Water of Summer

Hey, everyone! This poem is a little late but this is a poem for World Water Day & World Poetry Day. Here is some related poems: http://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/19/roses-of-spring/http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/03/21/poems-of-nature/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/21/fun-poem-extravaganza/. I hope you enjoy!

Water waves
swirlin’ through like a waterspout;
splashing energetically

Dancing waves
of water curl
and touch you

As you catch a ride
on a huge wave
the wave of water
comes up to greet you.

That’s the end of the poem. I hope you enjoyed!

Roses of Spring

Hey, everyone! Happy First Day of Spring! Here are some related poems: http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/03/21/poems-of-nature/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/21/fun-poem-extravaganza/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/16/peaceful-summer/

Anyway I hope you enjoy!

The Roses Of Spring

Soft as silk
red like a strawberry;
sometimes pink as cherry blossoms

Running through
roses of spring;
colorful as the rainbow

As I lay
in  roses of spring,
I hear the whisper of the wind.

That’s the end of the poem. I hope you enjoyed!

The Princesses’ Grand Adventure

Hey, everyone! Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/04/10/princess-beauty/http://lilliandarnell.com/2020/03/09/lisa-and-the-huge-storm/http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/11/03/an-incredible-day/. You are about to enter a kingdom full of joy. I hope you enjoy!

Once in a land far far away there lived two princesses named Leslie and Brianna. Brianna was sometimes called Brie by her family while Leslie just liked to be called by her first name without royalty titles.

One day, Princess Brianna was out for a stroll in a very exquisite garden while Leslie was taking a swim in the castle pool when King Finn called them inside. He said, “Brie! Leslie! Come inside quickly!”

Brianna and Leslie came inside and asked, “What is it, father?” King Finn said while rubbing his beard, “I have a mission for you girls”. “Sounds interesting,” said Brianna and Leslie looking at King Finn with suspense.

King Finn laughs and says, “Yes, it’s very interesting. Brie, your part of the mission is to talk to Knight Anthony to find out what happened in Kingdom Rosalita. Leslie, your part of the mission is to go to Kingdom Rosalita to help out.”

Knight Anthony likes to be called Tony sometimes.by King Finn, Leslie, Brianna, and Queen Maddie (who just likes to be called Maddie). “Sounds awesome. I always love a good adventure”, said Leslie.

Meanwhile Brianna was happy enough to chat with Anthony. So Leslie and her maid Gabrielle (who just likes to be called Gabby) went to help her pack for Leslie’s adventurous mission.

After Leslie headed out to Kingdom Rosalita, Brianna thought about what she wanted to wear to meet Knight Anthony. She decided on a sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress.

-Leslie’s P.O.V.-

I look out the window of my royal plane wondering what I’ll see in Kingdom Rosalita when the flight attendant, Nicole came asking if I needed anything. I said, “No thanks though. I appreciate it.”

“Are you sure?”, asked Nicole. And so I started talking to Nicole about like what it’s like to be a princess among other things. While Nicole shared what’s it like being a royal flight attendant.

And by the end of the royal flight, Nicole and I had become best friends. Nicole and I hugged and Nicole said, “I’ll see you when you are done with your mission.”

I said, “Thanks for everything, Nicole! I appreciate it.”

-Brianna’s P.O.V.-

As Maid Gabby gets my dress out of my clothes room, I think about what to say and how to approach Tony. As I finish thinking about it, I put on my sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress that Maddie handed to me.

“Brie, are you ok in there?’, asked King Finn. I said, “Yes, Father I am fine.”

I walk outside to where Tony stands.

-Narrator P.O.V.-

Anthony squints when he sees the sparkly gold accented reddish orange dress on Brianna. Anthony asked, “Brie, why are you dressed like that?” and Brianna said, “I’m here to talk about Kingdom Rosalita, Tony. And I just thought the dress was perfect for the occasion.”

Anthony shrugged. “So what happened to Kingdom Rosalita?” asked Brianna curiously. “Well, Kingdom Rosalita’s king and queen had gotten very sick for one thing. A few days after that, there was a huge tornado destroying everything in sight, ” said Anthony.

“You’ll be happy to know that my sister Leslie is there helping people out of these disastrous times,” said Brianna smiling. Queen Maddie walked up just then and she said, “Hey, Brie. I’m glad you completed your part of the mission.”

Brianna said, “Hey, Mother. Thank you! May I fly over to Leslie to help her?” and Queen Maddie said, “Of course you can, Brie. See you in a couple of days.”

Brianna gave Anthony a kiss on the cheek before heading to pack. Brie and Maid Gabrielle quickly packed for the trip and boarded the royal plane. Brie was looking out the window amazed at the scenery when Nicole came offering drinks.

Nicole said, “I miss Leslie already. I can hardly wait to see her again”. Once they arrived in Kingdom Rosalita, they saw Lesley immediately. When Lesley saw Nicole and Princess Brianna, she ran over as fast as she could.

Lesley ran into Nicole’s arms and Nicole kissed her on the cheek. “I missed you, my bestie.” And so Lesley went back to helping people with Nicole, Brianna, Maid Gabrielle by her side.

After a month Queen Maddie; King Finn, and Knight Anthony flew to Kingdom Rosalita to join them. When they arrived Lesley; Princess Brianna; Maid Gabrielle; and Nicole all ran over to greet them.

When Princess Brianna saw Knight Anthony, she ran into his arms and kissed him on the cheek. “I missed you, my knight.” And Anthony said, “I missed you too, my princess.”

And so all was well. They lived happily ever after.

That was the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

 

Lisa and The Huge Storm

Hey, everyone! You are about to enter a huge mystery story. Anyway, here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/11/03/an-incredible-day/, http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/07/17/adventures-of-marigold-springs/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/16/peaceful-summer/. I hope you enjoy!

Once many years ago, there lived a girl whose name was Lisa. Lisa lived with her parents in a huge castle. Her parents were Leah and Andy. Lisa loved having fun. They lived happily in the castle.

But one day, a huge storm came and damaged their spring water moat. At that point, everything changed. Lisa no longer had time to have fun. And Lisa never saw her parents as they were often fixing damage around the castle.

But one day, everything changed as Lisa grew up. Lisa started working on their castle repairs. Lisa looked at repairing the castle as fun. And the best part was she got to see her parents all the time again.

After several years had passed. Lisa and her parents finally finished repairing their castle. And they moved on to investigating the storm now so long ago. They were able to figure out that it was not Mother Nature causing the storm.

Lisa figured out that it was an evil witch all on her own. So they moved on to figure out how to confront the evil witch. Lisa and her family figured that out by secretly putting a tracker on the witch’s broom.

So for a long time, they tracked the evil witch until they found her little cottage. Surprisingly, the cottage was cute and not evil looking. So Lisa and her parents headed to the witch’s cottage.

WHen Lisa and her family arrived, the evil witch was waiting outside for them. The witch apologized and said, “I am really a sorceress and I didn’t mean to make such a storm.”

The sorceress gestured to her garden and continued speaking, “These flowers would’ve died if I hadn’t given them the moisture they needed.” Lisa, Leah, and Andy all huddled together to speak privately

“The witch seems like she’s telling the truth. But what can we do to help?,” said Lisa cautiously. Leah & Andy said,”I think you are right. Let’s give her and her plants a room  and greenhouse in the castle.”

Lisa nodded and said, “That sounds like a great plan to me”. Lisa, Leah, and Andy walked over to the sorceress and Lisa sad, “Me and my family decided to let your plants stay in our royal greenhouse.”

Lisa pauses for dramatic effect and continues talking, “We’ve also decided to let you stay in the castle with us. We could use a sorceress. Don’t worry though, you can come back here anytime. Also one more thing I forgot to ask what’s your name?”

The sorceress smiled and said, “Thank you, Your Highness. I am Sorceress Brianna but please just call me Brianna or Bree.” Lisa grins and says, “It’s nice to meet you Bree. Oh by the way, you don’t have to say any royal titles to me and my family you can call me Lisa.”

The sorceress said, “I am honored, Lisa. ” And so from that day forward Princess Lisa’s castle and kingdom stayed pristine and undamaged. Princess Lisa and her family had much more fun for years to come.

That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

Two butterflies resting on lavender.

Top 17 Songs To Conquer & Encourage You To Defeat Your Fears

Hey, everyone! Since it is almost the end of the year, I decided to put together a top 17 songs that have helped inspired and encouraged me over the years. May these songs help you with your fears!

Here are a few blog posts that are similar: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/18/wonderful-book-enchantment-sarah-plain-and-tall-by-patricia-maclachlan/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/16/wonderful-book-enchantment-starfields-by-carolyn-marsden/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/01/18/wonderful-book-enchantment-sarah-plain-and-tall-by-patricia-maclachlan/. I hope you enjoyed! Also happy holidays!

  1. Strawberry Shortcake Cherry Jam Anything Is Possible makes you believe that anything is possible and reach for the stars. I used this song to help encourage me with my fear of stairs back in 2016. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbYzi6nerkg 
  2. Let It Go by Idina Menzel encourages you to let go of your fear and phobia. And also to be brave and determined to conquer fears.  I used this song to help me feel determined to conquer my fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk
  3. How Far I’ll Go by Auli’i Cravalho reminds you never to give up even when you feel like giving up. I used this song in 2018 and 2019 to help me be more social and less shy. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo
  4. Boomerang by Jo Jo Siwa encourages you to conquer your fears and to ‘come back like a boomerang’. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypPSrRYOAj4
  5. Strawberry Shortcake Invincible reminds you that you can overcome your fears and nothing can stop you. I used this song in 2015 to help me be more social and friendly. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mYwgoBtexc
  6. Strawberry Shortcake Never Say Never encourages you to never say never. In other words, never say that you can’t conquer your fears or phobias. I used this song many times to help with my fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwjvLbscRss
  7. Barbie Princess Charm School On Top Of The World makes you believe you are on top of the world and touching the sky whenever you conquer a fear. I have used this song for conquering many fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2NfFBh6Arg
  8. Barbie The Pearl Princess Light Up The World encourages you to jump out of the comfort zone and conquer those fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdVynWbQlQ
  9. Barbie Starlight Adventure We Are Shooting Stars makes you believe you can do anything and be anything. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClEV4a7L7Dc
  10. Barbie In Princess Power Soaring encourages you to be brave. I’ve used this song to help me conquer my fear of open spaces in 2019. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTbqy3eD_2U
  11. Barbie and The 12 Dancing Princess Shine encourages you to shine and reach out of your comfort zone. I have used this song to help with many fears over the years. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCzno9dW6B8 
  12. Wings by Leslie Mills encourages you to step out of the darkness into the flow. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWD7RwdKORY
  13. Live Your Story by Auli’i Cravalho makes you believe that you are unstoppable. I used this song in summer 2019 to help with a fear. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWXqaay4tIc
  14. Home by Phillip Phillips reminds you it’s okay to be afraid. I have used this song many times for different reasons. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTg1n95–KE
  15. The Polar Express Just Believe by Josh Groban encourages you to listen to your heart. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWHPMFOPss0
  16. Elena of Avalor Steppin’ Up reminds you to keep fighting against your fears especially height. I have used this song a couple of times for my fears. Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5GkHPqy6Es
  17. Sofia the First Moment to Shine encourages you to step into the spotlight and conquer your fears. I have used this song to help me with many fears over the years. This is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KWxXkqNPzo

Well, that’s the end of the list I hope you enjoyed!

An Incredible Day

Hey, everyone! The main characters in my story are based on my 2 friends Macy Miller and Lauren Martin. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/09/a-brave-girl/http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/10/how-macy-and-i-met/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/01/how-liana-and-summer-came-to-be-best-friends/. I hope you enjoy!

Once years ago, there lived Macy Helens with her parents Hannah and William. Macy Helens was fearful of heights. Meanwhile, there was a younger girl named Laura Rose who lived with her parents Amethyst and Topaz.

Like Macy Helens, Laura Rose had a fear of heights as well. Macy Helens lived happily with her parents Hannah and William while Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz also lived happily.

Until one day, Hannah and William decided to go on a hike with Macy Helens. Meanwhile, Amethyst and Topaz decided to go to a park with a hiking trail with Laura. At first, Macy Helens was terrified.

Meanwhile, Laura was a  little scared but she felt very determined to accomplish this fear. As Macy and her parents, Hannah and William approached the hiking trail, a tiny bit of determination began to shine through.

Little did Laura Rose and Macy Helens know that they were in the same park with the hiking trails. Also while Laura and her parents Amethyst and Topaz approached a different hiking trail, Laura’s determination began to grow into excitement gradually.

Macy Helens just reminded herself to distract herself by looking up and around her instead of looking down as Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William walked up the hiking trail.

Meanwhile, on a different hiking trail Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz climbed on. Later, Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William found an intersection.

Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were left with a huge choice on where to go next. While Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were pondering the decision, Laura Rose and her parents Amethyst and Topaz came to the same intersection from a different direction.

Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William were very surprised to see them. As they walked together, both Macy Helens and Laura Rose were not scared of heights anymore.

By the end of the hiking trail, they were both sad but made plans to see each other in each other’s state. So Laura Rose went home happily and proudly. While Macy Helens and her parents Hannah and William went camping nearby.

The next day, Macy Helens and her parents left the campsite and went home happily rested while Macy Helens was very proud of herself.

Me with Macy and Lauren

Carol’s Books

Hey, everyone! I had this really interesting idea about 2 weeks ago about doing a book review in an interview style. And this is the final result of that idea. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2013/05/27/history-of-book-reference-librarian-interview/http://lilliandarnell.com/2011/10/27/book-review-my-secret-unicorn-a-special-friend/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2013/02/08/book-review-the-one-and-only-willa-bean/. I hope you enjoy!

Also, I would like to know if you liked it and would want me to do more if it feels right.

Carol: Welcome back to Carol’s Books! Now, please welcome, Isabelle! 

Isabelle: Thank you, Carol! Let’s jump into the questions. 

Carol: Can you tell us what the book Lost in London is all about, Isabelle? 

Isabelle: Why, yes, sure thing, Carol! Jordan Jacoby is a normal girl who longs to have excitement in her life. When Jordan gets a chance once in a lifetime, will she get to go? Find out when you read the book! 

Carol: Also, can you tell us who the author of the book is? 

Isabelle: Why, yes certainly, Carol! The author of the book is Cindy Callaghan. Click here for more about her if it feels right to you, of course.

Carol: Great! Can you tell us what the name of the series is?

Isabelle: Thank you for asking! The series of the book is Lost In. 

Carol: Neat! What can you tell us about the main characters, Isabelle? 

Isabelle: Wow, Carol! That’s a tough question. Well, the main characters are Jordan and Caroline. Jordan is daring and longs to have an adventure while Caroline despises change. And also, if you wondering they did run into several problems. 

Carol: Awesome sauce! Who is your favorite character and why? 

Isabelle: My favorite character is Jordan because she is willing to make new changes. Any more questions you’d like to ask, Carol?

Carol: Actually, yes! Could you relate to any of the characters in the story and why?

Isabelle: Yes, I can relate to one of the characters. Jordan is who I can relate to. Jordan longs to have an adventure like me. I’ve been longing to go on an adventure for many years.

Carol: Interesting! Now, where was I? Oh right! Have you ever done or felt some of the things the characters did? 

Isabelle: Yes! Again, I feel like Jordan who longs to have excitement in her life. 

Carol: Cool! Did you like the book? What was your favorite part of the book?

Isabelle: Yes, I definitely enjoyed the book, Carol! I would have to say her transformation into her daring self is one of my favorite parts 

Carol: Ok, cool! Do you have a least favorite part of the book, Isabelle? If you could change something about the book, what would it be? 

Isabelle: I don’t really have a least favorite part of the book. I think I would change her amount of time enjoying the drama. Now, what question is next? 

Carol: Would you recommend this book to another person, Isabelle? Who would you think would like this book? 

Isabelle: Yes, I would definitely recommend this book to another person. It would be 5 stars from me: ★★★★★. I think that this book is good for 16 years old, 18 years old, and up. Also 13 years old might enjoy this book too. 

Carol: Well, that’s all for today, folks! 

Carol (offscreen): Bye, Isabelle!

Isabelle: Thank you for having for me, Carol!

Isabelle (offscreen): Bye, Carol! It was nice meeting you and talking to you. 

Book in the grass.

Adventures Of Marigold Springs

Hey, everyone! I’ve been so excited (almost bursting to the top with excitement) that the Annual Chromosome 18 conference is coming up so fast so to help me with a little bit of excitement, I wrote this story. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/07/06/annual-chromosome-18-conference-2018-part-1/http://lilliandarnell.com/2017/09/13/annual-chromosome-18p-conference-2017/ , and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/06/15/my-adventure-to-surprise-part-1/ if you want to take a look. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Once many years ago, there was a time when Marigold Springs was called Magnolia Springs. Magnolia Springs had a girl named Marcella (Marie for short) and she wanted to travel to far off places to have daring cliffs and a never-ending basin of poisoned water.

More importantly, Marie longed for daring adventure. While Marie longed for adventure, her family longed to set up a cute little craft maker in the park. Hold on, why not, you ask?

Well, her family were so poor that they scarcely were able to enjoy food and water. Marie was stuck worrying about the money but when she had some time, Marigold would daydream about her adventures.

Marie even shared one of her adventures her mind took her to her mother. “That would a great story, sweetie. Maybe you could write it down.”, said Goldie (also known as Candy and Marie’s mother).

So that is what Marie did. So all was good as it could be. Until one day, there was a knock at the door. Goldie was thinking about something when the knock sounded and she was startled by the sound.

Goldie then said, “I’ll get it”. But secretly, Goldie wondered who it was. So when Goldie opened the door, she got a huge shock. There at the door stood a young woman about Goldie’s age and she asked for Marie.

Once Goldie got over her shock, she said, “Come in, dear. May I ask what your name is and how do you know my daughter?” The young woman stepped inside gratefully and said, “I am the Princess of Longing, Desire & Adventure but you can call me Rose or Princess Rose.”

“I know Marie from her daydreams. In fact, I am the one who gave her those daydreams. She’s also seen me in her daydreams and she even wrote about me”, said Princess Rose.

“Really? I’m flattered because I was the one who told her to write it down. Oh excuse me, where are my manners? I am Goldie, Your Highness. Ok, I’ll call you Princess Rose.”, said Goldie as she curtsies. “Marie, we have a visitor!”, said Goldie.

Marie hurriedly ran downstairs and she gasped when she saw Princess Rose. “You’re real! I can’t believe it.”, said Marie. Princess Rose chuckled politely at Marie’s excitement.

Princess Rose said to Marie, “The reason I came was I heard that you were longing for adventure. Lucky for you, I’m the princess of adventure, desire, and longing.” To the rest of Marigold’s family and Goldie, Rose said, “The reason I came here was I heard that this family longed to have a cute little craft maker in the park. Is that true?”

“Yes, very true.”, said Marie and her family. Princess Rose pulled Marie to the side and said, “How would you be like to be my adventurous explorer? If so, what should I call you for a nickname?”

Marie’s eyes went wide and said, “Yes, yes, yes! And I would like to have Marigold as my nickname, please. ”

Princess Rose said with a giggle, “Alright, Marigold! Let’s go!” Princess Rose gasped and said, “I forgot to tell Goldie something. ” Princess Rose said, “Goldie, here take this money so you and your family can make that cute craft maker of yours.”

Goldie looked at Princess Rose with glee and said, “Thank you! Thank you!” Princess Rose said, “Your welcome. Now, I really must go. Goodbye, all!” So Marigold and Princess Rose set off to explore in adventurous places.

They visited Salt Candy City, Peace Land, Desert World, Fern Land, and more. Many years later, Marigold returned home on her own to Magnolia Springs but to her surprise, the town’s name changed to Marigold Springs after her.

Marigold was very grateful for her hometown’s appreciation for her. She noticed a cute craft maker in the park. Her sister’s daughter was running it now. Marigold eventually settled down temporarily and during that time she got married to her friend, Astrid.

Then they traveled together all over the world. So if you see Marigold or Marie and Astrid, say hello to them and chat with them.

a marigold

beautiful marigold.

That’s the end of the story! I hope you all enjoyed! What’s your favorite part of my story? If it feels right, I would love to hear your answers in the comments.

Peaceful Summer

Hey, everyone! This is a poem I wrote for someone in Tasmania, Australia on June 7th, 2019. Here are some related blog posts; http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/15/how-the-sombrero-hat-came-to-be/,  http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/01/how-liana-and-summer-came-to-be-best-friends/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/20/my-dream-story/. I hope you enjoy!

Stars shine bright

as diamonds in the sky.

Stars dance all night long

like a bird flapping its wings.

 

Stars wink at the Moon

like the ocean waves to the Sun.

The moon shines down

as silver in the night sky.

 

The moon brightens at the Sun

like gold glimmers in the sand.

The Sun glides gracefully

as a swan swimming.

 

The Sun blushes when the Ocean

shows the Sun’s reflection

as bright as sparkly snow.

The ocean gently whispers

Into my ear like a seashell. 

Sun

That’s the end of the poem. I hope you enjoyed! What’s your favorite summer thing? I would love to hear your answers!

How The Sombrero Hat Came To Be

Hey, everyone! I got inspired last May by a question my mother’s interview for http://meetingtheauthors.com/ which was: A penguin knocks on your door and is wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he there? Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/06/01/how-liana-and-summer-came-to-be-best-friends/, http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/05/10/how-macy-and-i-met/http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/04/15/monster-sky/.  I hope you enjoy!

Once long ago, there was a girl named Esperanza-Anna Emerald (Hope for short) who lived with her mother Isabelle. They lived very happily. Many years later, Hope was now a young curious woman.

Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. Hope wondered, “Who could that be?” so she opened the door. To Hope’s surprise, there was a penguin wearing a sombrero. The penguin asked in a Mexican accent, “Are you, Ms. Emerald? I was told to deliver some tacos to you.”

Hope asked, “Yes, that’s me and I ordered the tacos. But, who are you and what are you doing here in Mexico?” The penguin responded in a deep Mexican voice, “I am Juan, the guardian of Mexicana, The Arctic is too cold for me, and I’m a Mexican food delivery person.”

Hope said, “Ok, but why are you here Juan besides delivering Mexican food if you are the guardian of Mexicana?”  Juan said, “I’m here because Mexicana is in great danger and the only person who can save Mexicana is you, Hope. ”

Hope said, “Ok, I’ll go. But before I go can you explain why Mexicana is in danger?” Juan nodded and said, “Yes, but we must get going to Mexicana so I’ll explain along the way.”

Hope said, “Ok, Vamos (let’s go! in English)! Soon Juan and Hope were on their way to Mexicana. Juan began to explain, “Many years ago, there was a ruler named Rapido who ruled Mexicana and they partied day and night. Unfortunately, the good times weren’t to last.”

Juan paused to catch his breath and let the words sink into Hope. Hope said after a few minutes, “So what happened next? And is Mexicana your home?” Juan chuckled and said, “Yes… Mexicana is also my home. Now shall we continue?”

Juan continued and said, “The people of Mexicana decided they were tired of Rapido so they wanted to take over the throne. It made Rapido mad and everyone in Mexicana knows not to make Rapido mad or trouble arises. There is a very special thing that can calm things down and you have it. So you see, that’s why we need to hurry back to Mexicana.”

Hope said, “Wow, that’s terrible.” Soon, Juan and Hope were almost to Mexicana. Once Juan and Hope arrived in Mexicana, Hope could see the chaos all around her. Hope immediately said determined, “Let’s do this! Now, what is the special thing I have Juan?”

Juan said, “You have a gem called Sarafina. The gem brings back happiness and peace to Mexicana. The gem is special as it only grows deep in the Forbidden Volancois.  By the way, the gem is your jewels you are wearing.”

Hope said, “Ok. Thank you, Juan.” Hope quickly took the gem from her necklace. Juan whispered, “Now repeat after me. ” Hope and Juan chanted,” Cantis challum canti chant um i.”

Hope asked, “Did it work? ” Juan said, “Yes, it did. Thanks to you. Now would you like to stay in Mexicana to explore for a little bit?” Hope said, “Yes, please.” So Hope spent the rest of the day in Mexicana exploring. Hope found some herbs that she could take back to Isabelle as well.

The next day Juan and Hope set out for Hope’s home. Juan and Hope had become best friends over the journey. Now, one day later they were at Hope’s home. Hope immediately ran to Isabelle. Hope gave Isabelle the herbs.

Isabelle said, “Thank you, sweetie.” Juan had come inside Hope’s home while Hope went to Isabelle. Now Juan was standing next to Hope. Isabelle mysteriously asked, “Who are you? Where did you take my daughter?”

Isabelle was very confused. Juan said, “I am Juan the Mexican delivery person, your daughter’s friend and Mexicana guardian. In case you’re wondering ma’m, the Artic was too cold for me. Why don’t you let your daughter explain where I took your daughter?”

Isabelle said, “Ok, I can see that. I’ll let Hope explain the question. What’s Mexicana, by the way?” Hope said, “Ok, you see, Mexicana was in danger and I was the only one who could save it so I went with Juan as I had no choice. Mexicana is a rustic ancient town that has healing and energetic drama vibes. ”

Isabelle said, “Ok, that’s awesome. Can I visit Mexicana sometime?” Juan said, “Yes, you and Hope are welcome anytime. Here’s my sombrero hat, you can keep it.” Hope said, “I guess I’ll see you again soon. Thanks for the sombrero hat. Bye, Juan!”

Juan said with a longing look in his eyes, “You’re welcome, mi amigo (my friend in English). I’ll see you again soon. Bye, Hope and Isabelle!” So if you see a sombrero hat on a young girl, that girl just might be Hope. Isabelle most likely would be closely behind Hope.

Well, that’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

Night sky with cacti

Night sky with cacti

What’s your favorite Italian/Mexican food? I would love to hear your answers!