The Upstairs World - (part 2 of the Elfin story)

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.....the story continues.....

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The Upstairs World.

Panpip and Muppet soon entered a room with a carpeted floor and many objects scattered around. It was the children's playroom, and the two childelves stared in amazement at the vast assortment of toys before them.

Panpip jumped into a large toy police car but couldn't make it move. "Push me!" he yelled to Muppet, and she did so reluctantly. The car slowly began to move forward and, as it did, the friction-powered engine took over, leaving Muppet sprawled on the floor.

With flashing lights and siren blaring, the car sped across the room. Panpip thought it great fun until the car slammed into the opposite wall and he was flung out, somersaulting onto the floor. The only thing injured was his pride, but he was not amused as Muppet rolled on the floor laughing. "It's not funny," he snapped, "I could have been killed!"

Muppet jumped up, still giggling, and ran over to a huge doll house in the corner of the room. "Look Panpip!" she cried, "A house just our size." She entered the front door and her brother followed. The house was two rooms wide and had three stories which were connected by an internal staircase. Each of the rooms was fully furnished, and it was inhabited by a family of small dolls about the same size as the elfins. Pushing aside any dolls which happened to be in the way, Panpip and Muppet sat in the chairs, and lay on the beds,. The childelfs made themselves completely at home.

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Suddenly Panpip heard a strange scratching sound outside the doll house. He jumped from the cozy doll chair and scurried to the nearest window. Pushing aside the small curtains, he peered out the first floor window and saw a huge cat scratching at the door of the dollhouse.

The cat, attracted by Panpip's movement, saw him immediately and lunged. Panpip just managed to dodge the massive paw bursting through the glassless window. The cat's paw had razor sharp claws, ideal to snatch a tiny elfin.

Muppet screamed as they both scampered up the staircase to the highest floor. The back of the doll house was open but fortunately it was against the wall so that the only access the cat had was through the door and windows.The house shook with each assault and the two childelfs were terrified. They had no weapons with which to protect themselves. Panpip threw a couple of chairs out the window. One hit the cat, but had little effect.

They wished they had listened to Papan and Marmup and not ventured into the 'upstairs world'.

The cat momentarily ceased it's attack and the twins began to breathe a sigh of relief, when all of a sudden the doll house shook violently. With one mighty leap the cat jumped onto the roof, but it was peaked and smooth, causing the creature to slip. In the cat's struggle to keep its balance the doll house began to totter. The childelfs grabbed each other for support, as the house - along with the cat - came toppling down.

As the house fell, Panpip and Muppet leaped out the open side and scampered towards the nearby mouse hole. They were almost safe when a huge paw lashed out knocking them roughly to the floor. Muppet screamed as she felt gripping teeth trap her tiny body. While the cat was busy with Muppet, Panpip escaped it's hold.

"Muppet!" Panpip shouted distraught. He had to do something - anything- to help his sister.

Then the cat, as cats often do, dropped Muppet from its mouth and began playing with its prey.

"Help, Panpip!" Muppet cried. She felt helpless as the at toyed at her with it's paw. She tried to run, but the cat only pounced on her again in sheer enjoyment of its sport.

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Wrrraaaoooww! An agonizing scream filled the room. "Muppet!" Panpip yelled, thinking it was his sister. But it wasn't Muppet who was shrieking, it was the cat. It suddenly dropped Muppet, (who was dripping with saliva) and was reeling on the ground, a metal meat skewer protruding from the base of it's furry tail.

Papan had thrown the spear with amazing accuracy and power, the same time Grandpan drew back the slingshot and released it with great speed. The cat screamed again as the ball bearing slammed into the back of it's head.

Marmup had woken early, only to notice the childelfs missing and, in a panic and concerned for their safety, had quickly woken up Papan. Being well aware of the dangers that the 'big house' held for elfin, Papan and Grandpan had armed themselves and gone looking for the childelfs.

They quickly grabbed Muppet and Panpip by the hands and rushed them through the mousehole to safety.

The cat had managed to dislodge the metal skewer but was no longer interested in making a meal of the elfin and fled the playroom instead to lick its wounds.

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Marmup and Grandmup had been anxiously waiting below the floorboards. Relieved at the safe return of the childelfs they lovingly embraced the two.

Muppet was scratched and bruised, and in mild shock, but she was also lucky to be alive and not a cat's dinner.

After having their wounds attended, Panpip and Muppet were severely scolded and made promise never to wander into the 'upstairs world' again.

Later, when they were alone in their matchbox beds, Panpip turned to Muppet and whispered, "Maybe we'll check out the 'downstairs world' next time."

"Yes, that sounds like fun," she replied, and they both giggled.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

My four year old is having trouble getting through the whole thing, as he has much to do with his toys and such on a Sunday morning. But that gave me the chance to read through it in peace. I am now in love with the whole family. Marvelous little creatures they are.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Another delightful chapter here but with a lot of drama added! I am glad they are safe from the claws of death but as children are, still always so curious. Loved the ending, and this little family.

Up and more, pinning and tweeting

Have a lovely Sunday,

Faith Raper


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

I guess even elfin kids have to be naughty now and then; thought for a minute you were gonna let cat have one of them; sure glad you didn't. Now Frank would have I know! ^+


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

This is a fun story, Jodah. You just may have found your niche!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Poor kitty! He was just protecting his house. Now he has to go explain to his family how he got injured in the tail. But the elfins are cute. I think they should explore the downstairs. I wonder if they find even more daunting challenges down there?


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is such a joy to read, Jodah. I think you should do more. Voted up and more and sharing!


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

An interesting and adventurous story for kids and a great entertainment with such beautiful creatures I am glad to have read part two.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

Jodah

Such a sweet story I know many little ones that would be intrigued by more adventures. Such a sweet pairing in the twins as they explore the unknown, very cute. Enjoyed the read. I went back and read part one first, then completed this piece. It flows nicely and I could imagine their little world. Blessings


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

I am jumping in after the read them both again. Wonderful storytelling, my children are enjoying it. Jamie


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Eric, after your little four year old got bored I am glad you kept reading and fell in love with the elfin family yourself. Guess I should have added the action scene earlier...lol.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment, vote up, pin, tweet etc Faith. So glad you enjoyed my little story. I did have a great Sunday thanks, now for the week ahead. Bless you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Jackie, even elfin kids are naughty and inquisitive from time to time. I thought of asking Frank if he wanted to co-write this, but then I thought I don't want any of my elfins to get killed off, so decided against it...lol. Maybe if I write more chapters and eventually get sick of them...haha.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for saying that Shauna. It feels good writing these children's stories, but don't know if I could do it full time. We'll see. Glad you enjoyed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Flourish. I originally had an even nastier fate planned for the kitty but I thought this is a kid's story after all, and I am a cat lover, so I toned it down a little. He lived to chase elfin's another day. A bit like Tom and Jerry. You can't kill off the cat or you'd be just left with a boring cartoon called 'Jerry' about a mouse...haha. I'll have to think about the "downstairs" sequel. Just thought I'd see how popular the story was first before planning any more.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Audrey. If there is enough support to write more, I guess I should think about it. I hadn't really planned to, but kept the story open just in case. Glad you enjoyed the read.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Devika, for reading both parts and for your kind comment. I am glad my little elfin characters appealed to you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great to see you Stages Of Me. Thank you for reading this and your encouragement to write more. I will consider it. Blessings back.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Jamie, I am so glad your kids enjoyed this. That is the greatest compliment, because it is written for children. I do find though that just because we adults like something, we think our kids will too, and it doesn't always work that way. Much appreciated.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

A wonderful read, John! Great fun on this Sunday afternoon.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Bill, glad it was a pleasant read for a Sunday afternoon. Continue to enjoy it.


Ghaelach 2 years ago

Morning John.

Seems that there where a lot of people up and around yesterday while I was either busy or sleeping.

Great ending to the adventure of the elfins. Love these short stories as they tend to keep the attention of the kids (and mine), while not being to long and drawn out.

Well thought up John.

Check your fan mail.

Ghaelach


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Ghaelach, yes I had a few comments almost immediately after publishing the second part. I thought it best to make two hubs out of the story, or as you say I could lose the attention in one long hub. Glad you enjoyed it. I'll check my fan mail now.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Wow! Wonderful. You are so very creative. I had a vision of an animation movie about your story. See if you can write it for an animated film. I'm not sure what you need to do or how, but I thought I share it with you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Nadine...you think so? It sounds good to me, but I wouldn't know where to start. Need to find someone who can write screenplays I suppose.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

I think it's best if you learn how to do that yourself. A member named Goodlady is one who knows: How to Get a Movie Script Produced


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Nadine.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

Enjoyable read I am so glad the children are safe I thought it was cute how the story ended with the children plotting to venture into the downstairs world; it just goes to show how children's curiosity are never daunted. I think you would be an excellent children's writer voted up!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Much appreciated Dana. Thank you for those kind words. I do enjoy writing childrens' stories. Thanks for the vote up too.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

Okay, I have to admit that I read this story to my children and they loved about half of each. I loved it all and wanted to feed them every little morsel. But they could only hold their attention for a little over half of the first part. Whew, I feel better know after my confession. Jamie


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the honesty Jamie...lol. I know kids have limited attention spans(and some adults) that's why I split this story into two parts. maybe I should have made it three. I'm not very experienced at short story writing in any form, so the only way to find out these things is to write and learn. Glad you enjoyed it all the way through :)


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Another fun read. The Elfins are adorable, now what adventure is awaiting them? Loved it!!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I enjoyed the adventure and the lovely ending, Jodah. I hope to read more about the childelves in the future.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

@ Ruby, thanks for reading my friend. I will have to maybe let them explore the "downstairs" world.

@ Alicia, glad you enjoyed the adventure. Hopefully they can have some more adventures.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

so far so good Jodah.. not Dr Suessish.. but just as entertaining


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Frank. You're right there's no Dr Suess in this one...no rhyme. Glad you found it entertaining


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

So glad it had a happy ending, but it was pretty tense there for a while. I do hope they wait a while before they go on any other adventures.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sounds like this chapter got your excitement levels up Blossom...lol. You'll be happy to know they are taking a short break before their next adventure.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Awww! Jodah, this is marvelous. I love these little elfins. I once wrote a story on elfins and had such great fun with it. It is now in the family Christmas Album and part of a family heirloom. Jodah, you are a fantastic writer and storyteller. You must call me every night now and read a story to me before I go to slumber land. hahahaha, now that would be super marvelous. Voted up, Awesome, Interesting and MARVELOUS.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

What a great comment Phyllis. I wish we had a "marvellous" vote, but "awesome and interesting" is fine :)

Haha, I would love to call you with a bedtime story every night but alas time differences make that difficult...I would love to read your own story about elfins sometime. Thanks again for your kind words.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

By the way Jodah, My little cousin loved the second half as well. I re-read the first one and second to make a complete story and he now wants to know when the little elfins are going to go downstairs. Ha ha !


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Dana glad your little cousin enjoyed this. Looks like I'll have to write another chapter doesn't it..lol? Hopefully I'll have time to write it in the next couple of weeks.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

This is precious, are the twins going on more adventures?

I hope.

Voted up, UI and shared.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the vote up and share Shyron, it seems a popular consensus that they have to.

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