The next chapter to my story on a rewrite I did on James and the Giant Peach with my fan character Butterfly. Keep in mind, I only own her!
This was a hard yet fun chapter to work on. Enjoy everyone!
All the bugs remained quiet until Centipede, completely out of nowhere, started to walk away to get out of the peach. Everyone gasped. What was that centipede up to? Was he going to give away their hiding spot so Spiker and Sponge would find them and kill them?
"Here, now. Where do you think you're goin', Yank?" Mrs. Ladybug asked.
"I'm goin' stir-crazy.I gotta take a look around. Plan our escape from Spiker and Sponge," Centipede responded.
Earthworm started to panic. "Escape? To where? We'll all be squashed... swatted... smooshed!"
Mr. Grasshopper tried to calm the earthworm down. "No one's going to smoosh you, my dear boy. You're six feet long now,"
"Exactly," Butterfly agreed.
"Bigger target," said Earthworm.
"Let the biddies come," Centipede said. " I'll take 'em both on. I'm indefeatable. I'm indivisible. I'm..."
Before he finished his sentence, a small figure fell into the peach. Even looked up and as they saw him fall and scream, everyone started to have a panic attack.
"IN TROUBLE!" Centipede yelled.
The small figure bounced off Centipede, flew over Mrs. Ladybug and Butterfly and slid off Earthworm.
"It's Spiker and Sponge! They found us!" Earthworm yelled.
"Hello," Glowworm said as James ran into her and crashed. As the bugs saw the figure clearer, they realized it was the boy who lived with Spiker and Sponge.
"No no. It's the lad from the house," Mr. Grasshopper said."What's his name?"
Centipede slid in front of him, "Miserable tick,"
Earthworm butted in front, "I thought it was rotten little grub,"
Mrs. Ladybug and Butterfly both came flying over the young boy.
"No no. That's what those horrible aunts call him." Mrs. Ladybug said.
"Yes, but what is his real name?" Butterfly mused.
"His real name is...Well it's...uh," Mrs. Ladybug said, confused as well.
Miss Spider thought for a second. Was he.. the one who saved her from being killed by Spiker and Sponge? Yes, that's it.
"It's James," she said as she came down and stared at James.
The young boy, James, was startled by her so he jumped back and let out a little yell.
"Look whatcha done now miss," Mrs. Ladybug said coming over to the little boy, "Scared him to death,"
James trembled as he saw them all get closer to him. What were they going to do? Attack him? Kill him, possibly by eating him?
"Please!" he screamed, "Don't eat me!"
"Eat you?" Mrs. Ladybug's jaw dropped once she heard what he said.
Everyone else started to laugh. James tilted his head as he heard the laughter. What was so funny?
"Hey Glowworm! Turn on your lights!"Centipede yelled.
He clapped and the lights came on. James then started observing the inside of the peach. What caught his eyes were a centipede, grasshopper, ladybug, spider, butterfly, earthworm and glowworm. They were all wearing cloths! The male yellow-orange centipede had blue eyes, wore a brown hat with a white top brown overalls, and had a cigar from his mouth; which explained the smell of smoke. His accent was indeed from Brooklyn. The green male grasshopper had a black coat, along with white under, light gray pants, white shoes and even a monocle on his right eye. The female spider had a black and white striped body, golden eyes and wore a beret and bandana of the same color, teal. She had a pale face, short black hair, had black gloves and boots on and she even wore black lipstick. She spoke in a French accent, unlike the others. The female ladybug had black hair, a black top with white spots all around it, a red hat with black on the middle where there were white tops, black shoes and she had very light blue skin. The shell she had was red with black spots. The female butterfly had eye shadow, a beret, scarf, gloves, skirt and high-heeled boots all of the same color; deep royal purple. She wore a deep fuchsia top along with a short sleeved black jacket, and also wore black leggings, a black belt with a golden buckle and deep pink lipstick. The black and orange wings she had showed she was indeed a monarch butterfly. Her skin was an extremely pale white-gray color and spoke in a soft accent that was actually Italian. The male earthworm was around a perhaps brownish color. He wore black glasses and red bow tie around his neck. The female glowworm had gray skin, white hair, red earrings and a brown dress. The light she glows is a golden yellow color.
"I'm a vegetarian," Mr. Grasshopper said to James, hoping to calm him down.
"I am one as well," Butterfly said.
"I eat dirt," Earthworm replied.
"No one will be eating you James," Miss Spider said with a smile when she came down.
As soon as Miss Spider said that, Centipede pushed Miss Spider out of his way.
"She'll just puncture your head and sunk out the brains," he said.
"Yeah Centipede, that helps." Butterfly glared at the Brooklyn centipede.
Miss Spider stopped swinging and dropped in front of Centipede. She gave him a deadly glare and caused his heart to leap.
"That I am saving for you," she dived in to grab him but missed.
He slid under her and popped out from the other side of her with a smirk.
"Whoa!Pretty fast long legs!" he teased.
The French spider turned around and started to hiss at him, which caused him to back up and climb half way up a ladder. Mrs. Ladybug couldn't stand that kind of behavior. Butterfly didn't like it herself either.
"Oh!Such rude behavior!" Mrs. Ladybug said.
"True that." Butterfly sighed, but then started to muse. "Gotta admit though.. kinda cute."
"Oh shut up." Centipede climbed down the ladder once Miss Spider walked off.
Butterfly rolls her eyes and ignored him, and looked at James with a small smile.
"There's no need to be frighten dear," Mrs. Ladybug said as she cleaned James's face.
Butterfly nodded. "Yeah, nothing bad is gonna happen sweetie."
"But...your enormous bugs!" James said, still not amused.
"Fascinating, isn't it?" Mr. Grasshopper asked.
"We've all changed," Mrs. Ladybug pulled out a mirror, "And so have you James,"
James looked at himself in the mirror and realized he had changed. He gasped and stared at himself through the mirror. Was that really him?
"The old one who gave me the green things.. he said marvelous things will happen,"James said.
"Did he say "Marvelous pigs in satin?" Glowworm asked.
"No my dear lady," Mr. Grasshopper was given a megaphone, "Marvelous things will happen!"
He let out a sigh. "Poor Glowworm. She's a little deaf."
"I however have exquisite hearing,"Earthworm said.
Centipede ran up to him,"Oh listen to this,"
He grabbed the megaphone and yelled causing Earthworm to scream in terror, "Lets get out of here!"
"That is a good point you have," Butterfly smiled for a mid second, then frowned and muttered. "For once..."
"You mean leave the hill?!" James' brown eyes widened. "I can't! The rhino will get me!"
"RHINO!" Earthworm buried himself in a glove.
"A rhino?" Butterfly mused. She has never seen a rhino near the hill. Not once.
"I say dear boy. I've lived on this miserable hill for are no rhinoceros here," Mr. Grasshopper explained.
"Expect for Sponge," Centipede added, "She's twice as big as a kid?"
Centipede and James laughed at the joke.
"And twice as dangerous," Miss Spider added, "My life hangs by a thread everyday,"
"I had to send all three hundred of me children to savor pastures," Mrs. Ladybug said.
"Your aunts are dangerous, you know," Butterfly turned to James with an emotionless expression. "They killed my parents and my older sisters."
"HA! With you call hiding in solid rock is fun," Earthworm said.
"I can't even remember what fun is," James said.
Centipede ran to him, "Well that's because you've been stuck here too to me kid.I know a place that will refresh your memory,"
"And what shall that be?" Butterfly asked.
Centipede started to sing.
"Bright lights, big city. That's where we gotta go." Centipede jumped off a piece of board and grabbed Glowworm's lantern. "Where the food is great and the bugs are so pretty" he sang, about to dance with both Mrs. Ladybug and Butterfly. "I'd like to get my arms around a hundred or so." he spun them around," I'd hug 'em, squeeze 'em, hold 'em tight." he then grabbed Earthworm and tossed him at them. "Sleep all day. Dance all night. I want the bright lights and the big city. That's the life for me, yeah." and then he jumped onto Miss Spider's web. "That's the life for-"
"You little maggot" Miss Spider sang, interrupting Centipede. "Have you never seen the moon? Gliding 'cross the western sky. A dead oak tree by the water side. Putrid vapors rising"
"That sounds lovely, dear." Mrs. Ladybug started to sing. "I'm sure we'd all agree. But I prefer the sunshine.A little park right in the center of the town. Flowers everywhere. Children all around me, I'd love it. Landing on a baby's cheek so warm. It's wonderful, wonderful. That's the life for me. That's the life for me. That's the life, that's the life for me,"
"Glorious, indeed it is." Butterfly found herself singing. "I would love to be appreciated. I wish to know others who loves what I do. To be known for my artistic mind, and to be admired for who I am. That's the life for me. That's the life for me. That's the life, that's the life for me.
Mrs. Ladybug slid in front of Butterfly as she sang and tossed a top hat and cane to Mr. Grasshopper, who started singing next.
"Elegant conversation" Mr. Grasshopper sang but got interrupted by Centipede.
"Bright lights, big city,"
"An elevated point of view," Mr. Grasshopper sang when he kicked Centipede out of his way.
"That's where I'd go," Centipede jumped in once again.
"Intellectual stimulation" Mr. Grasshopper sang as he started to hit Centipede in the head with his crane.
"Yeah, maybe for you," Centipede sang and then left before Mr. Grasshopper made his next move.
"And someone you love to share it with you," Mr. Grasshopper sang.
Mr. Grasshopper, Mrs. Ladybug, Butterfly, and Centipede started to dance. "It would be wonderful, wonderful" they sang. "That's the life for me,"
"You call that a life?" Earthworm asked.
"That's the life for me," the others sang.
"It's no pile of dirt!" Earthworm said.
"That's the life," Mrs. Ladybug sang under a yellow spotlight.
"That's the life," Mr. Grasshopper sang under a white spotlight.
"That's the life," Centipede sang under a red spotlight.
"That's the life," Butterfly sang under a bright purple spotlight.
"That's the life," Miss Spider sang under a blue spotlight.
"That's the life for-" they then got interrupted by the voice of Sponge.
"Where are you hiding, boy?"