Jeff held in his hand a dozen roses. He planned to give those roses to his girlfriend, Serena. Serena always loved roses, but because of her mother’s allergies, she was unable to keep a garden. She told Jeff about her wish to have a rose garden, and he decided to find a way to get her the garden that she wanted.
He brought a huge vase for the roses and went to their apartment, where he set the roses on the coffee table. Serena would be surprised when she came home and saw the roses.
Juniper stood there, staring at a grave. Her grave. The people of Zogamont, California had buried her at Zion Memorial Cemetery when it was proven that she was dead. Juniper had no idea that when she disappeared, people searched for her, fearing that she was already dead. Now that she was at the grave, Juniper realized that her time as Juniper Chadwell was over.
“Juniper!” she turned around and saw Reege, Damon, and Rónand running towards her. How did they get through the portal when they couldn’t go through it at all, she wondered. Instead, she said, “How did you guys find me?”
“it wasn’t hard,” said Damon. “Not when we went through that strange village at the edge of your town.”
“You mean Wonderfair? The abandoned amusement park?” Juniper cried out.
“Yeah,” said Reege. “I know we shouldn’t have come here, but we just couldn’t bear to see you alone without anyone to take care of you.”
“He’s right,” said Rónand. “We never leave a friend behind.”
Juniper was about to respond when a police officer said, “Who are you and what are you all doing here?”
“We’re tourists,” Rónand said without hesitation.
“Tourists?” said the officer with a strange look on his face.
“Precisely,” said Rónand.
“And may I have your names, please?” said the officer.
“Certainly,” said Rónand. “I’m Reginald Wellington-Smith, this is my daughter Juniper Wellington-Smith, and my nephews Ramsey and Dorian Griffin. “We’re from the old country.”
“Let me guess: you’re all from England?” said the officer.
“Yes, we are,” said Juniper before Rónand could speak. “May we go now, sir?”
“I’ll take you back to your hotel room,” said the officer.
“No, that’s all right, sir,” said Juniper. “We were just leaving.”
As they all left the cemetery, Juniper said to Rónand, “How did you really get here? I thought you guys couldn’t come with me when I jumped through the portal. What happened?”
“We worried about you and what would happen to you if you were by yourself in this world,” said Rónand. “Besides, I am a wizard, am I not? So of course there was a way I had to find you.”
“Now that we’re here, what shall we do now?” said Reege. “There’s no way we’re going back to Eswoth, isn’t there?”
“Not for many years,” said Rónand. “But one year here is 100 years in Eswoth. Henfrey will be dead by then and the true king will rise. And we have all the time in the world to ourselves.”
“Why don’t we leave this place and see the rest of this world?” said Damon. “I bet it’s better than what we have here.”
“Of course,” said Juniper. “We do have 100 years to see it all. What happens next is up to us.”
As they continued walking, Juniper realized that she had had a family all along. Reege, Damon, and Rónand became her family through thick and thin to the bitter end. When she defeated Henfrey, she only succeeded because she had her family by her side.
She had no need to be afraid or to hide from the world, not as long as her family was with her.
As all tales must come to an end, so ends this story. Yet, there were more adventures for the four of them to have; those adventures won’t be written here.
She was going blind at the age of 18. While most kids were looking forward to graduating from high school, she was instead staring at a future full of complete darkness. The doctors told her parents that there was no way that her sight could be saved; they would have to deal with having a disabled child.
With that, her parents gave up on her having a life after high school. There was no way that she was going to be able to live her life now.
But she wasn’t giving up just yet, not when she could still see. She wanted to see the sights of New York while she still could, before her sight went away forever. But she had a decision to make: did she really want to see everything she could before going blind forever, or did she want to stay home and await the inevitable?
She was found at the Green Hill Manor by a staff worker who saw her in a small room. That worker called the police, who arrested the man guarding her and delivered Tanya to her family, the family that no longer wanted her.
That day, Tanya met up with her friends Mara Llewellyn, Stuart, Greer, Irene Haughton, and Pearl Tanner in Jan’s Clubhouse. As they toasted Tanya’s safe return, Irene said, “We never gave up on you.”
“Well, that’s nice,” said Tanya. “But I don’t understand why someone would want everyone in the city to forget I even existed.”
“Maybe they don’t like you,” said Stuart. “You do know they made up so many bad things about you while you were gone.”
“I see,” said Tanya. “It’s too bad that Archibald Brezetta will have to testify against his own wife for her role in my kidnapping. And I thought she was nice, too.”
“So did I,” said Stuart.
“But the story isn’t over yet,” said Tanya, “as I have something very important to tell you while I was in captivity…”
Peter Rasputin, ninth gradeEnglish teacher at Harrison Creek High School, was keeping a terrible secret. If anyone were to find out what that secret was, it would destroy his reputation.
He had fathered a child when he was only 14 years old. And not just any child; it was one of his students, a girl named Pearl Tanner. Pearl, who many students called “Pearl the Alien” until Irene Haughton forced them all to stop. Pearl, who was once friends with a girl named Tanya Shinnok.
Pearl, who didn’t even know she was her teacher’s daughter.
Peter had kept that secret about Pearl for many years, fearing that his reputation would go down the drain if anyone found out about it. He knew he should tell a therapist about that secret, but who trusts therapists these days? And what would he do if Gemma Challoner got her hands on that story and exposed it to the rest of the city?
Tarcey Pate and Junia Brown wanted to be popular and have friends. They were jealous of their cousin Jill Roseberry, who seemed to be popular and get friends without a ton of effort. People liked her, which bothered the two cousins.
But when they saw a show where a person became popular by beating up someone, they decided that they would beat people up and become popular. They thought that being a bully would get them friends.
And that was their big mistake.
When a boy called Harry Moffer enrolled in Warthogpox High School and started talking about how dumb the Larry Dobber books were, Tarcey and Junia immediately sprung into action. They incited many students to turn on Harry and beat him up. But when Jill stuck up for Harry and called her cousins out on their crap, Tarcey and Junia knew they were doomed.
In short, they learned that beating up Harry did NOT make them popular or win them friends. Instead, they received much of the school’s ire and a three-week suspension.
“Dad, can we go to the beach?” 9-year-old Josephyn begged for the umpteenth time. Jacquelyn turned to her and snapped, “If you don’t stop asking dad if we can go to the beach, we’re not going to the beach.”
“That’s enough, girls,” said Arexus as he tried to wrestle Yeagan into his booster seat, “and yes, Josephyn, we’re going to the beach.”
Yet when the family got to the beach, they found out that snakes had invaded the beach the night before and the place had to be closed. Jacquelyn and Josephyn were very upset.
The Big Slide
“Let’s go play on the big slide,” said Aurelius as the kids went to spend a day at the amusement park. After the snakes on the beach fiasco, Arexus thought it was a good idea to cheer the kids up by taking them to the park.
“OK, Ari,” said Rex. “We can go play on the big slide.” But when they got to the slide, the slide was shut down because there were hundreds of black widows living underneath the slide. Aurelius was very upset.
The big birthday
“It’s a boy! You have a son!” The nurse said to Irina as she showed the mother her newest child. Rina endured almost three days of labor, which motivated her husband to take the kids out for the day.
Now that the baby was born, Rina couldn’t wait to tell the rest of the family the good news. Rex came into the room with four unhappy children behind him. Rina said, “Did everyone have fun?”
“No,” said the kids.
“Snakes and spiders ruined their fun,” said Rex. He stared at the baby and said, “We’re not having any more kids.”