“Oh my what? Let me see,” said Yo as he rolled in to the Fun Room.
“Wow, what a fun room,” said Yo.
“Hence the name ,” said Larry.
“Vow, that looks like quite a lot of fun,” smirked Jan peeking around the corner.
Sprawled before them lay a large room bounded by several chests of toys. At the center was a large, plush and inviting area rug. The wall at the far end was made up entirely of uniformly spaced book shelves. The uniformity was broken up by the center shelf which framed a large television.
“If Xena is here she may not want to leave,” said Yo.
“You think so?,” asked Larry.
“You think she would leave this room-o-fun to come to back to the Big Box. What do we have to offer,” asked Yo.
“Well, I’m part of the package,” replied a forlorn Larry.
It’s tough to tell when a box is forlorn but his corners were droopy and his cardboard top was a bit damp.
From out of the darkness the gang heard a sleepy voice mumble “Hey, could you newbies find a place to crash so I can get back to sleep.”
“Xena?,” exclaimed Larry.
Shining the bat utility light in the direction of the voice, Larry found himself looking at gleaming black box on a shelf below the big TV.
“Is that you Larry?”
“Yes, it’s me Xena but I don’t recognize you. If it wasn’t for the sweet voice of yours I wouldn’t know who I was talking to.”
“That’s right you’ve never seen me outside of a box.”
“Well, we’re here to rescue you from , um, what is this place?”
“It’s a homeless shelter for families Larry. Families stay here while we help them get back on their feet.”
“Oh. Sounds like a good place.”
“Oh it is.”
“So, you wouldn’t want to come back to the Big Box with me, or us ?”
“Which is it Larry? You, or us?”
“Well, I miss you, so me. They want you back also, so us too.”
“Larry, I’ve missed you and I’ve missed the rest of the gang too but I finally feel that I have a purpose here. The kids need me. I bring joy to them and I think they really need some of that in their lives right now.”
“Oh. Yea that sounds much more important than anything at the Big Box,” said Larry as his drooping corners became more noticeable.“
“Don’t be sad Larry. I have an idea. Why don’t you and the rest of the gang just stay here.”
“Is that possible?”
“Of course Larry. All kinds of things are always getting donated here, clothes , books and obviously toys. No one will be upset if more toys suddenly just show up.”
“Well, I would like to free my inner lego set and bring joy to some kids. This 10,000 piece puzzle box disguise is harshing my mellow,” said Larry as he
looked at Yo and winked.”
“Yea, I see what you did their said Yo.”
“What do think guys,” asked Larry.
“Well, I guess I can put up with tossing my string more often if I can bring some smiles to some kids,” said a smiling Yo.
“Why not my fine chums,” said Batman. ” The Batmobile needs a charge anyway.”
In unison they all nodded their heads and said yes.
Stosh was a little too vigorous in his head shaking but with a click Jan had his head popped back into place.
“Well it settled then,” stated Xena.
“Wait a minute,” said a new voice. “No one asked me.”
“Is that you Robin my fine feathered chum,” asked Batman.
“Holy short term memory loss, of course it is Batman.”
“Well is it ok with you chum?”
“Of course I can’t stay mad at you.”
“Well, I am glad that’s settled,” said Xena. ” Larry, when we get some alone time we should talk. I think we both have some unsaid things to be said.”
“Oh, yes I suppose we do.”
“Where has our coiled friend gone to,” asked Batman.
Yo rolled to the doorway, “He’s stuck to the carpet again. I think he’s going to need all of us with hands this time.”
Larry shrugged his corners and smiled, ”I guess that leaves me out.”
He shuffled over to Xena. “So, lets talk shall we.”
Xena looked down and smiled. “Yes, I would like that.”