Sisters

Hannah is.. fragile. [2.12]

ourIceMain.jpg There are moments in life that can take your breath away.
Not all of them are good though.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Rosemary corrupting the youth of america
(Don't worry, it's only Dizzy so it's not like she's making THAT much of a difference)
And Hannah does what she does best..


Into the Land of the Pinks

Allen wasn't your normal 13 year old... He had a girl living within him, one that was looking for the perfect time to come out to play.

She finally found the right time.

Hannah is.. really fed up! [2.11]

ourIceMain.jpg Sometimes it feels like one person can make your world view spin on a dime..

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Sarah whining for Hannah to 'make them stop'
(while using her as an improvised footstool)
And Hannah gets some questions answered, but maybe not the ones she wanted.


Hannah is.. imp-ressed [2.10]

ourIceMain.jpg You'd be surprised how many situations can be improved just by having a nice calming glass of milk..

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Sarah almost losing an arm
(although that may just be her exaggerating)
And Hannah talks to Trudy.


Sudden Losses Part 12

Valerie takes no prisoners. Francesca finds someone who appreciates her for herself. Raul pays a hefty price for having Avery and her friends as friends. Al finally says goodbye to Mattapan.

Big Sister: A Sequel - 3

Big Sister: A Sequel - 3
By Katherine Day
(Copyright 2016)
(Paul's beautiful soprano voice and his fun at being a "Big Sister" creates a new and jarring reality. The third and last chapter of this novelette)

Hannah is.. not the 'damsel in distress'! [2.9]

ourIceMain.jpg Doing things when you're angry can often lead to more reasons for you to be angry, not always though.
Sometimes life just sucks..

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Sarah 'sleeping' through important events.
(while John watch's over her, but not in a creepy way)
And Hannah confronts more then one situation which gets a little out of hand.


Sudden Losses Part 7

Al's visit with Rebecca and Jessie is more fruitful than expected leading to more personal revelations and acceptance. Al's release from the hospital leads to a new crisis as she reveals the final pieces that may put an end to the danger to her.

Big Sister: A Sequel - 2

Big Sister: A Sequel-2
By Katherine Day
(Paul discovers the joys of girlhood role as his role of ‘Big Sister’ blossoms. Entering a new school, his unusual talent takes him further into a new life.)
(Copyright 2016
)

Hannah is.. the mental arbitrator. [2.8]

ourIceMain.jpg What do you do when the voice's in your head have joined a union and demand workers rights?

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Sarah waking up in a good mood (eventually).
And Hannah's dreams involve a squid.. maybe.


Big Sister: A Sequel - 1

Big Sister: A Sequel - 1
By Katherine Day
(Paul discovers the joys of girlhood role as his role of ‘Big Sister’ blossoms. Entering a new school, his unusual talent takes him further into a new life. A novelette in three parts.)
(Copyright 2016)

Hannah is.. good at fixing things at least [2.7]

ourIceMain.jpg It's usually hard to pick up the pieces, we tend to think that some things would take a miracle to be repaired.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
A purring Betty
(an amazing thing considering her age)
And Hannah gets to enjoy venting, in more ways then one.


Across the Pond Part 13- Finale

Things calm down for Ethan, or as close as you can get with such oddball relatives. Ethan uncovers why Kylie has been snippy towards everyone and takes corrective action. Ethan finally meets his new brother and future brother-in-law and endures the family tradition of meeting Jorge and Victoria.

Across the Pond Part 12

The custody hearing occurs but things are far from easy for Karen and Nigel. The fight is on leading to an exciting outcome that we were all expecting. One thing still holds true, never underestimate any member of the Finn Family and if you are going to commit a major crime be sure to know exactly who you are committing it against!

Across the Pond Part 10

Ethan's first day was going well until he learned that some things about school are universal. Ethan meets the rest of the family but gets unwanted attention. A quiet cookout leads to lots of fun while plans are in the works involving Ethan, but it isn't only he who is benefiting.

Across the Pond Part 9

Ethan meets the rest of his cousins as well as his aunts and uncles but not all goes well. Ethan's control breaks down as he becomes more and more emotional as others talk around him and about him. School starts and Ethan might have found the place where he belongs, with people he likes, and under the guidance of someone who cares.

Across the Pond Part 8

Sammi's suffering ends but Ethan's continues. Ethan leaves England in classic Finn style but may have bitten off more than he could chew with his new family...

Across the Pond Part 7

Sit back and grab your popcorn as the inevitable happens. The Smiths know that sometimes the best revenge are the ones where you don't have to do a thing, the person does it all themselves. If you weren't convinced that they were changed people this edition will change your mind. And despite hearing so many stories about their exploits the Smiths learn for themselves why you don't mess with the Finns.

Hannah is.. an Ice mage. [2.5]

ourIceMain.jpg Trust is something that's hard to build but easy to lose.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
A hallway getting redecorated.
(in a rather cool way)
And Hannah plays charades with an excitable imp.


Across the Pond Part 6

Ethan gets a crash course in extended family and how they should act as he learns more about his aunt's family from their new guests. Harry is in for a shock as the investigation gets into full gear and the true extent of what happened is revealed to Mr. Smith. Mr. Smith awakens to the reality of Karen's family being different yet also just like any other.

Across the Pond Part 5

After being cooped up in the estate the four finally hit the city and enjoy it as only Finns can. Mr. Smith has some important meetings cementing his position regarding Nigel, Nichole, and the new family members. Ethan gets a taste of the downside of siblings and the Smiths finally see the man they have heard so much about.

Across the Pond Part 4

The dinner party goes off as expected but the "why" is a surprise. Mr. Smith lets the world know where he really stands regarding his son and new family.

Across the Pond Part 3

Sometimes the truth is hard to accept but the Smiths are slowly seeing that they have made several major mistakes. Ethan experiences what it is truly like to have family, not just people you happen to be related to. Mrs. Smith is more astute than anyone realizes and has her own plans in the works which involves her new daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

Ashley, part 6

“Beautiful, girls,” Miss Fullerton announces as the twenty-odd teenagers bow, before extending their arms and legs into the most elegant shapes. “Extend… And pointe.”

“C’est magnifique,” Mademoiselle Renou congratulates in her refined French accent. “Group one, you will continue practising at the barre. Group two, you will practise your pas de deux.” I, as a member of group two, nod, before following Mademoiselle Renou- not to mention a dozen leotard-clad teenaged girls- to the centre of the room.

Off the Deep End 9 ~ The Little Human Part 3

When I came to I was on the patio deck of the Eureka, with Valerie and her parent gathered around me. Thinking they were rescuing me from drowning they had dragged me on board their yacht, where they tried to remove my “fake” tail and discovered the truth about me. So much for my people's Prime Directive of never letting yourself be seen by humans. I was a bad, bad mermaid!

But this wasn't quite the disaster as it could have been. Although they'd found out about me, any trouble this family might bring down on my species was a long ways off. They weren't exactly from around here. It seems that pirates aren't the only ones who can make a wrong turn in the Bermuda Triangle...

OFF THE DEEP END ~ CHAPTER 9
THE LITTLE HUMAN Part 3:
EUREKA!
Laika Pupkino ~ 2016

Hannah is.. my middle name, maybe? [2.2]

ourIceMain.jpg Family is complicated, especially when magic is involved..
It feels like I've said something like that before?

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Sarah driving carefully
(not that anyone cares to compliment her on it)
And Hannah discovers a new-found hatred for royal red tartan.


Hannah is.. my name! [2.1]

ourIceMain.jpg A dark, little stone box is not the greatest of places to start a new life from.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Sarah has warm hands
(in comparison at least)
And Hannah ruins a perfectly good outfit.


Off the Deep End 8 ~ The Little Human Part 2

My week as a mermaid continues: My young human friend and I surfaced and sat on a rock, where we could talk without having to use her underwater message pad. I was hoping she might start making sense now, but Valerie's strange stories were growing progressively stranger: Reagan and Kennedy on Mount Rushmore... A transsexual woman giving birth... Peace in Iraq but a war in Antarctica... I might have decided she just had a wild imagination, except she also had all this impossible hardware---like the artificial gill she'd been breathing underwater with---which had me wondering if I'd somehow wandered into an alternate universe. Given the kind of week I'd been having this didn't seem like such a crazy notion, but these mysteries had a different explanation that I would eventually discover. It was just a matter of time...

OFF THE DEEP END ~ CHAPTER 8
THE LITTLE HUMAN Part 2:
Girl Out Of Time
Laika Pupkino ~ 2016

Outside Looking In Part 6- Finale

Rachel heads back to school and faces her classmates. Richard's antics come to a head as the family heads to the beach. Rachel brings new life to the investigation with shocking revelations about the reverend and her family.

Outside Looking In Part 5

Rachel gave up her home and her family to save Iris but has to deal with the aftermath. Why did she do it? How will the others react to her personality change? Emotions are running high but the goodness in people shines bright in the darkest hour.

Hannah is.. Home, sort of. [2.0]

landing1015-airplane.jpg Home can be a lot of things, but sometimes its just the place you sleep.
The gang are back in the great US of A at last.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Sarah giving Hannah's cold shoulder a poke
(not that it helps much)
And Hannah gets a bit too close to a mythical mountain.


Off the Deep End 7 ~ The Little Human Part 1

The first thing every mermaid learns is that if you see a human you're supposed to swim away as fast as you can. But the girl in the pink wetsuit was right here in front of me, and there was no way she would think she'd been mistaken about seeing me. My best recourse seemed to be to convince her not to tell anyone about meeting me, and as we talked (or rather I talked, while she typed her words on her neat little electronic message pad) this seemed to be working. But there were things Valerie was telling me here that made absolutely no sense. Either this girl was crazy or the whole universe was. Given the kind of week I'd had, my money was on it being the universe that had gone...

OFF THE DEEP END ~ Chapter 7
THE LITTLE HUMAN Part 1:
The Girl with the Gizmos
Laika Pupkino ~ 2016

Magic is.. a wakeup call for some people. [1.5]

fire.jpg An Identity crisis isn't the same as having a crisis with your identities.
In this instalment we finally find out just what HAS been going on.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
Sarah annoys a doctor (somehow)
And Hannah awakens, in more ways then one.


A Touch of Magic Part 12- Finale

They know their enemies and prepare to counter them. How will they fare once the final battle with Lugar and his minions takes place? What will happen to the trio?

Off the Deep End 6 ~ The White Ship

Today my sister decided to take me landlubbing, which the mermaid equivalent of the human sport of snorkeling- a low tech way to see all the pretty sights of a world that isn't your own. Except that instead of gliding weightlessly along through the water, our version has the tortoiselike pace of crawling with just your hands, and in some places you're basically rock climbing. It isn't easy. But the little island Anemone had brought me to was so breathtakingly gorgeous it made it all worth it. It had everything you'd hope to find on a on a tropical isle- from coconut palms to waterfalls. And being uninhabited we could explore it all without running into any humans...

Or so we thought. Until that big white boat pulled into our perfect island's perfect bay, and things got super intense as our pleasant outing turned into a desperate game of hide and seek.

OFF THE DEEP END
CHAPTER 6 ~ THE WHITE SHIP

Laika Pupkino ~ 2016

Heading East- Toro Family Part 3

Miguel's contract is read by someone who knows what he is doing. Lupe reveals some hidden truths and gets a big offer. Reyna meets Nichole, sees the other side of having siblings, and helps Miles as nobody else could.

Magic is.. a series of progressively bad headaches. [1.4]

fire.jpg Memories are funny things.
In this instalment Al takes us on a whistle stop tour towards present day.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
A paper Ankh getting roasted
(fire can be awkward like that sometimes)
And Al meets a rather dandy man with excellent hair because.. well that would be telling wouldn't it?


Heading East- Toro Family Part 2

Reyna sees what family is about as Valerie and the Johnsons swear to help Miguel and Reyna. Reyna gets to see what being a sister is like as she gets a crash course in girlhood from Rebecca and Jessie.

Off the Deep End 5 ~ Anemone & Enomena Part 3

Our pleasant dinner had degenerated into a loud fight between my mermaid sister & our mom; Anee yelling, “How can you keep harping about how awful land people are if you never even met one?!”

Mom stated flatly: “I know all I need to about them.”

“You think you do, but Daddy liked humans. And he had experiences with them, not just a bunch of ignorant bigotry!”

“I've had dealings with humans before.”

“When? When was this?! I've heard all your stories and you never mentioned-”

“I prefer not to discuss it.”

"Now there's a surprise! 'Ewww, it's unpleasant! Let's not discuss it!' mocked Anemone. She kept goading Mom, relentlessly, stopping just short of calling her a goddamn liar: “No Mom, I wanna hear this! Tell us! Tell us about your encounter with the horrible evil hewwww-mons-”

I FELL IN LOVE WITH ONE! roared the Queen, pounding a fist on the table. She froze there, stunned; like she'd just blurted out a secret she'd intended to take to the grave with her. Then she sighed, composed herself + told us her story...

OFF THE DEEP END ~ CHAPTER 5
ANEMONE & ENOMENA Part 3:
Wild Kingdom
Laika Pupkino 2016

Magic is.. not just child's play. [1.3]

fire.jpg Magic is complicated. Family doesn't help.
In this instalment we take one final giant step backwards.

Events unfold including but not limited to:
An assault on Bad Juju
(with some assistance from a big stick)
And Alistor has an identity crisis because Sarah has awkward teeth.


Michelle's Summer of Discovery


Michelle’s Summer of Discovery


Chapter 1
The move

Spring break wasn’t as much fun as it could have, that is, should have been. You’d think that when your mother won the lottery for 1.7 million dollars, that you’d be doing something really great on spring break. But no, my sister, Lucy, and I were packing boxes. Mom had this really weird idea. She grew up on the farm and thought there was nothing more wholesome than living on a farm. She sold the house and between her first year's annuity check and the equity in the house, she bought twenty acres with a house and an old fashion barn.

Cynthia and the Dropped Ball, Chapter 7 - Conclusion

Cynthia and the Dropped Ball, Chapter 7 of 7

By Portia Bennett

Introduction: Tommie is confused by the enormity of what she thinks might be happening. She returns to her room and cries herself to sleep. Cindy realizes that her whole approach had been wrong, and turns it over to The Wizard.

This story is another addition to The Cynthia Chronicles. Cynthia (Cindy) Brewer has graduated from medical school, and is well into her residency. The Wizard has difficulty remembering exactly where she is in her studies. Randi Lewis at age 18 is starting work on her Master of Science in Chemistry (read Randi and the Professor), and Charli Brewer will soon be a freshman in pre-med at UConn. Bobbie Anderson is setting the golf world on fire having now won tournaments on the PGA in addition to her many victories on the LPGA. This story takes place a year before Bobbie and the Glass Ceiling. If you are not familiar with the stories that make up the Cynthia Chronicles, you might want to go back to the beginning with An Incremental Journey. There are references to Cynthia and the Reluctant Girlfriend and Charli and the Girl Cave. If you don’t remember what happened in those stories, you might want to go back and read them again. This story also takes place just a few months before Cynthia and the Queen of the Knight.

Cynthia and the Dropped Ball, Chapter 6 of 7

Cynthia and the Dropped Ball, Chapter 6 of 7

By Portia Bennett

Introduction: Big things are happening at the Hotel, and Tommie is becoming a bit uneasy about things. Most of the special group that has been arriving since the day before is magic, and they seem to have an unusual interest in her. Cindy realizes she may have made a big mistake.

This story is another addition to The Cynthia Chronicles. Cynthia (Cindy) Brewer has graduated from medical school, and is well into her residency. The Wizard has difficulty remembering exactly where she is in her studies. Randi Lewis at age 18 is starting work on her Master of Science in Chemistry (read Randi and the Professor), and Charli Brewer will soon be a freshman in pre-med at UConn. Bobbie Anderson is setting the golf world on fire having now won tournaments on the PGA in addition to her many victories on the LPGA. This story takes place a year before Bobbie and the Glass Ceiling. If you are not familiar with the stories that make up the Cynthia Chronicles, you might want to go back to the beginning with An Incremental Journey. There are references to Cynthia and the Reluctant Girlfriend and Charli and the Girl Cave. If you don’t remember what happened in those stories, you might want to go back and read them again. This story also takes place just a few months before Cynthia and the Queen of the Knight.

Cynthia and the Dropped Ball, Chapter 5 of 7

Cynthia and the Dropped Ball, Chapter 5 of 7

By Portia Bennett

Introduction: Tommie has an appointment with her doctor. Things start out quite well. The doctor is a bit surprised by her development and then things get a bit strange. Tommie’s ability to converse with animals comes to the forefront.

This story is another addition to The Cynthia Chronicles. Cynthia (Cindy) Brewer has graduated from medical school, and is well into her residency. The Wizard has difficulty remembering exactly where she is in her studies. Randi Lewis at age 18 is starting work on her Master of Science in Chemistry (read Randi and the Professor), and Charli Brewer will soon be a freshman in pre-med at UConn. Bobbie Anderson is setting the golf world on fire having now won tournaments on the PGA in addition to her many victories on the LPGA. This story takes place a year before Bobbie and the Glass Ceiling. If you are not familiar with the stories that make up the Cynthia Chronicles, you might want to go back to the beginning with An Incremental Journey. There are references to Cynthia and the Reluctant Girlfriend and Charli and the Girl Cave. If you don’t remember what happened in those stories, you might want to go back and read them again. This story also takes place just a few months before Cynthia and the Queen of the Knight.

Cynthia and the Dropped Ball, Chapter 4 of 7

Cynthia and the Dropped Ball, Chapter 4 of 7

By Portia Bennett

Introduction: Randi fills Charli in on what has been going on. Needless to say she is beyond happy. Tommie has a very pleasant surprise.

This story is another addition to The Cynthia Chronicles. Cynthia (Cindy) Brewer has graduated from medical school, and is well into her residency. The Wizard has difficulty remembering exactly where she is in her studies. Randi Lewis at age 18 is starting work on her Master of Science in Chemistry (read Randi and the Professor), and Charli Brewer will soon be a freshman in pre-med at UConn. Bobbie Anderson is setting the golf world on fire having now won tournaments on the PGA in addition to her many victories on the LPGA. This story takes place a year before Bobbie and the Glass Ceiling. If you are not familiar with the stories that make up the Cynthia Chronicles, you might want to go back to the beginning with An Incremental Journey. There are references to Cynthia and the Reluctant Girlfriend and Charli and the Girl Cave. If you don’t remember what happened in those stories, you might want to go back and read them again. This story also takes place just a few months before Cynthia and the Queen of the Knight.

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