Radu of Romania
Long ago, a man named Viktor Kovac lived in Romania. Viktor had a little garden behind his house. There he grew big turnips and even bigger beets. His wife Velma sold their vegetables in the village. The Kovacs led a simple life. But that was about to change.
After the turnip harvest, Mr. Kovac was so tired.
“Velma, let me sleep until summer.”
“No Viktor, we are going on a picnic.”
“A picnic? Where?”
“We are going to Cosmin Forest.”
Viktor heard scary stories about Cosmin Forest. Monsters lived there.
“People go in and are not coming out,” he whispered.
“Such nonsense!” laughed Mrs. Kovac.
After a long hike, the couple came to a meadow. Mr. Kovac spread out a blanket. Mrs. Kovac unpacked delicious food. Eggplants, cabbage rolls and chicken fritters.
“I make gogosi for dessert,” she smiled.
Mr. Kovac ate a turnip sandwich with relish. All at once, they heard crying.
“W-h-a-t was that?” said Mr. Kovac.
“It comes from the Forest,” said Mrs. Kovac. “Let us go see.”
“N-o-o! You go!” said Mr. Kovac.
Mrs. Kovac dragged her husband into Cosmin Forest. The crying got louder.
“It sounds like a baby,” said Mrs. Kovac.
“Or a m-m-monster!” added Mr. Kovac.
Soon the couple came to a bushy bush. The crying was even louder.
“Velma, look behind that bush,” whispered Mr. Kovac.
“No Viktor, you look!”
They both looked. And what do you think they found? There in a basket lay a beautiful baby. The baby looked up at the Kovacs. A smile spread across his little round face.
“Who leaves a baby in Cosmin Forest?” said Mrs. Kovac.
The Kovacs carried the baby home. They took him to the village. No one knew about a baby. The Kovacs decided to raise him themselves.
“Such a happy dumpling,” said Mrs. Kovac.
“We will name him Radu,” said Mr. Kovac.
The next day, nosy Mrs. Gall came calling. The Kovacs showed her their new baby. Radu’s thick black hair surprised Mrs. Gall. His dark eyes scared her. She left in a hurry.
Mrs. Gall told Postman Prattle.
“Radu’s eyes are black like night. His hair thick like fur.”
Postman Prattle told Mr. Blabber. “The Kovacs found a furry baby in Cosmin Forest.” Mr. Blabber’s eyes got big.
Mr. Blabber told Miss Tattle. “The Kovacs captured a forest creature.”
Miss Tattle told more people. The story spread all over the village. “A monster is hiding at the Kovacs'!”
The stories about Cosmin Forest were true. People were afraid. That night, villagers took up torches. They marched past Inspector Jabber’s office.
“What is going on?” he demanded.
“A hideous beast has captured the Kovacs!”
“I will investigate! Follow me!” shouted the Inspector.
The road was filled with angry villagers. Soon they arrived at the Kovac’s house.
“Come out monster!” they shouted.
Mrs. Kovac peeked out a window.
“Oh my! The entire village is in our yard!”
“And they are not happy,” said Mr. Kovac
“Viktor, go see what they want!”
“No Velma, you go!”
The Kovacs both walked outside.
“A monster is hiding here!” said Inspector Jabber. “I must search inside!”
The Kovacs looked at the Inspector. They looked at each other.
“Come, I show you something,” said Mrs. Kovac. Everyone followed her into the house.
Mrs. Kovac tiptoed to the bedroom. Ever so gently, she opened the door.
Inspector Jabber peeked inside. In the corner sat a little wicker crib. And inside the crib lay a sleeping baby. It was no terrible monster at all. It was Radu, the Kovac’s beautiful forest baby.
Saturday April 30 I climbed out of my slumber pod this morning and my trusty companion Moon Doggie was waiting for me and I said Captain Cosmos Is Hungry and then we teleported down to the Galaxy Star Base eating area and Mog the robot cook asked what I wanted for breakfast and I said Captain Cosmos Wants Moon Muffins With Jupiter Jelly and Mog answered I Am Here To Serve You and after breakfast it was time for my next space assignment which was to recover the priceless Orb of Neptune from the space villain Spastic Noggin who stole the Orb from Earth twelve eons ago but before we could reach the rocket launch pad a Martian Mud Monster started chasing us and would have caught us too except I threw out a bunch of Pluto Puffs and the Monster stopped to eat them and after that me and Moon Doggie climbed on board the hypersonic Astro Flyer but before we could take off a Two Legged Pouch Dragon blocked our way until I pointed my laser cannon at him and yelled I Am Captain Cosmos Out Of My Way and then the Dragon got scared and fell into some Lunaberry Bushes and after that we blasted off into the Ionosphere but waiting there was an angry Terrordactyl that tried to bite the Astro Flyer in half but I zapped it with my gamma ray gun and after that we landed on Planet Pistachio where evil Spastic Noggin held the awesome Orb of Neptune but first we had to search the hot and sticky planet until Moon Doggie spotted a gigantic cave and we walked and walked and then came to Noggins secret hideout and I didnt even knock but busted inside and standing there was Spastic Noggin his self and I shouted I Am Captain Cosmos Give Me The Orb Of Neptune Or I Will Vaporize You and Noggin had no choice but to hand it over and then the fantastic Orb was safe and sound and then we walked back to the Astro Flyer and I shouted at the sky Captain Cosmos Has Solved Another Case and after that me and Moon Doggie blasted off for Galaxy Star Base and when we got back there was a Welcome Home Captain Cosmos Party with hundreds of Fans Of Captain Cosmos all clapping and cheering The End
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