Millie looked at the screen in the front of her couch and it read, “When ready to return home, please press the red button.”
She asked, “Is everyone ready to go home?”
Tired little voices from the couches behind her agreed that they were ready to go home. Jasmine said, “I just wish that it wasn’t so far to the house after we get there.”
“Oh, but it won’t be,” Rose replied, “the machine will land in your front yard, as it now belongs to you. Before, it was the property of Instant Vacations, LTD., and they never land on someone else’s property. Now that it belongs to you, it will land next to your house.”
“Yeeaaaah! I love this machine!” Blinky said as she patted her couch. “And I really love these couches. We can sit on them.” She laughed and Jasmine, Burt and Salazar all began laughing with her. Even Millie, Honey and Rose laughed.
Millie reached forward and pushed the red button… “Here we go…”
The door to the Instant Traveling Machine silently closed. A little red light flashed once and a clicking of the door latch was heard, then the door opened almost immediately. It was dark outside the door and they could see the kitchen lights as they all got up from their couches and headed to the door. Down the stairs and a few steps away was the little walkway on the western side of the house.
As they climbed tiredly out of the machine and walked down the little stone pathway, they could see the stars twinkling in the evening sky. They all smiled as they headed to the house.
Rose stayed with the machine as they waved good night and turned to go in through the kitchen door.
Millie opened the door and her mother and father were sitting in the kitchen. The smell of dinner wafted out the door and the puppies perked up as they ran into the house. “Dinner!” they all yelled at once and rushed up to Millie’s mother and began to talk at once about the fun they had on Catatonia.
“Your father and I thought you were going to the lake today. Where is Catatonia?” her mother asked.
Millie kissed and hugged her mother and father and sat down heavily in one of the kitchen chairs as her mother sat dinner down for her. She then put down dinner for Honey and the puppies.
Millie looked over at Honey and smiled, “Where do we begin.”
“At the beginning, of course,” came Honey’s reply and they all laughed as Millie took off her hat and began the story of their Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure...