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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 18 · 1 year ago

18 - The Hottest Day Of The Year

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Now mice, whether they are from the city like Dash or the country such as Honza, always try to make full use of the warm weather that comes each summer, once the long, cold winter and wet spring are over. They love to run in the tall grass of the green fields, climb the lowest and sometimes even the highest branches on the trees in the parks downtown and float downriver on a leaf or a raft they’ve built from sticks and mud letting their tails dip in and out of the water to steer. But everything changes when the hottest days of summer arrive.  

A story moment with Hansa and Dash in the city of the big castle. Get more episodes. At story MOMENTCOM SEASON One, episode eighteen, the Hottest Day of the year. 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. Hanza 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 now. Mice, whether they are from the city, like Dash, or the country, such as Hansa, always try to make full use of the warm weather that comes each summer once the long cold winter and wet spring are over. They love to run in the tall grass of the green fields, climb the lowest and sometimes even the highest, branches on the trees in the parks downtown and float down river on a leaf where a raft they've built from sticks and mud,...

...letting their tails dip in and out of the water to steer. But everything changes when the hottest days of summer arrive. Instead of scheming up fun in the Sun Adventures, all mouse energy is spent trying to use as little energy as possible. Hansa woke up after a restless night's sleep. Tossing and turning in the heat. He slept on top of his blankets, now soaked with sweat. His tail hung off the side of the bed in a bucket of water that started as ice the night before, and, against his usual habit, he didn't close his window when he went to bed. He was begging for the slightest breeze to sweep in to cool his steaming forehead. It was just too hot. In fact, the heat was so unbearable that Hansa chose not to sit at the window with a cup of warm tea, as he did most mornings. All he wanted to do was lay as still as possible and think cool thoughts. When a loud knock came to his front door, he was in the middle of the perfect day dream. He was taking a nap on a giant block of ice. He yelled from his bed, still refusing to move. I don't want to play today. No one yelled back. However, the knock came again, this time much louder. Hansa ventured to sit up so that he could yell even Louder Ford to go away. Again, there was a pause followed by an even louder knock than before. It's too hot, he grumbled Hans, and knew that would not give...

...up easily. He had no choice but to answer the door. However, instead of his friend's smiling face, they're standing in front of him was what looked to be a very wet ghost. He blinked his eyes and shook his head him. I still asleep, he asked himself. I don't know. Are you the ghostly figure? Asked asked Hanza, not sure if that was his friend under the wet bedsheet or not. When the ghost wrapped its arms around him in a cool, wet hug, he knew it was. What are you doing, asked Hansa cool idea, Huh, replied. It was the only way I was coming to get you in this heat. I know we lived near each other, but this heat is crazy. But it's hard to see with a wet sheet on your face. I tripped over Miss Maggie's umbrella stand and bumped into the wall twice on my way here. I would have cut holds from my eyes in it, but mom wouldn't let me. We're going to have to be even more adventurous today if we're going to keep from sizzling, or we could just stay in bed. No, Dath said, we will stay cool today. Even though Hansa cannot see her face, he knew she was smiling widely. She always did when she set her mind to something. Hans and knew there was no changing it. It was a foolish thing to do to get in her way once she had set her mind to a task. Okay, should I dress up like a ghost too? Are we having a ghastly costume party? You're definitely going to need a sheet,...

...that's for sure, she answered him. Where are we going? Oh, you'll see when we get there. Let's just say it'll be a refreshing ride. You're not going to tell me? Nope. Now go grab a sheet and let's get going. Hansa did as she asked. When he returned with a sheet of his own, had removed hers and wrapped it around her neck like a cape. All right, Super Dash, where are we going? Just smiled and ran off, only not in the direction of the rope leading to the double doors. Instead, she ran through the marketplace. None of the stalls were open today, except for Mr Green. Instead of his normal produce, ice blocks covered and sawdust filled his stall to keep the ice from melting too fast. Mr Green had told Hans of the day before when he traded him a sun dried blueberry for a block of ice. As they ran past him, they saw him lying flat across six small blocks of ice. That looks Nice, Dash. How about we just lay out on some blocks of ice? Dash didn't respond, but kept running. On the opposite side of the market place were more mouseholes. Hansa hoped they were stopping in at one of the homes. Dash crushed those hopes. As she ran past the last home and towards a small door in the wall, Hansa suddenly stopped. I'm not going on that line again, he said. Dash stopped too and turned around. Oh come on, Hansa, you didn't fall, did you? No, but I almost did. That wire isn't safe. Dash...

...put her hands on her hips. It is safe. You just weren't moving fast enough, so it started to swing you can do it. I believe in you. Plus, I caught you last time, didn't I? I'll be watching you. Hansa saw that same look he thought about earlier. There was no changing her mind. Dash led, Hansa threw the small door into a much larger room. Inside were dozens of wooden dolls suspended on a circular platform, each one in a different dancing position. Hello, Susie, said Dash to one of the wooden dolls as she ran past it. Why do you always do that, Hansa asked, laughing at his friend. On the opposite side of the large room was another small door in the side of the old clock tower. As they passed through, stopped to size up the long wire hung between the tower and the building next to it. Listen, this is the fastest way we are going. If you're not too nervous, I think we should just cross it. You can do it, but if you don't think you can, we can go the long way down through the double doors. Hansa took in a deep breath and stepped out onto the wire. It was about half the width of his body. Just move quickly and it won't swing. Hansa ran quickly along the outstretched wire. Just as dash had said, it didn't swing at all. Followed right behind him, ready to grab hold of his hand if he began to fall. Like before, as Hansa climbed over the ledge of the opposite building, he thrust his hands up into the air and danced around like a champion. Now will you tell me...

...where we are going, he demanded. Answered, I'll show you. It's just on the other side of this building. She then climbed the opposite Ledge and laid on her stomach, pointing at the street below. There was a large truck below. On its side was painted a giant block of ice. Coming out of the back of the truck and down a little ramp was a large man pulling several large blocks of ice onto a rolling cart. Despite the terrible heat, he was wearing a cold weather jacket. He then took the ice into the building where more men were stacking and moving more blocks of ice. That's where we're going, said Dash. In there. Are you crazy? If one of those men catch us, were done. No Way. Plus, I don't want to get squished by one of those huge ice blocks. Suit Yourself, said D who then slid down a drain pipe towards the street enjoy the heat. Hansa let out a long sigh, then wrapped his hands around the hot drain pipe and slid down. After her, ran across the cobblestone street and hid in the shadow of the door. We're going to have to sneak in, said Dash, but I think if we can make it to that back corner there with the big ice block that has fallen over at an angle, will be out of sight. The blocks formed a giant frozen maize. Twice the mice circle the single block, trying to find their way. When they ran into an open area near one of the working men, they pressed themselves against the ice to become invisible. Once he was gone,...

...they continued towards the back corner. The two mice wove in and out of the spaces between the blocks until they reached the very back of the building. We're nearly there, said Dash, a good thing too, said Hansa. My sheet keeps freezing to the ice. He gave the sheet a hard Yank and freed it from the frozen grips of the ice block. Yes, that may not have been my best idea. We should probably just carry them. Will need to be extra sneaky, though, so the men don't see us. Once they had shed their sheet capes, now very stiff from the cold, they could run much easier. So what are we doing here at a Hanza? Well, I thought we could slide down these big blocks of ice on the sheets, but that's not going to work, is it? They'll just freeze to the ICE, won't they? Hansa thought for a moment, his first finger tapping his chin a little. Wait, I've got an idea. Give me your sheet, he called out. Hansa took both the sheets and hid in a little alleyway formed between two stacks of ice, away from the view of the men. He got to work. He laid one sheet out flat. It was nearly frozen, stiff but still able to bend a little. He folded one of the long sides in onto the center and then the other side over the first fold. Then he carefully folded the front of the sheet up into a half circle. Standing back, realized what he was building. It's a sled, Hansa, you're a genius, and since the sheet is frozen now, it shouldn't stick to the ice. It made Hans a smile whenever praised his ideas. He took her sheet next and moments...

...later had two handcrafted sleds sitting in front of them. So who's going first? Asked, not a yell that Hanza be Ford could just smiled. No problem, after you, Hansa said, bowing very low with his hand across his waist, exaggerating the movements. Grabbed hold of the sled Hansa had created and carefully climbed the top of the nearby ice block. The Block had toppled over onto the ground, forming a slope to slide down. With one hand she held onto the ice and with her other she held the sled still. As she sat down, she went fast. The ICY sled slipped down the slope so quickly that Hansa barely caught a glimpse of her tail as she hit the floor and sped across the ground towards the opposite wall. When the sled came to a stop, jumped up, as Hansa had done, and danced like a champion. I did it, she yelled. Over and over. The two mice took turns climbing, sliding, crossing and tumbling. After each ride they would dance with so many runs down the ice block a groove formed, making each run faster and faster than the last. As the day wore on, the sky outside turned darker. We better get back soon, suggested Hansa. All right, just one more run, said Dash. Hansa slid...

...first. This time he climbed the Ice Block, slid down and was back beside dash in no time at all. My turn, said Dash. She grabbed her sled and made for the top of the slope, but just as she sat down for her final run, the entire block of ice was picked up and carried high into the air. Dash yelled out Hansa. He then looked around the room and realized the working men had cleared out every block of ice but their slope. Now they were loading their sledding slope on to their little cart. Dash lay down flat on her sled and tried to remain perfectly still. Just as the men went to place the block down, one man tripped and dropped his side of the block. Once again, the block formed a slope. Dash slid down quickly, only this time she continued all the way across the shop floor and out the front door, all without the men seeing her. She grabbed her sled and hid back in the shadow of the door, Hansa made his way towards Dash, hugging the wall as he did. Wow, that was close, Hansa said when he reached her. I know, a little too close, said. With that, the two friends broke out laughing. quickly, they darted across the cobblestones again and headed back for the tower. As they crossed back over the outstretched wire, their sleds fully melted and they once again wrap the sheets around their necks to keep them cool on the hottest day of the year. Remember, with each episode you...

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