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

Season 1, Episode 7 · 1 year ago

07 - Palace Pigeons


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Despite the fact that Honza lived in the City of the Big Castle for many months, he had never actually been to the castle itself. He looked out onto the Big Castle every morning as he sipped tea from his tiny cup, sitting in the window of his home. He looked out onto the Big Castle on the Hill. His view was the best in the city.

A story moment with Ponsa and Dash inthe city of the big castle get more episodes at story. Momentcom season, one episode, Seven PalacePigeons- 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's a little window, this is Hans's window. His curtains are open to day. Theremust be adventure, despite the fact that Hans Ha lived inthe city of the big castle for many months. He had never actually been to thecastle itself. He looked out onto the big castle everymorning as he sipped tea from his tiny cup sitting in the window of his home.He looked out on the big castle on the hill. His view was the best in the city. The old clock tower rose high above allthe neighbouring buildings. The thought of journeying to the castleoccurred to him many times. Surely there was an adventure to be hadwithin its tall ancient walls, but each time Hans, a just tucked thethought anway and carried on Hansa wrapped his arms around a bundleof Straw and held up high over his head to his friend flicker. The bumblingpigeon took the Straw and began stuffing the pieces into his nest, so you've never been to the castle.Asked flicker well, like I said I think about it, butI need to gather the righ gear first, something warm that would work for anovernight trip in cold weather, Hansa answered the funny looking pigeon narrowed hiseyes and asked further. Why do you need to go overnight? He pointed the end of his wing towardthe castle. It's just right there, not for a mouse right. There is faraway it's at least a day's journey, at least plus it's getting colder. I justdon't think it's wise to make the trip... myself right now. Flicker shook his head, though he really was a silly bird and sometimes he didn't catch on asquickly as others might. He was kind hearted and honestly was a helpfulpigeon. You don't have to stay overnight andyou don't have to go alone. Remember you can't fly, but I surely can he stretched his wings out wide Hans'seyes grew large, really you'd come to the castle with me, flicker shook his head in confusion.Why would I go with you? I don't belong at the castle, but then how I don't understand Hansa dropped his head. His quickexcitement turned even more quickly to disappointment. I mean I can't hang around with you thepalace birds. Don't like outsiders, much you'll be fine, though it's justme, but I can drop you off and pick you up to night. Hansa looked out over the horizon. Is there time enough it's past noon asit is show Er there small beak? What's aday's journey for you, I can do in just a couple of minutes, but I'll still be alone. Won't I Hans's voice cracked a little as hesaid this. Not If dash goes with you, Hansa slapped his hand to his headSprang Straw all over himself. Of course I forgot you could carry usboth. You really are a strong bird for an old bird that is old bird old bird I'll. Have you know Iam very young and strong flicker pupped up his chest out alittle bigger than normal. Why? I could carry all the mice in thetower at once, flicker couldn't keep his chest puffedany longer. He led his breath out, knocking Hans over. Of course, I can carry her too Hansa stood up and brushed himself offas he walked away to fine Dash. He called over his shoulders great I'll,invite the rest of the tower mice too. He was through the little hole and downthe stairs that led from the Bell Tower to the passage way before flicker couldrespond. Of course, he didn't truly want any ofthe other tower mice to come with him, but he was eager to bring Dash. Healways felt safer and more adventurous, exploring the city with her. She grewup in the city and knew it well. We could spend the rest of the dayexploring the castle said Dash when Hansa arrived to get her mom. Is it allright? If I go, it is getting kind of late in the day,could you go to morrow..., please Hanse, says flickick willgive us a ride to the castle. Really, I didn't think he went there any more,not after missus shorttail stopped suddenlylooking embarrassed well dear. It should be fine. Justplease be home before sundown Dash. You promised that we would do some sewingtogether, dash smiled and kissed missus shorttailon the cheek. She had been looking forward to learning to sew for a whilenow, but if she could get an adventure into the day first, that would beperfect. She thought the two found flicker and launched intothe air from the highest point in the tower which pare to the castle. Do you wantme to drop you off at yelled flicker, as he guided them towards the Big Hillin the distance? Both mice shook their heads unsore ofwhere to go. Why don't you take us where you thinkis best said Hansa? Oh, I know the perfect place. Then Ionce got lost in the southern wing of the castle near the Throne Room. Ofcourse, that was back before that castle birds were so stuffy andunforgiving. Those palacepigeons sitting on theirfancy Gates Hansen noticed that any time flickermentioned the castle birds. He didn't seem very happy about them. He kepthimself from asking about the palace birds, though he did want to know. How did you get lost? He asked instead. Well, you see, I saw the king, he had atall white hat, a long white coat and an apron. Oh and the king was carryingthe most delicious tray of treats I'd ever seen. There were chocolates andpears and chocolately Pars. I knew if I could get some, why there'dparedly be any chocolate left ha the two mice gripped the birds featherstightly as flicker swooped from side to sidelaughing. He always found his own jokes, thefunniest then Hansa asked the king was carryingdessert. Of course he was. Who else would ithave been when you're the king? You get the best treats, and I would have gotsome too had it not been for those Pesky Palace pigeons finished the twomice together exactly but before he could finish his story.They had arrived at the castle. Hup Here we are thicker was right. It took no time atall to get to the castle and it was enormous when Hanza would look out over the cityat the big castle from his little window. It always looked big, but asflicker swooped in over the courtyards...

...and towers, he realized it would take ayear for a mouse like him to explore every room and they only had one afternoon flicker circled the tallest of thetowers and Dove Down Landing on the Ledge of the highest window. The micecould see thank you for flying with us to dayjoked flicker, please be careful as you step down as a fall from this heightwould be quite sad. Indeed, the mice slid down flicker's back this way. You can work your way down,go through this window and make your way to the throne room. You might evensee the king with his, but the mice finished for him, tall white hat and a white coat and anapron flicker added Hansa gave dash af half smile. The kingsounded more like a cheff to them, like the one from the cafe near the oldclocktower, where Hansa would often scavenge Hansa began to say something but heldhis tongue and just listened, but I should get going continuedflicker. I don't want any of those stuck up palace pigeons to see me just as flicker spoke, two palacepigeons, who looked strikingly similar to flicker swooped in and landedbetween him and the two mice. It's too late said the slightly moreplump bird, Hey, isn't that said the other one hewas taller and thinner. Yes, I think you're right, it's flickerresponded the plump one, the pair of pigeons edged closer to flicker, Hey, you know, you're not supposed tobe up here, yelled the thin one yeah. You know thedeal, not after all the trouble you caused last time added the plump one flicker puffed up his chest as he hadwith Hansa I'm just dropping off some friends, Hansa and dash took that as their queueand wedged themselves between flicker and the other birds. Flicker was theirfriend. Those birds shouldn't talk to him. Thatway, they thought the plump pigeon continued. Oh, are you a carrier? Pigeon now getit? Carry Your Pigeon Ha the thin one chimed in. Can I get a ride? Next ha hacome on. Dibby said the plump one. Let's go get our luggage ha and with that the two birds took offinto the air laughing and tumbling as they yelled carry your pigeon ha overand over flicker perched down and rested hiswings. What did they mean last time asked Tash? Oh, it's nothing! They just don't likeme up here anymore.

What happened asked Hansa flicker looked around to see if any ofthe other palace pigeons were near by seeing that they were alone. He beganhis story. Well, remember the King Hansan nodded with the trayful ofsweeties yeah. Well, I watched him all morningfrom his window right here. Over and over he brought in trays and trays ofdesserts. I knew he was the king because he had a whole team working forhim. He had such power any time he needed something. He'd yell it out andsome one would bring it to him. Only a king could do that. Oh Kay said Dash, but why aren't youallowed to come up here? Like I said I watched him all morning,so many tasty treats I kept telling myself just leave just leave, but Icouldnit the king's treats had a hold of meevery time. I thought about leaving I'd, look at them and I couldn't move I had to have one did you take one asked Hanza I triedjust as the last tray was brought out. I saw my opportunity. The king and allhis men had left the room. I leaped from my window high above I swooped in,but just as I reached the table, a goofy looking man showed up. He wasn'tpart of the king's men. They were all dressed as hes was with tall hats andaprons. This man wore a golden cloak with shiny jewels all over it. He worea giant gold ring on his head. He carried a golden stick in his hand. I think he was a performer or something Hansa and dash smiled at each other,but didn't interrupt well, just as I reached the table andwas about to snatch a cream puffed pastry in my beak that goofy performerreached for the same one, what a rude man he tried to hit me with his goldenstick. Thank goodness. He missed as he swung at me again. I fluttered back alittle and he spun round and round smashing into a giant chocolate cake.He was mad. The king must have heard the foolish performer destroying allhis swets because he came running into the room with all his men, but insteadof stopping the performer they came after me. I barely made it out with all myfeathers they circled me. I tried to fly away,but the cream puff had hold of me. I couldn't get it off. It was stuck to my beak, the performer with his silly sticktried to hit me again, but then the...

...most amazing thing happened: Hansa leaned in towards flicker hangingon to his every word. What happened? My cousins showed up the two mice scrunched up theireyebrows. Your cousins, they said together, yeah my cousins. Did I skip that part Dash, plop down and leaned against thewindow. I'm confused, she said Hans, has sat next to her yeah me too flicker continued. I was one of thepalace pigeons, then those two that were just here with their carrierpigeon joke, which I thought was pretty funny- actually theyre, my cousins, theplump one is dippy. The thin one was dunkers. I've got about thirty more allaround the castle, flicker took in a deep breath. It's like this. I was born a castle mouse. No, I mean acastle bird, a Hallis pigeon sitting on the Fancy Gates asked Hanza Flicker's head hung low. Yes, I sat onthe fancy gates, but only sometimes my cousins didn't like it. When I wasaround, they said I always made things harder for them. I didn't know what they were. Talkingabout: We'd sit for hours on the gates and watch people come in and out of thecastle boing every now, and then we might swoop downand pick up a piece of bread or something, but we never did anythingexciting. How did you end up in the throne roomhas asked flicker continued with his story. One day I was so bored, I was fallingoff the gates, so I told my cousins. I was going to explore a bit tey called me. Silly Palace pigeons don't explore. They saidPalace pigeons. Perch I' lived, my entire life in the bigcastle, but all ih'd ever seen was our perch on the fancy gates. I wanted to see more at first, I just flew high above thegrounds I looked out over the city and nearly adventured out I'd never been in the city too many people, my cousins, would say. As I looked down over the grounds, Isaw a tiny little window this window. I perched here for a little while,until I saw the king with this tray of desserts added Dat,exactly well dippy an donkers followed me when I swooped in to get a treat theywatched from right here. When the king's men left and the prerformernearly got me, they called out to all...

...the cousins. All of a sudden, thethrone room filled with pigeons. The men didn't know what to do. They eachbegan chasing a different bird. I was able to fly off with all the commotion.I pushed the cream puff off. My beak took a quick bite and flew away once Igot free. My cousins followed me out the window dash interrupted, but you keep actolike the palace pigeons. Don't like you, they rescued you. It sounds like yourcousins love, you sure they do but afterward they calledtogether the gramd council of the cackling coop, the group that makesdecisions for us. They gave me a chance to explain, butwith everything I said, they just kept repeating how I was foolish. They said,I embarrassed all the palace pigeons by taking the king's pastry. I tell you ifit warn't for that performer with a golden ring on his head, trying to hitme with his golden stick. None of this would have happened. Did they make you leave the castle dippy an dunkers propose that I be madeto leave the grounds banishment once an idea gets going, it's hard forany one to disagree. I left that night and you haven't been back, asked Tanza Nope, oh flicker, we're sorry, you must besad to be away from your family said, dash flicker scrunched his eyebrows andshook his head sure. I guess I do miss my family, butto be honest, it was the best thing that ever happened to me. That night I found a new place to perchon a little cross beam where the bell hangs in the old clocktower, no moreperching on the fancy gates for me, but don't you miss your cousins askedHansa, sometimes but they're kind of silly? Ifyou know what I mean it kept saying, the king in the tall hat was the chef.How silly I think I know what a King looks like Hans and Dash just smiled plus now I get to have adventures. I'drather be with the two of you in the tower than on the gates up here. Not all family has feathers. You knowhe said smiling at the mice, but you guys better go explore the castle justwatch out for that performer. If you see him Hansa looked again across the groundsand saw the sun, it had descended quickly and was nearlyto the horizon. Actually, we promised Missus shorttailthat would be back before the sun went down. It looks like we should go now, Ifer tokeep our word flicker bent low to let the mice climbup on his back. Oh, I didn't mean to ruin your day of exploration with mystory. Ruined exclaimed Ash. No Way, we lovedyour story. We can come back again...

...another day if you'd be willing tobring us. In fact, if it weren't for you, wewouldn't have gotten to come at all. Flicker took off from the little windowhigh above the castle grounds with his two best friends holding tight to thefeathers on his back far below. He could hear some cackling pigeonsperched on the gates. Flicker said to himself carryer, Pigeon Ha. Now that is funny remember with each episode you dit,both the audio ANP epen put them on all your delices and choose you nit seriesat story moment: Ot Tom, we hop you Wenjoyd Huntin dash an th say of thebag castle uperite to thouand. Sixteen.

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