James Sleigh Ride Adventure
James is having a lazy afternoon watching T.V. He looks out the window in the living room. The sky is dark. The snow and twinkling of Christmas lights all over the town brighten up the arctic December day. He is thinking maybe he should call his neighbor to see if they want to go out sledding. All of sudden he sees a blue flash, followed by two turquoise flashes. It can’t be, but it must be. He feels the warmth on his chest from his stone pendant that Syvok and Helga gave him. He smiles and dashes to his room. He grabs his winter gear off of the coat rack. An Adventure is on its way. He opens the door to his room to see a blue face smiling at him through his bedroom window. He slips on his jacket as he runs to the window, flips up the latch, and the cold wind blows around him. He sees Alex and Bethany flying all around, showing off their loopy loops.
“Hi Matt,” says James.
Syvok pops his head over Matt’s. Both Syvok and Matt say hi.
Bethany and Alex fly up to the window and accidentally hit Syvok. He falls off the side of Matt but grabs his leg before falling to the ground. Syvok begins the climb back up.
“James how would you like to come with us to deliver a sleigh?” asks Matt.
“Where are you delivering the sleigh to?” asks James.
Syvok swooshes Alex and Bethany aside as he climbs back up Matt’s neck. They giggle and fly off.
“We are taking it to the North Pole,” says Matt.
“The North Pole, You mean where Santa lives?” exclaims James.
Matt and Syvok nod their heads up and down at the same time.
“He has a sleigh, so why does he need another?” asks James.
“Um well, I guess the reindeer’s were goofing around and crashed. The elves cannot fix it in time. He is borrowing the Icelandic Yule Lad’s sleigh,” says Syvok.
“Wow, I bet the reindeer’s were in trouble, “says James.
James slips on his boots and pulls his hat and gloves out of his coat pocket. He climbs out the window and slides down Matt’s neck. He grabs Syvok’s hand, pulling Syvok along for the ride, to his seat on the blue dragon’s back. Off they go, north to the Icelandic Yule Lad’s cave. They land and James sees the Black Yule Cat and it snarls at him. He walks around it to the huge doors in the front of the cave. The doors open and there is a huge sleigh ready to be pulled outside with 13 Yule Lads all around it. Everyone greets each other. The Yule Lads are so excited that Santa needs their sled. Stiffy Legs picks James up and tosses him in the sleigh. Syvok floats in.
The Yule Lads push the sleigh out the door on to the snow in front. Bethany and Alex want to pull the sled.
“No way,” shouts Syvok.
Matt smiles and nods his head yes to the dragonets. They fly to the front and attach two of the harnesses around their necks. Syvok is standing with his arms crossed.
“I need a seat belt,” remarks Syvok.
Alex and Bethany do a quick pull and Syvok falls backwards into the back cargo area of the sled. Everyone chuckles except Matthias. He bugles loudly. Syvok climbs back to the front next to James. Syvok reaches into his pouch down by his hips. He tosses his fairy dust all over everyone and they all begin to glow. He then grabs the reigns. The dragonets stand up straight and listen to the reprimand from Matthias. They both apologize to Syvok.
“Humph, this is going to be a long night. Hopefully we can get this sleigh to the North Pole in one piece,” remarks Syvok. James places his hand on Syvok’s shoulder.
“We will. The whole team is here, and so far we have been successful as long as we work together,” says James.
Syvok looks up and smiles. Matt hops into the air.
“Mush,” says Syvok. The dragonets turn their heads and giggle. The dragonets hop and start running toward the edge of the cliff, extending their wings in unison as they glide out in the air with the sleigh in tow. Syvok attaches the reins on the gold horn and holds on for dear life. James jumps to the back and sees the Yule Lads hopping up and down and waving goodbye. James waves back.
With Matt in the lead, they have gone past the Greenland Sea and are over the Arctic Ocean. James and Syvok are chatting during the whole trip. Matt bugles and they all hear “Land Ho.”
James and Syvok look over the side of the sleigh. As they head towards the North Pole James spots a huge polar bear sitting at the edge of the water. The polar bear is standing up, waving her arms back and forth, as if to flag them down. James says “look at that. Let’s stop and take a look.” Syvok says “No, we have to get to Santa’s village.”
The dragonets circle around following Matt. They land about twenty feet away from the polar bear. Matthias lands next to her. They seem to be talking. The polar bear looks frantic.
Matt jumps over to where the sleigh is.
“This polar bear’s baby bear went too far out on the ice and a block broke off. It floated out to sea before she could save him. She asked if we could help,” says Matt.
“Syvok, you stay with the Mamma bear while we go look for the baby bear,” says Matt.
Syvok jumps out and places some fairy dust on his palm. It glitters for a moment then settles down on his gloved hand, resembling a shining light. He walks over to the bear and tosses more of the fairy dust so the bear will glow like everyone else. Matt jumps up in the air and we follow in the sleigh. They are flying close to the water looking for the poor baby polar bear. All of a sudden they hear shrieking and growling. They found him, but the baby bear is freaked out.
“He is afraid of us,” Matt says.
“Matt, pick me up and drop me on the block, then you need to go back and get his Momma. Maybe then he will let us place him in the sleigh,” says James. They are circling the ice block with the baby polar bear on it.
“It’s too dangerous. He may try to tear you apart,” says Matt.
James takes his stone necklace, which is glowing bright, and places it outside of his jacket so everyone can see it.
“I have a feeling it will be alright. Please let’s try. If he attacks just scoop me out fast, okay?” pleads James.
“Okay, but at the first sign of trouble we pick you up,” says Matt.
Matt picks up James and slowly drops him on the other side of the ice block. The baby bear is howling, growling, and showing his teeth. Matt flies out of sight. The dragonets are still circling but they take off to go get the Momma bear and Syvok.
James stands very still as the baby bear sits down, whimpering as it looks at the glowing pendant. James slowly gets on his hands and knees and slowly crawls up to the baby bear. The baby bear lies down next to him and James hugs the baby bear.
Meanwhile, Alex and Bethany fly as fast as they can back to Syvok and the Momma Bear. Matt, after seeing that James is safe, lands a couple of minutes behind the sleigh.
They land next to the pair sitting next to each other. They explain everything and both Syvok and the huge Momma Bear climb in to the sled. The Momma Bear gets in the back of the sled. Matt instructs the dragonets that he needs to pull the sleigh and they will rescue James and the baby bear. Matt takes over pulling the sled and the dragonets hop into the air. They are all are back in the air, they head back to the baby bear and James. Matt spots the pair by James’ glowing stone pendant. Matt and the sleigh are too big to land on the shrinking ice block. He hovers around, circling the pair on the ice block. Alex and Bethany circle around and Alex grabs James’ arm. Bethany goes over to reach for the baby bear’s arm, but he pulls it away and lies down on the ground whimpering. The momma bear sees this and growls, making a barking noise. She is instructing the baby bear to grab on to the dragon, and letting her baby know that it will be alright. The baby bear stands up slowly on his hind legs, still whimpering and shaking.
“Alex, lower me so that I can grab the baby bear’s arm please. Now Bethany, when I grab baby bear’s arm, I need you to glide in and grab the other arm,” says James.
She lowers him down and he reaches with his other arm, grabbing baby bear’s arm. Bethany glides in and grabs baby bear. But as they all start to go up. Baby Bear pulls his arm and swings himself and wraps his arms around James neck. Bethany quickly glides underneath Alex and James lets go, landing on Bethany’s back. With a sigh of relief by all, they fly back and land where they first saw the Momma Polar Bear. They hug each other and decide that all of them will go to Santa’s village. Everyone without wings climbs into the sleigh. Momma Bear holds baby bear in the back of the sleigh, curled up together. James climbs in the sleigh, pulls Syvok in to the sleigh, and they sit down. Matt removes the harness from around his neck; the dragonets separate the harness so there are two slots, and place it around their necks. Now back in the air, Matt, who is leading the sleigh, bugles again. James looks over the side and sees a huge gate begin to open. They land just outside of the two open doors. Inside it is full of shiny lights and some elves in a line with two reindeer on the side. Santa all dressed in red waving to them all.
“Ho Ho Ho! Welcome.” He says.
Hope you enjoyed this little adventure. Will drop on on the event page today. Big Thank you to Kelly Murray for a quick turnaround and wonderful illustration.
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Enjoy Your Adventures, WB