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Masquerade~ Part 5

The palace guards had caught me red-handed with the Rainbow Stone and dragged me down to their deepest dungeon. I was to stay there until further notice. I worried terribly about my mother who would wake up the next morning to find me missing and discovering that I had been sent to the dungeon in Ethenia.

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I felt like I was awake all night, but knew it wasn’t so when I woke up to a gentle voice saying, “Liesel. Liesel!”

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I opened my eyes and saw my mother standing on the other side of my cell wrapped in her golden shawl and carrying an old folded up blanket. “Are you alright, darling?” My mother inquired, her voice quavery.

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“No, I’m not, but I am better now that you’re here. Mother, I’m so sorry about all – ” I began, but Mother interrupted me,

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“It’s alright. Here, I brought you a blanket to keep yourself warm.” She said as she handed me the blanket through the cell bars.

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“Thank you.” I said gratefully and wrapped it around my shoulders. “Mother, truly, I am so sorry. I should have told you about my meeting with Frederic, but I was scared. I thought I was doing the right thing by keeping our secret, but I ended up getting put in jail. I’m so sorry.” I apologized as a few tears entered my eyes.

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Mother wrapped her hand around mine and said, “I know, dear. And it’s okay. We’re going to work this out.”

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“Times up.” The jail guard said and mother looked back at him sadly.

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“I have to go now, but don’t worry. I’ll be back soon. I promise.” Mother said sincerely. “Goodbye, Mother. And thank you.” I said and watched her go with an aching heart.

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The next morning, I lay on the floor of my cell sobbing. I missed my mother, my home, and I absolutely hated being locked in the dungeon. I was beyond miserable and completely depressed.

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I heard footsteps stop at my cell and looked up, expecting to see my mother, but instead was disgusted at the sight of my visitor. “What are you doing here?” I inquired angrily.

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“I’m here to give you the good news. I’ve spoken with the king and he has agreed to let you go.” Frederic said with a broad smile that made me suspicious.

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“Why are you smiling?” I asked suspiciously.

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“Oh, maybe just because I know that you’ll end up poorer than a lowly servant before long.” He replied with a grin.

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“What? What did you do?” I demanded of him.

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His face grew serious. “You didn’t get me the Rainbow Stone and now you never will. Therefore, our deal has fallen through. I told several people back at your home kingdom the truth about your father and by now the word is spreading like wild fire. Before long, you and your mother will be in so much debt that you’ll be forced to sell your home and all your belongings. You’ll be living on the streets!” Frederic finished with a merry laugh.

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I turned away and said, “No…”

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Frederic began walking away, but he said over his shoulder, “You really should thank me. After all, I just gave you back your freedom!” He may have given me back my freedom, but now my life and reputation was destroyed.

To be continued in Part 6!! ๐Ÿ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 4

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As I was walking up to my home I saw my mother standing straight and tall waiting for me. “Liesel, where were you?” She inquired with a sound of worry.

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“I got a little distracted on the way home.” I explained. There was a bit of truth to that. I got distracted when I saw Frederic on my way home and went to speak with him. So at least I wasn’t lying completely…. Well, okay, maybe I was….

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“You said you’d be back by teatime. I had to entertain our guest on my own because you weren’t here.” Mother stated with annoyance. I knew by the look in her eyes that the guest was Mrs. Oppenheimer – someone my mother and just about everyone in town found it hard to get along with.

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“I’m sorry, Mother. I didn’t realize I was gone so long.” I apologized.

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“Well next time try to remember to keep your promises. I was about to send for the carriage and go in search of you.” Mother said in distress.

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“I will, Mother.” I promised.

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“Good. Now let’s go inside out of the sun before we freckle.” Mother suggested and we headed into the house.

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That night, I met Frederic in front of Wilcott Palace in Ethenia. “Well, I’m here. What do you need me to do?” I inquired impatiently. I just wanted to get this over with as quickly as possible.

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“There’s a stone inside the palace known as The Rainbow Stone. I need you to steal it.” Frederic explained.

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“Here, you’ll need this.” He said as he handed me a small black pouch.

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“Why won’t you do it yourself? Is it dangerous?” I questioned.

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“Why would I risk my life like that?” He answered my question with a question.

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My eyes widened in fear when he said that. I sighed and said, “Well, looks like I have a stone to steal.”

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I sneaked into the palace through an open window and looked around the dark room. Then I spotted a pedestal with a small stone placed atop a pillow. “That must be The Rainbow Stone.” I thought.

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I opened the drawstring pouch and placed the stone inside.

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As I pulled the strings tight, I gasped as I heard a man’s voice shout, “Hold it right there!”

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I quickly spun around with my hands in the air and saw a palace guard facing me with a gun in hand.

DUN DUN DUN DUUUNN!

That ends part 4! The next part will be coming soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

Oh, and here’s a bonus pic I took of Jenna for you –

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Have a great rest of your day! :)

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 3

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As I was taking a stroll a couple of days after the ball, I noticed Frederic standing not too far away. “I must do anything.” I told myself and mustered up some courage to go speak with him.

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“Ahem.” I said to get his attention.

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When he faced me, his face lit up. “Ah, Liesel. I’ve been wondering when I would run into you again. What brings you here?” He inquired, trying to sound as kind and polite as he possibly could.

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“I’m here to discuss that deal you mentioned at the ball. What do you need me to do?” I asked reluctantly.

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Before answering, he looked around as though to make certain that no one else would hear what he was about say.

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“It’s not safe to speak here.” He said and looked at aย man who was walking by. “I need to know the details, Frederic, although I will do anything to keep my father’s true nature a secret.” I stated firmly.

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“I’m glad to hear it.” He said with a grin and reached in his pocket.

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“Take this. I need you to meet me at the written destination tonight at midnight.” He issued as he extended his hand out for me to take the paper. I looked down on it and sighed. “How do I know I’m not walking into some sort of trap?” I inquired. “You don’t. But you’ll just have to trust me.” He said sternly.

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I hesitantly reached out and took the folded up piece of paper.

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“So, it’s a deal? I do what you need me to do and you promise you’ll keep my secret?” I confirmed, still worried that he wouldn’t follow through.

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“You have my word. And don’t forget; midnight tonight. I’ll be waiting.” He reminded me and walked away.

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I watched him for a moment. Did I really just do the right thing? How did I know I could trust him?

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I unfolded the paper and read the note which said, “Wilcott Palace, Ethenia.”

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I let out a big sigh. Somehow I knew that I was going to regret this deal for the rest of my life.

To be continued in Part 4! ๐Ÿ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 2

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I walked into the parlor at our house and noticed my mother sitting at the desk. “Oh! Mother, I didn’t think you would still be awake.” I said with surprise. “What are you doing home so early?” She inquired, ignoring what I had just said.

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“I was just feeling a little tired.” I fibbed and took a seat.

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“Liesel, what is it? What’s troubling you?” My mother questioned as she studied me. Somehow mothers always know when something is bothering their children.

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“Nothing.” I replied quite simply, then went on to say, “How are you feeling, Mother? Is your headache gone?” I inquired, trying to change the subject.

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“Yes, I am feeling much better. Now, would you please tell me what’s wrong?” She asked in her gentle motherly tone.

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“Nothing – it’s just – nothing, I’m fine.” I quickly assured her as I reached for the teapot.

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“I know you don’t do well in large crowds. Were you feeling uncomfortable?” Mother tried again, but I just couldn’t tell her.

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“Would you like a cup of tea?” I offered, ignoring her question. Mother sighed and said, “Yes, thank you.”

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As I was carrying the cup and saucer, I felt so nervous that I was trembling and dropped them on the floor.

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“I’m so sorry! I’ll clean it up.” I apologized and reached down to pick up the cup and saucer.

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As I set a new cup and saucer on her desk, Mother said, “Liesel, I know for a fact now that something is wrong. You never just drop things and I saw how you were trembling. What is it?”

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I closed my eyes and looked away with a sigh. “You’re right, Mother. Something is on my mind.” I confessed.

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“It’s Father. Some of the other women were talking about the great things their fathers are doing and what a success they are, that it got me to thinking about him.” I lied again. Mother couldn’t know about my meeting with Frederic.

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“You didn’t say anything, did you?” Mother asked in a panic.

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“No, no, of course not!” I assured her and continued, “But I was wondering… What would happen if someone did find out?” I inquired with caution, not wanting to alarm my mother more than I already had.

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“That’s not something to wonder, Liesel, because no one will find out.” Mother answered.

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“I know, it’s just that I’m curious. What would happen if others knew?” I asked again.

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Mother stood and headed for the door. “If others knew, we would be shamed and we would become the laughingstock of the kingdom. We could lose our house, our riches, and all that we had. We’d go back to poverty.” She finally explained with a trembling voice.

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“No one must find out what your father really was and we must do anything to keep others from knowing the truth.” She said sternly.

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“Anything?” I repeated.

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Anything.” She said and went upstairs. I knew I had upset her and that I had brought up a painful topic, but I just had to know for sure.

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“Well, I have my answer then. She said we have to do anything, so that’s exactly what I’ll do. Even if it means doing something for Frederic.”

That concludes part 2! Look for part 3 coming soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Masquerade~ Part 1

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It was the biggest night of the entire year – the Duke and Duchess’ Annual Springtime Ball. I had not wished to go because I never did too well at large parties, balls, or anything such as that, but I knew I had to. If I hadn’t accepted the generous invitation – which was shocking I’d even received one – My family and I would have been completely disgraced. So at the ball, I did my best to engage with some of the other rich girls, but that didn’t go so well. I ended up listening more than talking.

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As I was listening to the young ladies chat away, I had a strange feeling inside. Something wasn’t right.

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I looked behind me and saw a young man watching the men and women dance away to the music.

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Wait a second. I knew that face.

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My heart was racing and I found it hard for me to breathe. “Calm. Stay calm.” I told myself.

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“Please excuse me, ladies.” I said politely with a quick curtsy.


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As I hurried toward the exit, someone tapped my shoulder.

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“May I have this dance?” That horrid man inquired with a bow.

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Knowing how improper it would be for me to refuse, I reluctantly said, “You may.”

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We danced in silence for a moment. I didn’t dare speak or even look at him in the eye. I completely and utterly despised him.

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“You know why I’m here, Liesel.” He whispered with a threatening tone.

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“On the contrary, Frederic, I have no idea why you’re here.” I stated, still not even making eye contact.

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“I need you to do something for me.” He began, his eyes squinted and cruel. He continued on to say, “And you will do it, because I’ve got a bit of leverage, which is something you’ll never have on me.”

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“And what is that?” I questioned with disgust. “I knew your father. I know what he was and what he did. And I also know how you and your family have tried to hide it all your lives, but the truth has a way of coming out one way or another. Get me what I need, and I’ll keep your little secret.” Frederic offered. I was trying so hard to get the tears in my eyes to disappear. I knew that if I didn’t do what he wanted, he would expose the truth to everyone and our family would be shamed for eternity.

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Anger and fear boiled up inside of me and I pushed myself away from him and fled from the palace, leaving Frederic standing alone with a scowl on his face.

That concludes part 1!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Paper Cut (and Day 21)

Hey guys! Today I got around to making a photostory and then I cleaned my room, so I feel really good right now! Plus, I’m listening to the Tangled soundtrack, so that’s always awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€

Now, let’s get on with the photostory!

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“Samantha? Do you have to do that right now?” Riven-Delle asked her sister who was busy cleaning out the closet.

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Without looking up from her work she replied, “Yes! If I don’t do it no one else will and it needs to be done!”

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With a sigh and a shake of her head, Riven-Delle leaned back in her chair and tried to concentrate on what to write in her writing journal.

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Clara entered the room and spotted Samantha cleaning out the closet. “Um, Samantha? Didn’t you just clean out the closet yesterday?” Clara inquired.

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“Yes, but it has to be done again because no one ever puts things away properly!” Samantha stated in frustration. Clara knew very well that the purses at least hadn’t been touched at all since she cleaned the closet last, but she didn’t press the matter for she knew that Samantha loved to clean more than anyone.

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“Are you okay, Riven-Delle? You look tired.” Clara observed.

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“Oh, no, I’m just having trouble concentrating.” Riven-Delle replied with a slight grin.

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“Oh, I see. Well I’m just getting some paper, but I’ll do my best not to distract you.” Clara said with a smile.

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As Clara grabbed a sheet of paper, it slipped and lightly scraped her finger.

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“Ow!” Clara yelped and then let out a quiet hiss. “What happened?” Samantha asked as she instantly turned her head at Clara’s cry of pain.

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“Oh, it’s nothing. Just a paper cut.” Clara reassured her sister.

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As Clara picked the paper off of the floor, she looked at her finger and saw that it was bleeding.

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Clara instantly closed her eyes and turned away while taking deep breaths. “Clara, what’s wrong?” Riven-Delle inquired as she jumped out of her chair.

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“I’m feeling faint.” Clara said softly.

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Riven-Delle and Samantha rushed to their sister and helped her to the chair.

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“Alright, put your head down. You’ll be okay.” Riven-Delle comforted as Clara did as she was told.

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“What made you get all faint so suddenly?” Samantha asked.

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“I looked at my finger and saw that it was bleeding.” Clara explained.

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Clara sat up once she was feeling better and said, “You know, Riven-Delle-

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-I hate paper cuts.”

THE END

So yeah, this photostory was inspired by the paper cut I got yesterday. When I saw my fingerย was bleeding I had to instantly look away cause I felt close to faintness. I wasn’t nearly as bad as Clara, but since she faints a lot, I thought it could work with her LOL!

Now, for Day 21 – Favorite recipe:

Hmm…. This is hard. I guess I’ll just go with the Funfetti Cookie recipe! They’re SO good and my brother, Jordan LOVES them!ย I can’t wait to make them this winter! ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you ever get faint when you see blood?ย 

~Jaclynn~

Sadie’s Hope~ Part 4

YAY! It’s here!! If you haven’t seen the last part, or perhaps just forgot what happened, check it out by clicking here :)

Alrighty, you all caught up? Great! Let’s get started! ๐Ÿ˜€

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The woman dragged them down to the basement.

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“I have something planned for the two of you. You shall never see each other again!” The lady shouted with an evil look on her face.

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She shoved them to the floor, hurried out of the empty room, and locked the door behind her.

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Sadie ran to the door and began pounding on it. “Let us out!!” Sadie screamed, but Amy came up to her and touched her shoulder.

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Sadie flinched at the touch of Amy’s hand and cried, “I can’t be stuck in here again!” Amy and Sadie stood there in silence.

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“You’ve been down here before?” Amy inquired with a sympathetic look.

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Sadie nodded, trying to hold back her tears.

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“I’m so sorry, Sadie.” Amy said softly, not really knowing what to say.

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“HOW DARE MARK!” Sadie shouted, and banged against the door again.

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“I know, it was wrong of him.” Amy said calmly.

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“HOW CAN YOU BE SO CALM!” Sadie cried, tears streaming down her cheeks.

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“Sadie, believe me, I’m upset, too, but right now isn’t the time to be playing the blame game. Let’s just try to think of a way out of here.” Amy advised.

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“Fine.” Sadie replied, but then the door shook and it opened.

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Sadie jerked forward, but Amy grabbed her arm and held her back.

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The woman appeared in the doorway with two guards. “That one, take her to the train station along with the others.” The lady ordered, pointing at Sadie –

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– and one of the guards grabbed her.

DUN DUN DUUUN!

Emma will be posting the next part on her blog soon! ๐Ÿ˜€

~Jaclynn~

Giving The Horses Some Exercise~ A Photostory

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Felicity smiled atย her beautiful mare, Penny as she led her out of the barn to get some exercise.

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“Wow, you’re already ready?” Felicity asked with a chuckle. Kaya grinned and said, “Yes,ย I’m sorry I took so long. I just wanted to make sure Steps High was thoroughly groomed first.” Felicity smiled playfully. “It’s okay, I’m used to it.” She teased.

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The two sisters walked their horses through the small field and chatted away.

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“Just think, as soon as Luthien, Eowyn, and Sparks Flying get old enough to ride, we can go riding with Saige, Annika, and Jocelyn!” Kaya said excitedly. She always loved spending time with her sisters outdoors.

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“Yeah! I wonder if Jocelyn knows how to ride already…” Felicity and Kaya pondered this a while, until they decided it was time to mount their horses for a short ride.

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“FOR NARNIA!” Felicity shouted and Kaya laughed. “What is that?” She inquired. Felicity gasped. “We haven’t watched Narnia together yet, have we?” She asked in disbelief.

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“No…?” Kaya said questioningly, wondering what other movie she was going to be getting herself into.

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Kaya and Felicity had a great time that afternoon with their very best friends – their horses.

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Hi! Oh, my goodness, it was SO hot outside when I took these pictures! And windy, so it was hard to balance Kaya on her horse without a saddle LOL! I was disappointed when I went outside and realized the lighting wasn’t that great for taking pictures, and then when I came inside I looked out the window and the whole area I was taking pictures in got shaded…. ๐Ÿ˜•

Okay, so a bit of exciting news……. ELLA COMES HOME ON SATURDAY!! YAY!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ There will definitely be a post about her on that day! ๐Ÿ˜‰

OH! One more thing! I added a new page called “Meet Jaclynn”, so be sure to head over there and check it out! :)

Who is your doll’s best friend?

~Jaclynn~

Animal Lover~ A Photostory

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Following my new mom’s directions, I headed out back to introduce myself to a couple of my many new siblings. I saw a boy and a girl playing with a little gray husky puppy. They looked friendly, but I myself have always been a shy girl and always felt a little insecure when meeting new people. I wished that my mom, Jaclynn was here to introduce me, but she had something very important to do, so I was on my own. I took a deep breath in and slowly let it out. Okay, I can do this.

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I hesitantly walked over to them, but they were so distracted with the puppy that they didn’t even notice I was there. I had hoped they would notice me so they would start up a conversation, but now it was up to me. What was I to say? I guess that “hi” would work, but I felt like my voice would be so soft that they wouldn’t hear me, so instead I cleared my throat to get their attention.

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They quickly looked my way, their faces very confused. The puppy however, seemed delighted to see me and started running over to me. The girl called out, “Pepper! Come here!”, but he didn’t listen. He kept right on running until he reached-

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-my feet. His tiny tongue tickled so much as he licked away at my toes, I couldn’t help but giggle.

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I reached down and gave his ear a little scratch.

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“He really likes you!” The girl said kindly and I smiled. “So, who are you?” The boy inquired, still seeming confused.

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“I’m Jocelyn. I’m your new sister…” I replied questioningly. I didn’t understand why they were so confused. I thought Jaclynn would have told them I was coming…

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The boy and girl looked at each other with surprise. “I can’t believe mommy didn’t tell us!” The girl said in disbelief.

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They both came closer and the girl said, “My name is Kiara and this is Dallas.”

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“And that’s Pepper.” Dallas announced as he gestured to the little puppy resting by my feet.

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“I’m sorry if we seemed a little rude. We were just really caught off guard when you told us you were our sister.” Kiara apologized.

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“Oh, it’s okay! I understand.” I assured her.

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“So how old are you?” Dallas questioned.

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“Fifteen.” I replied.

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“You seem to have a really nice way with animals. Do you have a pet?” Kiara inquired.

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“No, I don’t, but I have always wanted a dog and a horse!” I said dreamily.

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Kiara gasped. “We have to have Lissie, Saige, and Kaya show her the horses!” She exclaimed, looking at Dallas with a huge smile on her face.

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“You have horses?!” I asked excitedly and probably a little too loudly. This place just suddenly got amazing!

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“Yeah! We have two horses and three foals!” Kiara said, smiling broadly.

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“Oh, my gosh!! FOALS?!” I squealed.

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Dallas laughed. “Yep! Come on, let’s get Lissie, Saige, and Kaya to introduce you to them!” He suggested.

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I eagerly followed Dallas into the house, with Kiara and Pepper not far behind.

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Horses? Foals?! Even with how shy I am, my excitement over something can really help me feel so comfortable around people. And Dallas and Kiara were really nice, so I was sure that if the others were anything like them, I was going to absolutely love it here.

~Jocelyn
With help from
~Jaclynn~

Riven-Delle’s Writing Day

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Hi everyone! If you’ve gone to the “Meet My Dolls” page, you’d know that I love to write! Today, I am having a writing day and I thought I’d share a few tips for having a successful writing day :)

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First off, get comfortable. Wear some soft, comfy pants and a t-shirt. Put on a hairstyle that makes you feel ready to work! Some people like to just stay in their pj’s all day when they write and leave their hair down, but I like to get dressed and do my hair, so I feel ready to tackle my story!

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Next, always have a water bottle or a glass of water near you. If you plan to sit down for a few hours and write, you’ll tend to get thirsty, so water is always a good thing to have with you :)

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If you tend to get distracted easily, shut the door so you feel alone and can concentrate more easily on your work.

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Now you’re ready to write! Some people do their writing on paper, but I like to do mine on the computer. It goes faster for me and it’s much easier to correct any mistakes :)

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Remember, if you hit a dead end and you just can’t seem to push through the wall, maybe it’s time to take a break for a while. Usually when that happens to me, I take it as a sign that I need to stop for the day and think on it some more. If you force it too much, you may end up getting frustrated and stop writing for a week (maybe more).

Well, I hope these tips helped you! I’m gonna get started on my writing now, so maybe I’ll “see” you again soon! Bye for now! :)

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Hey, it’s Jaclynn now! I’m having a writing day myself and I thought I’d let you all know something…..

….. I’m working on writing the FINALE of my pirate stories!!! NOOOO!!! Oh, I’m going to die when it all ends. Probably cry. I’ll definitely miss writing them, but I’m excited to see how you will all like them and I hope that I can continue to write different stories that you’ll love just as much :)

Do you or your dolls enjoy writing?ย 

~Jaclynn~

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