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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 19 · 6 months ago

19 - The Mysterious Message

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“Alright, here we go!” screamed Flicker as he burst from the ledge of the Tower. He bolted into the air above Old Town Square, looped around the Tower once, and landed in the exact spot he’d launched from a few moments before. “What? Are we done already?” asked Martin, as he slid off of Flicker’s back, being careful not to ruffle the bird’s feathers. 

A story moment with Pansa and Dash in thecity of the big castle get more episodes at story moment: com season, one episode. Nineteen, themysterious message 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 the ground. Ifyou look carefully above the eleventh hour, there is a little window. This is Hans's window. Hansa is a very brave field. Mousethough 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 to day. Theremust be adventure all right here. We go screamed flicker as he burst from theLedge of the tower he bolted into the air above Old TownSquare looped around the tower once and landed in the exact spot, he'd launchedfrom a few minutes before. What are we done already asked, Martin, as he slidoff of flicker's back being careful not to ruffle the bird's feathers. That was the third time answered.Flicker, I told you I'd help you get used to flying, but I have other thingsto do today, like sleeping and eating and sleeping and sleeping some more andthen I might want to wake up and eat. What do you think that birds are madefor flying Martin scrunched up his eyebrows andnodded his head? A little? Yes, he said birds are made for flying exactly responded. Flicker I was madefor flying. Not You now get on up there for another ride, Martin smiled and quickly, climbed onthe flicker's back again, holding tight to the feathers right behind his neck,once more flicker yelled out and then launched into the air. Let's go furtherthis time. Will you show me more of the city yelled out Martin over the greatnoise caused by flicker's wings, flicker pushed his left wing high upinto the air. Turning to the right on...

...the ground below thousands of peoplewent about their days of working shopping and seeing the sights givingno thought to the pigeon and a young mouse flying high up in the air. Flicker steered away from the tower andflew towards the train station. I forgot that I was supposed to do a pickup this morning said flicker. What's a pick up asked Martin leaning down sothat he could talk right into flicker's ear, a male pick up? Don't you everwonder where all the letters come from Martin thought for a second? In fact,he never had thought about it. Nope I don't get letters except for mygrandmother. She sends me a note. Every year on my birthday, she lives justoutside the city on the other side, not near the castle in the village beforethe country. Well, who do you think deliver thatbirthday card? Mister Green asked, Martin speaking ofthe grocery mouse in the market place? No, it's me twice a week. I pick up themail from the train station and deliver it to the tower. I am so unappreciated flicker extended both his wings out tothe side and allowed the wind resistance to slow him down carefully. He landed on the Ledge ofthe train station next to a little gargoyle, a statue of a baby playingthe trumpet morning. Jim Vicar pointed his wingtowards the baby statue. That's Jim, he doesn't talk much Martin laughed and followed the birdthrough a hole in the wall as they walked through Martin wasstruck by the most amazing sight. He'd ever seen on the ground below were thousands ofpeople all dressed differently and each was rushing off in a differentdirection. Pulling little and big boxes on wheels behind them upon their level, however, was much thesame scene except it was hundreds and hundreds of mice, squirrels and birds.They cris crossed the beams above the lower level of the train station,pulling their own little boxes with wheels behind them. I've never seen somany people before said, Martin. What don't you ever look out your window?There are this many people every day staring up at the tower as though theycould tell time Ha. No, not these people, these ones, themice, the squirrels, even the birds there are so many of them. What arethey all doing here? They're going on trips, we are at thetrain station. Haven't you ever taken the train before asked? Flicker Martin just shook his head. Well, letme teach you sit here and watch vigor perched down along one of thebeams out of the way of all the...

...creatures scurrying along the path.Martin sat down next to him. Now. Do you see all those mice thereheading down the stairs Martin nodded there departing? Thatmeans, leaving those stairs lead to the trains below they'll have to trade, something forthose tickets. First, of course, that's why they're carrying all that food saidMartin exactly but also useful things like a needle or maybe a button, thougha button won't get you very far just to the other side of the city, and only ifit's a really nice button like a shiny one. Those are the best margin pointed at a group of squirrels,all grays standing along a wall, opposite them. What about them? Heasked Oh they're not going anywhere. They do clean up and stuff. There usedto not be squirrels here, but everything was a lot dirtier too tonsof trash paper food bits, everything disgusting, then the Gray Squirrelstarted doing clean up in exchange for a portion of the trades from the trainmice. Now everything is nice and clean and the other birds pressed Martin, ohwell, they're here like us. Well me they're, picking up the mail, you knowif it weren't for US birds, there wouldn't be any letters getting aroundthe city, we're all carriers. And what do you get asked? Martin? Oh,we it help like your dad. He fixes the roof of my house and repairs. My perchfor me and Mister Whittle comes and reads stories to me and Miss Maggiemakes me pie. Oh, I love Pie, so we trade things I get the mail andsometimes make deliveries like for Mister, green with the silver bells andevery one pitches in and helps me Martin nodded. He was surprised at howmuch he didn't know. Do you want me to wait here while youget the mail asked? Martin, oh no said fucker. Your mother would be so unhappywith me. If I left you here by yourself, you might take a train or somethingnope. Follow me. It'll only take a minute. Martin followed flicker along one beamto a large central platform. The mice were coming up and down the stairs tothe left. The squirrels were darting out into the crowds and picking updropped, pieces of trash and right in front of them was a large crowd ofbirds. Only they were not all pigeons. There were blackbirds and sparrowsrobins and even a rooster he thinks he can fly explained flicker.We don't say anything, though he's pretty funny, so we like having himaround...

...each of the birds carried a Satchelacross their chest. Where's your bag asked Martin, Oh, I forgot mine againthey'll. Let me borrow one though they always do. Flicker got into line behind a robinand a sparrow who the other birds, no, the male keepers Martin nodded again, but he didn'treally understand the sparrow stepped forward to a little window built intothe side of the wall. I'm here for a pick up south sidehospital, a voice came from the window. Oh,what's that a southwest constable, I've never heard of them. No South side hospital, yelled, thesparrow again a little louder. This time hold on said the voice in the window.Then, all of a sudden, the mail keeper Thrust Hiss head through the littlewindow. It was a possum. His eyes were squeezed shut. Did you say, mouthwash is possible,where's that the sparrow got really close to the Possum, but not his ear.He put his beak right next to the POSSUM's nose. The possum then took along sniff of the Sparrow, Oh south side hospital. Why didn't you say socalled out the mail keeper how's it going Hayes? Oh, it's been. Okay. Had this pain inmy back lately, Oh yeah. I love that book. I cry. Everytime responded. The Parson I'll be right back. The male keeper slid his head back inthrough the window. Martin then watched as the possumsniffed around the room. There were at least four other possums at otherwindows along the wall. Each continually stuck his head out.His little window took a long sniff of the birds standing before them and thenbegan sniffing stacks of papers and envelopes behind them. All of a sudden.Their noses would shoot upwards with their mouths spread into smiles. Hereit is south side. The hospital said the Sparrow's mail keeper. He thrust astack of envelopes through the window. Here you go hays the sparrow stuffed the envelopes inhis Satchel and said good by to the mail keeper the Hall Scene Repeated with the Robin. Finally, it was flicker's turn onlybefore the possum could thrust his head through the little window, flicker bentlow and stuck his own head in through the window and sniffed the possummorning, Piper said ficker. The mail keeper broke out into a smile,hey, that's flicker, every one. It's...

...flicker called Piper the possum to hisother male keepers. All the mail keepers then yelled out a greeting tothe bird immediately piper turned around andsniffed through the envelopes. Again, as he moved his nose down a very tallpile, he suddenly stopped and yanked out a single envelope, just the one today flicker. It smells like it's from the countrysaid Piper. Do you have a Satchel? I can barrow asked licker another Satchel.You have six of them still. There are no extras left. Flicker laughed a little ha six. SorryI'LL! Try to remember to bring one back. I mean all of them at hearing this. Allthe mail keepers laughed so hard that several of them toppled out of theirlittle chairs on to the ground. Even the birds in the other lines began tolaugh, O Kay, fine I'll try to bring back at least one insisted flickeryou're going to have to go without to day sorry we're all out. Flicker shrugged his shoulders, thenstuck his head back through the little window again and snatched the envelopefrom Piper with his beak. Do you want me to carry it asked Martin,as he followed flicker back along the beam towards the outside wall? Flickeropened his mouth to answer, Martin, when suddenly the envelope fell fromhis beak slowly, it floated down from the upper area where they were towardsthe travelling people blow. Oh no yelled out, Martin, the envelope flicker didn't pause, but leaped intoaction. Stay there. He yelled out to Martin, as he had launched himself downfrom the beam towards the ground below, as the envelope reached the lower level,the wind caused by the quick moving legs of all the people. Kick theenvelope back into the air and floated it away from flicker. Come back here,let er flicker scolded the envelope. The envelope floated again towards theground as it landed. However, it fell on a piece of chewing gum stuck to theground. Flicker grabbed hold of the envelopewith his beak and quickly jerked his head backward the envelope, let go ofthe gum and flew back over flicker's head and landed in a small puddle ofwater. Oh no yelled, Martin, who watched from above flicker it's there,quick, it's in water, flicker, waddled over to the puddle andretrieved the letter it was soaking wet. The ink on the Front of the envelopebegan to run down in streakss...

...flicker fluttered back to Martin on thebeam he set the letter down in front of himself Martin. What am I going to do? Theenvelope is ruined Marchin didn't miss a beat. He pickedup the letter in his hands and climbed on flicker's back. He stuffed theletter between his legs and then hugged flickers feathers tightly. Let's justget back to the tower. My Dad will know what to do. Vicker ran towards the hole in the walland launched into the air. Oh, what am I going to do? I'm going to be fired,nobody's going to want me to carry their mail now lamented flicker Martin, despite being such a youngmouse, remained very calm. Don't worry, flicker, we'll work it out. Soon. Flicker landed back at the top ofthe old clock tower. I'm going to take this okay I'll, giveit to my dad. Why don't you rest a bit? figger everything's going to be justfine. He reassured the Bird Martin took hold of the envelope andthen quickly descended the ladder from flicker's coop in the Bell Towertowards the village below when he burst through the front door ofhis home. Missus short tail, his mother stood there with her hands on her hips,her right foot tapping and a scowl on her face. Martin verites short tail.Where have you been? I was with flicker. We were doing some flights around thetower. You know so that I wouldn't be so scared, but then I asked him to takeme further, so he took me with him to do a male run. You went to the train station Martin.You should have asked permission before going that far. That is not a place fora young mouse. Like yourself, Martin Hung his head low. I'm sorry Mamyou're right, I didn't think about it. I was just so excited so many newpeople and sights missus shortall just nodded her head.Well, you seem to be all right so we'll let it go this time, but take this as alesson. First ask then: Go Martin nodded his head, but remainedquiet. What's that under your arm? Oh, this isa letter for some one here at the tower. Only Ficke dropped it on accident andit got wet. So the ink is running is dad here. Missus shortall motioned towards thekitchen Martin found his father there sippingon a cup of tea and reading the newspaper once Martin had explained the problemto him. Mister shortall jumped into action HM. Let's see if we can get this driedout. Mister Short Tail Lit a small candleand set it on the table very carefully. He held the envelopeover the flame, see it's drying out, no...

...problem at all, I'm sure the letterinside isn't damaged boy. Martin smiled, his father always triedto cheer him up. So how was the train station? I remember the first time Isaw it. Mister Short tail launched into a storyof his own childhood and the first train ride. He ever took to visit hiscousins on the other side of the city. As he told the story, he forgot to payattention to keeping the envelope at a safe height above the flame. Dad Theenvelope cried out. Martin the envelope had caught on fire and was beginning toburn up in Mister Short, tail's hands. Mister Short tail quickly dropped theenvelope to the ground and then using his tail and a small kitchen towel. Hebeat out the flame. Missus short tail came into the kitchento find out what was all the commotion. Oh Sweetheart. She said as she gatheredthe letter up in her hands. She blew out the candle and set the letter onthe table. The three mice examined the letter because of the water. Much of the inkhad washed away from the front. Only three letters were visible, an o half of what looked like an n and an aat the very end whose could it be asked. Martin, Mister and missus shortall beganlisting off the names of the mice living in the Tower Brown. Fur may be the pines on theother side of the village or Maggie Maizie offered Miss Shortall each time.However, they would compare the spelling of the names they said withthe letters available and none fit. What about US asked? Mister Short tailmay be it's not an end, but an r see he used his finger to draw the lettersof their name on to the envelope S H, O r t a, but then Martin interrupted no there'snot enough space. After the A for the rest of tail missus shortall nodded you're rightwait a second. This time she was the one tracingletters with her finger into the empty spaces. All three mice yelled out atthe same instant. That's it a few minutes later midst to short tailknocked on the door, while missus short tail and Martin stood behind him. He held the envelope behind his back. Hansa opened his door at the sound ofthe knock when he saw the short tails he yelledout over his shoulder dash. It's your...

...parents, Hansa welcomed. The short tails in Dash was sitting on a little seat.Hansa had built near the open window. She was reading a book. Is it time tocome home asked ash? Oh No, you can stay here said missusshortall, it's still early. Mister Short tail then explained whathad happened that day, Martin added a few details here andthere to fill out the picture even better. We are sorry, said: missus, shortall,Hansa, just smiled, it's okay. I've never got the letterbefore I'm sure it's fine, the other four mice stood thereanxiously. Oh, should I open it now asked Tonza a voice shouted in from thewindow. Yes open the letter it was flicker. Martin turned towardsthe bird. Did you know it was Hans's letter Ha. Did I know Oh did I know. Ofcourse I knew I read the name before I dropped it. What did you not know? Every one laughed at flicker's,Silliness Hansa took the envelope in his hands.He didn't even have to open it as a full. Third of the bottom had burnedaway. He just reached in and took out whatwas left of the letter. What was a folded piece of paper wasnow three separate pieces. Hansa laid them out on the table. He read thefirst one dear Hansa. I hope you've foundadventure in the city. I remember when I first came: Oh what fun I had have you met your uncle with the rest of that sentence. Had burnedaway dash yelled out whiddle. Have you metyour uncle widdow? Yes, you have Hansa smiled a dash. Then he read thenext portion. Please give my greetings to my good friend Mat again. The rest of the word was just aburnt hole. He continued to read. I've missed her very much these years. Man Hansa repeated once again dash was the first to figureit out Maggie. Your grandfather must have beenfriends with Miss Maggie Hanse smiled and nodded his head. Alittle wondering why Miss Maggie never mentioned her friendship withgrandfather. What does the last part say? Askedflicker from the window, Hansa picked up the last portion of the letter, there's something I need to share withyou, my boy, but not through a letter. Why don't you come back to the countryfor a bit and spend a season with me with love grandfather? None of the mice said anything...

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