Winghaven is a tiny planet orbiting Earth. It serves as the headquarters and home of the Little Wingsters, four angels who rush to help children all over the world.
The four little Wingsters visit Moya aka ‘Dispatch’, via a chute inside the British postbox on the surface of Winghaven, through a door at the back. In front, a video screen shows footage of specific kids calling for help. Directions come out of the slot at the top, with a classic icecream-van tinkle.
When she isn’t dishing out tasks to her four couriers, Moya sings to herself as Winghaven floats through space, sometimes with a full orchestral accompaniment. She’s doesn’t follow any rules as to what comprises ‘music’, so the sounds can get very interesting, with a mashup of conversations, animal, bird and whale sounds, waves crashing, toilets flushing, and baths emptying.
The all-knowing Moya appears as a cluster of tiny bright lights which form and reform into various shapes, like an electric flock of starlings, entertaining and comforting the little emissaries whenever they return for a debriefing. Depending on Moya’s inclination, the cloud of lights forms loving hands, or wings, or simply whirling spirals.
Sometimes their pet sheep eats the telexes on his way to take them to the angels. The sheep is called Ignatius and he feeds off the blue green grass of the planet. If he misses out on telexes, he eats fallen Slynaps feathers. In unsociable moments, he curls up for a nap or a sulk on top of the Tree.
The Slynaps Tree grows straight through Winghaven, its trunk forming part of the decor of Moya’s office. Its crown catches passing star-seeds in its snowy feathers, which then form cocoons growing new baby angels.
The big ‘H’ in front of the Keep, stands for ‘Hello’. The planet is very hospitable, and welcomes visitors of all shapes and persuasions.
Above, from left to right:
1) Coco’s cocoon which she leaves a little reluctantly at the beginning of the story, for her first day as a Little Wingster.
2) The Keep: Where the Wingsters sleep. When entered, each one is a magical space. Punki’s apartment is complete with city lights outside; Inga has a castle; Coco has a snug circular room atop a tower (straight out of Timbuktu) with views to infinity; and a Greek temple is what Xuki has dreamed up. So the entrances to this dovecote are portals to other realities, and furnished according to each angel’s tastes. Decor doesn’t change much.
3) Instructions to the Little Wingsters of this celestial courier company come through the slot of this postbox which Punki found on a street somewhere far, far away. (Nobody seemed to be using it.) Videos of the children and their requests appear here too, sent by Moya from her control room at the core of the planet.
Rules of Winghaven:
1) Wear your wings during your gigs in case a child can see you, so they know what you are. You travel by thought, but the wings will prevent a freak out.
2) Don’t take things they’re still using. Tidying up is allowed.
3) Using only thought, all Little Wingsters can enlarge and reduce anything , and adapt it to make new stuff.
4) Anything a Little Wingster can imagine, will become reality immediately. Be careful what you imagine or you might have to Undo, which is a bit more complicated.