______ _ _ _ ____ _ ____ _____ ___ _ _____ _____ | | | | / \ | | | | | | |___| | |____ \___ |BLiP| | _ | | | | | | | | | | | | | \ | | | | | | | |--- | | | ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ ~~~~~ |#14 | | | | | | |\ | | | | | |/ \| \ / | \ | | | ~~~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~ ~~~~ FEATURING: Abby and Kid Kirby -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Barry Knewbee carried his daughter into her room, yawning himself as he prepared to put the baby to bed. He placed Abby in the crib, then pulled the blanket up over her body. Abby looked up at her father, and disturbed the blanket as she brought an arm out to wave at him. "Oh, you're not sleepy yet, huh?" Barry said, as he looked fondly down at Abby. "Well, how about I read you a story? Will you go to sleep then?" Abby gurgled at him, and Barry smiled as he went over to the bookshelf, and rifled through the books. "Aha," he said, selecting one and bringing it over. "How about this one?" Straightening up the blanket, Barry sat down by the crib and began to read to his daughter. "This story is called..." -------------------------------------------------------------------------- "Abby and the KirbyTots." One beautiful day, Abby's parents took her for a picnic beside a forest. They had a lovely time, and promised to go for a walk in the forest after lunch. But after lunch, the day was so warm that Abby's parents fell asleep. Abby wasn't tired at all, and she wanted to go for a walk in the forest. It was such a pretty forest, the trees stretching grandly up to the sky, and the sun glittering down through the leaves. There was a trail easily visible through the woods, so Abby decided to walk just a little way. She wouldn't get lost, she wouldn't go that far, and she would be back before her parents woke up. Walking into the forest, Abby breathed in the wonderful smells, and skipped happily along, her heart bursting with the joy of being in such a marvelous forest. Unfortunately Abby wasn't watching where she was going, and soon the trees were starting to surround her more and more. Abby stopped walking, and turned around. It was still a pleasant place, but she wanted to go now. However, when she turned around, she could no longer see the trail she had followed. Oh dear, she thought to herself, I'm lost! Knowing her parents would worry about her, Abby decided to try to find her own way back, and started walking in the direction she thought she had come from, but soon she was even more lost. Abby sat down, feeling tears well up. Although she was a big girl, she was lost, and wanted her mommy and daddy. Unable to stop herself she started to cry. Just then she felt something touch her leg, and she squeaked in panic. "What's wrong, little girl?" asked a small voice, and Abby looked down to see a small creature standing by her foot. It was a strange wee thing, looking all shiny and lumpy. In fact, it reminded Abby of a toy robot she had at home. "Who are you?" she asked, her curiosity overcoming her fear. "I'm Hefty Kirby," said the creature. "I'm one of the KirbyTots. Don't worry, little girl. I shall protect you!" Abby giggled. "But you're so much smaller than I am," she said. "I will have to be the one protecting you." "But I am Hefty Kirby," said Hefty. "I am the strongest of the KirbyTots." To prove himself, Hefty Kirby walked over to a large rock, and picked it up. "Oh, you are so very strong," said Abby, happy to please this little creature. "But I don't need protecting, for I am only lost and wish to find my way out of this forest." The creature looked sad, which was tricky considering it had no proper face, but some kind of armor. "I don't know the way out of the forest," said Hefty. "The only one who could help you is Papa Kirby, the wisest of the KirbyTots, but he is sick." "Oh, is there anything I can do to help?" Abby asked. "I do not think so," said Hefty. "I'm sorry I cannot help you, little girl, but I must go now." "Wait," cried Abby. "You can't leave me here, for I shall be all alone." "The other KirbyTots don't really like big people," said Hefty Kirby. "You might accidentally destroy something because you're so big." "Oh, but I wont. I promise I'll be careful. Just take me with you." Hefty Kirby thought about it, but he couldn't leave Abby alone. "Follow me," he said. Hefty Kirby led Abby through the forest, but it was very hard going, for the KirbyTot could fit through many places that Abby couldn't go, and so they had to find other ways for Abby to follow. It was a very long time, but Abby and Hefty Kirby finally made it to the KirbyTot Village. "Stay here," said Hefty. "I'll go tell the others you're here. Do you have a name?" "Of course I do," said Abby. "My name is Abby." Hefty then bowed, and left. Abby watched him go, and then looked at the village. It was a very strange village, nothing like she had ever seen before, and not even because of it's size! Each house was built out of some kind of metal, only a single story high with a sloped roof rising to a point. Although that one story was in KirbyTot scale. Abby could see why that thought she might accidentally destroy one of their houses, they were so small. The strange thing was what each house was doing, which was changing itself, or so it seemed to her. Each house opened its own doors, created new windows, or changed it's peak so that it looked bigger than its neighbours. Despite all that, one house looked bigger than the others, and Abby wondered who lived there. "Abby," a voice called, and Abby looked down to see Hefty Kirby, with a lot of other KirbyTots surrounding him. Abby knelt down carefully so she could see them better. "I'm Brainy Kirby," said one. It had something like binoculars attached to its head. "I'm Jokey Kirby," said another, holding a small wrapped present. "I'm Clumsy Kirby," said a KirbyTot who was getting up after having tripped over. "And I'm Kirbyette," said a female KirbyTot. "Hello. I'm Abby. I'm very pleased to meet you. Could one of you help me get out of this forest?" The KirbyTots shook their heads sadly. "Only Papa Kirby knows the way out of here, and he's not very well," said Kirbyette. "My KirbyTots," said a voice behind them, and the KirbyTots turned around in surprise. "We must help this little girl." The new KirbyTot was in a small chair that seemed to move very slowly on it's own, and hovered above the ground. "But Papa Kirby," said Hefty Kirby. "You aren't well enough to go." "Perhaps this child could help us so we can help her." "Oh, please," said Abby. "I'll do anything to get out of this forest." "Several KirbyTots have been kidnapped by an evil wizard called Gaga-mel," said Papa Kirby. "He took lots of our friends, including Doctor Kirby, who could make Papa Kirby better," said Kirbyette. "If you could help us, we could help you," said Papa Kirby. "What do you want me to do?" asked Abby. "Take my KirbyTots with you, and rescue the others." "But-" started Abby. "Oh, Gaga-mel wont be able to hurt you," assured Papa Kirby. "His magic only works on us KirbyTots. He would be powerless against you." "Okay," said Abby, a little uncertain. But there was no other way to get out of the forest. "Carry my KirbyTots in your pockets," said Papa Kirby. "You can move faster that way." Abby nodded, and put Hefty and Brainy in one pocket, and Clumsy, Jokey and Kirbyette in another. "Good luck," called Papa Kirby, and Abby set out for Gaga-mel's home, guided by Hefty Kirby. _-~-_ Much later, Abby finally reached the home of Gaga-mel. It was a large house, and creaked and groaned as the old timbers shifted in the low wind. Abby shivered, but determinedly knocked on the front door. Abby heard footsteps, then the door was opened by an man in a long black robe. Abby looked up and saw a beaky nose pointed at her. She nearly laughed at the sight of it. "Hello? Yes, yes, yes, yes, what do you want child?" asked Gaga-mel, but Abby couldn't speak for fear of laughing at the man, and that wouldn't be polite. Irritated, Gaga-mel shut the door. Abby stood there for a moment, then sat down and got the KirbyTots out. "I'm sorry," she said. "But he was so funny looking. But he didn't act very nice." Abby pulled a face. Kirbyette patted her leg. "He's not a very nice man." "He wouldn't have given the others back even if you asked him," said Brainy Kirby knowingly. "We'll have to find some other way in," said Hefty. Abby and the KirbyTots walked around the house, and peered in through a window, Abby holding the others up so they could see. Inside was a large room, with long tables covered with many odd shaped bottles, glasses and bubbling liquids. In the center of the room was a big cauldron, over which Gaga-mel was cackling. Hanging from the roof in a cage which shimmered strangely were the missing KirbyTots. "Look, there they are," pointed Brainy, his glasses growing in length as he zoomed in on them. "They're all right!" "How ever shall we free them?" asked Abby. "If you could open the window," said Hefty Kirby. "We could climb inside and free them while Gaga-mel is busy." Suddenly a small figure leaped up at the window from inside, and yowled. Abby jumped back in surprise, and the KirbyTots ducked down, Clumsy falling off the window sill to the ground, although he wasn't hurt. The figure, a cat with metal skin, scratched at the inside of the window, but couldn't get out. "What is it, you dratted cat?" Abby heard Gaga-mel say. "Are there more KirbyTots outside? Go and find them, then." Gaga-mel grabbed the cat without looking outside and took him to the front door. "That's Bazrael," said Brainy Kirby. "Gaga-mel's cat." They heard the sound of the door opening, and closing, and knew that Bazrael was outside. "Whatever shall we do?" cried Kirbyette. "He is so vicious." Then Bazrael appeared around the corner, and looked right at Abby and the KirbyTots, and grinned. He trotted forward while the others stood still, too frightened to move. Bazrael prepared to pounce, but tripped over Clumsy Kirby, and fell over. "Oh, you poor kitty," said Abby, scooping up Bazrael before anyone could protest. She scratched him behind the ears. "Are you hurt?" The cat looked confused for a while, then began to purr contentedly. "You did it!" said Hefty Kirby. "You tamed Bazrael." "He's just a cat," said Abby. Bazrael reached out a paw towards Hefty Kirby to swat him, but Abby held him to herself. "Without Bazrael to bother us, we can get our friends!" said Jokey Kirby. "But how do we get inside?" asked Kirbyette. The KirbyTots jumped down to land beside Clumsy. "Let's give him a gift," said Jokey Kirby, suddenly producing a wrapped present, much larger than himself. They sneaked around to the front, and placed the gift on the front door step. Abby, still holding Bazrael, knocked on the door before ducking back around the corner. The door opened and Gaga-mel looked out. "Oh, for me? How kind." He picked the present up and pulled at the ribbon. It exploded in his face, stunning him with a large flash, and the KirbyTots ran inside while Gaga-mel wasn't looking. Abby ran to the window to watch as the KirbyTots entered the large room. The KirbyTots in the cage cheered when they saw them. Gaga-mel entered after them, shaking his fist in rage. "I'll get you, KirbyTots!" Hefty Kirby, being able to lift almost any inanimate object, hefted a lab table, sending the contents to the ground while he placed it on its end so it reached the cage. "You'll need the key that Gaga-mel has!" Doctor Kirby called out. Gaga-mel cast a spell that erected a shield around him, protecting him from the KirbyTots. He lifted a key and waved it. "Ha ha! You'll never have this." "The force field only reaches so high," said Brainy Kirby. "If we can get above it, we can get the key!" "Right," said Hefty and Jokey, who promptly picked up Brainy Kirby and threw him and Gaga-mel. "Waaah," Brainy Kirby screamed as he flew through the air, his glasses distorting what he was seeing so he couldn't see anything. He crashed into Gaga-mel's hand, knocking the key out and down into Kirbyette's waiting hands. But Gaga-mel now had Brainy, who twisted, trying to free himself, but couldn't as he couldn't see anything. "And now, KirbyTots, you shall pay." "Leave him alone!" cried out Abby, appearing in the doorway. "They haven't hurt you." "Who?" said Gaga-mel, turning around to see who was there. Bazrael, excited by the presence of all the KirbyTots leapt from Abby's arms...and crashed straight into Gaga-mel, sending them both crashing to the floor. Hefty and Jokey helped Brainy get free of the dazed wizard and the cat while Kirbyette and Clumsy climbed quickly up the table to free the others. "You're a very bad man," scolded Abby, but then the KirbyTots were pulling at her feet. "Let's go," they cried. Abby scooped them up, and they quickly left back for the village. _-~-_ Back in the village it was a tearful reunion as the KirbyTots mingled, all together again. Doctor Kirby spent an hour in Papa Kirby's house, without anyone else allowed to enter, but finally emerged, smiling. The other KirbyTots cheered. Papa Kirby came out, walking on his own. "Thank you, my KirbyTots. And thank you, Abby. Without your help, we would never be whole again." Abby opened her mouth to say something, but her voice was silent as she watched what happened next in amazement. The KirbyTots all ran up and jumped onto Papa Kirby, and they seemed to merge. A mass grew up as more KirbyTots jumped into it, a whole sea of KirbyTots forming a figure which grew before Abby's eyes. And then, in mere moments, was standing a single figure. He was much like the other KirbyTots, but human sized. He towered over Abby, posed dramatically. "I am Kid Kirby, and you have the thanks of a Kirbian, little Abby. Ask any boon of the one who wields the power Kirby, and it shall be yours," boomed Kid Kirby. Abby stared in shock. "What happened to the KirbyTots?" she asked. "They are a part of Kid Kirby, aspects of myself. I can separate myself to become them, and they can join to become me. Is there anything this cosmic being can do for you?" Suddenly Abby remembered her predicament. "I got lost in this forest, and wish to find my parents. They must be very worried about me." "Fear not, little Abby, for Kid Kirby is here." Gently Kid Kirby picked Abby up, and held her in his arms. Despite the feel of metal against her skin, Abby felt very safe. Then Kid Kirby lifted off, flying up into the sky. Abby looked down, not afraid, and saw the forest below them. "I have found your parents. They are looking for you. We shall go to them." And moments later, Abby was once again in her parents' arms. "Oh, thank you, Kid Kirby," said her father. "Thank you for finding our little girl." "It is I that thanks her. She helped me to gather myself and heal me. And now Kid Kirby must return to his duties. Farewell, little Abby." Abby waved to Kid Kirby as the Kirbian flew away. Although they told her off for walking away on her own, Abby didn't mind, glad to be back with them again. They returned home, and lived happily ever after. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Barry closed the book, and looked down as his daughter, who was now fast asleep. Tucking her arm underneath the blanket, he bent down and kissed her forehead. "Good night, Abby," he whispered. "Sweet dreams." -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Credits: Kid Kirby is the creation of Harith Jameel al Khafiz The others were created by me.Back to the Index.