Targy: Tale of the Great Bunny Star
by Jonas Hyde
Entertains ages 3-12
Deep in the quiet Forest of Treehoth, over the River of Oxyl, and past the Lake of the Rising Sun, hid the Secret Woods of Junto. These weren’t just any old secret woods that were hidden past the Lake of the Rising Sun, over the River of Oxyl, and deep in the Forest of Treehoth. These secret woods just happened to be the home of the one and only Targy the Great Bunny Star.
Many a story has been written about Targy the Great Bunny Star, but none more important than the story I am about to tell you here. Sure, Targy’s journey into the Heart of Wonders, or the time she discovered the Miniature Mice of Middleclouds, are both great stories. However this story, the story of how Targy the Great Bunny Star got her special name (not Targy – her parent’s named her that silly), but the Great Bunny Star, is what this story is all about.
So sit back, relax, and listen, because Targy’s tale is one of fantastic adventure, fanciful fairies, and plain old funny fun!
It all started when Targy turned 10 (that’s the Coming of Age age for rabbits), and she left the Forest of Treehoth for the first time ever. She didn’t plan on leaving the forest. As with all things that ever happened to Targy, she just kind of found herself in that situation.
Her entire life, up until this point at least, Targy didn’t have many responsibilities. Of course she had to clean her room, do dishes, and sometimes even help her parents in the yard, but besides those chores, she was free to do what she wanted.
Some parts of the year Targy went to school with all of her friends, but that hardly seemed like a chore. She LOVED school! But when Targy turned 10, it was during the summer months, when school was already done for the last year and had not yet started for the next. It was during these months that Targy usually found herself in the most precarious of situations.
The Coming of Age time is a really, really special time for rabbits in the Forest of Treehoth. It’s when they get a special title. For some, like Bruno the Boring Bunny, the names are not so cool. For others, such as Sara the Silly Sweet Bunny, it’s way neat. Well Targy had high hopes for her name, like Targy the Totally Awesome Bunny, which would be way more awesome than Targy the Perpetually Grounded Bunny.
Either way, she was excited that it was finally time for her Coming of Age ceremony, which usually involved a big party and some crazy hocus pocus. But as with everything in Targy’s life, her ceremony did not exactly go as planned.
The short part of this story is telling you how the Coming of Age party was supposed to go. Just like for all the other bunnies, everyone in town would get together as the sun went down. The bunny would approach the town elders, (those were all the old bunnies that lived in the area, who by that age preferred to be called rabbits), and they would give the bunny a nickname.
Usually, the name would come from how the bunny had acted during their lives (which was really just another way to get the bunnies to behave while growing up, because really, no one wanted to be called Susie the Terrible Tyrant Bunny). Afterwards there would be a huge party, and this was really the best part, because all the bunnies would get to stay up late, play, and eat crazy candies, cakes, and cookies. I mean, right, what a great time!
But sometimes, and this was very rare, something would happen to the bunny that would help them earn a name… a name the town elders did not pick themselves. Bunnies such as Thomas the Town Builder Bunny and Julie the Beautiful Bunny Bunny got their names for obvious reasons, but trust me, there is a story to be told there as well. This, my friend, is where Targy’s story really started.
Those who knew Targy should not have been surprised at the events that happened. Nothing ever really seemed to go as planned where Targy was concerned, and her Coming of Age time was no different. But then again, that’s what made Targy… well, Targy!
It all started on the Eve, which was not to be confused with Birthday Eve or Christmas Eve, but rather, the Eve of the Coming of Age. Although, this would have been a mouthful to say over and over again, so instead, was simply called the Eve. Trust me on this though, if you ever are vacationing in the Secret Woods of Junto, and just happen to mention the Eve, every bunny will know exactly what you are talking about.
So in the morning, which some may say is contrary to its name but was when the Eve actually took place, just after the sun started to shine and the fresh dew began to glisten on the trees, Targy heard a knock on her window.
What, does that surprise you? Not all rabbits live in rabbit holes you know. Some, like those who lived in the Secret Woods of Junto, had their own homes. Most were even lined with their own carrot gardens. Because what they say is true, rabbits really do love their carrots. Besides, Targy would never be caught living in some dirty old rabbit hole!
So, back to the knock, because I’m sure you are curious as to who it is. But don’t worry; there is no need to be scared. Targy sure wasn’t! The knock was a familiar knock to her, and belonged to her most bestest friend in the world, Lilly.
Even though so far I have only told you about Targy, anyone who knew Targy, or even had heard stories of her, knew of Lilly as well. The two were like peas in a pod. But instead of being small, round, and green, one was a bunny and the other a squirrel. So sure, maybe they did not look alike, but boy they sure did act alike. They might as well have been sisters!
Everywhere that Targy went, Lilly was sure to go, and everywhere Lilly went, Targy would follow. So on the rare occasion when they went in different directions… well, you can see what the problem would be! Luckily, such things did not happen often.
Excited to see her friend, Targy opened the window and Lilly came jumping in with a big smile on her pretty little face! Compared to Targy, Lilly was a little one. Sure, most squirrels are smaller than rabbits anyways, but you would never really notice it until you saw a squirrel and a bunny, ears and all, standing side by side. But what Lilly lacked in size, she made up for in spunk. Besides, she had proven time and time again that anything Targy could do, she could do too.
Like the time they raced to the River of Oxyl and back. We’ve all heard the story of the tortoise and the hare, but that hare would have been no match for this squirrel! And when it came to hops, some in the Forest of Treehoth swore Lilly was a flying squirrel… that’s just how awesome she was.
“So Targy, today’s the day. Are you excited? Huh, are ya? Are ya?” Lilly asked, circling her friend with enthusiasm.
Laughing out loud Targy replied, “Of course I am Silly Lilly. I’ve been waiting for today my whole, entire life.”
“Any idea what name the elder rabbits are gonna give ya?”
“Well, the newest idea I came up with last night was Targy the Magnificent Bunny. But then I thought I would sound too much like a magician. And I don’t know any magic tricks, so that could end up a bit embarrassing, or at the very least, awfully confusing. But it doesn’t matter anyway. Can you believe none of the elders have asked for any of my ideas?”
“You know, I don’t think that’s exactly how it’s supposed to work Targ,” Lilly said with a smile as she gave her friend a big hug. “So, what do you want to do today?”
“I don’t know, it’s such a loooooong time until the ceremony. Wanna go for a hike? I hear the rainbow orchids have gotten their color, and those are always so pretty. We can get some for our hair. I think it would look great for tonight.”
“Um, didn’t your mom tell you to stick around town today?”
“I think she meant stick around later on so I wouldn’t be late. But if we go early, we’ll be back early. I’m sure that’s what she really meant.”
“Hmmm,” Lilly thought to herself as she weighed the idea before responding, “Sounds like a great plan to me. Let’s go!”
With those fateful words is where the long part of our story begins. Because you see, as I mentioned earlier, nothing ever seemed to go as planned for Targy, which is the exact reason her mom suggested she stay nearby on this special day in the first place.
No matter their good intentions, Targy and Lilly were masters at finding themselves in sticky situations. Such as the time they went on a hike and ended up in the Sticky Stickwaters of Sticksdale… now that was really a sticky situation for sure. At least you could be sure they wouldn’t end up there again! If we ever get the time, that will definitely have to be another story I share with you.
The two friends set out, with plan in mind to visit the rainbow orchids and be back before lunch. The girls both decided not to let anyone know, especially Targy’s mom, that they were going in the first place. They did not want to start a fuss. Besides, they really, really wanted to surprise everyone with some beautiful flowers for the ceremony tonight, and there were no prettier flowers anywhere in the Forest of Treehoth than the rainbow orchids.
With the morning sun still fresh in the sky, Targy and Lilly began their journey. For them it seemed simple enough, but for you and me, it’s what this story is really all about.
The trek to the rainbow orchids was an easy one, and was a trip the two friends had made often in the past. All they had to do was go through the woods, over a hill, and around a bend. Sure, that might not sound helpful as far as directions go, but if you ever get the chance to see the hill or walk around the bend, you would know exactly what I mean.
Once there, a short walk down and across Cricket Creek would get you to the outskirts of the rainbow orchids, which at first glance would not seem impressive at all. In fact, you might not even know you were there unless you had been there before, because the orchids on the outer ends were all green and brown like the surrounding trees.
It worked out well though, because the random visitor would likely pass the nestled field without even a second glance. But for the locals in the area, they all knew that the deeper they went, the more amazing the field became.
Now some may think the rainbow orchids were given their name because of all the different colors of the orchids. Shades of blue, pink, purple, yellow, orange and more, the flowers were all so beautiful. But it’s how these orchids got their color, which is the best part of this part of the story, and is the real reason they have the name that they do.
You see, a loooong time ago, a leprechaun named Larry (though he preferred to be called Lawrence) was visiting the Forest of Treehoth. Now you may not believe in leprechauns, or fairies, or unicorns or the like, but I can tell you for sure, that in these parts, such things are as real as you and I.
Anywho, Larry…. sorry, I mean Lawrence, was about to retire, which meant he was turning his leprechauning duties over to the younger leprechauns. Before he could though, he had to find a place to hide his life’s earnings… his pot o’ gold.
Well, you’ve probably heard how such leprechauns hide their gold at the end of a rainbow, and Lawrence’s pot of gold was no different. But don’t get your hopes up too much, there was no pot of gold here at the rainbow orchids.
No, instead, this is where Lawrence’s rainbow started (and where it ended is a whole other adventure, and another story, of its own)! So if you ever see a field of all different colored orchids, chances are a leprechaun has already been to that very place.
So it was Larry, um, Lawrence the Leprechaun’s magic rainbow that turned the drab and ordinary orchids into the amazing wonder that became the rainbow orchids Targy and Lilly were visiting on this day, and that’s how this particular field of orchids got their name.
It took almost an hour for the girls to make the half hour trip to the rainbow orchids, mainly because of the detours they took along the way. For Targy and Lilly, the shortest distance between two points may have been a straight line, but that would hardly be any fun. So they stopped here and there, and there and here along the way, laughing and playing the entire time. But when they finally arrived, the inspiring beauty of the field brought a warm and fuzzy feeling to their insides and a smile to their faces. Even though they had both been to the field many times before, the radiance of the rainbow orchids never got old, and made every visit feel like the first.
“Oh wow, Targ,” Lilly exclaimed as she ran deep into the center of the orchids, “these are all so beautiful!”
“I know, right. It never gets old. They are as gorgeous as the first time I saw them,” Targy replied as she followed close behind her friend.
Darting left, right, and around in circles, the girls scampered about the field, taking a second here and a moment there to stop and smell the orchids. Every color of the rainbow, and even some colors that aren’t part of a rainbow but really should be, glistened from the petals of the flowers. The deeper they went into the field, the more vibrant the colors became.
“So Lilly, what do you think about these?” Targy asked as she gently pulled up a deep purplish-blue flower. On it were tiny white spots shaped like hearts. She then placed it into the small fluff of hair that was set between her ears.
“Wow, that is way pretty Targ,” Lilly responded as she scuttled over toward her friend. Then tugging on a soft pink orchid herself, she held it up and added, “What do you think of this? I bet your mom would love it!”
But to Lilly’s surprise, Targy never responded. Instead, she just stood there, with her ears pointing straight up to the sky and her eyes as wild and bright as the midday sun. The look on her face said it all, telling Lilly to turn around and share in the wonder. So she did, and upon doing so, gave witness to the most beautiful sight the two girls had ever seen up until this point in their lives (and ended up being one of the top five most beautiful and awe-inspiring moments of their entire lives!)
Deeper into the meadow of flowers, in what was actually the very center of the field, rested a small patch of the most vibrant and stunning orchids in the entire world. It was a patch the girls had never, ever, seen here before.
Whereas every other flower in the field was this color or that, and maybe sometimes even made more special by a pretty pattern, these flowers, the orchids that were in the center of the field, beat them all. They were mixed and matched, and wonderfully beautiful.
In the center of all these amazing flowers, stood out one in particular. It was a blossom unlike any other. This orchid looked as if it were painted by a rainbow itself, stripped with a slew of awesome colors that each seemed to shimmer and glow as if a real rainbow rested on its petals.
“Wow,” was all Targy could muster as she made her way to the flower. With each step she took, her eyes got bigger and bigger, her gaze fixated upon it. Trust me, the Easter Bunny (who was like a distant eighty-third half cousin to Targy’s mom’s second most bestest friend) could have walked by with a basket of really smelly eggs and Targy would not have even noticed. “Now that is a flower I’ve got to have,” she added, “it would be perfect for tonight.”
So she bent down and placed her hands on the thick green stem and was just about to pull when she heard a soft voice call out, “No, please don’t do that!”
“Why not, Lilly?” Targy asked as she stopped and turned around.
“Why not what?” Lilly replied as she moved in closer to get a better look at the flower for herself.
“Why did you tell me to stop?”
Shrugging her shoulders Lilly responded, “I didn’t say anything.” With that, she leaned over to grab the flower herself when yet another voice yelled out even louder this time, “She asked you nicely not to do that… hello?!?”
Lilly jumped back and turned to Targy, but the bunny just shook her head in disbelief. The girls then looked at each other in wonderment before Lilly finally got up the courage to ask out, “Um… is anyone there?”
“Of course we are here,” the second voice responded, seemingly coming from the orchids themselves. “Who did you think was talking to you, the flowers?”
By this time, the surprise in Targy had long given way to curiosity, so stepping forward and leaning in a bit closer she replied, “So, you uh, aren’t the flowers?”
“Of course not, silly. Talking flowers aren’t real,” the first voice chimed in again.
Standing ever so close now to her friend, and with her eyes squinted and focused trying to make sense of what was going on, Lilly asked, “Then who are you…?”
“And where are you…?” Targy added.
Just then, from the center of the centermost rainbow colored orchid nestled deep and hidden here in the field, floated up two of the most beautiful, though very most smallest, creatures the girls had ever seen. As their eyes about popped out of their heads, and as their jaws dropped to the ground, the best friends asked in unison as their voices trembled with caution and amazement, “… and what are you?!?”
“We are butterfly fairies,” the smaller of the two creatures responded first.
“You mean you’ve never seen a butterfly fairy before?” the slightly larger one added.
“Um… no,” Targy responded. “I’ve never even heard of a butterfly fairy before.”
“Well, we are as real as you two,” the larger fairy replied. “My name is Raine and this here is my little sister, Poe.”
Now I don’t know what you know about fairies, or butterflies for that matter, but when you combine the two you get the perfect combination of beauty, smarts, and sass. And where these two were concerned, they had ample amounts of all three things!
To their own kind, each butterfly fairy looks unique and special, but to most everyone else, they all have a tendency to look alike. But, even with the confusion, telling the difference between these two fairies was actually pretty simple.
You see, butterfly fairies never, ever, cut their hair, because that is where their magic is stored. The longer the hair, the more powerful the magic in the fairy. So Raine, being the older and slightly more experienced fairy, had the longer hair. Poe, being a few years younger, was still growing hers out. So there you go, a quick lesson on butterfly fairies should you ever come across a couple. Which regardless of what people say, is very likely to happen at least once in your life.
“Well it’s nice to meet you,” Targy finally said back after getting over the initial shock of meeting these fanciful new creatures.
“And you as well,” Poe responded before Raine jumped in. “Now if you would be so kind as to not pick this flower, we would really appreciate it. It is not very appropriate of you ya know.”
“Why, what’s so special about this flower?”
“You mean besides the obvious?” Raine countered.
As a result of those coarse words, Targy’s face turned from one of wonder and excitement to sudden sadness. “I’m sorry, have we offended you in some way?”
Seeing this, Raine flew up close and stopped right before Targy’s eyes. This caused the cautious bunny to take a small step back (which actually put a large distance between the two given the fairy’s small stature). Raine then bowed gracefully at the hips and responded, “No, I’m the one who is sorry. I’ve been rude…”
“It’s just a really special flower,” Poe interjected as she came to the defense of her sister.
“That it is,” Raine finished. “It’s our only way home.”
In surprise, Lilly jumped in and asked, “Your home… it’s in that flower?”
“Well, not in the flower itself exactly,” Raine responded.
“But the doorway to our home is in the flower,” Poe added. “And if you pull the flower, you’ll break the doorway and we will never get back!”
“Oh wow, we are soooo sorry,” Targy replied. “We almost really ruined things for you two. So why are you here in the first place? Are you picking flowers to bring back home with you?”
“I wish,” Poe whispered under her breath to the point the girls could barely make out what she was saying.
“Um, not exactly,” Raine then said a bit louder.
“Why not? What’s wrong?”
“A whole lot. We didn’t even plan to come here. We just kind of ended up here as we were running away.”
“Running away? Why? What happened? Running away is never a good answer for problems,” Targy said.
“No, it’s not like that… we didn’t want to go, but our parents told us to run.”
“They did? Why, what happened?” Lilly asked, now with concern in her voice.
“Our land was attacked by the evil dream wizard, Cyrus,” Raine replied.
“Who is that?” Targy questioned.
“He is a wizard who lives in a castle up on Mount Vermin. No one ever really paid much attention to him before because his power only came in the darkness of night when everyone was asleep. But it never got dark in our home because of our fairy magic. Except then magical creatures started disappearing from all over Magicalli, which is our homeland. It seemed he had been stealing their magic to make his own magic more powerful, and eventually he was able to make everything go dark. And that’s when the trouble really started for us,” Raine answered.
“Oh no, that is so terrible!” Targy gasped.
“And that’s not the worst part,” Poe said before Raine continued on. “Yeah, Cyrus went and captured all of the fairies from our home. And now he is stealing all their magic too by taking their hair. Then he is going to keep them in his dungeon and every time their hair grows back, he is going to cut it again. Eventually he is going to be too powerful for anyone to stop. We barely escaped.”
“He is a really bad man,” Poe then added in quickly. “But Raine saved my life. I was really afraid, but she told me to be brave and just keep going. So we did. And I never looked back, not once… but I was so scared. Next thing you know, Raine opened up the petal portal and here we were.”
“Cyrus didn’t follow you, did he?” Lilly asked as she then started looking around a bit frightened.
“No… not yet at least,” Raine answered. “He isn’t powerful enough yet to cross over into this land. But believe me, once he gets enough fairy magic, nothing will be able to stop him. We were just letting some time pass by so we could rest up before we went back to try and save our family and friends. Otherwise they will be his prisoners forever.”
“But I don’t think we can do it alone,” Poe chimed in.
Raine gave her sister a soft nudge before she replied, “Shhh… don’t say that Poe. We are the only ones left that can help them! We have to go back.”
Just then, the sadness of their plight touched Targy’s heart. She could not even imagine what it would be like if her family and friends were all captured. So with that overcoming any fear she had, Targy said, “Don’t worry girls. We will help you.”
“We will?” Lilly quickly asked in surprise.
“Sure Lilly. What if it were your mom and dad? Or me even? Wouldn’t you need help? This Cyrus guy sounds like a really bad man, and it sounds like only a matter of time before he comes here. Then it just may be our parents who get captured next. We can’t let that happen! Besides, I bet Poe and Raine here would do the same for us.”
“Yes, yes, of course we would,” Poe said excitedly.
“Are you sure about this?” Raine then asked.
“Yeah, are we sure about this?” Lilly added as everyone looked at Targy.
“Of course I’m sure. But if you don’t want to go Lilly, you don’t have to.”
“Yeah, we’ll understand,” the two butterfly fairies said together.
It took only a second for Lilly to decide. Not only did the butterfly fairies need her help, but Targy was right. What would happen if Cyrus got enough of the fairy hair to take over the Secret Woods of Junto… or even worse, all of the Forest of Treehoth? She couldn’t let that happen. Besides, she wasn’t about to let Targy go on this adventure by herself. She just met two butterfly fairies… there is no telling what would happen next! “I’m in,” Lilly finally responded with excitement. “Adventure… excitement…. a squirrel craves these things!”
With that, the larger of the two small fairies fluttered her heart shaped wings and circled the really special rainbow orchid. When she did, it started to shimmer and shake, and from its center a brilliant light began to shine.
The girls watched in silence for a moment as Poe shouted out loud before jumping in, “Come on you two, follow me!”
Targy and Lilly looked at each other, and then glanced over at Raine. The remaining fairy simply smiled though and urged them on. Targy then shrugged her shoulders and throwing caution to the wind, pounced upon the flower. But instead of smashing it, she simply disappeared into it.
“Wow,” Lilly whispered as she watched her friend leave the Forest of Treehoth for the first time ever.
“Your turn,” Raine then urged.
With that, Lilly did one of her most superest jumps ever (so far at least) and leaped right into the center of the flower. After a quick second, she was gone too.
Next, following the girls, Raine entered the center of the flower and the petal portal closed behind her. As it did, all that was left behind in the beautiful field of rainbow orchids was a still silence.
The trip to Magicalli (which is the special land beyond our land that all magical creatures come from) was not as scary as you may think. In fact, that’s exactly what Targy and Lilly have said about the trip each time they’ve retold this very story I’m telling you.
The oddest part of the journey was the spinning in total darkness and the whirly twirly feeling inside their stomachs (which ended up being the inspiration for the Whirly Twirly ride at the annual Treehoth Festival as a matter of fact).
But once on the other side, what they found just about left the girls speechless (which is kind of wacky since it hardly was any more uncommon than meeting talking fairies or taking a ride through a petal portal in the first place).
Anywho, what Targy and Lilly found in Magicalli was not exactly what they were expecting. The petal portal had put them right smack in the middle of Monarchia, village of the butterfly fairies. What one would expect if they were to imagine such a place would probably be an area of brightness and beauty. But this was hardly what they were welcomed with. Instead, everything was dark and gloomy, and really, really wet, as if it were always raining (even though there wasn’t a rain cloud in the sky). It was just that dreary.
“Um, you live here?” Lilly asked as she looked around.
“It wasn’t always like this,” Raine responded.
“Yeah,” Poe added. “It used to be really pretty. But ever since Cyrus started working his dark magics, our home has really suffered.”
“That is so sad,” Targy whispered soft as she rubbed her cold shoulders. “But don’t worry girls. We will get this place fixed right up.”
“Well, if we can save the other fairies, the magic can be restored to our home and Monarchia will be beautiful once more,” Raine said. “But it’s going to be dark soon…”
“You mean it’s going to get darker than this?” Lilly questioned.
“Much darker I’m afraid,” Poe finished. “That’s why we need to get moving.”
So for the next hour, the four girls embarked on their journey. In the beginning, not one of them had much to say. There was no dancing, or playing, or anything of that sort. With every step (or hop, or flutter) they took in fact, more and more of the happy spirits that made these girls special seemed to disappear.
Sensing this was another effect of the dark wizard’s spells, Targy knew she had to keep everyone’s spirits up. Otherwise, they would have no energy left. After all, I don’t know if you knew this, but it is impossible to defeat evil dream wizards if you don’t have any happy energy.
So with that thought in mind, Targy began to sing, softly at first, “What do you get…”
Looking around, no one seemed to respond, so Targy continued with her song, “What do you get when you mix insects with your clothes?”
All the girls now just seemed to look at her with somewhat serious looks on their faces as Targy persisted with a smile on her own, “Ants in your pants. And what do you get when you mix…”
Just then, Lilly chimed in, “Pasta with a ghost?”
Smiling huge now, Targy responded in tune, “Spookhetti…”
Then the two best friends continued on, singing together now, “And what do you get when you mix a pig with your laundry?”
Feeling the happiness coming from the Targy and Lilly seemed to energize the two fairies, causing them to join in now as well, “Hogwash!”
With that, all the girls were now giggling and singing together, hopping and dancing their way down the trail. And for anyone who took notice, they would have seen a soft glow left on the path behind the traveling adventurers.
By now, they were all singing loudly, twirling about, “And what do you get when you mix a bear with a snowstorm?”
The girls all came together in a big hug and screamed out at the top of their lungs, “A teddy brrrrr!”
With that, they all fell to the ground laughing hysterically. The gloomy night seemed to brighten up just a bit. But it was only a momentary respite, because it was then when Raine quickly fluttered up and pointed out across the way, uttering softly, “Um… girls, we’re here.”
Off in the distance rested a huge castle. In fact it was so big, it seemed closer than it actually was. It was really tall, and had four pointy towers coming up from the outer walls. Any more detail than that was difficult to see from where the girls were, because of the darkness surrounding the castle.
Sure it was gloomy from where Targy and her friends were standing, but over the castle was a thick dark cloud, which instead of rain showers, let loose rays of dark shadows.
“We need to go there?” Lilly whispered. “Um, I’m not so sure about this…”
“C’mon, Lilly. It’s ok to be scared. Just remember why we are here. They need our help,” Targy replied. “But how are we going to get in? That’s an awfully big castle.”
“We won’t be going in the front door, that’s for sure,” Raine said as she took off down the hill. “Now follow me!”
Still a bit afraid, Lilly asked, “Follow you where?”
“There is a secret entrance. Getting in won’t be hard at all,” Poe answered as she fluttered off after her sister.
Lilly looked at Targy, and in her friend’s eyes got all the reassurance she needed. “We can do this,” Targy said softly, “… together!”
Now, I’ve got to tell you. Most people I’ve told this story too have felt a lot like Lilly (just a wee bit scared) even listening to it. But as with most things, sticking by your friends usually turns out pretty good, and this time would be no different. So like Targy, don’t give up hope yet!
It took only a few minutes, in fairy time that is, for the girls to get to the castle’s secret entrance. The singing had stopped, but there was definitely a different feeling within the group. The two butterfly fairies were excited to be seeing their family and friends soon, while Targy and Lilly were staying focused on the task at hand.
Besides, something inside of them felt different, something they could not explain. The only thing they could tell for sure was that it was not a bad emotion inside of them. No, instead it felt like something much better, much stronger. It was as if a good surprise was coming, but they just could not tell what yet.
“Are you doing ok?” Poe asked, seeing the odd looks on the girls’ faces.
“Yeah,” Targy responded. “My stomach feels a bit weird though. But it’s not like a scared or nervous weird. It’s just a weird, weird.”
“That’s probably the magic,” Raine replied.
This made Lilly perk her ears as she asked, “Magic?”
“Yeah, the magic of Magicalli,” Raine continued. “Everything in Magicalli has magic inside of them. That’s how horses became unicorns, how trees can talk, and how butterflies become, well…”
“Butterfly fairies!” Poe then chimed in excitedly.
Smiling at her sister, Raine added, “Yes, butterfly fairies. And you two girls are no different. It’s probably the magic growing inside of you.”
“You mean we have magical powers?” asked Lilly, now feeling much braver about the situation.
“Of course you do,” said Raine. “Like I said, everyone has magic inside of them. Magicalli just brings it out and makes it stronger. For example, even the courage you’ve shown so far is like a magical power.”
“Well shoot, I hope that’s not my only power…”
“Don’t worry, it isn’t. That feeling in your stomach right now is Magicalli working its magic on you!”
Curious now herself, Targy asked, “So what kind of power will we get?”
“That’s a mystery to me. For creatures like you, it’s different in everyone. Only time will tell.”
“How much time?” Lilly questioned next.
“I wish I could tell you. But you’ll know when it’s time. Trust me. Now we better get going. Quick, through here.”
Looking around, Targy did not see anything, so she asked, “Through where? I don’t see anything but an empty field.”
“Just wait for it,” whispered Poe.
With those words, Raine closed her eyes and spun quickly, causing her long, dark hair to whisk around. After a second or two, bright slivers of magic started to fall upon the ground, kind of like really brilliant snowflakes. A second or two after that, the girls finally saw what was happening.
On the ground where the fairy dust was landing, the grass and dirt began to disappear. It took only a few breaths (of which due to the excitement, the girls had to make a serious effort to remember to take), before the ground completely gave way, and all that was left was a staircase going into the earth.
But it was not some dark and eerie staircase as one might expect. No, since this staircase was made by fresh and new fairy magic, it was as all things fairy would be, beautiful and bright. So, compared to the rest of the drab world, it actually looked pretty inviting.
After her sister was done, Poe got a big smile on her face and said out loud, “Through there!”
The girls all made their way down the staircase. With every step they took, the light behind them seemed to disappear, allowing new light to shine in front of them.
“Wow Raine, your magic is strong,” Targy said softly as they made their way along the underground tunnel.
“Thanks,” replied the older fairy, “but my magic is nothing. You should see what some of the even older fairies can do.”
“Well it’s no wonder Cyrus wants the fairy magic then…”
With Raine and Poe leading the way, the four girls eventually reached their destination, which seemed to take forever (but actually only took about ten fairy minutes). And even though they were tired (Targy and Lilly especially because they had to hop and run all this way just to keep up with the fluttering of the fairies) the only thought in their minds was the task at hand.
When they reached the end of the tunnel, Raine motioned for the girls to stop, and then pointed off a short ways. “That’s the entrance to the dungeon,” she whispered.
Lilly shuddered at the words. Seeing this, Targy grabbed her hand as friends do, and gave her a big smile. It was a smile that gave the little squirrel continued courage. Then, with bravery in her own voice she said softly, “Ok girls, let’s go get your family…”
Targy then took off toward the dungeon. Now, I’m not sure what you’ve heard about Targy from her other stories, but generally speaking, her and Lilly are not the most silent or elegant of creatures. In fact, many of their adventures have been caused by some accident they have found themselves a part of. But on this adventure, in this moment, even the graceful Singing Swans of Ferndale would have been proud. Because Targy moved along, making hardly a noise, and without a single misstep. And following her lead, the rest of the girls quickly followed.
“There they are,” Lilly said with a soft tone as the girls all took in the sight before them. What was easily over a hundred fairies, and probably even closer to five hundred, fluttered before the adventurers. But these fairies were not quite like the two Lilly and Targy had been traveling with. These fairies seemed much more passive and were trapped behind bars made of dark magic.
It was obvious the dreary gloominess of the dungeon had sapped most of their wild energy. That, combined with their stolen magic, which was evident by each fairy having little to no hair at all, made it impossible for the once fanciful creatures to save themselves.
As the girls were each looking around in attempt to make a plan to free the fairies, Poe caught sight of her parents, and then beaming toward them, called out, “Mom… Dad… are you all right?”
“Poe, no wait!” Raine cried out a moment too late to stop her sister. Wanting to protect her, the older fairy darted out toward the prison as well. The two fairies made it quickly to the bars, only to be forced back by Cyrus’ spell.
“Poe…. Raine…” their fairy mother asked, “What are you doing here?”
“We are here to save you… all of you,” Poe answered excitedly.
“But it’s too dangerous. You must leave now before Cyrus comes back.”
As Raine looked around trying to find a way to break the spell, she replied, “Not without all of you.”
“Did you come alone?”
“No,” Poe responded, “We brought some new friends.”
With those words, Targy and Lilly stepped out from the dark hallway. All the fairies gasped with exhilaration. Magical creatures, such as fairies and the like, usually do not mix with normal folks such as these two girls. And when they do, it is almost always on the other side of the petal portal. So seeing the bunny and squirrel here in Magicalli was a huge shock, but a good one. And it gave the fairies enough hope that something special may truly happen now that would free them from their cage of shadows.
Looking around, the girls did not see too much that could help them. The room had a thick, dark smoky fog about it, which seemed to keep the bars strong and tough. Tougher even than the hardest metals in the world. And though the bars were not so close together that the fairies couldn’t fit through, it was the magic radiating from the bars that prevented any escape.
“What are we going to do, Raine?” Poe asked her sister. “How are we going to free them?”
The older fairy twirled about, trying to open a small pinhole door through the dark magic, but her power just was not strong enough. After a few moments of no success, she fell to the ground in fatigue. “I don’t know Poe… I’m just not strong enough to break through the spell.”
Even though the sisters were out of ideas, Targy was not about to fail after coming all this way. So without giving up hope, she scanned the area. Then using her super eyesight, (which really wasn’t a power… I mean, after all, all bunnies have great eye sight from eating all those carrots) she saw what looked like a gem above the prison cage. It was large and dark, yet shiny… like a huge black diamond. A thick beam of shadow seemed to be coming from it, and pointing right at the cage.
“I think that dark crystal is powering the magic on the bars,” Targy said as she pointed up.
“But how can we get to it?” Poe asked.
“Ya, I might be able to flutter up that high, but I definitely won’t be fast enough. I’ll never make it through that shadow beam,” Raine added.
Just then, Lilly spoke up, “I think I can do it.”
The girls all turned to look at the squirrel. “What, how?” Raine asked her.
“I’m not sure,” she responded. “I just feel like I can do it.”
“Are you sure?” Targy asked her best friend.
“Yuppers, I think so.” Then turning to Raine she asked, “If I can nudge it just enough to tilt the beam, do you think you can open a doorway long enough to free your family and friends?”
“Not alone,” Raine answered with a smile, “But I bet I can with Poe’s help.”
The younger fairy smiled, and gave her sister a big hug. Then Targy turned to her friend and did the same, while whispering into her ear, “Good luck.”
“Ok, stand back,” Lilly said. After focusing her thoughts and taking a deep breath, she began a countdown, “Three, two, one…”
“Take off!” everyone yelled, as if urging Lilly on. And that it did. The little squirrel had come such a long way. After leaving the Secret Woods of Junto for the first time ever, facing her fears, and standing by her friends, this was nothing. So she took a leap unlike any other leap she had taken before.
Remember how earlier I mentioned that some had thought Lilly was a flying squirrel because of her jumping ability? Well this jump was even higher. And remember when I told you how she would beat that legendary hare in a race? Well this was even faster. Lilly jumped so high and so fast that she was able to go right through the shadow beam, and throwing all of her weight into it, hit the dark diamond crystal.
As she fell back to the ground, she landed on her plush tail and rolled against the wall. Targy ran over to her, kneeled down and then asked, “Lilly are you ok?”
Smiling, the squirrel responded, “I’m fine. Did it work?”
Looking up, the girls both saw the shadow beam was now tilted slightly to the side, leaving a weakness in the magic around the bars. Targy then answered softly as she helped her friend up, “It sure did Lilly. You did it! That jump was amazing. How did you know you could do it?”
“I didn’t,” Lilly answered. “Not for sure at least. I just felt it inside of me. I think that is my power here. It felt really great!”
“Well it was way awesome,” Targy added as she gave her friend another huge hug. “I’m so proud of you.”
The two friends then ran over to the cage where Poe and Raine were starting to work their magic. After Lilly’s jump, the fairies found a weak part in the bars, a place where the tilted shadow beam was only partially focused. This disruption was just enough for the sisters to focus their energy and create a pinhole through the magic bars.
With each second that passed, the hole grew larger and larger, and quickly became big enough to fit the butterfly fairies through. One by one, each of them exited the cage, and as they did, each helped out the one behind.
Just as the last fairy exited, the whole group surrounded Poe and Raine, thanking them for their heroics. “Now, we just have to get out of here,” Raine said as she tried to help organize the gaggle of fairies.
But at that moment, the room halted in sudden stillness and silence as a loud boom echoed throughout the entire fortress. Just then, seeming to come from the walls themselves, a dark voice yelled out, “You may have gotten free from my cage, but you shall never leave this castle!”
“Cyrus!” Poe cried out loud in a panic. “What do we do?”
Everyone then looked at Targy, hoping and searching for an answer for the biggest and bravest adventurer in the room. At that moment, she felt the weight of everyone’s freedom on her shoulders, but it was not a bad thing. In fact, (Targy went on to say many times later), if anything, it helped urge her on. After all, she could not let all these fairies, or her friends, suffer.
Right at that moment, a loud bang echoed through the halls, over and over again. It was as if giant footsteps were getting closer and closer to where they were.
“Quick, we don’t have much time,” Targy yelled. “Lilly, you have to lead the fairies out of here the way we came in!”
“What?” Lilly responded in surprise.
“Someone has to stay behind and slow Cyrus down so you all can get out. And you are faster than me, so you need to lead them.”
“I can’t leave you here. I won’t leave you here!”
“No, you have to. Remember how you had the feeling inside of you telling you that you could make that jump? Well I have that same feeling now. This is my chance to take the leap Lilly. You have to believe in me!”
Lilly did not want to give in, but she trusted her friend’s words so much. Targy had never lied to her before. If she said she could do it, Lilly just had to believe in her.
So Lilly jumped into the bunny’s arms, and gave her friend a huge, giant hug. “Just be careful,” she said. “I’ll be waiting for you outside. I’m not going to go home without you!”
Returning the embrace, Targy replied, “You won’t have to. I’ll be right behind you.”
Just then, Raine yelled out, “Poe, go with Lilly. I’m going to stay here with Targy.” Everyone in the room was just about to protest, but before anyone could get out a single word, Raine continued on, “I’m not about to leave Targy here by herself. She risked herself to help us, and I’m going to stand by her. Besides, I’m the most powerful butterfly fairy left because Cyrus hasn’t gotten my hair yet. So maybe, just maybe, together Targy and I can slow him down long enough for you all to escape.”
“But Raine!” Poe exclaimed.
“But nothing, Poe. You need to help Lilly get the others to freedom. You can do it. I know you can. You’re a smart and amazing little sister. I believe in you. We all do!”
With that, the two sisters embraced, and shortly after were joined by their parents. But before the hugs could go on too long, the sound of the clanging footsteps were getting closer and closer. In fact, they seemed like they were just moments away.
Raine turned away and yelled out to everyone, “Now go. Follow Lilly and Poe. They will lead you to safety. And don’t worry about us, we will be fine…”
“We got this,” Targy finished.
As everyone ran out through the secret tunnel, Targy and Raine braced themselves.
“Do you have a plan?” Raine asked as the sound of Cyrus’ footsteps were just around the corner.
“Maybe not a great one, but I got something. We have to lead him away from the tunnel. Can you combine some of your sparkly fairy dust all close together and create a small crystal? Kind of like the dark gem up there?”
“I don’t know… I think so. I’ve never tried it before but ya, I think I can.”
“Awesome! Just follow my lead and when I call out, make one as fast as you can.”
“Got it!” Just then, as Raine was finishing her words, Cyrus came running into the room.
In all the adventures, and of all the situations that Targy ever found herself in, she said none ever made her more scared than this single moment. She did not feel it so much at the time, but afterwards, when asked about what had happened on this night, in this room, she realized just how scared she really was. But the fear, she would always add, did not make her cower. No, instead it gave her the strength to fight on. Because she knew what she had to do, and she knew she could do it. She believed in herself just that much.
As Targy stood there, with Raine resting upon her shoulder, Cyrus stepped out from the shadowed darkness. He was tall… very, very tall, and thin. It was difficult to make out any real features on him though, because he seemed to be swirled in a thick stream of black smoke… or maybe he was made of the smoke itself. Either way, Targy had no intention of getting close enough to finding out.
“Hmmm, what is that I smell?” Cyrus echoed out with a deep and raspy voice. “Is that rabbit?” he then added as he lunged forward.
“It’s bunny, and you can’t have any!” Targy yelled back as she hopped to the side and bounced right past Cyrus.
The evil dream mage turned around suddenly, and shot beams of shadow in Targy’s direction. But her natural bunny instincts helped her avoid every blow. And as she was bouncing about, she yelled out to Raine, “Now!”
With those words, the brave young butterfly released a bunch of fairy dust from her hair into the air, and then spinning around it as fast as she could, started to force the dust together into a tiny crystal stone. Exhausted from the effort, she was just about to fall to the ground. But before she did, she swung her hair around one last time, and tossed the gem over to Targy.
The bunny then caught the fairy crystal in mid hop, and landed right in front of Cyrus.
“You dare challenge me?” Cyrus bellowed out. “I shall make you my pet!”
“I don’t think so,” Targy yelled back before whispering under her breath, “I hope this works.”
Now, what Targy was about to do was something she had never done before. But as with Lilly, she knew in her heart it was something she could do. Everyone comes to a point in their life when they are forced to try something new, and with enough effort and concentration, chances are, they will succeed. It really doesn’t take the magic of Magicalli to unlock the power within, but in this case, it might have helped just a bit.
Targy then closed her eyes and focused her thoughts. She thought of all the fairies they just freed. She thought of her new friends, Raine and Poe. She thought of her bestest friend Lilly, who she was so proud of. She thought of her other friends back in the Secret Woods of Junto. And she thought of her parents. She thought of all these people, all at once, and the very thought of them made her insides warm with love.
The more she thought of them all, the stronger the love within her grew. Soon, after only a second or two (of bunny time that is) she felt as if the love had grown so much she could not hold it in anymore. As she opened her eyes, she saw a brilliant white light with shades of pink surrounding her. This was her power… her light. A light brought on by love, courage, and happiness.
Targy watched as Cyrus began to slink back. The brightness beaming from the bunny scared him. It was everything he was not.
Seeing this, Targy then focused her thoughts even more and concentrated on the light. Then with a final scream, the bunny yelled out, “Leave my friends alone you bad man!”
She centered the light and focused on putting it through the crystal. As it went in one end a brilliant and bright radiance, it came out the other end a powerful and strong beam.
The beam of her love-light hit Cyrus’ largest shadow beam straight on, and forced it in reverse. The evil dream mage tried to fight back, but the more Targy focused and concentrated, the stronger her beam became. After a few seconds, her love-light overcame the shadow darkness and knocked Cyrus back against the wall and onto the ground.
Seeing Cyrus defeated, at least for the moment, Targy stopped concentrating and put the gem in her pocket. She ran over to Raine, who sat exhausted and almost speechless on the ground.
“Wow, Targy,” the fairy panted out between heavy breaths. “That was the most amazing thing I have ever seen.”
“I couldn’t have done it without you girl,” the bunny replied as she scooped her friend up from the ground. “Now let’s get out of here!”
Without taking a second look behind them, Targy and Raine took off down the darkened hallway. While off in the distance, they could hear Cyrus stirring as he yelled out, “This isn’t over yet!”
With Raine in her hand, Targy moved as fast as she could down the tunnel. Her love-light, dimmer now than it was earlier, still was bright enough to light the path. She ran part of the way, and hopped the rest, moving as fast as she could.
In took just a short time for her to reach the exit. With a mighty pounce she flew out of the ground as the fairy doorway closed behind her.
“Oh Targy, I was so worried,” Lilly exclaimed as she ran over to her friend.
But before any more happy words could be exchanged, the ground started to shake and a big howl came from the castle walls. Everyone turned and looked as the cloud above the towers started to swirl and darken even more.
“Um, what’s happening now?” Lilly asked.
Everyone was silent for a moment, when Raine turned to Targy and wondered, “Do you still have that crystal?”
“I sure do,” Targy responded as she handed it over to her friend. “Why?”
“I have an idea,” Raine replied while turning to the rest of the fairies. “Now I know most of your magic has been taken. But if I’ve learned anything from these girls today, it’s that magic is in all of us… and hair or not, I know there has to be something left in each of you. I need you all to focus on helping me make this crystal bigger. I know we can do it!”
It didn’t take much convincing to get the fairies to want to try. So all together, every butterfly fairy released what little magic they could. By themselves it may not have been much, but combined, it was something special and powerful.
With every fairy that focused its energy, the crystal grew larger and larger. Once it was the size of a coconut, Raine then turned and said, “Ok Lilly, do you think you can do one of your super jumps, and bring this crystal into the air as high as you can?”
“I’ll do my best!” Lilly replied, full of confidence now.
“And Poe,” Raine continued on, “can you place a floating spell on it to keep it in the air? My magic needs to recharge, and you’re the only one left who is powerful enough!”
Believing in herself, the younger fairy responded, “I know I can do it, Sis!”
Smiling, Raine handed the crystal to Lilly who took a deep breath. Then with every bit of strength she could muster, she leaped high and far into the air. When she could not go any higher, she let go of the crystal. Then as she fell back to the ground, the rest of the fairies caught her, and Poe stepped up.
The little fairy spun around really fast, much as her older sister had done so many times before. With a flip of her shorter hair, she released a stream of thin magic into the air, catching the stone, and keeping it afloat.
Everyone cheered as Raine turned to Targy and said, “You know what to do. Do you have anything left?”
“I think so!” the bunny exclaimed. Closing her eyes, she focused all of her love once more. This time though, she was urged on by all of her friends. And just when she thought she was going to pass out from the effort, Lilly came over and grabbed her hand, giving her support.
That last bit was all she needed to help push her, and with a giant warmth filling her, she released it all out into the sky. Raine fluttered up, and helped direct the love-light to the crystal by swirling around it. And once it hit the crystal, the rest was magic.
The love-light hit one side of the crystal a thin beam, but then was augmented by the millions of pieces of fairy dust pressed together. It then shot out the other end, and covered the castle off in the distance. Much like the dark diamond that imprisoned the fairies, this glimmering white gem that was powered by the love-light locked away the darkened castle of Mount Vermin, trapping Cyrus in it forever.
The crowd cheered as the darkness of the land began to subside. Up until now, Targy and Lilly had only witnessed the dreary gloom of Magicalli. But after Cyrus’ spell was broken, the vibrant beauty of the land began to return.
The group made its way back to Monorchia, with the fairy crystal staying behind, high in the air, keeping the darkness at bay.
Once back at the fairy village, the town elders offered the girls a place to stay. But as much as they wanted to join their new friends, they knew they had to get back home, as their own families were probably worried sick.
“We would love to stay,” Targy told Raine and Poe, “but we really need to go home. I’m sure our parents are searching all over for us.”
“We understand… we all do,” Raine replied as she gave the girls a big hug.
“But you are welcome back anytime,” Poe added.
“And if we can ever return the favor, just ask,” Raine finished right after her sister.
“Oh thank you so much,” Lilly then said.
“For what?” the fairies asked together. “It is we who should be thanking you. You saved our land.”
“For helping me see what I was capable of,” Lilly responded.
“Shoot,” said Raine. “That was inside of you the entire time. Magicalli just helped you realize your potential.”
The girls all said their final goodbyes as Raine opened up the petal portal one more time. Lilly jumped through first. But before Targy joined her, she turned to the fairies and whispered, “Goodbye my friends, I will miss you all.” She then blew them a kiss and jumped into the petal portal, disappearing into thin air.
Now, you might think that was the end of the story, and in a way, it was. Because it was the end of their adventure. But at the very beginning of this story, I told you I would explain how Targy got her special title, and that part is coming up right now!
Once back in the field of rainbow orchids, Targy and Lilly looked at each other in silence. They were tired but happy, shocked but proud. They could hardly believe the adventure they had just gone on. But let me tell you this, it got much easier for them as the years went on, because this adventure was hardly the last.
It was night time in the Secret Woods of Junto, and dark all around. But not the same dark that the girls had experienced in Magicalli. No, this dark was more natural, and not nearly as scary.
“So, what type of trouble do you think we are in?” Lilly asked her friend as they set off for home.
“Probably a lot,” Targy responded as she began to pick some flowers. After all, that was the whole reason they had come here in the first place. Then she added, “I can’t see us talking our way out of this one. They will never believe us. The truth sounds more fake than any lie we could ever make up ourselves.”
“Ya, I think you’re right.”
The rest of the way, the girls walked in silence. They were in no hurry to get back because of the trouble they were surely in, but they wanted to see their families. Also, they had little to say as chitter- chatter, because really, after an adventure such as what they were just on, what is there to talk about? No, they had to soak it all in, and face the music back at home.
The walk back to their town went much quicker than when they left. The village was all assembled, circled around the town elders, when Targy and Lilly finally entered the outskirts.
At first they went unnoticed, but as they got closer, Targy’s mom saw her and bounced over quickly, “Where have you been young lady!?!” she asked with a bit of anger and concern mixed in her voice.
The young bunny gave her mom a hug, as Lilly bounced off to find her parents and do the same. Targy then looked up in her mom’s eyes and said, “You’ll never believe me.”
“Just try me,” she replied.
Targy relayed the entire story to her mom, who at first seemed to take it very well. But with every mention of fairies, magic, and crystals, you could see the belief in her mother’s eyes drift deeper and deeper away. By the end of her story, everyone in town, who by this point had surrounded Targy, shook their heads in disbelief.
So Targy stood there, with her head pointing down and a sad look on her face as the elders began the Coming of Age ceremony. She just knew it would be bad, especially now. But as she stood there, alone and upset, Lilly came bouncing by her side. She took her hand and whispered to her friend, “You don’t have to do this alone.”
The elders addressed the crowd, speaking loud for all to hear. “Targy, your bad behavior today is shining proof of what bunnies should not do. As such, we feel you need to be made example of, so none of the other bunnies follow in your footsteps. At your age, you should be a model for good deeds, and your lies today are not the example we want shown. So from this moment forward you are to be known as Targy the…”
Just then, from the back of the crowd, a voice yelled out, “Wait!”
Then another voice joined in, “Stop!”
Everyone looked around, but no one could tell where the voices were coming from.
“Who goes there?” one of the town elders asked out.
“My name is Raine,” the familiar butterfly fairy said as she fluttered up beside Targy.
“And I’m Poe!” the other said proudly as she settled in beside Lilly.
The entire town stood in amazement and shock. Up until tonight, they had never even heard of such a magical creature, and now before them, fluttered two. Silence filled the air as Raine began to speak, “Everything Targy has told you is true. She saved our land, our home, our friends…”
“And our family,” Poe added. “And we can prove it!”
“Prove it?” the town elder said. “How?”
“Well if two butterfly fairies standing before you aren’t proof enough,” Raine answered with a touch of sass, “then how about taking a look up in the sky.”
All at once, the entire town looked up into the night air as they had all done so many times before. Above the Secret Woods of Junto was often a clear evening sky, and tonight was no different. In it, one could see a bright full moon, and hundreds of little stars. But tonight, one star, a new star, was shining brighter than any other.
The entire town gasped in amazement as Raine continued on, “That star is your proof. It is shining bright with Targy’s love for us all. In our realm, it is a crystal powered by her love keeping the evil dream mage, Cyrus, imprisoned. But it shines so bright and so powerful, that you can see it as a star here in your world. As long as that star is in the sky, we know our land is safe!”
“It’s true, it’s true!” Poe added.
With those words, the crowd began to murmur. After a few moments, the murmurs turned to cheers. Targy’s parents rushed right over and gave their daughter a huge hug. Her mom then said, “Oh my princess. I’m so sorry for not believing you. Will you forgive me?”
“Of course mom,” Targy replied as she gave her mom a kiss on the cheek. “I know. It was quite the story, huh.”
“You are going to have to tell me all about it again… without leaving out any details!”
“I will, Mom. I will.” Targy then turned to her friends Lilly, Raine, and Poe, and said, “Thank you for standing by me. I love you all.”
“We love you too Targ!” they replied together as they embraced in one big hug. After a moment though, they were interrupted.
“Ahem,” one of the town elders said. “We have discussed these events. In light of what has happened, we would like to apologize to Targy, and to you Lilly, for ever doubting you.”
The girls just smiled as the elder continued on, with the entire town cheering in the background, getting the party started.
“And from this moment on, for her heroic deeds as proven by the brilliant twinkle in our evening sky, we hereby call you now and forever, Targy, the Great Bunny Star!”
And that, my friends, is Targy’s tale…