Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Fun!

Hey, y'all! I just wanted to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to vote for the American Girl costume contest from this post. If you haven't voted for your favorite costume yet, then get on over there!
Did you dress up your dolls for Halloween this year? If you did, I would love to see! You can drop me a line via email- If I receive enough photos, then I could use them in a showcase post for everyone to see!
I hope that you have a fun, safe Halloween!
XOXO Ginger Spice
P.S. Did you not only dress your doll up, but bring her with you to participate in your Halloween plans?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rules, Rebellion, and Revolution - Part 1

The weekend of Blondie Lockes arrival, the Ever Afters were hanging out in their dorm-- everyone except Ashlynn, that is.
Raven was reading the Ever After High Student Handbook. She wanted to make sure she had read up on the rules of the school before school actually began.

Blondie and Madi were chatting on the couch.
"So, do you prefer egg salad sandwiches or peanut butter sandwiches at a tea party?" Madi asked Blondie.
"Definitely peanut butter sandwiches. Egg salad gives me an upset stomach," Blondie explained.

Just then, Ashlynn walked through the front door. "Err! There weren't any affordable couches at the store! AND they still haven't restocked on silverware, so we're going to have to continue to go downstairs to the school's community kitchen for our eating utensils," she sighed. "I just wish that I could have at least purchased a couch that is less of an eyesore then this one is!"

"Hold up!" Madi exclaimed. "I happen to like this couch! It's very yellow and very soft. Help me out here, Blondie!"
"Umm... Sorry, Madi, but I'm with Ashlynn on this one," Blondie stated.

"Well, I still like this couch!" Madi said as she plopped down on the yellow couch.
Ashlynn groaned and walked over to the dining room to join Raven. As she crossed her legs just like Blondie's, Madi struck up their conversation again, "Yeah, egg salad isn't always the best thing to serve at tea parties due to the common issue of stomach aches..."

"Hey, Raven. I didn't find a couch or silverware," Ashlynn said, discouraged.

"Oh well. You can check the store again later. But, Ashlynn, there's a big issue. I found it while I was reading through this year's student handbook," Raven said, her face strained with stress and worry.

"What's the problem?" Ashlynn asked.
Raven sighed, "Read the page the book is open to." Then she dropped her head to the table with a groan.

"Oh, Raven, I'm sure it's not that bad," Ashlynn said as she reached for the book. "What did they do, restrict cell phone usage again?"
Raven sat up straight and waited for Ashlynn to read the page.

"Alrighty," Ashlynn said, settling into the seat she had dragged over to Raven.

Raven crossed her arms as Ashlynn began to read. "All students must sign the agreement form stating that their magical powers will be removed while they are at school. Their powers will be restored once the student has left the school campus, but will once again be removed when the student comes back on campus."

Ashlynn looked at Raven with disbelief.

They both stood up from their seats. Ashlynn dropped the student handbook on the tabletop and started to rant, "Why would the school do this to us?!? They can't do this!"
"They can, and they will," Raven said with disgust. "I've been looking into this all day. They're planning on putting a counter-spell on our magical abilities while we're at school. They say they're doing it so that we can't use our abilities to cheat, vandalize, or make other students feel inferior to us. You only get them back when you are in a class that involves honing our abilities or if you leave the campus."
"But that's not right! They can't just make us give up our powers everyday! It's part of who we are, and if they take that away, that's the end of life at school as we know it! And since we live here at school, we basically won't be getting our powers back unless we leave or until we graduate!" Ashlynn sputtered in anger.
Raven shook her head in despair, and Ashlynn started to walk back to the living room to talk to Blondie and Madi about this new rule.

Madi had been talking to Blondie about dance parties. She had then proceeded to show Blondie some of her dance moves. Blondie wasn't very impressed.

"This one is called the Monkey Gangsta!" Madi explained as she executed another dance move.
Blondie covered her eyes with her long blond hair.

"ANNNNNDDDD.... JAZZ HANDS!!!" Madi announced.
Ashlynn walked in and said, "Girls! Did you know that the school is going to make us give up our magical powers while we're on campus??"
Blondie peeped one eye out of her hair and replied, "No! I didn't know that!"

"How can they do that to us? And why?" Blondie inquired.

Ashlynn frowned, "They say they're doing it so that we can't use our abilities to cheat, vandalize the school, and so that there is equality amongst the students basically. I can't stand this!"

"Madi, you're extremely calm for receiving such news," Ashlynn noticed.

Madi stood super still.

She looked over at Ashlynn with her face completely expressionless.

Then she sprang onto the couch and shouted, "NOOOOOO!!!! THEY ARE NOT GOING TO DO THIS TO MEEEEEEE!!!!"

"That's more of the response I was expecting," Ashlynn said as she walked over to Blondie.
"What are we going to do about this?" Blondie asked. "They can't just get away with this!"
"WE MUST FIGHT!!! We will be teen revolutionaries!" Madi yelled. "We need to fight for what we believe in, and lead a REBELLION!!!"
Ashlynn shook her head. "I'm not too sure about trying to change this rule with violence. I'm not even sure how to go about changing the rule at all, not to mention using this whole 'revolution and rebellion' thing to change things."

Raven smiled, humored. "Yeah, you certainly wouldn't know the first thing about changing a rule, much less knowing how to lead a rebellion. It's not all fun and games you know."

"That's why we need YOU, Raven!!" Ashlynn said with excitement.
"Oh, yeah! You would be perfect to lead us in this revolution!" Madi agreed. "You have that tough, prickly exterior, and you won't back down!"
"Um, does Raven have some kind of past that I don't know about?" Blondie said.

"Oh, right! You're still new to the group," Madi giggled sheepishly.
"Well, Raven has led school rebellions before. She helped us all find our own destiny and actually be able to live it, in spite of the school's authority," Ashlynn explained. "We all have roles to fill, what with being fairy tale character's children and all, and we couldn't just abandon our roles without there being some sort of long term consequence. But with Raven's help, we are now all able to be whoever we want to be, not what was pre-destined for us."
"Oh... OK! Then, yes, Raven should totally lead us into battle!" Blondie exclaimed.
"Will you please, Raven?" Ashlynn said, placing her hand on Raven's shoulder.
Madi copied Ashlynn's movements. "Yeah, Raven. We can't do this without you." 

"You're kind of our only hope," Blondie said sadly.

Ashlynn and Madi stepped back from Raven to give her some space, but Madi put her hands together in a begging gesture.
Raven's forehead puckered in thought for a minute, she glanced at Blondie, then she walked over to her.

"I'm not going to let you down," Raven said strongly. "Any of you."

"I'll help you guys fight this ridiculous rule. They can't take away our magic. If they start there, who knows what they'll try next!" Raven stated. "This is where it begins, and this is where it will end."

"Oh, thank you so much, Raven!" Ashlynn's face spread into a big smile as she and Blondie wrapped Raven in a group hug.
"YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!!" Madi exclaimed in excitement as she spun around doing cartwheels.

"Team Rebellion and Revolution assemble!!!" Madi cheesily screamed as she jumped up onto the couch and struck her pose. The other three girls all shared an odd look, but then joined Madi in her pose.
"Let's do this thing!" Raven said.

This was a really fun story to write, and I can't wait to write the next part! I hope that you are as excited to read it as I am to write it. Get ready for some fun!
XOXO Ginger Spice

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Introducing the Ever Afters and a Note.

Hey, y'all! So far, I have only received a couple of votes on the costume contest (here), so for those of you who haven't voted yet, get voting! As mentioned in that post, I'm not posting the comments until the end of the contest, which will be midnight on this Saturday, November 1. I might have deleted a comment on accident, but don't worry! I still know who the vote was for. And I might be able to still post that comment, but I won't know until the end of the contest.
But in the meantime, please enjoy this new photo story!
One afternoon, Ashlynn Ella, Raven Queen, and Madeline Hatter were moving into their new dorm at Ever After High.
"Finally! We've gotten all of our stuff in!" Raven said with her hands on her hips, glad that the heavy lifting was over.
Madi copied Raven's movements and replied, "Yeah! This is going to be the best dorm ever!!"

Raven dropped one of her arms, watching Madi do the same.

Then she dropped her other arm, blatently staring at Madi as Madi stared back, while she dropped her other arm.

"Copy cat!" Raven said, annoyed.
"I thought you were over that, Madi," Ashlynn pointed out.
"NOPE! Well, now that we're done moving our stuff in, let's EAT!" Madi shouted.
"I agree!" Ashlynn smiled.

"I'll set the table with whatever I can find," Ashlynn said.
"Alright. Where are our chairs?" Raven asked.

"I've got 'em!" Madi exclaimed, dragging their chairs in.

Ashlynn finished setting the table, and Raven and Madi set up the chairs.
"So, what do we have to eat?" Raven asked Ashlynn.
"Umm... We have instant oatmeal," Ashlynn grimaced.
"Well, I'm so hungry, I would eat a teapot!" Madi stated.
The girls made the instant oatmeal, then scooped it into their bowls.
"SO. What are we going to eat this with??" Madi asked.
"Oh, no! We don't have silverware!" Ashlynn groaned.

"Well then, since it's worst case scenario here..." Madi slapped her face into her bowl of oatmeal and started to slurp.
"Gross!" Ashlynn squealed.
"Oh, Madi!" Raven sighed.

"Madeline, proper young ladies don't eat with their faces!" Ashlynn explained while she pushed Madi's face away from the bowl.
"But how else are you supposed to eat food??" Madi asked, dumbfounded.
"Look, let's just go find some silverware at the store," Raven decided.

"But I'm so HUNGRY!!!" Madeline stood up on her chair and protested.

"I am not going to eat with my face in the bowl like an animal!" Ashlynn demanded. "We are going to the store!"

"Come on, you two," Raven stood up and started to walk out of their dorm. Madi and Ashlynn were not far behind.

Not too long after the girls had left, another girl was walking along the halls of the school's dormitory when she found Raven's, Madi's, and Ashlynn's room.
"Oh! Here's my room!" she said to herself.

Blondie walked through the door of the room and noticed the three bowls of oatmeal on the dining table, then stepped a little closer.

"Mmm... I am getting kind of hungry..." She muttered.

She glanced to the left...

Then to the right...

Then she looked at the bowl again.

"This must be for me, since no one else is here..." She said, quickly brandishing her ever-ready silver spoon. "Good thing I always carry my trusty spoon with me!"

She sat down at Raven's oatmeal bowl first. "Yay! Oatmeal!"
She stuck the spoon into her mouth.

Quickly, she took the spoon out of her mouth and gagged. "Ugh! This is soooo sour!" 

She stood up and moved to Ashlynn's bowl. "I'm glad that they left me more than one bowl. So kind of them to do that, in case I don't like one type of oatmeal."

She sat and tried out Ashlynn's oatmeal.

She coughed. "Waaaaay too sweet! And it's pretty dry..."

Then she stopped at Madi's bowl.

She scooped up some of the oatmeal.

She slowly lifted the spoon to her mouth, rather hesitant to try it since the other bowls had been so horrible.

"Perfect! Slightly sweet, not too dry, and the perfect consistency!" She said with joy.

She quickly scooped up a huge spoonful of the oatmeal and smushed it into her mouth.

The other three girls arrived back at the dorm not long after.
"I can't believe that there was no silverware at the store!" Ashlynn said, exsasperated.

"Madi, we could have used your earrings!!!" Raven pointed out.
"Oh... Yeah!" Madi said with a giggle.

The trio walked into their room, and was completely stunned by what they saw.

"WHAT is going on???" Raven asked.
"Well, a girl is sleeping on our dining table!" Madi explained.
"It was a rhetorical question," Raven sighed, exhasperated.

Blondie was crashed out on the table. The oatmeal had really made her sleepy, so she had settled in for a nap.

The three girls gathered around the table. Ashlynn looked at Blondie's shoes and said, "Whoever this girl is, she has nice taste."
"Whoever she is, she shouldn't be sleeping on our table!" Raven exclaimed.
"GIRL! WAKE UP!!!" Madi yelled.

"Mhm..." Blondie grunted and started to sit up.
"Who are you, and what are you doing here?" Raven demanded.
"And where did you get these fabulous shoes??" Ashlynn inquired.
Madi frowned, "Now I feel like I should ask her a question!"

Blondie looked around, then said, "Wait, what is going on?"
"That's what we're asking!" Ashlynn exclaimed.
Madi cleared her throat, "First of all, who are you? And second, what are you doing on the table?"

"You know, we should really get you off of the table. Proper ladies don't sit on tables!" Ashlynn said as she helped their uninvited guest get down.
"Uh, OK. I'm Blondie Lockes. And I just fell asleep after I had finished the dinner you left out for me," Blondie explained.

"WAIT!! You ATE MY OATMEAL!?!?!" Madi shouted in dismay.
"Oh, was that yours?" Blondie's forehead crinkled slightly. "Sorry about that! I thought that you had left me some food while you were gone."
"No... Why would we have left you food when we don't even know you?" Raven asked.

"Wait. You didn't know I was coming?" Blondie wondered.
"Uh, no. Why would we be expecting you?" Madi asked.
Blondie explained, "You would be expecting me because I'm your new roommate!"

"You are?" Ashlynn asked.
"Yes! I thought that the school had told you," Blondie replied.
"No, they didn't. That's odd... But you're here now, so welcome!" Ashlynn smiled.
Raven and Ashlynn gathered around Blondie for a group hug, and Madi patted Blondie on the head.
"Woah, wait! How did you even get in here? We locked the door when we left!" Raven asked.
"Oh, yeah, that. I have this magical ability to open any locked door. It's like the door is speaking to me and just begging me to open it!" Blondie explained.

"Weird..." Madi said, petting Blondie's bangs.
Blondie looked up at Madi, "Don't touch the bangs."
"OK!" Madi hopped down from the table and gave her new friend a big hug.

"We all have magical abilities, and yours is pretty cool!" Raven smiled.
"Thanks!" Blondie grinned back.
"This is going to be fun, having you stay with us," Ashlynn said.
"YAY!!! A new friend to have tea parties with!!!" Madi squealed with glee.
Blondie smiled. I'm going to like it here, she thought.
I hope you enjoyed this Ever After High photo story!
XOXO Ginger Spice