Hedgehog Hosts a Party

With summer solstice approaching quickly, Darnit’s days became full of party preparations. Friends helped… a lot!  Miss Daisy energetically martialed a snack preparation volunteer force. Dash’s still chugged along merrily. Mr. Bear agreed to put out forest fires.  But with only a week left, Darnit was beginning to worry about the decorations.  And then it suddenly came to him.

Darnit hopped on his bike and pedaled as fast as he could out toward the green valley.
Darnit hopped on his bike and pedaled as fast as he could out toward the green valley where the lantern trees were blooming.

Luckily, the ladder just reached.  Darnit busied himself with selecting the ripest lanterns. The always-helpful birds grabbed the lanterns by the stems before they could smash to the ground.
Luckily, the ladder just reached. Darnit busied himself with selecting the ripest lanterns. The always-helpful birds grabbed the lanterns by the stems before they could smash to the ground.
With the last lantern harvested, Darnit followed the birds back to the forest.
With the final lantern harvested, Darnit followed the birds back to the forest.
Back in the forest, Darnit selected the most level clearing for the dancefloor. The lanterns seemed to hang themselves.
Having selected the most level clearing to serve as the dancefloor, Darnit once again lugged out the trusty ladder and set himself to work.
Some friends came over after ballet practice to help out and decorations were hung up in practically no time.  Not much left to do except  to check in on Dash and that still of his.
Some friends came over after ballet practice to help out and decorations were hung up in practically no time. Not much left to do now except to check in on Dash and that still of his.