A Mad ValentineValentine's Day is a wonderful time, full of love and flowers and beautiful music. People have a special bounce in their step, the air seems just a bit sweeter, and shopkeepers' eyes gleam just a light more brightly at thinking about how much money they're going to make. Yes, Valentine's Day is indeed a wonderful time.
Unless, of course, one is single, in which case it's nothing but a miserable slog through miles of red, pink, and white decorations, trying to keep from retching at the sight of lovesick couples walking arm in arm as they coo sopping nonsense at one another.
Alice shook her head, trying to dislodge such thoughts. She really wasn't usually so bitter about Valentine's Day. Last year she had listened with pleasure as Belle recounted how she had spent the day with the Prince formerly known as Beast. But now just seeing her friend, along with the other princesses, get so excited about what their beloveds had planned for them—well, Alice supposed gagging her friends would
A Mad HalloweenOur tale begins on a cold autumn night, when the ghosts and ghouls come out to play, when gruesome, ghastly creatures slink out from the depths of the underworld to relish in one night of freedom and abandon, haunting the living and cavorting with their fellow undead. A night when you feel chills go up your spin and you cannot say why, when you feel watching eyes upon you as you walk through streets bathed in moonlight, where pumpkins flash eerie grins and cobwebs cover all like a macabre version of snow.
In other words, it was Halloween, and the author is trying to channel her inner Edgar Allen Poe to set the atmosphere for what is really not that scary of a story. This is Disney after all, where even the ghosts only "pretend to terrorize." Real frights are right out, and we wouldn't want to emotionally scar the little kiddies (much).
We pass the aforementioned moonlit streets, and settle in the home of Alice, who was currently putting together the fin
Hatter's Best April Fool'sThe origins of the observance known as April Fools Day are greatly debated. Some say it began as criticism to those who still followed the Julian calendar after the Gregorian had been implemented as the primary calendar. Others say it is from the fact that first day of the year in France used to be April 1st, but Charles IX eventually changed it to January 1st. Those who still followed the old ways in both of these instances were called April Fools. Some say it comes from those who celebrated the first day of spring too early, which as all know, is May 1st. And some even claim the origin goes back to the time of the Great Flood, when Noah sent the raven too prematurely, before the flood waters receded.
Regardless of the origin, disavowing its roots, the nature of the day had come to mean one thing to the land where those who honored the name of Disney resided: Trouble. Well, that, and outrageous pranks,
AlicexHatter Sprints 2CAKES THROUGH GLASS
"Cricket, I want it." Reginald pouted.
"You can't have it, Reg. It's very expensive and you've already had a crème brule."
Reginald sighed and dropped his head to his hands.
"You don't really love me, Cricket."
Alice rolled her eyes. "Come ON, you know that's not true."
"It is, IT IS!" he hollered, gazing at Alice sadly. "You've never loved me, you've just been playing with my emotions."
"Oh, do stop." Alice frowned. "You're lying nastily. I do very much love you."
"Then let me have the cake!" Reginald yelled, gesturing toward the glass cake cover. "It's huge and lovely and filled with chocolate and fudge and a whole manner of creamy delicious fillings. It's very good and nutritious for me."
AlicexHatter Sprints 1ONE MORE TIME
Alice had been feeling sick from all the churros to begin with, and the spinning wasn't helping anything. She glared at Reginald. He seemed to be enjoying himself. Well, at least someone was.
"FASTER!" he screamed. "FASTER, ALICE, TURN IT FASTER!!!"
"I shan't, Reggie!" she yelled back, then closed her eyes and buried her head in her hands. "I hate this ride."
"FASTER!" the madman continued to scream, turning the poor center wheel around so fast that it became an indistinguishable blur. "I WANT TO TURN THIS SO FAST THAT THE CUP FLIES AWAY!"
"Oh goodness ." Alice groaned, not daring to look up. "That would be awful."
"NOOOOO!!" Reginald shrieked. "THE SHIP IS SLOWING! WE NEED MORE FUEL! Alice, where is the nearest refueling station?"
"Reginald, the r