-Ho-Ho! Who is ready for a fabulous meal?”

They all agreed that they were getting rather hungry after all the excitement of the morning.

Jinx and Jangle’s parents started talking again as they headed out the door with Santa. Then Mrs.Clause and Grandma were talking about the best cookie recipes as they headed out leaving Jinx and Jangle staring at each other.

“Cousins! Really? Who would have thought?”

“Yes!” said Jinx.”So now when you think I may be a little cracked, just remember I am related to you. That explains a lot, eh!”

Jangle rolled his eyes as he hurried to catch up with Grandma. ” Hey, Grandma I have a question for you, who was the best behaved 3 year old, me or Jinx?”

Grandma turned her head back and laughed at the question. “Oh that is a hard question, …. most of the time you both were NUTS!”, she said with a twinkle in her eye. Then she  put her arms around both of them and they walked to the dining hall together.

 

 

 

 

 

The Special Surprise (Part 1)

It’s a rainy day here, so I thought it might be a fun day to visit the North Pole and see what our favorite elves are up too!

This is a little different Jinx and Jangle story today, as the idea for the story came from Ellen. She thought it would be fun for Jinx and Jangle to be surprised by finding out something very important. Sorry I can’t tell you what, for that would give it away!

I can’t refer you to Ellen’s blog, for she doesn’t have one, though I believe she easily could! She is always full of a wealth interesting information!  She has a warm heart, a fun spirit and I always appreciate reading comments from her and her adorable grandson Benjamin. I know other bloggers who have the same appreciation. Ellen and Benjamin bring a great light to the blogging community.

Thank you Ellen for the fun suggestion you gave, I hope you and Benjamin enjoy the story!

The Special Surprise

“Cuckoo Cuckoo!” The clock chimed in the living room. Jangle and Jinx were both sitting in their favorite recliners and reading. “Cuckoo Cuckoo!”  It chimed some more. “Cuckoo Cuckoo!”  Jinx looked up from his book and said,  ” I think Candy Cane was secretly laughing to herself when she gave us that clock.”  “Cuckoo Cuckoo!” it chimed again. 

Jangle agreed, “Hey I think Snowball’s birthday is coming soon. Maybe we should get him a cuckoo clock?”

Jinx chuckled, ” That may be a very good idea!”

“Talking about birthday’s reminds me of how I loved getting birthday cards from my Grandma. They were always specially made by her and what she wrote in them always made me smile. I didn’t get to see her very often, but I cherish the memories of when I did. She was the first one who taught me what Honey Milk was! “

“My grandma made honey milk too! Isn’t it yummy. We should make some!,” said Jangle. ” I remember many visits to my Grandma’s place and the fun adventures we had.  She could make a simple walk to the post office fun! My grandma was a true gem!” 

They sat quietly for a little, lost in memories of the past. Then they shared more stories of their childhood memories with each other.

Cuckoo Cuckoo!  Looking at the clock, Jinx jumped up from his recliner. “We need to go Jangle! Remember Santa wanted to see us about something important!”

“Oh my, that’s right! We can’t be late for Santa!”

They grabbed their coats and hats and ran out the door.

Soon they were at his house and Mrs. Clause had poured them all a cup of Chamomile tea. Mrs. Clause was always so sweet, she had tea and cookies always ready whenever they would drop by. She was like everyone’s favorite grandmother.

They were sitting around the cozy fireplace in rockers and chatting, when Santa cleared his throat and said, ” I have a special favor to ask of the 2 of you. There really is no one better for the job.”

Jinx and Jangle smiled and sat up a little straighter when hearing this from Santa.

“We would be glad to do a favor for you Santa. What would you like us to do?”

“It involves a trip to the airport, there is a special visitor coming to the North Pole,” said Santa with a twinkle in his eye.

“How exciting,” Jinx and Jangle said, ” We would be glad to go to the airport for you.”

Santa gave them the flight number and the time to be there.

“Thank you both very much, I knew I could count on you!”

“You can indeed!” said Jangle and he waved his mug in the air, forgetting it still had a little tea in it, which spilled on the floor.

“Oops!” said Jangle, as he looked a little red, but Mrs. Clause just laughed and told him not to worry about it. ” Santa has had his share of spills too!”They all laughed then.

They chatted a little more before Jinx and Jangle decided to go.

“We will make sure to be at the airport first thing Wednesday morning, and will give your guest our royal welcome! ”

Santa smiled, ” I have no doubt that you will! I will be eager for you all to get back from the airport. ”

They thanked Mrs. Clause for the tea and cookies and walked out the door.

Santa’s eyes danced as he looked at Mrs. Clause and she smiled back. Wednesday  was bound to be a fun day!

(to be continued…on Wednesday)

 

 

 

 

Fun and Laughter at the North Pole

“Buzzzzzz!” Jangle reached out with his eyes still closed and turned off his alarm clock.  Why did morning have to come so early! He stumbled out of bed and grabbed his towel to go take a shower.

Jinx heard the water running from the shower and started chuckling to himself. He couldn’t wait to see this! He hopped out of bed and went into the kitchen to start making breakfast.

He was enjoying  a nice cup of tea when Jangle walked into the kitchen.

“Good Morning Jinx!”

Jinx looked up and tea came spraying out of his mouth when he took a look at Jangle.

Jinx was laughing so hard and Jangle just stared at him.

“What is so funny?”

Jinx couldn’t speak as he was bent over laughing.

While continuing to stare at Jinx, Jangle helped himself to some eggs.

At last Jinx got control of himself and finished drinking his tea with a big smile on his face.

“Care to share the joke, Jinx?” asked Jangle, as he was finishing eating.

“You will know soon enough!” Jinx replied, ” I am going to head out now, Santa wanted me to start earlier today. See ya soon.”

Jangle stared after Jinx as he went out the door. He shook his head, Jinx sure could be strange at times. What could possibly be so funny?

Well he better finish getting ready for the day. He went back into the bathroom to do his hair, since the mirror shouldn’t be fogged up anymore.

WHHHATT! What was he looking at!  Jangle touched his orange hair. How did….? Oh he had to go see Jinx, for he was confident that Jinx was responsible for his hair being a bright orange color now!! But wait, he had to do some thinking first, and he sat down to come up with a plan.

After thinking, Jangle had a smile on his face matching the gleam in his eye. This would be good. He left the house and went to see Candy Cane.

Jangle left Candy Cane’s place. She had thought the plan was great and assured him of her cooperation.  He was laughing to himself as he walked towards the building that Jinx and Snowball were working in. Let the games begin, he thought to himself.

“Hi Jangle! How are you?”  Jinx and Snowball asked , while grinning ear to ear.

“I am fine.”  Jangle replied as he went to his table to start working on a new toy.

A few moments passed and then Jinx called out to Jangle. “Why are you still wearing your hat?”

“I just feel like it, why do you ask?” replied Jangle.

“Oh no reason, ” said Jinx, as he and Snowball started laughing.

“Hey Jinx, I almost forgot Candy Cane wanted to see you. You too Snowball.”

“Okay, we will head over there, and Jangle I think you should really take your hat off.” Snowball said.

“I agree!” said Jinx.

Jangle laughed to himself thinking, we will see who is laughing, when they come back! Soon some of the other elves that he had talked to earlier came in the door to help him. They went to work and got everything set up. Candy Cane had said she would keep Jinx and Snowball busy long enough to give them all time to set up.

They were ready, and now they just waited. It wasn’t long before Jangle and the other elves could hear Jinx and Snowball’s voices right outside the door. Jangle had a big smirk on his face, this was going to be great.

The door opened and silly string was sprayed at Jinx and Snowball from all directions. They were covered from head to toe in emerald green silly string! Everyone was laughing as Jinx and Snowball stared at each other in shock. They took a step towards Jangle, when a big bucket of sparkly confetti dropped drown on them, sticking to the silly string. Just as they were about to speak, a large net fell over them.

Jangle and the other elves had definitely pulled one over on them this time! They tried to get out of the net but kept sticking to it because of the sticky silly string.

Jangle was bent over laughing, it had really worked. Whoa! What was…!

Now Snowball and Jinx were laughing as they looked at Jangle, who was also covered in a net and getting sprayed by silly string from all directions.

“Hey this wasn’t part of the plan!” Jangle yelled.

Candy Cane was smirking, ” Sometimes you need to be more clever than the plan!”  she said.”Don’t worry, I will tell Santa that you guys are all tied up in a rather sticky situation.”

They heard her and the other elves laughing as they left the building and closed the door.

 

 

 

The New Invention

They had been back to the North Pole for a few weeks now.  Everyone was surprised and delighted to meet Dinosaris, the flying dragon. Dinosaris was the happiest he had ever been, for he loved giving rides to the other elves and making them happy.

Some preferred to have a slow, smooth ride and then some elves were more daring and wanted him to go fast and spin around as they hung on. Snowflake got so excited at one point and let go for a brief moment waving his hands around.  Suddenly he started slipping and almost went flying into the air. When they landed his face was a little pale and his  legs may have been shaky as he climbed off Dinosaris. He decided to get himself a nice cup of Hot Cocoa and rest for a little while.

It took a little longer for the reindeer to accept Dinosaris. Santa had to assure them that Dinosaris would not be pulling the sleigh come Christmas time! Once that was dealt with the reindeer relaxed and admitted that having a flying dragon as a friend was pretty cool.

While all the other elves were busy getting rides from Dinosaris, Jinx, Jangle and Snowball were busy working on a new toy invention. Santa had asked if they would like to design a new toy and they jumped at the opportunity! They considered themselves to be very smart guys so how hard could it really be to design a new toy?

Eagerly they started planning.  At first it was a little chaotic, for each one had a different idea, but then they came up with a plan of how they could combine all  three of their ideas. They were confident that this would be a toy like no other and they couldn’t wait to show it to Santa.

Excitement was running high today. The toy was completely assembled now and they were ready to try it out. They had decided they would give it a test run after everyone went to sleep for the night.

Feeling proud of themselves they enjoyed the day and even took a few spins with Dinosaris too. Flying was fun to do, especially when they knew that they weren’t lost in the air this time, unlike their little adventure in trying to get back to the North Pole.

At last nighttime came and Jinx, Jangle and Snowball made their way to the Toy Invention Center.

They unlocked the door and went inside, turned on the light and there it was! It looked so grand sitting on the table. Wearing big smiles they walked to the table and Snowball pulled out his list.

“Okay guys, I have the list of all the things we need to check first before we start it up.”

“Are you sure you have the correct list? ” questioned Jinx.

“Well of course I am! There is only one list. ” he replied.

Jangle then piped up, “Actually there are many, many lists. All for different toys, you really need to be sure that the one you have is the one for our toy.”

Jangle was always very detailed oriented. Snowball just sighed.

“I assure you guys, this is the correct list, so can we please get started?

“Yes! Lets get started!” said Jinx.

“First turn the square lever in a counter clockwise direction. ”

“Done!” said Jangle.

“Now, turn the circle wheel around 3x.”

“Done!” said Jinx.

“Move the numbered dial to the the number 3.”

There was silence.

Snowball looked up from the list, ” Did you guys not hear me?  Move the numbered dial to the number 3.”

Silence again.

“What part of move the numbered dial to the number 3, are you guys not understanding?”  asked Snowball.

Jinx finally spoke. “Well it may be the part that has to do with finding the numbers.  There are no numbers on our dial.”

Jangle threw his hands up in the air, ” I knew you had the wrong list!”

“No, no, no!” said Snowball, this is the right list, but I am thinking that someone forgot to put the numbers on the dial!” All eyes turned to Jinx.

“Oops, I may have overlooked that detail.” said Jinx with a little color now in his cheeks.

“99 … 98 … 97 … ”  counted Snowball.

Jinx and Jangle both looked at him wondering what he was doing. They had noticed other times where he would just start counting out of the blue. Like when they were lost in the ship. Not being able to hold back their curiosity any longer they were just about to ask, when he stopped as suddenly as he had started,  and took a deep breath.

“All is well now,” he said with a smile.

“Surely we can guess at where the number 3 may be.”

Jinx and Jangle agreed, for they were smart after all, so why not!

Now for the final step, flicking the switch to the “ON” position.

“BOOM!”  Their hearts jumped, as they watched their toy disappear through the ceiling!

“Whoa!”  Jinx moved out of the way of the spinning table. The force of the motion of the toy had turned the table and the table leg had almost hit Jinx in the leg.

What was happening? The toy was out of control. It had touched down on another table as well making it spin. The tables were turning!

The toy was supposed to go sideways and spin in circles and turn upside down. It was an acrobatic rocket.

They all looked at each other and then raised their heads up looking at the ceiling. How were they ever going to explain the hole in the ceiling to Santa!

No one said a word, and then as they walked out the door, they all quietly said, “Perhaps Santa won’t notice the hole.”

Dinosaris shook his head as they left. They had never noticed him sleeping in the far off corner. “Perhaps Santa won’t notice the hole.”  Oh they are quite delusional, he chuckled. Life with them was surely not dull!