Story 18 – Goose-Monkey

Princess Charlotte was coming back from the Great Wall on Panana, her winged horse, in a freezing cold blizzard! She had mittens over top of gloves, a scarf over her face, two wool sweaters, a long overcoat, and a cape with a furry hood but she was still freezing! Panana had wool leg warmers, a face mask and a thick, long saddle blanket, but Princess Charlotte had the feeling that if she were to ask Panana she would probably say she was still very cold. Princess Charlotte usually brought her magic ring everywhere but when she woke up this morning she couldn’t find it and didn’t want to waste any time looking for it. Princess Charlotte had to hold onto Panana’s reigns very tightly against the wind. Sometimes it felt like the snow might pull her right off Panana’s back so she kept her head down and flew onward. Every once in a while Charlotte would hear the loud and grating cry of a raven but every time she looked around all she could see was white.

When Harrowsmith Castle finally came into sight Princess Charlotte was very relieved. She set down Panana in the courtyard and quickly dismounted. It felt very good to have her feet back on the ground. As she was walking Panana to the barn Princess Charlotte heard another loud caw. This time she looked and saw a large black raven sitting on the roof of the stable. Princess Charlotte looked at the raven and the raven looked right back at Princess Charlotte and cawed again. Charlotte put Panana inside the stable, threw some extra firewood into the wood stove that kept the barn warm and went inside the castle to look for some warmth!

Inside, when Queen Mommy saw Princess Charlotte, Queen Mommy said “My dear daughter! Come, come! You must get warm! Your lips are blue and you’re shaking.”

Princess Charlotte knew that her hands had been shaking for some time but she did not know that her lips had turned blue. She stepped out of her boots, dropped her shield and sword at the front door and walked in towards a fireplace. The biggest fireplace in the castle was in the den, a sunken room through a small door and down five stone steps off of the Great Hall. The den had three big windows with diamond shaped pieces of glass in many colours. Each piece of glass was completely covered in frost except for a circle in the centre. There were many chairs circled around a large fireplace and in the centre was a large, very comfortable, couch. Princess Charlotte took a seat on the couch and picked up a big, soft, wool blanket and wrapped it around herself before taking off her gloves and mittens. Queen Mommy came in shortly after with a large mug of steaming hot chocolate.

“Thanks mom!” Princess Charlotte said, accepting the mug.

“Mommy, have you seen my ring?” Charlotte asked.

“You have many rings Charlotte”, Mommy replied.

“The Croc-Tooth ring you made me.” Charlotte specified.

“Oh! I think I saw your sister walking with it this morning.” Queen Mommy said.

“Hmm…” Princess Charlotte thought to herself.

“Charlotte…” Queen Mommy warned, “You don’t need it, let her use it.”

“But what is she using if for? Where is she?”, Princess Charlotte asked.

“She’s practising her magic in my tower. Don’t worry. You’ll get it back.” said Queen Mommy.

As Princess Charlotte sipped her hot chocolate she heard the grating caw of the raven again. She looked and saw the raven staring at her through the clear section of one of the glass diamonds in the window.

“This is ridiculous.” said Charlotte, “that raven needs to tell me something. I need to get my ring back.”

After Princess Charlotte finished her hot chocolate and the fire had warmed her up she stood up to go find Princess Evie and get her magic ring back. She walked through the Great Hall and up the stairs to the tallest tower. When she had climbed enough stairs she stood before the door to Queen Mommy’s magic laboratory.

Bang! Bang! Bang! Princess Charlotte pounded on the door.

“Evie, open up! I know you’re in there. I need my ring!” said Princess Charlotte.

“Come back later. I’m very busy and I need your ring for a little while longer.” came Princess Evie’s voice from behind the door.

Charlotte was not impressed. She thought about what to do for a few seconds. Panana can fly, she can take me up to one of the tower windows, thought Princess Charlotte as she turned around and ran back down the stairs to the stable. When Princess Charlotte burst through the door of the stable, letting wind and snow bluster through, Panana ducked behind a wooden wall in some hay. Panana obviously did not want to go back outside.

Princess Charlotte walked over to her brave winged horse and said “I know you’re tired and cold but we’re not going far. I just need you to fly me to a window in the tallest tower.” Panana stared at Princess Charlotte blankly.

“Oh it’s no use!” Princess Charlotte spoke to herself, “Panana can’t understand me without my magic ring on.”

Just then a coiled rope hanging in the corner of the barn caught Princess Charlotte’s eye. She grabbed the rope and ran for the tower.

When Princess Charlotte reached the rooftop of the tower she tied one end of her rope to the tower wall and the other around her waist. She stood on the side of the tower wall. It was very high up and the wind was blowing very hard. When Princess Charlotte bent over to throw the rest of the rope over the side of the tower she slipped and fell. Princess Charlotte managed to grab some of the rope in one hand and some more of it in the other. Her left leg was hooked over the rope and her right leg was hooked under it. She didn’t fall very far but when she stopped she was stuck, completely tangled, dangling from the tower outside the window into Queen Mommy’s laboratory.

Light was flashing out the window. Princess Charlotte could see Princess Evie surrounded by lots of glass containers filled with brightly coloured liquids. Princess Charlotte could also see that Princess Evie was wearing her magic ring and talking to someone. Princess Charlotte was starting to get worried about her predicament when the black raven that she had seen earlier came back again and this time landed right on the ropes that bound her. The raven looked at Princess Charlotte and once more let out a loud caw! Princess Charlotte tried to wiggle to get a hold of some rope so she could climb back to the rooftop but it was no use. The raven jumped off Charlotte and dove towards the courtyard. A few moments later Panana came flapping up toward her. Panana grabbed the rope in her teeth and began to pull Princess Charlotte away from the tower and the window. When Panana let go of the rope Princess Charlotte swung straight through the glass window and landed right on Princess Evie’s table, knocking over everything!

“Oh no, Charlotte!” screamed Princess Evie, “What have you done?”

Princess Charlotte looked around at the huge mess she had just made. The potions spilt all over a goose that was waddling around on the floor and made a big puddle! Charlotte saw that Princess Evie had not been talking to a person at all. A little spider monkey jumped on top of Princess Charlotte and squawked at Princes Evie. Princess Charlotte was still trying to get out of the mess of ropes when Princess Evie squawked back and tried to grab the monkey and missed. The little monkey landed right beside the goose in the puddle of potions and POOF! The goose and the monkey disappeared into a giant cloud of pink and purple smoke! When the smoke cleared the monkey, the goose and the puddle were gone!

“See, you should have just let me in.” said Charlotte, “look what you made me do!”

“Made YOU do!?” Princess Evie said, furiously, “Made YOU do?!”

“Can I have my ring back?” asked Charlotte.

“Your ring?! “Take it!” Princess Evie yelled, holding out her hand with the ring. “You ruined my experiment! Look at this mess! This will take me weeks to reset and I was pretty much done!”

A streak of feathers swooped across Princess Evie’s open hand and took the ring.

“What was that?!” the Princesses yelled, looking around.

It was still very smoky in the laboratory and the broken window was letting the wind come in and blow everything around.

“I can’t see anything.” said Princess Evie.

Princess Evie found her wand and pointed it at the window.

“Pu Nek!” said Princess Evie.

Magic spat forth from her wand and grabbed all the broken glass and window pieces and started to repair it before their eyes.

“There!” Princess Charlotte shouted and pointed to a white creature in the rafters of the tower.

Before either of the Princesses could see what it was it dove past them, landed on the table and jumped through the half-mended window.

“I think that was my experiment.” said Evie.

“You’re experiment just stole my magic ring!” said Charlott, “Come on!”

The Princesses sprinted down the stairs of the tower, across the great hall, they threw on their outside clothes and burst out the front door of Harrowsmith Castle. Panana had seen all the commotion and was on the wall watching where the white, winged creature was going. Princess Evie burst out of the stable on Curls wearing her favourite red riding cape. As soon as she yelled “Open the gate!” Princess Charlotte snapped Panana’s reigns and the winged horse leaped over the wall and into the air.

Princess Charlotte and Princess Evie could hardly see the little white, winged creature in the snowstorm. They chased shadows and shapes for the most part but every once in a while they’d see the little white, winged monster zip in front of them and they’d know they were catching up. By the time an hour had passed they had chased it east and west and north and south until they wound up at Onipilif. The snow was gone and the white, winged creature flew down and landed inside the castle walls. The princesses rode as hard as they could to the gates of Onipilif. The guards let them in and they looked everywhere for the little creature but it was nowhere to be found.

“Did you see a white creature fly into the castle?” Princess Charlotte asked one of the guards in the courtyard.

“I did.” the guard replied, “it ran and flew down to the dock and got on the ferry with Lord Marcus.”

“So you have it?!” asked the princesses.

“Well…” said the guard sheepishly, “Lord Marcus was startled, he didn’t know what it was, and he threw his helmet at it. After that it jumped into the air and flew south over the river.”

Princess Charlotte and Princess Evie were more than upset. Not with the guard and not with Lord Marcus. Not with the white, winged, creature either.

Princess Charlotte turned to Princess Evie and Princess Evie turned to Princess Charlotte and at the same time they said “This is all your fault!”

“My fault?!” they both replied to each other.

“Yes! Your fault!” said Evie, “You ruined my experiment and lost my pets!”

“Your experiment?!” Charlotte said, “You lost my magic ring to that… that… thing you created! Oh, I’m so mad!”

“Well I’m mad too.” said Princess Evie.

After that the princesses stopped talking to each other. A minute went by. Then two. Then five. Soon a half hour went by and still not a peep. It wasn’t until Lord Marcus pulled the ferry up to the dock that they were able to speak again but they didn’t speak to each other.

“Marcus! Please! We’re very sorry to ask you but can you make a special trip across the river to Ominerve?” said Evie.

“That was the last trip. The sun is going down. Daddy, Lord Mike says no crossings after dark.”

The princesses were so upset.

“It’s not your fault.” Princess Evie said to Marcus.

They turned around and went inside the castle to talk to Lord Mike. When they were greeted by their aunt, Lady Millie, they decided to ask her instead.

“Aunt Millie, can Marcus or Logan take us across the river? We know the sun is going down and we know that it’s not allowed but we really need to go!”

“Why?” asked Lady Millie.

Charlotte took a deep breath and Evie took a deep breath. They both started talking over top of each other in a giant muddled mess. Lady Millie could only make out

“Let me get this straight” said Lady Millie, “Evie was in Queen Ann Marie’s magic tower and had a very cold Charlotte tied up in ropes and drinking hot chocolate. That’s when Evie sawed through a window looking for a ring while Panana was flying around with a goose and a monkey. Is that right?”

“Close enough.” said Princess Charlotte, “now the creature’s gone to Ominerve and if we don’t get it back my ring will be gone forever.”

“I didn’t mean for my magic to make this creature either. It’s probably very scared. I need to talk to it.” said Evie.

“Well that is admirable.” said Lady Millie, “but rules are rules. You’ll have to go in the morning.”

The girls were disappointed as they climbed the stair to their rooms for the night. They laid in bed by a big open window looking at the stars the girls thought about the white, winged, creature. Princess Charlotte thought about her lost ring and Princess Evie thought about the mess in mommy’s laboratory. Princess Charlotte was hoping to get the ring back tomorrow and Princess Evie wanted to get the creature back safely.

The girls heard a large caw as the raven softly landed on the window sill. Princess Evie tried to shoe it away, but Princess Charlotte, having seen the bird many times already today stopped her. When Princess Charlotte looked closer she saw the raven had something in her mouth. It was Princess Charlotte’s ring. The raven dropped the ring on the sill. Princess Charlotte grabbed it and put it on. Princess Charlotte was going to ask the crow why it was following her all this time but before she could the little black raven simply said “Come. Now.”

Before Charlotte could ask the raven any questions it jumped off the sill and disappeared into the night’s sky. Charlotte was very pleased with the return of her ring. Princess Evie had many questions.

“Was that bird yours, Charlotte?” asked Evie.

“No.” said Charlotte, playing with her ring.

“Do you know who’s the owner?” asked Evie.

“No.” said Charlotte, still playing with her ring.

“We’re going to have to find out.” said Princess Evie.

“Well let’s go” said princess Charlotte.

“Now?” asked Evie

“The longer we wait the further away that creature can run.”

“OK.” said Evie, “Let’s go!”

The princesses slipped out of bed and slowly and very quietly got dressed. They quickly and very quietly jogged down to the front door of the castle on their tip-toes. They slipped through he doorway and looked around. Panana and curls were in the Onipilif stables. Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte hid under Charlotte’s magic shield to get past the guards. They slipped into the stable undetected.

“What are we doing in here?” asked Princess Evie, “Curls can’t fly over the water. We need the ferry!”

“I know that.” said Princess Charlotte, slipping on her magic ring.

Princess Charlotte woke up Panana. Panana snorted and scuffed her hooves and Princess Charlotte could tell she just wanted to sleep.

“Please Panana, we need you to create a diversion.” said Princess Charlotte.

“Oh but I’m so tired!” said Panana.

“It will only take a minute.” said Princess Charlotte, “We just need to get to the ferry, unnoticed.”

“What do you need?” asked Panana.

“Do what you do best.”said Charlotte.

A few moments after the princesses had snuck from the barn the barn door burst open and Panana came charging out. She was jumping and flying like she had gotten a bee stuck in her mane. The guards went nuts. They were all afraid Princess Charlotte’s winged horse would run of fly away on their watch and they’d get in trouble. They called for the guards on the other side of the ferry dock to help. They came running. When they opened up the locked gate guarding the ferry the princesses sneaked in. Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte ran down to the ferry and started to unfasten the ropes that were holding it to the dock. It didn’t take long for the princesses to find out that the biggest rope was not a rope at all. It was an iron chain and it was fastened to the dock with a lock. Princess Charlotte and Princess Evie did not have the key. When they discovered the lock their hopes were dashed. Before either of them had time to think of their next plan a dark figure emerged from the shadows.

“Need a hand?” asked Lord Logan, holding up the key to the lock.

“Logan!” the princesses shouted as they ran and gave their husband a big hug.

“We need to…” the princesses began but Lord Logan stopped them short.

“I know. Marcus told be everything. As soon as he fell asleep I came here knowing that you two would never be able to wait until morning.” Lord Logan smiled.

The princesses helped Logan set loose the remaining ties and push off from the dock. Lord Logan did most of the work because Charlotte and Evelyn had never operated the ferry before. But they were helping and learning as much as they could.

When they reached the other side of the river it was very warm. The south side of the river was always much warmer. It never snowed in Ominerve. The princesses helped pull the ferry up to the empty dock. They could all hear the sound of boats bouncing on the docks and the waves as they crashed on the short but that was all. Other than that there was silence. There were no walls around Ominerve so the princesses strolled right into the centre of town. Everyone was asleep and all the lanterns, candles, and fires were out. The centre of town had a lookout tower built from one solid piece of stone. It had three legs, one of which had stairs on it, leading up to a beautiful ornately carved gazebo. The princesses and Logan climbed up to the top. Princess Evie took out her telescope and looked around. It was too dark to see anything.

“Great. We can’t do anything until morning.” Princess Evie said.

“What are we looking for?” asked Logan.

“We’re not sure.” said Princess Charlotte, “but we have to find it. All we know is that it’s an animal, it’s white, and it can fly and climb really well.”

“Like a monkey?” asked Logan

“More like a goose AND a monkey.” said Princess Evie.

“Oh, a Goose-Monkey!” said Logan, trying to sound very smart.

“Yes, that’s it. A goose-monkey!” said the princesses, not knowing what to call it themselves.

The princesses and Logan were so tired they fell asleep in the watchtower. When the sun started to creep over the horizon the raven appeared again on the edge of the stone. It squawked and only Charlotte understood what it was saying.

“The goose-monkey is south of the city in the orchards.” Charlotte said to Logan and Evie as they all yawned a big yawns and wiped the sleep out of their eyes. It was a good thing I had my ring on Charlotte thought.

The three noble children left the tower and started to walk down the dirt road to the orchard. Along the way a passer-by in a wagon offered the princesses and Lord Logan a ride so they hopped on the back. The cart bumped and wiggled all the way down the road. When they had arrived at the orchard a short time later they looked and looked until finally they heard splashing by the riverside. The three of them slowly crept over the bank and got their first good look at the goose-monkey! It looked like a monkey and a goose put together. It loved to climb, it loved to swim. It was climbing up the apple and banana trees, eating apples and bananas and diving back into the water.

Princess Charlotte stepped forward with her ring on and said “We don’t want to hurt you but you have to come home with us.”

“I love friends!”said the goose-monkey, “but I’m not going anywhere!”

“Can you come home with us?” asked Princess Charlotte.

“It’s too cold there!” said the goose-monkey, “I like it here!”

Suddenly a magic door appeared and Princess Evie screamed! She had never seen a magic door appear out of nowhere. The door flew open. Charlotte dove to grab the goose monkey but a pair of hands reached out from the door and grabbed the goose monkey. It screamed as it was ripped through the door. Charlotte tried to get to the door as quick as she could but it was no use. The door slammed shut and disappeared before their eyes.

“What was that!” screamed Evie.

“That was not good.” said Princess Charlotte.

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Story 17 (Re-Write) – ‘A Toboggan Party in Bi’Vrin’

It had finally snowed in the Kingdom of Harrowsmith! The roofs, walls and courtyard of Harrowsmith Castle were covered in deep piles of snow. The sky was very snowy and very cloudy. When you looked up you could only see white! Big, fat flakes of snow were swirling down over the entire kingdom. It was very beautiful. Princess Charlotte and Princess Evie wasted no time getting outside to build a snowman and have a snowball fight! When the princesses got outside Jib, Charlotte’s little dog, was jumping from snow pile to snow pile splashing snow everywhere.

This was the princess’ favourite kind of snow; sticky snow, perfect for making snowballs. Princess Evie made a big snowball and threw it at Princess Charlotte. Princess Charlotte raised her shield and the snowball bounced off of it. Princess Charlotte rolled a big snowball and threw it right back at Princess Evie. Princess Evie raised her wand and said Ka-Blewie! Magic shot from her wand and blasted the snowball into smithereens. Princess Evie rolled another snowball to throw at Princess Charlotte but when she looked up Princess Charlotte had disappeared. Princess Evie knew Princess Charlotte had used her magic shield. She saw Princess Charlotte’s footprints in the snow leading to the barn where Panana and Curls slept. Princess Evie followed the footprints to the barn and then slipped inside after Charlotte.

Inside the barn Panana and Curls were busy sticking their tongues out of the windows to catch snowflakes. They hardly noticed Princess Evie come in. Princess Evie tip-toed quietly through the barn following the wet footprints Charlotte had left behind on the wooden floor. She followed the footprints out the back door where Princess Charlotte was waiting on the roof above the door with a shield full of snow to dump on Princess Evie’s head. Just as Princess Charlotte was about to dump the snow on her sister’s head Princess Evie turned around and fired a snowball right at Princess Charlotte, knocking off her feet right onto her bum. Princess Charlotte slipped and fell off the roof. Princess Evie tried to break her sister’s fall. The two princesses were both laying on the ground in the snow with the shield, full of snow, resting on the edge of the barn’s roof. It teetered for a few seconds before falling right on the princess’ heads. The princesses were covered in snow. Jib saw the princesses in a big pile of snow and jumped in with them.

It was around this time that the gates of Harrowsmith Castle opened. Trumpets sounded and Lord Mike’s carriage came rolling into the courtyard, pulled by the horses, Tick-Tock and Pew-Pew. The princesses ran to the carriage door and Lord Logan poked his head out the window and playfully threw a small snowball at each of the princesses. The girls flicked the snow that was on their mittens at Lord Logan and they all had a good giggle about it.

“Are you girls in the mood for a party today?” asked Lady Millie.

“Party?!” asked Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte together.

“Yes. Get in!” said Lady Millie.

Lord Logan opened the carriage door and the princesses jumped in. Jib jumped in after them and curled up in the corner of the carriage. Lord Mike cracked the reigns and Tick-Tock and Pew-Pew started to trot out the gate. Princess Charlotte and Princess Evie waved goodbye to Panana and Curls who seemed to be very upset they were not going with them.

Inside the carriage was very warm. There was a long bench on both sides with big pillows to sit on. The windows closed to keep the cold air out and the inside was lined with furs and wool blankets. In the centre, between the benches, there was an iron fire box with holes punched in it to keep the carriage warm. When the carriage was past Charvlyn and turned north to the Secret Forest Princess Evie started to get curious.

“Where are we going?” Princess Evie asked.

“We are taking the road to Bi’Vrin through the Secret Forest.” said Lady Millie, “King Christopher has announced to the Kingdom of Harrowsmith that he and Queen Samantha are going to have a son. Since we’ve had such a great snowfall he is throwing a toboggan party to celebrate!”

“A toboggan party?!” said Princess Evie, very excited.

“Awesome!” said Princess Charlotte, sharing Evie’s excitement.

Shortly after passing through the Secret Forest Lord Mike came inside the carriage and Lady Millie got on top to drive. After coming inside Lord Mike fell fast asleep. Before falling asleep Lord Mike took off his coat and his black, fire magic gloves. Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte remembered Lord Mike using the gloves to melt the Secret Forest when Daniel McEvil had stolen King Christopher’s Ice magic cape.

“Want to see something cool?” Logan asked the princesses quietly.

“Yes!” the princesses replied.

Lord Logan took his father’s fire magic gloves and put them on his hands. He jumped down from the bench and lifted up the iron box in the centre. The princesses could now see it was not a fire that was keeping them warm in the carriage. It was a fire DRAGON! The little red dragon was as small as a mouse but as soon as the cage was lifted the princesses could feel the heat coming off it. The dragon was so hot that Princess Evie started sweating and had to open a window.

“It’s amazing that that little guy can make so much heat!” said Princess Charlotte.

“I know, cool eh?” said Logan, holding the fire dragon up to his eyes for a closer look.

Princess Evie leaned in and blew gently on the dragon to see if she could cool it down. Suddenly the fire dragon burst into flames. Logan was so startled that he dropped it onto the floor of the carriage. The little dragon set fire to everything it touched and it was running all over the carriage. The fire dragon even jumped on Jib’s bum, setting some of his fur on fire! The little puppy yelped and jumped up. Lord Mike snored as Logan tried to grab the dragon with the fire gloves while the princesses climbed about the carriage stamping out the little fires that it started. Just before Logan could get a hold of the little fire dragon it scurried up the side of the carriage and jumped out the window.

“Oh, NO!” said Lord Logan.

“We’re going to be in BIG trouble now!” said Princess Evie.

“We can’t tell anyone! It’s our secret.” said Princess Charlotte.

“Yes, and it’s a big secret!” said Lord Logan.

“I won’t tell anyone.” said Evie looking out the window.

The three of them stared out the window as the little fire dragon ran and jumped about melting everything it touched. Princess Evie used her magic to fix all the burn marks in the wool blankets and furs but was really worried about the little fire dragon. The carriage soon came to a stop. Lord Mike woke up and Lady Millie jumped down and opened the door for everyone. Logan had put everything back where it had come from. The princesses and Logan jumped out of the carriage to have a look around. Jib jumped out after them.

“It’s a little chilly in here.” Lord Mike said, sitting up in the carriage.

It had been a long time since the princesses had been to Bi’Vrin Castle but everything was just as they remembered. There were guards on the walls wearing toques and thick, red, wool pea-coats. Red triangular flags blew in the wind on the tops of all its towers. The sun was setting and the torch light and sunlight reflected through the ice bricks of the castle. It was very pretty. King Christopher and Queen Samantha came to the carriage to say hello. The princesses noticed her belly was nice and round. The princesses were very excited that they would have another cousin to play with.

“Greetings friends!” King Christopher said, “You’re just in time for dinner!”

“Can we see where we’re going to go tobogganing first?” asked Princess Evie.

“Of course! You’re very excited, aren’t you?” said Queen Samantha, “Come this way.”

The princesses, Lord Logan, Lord Mike, and Lady Millie followed Queen Samantha and King Chris to the east wall of the castle. From there they saw a huge, long, smooth stretch of snow! It was perfect for tobogganing!

“Wow!” the three children gasped together.

“Pretty cool eh?” said King Chris, proudly, “That is Birdsman Peak” as he pointed to the top. “I put a lot of snow on there myself using the ice magic in my cloak, you know.” he continued, “I guess I owe you a thank you for saving my cloak from Daniel McEvil. So, thank you! I’ve turned Birdsman Peak into the nicest toboggan hill that anyone has ever seen!”

“Can we go now?!” Princess Charlotte asked.

“Not until morning.” said King Chris. “The sun is setting.”

“Oh come on!” said Princess Charlotte, slightly annoyed.

“Come, we have prepared a delicious supper!” said Queen Samantha

Everyone followed Queen Samantha through Bi’Vrin castle’s huge ice doors. Inside the ice doors there was three fireplaces surrounding a great long table filled with delicious food. As usual, dinner was filled with great friends, family, food and drink.

After dinner the Princesses and Lord Logan went for a walk around the castle walls to see the snow on Birdsman Peak one more time before heading to bed.

“What do you think happened to the fire dragon?” Lord Logan finally asked.

“It must be frozen.” said Princess Charlotte.

“But it’s so hot!” said Princess Evie, “How could it freeze?”

The three of them went up to their rooms and fell asleep thinking about it. In the morning they woke up, got changed into warm clothes and went down excited for the toboggan party. They had practically forgotten all about the missing fire dragon. Princess Charlotte put a scarf on Jib to keep him warm. They all ran into the great hall there were three beautiful wooden toboggans waiting for them by the breakfast table. There were also three plates, each with a blueberry muffin, and three glasses, each filled with chocolate milk. There were bowls of dog food and water for Jib. The princesses and Lord Logan ate their muffin and drank their milk as fast as they could, grabbed their toboggan and headed for the Birdsman Peak. Jib ate as much as he could before he had to chase after the princesses out the door.

“I’m going to toboggan all day!” said Princess Evie.

“Me too!” said Logan and Princess Charlotte.

When the gates swung open there was King Christopher tying the lead dog to a long wooden sled that was pulled by nine dogs! Jib was so excited he ran around saying hello to all the dogs.

“I’ve never seen a dog-sled before!” said Princess Evie.

“I knew you’d be up early and ready to go so I got the sled ready to take you to the top!” said King Chris.

The princesses and Lord Logan put their toboggans on the back of the dog-sled and sat up front.

King Chris cracked his whip and yelled MUSH. The dog sled team took off up Birdsman Hill. The princesses were surprised at how fast the dogs could pull a sled with four people on it. Before they knew it they had reached the top of Birdsman Peak. They could see everything around them was covered in soft, white, fluffy snow.

“I’m going first!” said Lord Logan as he ran toward the edge.

“Wait for me!” said Charlotte, chasing after him.

Princess Charlotte and Lord Logan leaped down the hill and Jib and Princess Evie followed close behind! Birdsman Peak was a long way up the hill. Every time the princesses slid down they had lots of time to go back and forth, over bumps and pits. Later in the morning hundreds of people from the Kingdom of Harrowsmith arrived and all the people of the Kingdom of Bi’Vrin joined them, including Lord Mike, Lady Millie, and Queen Samantha. Lady Millie made sure there was food for everyone! There was hot soup for lunch in Lady Millie’s black cauldron hanging over a fire pit at the base of the hill. There were also sandwiches and the rest of the day was filled with hot chocolate, roasted hot dogs, snow cones and taffy on the snow. The princesses were having a lot of fun. So much fun, in fact, that time was flying by. Over the course of the day a small stream of water started to run down Birdsman Hill. Before long it was a wide and dangerous river. Everyone tobogganed to the side of the water, but it was very odd. The snow was melting and no one knew why except for Princess Charlotte, Princess Evie and Lord Logan. Finally, King Christopher, worried about the rushing river so much that when he brought the princesses and Lord Logan up the hill he said this was their last slide. Just before sunset, on their last trip up the hill, the princesses saw what they had been so worried about the night before. Crawling around, just under the snow, there was the fire dragon! It was melting everything it touched.

“Fire Dragon!” the princesses yelled and pointed.

“What?!” said King Chris. Having never seen a fire dragon in Bi’Vrin before he was very surprised.

King Chris cast a magic spell that encased the dragon in a ball of ice only to find seconds later the ice had melted nearly instantly.

All the people of Bi’Vrin quickly ran away from the fire dragon and scattered down the hill screaming! Princess Evie, Princess Charlotte, and Lord Logan tried to calm everyone down and get them off the hill and away from the dragon when, all of a sudden, the commotion and noise was too much and the snow on Birdsman Peak, weakened by the heat of the dragon running around them all day, began to crack and slide down the hillside.

“Avalanche!” shouted Princess Evie.

“Get off the hill! Now!” said Princess Charlotte, jumping onto her toboggan ahead of the snow that was charging down the side of the hill. King Christopher grabbed Queen Samantha, put her on the dog sled and yelled MUSH! He took off down the hill as fast as the dogs could pull him. Whenever the avalanche would catch up to King Chris he used ice magic to slow it down. Princess Charlotte and Princess Evie swooped all over the hill in their toboggans making sure that everyone was safely off of the hill. When everyone was safely off the hill at the base and out of reach of the avalanche all the people of the kingdom were crowded around the fire for some nice warm soup and hot chocolate when, from the huge pile of snow the avalanche had left behind, jumped the fire dragon. It ran as fast as it could and jumped into the fire under Lady Millie’s cauldron. When the princesses looked closer they could see the dragon was finally happy, rolling around in the scorching hot coals.

After everyone had eaten Lord Mike grabbed the fire dragon with his fire magic gloves and put him back into the cage inside the fire box. Everyone was happy again and no one got hurt. That night, once he had made sure everyone was safe and sound in his Kingdom, went back to Birdsman Peak and used his ice magic to conjure up a huge snowstorm so that everyone who wanted to could go tobogganing again in the morning.

Story 17 – First Snow (First Draft)

It was snowing in the Kingdom of Harrowsmith. There was snow on the roof and walls of Harrowsmith Castle. The sky was so snowy and cloudy that all you could see was white when you looked up. Big, fat flakes of snow were swirling around in the wind as they fell, leaving snow everywhere. Jib, Charlotte’s little dog was jumping from snow pile to snow pile splashing snow everywhere.

This was the princess’ favourite kind of snow; sticky snow, perfect for making snowballs. Princess Evie made a big snowball and threw it at Princess Charlotte. Princess Charlotte raised her shield and the snowball bounced off of it. Princess Charlotte rolled a big snowball and threw it right back at Princess Evie. Princess Evie raised her wand and said Ka-Blewie! Magic shot from her wand and blasted the snowball into smithereens. Princess Evie rolled another snowball to throw at Princess Charlotte but when she looked up Princess Charlotte had disappeared. Princess Evie knew Princess Charlotte had used her magic shield. She saw Princess Charlotte’s footprints in the snow leading to the barn where Panana and Curls slept. Princess Evie followed the footprints to the barn and then slipped inside after Charlotte.

Inside the barn Panana and Curls were busy sticking their tongues out of the windows to catch snowflakes. They hardly noticed Princess Evie come in. Princess Evie tip-toed quietly through the barn following the wet footprints Charlotte had left behind on the wooden floor. She followed the footprints out the back door where Princess Charlotte was waiting on the roof above the door with a shield full of snow to dump on Princess Evie’s head. Just as Princess Charlotte was about to dump the snow on her sister’s head the ground rumbled and a big BOOM came from the castle. It knocked Princess Charlotte off her feet right onto her bum. Princess Charlotte slipped and fell off the roof. Princess Evie turned and broke her sister’s fall. The two princesses were both laying on the ground in the snow with the shield, full of snow, resting on the edge of the barn’s roof. Another big BOOM came from the castle and the ground shook once more. The shield and the snow fell right on the princess’ heads. The princesses were covered in snow. They could hear King Daddy yelling inside the castle. They ran to the castle to see what all the fuss was about. Jib saw the princesses running across the courtyard and chased after them nipping at their heels.

Inside the castle the princesses ran quietly towards King Daddy’s voice. It was coming from the great hall. When they poked their noses around the corner they saw King Daddy arguing with Nanny and banging his fists on the table. Every time King Daddy banged his fists on the table it made a loud BOOM! The candles shook and the paintings fell off the walls. The earthquake shook the castle and made all the flowers and trees jump out of the ground until the ground settled down. Jib coughed loudly and Charlotte turned around and abruptly hissed at him. He didn’t cough again. When the princesses listened closer they realized that King Daddy had found something.

“Candy wrappers were found in the princesses bedroom.” King Daddy said. “What do you make of this?”

“I don’t know” said Nanny.

Candy wrappers were sitting on the table in between King Daddy, Queen Mommy and Nanny. That’s why King Daddy was furious. He had found candy wrappers in the princess’ bedrooms and was blaming it on Nanny. Queen Mommy caught the princesses spying around the doorway out of the corner of her eye. The princesses saw that they were caught eavesdropping and ran as fast as they could out of the castle.

“We’d better get out of here before Queen Mommy starts yelling at us!” Princess Evie whispered to Princess Charlotte.

“Yep!”

Jib coughed again and again.

“What’s the matter with you, Jib?” snapped Charlotte.

When the princesses arrived in the courtyard and shut the castle door behind them the big gates opened. Trumpets sounded and Lord Mike, Lady Millie and Lord Logan’s carriage came rolling into the courtyard, pulled by their horses, Tick-Tock and Pew-Pew. The princesses ran to the carriage door and Lord Logan poked his head out the window and playfully threw a small snowball at each of the princesses. Before the girls could roll their own snowball in retaliation another loud BOOM came from the castle, shaking the ground.

Lady Millie poked her head out the window and asked “What was that?”

“What’s got my brother’s temper flared up now?” asked Lord Mike, looking down from the top of the carriage.

“He found a candy wrappers in our room.” said Charlotte, shyly.

“Oh. Well we’d better get out of here. They’ll be in no mood for a party today.” said Lady Millie.

“Party?!” asked Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte together.

“Yes. But if you wait any longer you’ll both be grounded. Get in!” said Lady Millie.

Lord Logan opened the carriage door and the princesses jumped in. Jib jumped in after them and curled up in the corner of the carriage. Lord Mike cracked the reigns and Tick-Tock and Pew-Pew started to trot out the gate. Princess Charlotte and Princess Evie waved goodbye to Panana and Curls who seemed to be very upset they were not going with them.

Inside the carriage was very warm. There was a long bench on both sides with big pillows to sit on. The windows closed to keep the cold air out and the inside was lined with furs and wool blankets. In the centre, between the benches, there was an iron fire box with holes punched in it. It was making a lot of heat and keeping everyone very warm.

When the carriage was past Charvlyn and turned north to the Secret Forest Princess Evie started to get curious.

“Where are we going?” Princess Evie asked.

“King Daddy shouldn’t be yelling at Nanny.” said Charlotte.

The princess’ aunt Millie looked sad. “Your father wants what’s best for you. Nanny wants what’s best for you. Sometimes they disagree.”

“I know. BUT, where are we going?” Princess Evie insisted.

“What’s going to happen?” asked Princess Charlotte.

“Nothing.” said Lord Mike, listening into the conversation from the top of the carriage. “My brother will blow off steam and shake the ground but in the end they will always love each other.”

“Well that’s good.” said Princess Evie. “NOW, WHERE are we going?!”

Lady Millie sat up. We have to take the long road to Bi’Vrin through the Secret Forest. King Christopher has announced to the Kingdom of Harrowsmith that he and Queen Samantha are going to have a son. Since we’ve had such a great snowfall he is throwing a toboggan party to celebrate!

“Awesome!” said Princess Evie.

“Sweet!” said Princess Charlotte.

The princesses loved the idea of going to Bi’Vrin for a toboggan party but they didn’t like how long it always took to get there. It was a long road through the Secret Forest and once they had crossed the ice mountains it was still a long path through the ice and snow to Bi’Vrin castle.

The rest of the day went by without event. Shortly after entering the Secret Forest Lord Mike came inside the carriage and Lady Millie got on top to drive. Lord Mike took off the thick wool coat he was wearing and gave it to Millie. Whoever had to sit outside in the cold got to wear the big coat to keep themselves toasty warm. It was wool, black, and it had long sleeves and a big hood lined with thick, long fur. After coming inside Lord Mike fell fast asleep on his side of the carriage while the princesses and Lord Logan told stories about their adventures, sang songs and played travel games like ‘I Spy’ and the ‘Quiet Game’.

In the middle of their second day of travel, after Lord Mike had gone back out to drive the carriage and Lady Millie had come inside and fallen asleep, Lord Logan put on a big set of thick, black gloves.

“Those are your daddy’s gloves!” said Princess Charlotte.

“Put those back, they’re very dangerous!” said Princess Evie.

Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte remembered Lord Mike using the gloves to make fire and melt the Secret Forest and didn’t want Lord Logan to get them all in big trouble by playing with something so dangerous.

“I don’t know how to make them work. Only my daddy can do that. Don’t worry.” said Logan.

“Then why are you putting them on?” asked Princess Charlotte.

“To show you something cool.” Logan replied.

Once the gloves were securely on Lord Logan’s hands and forearms he jumped down from the bench and lifted up the iron box in the centre. The princesses could now see it was not a fire box at all that was keeping them warm in the carriage. It was a fire dragon! The little red dragon was as small as a mouse but as soon as the cage was lifted the princesses could feel the heat coming off of the little dragon on their faces. Logan opened the cage and grabbed the little dragon. He held it up to the princesses to get a closer look. The little fire dragon was so hot that Princess Evie started sweating and had to open a window.

“It’s amazing that that little guy can make so much heat!” said Princess Charlotte.

“I know, cool eh?” said Logan, holding the fire dragon up to his eyes for a closer look.

Suddenly the fire dragon burst into flames. Logan was so startled that he dropped it onto the floor of the carriage. It scurried up the side of the carriage and jumped out the window.

“Oh, NO!” said Lord Logan.

“You’re in trouble now!” said Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte.

“You can’t tell anyone! It’s our secret.” said Logan.

“Ok.” said the Princesses, not wanting to get in trouble themselves.

Then the carriage soon came to a stop. Jib woke up and started coughing again. Lady Millie woke up and Lord Mike jumped down and opened the door. Logan had put everything back where it had come from. The princesses and Logan jumped out of the carriage to have a look around. Jib jumped out after them, coughing away.

“What’s the matter with you?” Charlotte said, laughing. She had never seen a dog cough so much.

The first thing Charlotte noticed was that she could see her breath! Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte spent the first few minutes blowing smoke at each other before they truly realized where they were. It had been some time since the princesses had been in Bi’Vrin Castle but everything was just as they remembered. There were guards on the walls of Bi’Vrin Castle just like Harrowsmith Castle but these guards were wearing toques and thick, red, wool pea-coats. The flags were the same as well. Triangular flags blew in the wind on the tops of all its towers. Except these flags weren’t blue like Harrowsmith Castle, they were red. The sun was setting and the torch light and sunlight reflected through the ice bricks of the castle. It was very pretty.

King Christopher and Queen Samantha came to the carriage to say hello.

“Greetings friends!” King Christopher said, “You’re just in time for dinner!”

“Alright!” Lord Logan said.

“Come this way.” said Queen Samantha.

The princesses, Lord Logan, Lord Mike, and Lady Millie followed Queen Samantha and King Chris through Bi’Vrin castle’s huge ice doors. Inside the ice doors there was three fireplaces surrounding a great long table. King Chris sat at the head of the table and everyone else sat close. As usual, dinner was filled with great friends, family, food and drink.

When dinner was ended the princesses and Logan went up to bed. Jib followed Princess Charlotte and jumped in bed at her feet. He coughed a couple of times and fell asleep. Laying in their beds, by the light of a small fireplace, the three of them were all thinking the same thing.

“What do you think happened to the fire dragon?” Lord Logan finally asked.

“It must be frozen.” said Princess Charlotte.

“But it’s so hot!” said Princess Evie, “How could it freeze?”

The three of them fell asleep thinking about it. In the morning they woke up, got changed into warm clothes and went down excited for the toboggan party. When they got down to the main hall they noticed that there was water everywhere.

“This can’t be good.” said Princess Evie.

Running outside they saw that the doors had melted and were completely gone. Charlotte breathed out and noticed the air was so warm that she couldn’t see her breath. This was bad.

“What happened?!” asked Princess Charlotte.

“This is what happened!” said Lord Mike, stomping towards the Princesses and Lord Logan holding a fire dragon in his magic gloves.

Lord Mike put the dragon back into the iron box inside his carriage and then turned and glared at Lord Logan.

“All of you, come here.” Lord Mike said to them.

The princesses and Lord Logan slowly walked towards Lord Mike. As they got closer to the carriage they could see that not only was the castle melted but a large part of the wall was gone as well. When they got to the carriage they saw the big snow hill that they were going to play on today was gone as well.

“Oh no.” said Evie, realizing that there would be no tobogganing now.

“Which one of you let the dragon out of the cage?” asked Lord Mike.

The princesses didn’t want to tell on Logan but they didn’t want their uncle to think it was them.

“I did. I’m sorry.” said Logan.

“Thank you for being honest, Logan.” said Lord Mike “Get in the carriage. We’ll deal with you when we get home.”

“I don’t want to go home!” screamed Logan.

The princesses breathed a sigh of relief. They were so happy to not be in trouble.

“Princess Charlotte and Princess Evie!” Lord Mike bellowed. “You knew how dangerous fire dragons could be, did you not?”

“Yes.” said the princesses.

“I hope you know that this was a bad secret to keep.” said Lord Mike. “… and your dad will hear about this.”

“We do.” said Princess Evie and Princess Charlotte.

“Well, no need to let this ruin our fun.” said King Christopher.

“But everything is water!” said Lord Logan from inside the carriage.

“We’ll see about that.” said King Christopher.

King Christopher went to the tallest remaining tower on the wall. The wind grew colder and the princesses could see their breath again. The water on the ground began to freeze and snow began to funnel down from the white sky. Within minutes the ground was covered in snow again and the Princesses and Logan watched as the ice walls of the castle regrew right before their eyes. It grew colder and colder as King Chris dumped snow on the big hill. When King Chris came down from the tower everything was back to normal.

“There. No harm done.” said King Chris. “To the tobogganing!”

The rest of the day was filled with tobogganing and hot chocolate, fire pits, roasted hot dogs, snow cones and taffy on the snow. When the day was over the princesses could barely walk. They made it back to the carriage, flopped down on the long bench beside Lord Logan and fell fast asleep. Jib coughed twice and jumped in after them. Lord Mike closed the door and he and Lady Millie sat together on top of the carriage on the beginning of the trip home. They slept all the way to the secret forest and then slept some more. They were so tired that it wasn’t until they were entering Charvlyn that they woke up fully rested.

As the carriage pulled into the gates of Harrowsmith Castle the princesses looked out the window and saw King Daddy, Queen Mommy and Nanny waiting for them.

“I would never tell on your for sneaking candy Charlotte.” Princess Evie said.

“I didn’t sneak candy!” said Princess Charlotte.

“Well I didn’t sneak candy!” said Princess Evie.

“Then who did?” said Princess Charlotte.

As the princesses stepped out of the carriage Nanny, Queen Mommy and King Daddy gave them all a big hug.

“We need to talk.” said King Daddy.

The princesses were so worried they were going to be in trouble and they didn’t even know what they did wrong!

At that moment Jib coughed and candy bar wrappers flew out of his mouth and onto the ground in front of him.

Nanny shot King Daddy a look, said “Well. That explains that.”, got on her horse and left the castle swiftly.

King Daddy turned and walked back into the castle without saying another word.