Thursday, May 25, 2017

Forgotten Films // Animated Treasures Everyone Needs to See


We hereby interrupt the regular broadcast of bookish/writing posts to bring you a post about another form of entertainment commonly known as movies.

It may come as a surprise to you, but I actually love movies. *gasp* (Actually, this is probably not a surprise at all but just go with it.)

Recently, I was thinking about all the movies I love that honestly don't get very much attention. Call it what you will...fate...destiny...nostalgia. (Totally how that quote goes. DO NOT QUESTION ME.) But I just wanted to give some forgotten films a bit of spotlight today. I'm sticking with animated movies in this post, but I may do another post like this with other movies sometime. ;)

Are you ready for this? I WAS BORN READY. (*chuckles hesitantly* I have no idea why I'm quoting everything today. :P) Just warning you, there will be lots of pictures. Here are ten forgotten animated films, in no particular order.


// 1. The Great Mouse Detective //


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This was my favorite movie when I was little! I only know a few people who have seen it, which makes me sad. BECAUSE THIS MOVIE IS SO GOOD. It's Sherlock Holmes with mice. Which obviously means it's the best.

I just love Basil and his *ahem* quirks. Olivia is the cutest, and when Toby comes in the picture? CUTENESS OVERLOAD.

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It's a shame more people don't know about this movie because DUH SHERLOCK HOLMES WITH MICE AND EPIC VILLAIN THEME SONGS.

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Oh, and let me know if the clock scene with Rattigan was mildly terrifying if you see it. I remember being freaked out by that, but I still liked it? #don'task

// 2. Tarzan //


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I first saw this movie when I was...ten, maybe? And actually, I didn't care for it that much then. However, my friend showed me the movie again a couple years ago, and now I'm. In. Love.

The animation, the humor, the characters...gahhhh, this movie is the best. <3 Jane is actually one of my favorite Disney characters--and you gotta love her dad.

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There's also the small matter of the music. Oh my word, the music in this film is the best. Just...if nothing else, look up the soundtrack, okay?

I don't know what else to say except GO WATCH THIS MOVIE. (Oh, and my sister once said I was just like this elephant and IT'S PRETTY ACCURATE.) 

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// 3. Balto //


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As you might remember from this post, I watched Balto again recently for the first time in ages. I have to say, this has got to be one of my favorite animated movies. It's a childhood favorite, but it's also the kind of movie that is just really, really good. I don't care how old you are. You NEED to see Balto.

You've got characters like Boris and Balto and Jenna. The polar bears. (I keep forgetting their names. XD) There's plenty of humor...usually in the form of Boris. Or the polar bears.

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And there's also waaaaay more action than I remembered. THIS MOVIE IS KINDA INTENSE. But...in a good way. ;) And can I just say Balto and Jenna are adorable?

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// 4. Meet the Robinsons //


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This is the only movie on the list that I actually saw in theaters, but for as relatively new as it is, it's surprising how few people have seen it. 

Guys. This movie is HILARIOUS. And super weird. XD

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This movie involves weird families, a hilarious villain with a dream journal, time travel, and bowler hats. IT'S AWESOME AND YOU ALL NEED TO WATCH IT. 

Plus, it's actually surprisingly touching and feelsy. Can I just hug this movie forever??

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// 5. A Bug's Life //


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Of all the Pixar movies, this is one of the ones that tends to fall through the cracks. It's just...not remembered by a lot of people.

Somehow, Pixar managed to make a movie about bugs that I liked. I never thought I could like bugs before I saw this. XD (Ironically, one of my favorite characters is a spider. Which is really weird since I hate spiders usually.)

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Heimlich is basically my spirit animal. He's obsessed with candy corn and food in general. *thumbs up* And all the other circus bugs are hilarious. 

This movie is just a lot of fun. Even if you hate bugs with a passion, I can almost guarantee you'll end liking some of the insects in this movie. It's just a fact.

// 6. The Adventures of Tintin //


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For the second and last non-Disney animated movie on the list, we've got The Adventures of Tintin. Before seeing this movie, I had actually never even heard of the Tintin comics. (I still haven't gotten around to reading them, but they look really fun!) I had absolutely no expectations for the film...but it ended up being fantastic.

There's tons of action, brilliant animation, and AMAZING MUSIC. John Williams did the score, so I mean, it has to be good. 

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This movie just makes me happy, mostly because I remember watching it the first time while eating homemade ice cream. #yum The characters are really great, and I love love love the plot of this movie. IT'S GOOD, FOLKS.

Also, can I please have a dog like Snowy?

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// 7. The Emperor's New Groove //


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Three words: best gif material. This movie is the source of every hilarious gif on the planet. And it has a quote for every situation.

Basically, it's the story of how Yzma and her less-than-evil accomplice Kronk accidentally turn the emperor into a llama while trying to usurp the throne. Hilariousness ensues. The end.

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In short, you all need to watch this. It's weird, it's crazy, it's the best. There are even SQUIRRELS. And pinatas. And food.

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// 8. Oliver and Company //


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Can you tell I have a thing for animal movies? It's not obvious at all. *cough, cough* BUT THIS MOVIE. Eeeek! I haven't seen it in a while, but I saw it a ton when I was younger. It has the cutest cast of characters, and I may or may not have wanted to use this comeback all the time.

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This movie just has a fun, cozy feel to it. And, as per Disney style, the animals are adorable and awesome. I need a cat like little Oliver. Please and thank you.

// 9. The Fox and the Hound //


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*quietly sobs in the background* Oh my stars...this movie. It's surprisingly sad and touching and just everything that's wonderful. Todd and Copper's relationship though. *sniffles*

I don't care what anyone has to say, I'll always love this movie. 

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// 10. La Luna //


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I may be cheating a little on this one since it's actually a Pixar short. BUT HEY, I MAKE THE RULES HERE. *crosses arms defiantly*

I only recently saw this short, and it blew me away. It managed to touch my heart without using a single word in the entire thing. Just...I want to be able to tell stories like this. 

IT'S SO SWEET AND DREAMY AND MAGICAL. *hugs it* 

I may have almost screamed when I saw this. Tolkien + La Luna = happy Mary.
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Hope you all didn't mind a movie post! Tell me, have you seen any of these films? (Hint: you need to.) Anything to add to the list? And would you like to see another post like this in the future?


Thursday, May 18, 2017

My Steampunk Short Story Pt. 1 // feat. lots of snark


(We're just pretending that I've had this post planned out for ages instead of me scrambling to come up with an idea the night before. *coughs*)

Hello, everyone! I'm back with a different kind of post today. I've seen some people do this before on their blogs, so I thought it would be fun to try it out.

As some of you may or may not know, I've been working on a short story over the past several months. (Yes, MONTHS--I got distracted by my new novel. :P) It isn't quite finished yet, but I thought I might try posting a section of it every week or two--like a serial story, almost. That is, if you guys like this first part and want to see more.

I haven't edited it that much so hopefully it's decent. THIS MAY BE A TERRIBLE IDEA I DON'T KNOW. (Especially since I haven't finished the darn story and may end up changing things as I go. #whyamidoingthis)

Anywayyyyy, I'm just rolling with it and giving you the first part of my steampunk story, which is currently untitled. BUT IT HAS SNARK. So there. XD

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It was the twenty-third of September, and that usually meant someone was going to die.

Granted, nobody ever thought it was going to be them. It usually ended up being a criminal or a politician . . . which was essentially the same thing.

However, this year, the city council chose an all-together different victim: my brother.

My older brother Aerick was a cartographer. We usually worked together on our voyages to the surrounding sky cities, with me piloting the airship as he charted the various terrains. He was very meticulous about his work and never left any details out of his maps. In fact, his map-making abilities were so astute that the queen honored him with the esteemed position of head cartographer of Legeria.

So imagine my surprise when they announced that he would be the one to die.

They took him away during the night, a rather unconventional time for the council to pick the unfortunate winner. When I headed to our airship the next morning, I expected to find Aerick in his cabin, poring over his maps as usual. But what I found instead was a note on his desk, written hastily to inform me of his “sudden absence.”

I was so furious that I nearly decided to try out my new pistol on the entire armed guard of Legeria. It was almost a shame I didn’t because their uniforms could only be improved by my bullets.

I gritted my teeth and crumpled the note in my hand, not even caring that paper was expensive. Rearing back my arm, I thrust the ball of paper at the door . . .

. . . Just in time to hit someone in the face.

By the muttered expletives and the wild brown hair, I already knew who it was. I didn’t, however, bother apologizing. He deserved it for filling my aviator goggles with mud anyway.

After Steel had composed himself somewhat, he picked the paper weapon off the floor and threw it back at me. “What was that for, Fiona?”

I smirked and scooped up the paper. “Let’s just say it’s part one of Operation Get Revenge on Steel.”

Although his real name was Edward, Steel had earned his nickname from the steely-eyed glares he often gave me when I didn’t cooperate . . . which was most of the time.

Steel returned my smirk and plopped down in Aerick’s desk chair. He leaned back and propped his feet on the desk. “Come on, aren’t you ever going to forgive me for that? It was over a month ago.”

I swatted at his dirty boots, more annoyed than usual at him for messing up my brother’s office. Hadn’t he even noticed Aerick was gone? Insensitive, unobservant slob.

He cocked an eyebrow at me but didn’t press me to give an answer. Taking his feet off the desk, he glanced around the room. His brows furrowed as he turned to face me. “Where’s Aerick? Does he have the morning off?”

I sighed and angrily shoved the note back in Steel’s hands. He uncrumpled the paper, and I saw his jaw clench as he read.

“He's the execution victim?” he said, confusion and anger written in the lines on his forehead. “Why?”

I ran a hand through my knotted blonde hair, so much like Aerick’s. “It doesn’t make sense. Either Aerick did something to offend the queen when he entered her service or . . .”

“Or the queen’s gone mad,” Steel finished.

I swallowed, allowing his words to sink in. The queen had been acting odd lately. Well, odder than usual. It seemed her methods of justice had become skewed, and the mysterious death of the king had been shrouded with suspicion. Not only that, but she had banned sugar from the city. That was one of the worst crimes I could fathom.

Steel propped his head on his hand thoughtfully. “Well, I do know one thing for certain.”

I glanced at Steel, already knowing what he was going to say. He grinned and wiggled his eyebrows. “We’re going to crash the queen’s birthday party.”

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Well? What did you think? I know I've been sharing a lot of my writing lately (SORRY) but I just kind of ran out of ideas and needed a quick post. (Plus, this story is a lot of fun and I wanted to share it.)


Would you like me to do a second part sometime? (I might chicken out and not share it because reasons.) Do you have any posts that you would like to see on my blog? GIVE ME YOUR IDEAS. Ahem...please. XD

Thursday, May 11, 2017

HELLO SUMMER // School's Out! + All the Books


(Hope you don't mind seeing photos that I actually took three summers ago. XD)

Heyyyy so guess what time of year it is? If you said springtime...you're technically correct. But where I live (aka the Most Humid Place on Earth), summer is basically here. Forever.

Because yes, our summer weather lasts 9 months of the year basically. :P

Most importantly, however, SCHOOL IS OUT! I finished my college classes and have been loving this break from school. For the most part, that is...I still have things I'm doing over the summer which Aren't My Favorite. Buuuut it's much better than being a full-time student, I'll give you that. ;)

This week, I decided to share with you what I've been doing/will be doing lately, in addition to my summer TBR. IT'S GOING TO BE FUUUUN.

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Watching:

Guys, you know how long it's been since I watched a movie? I haven't seen one since January. That's right--almost FOUR months. o.o Wellll...it looks like I'll be making up for that this summer because I've already seen five movies. #oops

+ Balto. I haven't seen this in about six or seven years. OH MY HEART, it's such a sweet movie. <3

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+ The Parent Trap (1961). Another childhood favorite. It's just a fun summer movie. ^_^

+ Star Wars Episodes 4-6. Because duh, Star Wars. It was Star Wars Day a week ago so we ended up having a movie marathon over the weekend.

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Writing:

+ I've written almost 10k so far this month, which is a lot less than I hoped, to be honest. It's been so much harder to write the past week. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY. I guess I might have burned myself out the last two weeks of April when I wrote 46k? (That would make sense actually. XD) I'm not sure if I'll be able to finish this novel by the end of the month, but I plan to keep trying. 

+ I wrote my first poem in a month or so. You can read it here. ;) 

Eating:

+ STARBUCKS FRAPPUCCINOS. Yesssss! This whole half-price frappuccino event is the best! I can't stand coffee (sorry!), but the coffee-free ones are so good. I especially love the strawberry one. 😍


+ Ice creammmm. I promise I'm not a super unhealthy person, guys. XD But when summer break arrives, how can you not eat ice cream?? 

Listening:

+ My summer playlist. I just started it a couple weeks ago so it doesn't have much on it. Hopefully that will change as the summer progresses.



+ Unspoken. *screams* Okay, this might be one of my new favorite music groups. I seriously looooove their album Follow Through. I've listened to the first three songs so. many. times. 

+ Owl City. To me, his music just screams summer. Fireflies, Back Home, Strawberry Avalanche..all the fun summer tunes that make me happy. ^_^

Reading: 

+ The Ryn by Serena Chase. Um...I'm kind of bored so far with this one? I'm about 230 pages through the MASSIVE 500+ PAGE TOME and still nothing has happened that makes me want to keep reading. :P Ah well. I'll probably finish it anyway just to see if it gets better.

+ The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron. I just started this one last night and ohhhh my. It's already so good! I have the feeling I'll really get punched in the feels, though. *coughs*

Feeling:

+ Fulfilled. Last week, I had one of the best weeks in a LONG time. I got to write, read, express myself artistically, watch movies with my family, and just have a very very very productive, enjoyable week. I'm trying to make the most of this summer, more than I have in the past. That means less time on the internet and more time doing creative things like art and music and writing. 

+ Happy. No kidding, right? I might seem happy all the time, but ha, not really. I try to keep a positive outlook, but it's harder to be happy when I'm stressed over schoolwork. ;) So having this time to really recharge and relax has been a huge blessing. God knew exactly when I needed this. 

+ Nervous. I have a recital tomorrow (*panics*), and I've been a little overwhelmed with all the uncertainty regarding the future. It's so hard to make decisions about college/work/careers so yeahhhh. I'm just trying to remember that God's in control. What happens is all in His plan. 


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Because summer TBRs are always conquered. #notreally XD As you can tell by last year's summer TBR, I'm not the best at reading all the books I plan to. But hey, I can dream, can't I?

New Reads:

Black // Ted Dekker


I have been meaning to read his books for ages, so it's about time I tried them out. I just got this from the library and I'm SO excited to read it!

Counted With the Stars // Connilyn Cossette


Just got this from the library, too, and I'm drooling over the beautiful cover. <3

The One True Love of Alice-Ann // Eva Marie Everson


This looks like such a sweet story. It takes place during WWII, so yep, it's historical fiction. Turns out, some of my favorite books this year have actually been his fic. 

Prophet // R.J. Larson


A lot of my friends seemed to love this book, and I already have it on my Kindle. Gotta say, biblical-inspired fantasy isn't my first choice, but I'm willing to try it out.

Emissary // Thomas Locke


Hehe...yep, this was on my TBR last summer. I purchased it for only a dollar or two recently and GOODNESS that cover. *faints from the beauty* I actually haven't been reading a ton of fantasy lately (yes, you read that right), mostly because the few I've read have been Less Than Amazing. :P Hopefully I'll get around to reading this one, though. 

The Returning // Rachelle Dekker


Okay, the first two books in this serious? PHENOMENAL. I need the third book right. this. second.

The Magnolia Story // Chip and Joanna Gaines


I rarely read nonfiction, but this book looks so sweet! I've heard lots of good things about it from my buddies on Goodreads. ;)


The Voyage to Magical North // Claire Fayers


A middle-grade novel with pirates, magic, and a hilarious blurb? COUNT ME IN.

Castle in the Air // Diana Wynne Jones


BECAUSE YES THE FIRST BOOK WAS AMAZING. I need more Jones books. <3

A Spy's Devotion // Melanie Dickerson


I've owned this book for a while but just haven't gotten around to reading it. I generally like Melanie Dickerson's books quite a bit when I need a light read. ^_^

The Mysterious Benedict Society // Trenton Lee Stewart


Yes yes and yes. I started this back in November--which was a bad idea because NaNo--and I'm hoping to actually read the glorious thing soon.

The Two Towers // J.R.R. Tolkien


I liked FOTR okay (though it was *hides* a little boring), and I'm going to try the sequel soon-ish. Because I'm trying, really trying to get through this series. I love the movies, love The Hobbit book, but the LotR books? So far, they aren't clicking with me. We shall see. 

Sense and Sensibility // Jane Austen


Because Jane Austen. Need I say more? ;)

A Tale of Two Cities // Charles Dickens


Another classic, yay me! ;) I will hopefully read at least a few classics over the summer, including this one.

Not By Sight // Kate Breslin


More historical! It was a good deal at Half Price Books so I picked it up. Plus, a few of my friends have read and enjoyed it. 

The Blue Umbrella // Mike Mason


I randomly stumbled across this book the other day, and it looks SO QUIRKY. Hello yes, quirky reads are my faaaaave.

Rereads:

Masters and Slayers // Bryan Davis


This is probably my favorite Davis book, believe it or not. It's been a couple years since I've read it, and I hope to remedy that soon.

Paper Crowns // Mirriam Neal


I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. It's the perfect summer, winter, fall, or spring read. Yep, read it every season of the year, folks. It's GOOD. 

The Penderwicks // Jeanne Birdsall


This is the epitome of summer happiness. I finished the series last month and feel myself needing another dose of Penderwicks during the summer. 


The Hobbit // J.R.R. Tolkien


My favorite classic ever. I ADORE THIS BOOK. *melts with happiness*

Chasing Jupiter // Rachel Coker


Gahhhhh, this book. It's one of the best books I've ever read. I plan on rereading it again even though I just read it a few months ago, partly because it's a perfect summer read and partly because it's just so feelsy and perfect. <3

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Of course, chances are, I'll read a lot of completely different books this summer. I don't want to feel confined to this list, that's for sure. *nods* 

Are you guys excited about summer? What are some books on your TBR? Any recommendations? (I always love new books. ;D) Also, do you have any summer plans? I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT SUMMERRRRR.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Camp NaNo Recap {apr. '17} // feat. My Dead Brain + SNIPPETS


Camp is over.

I'm still trying to figure out how the month of April went so fast. I was gone for 10 days, during which I probably wrote about 2,000 words. *coughs* So I only had 5k at the midpoint of the month.

That's when craziness happened.

As you might know, my wordcount goal was 30k. I turned into a wordnado (a word tornado--totally legit word, autocorrect) and ended up hitting my goal on Tuesday, the 25th. Obviously, 25k in 10 days was where I hit my limit, right? I couldn't go crazier than that.

HAHAHAhahaha...nope.

I had the ingenious idea to hit 40k. You know, I could handle 10k in 5 days. Why not?

WELLLL...I didn't exactly stop there. Two nights before Camp ended I decided to try for 50k. Yes, that's right. I wrote 13k in two days and did a full NaNo.

*pants* Needless to say, I'm rather exhausted now. Camp NaNo is over, and I won with 51,268 words.


(I totally didn't write 7,000 words on Sunday, nooope. *laughs at my mess of a story*)

There's no way I would have expected this. I thought I wouldn't even be able to reach my goal, much less add 20k to that. I wouldn't have made it without my friends who were always willing to war. (Jesseca, Faith, Savannah, Julia, Angela, Clara, Hannah...YOU ALL SAVED ME.) But somehow I survived and lived to tell the tale.

The craziest part is that I've determined to finish this novel this month. It's currently over 55k total, but I have no idea how much longer it will be. Maybe 30k more? I'M HOPING IT DOESN'T END UP BEING 100K OTHERWISE I'M DEAD. :P

Anywayyy. Pray for me, friends. Because I'm already feeling my dead brain revolting.

Now. I did say something about snippets, didn't I? *sighs heavily at my manuscript* I have a feeling I'll regret this buuuut here you go.

(Actually, I regret nothing. This story is a MESS but less messy than I thought. I LOVE IT. <3)

(My first collage for this novel! I'm rather pleased with it.)
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PERI

“Get carsick?”

I switched my attention to Felix. With the sun sinking beneath the horizon, the reddish tint in his hair was much more pronounced. It surprised me how much like a chameleon his hair was. His gaze was directed at the road—thank goodness—but he still seemed to be watching me out of the corner of his eye.

“No,” I said. “I just . . . don’t like cars.”

He snorted. “That’s really explanatory. Care to elaborate?”

“No,” I barked, this time in a much sharper tone. I was too distracted by my queasy stomach and escalated heart rate to want to divulge any of my emotional trauma stories, especially to him.

“Now, now, no need to be touchy.” He made a turn, a little sharper than I thought necessary. I gripped the armrest like my life depended on it. Which it probably did.

“So, Miss Car Hater, do you have a resume?”

“Stop using those nicknames,” I ordered.

Felix’s mouth dipped up in a half-smile. “What nicknames?”

“You know, ‘miss nosy,’ ‘miss car hater,’ that sort of thing. It’s annoying.”

This time the smile was clear as the red in his hair. “Oh?”

I thought of a million ways to murder him, none of them very pleasant or very legal. Also, it would inevitably cause the car to crash, which was probably a bad idea.

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FELIX

Peri turned over a book on my desk, peering at it curiously as she flipped open the cover. “What is this? I’ve never seen this book in your collection before.”

My heart leaped into my throat as I realized what she was reading. Bounding toward my desk, I snatched the journal out of her hands and hurriedly hid it behind my back. “Er, that’s rather confidential.”

A teasing glint sparkled in her eyes, and I knew I was done for. She stood and tried to sneak a peek behind my back. I moved away before she could see it.

“What are you hiding, Felix?” she asked, grin tugging at her lips.

Narrowing my eyes, I backed against the wall, trapping the book behind me. “What concern is it of yours, miss nosiness?”

Her eyebrows shot upward dramatically. “We’re back to the nicknames, are we?” Smirking, she crossed her arms. “You know, I could get quite violent if you continue to persist with those dreadful names.”

Tilting my chin up, I dared her to try. “You haven’t stopped being violent since the day I met you.”

She rolled her eyes. “Come on, I didn’t even punch you till the second day we met.”

“My apologies for exaggerating so much.”

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FELIX

Taelon cocked his head, stared at me for a split second, and then continued pacing the room. “I’d wondered where you went, friend.”

Friend, I scoffed. He was the last person in the world I would call my friend.

Forcing a laugh, I said, “I’ve always preferred the solitary life. It’s quiet here.”

“Quiet and hidden, you mean,” the faerie replied. His pale lips twitched slightly.

Peri’s hand suddenly gripped my arm. A quick glance at her expression told me she was afraid.

Taelon tapped his polished shoe on the floor, then drew something out of his coat. I flinched and got ready to duck if necessary. However, when he pulled his hand back out, he simply held a piece of parchment, rolled up and tied together with a red ribbon.

He rolled the paper across my desk, where it came to stop next to my inkwell. I bent over my desk to pick it up but recoiled when I realized what was actually tying it together. That wasn’t a ribbon. It was hair.

My blood pumped faster through my veins. Cold anger surged through my entire body. This lock of hair was obviously intended as a warning. Taelon knew it because he stood across from me with a grin on his face.

“The crow will come, my friend,” he whispered. With that, he started toward the door. Something stopped him before he made it. Pausing, he glanced back at Peri. “I’m sorry, but I never asked your name, my dear.”

Her hand tightened around my arm. Voice strained, she replied, “You never told me yours.”

He chuckled, a sound similar to that of a snake. “You will know it soon enough.” Turning back to the door, he pulled it open and let the wind push it closed ominously.

Peri now turned wide eyes in my direction. “Who was that?”

I didn’t answer. I was too busy staring at the ground. Because on our freshly swept floor lay the jet-black feather of a crow.

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FELIX

She smiled then—a real smile. The kind where you’re so happy that you can’t help but show all your teeth in one wide, toothy grin. She threw her arms around me, and I froze, suddenly at a loss as to what to do.

This was called hugging, I believed. Nobody had ever done it to me before, and I felt more than a little awkward at her gesture. She seemed to notice because she pulled away and cleared her throat, blushing.

Well, this is not uncomfortable at all, I thought, glancing at her and feeling my own cheeks growing hot. I shifted in my seat and tried desperately to change the subject.

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PERI

I hurried down the porch steps, leaving him sitting there alone. The swing squeaked as he stood and raced after me, catching up faster than I liked.

“Now what’s wrong?” he asked.

I didn’t bother turning, not wanting him to see my face. Instead, I began rubbing more heat into my arms. Of course, I forgot my jacket again.

He sighed in frustration, muttered something, and stripped off his own jacket, handing it to me. I looked at it like it was a piece of moldy cheese.

“Just take it,” he barked, thrusting it into my hands.

I shoved it right back at him. No way was I wearing his coat. I’d have to be suffering from hypothermia to even consider it.

The veins in Felix’s neck were bulging just slightly. He squeezed the lapel of his jacket so hard that I was surprised it didn’t rip. “You’ll freeze if you don’t take it.”

Putting on a fake smile, I said, “Oh, don’t be dramatic, Felix. Isn’t that what you told me before?”

He kicked a rock across the sidewalk. Muttering, he shoved his arms back in his coat and jammed his hands in the pocket. “Of all the impossible females.”

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PERI


“How much further is it?” I asked.

He rolled his eyes, a bit of the Felix I knew making a cameo. “Do you have to be so nosy?”

“It’s called being curious,” I said with a smirk.

“Maybe you should take up better hobbies, like stamp collecting. That’s far less aggravating when you’re trying to drive.”

I shook my head and tilted my chair back a little, just because I knew it would annoy him. Sure enough, he glanced over at me and glowered.

“Stop bending the seats out of shape,” he commanded.

“The seats were meant to be lowered.” Still, I moved the seat back to its original position, though I muttered a little about it under my breath.

The road began to steepen. Instinctively, I grabbed the armrest. We climbed higher up, my heart rate climbing with the road.

“Is it just me or is the air thinner up here?” I asked, not entirely kidding. My lungs felt like they were being squeezed a bit due to my anxiety.

He snorted. “Mountain air is thinner, but it’s not thin enough for you to act so dramatic.”

~ ~ ~

*grins because I love my characters* They're kind of difficult to manage, but hey, you do what you can for your babies. ;P


How did Camp NaNo go for you all? Did you meet your goals? And what's your favorite snippet? (I love anything with Felix basically. #Felixismine ;D)



(P.S. HAPPY STAR WARS DAY! I actually finished my college classes already--HUZZAH--so I can properly celebrate this year. *pulls out all the movies*)