Hey, everyone! I got inspired last May by a question my mother’s interview for https://meetingtheauthors.com/ which was: A penguin knocks on your door and is wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he there? Here are some related stories: https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/01/how-liana-and-summer-came-to-be-best-friends/, https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/10/how-macy-and-i-met/, https://lilliandarnell.com/2019/04/15/monster-sky/. I hope you enjoy!
Once long ago, there was a girl named Esperanza-Anna Emerald (Hope for short) who lived with her mother Isabelle. They lived very happily. Many years later, Hope was now a young curious woman.
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. Hope wondered, “Who could that be?” so she opened the door. To Hope’s surprise, there was a penguin wearing a sombrero. The penguin asked in a Mexican accent, “Are you, Ms. Emerald? I was told to deliver some tacos to you.”
Hope asked, “Yes, that’s me and I ordered the tacos. But, who are you and what are you doing here in Mexico?” The penguin responded in a deep Mexican voice, “I am Juan, the guardian of Mexicana, The Arctic is too cold for me, and I’m a Mexican food delivery person.”
Hope said, “Ok, but why are you here Juan besides delivering Mexican food if you are the guardian of Mexicana?” Juan said, “I’m here because Mexicana is in great danger and the only person who can save Mexicana is you, Hope. ”
Hope said, “Ok, I’ll go. But before I go can you explain why Mexicana is in danger?” Juan nodded and said, “Yes, but we must get going to Mexicana so I’ll explain along the way.”
Hope said, “Ok, Vamos (let’s go! in English)! Soon Juan and Hope were on their way to Mexicana. Juan began to explain, “Many years ago, there was a ruler named Rapido who ruled Mexicana and they partied day and night. Unfortunately, the good times weren’t to last.”
Juan paused to catch his breath and let the words sink into Hope. Hope said after a few minutes, “So what happened next? And is Mexicana your home?” Juan chuckled and said, “Yes… Mexicana is also my home. Now shall we continue?”
Juan continued and said, “The people of Mexicana decided they were tired of Rapido so they wanted to take over the throne. It made Rapido mad and everyone in Mexicana knows not to make Rapido mad or trouble arises. There is a very special thing that can calm things down and you have it. So you see, that’s why we need to hurry back to Mexicana.”
Hope said, “Wow, that’s terrible.” Soon, Juan and Hope were almost to Mexicana. Once Juan and Hope arrived in Mexicana, Hope could see the chaos all around her. Hope immediately said determined, “Let’s do this! Now, what is the special thing I have Juan?”
Juan said, “You have a gem called Sarafina. The gem brings back happiness and peace to Mexicana. The gem is special as it only grows deep in the Forbidden Volancois. By the way, the gem is your jewels you are wearing.”
Hope said, “Ok. Thank you, Juan.” Hope quickly took the gem from her necklace. Juan whispered, “Now repeat after me. ” Hope and Juan chanted,” Cantis challum canti chant um i.”
Hope asked, “Did it work? ” Juan said, “Yes, it did. Thanks to you. Now would you like to stay in Mexicana to explore for a little bit?” Hope said, “Yes, please.” So Hope spent the rest of the day in Mexicana exploring. Hope found some herbs that she could take back to Isabelle as well.
The next day Juan and Hope set out for Hope’s home. Juan and Hope had become best friends over the journey. Now, one day later they were at Hope’s home. Hope immediately ran to Isabelle. Hope gave Isabelle the herbs.
Isabelle said, “Thank you, sweetie.” Juan had come inside Hope’s home while Hope went to Isabelle. Now Juan was standing next to Hope. Isabelle mysteriously asked, “Who are you? Where did you take my daughter?”
Isabelle was very confused. Juan said, “I am Juan the Mexican delivery person, your daughter’s friend and Mexicana guardian. In case you’re wondering ma’m, the Artic was too cold for me. Why don’t you let your daughter explain where I took your daughter?”
Isabelle said, “Ok, I can see that. I’ll let Hope explain the question. What’s Mexicana, by the way?” Hope said, “Ok, you see, Mexicana was in danger and I was the only one who could save it so I went with Juan as I had no choice. Mexicana is a rustic ancient town that has healing and energetic drama vibes. ”
Isabelle said, “Ok, that’s awesome. Can I visit Mexicana sometime?” Juan said, “Yes, you and Hope are welcome anytime. Here’s my sombrero hat, you can keep it.” Hope said, “I guess I’ll see you again soon. Thanks for the sombrero hat. Bye, Juan!”
Juan said with a longing look in his eyes, “You’re welcome, mi amigo (my friend in English). I’ll see you again soon. Bye, Hope and Isabelle!” So if you see a sombrero hat on a young girl, that girl just might be Hope. Isabelle most likely would be closely behind Hope.
Well, that’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!
What’s your favorite Italian/Mexican food? I would love to hear your answers!