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”