Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Rainbow Road - A Short Story

Far away in a magical kingdom filled with double rainbows and ice cream sundae mountains, there was a penguin. A lone penguin in a kingdom full of magical creatures, This penguins name was Cowand. Cowand was a friendly penguin who loved to have fun. Now when Cowand was a small little munchkin, he loved to sing and dance and explore the world he lived in. Now that Cowand is fully grown (in his opinion), he has ventured off to the top of a mountain, Mount Cupcake, where we are about to join him do a stunt. This stunt is not only dangerous, but a bad idea. Let us join him as we continue this story.

"Oh Boy!" Shouted Cowand. "I am gonna do this and then I'm going to get all the respect i want! People will love me and then name there children after me! It's gonna be great!" So Cowand got his sled (which happens to be a big piece of cardboard stapled to a piece of wood) and set it at the tip of the mountain. He then got his backpack and set it on the sled before he sat down with it. He pulled a paddle out of his backpack and pushed himself off the edge of the sled. All of a sudden he starts shooting down the hill like a bullet going, what seemed, 70 miles an hour in a matter of seconds!

While flying down the hill he starts shouting, "YES! YES! THIS IS  AWESOME!! BRING IT ON!! GIMME MORE!! THAT ALL YOU GOT!??!!!"  After making it 1/5 of the way down the mountain (And this is a big mountain), he saw a blur in the distant future. He reached into his bag and pulled out a pair of binoculars so he could see this mysterious item in the road ahead. He looked into his binoculars and quickly looks away, rubs his eyes, and looks again to confirm what he saw. Through his eyes, he saw a family of porcupines walking across the mountain. He Yelped and grabbed his paddle from the side of the sled and then tried to merge his way east as the family was going west. But to his surprise the speed of his sled would not agree with him and snapped his paddle as he tried to put himself east.

Now without a paddle he started to panic, he reached in his bag, pulled out a megaphone and shouted "Hey you cute family of porcupines, MOVE IT, UH ... PLEASE!!" suddenly the father porcupine looks up and notices Cowand speeding toward him and his family at a lighting fast pace so he charges into action telling his family to move it faster in his porcupine language. As Cowand notices this, he finds relief knowing that they know, but not all is dandy and fine yet in the world of this story, for they porcupine are not out of danger yet, just aware of it. As all but 2 porcupines are clear of this danger, Cowand closes in, no longer needing his binoculars to see them, he then realizes that he might be able to  move the sled if he tilts his body to the east.

As he see's them closing in, he leans into the east as best he can and closes his eyes, to afraid to see the results. He then hears a low gasp and opens his eyes. He see's no more porcupines and looks behind him to see what happened. As he turns around, he see's the family of porcupines have made it another day, safe and sound. He then turns around to go on with his journey down hill. He reaches in his bag and pulls out a pair of goggles and gloves, puts them on and goes onward with his journey down this huge mountain. At this point he is only 2/5 down the really big mountain which, when he's done, will end right at the edge of town. He then rolls onto his stomach and embraces the wind in this face cheering it on as he flies down this hill.

As he finds time to look around, he notices the beautiful tree's all around (that he hasn't run into). greens, blues, and purples all clashing together to make a truly beautiful sight. He then looks lower to see all the ground animals rushing around on the blanket of snow provided for them. As he looks up he see's a tree, a really big tree, right in front of him and he screams. "HOLY MOLY!! LEFT, I CHOOSE LIFE!!!" He veers to his left as fast as he can but comes up inches short. He flips his sled at almost 90 MPH and crashes into the surrounding tree's.

As he gets up, he notices that he is feeling pain all over himself, feeling like he ran into a wall, only it was a tree, really hard. He gets up and, luckily, finds all his items he had on the sled. He walks over to see if his sled is still operational only to find that is is bent all over the back and the cardboard came off 40% of the piece of wood. He see's that it will still work if he is careful, and having no choice, he climbs onto the sled with his stuff and pushes himself back down the hill. when he clears the tree's about 20 minutes later, he grabs his binoculars and see's that his is roughly 3/5 down the mountain at this point. He is around the halfway point and just thinks to himself, No pain, No gain. I need to focus in on this little stunt of mine so that the welcome party at the end can cheer and call me an awesome daredevil willing to try any stunt, no matter how dangerous! I will be so popular when this is all over!

He  kept thinking that over and over while he  raced down the hill. As he got up to higher speeds, he began to notice how quiet the world got when it was just himself, alone, on the mountain. It gave him a strange happiness and he closed his eyes to take it all in. After another 20 minutes, he started to get bored after being on this sled for who knows how long, so he decided to take some photos. He reached into his bag and pulled out a camera. He began to take shots of the surrounding animals and trees, but knowing Cowand, he got bored again, very quickly.

As he reached 4/5 down Mount Cupcake, he quickly grasped the fact that, even though he would be a legend, he would be a legend who got bored on a sled ride down a huge mountain, but not any mountain, Mount Cupcake!! So to ease that painful though, he grabbed his binoculars and looked down the mountain to see how much mountain was left. Too his surprise, he found a short distance between him and the bottom of the mountain. But also, as a shock to Cowand, he finds that only 3 people are at the bottom of the mountain waiting for him. He then notices that its all a hoax. He was just tricked into this by the evil people in his town.

About another 28 minutes and he could hear someone shouting, "HEY!, THERE HE IS!! HE ACTUALLY DID IT!!!" He was shocked that people thought he wouldn't do it. Why don't they trust my word? It's me were talking about. He was shocked. As he finally reached the bottom he shouted, "STOP ME! BEFORE I HIT SOMEONE!" and a few of em' ran toward the center, just asking to be slaughtered. So one of em' put a few bricks in the center of the road and i knew what that meant ... I crashed into those brings and flew face first onto the snow infront of me. I got up and brushed myself off, not feeling any pain from my crash. "What's with all the ... nothing?" asked Cowand.
"You mean, the fact that 3 people came to see you cross the finish line of the challenge presented to you by the evil people of this magical town?" said the first one.
"Yes, that pretty much sums up my question."
"Well, They just tricked you into doing something, because they thought you would just die in your attempt and not be a problem anymore. Sorry."
"No, its ok, i think i see whats going on, they are just evil people."
"Yes, i agree... Because that's what I've just Said."
"So how was it?" Asked a second one
"It was a thrill a minute! I loved it and i got some great pictures!"
"Wow" said the first one
"Now I'm going to go home."
"Wait! That's it? No story?" asked the third one
"Well, I'm tired and i promise to tell you if you come over to my house around 8PM tonight, deal?"
"DEAL!" said all three in unison
"Now I'm going to go rest my back, legs, and generally my whole body!"
"Ok, were gonna go ... to the bowling alley. C'mon guys, lets go." said the second one.
So the day was victorious! The challenge was not only excepted, but completed successfully and Cowand went home with a renewed sense of accomplishment! But Cowand was not ready for what he was to find later on that week ...


  1. Dude, you like us leaving wanting more ... i gotta give you some serious props for that ;) nice work.

  2. a veri long paragraph, i guess it interesting.

  3. Nice story, I would recoment not telling his progress down the mountain as he goes down. I would also recomend more detail from the penguin's perspective.

    Also, the correct spelling is Cowond. The first O makes a u sound. The second makes an o sound as in "lot".