Wow! This is the last post in this category on my blog.
I was number 376 when I signed up. Today I am 319. (Sad that
so many blogs were removed along the way. I suppose many had to drop out. A
round of applause is owed to the moderators who looked after such a long list!)
I hope those who stopped in found my posts to be enjoyable.
I especially hope that this unique look at these characters has intrigued you.
Regular subscribers will notice that none of the names used correspond with any
of my main characters in the Existence Series. There is a reason- a method to
my madness, so to speak. Consider it one more layer to the onion mystery that
surrounds book one.
( ~”You know, not
everybody likes onions. Cake! Everybody likes cake. You know what else
everybody likes? Parfaits. I never met someone who didn’t like parfait. You
never hear, “Hey, you want to go get some parfait,” and they say,
“No, I don’t like parfait.” Parfaits are delicious!”~ )
Thank you to everyone who left comments. They are
appreciated! A big thank you to those who voted for which of my two websites
you prefer, to those who signed the petition to help me turn the captcha off on
this blog, and to those who shared my blog with others.
I loved the category codes that were available this time
around. It really helped to create a priority-visit-order-list in a hop that is
so massive that, if one hoped to visit all the blogs in 26 posting days time,
it would mean roughly 64 blogs a day! At ten minutes per blog, that would be
640 minutes, or about 10.5 hours a day. That’s a full time job.
I started this hop off by writing three posts in advance. I
would like to say that all of my posts were planned ahead so nicely, but it did
not happen that way. I narrowed down my word list. Some letters had only one
choice, others gave me options. I thought about what would be most interesting
to explore from this storyline, what about the characters I could reveal that
would intrigue without giving away too much, and what was needed to keep the
whole alphabet story cohesive.
The chronological order of the posts is as follows:
H O C J L E M S N Q T A F I U G K V R Z X W B Y P D
Here is a summary of the story as it was laid out:
A slave escapes. Two
seemingly unqualified brothers, one who is mute, offer to track her down. Far
away, Mr. Davies, a twisted man of great wealth, is forced by his mother to
take a wife. He builds a machine which will offer him a distraction from the
impending reality that he dreads, but he needs parts that are not readily
available. So he pays Anthony to go to a far off desert kingdom to acquire them.
While in the desert,
Anthony meets the escaped slave. He recognizes her as a Goddess. She changes
him forever. Awoken to this new enlightenment, he decides that he needs to
alter the way he currently lives his life. Anthony has a theory about Mr.
Davies which, if he can prove, will give him a bit of blackmail to use later.
(Useful, considering that he intends to change his life.) Two slaves, a male
and female, are brought as gifts in addition to the machine parts. The preference
Mr. Davies shows indicates to Anthony that his suspicions are right.
The wedding day
approaches. The bride, Rebekha, is unsure. She asks her brother if she should
go through with it. A male slave is found dead in a public place. Rebekha
covers up the details of the murder. It breaks her inside to know the truth.
Mr. Davies goes to give the female slave to Rebekha’s brother, Marcus, who
falls in love with her.
While outside crying
about how awful her husband is, Rebekha meets Anthony. They fall in love with
each other. They meet secretly and devise a plan. Rebekha fakes her death. Her
loyal servant, Joel, is left to relay the news. Marcus does not believe him. He
goes in search of his sister once he finally gets a lead on her, leaving his
lady love at home. He promises to return. She promises to wait for his return,
no matter how long.
Rebekha and Anthony
have run away together. At first it goes well. Then they get stuck in the
desert. A most unexpected occurrence takes place. Meanwhile another character
emerges, one who is meant to be part of this group. She speaks with the
Goddess, who then goes to Rebekha and Anthony. With a bit of encouragement, the
couple finds the path to the truth about themselves. The brothers who offered
to track the Goddess down at the beginning of this story now reappear. They do
not really work for the King. Marcus joins the group, making them a team of
The Goddess slips away
from the group. She is captured and taken back to the King. He puts her on
display as a slave who is forced to dance for the entertainment of his special
guests. Her performance is truly spectacular, and it is clear why the King
found her to be so valuable. The six members of the group invade the kingdom.
They defeat all odds and become over confident in their impeding victory.
This glimpse of the
story does not reveal what happens to defeat the heroes. It does, however, show
a portion of the story where the King has his army invade the town that Marcus,
Rebekha, and Anthony were from. The final clue given is the dowdy woman, the
one who was a slave before Marcus fell in love with her. She has grown old.
Time has been unkind. She remains where she is, her promise to wait for his
return still in tact.
I look forward to taking part again in this hop next
year. I had even more fun this year than I did last year. I wish all of you the
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