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timemanagementtipsThe smoke rose like wispy serpents, fiery tongues licked the ground. Buildings burned and a barbecue smell waft through the air. Somewhere amid the charcoal rubble an amber eye popped open. Then a leg in tattered slacks wiggled beneath a board. An arm shot through the rubble. After a few minutes she was free.  Tiny sparks danced on her corduroy sleeve, her midnight curls matted with blood and sweat. She was cut and bruised, but she would soon heal. She hobbled among the destruction, a twisted unicycle here, an engulfed vehicle there. She stopped and covered her nose with the collar of her shirt.  She stared at the gutted frame of the wheel of time. It no longer spun. Panic began to drum inside her chest. She stepped backwards. Since the beginning of time the wheel has spun around and around. “Hello,” she called out. She squinted her eyes, scanning the smoke filled horizon. Where were all the people?  A patch of blue fell from above.

“Oh my stars.”  Another piece of blue fell near her shoe. Time was unraveling.  “No. No.” She raked her hands across her damp curls. “This isn’t good.” She smacked her forehead with the palm of her hand. A faint ticking sound reached her ears. She pulled up the sleeve of her jacket. The timepiece, it was ticking. Albeit a half second too slow. “There’s still time.” A smile broke like a rule across her face.  She started to run, her legs moving with a sense of purpose. She needed to find the time capsule.

She was on a desolate street with abandoned cars with flung open car doors. She looked around. She took a step, something squeaked beneath her foot. A faded rubber duck. She wondered about the child it belonged to. She picked it up. There in the distance was the time capsule protruding from the side of a building. She couldn’t recall how she got so far away. As she made her way toward the time capsule, a figure swaddled in black stood between her and the time capsule. The hood pulled back, revealing the cherub face of a boy who had not reached puberty. “Well that’s a clever costume.” Tesla clenched her fist.

“For the time being,” the boy replied. “I don’t want to fight you. We are the same, you and I. Two sides of a coin.” The boy grinned but the smile didn’t reach his steel gray eyes.

Tesla spat on the ground. “I’m nothing like you. You want to destroy all the world. There are people here.”

“The world was once destroyed by a flood. And yet there are still people here. I think it’s time to start anew again.” The boy pulled out a gold gleaming pocket watch. It swung like a pendulum.

“Where did you get that?” The boy laughed, emitting a metallic sound. With a swish of his cloak he headed toward the time capsule. Tesla sprang forward grabbing for the trailing cloak. The boy spun around and elbowed Tesla in the face. She recovered but not quick enough. The boy was already in the time capsule, a triumphant grin on his face. He disappeared in a blink.

Tesla’s hand balled into a fist, she opened it. And there was the pocket watch. Now the ends of her cut mouth curved upward. There was still time to save everything and everyone.

 

This is a chapter excerpt from a work-in-progress called Heir to the Kingdom

Chapter 1

Keep Her Safe

The moon was high in the sky. A glowing Cyclops in the midnight. Hoof beats and baby cries echoed in the night. Queen Nara with her baby daughter in a sling strapped to her back, galloped through the forest on a unicorn. Five hooded figures on horses black as tar pursued them. Plumes of smoke came from the horses’ nostrils. Queen Nara ducked, the baby sling twisted sideways. Low hanging branches knocked one of the hooded figures off his horse.

A flicker of a smile played on Queen Nara’s lips. The baby’s cries grew louder. She had to keep her safe. She gently kicked Neptune’s side. He quickly made a sharp right turn.

“Aaugh.” Another rider was lost. But there was still three more gaining ground. She looked back. The baby clenched her fist and continued to cry. Queen Nara’s brow creased. There was only one thing that could stop them long enough. She leaned forward and whispered in Neptune’s ear. He slowed to a canter. The midnight riders reigned in their horses. Queen Nara raised her hands with the palms facing the sky. Softly she spoke. “Lumiere.” Sunlight burst through the night. Two of the three midnight riders were thrown from their horses. The one that remained shielded her eyes from the blinding light.

Queen Nara dismounted Neptune. She glanced over her shoulder; she knew the shield wouldn’t last forever. She had to hurry. She removed her baby daughter from her back. She held her close to her bosom. “You aren’t safe here. You are the last.” Tears glistened on the queen’s cheeks. The baby stopped crying. She opened her eyes. One was purple the other brown. She grabbed her mother’s nose. The queen gently kissed her forehead. A shimmer remained on the baby’s forehead. She held her daughter in the crook of her arm and she took her free arm and plunged it into the lake, which look like liquid sapphires. Slowly she pulled her arm of the water. A mirror with silver sculptured leaves and flowers stood in the center of the lake. The surface of the mirror rippled like a stone skipped across it. “One day you’ll return. But until then you must remain hidden from them.” She held her daughter close to her bosom. The baby’s face turned red as a strawberry. The baby’s sharp cry cut through the night. “I love you my sweet little Sepia,” she said softly. She tucked the note inside the baby’s sling. “But if you aren’t kept safe, all will be lost.” She gave her daughter one final kiss on the forehead before placing her daughter on the mirror’s rippling surface. Tears pricked Queen Nara’s eyes as she watched the mirror shimmer as it shimmer as it took her daughter somewhere safe. The mirror was just a mirror again. Queen Nara took the palm of her right hand and pushed the mirror down into the sapphire lake.

The light shield broke. Queen Nara spun around. It was just her and the two midnight riders. “Where is the baby?” the female rider asked.

“Somewhere away from you Oleander.” Queen Nara unsheathed her rapier.

“Oh, sister dear, I’m only concern about my niece.” Oleander made a small gesture with her hands to her partner.

Close Encounters of the Nerd Kind

 

                “Hello, I’m Violet Wilson,” I said into my camcorder. “And this is my best friend, Sweet Pea.”

            “Call me Clementine,” she said defiantly, shielding herself from the lens.

            “Sorry.” I pressed the power button and put my camcorder into my book bag.

            “That name is only reserved for my mom,” she said, resting her hands upon her hips.

            “But not for best friends since third grade,” I said, with my best impression of a sad puppy dog.

            “Oh,” she groaned, lolling her head to the side. All her sandy brown corkscrew curls fell to the right side of her face.

            “How much Halloween candy did you eat?” I asked.

            “Not much. Just five snack-sized Butterfingers, a box of Nerds, a popcorn ball, two peanut butter pumpkins and a Tootsie Pop. Not much.” She shrugged her shoulders.

            This didn’t surprise me much; Sweet Pea had one serious sweet tooth.

            “Violet, I don’t think I’ll be at school tomorrow,” she said rubbing her tummy.

            I glared at her. “You have to be at school. Remember I’m captain in gym class tomorrow. Don’t you know what the means?”

            “I won’t be picked last,” she said, her eyes wide behind her pink framed glasses.

            “Not only that, we could be on our way to eating at the “in” table.”

            “You think all that will happen?”

            “Of course, we’ll be moving up the social ladder. We’ll be so cool.”

            “But isn’t Lindy Purtle already at the top of that ladder,” she innocently added.

            I sighed heavily and placed one of her Powerpuff Girls pillow over my face to catch my scream. “You really know how to break a girl’s dream.”

            “Besides, if being “cool” means I can’t like the Powerpuff Girls, I rather stay as I am,” she added, shaking her head along with her curls.

            I looked at her. It was clear she wasn’t being rational. “The Powerpuff Girls aren’t cool. They’re for five year olds. We’re in junior high now!” I threw my hands toward the ceiling. “How can we extend our social circle when we’re doing “uncool” things? You can’t make a circle with just two people,” I said.

            Clementine poked out her lower lip-glossed lip. “There are just some things I won’t do to be cool.”             She folded her arms.                                                                           At that moment, I wanted to pull out strands of my hair, and strangle her with them. Clementine’s mom poked her head in the room. “Violet, your mom is here,” she announced.

            I scrambled to my feet. “I better see you tomorrow,” I warned.

 

            Monday morning Clementine wasn’t at her bus stop. I stared out the window, hoping she would show up. I had no such luck. “I’m going to get her,” I mumbled. Just then, I got a whiff of moldy cheese. Oh no, Cheese Boy!

            He was about to park it next to me. I tried to place my book bag on the seat, but his behind was quicker than my hand.

            “Hello, Violet,” he said, sheepishly.

            I gave a weak smile and slumped low in my seat. I had to sit next to the malodorous Cheese Boy. I’m really going to get Clementine.

            I was at my desk almost through the section on the Reconstruction Era when Clementine finally planted herself next to me. I paid no attention to her.

            “Ms. Sweetney, it’s nice of you to join us. Isn’t it class?” Mrs. Sharp asked.                        Suddenly the classroom door opened and there stood a girl dressed in strange attire. Everyone’s eyes were drawn from their reading to the new girl that walked in.

            “Does she have on tin foil?” Lindy Purtle asked aloud.

            The class ruptured into giggles. The look Mrs. Sharp gave us, if it could kill, we would have all fell like autumn leaves. The laughter stopped. The new girl introduced herself as Kamaria Showers. Mrs. Sharp handed her a history book and she took the vacant seat behind me. I glanced back and noticed that her skirt did look like aluminum foil. I could actually see my reflection. Two cotton candy puffs were set atop her head. She flashed me a smile and said hi. I quickly went back to my reading.

            “She definitely makes us look normal,” I whispered to Clementine.

            “For homework, do the even questions at the end of the chapter,” Mrs. Sharp instructed as the bell rang.

            There were seven minutes to spare before math class. Clementine and I always went to our lockers (which were conveniently next to each other). She needed to refuel on sugar and I needed to exercise my brain. “That new girl is something peculiar,” I said, checking myself in the mirror. That pimple had finally evacuated the tip of my nose. My hair looked like a collection of dust bunnies upon my head. I wish I could get my hair relaxed. I sighed.

            “That new girl is coming this way,” Clementine, said interrupting my rambling thoughts.

            Sure enough, she was wearing a smile and sashaying toward us. Please don’t stop. I would definitely lose cool points associating with the new weird girl. But she did stop; she stood right next to me.

            “Hello, I didn’t catch your names. I’m Kamaria,” she said, with the widest smile.

            “Clementine.”

            “Violet,” I said trying to avoid eye contact.

            “Well, isn’t that lovely. You’re a flower and a shade of purple,” Kamaria beamed.

            Then Lindy and company had to stop in front of our lockers.                                               “Girl! Where did you get that outfit?” Lindy Purtle asked.

            Kamaria blinked her thousand eyelashes. “My mom made it, she makes all my clothes.” She gave a clumsy curtsey.

            “That is so cool. So Judy Jetson,” she said, sardonically.

            “So Judy Jetson,” Lindy’s friends echoed.

            “Thank you.” Kamaria smiled brightly.

            Lindy Purtle rolled her eyes. “Come on girls,” she commanded. “I’ve spent enough time chatting with these losers.” She sauntered off, but not before bumping me into my locker.

            “If I used profane language I know exactly what I would call her,” Clementine said once Lindy Purtle was out of earshot.

            The bell rang. We were late.

            “Ms. Sweetney and Ms. Wilson, class starts at 9:00 sharp not 9:06.” Mr. Tieman said, his brow forming one big hairy V.

            “We had to help the new girl,” I explained.

            Kamaria smiled shyly. Mr. Tieman’s features softened. Kamaria introduced herself to the class for a second time. Since all the seats were filled, she took the empty seat next to me. (The fates were against me). Mr. Tieman wrote a geometry problem on the board. ‘Find the area of a circle whose radius is 14cm.’ “Please don’t pick me,” I mumbled. But he did.

            I reluctantly got up. I just didn’t like doing problems on the board. I always made some kind of mistake. I thought for a moment. I would have to find the diameter before I I could figure out the area. I picked up the chalk, exhaled, and wrote 87.92. I turned toward the class. Mr. Tieman folded his arms and looked to the class.

            “Does anybody see anything wrong with her solution?”

            The weird new girl raised her hand.

            “Yes, Ms. Showers.”

            “She should have gotten 615.44. She did the incorrect calculation, finding the diameter and then preceding to find the circumference and not the area. You have to multiply pi by the radius squared.”

            Mr. Tieman’s eyes lit up like fireworks. “Excellent Ms. Showers. You may be seated Ms. Wilson.”

            I walked back to my seat. I made sure I gave her my best evil eye. She just smiled at me. “There’s a test on Friday. I hope we all know our correct formulas by then.”

            I bore my pencil down on my paper, leaving a dollop of graphite on my problems. She flashed me a 100-watt smile. “We can study together if you like,” she said.

            I was about to refuse when Clementine chimed in. “Ooh that is a good idea. We can all meet at my house and have snacks and study.” She clapped her hands together like a seal.

            “That sounds great,” I said forcing a smile.

            “What cute dimples you have Violet. They look like teeny crescent moons,” Kamaria said to me.

            I smiled more freely this time. And then the bell rang.

            After math class, Clementine and I usually take a restroom break, because Ms. Cotton never lets anyone out of her class once the bell has rung. Clementine was sprinkling a pixie stix on her tongue. And Kamaria followed me like a side by shadow. From this point on all cool points were out the window.

            In the bathroom, Lindy Purtle and her gaggle of girls were applying makeup to their faces. I envied Lindy’s straightened tresses. “Oh look it’s the nerd and company,” Lindy sneered. “Hey Kori, can you tell me the circumference of Clementine’s stomach?” Lindy‘s friends laughed..

            Clementine turned a shade of raspberry. I bit my lower lip, but Kamaria stood her ground.

            “First off, my name is Kamaria not Kori. I can give you the circumference of your brain. Zero.”

            Simultaneously our mouths dropped like a drawbridge. She had insulted Lindy Purtle in front of her friends.

            Lindy Purtle clenched her fists. “Are you making fun of me?”

            Kamaria replied calmly. “If the hat fits.” She turned on her heel. “We better get to class.”

            I couldn’t concentrate too much in science class because of the arctic blast that shot from Lindy Purtle’s side of the room. I avoided her glance at all cost. I looked over at Clementine and Kamaria. “Great, she’s here one day and she’s already managed to make me late, put me on Lindy’s bad side and ruin my social resume,” I complained silently.

            “I don’t know how I’ll be able to remember the difference,” bemoaned Clementine slouching low in her seat.

            “It’s easy, intrusive igneous rocks form beneath the Earth’s surface. Extrusive form at the Earth’s surface,” Kamaria explained.

            “Oh! So Intrusive beneath, Extrusive above,” Clementine said, clapping like a seal again.

            I looked over at Lindy Purtle. She was pounding her fist in her palm. I swallowed hard. Suddenly I wasn’t thrilled about the rest of the day.

            Ah the cafeteria, a miscellany of sounds and smells. Kids trying to out talk each other, and the weird burnt smells coming from whatever the lunch ladies were brewing.

            “I don’t know why they wait so long to give us lunch,” Clementine said as we took our seats at our usual spot. The table in the farthest corner. Clementine went straight for the applesauce, which she declared wasn’t sweet enough. “Yuck, this must be sugar free. Curse you Splenda.”

            I poked my meat lump with my fork. Kamaria was gladly eating all that was on her tray.

            “Yummy,” she said.

            My nose picked up that whiff again. Cheese Boy! “What do you want chees– Tevin?” I asked.

            “Can I sit with you lovely ladies?”

            “No! You may not,” I said placing my foot in the seat. “We’re having girlie conversation.”

            His smile dissolved into a frown. “Fine,” he said sulking away.

            “I think he likes you,” Kamaria pointed out.

            Clementine nodded her head in agreement. Her curls swaying back and forth.

            “Well, Cheese Boy, can like someone else,” I said.

            “Why do you call him that?” she asked.

            “Because he smells like moldy cheese.”

            She shrugged her shoulders. “Maybe his body chemistry doesn’t agree with his soap or deodorant.

            I raised my eyebrow at that one; she couldn’t be an ordinary teen. Clementine slurped her 2% milk. Cool people definitely didn‘t slurp.

            “Why do you want to be part of that so much?” Kamaria asked turning her attention toward the “in” table.

            “What do you mean?” I asked.

            “You know, you think if those people accepted you, that you’d be better off.”

            I was dumbfounded. How’d she know that?

            “Personally, I wouldn’t try to befriend people who didn’t like me the way I am. To me one real friend means so much more than many phony friends.”

            “Oh wow! Not only is she smart, but she has common sense too,” exclaimed Clementine.

            “The coolest thing is to be you. That‘s why I think you two are the coolest girls ever,” she said smiling.

            The lunch bell rang.

            In gym class, we picked our teams for softball. I was captain of the red team. I was ecstatic. Of course, I picked Clementine first (even though she’s athletically challenged).          She gave me a Cheshire cat grin, and pushed her glasses up the bridge of her nose. The last two people that were left were Sylvia, who always tripped over her feet, and Kamaria (probably because she rates high on the strange factor). Apparently, her gym shorts were made from aluminum foil too. I chose Kamaria, over two left feet Sylvia. Ms. Jones blew her whistle. My team was up to bat first.

            “Do your best Clem,” I shouted.

            The first ball came to her. She just stood there. The second ball came and she swung spinning herself all the way around. The third ball was a strike. “That’s okay,” I lied as Clementine took a seat. The weird new girl was next; Lindy Purtle wound the ball like a professional. She threw it with all her might. All I saw was a blur of cotton candy puffs. We had a homerun. But of course, when Nathalie and Jonette came to bat we had our last two outs.

            It was time for Lindy Purtle’s team to bat. When Lindy walked by Kamaria she must have stuck out her foot, because Kamaria fell to the ground.

            Ms. Jones blew her whistle. “Lindy.”

            “I didn’t do anything,” she said innocently. “She’s clumsy.”

            Kamaria was clutching her knee.

            “Are you okay?” Ms. Jones asked.

            Kamaria was silent.

            “Would someone like to escort her to the nurse’s office?”

            Nobody else volunteered, so I said I would take her.

            “Let’s see your knee?” I asked when we were in the hallway.

            She shook her head. I grabbed her hand. I couldn‘t believe what I saw. Or didn‘t see. Her knee wasn’t bleeding, but where the skin was broken; there was a blue iridescent patch. She looked at me. I was perplexed.

            “Is your leg prosthetic?” I asked.

            “I don’t need to go to a nurse. I can fix this myself.” She hobbled off to the girl’s restroom.

            I really couldn’t concentrate in English class. I couldn’t help but stare at Kamaria’s knee, which was wrapped with tissue paper now. She looked up from her reading and smiled at me. “I have something for you,” she said. She handed me a bracelet. It was smooth and pearly.

            “Are these gem stones?”

            “Yes, they’re moonstones; it is my friendship bracelet to you.”

            Clementine held up hers. “I have one too.”

            “Ladies, is there something you want to share with the class?” Mrs. Maples implored.

            We shook our heads. Looking at my bracelet, I forgot all about that strange patch on her knee.

            Before I knew it, English was over. I was walking sandwiched in between my best friend and my new friend. Lindy Purtle and her sheathens approached us.

            “How’s that knee?” Lindy asked.

            “Fine,” Kamaria responded, trying to walk past them.

            “Hey, I’m talking to you,” she said, pushing Kamaria.

            “We have a class to go to,” I said.

            Everyone in the hall was looking at us, even Cheese Boy. I could smell him. Lindy Purtle tore off the tissue paper. Kamaria covered her knee, but not before revealing that iridescent blue patch. Lindy Purtle’s eyes widened. “What the hell is that? Are you some kind of weirdo? Hey the new girl is some kind of weirdo.”           

            Kamaria grimaced. She head-butted Lindy Purtle. Then she ran in the girl’s rest room.

            “I am totally shocked and awed,” Clementine said.

            “Come on.” I grabbed Clementine and we ran after her.

            We found her crouched in the bathroom stall. Her head buried in her hands.

            “Kamaria are you okay?” we asked.

            She looked up. Her eyes were like rain. “No one was supposed to know.”

            “Know what?” I asked.

            “Know about me. My true self.”                     

             “I don’t understand,” Clementine said.

            “Me either,” I said.

            “My parents are going to be upset with me. No one was supposed to find out.”

            “Find out what?” we implored.

            She stood up from the stall. She removed all her epidermis to reveal blue iridescent skin, which glistened in the light. Her thousand eyelashes blinked. “See this is me.” Her voice gurgled as she spoke. Clementine made a sound like a banshee before hitting the floor. I on the other hand lost my voice somewhere between my uvula and my tongue. I took an awkward step back.

            She was the most beautiful yet frightening thing I’ve ever seen.

            Lindy Purtle stormed through the bathroom. “Where’s that heifa?”Lindy Purtle’s sneakers screeched as she stopped dead in her tracks. The whole bathroom suddenly flooded with fluorescent lights. The walls began to vibrate. My head felt like it was being pinched with tiny fingers. And then everything stopped.

 

            The next day I sat on the bus. Yesterday was a blur. My head pulsated. I kept having these fuzzy snapshots about a creature with a thousand eyelashes and blue skin. But I couldn’t remember where I’ve seen it. Clementine came and sat next to me. “Hi,” she said soft as snow falling.

            “Hi,” I said. And then I noticed we had the same pearly bracelets. We touched them. And echoed in our minds was the name Kamaria.

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thistle must die.

            Die he must.

            Be gone.

            No more.

            Bridget tossed. She buried her head under her pillow but still she heard them. Voices. Whispers in the night. Raspy and cold.

            When shall it be done?

            Right away.

            No.

            During the solstice.

            That is best

            Best it is.

            Bridget opened her eyes. The voices were right outside her window. Slowly she rose from her bed. She approached the window with trepidation and a racing heart. The moon was full. Full and bright. Right below her window the moon spilled light on a cluster of toadstools.

            How shall it be done?

            Poisoned boysenberries.

            That is best.

            Best it is.

            Bridget gasped. The voices were tiny beings. Tiny beings with wings. “Fairies.”

            The fairies looked up with orange glowing eyes.

            Bridget froze. She heard stories about these creatures. There were two kinds: light and dark. Seelie and Unseelie. These fairies were shades of midnight, violet and charcoal with spider-webbed wings. “They’re dark ones.” Bridget knew this couldn’t bode well. She quickly shut the window. But the fairies were quick as flies (three of the four made it inside her room).

            Hemlock.

            The fairies glanced back at the shut out fairy. Hemlock hit his twiggy fist on the window, until an owl scooped down and carried him away.

            Hemlock.

            He is gone.

            Gone is he.

            “Sorry about Hemlock.” Bridget had backed into the edge of her bed.

            The fairies tore their attention from the window and back on Bridget.

            Silence child.

            Don’t speak child.

            The fairies hovered inches from her face. She could clearly see that two of the fairies were male.

            She has the Sight. This came from the lone female. She was of violet hue with gossamer curls.

            She heard our plans.

            Our plans she heard.

            “I’m not going to tell anyone. Who would I tell?” She glanced at the door, it seemed so far away.

            Probably a spy for Thistle.

            Spy for Thistle. The male fairies chimed. Their angular midnight faces were too close to her nose.

            She must be silenced, Safflower.

            Lentil, Flaxseed, I can’t harm a child.

            She mustn’t tell what she heard.

            What she heard.

            “Mom,” Bridget screamed.

            Safflower’s wings moved furiously and she squeezed her right hand into a fist.

            Bridget felt her throat tighten; her scream grew faint and stayed on her tongue. Tears swam in her eyes.

            Bridget’s mom called her name through the door.    

            Safflower unclenched her fist.

            “Honey are you alright?” The knob turned.

            Lentil and Flaxseed exchanged frantic glances. Then Lentil spoke in a voice that was all too familiar to Bridget. I am okay mother. Bad dream, all is well.

            Bridget’s mouth dropped. That was her voice.

            “Do you want some warm milk?” her mom asked. The knob stop turning.

            No thanks. I am already asleep.

            “Okay honey.”

            “Don’t leave mom.” Bridget’s voice was just a whisper in her ear. “My voice give it back.” She glared at Safflower.

            No voice.

            No tell.

            Bridget clenched her jaw. She glanced around her room for something to use against the fairies. There was her unzipped messenger bag in the corner. Today’s discarded clothes draped over a chair. On the dresser next to her bed was her art project. A bunch of feathers, strings and beads. A poorly made dream catcher. “Fairy catcher,” she said in a whispery tone. Keeping her eyes on the fairies, she deftly reached for the dream catcher. Before the fairies could twitch a wing, they were caught in the fairy catcher.

            Bridget stepped back, arms folded, watching the fairies futile attempts at escaping. Lentil’s lower wing became dog-eared.

            This is devilment.

            Devilment this is.

            Let us out. Safflower glowered at Bridget through a fringe of feathers.

            Bridget pointed to her throat. “My voice,” she rasped. “Give it back.”

            Lentil and Flaxseed shook their heads.

            Bridget flopped on the edge of her bed. She watched with a smirk on her face as the fairies continued to struggle. Lentil now had two dog-eared wings.

            Okay. Safflower has one hand free. She opened her fisted hand slowly like a budding flower.

            Bridget felt a cool tingling in the back of her throat. Then like a swelling sea her voice rose. “That’s better.”

            Free us.

            Bridget grabbed a pair of scissors out of her pencil bag. Snip. Snip. The fairies were free. They flew toward the window, Lentil not as high on the count of his folded wings. The window was closed.

            Let us out.

            “Gladly.” Bridget raised the window a sliver. The fairies slipped out. The three glared at her one more time before darting into the night. Bridget couldn’t shake the feeling that those fairies would try to get back at her somehow. But she was the fairy catcher and with that thought she went to bed.

***

            Bridget awoke to sun sparkles on her window. Tap. Tap. She blinked. The sun sparkles were tapping on her window. Bridget slid from under her covers. And sat on the edge of the bed.

            Bridget, it is Thistle.

            Plus Clover.  A female chimed in.

            Relief washed over Bridget. She opened the window. There standing on her windowsill were two members of the Seelie court. Thistle was shades of sunlight and transparent wings. Clover was blue as morning sky with bits of clovers in her French braid.

            What have you learn?

            “They plan to kill you with poison boysenberries.” Bridget felt her heart rushing toward her throat.

            Is there proof. Clover’s face was etched with skepticism. She might have the Sight but can she be trusted.

            “I have proof.” Bridget took a pocket recorder from behind her window curtain.  She pushed play.

            Thistle must die.

            Die he must.

            Be gone.

            No more.

            Bridget pushed the stop button. “I hope that is proof enough.” She placed the recorder in between the fairies.

            Clover looked white as a cloud. That is disturbing.

            Thistle bowed before Bridget. Many thanks. Vital information. You’ve stopped war among the fey clan. Need anything?

            Bridget thought for a moment about Lentil, Flaxseed and Safflower and how they could harm her, maybe she should ask for protection. She smiled. “I don’t need anything, just doing my part for all of human and fairy kind.”

            We wish you well.

            Well we wish you. The fairies flew away with the recorder. Bridget waited until they were gone before she began working on her fairy catchers. She might have stopped one war, but if word got out that she was an informant for the Seelie court, she would have dark fairies swarming her window. She smiled as she finished one fairy catcher. She wasn’t afraid she was the fairy catcher after all.

           

           

 

             

 

Magnolia’s Most Fantastic Journey through the Seasonal Terrain – Something Like Amber/It all started out so ordinary

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When Magnolia unleashes the Winter King. She must travel through the Seasonal Terrain to get her mother back.
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Published on 2014-02-21



Something Like Amber/It all started out so ordinary (edit)
Chapter 1   —   Updated Feb 21, 2014   —   4,885 characters

 
Prologue:
Something like Amber

The Autumn Queen slumped against the wooden wall, her heart beating triple time. The leaves of her dress were crinkled and her nutmeg tresses were clumped together like damp grass. She held a globe in her hand. It was something like amber. Inside was a face contorted with rage. The Winter King beat his frosty fists against the glass.
“Thwarted once again, dear brother.” The Autumn Queen started to place the globe into a velvet pouch when a rock hit her on the center of the head.
The globe fell on the ground. Slowly it started to roll with the aid of a squirrel, white as fresh snow.
The Autumn Queen narrowed her eyes. Snow squirrels. She started to pursue the squirrel but an even larger rock hit her on the head, knocking her out cold.

Magnolia’s Most Fantastic Journey through the Seasonal Terrain

Chapter 1
It all Started out so Ordinary

Magnolia Carlyle was in the same situation daily: school, principal’s office, detention, home. She hated the principal’s office with its monochrome colors and those chairs that made unflattering noises when you sit down.
“Well, Miss Carlyle here we are again. I think I see you more than I see my own daughter,” Principal Meyers said. The woman looked at her from under her eyes.
Magnolia cringed. She hated that look. Sonja Meyers gave her that look everyday in the hallway between classes. Worst than Sonja’s stares was her voice. She hated how Sonja said her name. “MAGnolia PETal.”
“It’s Tuesday what brings you to my office today?” Principal Meyers’ French tips danced on top of the desk.
“Your pickle head daughter started it.” The words rushed forward before she could clamp her mouth shut.
One hour ago
Magnolia dampened her fingers to smooth the edges of her hair. But it was no use. The curls still sprung up like follicle jack-in-the-boxes.
The bathroom door swung open and the devil’s princess walked in. “Oh look, MAGnolia PETal grooms in the girls’ bathroom.” Sonja Meyers stood hands upon her hips in between two girls Magnolia did not know. “She’s poor.”
“I’m not poor,” Magnolia shot back.
“Her mom makes pastries,” the tallest girl said. She is baking my sister’s wedding cake.”
Sonja smirked. “Don’t you know there’s nasty stuff inside her mama’s cakes?”
“No there isn’t.” Magnolia squeezed her hands into fists.
“You’re dad took one bite and saw one of your kinky hairs, and fell dead.”
Magnolia’s vision turned crimson. “That’s not how my daddy died.”
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“That’s why I pushed her; she talked about my dead daddy.” Magnolia crossed her arms. It still felt like it happened yesterday, even though it was nearly three years ago. It was a Tuesday. The rain fell like liquid sheets from the sky. Her mom forgot to roll the windows of the car up. Her dad went outside and that is when the lightning struck. “He was struck down my lightning not a cupcake.” Magnolia hated Tuesdays.
Principal Meyers did not bat a false lash. She picked up the phone and started dialing. “It seems we need to have a sit down with your mother.”
“You can’t. She is working.” Magnolia jumped out of her seat.
“I’ll leave a message.”
***
Isobel Carlyle was squeezing butter cream tulips along the base of a three-tier cake when her phone buzzed like a hidden bee in her apron pocket. She slipped one hand into her pocket. “Great the school.” Isobel’s heart sank like a cake that has been touched before it cooled. “It must be Tuesday. What did Magnolia do now,” she said as she touched the answer button.
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The dismissal bell pealed through the hallway. It was time for detention. Magnolia decided to ditch detention. She moved along with the sea of book bags and jackets, silently praying Ms. Bangles, the hawk eyed detention teacher would not notice her.
“Magnolia. Magnolia.”
Out the corner of her eye, Magnolia saw him. Aaron Tamson. He was always staring at her in class with his beady eyes. Magnolia quickened her pace. The detention door swung open. She could see the hem of Ms. Bangles’ multicolored skirt. Magnolia darted into the girls’ restroom. It was empty. The warning bell rang. “For whom the bell tolls. It tolls for me.” Magnolia tapped her chin. Should she hide in one of the stalls? Or shimmy out the window. Clink. Clink. Magnolia’s body stiffened. Ms. Bangles wore at least seven silver bracelets on her left arm. They produced musical clinks whenever she moved. Like now. Magnolia made her decision.
Plink went Magnolia’s messenger bag as it hit the ground. Luckily, all six-grade classes were on the first floor. Magnolia landed on her feet. Almost, her ankles turned to jelly just as she touched the grass. “Oomph.” She rubbed her ankle. Something was scurrying through the bushes. Magnolia blinked. “Is that a white squirrel rolling a snow globe?”

 

 

 

 

 

 


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pitching my self-publishing novel

 

 

 

 
So I’ve decided to create writing and publishing goals. This isn’t a New Years resolution it’s just something I decided to do in back in October. First my writing goal is to finish the Elemental Queen then merge it with In the Kingdom of Light and Dark to create Quercus (which is Latin for oak tree and that is the sisters pathway into this other world is an oak tree). This way I’ll get the book length I need. I realize I’m not very good at trying to make a series. I’m more of a stand alone novelist. Most mg/ya novels seem to be series, which brings me to my next goal.

I decided to self-publish the Strange World of Neve Rimbel. Even though it’s been rejected by every agent there is, I feel it’s a really good story albeit on the short side (barely a hundred pages). Sometimes I feel you have to take destiny into your own hands. I been swimming in this sea of no for too long. The shore of yes is nowhere in sight. So I’m creating my own raft and swimming to the archipelago of do it yourself. My second manuscript also was getting the same treatment of no and never hearing anything (which is also a no). I just want to do what I love for a living and stop zombie walking through retail.