Bareback Medivac

It was another hot summer night on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  Everyone in the house was sleeping, except for 3 year old Kamma.  It was now 1:00 am, she was hot, wide awake and a bit thirsty from the popcorn she ate just before bed.  She quietly rolled out of bed and made her way to the kitchen to get a glass of water.  She turned on a light as she quietly crept down the hallway. While she was pouring her water she glanced out the window and saw a weird flying thing circling high above the  mountain.  It was being lit up by the moon and twinkling stars.She took a fast gulp of water and then went closer to the window to look at the mysterious flying object. “What the heck is that?” she quietly whispered to herself.  Suddenly it began flying towards her house.

Kamma ducked down beneath the kitchen table and squinted out the window as it got closer and closer.  Then with a gentle thud, it landed on the sun deck outside of the kitchen.  Kamma peered out and her eyes almost bulged out of her head when she saw what it was.  It was a flying horse!  “Wow” she said quietly, not wanting to wake anyone else up inside the house.  It was golden horse and had a large green sack on its back.  It looked scared and nervous as if it was lost or maybe injured?

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Kamma went to the sliding door and opened it.  There was a strange sweet smell coming from the sack and some golden sparkly hay hanging out.  She thought she was dreaming, so she reached out and touched the horse gently on the neck.  “Hello, my name is Kamma, are you Ok?” asked Kamma.

Then the horse turned and looked at Kamma and said, “I am not sure, I saw your light on so I came over, I am lost, and very tired, my name is Keremeos.”  “Where did you come from and where are you going?” asked Kamma.  “I am from Horsana, a planet far away. I was to deliver this sack full of magic hay and medicine to sick horses that live in a place called Pasture Planet on the other side of the moon.  They are all very sick and might die unless I can get the hay and medicine to them quickly.  Some of the horses there were to meet me half way but then they were too sick to fly and now I have to travel all the way to their planet.  With all the weight in the sack and my tired wings, I don’t think I can fly up that high to delivery it to them.  Now, I think I may be lost too.  I hope you don’t mind the smell from the Magic Hay in the sack?  The hay and the medicine should cure all the sick horses if I can get it to them in time.”

Kamma put her arm around the horse, took the heavy sack off its back and put a warm blanket down on the deck for Keremeos to lay on.  “I just don’t know what to do now?” said Keremeos.  “I have to deliver the medicine and hay but I am not sure how to find Pasture Planet, and not sure if I can fly that far?”

Kamma thought for a few minutes and then had an idea. “Hey Keremeos, I might be able to help you make the delivery.  I have a cousin in Campbell River who has a Magical Flying Bed and has been to the moon and all around the universe, she might know where Pasture Planet is?  If you can fly me and the medicine to her place in Campbell River I am sure we could all get into her flying bed and go to Pasture Planet.”  “Wow! That would be great if she could help us out, we should get going as soon as possible though.” said Keremeos.  Kamma ran inside the house, put on her clothes, a warm coat, grabbed a few carrots and apples from the fridge for Keremeos then quietly snuck out onto the deck and closed the sliding door.  “Thanks for the snack Kamma, hope we will be back before morning?” said Keremeos.

Keremeos, now feeling rested, stood up and Kamma gently climbed onto her back, grabbed the heavy sack and held on tight to the neck of her new found friend.  Then the deck vibrated a bit and the windows shook as Keremeos’s wings began to move up and down.  Then suddenly they were off the deck and flying across the back field and up over the mountains.

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“Hey, this is great, a little windy and cool but what a view down below!  When we get to Campbell River I will direct you to Hannah’s house.” shouted Kamma.  Keremeos was puffing hard, but turned and nodded her head.

After about 20 minutes of flying Kamma saw the lights of Campbell River and tapped Keremeos on the shoulder and pointed down to Hannah’s house.  Kememeos slowed down and glided very quietly to the roof just above Hannah’s bedroom window.  Kamma whispered to Keremeos, “Stay here, I will go check with Hannah to see if she can help us.”   Keremeos took a deep breath and said, “Ok”.

Kamma crawled off of Keremeos and gently tapped on Hannah’s window.  After a couple of minutes Hannah woke up and opened the curtains. “Yikes” she shreaked quietly, “Kamma what the heck are you doing here and how did you get here?”  Hannah opened the window and Kamma crawled inside.  Hannah closed her bedroom door so her mom and dad wouldn’t wake up.  Kamma explained what was going on and asked if Hannah could help her and Keremeos.  Hannah agreed to help but said she hasn’t flown her bed in a long time and her dad took the bars off the side so now it wouldn’t fly anymore.   But Hannah said she knew where the bars were stored and she will try and install the bars again and make the bed air worthy again.  Hannah quickly hurried around in the house locating the bars and other pieces of her bed.   Within minutes it was ready to fly.

Hannah told Kamma to hop in the bed with her and then they would fly outside and pick up Keremeos and the big sack.  Both girls held on tight as Hannah did her magical manoeuvre and the bed gently passed through the wall and outside to the cool evening air.  The bed hovered just outside of the bedroom window as Keremeos and the large sack of hay and medicine got into the bed. “Woof! What is that smell?” said Hannah.  “Oh that is just the Magic Hay for the sick horses.” explained Kamma.

Then Hannah introduced herself to Keremeos and told her to hang on tight and secure the sack.  Within seconds the bed was veering skyward up over the ocean and towards the stars.  Keremeos leaned over and asked Hannah if she knew where Pasture Planet was.  “Yes” said Hannah, “I haven’t actually landed there before but I know where it is, it’s just past Candy Land on the other side of the moon.  Last time Kayley and I went to the moon we could see it in the distance but did not have time to visit.  I heard it is a beautiful planet with lush green fields of grass, rolling hills with crystal clear creeks and home to hundreds of horses and ponies!”

For the next hour Hannah guided the bed through various stars and planets and was now approaching the moon.  “Well, we are just about there, we just have to pass by the moon on the north side and begin going down, everyone ok?” asked Hannah.
Kamma and Keremeos nodded in agreement that they were fine, but appeared a little tired and cold.”I have never been on this side of the moon before so I am not really sure of the landing conditions.” remarked Hannah, now looking a little concerned.

Suddenly everything went completely black and a gust of wind and debris hit the side of the bed and rocked it violently turning it sideways and momentarily out of control. “Hang on tight” yelled Hannah as a little more sweat dripped down her face.  The bed tipped again almost upside down and the large sack fell out and drifted off into space.

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“Oh No!” screamed Keremeos, “We can’t loose the sack of magic hay and medicine!” Kamma immediately reached down inside the bed and grabbed an emergency rope, made it into a lasso and hurled it toward the big sack that was drifting out of sight into space.

“I got it, I got it” screamed Kamma as she slowly pulled in the rope with the help of Keremeos. “OH THANK GOODNESS! You saved the day Kamma!” said Keremeos as she gave Kamma a big Horse hug. The sack was now safely back onboard.

Hannah regained control of the bed and made a sharp right hand turn then cut back on her power and put the bed into a gentle glide slope as she kept an eye on her instrumentation panel and space orientation gauges.

Within minutes they rounded the outer edge of a dark planet and in the distance could see a bright green dot far off into space.  “There it is!” yelled Hannah.  Both Kamma and Keremeos looked up and could see the green dot getting bigger and bigger.  “I think that green is the pasture land on the planet” explained Hannah.  Hannah put on full flap, throttled back again and prepared for landing.  “Ok, this is it, hang on, we are going in.” said Hannah.  Everything became deathly silent and all you could hear is the slight vibration of the bed rattling as it neared Pasture Planet.  Hannah did a precautionary fly pass over a potential landing area to ensure it would be safe to land, then she circled around and the bed settled gently on the surface of Pasture Planet.

All was quiet.  No one was around.  Keremeos jumped out with her sack of hay and medicine.  Kamma also crawled out and stretched her legs.  “Where is everyone?” asked Hannah.  “I am not sure” said Keremeos.

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Just then an old horse, looking very sick came stumbling out from behind a bush walking very slow and shaking quite bad.  “Oh Keremeos! you made it here, THANK YOU! did you bring the Magic Hay and Medicine?” said the old horse.

“Yes, yes, I have everything, is that you Clarence? I didn’t recognize you, you look awful pale, where is everyone?” inquired Keremeos.  Clarence said, “Everyone is very sick and can’t move, they are spread out all over the city, please hurry.”

Keremeos then opened the sack.  She then said, “Ok, Kamma and Hannah I am going to need your help quickly now.  We have to give the Magic Hay and Medicine to all the sick horses in the city quickly, so let’s all take plenty of it with us and get started now!”

Over the next few hours Kamma, Hannah and Keremeos gave the Magic Hay and Medicine to all the sick horses they could find in the city.  Other horses that weren’t too sick themselves also helped. Soon all the sick horses began feeling better and were up on their feet galloping around and eating the plush green grass, drinking the water from the creek and running in the fields and pastures.

Sounds of laughter and singing could now be heard throughout the city as all the horses were once again feeling good and not sick anymore. Many were dancing in the streets and waving at each other with big smiles.

Hannah checked her watch and mentioned to Kamma and Keremeos that they should be getting back quickly as morning was coming fast back on earth.  All the horses came around Hannah’s bed and cheered and shook hands with Hannah, Kamma and Keremeos and thanked them for their help.  Clarence, now feeling a lot better placed the empty sack back into the bed and handed Kamma, Hannah and Keremeos a big chocolate coated carrot to eat on the way home.

Hannah leaned back in the bed, clenched her fists and the bed took off flying up into the dark skies once more.  Just as the bed turned out of sight the three rescuers could hear the cheering and thank you wishes that all the horses were sending to them from back down on Pasture Planet. Then Keremeos said, “Thank you Kamma and Hannah, a job well done!”

“Ok, hang on tight again, I am going to crank this old bed up and we should be able to make better time back as we have less weight now that the sack is empty.” said Hannah.  “I will dump you and Keremeos off at your place Kamma then high tail it back to Campbell River, hopefully before anyone at home wakes up.

After about an hour of weaving in and amongst the stars and planets Hannah’s bed cruised out of space and into the earth’s atmosphere just over Alberta.  She set a course back to Vancouver Island and about 20 minutes later they landed in a field just behind Kamma’s House.  It was now about 6:30am.

Keremeos and Kamma jumped out, gave Hannah a big hug and Kamma said, “Thanks, talk to you later, I guess you better get back home quick!”  “That is one heck of a Flying Bed you got there Hannah!  Fly safe!” said Keremeos. “Full speed ahead, see you guys” said Hannah as her bed shot off up in the sky and out of sight northward over the mountains.  As Hannah flew away the empty sack fell from her bed and landed in an apple tree just behind Kamma’s house.

Keremeos then turned to Kamma and said, “Oh Thank you for all your help, you helped save hundreds of horses.  Maybe one day they might come to visit you here on earth.  I have to get home now too.  Maybe I will fly by again someday when I have more time to visit.  All the Best.” Keremeos then gave Kamma a big hug then walked slowly to the top of the field, waved her hoof at Kamma and with a little tear in her eye she flapped her wings and disappeared off behind some trees and upward into a cloudy sky.

Kamma then ran back towards her house, up the stairs onto the deck, opened the sliding door and went into the kitchen.  She had another glass of water to wash down the chocolate coated carrot, took her coat off and jumped back into bed.  It was now 7:00am. She fell fast asleep.

At about 8:45am her mom and dad came to her room and said, “Hey sleepy head, wake up.  Your sister is already at school.”  Then Kamma said, “Boy did I ever have a weird dream last night, all about horses!”  Kamma’s dad then said, “Oh well it was just a dream, I will be outside working in the yard.”

Kamma got out of bed, feeling pretty tired, got washed up and went to the breakfast table.  Her mom brought her a big bowl of cereal with fresh blueberries on top.  Kamma kept thinking about her dream, it seemed so real!  Just then her dad came into the house carrying a big green sack.  “Look what I found hanging from our apple tree!  I opened it up and found small pieces of Golden Glittery Hay, beautiful looking stuff but holy molly does it stink!”

“I wonder how it possibly got onto our tree?” asked Kamma’s dad as he scratched his head. Kamma’s face lit up with a Big Beautiful Smile and she whispered to herself, it was real, it was real, It wasn’t a Dream!

Then Kamma’s mom said, “Did you say It Wasn’t a Dream?” “Ah, I meant to say, “Could you Pass the Cream,” giggled Kamma.

 

 

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