The Mandalorian Brothers and the Crowned Jewels, Pt. 2
Chapter 10: Rollie
The brothers decided to drop by Rio because they were getting too hot. Once they got there, they asked the airport workers if they could keep an eye on the brothers' airplane while Apollo and BabaFrank got some cold drinks and maybe used their dolphin to go to Egypt.
The airport worker said, "Okay. That sounds like it might take a while - maybe even a year or two. But okay. There will be a one cent per year fee.”
"How much for just about a day?" the brothers asked.
"A day? Oh, that's about $13.00."
"The brothers’ mouths dropped. If you charge a cent per year, why would you charge $13.00 for a day? If we pay you even one dollar per day, we would be paying you 100 times more than you would make in a year!" the brothers replied.
"Oh, okay. Well, I guess you'll only have to pay a milli-cent. Or maybe you could bring me back something from Egypt."
The brothers cut a cent into quarters and gave it to the airport worker. They thanked him and headed to Bibi Sucos, a famous diner where they got some ice-cold smoothies. Apollo got an apple smoothie and BabaFrank got a strawberry smoothie. They also found a little creature named on their way to the smoothie store. Its name was Rollie and it could do everything TukTuk could do in Raya and the Last Dragon (a new movie that just came out). The brothers ordered Rollie a tiny-sized banana smoothie with a little straw.
Chapter 11: The Madagascar Fossas
The brothers and Rollie walked to the beach and yelled, "Dolphinnnn where are youuuu?" They snapped their fingers, and suddenly the dolphin seemed to appear out of nowhere. The brothers knew that this couldn't be true, but they also knew that the dolphin could travel at the speed of light. Apollo and BabaFrank ran over to the water and hopped onto the dolphin. BabaFrank picked up Rollie and put him in his pocket - he was so small, he could fit! The brothers made sure that Rollie’s waterproof shell was on so that he could breathe underwater. Then, the dolphin took off. The brothers could breathe pretty well because the dolphin jumped out of the water every few seconds so that they could catch their breath. The brothers first swam past South Africa on their way to Egypt. Then, they passed by Madagascar to watch some fossas catching lemurs. They also saw a lion, a giraffe, and a hippo riding on a go-cart and some mean-looking penguins who looked like they had some tomato sauce on their tummies. The dolphin knew that he couldn't go straight up from Madagascar to Egypt - he would hit Somalia on the way. But, he did know that there was a beautiful coral reef near the horn of Africa (at the tip of Somalia), so he decided to stop there on their way.
Chapter 12: Rollie to the Rescue
When the dolphin got to the coral reef, the brothers saw a bunch of really cool fish (including big-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, salmon, and clownfish). They also saw a sea anemone! Apollo and BabaFrank caught a sea snail and threw it to the sea anemone, who immediately ate it. The sea anemone didn't have any vocal cords, so it couldn't say thanks, but the brothers knew it was happy. Then, the dolphin kept swimming, and the brothers saw even more coral. And scariest of all, the brothers saw a speed of light grey-white shark. Apollo and BabaFrank only saw him for a second, before the dolphin dove into some blue coral to hide. Apollo and BabaFrank jumped off the dolphin and swam towards a yellow piece of coral since their armor was more golden and they wanted to be well camouflaged. Rollie was still in BabaFrank's pocket and hid with the brothers behind the yellow coral reef. A couple of seconds after hiding behind the reef, Rollie jumped out of the pocket and swam toward the grey-white shark. The brothers saw him and tried to scream very, very quietly. They watched as Rollie landed on the grey-white shark's head and climbed towards its eyes. The shark was surprised and scared, and started to run away. Rollie jumped off and swam back into BabaFrank's pocket.
Chapter 13: The Great Camel
Apollo and BabaFrank swam out in the ocean and yelled, "it's ok to come out now!" Meanwhile, the grey-white shark sped away very fast and landed in the middle of Australia. BabaFrank turned to his pocket and said, "wow, Rollie! I never knew you were so strong." Rollie stuck his head out of the pocket and puffed his chest out. The brothers laughed themselves onto the dolphin's back and continued their search for the crowned jewels. Eventually, the brothers hit a current near Somalia, which brought them onto a beach in Egypt. Apollo and BabaFrank said thanks to the dolphin and then walked along the beach. Then, they found some camels only about 19 feet away from them. The brothers hopped onto one of the camels, drank some water, saddled it up, and thought about where they should go next. They thought that maybe they should go to the Pyramid of Giza, since it is the biggest pyramid in Egypt and the hardest to find your way out of. They thought that they might be able to get a clue there - but, if they couldn't, they would be stranded there for a long time!
Chapter 14: The Pyramid of Giza
Once the brothers got to the pyramid, they saw a big, stone statue that looked like the head of a sphinx (which is a lion with a human head and no tail). The brothers told their camel to stop at the statue and then gave him some water. They circled around the sphinx and then walked toward the main entrance of the pyramid. When they got to the front of the pyramid, the guards would not let them in without a proper vehicle (a camel). So, the brothers decided that they would go to the small pyramid and try to find a shortcut. The brothers pushed a stone wall, which made a bit of the wall tumble open, creating a doorway for them to enter into. When they got inside the pyramid, they saw that the door was all boarded up so no one could get in or out.
Chapter 15: Books, Nooks, and Crannies
The brothers started roaming around the pyramid. They first tried to go straight and up and to the side, but they accidentally got confused looking for clues and ended up at the bottom of the pyramid. Then, they decided to start walking straight and up to the very edge of the pyramid. Once they finally found that corner, they walked up some diagonal steps. The brothers zigzagged across the steps because they thought that the stones could fall under too much pressure. Finally, they came to an old room that looked pretty tattered. The room was full of books and nooks and a bunch of cobwebs. The brothers immediately ran to opposite sides of the room. Apollo ran to the side that had fewer nooks and crannies, but more bookshelves. BabaFrank took the side with more nooks, crannies, and cobwebs, but not as many bookshelves. Apollo only found old books and some spiders, but BabaFrank found a piece of paper hidden inside a nook and cranny. BabaFrank yelled out, “Oh my gosh! I found it, Apollo.” Apollo rushed over to the other side of the room to see what his brother had found. The paper had a message on it that was written in the Hawaiian language, which Apollo translated as “go to Hawai’i. On the green sand beach, you will find your next clue.”
Chapter 16: Baby Davy
The brothers went back down the stairs and exited through the same secret entrance they had used to get in. They closed the entrance and secured it to make sure that no one else would be able to enter. They also didn't want anyone to know that they had broken in. Then, the two brothers took a camel back to the beach where the dolphin had dropped them off. Sure enough, the dolphin was waiting for them! The dolphin waited to hear where the brothers wanted to go next. BabaFrank said, "Can you take us to Hawaii?" The brothers hopped onto the dolphin and headed west across the Atlantic Ocean. Once they got to the coast of Massachusetts, the brothers said, "by your speed, we're almost there!" The dolphin knew he couldn't swim on land, but he could jump over it. Before the brothers realized what was happening, the dolphin started its leap across the United States. The brothers saw my dad, Davy, as a baby, in Massachusetts - he waving up at them! Eventually, they landed in a very large tide pool in the ocean off the shore of Hawaii, where other sea anemones live (once I fed a sea anemone a sea snail, and it ate it!) The dolphin dropped them off right at the Papakōlea Green Sand Beach.
Chapter 17: The Green Sand Beach
Once the brothers got onto the shore, they started looking around. But then they thought, "we have some time, so let's just build a sandcastle!" They carried the water from the shore and made a huge sandcastle that they could actually walk into! It took the brothers about 14 days (2 weeks) to build the castle, but they slept inside the castle as they built it. They made blankets of seaweed, pillows of sand, and mirrors of sea glass. When the brothers took breaks from building the castle, they went around the beach to look for anything that would give them a clue. On their 20th day at the beach, the brothers walked toward the rocks and into a small cave. There, they found a small broken piece of a green gem. This gem had been stuck on the beach for a very long time. Thousands of years ago, part of the gem had dissolved into the water, making the sand turn green. BabaFrank yelled out, "I found it, Apollooooo!" Apollo was surprised that BabaFrank had found another clue!
"Oh my goodness! Again?" He walked over to the cave and looked at the stone.
Apollo found a piece of sea glass inside the cave and reflected the stone into the glass. This caused a little reaction, which made something that looked like the Statue of Liberty appear inside the glass. Suddenly, out of thin air, both the stone and the sea glass disappeared. The brothers had been holding the gem and the glass, but now all that they had left in their hands was a mini Statue of Liberty souvenir.
Chapter 18: The Cross Country Trip
The brothers called the dolphin back to take them to Texas. The trip only lasted about 10 milliseconds, because the dolphin was so fast. When they got to Texas, Apollo and BabaFrank rode a yak all the way to Mississippi. The yak went over a bunch of roads and highways using a hand glider. People who were driving on those streets saw the yak and the two brothers and got into a few small accidents because they had been laughing their butts off and weren't paying enough attention to the road. The yak and the brothers sped all the way to Jackson, Mississippi, where they saw so many magnolia flowers. Then, a venus fly trap almost caught the yak, so the brothers hung on tight and the yak sped up all the way to Georgia. When they got to Georgia, the brothers decided to stop by and eat a few peaches, since they were so famous! Then, they decided that they would take a ferry to their next stop: North Carolina. The ferry stopped at a bunch of beaches, and the brothers saw a couple of famous lighthouses on the way. Then, Apollo and BabaFrank got back onto the ferry and went to Ohio and then Indiana. When they got to Indiana, they rented a race car and entered a racing event. Nobody knew who they were, but the brothers sped past all the rest of the cars, flew past the finish line, and won the race - as you might expect. Then, they sped over a car and raced their way to New York. As they crossed New York state, Apollo and BabaFrank stopped at an apple farm to go apple picking - they went right to the middle of the tree, where all the ripest apples were. They ate them right away — they were deeelicious!
Chapter 19: The Descendent
As the brothers drove into New York City, they saw a lot of skyscrapers, shops, people, and cars. They got into their rented car and drove all the way to the Statue of Liberty. There were a lot of people there because the Statue is famous worldwide, so many tourists wanted to visit it. The brothers did not want people to notice that they were looking for the crowned jewels, because they did not want everyone to start looking for them, too. Luckily, they had a lot of camouflage clothing that was blue, black, and brown. This clothing would help them blend in with the railings and walls on the Statue of Liberty so that they would not be seen. Then, they took a special spiral elevator all the way up to the top of the Statue of Liberty. They got off at the top floor (the 130th floor) and stood on top of the Statue of Liberty's crown. They put on their blue clothes to blend in - just in case someone followed them up - and quickly spotted the crown jewels dangling from the right spike of the Statue's crown. It looked like the Queen's crowned jewels were about to fall! The brothers slowly crawled along the spike to grab the crowned jewels. Luckily, they both had their parachutes with them, because they fell off the spike as soon as they grabbed the crown: another visitor had followed them up to the top of the statue and accidentally pushed them off trying to get a better look at the view! The brothers fell off the spike and were very thankful that they had brought their parachutes with them. They landed their parachutes on the square holding up the statue and quickly changed into their brown clothes so that they could blend into the wall.