By Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie are on their moment project to find—and inspire—artists to deliver happiness to thousands. After touring to New Orleans, Jack and Annie come nose to nose with a few actual ghosts, in addition to notice the area of jazz after they meet a tender Louis Armstrong!
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Thunder rumbled within the distance. The air felt heavy and thick as though the hurricane have been approximately to damage at any second. “Annie! ” Jack referred to as. “Here! ” Annie known as again from front of the eating place. Jack joined her. jointly they peeked via a window that appeared right into a huge kitchen. Dipper was once by myself, washing a mountain of dishes. “Why’s he doing that? ” whispered Jack. “Hey Dipper! ” acknowledged Annie. Dipper became and smiled. “You stuck me,” he stated. He regarded embarrassed. “Why are you washing dishes? ” requested Annie. Dipper shrugged. “Got to pay for our dinner somehow,” he stated. “We’ll aid you,” stated Annie. “We love washing dishes! ” stated Jack. Dipper laughed. “Then come on in, potato heads,” he acknowledged. “I may well use a few support. ” Jack and Annie slipped via an aspect door into the new, steamy kitchen. Jack positioned down his bag and the trumpet. He and Annie picked up soiled plates from the counter. They begun scraping leftovers right into a rubbish pail. They scraped fish heads, oyster shells, crab legs, shrimp tails, bird bones, grease, and gravy off dozens of plates. The paintings was once messy and pungent. yet Jack and Annie labored demanding to maintain with Dipper. whenever he took a plate from them, he smiled and stated, “Thank you. ” He by no means frowned or complained or perhaps appeared drained. “Dipper,” acknowledged Annie whereas they labored, “your existence turns out particularly demanding. How do you remain so joyful? ” “Why no longer? It’s extra enjoyable to be joyful than sad,” he stated. “Don’t you ever consider like getting mad or complaining approximately stuff? ” stated Jack. “Sure I do, I’m human,” acknowledged Dipper. “I consider every kind of items. All day lengthy i believe issues. you may say i've got a wealthy lifestyles. i'd now not get to have every little thing. yet i am getting to believe every thing! ” He laughed. “I’m an analogous way,” stated Annie. “I proposal so,” stated Dipper. “That’s why I convinced want to listen you play that trumpet someday. ” “Maybe you will,” stated Annie. by the point they entire washing dishes, rain used to be falling outdoors. “Where to now? ” acknowledged Jack. “One extra deal with for y’all,” stated Dipper. “Let’s depart this greasy spoon and head backtrack to the river. To the River Café for dessert! Come on. ” “We larger not,” stated Jack. “The waiters there don’t like us. ” “Don’t fear approximately them,” stated Dipper. “You’re with me now. ” Jack and Annie Dipper outdoor into the rain. The wind used to be blowing tougher now. “Uh-oh,” stated Dipper. “Here comes the hurricane! Let’s hurry! ” Thunder cracked and rain started to pour down. the 3 of them acquired soaked as they moved quickly during the alley again to Bourbon highway. the road was once empty now. Partygoers and road musicians had fled from the hurricane. The eating places and cafés had taken their chairs and tables inside of. Lightning lit the sky, and thunder shook the floor. The wind was once blowing demanding, picking out up sticks and leaves and trash. “We need to locate conceal! ” stated Dipper. “Run! ” He and Jack and Annie bowed their heads opposed to the downpour and ran up Bourbon highway. “Dipper! Over right here, guy! ” an individual yelled. It used to be Little Mack. Little Mack, chuffed, and massive nostril Sidney have been waving to Dipper from the entrance of a depressing development on a nook.