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

Season 1, Episode 6 · 1 year ago

06 - The Last Red Squirrel

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In the City of the Big Castle, there are many different kinds of animals. There are your obvious city creatures - such as mice and pigeons. But there is also a whole host of various animal friends living in the City’s many parks and green spaces.

A story moment with Ponsa and Dash inthe city of the big castle get more episodes at story. Momentcom season, one episode, six, the last RedSquirrel. There is a tower just off of Old TownSquare in the city of the big castle on every side is a clock face, but thewestern side is the largest and though it can't be seen from theground. If you look carefully above the eleventh hour, there is a little window.This is Hans's window. His curtains are open to day. There must be adventure in the city of the big castle. Thereare many different kinds of animals. There are your obvious city creaturessuch as mice and pigeons, but there are also a whole host of various animalfriends living in the cities, many parks and green spaces. Some foxes make their dens behind thefirst branches of the thickest bushes and many birds nest in trees on chimneystacks and on just about any warm nook or cranny found high above the ground. There are also squirrels, probably thousands of them, and theyare all gray squirrels, except for one Hansa Bent Low and gripped the lid ofan acorn with both his hands.

He stretched tall pushing his feet deepinto the dirt, not letting go of the nut with a final thrust. He jostled the nutfrom its place between two roots at the base of a tree and stuffed it into aburlap sack with another acorn and three pine nuts from earlier. I think this will be enough. Hansacalled out to his best friend Ash Dash at that moment was hanging by herfinger tips gripping the lid of an acorn stuffed between the bark on theunder side of a branch. Mister Green only asked for one acornand we found him too Hansa continued dash swung her legs forward and, backuntil she turned upside down with her feet, pushing into the branch stillgripping the Acorn Lid. She yanked as hard as she could. Theacorn popped out from its hiding place and dash tumbled to the grass belowgripping the nut tightly to her chest. Three. She said dusting herself off. Why does Mister Green need you to gethim ACORNS anyways? I thought he had someone else working for him. He did, but he doesn't any more. So heasked me to we made a deal iy scavenge for his grocery stall in the marketplace, and he gives me a share of all his trades that way he can stain thetower and run a shop, and I have something to trade with the othershopkeepers. I found him. Tea Leaves last night behind the cafe, but this isthe first time he sent me to find nuts and sees I feel like I'm in the countryagain dash held the acorn out to Hanza, justas Hansa reached out to grab it. The most peculiar thing happened, a fieryred squirrel, looped its way down the...

...tree trunk, snatched the nut fromDash's hands and zipped back to the first branch of the tree. Thank you.Kindly the squirrel called down the mice stood there shocked at thesudden theft of their nut. They didn't know how to respond even more thoughthey knew dozens of grey squirrels who filled the branches of every tree inthe city. They had never seen or had something stolen by a red squirrel. Hey Red dash called back that nutbelongs to us. you thief: The Red Squirrel, zipped back down thetree trunk towards the mist, just as he reached the bottom. Hewedged the nut between two pieces of bark in the exact place. Dash had takenit before thief. You must not be talking to me asI cannot steal something that is already mine. You must speak of yourself as you werethe one with an Acorn in your hands that did not belong to you. In thefirst place, the Squirrel didn't wait for a responsebut resumed his position on the lowest branch. Will you stop doing that?Yelled Thas, stop doing what zipping away like that?Oh I'm, sorry, and once again he zipped down the tree and stood before them. He thrust his hand into dashes andshook it violently. I'm Chester Nice to meet you. Are you saying I stole the Acorn fromyou precisely? I wedged that exact nut inthat very spot. Just yesterday and I watched as you undid my hard work andyou were preparing to take the nut with you. Do you deny it dash paused for a second and looked atHanse?...

Well, no, I don't deny it precisely,but no harm is done, said Chester, it's back in its place, safe and secure IAM,hiding it from the grades. Hansa furoled his brow, the grays. Oh yes, the gray, squirrels love acornsas much as I do. They love them so much. In fact there would be none for me thiswinter. If I didn't hide them, see, Look Chester pointed to the tree. Can yousee all my nuts the mice, scan the trunk and branchesof the massive tree before them? No Hans answered indeed, and yet there arehundreds of them hiding on this tree alone. That's fantastic said: Hansa Dash, eyed chester with a quizzicallook, you know dash began. I've lived in thiscity, my whole life, but I've never seen a red squirrel. Only greysquirrels, you are the first Red Squirrel. I've ever seen. Are theremore of you more of me, I'm sorry dear, but I'm theonly me there be, but if you meen are there other red squirrels, the answerwould be no. I am most certainly the last of the reds in the world. Chester laughed grabbing at his side,as he did no, of course not. There are more reds in the world. In fact, I havequite the extended family that lived down the river a bit about a four daysjourney. However, I am the last red in the city of the big castle, really exclaimed Hansa. That must bequite a story. Oh and I'd love to tell it, but not now.I really must carry on securing just a few more nuts for my winter's storrage,but come back to morrow and I'll tell...

...the tale and without waiting for a proper goodby Chester zipped across the grass toward another tree yelling over hisshoulder, as he went till to Morrow Hansa and dash returned to the oldclocktower in the centre of the city. They found Mister Green the grocer andgave him the supply of nuts and seedes. They had found splendid Hansa saidMister Green. I think this agreement will work out greatly. I was able to exchange a small chunk ofcheese for that cotton ball. You said you needed Mister, green retrieved, a cotton ballthe size of his head and gave it to Hanza perfect. My new pillow Dash, however, was not interested inthe exchange of nuts for pillows. Her mind was racing as she tried to figureout the mystery of the red squirrels. Mister Green. Have you ever known anyred, squirrels Mister Green was surprised at such aquestion. Reds Huh can't say I have. My brotherwas good friends with the gray ones. Boy Did that squirrel eat a lot, but inall my life I've never seen a red. Why do you ask? We saw one to day she said and thenrelated to him. The odd meeting they'd had earlier Mister Green thought it to be mostintriguing, but didn't have any information to share. He asked Hansa tocheck back with him later that week when he needs some kernels of corn fromthe Cafe Ben Missus Maggie's, making a soup he saidand saying their good byes, both Hansa and dash returned to their homes. Hansa slept well that night with hisnew cottonball pillow, but dash hardly slept at all. She knew she'd hear thestory next morning, but could it wait to understand better why there were nomore reds in the city...

...when the sun had finally risen? Sheknocked on Hans's door. Let's go. She said: Hansa grabbed his warm jacket as theweather was turning colder and colder and followed dash to the park. He chose not to mention how unhappy hewas to miss his morning, tea all right, we're here. He said now what now this and she glouled as loud as shecould chester the branches of the trees inrupted withthe sounds of gray squirrels shushing her. It was too early in the morningfor yelling of that sort, but it didn't take long for Chester torealize he was wanted and joined the two mice on the grass he yawned heavily.Yes, yes, how can I help you dash, sat down pulling Hans Ito theground next to her? We are ready for your story. Chester. Why are you thelast red in the city Chester, could see how determined shewas to hear his story. He pulled together. A few fallen,yellow, leaves and made a seat for himself on the wet morning grass. Well,I should begin, but first we must have introductions dash, interrupted him. You told us yourname yesterday, yes, Chester, replied, but I do not have yours. He held out his hand again, and eachmouse took it whilse sharing their name as well. Splendid now that we know each otherintimately. I shall share with you how I became the last Red Squirrel in thecity of the big castle. This was the tale. My father told mewhen I was close to your age. I suppose, though I am quite older, now have you ever had a guest that justnever seemed to leave? Well, there was a time when not a single grey could befound within the walls of the city,...

...none which was a pity for sure. As theGRAYES can be, such fine fellows and are adventurous and spirited and boyare they funny? They play the most hilarious, practical jokes on oneanother one year at this very season when theleaves were turning and the days were getting shorter. My great grandfather,old red invited his cousin great ears and his many children to visit for theAutumn Harvest what fun they had at the end of the harvest. They held a giantbanquet with every sort of nut imaginable fat, nuts, thin nuts sweet nuts, saltynuts long nuts short nuts. It was a nighty time for sure they played gamesand those famous practical, jokes, I told you about- were on full display why one of the cousin Grays, who wasknown for his quick speed, hid all the nuts in a hall, while his friend a read,told a funny story about a frog who couldn't hop, how they all laughed whenthey looked down to find their previously full nut. Bowls were allempty, the gray returned them. Of course hewas just in it for the humour of it all. When the banquet ended, my grandfatherbid his cousin farewell only great years had decided that thefamily should stay in the city. Old Red was excited as he loved hiscousin. So what fun times they all had those firstyears Hans interrupted, but I don'tunderstand if the grace came here. Where did all the rads go? That's the mystery of the story! Now,isn't it now that you've seen me? Do you noticeanything different about the grey Squirrel compared to the red? Besidesour colour, of course, Hansa and Dash looked chester up anddown and glanced at the grays on the...

...branches of the trees. They thoughtdeeply. Your Tal asked Hanza very good Hansa. The Gray's tail is longer andslightly fuffier than the reds, but that isn't the difference, I'm hopingyou'll see. Is it your size wondered Dash Aloud. Ah, precisely you figured it out see.The gray is nearly twice the size of the average red and they are twice asheavy as well, which requires twice the food, and you recall I told you abouttheir speed wer. They are the most amazing collectors of nuts in thosefirst years, great years in old red had worked out that the grays would collectat least half their winter's store from the forest beyond the city. Hans's earsperked up, that's where I'm from wonderful and it worked for a full generation, but once old red an great years hadpassed on the love of family and friendship, went with them soon. The rads ind, the grays, werefuting over the most basic of needs. Food. By that time, the grays alreadyoutnumbered the reds two to one. They did not see why they must be theones to venture into the woods for half their winter store dash leaned in what did the reds do chester continued as the feuding continued it got worseand worse, the Jovial Harvest parties became a thing of the past, thewonderful practical jokes, the grays once did turned to mean spirited jokes. Finally, a council was convened todetermine a solution to the problem. How can the reds and Grays livepeaceably together? In the city of the Big Castle? My father represented the reds, as didhis most distant cousin brannick. The younger represented the grays to keepthings fair. They asked the help of the...

...city elthers a pigeon from the castle, a cat from the old town square and amouse from the tower hanses shuddered. He disliked cats ofall sorts, but he was intrigued that a pigeon, a cat and a mouse could worktogether. He wondered who that mouse might havebeen chester went on the Council of the elders, listened tothe complaints of both the reds and the grates. They asked their questions andreceived their answers and then, for three days the council met to decidewhat would be best. Of course, no one knows what was said between the councilmembers, but the decision was made known to everyone. I was only a babysquirrel that winter barely able to crawl around ourfamilies tree hole the council reasoned that, though thereds were the first in the city, the grays did not arrive uninvited. In fact,due to the friendship of all read and great years, they reasoned that thegrays remaining in the city was a happy decision for all. Now it was not the gray's fault thatthey were made much larger than the reds, and so it can not purely be theirresponsibility to collect half their winter store from the woods. The radswould need to share the task as well. Each year they would rotate first, thegrays would collect from the woods and then the following year of the Redswood, both my father and brannic thought itwas a fair decision, but it did not take long for the redsto discover thatg the time it took for them to collect their nuts and returnedto the city did not leave them any time to prepare their winter homes. Theyjust weren't as fast as the grays dash had figured it out. So the RADSlaughed the city exactly said, Chester. It wasn't aneasy decision. In fact, the grays were...

...exceedingly sad about it as well.Brannock suggested the grays helped the reds even but every one knew that couldnot. Last my father led the last of the reds fromthe city when I was just old enough to crack open an Acorn by myself. We settled about a four days journeyfrom here. Just down the river no grays live there and the nuts are abundant. Hansa held up a finger, wait a second.If you went with your family, why are you in the city? Ah You CAUNH't that! Well, when I wasjust about your age, I realized that I didn't fit in well. Amongst the otherreds than the forest, they were quite happy to stay where they were notventuring far from their holes, but I wanted more so at my father'ssuggestion. I returned to our hole in this tree. Chester pointed to a hole about threebranches up on the tree behind him, but now you're all alone said ash alone. Never didn't you hear all thegrazes this morning when he called my name. Your friends with the graze said Hansa, of course not said Chester, wherefamily, I must love their practical jokes. Just last week, one of them took all ofmy things from my hulel and moved it to another tree. When I returned home, Inearly fell from the branch I was laughing so hard and you find enough food to eat saidash sure. As long as young mice don't come and steal. My provision Chestersaid with a smile plus with all their practical jokes. The grayes had beenmissing. What was great about the reds. What's that we are storytellers, Hans and dash smiled, do you think we could come back and youcan tell us more tales about the reds...

...and the grays? Of course I could. I would enjoy that.Come back any time, you'd like I'll, tell you the most twisted tales. You'veever heard with that Hans and ash stood, or atleast they tried to stand while they were listening to Chester,one of the grays had snuck up behind them and tied their tails together, aroar of laughter erupted from the branches of the trees when Hans anddash fell over from their twisted tails. Remember with each episode you dit boththe Audio and B epened, put them on all your devices and choose you net seriesat story moment: Ot Tom, we HOLP, you winjoyd hung an dash and say of the BigCastle Ueright to thuand. Sixteen.

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