The Power of Aqua Velva

Sonya was sipping her French Vanilla coffee, trying to calm her nerves. She had made sure to come to the coffee shop extra early, she needed time to think before he walked in the door.

It had been 2 years since she had seen him, 2 years of her trying to forget him. Would he look the same? Was this even smart her meeting him again, after so long?  Her mind was in such turmoil after reading that book. The book that had been all about her! She knew it was him, he might have been using a pen name, but that didn’t fool her. Only he would have known all the details that he wrote. The ones that made her blush a deep cherry red and tingle all over!

She had used the contact information in the book to email him, and he didn’t seem surprised to hear from her. In fact he sounded pleased, she knew it was just what he was wanting. But he could get rid of his fantasies, she had a thing or two to tell him, and it was far from nice! Her Mom had warned her about him, but like a fool she hadn’t listened, she thought she knew it all, and she had let him work his charms on her.

Sonya drank more of her coffee as her hands began to shake. She took a deep breath in, the meeting would be fine. She would tell him exactly what she thought of the book and … and…

Ooh.. there he was…. his  thick, wavy brown hair, she remembered the feel of it on her fingers. She watched as he walked towards her table, his sea green eyes were pulling her in. “No, be strong”, she told herself!

He was closer, she could smell his aftershave, he was still wearing her favorite scent, Aqua Velva. She drew in a breath, as her legs started shaking.

“Hi Sonya, we meet again!”

“Hello Nick”, her voice was soft and it quavered.

“So what did you want to tell me?” he asked, as he gently caressed his hand against her neck, running it through her hair, and suddenly, she found herself at a loss for words.

Where is He? Part 2

Here is the link to yesterday’s post. Where is He?

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Alabaster was starting to worry. It had been a long time now since he had fallen in the hole, night was coming and no one had come to rescue him yet. Where were his friends? Surely they must be wondering where he was by now!

He was getting rather bored, but at least he wasn’t hungry. He had fallen on the way back from the restaurant and all the food toppled in with him. He had landed face first into his banana cream pie and his spaghetti had fallen on his head, but lucky for him the other food had stayed sealed up when he fell. He helped himself to his friends food, for after all it was taking them long enough to find him!

He wasn’t a fan of the dark, but when he felt something soft brush up against his leg and crawl across it, he was rather glad he couldn’t see what it was. If his friends didn’t come soon, he would have to use his own ingenuity to get out of this hole. The only problem was, he didn’t know how much he trusted his own ingenuity.

Back at the Emerald Sea hotel, Jinx, Jangle and Snowball were discussing what may be delaying Alabaster.

“Perhaps he was kidnapped.” said Jangle. “What if the kidnappers ask for a ransom, how much money do you guys have?”

Jinx and Snowball emptied their pockets, but found only lint and gum. Jangle rolled his eyes, “Well I sure hope he didn’t get kidnapped, for you guys definitely are coming up short!”

After talking some more they decided that since he hadn’t been back yet, he must have fallen into some kind of trouble. They left the hotel heading towards the restaurant hoping they would either find him or at least a clue as to where he might have gone!

“Think, think, think!” Alabaster had his head in his hands, while smacking his hand against his forehead to help him think. Surely there had to be a way out of this hole! Perhaps if he just yelled for all he was worth one more time there may be someone that would help him! “HELP!” he yelled until he was red in the face.

“What was that?” Anthony was sure he heard something, but it sounded so faint. He was out looking for his wallet. After getting back to their hotel, Anthony had realized that his wallet was missing. He hoped it had just fallen out of his pocket between the restaurant and the hotel so he had come out looking for it.

“HELP!” he heard it again, and it seemed to be coming from the same hole that Sheila had almost fallen in earlier. Had someone fallen into the hole?

He walked right up to the hole and yelled down into it. “Anyone there?”

Alabaster couldn’t believe it! Someone had heard him! He jumped up and down shouting “YES! Please help me get out!”

Anthony yelled back down, “Don’t worry, I will help you!” even though he didn’t know how he was going to get the person out! He grabbed his flashlight and shined it down in the hole and saw Alabaster. He was so short, and his ears looked a little like …. No, couldn’t be. There were no such things as elves, were there?

Suddenly an idea came to him. ” Stay there, I will be right back.” he yelled down to Alabaster.

Alabaster rolled his eyes, not exactly sure where the guy expected him to go!

Soon Anthony was back, the hotel wasn’t that far away. He had grabbed a rope that he had brought along with him as part of their scuba diving gear. Sheila had been on the phone when he ran in and gave him a strange look as he ran out with the rope.  He told her he would explain later as he ran out the door.

Anthony lowered the rope down into the hole telling Alabaster to grab hold of it, and climb up the rope. In a very short time Alabaster was out of the hole! He was so thankful to be out! Shaking Anthony’s hand, he thanked him several times. He asked Anthony his name and told him that he would put in a good word to Santa for him.

Anthony’s eyes got big! “Santa?”

“Well yes, surely you know Santa! The big jolly guy with a round belly. I am one of his elves! I am here on vacation with my friends, we all head back to the North Pole tomorrow.”

“Alabaster! Alabaster! Where have you been?” Jangle was shouting from down the street. Both Anthony and Alabaster turned and they saw Jinx, Jangle and Snowball headed their way.

“There are my friends now, I knew they would come for me!”

Anthony shook his head, he was beginning to question how strong his drink had been that he had at the restaurant.

“Umm… I gotta get going. Really glad i could help you. See you later!”  he said to Alabaster, as he shook his hand one more time and turned to head back to the hotel.  All thoughts of looking for his wallet had been forgotten.

Back at the hotel Jinx, Jangle and Snowball were devouring the food they had picked up. Alabaster really wasn’t that hungry but he was thirsty from all the yelling he had done,  so he had picked up a Salted Caramel Latte to drink.

“Well we all better hit the sack, for our plane leaves early in the morning and remember we have to  meet the new elf in the airport.”

Jinx slapped his head. ” With all this excitement about Alabaster, I had totally forgotten about the new elf coming back with us. What is his name again?”

“Good question!” said Snowball. “I just know that he lost his beach house that he was living in, Santa hired him as our new accountant.”

“But what is his name?” said Jangle.

“For now I guess he is someone who shall remain nameless.” said Alabaster, and within a few minutes all of them were sound asleep.

 

 

 

Where is He?

 

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Where is He?

Sheila and Anthony came back up for air and got on their boat to head back to the mainland.

“I am so glad you convinced me to go scuba diving!” Sheila said.  ” The sights down there are just amazing! We got so close to that huge sea turtle!

Anthony smiled, he figured Sheila would enjoy it. He watched her as she was removing some of her gear. He was the luckiest man alive, he still felt like he had to pinch himself to believe that she was his wife. Their honeymoon had been so wonderful and he was just soaking up the joy. If only they could just stop time, did they really have to go back to the States tomorrow?

“Hey, Anthony?? Did you hear me?”  Sheila asked.

He blinked his eyes at the sight of her standing right in front of him.

“You looked like you were miles away!”

“Sorry, I may not have caught exactly what you said, but I think it had something to do with going to grab a bite to eat?”

Sheila laughed. “No, but I am getting hungry so yes, lets go grab some dinner.”

They went back to their hotel to get cleaned up and after a few hours were on their way to dinner.

“Its so beautiful here! I think I have taken over a 1000 pictures.” Sheila said as she laughed, while they were walking to the restaurant. It was a lovely 80 degrees and they had just passed a couple of Banyan trees.

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Anthony took Sheila’s hand and agreed about the beauty. ” I am blessed to be able to wake up to beauty each day, when I gaze at you.”

Sheila leaned in and gave him a kiss on the cheek, with a twinkle in her eyes, promising more later.

“Whoa! What was that?”

Sheila stumbled as she had quickly stepped aside to avoid falling into the hole in front of her.

“They should cover up that hole or at least have something blocking it, someone could fall in there and hurt themselves.” said Anthony.

They walked on, not hearing the faint cry for help that was coming up from the hole.

Meanwhile back at the Emerald Sea Hotel …

“It has been quite the week, hasn’t it! We had so many adventures, here in Hawaii! Too bad that we have to leave tomorrow, but it will be good to see our friends back at the North Pole.”

“I agree, but really can’t think of much more than food right now. Where is Alabaster? He should have been back with our food awhile ago now!” said Jinx.

The sounds of snoring came from the bed.

Jangle and Jinx got on either side of the bed and on the count of 3 they yelled real loudly. “WAKE UP SNOWBALL!”

Snowball jumped smacking  his head on the headboard.

While rubbing his head and sitting there a little dazed, Jinx said, “Oops, perhaps you should wear a helmet while sleeping. I think I saw Alabaster with some. He was making them in Santa’s workshop.”

Snowball made a face at Jinx. “Speaking of Alabaster, where is he? My stomach is rumbling!”

“That seems to be what we all are wondering at the moment. Think we should go out and look for him?”

All 3 elves looked at each other, unsure of what to do, as night was coming and it was getting dark. From inside their hotel room they couldn’t hear the little voice outside in the night.

”Help! Anyone out there?” came the voice from down deep in the hole.

 

 

 

A Book Like No Other

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A Book Like No Other

Cynthia had worked all day and was anxious to put her feet up and read her newest book. She was an avid reader, and took every opportunity that she could to relax with one. She enjoyed all genres, as long as they weren’t too scary. She didn’t like being awake at night with her heart racing due to a frightening scene in a book. 

This book that she was about to read she had literally found it by accident. Yesterday she had been taking a hike in the woods and  she saw a book along the path. Had someone been reading and got distracted, running off and forgetting the book, or had it fallen out of a backpack?  Who knew, but she didn’t want to let the book just lie on the ground. Storms were supposed to come later in the day, the book would be ruined. 

The book was in very good condition, looked new, she felt bad for whoever had lost it. She looked for a name in the book, but there wasn’t any. 

There was nothing on the back of the book or inside the cover telling what it was about, so she guessed she would just be surprised. 

Opening up the book she began to read. She was intrigued from the first chapter. Quickly she turned the pages, mesmerized by its words.  

The name of the main character was different from her name, but oh how she could identify with her. She laughed to herself, for what a coincidence, the main character seemed to be just like her. Her looks, her mannerism and certain things that happened to her, Cynthia just shook her head at the craziness. It was like she was meant to find this book. 

Suddenly she sat straight up and the book fell from her hands. Goosebumps came over her. How, how could this be possible? The chapter had begun describing an incident that had happened to Cynthia a few years back. The details were so exact, but it had to be a coincidence, right?

A face appeared in her mind, a face she hadn’t thought about for the past couple years! She didn’t recognize the author’s name, but had  he changed his name? Had he done what he had threatened to do, had he really written a book about her? 

One More Walk…

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Sonya had awakened early to take a stroll through the sunflower field. It was always peaceful to wander among the tall flowers. She remembered when she was a little girl that she could easily get lost in the sunflowers behind their house. Every path looked the same. At first she would get scared but she would eventually find her way out and later on the sunflower field became her hideaway. A place where she could just sit still, breathing in the fresh air and clearing her mind. Many times she had run in here as a teen, crying over boys, and all the drama that girls could cause. Figuring out who her true friends were, and letting go of the fake ones.

She called it her Sunflower Sanctuary and this morning she knew she had to come out for one last walk. Waking up in her childhood home without her parents there, still felt strange and brought back so many memories. She missed them so much! It was so quiet now, every room echoed, the walls were bare, but oh, if only the walls could talk.

Sonya had walked through the house last night, letting her memories take her back to hearing the music  of Mitch Miller playing on their stereo. Her Dad would be tapping his feet and her Mom would be singing along, as she was filling the kitchen with the aroma of something sweet baking.

Her parents had been gone for over 6 months now and the house was being sold. She hadn’t met the buyer, she had let her realtor take care of all that. She would meet them later today. This morning was her time to say goodbye. It was time to let someone else create new memories in this house and to let them discover the secret joys of her Sunflower Sanctuary.

One last walk through through the field to say a final goodbye. She couldn’t help but think of her childhood friend Toby, as she strolled through the field. He was a significant memory of the time she had spent among the sunflowers. Times of thinking of him and times of being with him. Her cheeks warmed, her very first kiss had happened right here, with only the sunflowers as witnesses.

“Sonya?”

Was someone calling her name? She looked at the buzzing honey bee on the flower. “Sonya! Its really you!”

She squinted her eyes, at the figure coming towards her, with the sun shining right over top of him.

Goosebumps appeared on her arms. “Toby!”

Sonya ran, and they embraced once more, in their sunflower field.

 

Reunited

Celia woke up, and for a moment she had forgotten about the excitement from the night before, and then it all came back to her. She had a talking kitten!

“Wake up Muffin! Wake up! Today is the day!” Celia said as she rubbed Muffin. Muffin opened one eye looking at her, not feeling very happy about having been awakened.

“Must you be so cheery in the morning!” Muffin replied stretching  out her body and yawning.

“I just so excited, Tulag is going to meet us by the sandbox, right?”

“Yes, but do you have any plan figured out of just how you are going to help him find Myrtle?”

Celia pulled her knees up to her chin as she sat on her bed thinking. “Hmmm….not sure. I can’t cross the street by myself, so I can’t go very far. What do you suggest?”

“You are asking me? I am just a simple, innocent, cat, how am I supposed to be able to help you.”

“But you TALK!” said Celia.

“That doesn’t mean anything. Lots of animals talk. I have heard of a talking cow before and a gnu. They  got in to all kinds of trouble. I also heard of a talking chicken, and … well his story is pretty sad.”

Celia got serious for a moment, “What happened to the chicken?” she asked.

“We really should go meet Tulag, he probably is waiting for us.” replied Muffin, purposely changing the subject, he didn’t want to make Celia sad.

Celia looked at Muffin for a moment, then shrugged her shoulders and said, “Well what are we waiting for, lets go!”

She picked Muffin up in her arms and ran down the steps and out the door before anyone saw her.

Running to the sandbox she made sure to keep an eye out for Tulag so she wouldn’t accidentally step on him again. No worries, he was sitting right at the edge of the sandbox.

“Good Morning! I am feeling happy today, looking forward to finding my Myrtle. So where are we going to go?”

“Lets go in the woods, Mommy and Daddy let me play in the woods, as long as I don’t go too far. Maybe Myrtle is hiding in there. Perhaps she got lost and can’t find her way out.”

Muffin and Tulag agreed that it seemed a good place to start, so they entered the woods in Celia’s backyard.

Walking through the woods it was full of noises of chipmunks and squirrels scampering around. Muffin wanted to give chase, but knew Celia wouldn’t want her catching them, so she behaved. Maybe she would sneak out tonight and have some fun while Celia was sleeping.

A Magpie was singing from high up in a tree and watching the little trio walk through the woods.

They came to a little stream and Celia said that was as far as she could go. Celia sat down on a rock, as they watched the water flow. “Hey I see a turtle in the middle of the stream! Is that Myrtle?”

Tulag’s heart started to race as he inched his way closer to the stream to see. Then he called out “Myrtle!” Myrtle! Is that you?”

Myrtle lifted her head, “Tulag! I didn’t think I would ever see you again! That day Patrick took me from the pet shop, I thought was our last day together.”

Myrtle splashed through the water to get to land as fast as she could, which was still pretty slow.

Finally she made it and Tulag gave her a little kiss. “I can’t believe it, I actually found you! I escaped from the pet shop a few days after you left and have been looking for you ever since!”

Celia was jumping up and down, not believing what she was hearing and seeing. Tulag has found his mate. Her heart was bursting, she wanted to share the news, but who would believe her. It was a secret that she would just have to keep to herself. She smiled, feeling pretty special. She didn’t know of anyone else that had a talking kitten and helped reunite 2 turtles who were in love. She picked up Muffin and hugged her tight against her.

“isn’t this the bestest day ever Muffin?” she exclaimed!

“Well if you let me breathe, it just may be!” Muffin grunted.

Celia laughed and put her down on the ground. “We better get back Muffin, Mommy will soon be calling me for breakfast.  Are you coming Tulag and Myrtle?”

Tulag and Myrtle looked at Celia, with her eyes brimming with excitement. “Sorry dear, but we got to head back to my owner Patrick’s house. He is probably going crazy looking for me.” said Myrtle. “I am sure he will be surprised to see Tulag!”

“Will he let us stay together?” asked Tulag

“Oh yes, not a problem, he is a nice guy and he knows all about love. He found his girl and they are very happy together. On our way back to his place I will fill you in on all the craziness that has happened since leaving the Pet Shop. You will never believe everything I witnessed from living with Patrick. It was really cool, I helped him catch this girl named Tanya and…”

Celia and Muffin watched as the two turtles walked off talking, unaware of anything else around them.

“So sweet, I do hope they come visit me again,”  said Celia.

“Yeah, yeah… but can we get home, I am hungry for some tuna!” and the two of them ran through the woods towards home.

 

 

Excitement at Midnight

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Little Celia heard the noise again. She was determined to find out the source of it this time. Her baby kitten Muffin was her shadow, as she followed Celia down the stairs.

The rest of the house was asleep, Celia was sure no one would hear her. Her Dad was snoring loudly when she passed his room. Celia’s Mom wore earplugs to sleep and her big brother, Hans, was a sound sleeper. Thunderstorms didn’t even wake him up. They made Celia bolt upright in bed and then she would pull the covers over her head until the thunder stopped.

For 2 nights now she had awakened to the faint sound of what sounded like someone saying “Help me!”  Muffin, slept on her bed with her, but no one else was n her room. She would rub her eyes making sure she wasn’t dreaming and she still would hear the little cry.  Typically she would just go back to sleep, but tonight she was going to investigate.

Celia heard the cry as she walked down the hallway and it seemed to follow her down the stairs. She kept walking. It seemed to get louder as she got near the back door. Dare she open the door? She wasn’t supposed to go outside by herself, but who was saying “Help me!”, she had to find out!

With a deep breath, she opened the door. Muffin was right behind her. She stepped out and jumped, her foot had touched something strange and she heard a strange kind of yelp. Looking down she was shocked to see a turtle!

“About time you came, thanks for not stepping too hard on me!”

Little Celia couldn’t believe what she was hearing. Was this turtle really talking to her?

“Thanks Muffin, for leading her here.”

“You are welcome. Always glad to help a friend.”  Muffin replied.

Now Celia was wide-eyed as she looked back and forth from Muffin to the turtle.

Muffin could talk! Wow! She was the luckiest girl ever!

“Mommy and Daddy will be so shocked to hear this!” she yelled. “I want to wake them up  now!”

“Oh, I wouldn’t be too hasty Celia! This probably should be our little secret, you know how adults are. They can be too logical at times, no imagination.”

Celia was a little disappointed, but she understood, adults could be strange at times.

“Okay, I will pinky swear not to tell!” Then she looked at the turtle wondered how she was supposed to  pinky swear with him.

“I believe you.” said the turtle. ” Now where are my manners, let me introduce myself. My name is Tulag and I really hope you can help me. I am looking for my mate, her name is Myrtle and we got separated! Will you help me find her?”

“Yes!” said Celia, without even thinking. She loved animals, she had to help.

Muffin smiled, ” Told you she would help!” she said proudly to Tulag.

“Now we better get back to bed before anyone notices that she is gone. We will meet you tomorrow afternoon and begin our hunt for Myrtle.”

Celia was speechless, as Tulag thanked them and slowly crawled away. She quietly followed Muffin up the steps and into her bedroom. She climbed in her bed and Muffin nestled down beside her. “You can talk!” said Celia.

“Yes, I am aware of that!” replied Muffin, “Now get some sleep.”

Celia closed her eyes with a big smile on her face, her kitten could talk and she was going to help a talking turtle find his mate. She laughed to herself, here her brother thought he was big stuff because he could throw a ball into a hoop! OH what he didn’t know!

The Mysterious Voices

If you missed yesterday’s post. Here is the link to Part 1. The Crazy Adventure

The guys stood frozen, still in shocked silence. They were inside a  museum with no apparent way out and now it seemed that one of the wax figures had spoken to them.

“Perhaps we are just hearing things, suffering from jet lag, becoming delusional!” said Jinx.

“Well there is nothing  new about being delusional, for you Jinx! You have been there many times!” replied Alabaster, while laughing. “Just pointing out a fact.”

“Good one!” said Snowball as he gave Alabaster a high five.

“Glad to see you can all keep your humor, at a time like this.” said Jinx.

“We need all the laughter we can get right now, so thanks for providing it Jinx!” and Alabaster patted him on the back. “Now what is our plan to get out of here, before another wax figure starts to talk, and we all start to go crazy!”

“Crazy is the name of the game and you all are in it pretty deep!”  echoed a deep low voice.

Snowball stumbled backwards, tripping over the carpet and falling. Jangle’s eyes got big as his mouth opened wide. Alabaster yelled and Jinx disappeared through the floor!

“Wha… wha…just…happened?” said Jangle, whose eyes were still wide in disbelief!

“Well it looked like the floor just opened up and swallowed Jinx! But….how?” said Alabaster.

Snowball was still trying to catch his breath after falling backwards and then he had an idea.

“Alabaster, why don’t you go stand where Jinx was standing and we will see if it happens again?”

“Now you are the delusional one!” replied Alabaster.

“Actually I think you all are delusional!”

“There’s that voice again! Where is it coming from??”  Jangle asked, as they all looked around at the wax figures who were standing still.

“I have no clue, all I know is that I am really ready for this museum adventure to end, but we have to find Jinx!”  said Snowball. ” I am afraid this may be like the Neverending Story. and we will be stuck here until we wave a white flag of surrender!”

“Do you have a white flag Alabaster?”

“Umm…No, didn’t exactly think I would need one.”

Jangle was looking at a map that he had found of the museum and saw that there was a basement. “I don’t think any of us explored the basement, that is probably where Jinx is and may be how we can find our way out!”

“Well what are we waiting for, lets go!” shouted Snowball as he took off.

Alabaster and Jangle watched him run. “He doesn’t know where he is going, does he?” “Nope!” said Jangle, “I am the one with the map. He has no map and no smartz.”  They started laughing as they watched Snowball stop and turn around.

He walked back to them without saying a word and they headed the other direction, with Jangle and Alabaster still chuckling. They all found the way down to the basement which was very dark and damp. Once their eyes adjusted to the darkness they could see a little better.

Their ears perked up as they heard some muffled yelling and banging. Following the direction of the sound it led them to a big box.

“Let me out!” The muffled voice sounded like Jinx.

“Is that you Jinx?” asked Snowball.

“No, its Mitch!”

“Oh, I don’t know any Mitch, do you know Mitch?” Snowball questioned Alabaster.

“Nope!”

“We don’t know any Mitch, guess we can’t let you out!” said Snowball with a smirk.

They opened the box and let a sputtering Jinx out. They were all anxious to know what exactly had happened to him. How had he got into the box?

“All I know is that I stepped on a certain tile on the floor and the next thing I know I was falling and landed in this box that then shut on me. I felt like I was incarcerated with no way out! Glad you all got here and now lets get out of here!”

“But how!” said Jangle.

“There has to be a way out of here, that we just haven’t found yet.”

“AAAH!!”Alabaster was jumping up and down!

They all watched in shock as they saw a snake come sliding out of Alabaster’s pant leg and scurry away!

They all ran the opposite direction of the snake and smacked right into a rusty door. With some hard pushes it creaked open and they all squeezed out of the door, as fast as they could, breathing in the fresh air.

“I don’t know about all of you, but I am ready to get back to the hotel, and no more museums for the rest of our time here!” said Jinx.

Everyone was in agreement as they headed back to the hotel after their crazy day!

Meanwhile, back in the museum, voices could be heard.

“That was a fun group, I think we scared them pretty good, eh!”

“We sure did!” and laughter echoed throughout the museum.

 

 

 

 

The Crazy Adventure

There was excitement in the air. It was vacation time. Work had stopped at the North Pole and now it was time to kick back and relax! Jinx, Jangle, Snowball and Alabaster had their bags packed and they were ready for adventure.

Snowball almost made them all late, for he had overslept, but they made it to the airport in the nick of time. As they were running to the gate, Alabaster tripped while running and  dropped his carry on bag. It opened up spilling the contents everywhere. A red faced Alabaster picked up everything as fast as he could and they at last made it to the gate.

They drew straws on who got the window seats. Poor Jinx and Jangle got the short straws. so they just put their headphones on to listen to music as they closed their eyes.

Snowball got out his writing tablet, he was busy writing his life story, as he looked out the window from time to time. Alabaster stared out the window and snapped pictures of the beautiful sky.

Several hours later the plane landed in warm, tropical temperatures. Such a nice break from the North Pole. This is why every summer they visited Hawaii!

Jinx and Jangle had been to Hawaii before, but this was the first time for Snowball and Alabaster. All of them were eager to explore, but first they were very hungry. After going to their hotel to change clothes and drop of their luggage, they headed for a nice restaurant and filled their stomachs.

Walking out of the restaurant, they were discussing where to go first.

Alabaster was dragging behind a little bit.

“Feeling a little too full?” questioned Jinx to Alabaster.

“I wouldn’t doubt it if he did.” said Snowball. ‘He sure did eat a lot of rice! He said he had a craving for it and he wasn’t kidding!”

They all laughed as Alabaster made a face at them.

“So are we all in agreement? We are going to visit the Aquarium?”  asked Jangle.

“Yes!” They all replied.

it was just a few blocks from the restaurant and the weather was lovely, so they all enjoyed the walk, and didn’t mind going a little slower for Alabaster.

The building was huge and they had a great time exploring the Aquarium. They saw manatees and jellyfish, sharks, and sea turtles. The sea turtles were Alabaster’s favorite.

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Jinx really liked the Mola-Mola fish. The others thought it was a little strange looking though.

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Snowball’s favorite fish was the Clown fish of course, though, all of them liked that one as well and there was one for each of them!

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“Oh look there is Candy Cane’s favorite fish!”  The Angelfish!

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After a couple of hours of being there they decided they would return to their hotel and call it a early night, for they were feeling pretty tired.

They were walking back to the hotel when Snowball said, ” Look! There is a Wax  Museum, why don’t we go in for just a little bit.”

They agreed and walked in. They thought it strange that when they walked in no one was at the desk to greet them and in fact they didn’t see anyone! Well perhaps it was soon time to close. They decided they would just look around a little and then leave. They were impressed, the wax figures really did look real! They half expected them to start talking.

Jinx was walking and started to trip over a piece of carpet on the floor. He put his hand out against a wax figure to catch himself, and the figure began to wobble!

“We better get out of here, before Jinx touches something and it breaks!”

They all made their way back to the front entrance, still finding it a little strange that no one else was in the building.

Snowball pushed on the door and ….

“Umm guys its not opening!”

“What do you mean its not opening!” said Jangle, “Let me try.” He jiggled the handle and sure enough the door didn’t open.

“Being the modest person that I am, let me just point out the fact that it was not my idea to come in here!” said Alabaster and all eyes looked at Snowball.

“Hey! All you guys agreed with me.” said Snowball.

“Well lets be logical about this now, I am sure that there is probably another exit out of this building. We just have to find it.” Jinx said.

They all went different directions looking for another exit, and they all returned to the entrance with the same conclusion. There was no other way out of the building.

“So Mr. Logical, now what do we do?” asked Snowball.

“Well if you ask me, it looks like you all got yourselves in quite a predicament!”

They all looked at each other in shock. Had they just heard what they thought they heard?

“Oooh that wax figure didn’t just say what I think it said, did it?” said Jangle.

The rest nodded their heads in silence, wondering what may happen next!

***Part 2 will be coming***

 

 

Magic at the Beach

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Morning had come. Bailey felt the coolness of the water splashing up on her. It felt good to walk, she was a little stiff after having fallen asleep on the beach.

Memories of the past night began replaying in her mind once more.  The memories that had made her jump on her horse, not even bothering to change her clothes, and ride like the wind to the beach. The beach was her happy place, where she could find peace.

Bailey’s heart wasn’t beating so erratic anymore and she was able to breathe. Last night as she rode Starlight, she felt like she was gasping for air. How could it have happened? One minute she was having a fine evening dining at a upscale restaurant and laughing with her friends. The next minute she was driving home as fast as she could, to get Starlight and gallop away!

It had been her best friend’s rehearsal dinner for her wedding. Bailey was Laura’s Maid of Honor. They had grown up together and dreamed about the day they each would find their special someone and live happily ever after! Laura had found her special someone first and that was fine with Bailey, she couldn’t be more ecstatic for her friend.

They had been counting down the days to the wedding together. Bailey had planned special fun things for them to do together as the days got closer and they were having a blast. All was going so well. Bailey was loving the crab cakes and lobster, and then … the unexpected guest had arrived!

Bailey gasped as the door to their private room opened and he stood there looking for her. She grabbed Laura’s arm beside her and said, “you didn’t!”

“Bailey, let me explain, you refused to see him, he only wants to…”

Bailey didn’t wait to hear anymore, she couldn’t! How could Laura have done this! She jumped out of her seat and ran right past him, ignoring his yells.

She cranked up the radio in her car, letting the music match the screaming in her heart. Jeremy’s face was vivid in her head, his look of disappointment as she ran right past him. She had arrived home, ran to the barn and jumped on Starlight. Starlight knew where to go, they had galloped to the beach many times.

At the beach she continued to ride Starlight, though at a slower pace, breathing in the salt air and trying to exhale her pain and frustration. Finally after awhile she grew sleepy and laid down on the sand, with Starlight standing guard.

Now as she walked questions were coming to her mind again. How could he be so bold as to show up? Didn’t he know she was done, that she didn’t want to talk to him again, she didn’t want to hear his explanation! Did he really think that any explanation would soothe her hurting heart. Oh how she had loved him!

Memories of them together were coming back. The memories she had tried so hard to suppress, that she thought she had managed to get rid of!

Who was that, was someone else on the beach at this early hour? Bailey strained to see ahead of her at the figure that appeared to be walking her way. They got closer and her heart started doing flip flops, it was him! He had come after her!

She stood still as Jeremy continued walking closer to her. She wanted to mount Starlight again and run, but yet felt frozen in place as she watched him.

He was almost up to her now and his eyes were silently pleading for her not to run. He stood right in front of her and he reached out and touched her hand.

“Please Bailey, please let me explain….”

The warmth of his hand sent sparks through her that she couldn’t deny. She looked in his eyes and saw a tear rolling down his cheek.

She nodded, for she couldn’t speak and they started to walk through the water, together.