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Psst . . . It’s me, Geronimo Stilton in the fur! Get ready, I’m returning to the magical Kingdom of Fantasy!
A ThousAnd silver violins t all started one spring at the
dawn. I was having a dream. No, scratch that. I was having a
turne d, and tossed and ssed and turned . . .
I tossed and , and t o
In my dream a familiar face hovered over me.
Blossom, the sweet Queen of the Fairies ? It sure looked like her, but when I
H um p
peered closer a
shiver ran down my fur. It
wasn’t Blossom at all. It was Wither, Blossom’s evil twin sister! She was surrounded by strange flying creatures. They looked like witches with wings. In fact, they were . . .
the dark fairies
The dark fairies grabbed their
and began to play. Unfortunately, it wasn’t happy dance music (you know, the kind that makes you want to kick up your paws). This melody was disturbing. Next the fairies began to sing.
Of this we warn . . . the time
is right . . .
rn . . . ent er the night! The veil is to
What did that mean? It couldn’t be good. The dark fairies are not known for their kindhearted nature. I woke up squeaking. Then I jumped out of bed so fast I jumped right out of my pajamas. Well, okay, I didn’t really jump out of my pj’s, but you get the idea.
What a nightmare! a W h at a re ! m t nigh
enter the night!
H e h , he h
, he h !
O f th i s we war n . . . t
he ti me i s right . . . th
e ve il i s t or n . . .
e nte r t h e n i g ht !
.. nore . Z z z z s ore . . . z z z z s n ore . . . zzzz sn
I rubbed my eyes trying to
erase the image
of those dark fairies. I had met them during one of my recent trips to the Kingdom of Fantasy. On that trip, Wither had ordered the fairies to
imprison her sister.
Luckily, not to brag or anything, I saved the day! That’s right, I rescued Blossom! As a reward, the
Prince Fearless, Prince of the Winged Ones. She also gave me a pair
queen named me of cool
blue wings and a blue winged ring. The ring had special
allowed me to travel to and from the Kingdom of Fantasy. Just thinking about my fantastic adventures made me smile. Don’t get me wrong, these trips were never easy. They were filled with dangerous treks,
wicked spells, and horrifying creatures.
But the friends I made in the Kingdom of Fantasy were worth it! 6
ed Rin g
but I rescued her! . . .
ark fairies imprisoned B lo s som . . .
nk you f Tha me, Kn or sa igh vi t!
gav n e q u e g! As a r e h t , eward Rin me the Winged
Right then I noticed the clock on my nightstand. Rats! I was
late for work!
I threw on my clothes and raced outside. It was the first day of to see the sun
spring , and I expected
shining, flowers blooming, and
birds singing in a blue sky. Instead . . . There was a freezing northern wind . . . The sky was filled with gray
clouds . . .
And the only birds were black crows shrieking,
“Caw! Caw! Caw! Caw!”
CAW! CAW! 8
You couldn’t smell the sweet scent of flowers. Instead there was the disgusting scent of sulfur!
gr ay c lo ud s
ma de it ha rd
to s ee . . . 9
What is the shape in the sky?
Answers on page 572
It was a
no, the strangest,