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This is my entry for Week 22 of LJ Idol (therealljidol), Season 10. We got to choose one of two topics. I chose "Trespassers William."



Kitty had learned to fly. She wasn't quite sure how it happened, but it was an exhilarating experience. In fact, she felt a bit like a fairy princess, and she heard sweet music streaming through the air around her as she flew.

Her friends -- Gunmachan, Bunny, Chief and Harry -- were amazed. After a while, however, it started to tire them, so they tried to get Kitty to come down and join them for a tea party.

Kitty said, "I'll be there in a minute. I'm not quite sure how this works." And she flew upwards instead of down. "Watch this!" she called, and swooped over the tea cups, making them all clatter.

Chief said, "All she has to do is reduce her velocity and aim her nose in a downward position. Then she will fly downwards."

Swirling overhead, Kitty said, "What's velocity?"

In a sensible voice, Chief replied, "Velocity means speed. Everyone knows that, or at least everyone who knows anything." Chief was the oldest of the group, despite being a Huskie cub.

Kitty tried what Chief suggested but kept spinning around in the sky, with sweet music following her every move.

Gunmachan, the cutest horse you've ever seen, busied herself placing plates and directing the others in putting treats out for everyone. Harry and Bunny happily assisted, while Chief sat in a corner calling directions to Kitty.

"You need to increase your drag," Chief shouted. "Put your paws out wide and stretch out all the toes."

Widening her paws as much as possible, Kitty found herself spinning backwards instead of down. "I think I'll just stay up here for a minute," she said. "The clouds are so pretty." She tried to sound like she was doing it on purpose.

Gunmachan said cheerily, "Tea is served!" She sat at her place, and Harry and Bunny took their seats, as well. Chief was still calling out commands to Kitty.

"Make yourself like a backwards air foil!"

At this point, Kitty had more or less given up. She nodded agreeably and pretended to know what an air foil was. "Yes, I'll try that," she said. She hoped that eventually, she would start to descend by accident, which was, after all, the way she had begun to fly.

Bunny said, "Chief, why aren't you sitting down with us?" Bunny shook his white ears in the direction of the table. He was wearing his favorite green shirt, which was also his only shirt.

Chief barked, "I'm directing Kitty. She is not listening!"

Harry, whose full name was Harry Elephante, munched on a chocolate chip cookie. She was a blue elephant with green feet and a very floppy body. But her short, stiff arms made eating anything rather challenging, so she had to focus.

Suddenly, Kitty plummeted out of the sky. "I'm coming down now, I think!" squealed Kitty. "I'm going to have a tea party, too!" She plunked into a wicker chair, and immediately found both a cookie on her stomach and a bottle of milk popped into her mouth. To herself, she thought, maybe I'm thinking too hard. I shall try to stop. She made her mind calm and quiet, but she still heard a small, sweet voice singing with her every move.

Gunmachan, who had already finished her tea and cookies, and put her plates away, announced, "Now it's time for music practice!" She led the way to a little grove containing all sorts of colorful toy instruments.

Everyone but Kitty put down their forks and followed, but Kitty called, "I'll be there momentarily. I'm still having a bottle, apparently." She tried to dislodge herself from the wicker chair, but found it as difficult as not flying.

Meanwhile, in the Music Grove, Bunny hummed on the kazoo, Gunmachan plinked the keyboard shaped like a cat, Chief bounced on the drum set, and Harry played three instruments at once, running back and forth between them.

All of a sudden, the bottle fell out of Kitty's mouth, and she felt herself speeding through the air again until she reached the Music Grove. There, she plopped down onto the blue keyboard. "I'll be playing this," she announced to no one in particular. The keyboard began playing recorded music automatically, and she rocked back and forth, hitting random keys with her nose and tail, trying not to think how odd it all was.

Together, the music of the five friends was both chaotic and beautiful. Then, while dashing between instruments, Harry accidentally tripped over Gunmachan's foot and crashed into the drum set. Chief grumbled, "Harry, why did you do that? You ruined my backbeat!"

Startled by Chief's angry voice, Harry ran over to a tree stump and shrunk into a small ball.

Gunmachan stopped playing the cat keyboard and comforted Harry. Bunny, who was still happily humming, noticed the others stopping and walked over to see what was going on.

Kitty, meanwhile, kept flopping back and forth on the blue keyboard. "I'll be there in a minute," she said. "I think." Then, a couple of flops later, she added. "It might be a while."

Having calmed Harry, Gunmachan suggested that everyone have some quiet time in the big purple hammock. She took Harry's hand and led her to the hammock, then lifted her in and gave Bunny a boost, too. Chief said he didn't need any help and leaped in, crashing into the other two. Gunmachan shook her head with disapproval and climbed in next, being careful not to bump anyone.

At the keyboard, Kitty sighed. "I shall join you after I finish this song," she said, hopefully. Then, just as she thought the music would never end, she felt herself shooting forward towards the hammock, where she landed on Gunmachan's head. "Sorry about that," she mumbled. "I'm having one of those days."

As the morning sun grew warmer, the friends drifted off into a relaxing sleep. Even Kitty felt renewed and more like herself.

~~~



For the past week, we have been on a family vacation, staying at my sister's house with her family, my brother's family, and my Dad. In this story, I have tried to capture the personalities of the five children, as embodied by my son's nighttime buddies along with Harry, his car buddy. The events of the story were loosely based on playtime between the cousins, where they did actually play with the plush friends and enacted many of the actions in this story.

Gunmachan represents my brother's daughter, an outgoing, bubbly, creative 10-year-old who loves art and silliness. She is also very nurturing, much like Kanga in the Winnie the Pooh tales.

Chief channeled my brother's son, a 12-year-old boy with a scientific mind whose personality reminded us of Owl from the Winnie the Pooh stories.

Bunny is my bouncy boy, KFP, whose relentless energy and good attitude brightens a room. He is most like Tigger.

Harry Elephante, while a boy in real life, in this story embodied the spirit of my sister's oldest, a 5-year-old girl who is soft-spoken and adventurous, but also very sensitive. She reminds us of Piglet.

Finally, Kitty has become the adored favorite of my littlest niece, my sister's youngest girl, who is 2. She wants you to know she is a big kid. A flaxen-haired whirlwind, she wants to be a princess and is in love with Kitty. In the story, Kitty evoked Winnie the Pooh. My youngest niece herself is a lot like Roo.

Many thanks to KFP (kfp_rawr) for being my co-author for this entry.

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The animal friends having a tea party



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KFP arranging Gunmachan at the tea party



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(from left) KFP, my nephew, my brother, my littlest niece, my brother's daughter, my brother's wife, my sister's oldest



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My littlest niece hugs Kitty



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(from left) Gunmachan, Bunny, Kitty, Harry Elephante and Chief



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bleodswean
Jun. 25th, 2017 05:03 pm (UTC)
Adorable! And I love the photographs! Cherish these days; they fly faster than even Kitty.
alycewilson
Jun. 25th, 2017 06:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I am, for sure. Only yesterday my brother's kids were the wee ones.
i_17bingo
Jun. 26th, 2017 12:27 pm (UTC)
Very cute! I particularly enjoyed the perils of Kitty (probably because I'm a cat person).
alycewilson
Jun. 26th, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC)
Me, too. My sister also has a real black and white cat, named Blackbeard Doc McStubbins, nicknamed Doc. I think that carrying Kitty around fulfilled my niece's desire to carry Doc around.
eternal_ot
Jun. 26th, 2017 01:53 pm (UTC)
Awesome spin! And lovely photographs too.I really enjoyed reading it and loved the backstory about it. The characters are fun and maybe you could continue with these adventures sometime soon. A nice read :)
alycewilson
Jun. 26th, 2017 03:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe KFP and I will write some more stories about his nighttime friends. He had a blast helping me. Glad you enjoyed it!
rayaso
Jun. 26th, 2017 03:06 pm (UTC)
This was so sweet! I loved the details, like the cat piano. Before I read your explanation, I thought how like the spirit of "Alice in Wonderland" this was. I also wondered if Gunmachan was related to Gunma-Chan, and than I saw the doll on the far left of the group doll photo. The photographs were so cute, and I'm glad you included them. You get so much joy from your children!
alycewilson
Jun. 26th, 2017 03:18 pm (UTC)
Funny thing: I was going to spell Gunma-chan with the dash, but KFP, who was helping me write and watching everything over my shoulder as I typed, insisted there was no dash. :)

The kids are lots of fun, to be sure! It was nice spending a whole week with them. As an only child, KFP often has to make his own fun.

"Alice in Wonderland" is also close to my heart, as you might be able to tell from my icons. My son has renewed my interest in Winnie the Pooh, because he loves the stories and poems.
swirlsofblue
Jun. 26th, 2017 05:35 pm (UTC)
A lovely interp of the prompt, sweet and amusing and it captures the quintessential Winnie-the-pooh-ness.

And the pictures are all very cute!
alycewilson
Jun. 26th, 2017 09:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Of course, they're all adorable to me, and it's fun to watch them grow up. My son finally gets the humor in the original Winnie the Pooh books, so I just got to reread all of them. Such fun!
baxaphobia
Jun. 26th, 2017 07:06 pm (UTC)
So cute! KFP as such imagination!
alycewilson
Jun. 26th, 2017 08:34 pm (UTC)
He does! When I told him what I was doing, he insisted on helping me write it.
beeker121
Jun. 26th, 2017 08:43 pm (UTC)
Kitty makes so much sense as a toddler, wanting more control of her world but not quite being sure what that is. This was sweet and fun. A tea party followed by band practice and a nap in a hammock sound's like a perfect day.
alycewilson
Jun. 26th, 2017 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yes, my youngest niece is very much in that stage where she wants to be a big kid but can't handle all of the big kid things and needs a lot of mommy hugs.
murielle
Jun. 27th, 2017 04:16 pm (UTC)
This is adorable! Kitty's uncontrollable flying reminds me of the many flying dreams I've had throughout my life. I love the way you use WtP characters!

Congrats to you and KFP!
halfshellvenus
Jun. 27th, 2017 10:56 pm (UTC)
Harry Elephante is an awesome name. :D

I felt a little sorry for Kitty, who seemed to have invisible hands moving her from one place to another whether she wanted it or not! And really, that is what a lot of life must seem like to a 2-year-old, too. :D

He was wearing his favorite green shirt, which was also his only shirt.
Haha!

KFP is getting so big-- he looks like a young boy in that swing picture, rather than his pre-K self!
roina_arwen
Jun. 29th, 2017 03:59 am (UTC)
Very sweet - love the photos!
favoritebean
Jun. 29th, 2017 08:13 pm (UTC)
I am glad that KFP was helpful with this entry. Reading the narrative really reminded me of how my daughter plays with her plushies. Never dolls, only plushies.

Very cute entry.
flipflop_diva
Jun. 29th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC)
This is so cute! The way the story was told, I was sort of envisioning stuffed animals (and a little kid insisting on flying poor Kitty through the air!), but I love that it was really more an embodiment of all the kids. The photos are precious too!
marlawentmad
Jun. 29th, 2017 09:42 pm (UTC)
This is so full of whimsy.
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