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1 Story Ticket: Campfire Stories

By Crystal Carroll

Copyright © 2018 Crystal Carroll

Smashwords edition: 978-0-9996119-2-0, 0-9996119-2-5

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Imagine a campfire. Friends are gathered around in the tall redwoods. Tents cluster among the trees.

At some point (okay, because I started it), the kids will ask me to tell a story. Now I’ve learned to put a limit on this sort of thing. They get a story ticket. Their parents get to decide when the ticket can be redeemed.

When children turn in their tickets, they can have their story. They name the characters and who those characters are (kids, unicorns, goddesses, princesses, etc.). I tell a story based on that foundation.

As I tell the story, I draw (very badly) little stick figures to show what’s going on. It also gives me something to take a picture of as I try to remember what I’ve said.

This book offers a few variations of those stories. There is art, if modest in quality. I’ve left the names selected by the children, except where requested characters infringed on copyright.

I hope you enjoy and feel a little bit of the campfire light and the storytelling that goes with it.


Who Is in This Story?

  • Goddess—Parina

  • Unicorn—Rainbow Sparkles

  • Princess—Blue Sparkles

The Story

The goddess Parina didn’t want to wake up and make rainstorms. She was comfy in her bed made of mountains. Her hair was all spread out making rivers while she slept.

Her pet unicorn, Rainbow Sparkles, had been awake for hours. Hours and hours and hours. Prancing and leaping on a rainbow over Parina, who was a very heavy sleeper, but not such a heavy sleeper that she wouldn’t wake up when a unicorn was making a lot of noise over her head.

Parina mumbled, “Go play in the puddles.”

Rainbow Sparkles sighed and went to play in the puddles. Parina rolled over in the mountains to get a little more sleep.

Now in the woods, there lived a secret princess named Blue Sparkles who had flowers growing in her hair.

This is important, because while Rainbow Sparkles was jumping around in the puddles, Blue Sparkles saw an ogre army stomping and smashing all the flowers.

She was worried, because she had a flower growing in her hair right then.

She ran away from her house in the old oak tree.

That’s how she met Rainbow Sparkles.

Blue Sparkles said, “Please, you have to help stop the ogre army.”

Rainbow Sparkles was a little confused. “But aren’t you a magic princess? Can’t you do it?”

Blue Sparkles wasn’t sure. She said, “I don’t think I’m a magic princess. I just live in a house in a tree and have flowers growing in my hair.”

“Oh, then you’re definitely a magic princess. Come on,” said Rainbow Sparkles.

They got on a rainbow and flew to where the ogres were stomping.

When they got there, Rainbow Sparkles said, “Blue Sparkles, throw one of your flowers at them.”

“What will that do?” asked Blue Sparkles.

“Give it a try,” said Rainbow Sparkles. “It can’t hurt.”

Blue Sparkles threw the flowers and when they landed, they became giant flowers. They were as big as trees with giant stalks. These flowers were so big that the ogres couldn’t stomp on them.

The ogres went away because they couldn’t crush the flowers anymore.

Rainbow Sparkles said, “See. I said you were a magic princess.”

“I guess I am,” said Princess Blue Sparkles.

They went to play in the puddles. There was a lot of splishing and splashing.

That’s what they were doing when Parina finally woke up and looked for her pet.

When Parina bent down, Rainbow Sparkles jumped into Parina’s hand. Rainbow Sparkles told Blue Sparkles, “I have to go. We’re actually already late making it rain and spreading rainbows.”

Rainbow Sparkles and Blue Sparkles agreed to play together the next day in the giant flower forest. There were sure to be plenty of puddles.

The End

Circling of the World Serpent

Who Is in This Story?

  • Princess—Werdystyle

  • Dragon—Crimson Sparkles

  • Queen—Snow

The Story

There once was a Viking princess named Princess Werdystyle who loved to sail the wide wild sea along the whale roads in her boat with her friend, the dragon Crimson Sparkles. They were looking for the world serpent.

Princess Werdystyle had heard that the world serpent had fearsome teeth and a very bad temper. But if people were pleasant to him, he took people around the world.

The two friends sailed and sailed and sailed across the sea. They sailed until they came to the far side of the sea.

There they found a nautilus shell, which they could use to go deep beneath the waves to where the world serpent liked to rest his head.

They went deep, deep, deep under the waves.

They went past mermaids playing catch.

They went past the great whales practicing their chorus. They went down to the bottom of the sea where the world serpent rested his head.

When they saw him, Crimson Sparkle said, “Wow. You’re amazing.” He hadn’t planned to say that. He blushed bright, but since he was already bright red, it didn’t show.

Princess Werdystyle said, “It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve heard that you can wrap all the way around the world. Is that true?”

“Yes, I can. Would you like to see?” asked the world serpent brushing his tail against his cheek.

“Yes,” said Princess Werdystyle.

“Uh…” said Crimson Sparkles, who didn’t know what to say now that they’d met such an amazing serpent.

“Say yes,” said Princess Werdystyle, poking her friend on the wing.

“Yes,” said Crimson Sparkles.

They got on the world serpent’s head, and he slid forward around the world.

They went by the home of the feathered serpent, who was delighted to meet them and gave them hot chocolate.

They went past the city of Atlantis, whose people were playing a game of water polo with their rivals, the squid-headed people of the city of Shambalalala. It was a good game.

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