Saturday, December 17, 2011

We Three Kings Of Orient Are



This is the best I could find..... -_- oh well. :)

Christmas Songs: Where they came from week 3

I'm really cutting it close this time... -_- Tomorrow is the starting of the 4th week in advent.

We Three Kings Of Orient Are


In the 1800s, a man named John Henry Hopkins Jr. loved children's Christmas songs. He was a scholar who had several degrees from the University of Vermont.
He was an ordained priest for an Episcopalian church. He finished seminary school and then went to being a scribe with the New York Church Journal. He wanted to give a gift, so he decided to write something. He took his subjects from the book of Matthew. The Three Kings.
He wrote lyrics to his song, and had music arranged. He published it in the Church's Journal. People loved the song for it's powerful lyrics and middle eastern tune.


Lyrics:

We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and
mountain,
Following yonder star.

Chorus:
O star of wonder, star of light,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still
proceeding,
Guide us to they perfect light.

Born a King on Bethlehem's
plain
Gold I bring to crown Him
again,
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

(Chorus)

Frankincense to offer have I;
Incense owns a Deity nigh;
Prayer and Praising, voices raising,
Worshiping God on high.

(Chorus)

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom;
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding,
dying,
Sealed in the stone cold tomb.

(Chorus)

Glorious now behold Him arise;
King and God and sacrifice;
Alleluia, Alleluia,
Sounds through the earth and
skies.

(Chorus)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Christmas Songs: Where they came from week 2

I keep forgetting to do this................ -_-

Do you Hear What I Hear?

I love this song!! :D
History:
The Frenchman, and Amercan: Noel Regney, met in a busy city, and eventually teamed up to write a Christmas song. Noel was a classical composer who forced into the Nazi army during world war 1. He escaped France, and joined the resistance. Later in the 1950's he wandered into New York's Beverly hotel, and saw a woman playing playing the piano. They became friends, and a month later, he knew English. After that, they got married. Gloria wanted to write rock and roll, while Noel wanted to write Classical. During the second world war, Noel was tired of the deaths, and his mind wandered to images of newly born lambs. He began to write and once done, he gave it to Gloria, telling her to write music to the words. He went to a recording industry, and asked to have it recorded and put out in an album. Since Noel couldn't sing and play the piano he asked Gloria to play. But she had another date to attend too, so he went by himself. Later, she asked how it went and he said he botched it up.
They thought it would never get published, but, days later, the recording industry said they had plans to put it out as a single. Thousands of people loved the song, and Gloria and Noel were overjoyed but shocked.

This song is played for millions every year.

Lyrics:

Said the night wind to the little lamb,
"Do you see what I see?
Way up in the sky, little lamb,
Do you see what I see?
A star, a star, dancing in the night
With a tail as big as a kite,
With a tail as big as a kite."

Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy,
"Do you hear what I hear?
Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy,
Do you hear what I hear?
A song, a song high above the trees
With a voice as big as the sea,
With a voice as big as the sea."

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king,
"Do you know what I know?
In your palace warm, mighty king,
Do you know what I know?
A Child, a Child shivers in the cold--
Let us bring him silver and gold,
Let us bring him silver and gold."

Said the king to the people everywhere,
"Listen to what I say!
Pray for peace, people, everywhere,
Listen to what I say!
The Child, the Child sleeping in the night
He will bring us goodness and light,
He will bring us goodness and light."

Monday, November 28, 2011

Away In A Manger

Christmas Songs: Where they came from week 1

Away In A Manager

(I'm supposed to be doing this every Sunday in Advent, but I forgot, so here!)

In 1887, American hymn writer James R. Murray entitled the tune for Away in a Manger. He also wrote a book, stating that Martin Luther had actually wrote the song and sung it to his children before bed.
The song spread throughout America, and more and more people began to sing it. Many American's imagined Germans singing the song. But in truth, the Germans hadn't ever heard it, until the song reached them later. So it turns out that Away in a Manger's original origin is the United States.
No one truly knows where Murray got his information about Luther, and it still remains a mystery to this day.

Lyrics:

Away in a manger, no crib for a
bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down
His sweet head;
The stars in the sky looked down
where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus, asleep on
the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby
awakes, But little Lord Jesus, no crying
He makes;
I love Thee, Lord Jesus! look
down from the sky,
And stay by my cradle till morning
is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask
Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me
I pray;
Bless all the dear children in Thy
tender care,
And fit us to heaven, to live with
Thee there.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Anguish

Here's a new Star Wars Fanfiction!!! I'm proud of this one!



Anguish
I run, hearing the pounding of my boots against the steely floor. I see the red, piercing, laser doors. And between them, Master Qui-Gon, and our opponent, the Sith. The one with sharp horns on his head, red and black tattoos, menacing black garb, and a cruel lift in his mouth. He's acting like this battle is just a simple play of cat and mouse. I get closer, closer... They clash, their lightsabers spitting and sending sparks. They fight as laser door after laser door open behind them. I turn up the speed, but I as arrive, the laser doors close. I skid to a halt, mere inches away from pulsing red wave of energy. I watch, my chest rising and falling. My heart pumping, sending blood racing through my veins. I watch critically, as Darth Maul walks calmly back and forth in front of my master. Qui-Gon sits, and closes his eyes. Master! I want to shout out. He shouldn't be just sitting there! He needs to watch his opponent!
I breathe in and out, glancing quickly between my master and the Sith. My heart starts racing and the tension is getting worse. I wish they'd stop waiting! Just as if Maul heard me, he opens the laser doors and the two throw themselves at each other. The doors open and it seems so slow. I run as the one in front of me opens. I see them exchange blows and parries. I reach them but the last door shuts and I could almost scream. I see a circular chamber, with a large hole in the middle leading down to a certain death. I watch in frustration as Qui-Gon continues to battle. Alone. Without my help.
Just then, Maul slams his double ended pure scarlet lightsaber into my masters, knocking his overhead attack back. He hits him again, and again. Then he points the end of his saber straight at his chest...and plunges it into my master's flesh. I see it, in such slow motion it's agonizing. It seems that all oxygen has been vacuumed into a black hole of pain and despair. It's like my whole being is being sucked into oblivion. The scene replays over and over in my mind, slamming me with so much pain I feel like doubling over. I try to take in a breath, but how can I breathe with no air? It's already gone. Gone... Qui-Gon's gone... I'll never be able to hear his words of wisdom again. I gasp, and I come to myself, tears fill my eyes and rim my eyelids. Darth Maul yanks and lightsaber out of Qui-Gon's chest. And Qui-Gon collapses to the ground. All of my feeling rush out and I let out all my grief.
"NOOOOOO!" I scream in anguish. Darth Maul turns to me and practically smiles. I feel a darkness crawling out of me. My face contorts in one of a crazed creature. I bounce lightly in my stance. Darth Maul walks over to me and I wait for the door to open. It does, and as soon as it does, I'm consumed with my anger, my malice, and my sadness. I feel my body thriving with energy. The energy to kill. To kill the opponent who killed my master. I charge at him. At my Master's murderer. I pound away at him. I jump over his lightsaber as he does an attack low down to the ground. I block a slash from behind then the next one from the front, as Darth Maul twirls back and forth in front of me. I duck another slash and slam my lightsaber against his again. We leap apart, throwing out lightsabers out, then bringing them back in for another attack. I feel anger cloud me like a veil. It's hold is like a vice and I agree with every whispering word. Darth Maul should die. Maul spins his lightsaber in a circle then comes at me again. I jump over his lightsaber again and we continue to fight.
I fight him with all I've got, my eye only on destroying him. I sense some nagging voice telling me to stop, but I brush it aside. I move into an upward swing and cut Maul's saber in half. I knock him back, then jump over his head, blocking his lightsaber in the process. He bounces to his feet and runs. I follow. I spin my lightsaber in my hand and strike again. Then he kicks at my the face and I do a backwards flip to avoid him. Maul does some fancy flips, and I hold my lightsaber in front of me. I try a slash over his head, and then bare down on his with my lightsaber. I push hard, and try to knock him to the ground, but he shoves me off and Force pushes me backwards, I flip over my head, hurting my neck in the process, drop my lightsaber, and I fall into the hole. I instantly grab a hold of a small circular lump that's attached to the wall. I look up and see Darth Maul smile, as he kicks my lightsaber over the edge.
I watch it fall past me and into the abyss below. I look back up. Maul uses his lightsaber, and slashes at the steel above my head sending sparks shower over me. I dodge them best I can. My jaw held in determination. I feel a tendril of the Force and sense my master. Then my anger drains away. And clouds of darkness part. Obi-Wan.. I hear in my mind. I immediately think fast. I look up and see Qui-Gon's lightsaber, lying next to his body. His lightsaber... I look at Darth Maul, then back at the lightsaber. I hold onto the knob tighter, my hands slipping. I take in a breath and look back at the lightsaber. I look back at Darth Maul and his expression changes, as he notices that I'm not giving up. I let the light side Force surround me, and give me strength. I look back at the lighsaber and call it towards me, I look down at the same time as I propel myself into the air. The saber lands in my hand and I drop behind Maul. He turns and I slash at his middle. The lighsaber cuts clean through him. He gasps, in shock. His eyes wide as he looks at me. Then, he falls. Both halves of his body tumble away, bouncing off the walls. I watch for a moment, then switch off Qui-Gon's lightsaber and run over to my fallen master. I lift his head onto my lap.
"A-...It—it's-to...late." Qui-Gon says, his voice horse. "It's-"
"No." I say, not wanting to believe it. I wont. I just simply wont.
"Obi-Wan.." He murmurs. "Promise me you will train the boy."
"Yes Master." I say, my voice cracking. Qui-Gon gives me a painful smile. He lifts his shaking hand up to my face.
"He-..is..the chosen one.." He says. "He-will..bring balance.." I nod, tears filling my eyes.
"Train him..." Qui-Gon says his voice faltering. I nod several times. Like a lost child wanting to be assured. I watch as the light slowly fades from his eyes. Each second hits me like a blow through the heart. Worse than the slash I gave Darth Maul. Qui-Gon's eyes start to close, and I see them do so for the last time. His head slides to the side but I catch it and hold it fast. I bow my head shakily. All my grief pouring out like a river. Sadness floods through me as I hold my forehead against him. And so I sit. Holding him. And thinking over and over. How I'll never see him again.
And then I cry.
The End

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Star Wars Valentines Day part 7

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A Star Wars Valentines Day
Yay! This is the last part! :) :) :)
Part 7
Siri~
I run up a steep cliff, there are two gundarks after me now! I grab small stones and chuck them at the hungry gundarks. Force! Why can't they just eat each other! I grumble under my breath and wonder if this is how I should be spending my last few moments of life. I reach the top and pull myself up. I groan because there is ANOTHER cliff to scale. I hear a roar and turn around. The gundark swats me a couple of feet towards the newest cliff. I open my eyes and push myself up jerkily. The gundark crashes towards me and I stare at it in paralyzed fear. I rears up and I duck my head down and cover it with my arm.
Obi-Wan~
I run down several cliffs, bounding over boulders and kicking small stones out of the way. Please be okay! I keep thinking. That's when I hear a gundark howl, off to the east side of the mountain. I head in that direction, hoping that it's not Siri. And if it is, she'll be okay till I get there.
Siri~
I wait a moment but nothing happens. I open my eyes and I hear the buzzing sound of a lightsaber. I look up. I see Obi-Wan stand between me and the shocked gundark, his lightsaber pulsing in his hand. He's face is creased with a tension and a bit of something else...anger? "Get back a little." Obi-Wan commands. I scramble backwards. He leaps toward the growling gundark which looks like it's about to pounce. "Watch out!" I shout. Obi-Wan veers sideways and the claw misses him by mere inches. I sigh with relief, but it comes to soon. The second gundark charges towards me while Obi-Wan and the first engage in combat. I get to my feet and back up a couple feet. My hand automatically goes to my waist but I remember for the hundredth time today, that my lightsaber is gone. I'm about to swear in huttese, but the gundark is now upon me. I look up to see it's awful mouth. Full of sharp TEETH! And a slobbery tongue GROSS!I scream, my eyes shut, but I feel suddenly air born. I open my eyes and see that I'm in Obi-Wan's arms, he's holding me like a baby. My face burns. "AGH!" I shout. "W-w-what are you doing! Put me down!" I start kicking my legs furiously. "H-h-hey! S-stop that!" He says. Hen I see he has his lightsaber his his hand and it's right next to the right side of my head. "Yipes!" I scream, the heat see hot that it singes my boyish bangs. "Careful with that thing!" "Sorry! I didn't have enough time to sheath it before I had to save you!" My face burns even more. "You didn't save me! I was doing just fine!" "From what I saw you were in a state of panic!" "T-t-t-that's not true!" I shout and start kicking again. Obi-Wan doesn't say anything so I stop. "Please calm down." He says. "We need to focus so we can stop the gundarks. I nod, then realize that we've landed. He sets me down. "Alright, concentrate on the Force in your center. "I know this basic temple exercise!" I snap. "Relax." He says. And I do. He stands behind me and we both hold our hands out. We call on the Force and it surrounds us like a bubble. I close my eyes and we pull the Force into a compact wall, then we opens our eyes and throw the wall at the gundarks. It hits them like a starship. We run to the edge of the cliff to watch. They go flying off the mountain and they don't even hit it on the way down. They just land at the base. Several milometers actually. "Oh, here." Obi-Wan says, handing me my lightsaber. I take it and look up at him. "Calasui had it on her belt." He explains. "But you had this the whole time and didn't even think of giving it to me!" I roar. He cringes. "I didn't think of it. I was in the heat of battle." "Krif it." I mumble. I watch as the gundarks get up and stagger back to their hole. But instead of going inside, they let out a great howl. "Uh oh." Obi-Wan says. "Uh oh! What's uh oh?" I ask wildly. "Come one!" He shouts, beckoning me. We start running. From a whole pack of gundarks. "THIS! IS! NOT! FUN!" I scream at the top of my lungs.
We fly the ship back to the Jedi temple, suffering no scratch. Since we got to the ship in time and took off before they got a chance to attack, we are alive. W found out Calasui wasn't in the ship. She must've got out while we were gone and is most likely on Vancor, searching for her "love" Obi-Wan, and her "enemy" me. We have a great Valentines day feast, with Obi-Wan and I as the guests of honor. I even feel bad for Calasui for missing it. But not that bad. This day has ended in bliss.
Vancor~
Calasui stumbles over a rock and trips, falling to the ground. She gets up on her knees. "Damn Siri and lovely Obi-Wan, WHERE ARE YOU!"
The End :)

Book

WOOOOHOOOO!!! I'm at page 200 in the book I'm writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Star Wars Valentines Day part 6

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Part 6!


A Star Wars Valentines Day
Part 6
Siri Tachi
I open my eyes and look around. I'm on a barren planet with no life and just a bunch of rocky out climbs. I sit up and rub my head. I groan and reach to my side. My lightsaber! It's gone! I look around wildly, suddenly more alert. I push myself to my feet with my fingertips. Okay. First thing's first. Find out where I am and then get off the planet. I nod to myself and walk over to a rock with a tunnel going down. Huh. Maybe a dwelling. I walk inside and make my way down. I skid to the bottom, small rocks scatter around me and roll to a stop. I look around. I don't see anything it's too dark. My eyes are still adjusting when I hear a growl. Uh oh. I don't need to wait for my eyes to know I need to run. And like now! I dash back up the way I came, scrabbling to get up as fast as I can. I reach the top and I whip around just as a huge slobbering monster leaps into the air. I cross my arms in front of my face to protect my head as it slams into me. I scream out. But no one hears me. I take a closer look at my new friend. It's a gundark. Well. That settles things. I'm on Vancor. WHY VANCOR! I really despise Calasui. Well, I don't really have time for grumbling. I need to get this thing off me. I close my eyes as it opens it's jaws. Oh I really wish Obi-Wan was here! I stop cold. Oh my Force... I did NOT just think that did IOh shoot. I concentrate, ignoring my burning face, as well as feelings and Force push the thing off me. "Now I'm really pissed! You made me think weird thoughts about Obi-Wan! You kriffing creature!" I put a hand over my mouth. Oops. I just swore. I grit my teeth and Force push the gundark backwards and it tumbles head over heels back into it's cave where the rest of it's slobbery cronies are. I wrinkle my nose in disgust. Hmph SOMEBODY better hurry up and get me. I don't want to become a hermit, fending off gundarks all day long.
Obi-Wan Kenobi
I maneuver the ship into the atmosphere of Vancor. Please! Please let Siri be okay! I just hope she didn't get mauled by a gundark. Those things are nasty. I fly over the rocky terrain and look closely. But I can't seem to see anything. I pilot the ship onto a large cliff that seems stable enough to hold the ships weight. I open the ramp and run down it. I just hope the gundarks don't tear it apart for no apparent reason. I look around. Now. Where is Siri?

A Star Wars Valentines Day part 5


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Here's part 5!

A Star Wars Valentines Day
Part 5
I walk down the halls, searching for Siri. I want to ask her what she was so miserable about at lunch. I whip around the corner and run smack into Calasui. I stare at her. Her eyes are all glittery and happy. "Oh, my dear OBI-WAN!" "Uh, yeah, well, have you seen Siri?" I ask, distracted. She huffs, with her hands on her hips. "So?" She asks snippy. "So? I'm trying to find her." I say. "Why would you want to find her when you've found me?" She asks, fluffing her hair in my face. I wrinkle my nose and bat her hair away, since it's annoying and ticklish. "Sorry, I need to go and find her." I say, shoving by her. I run to the docking bay and choose a ship. I run up the ramp and start the ship. "You can't find her!" I hear Calasui behind me. My head snaps up and I sense her right hand flying towards me, ready to scratch flesh. I whip around and Force push her backwards. She hits the wall and gets knocked out, her head hanging down. I turn back to the controls and realize I don't know where she actually is. I walk over to Calasui. I get down on my haunches and poke her. "Hey, Calasui. Do you know where Siri is?" "She's on Vancor..." she mumbles. "Vancor!" I exclaim. I hurriedly tie her up so she doesn't try to attack me again and set the coordinates to Vancor.

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Star Wars Valentines Day part 4

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A Star Wars Valentines Day
Siri Tachi~
Part 4
Just to get you caught up!,... I'm sandwiched between Bant and Obi-Wan. I'm feeling extremely squeamish and miserable. Oh, and also, -claustrophobic. They're talking like good friends and I'm just wallowing in my misery. I finish my food and give them a small bow. "Thanks for allowing me to sit with you." I murmur. Then I walk away. My mind wanders and I find myself in the hallways. Then Calasui appears in front of me. She randomly grabs my wrist. "You'll never have his heart." She snarls. "Ow!" I shout. "What the echuta are you talking about!" She just wrinkles her nose and scoffs. "Hmph," Then she raises and hand and I know she's going to slap me, but my body isn't moving. My mind is whirring and I move three seconds too late. I feel a burn on my face and I'm leaning over, my hand holding my cheek. I feel three gashes from Calasui's sharp fingernails. I gasp at the pain. He smiles. "Now you don't have an angelic face." I'm still holding my face when I face her. "You're a freak! You're nut! You're INSANE!" "No, I'm just permanently ruining your face and surely winning my victory." "You're sick." I say. "Oh no. Once the poison from my nails infects those cuts. You're face will get wrinkly and you'll become forever weak." My left cheek sags as my right coils and tightens in pain. The next roll of excruciating pain sends me to my knees. "You're a horrible person!" I shout weakly. "Oh no, no one will find out." I'll tell poor Obi-Wan of your unfortunate accident. How you ate something. Oh, that reminds me. You'll going into a sleeping state then you wont wake up for a long, long time!" My right eye is closing and I look up at her blearily. "You're awful." I whisper. She just smiles. "Sweet dreams!" No one would do such a thing to another person. She is truly insane. Then I fade into pain, and pain alone.
Wait for part 5! (Should I write from Obi-Wan's point of view?)

A Star Wars Valentines Day part 3

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A Star Wars Valentines Day
Siri Tachi~
Part 3
I pace around the tiny hole. Trying to keep as far away from Obi-Wan as possible and what's more infuriating is that he doesn't even seem to notice the small space between us. After about thirty minutes I finally throw my hands in the air. "This is just GREAT! Now I'm stuck with YOU and there's NOTHING I can DO about it!" I punch the earthy wall in frustration. I turn on Obi-Wan. "This is all YOUR fault!" I scream. He holds his hands up in front of him. "Hey! Wait a second!" "If you hadn't come along I could've gotten out myself!" I practically yell in his face, I know my cheeks a burning, but I don't know what it's from. Over exaggeration in whose fault it is, or I'm just blushing. Obi-Wan gently pushes me away from him. "If it's anyone's fault it's Bruck's. HE pushed us in the hole." I fume and cross my arms. "Well, we should try to get out now." I scoff. "Well, be my guest." He gets down on one knee and cups his hands. I'm about to smack him in the face and tell him this is no time to propose when he says- "Put your foot here. I'll push you up." I snap my mouth shut and put my left foot on his hands. I reach for the top and then I jam my right foot into the side of the dirt wall. "Hurry." Obi-Wan says. I turn over to him. "Don't you dare say I'm fat-" I begin then, of course, I loose my balance. I pinwheel my arms but it's no use. "This is all your FAULTTTTT!" I yell as I fell backwards. "Don't worry! I'll catch you!" "No-" I begin but then I feel the impact of Obi-Wan's chest against my back and I smash him into the ground. I roll off immediately. "I've got no pity for you." I say. "This was your idea." He sits up. "Don't worry, I wasn't going to." I open my mouth to say another snotty remark, but then I close it. Then I open it again. "I'm sorry." "What?" Obi-Wan says incredulously. "I said I was SORRY." I say louder. He scratches his head. "I just needed to hear it. I thought I'd imagined it." I frown. "Hmph." Then out of the blue- "Well looky here." I look up, and I'm about to insult who ever the speaker is and promise a sock in the nose, when I notice a girl Mon-calmarian named Bant and another apprentice named Garen. The boy speaks. "Well, what's this?" Bant asks- "Why are you in a hole? Is this a party?" "Yeah!" Garen says. "Can we come too?" "This is not a party!" I shout at them, as my blush (that had just went away) comes back. I point at them. "Now, you're going to help us up and there will be no talk about parties." They shrug and Garen reaches down. "Uhhh." He says. "What?" I snap. "My arm is a little to short, I can't reach you." "Out of all the things!" I say, exasperated. Obi-Wan gets on one knee again. "Maybe if you concentrateyou can get up." I step onto his foot but I'm already arguing with him. "You think I wasn't concentrating! You little-" Garen grasps my arm and yanks me up. "Ow!" I punch him in the shoulder-(rather lightly). "You almost pulled my arm out of it's socket!" He shrugs and reaches down to Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan gathers the Force around him and propels himself towards Garen's outstretched hand. He catches it and Obi-Wan is with us in moments. "Well, I'm hoping you would join us at lunch?" He asks. OH NO!
Wait for part 4!

A Star Wars Valentines Day part 2

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A Star Wars Valentines Day
Siri Tachi~
Part 2
I pick up my things and leave the room. Hoping to get away before Obi-Wan catches up. "Hey." I hear Obi-Wan behind me. I groan inwardly. He gets into step with me, his shoulder brushing mine. My stomach curls and I purse my lips. I can tell a blush is coming on. "So, would you like to sit together at lunch?" It's an innocent question but I blows my nerve. "I'm sorry but I've really got somewhere to be. See you." I say quickly and I charge through the crowd. I hear him calling me, confused but I go and lose myself in the groups of people. I hide behind a wall and lean against it. I sigh and my shoulders sag. Then Carasui materializes in front of me. I stare at her. "You may think you have his heart, but you don't!" She snarls. What the heck? I push my hair behind my ears. "Say what you like. Obi-Wan and I are NOT an item." I walk away, my face burning. She lets out a dry laugh. "Oh believe me, he's fallen for you. Everyone does." I stop. "Well, that's my problem, and only mine." Then I stalk away, my face is red but not from embarrassment, but fury.
I throw my things onto my bed and flop onto it myself. I rest my head on my arms and stare at the ceiling. Whenever I think of Obi-Wan my stomach curls. I bite my mouth. I really shouldn't be acting like this... But...come on! It's Obi-Wan. He may not know it, but he's more famous around here then he thinks. He's got a cool master, Qui-Gon, and plenty of girls like him. I have no chance. And what was with the fake get together! Is he trying to fool me? I close my eyes. Well, for now, I'll just see.
I'm in the Room of a Thousand Fountains. And I'm meditating when I'm rudely interrupted. "Hey, Siri." My eyes open. I momentarily hope it's Obi-Wan but instead, I see Bruck Chun. "Have you seen oafy-wan?" He asks. I shake my head. "No, I've never heard of a Jedi named Oafy-Wan. Who's he?" "It's Obi-Wan, Siri." He growls. "And if you do, tell him I want a rematch." "I doubt he would do something as petty as that!" I retort. The NERVE! "Oh yeah? Did you hear of our battle today? I beat him!" I shake my head, letting my hair bounce back and forth. "That's not how I heard it. Obi-Wan said he threw you in the water." Bruck's face turns red. "You'll pay for that girly girl!" He dives forward. Girly girl? And pay for what? The truth? I stand and move to the side. He misses me and falls headlong into the water. He comes up spluttering. I walk away and then immediately fall into a hole. I hit the ground. "OUCH!" I scream. I push my hair behind my ear and stand up. Then I hear something. "Siri? What are you doing in a hole?" I look up and see Obi-Wan. "I fell in! Now help me out!" He reaches down to my surprise and I hold my hand up to meet his. Our hands lock and I begin to climb as Obi-Wan pulls. Then, suddenly, there's a jerk and Obi-Wan and I fall back into the hole. I hit the ground. Obi-Wan's arm slams into my face and I feel a flash of pain. "Ouch my neck." Obi-Wan groans. "Ouch my face!" I say underneath his arm. "Oops, sorry." He removes his arm and I sit up, my body aching all over. "What happened? Did you slip?" "No, I got pushed." "By who?" "I don't know." "By ME!" I groan and Obi-Wan face palms. Bruck Chun stands over us. "Hope you have a fun date! See ya!" My face burns and I shake my fist at him. "It's not a date!" I shout, my arms at my sides. He just laughs and walks away. This is great. Just great.
Wait for part 3!

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Star Wars Valentines Day



This is a story I've been writing. I'll put it up in parts.



A Star Wars Valentines Day




Siri Tachi~

I'm walking down the halls of the Jedi Temple, it's morning, and I'm dreading every minute of this day. Valentines day. A Jedi's least favorite holiday. Well. At least MY least favorite. I flick my shoulder length blonde hair over my shoulder. Already, a group of boys have tried to give me lovey dovey cards and I've turned them all down. I'd only accept one if Obi-Wan gave it to me- No! I mentally smack my forehead, and recite the Jedi code.

There is no emotion, there is peace.
There is no ignorance, there is knowledge.
There is no passion, there is serenity.
There is no chaos, there is harmony.
There is no death, there is the Force.

I rush to my class. I know I'm late but maybe if I run I can make it. I turn a corner and zip past everyone. (Did you think she was going to run into Obi-Wan?) I open the classroom door and walk in. I shut it behind me and sigh, leaning against it. I check my chronometer. Yes, five seconds to spare. I dump my things onto my desk and sit down with a breezy sigh. The teacher, a Jedi master by the name of Qui-sa (Ka-why-Suh) Kentini (Ken-Tin-e) walks into the room, in her flowing blue robes and a shiny headdress. She turns and looks at the class with hard, yet sparkling light blue eyes.
“I would like you to start on chapter 14. I would like you to read the section about the Old Sith Wars. Which is on pages 110 to 790.” Well, Qui-sa is known for giving people a lot of reading. So I'm not surprised. Then I hear a bang and I give a jolt in my seat. I turn and look with the rest of the class. I see Obi-Wan Kenobi, walk in. His hair is a little frazzled and his tunic is a little dirty.
“May I ask, Kenobi,” Qui-sa says. “Why you have been missing and are now, completely covered in dirt. Or should I say you had a fight with a gundark.” Obi-Wan blushes. “Well, that's not exactly it...” “Oh really?” Qui-sa says. “Is that so? Would you care to explain?” Obi-Wan scratches the back of his head. “Well, I....” Qui-sa raises her black eyebrows. “I was in the hall...” “And?” “And I got tripped..” “And?” “So I got angry.” “And?” Obi-Wan relents and the story pours out. “Well, Bruck tripped me and called me oafy-wan. I was going to ignore him but he kept taunting me so I told him to koochoo.” Qui-sa's eyebrows arch higher. “Then he hit me and we got into a fight.” “And the dirt?” “We were in the room of a thousand fountains. He fell in the water, and that's when I realized I had a class. I ran here as fast as I could.” He splays his arms out. “So...here I am.” “Take your seat.” She says. “You will have to read the reading from the advanced Old Sith Wars series for punishment.” I see girl, one with flashy red hair. She turns to Obi-Wan. Her name is Carasui (Ca-ra-su-e) and she seems like she's about to speak to him. “You got off easy.” I hear someone say. Then I realize it's me. I bite the insides of my mouth and concentrate on keeping myself from blushing. “I did? I have to read over a thousand pages this week!” Obi-Wan says. “A thousand and ten.” Qui-sa says from the front. We cringe. “We'll talk later.” Obi-Wan whispers. “Alright.” I say before I realize it. “Kenobi? Tachi?” We cringe again and bend over our books. “I want you all to write an essay about the Sith wars and what you think of them.” I pull out a piece of paper and begin to write down my thought. Though, in the back of my mind, all I'm think about is talking to Obi-Wan later. I look up and see Carasui glaring at me. And I know, she is going to make my life a living hell.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


St. Patrick was a British boy who was kidnapped and taken to Ireland. He was sold to a farmer and had to work as a slave. He escaped after seven years and was reunited with his family. But he had a calling from God and he went back to Ireland to spread Christianity to the Irish. The Irish people didn't like him at first but after time they began to believe what he said.
There is also a myth that he sent all the snakes away from Ireland with a bell. He got rid of all the serpents and sea monsters that inhabited Ireland. He got rid of all of them but one. A large red snake. He told it to leave but it wouldn't. He got a large chest and painted a snake on it. He went to the snake and set the box down. He told him that it was a great place to hibernate. The snake ran away from Patrick but Patrick followed with great earnest. He swam after the snake into the ocean. An eagle saw the snake and picked it up with her talons. The snake called for help. St. Patrick followed and saved the snake but put him in the box. The snake tried it out but said he was too big. Patrick told him if he squeezed himself in a bit more that it would be a perfect fit. Patrick took the box and got on a boat so he could take the snake away. He dropped the box into a lake. He heard the snake calling for him to get him out. Patrick said he would tomorrow. A few months later he went back and called to the snake, saying it was tomorrow. A huge sea serpent rose from the lake and towered over him. "It's tomorrow, is it?" It said. St. Patrick said that it was. The serpent told him that the water in the lake made it grow big and people called it the Lock Ness monster. It grinned hugely at St. Patrick after it spoke. St. Patrick then left.
:) Hope you liked it!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentines day

Happy (late) Valentines day!!

Valentines day is named after St. Valentine. Though there were many St. Valentines around at that time, the one that is named for this holiday is the St. Valentine that was martyred in a town near Rome. The holiday actually had nothing to do with love till my ancestor-Chaucer-changed the holiday.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Book Poem

I like this one! :)

There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears the human soul!
- Emily Dickinson

The Chimera's Curse

The Chimera's Curse   [CHIMERAS CURSE] [Hardcover]



*WARNING! CONTAINS MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS!* It has been another year since her last encounter with Kullervo. His voice keeps creeping into her dreams, saying to meet him at the mark. Connie jolts awake in bed. She calls through her bond to Sentinel that Kullervo's voice has come again. Sentinel comes and stamps out the remaining shadow of Kullervo. A thin laugh is all that's left before, it to, disappears.
The next day Connie is on a picnic with her great uncle Hugh, her brother Simon, and her two friends, Anneena and Jane. Hugh is asleep under a tree and the four kids are bored. They decide to go for a walk. Connie senses something and gets nervous. Jane says it isn't any cooler in the trees and that they should go back. Anneena and Connie are about to agree when Simon says he wants to go farther in. Connie and Simon argue about going in further. Connie lowers her voice and says that they don't know what is in there. Anneena asked what they were talking about. Connie was about to reply when they heard a shout. The kids ran out to find what made the cry. They find Col on the ground. Connie asks what happened and he said that his horse(Mags) had bucked him off. Simon says that Mags never bucks Col off and that it's weird. Connie whistles to Mags and the frightened horse gallops over. Simon says he's going to go see what the thing on the moor was. Connie suddenly asks Col if he's hurt. Col clutches his ankle and says he sprained it. Connie tells Simon to help he with Col and they become his human crutches. Anneena says she is going to look for what ever they heard in the forest. Connie, Jane, and Col say they don't want to help but eventually they agree.
They go back to Evelyn's house and Mack is waiting for them. Connie finds out that Evelyn is going to have a baby when she touches her forehead. Mack and Evelyn say she's right and ask her how she knew. Connie doesn't know and says that she's not sure.
Col walks in with a little boy named Liam. He says that Liam saw the fire imps in a small fire, and that he kept him away. Connie tells Liam it's probably his companion species, and that he should be tested by the Accesser.
Later Anneena and Jane are talking with Connie. They start talking about the thing on the moor and Connie gets worried. She says that if they're going she has to go too.
Connie goes to see Dr. Brock. He tells her that Argand wants to see her. Connie says she will.
Connie heads to Devil's tooth to wait for Argand. She tells Gard through her bond she'll be fine because Argand will be there in a couple minutes. Gard agrees, and Connie waits. She notices that the grass is very dry. Then it starts to catch fire. She shouts for Argand but the dragon is too far away. She sees the creature from before running around. She wonders if it's trying to get away from the fire or if it's making the fire itself. She calls for Argand and Gard through her bond but both are far away. She is a little worried. Leave it to Argand to be late when she needs to hurry.  The flames get close to the rocks she's on. She tells Gard that there's a fire on the moor. He says he'll notify everyone. Connie is worried because they wont get there in time. Connie sits down coughing. The air too thick to breathe. Argand arrives and Connie tells her to get her out of there. Argand does and they get far away from the flames. But then they see Liam. Connie tells Argand to get him away from the fire. Connie starts to leave, but Gard, Rat, and Icefen appear. Gard asks how she is and Connie says she's fine, though if Argand hadn't come she would have been toast by now. Connie and Liam are taken to the Masterson's farm, and then home.
Later, Connie, Anneena, Simon, and Jane are waiting for Col. Connie knows that Col is patrolling from the air with Skylark, looking for the creature. Rat is doing the same with Icefen. Connie suggests they stay near the farm so Col can find them. Anneena agrees but Simon says-after they had been sitting there a while-that they should go deeper into the forest. He says Connie can stay behind if she wants. He, Anneena and Jane go off into the woods. Connie shouts at them that they said if she said it was dangerous they would stop. They don't listen and Connie follows them. Out of the blue, Gard tells Connie that the creature is close but Connie cuts him short saying she needs to get Simon. She starts calling his name. Gard tells her that Simon is twenty paces ahead, and she should hurry. Connie bursts into the area Simon is in. She shouts at him to run, but Simon triumphantly says that it's coming. Suddenly it jumps into the clearing. Connie shrieked, pulling on his arm, yelling at him to run. The creature looked between the two kids, wondering whom to strike first. Connie stumbled backward, still screaming at Simon to start moving. But her brother was in a daze. She shouted at him to move, that it didn't want to encounter him, that it wanted to kill them. Her shouting made the creatures decision. It stepped forward, it's jaws gaping wide. Connie turned to run and immediately tripped on a tree root in the dark, and fell spectacularly onto her face. She was stunned as her face made contact with the ground. The creature stalked forward. Connie pulled herself to her knees, dimly aware that her friends were coming. Icefen was now bounding across the plantation, Sentinel was charging from his the mines, and dragons were on the way. But nothing was close enough to step between her and the creatures jaws (Which were mere inches from her neck.) There was a shout, and Simon leap between the two, brandishing a stick. He yelled at the creature to leave Connie alone. He hit the monster on the noise, just angering it, his stick shattering. Connie got to her feet. Simon's attack had riled it into madness. Connie tugged on his sleeve, telling him to get behind her. He wouldn't budge. She told him not to be an idiot and to get behind her. They scrambled away. She succeeded in pushing Simon behind her and at the same moment dive into her mind and conjure the Universal shield. She raised the powerful mental tool. In the air, it looked like a fragile circle of silver mist. Connie didn't know if the shield would work against physical attacks, but it was that or they would die.(They would get burned to a crisp. :p) The chimera let out a jet of flames. The mist evaporated in a hiss, but Connie still held it up. She could feel the heat on her fingers. The fire stopped. The chimera leaped forward, striking her with it's front paw, sending Connie into the undergrowth. Not wasting seconds, it jumped after her and pounced before she even hit the ground. It grabbed her by the back of her jacket and bounded into the trees. Connie could hear Simon's cries behind her and she could tell he was following her. She would have shouted at him to call for help, but was nearly strangled by her own jacket. Her side was in excruciating pain. The deep scratches in her side were bleeding freely. Then, the creature dropped her on the ground, almost as quickly as it had carried her off. It rolled her over with it's paw, pinning her down. The chimera was trying to encounter her so she thought she would let it in. She regretted it. The three creatures were at war within themselves. if the attack from the physical world was terrifying, this was a vortex of stormy emotions. The three parts of the chimera-the lion, goat, and serpent- were in a constant battle. Connie cried out in pain as she was filled with the fire of the lion, the bloody serpent, and the crazed goat. They were all talking about how they should kill the Universal. The serpent asked if it should be bite, burn, or venom. The goat said they should stamp her then run. The other two ignored it. he lion said they would each get a turn. The serpent said that it should be it first, because the lion failed before. Connie called out to them but was ignored. The lion agreed that it would be serpent, then lion. The goat hysterically said it would be after that. The lion ignored it again. The last thing Connie saw was the snakes head lashing down like a whip-stroke. The bite felt like hot needles had been driven into her neck. She grew rigid, her eyes misted over. With a dreamy, vague, relief, she realized she wouldn't be conscious for the next stage of attack.

***

Col knew that something was wrong when he got to the deserted campsite. He could hear screams coming from the forest. He dashed inside. Ahead he could see someone with a flashlight sprinting full speed towards the uproar. He shouted at Connie to wait for him as he followed. Col realized the screams had stopped. He saw Simon running. He and Simon jumped into the clearing. They saw the chimera standing over Connie. She was stretched out on a pile of pine needles,-still, white faced, and death like. Their entrance startled the creature. It looked up at them, momentarily dazzled by the light that Simon was shining in it's eyes. Icefen charged into the clearing. Rat got off and the frost wolf rammed into the chimera. The three boys dragged Connie  away from the fight. Col tried to lift Connie off the ground but she was limp in his arms. Simon was sobbing and asking if she was still alive or not. Col didn't know the answer to that question. He said that they should get out of there, and dragged Connie away from the battle ground. Hooves pounded and Sentinel charged in. He picked Connie up and called at them to follow him. They ran for a while. The boys had trouble keeping up, even though they weren't carrying anything. Col helped Simon along since he saw he was close to collapse from exhaustion. Sentinel laid Connie on the ground. He said that humans were approaching, and that he was leaving the Universal in their care. He called for them to fetch healers as he left. Jane and Anneena ran up. Anneena screamed as her flashlight beam hit Connie. Col shouted at her to shut up and do something. And at the same time, he was calling the ambulance. Jane bent over Connie and checked her pulse. She said Connie is bleeding from her side, and that she was quite cold, but could definitely feel a pulse. She took off her sweater and covered Connie, then she touched her forehead. The touch roused Connie. She mumbled at Col to get Windfoal and something about poison. Col could barely swallow. Windfoal was miles away. How could they get her to the unicorn in just a few minutes? Col suggested they carry Connie to the road, so the ambulance could see them. Jane and Anneena got Connie's feet. Col and Rat got Connie's head. The awkward human stretcher made it's way to the road. Rat muttered that Icefen won to Col. Anneena said it was the creature that did it. She was close to hysterical tears. She said it was all her fault. Col savagely thought that it was her fault. Simon said it was his fault. That he didn't understand. He thought he could talk to it, but he never wanted to see it again, because it was evil-wicked. Col hoped the two girls will take it as ramblings. They reached the road. Jane got Simon to run ahead and get uncle Hugh. He wasn't gone long when the ambulance roared up with it's flashing blue lights. Jane waved her flashlight to get their attention. The paramedics got Connie into the ambulance. They asked for someone to come with them and explain what happened. Col immediately said he would go. Hugh told Col to tell Connie he was coming in the car. Tell Connie? Col wondered what he could say. She was out of his reach. He tried to stifle the terrifying thought that she may never return. The paramedics asked what happened. Col hoarsely told them that it was a wild cat. The man said that it must have been a hell of a monster to do so much damage. And that she was lucky. The cuts didn't go very deep, and that the jacket saved her. Lucky? Col wouldn't have called her that.

***

Connie was in the Chartmouth Hospital for three days now. She had been delirious and they asked what kind of snake had done this. Someone from Nepal suggested it was a cobra, but the doctors told him to be realistic. A cobra, in England, ha!
Mack, Col, and Rat walked into the youth ward with only flowers and innocent smiles. Mack scooped Connie off the bed. Col said that she needed a quick trip to the parking lot. And that they would bring her back unharmed. Rat said she need to see her horse, and that she would never get better if she wasn't satisfied it was okay. So that they had brought it here. They waited impatiently in the elevator. Col asked Rat why he said something about the horse. Rat said that he bet his money that the kids in the in Connie's room were looking out the window, looking at what they were doing. Col agreed it was a good cover story. They went to the horsebox. Kira was looking at her watch, waiting for them. She smiled when Mack went into the horsebox and laid Connie on the ground in front of Windfoal. They waited outside.

***

Connie was healed by Windfoal. Connie told her she had better go back before people started worrying about her. Windfoal agreed but told her to come see her so she could treat the scars. Connie nodded and left. The doctors were running into the parking lot as Kira drove the horsebox away. Col looked happy to see Connie standing. She told them that she would handle this. The doctors asked her what she was doing. She said she needed a breath of fresh air.
Connie was visited by Anneena and Jane, they were relived she was okay. She was let out of the hospital after a day.

***

They went and picked up Liam, so they could take him to his assessment. They signed in and entered the Chamber of Counsel. All the Trustees were in four different points in the room. North, South, East, West. Connie looked at each of them.
The her eyes fell on the new trustees. An Chinese man-Mr. Chan,and a rock dwarf-Jade. Jade greeted Connie and she bowed respectfully. To Connie's surprise, Liam ran over and sat down next to Jade. Kinga confirmed Liam as a companion to the Fire imp. Connie's face registered astonishment. Eagle-Child laughed. He told her there were different ways to do an assessment. Connie glanced at Simon. He was biting his lip. She asked him where he wanted to go. Kinga-after a pause-said Connie should step out of the circle because her presence might be confusing them. After a bit, Kira said that Simon was theirs. Morjik growled that he was theirs. Mr. Chan said he couldn't be both. Connie walked forward. She asked if she could see which one he was supposed to be in. She placed he hands on his shoulders and closed her eyes. After a moment she opened them, and said he was both. She said he is both, like the chimera he is both. Connie decided he should sit with Kira for the time being. He sat by Windfoal and Kira. Connie turned and looked around the room. She said the last question was, where should she sit?

***
Liam, Simon, and Mack had gone to the cafe to meet Liam's teacher. Connie is sitting cross legged in the center of the room. Kira said that Connie should say if she is getting tired. Connie agrees. Windfoal says she will heal Connie's scars, and that she'll be more comfortable then. Connie is healed and they all begin the encounter. They discussed what to do with the Chimera, and finally concluded that they should ask the librarian where a book about the chimera is. Kira's shadow self jumped up and said she would get the librarian. Connie stopped her. Shouldn't they stop the encounter first? They all agreed and opened their eyes. Kira got up and said she would now get the librarian.
Mr. Dove the librarian came with Kira five minutes later. He looked through his records and found a title of a book with the chimera in it. The Treatise on Conjoined Creatures and Multiple Monsters. But the problem was that it is not available. Kinga asks why. Mr. Dove says that it's in the Universal's library. Kinga asks Connie to go and read as much as she can about the chimera. Connie agrees, but asks them to tell Mack that she should be a while, so they can take Liam home now. Kinga nods and Kira says she'll get her some refreshments to take up to the Universal library.

***

She found the book and pulled it out of the shelves. She looked through it. Connie was about to give up in despair because she couldn't finds anything, when yellowing paper slipped out of the book. It was dated 1940, Reginald Cony. Connie realized she had stumbled upon notes from the last British Universal. The uncle to the previous trustee Fredrick Cony had told her about. The notes told about how he was about to go to the basement but had to finish his message. Also that his friend-a Universal- Guy de Chaliac is spending a lot of time on research about the chimera and that he wont bore anyone with the details. Connie urged him to but she was decades to late to make a difference. But Reginald says that Kullervo  is able to shape-shift into the chimera to calm it's madness and communicate with it. He can persuade the creature to do his bidding. The note ended right before Reginald could finish his sentence of advise. A bombing raid during the II world war must have sent him into hiding. Connie leafed through the book and came across a old English message.
Guy passyd oute of thys world by the mark and there was wepyng and dolour out of mesure. Our counsels are grievously lessened. But he defeated Kullervo for thys time.
Connie couldn't make much sense of it, but the over all message was clear enough. What ever Guy had done-challenged at the mark-it had worked. But the challenge had cost his life.


***
Connie told the trustees about the chimera. Kinga mused that they couldn't use the method so they would have to think about something else. Morjik grunted that it was possible. Kinga asked how. Wearily Connie said that they only needed to gather the Nemean lion, great snake, and Amalthean goat, and through a shared bond, they could communicate with the chimera. She says she could do it. Jade says that not only she can do it. Connie realizes and mutters Simon's name. She says that Simon hasn't yet started his training, and that he is only twelve. Eagle-Child cut in saying that she was only eleven when she first faced Kullervo. Kira gently says that it would be better to use his skills for the task so Connie wont have to go in the creature's path again. Connie leapt to her feet and shouting no. She told them they can't do it and that they don't know what it's like. Eagle-Child says that they don't but that she should not deny him. Connie snaps back that she isn't denying him anything, and certainly not his gift. She shouts that she doesn't want them to exchange her life for his. The room fell silent. Kira told her she was tired and upset, and that they had overtaxed her. She says that it was their fault and she should rest now. Connie shook with anger and fatigue. She would have to make them understand, when would she get to see the trustees again? She tells them they don't get it. That it isn't about the chimera, it's about Kullervo, and that's what Reginald Cony and Guy de Chauliac realized. That she should challenge him at the mark! The silence that followed turned icy. Kinga and Morjik were furious, Kira and Windfoal were afraid. Connie looked at them. She asked them if they are afraid of the truth. Kira sternly looked at her,s aying that they weren't afraid of the truth. That they were afraid for her,-of her. Eagle-Child asked her to listen. That she shouldn't make the same mistakes other Universals made in the past. Connie argues that it wasn't a mistake, and that it ended the black death. Eagle-Child shook his head. He tells her that she has only read one account. Guy failed his attempt, he was taken by Kullervo before he could complete the ordeal. It is a horrible death, a torture beyond Connie's imagining. Connie was shocked. They had known about Guy? What else did they known that she didn't? Connie says that he succeeded. Eagle-Child says he did his part, but only partially. He asked Connie if wanted to pay the same price? Kullervo would exhaust and attack Connie, then throw her aside. Connie sat down. She didn't want to be in the center of the room anymore. Connie stubbornly said that he was on to something. Eagle-Child cut her short saying that he failed. He walked over to her and held out his hand. He said that they forbid her from going down this path. She jumped to her feet, knocking away Eagle-Child's hand. She said she understands but that she doesn't agree. And with that she fled the chamber.

***

On the train home Connie was irritable. She got angry with Mack, Simon, and Col. She left to get some coffee. She noticed Col coming up behind her. He asked her what's wrong. She told him that she'd argued with the trustees and that she found a way to defeat Kullervo but that they wouldn't allow it. Col said it was great she found a way and asked her what it was. She told him that she had to challenge Kullervo at the mark. Col asked what was so bad about it. She said that if she failed like the other Universals, she would be tortured to death. Col was aghast. She asked him if he was on her side. He said of course not, because he wouldn't want to agree with her death sentence. She said she wanted to do it properly, to avoid the mistakes of the past. Col cut in saying he was on her side but that she promise not to do anything stupid. He gave her a hug but she said she couldn't promise anything, but that she'll think about it, and he'll have to do with that for now. Col agreed.

***

A couple days later Connie sits practicing the Universal powers with Gard. She said that she wanted to learn more Universal tools. Such as the quiver, and lance. Gard asked Connie if he could ask a question. She granted him the pleasure and he asked why she was learning more warrior tools, instead of healing or defensive moves. She said that she wanted to follow the chapters in her book she found in the Universal library. Gard said that he knew that wasn't the case, and that she shouldn't lie to him. She said that if there was a way to defeat him, shouldn't she try to do everything in her power to find it? Gard told her no. And that there are not buts, that she should not try to match the shape shifter. He told her to obey the rules and not look into it anymore. Then as if nothing had happened, he said that they should study the portcullis.

***
Connie opened the door a few days later, to see Mrs. Clamsworthy. She looked flustered. She asked if they had seen Col. Evelyn said they hadn't and said that Connie could ask Gard where he was. Connie was hesitant but called out to Gard. There was no answer. She apologized, saying that he must be inside somewhere. Connie asked if it would be alright to go to uncle Hugh's. Evelyn agreed but told her to stay away from the moor. Connie nodded and left.
Later, she met Rat and told him why she was out. Rat agreed to help find Col. She reached out to sense his gift, but instead found many mythical creatures. She didn't know why but she knew the creatures weren't friendly, and said that they should go tell Dr. Brock, but Rat snagged her jacket and said "what about Col?" Connie had forgotten her reason for coming and said that she couldn't spot him with all the commotion. Rat said one of the creatures might have got him. She searched and found him. She told Rat that he was near Devil's Tooth. Rat said that they should go but Connie shrunk back, and said she wasn't allowed to go on the moor. Rat told her not to be pathetic and that they weren't going far, or would she prefer that a mythical creature attack Col. Connie knew she would get in more trouble with the trustees but what would it matter if she could help Col? She climbed over the fence and dashed to Devil's Tooth. She told Rat that they were getting close. She waved the beam of the flashlight around. She found a body lying on the ground. They rushed over to it and Connie called Col's name. Col groggily awoke and asked what happened. Connie asked him how long he had been there. He said he didn't know. She saw something on his neck, and asked Rat to shine the light on it. He did and Connie saw a mark only the Universal's shield could stop. Stone Sprites. Connie asked if Col could walk, because they really needed to get off the moor. Col got his cell phone out to call his Gran, but dropped it on the ground. He checked it and it was dead, and he said this isn't his day. Connie offered that Col could use her phone. Col agreed but Rat took the phone and said he should probably be the one to call. Then Col realized Mags was gone. He called out the horse's name and asked if he was alright. Connie said she would find him and whistled into the darkness. Nothing happened. Rat joined them and asked if they needed any light. He also said that Col's Gran told him he would go straight to bed after this and that they should get off the moor immediately. Col said he wouldn't leave without Mags, and they started to search. Rat shined the light around the land and Col exclaimed, pointing into the distance that Mags was over there. He had wandered off with the Dartmoor ponies. Rain started to fall, and Connie said they should hurry and get Mags. She said she didn't like being on the moor with so much going on. She dipped her mind into the activity going on near them. She said they'd better hurry because her friend was coming. Rat asked who but Col got it immediately. The chimera! Col grabbed Connie's arm. He said she should get on Mags and she should ride back to the cottages, she would be safe there. Connie started running towards Mags. She said it wasn't just her she was worried about. It was them too. Col boosted Connie into the saddle and almost immediately Mags snorted, and bucked, smelling danger approaching. Connie fell off and onto Col. Col asked Mags what had gotten into him. Connie knew Mags was terrified. First stone sprites, now this. She scrambled back on. The chimera was loping towards them, roaring triumphantly. Connie told the boys they needed to go, but Col said Mags couldn't carry them all. Then he saw the Dartmoor ponies. He told Rat that they would ride them. They jumped onto them and the three kids dashed down the hill. But the two dartmoor ponies veered left, heading towards marshy ground. Connie yelled to them. She told them that they weren't horses.
It was too late. Rat and Col were dumped into the marsh. The kelpies had ditched them.
Col told Connie to run but she said she wouldn't go without them. She could see them because of the light Rat was holding, but it showed them waist deep and sinking. She dismounted and stood there. Mags took the chance to bolt. Col let out a warning but the reins slipped through Connie's fingers. She had to let Mags go, she had to save Col and Rat from drowning. She shouted at them to stop moving, Rat said it was easy for her to say. Connie said they needed to lie flat. Rat announced he wasn't putting his face near the goo. Col growled at him to do it and they lay flat. Col saw flames in the darkness. He shouted at Connie that the Chimera was coming. There was no where to go. She jumped onto the tussock grass in the middle of the icky mud. It sagged beneath her weight, but didn't sink. The chimera bounded up, but once it caught a whiff of the bog it stopped short. It howled in disappointment and paced back and forth, it's amber eyes glaring at her. It was wondering if it could leap upon her and not tumble into the mud. When the lion's eyes met hers, they both knew it could not. But the chimera had other methods of attack. So did Connie. Rat shouted out Col and Connie's names, he was up to his chest in the bog. The chimera let out a torrent of flames and at the same moment, Connie pulled the shield from her mind. The shield would hold out for a while. The mist evaporated under the attack. From Col's point of view, he could see a silver halo of a cloud surrounding Connie, as it was battered by the intense flames. Her shield wouldn't hold out against another spout of flames. She threw her shield aside. Col shouted her name is dismay as he looked at his friend, who had no protection. But almost instantaneously, a golden bow appeared, she pulled the only arrow from the quiver and shot it at the chimera. The arrow's aim was true and it hit the flank of the goat. The chimera howled and hurtled off into the darkness. Connie turned back to them and pulled off her shoulder bag and threw one end to Col. Col pulled off his belt and threw one end of it to Rat who was barely above the rancid mud. He grabbed the end and Connie slowly pulled the two boys in. They decided to get out of the moor as soon as possible. They jumped across and started running for the Masterson's The chimera appeared and started to follow them. Col shouted, saying where were dragons when you needed them.  Connie said she couldn't summon help on the move, and that she would summon them at the devil's tooth. It should give them some time. They climbed to the top. She called out to Gard but he didn't answer. She told Col and Rat that the stone sprites must be blocking her. Col asked if the creatures could reach them from there and she said she could protect them with the shield if they stood close to her. Col asked if she had a plan, and she said she was working on it when a piercing shriek filled the air. Rat grimly said the Lion was back in control. Stone sprites littered the ground. The lion roared that Connie should face them, the goat said "He wants you", and the snake said "it's you he's after!", and the lion finished by saying-"We'll take you to him." Connie turned to Col and Rat. Col asked if she had a plan. She said she had one but he wasn't going to like it. Rat said if it kept him from getting eaten he was listening. She told them she's going to make a deal. Col started asking what she meant but she cut in, saying that if she went with them, they might let her go. Col grabbed her jacket and said she would be eaten alive. She told him that they wont because they're working for Kullervo. Col said Kullervo would kill her. Connie said that he might, or she might defeat him. Col suddenly asked if she wasn't thinking of challenging him or anything. Col gave Connie a quick embrace and told her not to challenge him, and to wait for help. She smiled at him and Rat, and with that climbed off the rock. She stepped towards the Chimera. She told it she would go with them if they let her friends go. The Chimera agreed and Connie put her shield down. Immediately the snake lashed out and Connie struck the ground. Then it carried her away.
Rat had to haul Col back when the Chimera struck. He told him that they should make a run for it and get help. The two boys leapt off the rock but were immediately caught by a large black dragon.

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Connie got to her feet, after the chimera deposited her on the ground. She looked up into Kullervo's dark eyes. Kullervo got to the point and said that she would do his bidding in the end if she liked it or not. Connie said he would have to kill her first. He said he wasn't thinking of killing her, if she refused her friend's lives would be at stake. She heard footsteps and the chimera walk in. It flung Col into the wall. Connie shouted at the chimera to stop attacking Col and Rat. Kullervo turned to Connie and asked if she would give in. Col shouted at her not to give up. Connie couldn't think straight. Overwhelmed with terror, she didn't know what to do. Kullervo said he guessed that she needed more time to decide. He told the chimera to tie Col and Rat up. The stone sprites tied Connie up as well. Kullervo sank into the darkness. The two boys made hollow jokes but they were too down hearted. Out of the silence, Col heard Connie say she was scared. Col said he was too, but she must be strong, and not let Kullervo use them again. Connie choked on tears saying that that would be leading them to their deaths. Col said that she must do it if she was to save everyone. Connie shook her head. She said the only thing she could do is challenge him at the mark. Col and Rat started arguing about if Connie was aloud to our not. As this was happening Kullervo sneaked back into the room. He asked if she had come to her decision.
Connie looked him straight in the eyes and said-"Meet me at the mark. I challenge you to single combat."

And that's the end of my book report, book summery, review. (What ever you call it. :p) (Sorry if I went out of different tenses throughout the review. :p)
:) This book is by far my favorite. You must read it. It's extraordinary. :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mines of the Minotaur

Mines of the Minotaur (Companions Quartet)

*WARNING! CONTAINS MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS!* It's been a year since the last fight with Kullervo. Connie is now thirteen.
She leaves her house, like in a trance and stops at the beach. She raises her hands and wind lashes the sea, causing monstrous waves to crash together. She roars as she raises the storm. She laughs as the wind and rain crash, making everything fly around. She points her index finger in the air and lightning hits it, making a golden light around her. Horses made of water dash around her, spraying her with water. She's jolted from her tempest-dream by the water, she gasps and crumples to the ground. Col who took shelter from the storm walks down the road after going to a party his father had. He sees a small form in a white nightgown on the street. He runs over and finds it to be Connie. He shakes her shoulder and she awakens, asking where she is. He told her that she should get home because she was soaked. She nods and they go back to her house. She grabbed a blanket and sank into the couch. Col told her he would get her some tea. He asked her what happened and she tells him she thinks she summoned the storm. And she asks him to not tell anyone. He agrees reluctantly.
A few days later at her aunts wedding-in Mr. Masterson's barn-to Mr. Clamsworthy-Col's dad-Col decides to tell Dr. Brock. Connie doesn't want him to but he does anyway. She feels terrible, she doesn't want people to think of her as a monster. Her hands crackled with power and she ran from the barn. Dr. Brock, Col, and Rat(one of Col's friends who is a companion to the frost wolf) chase after her. Dr. Brock shouts above the wind that nasty weather is brewing, and Rat asks Col what companion Connie is bonding with. Col doesn't know and he runs up to try to stop her. Dr. Brock stops him, telling Col that he'll just get killed. Col shouted Connie's name and she turned to him. She shot lightning at him, Dr. Brock, and Rat. Rat shouts, wondering what Connie's playing at. Dr. Brock says that Connie isn't playing, and if they stay they'll get fried. Argand, Connie's companion, the golden dragon, dives into the lightning and touches Connie's feet. She falls over, all power gone, as well as the lightning, and Col runs over. He shouts at her, asking her what she thinks she's doing. Dr. Brock silences Col and asks Connie what was wrong. She sobs, and tells them she's sorry over and over.
A few days later the new trustee(a trustee are the leaders of the society. I forgot to mention them in the secret of the sirens review. :p) Ivor Coddrington, announced that Connie should be put on trial for what she's done.
Dr. Brock tells Connie that Coddrington wants to see her for she did the last weekend. There's a meeting at the Masterson's farm, and Mr. Coddrington announces that he is going to question Connie. He asks her what she's been doing and she replies that she doesn't know. Mr. Coddrington says he's going to suspend her for being a danger. Dr. Brock says that Connie is just a kid, but Mr. Coddrington says that she is a Universal. Connie tells them that that's what Kullervo said, and Mr. Coddrington accuses her for communicating with him. Connie gets angry and says that he's like Kullervo because she has the gift and he hates it. Dr. Brock tells her to calm down but she doesn't. She says that Coddrington is doing Kullervo's work for him, since he's trying to get rid of her. Coddrington demands that she hand in her badges and have no more communication with the society, and that she should stay away from the society people, and the people should stay away from her. She slams her chair backwards and throws the badges at him, then she told them that Kullervo was right-she was better of without them. With that Connie ran away from the Masterson's farm. She ran to a cliff near the water and cursed the society and Mr. Coddrington. She was about to make another storm, but stopped when she heard seagulls. She dropped her hands in disgusted and went to Hugh's cottage by the shore.
 Col and Rat went to visit Connie. She was near the mines and when they walked over to her, she called for them to stand back. They said they didn't care what Coddrington said, they were going to talk to her. She told them she was dangerous. Rat just said she was and that the Society could shove their ban. She yelled at them to get back. Pounding footsteps came behind her and a minotaur grabbed her. She screamed. Col ran forward, but Connie's screams faded away as she disappeared into the mines. She shrieked and told the Minotaur to put her down, but he said he wouldn't till she was safe. She asked him what he meant. He told her that she called and he came. She says he shouldn't be talking to her, because she was banned from the society. He tells her that the mines have the shamed, the sick, and the outcasts, and that the society doesn't reach them, because they have been forgotten. She says that she's in the right place if that's the case. She asks him why he's here and he says he was wounded in battle and now is blind in one eye. She bonds with him and they talk in their minds. She asks him who else is down in the mines. He says that other people like him were down in there waiting for him. They go and she sees all the companions sick and hurting. Connie feels terrible. The minotaur says that she can heal them. She says that she can't because she's not allowed to be a Universal. He tells her that she will be a Universal, Society or no society. There is a pause, and she asks why the society has abandoned them and he says the society has lost it's way and that it needs a leader-a Universal. She tells him the society doesn't want her, let alone be the leader. Then they hear calls. The minotaur asks if she wants him to drive them off but she says that she should be getting back because they are probably worried. He tells her that he'll be there if she needs him. She asks his name and he says he doesn't have a name anymore. She leaves.
On Christmas, Gard a rock dwarf-the companion to the previous trustee Fredrick-contacts Connie through the ground and tells her that the other trustees don't approve of the expulsion and that they will have a meeting to decide the matter. Her aunt comes back from her trip with Mack(Col's father), Evelyn asks what's up and Connie says that nothing much has happened, she only got expelled from the society. Evelyn demands the whole story and Connie tells it.
Later Connie takes Gard, Col, Evelyn, Rat, Dr. Brock, Skylark, and Argand down to see the minotaur, whom she gave the name Sentinel, to guard her mind from intruders. They decide to go into Connie's mind and see if there is any problem inside her.
Everyone bonds with her and they enter her mind. Sentinel tells them to be careful, anything could happen in her mind, she could trap them, throw them out,at anytime she wishes. And that this is her labyrinth, she governs it. They walk through the door and up some stairs. The group arrives in a hall, cave painting cover the walls, and in the center of the room was a mural. It was dark, whispers came from it, as well as a chilly wind. Col asked the sentinel what it was and he told him he didn't know. Gard reached forward to touch it but Col stopped him. He told them he knew what it was. It was Kullervo's mark. He says that he had it when Kullervo had captured him. Kullervo had never broken is link with Connie. A wind blasted them and they were cast out of her mind.
A few days later Connie awoke to rain. She got up and looked outside. The water horses were going to damage the cliff if she didn't do something. She put on her slippers and shouts that the horses were there. She ran outside and yelled at them to stop. They came crashing towards her, and she got hit over and over again by the water. She struggled to pull away as the dragged her into the sea. She gasped at them to stop. Then two people hauled her away as the horses hit the three again and again. It was Mack and Eagle-Child(a trustee). Mack told her to stop them but she told him she couldn't. He told her to learn fast and she tried. She imagined a bridle. She stopped them all and made them turn back into plain water. A blanket was thrown on her. She looked around. All the trustees were there. Eagle-Child and his companion Storm-Bird(an electric bird), Kira and her companion Windfoal(a unicorn), Kinga and her companion Morjik(a dragon) and Coddrington, with his companion Hoo(a weather giant). He said for the other trustees to see it with their own eyes, she was a danger to everyone and to herself. And that she must be stopped. Connie looked at Eagle-Child. He looked very disappointed.
The next day they were going to hold a trial. Evelyn, Mack and Connie arrived on time to the Masterson's farm. They went to the barn and saw a single chair in the middle. Evelyn said that this was too much. Mack suggested they hide the chair and put hey bails for Connie's seat as well as the seats that they were going to sit in around her. Everyone arrived. Col, Dr. Brock, his companion(a dragon), Rat, Mrs. Clamsworthy, and Gard sat with her.
Mr. Coddrington accused Connie of saying that he was in league with Kullervo. Dr. Brock cut in saying that Connie was just pointing out that he was doing Kullervo's work for him. By cutting Connie away from the Society, it made her more vulnerable. Mr. Coddrington waved it away and said for them to get down to business, and that she say if she summoned the storms in November and December. Connie admitted to it but said it wasn't willfully. Coddrington interrupted her by saying he heard it all before, and that she was going to say that it wasn't like that and that she couldn't explain why. Kinga stood up and declared that he might have heard it before, but the rest of them hadn't. Coddrington agreed saying that they would find the Universal's excuses wear thin very quickly. Kinga said that they would judge that for themselves and for Connie to continue. Connie didn't answer, she was looking at the door. Kinga asked if she was listening. Connie told them that there are hundreds of creatures waiting outside, trying to bond with her, and wanting to come in. Kinga seemed astonished and said that they could come in. They opened the doors and the creatures from the mines poured in like a flood. They all took a seat behind Connie. Kinga asked who they were and Sentinel said that they were friends of the Universal and that he was the Universal's Sentinel. Eagle-Child turned to Connie and gave a her tiny smile and a small nod. Kinga told Connie to continue and she did. She said it would be hard for people to believe but that she had Kullervo's mark inside of her, and that he had access to her when she is asleep. She paused, then said. Or very angry. Coddrington jumped to his feet and said she had no proof. Gard said that they had seen it. Kira and Windfoal went over to Connie's side and asked if she couldn't be held responsible for what Kullervo was doing. Gard said that Kullervo was just waiting to break through. Coddrington spluttered. He said that she conjured the storm last night. Gard shook his head and said she wasn't outside, and her feet hadn't hit the ground, until the storm had already begun. Coddrington stubbornly said that she could have summoned it from inside the house, and they didn't know what else Universals could do. Connie looked around at everyone. She said that that no one knows, not even her. But that she knew she didn't summon the storm. Connie said she was just trying to stop the white water horses from crashing down on the cliff. And it was her word against what Coddrington thought he saw. Storm-Bird and Eagle-Child went over to Connie's side. He said he was sorry for ever doubting her. Kinga turned to everyone and said that she spoke for the trustees. She said that Connie's expulsion was no longer firm. But that they would need to see the mark for themselves. Kinga stepped forward to Connie and held out the badges. She told Connie welcome home.
The next day, Connie met with the trustees. She was fine with everyone but when Coddrington walked up she remembered he was a trustee also. She turned to Kinga and asked why Coddrington was coming. Kinga told her that all trustees should be present.
Everyone got ready. Kinga asked if Connie was and she nodded. They all followed Sentinel into Connie's labyrinth. Suddenly a wind struck. Everyone held onto their companions. Connie realized her mind was trying to get rid of them, so she tried with all her might to stop the current of wind. With a great effort, she mentally slammed a door against it. Coddrington got up and dusted himself off.  He stalked over to Sentinel. He told him to tell Connie to behave. Sentinel growled that Connie had warned them, and he was lucky it wasn't worse. Coddrington said she was doing it on purpose and it was all part of her plan. There was a loud crack and a fissure appeared under him. Eagle-Child told him he wouldn't say anything if he were him. Coddrington agreed and said he wanted to get it over with. They next stopped at a underground lake. Kira wondered if they could cross and Sentinel said it depended in the Universal. The water turned out to be ankle deep only. Coddrington asked if it was safe and Sentinel said he didn't know. Coddrington stepped in and sank. He came up spluttering, saying he couldn't touch the bottom. He almost said something when he pulled himself out on the other side, but Eagle-Child's look made him keep his mouth shut. Coddrington asked how much farther and Sentinel said they could be there in minutes or it could be hours. Eagle-Child said that Connie doesn't want them to reach their destination. Kinga muttered "come on Connie" under her breath "let us in". A wind swept through, putting out the torches and plunging them into darkness. The trustees waited in the dark. Then there was a creak and a door opened. Sentinel announced that they were there. There was a shadow of Connie sitting near the mark. Sentinel held up his hand saying the universal was there and they should not disturb her. Connie thought she could end the encounter. They had seen the mark, hadn't they? The shadow Connie got up and said "You should leave now, she wants you to leave now." Kinga asked since they had just got here, if they could look around a bit more. The shadow Connie didn't say anything. Kinga said that they should make it swift because they had outstayed their welcome.  Hoo the weather giant stepped forward. Sentinel shouted at it to not touch but the giant put his hand into the mark. Dark water poured into the cavern Everyone held onto their companions. The shadow Connie laughed and fell into the water. Sentinel shouted for everyone to end their encounters and they did abruptly. When they came to their consciousness in front of them mine they saw Evelyn, Col, and Mack lying on the ground. Connie was gone.
And on that mysterious note I'm ending the review. You MUST read this BOOK! :)

The Gorgon's Gaze


The Companion's Quartet, Book Two: The Gorgon's Gaze (Companions Quartet)
*WARNING! CONTAINS MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS!* It's been a few months since Connie stopped Kullervo and the sirens from recking a Axoil liner tanker, and Scark's death.
Connie walks back to her house after going for a ride on Skylark, Col's Pegasus companion. And becoming a companion to the only golden dragon in the world. When she get to her aunt's house, she sees two old people sitting on the front step. The man is her great uncle Hugh and the woman is her great aunt Godiva. Evelyn arrives and Godiva announces that Connie's parents have instructed them to take her to the town of Chartmouth a few miles away, and to take her out of the society and away from anyone in it. Evelyn thinks it's crazy.
Later Godiva takes Connie to the Lionheart Lodge where she'll be staying. It has no plants, trees, or even water, in it and Connie thinks it's sadly dreary. Godiva tells Connie that she will teach her at home, so she will get over being 'sick' from being in the society. Connie is confused and tells her she isn't sick and that the society isn't bad. Godiva tells her to unpack and leaves. A few days later, the doorbell rings and it's two of her friends from the society, Horace and Antonia. They tell Godiva and Hugh that they live in London and that they don't have anything to do with the society. (Even though they do.) Horace invites Hugh to a boat show and says that Connie and Antonia can come too. The next day they go on a train to where it's supposed to be held. Horace exclaims that the ticket says only navy veterans are allowed to go. He suggests that Connie and Antonia stay at the library. Hugh goes on ahead and Horace takes Connie to the 'library'. When they get to the building it's actually the headquarters to the society for the Protection of Mythical Creatures. She signs up at the front desk and is given a key to the Universal's library where no one is aloud to go. She goes to the stairs and begins up the railing but it turns out that it's ALIVE! It turns out to be a snake and she thinks it's going to eat her. She realizes she needs to put the key inside it's opened mouth. She tentatively places it in the mouth and the snake slithers up the stairs, and she follows. She reads about previous Universals and what they discovered.
She goes back to Lionheart Lodge.
Connie asks Anneena to tell Col that she wants to meet him at the abbey tomorrow. The next day she asks Hugh if he will take her to the memorials at the abbey. He and Godiva agree, because Godiva remembers Hugh used to go there all the time.
They go to the abbey and she sees a memorial with the Universal's sign on it. Hugh says that it was his favorite. Connie says she likes it too, and Hugh suggests he will get her a post card of it. He leaves and Col walks up. She tells him that the memorial has her sign, and that it's a tomb of Suzanna Caldicott Lionheart, a Universal.
A few days later Anneena and Jane are allowed to take Connie for a bike ride. Once they get away from the house Anneena says that Col hasn't come to school the last few days. Connie gets worried and they decide to go look for him.
The rest of the story is SOO good. The ending was really cool. You must read this book also. :)