Last week’s vote: Take the path to the lake.
“Please can we go swimming first?” pleaded Eric.
“Okay, fine,” said Maya. “But we are definitely going to check out that other path later!”
Eric, Maya, and their dad quickly dug out their suitcases from the car, ran into the cabin, and changed into their swimsuits in record time.
“Let’s go!” their dad cried. As they carefully stepped down the steep path to the lake, they saw that they weren’t the first ones to arrive. A woman was sitting in a lawn chair on the sand, while a boy with glasses played fetch with his dog.
“Cool! Maybe they’re staying at the lake this summer too!” said Eric, walking up to the boy.
“Hi, I’m Eric, and this is my sister Maya.”
“Hey. I’m Ben. And this is Lego,” Ben replied, gesturing to his dog. “Here Lego!! C’mere boy!” Lego came barreling back towards the three kids with a stick in his mouth, almost knocking them over.
“Don’t worry, he’s harmless. He just gets really excited when he gets to chase things. Including sticks,” Ben joked.
“Well, I think he’s cute,” Maya said, leaning down to give Lego a scratch on his head. “Is that you’re mom? Are you guys staying here this summer too?”
“Yeah, my mom and I are staying at the cabin at the top of the hill. Hey, did you guys see those wild horses when you drove in?”
“Yeah, we did. Actually, isn’t that one of them right there?” Eric asked. The kids all turned to see where he was looking. The same horse that seemed to wink at them earlier that morning was leaning down to drink from the water.
“Time to swim!” Eric and Maya’s dad yelled. “Last one in is a rotten egg!”
“Hmph. Parents are so immature, aren’t they?” sighed Ben, as they watched Maya and Eric’s father tip Ben’s mom out of her chair. The two of them raced each other down to the lake, with LEGO chasing after them.
“Hey look! A frog!” cried their father.
“And what a cute little chipmunk on the bank!” said Ben’s mom.
With a burst of smoke, the kids’ parents suddenly disappeared. In their places now stood a tiny green frog and a furry little chipmunk.
“Woah! What just happened!?” cried Maya.
Lego began barking at the two animals, splashing in the water to chase what he thought were his new toys. Their frog father jumped further down the shore of the lake. Lego turned to chase their chipmunk mother, who squeaked and ran towards the forest.
“WHAT IS GOING ON?” yelled Ben.
Just then, the wild horse unfurled a set of wings and came gliding through the air towards them. It landed gracefully at their feet.
“Neigh! Neigh! Neigh-choo!” the horse sneezed. “Excuse me. Must be my allergies.”
“You…you can fly? And… and talk?” stammered Eric.
“Neigh, not until today. Today is a magical day that only comes around every 500 years!” said the horse. “I’m Dave, by the way.”
“A flying, talking horse named Dave,” whispered Maya. “Who would have thought?”
“So…um…Dave, can you tell us what’s going on? Why are you able to talk? And why are our parents now forest creatures?” Ben asked.
“Why, it’s the lake of course! For one day, every 500 years, this lake becomes magical. Anything that touches the water will be able to transform into anything it wants!” explained Dave.
“But how does it work? I’m sure my mom didn’t plan on becoming a chipmunk,” Ben reasoned.
“Ha, ha! No, I’m sure she didn’t,” chuckled Dave. “It’s not about what you wish for, it’s just what you think or say. I’ve always wanted to talk, so when I stepped into the water I just thought it and it happened! “
“So tomorrow, everything will go back to normal, right?” asked Maya.
“Nope! I get to fly forever now,” smiled the horse. “And your mother, lucky thing, gets to stay a chipmunk!”
“WHAT?!” shrieked the children.
“Unless you follow the steps to reverse the spell, of course.”
“Well, how do we reverse it?” the children cried.
“Oh, well it’s really quite simple. All you have to do is…AHHHH!” screamed Dave. “IS THAT A BEE?” Dave ran around in circles and then flew off into the forest.
“A flying, talking horse named Dave who’s afraid of bees,” whispered Maya to herself.
“Okay, let’s think. What are we going to do?” asked Ben, trying to calm everyone down.
“Well, we can try to find our frog father and reverse the spell,” Eric said.
“But we don’t know how to reverse the spell. I think we should try to catch my chipmunk mother before she disappears any further into the forest,” said Ben. “If we wait too long we might never find her in time.”
“Yes, but if we can get our father to change back into a human he can help us to find your mom faster,” said Eric.
“Maya, what do you think? You decide,” said the two boys.
Choose-the-next-adventure time: Should the kids try to reverse the spell on their frog father, or chase after Ben’s chipmunk mother?
**Voting has now closed for this chapter.**