Rainbow Brite and the
By Pine Grunewalt
One day Rainbow Brite was traveling from Rainbow Land's Blue Zone to
its Red Region. She decided to take a shortcut. Instead of
crossing Peacock Creek by Sparkle Bridge, she skipped over a nearby
log that had fallen across the water.
"Oh, clumsy me, I'm falling into the creek!" Rainbow Brite
exclaimed, as she slipped on some moss and fell kerplunk! into the
In a moment she splashed her way to the bank and climbed out of the
creek. Rainbow Brite was soaking wet, so she took off her boots and
poured out what seemed like buckets of water. She wrung out her
hair ribbon and put it on the grass. She took off her magic power
belt, the belt that made her Star Sprinkles work, and hung it over a
It would take a while for everything to dry, so Rainbow decided to
pink some flowers in a field nearby.
Along came Lurky, Murky Dismal's bumbling assistant. Splat! Lurky
walked straight into Rainbow's belt.
"Ouch!" he cried. "What's this? It looks like a belt."
tried to fit Rainbow Brite's magic power belt around his waist. It
was much too small.
"No, it's not a belt," he said. "Oh, it must be a necktie." He
tied the belt around his neck. It was still too small.
"Then it must be a headband!" he exclaimed fastening it around his
head. It fit perfectly. Lurky ran to The Pits to find Murky Dismal.
"Look, boss," he said. "Take a look at my nifty headband."
"What?" gasped Murky Dismal, his eyes bulging out. "That's not a
headband, you fool. That's Rainbow Brite's magic power belt. Give
it to me!" He snatched it off Lurky's head and went inside the
"Don't you know that with this belt I can rule Rainbow Land? Now
I'll color everything gray!" Murky crowed. He put on the belt. he
pressed the magic buckle and shouted, "Everything in Rainbow Land
turn gray!" Suddenly he felt the belt squeezing him. It pressed
tighter and tighter.
"Gosh, boss, you sure are getting thin!" cried Lurky.
The belt loosened. Murky Dismal groaned. "I must have done that
wrong," he said. "I'll do it again!"
Pressing the buckle, he cried, "Didn't you hear me? Everything in
Rainbow Land MUST turn gray!"
Suddenly the belt started spinning Murky around until he was a
boss, where'd you learn that fancy dance?" asked Lurky.
not dancing, you idiot!" came a muffled cry.
Finally Murky toppled over in a heap. "This belt is crazy," he
moaned, struggling to his feet.
"Maybe it'll work better outside, boss," Lurky said. So Murky and
Lurky went outside.
time it had better work," Murky said. He punched the buckle. "Turn
gray, I say!"
Murky Dismal didn't know was that the belt worked only for Rainbow
Brite. In the twinkling of an eye, the belt lifted Murky and sailed
him up high into the branches of a dead tree above The Pits.
"Be gone, you cursed belt!" Murky cried, flinging the belt away. It
sailed over Orange Meadows and Violet Valley, past Indigo Acres,
Green Grange, and Yellow Plains, to Peacock Creek between the Red
Region and Blue Zone. It happened to fall over the very branch
where Rainbow Brite had left it.
Rainbow Brite was just returning with a bouquet of beautiful
flowers. "I quess everything is dry now," she said as she tied her
hair ribbon. The she pulled on her boots. As she fastened her
belt, she said, "Now I'll go and color the world and bring joy and
happiness to everyone."
At The Pits, Murky Dismal was still up in the tree. "Gosh, I didn't
know you were an acrobat, too, boss," Lurky said.
quiet and get me down!" Murky replied.
"OK, boss, here I come," said Lurky.
no, not that way," shouted Murky Dismal.
was too late. As Lurky climbed the tree, it swayed back and forth.
Murky fell -- right on top of Lurky!
got you down, boss," said Lurky with a big smile. Murky Dismal only