It was a windy day in Station Square -- a wind just strong enough for kite flying. Outside in the city park, people were flying their kites in many different shapes and colors -- diamond, circle, red, blue, green, and even ones that were shaped like dinosaurs, birds, the sun, and beautiful flowers.
Amy, Tiff and Cosmo watched as the kites danced along with the wind high up in the sky. "What are those things, Amy?" asked Cosmo.
"They're called kites, Cosmo," Amy told her. "Kites are things people use to fly in the sky on windy days. And today's the day of the kite parade in the Station Square City Park!"
"I wish I could fly a kite myself," Tiff said.
"So do I," Amy replied. "In fact, we could learn how to build one and how to fly it ourselves right now, if we want."
"That's a great idea, Amy," said Tiff. "But where are we gonna get the supplies for our kite?"
"Just follow me," Amy said. She, Tiff and Cosmo walked a few blocks to the accessory store.
"What does a kite usually have, Amy?" Cosmo asked.
"Well, in order to make a proper kite, you will need two wooden sticks, some scissors, some string, clear sticky tape, and some colored markers to decorate it."
"So we're gonna need to buy all of that to build our kite?" Tiff asked.
"I guess so," Amy said.
The girls bought all the supplies they thought was enough to build their kite -- some long non-wooden sticks, some brand new pairs of scissors, some yarn balls full of string, a 12 inch ruler, some clear sticky tape, a pack of colored markers, a pack of glue, some ribbons, and some bottles of glitter to make the kite look shiny.
"Now we need something for our kite's design," Tiff said.
"But what can it be?" Amy asked.
Tiff thought of an idea. "I know what we can make," she said. "Let's make the very first Kirby site anyone has ever seen!"
The girls also bought some extra large, thick pieces of paper, colored pink, which also represented the color of Kirby's skin.
"Looks like we got everything of what we need to build our kite," Amy said.
"Then let's go to my home in Castle Dedede and we can build the kite over there," Tiff told her two friends. "Come on!"
They packed their art supplies and headed all the way up to Castle Dedede. They unpacked all their materials they bought in the living room. Tiff's parents were already in the kitchen, reading the news and drinking hot tea.
"Let's get to work right away," said Amy.
And with that, the three girls began building their kite. Too bad they did not have any instruction manuals on how to build a kite. To make matters worse, Tiff completely forgot about her own library, which was full of books and possibly a book about kites and how to make them.
Five minutes into the process, things went horribly wrong. Just then Buto, Tuff and Kirby appeared into the living room.
"What you doin'?" asked Tuff.
"We're trying to build a kite," Tiff replied.
"But the design isn't turning out to look right," Amy added. "I wish someone could help us make our kites look perfect like everyone else's."
"Did someone mention kite flying?" Sir Ebrum asked.
"Why do you ask, Dad?" asked Tiff.
"Your mother and I have been learning how to fly a kite since we were little. We can give you some pointers on kite building."
"You're going to help us?" Cosmo asked.
"Sure," Lady Like said. "By the way, you look like you're a new friend of Tiff and Amy. What's your name?"
"My name's Cosmo. I came from another place with my old family, the Seedrians. We became separated forever after the thunderstorm washed them all away. I was the only Seedrian that survived the storm, and I arrived here in Cappytown, hoping that someone would raise me."
"It's nice to see you, Cosmo," said Sir Ebrum. He and Cosmo shook hands.
"So how did you and Mrs. Ebrum build your kite exactly like how you wanted it to be?" Amy asked.
"We learned it from Tiff's own grandparents," Sir Ebrum told her. "As a matter of fact, they were the first ones to ever fly a kite in Cappytown. My wife and I can even remember that day when we watched them fly it for the first time."
"I even learned how to fly a kite myself from my old folks before I first came here in Cappytown," Buto added. "I can help you, too."
"Thanks, everyone!" Tiff said hopefully.
"I want to build a kite too," Tuff said. "My very own!"
"Oh, I'm sorry, Tuff, but Tiff, Cosmo and I didn't bring enough paper to make two kites," Amy said.
"Aw, great, now how will I make my own kite?"
"Don't worry, Tuff," Buto told him. "I got some more extra large paper from my closet. I'll let you use it to build your own kite. I'll go get it."
He left the living room and ran back into the room that he and Tiff shared. He took out some large thick paper in several colors instead of just one, and returned back to the living room.
"Here's the paper," he said. "Now we can really get to work on our kites. So Tuff, what kind of kite do you want to make?"
"I want mine to look just like a soccer ball," said Tuff.
"Okay, a soccer ball it is. And what about you, Tiff?"
"Me, Amy and Cosmo are going to draw a kite that looks just like Kirby," Tiff said.
"Isn't that harder than making a soccer ball kite?" Buto asked.
Amy did not agree with Buto's opinion. "Well, I think it Kirby would love it, wouldn't you, Kirby?"
"Poyo," ("Yeah,") Kirby said.
"See, Kirby thinks it's a perfect choice," Amy told Buto.
"That's fine with me," Buto replied. "Either way, I'm gonna help Tuff build his kite. What about you, Mother, Father?"
"I think Tiff and Amy have a good point for their kite. The harder the design, the better the kite looks. Your mother and I are gonna help the girls build the kite they're making."
Sir Ebrum and Lady Like got to work on helping Amy, Tiff, Cosmo and Kirby build their Kirby shaped kite, while Buto and Tuff did hard work on their soccer ball kite.
The girls carefully cut the paper into the shape of Kirby's body. The boys cut a piece of white paper into a large, round circle to make it look shaped just like a soccer ball. The design of the Kirby kite looked excellent, but the soccer ball's kite design looked more similar to like an oval instead of a perfect circle.
"What do you think, Tiff?" asked Tuff.
"It looks good, Tuff, but a soccer ball would look better if it were more circular than that."
"Don't listen to her, Tuff," Buto said to his brother in law. "She's just trying to mess around with you. Besides, as long as you trust in me, we can actually get it done before her."
"Oh, yeah, Buto? Well, even if you finish first, my kite is going to look better before you know it!"
"She's right, son," Sir Ebrum told Buto. "Even though your kite design looks good so far, accuracy is more important than speed."
"Oh, come on, Father," Buto protested. "Soccer balls are very easy to do, because they only have two colors, and they're the coolest design ever!"
"Well, Tiff and I agreed on her Kirby design. Kirby is cute, just as cute as how he'll look when we draw him for the kite," said Amy.
The boys drew in a thick black line around the edge of the circle, followed by a pattern of more lines, and black pentagons connecting the lines.
Amy, Tiff and Cosmo's kite, on the other hand, was actually indeed more complicated than the boys' kite. First, they drew circles for the eyes, a triangle for Kirby's smile, and filled in the appropriate colors with their set of colored markers.
"Let's add some glitter to Kirby's feet," Tiff said.
The girls put glue on the feet of the Kirby kite, and sprinkled a lot of glitter the same color as Kirby's feet onto the glue.
"What do you think, Amy?"
"I think it looks great," Amy replied. "But now we gotta attach this kite to a very long piece of string."
"Do you need any more help attaching the string to your kite, darlings?" asked Lady Like.
"No, thanks, Mom," Tiff said. "Amy and Cosmo are getting better at this, so we can handle this all by ourselves."
"Okay, Tiff. Have fun!" Lady Like and Sir Ebrum left the living room, leaving the kids behind to working on their kites.
The kids used their sticks and cut them into the sizes of their kites, and glued them onto the kites. Then they used their scissors to drill two holes on the top and bottom of their kites.
After that, they tied their strings from one hole to the other, and made loops. Next, they tied another long string to the middle of the loops, used as the flying line. Finally, they attached ribbons to the bottom of their kites as the tail.
Pretty soon, the kites were now finished, and were finally ready to be flown high up in the sky. "Now that our kites are finished, let's go fly 'em!" Tuff said.
"Not so fast, Tuff," Buto told him. "Don't you think we should learn how to fly the kites first, before we can join everyone else?"
"Aw, do we have to learn?" Tuff groaned.
"Well, if you want to join everyone else in the kite parade, yeah," Amy said. "So let's all go to my neighborhood and we can learn how to fly our kites there."
Amy, Tiff, Cosmo, Buto, Tuff and Kirby took their kites and headed out the doors. They traveled down Cappytown, past the beaches, and back into Station Square. The kite parade was still continuing on at the city park.
"Just look at those kites," said Buto. "After a lot of practice flying our own kites, pretty soon we'll be able to join them in the kite parade."
"I wish I could join them now," Tuff added.
"Me too," Amy said. "But like I said, we'll have to go to my neighborhood and practice flying our kites first before we can make them go as high as the birds can."
The friends stopped at a wide open space of grass in Amy's neighborhood, where there was enough room to fly their kites. It was still pretty windy, but not as windy as it was before the girls bought the materials for their kites.
"I don't think this is enough wind to fly these kites," Cosmo said.
"It's okay, Cosmo," Tiff told her. "The wind will pick up again soon. In the meantime, Buto will instruct us on how to fly them properly. Right now, we're in the right place to practice. Buto, if you please."
"Sure thing, Tiff," Buto said. "All right, everyone, here are the proper ways of flying a kite. First, we need to make sure we have a wide open space and there are no power lines hanging around anywhere."
"We did that," Amy told Buto.
"And we need lots of wind," Buto continued. "But since the wind's dying out from time to time, we'll just have to be patient until the wind grows back, then our kites will go soaring up in the air."
"And we gotta make sure we know which way the wind is going," added Tiff. "Everyone got it?"
"Got it!" replied Tiff's friends.
"All right, then. Buto, Tuff, you guys go in one direction, and me, Amy, Cosmo and Kirby will go in the other. One group will remind the other group whose kite has successfully flown up in the sky upon doing so. Ready? Let's go!"
The two boys (Buto and Tuff) ran off on the grassy field in one direction. The girls and Kirby ran off in the opposite side.
"So how does this kite work, Buto?" asked Tuff.
"First, let's see how long the string is for the kite." Buto measured the length of the string of the kite with a ruler.
"It looks long enough to me," Tuff said.
"Well, it's always important to double check before you test something out."
He acknowledged that the kite's string was long enough in length, then checked the rest of the kite to make sure that it was just right.
"Okay, Tuff, I guess we're ready. Now we have to remember which way the wind is going, and run in the same direction with our kite."
They observed the wind's direction, which was at just under 10 miles an hour east. "I think the wind is going that way," Tuff said, pointing in the east direction.
"Good eyes, Tuff. You hold the kite and I'll run in the direction the wind is moving."
Buto held on to the string, and Tuff held tight onto the soccer ball kite. They began running in a fast speed, then on Buto's cue, Tuff let go of the kite. It began to sail in midair for about 5 seconds, but then it fell back onto the ground.
"Aw, rats! Our kite didn't fly up high enough!" said Tuff.
"It just takes a lot of patience and practice, Tuff," Buto told him, walking back towards him while holding the kite.
Meanwhile, the girls were in the same state. They did the same things Buto and Tuff did -- measure the kite's string length, acknowledging that the tail on the kite was attached, etc, etc..
Amy held onto the kite and Tiff ran in the direction the wind was going, but the kite fell back down onto the ground after 10 seconds of flight.
"What's wrong with this kite?" Tiff asked.
"I don't know, Tiff, but I guess the wind just isn't feeling happy today," Amy told her.
"Well, let's keep trying. I want this kite to fly just as high as a bird like Tokkori can."
"Who's Tokkori?" asked Cosmo.
"He's a grouchy bird who traded places with Kirby after he arrived to Cappytown. You might want to be careful when you're talking to him, 'cause he might say nasty and offensive things to you if you make a wrong turn."
"I heard that," said a grouchy male voice.
"Who said that?" asked Amy.
"I know it wasn't any of us," Cosmo said.
"It can't be Buto or Tuff," Tiff added. "Both of them don't have a voice like that."
"That's because I'm the one you're talking about!" said the voice again. The girls turned around after they heard the voice out loud. It was Tokkori, the yellow bird with a long, sharp beak. "I can fly twice as higher than that old kite ya got!"
"Tokkori? How did you get here?" asked Tiff.
"I saw you and your little friends planning to go out to the park just to join that kite parade with everyone else," Tokkori said.
"Are you a... talking bird?" Cosmo asked.
"That's right. I'm the only bird that can talk in the whole world. And who are you?"
"I'm Cosmo. I used to live in a place far from here with my parents and my older sister, until a big storm caught us. I was the only one who survived the storm and I arrived to this part of the world, hoping that I would meet new friends."
"Your family -- died in a storm? Ha ha ha ha! That's the most outrageous thing I've ever heard of!" Tokkori rolled onto the ground and laughed hysterically.
"She's serious!" Amy yelled at the little bird. "Cosmo's family is dead, and that's why she's here with us from now on! Don't you understand what I'm saying?"
Tokkori still laughed. "What nonsense! I don't believe in any of those things!"
"He's just unrealistic sometimes, Amy," Tiff said to her friend. "He likes to pull other people's legs when they're telling the truth, so don't listen to him. Let's get back to our kite."
"You're learnin' how to fly a kite?" Tokkori asked. "Well, I can give you all some pointers, if you want."
"You're gonna help us, Tokkori?" asked Tiff.
"Sure. I always know which way the wind goes. Just follow me!"
The girls and Kirby followed Tokkori at the wind's direction. The kite slowly went higher and higher. The wind even picked up speed, from 10 to 15 miles per hour. Soon enough, the kite was now sailing high up in the sky. The feet of the Kirby kite shined like gold.
"It looks lovely," Amy said. "It's as if Kirby was wearing shiny shoes!"
"But what about Tuff and Buto?" Tiff asked. "Aren't they done with their kite yet?"
Just then they saw Buto running towards the girls with the soccer ball kite he and Tuff built. "Buto! There you are! Did you finally get to make your kite fly high like ours?"
"We sure did," Buto said. "We practiced for several minutes, and we finally got it to sail high up in the clouds when we had enough wind."
"Same here," Amy replied. "Tokkori helped us get it up just right."
"Where is Tokkori, anyway?" asked Tuff.
"I'm up here," Tokkori said. "And I can't fly as high as those kites can; they're way too high up for me to even reach!"
"That's 'cause of the length of the string. The longer it is, the higher the kite goes," Buto said.
"So now that we've learned how to fly these kites correctly, what do you say we all go to the kite parade and take our kites with us?" asked Amy.
"Okay!" her friends replied in unison.
The friends still flew their kites as they walked to the Station Square city park. Tokkori followed them, flapping his wings. The wind helped the kites stay up in the air. They joined the other people in the kite parade, who were still flying kites for hours.
"Now this is what I call a real kite parade," Tiff said. "Don't you think so, Kirby?"
"Poyo! Poyo!" ("Yes! It is!") Kirby squealed.
The Kirby and soccer ball kites swayed from one direction to another, all because of the wind's movements. Tokkori flew over past the kites.
"Hey, look at that bird!" said one man flying his kite.
"Hello, people!" Tokkori said, waving one of his hands at the Station Square citizens.
"And he can talk, too!" said a woman while flying her kite.
"You're darn right I can talk! I'm the only talking bird anyone has ever seen! You better watch where your kites go, 'cause the wind ain't gonna last long! See ya!"
Then Tokkori flew away back to Cappytown.