by Rae Alexander
Grandpa Ray was outside looking through his telescope at the dark night sky. He often went outside after dark to check out the stars in the sky. He often complained that he just couldn’t see far enough with his telescope. He hoped that someday he could see more than just the stars, moon, and sun.
Twinkle thought about what Muzik just said, about the stars in the sky, and said to Sprinkle, “It’s been a really long time since we went up to Outer Space to play on the stars.”
Sprinkle replied back, “I know, I think I’m starting to run out of gold star dust in my gold star that I always carry with me. It’s starting to feel really light. It used to be so heavy that I could hardly carry it.”
Krinkle overheard what the girls were talking about, “Why don’t we plan a little trip for ourselves into Outer Space? Sprinkle, you can pick up more gold star dust. Twinkle, you and Muzik can brighten up your colorful lights, and I can see if there are any new crinkly or scary sounds that I can bring back from Outer Space.” Krinkle continues, “Muzik, we can see if we can find some Black Holes. There might be some good sounds inside of them for both of us to use. What do you think?”
Muzik beamed back at Krinkle with delight, “What do I think? I think it’s a super thing to do. I could use a few more unusual sounds to add to my music. And, I heard that some space sounds can be real spooky sounding. So it would be perfect for you to copy a few new spooky sounds from Outer Space.”
Twinkle makes a suggestion, “Let’s stay up in Outer Space for a couple days. We can make it into a really fun trip.”
“Sure,” Muzik agrees, “I’ll let Grandma Rose know about our plans so she doesn’t worry about us when she realizes we are gone.”
Krinkle asked everyone when they wanted to leave. Twinkle wanted to leave right away, but Sprinkle thought they should take a few days to plan out their trip. Muzik thought tomorrow night would be a good time. That would give Grandma Rose some notice and also give them time to plan out their trip. They all agreed that they would leave for Outer Space then the next night.
Muzik went downstairs to tell Grandma Rose about their plans.
“Don’t forget to come back,” Grandma Rose begged, “I love you all so much. I couldn’t stand to not have you living here in the house with Grandpa Ray and me.”
Muzik replied back, “Oh, we’ll be back for sure, don’t worry. Outer Space is a fun place to visit, but none of us want to live there. We love you Grandma Rose and want to stay here in the house with you.”
Muzik continued, “We’ll just be gone for a few days . . . we’ll be back. We’re all thinking that we want to leave tomorrow night.”
Trying hard to hold back her tears, Grandma Rose looks deep into Muzik’s eyes, “OK, Muzik, I’ll surely miss all of you.”
Muzik and the three ghosts talked about how they would get up to Outer Space. Krinkle wanted to hop on a spaceship, but the girls thought it would be more fun to ride up to Outer Space on balloons.
After a lot of talking, they all decided they’d be flying up to Outer Space on balloons.
“We can hop on a spaceship if we see one up in Outer Space,” Sprinkle explained, “but for the trip up it will be more fun to fly up to Outer Space on balloons. We can go from planet to planet and go to any star we see.”
“Krinkle asked, “Where will we get the balloons from?”
Muzik had the answer, “I’ll run downstairs and ask Grandma Rose to get them for us.”
Grandma Rose agreed to get their balloons, but again, made them promise to come back home.
The next evening came and Muzik looked out the attic window and saw four balloons tied to the backyard fence. Grandma Rose had kept her promise. She got the balloons for them.
They all quietly went out the attic window and slipped down the rain pipe to the patio. They walked over to the corner of the backyard where the balloons were tied to the fence.
They each picked out their favorite color balloon and hopped on. They slowly started flying up into Outer Space together.
They stopped at the first star they saw so Sprinkle could fill up the gold star that she always carries with her with more gold star dust. Having gold star dust makes Sprinkle feel so important. She feels like people really love her when she sprinkles her gold star dust in special places on our planet earth.
Twinkle wanted to find what’s called the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. The lights from the Aurora Borealis is where both Twinkle and Muzik get their beautiful colored lights from. Twinkle loves feeling beautiful. She knows that people love to see her dazzling lights, and when people see the lights, that makes her feel loved and admired.
And Muzik, he doesn’t want to feel beautiful with his lights, after all, Muzik is a boy. He just wants to feel loved and appreciated for putting on his beautiful light shows. Oh, he wants to be cute, but he really wants to have his lights make people feel comforted, along with his soothing music.
Muzik says to everyone, “Okay, we got the gold star dust and beautiful colors for our lights, let’s go find some Sound Waves so I can pick up some new musical melodies and Krinkle can find more eerie, crinkly sounds.”
Krinkle asked, “Where do you think is the best place here in Outer Space to find the greatest eerie and crinkly sounds?”
Muzik replies back, “Black Holes.”
Krinkle wants to add more sounds to play because he feels like people don’t think he is talented enough. His ego encourages him to seek out many more new sounds to play so that people will marvel at how talented he is. He wants people to love him for his variety of eerie and crinkly sounds. . .unusual sounds. . . like from Outer Space.
And Muzik knows how important his music can be. He always wants to be able to play just the right tune for the moment. He loves soothing and comforting people. The more he does it, the more he thinks he’s loved for it.
After they all fill up on all their special talents, which is why they went up to Outer Space for in the first place, they decide to come back home. They send Krinkle to go over to the point of the star where they tied up their balloons to bring the balloons back to them so they can go back home. When Krinkle gets to the star’s point he notices that the balloons are gone.
He looks out into Outer Space and sees the balloons floating away – all four balloons – floating away into the distance. Krinkle thinks to himself, “Now what will we do? How will we ever get back home?” Krinkle goes back to tell Muzik, Twinkle and Sprinkle that all four of their balloons disappeared into Outer Space.
Twinkle and Sprinkle start crying, “How will we ever get back home? We want to go home, we want to go back home!!”
Krinkle comes up with the idea of waiting for a spaceship to come along.
Muzik states that he thinks they may have to wait way too long for a spaceship to come by. He hopes that maybe Grandpa Ray will find them through his telescope and find a way to help. But on second thought, he remembers that Grandpa Ray can’t see them like Grandma Rose can.
Sprinkle says she’s come up with the best way to get back home. “Let’s all hop on a falling star!”
Twinkle laughs with agreement, “Yes, yes, the falling star will not only get us back home, but it will be so much fun to ride back on a star.”
So the four of them found their way to the edge of the star that they were sitting on.
Muzik explains, “We’ll sit on the edge of this star until we see a falling star go by. When the falling star gets close to us, we’ll all lean over towards it and jump on!”
As they all sat on the edge of the star waiting for a falling star to come by they felt a rumble.
“What’s happening? Twinkle asks. “I don’t know,” Krinkle says, “But the star just stopped rumbling and it seems to be swaying back and forth now.”
“We’re starting to fall!” Sprinkle shouts, “We’re falling, the star we are sitting on is falling down!”
Muzik shares his feelings, “I think you’re right, I feel like we are starting to move down! We’re falling alright, we’re sitting on a falling star! This star really is falling!”
Everyone was so happy. They were all on their way back to earth.
The ride down was fast and bumpy, so they all held on tight to each other. They peeked down over the edge of the star and they could see they were getting closer and closer to earth.
Grandpa Ray was out in the yard that night looking through his telescope. He saw a falling star coming down from the midnight sky.
“My goodness,” Grandpa Ray says with excitement, “that falling star is headed right this way!”
He calls out loud to Grandma Rose, “Grandma Rose, come quick! Hurry, hurry! I see a falling star headed this way. I think its going to land right here in our own backyard!”
Grandpa Ray continues, “I hear incredible sounding music like I’ve never heard in my life. And the colors around the falling star are just stunning. Can you hear those special eerie space sounds too? It’s coming closer and closer.”
Grandpa Ray glances down for a quick second and shakes his feet, “Oh my, I just stepped into some gold star dust, it’s all over my shoes!”
“Grandma Rose smiles and says to herself, “MY SPECIAL LITTLE ONES ARE HOME!”
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