Time for bed Mother said It’s time to tuck you in. “Coming Mother!” Cameron bounded up the stairs and into his room, past his mother, and with a mighty leap, landed into bed and wriggled under the warm blankets. He loved the stories that Mother told him every night. She called her story A tale of dreams, and she had told him these tales for as long as he could remember. Cameron never tired of her stories. They were full of fantastic fairies in dream worlds. There were a castle and a queen, magical lands, like Toadstool Village and even a wizard. Cameron thought his mom's stories were really awesome.
Cameron was ready for bed, he had really been busy today. He had attended the birthday party that his parents threw for him. It was a great party. The house was decorated with a dinosaur theme with giant blow-up dinosaurs and balloons. The table in the dining room was decorated with matching plates and cups. There was a cake in the center of the table with vanilla icing and green sprinkles and little plastic dinosaurs placed around a blue icing lake.
Cameron’s mother, Penney had spent the morning decorating the cake she had baked the day before. She knew how much Cameron loved dinosaurs and she knew that his tenth birthday was going to be very special. Cameron didn’t know how very special this birthday would be, but Penny did.
Cameron and his friends played games inside for a while before scampering outside to play on his swing set. They played tag and dodgeball and ran around just doing the things that boys like to do. He had opened all his gifts in the living room sitting on the floor with all his friends gathered around in a circle. He opened gifts with games and toys and lots of awesome stuff, but his favorite present was from his Grandmother. It was a box covered in dinosaur paper and inside there was a stuffed Tyrannosaurus Rex, his favorite dinosaur, and some neat pajamas.
The pajamas were one piece with long sleeves and soft triangular shaped spines that ran from the tail and up the back. It had feet with soft claws and a hood that made him look like a real dinosaur.
Cameron couldn’t wait to go to bed that night. So, after the party, Cameron waved goodbye to all his friends and thanked them again for all the great presents. He gave his grandmother a tight bear-hug. And walked her to her car.
It had been a great day. When he came back inside, he found his parents in the kitchen. Mom was cleaning up the dishes from the party and dad was taking down the decorations while nibbling on another piece of birthday cake. “Thank you for the party, Mom, and Dad. I had fun. They both smiled and wished him a happy birthday, commenting on what a big boy he had become. Cameron gave his dad a hug and a high-five. It was something they always did before bed. Cameron knew he would not see his dad again until the next evening. Dad went to work at the office early and didn’t get home until dinner time. They always had time together on the weekends. They usually went to the park and to get ice-cream. Dad had a huge sweet tooth. Sometimes they went to the local museum. Cameron loved going there, he especially loved the dinosaur exhibit. Cameron was looking forward to going to the movies to see Jurassic Park the following weekend. He couldn’t wait. He had wanted to see it before but Mother said he would have to wait until he turned ten. Now, Jurassic Park, three was playing at the theater so he would have to rent Jurassic one and two. Mom thought it was too scary for such a young boy but Cameron had been ready to see it for a long time. Now that he was ten he knew things were going to change, after all, he wasn’t a baby anymore.
Cameron went upstairs, took a shower and brushed his teeth. He put on his favorite pajamas, the ones his Grandmother gave him for his birthday. He laughed joyfully as he ran from the bathroom and down the hall to his room. With his funny dinosaur feet making a slapping sound on the wooden floor. Cameron loved story time with his Mother. She always told the most magical tales of fairies and elves in lands that were always night, and dimly lit with sparkling fireflies that danced in the trees. Mother seemed as though she had been there. She seemed to know every detail of this strange and far-off land. Cameron knew these were just stories, but Mother had a way of making him feel as if he were there. Mother often spoke lovingly about a beauty queen that lived in a castle up on a mountain top. Mothers eyes always misted up as if she were somehow sad when mentioning her name, and sometimes he could hear her voice break a bit as if she might cry. This was hard for Cameron to understand and he thought that maybe she might somehow have a connection with this queen in Dreamland, all though he knew this land could not possibly exist. ” Mother, Is Dreamland real?” Mother smiled, and with a wink she answered, You may find Dreamland in your dreams.“ Cameron laughed, Mother always had the same answer to this question. Cameron’s eyes grew heavy and as he snuggled deep into his blanket, his Mother kissed him on his warm soft cheek and whispered softly, ” Go to sleep my boy, and when you go to Dreamland, just remember you will learn the answers to many questions and you will see the truth. “ Cameron felt a stir of excitement as he imagined this strange land, but the weariness of the day took over, and soon he was off to sleep, clutching his favorite stuffed dinosaur under his chin.
Cameron woke with a start. “Where am I?” Cameron was not in his bed, he was not in his room. Where was his favorite stuffed dinosaur? As Cameron rubbed his sleepy eyes he couldn’t believe what he was seeing, it was dark but all around him was a warm comforting light, that somehow kept him from panicking. There were fireflies…Millions of twinkling fireflies. Cameron couldn’t believe his eyes, and as he stood there in the darkness he heard a tiny voice call out to him in the night, as he peered intently into the distance he could see a bright twinkling light moving closer and closer to him.” Cameron, Cameron!” the voice got closer and soon he could see the form of a firefly. As the firefly neared, Cameron wondered if this tiny bug could possibly be calling out his name. “hello Cameron” the tiny firefly said. “Who are you?” Cameron replied, with a bit of a shrill squeak to his voice. After all, Cameron had never met a talking bug before. “My name is Twinkie, I am a firefly and I am at your service. I am the queens guiding light and I have been sent by the queen to light your way.” My way to where?” Cameron asked, still with a bit of squeak in his voice. “To meet the fairies of Dreamland.” Twinkie replied with a grin. Cameron had a strange excitement growing inside of him, he thought of the tales his Mother told him every night, about Dreamland and the fairy’s that lived there. Cameron shook his head vigorously, trying to wake himself up, still unsure if he was awake or asleep. Twinkie started to make a buzzing sound. She flapped her little wings and called out, “Come on Cameron, let’s go! We must get to the castle tonight and we have quite a way to go. The queen will be waiting for us just outside the castle gates. Cameron, somewhat reluctantly followed Twinkies bright blinking light. He was nervous and was starting to wish he was back in his bed with his stuffed dinosaur. He was a bit embarrassed that he still wore his pajamas with the funny feet. As Cameron followed the dimly lit path, he couldn’t help wondering about where they were headed. A castle? Fairies? What was in store for him tonight, and why was he here? Just then, Cameron heard a loud croaking sound and as he looked to the right of the path, he saw a small pond shimmering in the moonlight. He could barely make out the shape of an enormous frog. The frog was sitting on a rather large lily pad. As he slowed to get a closer look, Twinkie turned his head around to look back to see why Cameron had slowed his pace. Up until now, Cameron had been following very closely behind Twinkie to make use of the luminous light coming from Twinkies rear end. “Oh, it’s okay, that’s just Freddie, he’s harmless. I suppose we may have startled him a bit.” With that, Freddie disappeared with A huge splash into the dark pond leaving shimmering rings in the surface of the water. We must be on our way Cameron, the queen is waiting for us just over those hills ahead. She is very anxious to meet you. “Who is this Queen, and why does she want to meet me?” Cameron thought to himself. As they continued up the dark tree-lined path leading to the castle they came to a clearing. There, sitting on top of a magnificent unicorn, sat a beautiful girl. She had long golden curls that fell across her shoulders and down over her dress. Her dress was a luminous golden color with tiny rosebuds along the bodice. She wore a crown atop her head that sparkled with tiny clusters of diamonds and rubies. Cameron couldn’t help but stare, he had never seen such a beautiful girl. He could barely keep his eyes off of her. Just then, as he looked on in amazement, the most beautiful iridescent wings sprung up and stretched out on either side of her. She was a fairy! She was the most beautiful creature Cameron had ever seen. The beautiful fairy giggle when she saw the look of adoration on Cameron’s face. “I am Kaylyn, Queen of the fairies. Welcome to Dreamland.” “Come with me to my castle, it is close by, Cheyenne will take us there. Hop on Cameron and we will ride together. This is Cheyenne, she is a magical unicorn. she will take us on her back. Do not be afraid, she is gentle, just hold on tight.” Cameron was a bit nervous as he climbed up on Cheyenne’s back and nestled up closely to Queen Kalyn’s soft iridescent wings. Queen Kaylyn turned her head and reminded Cameron to hold on tight. Suddenly, with a graceful leap, Cheyenne was flying through the cool night air, frightening poor Cameron as squeezed his eyes shut, and clutched tightly to the queen’s delicate wings. Twinkie was leading the way with her bright tail light. Cameron could not believe that he was riding a magical unicorn with the beautiful fairy queen at the reins, her long beautiful golden hair tickling his face as they rode through the star-studded sky.
Cheyenne flew swiftly, and as they flew up into the mountains, high in the sky above, Cameron saw, in the distance, A castle perched at the top of A purple mountain in the night sky. It was glorious! Cheyenne descended to the ground and landed gracefully on the marble pathway that led up to the castle gates. The shiny marble of the path reflected the millions of sparkling fireflies that filled the trees lining the pathway. The darkness of the night was no match for their luminescent light. Everything sparkled like jewels. The castle ahead reached to the stars in the night sky. It was made entirely of crystals and shone brightly with the reflections of twinkling stars. It was as if the castle and the night sky were one. As they neared the castle, A massive golden gate opened, allowing them access to A great courtyard. Cameron gasped, his eyes widening, as he saw the grand flower gardens that surrounded them. Every colorful flower that he could ever imagine was in this garden, their colors glowing and lighting the night with their beauty. As they dismounted the beautiful pure white unicorn that had gracefully flown them to the castle, Cameron was feeling a bit shaky from all the excitement. He thanked Cheyenne for getting them there safely, as he stroked her beautiful white mane. Cheyanne nuzzled his neck, sweetly. Cameron knew he had made a friend. Queen Kaylyn giggled with delight, as she handed Cheyanne’s reins over to a small portly man. He looked a bit strange to Cameron with his pointed ears. His shirt was shiny green satin. He wore a little red vest and little brown pants. Cameron almost laughed out loud when he saw the little red shoes that he wore. They were curled up at the toes, with little gold bells on the tips so that when he walked, he jingled. “Hello Cameron, welcome to Dreamland, I am Michael, I am an elf. I live over there, just past the pond in the garden. Look, you can see it just past the fountain. Michael excused himself to take care of Cheyenne. She needed water and a dinner of golden hay. So Michael led her quickly off to the stables. As Cameron looked past the fountain and across the pond, where he spotted the biggest toadstools he had ever seen. The strangest thing was that they had little tiny windows, around a door, and a little chimney poking out of their brightly colored tops. Cameron saw that there were many little people scurrying about. Men, women, and children. The children played together, swinging from flowers, and climbing on rocks. The women were busily attending the gardens, as the men dug with little shovels, planting seeds in the ground. It seemed rather strange to Cameron that here, in this land, everyone was awake at night,t when in his world, everyone would be sleeping. The night here was different than what he was used to. Here, the night glowed with the twinkling lights of fireflies, and colorful light from glowing flowers. The flowers were all the colors of the rainbow. "Twinkie!” Cameron shouted, pointing in the direction of the huge clusters of toadstools. “Who are those people over there?” Twinkie, a bit out of breath from the long flight to the magical castle rested on a nearby tree. She gave Cameron a wink, and with a smile on her little face, she pointed in the direction of the colorful little community. “That is my home, I live in the garden at the center of town. The elves there have been preparing for your arrival. The queen will take you there soon, but first, the queen requests your presence in the castle, we will have plenty of time to explore, but for now, you must go inside the castle. Queen Kaylyn is waiting for you there and she has much to discuss with you. Cameron was curious, he could hardly wait to play with the elves. There was so much he wanted to explore. He wondered why he felt so wide awake, this surely couldn’t be a dream. He hoped that his Mother would not find that he was gone from his bed. Cameron was in awe of his surroundings. Never in his wildest dreams had he ever seen such splendor. The castle was dimly lit with crystal chandeliers hanging from the tall ceilings above. The floors were polished marble, the finest green silk rugs making it look inviting. The giant floor to ceiling windows were draped with shiny satin drapes in the most beautiful shimmering golden color. The walls were made of crystal, so that the night sky could be seen through them, with their twinkling stars and fireflies from the outside gardens. As he continued through the foyer and into the main room, where he saw a beautiful staircase. the staircase was made of gold with ivory railings. It looked as if they led upward into the night sky. As he moved forward past the staircase he saw Queen Kaylyn sitting on a lovely throne alongside an ornate fireplace, glowing with warm light. On the other side of the fireplace, next to her sat a larger golden throne with a thick red crushed velvet cushion trimmed in golden cording. It was ornately carved with golden cherubs and encrusted with brightly colored jewels. It looked fit for a king but sat empty. It made Cameron wonder if there might be a king. The queen looked beautiful sitting there, with the light from the fire illuminating her golden hair and white iridescent wings. She had changed into a long flowing emerald gown with pearls dotting the neckline and bodice. There was a soft white fur draped over her shoulders. Her hair was now pinned up in a bun with her golden curls trailing down her cheeks. Her crown gleamed in the light of the fire. As Cameron stood in the entrance to the lovely room, his mouth gaped open as he stared with wide-eyed wonder at the Queen on her jewel-encrusted throne. Cameron wondered to himself what could she possibly have to discuss with me? Cameron approached the queen and bowed. He had never met a queen before and he was a bit uncomfortable. He knew, from his mother’s stories that he should always bow to royalty. Queen Kaylyn smiled brightly as Cameron entered the room. She so loved this boy. He had no idea that she had watched over him all his life. She remembered the night he was born, He was so small. She felt the love from the very moment she saw him in his crib in his world. It was A world far away from Dreamland. The Queen watched him grow, every year he was bigger and stronger, until becoming the handsome young man that stood before her now. She always knew that on his tenth birthday, she would be able to bring him to her castle. He was ten years old tonight. It was time for her to let him know the secret that she had waited so long to tell him. “Cameron, you must be hungry from your long journey, you must eat. “ the Queen said. Cameron thought for a moment, he didn’t know how long it had been since he last ate, He had no sense of time here, but he could feel the rumbling in his tummy, “Yes, I am very hungry.” He said. Queen Kaylyn reached up above her head and pulled on a long golden cord, which made a bell in another part of the castle ring loudly. Michael, the same little elf that had escorted Cheyenne to her dinner of golden hay came into the room and approached the Queen. “Yes, your majesty,” he said with a bow. “How may I serve you?” The Queen smiled, she adored Michael. He had been her Royal servant for many years now. He and his lovely family lived in the Toadstool village across the pond. “Cameron is hungry, please have a meal prepared for him in the dining room.” The Queen’s smile was warm and loving as she looked at Cameron and said to him, “You can be assured that I have had all of your favorite foods prepared for you by our royal chefs.” Cameron wondered how the Queen could possibly know what his favorite foods were, but he was suddenly very hungry. Cameron and the Queen entered the royal dining room. Cameron could smell the most wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen. It made his mouth water, and he suddenly felt very hungry. Cameron looked around in amazement at the crystal room that he had just entered. The room was huge. It took him a moment to take it all in. There was a beautiful Golden table in the center of the large room. It was the biggest table he had ever seen. It had eight matching golden chairs with ruby colored velvet cushions to sit upon. On top of the table sat a set of crystal candelabras, holding matching ruby colored candles. The flickering light from the ruby colored candles cast ribbons of rainbow colored lights on the walls through the candelabras hanging crystal prisms. There were crystal glasses and plates on the table that caught the reflections of candlelight and the stars that showed through the crystal walls. It was so beautiful that Cameron almost forgot his hunger. The queen took her seat at the end of the massive table. Cameron wondered why they needed such a large table for just the two of them. Just then, in walked a stately man. He was tall and thin, he had a long white beard, and was dressed in a dark green velvet shirt with puffy sleeves that were trimmed in golden cording. His pants were black, they puffed out from the waist, and cinched just below the knee. Across his chest, he wore a ruby satin sash. On his head, he wore a funny hat. It was perched sideways on his head with a large peacock feather that stood out to the side. He carried a long golden horn and as he entered the room, he brought the horn to his lips and played a fanfare of music that hurt Cameron’s ears. As he played, in strolled a rather majestic man. The king was astonishingly handsome. He wore a long golden robe with a golden crown on his head. He had long white hair and a neatly trimmed beard. His golden wings were folded along his sides. Cameron gasped loudly, he felt somewhat weak in the knees. The king looked at him with friendly sparkling green eyes. “Cameron, I presume. Dear boy it is my pleasure to finally meet you. I am King James, please have a seat next to me so that we can talk.” His voice was booming, and his presence was felt throughout the room. The king sat at the other end of the table opposite the queen. He clapped his hands loudly and the doors to the great hall opened and in walked a line of fairy children dressed in their finest clothes their little shimmering wings a dazzling white. Cameron felt a little wearing in a silly way his dinosaur pajamas with the funny feet, but no one seemed to notice. The fairy children came to the table and bowed low to their king and queen before taking the remaining seats at the table. There were five of them. Three beautiful girls and two handsome boys They were children, just like him! They all nodded at Cameron, the girls giggling nervously, their large eyes twinkling with happiness. Cameron said hello and asked them their names. The youngest of the girls spoke first. “my name is Princess Grace, and these are my sisters, Princess Diana and Princess Anne. Cameron smiled. He thought they were so lovely and graceful. Grace continued to introduce her brothers Prince Charles and Prince Harry. Just then through the door leading to the kitchen came Michael with a huge tray of food. Michael set the tray on the table in front of the king. There on the silver and crystal trays were Cameron’s favorite foods, just as the Queen had promised. There were hot dogs and French fries covered in catsup. Cookies and cakes were piled high on a pretty plate. There were even chocolate milkshakes with whipped cream and bright red cherries on top. It was like a dream, but he was sure he was awake, he had to be because the food tasted delicious. None of the fairies had ever seen, much less tasted food like this and they wondered where this food had come from, though they dare not ask. They knew never to ask Queen Mother of the other world where she traveled many times, it was a secret. Mother told them that the time would come someday and they would learn of their Mothers travels to the other word. Mother called it the world of the bright star. The children hoped that the king and queen would provide them with more of this fine food in times to come. They had never eaten hot dogs and French fries before, they knew now why it was Cameron’s favorite food because now it was theirs too. Cameron held his round swollen belly and groaned, he was sure that he had never been so full. After they had all finished the feast that was before them, they all retired to the music room where the children sang magical songs while Queen Kaylyn played on a beautiful golden harp encrusted with diamonds and emeralds. The king sat on his throne his foot tapping in time to the lively music. The children sang beautifully together. They had the voices of angels and their harmony was right on key. Cameron had enjoyed meeting the king and his children. The queen had not mentioned that she had children, so it was a nice surprise to meet them. Cameron was sitting in a chair watching the beautiful fairy children. He was very impressed with their talent. Grace, the youngest child went to the piano to play. She sat on the little stool in front of the beautiful, shiny white piano. She could barely reach the pedals on the floor with her tiny feet. She sat up straight with her little sparkly wings spread out delicately behind her. Grace brought her tiny fingers to the black and white keys. The music that came from the beautiful grand piano made Cameron’s skin prickle with goosebumps. The sound was magical, he had never heard such beautiful music. Cameron felt something he had never felt before in his young life. He thought it might be love. Grace was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. Cameron,s face was flushed with emotion. The queen noticed Cameron’s obvious discomfort and his blushing face. She could see in his gaze that he had a crush on Grace. She thought it was cute because they were so young, but she knew that it was also meant to be. The queen giggled and reached over to hold Cameron’s hand. Grace was a special child. She was given the gift of music by the wizard in the dark forest when she was born. All of her children were given special gifts at birth. Princess Anne was given the gift of joy and was always happy, she made everyone she touched feel happy. Princess Diana was given The gift of unusual sight, and could see things before they happened. Diana loved animals and was able to communicate with them. Prince Harry was gifted with bravery. He was afraid of nothing. His brother Prince Charles was given the gift of healing. He could heal anyone with just a touch of his hand, and he would never be sick. Queen Kaylyn had become very close with the wizard since she was a teenager, still in school. The wizard became a very important part of her life. He was the heart of all that lived in Dreamland. They would always protect him. After Princes Grace finished playing the piano everyone stood and applauded her. It was a fantastic time and everyone was so happy, Cameron hoped it would never end. Queen Kaylen called all of her little fairy children over to her side and kissed them all good night. Cameron hugged each of them and thanked them for the wonderful night of music and dance. The girls giggled and ran to King James and took his hand. The boys were right behind them and off to bed, they went. The king often tucked the children into their beds and told them stories of far-away lands. The queen was usually by his side but he knew that she needed to spend time with Cameron on this night. The queen was in deep thought. She had much to discuss with Cameron and was not sure where to start. Cameron wondered why Queen Kaylyn was so kind to him, he could not imagine how she and everyone else in this land knew him. Especially since he was sure he had never been to this mysterious land before. The Queen was anxious to have a long-awaited talk with Cameron, but she could see that he was fidgety, and she thought she knew why. Twinkie had told her before she entered the castle earlier that night that Cameron really wanted to go across the pond to Toadstool Village to meet the elves there. She could wait for that talk. “Let’s go!” She said and with that, they left the music room and hurried to the front door. “Where are we going? Cameron asked. “We are going across the pond to see the elves.” the queen answered. “Oh boy!” Cameron bounded down the massive steps and into the courtyard garden. He could hardly wait. They strolled quickly through the courtyard and through the opened castle gates, then followed the marble path that leads to the pond. The pond shimmered in the moonlight. Lily pads with pink glowing lotus flowers dotted the pond and made a pink glow over the surface of the pond. Giant dragonflies in purples and blues flitted past and frogs jumped from lily pad to lily pad. It was a magical sight. Cameron asked “how will we get across the pond to toadstool village? Queen Kaylyn looked at the boy and with a wink, she called out into the night with a lovely tune. Just a couple of minutes later, Cameron could see Cheyenne flying toward them. The Queen gracefully mounted the beautiful unicorn and reached down to pull Cameron up.“climb on her back dear boy” Cameron held on tight as they started their journey toward Toadstool Village. Cameron took delight in the scenery below. The water sparkled like diamonds. He saw mysterious glowing fish jumping out of the water chasing the dragonflies. There were graceful swans floating on the surface of the water and looking up at them as they flew by honking loudly. The air was fresh and cool over the water and Cameron loved the way it felt hitting his face and ruffling his blonde curls. Cameron felt a shudder run through his body. He wasn’t sure if it was the excitement of the night or if he was a bit chilly.