Chapter One: An Epic Quest
The four children hushed as they reached a large, metal door. This was sure to require concentration.
"That door is mine!" Stingy said as it began to open. Pixel led them inside, where they were confronted by a terrifying monster. "That monster is also mine." Its wide open jaws were dripping with drool as it began to approach the group.
"Oh, I don't like this game!" a frightened Ziggy said, hiding behind some cushions and throwing his console controller on the ground.
Stingy and Pixel looked on as Trixie pulled the cushions away from his face. "Ziggy, it's not real! It's only a computer game, it can't hurt you. Now, concentrate, or our party will lose." The door to Pixel's bedroom began to slowly creak open.
"Oh no, the monster's here to get us!" Ziggy covered his eyes. As the door opened further, a young girl stepped in.
"Hi guys, what are you up to?" said the pink-clad visitor.
"Hello, Stephanie!" Stingy smiled.
After seeing who it was, Ziggy immediately calmed down. "Oh, thank goodness, it's you." He breathed a sigh of relief. "We're playing this really scary computer game!" Ziggy said, pointing at the TV screen. The words 'GAME OVER' flashed on it.
"Ziggy, we were about to win! Why weren't you concentrating?" Pixel shouted.
"Oh, err, sorry." Ziggy sheepishly looked down.
Stephanie smiled at the group. "Want to play soccer with me? I have this brand new ball!" The ball was red with white spots on it. Stingy stared at it.
"May I see that, Stephanie?"
"Of course you can, Stingy." Stephanie handed it to Stingy.
"Thanks." He gripped it tightly. "It's mine."
Ziggy looked over at Stingy. "What do you mean 'it's yours'?"
"What I mean to say is that it is my property. I mean, just look at it. It's red with white spots. You know what else is red with white spots?"
"Err, a mushroom?"
"It was a rhetorical question. The answer is my bow-tie! So, clearly, this ball is mine." Stingy got off the sofa. "Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll just be heading home with my ball." Stingy opened the door and left Pixel's house. Stephanie watched helplessly as Stingy walked away.
Ziggy looked at Stephanie. "Hmm… I don't think that football really belonged to Stingy." He said to her. Pixel and Trixie picked up their controllers and began a new two-player game.
"It doesn't." Stephanie frowned. "Come on, Ziggy, let's go outside and play something else."
Ziggy followed Stephanie out the door of Pixel's house. "What should we play, Stephanie?" he asked as they began to make their way to the sports field.
"I know! We can play some baseball!" Stephanie picked up a bat.
Ziggy perked up. "Ah yes, excellent idea, Stephanie! Now, I just need to find my baseball glove. Hmm, where did I put it? Oh, I remember - I let Stingy borrow it!"
Stingy hummed The Mine Song's instrumental break as he drove his little yellow car around LazyTown. He had the red and white ball propped up proudly in the seat next to him. "You're mine, aren't you ball?"
"Stingy! Stingy!" Ziggy called as he ran towards Stingy.
"What now, Ziggy?" Stingy said as he pulled the red and white ball closer to him.
"Oh, well, Stephanie and I were planning on playing some baseball. And, I was just wondering, could I get the baseball glove that I let you borrow back?"
"Ah, now let me think. No."
Ziggy's smile quickly became sullen. "What? Why not?"
"You let me borrow it. Now it's mine." Stingy patted his chest proudly. Ziggy hobbled off dejectedly, back towards Stephanie.
"He won't give it back! He says it's his!" Ziggy glumly looked up at Stephanie as she placed a comforting hand on his shoulder. He resumed talking. "I just wish Stingy would stop being so… what's the word?"
"Stingy?" Stephanie suggested.
Down underground, in a secret bunker, a lazy man was woken by the commotion taking place above. "What's going on up there?" Robbie Rotten wondered aloud as he popped a periscope out of the ground.
Ziggy nodded. "Yeah, that's it. He's always claiming things, never shares. Remember when he claimed the see-saw? He couldn't even play with it properly because he wouldn't let anybody sit on the other end! And what about the time when he said that the roundabout was his? It never even moved because he wouldn't let anybody push it! How can we make him more generous?"
Stephanie shrugged. "I don't know, Ziggy. If only we could show him the effect of what he's doing. If he knew how rude he can be, then maybe he'd stop being so greedy."
Below the action, Robbie grinned. "So, it seems that this 'Stringy' fellow upsets Pinky and Candy-boy. Very interesting!"
Ziggy put his hands on his hips. "We need a scheme to stop Stingy's stinginess! But what can we do?"
"Did I hear someone say they needed a scheme?" a voice asked.
Ziggy jumped and nodded. "Yes, yes, it was me!"
"Who's there?" asked Stephanie.
The speaker stepped forward. "Only me, the best schemer in all of LazyTown! In fact, I do believe that I have the solution to your problem..."