THE INTRODUCTION ...
"That must be it!" gasped John, his heart pounding.
"There's no way we can go in there!" exclaimed Maggie, staring straight ahead.
"'Course we can! Come on!" John replied as he raised the collar on his jacket to shield himself from the biting cold wind. They had used up their every last penny on the six hour bus ride to get this far and he was not about to give up now.
Wasting no time, he confidently stepped closer, pulling his sister firmly by the arm. It was their first time in the country, far away from the big city where they lived. They were searching for a new beginning and they were hopeful that they were about to find it.
Although the air was crisp, the sun was shining in the cloudless sky. Everything seemed brighter and cleaner in the country, so different from the dark, dingy street in the city where they lived with their parents.
That morning they had woken up in the pitch-black darkness to catch the 5 o'clock bus. Their Mum had prepared some tea but they had to share the last piece of toast. It was the end of the week and, as usual, the grocery money had run out.
They had begun this quest because John had been brave enough to contact the world-famous singer called Sophia Rose. They were trying to work out what makes a person successful and able to afford the finer things in life. So Maggie had dared John to contact the legendary performer, which was an easy task for him as he was always ready for an adventure.
Sophia Rose sat down on a comfy chair and was immediately joined by a ginger tomcat who curled up on her lap. "Please do sit down, I can see that you're enjoying your snack," she said with a gentle smile.
They chatted about the bus trip for a while as John reached for another cake. Maggie was terrified to ask the question they had come so far to ask, but as the clock on the wall chimed the hour John blurted out, "You started out poor like us. We don't have a great talent like you do but we're hoping that there must be a way for us to have a better life. We were wondering if you had any tips that could help us. How did you become so successful?"
"Ah! Well I found out about something quite amazing and from then on I always seemed to be in the right place at the right time."
Sophia Rose looked deep into John and Maggie's eyes as she continued her story. At her first singing lesson, the woman did something that was to change her life. The teacher gave her a book, a very special book called The Promise of Surfing Rainbows. At first, Sophia Rose thought the book was just about some enchanted creatures, but she soon grasped that it was actually packed full of very useful ancient wisdom.
"As soon as I started using it, things always seemed to work out well for me," she said.
Maggie and John were both listening intently to Sophia Rose's story but they were totally unprepared for what she said next.
"Anyone can do it," she exclaimed. "Anyone can go surfing rainbows! It doesn't matter what your background is, and it doesn't matter what you want, because surfing rainbows can help you achieve anything!"
Sophia Rose stepped forward towards the two large wooden doors that opened into the next room. The guests quickly glanced at each other and then scanned the large room ahead. The study was vast and full of leather bound books that neatly lined the polished shelving. Sophia Rose stepped to the side and said, "I wonder if you realize how significant this moment is both for you and for me..."
Speechless, they looked up at her, again not sure what to say. She held out her hand and beckoned them to come forward.
In the middle of the huge bookcase they saw a glass cabinet, and behind the glass was what they were looking for, the book called The Promise of Surfing Rainbows. They stared at it without moving.
The children heard the large doors close quietly behind them. They were on their own now. If they read this book, would they also have a successful life like Sophia Rose? If they were half as successful as she had been, they would be doing very well!
"Open it and see!" said Maggie as she gestured impatiently for him to sit on the couch by the window, so they could read it together.
As they sat down, they glanced out of the window and noticed that it had started raining. Through the droplets, the sun was still shining and a beautiful rainbow appeared in front of them.
"What a coincidence!" said John quietly as he slowly and respectfully opened the cover of the book, eager to find the treasure within the words on its pages.