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The Mixed-Up Solution

One bright and happy day in Rainbow Land, the violet sprites were picnicking on the hillside. They were unaware that they were being watched by the two villains of Rainbow Land - Murky Dismal and Lurky.

Suddenly, Lurky jumped out from behind the bushes and, with his big sprite net, gathered up the sprites. Then he and his boss, Murky Dismal, hauled them off to their cave in The Pits.

It was hours before Rainbow Brite and Starlite were able to rescue the poor violet sprites and bring them home again.

"Oh no!" cried Rainbow Brite when she got a good look at the sprites. "They are so pale and weak."

Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids did their very best to take good care of the faded little sprites. But every day, they just grew weaker.

"I don't understand it," said Rainbow Brite. "No matter what we do, the sprites just seem to be getting worse and worse...and Shy Violet doesn't even seem to care. She just stays in the library with her nose in a book night and day."

"If anyone should care about the violet sprites, it should be Shy Violet," said Buddy Blue. "But she's no help at all."

"There's only one thing to do," said Rainbow Brite. "I'll go to Shy Violet myself and insist that she come up with an answer to this problem. She's never let us down before, and if something isn't done soon, there will be no more violet sprites and no more violet colors in the world."

Just then Shy Violet came skipping down the path toward the unhappy little group. "Gosh," she said, "why does everyone look so sad?"

"We're worried about the violet sprites," Rainbow Brite told her. "They haven't got much time. We have to do something fast!"

"Well..." said Shy Violet with a shy smile, "I may just have the answer we need. I've been working night and day on a color theory of mine, and I've finally come up with something."

"Let's hear it!" cried the Color Kids.

"All we have to do," Shy Violet said, "is to get the violet back into the sprites' cheeks. If we can find a way to make them violet again, their strength will return and they'll feel better in no time."

"We know that," said Rainbow Brite. "But how can we possibly make them violet when there haven't been any violet Star Sprinkles for days now?"

"That's where my theory comes into play," Shy Violet smiled. Then she pulled out a chart with a color wheel on it and started explaining the theory.

"If we combine red Star Sprinkles with blue Star Sprinkles," Shy Violet concluded, "we'll get violet Star Sprinkles! Then we can use them to bring the poor little sprites back to their normal color, and get them on the road to recovery."

"Hooray!" everyone shouted. "What a wonderful idea!" And off they went to gather the Sprinkles.

"Now let's mix them up together...and get Rainbow Brite to touch them...and then we'll have it!"

When the violet color was finished, each pale little sprite got a dab of color. Soon they were looking and feeling like new again, and everyone in Rainbow Land was happy.

I.Q. sprite hugged Shy Violet to show her just how much he appreciated her wonderful idea.

"Shy Violet has saved the day once again," said Rainbow Brite. "We should have known all along that she couldn't have forgotten her little sprites. Sometimes it just pays to use your head...right everyone?"

Everyone cheered and thanked Shy Violet for her mixed-up solution.


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