Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 1He woke up. His arms hurt and so did his head. Pip-Squeak was sitting on the end of his bed looking at him quizzically. The young man on the bed groaned a little. His body slumped back on the pillows. He didn't want to try and sell that Thneed again, at least, not today. He knew he had to try. It was try number four. He was ready to just give up.
He patted Pip-Squeak on the head and headed for town. He was used to the reception he got by now. He accepted the raw tomatoes and fled back to his forest home. He didn't feel very well. The animals had been living in his home for about a week and he wasn't pleased with it. He was distracted and he nearly fell out of the wagon when a stab of pain through his chest startled him. He started to cough a little and Mervin sped up a little.
The young man started to groan. His arm was about his chest. The cart came crashing through the forest. The animals all came to see what the matter was. Pip-Squeak ran up to the Once-ler and snuggled into him. Th
Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 5His friend was having a hard time waking up. "Come on kid," the Lorax said nudging him a little. "Says here 'm supposed to put this under your tongue," he commentedPneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 53 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"I got it," he said sleepily taking the small thermometer in his own hand and slipping it under his tongue. He knew it was bad when the red stripe steadily rose. He didn't have much energy left to look at it so he just closed his eyes.
"'s stopped what do we do with it now?"
He lifted his heavy eye lids and took it out and looked at it. His eyebrows rose a little. Had he really allowed this to get this bad? He set it down on his nightstand and looked back at his friend who was staring at him with a 'well what did it say?' look.
"It wasn't that bad," he bluffed.
"You're a terrible liar you know that bean pole." He stated.
"I'm not lying," he said sleepily.
He knew he was lying and he swore that was all over his face from the bright red flushing across his cheeks and the bridge of his nose to the glassy look in his eyes. He w
Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 3By the time tomorrow had rolled around the fever was definitely worse. The light freckling of his cheeks was hidden by the feverish flushing. The Thneed was actually really useful, to the Lorax's surprise. It was able to cool his forehead and his neck at the same time simply because of its length.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 33 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Lorax gently lifted a glass with a straw up to his lips. He'd squeezed a little bit of juice from the Truffula Tree's berries and watered it down a little.
"Come on kid, ya gotta try and keep your strength up," the Lorax said to him nudging Once-ler's ckeek with his fingers.
He noticed the young human's eyes trying to open. He was able to drink a little before falling back again. His eyebrows knit themselves together.
"Here come on sit up again bean pole, come on," he said offering him the cool sweet water again. He was able to get a little more into the boy.
Once-ler gave a little groan. "Thanks Mustache," he attempted a small smile.
"I speak for the trees, for the creatures, for the wat
Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 6The Lorax attempted to wake Once-ler awhile later, but nothing he tried worked. He then recalled this was the same guy who had his bed hit the door several times and didn't wake up. He tried shaking him a little but nothing worked.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 63 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Wake up kid," he said.
He didn't get any response. He took a closer look at the boy and noticed beads of sweat falling down his face. His hair was plastered to his pale and flushed faced. His mouth was open just enough to allow air in.
The Lorax gently laid a paw against Once-ler's forehead. "Jeeze kid, ever do anything by the halves?" He asked. The boy's eyelashes flickered but he didn't wake.
"Come on kid, I need to try and get some water in ya," he said trying to wake the teenager up. "Come on kid," he said rubbing circles on Once-ler's hand. He grabbed the damp Thneed again and dabbed Once-ler's face.
He was lost in thoughts. He heard a loud thump from his first tree hitting the ground. He saw his younger self reaching out as hi
Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 2They left him to sleep. However, not long after they left he started to get really fussy. His black hair stuck to his child like face. He started to cry. He held his chest tightly. His chest started to hurt more and more. He was having a lot of trouble breathing and no one was around. He was scared.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 23 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
He pounded on his chest trying to cough or breathe or something. He was starting to feel dizzy and was starting to get more upset.
"Bean pole," he heard the voice of the Lorax, "Jeeze I leave you alone for a few minutes . . ."
The teenager just continued his futile struggle. "Help . . . please . . ." he wheezed.
"See if you cut down too many trees everybody's going to feel like this." The Lorax said patting the teen's back trying to calm him down.
The Once-ler tried to force a smile but failed as he continued to cry. He curled onto his side trying to keep his breathing under control. The Lorax took one of his hands. "Do you want something to drink?'
He got a small nod.
Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 8 He'd gotten his wish. He saw her. She was a sweet girl in his class the only friend of the Once-ler.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 83 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"I think your inventions are fun." She grinned. "I like 'em. There so different from what we have here. They just don't see that the world takes all types ya know?"
"Yeah," he smiled. She was two years older than he was. She was funny and sweet and kind. She had messy strawberry colored hair and big green eyes.
"You know what would be fun?" She asked.
"Starting a business creating something that everyone in the whole wide world needs. With your guitar and singing voice and my brains on how to make it super eco friendly, man you and me kid we could have the WHOLE WORLD ON OUR SIDE!"
"What would we call it?"
"We'll to make a real catchy jingle it has to rhyme with need."
"How about Thneed!" He shouted.
"Yeah! It even has the word need in it." She giggled. "You're pretty savvy for a first grader."
"You're not gross or annoying for a girl."
"Compliment accepted." She grinned
Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 9This had to be it. There was no way he could go through this anymore. A person could only take so much.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 93 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Come on kid," the Lorax coaxed. Pipsqueak was crying. He pulled on Once-ler's fingers. "You gotta stay with me you have to sell your Thneed. Ya know the thing that cha claim everyone needs? Come on kid."
"No . . . c'n't do it 'ny more." He whimpered.
"You've gotta try kid, come on sit up bean pole." The Lorax looked at the boy. His face was flushed from his hairline down. He had dark circles around his eyes. He looked as though he was about to give up. His chest heaved for air a few times.
"Kid shhh . . . take some deep breaths." The Lorax coaxed. "Try and settle down."
"No more," he jerked away. "No, no please no more."
"Bean pole?" The Lorax asked taking the boy's hand. He put his hand against the kid's chest. The boy's heart was racing. Once-ler gave a few small cries of pain.
"'m coming 'Drey." He whispered. "I'm coming."
"Kid?" The Lorax asked giving the boy's hand a
Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 4Someone's hand was rubbing his cheek and his hair. He looked at the individual in question his vision was hazy. The Humming Fish were humming to him softly. The Lorax was rubbing his cheek with the wet Thneed and Pip-squeak was gently playing with his hair.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 43 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"I didn't mean to wake you bean pole try and get back to sleep."
Once-ler looked a little confused. He tried to make out some of the images but he couldn't lift his eyelids more than half way.
"Well since you're up here, kid," he placed a straw in the boy's mouth and once more nudged the boy's cheek.
He tasted a very mild sweetness in his mouth. He swallowed and the process was repeated.
"Alright bean pole, that's good enough for now," the Lorax said patting his hand before tucking him back in.
"Th-thanks a-again Mustache," he slurred a little.
"No problem kid. I speak for the trees, for nature, for animals, for all of these." He said sadly. He knew enough about humans to know that they couldn't last long if their body's got too hot
Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 7With the visions came painful stomach cramps and nausea. He started to get really upset. He was confused and nonsensical.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 73 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Come on kid, you need to drink something," the Lorax pressed. "Come on. Try to keep this down okay kid?" He pressed again.
He got a faint groan in response. The fever had started to cause dehydration. He was so confused. His eyelids were really heavy. He was tired.
"Come on kid," he let Pipsqueak rub his cheek when he put the straw in his mouth. It was taking quite an effort to get the water into his body.
He groaned as he clutched his stomach.
"What's wrong kid? It's your stomach isn' it?"
He nodded. His eye brows knit together but there were no tears. He was inconsolable and fussy. He was shaking with chills and was simply beside himself.
"I need you to sit up kid; I need you to keep trying to drink this alright? I promise it's going to make you feel better."
He was really confused the world was spinning way to fast. He closed his eyes trying to will it to stop.
Pneumonia and Pancakes EpilogueHe was well enough within a few days to go back to town and try and sell his Thneed. He failed once and went back one last time before finally becoming angry enough that he threw it. He never knew that that would be the cause of his success or his fall from glory.Pneumonia and Pancakes Epilogue3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
He thought back on this time he spent with his animal friends.
"'Drey? How much longer before the 'wonderful surprise?'" He wondered out loud. "Because you have no idea what I wouldn't give for trees, another round with pneumonia and some pancakes," he said looking out on his wasteland.
She said. She promised! All he had to do was wait. So, he took wood and boarded up his window. "You said wait. So, here I am 'Drey I'm waiting."
Once-ler Mini-Series Chapter 1Once-ler Mini-Series Chapter 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Hope you all are doing well. I'm great. I am just going to write this because I love Once-ler and I got tired of waiting for more chapters of other Once-ler fanfics to come out. Hope you like X3 Chapter one:
I walk down the valley of the newly grown Truffula trees. I look at all the amazing colors of the fluff on the tops of them, the perfect stuff for Thneeds. Why did I ever cut down those trees? I see all of the amazing creatures that use the trees for lots of things. By cutting them down, I had taken everything from them. I felt terrible. I was so glad when Ted came along and brought them back.
As an old man in my 80's not many people recognized me at first. At least I was accepted by them now. I had worked hard to help grow the Truffula trees again.
I finally reached my home. I step inside and walk upstairs to my bedroom. I lay on my bed. I feel my time is almost up. I slowly st
Father Figure "Come here Pipsqueak. You can do it. Just jump and let Uncle Lorax catch you." Lorax spoke softly and whistled, with his arms up in the air. A few Brown Bar-ba-loots and Humming-Fishes stood around the tallest Truffula tree, eyes focusing on one thing: Pipsqueak who was sitting on its peak.Father Figure3 years ago in Humor More Like This
Lorax sighed bitterly. "How did he end up at the top again?"
The animals shrugged in confusion. Apparently, Pipsqueak saw a delicious fruit dangling on the highest branch and decided to climb up. Good news: He got and ate the fruit. Bad news: He couldn't get down.
Lorax stared at the youngest Brown Bar-ba-loot. His brown eyes were gleaming in panic, ready to tear up. The cub sat and clung to one of the branches, worried that he might fall. "Come on, Pip. It's just one jump." Lorax said calmly, still assuring the baby Brown Bar-ba-loot.
Sadly, the cub shook his head.
They Found Out"Mom?" Ted shouted from the storage closet on the second floor. "Where are all those old photo albums of Grammy's?"They Found Out3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
A dish rag in hand, Pippy Wiggins, Ted' mother, peeked around the banister of the stairs with a curious expression on her face. "What d'you need them for?" She asked. No one had wanted to look at those for years. The last time had been when Ted was five and had wanted a picture of his Great-Grandparents, his Grammy Norma's parents, who had just died. It still sat in a frame next to his bed.
"We're doing Geneology in school and Miss Buttersworth wants everyone to make a poster of their family." Ted explained while moving another box out of the closet to look through. When did they get so many? Didn't they just finish spring cleaning? "I have pictures of you, Grammy Norma, Grandpa Max and Gramma Sue, even Dad and Great-Uncle Brett from my birthday two years ago. I can't find any pictures of Grampy Theodore, though."
Pippy thought for a moment. She hadn't seen any pic
The Lorax: Epilogue *SPOILERS*Many years have passed since Ted planted the last Truffula seed. His childhood crush Audrey is now his wife, and they have two children.The Lorax: Epilogue *SPOILERS*3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Ted was lovingly watering a Truffula tree in his backyard with a joyful expression on his face. This was because today was a very important and happy occasion.
After planting the last Truffula seed, Ted and the people of Thneedville had counted all the Truffula tree stumps. They proceeded to re-plant every tree that had been chopped down. Ten years later, they had succeeded and all the Truffula trees had started to germinate. Today was that day, the day all the trees would be able to grow fruit.
Through a glass door Ted sees his kids getting out of their bedrooms, still in their pyjamas and Audrey making breakfast in the kitchen.
"Kids, Audrey come here; I have to tell you something!" Ted screamed with excitement while waving his arm and gesturing for them to come.
The kids ran with excitement towards the garden, practically dragged their mother by th
OutsidersOnce-ler was used to the teasing.Outsiders3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
As the child, barely twelve years old, walked down the crowded halls of his small school, he pushed them to the back of his mind. The mockery grew steadily worse as he continued on, and his head remained bowed, as if to not catch attentionthough at nearly five foot six, he towered over his peers, and he stood out like a weed amongst flowers.
Gigantor, Toothpick, Long-legs, Einstein, Brain-less, Once-nerd and the most common and clichéfreak. Or geek, sometimes. They liked to play around with it. But the boy ignored the jeers and comments, and kept his small hands tightened on the straps of his backpack.
Soon, they would see. Soon, very, very soon, they would learn to appreciate his genius. It may not be today, it not be tomorrow, or even next week, but soon. Fate and destiny couldn't be so cruel to him.
And so Once-ler continued on his way, a hint of a smile across his cut lip, the blood having dried hours ago since lunch, and hummed a
Once Ler Fan FictionOnce Ler StoryOnce Ler Fan Fiction3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I ran through the town, completely lost now, but I didn't care as long as I was far away from him. So many people...not sure where I was going I kept walking, looking for a way out.
Suddenly, I hear music. Music? Aroubd here? I blink and look around and see a man in a gray fedora, white shirt with a gray vest over it and striped pants, lightly strumming a guitar, sitting down, back against the wall. As i got closer i could vlwaely see tomato guts staining his shirt on his chest. I could see more tomato on his face and in his hair and more all around him on the ground.
He looked sad. On the right side of him was a pink..sweater..? I wasn't sure what it was. Moving towards him I called,"Hey! Are you okay?"He looked over as I stopped in front of him."Uh..."He blinked."Yeah..I'm fine.."He scrambled to his feet and I can now see how tall he is. I'm atleast a foot and a half shorter than him.
When it RainsSummary: The Valley's first, pure rain in decades. The Once-ler reflects.When it Rains3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The rain patterned against the faded woodwork in an inexorable pattern, the thunder above the land booming in a deafening cacophony, the downpour obscuring most everything in sight, mixing the hues like a drenched watercolor painted. The Once-ler stood at the open window in the room at the very top of his Lerkim, where the creaks and cracks were in the most abundance, letting in the frigid air from outside. He didn't give it any heed though, and instead simply peered through the glass with a melancholic air. The colorful tufts of the Truffula saplings stood out like neon beacons in the dreary landscape, and the old, gangly man sought them out, a heavy sigh filling his thin body.
"The rain will be good for them," he murmured, the rain reflecting off of his pale eyes. These words were true, of coursethis was the first time in decades that acid rain didn't fall as a result of the smog and pollution in t