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Lovie and Bibs and the Boy Who Lived on the Moon

Published by Alicia Ranney at Smashwords

Copyright 2017 Alicia Ranney

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Everyone has heard about the Man on the Moon, but did you know there's a boy on the moon? Lovie and Bibs know about the Boy on the Moon, and well they should - he's one of their best friends, after all!

It all started one day when Lovie and Bibs were playing outside. The sun was shining brightly, and the clouds were white pillows in the sky. Then darker clouds rolled in, covering the sun. Big fat raindrops began to fall, and soon Lovie and Bibs were soaking wet.

The sisters came inside, but what to do now? They could play board games, but that didn't sound like much fun. Card games? Blah! Hide-and-seek? They'd already used all the good hiding spots too many times for that to be any fun.

The girls wound up in their room, sad because they could think of nothing fun to do. Then Bibs sat straight up and said, "Let's tell stories!" Lovie jumped up with a grin because she loved to tell stories.

"What will the story be about?" Lovie asked. "Mermaids in the mud puddle in the backyard? The fairy in the tree by the stairs?"

"No!" said Bibs. "Tell the story about the Man on the Moon!"

Lovie rolled her eyes dramatically. "I just told you that story last night! You can't possibly want to hear it again today?"

"I do, I do!" Bibs bounced with excitement.

"Oh, all right then." And Lovie told Bibs the story of the Man on the Moon. Again.

The rain poured, and the daylight faded. Their mother called them down for dinner. Over hot dogs and macaroni and cheese, the family each talked about their day. Then it was time to get ready for bed.

Telling stories is tiring work, and Lovie and Bibs fell asleep quickly that night. At some point, Bibs woke to the sound of the rain against the window. She looked toward the window and screamed. She did not see rain - but she did see a boy at the window. The problem was, they were on the second floor, and nobody could reach their window...

Bibs woke Lovie, and the two made their way toward the boy who was floating just outside. Lovie looked at Bibs then toward the boy.

"Who are you, and why are floating there?" she asked the boy, hoping he could hear her through the window.

He opened his mouth like he was going to reply, but a sound like rocks grinding together came out. Lovie and Bibs closed their hands over their ears to drown out the noise. The boy stopped, looking confused. Then he snapped his fingers and held one of his hands against the glass.

Lovie touched her hand to the opposite side of the window, then pulled it back quickly. When the boy next spoke, Bibs heard grinding rocks. But Lovie heard the boy say, "Can you understand me now?"

Lovie nodded and told Bibs to hold her hand to the glass. "He just helped me to understand what he's saying." So Bibs touched one side of the window and the strange boy the other. Then she was able to understand him as well.

"My name is Marcus," said the gray boy. "I'm a long way from home, and I could use your help."

"What can we do?" asked Bibs.

"I need some food and water. I came a long way, and I am hungry and thirsty."

"Give us a minute," said Lovie. The sisters went down to the kitchen to get some food and water, and they came back up a couple of minutes later.

Lovie opened the window, and Marcus took the food and gobbled it up. Then he took the cup of water and drained it. "That was delicious; thank you."

"You're welcome," Bibs said. "Now, where are you from, and what are you doing here?"

"I'm from the moon."

"No way!" exclaimed Bibs. "Everyone knows there's no little boy on the moon! Just the Man on the Moon!"

"Yep, that's my dad. He's going to be very scared when he finds I'm missing."

"How did you get here from the moon?" asked Lovie.

"That's the weird part," said Marcus. Lovie and Bibs exchanged looks - what could be weirder than a gray-skinned boy floating outside their window?

"Right before bed, my dad told me the story about the Man on the Earth. It's my favorite. Anyway, I was laying in bed, thinking about the story and wishing I could visit Earth. Then I fell asleep. The next thing I knew, I was falling through the air, and then I landed in your yard."

"Our yard?" asked Lovie. "Why our yard of all places?"

"I think I may know the answer to that one," Bibs piped in. "I fell asleep thinking about the Man on the Moon. Maybe since we both dreamed about each other, he was able to come here."

"How come you didn't go there?"

Bibs scowled at her sister. "How should I know! What I do know is we have a new friend all the way from the moon. How many people get to say they have a moon friend? Let's play!"

So they all played puzzles (Marcus informed them that on the moon, they were called 'moozles'), Play-doh ('space goo') and hide-and-seek (they call it hide-and-seek on the moon too). They were having great fun until they realized it was almost morning.

"Hey Marcus, how exactly are you supposed to get home?" Lovie asked.

Marcus looked worried. "Huh, I hadn't thought of that."

Bibs brightened and said, "I have an idea! If you came to earth because you were dreaming of earth, just fall asleep again and dream of home!"

"That just might work, and I am getting awfully sleepy," replied Marcus. "But I don’t know how to make myself dream a particular thing."

Bibs said, "I don't either, but it's worth a try. Your dad will be very worried if you're not in your bed in the morning."

Bibs bundled up under her covers. Lovie made a make-shift bed for Marcus out of some blankets and her giant elephant pillow. Then she laid down in her own bed, and everyone closed their eyes.

They were very sleepy children, and they fell asleep quickly. Marcus must have dreamed of elsewhere, as he was gone when the girls awoke.

Later that day, the girls were playing outside (no rain this time!). Bibs paused, concerned and asked, "How do we know if Marcus made it back home?" Lovie didn't know.

They fell asleep by the light of the giant yellow moon that night, trying to think if Marcus was home and safe. Again, they were awakened by a noise. The sisters popped up instantly in their beds and exchanged excited glances. They ran to the window, expecting to see their new moon friend, but there was no one there. Both girls were very sad.

Then Lovie noticed a hole in the ground. "Come on! Let's go see what it is!"

They rushed outside, peered in the hole, and spotted a small rock with what looked like writing on it. Bibs couldn't read yet, so Lovie took the rock and read the message:

Home safe. Had fun with my new earth friends. Enjoy your moon rock! Will visit again soon.

Marcus

Giggling, the girls ran back inside. They put their moon rock in a special place of honor on their bookshelf. And then they went to sleep.

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Thank you so much for reading my book! This began as a series of bedtime stories I told my then two-year-old to help get her excited about becoming a big sister. Here we are five years later, and little sister loves the stories as much as big sis does! If you enjoyed this book, please check out the prequel: Lovie and Bibs and the Fairy in the Tree by the Stairs! Also, please take a moment to leave me a review at your favorite retailer!

Thank you,

Alicia Ranney


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