MAGIC KINGDOM MYSTERY PART 1
"Are you ready for a great day in the Magic Kingdom?" Mom asked as the twins chewed big syrupy bites.
"Of course," Landon answered.
"When will Gus be here?" Callie asked.
Gus was like a grandpa to Callie and Landon Parks. He watched over the two of them as they had their daily Disney adventures while Mom was working.
"HE'S HERE!" Callie and Landon clipped on their Magic Bands and hugged Mom goodbye.
"Landon, what happened to your hair? Did you cut it yourself?" Mom asked after she kissed his head.
"Ummm. It's probably just messed up from my pillow, " Landon mumbled. "Bye, Mom!"
"I'll meet you later," Mom promised. "Have fun!"
The twins chatted happily with Gus as they made the short drive to Magic Kingdom together. Gus parked in their special spot close to the Monorail entrance.
"Did you ever get to drive the monorail, Gus?" Callie wondered. Gus used to be a cast member in the Magic Kingdom.
Gus laughed. He was always laughing and smiling. When he did, his eyes crinkled up like Pinocchio's father. That's one of the reasons the kids loved him! "No," Gus said. "I used to work in the....oops!" Gus stopped. He bent over and picked something up, then tapped a man in front of them on the shoulder.
"Excuse me, sir," Gus said. "I think you dropped this." Gus held out his hand. Landon's eyes got as big as the EPCOT ball. A fifty dollar bill!
"Gus, that was really nice," Landon whispered. "Lots of people would've just kept the money."
Gus smiled at Landon, "I learned long ago that honesty is always the best policy."
"What do you mean?" Callie asked.
"I mean, telling the truth is always the best thing to do. If you don't, you just make life more difficult for yourself - like carrying around a heavy load. If I hadn't been honest about that money, it would have weighed on my conscience. That's a load that I don't want," Gus said.
Landon started fidgeting, running his fingers through his hair.
The Parks twins and Gus had a wonderful morning in the Magic Kingdom. They rode the Seven Dwarves Mine Train first. Then they moved on to Peter Pan's Flight and it's a small world.
When they stopped at Gaston's for a cinnamon roll, they noticed a girl looking shyly at them.
"Hi! What's your name?" Callie asked her. Callie was never shy.
"Hi," the girl said softly. "I'm Vera."
Together the children talked, laughed, and exchanged pins from their lanyards, when all of a sudden they heard yelling nearby! Vera quickly reached under the table for her backpack - it had Remy on it from Ratatouille. Callie thought she looked frightened. Vera waved goodbye to the twins as her parents shuffled her away.
"Come on, kids," Gus said. "Let's see who can keep their arms up longest on Space Mountain!"
Callie giggled, "How will we know who wins? It's completely dark in there!"
Later the group ordered hot dogs at The Lunching Pad in Tomorrowland.
"Look! It's Vera!" Landon said.
The twins started over to Vera's table, but on the way...they froze. "What happened to my bun?!"
"Someone stole my chips!" "I know I put my cookie here - now it's gone!" Callie and Landon looked at each other. It was just like at Gaston's! What was going on today? "Hey! Someone stole my cinnamon roll!" "Where did all my popcorn go?!"
"Who spilled my juice?!"