The Adventure of the Six Friends-4

story credit: Shivangi Mittal & Meghna Goel

written by: Shivangi Mittal       illustrated by: Meghna Goel

The story so far (see parts 1, 2 and 3): Six friends: Stan, Zoozoo, Meg, Maggie, Shy and Motu have been invited to stay with Meg, Stan and Zoozoo’s relatives at their holiday home in the mountains of Gangtok during their summer break. They are to travel in charge of an air hostess and will be joined later by Meg’s parents. The short journey becomes long and boring when their plane runs into bad weather. And then a bomb is discovered in the plane by the co-pilot. The passengers are assisted to jump from the plane. The six friends jump with parachutes, fall to earth and faint.  When they woke up, they found themselves in a beautiful secret valley called Grundog, inhabited by tiny people called Grunkles. The King of Grundog made them welcome. The children were hungry, so, he ordered food for them …

Chapter 4: Motu’s Big Emergency

The king invited the six friends for dinner to his palace. They were to be the guests of honour.

The children were excited. They thought it would be a great opportunity to know more about the kingdom and its different cities.

They were welcomed to the palace with great pomp and show. Since the palace was too small for them to fit, the arrangements had been made in the gardens. There was a wonderful dinner spread out before them and they sat down with the king. There were no chairs big enough for them to sit in the tiny kingdom, so they sat on the carpets laid out on the lawns.

While they were eating the king asked them about their journey. He wanted to know why they had been travelling, where they were going, etc. The children told the king about their vacation and their trip to Gangtok by plane and the plane crash.

However, they did not know why the plane had crashed. They felt that as ‘Crime Fighters’ it was their job to find out the answers to all these questions and solve the mystery.

They were all talking about this and discussing it with the king, when they suddenly realized that something was wrong with  Motu. He kept fidgeting and scrunching up his face. We all stared at him.

Suddenly he burst out loudly: “I have to use the loo”!!

There was a shocked silence. And then everyone burst into laughter!

The laughter spread to the whole city, and soon everyone could be heard roaring with mirth–well, everyone except Motu (obviously!). The town settled in 30 minutes. The children ate and drank.

Now the problem was where to stay. None of the buildings in Grundog were large enough for the children to fit in. The king finally found a solution. He ordered his men to furnish the biggest barn in the kingdom with all kings of luxuries, just like a palace.

The barn was made ready for them and the children went into it. They found soft mattresses on the floor. They slept …

To be continued……….         

Shivangi Mittal is 10 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, drawing & painting, tennis and swimming.

Meghna Goel is 11 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, vocal and instrumental music, crafts and art.   

The Adventure of the Six Friends-3

story idea by Shivangi Mittalwritten & illustrated by Meghna Goel

The story so far (see The Adventure of the six Friends-1 and The Adventure of the Six Friends-2): Six friends: Stan, Zoozoo, Meg, Maggie, Shy and Motu have been invited to stay with Meg, Stan and Zoozoo’s relatives at their holiday home in the mountains of Gangtok during their summer break. They are to travel in charge of an air hostess and will be joined later by Meg’s parents. The short journey becomes long and boring when their plane runs into bad weather. And then a bomb is discovered in the plane by the co-pilot. The passengers are assisted to jump from the plane. The six friends jump with parachutes, fall to earth and faint.    

Chapter 3: Heaven, Movie Set or Reality?

When the children came to their senses, they found themselves in a valley surrounded by mountains. It was a very beautiful place, full of greenery and bright flowers. A short distance away, there was a miniature palace, the size of a doll’s house.

Maggie said, “It must be a movie set for Gulliver’s Travels, or something like that.”

Shy said, “It must be Heaven, it’s so beautiful!”

Zoozoo and Stan said, “Don’t be silly. This is reality, because we are all alive.”

Motu was not bothered whether this was a movie set, or heaven, or reality, because he was hungry and wanted something to eat, but Meg agreed with Shy. She thought that such a beautiful place could only be heaven.

They kept arguing about this with each other, till Motu said, “Please! Let us find something to EAT!” So, they all helped each other to take off the heavy parachutes and decided to look around in the little palace to find out where exactly they were.

They went up to the palace and peeped inside. They saw that it was full of tiny people, about two inches high. They were reminded again of Gulliver’s Travels, and other stories like Tom Thumb and Thumbelina.

When the tiny people saw them, they were alarmed. The children looked like giants to them. They thought that the children were enemies and had come to attack them. They quickly got their weapons and started shooting arrows at them.

The children shouted to the little people, “We are not enemies. We just crashed here. We don’t know where we are, and we need something to eat.” The tiny people didn’t believe them. They thought that the children were trying to fool them, so, they continued to shoot arrows at them.

The arrows were little and did not hurt the children much, but they got bruised. They were already tired after the plane crash. Soon the tiny people tied all of them and led them to their king.

The king asked them, “Who are you giants? And why did you come here?”

All of them told him their names. The king told them, “This valley is Grundog and our people are called Grunkles.

Meg said “We are from Delhi, the capital of India. We have never even heard of this place or seen it on any map in the Atlas. So, where is it? Are we still in India?”.

The king said, “Our kingdom is a hidden land between the borders of India and China. The outside world does not know about us. We are so small, that we are afraid if they came to know about us they would attack and harm us. So, we keep our existence a secret. How did you come here?”

Shy said, “We were flying to Gangtok and there was a bomb on our plane. We jumped and landed here”.

Motu said, “I am HUNGRY!!”.

The king gave an order to his soldiers: “Untie their knots and bring lots of food for them”.

To be continued …

Shivangi Mittal is 10 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, drawing & painting, tennis and swimming.

Meghna Goel is 11 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, vocal and instrumental music, crafts and art.             

The Adventure of the Six Friends-2

story idea and illustration by Shivangi Mittal; written by Meghna Goel

The story so far (see The Adventure of the Six Friends-1): Six friends: Stan, Zoozoo, Meg, Maggie, Wangy and Motu have been invited to stay with Meg, Stan and Zoozoo’s relatives at their holiday home in the mountains of Gangtok during their summer break. They are to travel in charge of an air hostess and will be joined later by Meg’s parents …

Chapter-2: A Horrible Air Journey

It was a short journey. Maggie and Shy looked around at the other passengers. Three of the men sitting behind them looked strange. They were looking very suspiciously at everyone.  Shy even saw two of them picking their noses! She showed it to the others and they all giggled.

Breakfast was served soon after take-off. They got jam sandwiches and cutlets to eat. Zoozoo and Meg hated jam sandwiches. Meg made a face, but didn’t say anything. Motu happily ate their jam sandwiches and they divided his cutlet between them. They had coffee and juice to drink.

Behind them, the strange passengers were finding fault with the food.  Suddenly, the plane started shaking and wobbling. They all spilt their drinks and looked around, scared.

“We have run into rough weather,” announced the pilot. “Please fasten your seat belts and switch off all electronic devices.” The television monitors in front of them also went blank. The plane continued to shake and roll in the bad weather. The short journey became very, very long. The children stopped being scared after a while. But they were badly bored.

After a few hours, the weather cleared. All of a sudden, there was a shout from the cockpit. The co-pilot had heard a ticking sound and they realized that there was a bomb in the plane, which was about to explode.

The pilot announced this to the passengers. The air hostesses started helping them to wear parachutes and telling them how to use them and jump out of the plane. The passengers were shouting in panic. One by one they were lined up and helped to jump.

Soon after they all jumped, the plane blasted. The children fell to the ground and fainted.

To be continued……………

Shivangi Mittal is 10 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, drawing & painting, tennis and swimming.

Meghna Goel is 11 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, vocal and instrumental music, crafts and art.             

The Adventure of the Six Friends-1

The first part of a serial story that starts today …

story idea by Shivangi Mittal; written and illustrated by Meghna Goel

 Chapter-1: Starting Out on a Holiday

Stanley (Stan), Zoozoo, Meg, Prohit (Motu), Shivangi (Shy) and Meghna (Maggie) called themselves ‘Crime Fighters’. They were fast friends and lived in the same colony in Delhi, the capital of India. Stan, Meg and Maggie were twelve years old and the others were eleven.

Maggie and Shy were cousins and lived in the same house. Both had olive skin, big eyes and long, black hair. Zoozoo and Stan were Meg’s brothers. They were tall with dark hair and Meg was tiny with fair skin and hair. They lived three houses away.

Prohit was the only child of very rich parents. He was called Motu because he was plump, with brown hair and sallow skin. He lived in the largest, most beautiful house of the colony and had lots of servants.

The Crime Fighters always wanted to solve crimes and read all the detective books they could find. But they had not come across any big crimes to solve, so far–only small mysteries like lost things and missing children in the colony. They were rather good at these. Now they were having their summer break and were going for a vacation together.

Stan, Zoozoo and Meg’s relatives had a beautiful holiday home in Gangtok. They were spending the vacation there. They had invited the children and their friends for two weeks.

Meg’s parents could not go with them just now because they could not get leave from office. The six friends were going by themselves. They were flying there in the care of Sheena, who was an air hostess on their plane. Meg’s uncle and aunt would pick them up from the airport there. Meg’s parents had told them wonderful things about Gangtok and its beauty.

It was the night before the trip. Everyone was sleeping over at Meg’s house because they had to start early next day. They were all very excited and couldn’t sleep.

Soon it was morning. They quickly got out of bed and got ready for the trip. Their parents took them to the airport and left them in charge of Sheena. They checked in their luggage and waited in the departure lounge.

Finally, their flight was announced and they were in the plane, ready to take off.

To be continued……….         

Shivangi Mittal is 10 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, drawing & painting, tennis and swimming.

Meghna Goel is 11 years old and a student of class VI in New Delhi, India. She loves stories, vocal and instrumental music, crafts and art.             

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