There were orchids everywhere. Twinkie picked an orchid for her big rabbit ears. She looked at the mountain view and exclaimed, "Wow! This mountain is tall!" She was looking at Mauna Kea. Twinky wasn't kidding about this mountain being tall. Measured from sea level, Mauna Kea is a mountain taller than Mt. Everest.
Tater poured the tea into the teapot. "Let's have some more tea!"
"Oooh, I've had too much tea...already," said Twinky the bunny. Twinky, Muffin, Tater and Fran had been sitting at the tea party for quite a long while already.
Muffin wanted some more spicy nori, but it was all gone. She had already eaten four pieces and the crumbs were all over the place. Tater picked up the tiny black pieces of nori, saying, "Muffin and Twinkie, you both have made a big mess here!"
"Tater, you forgot the most important things in the tea, sugar & milk," piped up Muffin. Fran said she thought there was enough of a mess without there being sweet goo everywhere. Tater filled the orange cup for Twinky and force fed her more tea without sugar and milk. The tea dribbled down Twinky's front. Fran laughed.
Tater knew what it was like to be force fed. Her half brother Travis had made dinner and had tried to force feed Tater. Travis had justified his actions by accusing Tater of hardly ever eating anything. He didn't know that earlier Tater had eaten two big pieces of pizza and every free sample offered to Costco shoppers. Tater decided the best course of action would be to change the subject.
"What would you two like to do with the orchids?" asked Tater. Twinkie answered, "We want to give orchids to our new guest, silly."
Muffin didn't know a guest might be coming. She drank some more tea and thought about that. It must be Twinkie's secret, because Twinkie was always thinking of ways to surprise Muffin. "Please, can I have some more tea?" Tater poured Muffin another tiny cupful.
Twinkie said, "Me too." She wanted to hold a cup of tea while she talked, even though she didn't want to be force-fed. "Right now our new guest is at Walmart waiting for Tater to pick her up. She's a very expensive VIP."
The phone rings... "Ding, Ding, Ding, la la la ha..."
Tater answers..."Oh yes, who is this? ...When I'll come and get you in a few days, perhaps a couple of weeks since you can't come today...Bye!"
Muffin and Twinkie asked who called on the cellphone. "It's our new guest," answered Tater.
Tater was smiling.
Muffin prompted Tater, "Does she have a name?"
"Everyone has a name, silly. Hers is Pumpkin."
Then Muffin wanted to know what sort of animal was Pumpkin...
"She's a tabby kitten, " said Tater. "She's orange and white. I don't know what kind of cat she is, but I think she has a pedigree."
"I have a pedigree too," piped up Muffin. Now, Muffin didn't know that Tater thought she was really a white labrador puppy. When Tater revealed her mistake, Muffin felt slightly indignant.
"I'm a Bichon Frize. It's a French pedigree." Muffin fell over and began to talk with a French accent. "It is just you made the mistake because I have lost my accent. That must have been why you could think of me as a ...water dog."
Muffin began to think of her family and big tears dibbled down her front, mixing with the tea she had spilled all over herself. "My ancestors came from a Canary Islands off Spain from an island like Hawaii with volcanoes called Tenerife."
Fran showed Tater where Tenerife was. It was a long way away, farther than New York.
Quite a long time later, Twinkie went out to pick a bunch of flowers in the orchid garden. At the right time, she remembers that it's time to pick up the new guest from the airport. She calls Muffin to come along, gets in her car, (which is a convertible,) and drives over to the Kona airport. They went out to a very special restaurant that the new guest knew about, where they all ate Star soup and purple sweet potatoes.
Then they drove back over to the Orchid house, while their new guest told them more about herself. Afterwards, they all went for a little walk, and this guy came over and gave them a big piece of cardboard they decided to use as a slide. They spent the rest of the day walking up and sliding down a grassy hill together, having a great time!