Laura is busy, working on a story for a story-writing contest that's being held in her town. Her story is about two star-crossed lovers and a jealous old wizard. The crabby old wizard at first tries to separate them. However, he eventually realizes the error of his ways. He creates a rainbow bridge to bring them back together and the lovers cross the stars. The stars are still up there today, it's the Milky Way. Hamtaro heads to the clubhouse, where he comments about trying to figure out what all the decorations around town are for. Snoozer talks in his sleep about story-writing contest and a Milky Way festival. Maxwell's seen some signs for it and explains it to the ham-hams. The ham-hams decide that they too should make up stories. Maxwell starts up with something about astronomy, which causes Dexter to shoot back that a story should be something he makes up, not something from a science book. Then, Oxnard shows up the clubhouse, very excited. He's just heard some good news and can't wait to tell the ham-hams about it. His love, Pepper, is coming to town! Boss is surprised, after all, they just saw her not long ago. (In "Pepper's Visit," which wasn't that long ago, provided one follows the first season timeline.) The ham-hams think back on the wild time that they had then. Oxnard says that Pepper just knows how to have a good time, no matter where they end up. Bijou thinks they'll enjoy the visit, saying that Pashmina and her like Pepper's sense of fashion. The ham-hams continue to work on their preparations. Cappy is making a bunch of party hats. Dexter and Howdy are doing story-writing, but both end up with the same story, about "a handsome ham-ham who's always getting stuck with this annoying ham-ham." Oxnard, however, isn't doing any of that. He's busy making a nice present for Pepper. Back at Laura's, Laura is doing more work on her story. She's decided to make some changes and is adding in a hamster. Naturally, Hamtaro thinks this is a great idea. Elswhere, Dylan is talking with Pepper. He says that he has his Milky Way story ready, but he wonders what kind of story Pepper would come up with if she could talk. Pepper thinks back to "Oxnard's Big Crush," when Oxnard yelled out his love for her through the car window. She can't wait to see him. That could be more of a problem than anyone thinks, though. On the day of the big festival, Kana and Laura are waiting for Dylan at Oxnard's house. Oxnard is getting very antsy in his cage, thinking that maybe Pepper isn't coming. Then, they get a call. Dylan's car has broken down in Lake Chickawombat, a popular place for Bigfoot enthusiasts. Pepper complains that she told Dylan to the transmission before they left, but he didn't listen. After all, she's just a hamster. It's a long way away and Oxnard fears that all is lost. Still, he feels that he has to do something. He slips out of his cage and takes off. The ham-hams protest, saying that the mountain is three days away at their speeds and that there isn't any way to get there. Not only that, but Kana is going to notice he's gone missing. Oxnard won't hear any of it and continues onwards. The ham-hams decide that they need a plan and quickly. What they need is a decoy. They quickly decide that Cappy is going to be the decoy and before he can say anything, they quickly slip into Oxnard's carrier. Boss says they're counting on him. Cappy pleads with them not to leave him there, but his protests fall on deaf ears. Noticing that they're not coming back, he nervously says that the joke is over. But it's not a joke at all. As the ham-hams head after Oxnard, Dylan is back on his way. Kana and Laura suggested that he catch a train so that he could make it into town. As the ham-hams catch up to Oxnard, they see the train going by, with Dylan and Pepper on board. They decide to head back, but not before rescuing Cappy. Unfortunately, things have become a bit more complicated. The girls have taken off to meet Dylan and have taken Cappy, thinking him to be Oxnard, with them. They did find a bit odd though that Oxnard wouldn't come out of his house, but figured that he was just tired. Kana and Laura meet Dylan at the train station. They try to get Oxnard to say hello to Pepper, but can't figure out why Oxnard is being so unsociable. They finally decide to let the issue go, at which point Cappy reveals himself to Pepper and explains what happened. Dylan talks with the girls, saying that he's thinking of getting into writing storybooks. He could use a pen name, such as "Harry Gardner." The ham-hams finally arrive and begin their search for Pepper. However, they keep missing everyone. Laura, however, sees Hamtaro flitting by for a brief second, but dismisses it, saying that she thinks that maybe she should have her eyes checked. The ham-hams in general may be inobservant, but Penelope isn't and starts crying out "ookwee." Pashmina doesn't understand, though and thinks that Penelope just wants a treat. The ham-hams search all over, but become dejected when they still can't find Pepper. Oxnard, however, is determined to keep searching and so they climb up a pole, hoping to get a better view. Up top, they finally spot Pepper. The girls and Dylan are at a crosswalk light, which is going to turn green any second, eliminating the ham-hams possible last hope of catching up to Pepper. Oxnard manages to get Pepper's attention, as the picture he made of him and her goes fluttering down to the ground. Pepper sees it and spots the ham-hams. They tell her that they need a distraction. So Pepper starts ramming up against her carrier, causing Dylan to stop and wonder what's gotten into her. This provides sufficient distraction for Oxnard to slip down and get Cappy out of his carrier and get in himself. Once he's finally inside, Pepper stops her distraction. The girls notice that Oxnard has finally become sociable and decide to place him together with Pepper. Oxnard apologizes to Pepper, saying that he's messed everything up. Pepper tells him that he didn't mess anything up. In fact, she's very impressed that he went to so much trouble for her. They rub up against each other happily, schmubby-wubby. That evening, Laura reflects on the events of the day. She worked up the courage to tell her story and she's glad that she did. She tied for first-place with Dylan. She mentions that she's going to get the story posted on Kana's website. Impressed with her story-writing skills, she starts thinking of some hamster-themed pen-names for herself. She thinks that today was fun and tomorrow will be even better.moreless
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