An Era of Charming Tales: Journey

Author’s note:  If you just popped into my story for the first time, might I recommend you visit here first?  This short synopsis will give you enough story background to follow.  If you are a reader who has fallen behind this will give you an instant catch up. 

An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Lemme es’plain .. UH NO! Too much! Lemme sum up!)


The next morning a weary Prince and Snow sat by a toasty little fire discussing, away from listening ears, the events of yesterday.

“I hope they are ok,”  a saddened Snow sighed, “It is such a dangerous journey.”  Her mind’s eye lingering on her beloved daughter and dear SIL as they walked into the night.

Prince tried to sound encouraging as he asserted Bruno’s capabilities to both protect and provide.   “He is a very strong boy and a very wise boy too.  Rose Red is in the best hands we could hope for in a situation like this.  And darling, don’t forget he was a bear til just recently and he learned much about foraging in the wild from his father and mother.   He will be able to provide very well for her.”

“Ohh,” Snow said sounding rather weepy, as Paola’s name came up,  “I will be sad to lose Paola.  She is such a dear friend.  One of my very best.”

Prince, ignoring his own sad heart at losing a dear friend himself, said firmly, “Honey, now you know that they are in danger too.  They must leave in order to protect Molly and Caiden.”

Snow dolefully nodded her agreement.

She and Prince had gone directly to the Orsini home right after they saw Bruno and  Rose Red off.  After apprising them (mamma and pappa)  of the situation the two families conferred on the matter until the wee hours of the am.

It was decided that the danger extended to Alfonso, Paola and the kids too.   Wisdom subscribed that they should also leave Windenburg until the peril had passed.   It was decided that they would go to the same village as Bruno and Rose Red (only after much discussion … Paola insisted … Prince and Alfonso were not dissuading her with warnings of danger … no future grandchildren of hers would be untended by a doting grandma) but they would travel by another route.

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For Prince, the most pressing situation at the moment was what to do about his family.  It is well known that Evella has a deep-set hatred for them.   It is NOT lost on him that the poisoned apple was gifted to  Mike and Rose  White not Bruno and Rose Red.

While Prince debates with himself, Mike is adamant that he and Rose White will stay.  It would take much more than an idle threat to get them to abandon the kingdom.

Rose suggests that the family gather for dinner tonight and that a final decision can be made then.   Plus it will give everyone a chance to say goodbye to the Orsini family.

In the meantime, Prince can confer with Officer Theis and get his assessment of the threat level.

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Caiden and Molly stopped to pick Aster up on the way to school.

“OH man,” Caiden shook his head, “This is such a bummer bro.  Dude, you and me we been wing-man since we were lil’ fidgets.”

Molly said nothing but it was obvious, with her red-rimmed eyes and pink nose,  she had been crying for a while.

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Aster was incensed at the thought of losing his friends.  “This weasel and that old witch, I am not afraid of them!  I will find them,” the brave lion-hearted young prince asserted, “how dare they rob our families of peace and joy!”

While Caiden chimed in a resolute agreement with Aster, the declaration only caused Molly to shed more tears!

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Things got a little tense as the family gathered for dinner.  The delightful aroma of Rose White’s scrumptious fare did little to diffuse the situation.  No one was going to be able to enjoy the meal with the decision hanging overhead.

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Alexander and Mike were having a bit of a disagreement about the impending decision.  Alexander feels that the entire family should leave and go to Bruno and Rose Red.

Prince is vehemently opposed to that idea.  Putting the entire family in one location is foolishness to him.  He feels separate locations is much safer.

Mike remains immovable on the subject and eventually, everyone comes to the agreement that the family would stay together in Windenburg.  At least until the situation escalated and further danger & threats materialized.  Mike reiterated … IF they materialized.

With great relief, everyone moved to the buffet and began to enjoy themselves with Rose’s amazing eats.

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Molly hurried to find Aster waitng for her on the bluff.

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I overheard the two young ones speaking on the bluff.  Alfonso and his family will leave right after daybreak tomorrow.   Yes, my Queen, I will speak with Mergwhen he will enjoy the work.”

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Because their journey started so late (or perhaps I should say so early in the am), Bruno and Rose Red did not make it as far as they had hoped they might.  Hunger and fatigue came upon them like a bandit.

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Rose Red was having a very difficult time.  The singing, that apparently only she could hear, was louder now and quite incessant.  She tried to ignore it but the persistent tunes would not leave her mind.

Pulling and drawing her and urging her … BUT TO WHAT?

Back at home, everyone thought she was a bit looney and quite honestly now, she was beginning to wonder herself.

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Bruno noticed her add behavior and prodded her until she divulged that she was hearing the voices again.

“Did you bring your medicine?”  He was becoming alarmed.

“No, when Mom said to travel light.  I did not even think of it,” she confessed.

The fear shone brightly in Bruno’s eyes.  He could handle anything the road could spring on him but this scared him to death!

“Bruno, please stop worrying,”  Rose Red reassured, “I will be fine.  I am tired is all.  A little rest and I will be A-OKAY!”

Feeling less than comforted, Bruno crawled into the tent next to his sleeping wife and soon was fast asleep.

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In the morning, Rose was startled to see a young woman sitting near the campfire when she crawled out of the tent.

Bruno was already up and had no doubt started the fire.  The night had been fitful for Rose.  Terrible dreams washing over her and the singing so loud that she could swear it was right by the tent.   She was feeling overwhelmed and confused.

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“Good Morning fellow traveler,” the young woman sang out, “My name is Q.  Well it is a lot longer than that but my friends call me Q.”

“Hi Q.  Your voice is so familiar, have we met before?”

Q just looked quizzically at her.

“No, I suppose not,” Rose laughed.

“My name is …” Rose paused to pay attention to her brain’s warning signals, “Iris.”

Q smiled, “A pleasure to meet you, Iris.”

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“OH, there is your hubby Stanley now.”

Apparently, Bruno had also given a pseudonym to the stranger.  Rose snickered at the name … he did not look like a Stanley at all.

“Mornin’ ladies, I’ve got some fresh fish for breakfast.”

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“I have just come from there.  It is a beautiful safe place and there are many warm and dry places to set up your campsite.”  Q was telling Bruno and Rose of a wonderful place to stop for the night.

Bruno thanked her for the information and began to beg their leave.

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He was feeling kind of antsy staying too long here.   On his way back from the fishing hole he had noted a suspicious truck parked along the side of the road.

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The road lay ahead of them and the day was getting on already.   Bidding Q goodbye, off they went!

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The lunch stop involved catching it.

Bruno is in his element!

Yes, he is a Prince by birthright but he is a bear at heart!

He was so proud of how hard Rose tried to do her part.  He would teach his sweet princess everything she needed to survive

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As the sun was setting, they came upon the place Q had told them about.  It was magnificent!

Not only a great camping spot but, from the looks of it, an awesome place to explore!

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(hmmm .. how did he get here)

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At dusk, Bruno began to set up camp.

Perhaps he is a tad bit rusty in the whole outdoors thing 🙂

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After a lovely dinner of roasted fish and some singing by the campfire, the “sleepy monster” came upon them!

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Rose awoke with a start … something was drawing her in …  compelling her to come …

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**~~~~ Credits ~~~~**

A new builder for me .. this lot is a must see.


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These have been featured before but a reminder of the FAB artists ❤



While I do indeed use a lot of cc (feel free to ask for links if you ever see something you like) … this one is most notable!

FAB cc of Jomsims (alien)

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An Era of Charming Tales: The Exodus

Author’s note:  If you are a new reader, might I recommend you visit here first?  This will give you enough story background to follow.  If you are a reader who has fallen behind this will give you an instant catch up. 

An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Lemme es’plain .. UH NO! Too much! Lemme sum up!)


Miss V continues her pursuit of the truth.  She is determined to find who is actually responsible for the death of the Reverend Knupp.  She feels strongly that Caroline Charming did not do it even tho she baked the pie and is the only official suspect.

Now that Caroline has gone missing, Miss V feels that she too has met with foul play.  A theory not shared by her fellow WPD police officers.  She has been attacked with great acrimony by some in the force who see her efforts as fruitless and counterproductive.

Undaunted, Miss V follows up even the smallest lead.  Today we find her on the way to visit an old gypsy encampment near Brindleton Bay.  Scuttle in town has it that the old woman who lives there has keen insight into the dark world.

Some townsfolk reported that they had seen the Princess and that she had been inquiring as to the location of the encampment as she passed thru town.

No one, however, saw her return thru town.

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“Halloooo,” a cheerful voice called to Miss V.

Startled out of her enchantment with her surroundings, Miss V looked down to catch the strange sight of an old woman in a pink hat swimming out to meet her.

“Good day Ma’am,” Miss V returned, “might I have a moment of your time?”

“Why of course dearie, the kettle is already on for tea.  Come and join me.”

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Even tho she was quite odd (Miss V has never been one to judge), they enjoyed an afternoon of tea and chats.

“Yes, Princess Caroline did come by here.  She was desperately seeking to reconnect with her deceased lover.  I told her that was beyond my abilities and I referred her to Harold.”

“Harold?”  Miss V queried.

“Yes, darling, Harold!”  The old one continued,” he lives on the south end of this property in a wishing well AND might I add, he is quite powerful and very capable of granting her desire!  Once she was off to see Harold, she did not return to me.  I assume she got her wish.”

Miss V murmured, “Oh, I see.”  But in fact, she did not “see” at all.   Things here were so very bizarre.

“Do you think this Harold would grant me an audience?”

“Yes, sweets, you go to see him, but be so very careful.  He has lived in that well for thousands of years and he has grown to be quite bad-tempered and is very unpredictable.”

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After bidding the old dear adieu and making a promise to return (soon) for tea, Miss V walked back to the south end of the encampment.  She was not quite sure what to expect but she was compelled to follow every lead.

“Uhhh, Harold?” Miss V approached the well feeling a bit foolish.  She was not at all accustomed to speaking with inanimate objects.

A strange green glow emanated from within the well, as a face appeared above her head.  A deep booming voice spoke, “Yes, at your service.  What can I do for you?”

The words were friendly enough but the tone put Miss V on edge.

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“I am Miss V and I am a consultant for the Windenburg Police Department.  I am looking into the death of the Reverand Knupp and disappearance of Caroline Charming.  My investigation has led me to you.”

The ground shook and a hot yellow flash of blinding light sprang from the depths of the well and shot out his eyes and mouth.

“I KNOW who you are!  How dare you disturb my peace and quiet with such paltry matters as this.  Be gone with yourself before you become counted among the missing as well!”

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Taking a deep breath, Miss V stepped forward to address him again.  “Sir, I only need a moment of your time.  Did you speak with her and …….”

An eerie blue smoke began to rise and an unearthly cackle rose from the bowels of the well, making her skin crawl.

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A very warm sensation began near her feet .. FIRE!

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This was the last straw for Miss V!

“I cannot believe you tried to set me on fire!  That is quite enough from you!  Now give me an answer before I let you burn up,” she reprimanded as she put the fire out.

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“OH alright,” his demeanor was haughty and dismissive, “I saw her and granted her wish.  She went on her way quite happily.  Now be gone and do not bother me again.”

With a puff of white noxious smelling smoke, he disappeared down into the well.

She attempted to call to him again and again but he did not respond.

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“Halloooo dearie,”  a cheerful familiar voice sang out.

Miss V was surprised to see her elderly friend waiting for her at the front desk of the WPD.  “What are you doing here?”

Miss V knew it must be important for her to venture out of the safety of her encampment and come all the way to Windenburg.

“I have something of utmost urgency to speak to you and your Captain about.”

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A few minutes later the two ladies sat at the desk of  Officer Theis.

Miss V and Officer Theis listened intently as the quirky old gal began to spin her strange tale.

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“Last night,” she turned to Miss V, “right after you left to go speak with Harold,  I decided to see if I could find some information from my friends in the netherworld.”

Officer Theis’ eyes widened.  He was glad he did NOT have friends in the netherworld.

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“As I was communing with them a dazzling blue light shone within my ball.   I saw a bear holding a perfect red rose.  I was captivated by the purity and beauty of it.   Perfect love glowed all around him as he beheld the rose.”

She paused for a moment of reverent reflection.

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“THEN all of a sudden a great darkness engulfed the bear with the rose and obliterated the glow of love.  Peering out of that darnkness was a terrible face.  DIABLO!   He was pure evil and had no soul.  I dropped the ball as his dark eyes seemed to look right at me.”

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“I dismissed it all as none of my business.  But it would not leave me alone, I knew I must act to protect the bear and the rose.”

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Officer Theis was quite alarmed and explained to them the identity of the bear with the red rose and the dark history of Evella’s vendetta against them.   **

The old woman quaked in fear at hearing Evella’s name.  Her heart went to liquid as she saw pictures the Weasel.  “That is him,” she cried, “Diablo!”

“It is true, our investigation has uncovered a number of threats to Bruno and Rose Red.  We must call the King and Queen to come here.  They need to be informed of this danger immediately. ”

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Within the hour the King and Queen sat in a conference room with Officer Theis, Officer Amaro, and Miss V hearing the story of the bear and the red rose in the crystal ball.

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Prince was more angry and fearful than he could ever recall being before.   This stranger was bringing him such horrific news.

He demanded to know, “How can you know of such things if you are not involved?”

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Her heart heavy,  Snow was very quiet as she idly sifted thru the evidence pictures on the table.

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“Witch, you sent my sister to her death!”

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“Stop!”  Officer Theis was on his feet!  Only Officer Theis could get away with speaking to the King this way.

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“This has gotten way out of hand.”  Officer Theis was vehement, “No one is making any accusations here.  We have innocent lives to protect.”

Prince hung his head woefully, “He is correct! Forgive my outburst.  I had no right … ”

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There came a loud shriek from the other end of the table.  Snow was on her feet and appeared to be in a state of shock.

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A picture fell from her hand as she cried out, “It is her!  It is her!  The one who gave me that apple.   Before I was imprisoned by Evella.  She was at Bruno and Rose Red’s wedding … the old hag … Harold … they both were there. ”

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Just after midnight, Snow and Prince arrive at the home of Bruno and Rose Red with news of the danger.

Rose Red brewed them a pot of hot camomile tea and they settle into the cozy kitchen to discuss the matter.

Snow began, pleading with them to hear, “There is a terrible threat to your lives.  Evella and her cohorts are seeking to take your lives.  It is now thought that they are the ones responsible for the death of Reverand Knupp and the mysterious disappearance of Auntie Caroline.”

Leaning in towards Bruno she continued,  ” You must leave and take Rose Red with you.  I have called ahead to the companions of my youth.  They are expecting you and will keep you and Rose Red safe once you arrive at their border.  The journey will be arduous and you must move in complete concealment.   When it is safe to return I will send a message.”

“But my Family,” Bruno began to protest.

“Your family will be sent in secrecy in a few days by a different route,”  she assured.

Snow handed him an envelope. “Take nothing with you for it will slow you down.  This is enough to get you there and establish a modest home until you return to us.”

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All Prince could do is sob.  He has never felt such weakness and grief.

“Daddy, Please don’t cry,” Rose entreated her father,  “We will be ok.  Mother is correct, Bruno and I will leave tonight.  I have no doubt that Officer Theis will uncover the belly of this beast and we will be home again very soon!”

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Prince and Snow held each other up as their precious children walked out into the night.

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The news of Rose Red and Bruno’s sudden departure reaches the weasel quickly .. but not quickly enough to intercept them and give follow.

How did they find out about the plan?  Who tipped them off?  The thoughts tumble about as the Weasel reckons with this present situation and the plans that went afoul.

Needless to say, Queen Evella is in a rage.  She wants them found .. NOW .. and has declared that everyone will pay dearly until they are located and killed!

Leaving her presence, the vile one breathing out a threat, makes a promise to the cosmos, “One day my dear Queen, I will see to YOUR repayment.”

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** anyone who wants more on the history of Evella’s hatred of Bruno and Rose Red here are 3 links

The Menace Returns?

An Era of Charming Tales: (Bruno and Rose Red) Genesis

An Era of Charming Tales: (Bruno and Rose Red) The Red Rose

**~~~~~~~~ CREDITS ~~~~~~~~**

Nothing too new in credit today so I will take the opportunity to rethank the creators of our two featured guests today:

The indomitable Miss V

mis v

and the brave old woman from the gypsy camp  (we should have a name her contest)



Once again from the FAB Joanne Bernice (I just love this set)

Angry poses 


An Era of Charming Tales: Miss V is on the JOB!

Author’s note:  If you are a new reader, might I recommend you visit here first?  This will give you enough story background to follow.  If you are a reader who has fallen behind this will give you an instant catch up.  

An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Lemme es’plain .. UH NO! Too much! Lemme sum up!)  


The mysterious disappearance of Princess Caroline has had the WPD Search and Rescue out in full force.  They have scoured every hill and every dale and every glen and .. well they have looked everywhere and there is no sign of her!

“Sire, we have looked for her for two weeks now.  She is gone.  It is like she disappeared into thin air.  She was last seen in Brindleton Bay but then … no one knows …”  Officer Theis trailed off.

This was a very difficult visit.  It was not often that he had to make a house call like this and especially hard to deliver such terrible news to dear friends, they were so shaken.

Princess Caroline went missing only a few hours after her release from jail.   Speculation now held that she must have fled in the face of her impending murder indictment and was probably in hiding.

“Please know that we are doing everything in our power to find her,” Officer Theis assured the Royal family.

“Thank you, Walter,” Prince said, shaking his head sadly.   “I know you are.  I will go call my sisters and give them the official word.”

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Officer Amaro did not have it easy either.  He was chosen to deliver the news update to Mike and Rose White.

“I am so sorry!  This is not the news I wanted to deliver.  Her status has been changed from missing person to fugitive.  There has been a warrant issued for her apprehension and the DA is bringing formal charges.”

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“Oh come on Nick,” Rose exclaimed incredulously, “They have no hard evidence. How can they charge her?”

“The DA thinks the poisoned apple pie is enough to go forward with murder charges.”

Nick was getting very uncomfortable and at that moment he wished that he could be anyplace but there.

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Mike was visibly upset by what Officer Amaro was recounting.    How could they even say this about Sweet Auntie Caroline?

“There is foul play here!  It has to be!” Mike shouted.  “Auntie was a gentle spirit that not only WOULD not do such a thing .. she COULD not do such a thing!   You know her Nick, tell me that you believe this is true.”

Officer Amaro shook his head, “To be honest Mike,  I don’t know what to believe.  You two have my promise that I will do everything I can to uncover the truth here.”


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Mike was not the only one who was convinced of Princess Caroline’s innocence.  Miss V was adamant!  She did not believe it.  Call it a cop’s intuition, she knew something was terribly wrong here.

Although she argued it well with her colleagues, her suspicions fell on deaf ears.

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She was going to have to go rogue and do this one herself!

Careful with that temper Ms. V!  You must remain clear-headed if you wish to solve this mystery!  They will believe when you bring back the evidence!

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The next morning her first stop was the palace living quarters.

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Alexander and Lily were out for the day but she did get a chance to speak with the housekeeper.  Alina’s memory was not the best and the conversation brought nothing new to light.

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“I am sorry that I cannot recall anything.  I told the others that too.”

Miss V interjected, “Others?”

“Oh yes, we have had officers interviewing the household and seeking evidence all over the palace and grounds for two weeks.  But you are more than welcome to investigate for yourself.”

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Miss V was frustrated that, despite all of the work done by her and her fellow officers,  it was just not coming together the way she hoped it would.

She needed a fresh pair of eyes to help her see.

She called her old friend Sherlock Holmes.   They would meet for lunch in Magnolia Promenade.


As they walked from the subway station, Miss V explained everything that happened and what evidence they had uncovered.

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Sherlock listened intently.

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“So it comes down to this we have suspect but we have no clue where she is.  We have no other suspects except this mysterious Weasel I keep hearing about.  There again NO clue as to who it is .. or what is the motive.  The more we dig around the muddier the water gets.  Now we can see very little.

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UHHH I am not so sure I would eat here can we say food poisoning boys and girls?

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Sherlock began, “Yes, there certainly is something bigger going on here.  With this much intrigue, someone has laid careful plots and plans. I would trust NO one!

Since you have not shared the new evidence you uncovered … I mean … if it were me, I would get it analyzed by another crime unit.  Don’t you still have connections with the SanMyshuno PD?”

“Yes, I do.”

“I would take it there and talk to the SMPD crime unit. ”

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MMM delish!

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Miss V felt nostalgia wash over her as she approached the SMPD Crime Unit.  She had served happily here for the first 10 years of her career.

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She was thrilled to see her old friends again.

“Hi, Martin!”

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“And then I said to him you had best stop flirting with me … ”

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She explained to her ex-boss what she was working on and why she came here for help with the evidence she had gathered.

He agreed to assign 3 officers to run the analysis on the evidence she brought.

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While they worked Captain Miles shared stories about Officer Theis.  They had gone to the academy together.

“I can fully appreciate your reluctance to trust anyone around you.  I agree the betrayer is someone in close.” Captain Miles instructed, “However, I can tell you with the utmost of certainty that it is very safe to trust Theis.  He is a man of much integrity and you will do well to come under his authority!”

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Miss V was glad to hear Captain Miles say those things.  She was comforted by the knowledge that she was not alone.

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The officers complied the data and sent it off to Windenburg with Miss V, who thanked them profusely and promised to stop by more often.

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Since she was reluctant to share in the office, Officer Thies invited Miss V to come for a breakfast meeting at his home.

“I am sorry sir, we do not know who the Weasel is and if he or she is involved in this.  I was urged to be cautious around everyone but you.  Captain Miles assured me of your integrity.”

Officer Theis laughed, “He is a good bloke.”

Miss V gave him the rundown on what she had found.

“Excellent work detective.  Will you be beginning to following the evidence trail tomorrow?”

“Yes Sir .. I do plan to do that.”

Officer Thies smiled!

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The Weasel spoke in a calm assuring manner to the hot-headed Queen, “Yes my Queen, all is well.  The WPD believes that the Princess is in hiding. There is nothing that can incriminate you,”

“Except maybe the old woman,” the treacherous one pointed out.

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“Don’t you worry about her.  I have a spell on her ball and she will see very little of any of this.  And now we move to the next phase.”  Evella spit the words like venom from a snake,” I assume you are ready?”

“Yes my Queen,” came the reply.

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If you are new to my story .. might I recommend the story synopsis.  This will bring you from the beginning to the present,  Well few chapters back 🙂

An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Lemme es’plain .. UH NO! Too much! Lemme sum up!)


********~~~~~~~~~~~~ Credits ~~~~~~~~~********

Honestly you need to follow these fab builders in the gallery ALL NO CC!

Nikkamore is new to me and I have only used her a tiny bit but her builds are wonderful ..  AND I know you will be seeing lots more of her in my story!


Both Police stations are build by her (but the other was recognize a bit ago) …

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Betty has the most adorable diners .. and other adorable builds.   You will be seeing more of her!


I am delighted to do a small colab with my friend and devoted story supporter Ivalynn ❤


AND last but certainly NOT least my happy colab with Simsophonique …  thank you, my friend, Miss V is wonderful!

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She was just interviewed by Rosemary of  FEATURED AUTHOR, AN INTERVIEW WITH SIMSOPHONIQUE!

Pose light today 🙂 but one from the FAB Joanne Bernice!

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An Era of Charming Tales: (Mike and Rose) Home

Mike and Rose arrived on Elba Island a little before mid-day.  Although their Villa was not far from the beautiful Spiaggia di Sansone (Beach of Samson) they decided to spend the afternoon beside the cerulean waters of the large Villa pool.  They had been informed that the beaches would be quite crowded by now and since they had the place all to themselves this afternoon, they took the opportunity for a bit of alone time.

Lounging by the pool in the warm Tuscan sun and sipping a delightful Aleatico red wine definitely had them feeling deeply relaxed and cheerful!

With a twinkle in his eye, Mike raised his glass, “A salute you mio cara.”

“And to you, my love,” came Rose’s coy reply, as she lifted her glass to touch his.

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The day was quite warm and the sparkling waters so inviting, Mike decided he needed cool off with a swim.

Rose was preparing to join him in the pool for a quick dip when her cell phone rang.  Her first thought was to dismiss it but seeing it was her mother she thought it best to answer. Snow would not be one to thoughtlessly interrupt for no reason.

“Hello Mum.  What’s up?  What?  Slow down Mum I cannot understand you.  What happened .. who … who is dead?”

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“Rose your Aunt Caroline is in jail.” Snow sobbed into the phone, “They are accusing her of murder.  They say she killed the reverend Krupp with her apple pie.”

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Rose listened intently as Snow related the situation there.  How could such a terrible thing have happened? Her mind reeled as she grasped for understanding.

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“Mike, we have to return home.  The situation there is heartbreaking and we need to be there to support Mum and Dad.”

Rose went on to explain what little she had been able to glean from her mother’s frantic phone call.

Deeply concerned for the family’s well being,  Mike made the travel arrangements.  They would return home to Windenburg tonight.

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Rose dashed into the house as soon as they hit the island.  Embracing her obviously shaken Mother, “Oh, Mum I missed you so much.”

This stalwart woman who had been a rock throughout Roses’s life, all of a sudden seemed so frail and vulnerable.

Mother and daughter clung to one another for just a moment before Rose whispered reassuringly, “We are here now Mum.  It is all going to be ok.”

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Snow straightened, stepped back and quickly regaining her composure, began to deal with the situation at hand.

“Rose White, I know Caroline did not do this.  I have known her too many years and I know she is a gentle spirit.  Your Father fears for my health and will not allow me to intervene.  I am concerned for him as well, this is too large a burden for him to bear alone.  You and Mike must come alongside him to work to get her released, my daughter.”

“Hello, dear Rose.”  Prince, desperately trying to sound cheerful, sang out to her as he entered the room. “Welcome back home my little princess, even if it is under such inauspicious circumstances.”

Rose gave her mom a quick wink and with a warm smile went to greet her father, “Hello Daddy.  Mike and I need to clean up a bit from the trip but we will be back in about an hour so that you can fill us in on what things you know.”

“Very good dear,” Prince replied, “I will get Walther,  UH Officer Theis to join us.”

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One hour later Prince, Mike, Rose and Officer Theis conferred in Prince’s home study.

“Quite frankly it is not looking good for my sister.  She bought the apples and made the pie herself.  After delivery, she declined a piece when the reverend offered pie and tea.  She said that talking to the reverend gave her butterflies in her stomach so she only took the tea. ”

“The pie was tested and found to contain a rare poison found only in the jungles of  Selvadorada.   It is the essence obtained from their rare breed of cowplant.  There is none locally that distributes this poison for any reason.

Prince continued to relay the situation to Rose and Mike while officer Theis looked on nodding his approval.

Officer Theis interjected, “Perhaps if you two would come down and talk to her it would jog her memory about the apples.  I can arrange for an interview room in an hour or so.”

“We will be glad to,” Mike offered, reaching to take Rose’s hand to show solidarity, “Our hearts are broken by this and we will help in any way we can!”

Rose tearfully nodded her agreement.

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“I am tired and I want to go home!  I have told you over and over I did not want to kill him … I do not know where the poison came from.”

Caroline’s outburst had made most everyone in the room uncomfortable …

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EXCEPT for Prince, “Caroline dear, we are all on your side.  No one here believes you intentionally caused the death of Father Krupp.”

His kind eyes and calm manner seemed to settle Caroline a bit.

Officer Theis concluded, “I am looking into releasing you on your own recognizance.  Let me work on it for a just a little while more.  Detective V will take you back to your cell.”

Turning to Price, Mike and Rose he thanked them for coming down and assured them that he and the WPD will work tirelessly to solve this case and absolve your sister’s good name.

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A raspy gruff angry sounding voice reached her ears, ” For Pete’s sake, turn of the waterworks already.  Can’t someone get a little peace and quiet around these parts!”

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Startled the mournful Caroline reacted, “Who is there?  I had no idea anyone was there!”

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“Mergwhen Bramblewise at your service,” he croaked in mock politeness.

“Caroline. Caroline Charming.”

“OH, a Princess?  The King’s sister perhaps?  I think I heard that you killed your lover.”  Mergwhen made chucking noise that made her skin crawl.

Caroline told her story again, this time to the odd little man in the neighboring cell who listened quite intently.

“And you have no remembrance of obtaining these apples?” He queried.

“Nooo, but I am trying so hard to remember.  It is difficult with this broken heart mixing me up.  All I wanted to do was be his girlfriend,” she stammered, “or even his wife.  I still do!”

“Well of course you do!  I know someone who might be able to help you with this.”

Caroline exclaimed at this horrid little man suddenly turned benefactor,  “YOU DO!  How?  Please tell me.”

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Mergwhen rose and walked to the corner of the cell closest to hers, “Come here precious princess, do you have your cell phone?  I will text you directions.  You go to her when you are released from here tonight.”

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Caroline approached the colorful woman cautiously,  “I am sorry to bother you but I was sent here by Mergwhen Bramblewise, who told me you might be able to help.”

“Mergwhen Bramblewise!” the colorful woman laughed, “He certainly is a nefarious creature to be hanging out with the likes of you Princess Caroline.”

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“You know me?”

“Yes, my dear, my ball tells all.”

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Caroline poured out her heart.  She was desperate to see Father Knupp again.

“You are my only hope for happiness,” Caroline pleaded.

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“I am afraid that you have come all this way for nothing.  Mergwhen knows well I have no power over the dead.  I do not practice the dark arts.  I cannot help you.”

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“But there is one,” the gypsy sighed, “His name is Harold and he lives in a well on the outer edge of my encampment.  He can be charitable and kind one minute and unpredictable and foul the next.  He is very powerful and if it were me, I would walk away now.”

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Caroline could not walk away.  She had to take the risk.  She had nothing to lose.  If things remained like this she was a murder destined to be alone.

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“Hello Harold,” the cautious princess approached, “my name is … ”

“I know who you are!”  A voice boomed from the depths of the well.  “And I know what you want but my questions is, do you know what you want?”

The words gushed out of Caroline, “Yes I want to see Father Knupp again.  I want the chance to be his girlfriend or even his wife.  To live with him in our charming little cottage.  To live happily ever after!”

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“Well, then you shall have it.”

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During her life Princess Caroline was never lucky in love .. looks like the afterlife will be much different.

** This ending is dedicated to my dear friend Brenda M who inspired it without knowing 🙂  Love you, Brenda!

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Mergwhen bragged, “It is finished.  It was far too easy.  That silly girl believed everything I told her.  Harold pulled off his part perfectly.  The Princess never suspected a thing!  No one will ever be able to tie it back to you”

“And the old woman?” Evella asked her face in a snarl.

“OH no, she is a silly sort as well.  She suspects nothing!”

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“However, Harold says not to involve him again or he will turn you into a toad.”

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Evella screeched with rage, uttering forbidden words and vowing great harm to the imbecile who lives in that well.

Mergwhen reminded in a hushed voice, “Be careful my Queen.  He is very powerful.”

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In a voice dripping with malice and contempt, she asked, “Apple dear Mergwhen?”

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An involuntary shudder shook his body.

“No.  No thank you, my Queen.”

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“Suit yourself darling … ”

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Very excited to colab with the FAB Brennachan Sims


Even tho Mergwhen has found is way into my story quite a few times it has been a long time since I credited him 🙂


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The apple is from this FAB pack!!


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An Era of Charming Tales: (Mike and Rose) Venice … Answered

**~~~ AN: If I ever lose these two I know just where to find them .. the coffee shop.  They love their coffee and chats! ~~~**

This beautiful sunny Tuscan morning we find the lovebirds finishing off their breakfast with a bit of espresso.  It is their last day in the heart of Italy.  They had found great delight in their days of exploring the rolling hillsides with their silvery olive groves and quaint farms.

OH and the food!!  Rose swears she has gained 5 pounds since they arrived.   Simple .. almost peasant fare … but with most extraordinary flavors all washed down with a wonderful Chianti.

“I am sad to leave this place,” Rose whispered her confession, “I really love it here.”  Mike sighed and pensively agreed that he was quite fond of Tuscany as well!

Rose and Mike took a moment to quietly savor their beverage before heading out to do a bit of souvenir shopping.

Later, in the afternoon, they will hop on the train to take a leisurely 5-hour train ride up to Venice.  They could drive it in less than three but they want to see the countryside.

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They arrived at the Santa Lucia railway station late that evening, and feeling a bit peckish after the train trip, where did they go?  YEP, to the nearest cafe!

Ordering cappuccinos and chocolate croissants, they enjoyed their repast al fresco.

The lights twinkling off the Grand canal as the water made tiny lapping sounds coupled with the rich taste of coffee and chocolate … oh Venice at night was magical!

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They ate in complete contentment, Mike sharing the plans he had made for Venice.  Rose excitedly looked forward to their adventures.

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Mike had booked a room in an old monastery near St. Mark’s Basilica.  It was a tiny bit little more austere than the accommodations they were accustomed to but both found it quite charming and very comfortable!

UHHMMM I think it is time for us to vacate …

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We will just wait out here ❤

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No trip to Venice would be complete without taking the opportunity to explore the city in a Gondola.

Mike and Rose had booked an early tour.  They wished to see the city before the teeming throngs of people crowded the streets and the waterways became clogged with traffic.

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“Rose,” Mike called to the closed door, “the hour is getting late.  We really should be going soon.”

“Yes, dear.  I will only be a few minutes longer.”  Came the reply from the other side of the door.

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“OH!” Mike exclaimed, who is that vision before me.  What woman of mystery goes there!”

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Straightening Mike’s tie, Rose inquired, “Oh my dear husband, tell me.  Was the wait worth it?”

Only one look at his face told the story!  Yes, it was well worth the wait!

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If you two do not cut it out you will miss the night’s festivities completely!

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“Balliamo, mia cara?”

(Grazie Lovenovavita for the wonderful lessons in the proper Italian expressions of endearment)

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“Si Amore mio.”

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Mike marveled that everything was so grand!  Was it the music that intoxicated him or the beauty of his bride?

That he could not say, he was only certain of one thing … that he was the happiest man on earth!

All night they were swept along by the sweet strains from piano and violin, although there were many all around them, they only had eyes for each other.

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“Sisters did you hear that the cute Reverand who did the kids wedding ceremony has moved into a small cottage near here.”  Caroline was bubbly as she relayed her news to Blair and Irene,

Blair smiled at Caroline’s enthusiasm, “No, I had not heard.  Where exactly?”

“That cute little bungalow right next to Bob and Eliza.”

“Oh yes,” Irene interjected, “I know that place.  It is adorable.”

Caroline leaned in and purred coyly, “And guess what else sisters … he is single!”

“A Reverend with NO wife?” Irene said quizzically.

Undaunted, Caroline relayed, “He is a widower.  His wife passed 6 years ago and the poor dear has been alone ever since.”

“Well, you certainly have done your homework,” laughed Blair.

“I am going to pay him a neighborly visit,” Caroline informed’ ” I think I will make something yummy to take along with me.”

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Irene came in from the garden “OHHH that smells marvelous sister. I am famished!”

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“NO sister!  This is not for you!  This is for the Reverend.  I will make another when I return from my visit.”

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“Good day Reverend Knupp,” Caroline called as she rolled her bicycle into the tidy little yard.

“Princess Caroline, what a lovely surprise!  What brings you to my humble abode?”

“I thought I would bring you a little sweet surprise to welcome you to the neighborhood.”

The reverend raised his eyebrows playfully, “I am certain it is not nearly as sweet as you, Princess, but come on in and I will make us a nice pot of tea to go along with this lovely apple pie.  Is Earl Grey ok?”

“OH yes! That would be perfect!”  Caroline blushed and stifled a small giggle as she followed him in.

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“OH DEAR! I am not feeling so well ………………. ”

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**~~~ AN: Were you all wondering whatever happened to that special wedding gift from Evella?  🙂  ~~~**


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For those of you who may have missed the “in -a -nutshell) story recap  …  if you are a new reader this will give you background and if you are a reader who has fallen behind this will give you an instant catch up …

An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Lemme es’plain .. UH NO! Too much! Lemme sum up!)

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Madame by Wistful Castle

The picnic by quiddity-jones

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An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Lemme es’plain .. UH NO! Too much! Lemme sum up!)

(First off TY to my sweet daughter Tiffiny for the amusing title.  It fits well!)

I promised you all a reader’s thank you to celebrate my 2-year blogaversary and here it is <3.

The Charming family story “in-a-nutshell.”  I promise to be merciful with the length of this update (while still telling the story of course).  

Side note:  The ridiculous reality of this story is that I NEVER intended this to be a story.  I had just finished a bachelor challenge that I wanted to continue AND I had a great idea for another story (that still exists in the dark recesses of my storyboard).   Both would take some setup.  I was not in the mood for that so I thought I would make a QUICK revisit to my surprise Insane Asylum winner for just an update or two.  After a few updates, it became apparent that Snow had struck a chord with my readers … there would be more updates needed.  

That was 2 years ago!

There are still more updates needed.


To begin we have to go BACK to the beginning … so here we go way BACK  to the very beginning. 


Driven to madness by the dwarves,  Snow White had sought respite in the Newcrest Asylum.  It was perhaps an unfortunate idea, in that the seven people she now lived with pushed her farther into madness than the dwarves ever did.

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Snow was your average lunatic.  Nothing really set her apart from her housemates.  She had her quirks, but she was not the most insane among them.

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A little harmless aggravation time to time, but again, nothing to make her notable.

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Well, except … there was that ONE incident with poor Sol.

Santa had started the drama earlier that day, Sol sustained it, and Snow finished it.

It sure did not help her popularity with asylum denizens!

In the end, her only really good and true friend was Abe.  Honest Abe knew he could trust her to take his side in any drama involving his nemesis, the bookshelf, and he really appreciated that about her.

Snow never did figure out why he was so mad at the bookshelf … oh I digress, sorry.

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Without the distraction of a social life, Snow was driven deeper and deeper into her art.  She found that painting was very therapeutic.

It helped her focus her emotions and calmed her!

On and on the challenge continued.

Each contestant plugging away, making decent progress in their aspirations.

Well except Abe … no one knew what he was doing. Ahh but again I digress.

When everyone was expecting a Santa win, late one night Snow came in and swept it away from him!

No one saw it coming (not even me)!

She finished that last masterpiece and earned her freedom!

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She took off to spend a bit of time in Granite Falls … which is where we caught up with her a bit later.

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Soon Snow settled into a small lovely house in Windenburg.  This was HOME.  A place to call her own and her heart seemed strangely connected to this place.

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Life was very pleasant (and so comfortable) there but it always seemed as though something or someone was missing!

A nagging deep in her being that was difficult to ignore and kept her on the lookout … for what she did not know …

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She tried to satisfy the longing with clubs and clubbing but nothing stuck.

Well, unless you count DON (UGH).  He stuck but it was about as welcome as toilet paper dragging behind your shoe.

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Time went on and try as she might find relief from the void.  This yearning was always there whispering to her heart.

(AN:  There is a backstory to this heart’s desire but it is too complicated to put here.  Just trust that it was real.  For those of you who want to know more .. it can be found here wedding & backstory).

Then one day, on that beach where she been drawn so often, she found it!  Well, technically  “it” found her.

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What followed was magical.  The flames of love burned brightly in the hearts of these long-lost lovers!

A wedding date was set.  Snow was resplendent in her scarlet gown and Prince declared himself the happiest man in the world!

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The magical love between these two was not lost even in death.

01-16-16_4-09-29 AMTHE END right?

Time to move those other stories from the back burner?

So I thought.

Readers were NOT happy with me!

NOT happy at all!

So with the magic of Sims and the newly released (then) wishing well ...


Redux came to be. 

The other stories remain on the back burner even today.

Snow and Prince would get a second chance a life and this time they would do life together.

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Thanks to the whole “til death do you part” clause, the first thing to be done was to get married (again).


It was a FAB wedding!

We got to meet Prince’s family for the first time too.

The King and Queen (aka Mom and Dad Charming), the sisters Blair, Irene, dear little Caroline and Snow’s best friend, the elegant Dr. Ellie.


After a beautiful honeymoon, the young couple (who have always shunned court life) settled into a beautiful private home on the palace grounds.


Not long after this, Snow became quite ill.

A concerned Prince called in Dr. Ellie to treat Snow’s mysterious illness.

“Illness” ???

ellieShortly thereafter we welcomed the darling little “illness” … Rose White.

Welcome, Charming Nooboo.

Mom and dad were smitten!

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Rose White grew in wisdom and favor,  a delight to all who knew her.

Rose White was not to be an only child for long.

Snow announced with great excitement that there was another Charming Nooboo on the way.

Rose White was delighted. She would be the best big sister ever!

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The stress and strains of place life were impacting Snow’s health so Prince took the little family off for a lengthy sabbatical.

It was during this time they met Bruno.

Although Rose White was afraid at first, it soon became apparent that she had nothing to fear from this friendly little brown bear.

Bruno and Rose White became fast friends.  Even Prince and Snow grew to love him. Little did they know then how dear to the family Bruno would become.

EA had a little surprise for me … actually 3 surprises (TY EA for significantly adjusting my storyboard).

Meet Rose Red, Violet and Lily.

As you can imagine, although it was a very happy time,  it was also a tad bit crazy for the family.

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During this busy time, the family lost the Queen Mum (the King had already passed when Rose White was young).

After an appropriate time of national mourning, Prince and Snow were enthroned as King and Queen of  Windenburg.

There was much joy in the kingdom.


The little family was growing up.  The triplets were a bundle of sweetness, chatter, and giggles.

Bruno was their very best friend .. especially close to one.  Can you guess which LOL ?!

Rose White was becoming a stunning beauty and dearly loved as the heir apparent to the throne.

Long live the future Queen Rose White.

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Not everyone in Windenburg was happy during this golden time!  A sinister dark one was up to no good.  Her hatred towards Snow grew stronger and stronger.  She became bolder and bolder in pursuing her diabolical plan.

Evella, the dark queen was determined to destroy the Charmings!

Employing 2 stooges (she could not afford 3), she set about to make their destruction happen!

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Donning her disguise …

With the assistance of the Stooges, she took the queen captive.

Enter our hero … the dashing valiant Officer Thies!  (fans self)

Evella’s cunning was no match for his tenacity!  He would get his (wo)man.

Finally, under intense interrogation, the 2 stooges rolled on her and Snow was rescued.

The Stooges went to jail …

and Evella was committed to the Hope Psychiatric Center for the criminally insane.

The Stooges reformed (truth is that they liked Queen Snow) …

but never Evella.  The depth of her evil is unmeasurable!

After murdering the HPC night staff with poisoned coffee, she made her escape.

As she made her exit she vowed to return to Windenburg to seek revenge.

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With Evella out of the picture and Officer Theis ever vigilant in his care for the Royal family, everyone could relax and enjoy life again.

She kept good on her promise to return … go here to read that story The Menace Returns


Prince had a surprise planned for them … a trip abroad.

The family was called upon to make a Good Will tour of America to celebrate the strong ties that the countries enjoyed with each other.

From Times Square to San Francisco  .. it was a delightful whirlwind of sights and activities.

While they were on the road the triplets aged up.

It was then that Rose Red revealed that she and Bruno were in a committed relationship.

Snow was a bit freaked out at first .. I mean, after all, he is a bear!


Back home and EA had yet another little surprise for me.  Another opportunity for me to exercise flexibility on my storyboard. 

Welcome baby Aster.  AAAAND he is a redhead??


The relationship between Rose Red and Bruno continued to grow.  They were inseparable.  His family adored the princess as well!  Everyone agreed that they were destined to be together.

Well, except for the fact that he is a bear .. OR IS HE?

One day momma bear told Rosie the story of their enchantment, a twisted tale of sorcery and curses.

They had been a royal family.  Their great-grandfather had been heir to the throne.  It had been stolen from him by his evil twin sister Mildred who, using dark magic, had put a curse on them.

Bruno told Rose that his new friends (plant sim) Juniper and Aspen,  that their wicked mistress had a dark book that they thought they could help.  At great personal risk, they stole the book and brought it to Bruno.

“The book says that the only way the curse can be broken is by a kiss from the red rose.”

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Needless to say, someone was (IS) very unhappy with Bruno and Rose Red (Juniper and Aspen as well .. they flee for their lives).

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Bruno’s story can be read here Bruno Genesis and The red rose


There are many suitors who seek to court Windenburg’s future Queen.  To give each guy a fair chance a plan was made.  First, the suitors were vetted by Officer Thies and King Charming.  A list of those who were thought honest and upright was given to Rose.  She, with the help of her personal assistant and best friend, Claudia,

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reviewed the names and selected 16 to meet and spend time with.

The guys:

Dreamy Mike – dreamboat with a Yacht!


Suave David – German pianist and art collector

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Sweet Preston – popular city life blogger, skateboarder, and city artist.

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Ezra – recently turned vamp .. disqualified.

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Gentle Stephen – lived on an enchanted island .. parents were mermaids.

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Amusing Jack Frost 🙂

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Adorable Nick – a member of the Windenburg Police Department – opted out.  Felt his civic duty would compromise his ability to be King.

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Noel – bad egg that got past the screening.  Accosted the princess while in a drunken rage.

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The darling Florez brothers – Pace and Junior.  Strong family and community base!  Junior loves to dance and Pace is a romantic musician.

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Debonaire Darien – white-collar city worker/dweller who yearns for a more provincial life.

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Melodic Prince & Jesse – members of the band IT (internal tantrum) Jesse plays keys and Prince fronts the band with vocals.

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Delightful Darren – Baseball player and volunteer firefighter

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Captivating Hugo – dreamy Pirate

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Their stories can be read at  Search for a King

The dating was done and You, the readers, were called upon to vote.

You did and chose the 7 to go forward:

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At the end of much happiness and heartbreak (depending on your pov) the final choice was made by you the reader (vote):

Mike will be King!

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Which brings us to  An Era of Charming Tales   

Did you think we were EVER going to get here .. I didn’t LOL   

I will give a brief synopsis here but I would recommend you go back at least to Rose & Mike’s wedding.


Everything is sweet for the Charmings.  Rose is home and engaged to Mike (even though they have not officially announced it).

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Snow wrote a pancake cookbook  .. it may be the only thing she ever learned to cook BUT she does them the best!

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We have had a few weddings:

Officer Theis and Claudia

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Bruno and Rose Red

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Lily and Alexander Goth

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Mike & Rose White

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An Engagement – Violet and Jack Frost

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The Story of Molly’s adoption by Bruno’s family is a sweet one.  One of my personal favs that I have written.  Go here to read it if you would like to … The gift

King and Queen Charming are elders … not to worry!  It has not slowed them down one bit!

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Sadly not all is goodness and light …

Evella continues to breathe out her wrath.  Coming against both Snow’s offspring, especially at Bruno and Rose Red.


She has a new minion … The Weasel.


Officer Theis has brought in reinforcements and they are hot on the case!

Did I say HOT in the same sentence as Officer Thies .. Freudian slip maybe? 

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Rosie is having mysterious difficulties.

She is having auditory (hears singing) and visual hallucinations and Bruno is so concerned!

At the advice of Dr. Ellie’s colleague …

they are medicating her.

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Mike and Rose White are still enjoying their honeymoon in Italy.


This brings to THE END .. of this  “in-a-nutshell”  update but def NOT the end of the Charmings.

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An Era of Charming Tales: (Mike and Rose) Tuscan Dreams

WOO WOO just hit a milestone .. 30K reads for my scribbles (and about to hit another … my 2-year blogaversary on the 28th of Feb).  Thank you so much for all of your sweet support!  I will be doing a proper reader thank you/blogaversary celebration in my next post.  I have a story synopsis in the works that will  help fill in gaps for long-time readers and bring new readers into the backstory “know.”  LOL and I promise it will be an “in-a-nutshell” version.  Now on to the business at hand!


“Welcome!”  A smiling Officer Theis extended his hand to the dark-haired officer seated near the front desk.

“You must be Detective V from SanMyshuno PD.”

“Yes, sir,” the young officer returned.

“We are very glad to have you here with us at WPD.  Your Captain says you are the best!  I have known him for years, we were in the academy together, and I trust his judgment wholeheartedly!”

Detective V grinned warmly, “Thank you, sir.  I hope to live up to that expectation!”

“I have heard that you are staying in Violet Snow’s boarding house.  You will like it.  Many of our single officers reside there.  So if you are all settled in and ready to start …”

Detective V quickly interjected, “Yes, sir I am!”

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Officer Theis laughed, “Eager, HUH?  Well, come on then.  For the most part, you will be in plain clothes working undercover so no need for a WPD uniform.

I have assigned  Nick Amaro to be your partner.  Let’s go grab him and get you briefed.”

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Officer Amaro and Officer Theis waited patiently as Detective V poured over the images she was handed.

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Officer Theis filled her in on the details, “We do not know much about our person of interest (POI) except that they are of average height, 5’7″ and slight build.  The POI’s age, race, and gender are unknown.  We do know that he or she is physically fit because they outran Officer Domgaarde when gave pursuit after spotting the unsub near Bruno Orsini’s house.  Domgaarde keeps herself in shape, criminals rarely get away when she gives chase on foot.”

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Officer Theis continued the briefing, “the unsub has been seen all over Windenburg at night.  Cameras picked up these images on the palace grounds.”

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“We know the unsub has some pretty strong ties to the dark underbelly of Windenburg.   This surveillance camera shot shows the POI in a clandestine meeting with criminal mastermind Evella Queen.”

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“Just as a quick side note, until this point, we had no idea Evella was back in town.  She is sought in connection with five counts of homicide.  She is thought to be responsible for the murders of her caretakers two years ago at Hope Psychiatric Hospital, where she was confined after kidnapping Queen Snow.

She is very dangerous and should you encounter her DO NOT approach her, wait for back up!  She is very crafty.”

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Word on the street has it that she calls the unsub “The Weasel” and is not terribly fond the POI.

From camera footage, after her departure, we are certain that the feeling is mutual. ”

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“A passerby caught this shot of the Weasel near the King & Queen’s personal residence.   She called 911 but by the time we got there, the POI was gone.

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“The POI has been seen on surveillance cameras many times near Rose’s Chateau.”

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“So far we have not gotten word of any illegal activity outside of trespassing but I am sure you can understand our alarm.

We suspect strongly that the unsub is a minion of Evella, that is how she operates.  Evella has a strong vendetta against both Snow White and Bruno Orsini.  If she is back and involved nothing good can come of it.

I want you and Nick to meet up with King Charming to introduce yourself.  He is fully apprised of the situation but does not want his family to know, so please this is A NEED TO KNOW only!  Do not discuss this outside of the precinct.”

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Spotted a couple of friends in the cafe … Cathytea what are you doing hobnobbing with Bella Goth??  That is pretty UPTOWN!

What is up Maria?  Did Victor cut you in line?  You know he is always trying to get next to Bella.

What you can not see is that I am the barista … I guess rather than go broke buying it  I thought to become a supplier and get my “stuff” for free LOL

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Handsome Sherrif Galliger peeked up over his monitor, “Did you get that list of informants I sent to your phone?”  His warm smiled beamed.

Detective V was hesitant to look up into those sultry eyes.  Peering down at her phone and feigning rapt interest she murmured,  “Yes here they are?  Thank you so much.”  She prayed her hot cheeks were not too red!

“Good luck out there today Marie!”

Blinking quickly, she tried to regain her composure before speaking.  She was rarely called by her first name and it sounded so wonderful coming from that deep husky voice.

Before she could stop it her “Thank you” slipped out like a sigh, causing an even wider grin to cross Gallager’s pretty face.

“T-t-time for me to take off,” she stammered.

Rising quickly eyes down not, daring but a quick glance where her eyes collided with his.  “I will see you all later.”

(Rebels this part was written JUST for you).

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The residents of Windenburg can rest assured that Detective V is on the job!

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Meanwhile, in Tuscany, the honeymoon shenanigans continue. ❤

The young couple is enjoying their visit to the beautiful Ponte Vecchio near Florence.

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With a soft peck, Rose whispered, “il mio tesoro.”

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UH OH .. a tiny bit of trouble in paradise.  You two had best leave the board games alone and stick to romancing!

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“There you are my love. I have been searching for you.”

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“OH Mike, I am sorry for being a spoiled braaa ….”

“Shhh il mio amore!  It is I who need to be sorry.”

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Our visit with the lovebirds ends as it began, with a small endearing peck on the cheek from Rose to her beloved!  She does cherish her man!

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For those of you who may have missed the “in -a -nutshell) story recap  …  if you are a new reader this will give you background and if you are a reader who has fallen behind this will give you an instant catch up …

An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Lemme es’plain .. UH NO! Too much! Lemme sum up!)

In case you missed it … a little fun with mood boards and OC .. Snow White contrasted with Evella Queen.

An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Light VS Dark)


An Era of Charming Tales: (current) Table of Contents

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So excited to have Miss V on loan from my good friend Simsophonique

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You can visit her story here Simsophonique & the Sims

This cute little build was the perfect start to the Tuscan picnic spot ❤


Poses by Sylent Whisper (I don’t think she has released these to the public yet but I will be sure to link it when she has.




Prize:  One Jungle Adventure code awarded to a randomly drawn winner

The random number will be obtained from Randomnumber (dot) org

Scavenger hunt ends 8 March 2018



Answer the 3 scavenger hunt questions below.   

PM me on FB or DM me on Twitter  with your answers   or   

Once I verify your answers are correct your name will be added to my spreadsheet 


 Scavenger Hunt Questions:

What was the name of the dreamy pirate in search for a king?

Where did Mike meet Rose White?

Who was the doctor that delivered Rose White?



 BONUS QUESTION (completely optional):  

(a correct answer gets your name entered twice in the spreadsheet)

In the Murkland story, Lisabee gives up her update to another …

who was he…

who was his nemesis …

& how did the nemesis respond in the subsequent rebuttal?


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An Era of Charming Tales: Special Feature (Light VS Dark)

I am still working on the regular update and will have it to you soon.  This one is just for fun … kind of like having a cookie before dinner.

I have been a tad draggy.  Broke my foot and messed up my leg (hurts just to sit) UGHtumblr_static_plumbob

Was challenged to do the OC# challenge and Mood Boards …

you might call this my OC# mood Board Plus update.


Light vs Dark




  1. What is your name? I was born Snow White but now I am Snow White Charming.


  1. Do you know why you were named that? According to the Brothers Grimm, it was because  “she was as white as snow, and as red as blood, and her hair was as black as ebony, and she was therefore called little Snow White.”


  1. Single or taken?  Happily married to my dearest Prince.



  1. Stop being a Mary Sue! *smiles sweetly  Whatever you say, dear.


  1. What’s your eye color? Brown.


  1. How about hair color? UHH, I thought we just talked about this .. “black as ebony?”


  1. Have you any family members? Some people think I have a sister named Rose Red but that is a different Snow White.  I am an only child.


  1. Oh, how about pets?  I have always had a fondness for birds.



  1. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like?  Apples



  1. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do?  Kissing Prince ❤

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  1. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before?  Well, there was that time in the asylum but technically it was Santa’s fault.

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  1. Ever… killed anyone before? NO.


  1. What kind of animal are you?  Oh, you silly, I am a human.


  1. Name your biggest weakness.  Prince *sigh  Even after all these years he still makes my heart skip a beat.

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  1. Do you look up to anyone at all? King and Queen Charming.  I miss them terribly.

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  1. Are you straight, gay or bisexual? straight.


  1. Do you go to school? No, I spent my childhood hiding from my evil stepmother.


  1. Ever want to marry and have kids one day?  I have five wonderful children.



19.  Do you have fangirls/fanboys? Do my loyal subjects count?


  1. What are you most afraid of? Apples!



  1. What do you usually wear? I try to keep a very polished appearance. No one wants a schleppy queen.

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  1. What’s one food that tempts you?  Pancakes.



  1. Am I annoying you?   What dear?


  1. Well, it’s not over!   Are you alright?


  1. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? *leans in close to whisper  Honey, we are the King and Queen of Windendburg.


  1. How many friends do you have?  Yes, I have good friends. Paola, Bruno’s mother, and Duchess Matilde.

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  1. What are your thoughts on pie?  Pie is good.  As long as it is not apple.



  1. Favorite drink?  I like tea.



  1. What’s your favorite place? In the arms of my Prince.

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  1. Are you interested in anyone?  I am not sure what you mean. I am interested in lots of people.


  1. That was a stupid question. * looks quizzical


  1. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean?  A pool.  I want no critters swimming around me.

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  1. What’s your type? I think it is O positive.  Dr Ellie would know for sure.


  1. Any fetishes? *smiles and looks away


  1. Camping or indoors? Glamping for me.

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*graceful bow and exits

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  1. What is your name? Evella Orsini.  OH, close your mouth!  Yes, those dreadful people are my cousins.   I liked them so much better as bears!

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  1. Do you know why you were named that? I cannot for the life of me imagine.


  1. Single or taken?  Taken where?  I was only TAKEN one time and I swear it will never happen again!


  1. Stop being a Mary Sue! *glowers


  1. What’s your eye color? Green.


  1. How about hair color? Black.


  1. Have you any family members?  No immediate family alive.


  1. Oh, how about pets?  Only my familiar.



  1. That’s cool, I guess. Now tell me something you don’t like?    Snow White!

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  1. Do you have any activities/hobbies that you like to do? *wicked smile Plotting revenge.


  1. Have you ever hurt anyone in any way before? Meh, that little incident with Snow White … I mean really.  How hurt could she have been … the dungeon was safe and secure.

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  1. Ever… killed anyone before?   None that I have been prosecuted for.

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  1. What kind of animal are you? A very dangerous one.


  1. Name your biggest weakness.  Rage.  It has killed me a few time but thru the magic of Sims I was returned to the land of the living.

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  1. Do you look up to anyone at all?   ……………..


  1. Are you straight, gay or bisexual? straight.


  1. Do you go to school?  NO, I was taught by tutors in the castle.


  1. Ever want to marry and have kids one day?  Perhaps marriage, if I found the right man. BUT CHILDREN? Heavens NO!  I cannot abide the little urchins.

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  1. Do you have fangirls/fanboys? I have minions do my bidding. I have no need of fans.


  1. What are you most afraid of? *long hissing sound   Officer Theis!

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  1. What do you usually wear? *eyebrows raised  Really? Hello?  I have 6 of these dresses.


  1. What’s one food that tempts you?   Just desserts and I like it served COLD!



  1. Am I annoying you?  Of course, you are!


  1. Well, it’s not over! UGH!


  1. What class are you (low class, middle class, high class)? *leans in close to whisper   I am a Queen, what do you think Einstien!


  1. How many friends do you have? How many friends do I have? I have no need of any.


  1. What are your thoughts on pie? Pie is good. Especially if it is apple.



  1. Favorite drink? Coffee.  BLACK!

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  1. What’s your favorite place?  In front of my mirror!

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  1. Are you interested in anyone?   Uhhh, NO!   The last date I had was with that little troll Mergwhen Bramblewise … UGH!

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  1. That was a stupid question. * deadpan


  1. Would you rather swim in a lake or the ocean?   I don’t!


  1. What’s your type?  We are done here!


  1. Any fetishes? *Hands up


  1. Camping or indoors? *Walking away


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An Era of Charming Tales: (Mike and Rose) Rose’s Roman Holiday

Their final day in Rome and Rose was feeling a bit blue!  She had fallen love with this great city and was not anxious to leave.

Mike, who always seemed to know what would make “it” better for his bride, had made arrangements for them to spend the morning in an opulent Roman bath and spa.

Even tho it had very modern amenities, one felt as tho they were transported back in time when they entered the building.

She was not sure if it was the background of tranquil music mixed with the soft gurgling of water fountains that whispered in her ears or the decor of muted warm colors bathed in candlelight that delighted the eye or the almost imperceptible aroma of sandalwood and amber that captivated her senses, whatever it was, Rose felt her mood lighten and a sense of well being rise up within her.

She changed quickly and hurried out to meet Mike.

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Yoga is NOT Mike’s cup of tea.

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And buddy if that little princess catches you eyeballing her man she will rip your face clean off your skull!  It will not be pretty!

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After a quick change back at the hotel, Mike and Rose grabbed a leisurely lunch before heading to Vatican City, the smallest country in the world.   Mike had it on good authority that it was best to visit later in the afternoon when all the crowds had died down.

No words could describe the grandeur that met their eyes as they approached St Peter’s Basilica.  It was breathtaking!

Mike drew Rose close, and together they approached in quiet reverence.

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Purchasing a WiFi Audio Guide, Mike and Rose explored the beautiful church on their own.  The art was magnificent.  All was awe-inspiring from the Renaissance architecture of the Basilica to the Pieta of Michelangelo to the tombs of the popes.  The richness of history right in front of them.

Magnificence at every turn!

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Spying a small side chapel that contained a wedding arch Mike playfully pulled Rose in and guided her beneath it.  He declared anew his devotion to his radiant bride.

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Upon entering the central nave Mike was overcome by appreciativeness for his wife and for the position he would be entrusted with one day in the not too far off future.  Slipping into a pew and kneeling in solemn prayer, he whispered his gratitude.  Rose, who had been admiring the statue of St Peter saw him and knelt beside him.  In her heart, she sought discernment for Mike and her.  That they would govern the kingdom with grace and wisdom when the time came for them to take the throne.

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“I am engaged!”  The excited voice of her sister Violet rang thru the phone.

“I am so sorry to bother you on your honeymoon but I could not wait to share.”

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“Baby sister, it is OKAY! We are just getting into our room for the night.” Rose reassured.

“OHH, Rose, it was so romantic.”  Violet gushed, “The snow here is melting fast and Jack told me he wanted a day out to enjoy it before it was gone.  You know how much he loves the snow.”

“Mmmmhmm,”   Rose sounded her agreement.  Well, after all, he is Jack Frost she thought to herself!   Jack was the only one among them who loved long extended winters and late springs.

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We decided to do the hedge maze.  You know the one down behind the little chapel, near the cemetery?”

Rose affirmed that yes, she knew the one.  She and her sisters had played there many times growing up.

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“he tried to be so tricky,” Violet snickered, “but he did not know how well I knew the maze.  Was I wicked not to tell him?”

The sisters shared an impish titter as Violet continued, “I felt so bad for him.  He got a bit turned around in the middle of the maze.

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He finally caught up with me at the waterfall.

Even tho he had been quite lost, when found me he was in such a flirty romantic mood.  My heart was all a flutter!

He teased me about catching the bouquet at your wedding.  He said I snatched it from Auntie Caroline who needed its hope more than I did.”

Her tone got a bit devilish, “Silly goose, that was MY bouquet!  Anyway, he was being so charming and funny …

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…. all of a sudden he stopped and got so serious.  I was so worried!

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Then, dear sister, he proposed RIGHT then and there.  Dropped right down on one knee and declared his wish to be my love forever.  I thought my heart would stop!  I was so overcome.  Is that how you felt when Mike proposed?” She continued without waiting for Rose’s answer.

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Oh sissy face, thank you for not picking Jack.  I adore him so!  I am the luckiest girl in the world!”  Obviously feeling emotional, Violet let her voice trail off with a sigh.

Glancing over at her beaming beloved, who was texting his congrats to Jack, Rose felt her heart swell.   “I am glad for you sweetie,” she said with a soft grace in her voice, “I know exactly how you feel!”

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(Valentine’s day bonus shots w/ pose links posted after the credits)

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Just in case you missed it, I was so excited to be a featured author in Booomcha’s ongoing simlit author showcases   ❤  TY sweet Kymber .. I am blessed to have made some wonderful new friends ❤

Sweet interview with RosemaryMarie

An Era of Charming Tales: (current) Table of Contents

**~~~ build credits ~~~**

TY Elke (aka Simoniona) for the wonderful builds!


necrodog funeral poses

Here are some bonus shots that were taken of the lovebirds as they celebrated a Valentines day event ❤

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Kissing booth    poses