Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a young girl named Lucy. Now Lucy had really long black hair, which she used to oil every Sunday and then take bath in hot water. She used to love her long black hair. She used to put clips and beads in her hair. She used to sway her head, left and right, left and right, left and right and loved the way her hair moved left and right, left and right.
One day, she was walking back from school as she recited the alphabets out aloud, in a sing song manner. Dressed in sky blue skirt, her hair tied in a ponytail, black shoes with shiny silver buckles.
‘A for Apple. B for Bat. C for Cat. D for… D for… Dog… A for apple. B for Bat. C for cat. D for Dog…’
As she skipped and jumped and walked, her hair swishing and swaying along with her happy little steps, she saw something sparkle on the side of the road, where the grass grew as high as her knees. She stopped skipping and jumping. It shined again, bright as the sun in the afternoon when she played hopscotch during lunch break. Excitedly she went closer to see what was shining behind the grass which grew as tall as her knees. And there it was, the shiniest, brightest, and the most colorful hairclip she had ever laid her eyes on. As she stuck her hand out and picked up the shiny, bright and colorful hairclip, she heard a small girl’s voice.
‘Heyllo! My name is Alice. You have pretty hair’
‘Thank you. I oil it every Sunday and then take bath in hot water. My name is Lucy’ she replied smiling as she saw the hairclip talk to her. The hairclip looked like it was smiling back at her.
‘Will you put me in your hair? I will be your best friend. I will hold your hair up and you can style it anyway you want. Please?’ Alice, the brightest, shiniest and the most colorful hairclip Lucy had ever seen asked her. She even said please, and Lucy remembered her mother telling her that when somebody requests you something and say Please then you should try and help them.
‘Yes! That will be lovely. You and me shall be the bestest of all friends and I shall wear you in my hair every day. I ask my mommy to put you in my hair. Till then, I will hold you in my hands’ And so, Lucy smiled even a bigger smile and continued skipping and jumping and reciting the alphabets along with her new best friend Alice.
‘A for Apple. B for Bat. C for Cat… D for… D for… Dog… D for Dog.’
As the two new best friends skipped, jumped, walked and sang their way home, Lucy noticed that a puppy had begun to follow her. The puppy was copying everything Lucy was doing. The puppy jumped when Lucy jumped. The puppy skipped when Lucy skipped. The puppy barked when Lucy sang her alphabets. Lucy sat down on the grass and the dog sat down too. Lucy rolled in the grass, the dog rolled in the grass too.
‘He looks so cute’ Alice spoke as she rolled in the grass along with Lucy. The shiniest, brightest and the most colorful hairclip was still firmly clutched in Lucy’s palm.
‘What is your name doggy?’ Lucy asked as she picked up the puppy and the puppy tickled her face with his soft, pink tongue.
‘Woof! My name is Zero. Woof!’
‘Well! You are lovely! Will you be our friend?’ Lucy asked Zero the puppy who copied everything Lucy did.
‘Woof! Yes! Woof!’
‘My name is Lucy and she is Alice’ Lucy said as she showed Zero, the puppy who copied everything Lucy did, the brightest, shiniest and the most colorful hairclip either one of them had ever seen.
‘Hello!’ Alice smiled before she started grimacing and yelling ‘YUCK! EWWW!’ as Zero, the puppy who copied everything Lucy did, licked and tickled Alice with his soft and pink tongue. Watching Alice and Zero play together, Lucy giggled loudly. Hearing Lucy laugh out loud, Alice and Zero started laughing as well.
They laughed and rolled and jumped and skipped and sang the alphabets.
‘A for Apple. B for Bat. C for Cat. D for Dog. E for… E for… E for Elephant’
Lucy, the girl with the lovely long black hair, Alice, the brightest, shiniest and the most colorful hairclip, and Zero, the puppy who copied everything Lucy did, rolled, played and laughed in the grass which was as tall as Lucy’s knees. Dark clouds covered the sky, curious to find out from where all the singing, playing and laughing sounds were coming in.
‘Who is making all that noise?’ The dark cloud thundered.
‘We are not making noise. We were just playing.’ Alice spoke.
‘Woof! Yes! We were just playing. Woof!’ Zero barked back at the dark clouds.
‘My name is Lucy. This is Alice and this is Zero. What is your name? Do you also want to play with us?’ Lucy spoke as she looked up at the sky covered with the giant dark cloud.
‘My name is Eddie, the dark cloud. Nobody plays with me because I am dark and not white like the other clouds’ Eddie, the dark cloud thundered.
‘You can play with us. We were just singing, jumping, laughing and playing’ Lucy replied as she smiled at Eddie, the dark cloud with whom the white clouds didn’t play with. Eddie smiled in return, flashing his teeth and suddenly lightening flashed across the sky.
‘Woof! What was that?’ Zero, the puppy who copied everything Lucy did, whimpered.
‘Sorry! That is what happens when I smile’ Eddie apologized.
‘That is so cool! Can you smile again?’ Alice screamed with excitement.
‘I guess’ Eddie replied as he smiled sheepishly and flashed his teeth shyly and a tiny lightening shined through the sky.
Together the four new best friends walked towards Lucy’s home, skipping, laughing, and singing the alphabets.
‘A for Apple. B for Bat. C for Cat. D for Dog. E for… E for… E for elephant. F for Four. G for… G for…’
Just then the four new best friends saw a big and ugly lizard. The big and ugly lizard opened his mouth and flicked his huge tongue to catch a butterfly which was as colorful as Alice and ate it.
‘Oh no!’ Alice screamed.
‘Woof! Woof!’ Zero barked at the lizard.
The big and ugly lizard looked at the four new best friends and smiled menacingly.
‘Well, well, well… Look who we have here… Lucy, the girl with the big black hair, Alice, the shiniest, brightest and the most colorful hairclip, Zero, the puppy who copies everything Lucy does and Eddie, the dark cloud with whom the white clouds don’t play with. You all will make for a nice delicious dinner tonight.’ The big and ugly lizard smirked as he looked at the four new best friends.
‘Guys, I am scared!’ Lucy whispered to her three best friends.
‘Don’t worry Lucy. We are there with you. He can’t eat us.’ Eddie, the dark cloud, thundered and lightening flashed across the sky as he smiled again.
‘Yeah! He is right.’ Alice spoke as she smiled along with Eddie.
‘Woof!’ Zero, the puppy who copied everything Lucy did barked in agreement.
Buoyed by her three best friends confidence, Lucy spoke, ‘I think I have a plan on how to beat the big and ugly lizard’. Lucy then explained her plan to her three best friends. The four new best friends smiled at each other as lightening flashed across the sky again as Eddie flashed his white teeth again.
‘You don’t have anywhere to go’ The big and ugly lizard threatened.
‘NOW! Lucy yelled.
Eddie, the dark cloud with whom the white clouds refused to play with, grinned as he showed all his white teeth causing a big lightening to streak across the sky. Zero, the puppy who copied everything Lucy did, jumped in the air with Alice, the brightest, shiniest and the most colorful hairclip, in his mouth and Alice caught Eddie’s smile in her hairclip. Lucy took the lightening and threw it at the big and ugly lizard.
The big and ugly lizard saw the big lightening hurled towards him and started running for his life.
‘I will see the four of you soon. This is not over’ the big and ugly lizard yelled as he ran away scared. So scared that he left his tail behind.
The four new best friends jumped in the air and high fived each other.
Just then, Lucy, the girl with the big, black hair heard her mother call her name.
‘Lucy? Where have you been?’
‘Mommy! I want you to meet my new best friends. This is Alice, the shiniest, brightest and the most hairclip. This is Zero, the puppy who copies everything I do. And this is Eddie, the dark cloud with whom the white clouds refuse to play with.’
‘Hello!’ Lucy’s mother greeted Lucy’s friends and Lucy’s new best friends greeted Lucy’s mother in return.
‘Mommy! Do you think they can stay with us? Please?’ Lucy asked her mother with a smile as big her father’s mustache.
‘Only if they help you finish your homework and sleep with you on time.’ Lucy’s mother replied. Lucy had asked her mother nicely and she had said ‘Please’.
‘Yayyy!’ The four new best friends jumped in the air and high fived each other again.