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Still Aboard the Dawn Treader
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"Oh, okay," said Ahelissa, shoving her hand into her pocket. Not put off, she answered Maeve's question. "I haven't been playing long. Maybe only twenty minutes or so." Ahelissa tapped her foot to the music still playing in her head. Then she looked up and scanned the colorful assortment of entertainment stalls surrounding them and smiled even more broadly. "Have you visited any of the booths yet?"

"They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him."
-The Silver Chair

“Freedom that is not fought for, that is not gained by personal sacrifice is freedom that will never last, because in the heart of the one set free, it will have little value. A treasure that costs nothing is a treasure that is easily neglected and lost.”
― Bryan Davis, Liberator

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Posted : April 21, 2021 2:54 pm
Lady Arwen
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Maeve chuckled slightly.

”Oh, my little sister helped set up this morning, so once it officially opened, I was hauled past a half dozen or so stalls in quick succession. I’ve only been able to spend quality time at Molly’s confectionery booth and Hugh’s hot drinks stand. I was going to head over to the intergalactic bits and baubles stand, though—I heard there were some rare titles set to surface today. What about yourself?”

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Posted : April 22, 2021 1:45 am
Still Aboard the Dawn Treader
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Ahelissa's eyes widened. "I've only bought a few things- a flower necklace and some candy. I haven't explored everything yet.  I really wanted to check out the game booths later- especially the mud pits." She wondered about the booth that Maeve referred to. "The intergalactic booth sounds amazing! I've never visited one. Would you mind if I tagged along?"

"They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him."
-The Silver Chair

“Freedom that is not fought for, that is not gained by personal sacrifice is freedom that will never last, because in the heart of the one set free, it will have little value. A treasure that costs nothing is a treasure that is easily neglected and lost.”
― Bryan Davis, Liberator

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Posted : April 22, 2021 6:26 pm
Meltintalle
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Moira replied. "Actually, would you like this one? Or I can make you a new one, if you would like?"

Mel wagged her tail. "Yes, please! It's so bright and cheerful!"

Her ears pricked up as the sound of music came from nearby. A musician had pulled out a set of pipes and started a set of tunes that was perfect for the day and occasion. 

"That's a song that make you want to stand up and do something," Mel observed, her lips peeling back in a doggy grin. "I feel like I could play frisbee all day long or some such nonsense. Maybe go another round with those bean bags..."

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Posted : April 22, 2021 8:09 pm
Lady Arwen
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"Sure, we can head that way now, if you're wanting to take a break from playing," Maeve said. "I've been eying the mud pits. Sounds like loads of fun, but I'm pretty sure that's going to be an end-of-day activity for me."

She watched Ahelissa maneuver her pipes. 

"So, I take it this is your first time here? Anything special bring you to Ditto Town?"

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Posted : April 23, 2021 12:08 am
ValiantArcher
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Posted by: @mel

Yes, please! It's so bright and cheerful!

Moira handed over the wreath to Mel, happy that someone appreciated it.

That's a song that make you want to stand up and do something

"That it does," she replied. "I haven't had a chance to finish seeing all the stalls yet, so perhaps I should continue on." And perhaps find my companion - who knows what trouble he's gotten into? she added silently to herself.

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The Bull meanwhile, had been moseying through the festival when he heard the pipes start up. After glancing around to make sure no one was watching, he had detoured around to an alley between rows of booths and pranced down it in accompaniment the music. With another careful glance around, he exited the alley and resumed his wandering; within a few minutes, he found himself outside a booth with what appeared to be an image of a ship decorating it - either that or a chicken.

Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.

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Posted : April 23, 2021 7:40 pm
Arwenel
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A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy? Hospitality Committee

In the center of Ian's booth was a very large wooden box, three-quarters filled with sand. Bits of colorful plastic could just be seen, buried in the sand: plastic toys, fuzzy bunny ears in plastic bags (to keep out the sand), and plastic colorful eggs with candy inside. Ian was nitpicking exactly how much of the "treasure" showed through the sand, and in what areas, when he heard the sound of someone approaching.

"Argh, matey!" he shouted, standing up and brushing the sand off his hands; well, as much of it as would come off. He had put on a pirate cap and a black eyepatch over his left eye. Then he had put the bunny ears on top of the pirate hat. It was the Spring Festival, after all.

"Can I interest you in, uh, searching for me buried treasure?" Ian peered at the bull. "Argh, not that I want to be discouraging me first potential visitor of the day, but I'm not sure exactly how much it would, er, appeal to a fine bull like yourself. But, if ye wants to take a stab at it, I'll be pleased to help however I can!"

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. - Rabbi Tarfon

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Posted : April 25, 2021 4:58 am
ValiantArcher
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The Bull had just decided the sign looked more like a chicken than anything else and was wondering just what this booth's purpose was when a man popped into view. He looked vaguely familiar, but the Bull didn't remember meeting anyone with an eye patch at the winter party.

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"Can I interest you in, uh, searching for me buried treasure? Argh, not that I want to be discouraging me first potential visitor of the day, but I'm not sure exactly how much it would, er, appeal to a fine bull like yourself. But, if ye wants to take a stab at it, I'll be pleased to help however I can!"

"Treasure?" The Bull was intrigued by the idea and trotted into the booth. In the center of the booth, there was a large wooden box filled with sand; sticking out of the sand in various places were some small, bright objects. That's treasure? No gold or jewels or even a bag of apples? the Bull thought. Still, a challenge is a challenge, regardless of the prize.

"I think I can manage to dig something up," he said, and started to root around with his front hooves in the sand by a green object.

Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.

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Posted : April 25, 2021 5:48 pm
Still Aboard the Dawn Treader
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"Sure, we can head that way now, if you're wanting to take a break from playing," Maeve said. "I've been eying the mud pits. Sounds like loads of fun, but I'm pretty sure that's going to be an end-of-day activity for me."

 

Ahelissa laughed. "Of course. You couldn't expect to stay clean anywhere near those." She carefully positioned her Uilleann pipes inside her instrument case and shut the box tight.

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"So, I take it this is your first time here? Anything special bring you to Ditto Town?"

Ahelissa nodded. "Yup, it's my first time. I knew about some other festivals held here, but I missed them. I wanted to make sure I came to this one. And I'm glad I did! I love exploring, and I've always wanted to visit Ditto Town. It's such a nice place. "

"They turned and saw the Lion himself, so bright and real and strong that everything else began at once to look pale and shadowy compared with him."
-The Silver Chair

“Freedom that is not fought for, that is not gained by personal sacrifice is freedom that will never last, because in the heart of the one set free, it will have little value. A treasure that costs nothing is a treasure that is easily neglected and lost.”
― Bryan Davis, Liberator

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Posted : April 26, 2021 1:51 pm
Lady Arwen
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"It is," Maeve agreed. "There's always some unexpected something popping up somewhere. It's almost as if adventures get attracted to it."

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Posted : April 28, 2021 10:47 pm
Delia Death
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Delia wandered the booths, looking significantly more gleeful than usual, perhaps due to the precocious amount of flowers in her hair, dress, hand, and pockets. 

What, the festival closing just like that? Heed my warning, writers, when the bell tolls three, the festival shall depart to whence it came!!

...or we'll pack up our stuff around May 10th, so if you have story lines you wish to finish, I suggest you begin wrapping them up.

Poisoned kisses,

D. Death

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Posted : May 3, 2021 11:02 pm
Lady Arwen
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While the Intergalactic Bits and Bobbles booth had a large collection of items from across the universe--ranging from ice fruit to children's toys, its book selection was rather meager. Still, after a winding polite conversation, along with some theatrics of haggling, Maeve had an old book in her hands. It was not the item she had been hoping for--she was still missing the third volume of Reichenau's codices--but instead a copy of Darlene Jashri's Tales of Other Worlds. She was pleased enough. 

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