Hey, y'all! I'm so sorry for the lack of posts over the weekend. Let's hope that this will make up for it! Presenting the second part of Rules, Rebellion, and Revolution! If you haven't read the first part, click here.
A week after the Ever Afters decided to fight back on the new "no magic" rule, Madi, Blondie, and Ashlynn had gathered together after dinner at the dining table to make signs for one of their acts of rebellion-- a student strike!
"So, Raven wants us to make these signs, but I don't know what we should even put on them!" Ashlynn exclaimed.
"Well, maybe it could say something like, 'RISE!! Join us!!" Blondie suggested.
"Ooh! We could do it with sparkly letters and sequins!" Madi squealed in delight.
"Yeah! And then, all of the letters could be about two feet tall!" Blondie emphasized.
"The saying is strong..."
"But also sweet! Since we're extending our invitation of rebellion to others!" Blondie smiled.
"No, no, no! The saying needs to be different!" Ashlynn countered. "It should be something
"Like, 'Magic is who we are-- don't take that away from us!'" Ashlynn said dramatically.
"Umm... I think that's a bit long to put on a poster, Ashlynn..." Blondie replied.
"Hmmm..." Maddie pondered. "Maybe it should say... Uhhh..."
"You know, maybe we should all come up with our own sayings, and then put those on our posters!" Madi suggested.
"Sure, why not?" Ashlynn agreed.
The girls gathered together their supplies and got to work!
"Mmm, Blondie? Could you help me with these scissors? They're kind of large!" Ashlynn asked.
"Sure! No problem!" Blondie grinned. She was glad that Ashlynn had asked for her help, instead of Madi's, since Blondie felt like she was still the new girl of the group. She dropped down to her knees to help.
"Alright, so keep it steady, Blondie!" Ashlynn said.
"You got it!" Blondie replied.
The two got busy cutting up the large pieces of paper for their posters.
Madi was taping sticks together to attach to the finished posters. "Man, this stuff is sticky!" she frowned.
"Yes! Pink!" Ashlynn giggled as she began to draw her poster.
Blondie watched for a moment, then asked, "So, what is your poster going to say?"
"It's a secret!" Ashlynn smiled.
"Soooo... Should we use the short sticks as they are, or do you want me to tape them together to make them longer?" Madi asked.
"Longer is better!" Ashlynn said.
Blondie nodded, "Yes, if the sticks are longer, then we can hold them higher, so more people will see!"
After an hour of designing posters, the girls all set the finished posters down on the table.
"Well, I think that these are the prettiest rebellion posters I have ever seen!" Ashlynn announced.
"Yeah! These posters are so hat-tastic!" Madi exclaimed.
"I think that they completely encompass who we are, and what we hope to accomplish! They're perfect!" Blondie agreed.
"LET MAD PEOPLE STAY MAD!!!" Madi shouted while waving her sign in the air.
"Yeah, mmm, Madi? What does that mean exactly?" Ashlynn asked.
"Yeah, it seems like that saying would actually make the school want to keep us angry, and not try to appease us!" Blondie said.
"You guys, you realize that if the school takes away my magic, I won't be able to pull teacups and pots out of my hair? And my whole crazy, mad personality is my magic! So if they take that away, all of who I am will be removed. Since I'm the Mad Hatter's daughter, I am mad. Let me stay MAD!!!" Madi explained. "Also, the definition of the word mad means 'crazy' or 'loony'! Not 'angry'."
"I never even thought of that, Madi!" Ashlynn said. "The part about you being mad and it is your magic, not the word's definition."
"This just makes me want to fight harder for all of us-- for you!" Blondie exclaimed.
Ashlynn clasped her hands together and lifted her leg in delight, "Girls, Raven is going to be so proud of us when she gets home from her errand! She is going to love these signs!"
Just a few minutes later, Raven walked through the front door. "Hey, you guys!"
"Raven!" the girls waved.
"So, did you get the posters done?" Raven inquired.
"We sure did!" Madi danced in delight. "Come on! Let us show you!"
Raven allowed Madi to dragged her over to the table, then she sat down, placing her purse on the tabletop.
"Take a look!" Blondie said.
Raven stood back up, then re-arranged the posters so that she could read them all.
"Let mad... So not... magic... please?" Raven mumbled to herself.
Raven sat back down, stone faced. What on earth are they thinking? she thought.
"I think she likes them!" Madi whispered to Blondie.
"Sooo... Raven? What do you think?" Ashlynn approached, placing her hand on her friend's shoulder.
"I, um, think that... They're, uh..." Raven stuttered.
"Come on... SPIT IT OUT!" Madi pressed.
"Alright, you want to know what I really think?" Raven asked, her face taut.
"Yes!" all three girls exclaimed.
"I think that they're not the right message!" Raven stated. "They're way too soft. Or, at least, the one that says 'Keep Our Magic Please!' Whose poster is that?"
"That's mine!" Ashlynn's voice rose in indignation.
"Well, we're going to have to change yours at least," Raven explained. "It's much too... Nice."
"Well, that's offensive!" Ashlynn said, miffed.
"I'm sorry, but we really need to make an impact on the school! And adding 'please' to your sign isn't making the right kind of impact," Raven said.
"Are ours alright?" Madi asked, gesturing to Blondie and herself.
"I guess yours are fine," Raven consented. "They're strong enough. And I get yours Madi. About staying mad?" Raven paused for a moment, then said, "That one was yours, right?"
"Of course!" Madi giggled.
"Ashlynn, we'll work on your poster later. But for now, we should all get some rest," Raven suggested. "I was out setting up some arrangements for tomorrow. We're going to need some help with our revolution, and I know just the person to help."
I hope that you enjoyed this addition to the story! It was fun to shoot and write. Keep your eyes peeled for the next part! Which rebellion sign is your favorite?
XOXO Ginger Spice