“There once was sculptor named Pygmalion, who an ivory statue of a woman. He fell deeply in love with his creation.
Now, these peoples have gods and goddesses sometimes, and one of these is Aphrodite, a goddess of love and beauty. Pygmalion went to a big festival celebrating her, and though he looked for a people to become his bride, he found none that he liked the way he did his wonderful ivory statue. He prayed to the goddess Aphrodite, asking her to bring him a woman who looked like his art, so that he could know love and have a bride!He was afraid he would never find anyone, you
But no woman like his statue appeared at the festival. He felt very downhearted on the way home. Would he be alone forever?
Now, despite what he thought, the goddess had heard him. She whisked away to his house and beheld the statue. It truly was a master work! Every line, every detail so lifelike, and, she thought, exquisitely beautiful. She thought this of course because it looked so much like her!
When he got back to his home, he went up to the statue and gave it a kiss. What was this? The lips of the statue were warm! Was it his imagination? He kissed her again. They were indeed warm! In another second, the statue came to life! Aphrodite had heard him and blessed the statue with life! Her skin grew pink and her eyes smiled and she became just like another people! They got married and even had children.”
“But that,s a wonderful story,” Blueberry Bat said. “Why will the CupCake Bat cause trouble?”
“What’s “married?” Lime whispered to no one in particular.
“Don’t you see? Grape said, “We don’t have any goddesses here to bring her to life. Mandarin is set for heartbreak if he has fallen in love with his masterpiece!”
The Bushel gasped.
“That’s awful! We don’t want him to be sad,” Lemon said, his eye big and watery.
“Shooby doda dawabbly,” Batnana said.
“Yes, surely there’s something we can do,” Strawberry agreed.
They all fell silent in thought. How could CupCake come to life?
Grape perked up. “Wait, how did WE come to life?”
“A star fell on the island. Its dust fell over the grove and it was magic and brought us to life from fruit, or so we’ve gathered from the other animals here.” Watermelon recited.
“That’s right!” Grape said, striding to the middle of the Bushel. “So if we can find the star, maybe we can get some of its dust and we can sprinkle it on the CupCake Bat!”
There was sounds of excited agreement all around.
“I like this idea, but we shouldn’t tell Mandarin, just in case it doesn’t work. We don’t want to get his hopes up!” Blueberry pointed out.
“We need to distract him, then,” Pear suggested. “Otherwise he’ll notice something is up.”
“We could hold a party to celebrate his masterpiece,” Lime chimed in, dancing Lemon around in a circle in his excitement.
“Yes!” Apple cried. “With singing and dancing and music. Lemon could make everyone lemonade, Kiwi can string up some lights.”
“And in the midst of the action, a couple of us can slip away to find the star,” Grape said.
“Perfect!” Watermelon said. “I think we have a plan!”
The Bushel all nodded their agreement.
“Grape, Kiwi, and BlackBerry, you’re my away team. The rest of you stay here and keep Mandarin in the blue. Now, let’s get going!”
“Llllet’s get ready to partyyy!” Lime cheered.
They all flew off to decorate for the party.
By the time the moon was full in the sky, everyone was having a great time at the party. They were so full of sugar that sometimes they had to fly in circles just to burn some off. Batnana painted portraits and Apple made up songs on the spot. Pear had made some drums out of leaves and acorns and was pounding away. The Flying Fox was very entertained by all the littler FruitBats and their antics and watched from where he was hanging above them in a tree. Kiwi had caught fire flies and ut them in lanterns and so light blinked everywhere in the trees. Watermelon, Kiwi and Grape met BlackBerry off to the side, under the cover of the BlackBerry bush. When it was clear that Mandarin was fully in the swing of the party, they slipped away from the grove.
“Did you bring the map?” Watermelon asked Grape.
“Of course!” he unrolled it. He’d been working on it every time they went on an adventure, and sometimes he would fly really high so see the far side of the island and add to it. He was pretty certain he knew where the star had fallen, because there was a dark spot where foliage had just started to grow again after being burnt off. He figured the star was really hot when it came down.
He pointed to it on the map. “There, that’s where we’re going first.”