The Lorax AGAIN!I loved this movie. Anyone who hasn't seen it HAS TO! I saw it again [second time loves] and I find it amazing what ideas you come up with after watching a movie TWICE! It's only my second time seeing it and I noticed a WHOLE mess of new things I didn't even notice before. I came even closer to crying than I did the first time and I just fell in love with those trees and the music all over again.
Have you ever noticed though when you see a movie or read a book or whatever how many little details you pick up on the second time that you didn't on the first? I'm not like the only one that does that right?
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.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 14 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
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 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 24 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 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 54 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 34 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 64 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 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 94 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 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 84 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 7With the visions came painful stomach cramps and nausea. He started to get really upset. He was confused and nonsensical.Pneumonia and Pancakes Chapter 74 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 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 44 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 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 Epilogue4 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."
The History: Chapter 1He walked straight and tall. He was always tall for his age but now he could see just how tall and slim he was compared to everyone else. He looked a little embarrassed.The History: Chapter 14 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Hey!" A voice called to him. "That's the first grade wing aren't you a third grader?"
"N-no," he shook his head his black hair falling in his eyes.
"Oh sorry, I have a tendency to open my mouth without thinking. I'm Audrey."
"Once-ler," he whispered.
"Meet me by the big tree at recess 'kay Once?" She asked.
He nodded eagerly.
"Good. You don't say much do you?"
He shook his head.
"I like you!" She hugged him. He tensed up a little and then relaxed.
He watched her leave and then sprinted to his class. He smiled, today started out bad but it was turning out better than he expected. He felt that annoying tickling in his throat again. He coughed into his arm again. He went into the class room and found his name on his desk.
"Once-ler Seuss," the teacher grinned her back to him on a swivel chair, "has just entered the room.
The History: PrologueShe looked down the hall and saw her parents smiling at each other. Her mom looked tired her father looked worn. She looked, loved. Her short red hair was brushed she was happy.The History: Prologue4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Time for bed 'Drey," her dad said.
"How many days now Daddy?"
"A whole week thanks to you Drey." He grinned.
"Good job Daddy you can do it I have faith in you."
"I'm pretty sure that's all I need." He smiled.
"I love you Daddy."
"And I love you!" He spun her around and pulled the covers over her.
Her father turned out the lights and then she waited. She knew what would happen next.
She heard a small scream come from her next door neighbor's house. It was a shriek and then a sob and then nothing. She looked out her window trying to see what went on in the darkened windows of that house she lived by. She wanted to know who that shriek belonged to and why every night the shriek would cry. She didn't know that tomorrow, the first day of third grade, she would find out.
. . .
He pulled the lon
The History: Chapter 2He sat down by the tree. He sat in between two other boys Sam and Charlie who, apparently, really didn't like him. He hadn't done anything but the second he started to answer questions they started to laugh silently. He didn't want to say anything to Ms. Laura because he wasn't sure how she'd respond and as he mother always said, don't look like a wuss, so he wouldn't.The History: Chapter 24 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Audrey came and sat next to him. She picked up a clover flower from the ground and twirled it in her fingers. "Do you like your class?"
He nodded eagerly.
"I don't. My teacher is the meanest person in the history of meanest people." She said turning over onto her stomach. "No one in my class likes me. Do you like me?"
He nodded very quickly.
"Why don't you talk?" She asked.
"My mom says 's better to be quiet that way my ideas don't come flooding out of my mouth like water out of a faucet." He whispered before snapping his hands over his mouth. He started to cry shaking his head as if he'd done something awful.
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*4 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
Consequences“Oncie, my darling boy, this is incredible! You’ve made your mama proud.”Consequences4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
“Although personally I thought that the celebration today was a little underwhelming, didn’t you? I mean, all they could spare for a performance was the city marching band? Someone as important as you should at least get someone famous to perform for him!”
“I didn’t think it was that bad…”
“No, of course you wouldn’t. After all, just a little while ago you were the one who was standing up in the center of town and trying to promote Thneeds by playing your silly guitar! But you’ve got to get used to being classier now. At this rate, you’re sure to be the top dog soon, and you need tastes to match.”
“I’ll keep that in mind.”
“You’re on your way, sweetie. Just remember, things can only get better from here!”
The Once-ler wasn’t s
UnlessSummary: The Once-ler loses everything. SpoilersUnless4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Just like that, everything was gone.
His smog-spewing factory, his thneeds, his name, and the only real friends he'd ever had. All gone.
His money was meaningless; his company name was mud, and everything everything he'd worked so hard to achieve was nothing more than dust slipping through his gloved fingers now.
The Once-ler watched in stunned, and horrified silence as the Lorax lifted himself up, through a hole in the smog. A part of him remained incredulous, and he reached upward, vainly, in the smallest of attempts to call back the guardian of the forest. But the Lorax disappeared, and the sparkling, whispering glow that had taken him faded as well.
And now the Lorax was gone. Like everything else.
The silence was thickimpossibly so, with his Super-Axe-Hackers deactivated laid haphazardly across the rolling hills, the pumping of his factory gone, and the pipes that glumped the river were quieted. All was still.
OutsidersOnce-ler was used to the teasing.Outsiders4 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: Prince of ThneedsHere he is in all his gloryOnce-Ler: Prince of Thneeds4 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Styling a green suit of money
Wearing his styling shades
As he held a double-edge red guitar
His company is booming
But the forest is dying
Truffela trees fall
As the tufts are harvested
He's consumed by greed
Making a profit is in his mind
Being at the top of the world
He's got everything he needs
He's the Prince of Thneeds
The maker of his creation
Started as an impossible dream
Has now became reality
But at what cost
Valley is decayed
He lost his friends
Family has abandoned him
All he has left is his old factory
The green suit that he wore
The first thneed around his neck
He was all alone with nothing left
The History EpilogueFutureThe History Epilogue4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Audrey listened to her mother tell her the story of the Once-ler when she was sixteen. Ted visted him many times telling him about the tree. She knew he showed him pictures.
Ted commuted back and forth for ten years. He was nearly thirty two now. He was married to Audrey with a little one on the way.
Ted loved that old man. They laughed and talked for hours. They made pancakes and ate marshmellows. To Ted, the Once-ler was like a father or a grandfather he never had. He started the commutes when he was a seventh grader when he was twelve and continued them even now when he was in his thirties.
He was the only person who the Once-ler would allow inside unless her mother went. Norma sometimes had accompanied him but the woman, now 89, wasn't up to the trip as often anymore.
The Once-ler was now 74. He was too weak now to get out of bed so Ted watered the trees in his front yard. The tree in the center of town was quite a bit older. It was twenty pro
Regretful ThingsDo you remember the Once-Ler?Regretful Things4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Saw the world as his to take.
Said, "I only really fractured
Rules we made to break..."
Once-Ler had been hearing the song in his head for so long after they all disappeared. The grey skies, the grey land, the sad little stubs of trees long gone all brought back memories of happier days. Twisted reasoning, but the song came regardless and with thoughts almost forgotten.
Once-Ler watched, fascinated, as his father strummed slowly on his old electric guitar. It hadn't been long before the man left; Once-Ler was nine at the time. But here, now, on the back porch, Once-Ler didn't know or even dream of a world without his father the music maker.
"Do you remember the Once-Ler?
Saw the world as his to take.
Said, "I only really fractured
Rules we made to break...""
Once-Ler's father stopped playing for a minute to smile at his son.
"I always loved this song," he said to the boy, "since before you were even born. In fact, I na
Smoke and Smog Part 2It was nearly noon and the sun had actually managed to peak through the thick clouds of smog that still surrounded the valley. Once-ler was taking advantage of the good weather and getting his next batch of samplings outside. He worked as quickly as he could, breaking up the dirt and planting trees, making sure the trees would be far enough apart to allow all of them the chance to grow tall.Smoke and Smog Part 24 years ago in Drama More Like This
After they were all in the ground he worked at keeping the grackle grass away from his make shift garden. As he yanked up the weeds he heard soft foot falls behind him. Thinking it was his secretary he waited for the sound of the glass jar clinking on his steps with the promise of more seeds. But there was no clinking of glass, just more footfalls and then something, someone, was nudging his leg.
"Yes? Can I help you?" he asked turning around and stopped short. It wasn't a person standing ther
Once-ler Mini-Series Chapter 1Once-ler Mini-Series Chapter 14 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
Smoke and Smog Part 4"Are you sure about this?" Once-ler asked Norma, as he piled the small assortment of odds and ends he had accumulated during his hospital stay into the backseat of her car.Smoke and Smog Part 44 years ago in Drama More Like This
"Absolutely!" Norma confirmed enthusiastically, as she buckled Pipsqueak in the seat beside his things and slipped into the driver's seat. "Since you spent the last two days trying to sneak out of your room, not to mention what you were like when you first came in, I know you can't be trusted on your own. So it's far better to watch you than to have you come back a week from now in even worse shape."
"But I can't pay you-I mean not properly I "
"Since you've been complaining about over-cooked vegetables and under cooked meat I know you can cook."
"Well yes, but-"
"Then it's settled. I do my job in exchange for a free room, and all the pancakes I can eat. Besides this'll give me an excuse to get away from my mother and her 'advice' for a while, and that's worth more than all the