Honza and Dash: In the City of the Big Castle
Honza and Dash: In the City of the Big Castle

Season 1, Episode 1 · 1 year ago

01 - Beginnings


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In the City of the Big Castle, there is a tower just off of Old Town Square. On every side is a clock face. But the western side is the largest. And though it can’t be seen from the ground, if you look very closely above the 11th hour, there is a little window. Honza’s window.  This is the story of how an empty mouse hole became his home.

A story moment with Ponsa and Dash inthe city of the big castle get more episodes at story. Momentcom season, one episode, one beginnings in the city of the Big Castle: There is a tower just off of Old TownSquare on every side is a clock face, but thewestern side is the largest and though it can't be seen from the ground. Ifyou look very closely above the eleventh Houer, there is a littlewindow Hansa's window. This is the story of how an empty mousehole became his home. The city of the big castle was muchlarger than Hansa had ever imagined. He got a solid grip with his hand andused his tail for balance. Then he pulled himself up over theledge and on to the high city wall. He stretched his tired arms up over hishead. It was done. He had scaled the wall, he scanned, the roof tops looking farand wide over the city. He had only dreamt about. His dreams were built from hisgrandfather's, countless stories of his own adventures, but as he looked over the city for thefirst time, he realized just how small his dream world had been and how verylarge the city of the big castle really was Hansa stood there looking over the cityfor so long. He nearly forgot, he wasn't actually in the city, yet he wasstill on the wall. He inched closer to the Ledge andpeered over bracing himself. With his tail. There were no bushes, no branches,no trees. How was he to get down? He screwed up his face and folded hisarms. There must be a way he thought he searched up and down the walllooking for a better spot. As far as he could see, the walldropped as SDEEP as a cliff. Without a single branch for assistance, he would have to climb down directly. He pulled his pack over his head andset it down on the wall.

He pushed aside his food rations andthe only other set of clothes searching when he glimpsed something red. Hegrabbed at it and pulled out a long strip of ribbon. His grandfather had given it to him many a times. All the brave mouse needsis a bit of courage and some ribbon were his words. Hansha found an exposed, brick tied,not as securely as he could and slowly began his descent. He used his hands and feet to Houd fastto the wall and his tail to keep the ribbon secure when he was nearly half way down thewall, he felt the end of the ribbon slipped out from the grip of his tail.It was too short he paused and sized up his situation. He was still a considerable height fromthe ground. There was no choice. He took a deep breath and reached outfor the next hold without the safety of the ribbon hold after hold, he took a breath andthen climbed until his feet felt the firmness of the cobblestone streetbeneath after a long sigh of relief, he staredback up and watched as his grandfather's gift beat against thewall in the wind. I wish I didn't have to leave it. Hethought to himself once again. He searched his mind deeplyfor a solution. He'd only been in the city for such ashort time, and already it was a new challenge every moment, just as he was ready to give up andleave the ribbon. He heard a loud scratching sound behind him when he turned towards the noise. Hediscovered a large bird with shiny, blue and white feathers on its backscooting across a cobblestone. Without warning, the bird beganflipping over and over doing somersaults. Hansa could not contain his laughter. Hey Bird Bird Hansa called out betweenchuckles startled the bird jumped upright Hansa had interrupted what seemed to bea very complicated acrobatic routine. What what replied the bird frustrated?Did you say something to me: Hanse stepped backward, yes bird, hestuttered. Could you please help me? I can't fly. The name is flicker, not bird. Hegrabbed one of Han's arms held it up and let it drop.

Of course you can't fly. Your feathersare far too short. Oh I'm sorry flicker, My name is Hanza.He paused and straightened his shirt. Since you can fly, I thought maybeyou'd be willing to help me get something high up on the wall. Flicker nodded Hansa Huh, that's a peculiar name forsuch a funny. Looking Bird, I'm sorry that you can't fly mother says it takespractice. Hansa held up a finger trying in vainto interrupt. I suppose I could teach you if you'rewilling to listen. Okay, less than one the large bird crounched low and spradhis wings wide as before, and once again, Hansa cund not contain hislaughter, I'm sorry flicker! He interrupted. Letme start over. My Name Is Hanza and I im a mouse. I grew up in the country and in fact,just arrived in the city a few minutes ago. I climbed down that wall over there,but had to leave a very special ribbon at the top. I was hoping, if you'd bewilling that you would fly up and get it for me. If I could fly I', do itmyself, flicker turned his head slightly to theside and nodded up and down ah a mouse. Yes, of course I can see itnow, nice ears. Once again, he crouched low, as ifcontinuing his flying lesson, then without warning zipped up into theair towards the wall. He alighted on the Ledge and untied the swaying ribbonwith one of his claws then returned as abruptly as he hadleft here. You Go said: Flicker the ribbonstill hanging from his beak like a red worm. Thank you flicker. I wish there wassome way I could repay you. Hansa said taking the ribbon as a matter of fact,you can anything well. I've got this terrible itch on myback. I can't reach it with my beak. He reached back as though trying onemore time. I was trying to scratch it on thesestones. When you called out to me, I can't get rid of it and it's souncomfortable. Could you scratch it for me? You know what they say. You scratchmy back. I get your ribbon or something like that. Hansa smiled at his new friend and thenscratched his back until the ITCH was gone. o thanks, Buddy, that's brilliant! He stretched his wings out wide andgave a little twist of his back say. Where do you live? I can give youa ride home if you like, Hansa screwed up his face again. Well,I don't have a home yet, like I said I...

...just arrived in the city, mygrandfather told me to find the tower whatever that is again flicker tilted his head right, no home homeless, Gotcha, so sad, suddenly, flicker shot his head uprightand his eyes grew very wide. Wait a feathery moment. He said the tower. Iknow there it's where I live hop on my back, we'll get you settled, Hansa hesitated at first, but thenclimbed ta top flicker's back. He took his ribbon and tied a simple knotaround his neck. Do you want to saddle too Buckaroo?Let's go mount up, flicker darted into the air. There were hundreds of buildings belowwith tiny streets running between them. Hansa could see the big castle on ahill in the distance in what seemed like no time at all.Flicker began gliding towards a large clearing between the buildings. This is all town square and that's theclocktower right there. He stretched his beak towards the towerand glided to a stop near a very large trashbin, flicker Hansa and flicker stared up wow. That trashbin knows my nameamazing. He got closer, yes trashben. What is it you want? I want you to get me out of here camethe reply. You are awfully big trashbed and a bitsmellie. Please don't Thake me rude, but I don't want to get you out of here.Sorry, flicker, I'M NOT JOKING! I need yourhelp. Flicker shook his head a little. Whatis it with people to day needing my help? First, a funny looking mouse nowa trashbed. I need a vacation. He fluttered up to the rim. Okay, trashpen hold on tight. Hegrabbed hold of the edge with his claws and started flapping his wings as hardas he could. Finally, he hopped down to the ground. It's useless, Trashbenyou'll just have to stay here. This is an nice spot, though many people lotsof food you'll have a good life again. The trashben called out flicker.It's me AH groaned flicker. That makes sense. What are you doing in there going for aswim? No came the voice from the Ben, I wasscrounging and got stuck. Can you help me out? Oh No? No! No! I don't want to getstuck too you're better off just living in there. Don't worry I'LL! Tell yourparents, your brother will miss you...

...and with that flicker took off towardsthe tower, leaving Hansa alone with a voice in the trashbin Hansa called out hello. Are you allright who's that the voice responded? I'mHanza flicker flew away. Oh that burnd he's always flying off.Could you help me out Hansa Hansas sized up the trashpin. It wasmuch taller than he was he'd have to scale the side as he did the city wall. He pulled out his grandfather's gribbonand swung it over his shoulder. I guess I'll have to get her out. Ican't just leave her there. He said to himself. The trashbin was a bit easier than thecity wall. It was covered in tiny pebbles set intoits sides, which made it for great handholds. It wasn't long until he pulled himselfup onto the rim and slowly peered in deep in the bin was a young white mouse. She was wearing a yellow, blouse andLight Brown pants and was sitting on a half eaten piece of bread, Hansa looped the ribbon tightly aroundhis waist and then threw the other end down. Here. Tie this around you and I'llhoist you out at first. The young mouse was scaredand stared up at Hanza. Looking as though she was unsure, she wanted totake his help. Finally, she did as he instructed andwrapped it the same as he did all right hold on Hansa turned around and suddenly leapedfrom the Rim of the trash pin. He was counting on being heavier than she was. Thankfully he was right. He descended until his feet touched theground. He then held the ribmon tightly as the girl climbed up over the edge ofthe trash pin andthen carefully down the side perfect. She said when she was fullydown she brushed crumbs and bits of food from her blouse. Then she offered her hand out to HansaI'm dash. Thank you for the help who are you? Hansa shook her hand, I'm Hansa andyou're. Welcome, I'm just glad you don't have to live in the trashpen. Oh yes, me too. I was just trying toget some bread for lunch, but it was much further down than I had thought.I've been in there for quite some time. So your friends with Flicker, oh no, we just met. Actually he then went on to explain how and whyhe had come to the city the bit about the ribbon and how he eventually metflicker. This is some special ribbon. She saidrealizing it was still tied to her...

...waist. She started to untie it when she saw itnearly ripped through on the edge of the BIN. Hanse, looked sad at first, but thentook the frayed bit in his hands and pulled hard until it ripped completelythrough there. You can keep that bit and I'llkeep this. It looks Nice on you anyways. He stowed the remainder of the ribbonin his pack dash smiled and admired the ribbon tiedaround her waist. It wore much like a sash. Turning back to Hansas. She said so you need a place to live. Huh Followme. I can help she took off running in the directionof the tower dashing around hundreds of pairs of feet as she went. She was fast. Hansa had to push himself just to keepup with her. The Tower was immense. It rose into the sky as far as the twomice could see. Intricate designs were carved all overits sides. There were two large double doors wherepeople were walking in and out of the tower just to the side. There were anotherset of doors. Only these were barely bigger than the two mice themselves, once inside Hans of followed Dash asthey climbed a large rope high into the tower in just one day, Hans had done moreclimbing in the city of the Big Castle, then hed done over weeks in the country. Soon they arrived at a small landingwhich led into a very large passageway dozens of doors and windows lined thepassage way. Walls each lit up from the Inside Is this where you live, asked Tanza. Of course, this is the village dash led Hansa up the passageway to thedoor, which belonged to her family. There were three mices waitinganxiously just inside. Oh goodness, you are all right said thefirst one, an older woman who wore a scarf on her head Hansa thought thiswas dash's mother. The man spoke next, I was working up near the bell whenflicker said Ye'd gotten stuck again yeah. I just can't seem to get out ofthat Ben Hansa joined in you mean you've beenstuck in there before Oh sure she gets stuck nearly everyweek. We've told her to leave that one alone, but she doesn't listen Dash. Hiswhite cheeks turned a light pink Mom Dad. This is Hanza Hanza. These aremy parents, Mister and Missus shorttail,...

...and that's Martin, my brother. She saidpointing at a boy a few years younger than she was missus. shorttall said you two must bestarving Hansa. Please stay for dinner over the meal of several large grainsof rice and some shaved bits of carrot for each person. Hans explained how hisgrandfather had once lived in the city and how he had encouraged him to do ashe did and find adventure dash then went on to retail the story.Hansa had shared with her and then added to it. How he saved her. You sure found adventure to day my boysaid: Mister shorttail slapping his knee missus shorttall, looked at her husbandsweetheart. Isn't there an empty mousehold at the end of the passagewaynext to Miss Maggie Mister shorttell thought for a moment,you're right there was a young man living there, not much older than youHanza, but he just took a wife and moved to the country to start a family.It seems you and him have switched places ha ha ha ha ha can Hansa live. There asked ash excitedat the idea of having a new friend living just down the passageway forsure an empty hole isn't home to no one until some one makes it their home said:Mister shorttail, he was very fond of making proud pronouncements, such asthis. After dinner, Mister shorttail ledHansa and dash down the passageway to the farthest corner. There were twodoors one on each side. Mister shorttail tried the one on theleft. Good, it's open, he said ushering them inside the home was not large by any means,but then again it was only Hansa that would live there and it was alreadyfurnished with much of what he would need. There was a bed, a small kitchen, atable in a chair and on the far side of the room. There was a little window. Hansen walked over to the window andlooked out he could look down onto old town squareand beyond the square was the hill. With the big castle the Sun was going down behind it. It's perfect, he said turning backaround then it's yours, replied, Mistershorttail, in a very manner of fact, sort of way, we'll leave you to get settled. Dashwill check in on you tomorrow, come on Dash Hansa couldn't stop smiling, as hethanked them, both for all their help and said good bye as he closed the door to his new home.A huge sense of relief came over him.

He looked around the room. This was nowhis bed. This was his chair. This was his table when he arrived in the city thatmorning he had nothing but his pack. Now he had a home, but even more, hehad new friends. It had been an exhausting long day, but as he sat his pack down next to thebed and stared out at the sun, setting behind the castle, he couldn't help butthink of the kindness he had known that day. He was very thankful. He left thecountry for adventure in the city of the big castle. Remember with each episode you dit,both the Audio ANDP epen, put them on all your devices and chooseinnet seriesat story moment: Ot Tom, we hop you Wenjoyd, Hunt and dash in th, say ofthe bag castle, Ue rite to thouand. Sixteen.

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