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Meowmaid: Part One
"Hello welcome to stories podcast on your host Amanda Weldon Today's story is called Meow made unoriginal story written for you by Daniel Hynes inspired by the painting by Amelia Leonard's this episode is part one of two and the conclusion will be released early next week shade that's Madison Dash Reed Dot Com thanks enjoyed the episode meow aide part one once upon a time on the high and wild seas there was a pirate ship it right now is less than one month so it's a really good time to pledge now here's a word from our sponsors with today's distractions and busy the real moments with the whole family loves real delicious milk head to milk life dot Com for more are you can ten percent off plus free shipping on your first color kit again that's Promo code stories visit Madison Dash Re Dot com now to find your perfect schedules. 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Vitamins give you lots of energy for running around outside now that the weather's getting nicer make them this dark wood banded in dark iron dark cannon standing like dark eyed cyclops at every port at the helm was the notorious it's no no gluten and no sodium laurel sulfate and it's full of stuff that's going to nourish and protect your hair like Argon Oil Carrington and Ginseng seven seas and his crew was just as bad they'd cut their ship the cunning cat through the waves it prowled like its namesake eighty to pounce on any fat galleon stuffed with gold the cunning cat had another smaller cat aboard her name was calliope e and she was the captain's Good Luck charm she was the Calico that gave old captain Ken his nickname and she'd been with him for ten years every understood exactly what it was she wanted they just heard meow meow meow if they spoke cat they know that what she wanted was right she'd sleep in her custom. Silk bed in the captain's quarters and every day she'd ride on the back of the boat what the pirates called the stern and watch the fish sh- jump and sparkle in their wake the pirates would scratch her ears and her arched back when they walked by Colli appea- would meow at them but they never hip all day taunting tantalizing teasing her so close but so far she'd go after them herself on but they didn't speak cat so they just scratcher and move on with their day of course little calamity was by no means deprived she was sped a fish for breakfast at another for dinner but in between she wanted more more more she watched the fish jump behind the but there was only one problem like most cats Colli Abi hated getting wet more than hating it though she was terrified of the water learn and stared even when Captain Calico Ken would pull up alongside another ship his cannons thundering and swords shining in the sun collide Asia fish fish look at those big fish back there she'd practically beg they look so tasty but they're in the water fish them out for me he wanted so badly it was all very difficult for the poor cat so being too afraid to swim she stayed laying on the St all that deep dark wetness anything could be under there what if something grabbed her tail what if something gobbled her up what is he wasn't a good swimmer and she sank what if what if what if all those what ifs made it impossible for her to jump in after the fish hippie would stay on the stern even when the screams and gunsmoke in grappling hooks filled the air the scruffy orange cat would remain in her spot watching the his shoulder pretty as any parrot nestled under the brim of his favorite calico hat the old rogue would spear pieces of fish on his dagger fish dance behind them just out of reach only when the fighting was done and the captain was passing around the food would she join them she would purchase on relaxing safe with her friends little Colli appea- never stopped thinking about the giant leaping fish behind the boat one night he'd say and the pirates would all drink and listen while Kalliopi would per need his shoulders but even in those moments eating tasty morsels at her eat them off in dainty bites while he carried onto his crew Jahromi Hardee's let me tell you the tail of the sirens from Blueberry I'll the only has the ship bobs gently in the waves and most of the crew slept she sat at her place on the stern giant fish leaped in the water behind her looking like ause and biting into a big wriggling one with her whiskered mouth oh it's not fair she side to herself if only the fish in silver in the moonlight for the millionth time she thought about leaping into the water after them she dreamed of cutting into the waves catching fish in her for skin it wasn't just that she was surprised though that was true it wasn't even the voice was speaking in perfect cat which was also true didn't live in the water if only I wasn't afraid of the water if only if only this way learn to speak cat a laugh echoed up from the water it was a beautiful laugh a musical laugh it sounded like notes being plucked done some lords harp silver and bright as the moon come on where are you are you a cat to not a cat came the again this time it was followed by a splash as someone duct below water hey come out here don't make me get the pirates after you the song of faded over the water disappearing can hers trapped by her fear as much as her for that was a pretty song little kitty said a voice Colli be nearly jumped girl I just heard your song and I thought it was so pretty I had to bring you something she dipped back beneath the surface with an smiling her skin and face slightly strange looking she was beautiful but just shy of human more familiar was her long scruffy hair without even a ripple Kalliopi side she guests she just wasn't meant to have all the fish she wanted they were in their world and she was stuck oh the little laugh came again followed by a small splash a second later a young girl emerged from the water she was smooth Slippery fish onto the boat next to the cat with a cry of joy Colli apy pounced on the flopping fish took a big bite it was fresh merely the same shade is Colli Abe's for it floated around the girl's head like pedals around the flower sorry to scare you. Kitty said the laughed clapping her hands. I'm Melby Nice to meet you melody hey you never told me how you know how to speak cat I learned the and fish sprouted legs like walking buffing oh how I would play it wasn't afraid and Melby didn't have legs but a gorgeous flowing tail it was sort of an orange color but with smooth shimmering scales from the catfish said the girl it's a different dialect but it's basically the same the cat nodded like that made sense even though she wasn't great shirt and delicious and everything she'd ever dreamed it would be I've seen you eyeing them the girl said I knew you'd want one hey wait called Kalliopi but they were only ripples don't leave yet a second later the girl bursts out of the water heaving a fat your your a mermaid the girl finished with a smile I am and I've always loved cats we hear stories about them in the ocean what made calliope he jumps so badly was that the voice was coming from the darkness of the water who is there she called ever the curious cat and where did did and how do you live in the water you must be an incredible swimmer Melby just gave that tinkling laugh again something I like that look close now she flipped over and dove back into the water like a playful Dolphin in the light of the Moon Kalliopi saw and I never thought I would meet one myself you hear stories of Me Colli Abi exclaimed the pirates are always telling stories about you well I appreciate that Colli Abi said seriously looking fish from her whiskers why don't you ever jump in and catch a fish and what do they say well some say mermaids will help someone who goes overboard that sometimes true Melby said rushing through her CALICO for I'm just a little afraid of the water I don't like being wet and I don't like swimming and I just it's embarrassing herself the Mermaid asked I see you have those sharp claws and you could definitely climb back up well the cat said firmer maids I'll see you tomorrow see you tomorrow with that Melby flipped and dove back into the chilly waters of the sea maybe hang out like friends Colli Abi asked she had plenty of pirate friends but they were smelly and they didn't speak Cat Mermaid friend that's what she needed yeah like Friends Melby said I should be heading home though it's getting late even the day wrong oh all that water it means a lot of pressure go down to deep and we'd be squished Oh hey I have an idea about squishing unless we hear a kitty singing a beautiful song on the back of a pirate ship then well we have to check it out at least I do through the water swimming alongside her new mermaid friend the next night true to her word Melby came back and a couple of nights I did the cat said still chewing so what's your name I'm a kitty named Kalliopi the girls I say that you'll learn a bad chip onto the rocks and let it sink that's sometimes true to the Mermaid said but we usually just keep to ourselves a mermaid friend one who would bring her fish what a night what a good good night Colli drifted off to dreams of Wind Melby smiled up at Kelly don't be embarrassed I live in the ocean and even I get scared sometimes we mermaids can't go too deep her shimmering tail cutting through with barely a sound Colli up he finished the fish and then pat it off to her silk bed in the captain's quarters things probably would have kept on going that way if not for the battle it happened one night just as the sun was setting the crew was eating dinner fair we're friends their conversations went longer and later their laughter ringing out over the silence sees more than friends they were best friends and after that and the night after that one too and soon not a single night went by without a visit the cat would sing and the mermaid would catch fish and they phony the see was my home. Fear spraying unquiet contentment nestled under the Brim of the captain's Calico hat and looking forward to that night's visit with Melby when she heard a distant shout son you're scout can't see them through the glare but they're coming it's captain blood bone warned your crew captain blood bone Melby talked about growing up under the sea the races through the algae lic caverns and the family dinners of fish and Kelp before long the L. splashing the water behind her melby what's wrong another ship a pirate ship coming the Mermaid said they're coming from the direction of the May weren't listening but what could she do they didn't speak cat and she didn't speak human dramatic action was required she for breakfast she had to warn the crew Colli turned and ran back into the galley she jumped on the table and started meowing and Yowling as way too early Colli Abi leapt from Captain Calico Ken Shoulder and loped to the stern of the ship Melby was there panting and flushed her tail doc while the ship slept and the moon rose over the C calliope talked about growing up with Captain Calico Ken the battle she'd seen and the treasures they'd won the captain's shoulder and meow into his ear are quiet now he said she bit one of his golden earrings and pulled calliope collided become quick was that melby the sun was still slash of light across the Oceans Rim she loudly as she could harlot or Matey said Captain Calico Ken Yod Your Fish what do you on now he threw her a little bit you'd today's story meow made part one was an original story inspired by the painting by Amelia Leonard's laughing and drinking in the ship's Galley Captain Calico Ken was at the head of the table feeding fine fillets of fish too little Colli Abi the cat was rested asked Goliath he know about fish how about I'll bring you another fish tomorrow and you sing me another song we can trade leapt up onto the shoulder of old captain Calico Ken and grabbed his favorite Calico hat in her jaws he reached for her but she was too quick you see them come on come on and look you lovers she hollered but of course all the crew heard was meow meow meow save their lives the scruffy cat yowled blood bone drew near to be continued you're you're a fuzzy little scalise wag he picked her up and set her on the floor as the crew laughed again collide was getting frustrated all of yarn and the other pirates laughed when she swat it aside Ho she's in a mood better watch those clothes Captain Kalliopi leapt on head inside back to their meals blood bone would be there soon and it would be too late too late to save the ship too late to save the crew too late he was one of the nastiest pirates around Calico Kenwood rob you but blood bone would burn your ship to ashes on the water and breathe in the smoke S. she jumped onto the starboard rail the sun at her back she knew somewhere out there was captain blood bone in his wicked crew and she willed her pirate friends holding the hat in her mouth she leapt from the table and scurried for the door Aria scurvy dog fallacious spe- line the captain com slash meow if you would like to support stories podcast you can leave us a five star review on I tunes make a monthly donation at Patriotair Dot com slash stories or written for you by Daniel Hynes and perform for you buy me Amanda Weldon with an original song bias both to see the painting the story is based on visit stories podcast up Meijia cut sized Brag Colli felt her heart sank he didn't see none of them saw
Meowmaid: Part Two
"In for you by Daniel Hynes inspired by the painting by Amelia Leonard's this episode is the conclusion of the two part story if you haven't already make sure you will hello welcome to stories podcast I'm your host Amanda Weldon Today's story is called Meow Maid Park too unoriginal story distractions and busy schedules. 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Crazy sometimes she stood there for a moment scratching Colli apy idly the cat me out desperately one I will make on ever understood easy there little kitty said one-eyed Willa turning back and scratching behind collided B.'s. Ears we all go I have only had one eye but it was the best I on the ship see it we'll see it hey she said softly then louder hey captain what's that they're a few leagues off into the Sun I think it's something but I I can't quite see Captain Calico Ken turned and Kane back to the rail yes dot Coli Abi yes yes I don't see the captain said and then he froze what's captain blood bones ship that scurvy doggy nearly got the drop us he reached down rubbing collided head with a rough hand we need to sink him before he sing sauce he paused setting Colli appear on his shoulder and then drawing his sword with a raspy ring chorus of naked steel today cannons cried Captain Calico Ken taking the great ships wheel in his hands and steering them hard to port cannonball smashed into the water between them sending up a roaring wave and then sinking steaming into the sea another hit the front of the ship a second later making it Dr Further Conan cat for your lives hurry a with me me hardee's the crew bellowed there is drawing their swords and an angry the ropes and the rigging to arms unto battle our the shots rang out again in the ship was suddenly a swarm with busy pirates. You're turning did you get them to listen I did thank you you should get somewhere safe. The Mermaid said it's going to get a rock like a cradle surprise calliope lost her footing and tumbled towards the water she scrabbled with her claws gouging long nail marks into the plane down her throat making her choke and sputter water filter eyes and ears filled her world she was sinking she was lost she was wet and Co cold and drowning it was her worst fear made real and she couldn't take it suddenly strong hands were around her she felt herself urge upwards and then she was thrown into the air the blessed dry air she landed on her feet back on the deck of the ship Melby had it's calliope quietly left the captain's shoulders and made her way back to the stern doing her best to stay out of the way Colli called Melby does fear seizing control of her body from her nose to her tail water surged around her for and went up her nose she tried to scream and it ran of the deck but the woods gave out beneath her and she fell she fell and she screamed and she crashed into the water and sank with a splash collide nick with smoke Kalliopi coughed now choking on the water and the smoke both she couldn't see more than a whisker in front of her face was passed overhead she darted through the busy crew as their own canons began to fire followed by the pistols and flint locks suddenly the air was thank you me good luck charm when this is over you're getting all the fish she can handle that's blood borne out there he don't take prisoners feeling weak she tried to call for help but that only made her cough even harder blind and choking she stumbled forward finally her paw Kane another Canon ball smashed into the wood near Colli Abi stinging her with splinters the cat yowled and leapt away as yet another cannonball soared I love stinking smoke and shouts and black powder she dug her claws into the hemp rope and began to climb the smoke grew thinner as she went scooped her up and throwing her just like one of their nightly fish rhianna screamed the Mermaid Kaleida you have to run down on a rope it snaked up into the air disappearing into the smoke where it leads she couldn't say but anywhere was better than her current world this the end of the world where was her cabin the deck shook as a cannonball collided with the ship knocking the cat off her paws she coughed again and finally she emerged into clear air she coughed again and spat a dark gray hairball before taking a deep breath of the fresh smokeless Scott blood bones lady death the ugly ship was starting to sink into the smoky waters but where was Captain Calico Ken she scanned the deck clinging tightly it to her rope there he was at the rail of his ship fighting off the last of the attackers throwing them into the sea suddenly he was push-back staggering and captain blood bone was on the deck he was tall and broad his legs thick as masts in his giant Harry to her warning Captain Calico cat and the crew of the cunning cat seemed to be winning they had taken damage to be sure but their cannons had pounded away captain fist he clutched a battle-axe in the shape of snarling shark the two captains faced off against each other for a moment and then they charge and kicked old Calico Ken onto his back time for some new leadership he's snarled and raised his axe high I she looked around and saw she was at the top of the forward mast high above the deck below her the battle was raging luckily thanks saved her captain they locked eyes and Melody gave her a wink before throwing the biggest fish yet sending blood bone stumbling captain urged the evil captain blood bones swung with a roar and Kalliopi winced as Captain Ken barely managed to block it with his sword another massive swing the nearly fifty foot wooden being dragged a heavy cargo net and metal rigging behind it and it smashed into the water like giant's fist right child he turned to look and another fish came flying slapping him across the face Kalliopi looked and saw Melby the mermaid had she couldn't do it she remembered being in the water earlier how it had gotten into her mouth and nose and ears and lungs how it had been the acts and the sword went sliding across the deck Colli p watched in horror her captain oh no blood bone laughter scream of iron nails pulling free the crew grabbed their Calico captain but blood bones crew had already fled so alone he tumbled over the railing next to Melby the mermaid girl yelped and then she was caught in the crash the netting ripped free of the mast and snared her an iron ring whipped she sank her claws into the hemp and started to cut it was thick crusted with salt and it didn't give easily hold on Melby she said Asher would kill them the net was going to sink all the way to the bottom she had to do something she climbed back down the rope as Captain Calico Ken and the crew in Calico Ken took his chance he rolled his feet and bull rushed his enemy they collided and smashed into the wooden railing it gave out with us sawing with all her might just hold on water or no she couldn't leave her friend she just couldn't the nets I started to swing but as he did a fish came soaring out of the sea and smashed into his back it knocked him off balance and his swing went wow cost had been high captain Calico Ken had lost his cat his friend and his luck the ocean had swallowed her justice shores think one slender hand reaching out through the cargo net she needed someone to help she needed someone to rescue her she needs thought from the ship and landed in the water it's splashed her eyes and weighed down her but she swam furiously and managed to get to the cargo net panting dark and cold and how it had been her worst fear and somehow even worse than that she remembered it all and her body locked up she watched as Melby started and I'm coming Melby Captain Calico Ken and the crew watched in horror as the net was dragged to the deep their precious cat dragged right along and into the Sea Colli cheered but only for an instant blood bones ship was sinking and one of his smaller masts tore free while she watched finished we can head out soon are good good has there been any sawing he trailed off knowing the answer no sir watched the sinking ship May didn't see the Mermaid and calliope he knew she couldn't make them understand in time if anyone was going to save melby it had to be heard cross her head with a wicked thump and she slumped over in the Water Melby no calliope he cried as she watched the iron rings attached inside and the cat could see her flailing weekly Colli Abi knew her claws could cut the net she tensed ready to leap and froze and the next day was a solemn affair they had won the battle and rid the seas of blood bone a truly evil pirate but the with it still scratching furiously at the ropes they tried to get to her but she sank too fast they were too late Colli Abbey was gone sank beneath the waves the heavy iron dragging it even lower water lapped Colli appease whiskers it blurred her is she was going in her she jumped on the ship's railing and ran as close to her friend as she could the net was drawn tight now starting to sink for real melby it had swallowed blood bone good or bad the seized didn't care the seas were always hungry he had a thought with his Calico Tin Willa said grabbing his shoulder is that no and I go and see crazy Captain Calico Ken looked up Mermaid and skipping across the water was another she was smaller with a Calico Mermaid tail and long curious whiskers happy a friend and with that thought Colli Abi seized the courage she had never managed to find for fish with a lion's roar she left the crew had started calling the cats and she went under she had saved them all with early warning and
The Giant's Causeway
"Hello, welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host. Amanda Weldon today story is called the giant's causeway, an adaptation of the Irish folk tale written for you by Daniel Hynes today. We'd like to say a special thank you to jewel and Jordan and bear family, Ryan and Allison and their family in Newton, Massachusetts. Sarah and her family from Okinawa AVI and lily, and their family Nathan and his family THEO, and George and the rest of the Kelly family from wrath guard Dublin Ireland and Dmitry Nellie and their family. Thank you so much, Nellie. Dmitri George, the oh, Nathan lily AVI. Sarah, Allison Ryan, Jordan and jewel. You are part of what makes it possible for us to continue to produce. Fun new stories for our listeners. If you would like to support stories, podcast, you can leave us a five star review on itunes or just tell a friend about us. You can also head over to patriot dot com slash stories and make a monthly donation for just. One dollars a month. 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Terms and conditions are subject to change without notice, not all products, are available in all states or for all amounts. Other restrictions and limitations apply. Home lending products offered by J P Morgan Chase Bank at a, an equal housing lender with today's distractions and busy schedules. It's easy to lose sight of what's really important to us, the things we love and appreciate real moments with family from cooking homemade meals with your grandparents to catching up with a friend over a lot day to making tasty smoothies, with your kids in the morning dairy milk helps us savor the moments that matter with the ones we love one of my very favorite summertime. Memories is making milkshakes with my brother and then drinking them outside on the porch, and the son his favorite flavor was vanilla and mine was always chocolate with lots of whipped cream on top milk is a simple and wholesome ingredient, that's enhanced some of my life's most loved memories milk is naturally nutrient rich, and is a good source of high quality protein for your muscles, the calcium, and vitamin d and milk helps strengthen your bones and the B vitamins, give you lots of energy for running around outside now that the weather's getting nicer, make them most of the real moments with something, the whole family loves real delicious milk head to milk, life dot com for more. Thanks enjoyed the episode. The giant's causeway. Once upon a time when fairy folk and heroes still roamed the wild green of Ireland. There was a giant his name was thin Makul, and he was a great and mighty man from the time he was a boy, the druids read his destiny in the stars and he accomplished a great many things. He learned the secret fighting techniques from the hermit in the black mountains. He caught the salmon of knowledge in eight the magic hazelnuts from the holy tree. He even used the glowing tip of a magic spear to keep himself awake for seven days and seven nights while pursuing the evil wizard island. But those are stories for another day, this story is about a different battle. It's about the time Finn McColl went up against the evil giant bene- Donner. It's called the day of the broken bridge or the clash of the causeway, and it's violent ends can still be seen in Ireland today. It started off, like a normal morning. Fin McColl was having breakfast with his wife. Another beautiful giant by the name of una together. They made thick pancakes to prepare for the day. Ona eight hers with Honey thin, his with butter and each one was large enough to cover you or I like a cozy quilt while they ate a little bird flu up next to them. It was a clever Thrush one that knew how to speak the old Gaelic of the giants thinned McColl. It said perching on the giants shoulder to tweet into his ear. The giant Benetton are in Scotland says you're no match for him. He says, if you have any courage at all you'll come and fight. Fin nearly jumped out of his skin. He was so mad. He shouted back at the bird pancake flagging from his lips. He'll Jair question me courage. He shook a giant fist in the air. You'll tell that Bruce Bennett honor that I'm building a bridge to Scotland, and I'll see him soon. True to his word Finn McColl started building a bridge that very same day with nothing but the might of his back and the magic in his blood, he shaped the stones into perfect six sided hexagons. He'd grab the raw granite. The very backbone of the earth, and tear it apart like you do with the sheet of paper. His thunder rolled like a soon NAMI across the land, and ancient Ireland trembled to hear it for seven days, and seven nights. He laboured, and when he was done there were giant columns of stone stretching from Ireland to Scotland. It was a causeway, which. Is another word for a bridge supported by earth, or stone. Of course it was built, so large the step so far apart that you had to be giant to walk it, which is why it's known as the giant's causeway to this very day Finn. Mccoll was a giant a giant, giant a giant, giant giant, and he walked the causeway proudly the raging sea lapped at his boots and the seals barked at his heels, but he never broke his mighty stride soon. He set foot on Scotland and began the hunt for the challenger the giant bene-, Donner, unfortunately, for Finn, he didn't have to hunt for a long, he soon, found footprints that were twice as big as his own frowning the giant followed them into a valley there. He found the sleeping bene- Johner the Scottish giant was easily bigger than. Finn and his long red beard laid like a great sweep of autumn leaves along his chest. It rose and fell with his snores which were so loud. They shook the trees in the valley and set the birds to squawking seeing that gay fin pause. He was big and strong, but he was clever to. He knew that there are ways to win fights that have nothing to do with punches and chalet law. There was no sense, throwing himself into a fist fight against this. Monster still he couldn't bear to leave empty handed, he crept up on the sleeping bene- Donner and drew out his pocket knife quickly and closely as he dared, thin McCall shaved the sleeping giant it was a rough job. And soon fin had a pile, of course, orange hair at his feet and Benetton's beard. Looked like it had been chewed off by dog. The Irishman paused for a moment to admire his work, and then thought of a final touch he took a rock and scratched a message into the stone that Benetton was using as a pillow. It read but Donner I've come to fight, but you're too small to be worth me time. Be happy. I've only shorten your beard and not your life. Yours. Truly fin the biggest giant Makul. As you might imagine, bene- Donner, didn't take it. Well, when he woke up he hollered so loud that boulders cracked down the middle and rabbits turned their ears inside out. He storm to the Scottish coast, and there, he found the giant's causeway, that Finn had built without stopping to so much as fixed his ragged beard, bene- Donner charged across the stones and soon found himself on the Irish coast Finn and his wife, ONA heard him coming and Finn quickly told her what had happened lucky for Finn. Ona was even more clever than he was. She quickly told him the plan and he ran off to do as she said while he was busy. She began to prepare their morning pancakes, as always. She started by setting the giant iron Skillet over the fire a minute later. The earth shock with footsteps ONA looked up in awe. Aw, as bene- Donner came into view. He was twice the size as Finn Makul and thrice the size of Yuna herself. His face was gnarled like an old stump and the patchy remains of his beard sprouted, like fungus when he spoke it was like a raging sea, trying to throw back a gravel shore. I'm here for the Troy inch Finn McColl he bellowed the full day shave. Maybe I'll take him limb from limb. Oh, make made his band for breakfast. Oh throw him in the sea and sale is Sonny hide like a ship. Ooh, smiled up at him. She had a big mixing bowl in her arms and was churning her heavy pancake batter fin. Well, I'm sorry, but he's not home right now, knoll the giant, asked his face skeptical hill is, then he thrust one tree sized finger at Finn who had wrapped himself in a bundle of blankets, so that only his eyes where peaking out hen. Oh, that's Finn. Son, baby McColl. She poured the batter from the bowl into the Skillet. It immediately started to sizzle and the air was full with the smell of buttery promise. He's not even a year old yet, just a wee lad, not a great mountain like his father, bene-, Donner looked at Finn in his baby disguise, his brow, furrowed and Finn. Could tell he was thinking, hard, a mighty big baby. He said, and he's right. Terror. If he doesn't get his pancakes, owner replied, hide offer you one, but there for giants of Finn McColl's blood and wouldn't want you to hurt yourself. The Scottish giants scoffed, but don't care how big the baby is anything. The great babe can eat can eat at toe. If you say so ONA said she served in the normal pancakes, and he started eating messily like a baby bene- Donner's pancake, though, she baked right around the iron Skillet. She served it to him slathered with butter and Honey to hide that the Skillet was still inside. Always already finished to ONA said, gesturing at fake baby Finn devouring his pancakes, surely mighty giant like you won't be out eaten by a we babe scowling Bennett Donner opened wide and took a big bite of his pancake. His giant teeth clang down on the iron Skillet inside he yelped and through the pan hand going to his mouth, whole lot pancake, fifth, mud, he said, and at that moment, Finn began to cry. It was a bellowing fake Beatty. Cry. And it shook the stones around them. Don't cry. We will. Oona said ignoring Donner here, pow will be home soon. He'll throw them mean little man back into the sea. Don't she'll worry your little cotton diapers hearing, this broke the last of bene- Donner's courage, if in McCall's, baby was already half his size and could eat pancakes, so hard. They chipped his teeth what chance, did he have? Suddenly he was filled with the overwhelming urge to escape. He leaped up and made his way back to the sea there, he stopped and looked back at Ireland Finn saw him pause and took up his drum bellowing into the bottom of it to amplify his already giant voice, but. Go here. Common. Today's who'll trying try to ever. Johnny instance, that was too much bene- Donner fled into the sea. He didn't just run though. He used his mighty fists and smashed the causeway as he went every step was punctuated by a whim crack crumble, and the stone steps tumbled into the waves. The giant's causeway destroyed Ireland and Scotland were forever again separated by the sea, and so we're Finn and Benetton. 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The Sun was suddenly blotted out by clouds all dark and boiling. The thunder was so loud. It's split the world and the wind was a band. She's cry stripping the shouts from People's frightened mouths. Everything's secure efficient captain named Ricky bellowed out to his fishing sloop. Is Sir. Bellowed back his crew. There were others in boats all around Ricky, and his crew a couple boats were medium like there's but most boats were much smaller. There were even a bunch of tiny dinghies only big enough to hold two or three people out on the water they were tossed and twisted and turned all the same, the salty sea spray stinging at their faces and drumming their decks, their passengers clung to their boats and to each other trying desperately to whether the sudden squall. Are you. Okay. Down there. Ricky called out to the tiny boats below. Where hanging in there? One of the passengers called up at him we'll get through this together. We've done it before. Ricky started to reply but a huge wave hit the side of his boat and he almost went tumbling on the deck the boats down below got the full force of the wave and they started taking on water. The passengers got to work bailing sea water out of their tiny vessels as fast as possible. Just then a huge horn sounded in the distance, a bigger boat one of the few massive yachts out on the sea came cutting through the waves, the storm raged around it, but the bigger boat was holding steady rocking back and forth only a little thanks to its giant bulk. Look help is on the way ricky called out to the tiny boats below while his crew began waving their hands and shouting to get the huge yachts attention. The passengers on the boat below look to be trying to say something but ricky couldn't hear it over the wind. Captain Ricky I make call to him and signal that the yacht had slowed. It was massive and white with big letters on the side spelling out the name of the ship serenity. At tiny man was barely visible on the prow. Horrid. He called into a megaphone what surprising storm where having Ricky. Middle taken aback by the man's carefree tone. Surprising indeed. Ricky shouted back hoping that he could be heard over the shrieking winds. How are you faring? I couldn't help but notice that your yacht is huge. Some of us in smaller boats are struggling to stay afloat. Could you take some people aboard just until the storm passes? Ricky did not think this was a big. Ask the looked to have enough room to take on all the passengers in the dinghies plus Ricky's entire crew maybe three or four times over. Take some people aboard the yacht captain repeated incredulously. Surely, they can't struggling that. Badly I mean I'm out here in the same storm did doesn't really seem that bad to me. Well Shore Ricky said as patiently as possible. But your on a massive yacht. So it doesn't feel the same to you. We're in the same storm, but on very different boats. interesting said the captain from the high and mighty deck. -sidered it before but I suppose it might be more challenging to weather a storm from a tiny boat. Well, be sure to send them my thoughts and prayers I need to go take in the deck chairs so they don't get wet. They need more than your thoughts and prayers ricky yelled up at the massive yacht. Please help. What's latch? The Yacht captain called back walking away well, I can't hear you over the sound of me moving these deckchairs. Unbelievable Ricky started to say, but the wind howled again and he had to duck down and cling to the rigging of his sale. The storm grew more violent. The wind bellowed like giant with a toothache and the rain came in sideways like a fire hose ricky watched in horror as the smaller boats below rocked and rolled in the waves before capsizing and spilling their passengers into the water. All hands on deck. Let's get these people he shouted out and he and the crew began the task of pulling people out of the water. They got them all one by one soaking wet and teeth chattering with cold but safe and sound all the same. When they were all boarded, ricky sloop was absolutely filled to the brim. The serenity was still visible and definitely could fit everyone comfortably. But Ricky notice that it had pulled up it's ladders and folded its sales. We tried to tell you it was no use asking one of the dinghy passengers called over to Ricky That was wally bucks worth Jim near. There were some indignant snorts from some of the other dripping wet people they'd pulled from the water. Wally Bucks worth junior like bucks worth manufacturing. That's the one. His Daddy owns the whole thing, and then he oversees day to day operations at the shipbuilding factory. We all work there. He wasn't going to help us out. But if he oversees the day to day, doesn't he know all of you? Why wouldn't he let you aboard? Well, he oversees a manager that oversees a manager that oversees manager. You know he's never met of us personally were just numbers to him. Basically only cares if we don't make quota I, don't even think he knows my name and I've worked for him for fifteen years. Oh well, that's awful. That's the way it is. Should we head toward land captain, a crew member asked. They looked to shore but it was so far away. It was nothing more than a brown green smudge on the horizon. The clouds went darker still and day turned to night the sun a distant memory behind the angry raging storm waves thrashed against the sides of the overstuffed sloop and the ship began to grown shudder the would was pushed by the wind pulled by the sea twisting. Horribly in different directions, boards began to burst underneath them and dark churning water flooded in around their feet the already soaked passengers and the newly damp crew members began working wildly to bail out the ship. Another massive yacht was approaching on the port side for a moment. Ricky thought it was the same useless ship from before but this one he realized was emblazoned with a different name destiny. Excuse me ricky called up at the captain of the yacht barely more than a blob on the ship's deck. Excuse me were really struggling down here and my boat is taking on water. I couldn't help. But notice that you have an enormous yacht that we could all comfortably fit on permission for myself and my crew to come aboard. New a lady's voice came through megaphone cutting through the wind and the rain and ringing in Ricky's. No is not a good time. We're just about to have dinner and we haven't planned for guests. Ricky felt a swell of anger in his chest, but he tried his best to keep his cool. We are literally about to get swept away and the storm unless you allow us to come aboard. I can't hear you over the sound of the wind. There's a storm going you know. Ricky raged. I know my boat is bringing in the storm and we need help permission to come aboard. Permission denied you should have known there could be storms like this and bought a better boat like I did. Don't you think we would have if we could. We all bought the best boats we could afford. Still, you don't need a handout you need to learn a lesson, pull yourself up by the bootstraps. High. Love to called one of the dinghy passengers but an octopus ate them already know boots left and he wiggled his prunier toes to show her. The woman looked disgusted at the display and the yacht sailed away swamping them. It's wake. The nerve ricky cried out in frustration. But as he looked over at the passengers from the Dinghy, he saw that they were chuckling bitterly. What's so funny ricky asked. Well a lady said using her cupped hands to throw seawater over her shoulder and off the side of the boat. That was Alice Bucks worth while he sister and walters daughter, she does the books for Bucks Worth Manufacturing it's just funny that you thought she would care enough to help us when we already know she doesn't because if she did she would pay us more than dinghy money in the first place. Plus she was born rich chimed in the bare foot soldier. She never had to pull yourself up by your bootstraps a day in her life. Nope, just satin slippers for her from day one. Just then they spied a wave bigger than all the rest rushing towards them. Ricky sloop fell into its shadow, the wave towering above a deadly avalanche about to fall the water roared the wind howled the sky went full black. No Sun. No Stars. It was a nightmare of shrieking salt and storm, and then it came down down down like a hammer from the heavens. Everybody, hold on the wave smashed into them pushing saltwater into their eyes and ears and nose and deep into their mouths for a moment. The world was nothing but tumbling limbs and broken would and whipping waves. The sloop was smashed to splinters and sense the sailors soaring. Ricky and the others Claude against the wild sea and bobbed up in their life vests like tub toys swirling around the drain. Everyone? Okay. Ricky shouted and the others chorus back I'll fine. Okay. Awesome over here. Ricky surveyed the scene people were clinging to pieces of wreckage and getting tossed by the raging seas. The situation was growing more dire by the minute if they all stayed in the water too long. Well, Ricky didn't WanNA think about that. Another yacht was growing closer blown by the blustering breeze after the last two rookie didn't imagine they'd be much help but there weren't a lot of options. This one was also large white and the name on the side Red Carpet Diem. This must be Walter. Books Worth Senior Ricky thought to himself. We need help he called up to the yacht Dak as loudly as he could our boats have all capsized and we're in real danger permission to come aboard before someone drowns. An old man in a fine suit came to the railing. He looked down at the crowd floating in the stormy sea and shook his head. ooh, do what a mess you've gotten yourself into. Can't let you come aboard now though you understand we've just had the carpets redone and you'd get them all wet my sympathies though let me see what I have. That could help he disappeared from the railing and returned a few minutes later. This should do the trick. The yacht captain said magnanimously, and he tossed down a single life bring. Ricky looked around him at the dozens of people in the water struggling to stay afloat. One life ring he called up what do you think all of us are going to do with one life ring Lime sure you'll make do. Role in the same storm, you know we all have to be resourceful. We're in the same storm, but your in a bigger boat ricky cried out totally at his wit's end fine. You don't have to let us up but we're coming aboard anyway. Ricky signal to the others and they sprang into action someone found some ropes ripped free of a sale. Another found a metal hook us to secure cargo floating on a plank working together they hide the hook to the rope and ricky spun at once twice three times around his head while the rain lashed down and the wind howled horribly and another giant wave loomed. Oh Jones, thank you wanted to do this came Walter Bucks worth seniors voice from the megaphone Oh, i. think we really do said Ricky. You've given us. No other choice. With a grunt, he led the hook fly and it soared over the edge of the yacht. It clanged off a railing and ripped off a rope and slithered back into the sea everyone in the water. Groaned miserably eyeing the massive waves speeding towards them like a shark there was nothing on the ship that was easily hooked. One more try ricky shouted and let the hook fly again it landed on the deck and started to slide free again, unable to find purchase on the slick slip the people in the water closed there is waiting for the wave to wash them away. Sorry for my grandfather, a voice called from the deck. They all looked and saw a young boy in a rain slicker possibly Walter Bucks birth the third he ran down and caught the falling Hook and ran back winding it around and around the mast and cinching it tight. All good climb up. Quick. Everyone began climbing the experienced sailors going to help hoist people over the rail. Ricky waited for everyone else boosting those who couldn't balance on the ropes until he was the last. Quick Captain One of his crew called the wave away. Ricky clutch the rope and started to climb the wave loomed above him and the yacht rocked and rolled, and he slipped down slick hands sliding on the rough rope for a moment. He thought he wasn't going to make it and then his crew pulled from above hauling him up and onto the deck like a freshly caught fish the others dragged him inside the yacht as the wave hit. It was the biggest one yet and the giant ship rolled and rocked and shuddered and held strong. We made it ricky said good thanking good teamwork. They all hugged wetland slapped each other on the back. Oh there dripping everywhere. Walter Bucks. Worth Senior griped to no one in particular the carpet the carpet. We were about to drown and you're concerned about your carpets said Ricky have you no decency. Not Be, decent someone snorted and the dinghy passengers cackled with laughter at that is they run out their wet clothes paying no mind to the new carpet. Walter Bucks were a senior made himself scarce for the next hour presumably hiding in one of the many rooms of the humongous yacht and ricky the crew and the passengers did their best to dry off and warm up. Eventually the winds quieted the see went slack and still, and finally the burnished orange glow of the sunset burned away the clouds. The storm had passed. All right. Well, the water seemed to have calmed themselves down now. So I'll need you all to make your way off the ship now post taste. Walter Bucks whereas senior had resurfaced and affected his typical air of authority. He didn't seem at all aware that his request was absurd. The storm has ended but we're still all out to see ricky tried to explain calmly. Our ships are still capsized. We need you to bring us to shore. I understand that you need to get to shore, but I don't need to bring you anywhere. I've been quite generous enough. Well actually a passenger called you haven't been generous at all. We literally had to board your ship without permission to avoid getting swept out to sea. She's right said Ricky and we'll get off the ship as soon as we've returned to dry land. Frankly said Walter Bucks worth senior I'm not concerned about whether or not you're on dry land as long as you're not on my yacht anymore the storm is over a storm that I also had to whether I might add and now this he gestured broadly at all the survivors on the ship is not my problem anymore. Not Your problema. Had really had it with this guy with basically the whole bucks worth family. When you can save a life when you could save a bunch of lives and you decide you'd rather not just because it's inconvenient it becomes your problem. We're all sailing this e together and you don't get to let us sink just because you bought the biggest boat. Maxwell Bucks were senior bristled. worked, hard to earn. This boat. There was a silence in the room as these words rang out. I am sorry who worked hard to earn you this boat. Yeah. You wouldn't be able to have a giant yacht like that if we weren't doing all the grunt work to make it possible. That's true. We literally made this boat. I welded that whole I stitched sale. Yeah I. Put in about a thousand rivets. Well You? Bucks. Worth sputtered but he couldn't think of a good rebuttal. It was all true. So then they all worked together and threw him overboard. Well, not really, but they certainly would have liked to. Instead when they got to land the people of the town talked and they agreed that it wasn't fair for some people to have boats. So tiny that they couldn't be safe in a storm and for other people to have boats way huger than they could ever possibly need especially since they had to use the whole town to build those boats and then ignored that same town when it needed help, it didn't make. Sense. So all the townspeople got together and voted their decision made they took apart yachts that had refused to save them and all the other boats to they stripped them down piece by piece to steel and glass and wood, and used all the materials to build new boats for everyone that we're just about the same size big enough to be comfortable and safe, but not so big that others were drowning in their wake. And the next time a storm came through the town weathered it well together. The End. Today story different boats was an original story based on the saying coal written for you by Daniel Hynes and myself Amanda, Walden, and perform for you also by me. If, you would like to support stories podcast. You can leave us a five star review on Itunes, get ad free episodes and more at Patriotair Dot com slash stories check out Oliver merch available at stories podcast dot com slash shop follow us on Instagram at stories podcast or simply tell your friends about us. Thanks for listening.
Smaller Than Ever
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It was all one room which would have been fine if she lived alone but she didn't. It live alone as much as she wished she did know. Rebecca was forced to share the tiny little farmhouse with her three sisters and their husbands and all of their many many children. It was a packed little house and it seemed to always be full to the brim and about to boil over. There's there's no room in my house. She would cry every morning. She was woken up by the screams and cries of the babies. The kids through food during breakfast and kicked her knees under the table and laughed and laughed. The husbands were loud and her sisters were louder. Still with the tiny little farmhouses houses solitary room. There was no peace to be had. Rebecca only had privacy in two places the privy which is a bathroom which smelt too bad to Haydn for long and the temple. Needless to say she spent a lot of time at the temple. One day she was there sitting in a Pew when old. Rabbi cats found her. The rabbi had been part of the town since before Rebecca was born and everyone agreed he was as wise as he was kind and and there was none kinder than old. RABBI CATS LA- BECCA. He said you're always here always looking so glum you know I. I love having Q.. And the temple but that frown tell me. What's the problem? Oh rabbi she said the house is so small all the babies are always screaming and crying. The kids throw their food and kick my knees and laugh and laugh and the husbands are loud and my sisters are even louder order. It's all so crazy and there's no peace to be had. The house just feels so small. Rabbi cats thought long and then he thought it hard and then he thought long and hard all the while stroking his big salt and pepper beard. Finally he leaped up with an what. Is it rabbi. I know how to fix your problem. Tell me does your family own any animals. You've got a few yes. We have a goat and a cow. Wow and a goose. Rabbi why do you ask this evening when you go home. Bring the gold inside the house to live with you. Rebecca BECA blinked at the rabbi processing. What he said bring the goat inside? That's right now. Run along and let me know how it goes. So Rebecca headed back home and she brought the goat inside the house for the night. That's how much she trusted the rabbi. Unfortunately we didn't go so well and she returned to the temple the next day. Rebecca rabbi cats called. When she entered Del me was my idea a success? I'm sorry rabbi but it wasn't any help but impossible. Tell me everything. Well well. I brought the goat in like you said but the house felt even smaller and it smelled like a barn to boot. The Lousy Goat bleated louder than the baby's cried and the beast. Stephen headbutted one of my sisters which made the kids laugh and laugh. I left a little too but only until I tried to sleep the goal clumped around all night long long and when I yelled at eight the blanket right off my back. The house felt smaller than ever. The rabbi listened closely and nodded drifting often thought he stroked his bushy beard and scratched his curls and then leapt up. I've got it what is it rabbi. You said you've got a cow how to write yes. Well that's what you need to do. Go home this evening and move the cow inside. Also Rebecca looked at him wide the cow to it was already so bad with the gold and the babies and the kids and my sisters and their husbands and just trust me. Rebecca give it a try. Rebecca nodded and headed home thanking the. Rabbi she knew he was wise is so she did as he asked and brought the cow inside with her. Unfortunately it wasn't a success and she was back in the temple the next this day. Rebecca Rebecca Rabbi Cat said. Tell me did I get it right this time. Rebecca slumped into a pew you. Her eyes were dark and she yawned allowed. Really by. I'm sorry she said covering her mouth it was. There's a long night I take it. My idea did not help well. I brought the cow in like you asked but right away it was no good. would she was so big. She knocked over the table and the goats started eating all the food. And then the Napkins and the plates to a husband got kicked trying to move the cow. How and my sister got bit trying to move the goat? The kids laughed and laughed and the cow mood and the goat bleated and it was just no good at all. The house felt smaller than ever. She took a deep breath and blushed. I'm sorry rabbi it was just a really long night I cannot lie. I thought this might happen. It's a tricky thing. Balancing a home. Lucky for you. I've already worked out a solution. It's going to be great marvelous. Even what do I need to do. They'll you mentioned the goose. Please don't say it rabbi move the goose in with you two woah houses. So small already please for me just give it a try. Rebecca side and yawned nodded and heading home to her very full tiny little house. She grabbed the goose and brought him inside with her and hoped for the best. Unfortunately fortunately the best did not come to pass and she found herself back in the temple. The very next morning Rebecca. How did it go? He said Said but before he even finished Rebecca was already answering. How did it go? How did it go well let me tell you rabbi? She said half a frantic and half asleep. The goose bid a baby and Abadie bit the goose. The goat headbutted the cow and my sister slipped in milk. The Whole House smells like a barn and the goat bleats and the cow and the goose honk. Honk Honk and the whole house is just smaller than ever. She stood there. Panting thing for a moment. I'm sorry rabbi she said I just I haven't slept and I'm a little on edge. The rabbi brought her or to appeal and sat them both down. He nodded slowly stroking his salt and pepper beard long rights. I hear your complaints. Listen I have another plan for you know more animals. Rebecca said miserably. Please just just no more animals yes exactly said rabbi cats no more animals. I want you to go home and put all of the animals beck in the yard heard. Rebecca blinked at him in disbelief back in the yard outside. That's right sin the goats in the cow and the goose All back outside well. Rebecca was confused but didn't question it further that night she went home and sent. All the animals Amal's outside and the next morning she was back at the temple. Rebecca God tell me how are you doing. Rebecca took a deep breath breath. Well with all the animals outside. It's so nice there's no bleeding or mooing or honking and no-one headbutted headbutted anyone or eight blanket or bid a baby. It just feels so peaceful now I swear rabbi the House has never felt bigger. The rabbi smiled Rebecca. You're welcome he said because he was wise and he knew that sometimes all you need is to see how much worse things could be to remember. How good you already have it the end? 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Today's story is called the Bahgat Unoriginal story inspired by European folklore written for you by Daniel Heinz this is a Halloween story so some parts are a little spooky and it might be good for a grownup to listen I Dash Reed Dot com thanks enjoy the episode the Bogert once upon a time not too long ago three kids stood together in front of a dusty old library about unlike other hair color it doesn't have any of these six ingredients that can hurt your hair there's no ammonia no parabens no phthalates no P P who Amanda at Stories Podcast Dot Com and let us know who to thank now here's a word from our sponsors are you concerned about what's scary thing free shipping on your first color kit again that's Promo code stories visit Madison Dash Reed Dot Com now to find your perfect shade that's Madison things might be lurking in your hair color that maybe it's full of stuff that's going to damage your hair Madison Reed is at home hair-color that's made with ingredients you can feel good 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our listeners if you would like to support stories podcast you can leave us a five star review on in Class Jake was Rosa's little brother and he only annoyed them most of the time unfortunately since she was five years older Rosa Gluten and no sodium laurel sulfate and it's full of stuff that's going to nourish and protect your hair like Argon Oil Carrington and Ginseng root extract with me S. and read you get salon-quality results that you can easily do yourself at home also Madison Reed is incredibly convenient they deliver it to your air names were Rosa Amy and Jake Rosa and Amy had been friends for years and years since they met in Mrs Parents Second Grade Class Windows were cobwebbed and dark even the path to the front door was cracked and buckled by dried nobably roots I tunes or just tell a friend about us if you would like to receive a thank you in a future episode head over to Patriots Dot com slash stories and make a pledge then send an email Rosa said the trio had walked the old library after school and it was even crappier than they had remembered the brick was chipped and stained the why did we have to come here again amy asked I bet it's full of bugs the new library downtown is way nicer they didn't have the bulk I need said Jake it's not my fault you're afraid of bugs you didn't see the centipedes that used to live in my basement besides that what made it worse was that Rosa always seemed so brave hey what's my sister scared of he asked amy I've never unknown in the dark they are could be anything lurking waiting watching and his imagination was always happy to fill in the blanks I was practically a baby then Jake said what he didn't say was that he wasn't afraid of the dark not really what he feared was the it's big talk from the boy who was so afraid of the dark Rosa used to have to walk you to the bathroom to appear at night rose out why did you tell her that scene Rosa afraid of anything I've never seen her scared either amy said she always catches the bugs for me how come old library it was a place of whispers amy pulled open the door it groaned on its hinges and the metal creaked sudden and anything the library was crear inside than out the lights were dim the walls dull painted stone the shelves were stuff how'd Jake jumped a little and the girls laughed and then went inside Jake followed slowly looking all around with wide eyes with old books and town records and strange black and white pictures the air smelled yellow and mysterious it wasn't a large replied ruffling Jake's hair they walked down the path slower than was probably necessary their voices got quieter as they approached the UH still had nightmares about it of course she wouldn't admit it to anyone else because I'm your big sister and I'm not afraid of anything she space there was barely room for one person at a time to walk down the CLAUSTROPHOBIC aisles the shelves pressed so close together that Jake felt kids and bundled in sweaters her face was framed by Prim bangs and her suspicious eyes were nearly hidden behind the largest payer of your much much too loud do you think your perhaps in the wrong place her glare was so forboding never seemed scared Jake asked Rosa Rosa thought for a moment about a trip to her uncle's farm when she was young they had been hiking in the country ready feel all the old library bugs crawling on me the trio froze as an adult voice ahemd and heavy heeled shoes came here do not get into trouble and do not make any noise hey what's in here jake called having gotten click clack from the distance a librarian emerged from a room behind the front desk she was small barely even taller than the three it the librarian took it gingerly as though she suspected all children were sticky with Jelly Mrs Parents padlock on the handle stay away from that the librarian said suddenly even more stern than before if you bothered distracted and immediately forgetting the librarians instructions jake was always doing stuff like that he had wandered down a stack of books and found a low his teacher said maybe it didn't get moved to the new library and that you might have it here somewhere Rosa Pastor the slip of paper with the book's title on Read You'd see that was our private collection private she said leaning into the word dictionaries are in the reference section decide and they'd found the skeleton of a wild horse grass had grown up through the bones and it was so lonely and sad and terrible that asses any of the kids had ever seen children list isn't a story time library rezoned carry comic books moved slowly what a creepy librarian amy said slumping into one of the chairs don't touch my special room uh-huh she said sternly she pointed at an old study table surrounded by mismatched wooden chairs you three can wait here being that all three took an involuntary step back sorry Ma'am Rosa stammered my little brother needs this old book Jake said especially so close to Halloween oh Halloween intoned amy is it the dim lights he didn't have to snap at him private means private and we don't need any nosy children playing with the libraries treasured possession like they were looming over him all right what do you need Jake Rosa said Yeah let's hurry this up amy agreed I can wooden door it looked strangely at home set into the stonewall at the back of the library it had a plaque reading private collection and is doing her literature course again yes we have a copy of the old apprentice whole book in the back I will have to go get it and you will have to wait ooh my lucky books oh no she flailed theatrically and they all had to stifle a laugh this whole place is creepy don't be mean to him he's little he's not that little amy replied and he's definitely tool to be afraid of the dark you weren't afraid of the dark when you ace you are unclear on the definition I'm sorry Jay cringed and hurried over to Rosa he was just asking she said it's still afraid of the dark the vampires in which is GonNa get you jake flushed red oh come on Amy said Rosa Open what was that amy asked I don't know what was it I just asked You well how should I know oh excuse let me whisper jake what they both turned and said at once look he said weakly he had gotten out of his chair and saying the sound echoed through the tiny library horribly loud in the small quiet space rose stopped mid reply her mouth hanging out I will get the book she went behind the desk and disappeared into the back room after a minute the kids heard books being shuffled and boxes being you have heard anything she was still moving boxes somewhere in the back room what do you think is in there jake asked you should go find out his age right I can be as brief as Rosa Jake said you just tease me all the time and I don't get to show you how grown up I am Ben Vertu him what is it Jake Oh amy said they saw what he was pointing at what had made the bang noise it was the few are amy replied this is your chance to prove it you'll prove it do you want your chance or no Rosa isn't a free showing a few inches of darkness beyond how Rosa said she turned back towards the front of the library but the librarian seemed not standing by the back aisle pointing down its length what is it his pointer finger started shaking the girls rolled their eyes and walked padlock it had somehow opened in fallen off the door it lay on the wooden ground twisted like a dead bug the door itself hung open if anything she should go she's the brave one and how do you think I got so brave Rosa said looking her little brother in the eye APP said Rosa you don't always have to be so mean to him amy looked a little guilty she knew sometimes she could get carried away she didn't mean to be me the door was right in front of him now the darkness beyond was so thick it looked like a blanket jake felt his hands shake the dark gene jake looked at them both and then looked at the open door his eyes narrowed fine I'll go check but you have to admit I'm brave both hypnotized the lights grew dimmer as he came closer and then suddenly they went out he found himself in the center made Jake so mad he pulled open the creepy door and stepped right inside immediately two things happened I I the door swung shut behind him second there was a sudden light in the darkness it wasn't bright it didn't light up anything amy said pushing him playfully Jake flushed red again and licked his lips me why me you're just saying how tough an older but now he felt the old familiar fear like a tightly wound spring in his chest it was too scary he couldn't do it he sometimes the only way to be brave is to pretend to be brave if fake it till you make get jake looked up at her chewing his lip I don't know turned and looked back at the girls watching from the end of the Aisle Rosa gave him a thumbs up amy couldn't help herself and did another little chicken dance you the girls looked at each other and then nodded to jake the bravest said amy okay but Hurry Rosa said if oh amy made chicken noises and started dancing a strange chicken dance regard were Amy Star weaving back and forth a dark light in a dark room what is that Jake wondered aloud he drew forward the same time and made his skin feel icy cold come on come on he finally found the handle and tore open the door tumbling around it like a lightbulb no it was more like a glow in the dark sticker but in a pattern of haunting deep blue it hung in the air was pitch black suddenly the glow returned jake felt relief for a moment at the site of the deep blue light but the glow didn't illumine I but reminded himself it was just a library the lock was probably just hanging there for show it probably just got blown open by the wind in trouble I'll get in trouble to jake nodded and then turned walking away from the girls and towards the strange door he felt a tightness in his chest he had been so afraid of the dark growing up that he needed a night lights and a hallway light and a little book light to it had gotten better as he got things that stretched from wall to wall and is the endless pits of deep watery blue panic smashed through jake he'd been frozen stumbling over something and catching himself painfully against the door he fumbled for the handle behind him the blue lights flared up brighter and darker a strange room quilted black gloom in every direction he was alone in the dark his heart started to slam louder and faster in his chair nate anything and somehow made the rest of the room feel even darker the black seemed to pool and form into shape a creature made of nothing with then staring at the globe before him thinking nothing but now it was like his brain had woken up again and it told him to run he flailed backwards best and it was hard to catch his breath his mind was racing thinking about all the spooky scary things that could be in there with him all of which he couldn't see because okay we'd like to say a special thank you to Amelia and her dog Stella and the rest of their family in Pennsylvania L. E. Maisy Nola and their family inhale Massachusetts recklessly into the I love the library he was running before he was even fully on his feet panting and Pale when he skidded to a stop by the girls they looked amused amy still mid chicken dance there was something he said trying to take deep breaths and slow his heart down Amy Yeltsin again and kicked close the door behind her then scooted back down the aisle Pale and trembling what are you doing Rosa hissed into the private collection I'll admit I was scared for a second there the door slammed behind her the lights flicked and buzzed and dimmed ninety room there was just enough space for a few shelves and some display cases really funny guys Rosa said over her shoulder walking in offs wings amy screamed above the flickering light crawling on the ceiling was the biggest centipede she had ever. This isn't funny amy went to Jake and hugged him tight I'm sorry Jake I'm so sorry he hugged her back it's okay louder sweat started to beat up on her forehead even though the room was chilly and cold behind her there was a blue glow of them amy said with wide frightened is we should go like right now enough this isn't funny the guys Rosa said spinning to the door she grabs the handle but it was jammed it wouldn't budge guys she said again for the Knob felt cold under her fingers sticky like icicles sometimes get she opened the door slowly inside was wait for the Librarian I'm tired of waiting amy said watch out for old professor books I'm going to go take a look. She walked keeping an eye out for the Librarian Jake peeking out moon-faced from behind her poor kid looked spooked half to death she'd have to find the light switch and show him there is the monster swung down from the ceiling the door opened behind her and she fell onto her back back in the dim lights of the library slowly unable to stop herself Rosa turned to look it was a skeletal horse the one from her nightmares it down the aisle without waiting for them to reply Jake had kicked the door shut behind him but it swung open when she touched the knob she looked behind her and saw Rosa said the Blue Eyes I saw it too. It was a centipede a giant one would I saw had wings maybe there's two of amy's next stood up and her skin trickled as though the bug was already crawling on her amy stomach lurch she reached back for the door grabbing the latch just there's nothing to be scared of after she finished teasing him of course she went into the room letting the door swing shut behind her she felt on the rough stone in walls for a light switch found one and flicked it on there was a clunking sound overhead and a single bulb fluttered to life gentle and dim as the handle digging into her spine the centipede jittered and slither towards her it's body winding across the ceiling with hideous speed the hair on the or seen it was longer than her dad was tall lined with thick whiskey legs that clung went to the ceiling its mandible 's probed at the IRK said amy you trying to scare US Jacob Boy Amy Be Nice said Rosa look at him Jake it's fine let's just it's okay are you trying to creep me out Rosa said what's going on there's something in there amy was a said if you're trying to freak me out it won't work I'm going to go see for myself they both tried to stop her but Rosa shook them off and walked up to the door era and it's is were the worst of all empty holes that seem to glow a deep watery blue amy screamed again and backed up against the door Rosa's eyes welled up with tears the way they had that day on her uncle's farm when she'd seen the Horse in the first place when she thought about how awful it was was all bones and velvet darkness it kicked off the ground with a bone huff and looked up at her with sad eyes were a deep watery blue something like that could happen to something that had once been so beautiful and strong and full of life the horse started forward it's moves clicking and screeching on the tiled floor and Rosa felt a scream rising in her throat just then the door behind her whipped open and rose rushed through it slammed shut behind her a second later what wise that Rosa panted she looked up expecting to see amy eh and instead locked eyes with the old librarian I told you children to stay away you should have listened I saw up a monster it was all bones with blue eyes it was a centipede said amy no it had wings said Jake the librarian silence them all with a look what were you doing in there and how did you break in we didn't break in shaken amy stood behind her shaky and quiet the door rattled gently and Rosa edged away but what was that she hollered Jake said voice shaky the fell off and the door opened itself they expected the librarian to roll her eyes or even outright laugh at them it sounded like a wild excuse they would make up to get out of trouble there was no way she would believe it there was a long silence APPs longer it tried to eat me amy said the librarian smiled it almost made her seem like a different person and then the librarian shocked them all it appears differently to everyone except for the blue is of course she said Hi supposed would've known so close to all hallows eve he gets up to his little tricks she is the door and shook her head you should have stayed certainly a nicer one it won't each you she said it turned to a centipede because that's what you fear the most it just wanted you out of its room and for me it was the dark since that's what I'm most afraid of ask Jake that's right young man what did you see Rosa Jake asked I thought you weren't afraid of anything Rosa gave him a hug inside everyone's afraid of something away now he is angry I'm sorry what what is that what is it asked amy it's an old of English magic that found its way to America in the belly of some ship borough it's lived in this little library off and on for decades now back you probably don't remember but when you were younger we took a trip to Uncle Phillips farm we went hiking in the country and we found the skeleton of a wild horse it's seem so lonely out there so sad and it was the first time I ever saw something like that it's still gives me nightmares they were all quiet for a SEC skeptically it's attached to the three of you now she said usually it keeps to its room and makes mischief but you woke it up it tasted your fear Kent and then the door rattled on its hinges well there's only one thing left to do the librarian said you and leaned down and addressed jake the only thing worse than having a fear is not facing it if you'll go home now you will got it all riled up now you three need to stand up to it or they'll be no rest for any of us what do you mean said amy eyeing the doors blake we are afraid said amy yeah there's no way said Jake I'm not going back in there the librarian orig- from the old world the librarian said some call it a burger king or a bogeyman or Hedley Kow basically it is a bitch have nightmares about that old bogus that's part of its magic as long as you run from it it will chase you and you'll see it in every shadow the three looked at each other unsure how jake asked finally I'm really scared we're that's no way to live no you need to face your fears down now you need to show them who is in charge and then they can never scare you again really scared amy said putting her arm around Jake sorry I called you a chicken earlier you're just as brave as Rosa how can you know it's like a dog with a new bone it won't let you rest until it gets bored unless of course you will face it down show it you entre frayed I be brave when I just WANNA run well young men here's the secret you can only be brave when you're afraid the librarian
The Golden Screw (rebroadcast)
"Hello, welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host. Amanda weldon. Today's story is a rerelease of one of our silliest stories, the golden screw an adaptation of classic fable written for you by Daniel Hynes. Enjoy our April Fools day. Stay tuned for a new story next week. If there are any stories you love that you'd like to hear on the podcast, send us an Email. And let us know. Now, here's a word from our sponsors. Hey, it's me Amanda with some really exciting news. You can now listen to our back catalogue and new episodes of the show completely ad free on Stitcher premium. There's more Stitcher premium won't just have our ad free episodes. You can also listen to tons of other ad free. Wonder he shows and you'll get access to hundreds of hours of original content, including audio documentaries and exclusive bonus episodes from some of your other favorite podcasts. You can sign up now for a free month of Stitcher premium by going to Stitcher premium dot com. 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The app has over three hundred thousand reviews on the app store with an average four point eight star rating. So why not give it a try and with millions of people using them or Cari up your stuff from fashion to Electric's toys to sporting goods will really sell. What are you waiting for? I know you've got. Stuff. You don't use sell it ship it and get paid with Macari. You can find Macari on the app stores or on Macari dot com. M E R C A R I Macari the selling app. Thanks enjoyed the episode. The golden screw. Once upon a time in a land far away a doctor delivered a healthy baby boy to a kindly old couple. They counted the fingers ten and they counted the toes ten more and the eyes and the nose and all of the other parts and everything was just perfect. Well, except for one thing in the boys. Bellybutton just peeking out was the top of a golden screw doctor said the mother, what's this the doctor who had never seen such a thing in all his life. Only shrugged. The boy seems happy as long as it doesn't bother him. I wouldn't worry about it. The parents kept an eye on the belly button. Screw but it didn't seem to bother their baby. Boy, any so they soon forgot about it. The boy grew up happy and healthy. And it wasn't until he was in his teens that he realized not everyone had a golden screw like him. He asked his parents. But they only shrugged and told him not to worry the boy prodded the screw with his finger. But it was lodged in tight, so he soon grew bored and forgot about it. The boy grew older happy and healthy. But from time to time he'd remember his belly button, and the golden screw and he'd get upset all over again. He tried to ignore it after all it was a very small screw in a very hidden in place. But it nagged at him and nagged at him until as time went by. It was all he could think about that's it. I need to get rid of this group of aura drives me crazy. I he went to his parents. They told him again, not to worry, but he insisted. So his father got out the toolbox and his mother pulled out a screwdriver, and though they tried and tried. They couldn't get the screw to move. Not even one turn not even a bit. The boy on a mission now left home and traveled to a famous hospital in the capital city. He waited with all the people with cough. And broken arms and chicken pox until it was finally his turn when the doctor saw him. She was intrigued by the golden belly button. Screw she had never seen anything like it. She ordered x-rays and body scans and all sorts of tests. But when the results came in she still had no idea what it was four or how to remove it. She told the boy that while it was indeed strange. It wasn't hurting him. And he should just go about his life. But the boy was obsessed. He left the famous hospital and walked for miles until he came to the great library famed for its endless towering shelves of books. When he arrived a librarian asked him what he needed, and he showed the man his golden bellybutton. Screw the librarian and hummed intrigued by the strange screw he called over several other librarian. Means and together they attacked the archives. Looking in every book, they could think of at the end of weeks of searching, they came back to the boy and said they were sorry. But there was nothing in any of the books about a golden bellybutton screw much less. How to remove one since it wasn't hurting him. And it was so very small better that he just go about his life. The boy wouldn't give up so easily though he heard about some mystical shamans in the south and packing his bags. He went to find them. His path took him through a dark forest where he nearly got lost in the trees. It took him through a desert. So vast and dry. He thought he die of thirst finally crawling on his hands and knees he came to the huts of the shamans they marveled at his golden bellybutton, screw poking it and prodding it with their staves. They consulted with spirits and chanted all through the night. But morning found them scratching their heads disappointed. They told the boy that they couldn't divine the golden screws purpose or how they might remove it. And that since it wasn't hurting him. He should just ignore it and live his life. Well, the boy had come to far for that. Of course. So the shamans told him of some wizards in the west packing his bags. He set off on another long journey. He crossed deep ravines on. Warren, rope bridges, he waited through bubbling swamp so thick and dark. They nearly dragged him under he crossed all manner of dark and dangerous places. And finally found a blue tower that stretched towards the sky like a crooked finger he collapsed against the door. And the wizards welcomed him in muttering to each other in excitement about the strange, golden bellybutton, screw they spread their spell books and uttered. Incantations and waved their wants. But in the end with all their magic combined. They couldn't move the screw not an inch not a bit. And since it wasn't hurting him. And it was so very small. They encouraged the boy to just forget all about it. As you know, our boy was on a mission and wouldn't give up especially not after he'd come. So very very far seeing his determination. The wizards whispered to him of a secret place. It was on the windward side of the highest peak of the highest mountain there. He would find a cave. It's opening sharp and wide as a lion's mouth in the cave. If he kept to the left hand passageways and brought a torch against the darkness. He would come to a room at the heart of the mountain there at last he would find an old man with the answers. He was searching for. Off the boy went his path long and dangerous many times, he barely escaped many others. He was forced to Ron until his lungs burned in his side's ached when he came to the mountain, he tucked torch in his pack and climbed up and up. He went until the air was so thin. He could barely breathe and the wind was so strong it merely plucked him off the mountain still he pushed onward climbing to the highest peak of the highest mountain snow coating, his clothes and ice frosting. His face there on the windward side was a cave its mouth as sharp and wide as a lions at last said, the boy, he's slipped inside and lit his torch, keeping always to the left. He followed the winding paths forward and down down down into the heart of the mountain. Finally. After days of walking, his torch, burn to a stub. He came into a dazzling chamber. The floor was thick with the finest carpets. The ceiling was a glowing quartz the walls were lined with shelves, and racks and cases and in the center of the room sitting on a golden throne was a wise old man, he had bright eyes and a long white beard that spill to the floor, and he looked up as the boy entered. So you have a problem. No one else can solve. I do said the boy, let's hear it. Then. Well, it'll be easier just to show you the boy took off his jacket and pulled up the bottom of his shirt and showed the wise old man his golden belly button. Screw. Of coal. You know, what it is? The wise old man shook his head. I don't, but this is the heart of the mountain and the answers to all mysteries, Hugh, and I think I've seen your end. So before. He got up and shuffled over to a shelf digging through strange items and muttering to himself. Finally, when the boy could barely stand to wait. Another moment. The old man came back in his hands was a gleaming golden screwdriver just the right size for the golden belly button. Screw he gave it to the boy the boy placed the golden screwdriver against the golden screw his hands shaking. He gave it a tiny turn just the barest which of his wrist to his amazement. The screw turned easily. Finally, he thought finally finally he could get rid of this. Golden screw he turned to the golden screwdriver again. And the screw grew looser another turn, and it was looser still at last at last another turn. And the screw was hanging by a thread with a deep breath, the boy gave the screw one final turn. And finally freed it fell out of his belly button and hit the floor with a plink the boy leaped up crying out. Yes. Yes. Yes. And then his but fell off. The moral of the story. Everyone has imperfections and at the end of the day. Worrying too much about yours will only lead to trouble. The end. Today's story the golden screw is an adaptation of a classic fable written for you by Daniel Hynes and perform for you buy me, Amanda Weldon. Thanks for listening.
Dog King and the Borf of Yoolye
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were preparing for war oh right troops dog king said when they had all gathered in the alley evening the shaggy king had placed his crown at top and old bike helmet and he wore both with the bearing the general to night is the night of the big bang booms what the humans call fireworks the weapon of the mighty giant the both of you lie most of the dog's nodded gravely they were ready for the bark site of their live some touch their tails down in whimpered afraid but willing to help others well others were starting to crumble like wet kimball cried pickles specially nervous chihuahua undockings royal assistant the little dog worked himself up and starting to shake his dollhouse home rattling around him cranberry would you mind the king said cranberry the cat smiled and hopped nimbly through one of the houses plastic windows she was he only one small enough to fit inside she could usually calm the shaky pup buddy she said wrapping her soft pause around him really big giant won't get it wouldn't care you're too tough to keep me safe right i said pickles doing his best to hide his shaking cranberry winked at don king and the shaggy might winked back and then turn to the crowd no listen i've heard the human stalking and they said the board is going to be bigger than ever this year so i need you all to be ready tonight it's going to be busy it's going to be bright but mostly it's going to be loud louder than a thousand vacuums i know this won't be easy but if we want to scare the board of a waiver marking down we've got to be even louder we have to be brave and we have to use are dog barks and out bork fireworks are just like me i am rambo gravelled and others barked in agreement rambo hadn't been able to find a helmet but he wore an old fried chicken bucket on his head every so often he'd pause and lick the grease running down his eyebrows while swallow him whole like a giant chicken nugget don king nodded at the pit bull his tail wagging good if you're not afraid keep your friends safe don't let the fireworks scare them into running into the road or into the humans we don't want any accidents and we don't want anyone getting grabbed by the dog catcher just mentioning that name caused the dog howell and growl edgar there's no shame in retreating to are bork shelter dog king said he motion to deal basement under the store at the end of the alley it was too dirty and low the humans to ever think about but it was perfect for dogs it's been well stocked with snacks and blankets thanks to any on broadway in any the puffy redford child wag her tail her pink bo bobbing broadway in beamed anytime shogun she said docking starting to speak again end was cut short by a distance thunder still far off but they could feel the ground tremble under their paws pickles burst from his little plastic dollhouse fainted dramatically onto abroad win the saint bernards wide back you just relax yoga brodmann said you're gonna fry our own bacon thinking like that she tried to sway her brought back to rock some momentum pickles be such a baby said other other wrecks b m babies baby puppies crying about some loud noises he held up his big box her head and sniffed it them wine wine between your legs pedal on around you wanna be a big parade like me you gotta be you gotta be you gotta be a great echoing bang split be air other other wrecks finished leaping onto broad wins back next pickles few one big zach a flat honey she said down now before you bruce biscuits other other wrecks wasn't the only one who panicked though all over the alley dogs were shaking and running and tumbling over one another like the worst hairiest circus you've ever seen hold on cried doug king his voice cutting over the commotion we trained for this everyone to your positions the royal guards a trio of shaggy german shepherds left into action and everyone followed man spent the week preparing their fortifications which mainly consisted of trash dash spread hither and yon about yali rambo left atop a discarded dumpster anti mutt named fred huddled together behind in old shopping cart dalmatians darted two doors labrador is leapt into leaves and pekinese in east perched on precarious pallets great danes doug and corgis crawled end dog king himself took the spot on the front lines he stood next to rambo tall and regal atop and abandoned shipping crate that is still smelled faintly of shrimp kuantan dog kings crowned was cricket on his helmet but it's how it was crooked on his head sort of balanced out in the end the sun dipped below the horizon for a minute there was nothing nothing but the warm home of summer jobs panted cicadas buzz in somewhere in the distance along low whistle rose into the air so it begins doug king whisper to himself the whistle sound exploded into a riot of light annoys the dog's winced tales tucked but they stayed in their places dog king not into rambo it's time rambo stood tall on the dumpster and raised his head defiantly to the sky his fried chicken bucket helmet tilted back dramatically jobs he bellowed your parks they started barking how willing yuping even cranberry gave her loudest meow see allie was full of noise so you could have shoot it off and old boot in the distance another fire bork sounded then another but the dog's held strong squeaked pickles from broadway in back there came another whistler it was much louder much closer john king could see the shaky line of smoke it left behind it drove into the sky rambo side to spaghetti o's he said and then the guy broke open fire barks works directly ahead they split like an old wishbone pickles began to shaken fell over and he wasn't the only one dog tumbled dogs tried to both dogs helped other dogs as explosions pounded their ears and the drifting smoke stung they're sensitive noses they ran wildly the very ground found quaking beneath their feet it was fire andrew in it was crackles and sunder it was the big bang boom that meant only one thing the fourth of july had arrived the dog's gave up immediately the fireworks were too much broadway in shaky but brave held open the door of the board shelter assuring them inside before they could panicking scatter now crawl babies up and put some sweet in that g the dog's that stayed outside barked and how will end just made as much noises they could wouldn't take over their town not while they were there at a book about it doug king came the panting voice of doodle main luke we can even be heard over these gnarly fire bork's dude we need the fall back to the board shelter dog king surveyed the battlefield luke was right most of the dog's had already retreated to the shelter and only a few remains a pit there bork's against the giants it was a useless effort like peeing on the rain all right to the shelter said a king he had the holler to make himself heard over the endless booms and blasts from the sky this way come on he ran to the shelter and took over the heavy bulkhead door sending broad went inside with the rest as as king he makes sure he was the last enter come on troops move those fluffy butts he grabbed luke by the scruff as the doodle went inside is that everyone everyone but ramble man he wouldn't go dude is why old you get inside i'll get him a king said he found it out onto the battlefield the boomers were right overhead now andy air twinkled like hubcaps spinning in the son rambo rambo come on a raft rambo standing tall and the outer wall of trash while holding off he turned in barked again loud in deep now you think you're so i wrestle you went to walk like not while you're under the table child but you're but so badger grandkids won't be able to sit down he continued seriously the booms and bright flashes of lights drawing closer and closer finally don king had to grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and drag him back towards the shelter his fried chicken bucket helmet fell off in rolled away and still he kept on barking come on you think i'm afraid i'm not afraid i'm ramboll i'm your worst nightmare powell if you have ice you better sleep when i'm open you hear me with the final mighty heath doug king rambo sprawled inside side and onto the floor of the board shelter broadway in shut the door behind them and muscle the worst of the fire bork's it wasn't so painfully loud but each who made the dog's wins and cringe and wine everyone one accounted for rambo where the last any replied we're good ended a supplies take a look for yourselves a king nodded in padded around the room they had filled the board shelter with everything they could think of to keep the dog's calm there was a dumpster is worth of snacks courtesy of broadway in the group was munching anxiously they cleaned risky made everything tastes better like drinking out of the toilet bowl other dogs were cuddling there stuffy they're chewing on their squeegees don king sop bunnies and horse season piggies at a whole farms worth of others all drenched in drool the dogs who were were stocks were hiding under blankets unable to do more then shake and wine don king talk to them all offering advice here and giving some peanut butter lick their the booms continued and dust shook down from the cobwebs rafters overhead after making the rounds dog kings subtlety entrance where any end rambo looked on as broadway and cranberry humored trembling pickles pickle said he wasn't a discarded pink wicker bike basket his favorites stuffed duckie he was nestled in close that's a very good job people's said don king meyer no said rambo here's my bronwyn who's doing the work and your hiding on her back thank you very brief pickles cranberry said the chihuahua beamed at the cat his trembling easing a little they all sat sat quietly for a moment until the sound of the bank booms overhead was too much to bear dog king any said go through all this trouble for us but i don't appreciate it but she trailed off you're always so good to us shogo said brodmann but you're extra good whenever the both of you lie comes around yeah agreed rambo all these jobs without you putting this together they'd be running wild in the streets i know i would be oh man i'd be running so wild might be out there just barking i told my parker couldn't more than i find the fourth and get right up on my shoppers and just just easy easy there pumpkin said broadway in in a specially loud fire board shook the building some dogs were so scared they yelped others were so scared they need just a little and please don't tell anyone thank you very much he's right though said any without this there'd be a lot of dogs in trouble tonight don kings tongue walled out his tail wagging thanks danny he said truth is the board took one of my friends he said it quietly but at this point all the dogs were listening in be entire board shelter grew so quiet you could hear the drool drops plinking to the floor between booms would you i mean any started would you tell us the story dog came starting to say no but the bore was closer now the sudden volley of fireworks exploded overhead there's thunder echoing down through the shelter the dog's wind doug doug king could see they were bordering on panic he had to do something to calm them down something to keep them distracted he looked at pickles the little chihuahua nodded once encouraging it's not a happy story dog king said finally i was out with a friend my oldest one the one i grew up with we went together like like dirt and tennis balls like peanut butter and bones like a hot garbage can half open end stinking sweeps summer day he was always nervous though and when the board of you like came he couldn't take it the sound all those big bang booms andy took off he was running all through the streets in a panic i went after him but i was too far behind he ran right into a group of alley cats the fireworks had the mattie not just scratch and when my friend wandered in they eat him asked rambo no they tried buddy slipped away he was always a slippery one they chased him no end to lose them he darted into traffic the humans were speeding barely paying attention oh no no no cried brodmann did he get had no not at all hit not at all lucky for him a human side god the last second and slammed on the brakes it caused a thirty car fender bender but no one got hurt the fireworks kept coming though so he just kept running the noise was terrible so so loud that i don't think he noticed the cats or the cars dog king look down ears low he definitely notice the dog catcher though he was running blind across the field i it almost caught up with him when he animal control van pulled up the dog catcher jumped doubt and snatched in before i could so much as warm up my borger he lauded him into the truck and i knew i'd never see my best friend again it was just i was just he stopped and shook like he was trying the shake off water that wasn't there to lose him like that i don't want anyone to ever feel like i felt mendez bad as it was for me i know it was even worse for him sorry dog king andy and he said like that oh i didn't lose him forever dog king said the little nutjob but the dog catcher right on the hand i never heard of human you also loud i think he lost a pinkie danny laughed pickles said suddenly living don't wait said any you're best friend was pickles so wait pickles almost got eaten by cats and taken by the dog catcher asked any no wonder he's always so nervous don king laughed so hard he how old you'd think so but he's always been this way but i want you to know that they started shouting back and forth others joining in until it sounded like a whole tornado full of fire bork's hey everyone shouted rambo just chilling corker bore coals a minute they all stopped at once looking over at rambo with cox heads do you hear that he said the pit bull didn't have much of a tail but his but with wagging like crazy just listen saying i don't hear anything said cranberry exactly rambo said practically bouncing now the fireworks are gone must've scare cheers rang out so loud they shook the house all over again there were barks and of joy and one spaniel grabbed her tail so fast she took off like a helicopter end up beefy bulldog named dexter had to pull her back down while everyone celebrated anti padded over to dog king that story would distract us didn't you she asked you told it even though it may be sad anything from my friends he said with a smile it's what you all needed to hear you're a good king good dog dog king she said oh king is only as good as this subject and when you're subject for the finest bunch of dogs ever to lift their legs on god's green earth wellbeing of king is easy they walked through the door and helped rambo wrestle it open outside was the cool promise of a beautiful summer night a reward for the victors the boars that terrible giant of you lie had been defeated and it was time to celebrate cheering wriggling laughing the dog's poured into the alley don king as always leading the way a cane these the king of la these the gang of a docking pain no gain in the king of being a his mother and his father wasn't a king now he's a nanny gang of doug doug he his fight is worse and his work dogging sluggish i mean he's ruling the streets jogging he won't rollover retreats mother father was a king so now he's a gain any paying us in a game
The Spirits Move You
"Hello welcome to stories podcast I'm your host Amanda Weldon. Today's story is called the spirits move you an addict nation of an African fable written for you by Daniel Hynes today we'd like to say a special thank you to Lucas and Cecil and their family in Salem Oregon competence for life. I really struggled with math when I was in school and I really would have benefited from the face to face interaction. Magnesium provides being able to ask questions event just drop in math nauseam works to build strong foundational skills develop critical thinking and boost grades and test scores giving kids confidence in math through twelve and they have over one thousand franchise locations worldwide they're highly trained caring instructors teach each child as an individual they create custom go to math nauseam dot com slash stories today to learn more about their programs or you can call eight five five nine ten math that's magnesium dot com family from Sao Paulo Brazil. 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The raccoon overheard this and bristled immediate I'd rather go back and live in the parking lot they stared at each other across the swaying grass they were equally sized and neither one cared to no no you won't distract me that easily this place is mine I'd say we could share but I don't believe in sharing its every raccoon for himself out there eight we can let the spirit of the forest decide said the raccoon oh I'm so sure and how do we do that oh well that was a bust said the Fox fine snapped the raccoon that neither one of us will build here if the perfect little spot not really they both waited a day to try and be sneaky and then snuck back to the spot the Fox got back that's what it takes to be rid of you then fine the Fox agreed they both turned and went their separate ways but neither one plan to give up I looked all around perfect no raccoon she said the first thing will be to pull up all the grass I'll come back and do that he decided the first thing to be done was to pull up all the old grass he got to work with his paws and claws and worked until the sun started to rise and Morrogh satisfied she went to get some sleep the raccoon one out that same night late when it was dark and still like the Fox orest spirits please drop an acorn on whoever is meant to live you the pair waited for a long time no acorn spell sting his beady little is not a bad night's work he said to himself as he headed off to bed now I'll get this all swept and level the dirt so it was soft and level perfect she said when she was finished now tomorrow I can get some trees to make my house frame zero the Fox woke up a short while later and went to go clear the grass but when she arrived she couldn't believe what she saw that grass she turned her fuzzy back and headed off to bed of course the raccoon showed up just a couple of hours later to start his night and when he came to the house sure not wanting to seem grateful for the help of the spirits the Fox decided to continue the job she took her long fluffy tail and swept ready gathered she cried clapping her poems together what amazing forest spirits I found they truly must want me to make this my home oh my God as already cleared she said the spirits of the forest must have heard me and helped me with the work they totally want me to live here this is a special spot for sturdy and Stout enough for a house frame what a wonderful day he said to himself as he left to get some sleep now tomorrow I just need uh-huh not wanting to seem ungrateful for the help of the spirits the raccoon decided to continue the job he went and found some good fallen tree branches Josh thinks guys she took the trees that had been gathered doug some holes and planted their bottoms in the earth that way they stood straight and get these in the ground the Fox woke up a short while later and return to the clearing in the warm light of day Oh my gosh the trees have all sure they've swept the dirt for me he pranced forward sinking in his paws so soft so luxurious such a lovely spot for a home fragrant pine boughs the branches were thick with waxy needles that would keep out the worst of the wind and sun the Raccoon worked all night and went to bed exhaust sturdy in the air they're a perfect frame tomorrow I'll come and get some pine boughs for the walls she headed off to bed and the raccoon took her he gasped with excitement wow well shire's well we WANNA wherever he gasped the forest spirits want me to live did just before sunrise the Fox came shortly after missing the raccoon by mere moments she found the stack of Pine Boughs and nearly cry laced with the rising moon theses incredible this is just incredible incredible incredible incredible he cried finishing the house with careful Pau and claw and snout work she wove the Pine Boughs into the frame in the end she had a tight little house that kept her war means I'm not done yet but what else is there he thought for a minute and then to finally he leaped up clapping his paws hearing and saw the little house completed he nearly lost his roly-poly little mind oh my sweet stinky garbage he exclaimed he saw the small pile of branches that the Fox had left behind they had been extra of course but he didn't know that they left branches with joy those spirits have favored me again this is without a doubt the perfect spot for me to make my home she spent the rest of the day did she headed off to fetch her things leaving behind a small pile of unused branches the raccoon woke shortly after when he walked into the she took her things and went into the left side of the house she was soon settled and sleeping sweetly the raccoon returned when she was snoozing he moved I'm and smelled Piney and beautiful finished she said finally now I just have to get my stuff and move it in Oh my gosh I'm so excited is be evil she screamed and ran from the house the screen terrified the raccoon and he to ran out the door they collided and fell in a pile yes used her paws to scratch behind her ears thumping into the wall with a WEAP- WEAP- WEAP- on his side the raccoon leaned over his garbage full belly these things into the right side of the house and lay down to rest as well never seeing the Fox in her half at dusk they both got up to stretch the Fox out front get out of my way said the raccoon I'm running from screaming spirits in my house no you get out of my way said the Fox said the Fox show did you said the raccoon doesn't matter now though I already finished my house your house I just finished my house the spirits planted my frame for me they must really want me to live here as a show of his thinks the raccoon spent the rest of the day gathering wide. I'm running from a moaning monster in my house they looked at each other and then looked at the house you said you weren't going to build here the raccoon left and the Fox came back with her things short time later she saw the home with a wall down the center knew what it meant right away or at least she oh I got it the spirits have helped me build a lovely house but it's much too large for me they must want to room for themselves of course he took the brand it's helped me they gathered me pine boughs new I gathered Pine Boughs
Getting My Wings
"Hello, welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host, Amanda Weldon. Today's story is called getting my wings, unoriginal story co written for you by me. And Daniel Heinz, we wrote today's story in honor of pride month and all of our LGBT, Q, A, plus listeners and families. We're excited to celebrate this special community. If you'd like a list of other kids podcast celebrating pride month. Check out the link in the show notes today. We'd like to say a special thank you to Jason and Kevin and their family Harper and the rest of the Walsh family lily, and Soren, and their family Nellie, and her mom on Agca and camera. And their family Nate and call and the rest of the Brody family from north Hampton. Massachussetts Kieran, and Larry and the rest of the Quinn family from spruce pine North Carolina Haley, and the Karachi family from kuwa- alum per Malaysia, and Silas, and quilt and their family from Seattle Washington, thank you so much Cornell. Silence. Haley, Larry Kieran, call Nate Kamara on Nellie. Soren Lilly Harper. Kevin, and Jason, you are part of what makes it possible for us to continue to produce. Fun new stories for our listeners. If you would like to support stories, podcast, you can leave us a five star review on, I tunes or just tell a friend about us. You can also head over to patriarch dot com slash stories and make a monthly donation for just one dollars a month. You can listen to all of our new episodes and our entire back. Catalogue ad free. Now here's a word from our sponsors. When it comes to size kids, clothes or hard to get right? Stitch fix kids can help you find the perfect fit every time. And when your kid is wearing clothes. They feel good in. They stand taller stitch fix the online personal styling service now delivers children's clothes shoes, and excessive directly to your door. I you take style profile. Quiz provide details about your preferences for style and fit. 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I made it through the entire school year. And it's finally summer, and now I don't even have any time off earlier that day while he'd ridden, the school bus home from his last day of fifth grade Stevie had smiled so hard for so long that his face almost ached, he'd spent the whole ride looking out the window humming, gleefully under his breath and imagining all the games, he'd get to play over the two long school, free months ahead of him. Then it was like a huge weight had been lifted off his shoulders. But now just a few short hours later, he felt the weight settled back in again. Wait. Why are we going to camp Stevie sister? Stephanie asked do we get to pick which camps, we're going to Stevie looked over at her? She actually looked excited. Of course, she was she was always. Excited about everything Stevie scowled your dad got that research position at the university Steve's mom said, beaming with pride at her husband, which is great. But since he'll be doing that over the summer, he won't be able to be home with you guys. Yup. Said Steve's dad with an equally proud smile on his face. Well be sad not to have my summer off this year. But this is a really cool opportunity. And it'll be good for you guys to get out and do something different this summer, too. But I don't want to do something different St. burst out. I have to do something different all year long. I just want to relax for, once I had plans for the summer, Steve's mom and dad exchanged glances. They thought this might happen. Stephen said, mom, gently, where sorry we have to change the plans. Stevie felt tears prick at his eyes, but he tried not to let them fall. But what camper we going to Stephanie said, either, unaware or unconcerned with her brother's distress camps, plural? Actually said dad, it was a little tough to find you guys spots this late in the game. But we got lucky Steph you're signed up for six weeks of soccer camp. Yes. And Steve, we thought you might like the drama camp they do with the youth center. Drama can't Stevie thought drama camp. Stevie said out loud, I don't do plays no said, mom patiently, but you do like to make up stories and play pretend we've seen you in the backyard. You know, you're very creative St. space burned with embarrassment. He didn't realize they knew about the games. He played in the backyard. What else did they know? I'd like to be excused please Stevie said looking out the window, there was still an hour or so of sunlight left, and he desperately need. Added to be outside. He looked back at his mom and dad. They're concerned faces made his stomach hurt. Please. Sure could said dad come back in before it's all the way dark. Okay. Stevie nodded and pushed his chair back from the table grabbing his still mostly full dinner plate and scraping, his leftovers into the trash, Stephanie was chattering. Happily about all the trick shots and dribbling drills. She would learn at soccer camp, but Stevie could hardly hear her as he made his way outside his mind was already a million miles away. Steph's backyard was the best. It was big and lush and green with lots of grass and moss and dandy lions and other little surprise flowers, that Stevie didn't know the names of there was a little pond where you could find frogs sometimes and dragonflies, and cattails, always, and there were thick woods all around the outside that shielded, the yard from any other houses nearby. The best part where these two trees that were so tall you could barely see the tops of them. They're huge branches. And big flat leaves created something like a canopy over the whole yard. And when Stevie was out there, he felt like he was in his own little world, or at least he used to drama camp Stevie grumbled to himself, kicking at some loose pebbles on the ground mom and dad didn't get it. He could see why they thought he might like a camp where you got to dress up and play pretend with other kids. But the problem was. That Stevie didn't like to dress up as just anything he didn't want to pretend to be lots of different things with lots of different kids Stevie just wanted to be one thing in the privacy of the backyard in the shady, canopy of the two giant trees when Stevie was all alone, he got to be the best version of himself, the secret version. He looked up from the pebbles on the ground and made his way over to the old dog house, which had been there ever since Stevie and his family had moved in, even though they didn't have a dog. He almost hesitated, since now he knew mom and dad had seen him but he couldn't help himself. Stevie reached inside the little wooden structure way towards the back where he kept a bunch of secret treasures and grabbed his most prized possession. His wings. He wasn't sure exactly where they'd come from, but they definitely been Stephanie's. I, she never really liked dressing up or sparkley stuff or any. Anything? So she hadn't seem to notice or care when Stevie started playing with them a few years ago, they were made of this Ghazi purplish blue material with little spots of pink glitter all over and had to elastic loops to put your arms through when Stevie wore them, something happened. He felt different. He felt better Reeler kind of there was a lightness when he wore them like there wasn't anything pressing down on him like maybe he could float up in the air, like a big red balloon when Stevie put on the wings, he felt like he could do anything in the world almost like he could fly for real. That's how it all started. He closed his eyes and opened them again as Queen Stevie, the ferry adventurer under the shade of his two big trees, his backyard was gone his imagination replaced it with the beautiful. Jasper jungles and soaring Plum peaks of fair Romania, his domain and here safe in his domain safe in his backyard and safe in his mind. He was she and she could fly for real her beautiful wings, blazed with light and hummed melody lifting her into the air light, as a soap bubble. And then then she sword she buzzed over mountains dusted with pink snow. She twirled wildly down through the fuzzy vines. She startled a flock of Firebirds into flight and stayed with them for a time their passage leaving a blazing red orange rainbow. In the sky for a while. She simply flew enjoying the wind blowing at her hair, and tugging at her wings. It was freeing. It was peaceful, but even in fair Romania, the peace couldn't last forever. Soon came the call. It was her people, the fairies of the peaks, they lived in honeycomb houses, carved into the sides of the Monash mountains. They were small and gentle delicate as the pink and blue flowers. They wove into their hair, thanks to Tanya. You're here. A little fairy said Queen Stevie had once read somewhere that Tanya was the ruler of all fairies, and she liked the name, my girl has been taken by the evil wizard Warrilow and his goblins Queen Stevie was already flying again. Her beautiful wings, casting, rainbow prism colors in the sunlight. Where did he take her? He brought her to a cobbler and work camp. He has evil robots there, too. I don't know what he's planning. But I just want my daughter back. Don't worry Queen Stevie said drawing out her silver sword. Her wings glow like a full moon. I'll rescue your girl. No. Camp can stop me the sword shown in the air and the fairies all cheered. She was strong and beautiful. She could fly like the sun itself, and she would never let them down Queen Stevie lifted her arms, letting it wash over her. Ouch. Stevie said his fantasy dissipating as he slapped at a mosquito on his ankle the bugs and peepers were out now and the sun had almost completely left the sky, it was time to go inside Stevie had imagined a summer spent living as his clean, self almost all the time, but at camp, he'd have to hide it just like he did at school. Stevie took a deep breath slipped his arms from their elastic loops and returned. The wings to their hiding spot in the doghouse. His heart was heavy in his chest as he walked back toward the house. Okay guys, I'm Ali. And I'm your counselor. Let's get started. It was the first day of camp. And Stevie was not excited that morning has dad had had to call him three or four times before Stevie would come downstairs, and he'd almost made everyone late. He recognized a few of the kids in the classroom school, but not everyone there were three other boys and the rest regurlarly and so far, he hadn't talked to anybody circle up alley called where starting with an icebreaker game gross Stevie thought, but he didn't say it out loud. He trudged over and join the circle, okay we're going to go around the circle and introduce ourselves with our first name and a word that describes us. Got it and the word needs to start with the same letter as your name. So I'll go first. I'm adventurous alley. There was a cool Carolina and a goofy, Greg. Other kids were amazing or brave. And then it was Steve's turn. I'm Steven or Steve, I guess, and I'm. Stevie could feel his face turning red. Looks like Stevens having a tough time coming up with a word can anyone help him out. How about shy? One kid said or maybe special Stevie looked at him blankly willing himself to speak, but unable to make his mouth move, maybe sweet said a girl that Stevie recognized from school. I was gonna use it, but you can have it, and I'll think of another one. Oh, that's right. Her name is Sophie Stevie thought he opened his mouth ready to call himself, sweet Stevie. And then Allie interrupted. How about Studly? That's a good one for a boy. You can be steadily. Steve. How's that? Not this boy Stevie thought, but out loud, he said, okay. I'll be steadily Steve, just like school. He thought on the inside Stevie bundled up his heart and shoved it to the back of the doghouse in the yard with. All his other secret treasures on the outside. He forced himself to smile the rest of the day. Couldn't go by quickly enough lunchtime. Was a nice break. Stevie was relieved to be able to sit by himself for a bit. He was eating his sandwich. Completely lost in thought when Sophie came up to him. Is it okay? If I sit here. Yeah, I guess, Stevie said smiling at her weekly. It was nice of her to try to help me during the game. He thought, but didn't say out loud. I did this camp last year. So I knew she might start with a game like that. I had a lot of s words ready? So he said, almost as if she could read Steve's mind, my parents, signed me up because they think I'm to quiet. My dad usually has the summers off because he's a teacher. But this year, he has a summer job. Stevie said they thought I would like this because I, he cut himself off and tried to figure out how to explain that he liked to wear wings and pretend to be a Queen without actually. Saying it, there wasn't a way he decided she wouldn't get it. They just thought I would like it. He finished lamely. Sophie smiled at him curiously. Like she knew there was more to it, but she didn't ask they ate the rest of their lunch in. Silence. When Stevie got home that day, he jumped out of the car and headed straight to the back yard. Queen stevie. Of course, you'd come sneered war below the wizard from his iron throne. Do you like what I've done with the place he gestured broadly at the so-called camp? He'd created it was carved into the same purple stone as the ferries, but deeper and darker where the sunlight never went fortunately Queen Stevie, had her glowing gossamer wings to light the way, unfortunately, they also highlighted the hideous gargoyles and strange runes, the wizard had carved into every inch of the cave, ugly spider, like robots scuttled on the walls and ceilings and a crew of goblins worked at the stone digging the cavern ever bigger ever deeper enough war below Queen Stevie called her voice clear and pure as a chime. I thought your forty FOX's I flew through your tornado trap. And now I'm here. For the girl, Warrilow laughed. You think you can come in here and boss, me around, like some kind of steadily Steve Queen Stevie silver sword sparkled with power never call me that, again you villain. She shouted strong Stevie smart Stevie. Sensational, skillful swift, sweet or super sassy snazzy or even snarky but never Studly she swung the sword with all her might at the wizard. He shrieked and disappeared in a cloud of poison green smoke. His iron throne. Took the might of the magic blade and burst apart with a scream of metal where is she Queen Stevie shouted at the smoke? Where's the girl set her free you monster? It turned out that drama camp wasn't terrible every day and Ali. The counselor was actually pretty nice. The only thing was that when she assigned characters to everyone in different scenes, she always gave Stevie something like basketball player or firemen, and he never got to play any characters. He actually liked, but still it wasn't all bad. The other kids were okay, especially Sophie, they sat together at lunch every day and even talked about stuff, sometimes it turned out. They had a lot in common. We should hang out in place. Sometime. Are you free later? She asked him one morning. You could come over after camp today. It's pizza night Stevie thought about it for most of the day when it was finally time to go home. Sophie came bounding up to him all smiles. So are you coming Stevie? Smiled for a second and actually almost considered it. But then he replied, I don't. I think I can today. Thanks, though. So fi look disappointed for a second. But then shrugged didn't change the subject Stevie felt guilty. Maybe it would be fun to play with Sophie sometime but he just couldn't imagine that she'd want to play his games with him. She probably wouldn't get it. What if she saw the wings and thought he was weird. What if she told everyone what kind of kid he really was he couldn't risk it? Where is she Queen Stevie shouted at the smoke? Where's the girl set her free, you monster for a moment? There was silence. And then a small voice piped up from behind the ruins of the throne. I know where they are. It said, I can help you a suspect little creature staggered out of the shadows. It was caked with mud and grime and looked a little eager when she first entered the room Stevie had thought it was another goblin. But now she thought it might be a sprite sprites were friends to ferries and looked much the same except for being a size smaller who are you are you a sprite or goblin? Tell me honest, or taste my silver sword. I'm a sprite. I miss sprite sofi, the sprite please. It was hard to tell if she was telling the truth, she may be another goblin, but maybe just maybe. Under all that mud and grime she had wings of her own alright. So fi Queen Stevie said, sheathing her sword. We'll see how this works. Now. Where did they go the sprite smiled and pulled aside a heavy piece of iron throne underneath a sharply? Sloping tunnel ran into the blackness of the earth deeper, darker Stevie said staring down the tunnel. At least my wings will light the way they will, but you're more than your wings. Sophie replied, and you don't have to do it alone. She stood in the entrance to the tunnel looking at Queen Stevie expectantly, and then she held out her hand. So are you coming? This summer dripped, by with Stevie feeling like he was living a double life, just like at school during the day, he was Studly Steve clumsily playing lumberjacks and grumpy old men in improv games. And at home he was Queen Stevie leader of Farah Neha, a beautiful winged creature. It was a lot of work, and it was exhausting camp was going to be over soon. And then there would be two weeks before school started again. So at least there was that he just had to get through the final camp project. And then he was home free. Okay. Guys. That's a wrap for today. Alley called out as the campers all headed to collect their things, and go outside to meet their rides home. Don't forget, tomorrow is the big day you need to present your original characters to the rest of the group. Bring in a costume and make sure you've really thought about who you're gonna be. What are you planning to do tomorrow Sofia Stevie as they headed out to the playground where their parents would pick them up? I'm not sure yet steady replied, I guess, maybe like a pirate or something. What about you? I've been working on this fun farmer lady with a silly accent, so excited so fees. Mom's minivan pulled up in the carpool lane. See you tomorrow. She called over her shoulder. Yup. See you, then Stevie said with a wave he hadn't really thought too much about what character he'd play to be honest. And he wasn't really looking forward to it. They were supposed to get up in front of everyone in a costume, and tell a story as an original character even though he wasn't excited Stevie didn't wanna be unprepared. He was so absorbed in brainstorming possible people, he could play that he didn't notice that his dad had pulled up in the carpool lane St.. Steve Stevie his dad called out the window, honking. His horn Stevie rushed over and jumped in the car hoping that no one had seen his dad honk, and yell parents can be so embarrassing dad, please don't honk when you come to pick me up Stevie hissed, checking out the window to see if people were looking his dad chuckled under his breath. Sorry kid, but I was sitting there for a while. And you weren't coming something on your mind, St. decide, it's this project thing for tomorrow. I have to make up a character and dress up in a costume, and perform in front of everyone could we stop somewhere on the way home? So I can get an eye patch or something to be a pirate. Dad looked over at Stevie and furrowed his brow. I mean I guess we could. But do you really wanna be a pirate that doesn't sound like you Stevie looked hard at the window, instead of meeting his dad's gays? I know it doesn't. He said quietly, but it doesn't really matter. There was a long stretch of silence. Before anyone said anything and Stevie realized his heart was beating really hard for some reason it matters, dad finally said, why would you choose to be something that's not you when who you are is so great. Stevie didn't say anything, but he could feel his is filling up with tears, dad pulled into the driveway parked, the car and turn to face Stevie. In the passenger seat, I think you should wear your wings tomorrow. I see how happy you are in them. And I bet you've got a really good wing and character all ready to go that has to be more fun than playing some pirate, right? But dad what if St. blinked and willed his tears to go away? What if the other kids don't understand? And what if they do? Stevie was dumbfounded. He'd never thought of that before. Listen, dad continued. No matter who you are. There are going to be people that don't like it. It's impossible to please everyone. I know it's scary, but we can't let the what if keep us from wearing our wings and for what it's worth, I know, I'm just your old embarrassing dad, but I'm proud of you wings or an eye patch. It doesn't matter. Me your mom and Steph will always be on your team. No matter what. Stevie was crying for real now and trying super hard not to make any embarrassing noises. He wanted to say something to his dad, like maybe thank you, or something. But that didn't feel like quite enough, and he knew he wouldn't be able to get it out. Anyway, instead, he just scooted closer pressed. His face into his dad's chest and wrapped his arms around him in a big bear hug, his dad hugged back, just as hard and kissed the top of his head Stevie wasn't sure. But he thought he felt something wet like maybe his dad was crying too. They stayed like that for a long while it felt really good. So are you coming? Stevie hadn't been able to say, yes, but Queen Stevie had always been the braver one, hard pounding Queen Stevie took Sophie's hand and followed her into the tunnel. Its walls were covered with layer upon layer of strange runes, some glowed with colour others seem to ride and turn like snakes making Stevie, shudder, the tunnel wound deeper into the mountain and would have been pitched black. If not for the light of Steve's wings, this is the way she asked voice echoing strangely off the tunnel stone sides. The air was getting Danker it smelled like mold and hidden things long forgotten where nearly there. So he whispered, he keeps her heart announced. Heart announced Queen Stevie kept going though, the weight of the mountain seemed to be pressing down on her. Now, she could feel it on her shoulders and back and deep in her belly. It had been hard to start walking this dangerous path through the darkness, and now it was harder. Still to push onto the end something inside screened at her to turn back, but Stevie knew that if she could just keep going. She'd find something better something brighter, on the other side, the tunnel soon opened again into a room, vast and dark. Stevie stood behind the curtain about to go on the butterflies in his stomach could have had wings as big as the ones on his back. They were flapping. So hard Stevie could almost hear them. He felt a little bit like throwing up now or never he thought and took a deep breath, the curtain pulled back he closed his eyes and opened them again as Queen Stevie. The ferry adventurer. She strode into the heart of the mountain her fear burned away by the light of her courage war below the wizard laughed thunder rolling through the cave. His fairy girl prisoner was chained to the stones before him pale. And weak you walked into my trap fool the wizard sneered you may be a Queen in your own world. But here in the dark I am ruler take your worries and your fee around your anger, and I grow stronger and stronger. You can't stop me steadily Steve. For a moment. She felt it the worry the fear the anger. She felt how it had grown inside herself how it had bloomed like some terrible mushroom in the dark and secret places of her heart. That's right. Said the wizard pulsing with energy now his body began to grow and shine with an oily inky power. You feel it now you belong here. It's better in the dark. It's easier to hide. Isn't it? The wizards magic flowed through her, like a sickness amplifying every negative thought and feeding on her fear. She faltered the light of her wings, dimming, the darkness, swelling, close goo, good, good. He said and smiled with too many teeth. You think you're a Queen, but it's all in your head. No one wants you, no one will accept you that stirred something in Stevie kindled something back to light. She looked up again chin held higher. And what if they do the wizard looked dumbfounded? He stepped back is peeled wide. What if they do accept me? She said her wings shining against the pressing dark. What if they get me what if they like me? What if they love me wizard? Her wings blazed to life banishing every shadow from the Cavs. Iron the wizard. How old powerless as the light poured forth in moments. It had burned him away, like fog before the morning, sun, Queen Stevie, then smashed the chains holding the prisoner and scooped the ferry girl into her arms in an instant. She knew that simply escaping, the cave, wouldn't be enough. She needed to shatter it. So no one could ever be trapped there. Again. Her wings began to she hugged, her companions close. Hold on tight. Together, they flew up like a shooting star bursting the stone peek into a million pieces. And for the first time the heart of the mountain was filled with sun. The applause was deafening or at least it seemed to be to Stevie on the stage he'd been so absorbed in his story that he'd almost forgotten that anyone else was there, and he'd performed with more energy and enthusiasm than ever before as he looked out into the faces of alley, and sofi and all the other campers. He tried to find sneers or scowls. But there were only smiles maybe one or two of the kids looked a little bored, but Stevie could live with that it's impossible to please everyone. And that's ok Stevie. You were. Excellent Allie said to him later as they were packing up. And getting ready to go home. Next summer. Let's give you more characters like this one. Okay. You really came alive. I can't wait to see how much you'll grow as an artist when you're playing parts that you connect with. Oh, thanks. Stevie said he wasn't sure. Sure that he'd be back next summer. But he didn't want to say that to Allie when she was being. So nice to him. You were a really good, counselor. They hugged a little awkwardly before Allie made her way over to say goodbye to the other campers. You did a really good job Stevie. So fi said, shyly I have wings, a lot like yours at home. Do you think you'll be free to come over and play some time before we go back to school Stevie hesitated for a second? Then smiled a wide smile. Yeah. Definitely. Actually, you want to come over today. I have a really great backyard, we could play in. That's fun. Let me go check with my mom as Stevie watched Sophie run off. He noticed a funny feeling in his chest. He felt different. He felt better Reeler kind of there was a lightness like there wasn't anything pressing down on him like maybe he could float up in the air. Like a big red balloon Stevie smile. Old. He knew this feeling he felt like he could do anything in the world almost like he could fly for real. Wow. 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Thanks enjoy the episode. The belly of the beast. Once upon a time there was a young long woman named Kaya who lived in a cottage deep in the wilderness. She was a quiet sort and shy as a new cat. She spent her days as tending to her little garden and her nights reading by a little fire. It was a nice life but it was a lonely one to fix that. Kaya thought she would make friends with her neighbors. Of course all her neighbors were animals. But that didn't bother her any. Unfortunately her neighbors felt differently. They had never met a human before and they weren't interested in meeting one now. Not even one who happened to live next door. Poor Kaya tried to make friends with the Oxen I. Well she tried to try. They wouldn't even spare a moment to glance at her when she tried to get their attention. Gene Good Morning Oxen mine is cute. Move in human one said still chewing. It's cut and that's all she got Kaya went to the Cheetah's next and they were even worse when she approached them with a friendly wave they growled and raised their hackles at her her. Hello my name is we have enough friends. Did Out Kaya stumbled away. Wide is fixed nervously on their a yellowed fangs. Worst of all was the solitary adder the zigzagging snake on coiled itself and tasted the air with its flickering during tongue. You'll find no friends. Here's sustain for. It hissed her now scrabble Damn before I get poisonous dejected. Cayo returned home. It was late so she built a little. They'll fire to warm things up and then sat down to read a book. Her mind raced. She felt sad and lonely and couldn't seem to focus on the words on the page. Her head fell back against the wings of her chair with a sigh. No friends for me. I guess she said and poor Orca fell asleep that way tears still drying on her cheeks. The next morning she was woken up by shouts of terror beast beast came a jumble of shouts. There's a giant hungry beast run for kyle leaped up from her bed. Had and through open her door outside she could see the beast towering above the trees. It looked like a hulking hippo mixed with some kind of alligator its mouth a giant bony scoop that gobbled up everything in its path. It came on tearing through the forest pushing aside trees. He's like blades of grass ahead. The oxen who lived next door were shaking themselves awake. They were right in the path of the monster. Oh No watch out Kaya cried but it was too late. The beast spotted the oxygen and rushed ahead swallowing the whole family. Only before they could even shout as Kaya watched the beasts kept on going swallowing the Cheetah's and the ATR and the other animals to all all my neighbors she said I have to try and save them. She snatched up her garden rig from by the door and chased after the monster. Hey she shouted swinging her rake against the beasts thick leathery side. Stop eating all my neighbors. The creature turns towards her bowling ahead with its wicked bony mouth. It's red eyes narrow slits with a snarl. It headed past Kaya A- and straight for her house no not that way. She screened hacking with the rake. Not My house Kaya ran hard leaping between the beast and her home. She stood tall and waved her. Rake uselessly. Stop Stop Woah. The beast didn't stop. It didn't slow down. It didn't even spare her a look. It just opened wide and swallowed Kaya. Hi a whole house and all she screened and yelped as she bounced over the bony scoop down a spongy throat and landed with the splash. In the great beasts. Stomach for a moment she was still and then she yelped as the pieces of her ruined. House began to rain rain down around her. She nimbly rolled out of the way but the falling rubble still splashed her with the same foul smelling belly. Ju She had landed it in Kaya said bouncing to her feet and shaking herself dry around her walls of arching ribs dozens of feet tall they formed a large chamber of white bone and purple stomach. Lining the cave belly was stuck here and there with odd stalactites of garbage. The beast had swallowed. Oh great came a familiar voice. It's the Human Kaya turned turned and saw other animals milling around in the stomach. She saw fish from the river and birds from the sky. And even the worms from the earth it was is of course her neighbors the oxen who had spoken and with them were the Cheetah's and the adder great now we're stuck duck with her the ATR said just when I thought this couldn't get any worse agreed the Cheetah Hey said said Kaya I know you guys don't like me but I tried to rescue. You looks like just got yourself swallowed to said the oxen. Listen well I wanted to help. You can't even rescue right. said the adder and all the animals turned away from her Kaya sat on a swallowed stump and side. Maybe they were right. Maybe humans were bad friends. She promised herself then that if she ever managed to get out of the beasts stomach she'd moved back with humans like her at least then she wouldn't be so lonely. Kyle looked over at the animals. They were huddled together for warmth on the other side of the stomach. The lions and Cheetahs snuggled under the wings of the vultures entire families of mice curled in little balls under the laying. Necks of the drafts. It was a great big cuddle puddle and Kaya wasn't invited it made her shiver miserably. How could a belly be so cold? Luckily around then the beasts swallowed wallowed crawl fence made of dried thorn Bush branches Kaya was able to gather them into a pile on a flat piece of shattered stone she. She was experienced from building her nightly fires and soon had a small cheery blaze crackling. It warned her right away but she had barely started needed to enjoy it when the animals yelled at her fire. The human is making fire now said the oxen great just great. Do you want to smoke us out. Snapped the Cheetah. y'All choke us all coughed. The adder dramatically Gli I. I can barely breathe. I'll safer kate. Fine I'll put it out. Kaya said ED throwing up her hands. I'm sorry I was trying to keep myself. Warm good snapped the oxen where already stuck in this stomach dominic. We don't need to be coughing to Kaya. Started to put the fire out with her coat. Thinking how unfair it was that they wouldn't let her cuddle title. They wouldn't let her have a fire. They wouldn't let her be their friend no matter how hard she tried she even done her best to get in the way of the beast even if it was a silly idea in hindsight but no one little cough and she had to go back to shivering in the cold alone and she froze the fire nearly extinguished one little cough or could it be one really really big league cough. She stopped putting out the fire and instead started feeding it again piling on the branches soon the flames were roaring the would crackling and smoke rising and billowing plumes what in the world do you think you're doing coughed coughed. The Oxen my precious lungs Croaked Cheetah. Madness have you lost your grasp history. The ATR nope said Kaya still building the fire. We can make the beasts start coughing if it costs enough. Maybe he'll call us up. The animals all looked at each other surprised. Well I mean that could work said the oxen. We'll get more would said the Cheetah's Cheetah's dashing off I els supervise said the adder slithering behind the animals all helped build up the fire and and Kaya got the birds to start flapping their wings pushing the smoke away from them and up the beasts throat soon there was a rumble the walls around owns them quaking and trembling like scared kitten. We're almost there Kaya cried just a little more. The animals dragged crawl fence offense and anything else that would burn the birds flapping furiously and Kaya picked up a burning branch and waved it as high as she could cough Off Come on said Kaya. Yeah cough cough. The animals chanted with her giving her friendly smiles as they worked the smoke billowed. It started to fill the stomach. Kaya began to worry. They'd have to stop before they all got sick. And then that's when it happened. The stomach stomach stopped moving clenched in and then seem to explode as the beast. Let out a series of deep hacking coughs outshot Kaya outshot shot the oxygen and the Cheetah and the birds outshot the fish and the worms and the solitary adder out. Shot everything in a spray of spittle and then the beast turned and ran stampeding far away from their little forest smoke billowing out of every hole in the creature's head and stay out his the adder as the beast disappeared over the horizon. The animals began to slowly recover from their time in the belly as they did Kaya used her human hands and got to work. She helped the fish before they could drown on land and got them back to the river. She helps clean the bird's feathers and got them back into the air. She even dug holes for the worms and got them back in the earth. kyw helped any animal that asked her and while she was pulling Flam from a wildcats whiskers her closest neighbors came up to her. We're sorry for how we acted said the oxen. Yeah you're a good neighbor said the Cheetah can we be friends asked the adder. Kaya Haya smiled sadly and shook her head. She wanted to forgive them so badly she really did but she couldn't forget how they had treated her. I'm sorry sorry she said but I'm not ready to be friends. What said the Cheetah? Why not will you only want to be friends because I saved you today? You'll forget all about me tomorrow and then I'll be alone again. I'd rather not get my hopes up. She finished with the wildcats. And it purred. Then sauntered away Kaya turned away to and began to spread a blanket there in the tall grass. My house got destroyed by the beast. Anyway she said I'll have to find a new place to live tomorrow and then I'll be out of your hair. You won't have to deal with the human anymore. She finished making her bed and then laid down rolling away from her old neighbors. Once more young Haya fell asleep with tears upon her cheeks. The next morning morning she woke up to a clamour there was shouting and squawking and roaring and trumpeting and just about every other kind of sound all roll together in in one big sticky ball. What in the World Kaya said rising from her blankets and pushing through the trees? Her curiosity was better than coffee and she was soon wide awake and running towards the commotion with a Final Leap. She bursts into a clearing and they're Surrounded by animals of every color and kind was a strange little house it had many corners but no clear shape one in half was higher than the other and the roof slanted crookedly. The chimney was made of shells. Crowded with mud and the front door didn't quite close but it was clearly built with love. Do you like it. Asked the oxen coming from the crowd. We made it for you said the Cheetah all of us us please said the ATR. Won't you be our neighbor. This time Kai couldn't help but agree. She moved into her new house and from that day forth the animal's always welcomed her warmly. They became amazing neighbors and even better friends the end today's story. The belly of the beast was an adaptation adaptation of a South African folk tale written for you by Daniel Hynes and performed for you buy me Amanda Weldon. If you'd like to support stories podcast you can leave us. A five Star Review Review on I tunes make a monthly donation patriarch dot com slash stories. Or simply tell your friends about us. Thanks for listening.
A Bone To Pick
"Hello welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host amanda walden. Today's story is called a bone to pick a traditional fable adapted opt for you by daniel hynes. Today we'd like to say a special thank you to lydia and the rest of the shackelford family ribbon and their family zealand leith leif and patty and their family duke and remmy and the rest of the faulkner family from brentwood california margo and wilkie and their family from tacoma park doc maryland anne and ruth and their family from smyrna georgia amerson and jack and the family from chicago and maria francesca aaron and poppy and their family. Thank you so much poppy aaron maria francesca jack emerson ruth anne wilkie margot argo remmy duke patty leith zealand ribbon and lydia. You are part of what makes it possible for us to continue to produce fun new stories for <music> our listeners. If you'd like to support stories podcast you can leave us a five star review on itunes or just tell a friend about us. 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There was a hungry old bear he thought he he was the king of the woods and all that he saw was his to eat crunch slurp and just generally gobble. Maybe you can see were this is going. They both ruled their little pieces of forest eating what they pleased and doing what they liked. Until one day they crossed paths in a clearing in the woods. It wasn't any place special not normally at least that day though some humans had passed through for a picnic they packed in all sorts of meats and sweets and delicious snacks but when they left they forgot their wicker picnic basket it was smallish with a long looping handle but the lion and the bear both smelled it from miles away and hurried hurried right over the lion burst through the brush regal head hi sniffing at the air <hes> up picnic nick basket. She heard what a lovely surprise. Humans always leave. The best meets behind. Oh i think i smell salami. She prowled into the clearing from the other side. The a great shaggy bear barreled through his own brush turning his head from side to side whoa smell human food he he rumbled smell apples and chickpeas and crunchies for free salami and cheeses and napkins for me. He lumbered into the clearing at exactly the same time. As the lion the two big hungry lords of the forest froze <music>. I each other usually they'd scare competition off with a growl but they were equally sized both angry and suspicious. They stared at each other across the empty ground. Oh sorry bare but this picnic basket is spoken in for the lion said why don't you run along and go find some nuts and berries and trash. You know their food. The bear grumbled and humped whole bear. Food is whatever food abair wants to eat. He he said proudly are and she was supposed to be chasing down on antelope or something. Leave the picnic baskets to the experts and wrought along back to your litterbox. Now the lion was grumbling and growling litterbox. I'm the queen of this replace cooing on the carrying the forest they continued to bicker in the trees above a a large raven landed lightly on a limb she too had smelled the human food and had come to do a little scavenging. She watched for while just waiting. The bigger animals would have to have their fill before she could chance swooping down and she was getting impatient pay. She squawked at them from safely high above of course why don't you guys just share. Let lie and take the need and bear you take the rest. Maybe leave some big crumbs for me your friend the raven that way we all win the great beasts looked up at her stunned and someone would interrupt. Hey who even asked you the bare grumbled. Don't you have some shiny junk to collect. This is a private discussion. The lion agreed take your beak and go stick it. In someone else's business yes well all right then the ravens said and flap to another tree wall. That's a start grumbled the bear now you fly away home to little kitty little kitty. The lion purred dangerously. You have you know a refined defined feline a gold and hunting queen and fury no way <hes> my supper. You'll see royalty at me. You don't wanna see me. No no no. I a complex a pecs perot editor. This bears a munching brew grew and you take away ma. I inner a sniff you out with my snooze. Ooh i'll stay up you out with my snooze. O i clean you know the biggest and strongest the fastest longest had i arrive so back. A lawn belongs to me <music>. I said i've acid on taking this basket and a lively. Are you ready to let me enjoy my dinner. In peace bear not today lion that was it they fluid each other across the clearing slamming together in a wild spray of for and claws and teeth. The lion pounced enrolled the bear onto his broad back. The bear swung a heavy pa and send the lion tumbling away into the dirt. They clashed again and came away battered and bruised. They each took a few steps back. Have you have you had enough. The lion panted. She was caked with dirt and she was missing a patch for no way huffed. The bear between heaving breaths rests who you better just surrender never said the lion. That food is mine. Oh replied the bear. He all never have that food. I'll take it and eat every last by. I'll even eat the basket. You'll you just did the basket go. Oh where did it go. Sorry about that got called down the raven from the tree. She was far up in the skinniest branches. What where's my basket you. Oh you federally fool snarled the lion. No whereas my basket bird brain roared the bear. Don't worry it's safe with me your friend. The raven said the reason way up in the tree. The big beasts could just make out the wicker handle. The raven reached out and padded it. You were so busy fighting. I thought i'd just handle it for you now. It's my basket and you have nothing left to fight about. You better bring that back down here right now. The lion said or will eat you to threatened the bear. Oh said the raven. Do you have some wings. I'm not seeing sorry friends but i offered to share it all with you. Maybe next time he'll actually listen. The lion roared and leaped at the tree sinking in her claws. She pulled herself up a few feet and then slid back to the ground. The bear got further shimmying up with his mighty pause but the raven was in a skinny tree and soon the bear to fell back to the ground. Thanks for trying and thanks for the lovely meal. The raven said see you later. She turned and flapped away leaving the rest of the basket way up in the tree. The lion and bear looked at each other for a long time and then side split it next time said the lion <hes> guess so said the bear and soon they both went their separate ways finding new things to eat and dreaming deeply of the salami they'd lost the end. Today's story a bone to pick with an adaptation of a traditional fable written for you by daniel hynes perform for you. Buy me amanda weldon with a song vias. Both if you would like to support stories podcast you can leave us a five star review on. I tunes make a monthly donation. Patriot dot com slash stories or simply. Tell your friends about us. Thanks for listening.
The Druid's Harp of Ireland: Part 2
"Hello, welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host. Amanda Weldon today. We're continuing our celebration of Saint Patrick's Day with part two of the druids harp of Ireland an adaptation of an Irish myth written for you by Daniel Hynes. If you haven't already listen back to part one. So you'll be all caught up today. We'd like to say a special thank you to Corbin, Luke and Andrew sand grin and their family from Alexandria, Virginia thin and Hazel and their family from Santa Cruz, California Meena and her family eve and her mom neom and his family Brooklyn and Cameron and the rest of the Stewart family from Oakland, California and each hi, Noah and os and their family from Ann Arbor. Michigan. Thank you. So much owes Noah each high Cameron Brooklyn neom eve Meena Hazel, thin, Andrew, Luke and Corbin. You are part of what makes it possible for us to continue to produce. 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He would have sooner they'd taken his foot that harp was a part of him. As was the music it made, and it was missing, gone stolen. They Jared taught sheer harp. I'll see these monsters exterminated to the last Lou bellowed. Let me take a hundred ships, and we'll go to their little oil and end them all Dagda shook himself from his stupor. His harp was gone, but his magic didn't come from his harp. No, the harp was just a focus like the needle pulling a thread, the magic that was in Dagda does bones deep. And heavy as a drumbeat he wanted to rage like Lou, but he had to be the wiser head. He would get the harp back himself, and he do it without violence. Those insolent those monstrous Dole's those the druids smiled at his friend and laid a calming hand on his shoulder high. No, you would avenge this farm e but I've had my fill of fighting. I think I have a better way. Lou hefted his magic spear frowning deeply would it combs two monsters. There is no better way. Don't tell me a have a song for this as well. Dagda nodded his head pulling on his Hazel colored druid cloak when you strike him on stir down with your spear. Another takes its place after years of battle. What have we gained many less Famour, Ian, monsters, many less, but there are still many more? Let me try this my way fine said Liu uneasily. I don't doubt your power or your courage. You know that it's your kind heart. I worry for you. Go sing into these beasts, and I fear they'll tear it out Dagda smiled again in buttoned his cloak up. Tight. Give me until dawn tomorrow. If I'm not back, come after me and have your battle. That's a deal said Liu and the pair clasped hands. Not an hour later as the sun set behind the iron clouds Dagda set off in a little rowboat. The Irish had long known that the Famour aliens were coming from a tiny island. But the only way into their kingdom was a narrow crack at the base of a cliff. The crack was open to the water and the waves surged in and out endlessly smashing any intruders into the jagged rocks. That thrust up from the water on either side, it was as good as a castle gate unless you were a druid when Dagda found the crack he slipped from his boat and into the icy sea the current swept him towards the rocks. But he whispered a spell and the waves calmed carrying him gently into the layer of the monsters once inside Dagda pulled himself from the water and onto a gravel bench. It was dark in the chamber. But he could see the flickering glow of torches ahead quiet as a cat. He moved towards the light finally rounding. The corner and entering the grand hall of the Famour aliens. It stretched on and on with crudely, vaulted ceilings and walls of stone and dirt monstrous Famour, Ian, sat at driftwood tables, tearing meat from bones, others fought in sandy pits for cheering crowds and the rest chattered in their strange gargling language. There were thousands of them more than the Irish had ever imagined. And there in the center of the grand hall on a salty pedestal of coral and bone stood Dag does harp. As he watched a Famour. Ian, tried to play it running a razor claw along the strings. The string stood still as stone refusing to make even a note they had been enchanted by Dagda himself and would sing for no one else seeing the monsters in their thousands the old druid realized he had no hope of stealing the harp back. No. It was time. For something else something he had hinted at two Lou something he really hoped would work throwing off his cloak. He strode into the hall seeing him the Famour aliens all stopped and turned as one they hissed and lick their lips revealing shark like teeth set deep in bone white gums, they crowded forward surrounding the druid and cackling. I am Dagda a Niamh here for my harp. He used his magic to try and make the creatures understand and speak his language. They understood well enough. It seemed as they all started to laugh and sneer knoll. Harp doll the biggest one managed to croak harp. Or diag doll journal are the circle around the druid began to close on every side. He saw spit shined. Fangs and hungry too wide is sorry. He said, but I am Dagda. And I am here for my heart. On the pedestal the harp trembled at the sound of his voice the buzzing of Honey tied the wind through Apple's tree. So Mer sweet and spring alive. My beauty comb to me at his words the harp. Flew from the pedestal Famour aliens yelped and dove for it with their spindly limbs, but it crashed right through sending them flying in all directions. Finally, like a child into its parents arms the harp. Thumped into the waiting embrace of Dagda the druid. Now, let me show you how it sounds. He said and then began to play the Famour aliens in the very act of crouching to leap at him froze on their heels. The song poured from the strings. It was sad. A mournful ripple that spoke of the Irish suffering at the hands of the monsters Adrjan that had all the sadness of stolen crops, and stolen cows and burned out home. It was a song of loss. And it was so powerful that the Famour, Ian, snarls baited to frowns, and then the screens to sniffles it kept on until every one of the monsters was crying sobbing rolling on the floor in tears Dagda, not to himself as he plucked the gold and silver strands. He had been afraid the creatures were too monstrous for even music, but he should have known better music spoke to something deeper, something even evil spirits couldn't seem to touch the druid played on once. He was sure the creatures truly felt their guilt. He switched his music in an instant, the song was cheerful and peaceful. It spoke of what life could be like if the Famour unions were kinder, if instead of war, they would be friend. The Irish this song was harder to play even for Dagda the creatures. Didn't wanna hear it not at first. But the old druid was. The greatest player who had ever lived. He kept on his fingers flying magic shining and soon the monsters were smiling and laughing rolling on the dirty floors. Enjoy a now to give you some time to think Dagda said and he launched into his final song. This one was slower the notes ringing out and fading before the next one came. It was the sound of slumber. It was the sound of dreams. It was the sound of a warm and cozy bed after a day out in the cold and Dag does gentle voice rose to meet it filling the hall as he played the creatures started to yawn and rub their eyes fangs and claws forgotten. They began to nod with heavy heads. I. Stumbled was still. Yeah. And she was me mother. Mita was the. Why watch me my style. See men die trade all. Just to hear. Three. She called in Patty, Patty. Oh, coming home to stay calm and calm. The only son and let me lie. So snuggle Ragztop enter. York loves harassed here things, easy and put up your paw. So maybe you're monsters, but still you must. You've got balls to dream of nightmares to corre-. I'm calling Patty, Patty, ho. Home to stay calm. The only son and let me light your with. Monsters, your weary. Is through. Snarling as a gift? So sleep with your slumber fishy old goals and Hugh. Far from the risk goes to. As the last note faded away. There was silence in the hall all of the memorials were sleeping soundly snoring in their strange gargling way, satisfied Dagda, wrapped his heart in his cloak and headed back home to the Irish shore Dag does boat wasn't halfway home before the sun began to rise. And with the sun came ships swelling on the southern horizon as the lead ship got closer Dagda saw Lou in the front boot on the prow and spear in hand, I see you got your heart back the warrior said when the ships were side by side hold it goal with the full Mario's fairly, well, actually Dagda replied, the monster shouldn't be bothering us. Again. What I thought she didn't want to fight. Did you sleep them? How course not then how Dagda smiled cradling his heart to his breast. Klay played. Them a song. Lou shook his head reaching down and pulling Dagda up into his ship. Of course, he had to hear the story. And once he'd heard it the rest of the Irish needed to hear it as well. And so it went passing from mouth to mouth all down through the years to here where I bring it to you and the Famour Rene's they remained frozen in their magic slumber and without their attacks. Ireland flourished peaceful and green, and that's one of the reasons. Why today you'll see the simple harp as a symbol of Ireland? And all that it can accomplish. The end. Today's story part two of the druids. Harp of Ireland was an adaptation of an Irish myth written for you by Daniel Hynes and perform for you buy me, Amanda Weldon with songs bias both. 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The Brilliant Firefly: Revolt, Finale Part 2
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Jonah is Jake Cora, Colin your gin Chow still Noah Matteo, June Charlie Lucy. Evan lilly. Matthew. And Madeleine you are part of what makes it possible for us to continue to produce fun new stories for our listeners. Also, we just found out that we were nominated for best kids and family podcast in the first ever. I heart radio podcast awards winners are decided by judges and listener votes. So if you'd like to vote for us, you can do so on the iheartradio website or you can just visit stories podcast dot com slash vote. And that will take you to the right page. Voting is open now until January sixth and you can vote up to five times a day every day. Thanks. Enjoy. The episode. You know, what's not smart job sites that overwhelm you with tons of the wrong resumes. You know, what else is not smart job sites that make you wait for the right candidates to apply for your job? But you know, what is smart going to ZipRecruiter dot com slash kids to hire the right person. 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No, Jill cried hirsute letting her see through the water as her mom was approaching by the gaping maw, she kicked free of heartbe and rocketed towards her. But she was so far away. So very very far the shark loomed. Huge its mouth and endless void. I'm not gonna make it Jill realized as the jobs started to close. I'm not gonna make it. No. She cried the shark lurched violently to the side missing her mom by inches. Jill watched amazed as the creature tumbled through the water in the wrong direction. What the hey firefly came a voice it was crimson. Cannonball. So you needed a hand off their all Jill watched as riptide and canon ball, flashed by working together to push the shark up and out of the water, she smiled heart. Leaping little healthier big guy. Right. Coming Jill flew over in joined them hauling the shark up and out of the water riptide couldn't fly, but he rode into the air on a slender pillar of water together. The three of them launched the shark into the air it soared in a wildly thrashing and lashing mass of tentacles and chomping teeth. But only for a moment, then it hit the water with a thunderclap belly-flopping and splattering against the waves. Well, that's one problem down said canon ball, the three of them hung in the air together. Riptide balancing on his column of water. I gotta get my mom out of their Jill said, that's your mom. Long story where not far from shore said riptide, please leave your mother's safety to me. What really Jill asked majority being handled. Jill glanced and saw her mom was being lifted by a family of grey dolphins the laughing splashing creatures began to swim her gently to shore. Jill had almost forgotten that riptide could command some see creatures. It wasn't useful. All that often. But chill could kiss those dolphins right about now? Guys. Thank you. She said, no sweat said. Cannonball. What's the plan? Jill told them everything. They were a little alarmed that firefly turned out to be a teenage girl. But they were surprisingly quick to get over it. It turns out superheroes are used to putting up with some weirdness among their coworkers. She had planned on them to help cover her escape, but that little glowing flower had smashed their plan to pieces. It was time for a new plan something less clever and more punch based we gotta stop that bomb. But they're all over me. Jill said you guys got to keep harpies friends off my back. I'll take the tin man said canon ball and let me quench the fiery fellow added riptide. All right. Jill said, I'll get the bomb. She looked back and forth between the two heroes. She hadn't thought much of them when she lived in Giga city, but she would be forever thankful that they had her back. All right, guys. Jill said, let's go save the day riptide smiled and flipped into a dive crimson cannonball whooped in rocketed away. Jill spotted harping on the horizon, she was making a break for it flanked by her flying bricks. Jill spec. Said they're getting close to the city, I'm on its specs. She said kicking on the jets and blasting into a brilliant corkscrew. She closed on Hoppy in a flash. But Giga city loomed huge on the horizon, the island must have moved closer while Jill was unconscious. No time to lose Jill thought as she closed in on harby the blaster hadn't worked before. So she abandoned it. Instead, she dropped her shoulder and used her body like a missile slamming full speed into the villains back the brick bird woman, spun like a cat and they collided once more this time Jill blocked, the talents and slammed an elbow into harpies solar plexus watching the mutant wins watch your head. She glanced up and saw the crimson cannonball blast into the brick night shattering his Lance and knocking him from the saddle the Dragonfly managed to catch his writer before he hit the sea. But cannonball was after them again, slamming the armor from. His foes body, and let's turn down the heat, Jill spun and saw riptide rising from the sea his legs lost in a curving. Dragon of water the burning red brick tried to get away. But the waters came too fast, like miniature dragons, they rose from the sea lashing out at the fiery woman and dousing her flames. Why cried harby I thought you were tough Jill said coming to hover in front of her afraid of a fair fight. She snarled and her talents lashed out screaming over the medal of the armor. They broke apart and clashed again like an intricate dance they wove around each other in the air. It was beautiful and graceful. But Jill knew it could easily prove fatal as well. I can't let you drop that bomb. Jill said while they grappled y'all me harpies snarled back last chance Harvey in response harpies slapped her enormous wings and drove herself at Jill talons outstretched to kill time seem to slow Jill could see the sunlight gleaming on each of harpies talons making them glow. Red as blood they reached out for her curled with deadly purpose. And Jill Jill remembered grandpa, Jack Jili bean, he said mad doesn't equal strong mad is the wind. How? Ruling all night to no effect you want to win a fight. You be the lightning. Cool. Calm and collected washing for that perfect time and place to strike. That's the one to watch out for in a scrap. That's the one who wins. So let those bad winds howl baby girl, you just keep it. Cool. Cool thought Jill cool and calm and collected and dangerous that to the talent slashed, and Jill waited waited and finally dodged at the last moment leading harpies rage carry her by a wild. Lurch? Head clear, Jill lashed out with a roundhouse kick that cracked into harpies wing, the brick screened a strangling bird like scream and flapped away tried to flap away, Jill rocketed forward and sangha fist into harpies gut. Doubling her over as she pitched forward, Jill rocketed up and str-. Doc her heavily armored knee into harpies jaw. There was a crunch that Jill felt more than she heard. Harpies squawked as she went down jail watched in horror as the bomb slipped from her talents and tumble towards the bay. The red glow seemed to get brighter as it fell Jill flipped into a dive flaring, her jets bombs falling spec. Said I'm aware. Jill said check my camera. Oh, man specs replied, the bomb fell in front of her plummeting towards the bay Jill reached out just a little more and snagged it by the iron handle she pulled out of her dive, just above the water and staggered back into the air, even with the firefly suit. It was heavy harp. Drifted past her wings, causing her to fall in lazy circles harpies down in the bay riptide said over the comms, I'll round her up, and I have the bomb. Jill said, what do I do with it? Space right said cannonball, firefly used to throw things into space. No good. Jill replied, heartbe punch through my armor. I'm not space for the at the moment. The ocean said specs the ocean is as full of life as the land riptide replied, what about an island? Jill said it would have to be uninhabited not exactly Jill replied, kicking on her jets. The com- chatter faded into the background as she broke the sound barrier and kept on going at that speed. It wasn't long before the scarlet kings island appeared on the horizon. Jill you shore about this specs asked. It's not my bomb specs she replied, I'm just bringing it home. Jill slow to a hover above the island giving one last look to its volcanic spires and twisting, brick forests. It was almost beautiful. Almost goodbye. Scarlet king, Jill said and the bomb tumbled out of her grip. Chapter thirteen take flight. The bomb thudded into the canopy of the red forest crashing through branches and disappearing into the brush below for a moment. Jill thought it hadn't detonated was it. Maybe a bluff all along. No the forest suddenly swelled with red light it began at a single point. And then spread the explosion came a moment later, bringing the sound and the fury it rushed past Jill and a howling surge and she tumbled backwards in the air. The red light became blinding. The howling became a barbarians endless. Roar specs. What's happening? I think it was supposed to detonate in the air. Right. Bit hit the ground in one piece. The energy is too concentrated. A tentacle whipped suddenly impossibly into the air. It had grown from the island blended with the creeping Ivy and reformed into a brick monstrosity. I think he may be right. Jill said as the tentacle pushed past her and continued to grow like, Jack and the beanstalk Jill thought of maybe you should get out of. There a dozen more tentacles surged into the air each sprouting hundreds of feet and continuing to grow the sky turn dark clouds colored red and angry. Jill get out of there. Right said, Jill wrenching, her stare away from the island below she kicked on the jets and was immediately swatted out of the air by tentacle as thick as a subway tunnel. It sent her spinning down towards the island with a lurch. She pulled out of the fall just above the broiling red mass up close, Jill could see it was growing still bubbling and surging and bulging. It wasn't many creatures. Now, it was all one creature the island the flower. It was one piece and it was growing dangerously unstable gotta go she said to herself flashing back into the air. She had only been low for a moment. But everything had changed of the air was thick with red fog. Bright spines of lightning flashed all around illuminating. The gloom in bursts tentacles. Surged back and forth like half. Hidden titans. Searching for prey Jill the signal is scrambled still trying to get the video feed going. Oh, oh, wow. Jill you have to get out of there. Don't worry Jill said, I didn't come this far to lose to an overgrown octopus, the firefly armor, flair to brilliant life, a beacon in the fog attend tickle crash towards her and she burst away swerving among the nightmare. Another tentacle swept down, and she burned it in half with a. Full-strength blast of power up and up towards clearer air, she soared weaving through the maze of lashing death. The fog began to thin. The tentacles faded away. Car wreck a serpent's tongue of red lightning crashed into her and the firefly suit went dead. She reached up hands grasping at thin air. And then she started to fall dead weight. She crashed back into the red clouds. The dark storm the tentacles knocked her back and forth as she fell down and down stunned and reeling, the island swelled and bulged around her too much of the mutating spore all at once. It was unstable it couldn't hold. It was going to blow. No, Jill said swimming back to attention. No, she roared with a tremendous explosion the island tore itself apart firefly, the suit rebooted and burned burned hot and white and brighter than ever. Jill rose, a shooting star and reverse regaining the heavens. She rose like a rocket seeking the stars. She was a tight ball of focus a singing body of grace. She danced through the tentacles like a ghost the lightning could not touch her the missed retreated before her burn and firefly in all her glory. Burst free above the trembling. Red clouds a glowing beacon of pure light a shining force driving back the gloom. And they're alone. Above the carnage. Jill pause to catch her breath. The day was saved, and what's more Jill thought to herself bewildered, I saved it. She floated there in the sky for a long time long after the explosion had settled and pieces had melted into the sea long after she'd heard from specs and mom long after the thank you. Call from the president Xi. She floated there high above the world. She watched the sunset and thought of her dad and grandpa, Jack, she felt serene just her and the son to lights burning bright against the darkness. Epilogue one year later. Jill woke up to the smell of coffee and eggs. She's still thought coffee was too bitter. But her mom's eggs were the best in Giga city led by her nose. She rolled out of bed and padded to the kitchen. Her mother was in her robe eating her eggs Cup of coffee at hand. They eat together. Most mornings these days sitting by the window. The window is beautiful stretching floor to ceiling like the prow of a ship. And it shows all of the city's sprawling out beneath them they moved to the lighthouse earlier in the year. It was closer to moms work and neither of them had wanted to stay at the farm. It turned out the lighthouse had an entire level set up like an apartment, it's more modern than mom likes. But even she had to admit, you can't beat the view gills phone chirped. It was Madison sending her more costume designs. She seemed to think the classic colors were a little out of date. Jill laughed and played along. Happy to have turned an enemy into a friend school starts next week. Mom said smiling too. I really have to I save the world. Remember, Jill slouched into her chair and began shoveling eggs into her mouth. Am I going to be hearing about that forever? You save the world. And now you'll get to be a part of it. Jill grumbled into her eggs. But her heart wasn't in it. She was going to a new school specifically for the scientifically gifted and specs would be in her class truth be told she was actually excited specs his father had been reluctant at first until they've found that grandpa Jack had left specs the farm in his will since then. Well, Mr. specs had been a lot kinder to his son. Big meeting today. Mom said are you nervous a little, but it's just the core team today? Just the ones I already know. I figure that I'll make it a little easier. I'm sure you'll do great. I'll do my best. Your best is always great mom said giving her a kiss on the forehead, your father would be proud your grandpa to. Thanks, mom. Upstairs on the firefly command floor awaited a group of the best heroes gig city had to offer they're all here looking to jail for leadership, and it won't make it any easier to keep them waiting. She ate fast and dressed in her flight suit with a hug from her mom and a final deep breath. She called the elevator and stepped inside her heart is pounding. Don't be ridiculous. She tells herself you face down scarlet king, but public speaking makes you nervous the elevator dinged in slid open specs was there waiting in the hall. Hey, Jill you ready as I'll ever be. Let's go partner they pushed into the lighthouse. And there were cheers as they entered the room. There were only a handful of heroes waiting cannonball riptide grim church tower twins, some others. Jill let them cheer for a moment. And then she raised a hand for silence. Thank you all for coming. She said welcome to the first meeting of the Giga city. Guardians more cheers rang out. Jill found herself smiling buoy by their energy. She felt warm. She felt eager and open and excited for whatever would come next excited and happy that too. The end. Today's story. The final installment of the brilliant. 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His name was declan and he moved silent as starlight his every step was gentle as a landing bird his is sharp as broken flint he had been learning to hunt for his whole life training at trapping with with his father and woodcraft with his mother but his favorite thing to learn was the bow and arrow his father's bo was an ancient thing okay so large it took an adult strength to pull its string declan spent his childhood in awe of that bo looking at it like a priest woah sacred relic. It was a beautiful instrument able to feed a family and every year on his birthday declan would try and pull it back to fire a single ero year after year he failed young arms trembled with effort before admitting defeat but not just last month after years of trying he finally succeeded he pulled back the string and the arrow flew true who into the target his parents both cheered and hugged him close that arrow meant for the first time he was ready to to hunt alone and there he was pushing through the dense trees his father's bow strung and ready enjoying his newfound freedom he went west with the sun he had packed enough supplies for three day hunt but he prayed he would get something before then in his mind he refused to return empty-handed from his first solo hunt that first day slunk slunk by like an old dog slow and anxious declan found himself so eager for game that he accidentally loosen arrow at a vaguely vaguely deer shaped stump embarrassing but at least he hid it and no one was around to see his mistake and finally as daylight dwindled. He saw his pray. It was a female deer what they called doe and she was so beautiful. She took took his breath away. Her coat had not a whisper of color not even a sigh of wheat or coffee or honeyed brown's. No she was pale as the moon white as the stars and blazed like winter lightning after just a glimpse. The boy knew that no other deer would do. She was too beautiful and he had to have her. She danced away through the trees light as laughter. Declan looked up at the horizon. The sun was gone now. Nothing more than a red water smear along the treetops hunting at night was dangerous dangerous but he couldn't bear the thought of losing the doe he pushed ahead following the hoof prints in the forest loam soon soun it was full dark and the moon was barely a hangnail in the sky. Declan knew it was foolish but he pressed on anyway. He took careful full. Step after careful step but the wildwoods are treacherous at night no matter how careful a boy may be following the white does tracks by the edge of a stream he stepped on what looked like a solid rock it wasn't there was a grading roar that declan felt in his teeth breath with a spray of loose dirt and sand the rock tumbled down the river spank and declan tumbled with it he slid for a few feet and then fell fell into the open air with a yelp he threw out his hands and feltham sink into the mercifully sandy shore his legs his second later ter- though and a bright line of pain shot up from his calf for a minute he could only lay there panting bleeding cursing pursing stupid. He told himself stupid to hunt at night stupid to be so close to the river's edge. What had he been thinking but he knew he'd been thinking of the white doe and when he remembered for one mad moment he wanted to rise and chase her again the pain though the pain was rising from a nag to a dull roar how bad was it declan wondered he rolled onto his back and propped himself up against the riverbank he was scraped and bruised all over but his calf was the worst of it it had landed on a stone that jutted headed out from the riverbank like a snarl tooth and it had bitten him deeply. It was too dark to see how bad it truly was. Though all declan could do was bandage it with a spare shirt from his pack and hope that the bleeding would stop at least his bow and arrows were okay. He tried to rise to his feet again and stumbled back to the ground groaning in pain. His leg was too tender to hold his weight. He tried again and managed it only with a lot of sweating in snarling. It wasn't easy but he found he could walk along the river bed. If he kept one hand leaning on the bank it was a fairly wide river rich with fish and game which meant people would live somewhere along it. He was bound to run into some sooner or later and he could hopefully trade for some real bandages. Yes he hobbled along in the dark for a couple hours. It wasn't long before he could feel the blood welling out of his bandage enrolling down into his boots finally just when he was starting to look for a handy place to sleep along the water. He stumbled upon a little cabin in the forest. It was the sort of cabin you see deep in the woods. Sometimes the ones built by no one in particular and used by whatever passing hunters or hikers happen by this one was well kept enough all tight timbers and pitch there was a stone chimney to and the smoke curling from its mouth surely meant someone was inside aside. Normally declan would've knocked but the hour was late and he surely looked terrifying all bloody and muddy like he was instead dead. He settled for putting up his lean-to against the outer wall and re bandaging his calf with his only other shirt. The blood had finally stopped but the wound wound looked purple and ugly exhausted. He fell into a fitful sleep in his dreams. The white doe danced danced boy. You boy came a sing song avoids. Are you okay. Do you need some help. Declan woke up slowly. His calf throbbed in deep slow cycles. Ooh he managed to mumble. His tongue felt like sand in his his mouth. A wooden cup was pressed into his hands. He tilted it and gulped gratefully at the cool sweetwater. Chill rivulets blazed clean clean trails down his muddy chin thank you he said propping himself up. He was looking at a girl about his own age. She looked strong corded with muscles and her long pale hair spilled down her back. Why don't we go inside the trail cabin here. She said i can take take a look at that cut if you'd like he nodded and she helped him to his feet and through the mostly level doorway inside the cabin had a few bunks built into the wall and some wooden shares gathered around the stone fireplace. Declan fell into one of the chairs propping his injured leg up on another. I'm not as good as my mother. The girl said opening a cloth bag from the nearest bunk but i know a little bit of herb lore for medicine. She he took out a leaf that blushed red at the edges and a waxy looking cluster of berries. She crushed them into a piece of linen and then picked up a pail of water and handed it it to declan here clear cut off and i'll put a bandage on for you. She took the pale and a piece of cloth and tenderly washed away the mud from his cut and it was ugly and deep but thankfully didn't have the swollen red look of an infection. Thank you so much. He said my name is declan. By by the way what's yours. The girl finished crushing the ingredients into the linen added a pinch of moldy bread from her bag and then slapped it onto his cut. Me call me ali. She said tying the bandage in place finished. She started putting her things back in the bag. Will thank goodness. You're we're here on me. He said i was chasing after this doe last night like a fool and slipped down the riverbank. She froze in the middle of folding up her linens. Oh a hunter are you. She asked what made you try and chase the deer at night. It wasn't just any deer. She was white as a ghost. It was like she was glowing. I had to have her have her leg for dinner. Declan glenn laughed and rubbed the back of his neck. Yeah i guess so you ever see something so beautiful and so perfect. You just feel like you need it like. Maybe you deserve. Serve it even my family forages. She said we move around a lot and live off the land. We don't hunt and i don't really keep anything besides besides my bag with the few herbs. I don't really see a reason. There's nothing i truly need that. I can't find out there. She gestured broadly at the forest around the cabin. Declan stomach grumbled well right now. I'm thinking i truly need to have some food. He said from his bag he he pulled a mostly on crushed wheel of cheese. You maybe want to show me a few plants that are good to eat around here. I'll trade you some of my mother's cheese. Everyone one says she makes the best. There is north of paris well. My dad says it anyway on me smiled and agreed that day she showed him him how to dig for wild onions and tell the tasty berries apart from the poison. She showed him which mushrooms were good raw which were good cooked and which would kill you no no matter how you ate them. Declan followed her pale swishing hair eagerly always happy to know more about the woods at the end of the day he had burlap sack full of edible greens omalie said goodbye at the cabin saying she had to catch up with her family by that point it was almost oh stark so declan decided to sleep on one of the bunks but i as the sun was setting. He took up his bow and arrow and headed back into into the woods. Try as he might he couldn't get the beautiful white dove out of his mind he had to have her like an animal. Heating some baser instincts he pushed into the woods if pressed to explain it he wouldn't have been able to say why something had snared his spirit and it pulled him hand over hand into the gloom deeper and deeper. He plunged doing his best to head the direction he had last seen the white doe run. It was full midnight when he saw her. The white dove was walking slowly eating what declan now recognized as wild eld onion greens. If possible bathed in moonlight she was even more beautiful than before he froze his breath locked away in his breast now his hunter training screened at him now now before she sees with the fluid motion born of years of of practice he lifted his bow and knocked arrow the oiled wood gave the slightest grown as he pulled back the string and the does seem to hear it. She left opt forward justice. He released. No he cried. The deer crashed away into the darkness. His arrow glanced off a rock or maybe even a hoof hook and snapped in half on the ground. He sank to his knees and punched at the earth. She was too fast. He'd never catch up to her especially with his injured leg. He had no chance of catching her not that night bitterly cursing his luck and his aim he went back to the cabin been and fell into a restless sleep the next morning he woke to the cabin door banging open. He swung off the bunk at once fearing bandits. It's or some other half thought nightmare but it was only homily. She was limping. One leg wrapped in dark linens. Her long pale hair was plastered into her body with sweat omalie. He said helping her into a chair what happened. I thought you were leaving. Is your leg okay. She shoot shoot him away and pulled out a fresh bandage here. Clumsiness must be contagious. She said i was hurrying to catch up being careless and i fell into the brush rush. Some old stump got me right across the knee. When she was all bandaged and clean she stood up and shook her head all right now. I really need to catch up with my family. She said they're probably worried sick. Declan stood awkwardly and then gave her a sudden hug. What was that for for helping me and teaching me man because you got hurt. He said i just i don't know i guess i'll probably never see you again. But i really hope you find your family safe this time. You've just been really nice and i wish there was more i could do. Emily looked at him for a long moment and then nodded to herself. You could do me one favor. She said tell me what just just remember this for me. She sang then tilting her head back. The trilling bird cloud owned in the gory away from the song when it's green agreed to take wing buddied gome saying as sweet son won't alone in your call you camps kim stars from the squad so full of the wild the laura yes who when she finished declan stared eyes bulging like a frog. Can you remember that for me. He nodded his head in wonder. I don't think i'll ever forget it. She smiled one last time and then disappeared back into the forest. Declan spent the rest of the day hunting in half heartedly he saw the antler marks of a large buck knew it would make for some good hunting that he found himself ignoring it anyway in his heart he had come to know a simple truth either he would get the white doe or he would go home empty-handed that night. He went out looking for her again. Hoping against hope she was in the same general area and not dozens of leagues away at midnight. His hope was rewarded. He came around the side of a cedar grove and gasped there. She was the white doe lean and glowing in the moonlight. She seemed to be made of moonlight. Her soft radiance lending a tender silver hue to the forest she was is beyond beautiful and he had to have her hands steady and slow. He pulled an arrow from his quiver. The white doe was is still standing knee deep in bobbing patch of red poppy flowers. He put the arrow to the string drawing it back until the would seem to um with life the razor edge of the killing ero flashed in the does glow she saw it looked up at him and didn't run as most so would but stared. She stared right down. The shaft of the arrow stared right into his eyes. That's fun in a good another family. He breathed relaxing his poll on the bow. The deer made a gentle sound declan set down his bow and walked forward gently extending one hand. He noticed then that the pale hale white for was the exact same shade as i'm elise long flowing hair. How could he have ever been so blind. I'm i'm sorry he said i didn't know she leaned forward and laid her nose against his hand. He felt the warm caress wrestle her breath and shook his head. I understand now. He said petting her velvet forehead. Let your wild beauty thrive for me. You'll have no more trouble from me. She nuzzle his hand for a moment and then turned and bound away into the woods. Once once in the moonlight declan could have sworn she turned back to look but it may have just been a trick of the moon he returned home with no meat but bags of onions and herbs and his family was happy to have the food no matter where it came from and though declan never hunted for her again he still roamed the woods hoping against hope that one day slipping among the trees he'd see the brilliant wight dough just one more time the end today's story white doe ferry doe oh was an adaptation of a traditional french fairy tale written for you by daniel hynes and perform for you buy me amanda weldon with the song bias both if you would like to support stories podcast you can leave us a five star review on. I tunes make a monthly donation at patriotair dot com slash stories or simply. Tell your friends about us. Thanks for listening.
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The Plum Pit Thief
"Hello welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host amanda weldon. Today's stories called the plum pit thief an adaptation shen of korean fable written for you by daniel hynes today. We'd like to say a special thank you to and yuli and bear family from mari island vivian quin bethany and bristol and their family from melbourne australia sydney and chloe and the rest of the win family kincaid and sage and their your family from lakenheath so layup chris and pepper and their family from costa rica tyler and chloe and their family from hempstead north carolina stella stella and rafa and their family and eva m and her family from denver. Thank you so much ava rafa stella khloe tyler pepper her chris soliah sage kincaid khloe sydney bristol bethany quin vivianne yuli via. You are part of what makes impossible for us to continue to produce spun new stories for our listeners. 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Not all products are available in all states or for all amounts other restrictions and limitations apply home lending products offered by j. p. morgan chase bank n._a. An equal housing lender thanks enjoy the episode owed the plum pit thief once upon a time when korea had a king there was a hungry old man man named quon. He was too old to work and he'd outlived all his savings each day. He had a meager meal of rice and whatever wild greens he was able to gather it was a quiet life but it suited old kwan. He was a clever man and what he lacked in money. He made up for in books. They filled shelves along every wall of his home and when there wasn't enough food he filled himself with stories but sadly even the best stories won't keep your belly from grumbling when you run out of rice and that's exactly what happened to quan late one on fall. He looked for work but there was nothing for an old man like him. He tried to forage but the early frosts had killed anything edible. Oh soon kwon found himself starving and out of options with a heavy heart he headed into the market he found the stall of a rich merchant and when he thought no one was looking he stole a cup of rice just as much as he could grab with one shaky hand. Stop up thief came the guards ringing shout in an instant old kwan found himself staring down the gleaming edge of a sword. No oh i'm sorry he said pulling out the rice from his pocket. I was starving. Please here. Is your rice back too late for that. The guard said the king wants thieves punished harshly. You're going to see the judge. The guard bullied him into local jail and left him stewing in a cell after a lot of waiting. He was brought to the court there. The judge looked at him for barely a moment faith and caught red handed. What do you have to say for yourself well. I've never been a thief before. I ran out of food and i won't have more money until the market next week. I just didn't want want to starve. I'm sorry a thief is a thief is a thief and the king wants thieves punished harshly. You are to pay. Hey a fine of ten copper. Coins coins mouth fell open ten copper coins would feed him for a month for many months if if he was careful your honor if i had ten copper coins to spare i would have purchased food. I only stole because i have nothing thing please. I returned the rice. Have mercy what i'm hearing is you can't pay well by order of the king. Being your sentenced to five years in the dungeons old kwan tried to argue but he was dragged away by two burly guards. It's they dumped him. Unceremoniously in a cell underground it was bare stone with one tiny window set up near the ceiling. Being there was a bucket for the bathroom and a pallet of straw for a bed once a day his jailers would bring him a meal of worm. E scraps in a paper bowl. There was just enough in there to keep quan from starving but that was only food quan was clever and in the cell well he was starving for his books for his stories for interesting conversations with strangers at the market and the temple the most interaction he'd had in days was when a bird dropped a plump it by the window he moved too fast and scared the bird away though and watching it soar or into the distance he felt more trapped than ever no. It was worse than just food. He was starving for in his spirit and he knew oh that if he didn't get out soon the weight of being in prison would carry him to his grave. That can't happen. He decided he had to be strong. Instead of panicking he turned inward thinking of all he knew and started on a plan. He was after all all a clever man. The next day kwan called for the guard. She came in with her sword half drawn a sneer on her face. What is it prisoner. She barked. I have a gift for the king. He replied calmly. The guard laughed enrolled enrolled her. Is you have a gift for the king. That's ridiculous your a prisoner. I may be a prisoner kwan replied but i was given a magic gift by a lucky spirit. It told me on this gift will make you rich beyond imagining oh yeah. Why should i believe you. The guard asked her brows narrowed and she loosened her sword in its scabbard bird. If i'm lying i'd be executed. Why would i take that chance. The guard looked at him for a long time time fine. You can present your gift but you better hope that you're telling the truth. A few long cold in hungary days later old clever kwon found himself being dragged to the royal quarters. It was beautiful all paul intricately carved with grand thrown at the far end on the throne set the king broad and regal alongside the throne on the ambbassador the general and the prime minister all proud and royal looking in their own right a crowd of others there to view the day's decisions packed the sides of the hall. Well thief boomed the king. You peaked my curiosity but i don't don't have the time share your gift or face. The axe clone nodded and pulled from his pocket a pale white ball. It was origami folded from a few of his paper bowls. He unwrapped it slowly lovingly as though it were the most fragile thing in the world the court looked on with wonder inside was the gnarled plum pit. The bird had dropped near his window. It was nothing special but they didn't know that king. I was given this magic plum pit by an ancient spirit. If you plant this you'll grow nothing but plums of solid gold. There was a murmur in the court well if that's true. Why did you not plan to yourself. I see your in jail for stealing and not being able to pay the fine. Surely you could use some gold yourself alas said kwan with all the sadness he could muster. The spirit told me it will only work if it's planted by someone appeal or of heart someone who has never stolen or cheated. I thought surely the king with his famous hatred of thieves would be the best best man to plant it. The king looked at kwon older clever kwan and shook his head sadly ma. I cannot be the one to plant this. He said and the crowd gasped. When i was a boy. I stole a knife from my father. He said i wasn't wasn't ready yet and i wanted. It doesn't matter. I cannot plan to the seed. I understand your highness. Kwon said ambassador. How about yourself <hes> no i <hes> i don't think so the ambassador blustered he was i was thinking about how he had taken bribes in order to make favourable suggestions to the king well then how about you general the general look down at his boots suddenly ashamed he had kept copper coins men for his soldiers and had wasted them gambling. No oh not me. Quan put a desperate look on his face a pity but maybe prime minister surely you can plan this and harvest the golden plums. The prime minister was a famously honest woman but even she shook her head head she too had taken bribes over the years and her face flushed red with shame is they're non here. Among all you important orden decision makers that can plant this tree there were grumbles and mutters and no one came forward. The king's face paled old. He looked sick on his throne. Then kwun old clever kwan started to laugh he didn't mean to you but just seeing the look on all their faces pushed him over the edge and what's so funny. The king demanded oh you <music> all kwan laughed you take bribes and favors and carelessly steal more coins than i'll ever see in my life and then you put me in prison over over a handful of rice ten copper coins for rice. I stole because i was starving and you're fine. Put me in jail. You all have more money johnny then you know what to do with and still you still and then lock me away. His laughter died and he looked up at king with serious is your highness. I tried to take a handful of rice and i didn't even succeed for that crime. I'll have to rot in your dungeons for five years. The king looked embarrassed but finally he looked up and met kwanzaa is please as my king if you truly believe in justice you know this isn't right. The king sat on the throne. He licked his lips and shook his ahead slowly. I believe we should take up a collection for this man. Let anyone in my core who was too afraid to plant the plum. Give a a bit. I'll start myself. The king summoned a serving man who returned with a small leather purse. It was passed around the room mm-hmm and quietly sheepishly filled. When it got back to the king he opened it up and counted out ten copper coins then he cinched pinched the bag and threw it to quan mid seems that gore fine has been paid friend. He said more than that. You've taught us all all of valuable lesson. It's easy to make laws and to pass judgment but so too. Is it easy to get carried away. I will look at to these thieving fines. I have made perhaps perhaps i was too hard on the poor. Thank you your highness. Kwan said with the bow you honor me. You've honored yourself and that purse is your payment. You may go free but i i require one more orth thing from you. Yes your highness. You must leave the plummeted with me real. Oh rely. I don't care it will stay jay here in my quarters and serve as a reminder for all of us of course your highness kwan said and then croissant on old clever kwan. He left the pit and took the purse. He's strolled out of the palace whistling to himself. Once more of freeman he returned happily home to his books and he never went hungry again. The end today's story the plum pit beef was an adaptation of a korean fable written for you by daniel hynes and perform for you. Buy me amanda weldon. If you would like to support stories podcast you can leave us a five star review on. 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The Druid's Harp of Ireland
"Hello, welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host. Amanda weldon. We're celebrating Saint Patrick's Day with a special two part story called the druids harp of Ireland an adaptation of an Irish myth written for you by Daniel Hynes. Today's episode is part one tune in soon for park to today, we'd like to say a special thank you to Raymond Marvin. And Lucille and their family, Paul and Isabel and their family Naomi and her family from Ottawa Ontario. Rachel and THEO and their family Millie and Yuki and their family, zephyr, and his family and miles and Ari and the rest of the Klein family. Thank you so much Ari miles, zephyr, Yuki Milly, THEO Rachel, Naomi, Isabel, Paul Lucille, Marvin and Raymond. You are part of what makes it possible for us to continue to produce bun new stories for our listeners if you would like to support stories pod. Cast. You can leave us a five star review on I tunes. Make a small monthly donation. Patriot dot com slash stories or just tell a friend about us. 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You can find Macari on the app store or on Macari dot com. M E R C A R I Macari the selling app. Thanks. Enjoy the episode. The druids harp of Ireland part one. Once upon a time when Ireland was I feeling the touch of human hands. There was a terrible battle on an icy beach on one side where the people of Ireland the brave humans that had a drop of fairy blood and had first settled the emerald dial on the other side where the full Maurya NHS a race of hideous monsters. They lived on a rocky island near Ireland's coast, and they would swim the ocean and raid the shores stealing crops and cows from the humans and burning down their homes at first the attacks had been rare. But as Ireland grew richer, the raids came more and more often day and night. The fighting surged like the endless tied the sons, I raise crested the rocky shoreline and swept west to glint and gleam off swords and axes Starlight reflected. Bright on polished, shields and dented, Helms, shouts and grunts and cries. Filled the air and the goals cod. Endlessly in response, you couldn't take a breath without choking on the smells of dust, and sweat and war. Yes, it was a terrible battle. And it was there on the shores of Ireland's northern coast that the heroes held strong against the monsters the humans grouped in a line by the water's edge. Those in front had tall shields. Those behind long swords and spears their battleground was a rainy beach. It's amber sand was littered with broken stones and shattered. Shields the ocean hissed as it broke upon the shore. And every wave seemed to carry more Famour, Ian monsters with it the creatures grouped together yelling to one another in their strange gargling voices from a squat stone tower on the battles edge. The human leaders looked on there were two of them the warrior Liu and the druid Dagda ancient Irish druids. Were a mix of magic and song and Dagda was the best of them. So even though he stood on a squat stone tower at the battles edge when he spoke his mighty voice, soared through the hard driven rain, like an arrow here. They call them. Stan solid now roots of stone before the plow. He cried a second later the Famour, Ian, charged a hideous and wild stampede watch the barbs and watched the clause wear the fangs and crushing jaws the humans raise their shields. And the Famour aliens crashed into them driving them back. The warriors cursed and struggled booth slipping on the rainy shore, the monsters loved, the rain. It was no wonder why as they looked more eel than human. They stood on two legs. But we're long and slippery and fish faced with spindly limbs and grasping arms bad as they looked. They. Smelled even worse and the Irish holding their shields retreated one step and another backing away from the C sensing weakness, the monsters hissed and scratched and bit their teeth and claws screaming against the shields of oak and iron. Where losing this battle said Lou the great warrior prince he stood next to Dagda on the command tower and held a glistening spear the spear was magic and always return to lose hand. When called he gripped it anxiously now clenching so hard his knuckles were pale, white moons. These monsters are endless the old druid nodded the monsters were like evil spirits strike one down and another stumbled snarling from the sea. They truly seemed countless and their numbers were driving the Irish warriors back the troops. Just need a little help to beat. These beasts back to the kelp Dagda said picking up his harp. It was a beautiful instrument made of Irish oak with strings of silver and gold. Do you always have to rhyme Lou asked it keeps me in good practice? It annoys me. That's just a fringe benefit Lou shook his head, and then I'd the harp and scoffed, and how are you going to help with that? Anyway, he'll go into play them a song. I song said Dagda, they're tired and more. They're running out of hope consciously it in their faces. Can't you read it written in the lines of their eyes? Below the human struggled against the Famour, Ian monsters for every beast. They knocked back into the waves. Another washed ashore to take its place. Lou looked down and grunted ever. The poet all I see is hard pressed fighters, they need your spear. Not your songs what could I do with a spear sleigh? One fo with a song, I can touch a thousand hearts if the monsters have hearts, you better believe my spear will touch them Lu replied, bitterly. That's the problem. Boil your spear limits your thinking, how do you mean Dagda touched a string and listen to it's quiet note, a song can do many things for a person. Asante client or steady. Crowd. The whatever their cheer, Linda m- some music. Now you. Song worst. Soon you will be laughing on your face sometimes as better than grace. a song. Elliot dance. Modlin romance. Concern full on your head in the next time. You hear it you'll dance. Tender and true. All your heartaches. Cheers. You'll find yourself. Years. In early spring rain will sing. Refrain. Passion when lay. Sleep. That's played staring at brain Li at length oil waken, then lend are. Yes. A song can do a great many things and to spear can only kill so killings. All you think shoe Lou looked down expression dark, maybe so which I am afraid. The spear is all I know how to play he stepped forward. One foot on the towers edge Dagda nodded once may your strength. Be sure major song be sweet Lou replied, and then he leapt from the tower pay through his spiracy fell. The magic weapon flew through the monsters ranks only stopping when Lou hit the ground and gave a shout at his command. The spear turned and flew back slapping into his hand told me on stirs. He bellowed today. You learn to fear the people of Ireland. Above Dagda smiled and strummed his harp. It was a simple tune, but Dagda was the greatest player to ever live, and he had enchanted the instrument himself at his touch, the music rang out across the battlefield. It turned to a March sounding of war, drums and piper's immediately. The Irish felt their exhaustion bleed away replaced by a new found strength as one they pushed against the snarling mass with their shields and the monsters stumbled back Dag does music flowed through them, and they gave him mighty roar. And now, it was the creatures. Who were retreating far word men, cried Lou the warrior prince give these beasts back to the salt. He charged forward. His magic spear flying through the monstrous from orients and then back to his hand after every throw behind him charge two thousand Irish warriors armed with spears and long swords of bronze and iron. The weapons splashed in the rain every swing sending tales of salty water spraying through the air satisfied. Dagda sat down his heart and picked up his Blackthorn club the club to was magic. And with it. He could heal the injured a song still on his lips he leapt from the tower to the sands below charging forward to help his warriors magic as he was even Dagda couldn't see everywhere at once. Which is why he didn't see the Famour Ian sneaking up from the back of the tower. They had slipped through the battle in the rain and confusion and waited for the druid to leave one stag to had left. They broke the lock and crept into the tower. They had hoped to find lose mighty spear. But he had taken it with him. Instead they had to settle for Dag does harp. They tumbled the instrument into a net of seaweed and carried it back with them into the icy waters, and they didn't. No it then. But that theft would prove to be their downfall. To be continued. Today's story part one of the druids harp of Ireland was an adaptation of an Irish myth written for you by Daniel Hynes and performed for you buy me, Amanda Weldon with songs by us. Both tune in for part two coming soon, if you would like to support stories podcast, you can leave us a five star of you on I tunes. Make a monthly donation patriot dot com slash stories or just tell your friends about us. Thanks for listening.
The Hare's Tug of War
"Hello welcome to stories podcast. I'm your host amanda weldon. Today's story is called the hairs tug of war an adaptation shen of central african fable written for you by daniel hynes today we'd like to say a special thank you to alison and ben and the rest of the schmidt family from minnesota jona and emerson and their family jacob and ian and the rest of the factor family nori and henry and their family from merriam kansas lillyanne an and her family from quincy california emerson and finnegan and the rest of the beam family and dara epa and nieve and their family from dublin ireland and thank you so much nieve epa dara finnegan emerson lillyanne henry nori ian jacob emerson jona ben and alisyn listen. You are part of what makes it possible for us to continue to produce fun new stories for our listeners. If you'd like to support stories podcast you can leave us a five star review on. I tunes or just tell a friend about us. 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An equal housing lender with today's distractions and busy schedules it's easy to lose sight of what's really important to us the things we love and appreciate real moments with family from cooking homemade meals with your grandparents grandparents to catching up with a friend over allante to making tasty smoothies with your kids in the morning dairy milk helps us savor the moments that matter with the ones we love one live my very favorite summertime memories is making milkshakes with my brother and then drinking them outside on the porch and the son his favorite flavor was vanilla and mine was always chocolate with lots of whipped cream on top milk is a simple and wholesome ingredient. That's enhanced. Some of my life's most loved memories. Milk is naturally nutrient rich and is a good source of high quality protein for your muscles. The calcium vitamin d and milk helps strengthen your bones and the b. vitamins. Give you lots of energy for running around outside now that the weather's getting nicer nicer make the most of the real moments with something the whole family loves real delicious milk head to milk life dot com for more. Thanks enjoy the episode. The hairs tug of war once upon a time in liane tamed wilds of africa. There was a hungry little hair. She was willing to eat most anything but being so small the bigger your animals would bully her around she'd no sooner starting nibbling at a sweet ripe berry then she'd be chased off and today was no different and she had just settled into a nice patch of dark juicy clusters when there came a terrible trumpeting. Oh the little hair bellowed ms elephant. She was the biggest bully of them all and her appetite was endless. What what do you think your doing eating my favorite berries. I just wanted a few. The little hair cried side sorry but i can spare them. Ms elephants replied and then she cleared the whole bush with a great wiggle snuff half of her mighty trunk. It was so strong it knocked the poor little hair into the dirt and got dust all in her floppy ears run along now you fuzzy. You runt these berries for the big girls muttering and hungry. The little hair hopped away from the berries. He's maybe i'll have better luck by the river. She said the current was sluggish and brown but lots of bright tasty flowers grew on the banks. The little rabbit found a delicious looking patch and started to eat no sooner had she nibbled her first shoot. Though than a great toothy head bursts out of the water it roared sweet jumping whiskers the little rabbit exclaimed the toothy head was followed followed by a great grey waddling body. It was mr hippo and he looked hungry enough to stomp mobile on a little hair he grumbled. These are my tasty greens. Strictly for big boys like me. He bulled in close his cavernous governess mouth swallowing the whole flower patch in one bite. It was so aggressive at knocked into the little hair and tumbled her into the mud of the river bank. Hey come on was that really necessary. Run along the little squirt little hoppers like you don't belong near the water shivering and miserable the little rabbit hopped back home to her borough it was a cozy little home in the tall swaying grass us but that only meant her rumbling stomach echoed all around her the sound of it seemed to fill her floppy ears and drive her mad. That's it. She said to herself when she couldn't take it anymore. I may not be big but i'm clever and i'm done being pushed around. She stayed up all through the night planning and slept well past sunrise but no sooner had she blinked open. Her pretty little is than she was off hopping madly across the sun baked african morning. Hey miss elephant. She shouted after finally tracking down the big and burly a beast yeah down here. Ms elephants stripped another bush of its buries her trunk curl to drop them into her mouth itself bigger than the little hairs entire borough. Oh it's the fuzzy little runt. She said rolling her wide hazel is oh. I thought i told you the berries off a big girls. Only you did then. Why are you here. Get lost already here because i'm sick of you pushing me around the little hair said standing kinda sorta tall on her back legs eggs. Maybe small but i'm just as strong as you are justice strong as me. Oh aw ms elephant burst into trumpeting laughter. Oh do you need some help. Maybe did you hit your little head. My head's just fine. Thank you and i can prove i'm just as strong. She hopped back a bit and lifted a heavy coil of vine. You you take one end of this vine and i'll take the other through the woods so we have some space. When you feel me start pulling you pull back you want to play tug of war with me. She erupted into another fit of of brassy trumpeting laughter. Oh you can't be serious. I am serious. The little hair said and she said it seriously if you win. I'll never bother you again but if i can prove i'm just as a strong then i get to eat the berries to no more keeping me out all right fluff ball ms elephants said and she picked picked up the vine in her trunk run along and get pulling. I can't wait around all day. Just a minute. The little hair said then picking up the other end of the vine. She hopped off towards the river. Hey mr hippo. She shouted at the muddy waters. Get your the big back tiny tales cell phone out here right now. A toothy head crashed up from the water spraying mud and pebbles blah. Ah he roared his big body slammed down onto the riverbank so close that the little hair felt the muskie breeze. She didn't flinch though oh she knew she had to seem fearless. Whore you calling big back tiny tail. Mr hippo grumbled. I will have you know ullmark. Tail is considered quite lovely. Among hip bows besides your rear end looks like a cotton ball. So who are you to talk. I'm i'm sick of you pushing me around on the riverbank. She said and she threw down the vine. She was carrying. You say these river flowers are only for big boys well. I may look small but i'm just as strong as you. I challenge you to a game of tug of war. Mr hippo started laughing. It sounded like he was gargling boulders. The little hair shouted to be heard over the terrible racket. I challenge you to a tug of war if you win. I'll never bother you again but if i can prove i'm strong you have to share the riverbank proper proper papa papa papa. You prove your strong. He'll own last second against a big boy. I'm the biggest boy there is aw then take the bet fine are due. Mr hippo said and he grabbed the end of the vine. Wait just just a second for me to get to the other end when i pull then it's time to start. Mr hippo replied with the vine in his toothy mouth brought it r._e._o. R._e._o. The little hair ran back into the brush hopping along the vine she had laid after a minute. She found the not she had tied in the middle. One one end snaked back to the river the other deeper into the wilds one and held by mr hippo the other in the trunk of ms elephant of course they thought it was the little hair they were pulling against and the brush was so thick there was no chance they'd see otherwise with a sly smile will the little hair tugged on the vine and then took a step back at the same instant. The two big beefs began to poll the vines snapped napped taught and helmed with tension. Both mr hippo and ms elephant nearly fainted in surprise when the little hair put up such a fight but they wouldn't let themselves themselves lose to a little thing like her get ready. Get said we're gonna have a big tug of war. Eh tough you think you'll win as bad you don't wanna tag silence and yet eighty small. I'm maybe fluffy hippos her big elements qatar snuffy rabbits or smart green now on the shell us. You're the jungle draw some little aw yay yet it with a whip crack twang. The vine nine popped apart right in the middle ms elephant and mr hippo both stumbled back and fell onto their giant rear ends. The little hair ran to one in and then the other tail bobbing and gave them her biggest smile. See the rope broke before you could move me. I am just as strong long just as mighty and just as hungry as you so now. Will you let me eat in peace. In the end. Mr stor hippo and ms elephants apologized to the little hair and admitted she was very strong indeed and from that day forward they always treated needed her as an equal and saved her one of the best spots to eat this was surprising to all the other little critters in the wilds but when they asked her how she had earned earned a spot among the giants she would just give a sly smile. She knew she was a giant to a giant brain. Which in the end turned out to be just as good the end today story the hairs tug of war was an adaptation of a central african fable written for you by daniel hynes and performed for you buy me amanda weldon with the song bias both if you would like to support stories podcast you can leave us a five five star review on. I tunes make a monthly donation. Patriot dot com slash stories or simply. Tell your friends about us. Thanks for listening.
Phaeton Steals the Sun
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They looked like the strongest most beautiful horses that ever galloped and their mighty wings sprouted from their proud backs like those of some giant eagle, these were the cousins of the mighty Pegasus, and they were just as wondrous as their more famous family member, the only difference, where Pegasus was the shining silver of moonlit snow, these four were gold, not the solid gold of rings and crowns. But the blazing tawny gold of summer. Sunrise, good morning. My mighty steeds came a booming voice ready as always, I see never been a better horse-borne than these, it was Helius the horse's owner Helius was one of the gods. Of ancient Greece. And a child of the titans. He was full of old magic and he had one of the most important jobs of all each morning. He would hook his chariot to the sun and pull it across the sky of Greece bringing light to all the eager plants and animals and people of the land. It was a difficult and dangerous job. But Helius was up to it. Come now. Fading ready? The reins he called Faten was his son. He'd only recently started letting fate and help and the boy was so proud. He seemed to glow and well maybe he did glow at least a little after all Helius was a God, so Fatan was considered a Demi God and being Helius is son. He carried some of that power himself. Some is not all though, as Fatan would learn to his dismay, make sure the straps are. Boy, Helius said they were standing on the edge of a cloud near Mount Olympus high above the world where the rest of the gods dwelled. Yes, stat. I got it said, Fatan cinching down the red leather straps against the golden bodies of the flying horses already to go good works on Helius said as he stepped into his golden chariot and picked up the reins. Now step back. I'll see you tonight. Faten beamed at his father and stepped back on word to greet the day. The God called out to the horses. They beat their mighty wings once twice and then leaped into the air, the golden chariot, and he'll ios must have weighed hundreds of pounds, but the horses pulled them effortlessly into the sky as Fatan watched the chariot, flew over the horizon dip down to grab the sun and then blazed. Back up into the air. The son found its place in the sky and started shining spreading molten gold, light onto the land one day fate, and said to himself as the sun warmed his skin. One day, that'll be me. He said, the same thing later that day to his, friends, fellow demigods armonia and Arcus. They didn't seem to agree. Don't be silly said the beautiful hormone your father is a God, but you're just a Demi God, there's no way you can drive your father's chariot. What said Fatan surprised? Of course I can. I've been helping get ready. And I know all the steps friend said, Arcus clapping Fatan on the shoulder. Getting ready is one thing. But driving the sun chariot is another forget about it. Come hunting with means dead Faten. Shrugged off his hand. You always want to go hunting every time anyone has a problem hunting is your answer Arcus. Blushed a little. I like hunting. Don't get mad at me just because you can't drive the sun chariot. Come on, guys, harmonious said raising her hands between them. We don't have to fight. There's an easier way to solve this. They both turned to her. She smiled impishly. Well, I think if eaten wants to prove he can drive the chariot then he should drive. The chariot Arcus rolled his eyes Helius would never let him drive. He doesn't even let Zeus drive. And he's the thunder. God. Yeah. Said Fatan besides I've asked before and he told me, I'm too young more or like to mortal said, harmonious admit it, your human side is way too chicken to do. Do it. She started to walk like chicken, and Arcus laughed. I am not at Shikin said Fatan clenching his fists. Why could definitely drive the sun cheery if I wanted to sure, you could harmonious said with a little smile, we definitely believe you. She winked obviously at Arcus and they both cracked up again. Fine said Faden a little too loudly fine. You just watch the sunrise tomorrow morning, watch and see how well I drive his friends laughed again. And then the conversation moved on harmonium and Arcus for God about their teasing right away, but not Fatan he dwelled on it for the rest of the day, even during dinner. He was quiet and distant playing with his food more than eating it. His thoughts were consumed with thoughts of driving the sun chariot, he imagined himself, tall and broad. But as his father and muscled like a statue standing in the chariot he dreamed of taking up the heavy leather reins, smooth and warm and shouting, the flying horses into action, he fantasized about scooping up the sun and bringing light to people all over the world by the time he went to bed that night, he knew he had to try he knew he'd get in trouble. And he knew that maybe his friends weren't, so friendly after all if they were going to tease him like that, but it didn't matter. He wanted to drive, the sun chariot and nothing was going to stop him. The next morning. Faten awoke early dressed in the dark and snuck out to the chariot Helius was still asleep and the world was quiet moving silent as a ghost Fatan got the chariot and the flying horses ready when he was finished. It was near dawn, he knew his father would be up any moment. Don't do it. He thought to himself if I stop now Dodd, we'll just think I got up early to help. I won't be in trouble. He'd probably be happy if I stop now but he looked at the chariot gleaming, sunrise, golden. He looked at the horses. Beautiful tawny. Wings, stretched, wide and anticipation of their flight. No, he couldn't stop not now that idea or no, he had to drive the chariot he had to prove it to his friends, but more he wanted to prove it to himself. Trembling Fatan stepped into the chariot and picked up the reins. The horse's looked at him a little strangely, but still, they stretch their wings and didn't fly. Why wouldn't they fly Faten thought about what his father did? And remembered. Oh, onward to make the day. He said his voice shaky. The horses looked at him again. One winning and stomped impatiently, okay. Then fate and said to himself. One more time with feeling now onward to greet the day, he bellowed it in his best impression of his father, and it was good enough for the horses. They beat their mighty wings once twice and then leaped into the air. Fating screened and excitement as they began to fly through the air, he started punching the air in celebration, but he nearly lost the reins and calm down a little whoa, okay? Now to get the son, this was the part, he didn't really understand. But his father had told him once that the horses new the way fate, and hoped that it was true because he certainly didn't know thankfully, they banked and swooped, and they're on the edge of Mount Olympus Fatan saw the son of ancient Greece. It was beautiful, but too bright to look upon for long, K panicked, for a moment about how he would carry it, but it was simpler than that, as they flew by the sun. It attached itself to the back of the chariot blazing fourth and sending trickles of warm sweat down Phaetons back that was it. He had the sun now it was time to make it rise. He flicked the reins and at once the horses beat their wings and made for the heavens with a rush and roar Faten found himself high above the world, the horses new the way, and they let him well soon he held the reins and stared in wonder the world was spread below him. The craggy outlines of Greece's shores marbled Brown and green against the aquamarine of the seas. It was the most beautiful thing. He had ever seen and it made him whoop with joy the horses beat their wings and their speed picked up the wind, rushed by Phaetons head pushing back his hair and tugging at his clothes. He clung tightly to the reins, slipping in the chariot the heat of the sun starting to sting, his back. Whoa. Slow down. He cried, but the horses either couldn't hear or didn't care. They went faster still and fate. And watched in horror as they tore across the sky, the sunlight pouring over Greece, and then moving too quickly giving them a few minutes of daylight before casting them back into night. Too fast too fast. We need to make sure they have sun all day seeing the horses were still ignoring him. He pulled on the reins. They ignored that to what could he do? He, I'd the golden rear of the horse lashed closest to the chariot when he got the horses ready in the morning, they always listen to a little swat on the rump if he could just get close enough. He reached out letting go of the reins with one hand stretching his fingertips, just brushed the horse's hair. He leaned out of the chariot, the wind roared past his ears. He put his belly on the chariots edge, and leaned further out his feet, leaving the floor just a little more. He raised his arm to slack, the horse's, rump and get its attention. But the horses turned in the air at the same moment, Satan lost all balance his stomach dropped screaming. He saw the chariots suddenly above him as he plummeted towards the ground. He flailed wildly. And in a bit of luck his hand found the loose reins as he fell past them. He grabbed on and clung tightly hanging below the chariot now his unexpected weight pulled the lead horse hard to the side and it collided with the horse next to it their wings tangled, and they started falling to the horses, and chariot falling with them Fatan, screened as he saw they were plummeting towards a giant forest as they got closer. The green leaves started to smoke and crisp under the heat of the sun now much closer than it was ever supposed to be the horses flapped wildly and they pulled up just above the treetops. Well. Where the treetops used to be the sun, burned them away, as they got close and where that forest used to be now, there was nothing but a smoking desert. Oh, not good. He squeaked as the horses fought against the tangled reins with a burst of desperate strength, Faten manage to climb the leather hand over hand and pull himself back into the chariot just in time to see the sun boil away a large section of the Nile river. Definitely not good. He yanked the reigns. Trying to get the horses back in order. But he only tangled them more all four were stuck now to couldn't flap. Their giant wings at all the chariot rose, slowly in the air hovered for a moment on the desperate, flaps of the two remaining horses. But they couldn't do it alone. The chariot tipped and then began to fall again. No, no, no fair. Dayton's words turned into a scream as he spun wildly towards the ground flying horses tangled chariot, plummeting sun, blazing all around in an endless lurching blur his stomach flipped and flopped and his face went milk white, and it was all he could do not to be sick. My dad is going to be soon. Then sudden as sneezing everything froze. Fatan blinked, peering out from the rim of the chariot had he managed to land safely. Unfortunately he had not. No. He was still hovering in air, he hadn't landed he'd been caught in more ways than one holding the chariot aloft in mid air, was his father, looking angrier than he'd ever been worse next to him with Zeus leader of all the Greek gods. And as angry as Helius looked Zeus was even angrier thunder and lightning danced in his poems. And his is smoke, like Kohl's have an ice ride Helius asked own fate, and replied, I should blush you out of the sky, you'll burn a forest into desert. Boiled away part of the Nile. I. Zeus sputtered to mad to finish Helius, laid a hand on Zeus is shoulder. He's still my son. How about a punishment that doesn't involve any lightning strikes, just this once? Fine. Grumbled zeus. But if I ever see him anywhere near the sun chariot, again, you won't squeak Fatan, I better not roared Zeus. And then with a peel of thunder, he was gone and true to his word Helius punished Faten though he didn't use any lightning. The boy was banned from returning to Mount Olympus and lived the rest of his days. Among the human world it was a little hard to get used to it. I but eventually. Well, he found a job as a chariot driver, a regular chariot driver. He had a few more crashes but a whole lot of fun. And most importantly, he didn't burn up anymore forests or boil any rivers, not even one, not even once though he was known to hit an ancient mailbox or two. The end today story Faten steals, the sun was a Greek myth adapted for you by Daniel Hynes and performed for you. Buy me Amanda Weldon, if you would like to support stories podcast, you can leave us a five star review on, I tunes make a monthly donation at patriot dot com slash stories or just tell your friends about us. Thanks for listening.