Lisa – A Holiday Play

Summary: New Jewel Riders Lisa, Kirsten, and Jen join Gwenevere and friends for holidays at the Crystal Palace

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The Holidays at the Crystal Palace

“This is great!” exclaimed Lisa, the new owner of the White Rose Stone.

“Isn’t it?” agreed Jen, who had walked into Lisa’s room. They were about to spend Hanukkah and Christmas at the Crystal Palace.

“Hey, Jen,” Lisa greeted the new Star Stone rider. “Kirsten and Gwen are buying a Christmas tree, and Tamara’s in the throne room polishing the menorah. This is the perfect time to wrap their presents. Want to help?”

“No thanks, I’m really into this great book I’m reading,” Jen answered as she left the room.

“Need help?” asked a loud voice. Lisa jumped.

“Oh, hi Fallon,” she said, realizing who it was. “Thanks.”

Meanwhile, Princess Gwenever and Kirsten had just found a Christmas tree, and candles for Lisa and Tamara’s menorah. They were about to go home, when a small cart caught their eyes. It was selling stars for the tree that were
sparkling so much, they seemed to be glowing. Kirsten told Wintermane to stop the carriage.

“Ah, Princess,” said a muffled voice. The women was wearing a scarf over her hair, nose, and mouth. “I was hoping you would come. I have the perfect star.” Her eyes seemed excited as she showed a glowing star that shimmered
rainbow colors.

“Wow,” Kirsten breathed. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“I’ve seen things like it, but never as beautiful,” admitted the princess. “How much?”

“Five sentures,” answered the women, who suddenly looked very greedy. Gwen handed her five dull red coins. After they bought the star, Kirsten told Wintermane to go.

When the jewel riders were out of hearing distance, the women took off her scarves, revealing long black hair, a red helmet, and the Dark Stone. It was Kale. Kale cackled loudly.

Back at the palace, the other jewel riders stared at the star in amazement. Tamara’s newly polished menorah was almost as beautiful. Everything was ready. The girls’ parents were coming over the next day for the holidays. The three young jewel riders went to bed after dinner, and the others talked to their unicorns until they couldn’t keep their eyes open.

At midnight, Princess Gwenevere woke up with a start. Her eyes were glowing and she walked in a steady beat to the throne room. The star on the tree was glowing. It kept getting brighter, and brighter until everything went white.
Her eyes went back to normal, but it was to late. The princess screamed, and found herself traveling through a travel tree tunnel. Sunstar, being bonded with Gwen, could sense there was something wrong. She galloped into the
throne room and saw something strange. The star had flown off the tree into the center of the room, projecting a porthole. Sunstar had just enough time to wake Tamara, through the Heart Stone, before she was sucked into the
porthole.

Tamara changed out of her pajamas, to find that Fallon was also awake and dressed because of a sense of wild magic. The two girls saw the porthole, and ran to tell the others. The three young jewel riders were excited to be going on an adventure so late at night. Fallon, Tamara, Lisa, Kirsten, and Jen each called on their armor and were sucked into the porthole. Shadowsong and Moondance were joining them, but no one woke the babies since it was way past their bedtimes.

Gwen and Sunstar found themselves in the middle of a huge field of grass and flowers. “Where are we?” she asked Sunstar.

“Princess, are you all right?” was all the enchanted unicorn had to say.

“I’m fine,” answered Gwen, “And it’s a good thing I am, too. After all, I am the princess.” She threw her hand over her mouth. “Why did I say that?”

“Because it is what you were thinking,” said a mischievous voice.

“How did you know what I was think-.” She stopped short. “Who are you?” Gwen asked.

“We’re munchkins.” And out came a group of short men and women.

“You can’t hurt me!” exclaimed the princess, holding up her jewel. But instead of using it, she said “I’m better than everyone else, because I’m a jewel rider!” she cover her mouth again. “How are you doing that?”

Suddenly, a porthole burst open. “Princess, are you all right?” asked Fallon. Just then all the girls started saying “I hope she’s all right,” then they looked confused, wondering why they had just said what they were thinking.
Suddenly, a sparkle appeared, creating a large pink heart-shaped jewel with gold and silver rings linked together in the center of it.

“An enchanted jewel!” Kirsten exclaimed. Tamara grabbed it and handed it to Gwen, but Gwen’s hands slipped right through it.

“Princess, what’s wrong?” asked Sunstar.

“Your friends are not self-centered, how come you are?” asked a munchkin.

“What are you talking about?” Princess Gwenevere cried. And then she disappeared.

“What did you do with the princess?” Jen demanded.

“Oh, she’ll be fine,” said a giggling munchkin, showing the girls a crystal ball.

Gwen ended up in what looked like the mall. She immediately saw a clothing store and went inside. She then saw a small girl. “Please, Miss, help me. I have nowhere to go, nothing to eat, and nothing to keep cool with. Gwen
turned around and saw her dream dress. It was a pink flowing gown with gold and silver ruffles. She was about to buy it when she saw the girl crying and had a feeling so strong, she couldn’t waste her money on that dress. Instead,
she bought food and clothes for the girl. The girl looked so happy, Gwen felt better than if she’d bought the dress. Suddenly, the girl turned into a munchkin and handed Gwen the heart jewel.

“But Tamara was holding onto that jewel, and my hands go through it whenever I try to touch it,” Gwen protested.

The munchkin giggled. “Your friends know I have this, they’ve been watching you through the crystal ball, and try touching it now.”

Gwen carefully took the Jewel of Love, and she was able to hold it, without her hands going through it. It felt amazingly good. It was a wonderful warm feeling.

Gwen returned to the others, and they all applauded. Sunstar was especially happy. She knew her princess could do it.

“I’ll take that jewel,” said Kale who had just flown in with Grim.

“Why don’t you try?” asked Princess Gwenevere, holding up the jewel.

“You’ve made a big mistake,” said Kale, flying over to Gwen’s open hand, but Kale’s hands kept going right through the Jewel of Love. She tried Dark Stone. No luck. “Ugh,” she said frustrated. “You’ve won this time, jewel
riders, but next time, I’ll be able to touch the jewels.” She left through a porthole, while another porthole opened that led to the throne room. The jewel riders jumped before it closed.

Back in the throne room, the star had returned to the tree, and lost any power it had left. “Today’s Hanukkah and Christmas,” Tamara remembered.

“Oh, yeah, I forgot,” Lisa said, placing candles in the menorah. The girls got ready for the day, and everyone’s parents had made it.

The girls loved their presents, and Gwen got a very peculiar one. It was signed “a friend”. She opened it, and saw the dress that she didn’t buy to help the munchkin that she thought was a girl. She gasped at the beauty of the dress, then giggled. “Being nice really does pay off,” she said.

 

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