There once was an alien who was silver all over and had green hands, feet and head. They were all perfectly round like circles except on each hand he 3 fingers and 1 thumb and on each foot just 2 toes. His name was Frederick and he lived on the most famous planet outside of our solar system, it was the planet Charlie’s Toe of course! Today Freddy was looking out his window at a cluster of brown cats. They were dancing and it seemed to Freddy like they were having plenty of fun. He wanted to join in and started jumping in circles in his bedroom, jumping to his own beat and rhythm. His window was open, the brown cats could hear Freddy having a lot more fun than them, so they came to his window to see who had so rudely interrupted their dance. Meanwhile, Freddy was getting carried with his jumping, jumping high, jumping low, twisting and turning whichever way he wanted. The cats soon joined in, but they had their own ideas. They started to meow and dance around Freddy, they were actually chanting for a huge monster to appear! Oblivious to this monster chant, Freddy joined in unaware of who was going to turn up. Thunder started to rumble and the glass in the Freddy’s window shattered and the Sun lost it’s light for just a second. When the Sun’s rays filled the room again, a Werewolf was crouching by the window. It crept towards Freddy but something else appeared. Udders! The Werewolf had udders! It was a Cowolf, only ever talked about but never seen! The cats had summoned the great Cowolf to help them take over Charlie’s Toe. Cowolf was very angry he had been brought there for such silly desires and started to howl and snarl getting ready to show why he was a monster indeed. Meanwhile, Freddy was still playing catch up and by the time he realised his life was in danger the brown cats had already pawed it away from Cowolf. Freddy pleaded for his life and tried to reel out his best/worst (it’s a matter of opinion) jokes to befriend Cowolf.
Freddy wimpered “What do you call a lost wolf?..... A where-wolf!”
Cowolf stopped. Assessed Freddy and chuckled “That was terrible but lucky for you I don’t eat my greens. Drink?”
Cowolf, as a gesture of friendship offered Freddy a bucket of milk from his own udders. Struck dumb by his luck, Freddy accepted the gift heartily, took one hesitant sip and then put it to the side, as he thought it would be rude to drink it all in one go. Freddy and Cowolf got into long and deep conversations that afternoon, they talked about themselves, their dreams and plans for the weekend. But the room starts to rumble again like before, both of them are nearly swept off their feet and out of the window. A very powerful tornado was sucking them out of Freddy’s house. But I didn’t mention earlier that Freddy has suction cups in the palms of his perfectly round hands on the tips of his fingers and toes. With Cowolf on his back he crawled (or suction cupped) to his basement and into a secret passage that lead deep underground where they were safe…for now. Whilst Cowolf was searching around for any other passages he stubbed his toe on a trunk. It was unlocked. At first Cowolf could only see darkness when he opened the trunk, he stuck his nose in further he couldn’t see the bottom, he thought it was empty but them he bumped his nose on a cold surface. He dragged his claws along it’s metal seal and found a handle. It opened a hatch, a hatch to a rocket. Freddy rushed over and knew exactly what as was going on. This was the enchanted trunk that could fit anything in it just like Mary Poppin’s bottomless carpet bag or the Hogwart’s room of requirement. And it seemed this one held a rocket. They both hopped in and started the engines, they powered up and blew through all the soil and cement above them and broke through the ground. Straight through the tornado and past the atmosphere of Charlie’s Toe into Space. They had an unlimited supply of fuel so they decided to check out the far away and very trendy planet, Earth. However, on their arrival the FBI and Men in Black were already waiting for them with all sorts of regulations and rules about visiting Earth. Instead, Freddy and Cowolf invited the both teams to Charlie’s Toe for a working holiday! And that’s another whole story!
In Brasil there is a very special dog. She is so special because today she came first place in the most difficult and strenuous triathlon of Brasil! Her name is Duska and she was wore her gold medal with pride. She would only take it off to have a shower. She had left it under her pillow for safekeeping but when she returned to her room, it was gone! She frantically searched all over the house for it and used her nose to sniff out where it was taken or who had taken it. Duska started to doubt herself, she thought maybe she hadn’t brought the medal back to her house at all, maybe it had fallen off her on the way home. She retraced her steps keeping her eyes on the ground desperately searching for any glint of gold. But there was no clues or signs of where it had gone, she retraced her steps so far back that she was at the finish line again of the triathlon.
Now let me introduce you to another runner in the race that did not come first or second or even fifty third, this runner came last in the race and was very upset. Her name is Ellis and she was Duska’s owner. In her bitterness and embarrassment that her dog beat her in the race she stole Duska’s medal from under her pillow! She hid all her dog food too! Ellis watched Duska as she frantically turned the whole house upside down for her medal and ran out the house to see if she had dropped it. But when Duska returned home, Ellis confronted her at the front door and revealed what she had the gold medal all along. Well this really surprised Duska, at first as she thought this was quite an extreme practical joke but she soon realised that Ellis was not going to give her medal back. Duska could feel a fiery ball of anger starting in her stomach, growing bigger and bigger until Duska could not control it anymore and leapt forward biting Ellis on the arm! Duska had never felt rage like this before and after she had bitten Ellis she felt like she was coming out of a daze. Ellis’ arm had teeth marks in it, and from the marks blood started to flow out onto their doorstep. And soon Ellis’ eyes started to flow with tears, dropping onto their doorstep as well. Duska was so sorry and quickly helped bandage Ellis’ arm. Once, her arm had stopped throbbing and she had stopped crying she was also very sorry for stealing from Duska and taking out her bad mood out on her dog. Ellis apologised and returned the medal to Duska. And her food too! As a way to start their friendship again Ellis asked Duska if she could help train her for the next triathlon, Duska smiled and say yes.
There is a woodland that covers hundreds of acres of land and right in the middle is a secret castle. If you walk through it's grand entrance, continue down the hallway and go through second door on the left and follow the steps down, you’ll find a cosy closet. In that closet, lives a 7 year old girl called Princess. Prinny for short. Her favourite colour is orange and today she is playing with her musical toys in the living room. However, today she is a little tired of her toys and looks for other things in the room for inspiration. She finds little bits and bobs here and there but nothing grabs her attention until she finds her father's match box. The same match she has been specifically told not to touch! Of course Prinny, while her Dad isn't watching, takes out a match and makes the decision that a little flame that would last only a few seconds could be no danger. Besides, she had watched her Dad do it before, and nothing had gone disastrously wrong then. However, I would have no story to tell if there was only a flame. As soon as Prinny struck the match against the rough side of the box, a flash of white light filled the living room, through the hallway, up into the towers reaching into every corner of the castle. Prinny opened her eyes. The roof of the castle had completely blown off and from later findings I can tell you that it had catapulted all the way to Mars! But Prinny had much bigger problems to solve, much BIGGER! She noticed that she was lying on the floor and her arms, legs and head felt very heavy. She went to feel her long auburn hair but it wasn't there! In it's place she could only feel rough, coarse scales. She started to run her hands all over her body - she was covered in charcoal coloured scales, and her hands weren't hands at all but claws. Her torso was shaped like a pumpkin too! She wanted to jump and start screaming but something was getting in the way. A tail. It was so big it couldn’t fit in the living room and ran out through the grand entrance, straight into the woodland and out the otherside, crossing borders and oceans into another country, another continent. You could find the tip to the tail wrapped around the pyramids in Egypt. She soon realised that when she wiggled her tail it would take another 3 months for the tip of the tail to start wiggling too! We don’t know what happened when Prinny struck the match to change her from a little girl into a mixture of dragon and pumpkin, an odd combo. From now on, we'll call her DragPump instead.
She yelled for her father but no one came to help. He was actually hanging from a tree by his shirt in the surrounding woodland because he'd been hurled out of the castle from the growth spurt of DragPump's tail that had wacked him far away. DragPump knew she would have to solve this on her own - well she did get herself into this mess! She started to wiggle and take her first steps as a Dragon Pumpkin hybrid. After taking her first flight and getting used her new dragon self she didn't really know what to do next, after all she was only 7! DragPump remembered the Circus she had seen the weekend before and pictured all the other animals having lots of fun in the shows, she thought maybe she could give it a go. And of course, she quickly became the star of the Circus, making huge headlines of her fire breathing talents and especially about her ginormous tail! The Circus may have been doing a European tour but her tail was still in Egypt minding it's own business! This pulled in many people to see the humongous moving miracle! Tourists would use the Tail Trail and trek across Egypt to the Pyramids with DragPump's tail as their guide. Commuters would use it as a bridge to get from Egypt to the south of Italy and would walk. cycle and drive along her tail. There was also another group of individuals who were cutting the scales of DragPump's tail and selling them on the black market as jewellery, clothing and in soup! There was a demand for the magical healing powers within dragon soup. DragPump did not like this and began flicking and swiping her tail across the whole of Egypt, flicking away all the horrible poachers. Soon innocent citizens and tourists were getting caught in her Tail attacks and crying for her to stop! She didn't how to keep her tail safe, or just to keep it out of the way. The people at the end of her tail helped to wrap it into a coil and then everyone along the middle of it, coiled the tail further until it was right by DragPump's feet and she could tie it into a nice, neat and controllable bun.
Happy she did not have to worry about her tail, DragPump then started to worry about her Father, in all this commotion she had forgotten she had not seen him since she was turned into a dragon. She began to fly back to her castle, she looked upstairs, downstairs and in every closet but she couldn't find him. Woodlands were her next search but by this point her Father was no longer hanging from that tree. Her search began to take days, weeks, months and years until she searched the whole of the planet but he was still nowhere to be found. She cried and wailed for her Father to appear and screamed out to the sky in desperation. It was at this moment she saw a place she hadn't searched. Space. She wiped away her tears and flew up, up, up, past the clouds, past Earth's atmosphere and into the stars. She ventured to a Galaxy called Plankapun, a very important Galaxy where she immediately asked the first aliens she met if they had seen her Father. After a lengthy discussion amongst themselves they revealed to DragPump they had come across a man sitting on his own on a small planet not too far from them. DragPump scooped them up in one swoop and raced towards the planet. She was breathing hard from tiredness and desperation and her heart was beating double time. The man looked sad...and slightly worried at the dragon that was flying right at him. It was her Father, after years of searching, she had found him. But her Father didn't know that he had found his daughter yet. DragPump landed an inch away from him and speedily caught him up on everything. But he was still sad. Sad that his little girl was no longer a little girl, he wanted to help. DragPump knew a way he could. They arrived back to Earth after thanking the Alien rescue crew from Plankapun and DragPump plucked a scale off her body made it into the infamous soup and told her father to drink it. Obviously, he didn't want to at first but reluctantly swallowed down a spoonful. He dropped the bowl, but no one heard it smash because there was a very loud rumbling coming from his stomach and his skin was bubbling all over. He was transforming.
DragPump and her father began to live their new lives as happy dragon pumpkin hybrids and made no attempt to become human again.
No one knows what happened to that matchbox.