Milo and Tock were walking through the marketplace. When a large cat walked up to them. Tock growled, but the cat said,
"Please stop that, would you? I was going to ask you if you wanted a catalog."
Tock stopped. Milo asked,
"Yes, a catalog. Let me introduce myself, I am the Catalog. I make catalogs, so you know what you are buying."
At this, the cat pulled a catalog from a bag that was slung around his shoulder. He gave it to Milo who took it and saw that it advertised things being sold in the marketplace, on the front cover there was a picture of a stand that sold gourmet words.
"I gave these out before the word market was set up, because some people may not know what they want and when they take the time to come here, and the word they want isn't here they wasted valuable time. So, I made my catalogs so people know when to come, and when not to come." At this, the cat beamed proudly.
Milo thumbed through the pages.
"Thank you for the catalog.”
"You are welcome! Goodbye now!” The cat turned and walked into the crowd.
Milo and Tock were in the city of Dictionopolis walking around after the banquet and the noticed a sign saying, Get Your Art. It was surrounded by pictures of art. but it wasn't the regular art like paintings, it was glorious statues made of recycled cans, pop out things, parts of buildings and much more! They went inside and they met a very short man with a big nose and a mustache holding a paintbrush and a plate full of paint.
"Hello!" he said very loud and friendly, "I am Aaron the Artist. the Greatest arist of all time! And who might you be?" He said really fast.
"I am Milo, this is Tock, and this is the Humbug." Milo said gesturing to Tock and the Humbug.
"It is nice to meet you." Replied Aaron.
Then he went down a staircase in the back of the shop and was not there for a minute or two. Then finally he came back up after they were almost leaving.
When Milo, Tock, and the Humbug entered the Forest of Sight, they were shocked at how pretty it was. The Humbug reached out to touch one of the glittering leaves on the shiniest tree, but it moved!
"Hey! Watch out mister, I'm trying to take a nap," the creature snapped. It turned out to be a small little bug-like thing, not much bigger than Milo's pinky finger.
Suddenly, the whole forest seemed to move as hundreds of other bugs woke up. They were all the same shade of dartmouth green, and they blended in with the leaves perfectly. Only their small beady eyes were visible to the eye.
Milo, Tock, and the Humbug stepped back. They were frightened by these small little creatures, and more afraid of what they would do.
The Humbug cried out, "Please excuse me sir, but who are you?"
In unison, the bugs yelled at the top of their lungs,"We are the Crude Caterpillars."
Milo cringed at the loud sound and replied, " Well then, what do you do all day in this forest? I hope you are not like the Lethargarians. They do nothing at all"
One Caterpillar hopped off the leaf and onto Milo's arm. He sneered and said,"Of course not. Those Lethargarians are the most boring creatures to ever walk the Earth! Who would want to be like them?"
Milo now understood why they were called the Crude Caterpillars. He had never heard someone so rude!
"I'm very sorry to disturb your nap," Milo explained, "But we are trying to save Rhyme and Reason! Do you think you could help us? It would be so kind and helpful!"
Another Caterpillar looked up and snarled, "Of course not! Rhyme and Reason are not good. They never helped anyone with anything at any time! Go find someone else to bother."
Milo asked, "Why are you so rude?"
The first Caterpillar replied, "No one has any respect anymore. We are here too make sure that everyone keeps the forest clean. But it never happens!"
Credit for the image goes to https://www.pixtastock.com/illustration/13425453
Hello! My name is Natalie Miss Nice! I am officer shrift's sister. We always grew up together in our house but whenever something bad happened I would always be the one to solve it and make everyone feel better! But my brother on the other hand would always see the downs on things and make everyone feel sad and mad and very depressed. But my "superpower" is to make everyone fell better by showing the good in things. But you would not believe this story when Natalie met today with this nice man named Milo and his cute little dog named Tock so it went like this.....
I was walking down the streets of Dictionopolis usually hearing my brother yelling Guilty! Guilty! When I saw him yelling at this poor young man with this beautiful dog with a clock on his tummy after the yelling my brother was trying to find the keys in his pocket but it was gone so he was having a fit trying to find it while I was talking to this nice young man...
"Hello I said, How are you?"
"Well I think I'm being sentenced forever so not so swell"!
"Well what's your name because my name is Natalie miss Nice and I'm the sister of officer Shrift and I always make things feel better!"
"Well oh great! Well my name is Milo and this is tock!" But I can't talk any longer mam I am in a pickle right now and everything is just stupid that Cart! that Shoe! and that W on the ground!" Said Milo.
"Well why so? asked Natalie.
"I am about to go to prison for 6 million years!" Screamed Milo.
"Well here's a little tip for you Mr grumpy pants while your down there and the lesson is to try to always see the good in things because of you don't you'll miss the beauty in the world that's what I always do see.
And as Natalie Miss Nice put her hand on Milo's shoulder and turned tock's head around gently they both was in great awe as they saw the sun setting and the butterflies flying around and the sweet beautiful air breeze and all of the people helping others to get up and helping other to fix the carts! All he saw ws the beauty in things while everyone was staring into the sunset seeing the great sight.
"Tick! Tick! Tick! COOL!" Said Tock.
"Isn't it quite beautiful! Natalie said.
"It quite is!" said Milo.
As officer shrift finally got his keys out jumping up and down he got it out clicking the cuffs on Milo's and Tocks hands and took them away and as he took them away Miss Natalie saw them both skipping and smiling see the great beauty in the world and trying not to miss it! Natalie Miss Nice went on her day always with her beautiful smile on her face.
"Hi I am the Tick Tock dog and I am Tock's triplet. Tock has never known about me so my parents named me Tick Tock so they will get the name right no matter what,and then that's when the noticed I made a bong noise an may parents gave up trying to have the right name for me." Then I heard a bark and it was Tock and when he saw me he was devastated to hear the story and now I am on the mission to save Rhyme and Reason. I have been on this mission for all my life so I can get them back. I told them all the dangers up ahead and the one thing that was really special about me is that I can freeze anything that comes in my way,but one day my powers were taken by the demons that guard the gate and no one can get through. Then I found where the power is hidden and it is hidden in the demons cave where the most deadly monsters lurk and creep. Now the I am determined to take back what is rightfully mine and get the sisters back. So now Milo and Tock have to figure out witch mission to go on and the decided to do both get the powers and save the sisters.
Hello Their, I am King Zaza and I am totally the opposite of King Azaz. I like math and he oh King Azaz I can't even talk about him, he likes....... WORDS!!!
When I was walking down the streets I saw this little boy and his dog with an over sized clock on his side. When the dog saw us his alarm went off! I screamed and ran into my castle. When the alarm stopped I came out and saw them just standing there with a weird look on there face.
"Don't just stand there silly's. Welcome to Digitopolis" Yelled joyfully King Zaza
"We actually made it screamed Milo, we are here!
Where did you fellows come from?' Asked King Zaza.
"We came all the way from Dictionopolis!
Well you guys made the right choice of leaving Dictionopolis and coming to my welcoming kingdom!"Shouted King Zaza.
"Well Tock and me Milo just came to free Rhyme and Reason.
Milo thought to himself we didn't come forever we just came because we need the Kings to free Rhyme and reason. Milo didn't know what King Zaza was talking about when he said it was the right choice to come here forever.
King Zaza interrupted Milo's thinking, "You are staying here forever right?
Ummmmm not forever I mean we just came here to get you to agree that Rhyme and Reason could be freed.
Oh well I don't agree to free them unless theirs a catch!"
Milo thought for a long log time he thought about what the catch might be and what he might have to do and also how long he might have to stay and also which side to be on.
While Milo thought King Zaza also thought he was going to tell Milo a life lesson and see if it changes Milo's perspective that numbers are better than words.
Milo interrupted King Zaza again "You like words just like King Azaz and I like numbers right.
Well numbers are better than words because there are unlimited numbers you can never ever run out of numbers but you can run out of words."
Milo was thinking in his head, well I guess that is true and I want to know more about numbers than words but we use words I think more than numbers.
"So a life lesson everyone should know is that numbers are better value than words and if you agree that numbers are better than words I will give all the numbers you want for free and........ and I will agree to free Rhyme and Reason.
That is the new life lesson.
Milo and Tock wondered around the city of Reality with Alec Bings, and were sad hearing him tell the story of how the city disappeared because people found out that if they ignored the sight and looked down at the ground, that they would get to the place they needed to be faster. They looked around and saw all the people doing so. As they looked around, they saw someone unlike the rest sitting quietly in mid air (which must be one of the buildings) looking just as sad as they were. Tock was the first to walk over to him.
"Who are you?" He asked.
"Me? Oh, I am just... the old giver. I'm Gavin the Giver," he replied sadly.
Right then, Milo, Alec, and the Humbug trotted over to see what was going on.
"This city used to be so beautiful," he said, "I was one of the most famous people in the town. People would come by, and ask for something, anything, and I would have it ready for them. They called me the Giver, Gavin the Giver. Because I am here in the Forest of Sight, I can see every person's thought just by looking at their face. It makes me happy after seeing the delightful ones after I give someone something."
Milo looked back at all the people and found it hard to believe that they did that at one time. Then he asked Gavin, "What did they do for you in return?"
"Well," started Gavin, "Nothing. Nothing at all. But I didn't expect anything. I just like to help for, you must never do something for someone else just for something in return, you should do it because it's the right thing to do. My, my, you don't know how many times I woke up in the morning not in the mood for it, but I would do it anyway."
Milo thought about that. He looked at Tock, who was nodding in agreement. Then he looked at the Humbug.
"Well everybody knows that," he remarked.
Ignoring the Humbug's comment, Gavin looked at Milo, then at the others. By looking at Milo's face, he knew that he had gotten the message.
"Well you better be off on your journey. It seems frightening to me."
And with that, he gave Alec a wink, and said goodbye to them all.