When I awoke from what seemed to have been a really long nap, I felt less than stellar. In fact my head was pounding and everything around me looked really fuzzy. I sat up and rubbed my eyes, thinking it would clear my vision, but it didn’t improve much. I swung my legs around and placed my feet on the floor. Where the heck was I? Waking up in a mysterious bedroom is usually not the start of anything good. I carefully stood from the bed and with my vision a bit more clear, I went to the window.
Everything looked so foreign. Even the trees were weird. All the buildings were these strange bright colors. I kept looking out the window hoping that maybe I would recognize at least something… anything… so I could get an idea of where I was. The last thing I remembered was being at my gramma’s house working in her yard. Then I remembered the hole. The hole! but wait who did I think I was? Alice? Falling in a hole and landing in a strange place. I shook the crazy notion from my head and headed towards the stairs.
I could hear talking down below. Oh good people, I thought to myself. Maybe they can tell me how the heck I got here. I got about half way down the steps, when the three sitting on the couch started to come into view.
But they weren’t people! They were like pink and purple aliens, or something. They talked and moved like humans, but they were green and blue! People don’t have green and blue skin. This was a just little more than I could handle at that moment.
My knees started to buckle, and everything started going black.
* THUMP *
“OH No! Not again!”
“Jordie put her in that chair. Taffy go get her some water.”
When I woke again, this time with an even worse throbbing in my head, the three creatures were all standing in front of me. I tried to climb up the back of the chair to get away, but all I managed to do was press myself up against the back of the seat. Then the pink and blue girl spoke.
“Hey are you alright?”
“I…My head hurts.”
“You are probably just a little dehydrated, we found you passed out in the sand. My brother here carried you back to the house. Here drink some of this.” She said as she handed me a glass of water.
“Thanks.” Unsure at first if I should drink anything from a strange alien creature, I just held the cool glass in my hand. Finally the dryness in my throat over took my better judgment and I drank the whole thing. It cooled my throat and it was quite tasty for water, almost sweet. “Is this sugar water?”
“No just water from our tap.”
The green girl spoke next. “So whats your name? My name is Taffy Melon.”
“Uhh its Chloe.”
“Chloe. Thats an odd name.”
I had to laugh. “And Taffy Melon isn’t?”
“Not around here, I know about five Taffy’s *sigh* if only my mother were more original.”
She was dead serious. I cleared my throat, as I placed the empty glass down on the small table next to my chair.
“Let me guess you are Raspberry and you are Pinkberry?”
The pink girl chuckled. “No I am Jujube and this is Jordan Almond.”
“But we just call him Jordie.” Taffy chimed in.
“Jujube and Jordan Almond. Right… I must still be dreaming. I am probably passed out at the bottom of that hole still.” I tried to stand, but ended up slumping back into the seat.
Finally Jordie spoke. “What hole?”
“It was behind my grandmothers property. There was this bright glowing light, but when I looked in, I lost my footing and I slipped.” The memory of falling caused me to grab my ribcage. Ow. There was a definite bruise there.
“Well there were no holes where we found you. It would have had to come from the sky, and that is just impossible.”
“So if this isn’t Riverview, where the heck am I?”
“Well..this is Sugar Valley!” Taffy exclaimed.
“Never heard of it.” This was all to weird for words. I tried my best to gather my thoughts. “So how do I get out of Sugar Valley?”
“We aren’t too sure.”
“But we will help as much as we can! We can take you to the library tomorrow and see if we can’t find some information.”
“You can’t take her out looking like that?! The first person to see her will know she is an alien. Who knows what they would do to her.”
Alien? What the heck was he talking about? They were the aliens.
“Oh geez Jordie you’re right.”
“OOO! Jujube don’t you have some of that purple hair dye left over?”
“Oh my Berry! Yes I do! Taffy go grab it for me, and you come with me.”
“Where are we going?”
“We are gonna make you look a little more native.”
“Oh…I really appreciate all of this. Thank you again.”
“No prob. Now come on to the kitchen!”
As we walked to the kitchen, I could hear Taffy upstairs rifling through the bathroom drawer. “Found it!” She hollered.
Jujube ordered Jordie to grab a chair from the dining room and place it in the kitchen. She patted the seat of the chair and I sat down, she then went back to the sink where she readied the dye. Jordie and Taffy were watching me like a hawk.
“So where is this Riverview? I never heard of it.”
“Its in North Simerica.”
“Simerica…Never heard of that either.”
“Never heard of Simerica?”
The whole situation was starting to feel more hopeless, how was I gonna find my way home if no one here (including myself) knew where home was. Just then Jujube started to undo my braids and place the warm solution on my hair. Unlike normal hair dye, it smelled honey sweet. Once the dye had run its course, Jujube towel dried my hair and placed me back in the chair.
“What do you think guys?”
“Wow Ju it looks really good.”
“Ya sis. Nice work.”
“Now she just needs something to wear…”
In a flash, there was a green and blue blur running up the stairs and back down again. When she reemerged she was holding a lavender dress. “Here. What about your old bridesmaid dress?”
“Oh ya! and it will match the hair perfectly. Nice thinking Taff!”
Taffy handed me the dress and the hanger it was on. On closer inspection there was also a small necklace resting upon it. She then pointed me to the upstairs bathroom.
“You should wear the necklace too!”
I took the dress and headed up to change. “Ya, sure. Alright.”
“And you thought she was a crazy psycho. See she really did need our help, and you were just gonna leave her out there to die.”
“I was not!”
“Ya you were. Taffy and I were both there.”
“Ok Fine! But we didn’t. Did we?”
“I still have this really bad feeling. Like something bad is gonna happen. There is something weird about that girl.”
“I don’t know, but we just need to keep our distance ok…Go get her and let her know dinner is just about ready. She must be starving.”
When I got to the bathroom, I placed the dress and necklace on the lid of the toilet and opened the cupboard underneath the sink. It didn’t take me long to find what I was searching out. I pulled a hot pink hair dryer from the cupboard. “Yes!” I dried my hair the rest of the way and then braided it once again. I then put on the dress (and necklace). I took another look in the mirror. “I look like a lavender grape.” I stated to my reflection.
“Ya! I’ll be right out!”
I opened the bathroom door to find Jordie waiting for me.
“Wow! You look great.”
The kind gesture caused my cheeks to get a little flushed.
“Aww thanks. You don’t think I look a little too…purple?”
“No way! You look beauti- I mean you look really nice.”
“Hey you two! Are you gonna come get some dinner or what?!”
Jordie offered for me to go down the stairs first and then he followed behind. I could smell mac and cheese on the air. I was never a big fan of mac and cheese, but I have to say it smelled divine. I grabbed a bowl and sat at the table with the others.
To my delight, it tasted even better than it smelled. I shoveled in the whole bowl and jumped up to grab another. “Wow Jujube, this is excellent” I complimented as I stuffed more cheesey goodness in my mouth. The four of us didn’t say much while we ate, but finally Taffy broke the silence.
“Berry me! I just had the best idea! You should take her to see the fortuneteller.”
I looked up from my almost empty bowl. “fortuneteller?” I inquired, but before Taffy could answer, Jordie interrupted her.
“Taffy have you lost your mind? The fortuneteller isn’t real.”
“Yes she is.”
“Oh really? Well where is she then?”
“See even if she was real, no one knows where she is. No, we will take her to the library and see what information we can get there. Maybe we can find a map that will point us to this ‘Simerica’ Chloe was talking about.”
Embarrassed Taffy dropped her spoon to her bowl and pushed herself away from the table. “Excuse me.” She muttered as she went up stairs. I looked at Jujube and then we both glared at Jordie.
“Why do you have to be so mean to her. Don’t you get it?”
“Ughh never mind.”
After dinner, Jujube took me to her bedroom. She offered for me to sleep in her bed and she would sleep in her moms room. I guess she was out of town for a week, so it wouldn’t be any trouble. She found me some pajamas and then bid me goodnight. I slipped into the silky pink and purple pj’s and slid into bed.
As I drifted off to sleep, I made a silent wish to myself. Please let this all be a dream. I missed my grandmother so much. She must have been worried sick about me, but I was too tired to fight it any longer and finally sleep took me over. All I could hope was tomorrow would bring more answers.