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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 17 · 1 year ago

17 - The Problem With Paper

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Ms. Maggie would not take “no” for an answer. She handed Mr. Green, the grocery mouse, the three pine nuts she carried in a cart on wheels she used for her groceries. “No, Mr. Green. These are worth at least two grapes. And you offer me just one?” Ms. Maggie shook her head with a thin smile spread across her face. “Ms. Maggie. Please, if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times. A pine nut is worth no more than half a grape. I’ll give you one and half grapes for all three.” 

A story moment with Hansa and Dash in the city of the big castle. Get more episodes at story momentcom season one, episode seventeen. The problem with paper. 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 Hansa's window. Hansa is a very brave field mouse, though he is not from the city of the big castle. Like his best friend Dash, he has made his home in the village of the tower mice. His curtains are open today. There must be adventure. Miss Maggie would not take no for an answer. She handed Mister Green, the grocery mouse, the three pine nuts she carried in a cart on wheels she used for her groceries. No, Mister Green, these are worth at least two grapes and you offer me just one. Missus Maggie shook her head with a thin smile spread across her face. Miss Maggie, please, if I've told you once, I've told you a hundred times. A pine nut is worth no more than...

...half a grape. I'll give you one and a half grapes for all three. Miss Maggie didn't say anything. For such a small, elderly mouse, she was also very solid in the way she stood. She knew what she wanted and what was right, and she didn't mind waiting. You are a shrewd woman, Mister Green said. No, Mister Green, but I do have a cousin who is a shrew. What a lovely lady. I should have her over for tea sometime. Would you like to meet her? Miss Maggie said all of this without once blinking an eyelash, a pine nut still in her hand extended towards Mister Green. Mister Green broke out laughing. No, Miss Maggie, I don't want to meet your cousin here. Two grapes for three pine nuts. You drive a hard bargain. He grabbed the pine nuts from the cart and loaded the grapes. Not a hard bargain, just a proper one. The two older mice stood there in the market in the center of the Tower village, laughing as they had a thousand times before. Mister Green was always expecting a more profitable trade, and Miss Maggie never gave in to the pressure to go any less than she was willing and, just like every time before, they ended as friends say. Have you seen Hansa to day? Asked Mister Green as Miss Maggie began to leave. Has He not been here? No, I was expecting them a bit ago. He and dash were looking for some scraps of paper. I figured he'd be back by now. Miss Maggie scrunched up her eyebrows. Hum, he must be...

...having a challenging time finding it. Then I'll let him know you're looking for him when I see him. Thanks, Miss Maggie. Good Day to you. Good Day to you too, Mister Green. Just as Miss Maggie was opening her front door, a few minutes later hall Onnza and arrived at Hans's door. What is that smell, asked Miss Maggie, pointed at Hanza. Him. Hansa was covered from head to tail in a very strong smelling blue goop. It smells like mint tea, said Miss Maggie. Hansa wiped his eyes a little so he could see more clearly. I wish it was. Could not contain her laughter. She tilted her head to the side and just giggled. Hansa was looking for some paper for Mr Green. Well, we found it, no problem. There's always some near the cafe. Nellie, the cat had a stack of it waiting for Hansa when we got there. We told her yesterday that we might be looking for some, so she found some for us. Miss Maggie looked confused. Then, how are you covered in toothpaste? Said Hansa with a sigh. Took over the story. Nellie asked for help. In exchange for the papers, there's a tuna fish can deep in the trash bin that I can't seem to get. If you'd be willing to retrieve it for me, the paper is yours, said Nellie. You mean you want us to fish for the tuna fish? Asked Dash. GIGGLING, Nellie didn't get the joke. Yes, she said, in a very flat voice. That's exactly what I'd like. Oh Kay, said Dash.

What side of the BIN is the Tunican in? Asked Hansa. Nellie leaped to the edge of the Bin and pointed with her front right paw. It's just there. I tried to get it myself, but I kept getting my leg stuck. I really appreciate the help. Hansa looked at Dash. It will take both of us. I can't lift the Tunican by myself. Dash thought for a moment. What if we hoisted it out with our ribbons? Nellie then spoke up, Oh, I can get it out of the bin once the two of you get it on top. Hansa then climbed to the edge of the BIN in the same way he had so many times before. Using the locks and levers on the side as a sort of staircase, he carefully teetered on to the Thin Ledge. Dash was right behind him. You go first, said Hansa. ME, why? Me? Just jump. You've never been scared before. Hansa raised both his eyebrows. Scared? I'm not scared, I just don't want to go first. It's really full today. Plus, do you know that little tingle at the tip of your tail when you're not sure of something? Yes, I get that too. Hansa lifted his tail towards the tip of it was throbbing. Well, mine isn't tingling, it's exploding. I feel like something bad's going to happen if I jump in. Understood. Why don't I lower you down then? We've done it before. Hansa thought for a moment, then he pulled the bit of ribbon from his scavenging pack. That sounds good. Here he handed her the ribbon. Nellie called up to the two mice from the ground. Is Everything all right? She said, oh, everything's fine, just working out...

...the tingles. That's all right, Hansa said. She gave Hansa a little slap on the back. WHOA, Whoa, I'm falling in, yelled Hansa as he lost his footing on the thin edge of the bin. He teetered back and forth, standing on one foot with the other foot up in the air for balance. Both arms were thrust to the sides and his tail pointed straight up. Couldn't stop laughing. He looked like flick her doing ballet, she said. Hansa didn't laugh, fearing any sort of movement would cause him to fall in. Just carefully tossed me the end of the ribbon, he said. Edged a little closer to Hanza. Then, taking one end of the ribbon, she tied it to the Red Sash she always wore around her waist. Taking the other end, she threw it to Hansa. The ribbon missed his hand by an inch. which to a mouse is a considerable gap. Try Again, said Hansa. Again and again, dashed through the end of the ribbon, trying to hit Hans's hand exactly. Hansa stood as still as a statue the entire time. However, each time the ribbon missed him by a little. Finally, as she threw the ribbon for the last time, it just touched his fingertips. Hansa leaned forward and grabbed hold of the ribbon, clenching it tightly with his fist. Suddenly his feet slipped from the edge of the men and he fell forward. Oh No, he yelled out, still clenching the ribbon in his hand. When the ribbon became tight, it pulled dash from the waist in after Hansa. Together they fell into the...

...bin. Hansa asked Dash as she sat up. She'd landed softly on the outside of a half eaten banana. Hansa didn't reply. Hansa, she yelled out, but still no reply. All of a sudden she felt a tug on the ribbon still tied to her waist. The line went tight. Grabbing hold of it, she gave it a little tug and then let it go. It went tight again. Then she felt a tug from the other side. Nellie, quick help, she yelled out. Nellie leaped to the edge of the BIN. What is it, she asked. Hansa's buried under this pile of trash. Help me get him out. Nellie jumped down next to dash. The two began to quickly throw chunks of food, empty wrappers and pieces of plastic out of the way. Each time they moved, however, Dash felt pulled further and further down into the pile herself. Hansa, can you hear me? Asked Dash. Instead of a sound, she received another pull on the stretched ribbon. I think he's okay. After moving an apple core, a piece of half eaten pie and a tin can, dash and Nellie came face to face with Hansa. The only problem was Hanza could not see them. His eyes and the entire rest of his body was covered in sticky blue toothpaste. Dash reached out with part of the ribbon and wiped the toothpaste from Hansa's eyes. He very carefully opened one eyelid. He tried to open the other. It was still sealed shut when he reached up to wipe it himself. He instead wiped a much larger GLOB of toothpaste right across his eyes. Again, oh, Hansa, said Dash, with a hint of...

...both sadness and humor in her voice. Once again, she wiped both his eyes and he was able to see. Then she wiped off his mouth to allow him to speak. Thanks, Dash. Now that he could both see and speak, dash let out a tremendous laugh. The sight of her best friend covered in minty toothpaste was just too much to contain. Ahem, are you finished laughing at me yet? Asked Hansa. Home most, said Dash, who let out one more enormous laugh. Okay, I'm finished. Good. Now can you please help me get out of here? Nellie laid down on her stomach and reached one of her paws in towards Hansa. Hansa grasped the tip of one of her long claws and held tightly, all the while held on to her side of the ribbon. All Right, Nellie, I'm going to count to three. On three, let's pull with all we have ready, ready, said Nellie called out loud one, two, three. The two ladies pulled and pulled until Hansa peeled away from the toothpaste bottle to which he was stuck. He climbed the little mound created from moving all the trash. Just as he reached the others, he tripped and fell forward. He was stuck face to face to a paper wrapper. Can you please pull me off, he mumbled. Peeled the wrapper from his face. Thanks, said Hansa. All right, sticky fingers, don't move, Nellie, you climb back on the ledge. We're going to have to hoist captain toothpaste out...

...of the BIN before he gets stuck to anything else. Nellie followed his directions and leaped back up to the ledge of the trash bin. Hansa asked Nellie, as she grabbed hold of the ribbon with her paw. Yes, what is it, Nellie responded. Hansa. Could you take one step to your left? Hansa did what she asked and immediately was stuck to a tin can. Perfect, that's the tunic and you were going after for me. By now, had climbed onto the ledge with Nellie. All right, Hansa, I'm going to leap down and you'll come hoist it out like we've done before, only it'll be a little different this time. If you touch the edge of the BIN, you're going to stick to it, and so just at the last moment, before you reach the top, Nellie is going to grab hold of you. Don't worry, she's going to hold the ribbon in her mouth. So wrap it around you a little. Then she'll jump down and we can get you home and cleaned up. Whatever you say. Followed Hansa. He wrapped the ribbon around him a little. It was challenging as the ribbon kept sticking to his sides, but he got the job done. Very carefully, Dash descended the outside of the bin. Hansa lifted into the air and, just as Dash had explained, Nellie grabbed hold of the ribbon. Before Hansa stuck to the side. She put the ribbon in her mouth. Don't worry, Hanza, I don't eat mice. I'm a vegetarian, said Nellie. Really, why do you need the Tunican? Then I'll show you when we get down, replied Nellie. Hansa hung from Nellie's mouth like a limp piece of string. Suddenly, Nellie leaped from the edge of the BIN...

...and landed softly on the ground below. She gently set Hansa down, unwrapped the ribbon from both hers and Hans's waists. What will you do now, asked Nellie. Well, if I can get him home without getting stuck to the cobblestones, the double doors or the rope leading up to the passageway, I think he'll be fine. We can clean them up at his house. Hansa tried to smile but couldn't as a toothpaste was beginning to harden around his mouth. DRS said, Hansa, my mors is hardening. Of course, let out another laugh from deep in her belly. We'd pat her go. Nellie, can I come and get the paper from you later? Don't you want to know what I use the Tunican for? She asked. Nodded, of course. What is it for? Nellie walked away from the two mice towards the space between the Trash Bin and a cafe wall. A moment later she returned with a different in tuna can hanging from her mouth. When she set it down, the two mice discovered it was full of bright and shiny stones. Each one was a different color of the rainbow. I collect rocks, Nellie said with a smile. Then she took one in her paw, a bright green one and stuck it to Hansa's sticky stomach and everyone laughed. Miss Maggie interrupted dash his story. So that's why you smell like mint. Hansa nodded, the only little as much of the toothpaste had hardened. What will you do now, asked Miss Maggie. I was thinking we could stand him up in the marketplace, maybe put a candle in his hands to light...

...the way for others at night. Hansa, Jess laughed, her, her, her, remember, with each episode you did booth the Audio Ain't the EAP. Put them on all your devices and choose unit series at story Momentcom we hope you enjoyed Hanjan in the Shay of the big castle. I've write to done in sixteen.

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