Matt sent me Shugo Tokumaru’s Lahaha:
The xylophone reminds me of twinkling stars and I really like the whistle too. So here’s what I got:
Stars talk, you just have to know the tunes they like. Jasper spent many years alone in his tower trying every instrument, every tune, every complex composition. The tower was so tall it scraped the clouds and tickled the stars. But still the stars never replied. So Jasper gave up. He sold the tower and all his instruments, and packed up his things. Before he left he cleaned the tower windows, and whistled. It was just a simple nursery rhyme he’d heard a child whistle once, but suddenly Jasper heard a voice that sounded like embers fizzing and fire cracking.
“Did you hear that?” said a star peering through a cloud into the window.
“Oh I love this one,” said another star blowing the cloud out of the way.
“This one’s big and hairy,” said the first star.
“Wait, this is the song you like?” Jasper asked feeling his beard subconsciously.
“Yeah, we didn’t think the big ones knew how to do it.”
“Usually only the small ones do it,” added the second star, “we like the small ones best. They believe in our wishing powers and make us feel special. But I suppose you seem alright.”
“Would you like a wish on us then?” asked the first star.
“I wish I didn’t sell my tower,” said Jasper.
“Well, we can’t actually grant wishes. But we like when the little ones wish on us, gives us a good ego boost. You’re welcome to live on the clouds though, they’re pretty hospitable.”