Storyteller and Children's Literature Author

Boarding Pass (Finalist 2013)

Robin Densmore Fuson

Boarding Pass

Crystal couldn’t find it. Panic seized her as she dumped out her bag on the seat next to her. Rummaging through everything for the third time, she finally admitted the boarding pass was not there. What am I going to do? Where did I lose it? Did someone steal it?

Okay, calm down. Involuntarily, she heard her mother’s voice, “Retrace your steps.” Tears stung her eyes. Quit thinking about mother! She blinked rapidly and squared her shoulders. Where did I last see it? I had it when I went through security. I remember putting it back in my bag. The train was crowded. I wonder if someone slipped it out of my bag. In the restroom I hung my bag on the back of the door. I don’t remember seeing it when I paid for my coffee. Somewhere between security and here…

Crystal discovered it was missing a few minutes ago, when she heard the flight attendant over the loud speaker say they were starting to board. That is when her frantic search began. She was willing herself not to cry. Little things like this had been getting to her ever since her last visit with her mother. She was handling the big things alright, but the smaller ones would tip the scales. Still rummaging through her bag, she slowly walked toward the counter.

A deep voice at her elbow said, “Are you looking for this?”

Crystal jumped and looked up into an amused expression on an otherwise kind face. Then, her eyes slid down to his hand which held a boarding pass. Frowning, she looked closer and saw it had her name on it.

“How? Why do you have my boarding pass?” Her mind reeled. Did he steal it? Was this a ploy? Is she in danger?

“Don’t worry, I didn’t steal it. When you were darting into the overcrowded train, right before the doors shut, your pass slipped out of your bag on your shoulder. The train took off and the back draft lifted your pass. I was able to retrieve it, but had to wait until the next train. I was relieved you remembered your gate number so I could find you.”

Crystal tentatively reached for the pass. He relinquished it easily. She didn’t know what to say. It was plausible and yet…”Thank you.”

He bowed slightly, “You are welcome. You look a little alarmed. I can assure you, I am perfectly harmless. Crystal, I prayed I would find you before you were in a panic. I see I arrived just in time. Here is my card. God will go with you as you visit your ailing mother.”

Crystal was too stunned to do anything but watch him as he turned around. How did he know about mother? Her eyes went down to the card in her hand.

Jeremiah Gabriel

Warrior   Messenger

On the Lookout for Those in Need

Crystal’s eyes flew to where his retreating form should have been, but he was gone. She felt strangely comforted as she boarded her flight to see her mother one last time.



The Skinny Cat

The Skinny Cat

          The bruises on my neck are obvious. Her reflection in the mirror showed bright eyes and her fingers caressing the raised marks. If I tie this scarf around my neck, just so… there, that’s better. Now, get that frightened look out of your eyes. Calm down.
          The tea kettle interrupted her internal monologue. She fixed some tea and snuggled under the blanket on the sofa. Rosalyn replayed the events of yesterday as she drank the steaming brew.
          His eyes were menacing! I wish I’d never gone there. Me and my curiosity. Momma said it’d get me into trouble and this time it did. I nearly got killed! If it hadn’t been for the cat… If only I’d stayed on the lane. It’s been years since I’ve taken the shortcut through Delany’s.
          The morning had been beautiful, with a blue cloudless sky, trees moving slightly through the breeze, and the soft grass under my feet. He didn’t hear my approach. The barn door stood ajar. His back was to me as I slipped in. My eyes adjusted to the darkness just as I saw him… or did I hear him first? It must have been at the same time. The shovel thumped the ground as he patted it smooth. He leaned the shovel against the wall and stepped back to view his handiwork. I should’ve left the moment I saw him but having a curious nature, I stepped closer. That’s when he heard me. He spun around, leapt at me, and grabbed me. It happened fast and before I knew it, he had his hands around my throat, choking off my voice and breath.
           “What are you doing here?” He sneered.
            His breath almost made me swoon.
           “You’ll not get my treasure nor a chance to tell anyone about it either.” He squeezed tighter. Everything started to go black.
           At that moment, the cat jumped on his back. He dropped his hold with a yelp. My skirt tangled up and almost tripped me as I ran faster than I ever had before. I didn’t glance back.
          When I got home, I locked myself in and moved the chest in front of the door. I checked the windows and crawled into the back of my closet. I dozed off. The knocking on the door woke me. After recognizing the sheriff’s voice, I moved the chest and opened the door.
          “Yes Ma’am, we caught him. We’d been tracking him, saw you running, and grabbed him as he flew out the barn coiled tight as a rattlesnake ready to strike. He robbed the train a week ago and a reward was set for his apprehension. You’ll be notified when you can retrieve it.”
          “Why would I get the reward?”
          “Seems to me, you witnessed where he buried the money and led us to his whereabouts. I’ll write up the report from your testimony. There will be some papers to sign but other than that you won’t have to do a thing, not even testify. Don’t worry your pretty little head about anything. Well, that about covers it.  I’ll let myself out now and you won’t need to use the chest against the door,” he said with a wink and a smile.
          Rosalyn caressed the cat as it purred on her lap. The sheriff brought the skinny cat when he put two and two together. She smiled at the memory, picturing his face. He has a very nice smile.

Mishap on I 70 (Finalist 2014)

Mishap on I-70
            The cruise control on the car was set. Cora sat behind the wheel enjoying the early morning drive on I-70.  The weather was perfect. In about four more hours she would be hugging her grandchildren. She didn’t mind driving and felt confident to take the trip alone. The sun had eased slightly to her right, making it less blinding.

The first pain was so slight she hardly noticed. Cora shifted in her seat. That felt strange. I hope I’m not getting a headache. She arched her back in a stretch and swiveled her neck.

A few miles later, Cora became dizzy and decided to slow down a little. She’d just touched the brake, disengaging the cruise control, when the tunnel of vision started. She reacted instinctively, turning the wheel slightly to the right. All went black as her right front tire grabbed the shoulder, taking her off the road and into unconsciousness.

The car kept going with its own momentum, crashing through the fence. It traveled over bumpy terrain, slowing until it came to a rolling stop.

Cora woke to her husband’s voice. Charles sat next to the hospital bed she occupied.  “Cora honey, you’ve been in an accident and you’ve had a slight stroke but all signs indicate you’ll recover completely.”

“How long have I been here?”

“A little over a day. What do you remember?”

“I recall driving.” Cora frowned as she tried to process. “I’m not sure. I remember feeling a twinge in my head and stepping on the brake.  Did I pass out? What happened to the car? Did I hit anyone?”

“Take it easy dear,” Charles said as he patted her hand. “No one has been hurt. The car left I-70, crashed through a fence, over a field, weaved through the buildings, crossed a road, and landed at the entrance of the hospital. The only damage is the fence and the bumper of our car. That was some driving—but you say you lost consciousness while you were still on the highway?”

Cora frowned and nodded, taking it all in.

“Well all I can say is, ‘Thank you, Jesus, for sending a competent angel with impressive driving skills.’ Or do you possess a special talent I don’t know about for doing things while you are unconscious?”

Charles chuckled, leaned over, and gave her a kiss on her brow. He whispered thanks to the Lord again for preserving his beautiful bride of fifty-five years.

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Ringtone the Superhero

Ringtone our Superhero is back in an exciting adventure. Remember, he has a super power called Super Atomic Ultra Radio Frequency Hearing or S. A. U. R. F. H. He uses this power to discern the word help though the audio clutter on the phone waves or sometimes just through the air.

One day, he was doing a mundane but necessary job of washing and cleaning out his car. He leads a normal life when he's not helping and risking his life to save people. It was a nice bright sunny day. He had just finished vacuuming and wiping down the interior. A bucket of soapy water and garden hose were all ready for the outside of his cherry red sports car.

All of a sudden, he heard HELP!  With lightning speed he dropped the sponge, turned off the hose, changed into his suit, and arrived at the place where the cry came from. He found himself on the top of a cliff. He took one step to the edge and looked down. About fifteen feet down he saw a boy barely hanging on to a branch with one hand while his other arm was wrapped around a dog. Carefully but very quickly, Ringtone climbed down to the boy.

“Hi little fellow, let me help you up,” said Ringtone as he wrapped his strong arm around the young boy.

There were tears on the boy’s face and his eyes were wide as he took in the superhero’s presence. He said, “Don’t let Butch fall. He’s scared.”

“I’ll get you both up. Wrap your arm around my neck.” With that said, he started up to the top. He went much slower this time, knowing they would be safe. He climbed up and got them settled on a log far from the edge.

“What is your name?” asked Ringtone.


“Emery, my name is Ringtone.  How old are you?”

“Six and a half”

“Let me check your legs and arms to see if you are hurt. Do you feel any pain anywhere?”

“My hand hurts a little.”

“Let me see. Oh, you have a scratch. I have some medicine and a bandage.” Ringtone brought those out of a compartment in his emergency belt.

How did you get stuck on the side of the cliff?” asked Ringtone.

“Butch and I followed a rabbit and we fell.”

“You’re a strong boy and held on very well even though your hand was scratched. You seem fine everywhere else. You will have to explain how you ripped your jeans though. Where are your parents?”

“I don’t know. We’re here camping. Dad and I set up the tent then I went looking around.”

“Did you follow the rabbit far?”

Emery shrugged and said, “Can you bring me to my mom and dad?”

“Sure, I will. Right now, I’m listening for your parents to call for you.”

“I don’t hear them.” said Emery with a worried look.

“Don’t worry. They will and I’ll hear them. As soon as I do, I’ll take you to them. Do you want some chocolate? I happen to have some right here.” Ringtone gave Emery a chocolate bar he pulled out of another compartment in his belt.

Emery thought Ringtone’s belt was cool. He wondered what else was in it. Emery excitedly took a bite of the bar. He loved chocolate. His family was going to make s’mores later that night. He knew they had chocolate and marshmallows in them and they made them over the fire, but couldn’t remember what else was in them.

He was about to ask Ringtone about it when he heard him say, “I hear someone calling your name. It’s far away. We better get going.”

“I don’t hear nuttin.” mumbled Emery around the chocolate in his mouth.

“I can. Do you think you are strong enough to walk?”

Emery nodded and stood up. Butch barked and playfully jumped at him. Emery reached down and gave his dog a hug. Then he followed Ringtone. The three walked for about a half hour when Emery said, “Can we rest? I’m tired.”
“Ringtone said, “Sure. Sit here on this rock.” He handed Emery a flat jug of water.

Emery was more curious as to how so much stuff could fit into that belt. It didn’t look like it could hold so much. He was looking at it and imagining what else could be in there when Ringtone said, “Let me put that canteen back, and I’ll carry you for a while. We want to find your parents before they get too worried. They have been looking for you this whole time. They are heading in the right direction, but I think we need to get to them soon. It will be dark in about an hour.”

Ringtone swung Emery up onto his shoulders and started jogging which then turned into a rapid run. Emery had never gone that fast, except in a car. Butch was getting left in the dust.

“Butch, wait for Butch!”

Ringtone stopped and waited for Butch. He picked the dog up and carried him too. Now they were going faster. They dodged around trees and hopped over fallen logs and branches. They skirted holes and rocks. Emery was having a great time. Giggles and squeals abounded out of his mouth.

Ringtone didn’t slow, but took a quick look at his passengers. Ringtone smiled at the glee on Emery’s face. Butch seemed to enjoy it too. His tongue was hanging out and he looked like he was smiling.

Soon, Ringtone stopped and put them both down. “Listen, you should be able to hear them now.”

“I do! Mom! Dad! We’re here!”

Ringtone knelt down next to Emery. “Emery, I need to go now. Your parents will be here in a second. They are very close. Just stand right here, and they will see you. Enjoy your s’mores tonight and don’t wander away anymore.”

Emery saw a streak and he was gone. Amazed, he turned to the sound of his parents coming. Immediately, he was engulfed in a huge hug followed by more arms around him. Emery and his parents were laughing and crying at the same time. Soon they fell into a heap, rolling and laughing on the ground.

Emery’s dad said, “Emery where have you been? We have been looking all over for you.”

Emery told of his adventure. His parents didn’t believe him about the part of a “superhero”, but they were relieved someone had helped him. They couldn’t discount the fact of the bandage nor the chocolate on his face. They gave him a talking to about staying close where they could see him.

Emery remembered his rescuer the rest of his life. He looked for him anytime he saw someone in trouble. From time to time he thought Ringtone came back and checked on him.

As for Ringtone, he didn’t leave Emery that day; he circled back and watched his parents love on him. He smiled and a contented sigh escaped his lips. He loved that part of his job. He checked on Emery every once in a while as he did many of the people he had saved over the years. He showed up to some of the important events in his life. Ringtone watched him mature into a fine young man.  Emery was one of his favorites.


Aegeus and the Special Collar

Do you remember reading the story of Pegacorn and Black Cat? If not, click here. Our last story had Black Cat attacked by an eagle. This story is about Aegeus and his collar. It’s the collar Black Cat hangs on to when he is on Aegeus’ back as they fly through the air.

Aegeus wears his collar with pride.  He got his special collar years ago from a special person. At that time, Aegeus was young and living with his family. He has a younger brother and sister and a mother and father. Aegeus is special because he is the only pegacorn in his family. His family is all unicorns. He is the only one with wings. His wings were a shock to his family because a pegacorn is rare. He felt self-conscious with them until something happened to make him proud to have them.
His father, Cole, is a strong unicorn. He is horse and companion to a White Knight named Randall, whose name means "shield." Sir Randall was a knight in the Royal Guard for the kingdom of Falkner. Randall was a hero and champion. He won many battles and killed a dragon or two by that time. He got to this honor of knighthood because he was strong and brave, and also his unicorn was fearless and surefooted. They worked together as one.

Cole is proud of his son Aegeus because he is a pegacorn and rare. Cole spent many hours training Aegeus, but he could not train him in flight. There was no other pegacorn around to help him learn to fly with confidence and speed. Cole could only teach him the fine art of carrying a rider with dignity and grace. He taught him what a horse needs to do if ever he was in battle. Also, he taught him how to handle himself in the court of the kingdom.
One day, Cole road swiftly home to let his family know he would be gone for a while. A terrible thing had happened. The Princess Adela, pronounced Ah-DELL-Ah and meaning Noble, had been abducted or taken. She had been in the forest near the castle when a band of men rode in fast and captured her.

Cole said to Aegeus, “Son, I wish you were ready. We could use you on this rescue.”

Aegeus lowered his head, saddened that he was letting his father and the king down. He vowed to himself he would not stop until he was an accomplished flyer. He hated it that he was not ready to fly into action.

As soon as his father left, Aegeus flapped his wings as hard as he could and took off in the air. He worked on his turns, swooping, landing, and takeoffs. For three days he worked and only stopped to eat and sleep for a few hours. He was something to watch! His timing was getting perfect, and he looked smooth in flight.

When the band of bad men got to the cave, they let the princess rest and eat. The terrible man Kimball, pronounced KIM-Bull and meaning "war leader," said to Princess Adela, “Well my lady, you have a choice. Marry me, or I will unleash my dragon on you and your precious kingdom.”
Adela stiffened and said, “No! I will never marry you! Kill me if you must!”

“Not afraid? Maybe a little hunger will make you change your mind. Better yet, the feel of my dragon’s breath on your neck will have you begging for marriage,” sneered Kimball. Kimball only wanted to frighten her into compliance. She was no good to him dead.

Adela knew the only reason he wanted to marry her was to take over the kingdom. Her father knew this and had forbidden the marriage. Anyway, she had given her heart away to the young Prince of Newell long ago. With his image burned in her mind and heart, she knew could only marry her secret, yet true love. She knew he would come for her hand soon, as they were now old enough for marriage. Adela would never marry out of duty.
Meanwhile, Cole and the White Knight Randall, along with the Royal Guard, had tracked the band of men who had the princess. They had surrounded the camp and were waiting for the signal from Randall to attack. Randall was watching and waiting for the perfect time for the surprise attack. The timing seemed right, so the Royal Guard attacked from all sides. It was soon a terrible battle. The Royal Guard was not as large as the band of men. The Royal Guard was fighting out of duty to the king and love for their princess.

Adela, tied to a tree, helplessly watched it all unfold. She was watching the fierce fight close to her and didn’t notice Kimball escape to the back of the cave. There, he loosed his ferocious dragon.

The dragon came out and started grabbing men by his huge jaws and throwing them into the air. Some landed in trees, and some crumpled on the ground. Some he used like a bowling ball, knocking other warriors down. The dragon was hurting as many as he could and he didn’t care whose side they were on. It was so horrible, Adela could not watch.
All of a sudden there was a commotion. She opened her eyes to see Aegeus flying around the dragon distracting him. The dragon lunged at Aegeus but he pivoted out of the way and swooped at the dragon, landing a blow to its head. Randall and his men increased the fight. Aegeus swooped and soared here and there. The dragon could not get a hold of him. Aegeus kept the dragon busy as Randall, on Cole’s back, raced up and threw his javelin into the dragon’s chest, killing him. The dragon fell and landed on Kimball and five of his men.

A great cheer rose up from Randall’s men. Randall jumped off Cole and raced to untie the princess Adela. Adela asked him, “Who is that wonderful pegacorn?”
Randall proudly said, “He is my unicorn Cole’s son, Aegeus.”

Aegeus landed beside his father. Cole turned and nuzzled him. “I am so proud of you, my flying son!”

A few days later, the king had a great ceremony where Princess Adela gave Aegeus his reward for saving her and the kingdom. Aegeus bowed to her as she placed a handsome collar over his head then buckled it into place.
As he stood, the people cheered. With a mighty flap of his wings, he rose to fly above the crowd proudly displaying the special collar Princess Adela gave him. He has never to this day taken it off and never will.