Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Napkin 30

Soon the narrow tunnel opened into a clearing in the forest and they could see the sky again. Hedgie and Chester were glad to be out of the dark woods. “Ok, get them down here!” said Mezzo. “We have no time to lose!” Chester looked up and saw the flock of flapping squawking blackbirds.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Napkin 29

Mezzo darted quickly back up the tunnel. “Wait for us!” said Chester. She stopped abruptly and seemed to dart in every direction creating a star pattern. Suddenly, a door in the wall opened. “Quickly! In here! We have no time to lose!” said Mezzo. The door led to a narrow tunnel that climbed steadily uphill.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Napkin 28

“I thought there was something fishy about those blackbirds,” she said, puzzled. “They didn’t seem to understand me when I asked them to help me rescue my friends.” “I could ask them,” offered Chester. “I could help you, too,” said Hedgie. “Great! Let’s go make a plan,” she said. As she darted away she said, “I’m Mezzo, follow me!”

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Napkin 27

“I was just getting ready to go in there and rescue my friends when you two bumblers ambled in,” she said. “There might be bad rats in there,” warned Chester. “Um, what he means is – we have been tracking a band of mean black rats to this very spot,” explained Hedgie. “They changed my family into blackbirds,” added Chester.

[Happy Thanksgiving! KD~j~]

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Napkin 26

Hedgie and Chester turned around and saw that it was a beautiful blue hummingbird who spoke to them. “Quickly!” she said sharply. “Get over here before they see you! Are you two out of your minds!?!” she whispered incredulously. “You were walking right into the rats nest!”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Napkin 25

As Hedgie and Chester approached the yellow light, a bright blue buzzing light darted several times side-to-side in front of them and stopped them in their tracks. “What was that?” asked Chester, startled. “I don’t know!” exclaimed Hedgie. “It was me!” whispered a voice behind them. “Now will you two please be quiet!”

Monday, November 22, 2010

Napkin 24

The forest was thick with trees and it got darker and darker as Hedgie and Chester walked, but the path was clear, like a damp tunnel, cutting its way through it. They lost track of time in the eerie darkness, but finally, the dank silence was broken by a slight yellow glow from a flickering fire.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Photo-Op Hedgie

[Here is the stuffed animal that inspired the character in the story. KD~j~]

Friday, November 19, 2010

Napkin 23

As Hedgie and Chester saw more yellow flowers and got closer and closer to the forest, they both noticed a flock of blackbirds squawking and flapping above it. “Is that another clue?” asked Chester. “Yes, Kelpy. I think it is,” said Hedgie. “I think I am afraid of forests. Yes,” said Chester. “Me too,” said Hedgie.

[Did you notice the flock of blackbirds above the forest in the previous napkin? KD~j~]

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Napkin 22

“And there are more yellow flowers up ahead, Kelpy,” said Hedgie. “I think these clues are leading to that forest of trees.” “I don’t know if I like forests. No,” said Chester hesitantly.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Napkin 21

“I have seen these bushes before on my walks along the beach and they only have purple flowers. Not yellow ones. No,” said Chester. “Hmmm,” said Hedgie. “My mother knew how flowers worked. Hey, look! There is another one up there!” exclaimed Hedgie excitedly.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Napkin 20

As they walked, Chester asked, “What are we looking for, Hedgie?” “Clues,” answered Hedgie. “What is a clue?” asked Chester. “A clue is something that leads you on the right path,” explained Hedgie. “Well then,” said Chester. “I think I saw a clue. Yes,” Hedgie took out his notepad and said, “What was it, Kelpy?”

Monday, November 15, 2010

Napkin 19

So Hedgie and Chester set out together in search of Hedgie’s parents and any other adventure that might come their way. While they searched for clues, they each shared their knowledge of the world. (Hedgie, of course, had a bit more to share.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Napkin 18

“Only my mother would know that wrapping you up in kelp would prevent you from changing into a blackbird, Kelpy,” said Hedgie. “She’s alive! And maybe my father is too! We have to find them!” “I will help you. Yes,” said Chester.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Napkin 17

“What did he look like?” asked Hedgie eagerly. “Well, I thought it was you. He looked like you – apron and everything,” answered Chester. “That was no he, Kelpy! That was my mother! Hooray! You found my mother!” exclaimed Hedgie.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Napkin 16

“I think you are a bit confused, Kelpy,” said Hedgie. “I did not wrap you in the kelp. I unwrapped you after it was all over. “Well, I was pretty banged up. And I am awfully confused. Yes,” said Chester. “But it just seems like …”

Monday, November 8, 2010

Napkin 15

“My oh my, Kelpy! That was a rather harrowing experience for you!” said Hedgie. “I am glad I came along that day on the beach.” “And I am glad you wrapped me up in kelp. I don’t want to be a blackbird. No,” said Chester.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Napkin 14

“Then the rats started running around like crazy! I was getting kicked and trampled! Everything went dark. The next thing I knew I was in here with you. Thank you so much for saving me.”

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Napkin 13

“Suddenly, in the midst of all the commotion, someone grabbed me and quickly wrapped me up tightly in a bundle of kelp. Then I heard a lot of squawking and flapping and rats yelling.”

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Napkin 12

“Suddenly, the leader of the black rats raised a scepter in the air. There was some chanting and a flash of bright light. Then a most amazing thing started to happen. One by one, each of my family members instantly changed into a blackbird!”

Monday, November 1, 2010

Napkin 11

Chester told Hedgie the story of what happened to him. “A band of black rats came one day and captured my whole family of sea otters, about 16 of us all together. It was scary and terrible. Then something bizarre and horrible happened.”

Napkin 10

Hedgie made up a name for the little sea otter while he was taking care of him. He called him “Kelpy” because he found him all tangled up in kelp. But when the little sea otter was strong enough, he told Hedgie that his name was Chester.

[my daughter has a little stuffed otter that she named Kelpy. KD ~j~]