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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 14 · 1 year ago

14 - A Stormy Time

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Honza bent down to examine a yellow flower, just popping its head through the soil and snow. “Dash, come look at this. It’s just a baby. It hasn’t even opened its eyes yet.” When Dash didn’t respond, Honza left the flower and went off to find her. 

A story moment with Hansa and Dash in the city of the big castle. Get more episodes at story momentcom season one, episode fourteen, a stormy time. There is a tower just off of Old Town Square in the city of the big castle. 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 carefully, above the eleventh hour there is a little window. This is Hans's window. Hansa is a very brave field mouse, though he is not from the city of the big castle. Like his best friend DA, he has made his home in the village of the tower mice. His curtains are open today. There must be adventure. Hansa bent down to examine a yellow flower just popping its head through the soil and snow. Come look at this, it's just a baby. It hasn't even opened its eyes yet. When didn't respond, Hansa left the flower and went off to find her. Where'd you go, he shouted. Still no reply. He scanned the forest floor, searching as far as he could see. The thick grove of Maple trees made it challenging to see far in the distance. He saw the...

...leaves Rustle on a Berry Bush. When he approached the Bush, there was nothing there, well, nothing except the first berries of the season. Hansa pulled the juicy Red Berry from the Bush and held it with both his arms wrapped around it, bringing it to his mouth. Gotcha yelled in his ear and poking him in the back. Tag, you're it. Tag, we're playing tag now. I was just about to have a snack. You can snack later. We're going to be out here all day. We've waited all winter to hike the hillside forest. Hansa carefully set the berry down on the clean leaf. Before we do, can you help me get something off my back? I think he got stuck there when I was reaching for the Berry. Hansa turn around, showing his shoulder. Edged closer to him. I don't see anything. Oh, it must have just been tag your it. Hansa whipped around and tagged her on the shoulder. He ran as fast and as far as he could. He knew she could outrun him if he didn't have a head start. Darted towards him, weaving through the forest of tree and brush. You are a trickster, my friend, but you're not going to get away. Even with his head start, Hans it did not last long. In just a few quick moments, had gained on him and was just about to tag him back when she tripped on a stone sticking out of the trail. She stumbled forward. Hansa ran to help her. Are you all right? Sat Up and brush the dirt off her knees. Yes, AH, my pants are all dirty. Hansa plumped down on the ground beside...

...her. You crack me up, Darya Rose Shot Hanza and annoyed look, but he just laughed it off. You will dive into any Bein in the city, no matter how disgusting it looks from the edge. You'll climb out hugging a marshmallow and being so drenched in white stickiness that you look like one, and you'll just smile and smile. But gets you into the outdoor, wars in the dirt and it's too much. Hansa slapped his knees. I'm not sure you'd make it in the country. What exclaimed offended. I couldn't make it in the country. But then she paused and hung her head lower. Do you really mean that, Hansa? Do you really think I couldn't move to the country like you, moved to the city. Hansa smiled, but with his lips pursed off to one side, squinting his eyes. Well, actually, I'm just giving you a hard time, stared back at him. You always give me a hard time. I could just just what asked, Hansa. I could just tag you. You're it. She popped up and ran away. She grabbed hold of the bark of the nearest tree and climbed to the first limb. Oh, you call me a trickster. You're worse than me. Stood on the limb and bowed lowly. Thank you, thank you. Hansa joined her on the limb. From there they could look back out onto the city. The mid morning light gleamed off the shiny rooftops of the buildings. You know, started all that running has warned me bear. She stretched her arms up and out to the side. I think I'm just going to closed my eyes for a minute. Hansa watched dash as she...

...snuggled up with her head resting on the trunk of the tree, her arms folded across her chest and her tail wrapped around the limb. He looked around, shrugged his shoulders and decided she might be right. He laid on his left side, wrapped his tail as she'd done and stared out at the city. The city far off in the distance, passed away as Hans's eyes closed and he drifted into a dreamland. Hansa, can you lean over and push that leaf out of the way, said grandfather. Hans and nodded at his grandfather and then carefully edged to the front of the small wooden boat. He leaned over the front with his arms stretched outwards towards the leaf they were approaching. Just as the boat glided up to the leaf, Hansa reached out and pushed it aside. Good job, said grandfather. Now we have some smooth sailing. Hansa turned back towards his grandfather and sat on the edge of the boat, his tail dipping in and out of the water. Have you given much thought to what I said last night? Hansa nodded. I have. I'm just not sure. You've told me stories about the city of the big castle my entire life, since mom and dad went on ahead of us, but the thought of leaving the country and you, I just don't like it. Grandfather pushed the oars deep into the water and brought them back out, propelling them forward. To be honest, I don't like the thought of you leaving me either. Who else is going to cut the firewood, fix the roof, gather the berries, knit my socks, Cook my dinner? Hansa shook his head. Actually, now that you mentioned it, I'm leaving tomorrow, both mice laft. Don't worry, Hansa. I did it, so did your mother. That's where she met your father. He was from the...

...city. When they moved back to the country and had you, boy was I happy. But they also came back with so many stories, so many adventures. You've heard most of them by now, and all of mine too. You're nearly all grown. Now it's time for you to have some adventure of your own. Hansa, turned back towards the front of the boat and stare it out at the water. Yeah, I suppose you're right. The water all around the boat began to jump up and little splashes, thousands of circles exploded across the river. We should get back to the cottage, Hansa. The rain began to pour down. Drops smashed against Hansas skin. Hansa, Hansa, did you hear me? We've got to get to the shelter. It was dash. She was soaked from head to tail and was rocking Hanza back and forth trying to wake him up. What what happened? You were sleeping, that's all. There's a storm coming. We've got to find shelter. You're right, shouted Hanza. The noise of the storm was tremendous. The tow mice quickly climbed down the side of the tree. When they reached the bottom, pulled off the red sash of ribbon she always wore around her waist. Here you hold on to one end, it's getting hard to see. I'll hold onto the other. That way we won't lose each other. Good idea, shouted back Hanza. Where should we go? The to mice scan the area they're yelled. Who pointed at a large outcrop of rocks down the hill a little. She yanked on the red ribbon, pulling Hansa behind her. We can shelter there. As they trudged along the trail towards the rocks, the falling rain formed little streams at their feet. Soon those streams were forming a river and turning the wet dirt into miery mud. My...

...feet are getting stuck, yelled. She pulled hard and plopped her left foot from the mud. She then pulled on the other mine too, said Hansa. I don't know if we can get through this. Should we just wait? Wait for what? Hansa yelled out? Maybe the rain will stop soon. If the rain stops, the water will stop. Dash shook her head. Look she pointed at the city behind him. Hansa turned around and could see the entire city was covered in a thick gray cloud. No, it's not stopping any time soon. The water level rose to their waists. Hansa wriggled his foot. He got it free from the mud, but it immediately got stuck again. He thought for a moment. Suddenly his ears perked straight up. I've got an idea, he said. Hansa looked around near his feet for a stone the size of a nut. When he'd found one, he pulled hard on it and dislodged it from the mud. He tied his end of the ribbon around it. Okay, do you see that big leaf right there? Dash looked where Hans was motioning. A Bright Green Maple leaf was floating on the water, a few mouse links away from them. If I can just get this leaf over here. We can ride it out of the Stream. Ride it out. Are you sure? Hansa nodded. I am. Ask Me later about my dream. He smiled and then began to swing the rock and ribbon around his head. Dash Duck down low. The Rock circled faster and faster. Then Hansa released the length of the ribbon and held tight to the end. The rocks soared through the air and landed right...

...near the stem of the leaf. Now I just need to pull carefully, otherwise it might come off. Hansa pulled on the ribbon. The leaf began to glide over the stream of water towards them. It's working, Hansa, it's working, yelled dash. Hansa beamed with pride. Finally, the leaf was near enough that Hansa grabbed hold of the edge and held it still. You climb on first. I'll hold it. Once you're on, I'll get one foot out and then you'll have to help pull me up the second my second foot is free. It's going to start floating down the stream. Be Ready to steer. Steer with what said Dash, as she pulled herself up on to the leaf. Hansa motioned towards the stem. Just pushed the stem down into the water a little and then turn it either which way and it'll guide it like a boat. Are you ready, dash shouted back. Yes, okay, Augh, that's my left foot. Now I'm going to lean over and you're going to have to help pull me up. Here we go. Hansa leaned his chest over on to the leaf. Dash leaned towards him and grabbed his arms. Ah Ah AH, shouted Hanza, I'm free. Just as he said before, the leaf began barreling down the little forest stream. The instant his foot was out of the mud. Grabbed hold of the stem as she'd been instructed, and began moving it back and forth. That's it, said Hansa, leaning forward over the front of the leaf. I'll clear out anything in our path. Just steer US towards those rocks over there. There's a branch sticking out of the hillside too. I'll grab it.

Pulled left on the stem, forcing the leaf to turn towards the right. She pulled back to the right and it straightened out. Okay, we're nearly there. Quick, toss me the ribbon. Did as Hansa asked. Once again. He swung the ribbon in rock around his head. This time, when he loosed it, it wrapped itself around the branch he'd mentioned earlier. I've got it, yelled Hansa. Carefully, he pulled on the ribbon, guiding their little leaf boat nearer to the branch. When they'd come alongside it, they both carefully climbed onto it. The leaf swept away with the stream just as Hansa's last foot came off of it. They edged along the branch towards the outcropping of rocks. As they reached the rocks, they saw their good wisdom. The rocks formed a hollow cave in the side of the hill. It was nice and dry underneath. The water was still much too low to reach them. The two mice sat with their backs against the Cave Wall and watched as the rain poured down around them. If they squinted their eyes, they could see the city far off in the distance. Thunder boomed. One, two, three, Hansa counted. A FLASH OF LIGHT LIT UP THE SKY. What are you doing, asked Dash when you hear the thunder start counting, every second is about a one day's journey away. That lightning was about three day's journey from here. Thunder boomed again. Dash counted one. A flash of light filled the air. That's just one day away, she said. Hansa pointed towards the city. It looks like it was right...

...over the castle. Dash laughed. I hope the palace pigeons aren't sitting on their perch. She turned towards Hansa. How'd you know to use the leaf like that? Hansa told her about his dream. Do you miss him, your grandfather? I do, but not like I thought I would before I left for the city. I didn't think I could go a single day without my heart hurting, and it did at first, but it doesn't anymore. Now it's more of just remembering the good conversations we had. Why did it get easier, asked Hansa. Thought for a minute. Well, I suppose it's because he was right. Since I've moved here there's been non stop adventure. You, your family, flicker, Miss Maggie and great uncle whittle, even Mr Green in the market place. I've just been surrounded by kindness. It's hard to be sad when there's so many kind people around. You. nodded. I think it's going to be a while, and it's going to be a long hike back to the city once it's done. We might want to get some rest while we wait. Good thinking, said Hansa. He stretched his arms out and then to the sides, wrapped them around his body for warmth, and then fell asleep against the back wall of the cave. Dash did the same and was asleep almost the instant her eyes closed. The rain continued to pound all around them. Are you listening to me? Said Mrs Short tail. Dash didn't turn around. She continued to stare out the window of their home. The rain was pouring down on too Old Town Square. What did you ask, asked. I asked if you'd go scrounging tomorrow, maybe get some bread from one of the bends in the square. Do...

...you think it will be dry tomorrow? Dash nodded. Yeah, probably, it never lasts too long. Right. MISSUS shorttail agreed. What's the matter, dear, she asked. Dash turned away from the window. She breathed in deeply and let out a long sigh. Nothing, it's just I'm bored. There are no other mice in the tower my age. They're either all old grade mice like you and dad. Missus shortail cleared her throat and stared at dash the way only mothers can. Sorry, I mean they're all beautiful, kind older people. She smiled as she said this. Or they're Martin's age, like Missus Susan's kids. I feel like I'm all alone. MISSUS shortail nodded. I understand, Darya rose, and you're right, except for flicker, you don't have any one to really run around with. Dash turned back towards the rain outside her window. It's not even that I want many friends, even just one to scrounge with. That would be enough. Some one to help you out when you get into jam dash corrected her mother. You mean a Jamb, mother? No, I meant that time you got stuck in a jam jar and couldn't get out. How you get into such places? I just don't know. Both lady mice laughed and laughed. See, there's the smile I missed. crinkled her nose at her mother and smiled again. Listen, Darya, a friend is going to come some day. I don't know when, but I have confidence, and when they show up, you'll be inseparable. The rain poured down outside their home. The sound of the drops smacking against the ground grew louder and louder. The noise woke...

...up from her sleep. She looked over at Hanza, whose tongue was hanging out of the side of his mouth. He was snoring loudly, smiled and laughed. I don't know, being separated from that thunder would be a good thing, and she drifted back to sleep. Remember, with each episode you did both the Audio Ain't the EAP, put them on all your devices and choose unit series at story Momentcom we hope you enjoyed Honjan in the say of the Big Castle, I'd be right to done in sixteen.

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