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Sharing Endless Good Fun…Only With You, Lovely Folks!


Hello everyone,

This is Mark, Andrew, Logan, Diane, Becky and George from Post a Book!

Thank you so much for accompanying us on this wonderful and exciting journey!

Today “marks” the birthday of Post a Book since we began our adventures about a year ago. 🙂 We have the story plot down, along with the drawings, and a group of lovely readers who have been so supportive! 😀

So, to celebrate this wonderful achievement, we’d like to throw a party for all of our followers on Teacup Talk and Post a Book. Since the party takes place in a virtual world, please feel free to invite yourself in, lovely folks! At anytime.

Are you ready for some good fun? Let the party begins!

First off, a fun movie for you to enjoy! 😀

Oscar’s Oasis

Please note: Because we have a very diverse background in our readership (i.e., age groups), we are going to try our very best to have a little something for everyone. Or at least something everyone can relate to or understand. So we found this movie on YouTube, rated for general audience. Hope you all have fun! 🙂

Selections of cool games of your choices!

Again, we try to find something fun and educational! 🙂

Play Online Games at Reader’s Digest

Some awesome comics for all ages in different genres!


And, if you are into arts and crafts:

Drawing Cartoons

Easy Paper Crafts for Fun

Or, you can simply grab a good book to read, if you haven’t done so! 😉

Post a Book

Please feel free to help yourself with all the nom-noms below! We even have some foods for kids!! And don’t forget to grab a to-go plate on your way out! There are plenty of good foods for everyone!! 😀

Thank you so much for coming and having fun with us! Please come back again anytime. We promise to be here!!

Also, please stay tuned for more updates on both Teacup Talk and Post a Book! Thank you so much!!

Sincerely ,

Mark, Andrew, Logan, Diane, Becky and George

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Every 1 of you is a champion. But the winner is… *DRUMS ROLL* 🎆 💝 🎉 🎈 🎊



Hello everyone,

Sorry we couldn’t keep you posted with the voting results last week, because our computer was acting a little funny and we still haven’t figured out why! For some reason, we kept getting the “unresponsive script error” each time we logged into the WordPress account. For the past few days, we were also horrified to see the Reader on our Dashboard a mere blank page! And this happened when we were using the Firefox browser, so we did a little research on Google. We learned that we bloggers should keep our Firefox browsers up-to-date to the latest version– which we were!

Firefox Issue

We decided to try our luck elsewhere. We tried to log into to our WordPress account using Internet Explorer instead. But, unfortunately, the same thing happened! 😦 (Under the classic WordPress dashboard, we still couldn’t get access to the Reader. 😦 )

Internet Issue

Suddenly, it occurred to us that, regardless of everything we tried to do to keep our voting from getting biased, our voting WAS biased in a way! *Gasps*

We figured that, if we were having the browser issue, so were some of our fellow bloggers! *Gasps* Which means that some of our lovely readers probably never got a chance to vote, because they couldn’t see our new posts!!

While we are working hard to resolve our browser issue, we just want to thank those of you who were fortunate to escape from this problem and managed to vote. We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! Please know that, for each vote and support and help we received, our hearts beat more strongly with joy, excitement and gratitude. 🙂

Meanwhile, as fun and exciting as the polling is, we authors have decided that it makes no sense to continue the biased voting. 😦 (I know. It’s one of those unexpected and unfortunate things.) But the good news was, the last time we checked, all the suggested titles have tied once again! 😀

So, here are what we’ve decided instead.


The winners of the title suggestions ARE:

*Drums Roll* Continue reading Every 1 of you is a champion. But the winner is… *DRUMS ROLL* 🎆 💝 🎉 🎈 🎊

TADA! As We’ve Promised…

Hello everyone,

As we’ve promised, here are the details of the voting results for Post a Book!

First off, congrats to everyone who submitted the title suggestions! The polling result shows only 1 vote in difference among our lovely readers’ favorites. 🙂 Continue reading TADA! As We’ve Promised…

In About 24 Hours, The SECRET Will Finally Be Revealed… ;)


Hello everyone,

We’d like to thank all of you once again for reading Post a Book! Hope you are having as much fun as we are!!

Bet you are also wondering about the current status on voting! So here it is:

there is no leading title at this point!!

*Gasps* The entire room suddenly turned oddly silent with shock. It’s almost like the joy is sucked out of you. Momentarily. “But how can it be?!!” you couldn’t help but shout a little.

Please take a deep breath, everyone, and relax. The results are not set in stone yet. According to our dashboard, some of our lovely readers are still catching up with the chapters (thank you all!), and we still got around 24 more hours before we reveal the final results. 🙂

Meanwhile, in between those wonderful times, anything exciting could happen! (For example, a sudden increase in voters turning up at the booth and turning the tide, etc.) 😀 And wouldn’t that be amazing, folks?

Oh, and the good news is that so far at least one title from each participant has been voted as a favorite! So what does that mean, everyone? Well, it simply means that the titles really ARE fantastic and the competition is ON!! The results are coming very close, so, in order to come up with a winning title, we really need more votes, everyone. Thank you so very much! Continue reading In About 24 Hours, The SECRET Will Finally Be Revealed… 😉

Day 4, folks! This is So Exciting!!

Hello everyone,

Things are about to get more interesting! Remember what we told you about Day1’s results? It appears that the winning title is no longer THE title at this moment.

“What do you mean?” you ask.

Well, it means that now we have TWO leading titles. How about that?!!

“Wait…what?” Now you are feeling excited yet nervous at the same time. Was it about your favorite title? Could one of these titles be the one you have chosen? Continue reading Day 4, folks! This is So Exciting!!

Hurray!! (Day 1 of 8) Voting Results Update…


Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for all of your support and help! So far, we have 9 people who voted for what they each think is the best title for Post a Book! 🙂

This is so exciting, everyone!! Wow, we are so surprised to see that so far 2 people have chosen the same title… Which one and will it remain the leading title? Well, to ensure no bias occurs in voting, we will only provide you some hints and clues until the voting post closed. Sorry to keep you in suspense… but this is so much fun!)

So, here is what the current poll reports look like (each color represents 1 title chosen by 9 lovely readers): Continue reading Hurray!! (Day 1 of 8) Voting Results Update…

IT’S SHOW TIME!!! Are You Ready?!! ‘Cause We Are! 🔮 ⏰ ⏳


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Hello everyone,

We are so excited to announce that we have all the title submissions in and ready for voting!

Once again, thank you all so much for reading Post a Book and helping us out by “following,” “liking,” “reblogging,” and spreading good words about us. Thank you also for those of you who participated in title suggestions. All the titles we’ve received sound totally, truly, really, amazingly, fantastically fabulous!

Speaking of which, here are the awesome titles for Week #8… *Drums Roll*

  • Tales, Twists, and Tattletales
  • Mark and the Stolen Heirloom
  • Mark’s Adventures into the Dark Woods
Thank you so much, ReDiscover at 40, for reading our book and, as always, thank you so much for all your help! It truly means so much to receive such wonderful feedback from readers like you and we couldn’t be more grateful. 🙂 Also, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. We are so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed reading our collaborated work. Yes, we’ve worked so hard on this joint effort (imagine all the conflicting views and ideas we had to overcome *laughs*) and we must have revised this book so many times that we’ve lost count! So, all of us are just so excited and honored that we get to share those beautiful comments. Thank you! 🙂
As for the vocabulary part, thank you so very much for noticing it! We tried our very best to incorporate vocabularies into the story by going through the entire thesaurus book, just so we can impress readers like you. Our hard work finally paid off! 🙂
Additionally, here’s a little secret I, Teacup, decide to reveal today:

Continue reading IT’S SHOW TIME!!! Are You Ready?!! ‘Cause We Are! 🔮 ⏰ ⏳

ONE Last Week, Folks! Let’s Make Some Noise!!!!!!!!!! 📢 📣 🔊


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Hello everyone,

*Taking deep breaths to stop ourselves from getting too hyper* Thank you so much for all your wonderful support and help for our book! 🙂 Oops, getting a little ahead of ourselves, but we were super excited by the titles we received this week! They sounded so good!!

If you haven’t gotten the chance to submit your wonderful idea for the book title, here’s your LAST chance to submit them here before the end of next week! 🙂 Thank you, lovely folks! 🙂

So, let’s get right into the awesome titles we received for Week #7… *Drums Roll*

  • Mark’s Magnificent Magnus
  • Magnus Carted Off
  • The Wanderling
  • Magnus Wanderlingus

Thank you so much for your help, Karina PinellaContinue reading ONE Last Week, Folks! Let’s Make Some Noise!!!!!!!!!! 📢 📣 🔊

TWO, Folks!!!!


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Hello everyone,

Thank you so much for all of your amazing support!!

No pressure, folks, as we know that many of you are still catching up with your reading. But if you are done reading, and if you haven’t gotten the chance to help us out by submitting your wonderful idea for the book title, you can still submit them here. 🙂 Thank you, lovely folks! 🙂 Continue reading TWO, Folks!!!!

On the Count of Three! THREEEEE!!!


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Hello everyone,

Isn’t it amazing that we’re on Week #5 title submission?!! Which means that we only have 3 weeks left!  Download shocked 10

If you haven’t gotten the chance to submit your wonderful idea for the book title, please click here. 🙂 Thank you, lovely folks! 🙂

Bet you are also wondering if the drums will roll this week. 😉 Why yes, they will!!! And isn’t that exciting?!! So, here are the awesome titles we received for Week #5… *Drums Roll*

  • Mark, Mates, Mis-Adventures
  • The Mis-adventures of Mark and His Mates
  • Mysterious Mark
Thank you so much, Soul Gifts, for your kind and wonderful comments!!

Continue reading On the Count of Three! THREEEEE!!!

It’s the Four-Week (Not the Final) Countdown! 🎸 🎶 :)



Hello everyone,

Time flies and we can’t believe we only have four weeks until the voting day!

Here is a recap of what we’ve achieved so far. First of all, thank you so much for all of your support and wonderful title suggestions for our book! 🙂 We were super excited and the titles sounded so good!!

If you haven’t gotten the chance to submit your wonderful idea for the book title, you can still submit them here. 🙂 Thank you, lovely folks! 🙂 Continue reading It’s the Four-Week (Not the Final) Countdown! 🎸 🎶 🙂

Week #3 Book Title Updates…


Hello everyone,

What if we tell you that this week’s title suggestions for Post a Book is now up and running? Does it make you excited and want to scream and shout?!! Not necessarily for all of you, I suppose, as some of you may be sitting down in an enclosed space or situated in a place that totally prohibits loud noises. But that’s alright. We can do it for you. *Fist pumping and shouting in excitement* 🙂 Wow. That feels good! 🙂

Alright, folks, let’s get to the point and go straight into the submissions we’ve received this week! As always, we appreciate all you lovely folks’ continuous support!! 🙂

The Book Title Suggestions for Week #3 are…*Drums Roll* Continue reading Week #3 Book Title Updates…

Knock, knock! Testing… Testing 123!


Hello everyone,

While we are waiting for the title submissions, we would like to do a little test on anonymous voting regarding the story we did on Post a Book. Since we’ve never done any voting on our blog before, we would like to make sure we got this right before we do the actual voting eight weeks later. Hence, your participation is very much appreciated!

Thank you so much!


Teacup Talk

Please click on the picture below to vote! Everyone is welcome! 🙂 We’d also appreciate it if you spread some love and words about us with your friends and family. Thank you so much! 🙂
Continue reading Knock, knock! Testing… Testing 123!

Chapter 20 – Part 22


Unless the time had slowed to a snail’s pace here, while they were in the city Magnus and …

Mark’s grip on the antiques tightened and his eyes widened at the sunset in the distance. It was fading slowly in the horizon.

With the last bit of hope, Mark sprang forward and ran. He was running toward his home and running as if his life was depending on it.







So… Will Mark reach home safely?

Please  button4  to find out!!!



Chapter 20 – Part 21


Jennifer was getting onto the seat behind Logan, who turned and beamed at her. She let down her hair again and clipped her hairpin playfully onto the tip of his nose. The redhead laughed and rode off without removing it. Somehow, the hairpin did not set him into action the way Mark had envisioned: Logan clutching his nose in pain and cussing the hairpin like sailors do.

What shocked him the most, of course, was Andrew. The cowboy half-rose from his seat as he pedaled. That would have never made possible unless his arm was completely healed. Sure enough, Mark caught the glimpse of his arm before he vanished into the distance. The cut off part of Andrew’s sleeve had been miraculously reattached so it was no longer bounded on Becky’s ankle. The entire costume was now crisp and good as new.

Mark stood alone beside the road and remained that way for a long time.

Was there a way to explain the impossible?




Chapter 20 – Part 20


With that being said, the others began preparing their leave, and it was until then Mark noticed some strange phenomenon.

Becky took off first, pedaling as though her hurt ankle did not bother her a bit. How did she manage to do that? But that was not the only thing that surprised him. Diane, whose jumpsuit was no longer tattered, sat behind Becky and rode along as the passenger.





Chapter 20 – Part 19


He swiveled to the side when he felt someone nudging his elbow.

It was Diane. She was watching him warily but her eyes had lost their usual spark of interest. She seemed tired. “You coming?”

Mark opened his mouth to speak, but Andrew cut him off, a little too loudly.

“Ya need a ride, Mark?”

He hesitated, feeling every set of eyes stare curiously at him.

“Uh,” he began, unsure of how to put it in words that might seemed less personal, and clutched his antiques. He cleared his throat and shifted his weight uncomfortably.

Luckily for him, there came a flicker of understanding across Andrew’s kind face.

“Ya seen enough of my show already,” he told Mark with a wave of his hand. “Let’s make it a rain check, then.”

Mark gave him a look of gratitude.

Diane spoke suddenly. “Hey,” she said. “You’ll call me?”

Mark knew it was more of a statement than a question; it was written all over her face. “Sure.” Diane, the perfect daughter at home and a role model in school, was always worrying about Mark getting into trouble.



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Chapter 20 – Part 18


Andrew, apparently having caught the brief, horrified look flickering across Logan’s face, managed to say quickly, “The City Cowboys.”

“Dude,” muttered Brad, checking his watch. “You’ve got, like, fifteen minutes before the show starts. Need a lift?”

A look of shock passed swiftly across Andrew’s face, then it was replaced by a look of sheer excitement. As much as he wanted to say yes, he couldn’t leave his shiny red bike behind.

He pulled it upright and beamed. “Got my own. But thanks.”

Brad nodded.

“Nice bike,” muttered Henry.

Mark allowed his mind to wander from the pleasant exchange before him. He looked down worriedly at the necklaces and grimaced. It occurred to him that he still got some unfinished business to do.




Chapter 20 – Part 17


“Really?” said Henry with interest. “You don’t mean the one this afternoon? What’s it called?”

Logan bit his lip and stared into the empty space. His heart was thumping wildly. Who was he to kid? What he told Brad and Henry were far from the truth. In fact, he has never – not even once – gone to any show, let alone Andrew’s.

Great. He had risked his own reputation to save Andrew, only to have his own lie blown.





Chapter 20 – Part 16


“Andy and I already made plans. We’re going to hang out with some friends.”

“Andy who?”

Logan pointed at the cowboy. “Andy here.”

Henry looked at him, surprised. “Oh yeah?”

“Yeah,” answered the redhead, this time more firmly. “Andy here is an awesome dude. He got the coolest and some of the most expensive costumes in town. You guys know what’s it for?” Not waiting for their answers, he abruptly clamped a hand on Andrew’s shoulder and shook it. “It’s for that big show, man. He’s got the leading role too.”

The high school kids exchanged glances and regarded the cowboy for the first time with real friendliness.





Chapter 20 – Part 15


Henry sneered. “Think that’s the weird kid in the middle school. You know, that weirdo.” Then in a louder voice, so Logan knew he was spoken to: “You don’t have to be that nice, dude. It’s not worth it – hanging out with a bunch of jerks and all that.”

“Yeah. Let’s go skateboarding.” Brad looked at Logan expectantly and put his hands on the bar, ready to take off.

Logan sighed. “That’d be cool, pals…”

Brad gave him a strange look, accompanied by a look of slight irritation. “But?” He could see the redhead really wanted to go, except something was holding him back.




Chapter 20 – Part 14


Ahead of them, two bikes braked sharply and circled back. Sitting on them were Henry and Brad, the older kids from the high school.

It was until then that they realized they had reached the edge of the Dark Woods, where some of their own bikes parked on the grass not far from where they stood.

“What’s up, Logan?” said Henry, the taller of the two. He was perched atop of his bicycle, one hand rested casually on the crossbar.

Brad, his companion, had his arms folded across his chest in a manly way. He nodded curtly at the redhead before turning to Andrew, his eyes moving up and down disapprovingly at the costume.

“Didn’t know the circus is here in town. How come no one told me?”

Andrew’s face turned deadpan. He looked away, his ears reddening.




Chapter 20 – Part 13


Jennifer shook her head slightly. “The bats, he told me, were his army of some sort. I don’t think they transform the way he did. They’re just some regular bats he trained after the city Magnus became deserted.”

Becky let out her breath. “I sure hope so…”

Nobody said a word for a long moment. They kept their heads down and moved in silence on the grassy side of the road until a loud sound startled them, coming from somewhere behind.

Mark looked back just as a blur rushed past him and the group, so fast that it made his eyes crossed.





Chapter 20 – Part 12


Becky gave George a strange look before she continued. “But let’s just say that John is gone. I mean, what if something else is also after the antiques? What is Mark going to do? What should we do?”

“Calm down, Becky,” said the redhead. “Do you even have a clue of what kind of things you’re talking about?”

“Like, I don’t know, those other bats?” she said exasperatedly.




Chapter 20 – Part 11


“Naw, Jenny,” Logan groaned. He looked heavenward. “Let’s hope not.”

“No, really. His power was only temporary, you know. That’s why he needed the scepter badly. He believed it would give him even more power.”

George had his mouth wide opened; he was trying to pick out some jellybeans that were stuck between the molars of his lower teeth. Now he paused and said, his words slurred by the finger he put in his mouth, “At least the potion we drank wore off and he stopped controlling our minds. That counts for something. For now.” A drip of drivel was hanging at the corner of his mouth. George slurped quickly, and the drivel ascended back into his mouth, mixed in with the rest of saliva.



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Chapter 20 – Part 10


The evil bat already seemed like such a long time ago, but everything resurged in their minds clearly and sharply, as though someone had adjusted the telescope lenses and everything was brought into focus again. The massive six-foot frame, the powerful wings, and the terrible glowing eyes of his. The thought had not occurred to them until now – that he might still be alive and may one day return for his revenge.

“Dead or not,” said Diane thoughtfully. “He wouldn’t come for the necklaces again.”

“How’d you know?” asked Becky.

“The entire building was destroyed by his own curse. There’s no need for the key anymore.”

“Unless he still thinks that Mark knew where the real scepter and treasure are.”




Chapter 20 – Part 9


“No offense, really,” said Becky suddenly, sounding more like her real self.  “I hope you won’t carry on that tradition, Mark.” She stood up. “And another word of advice. Sell those necklaces of yours or keep them away from your house. Do something, Mark. Some bad luck they were.”

“Aw, Becky.” Logan too stood up. He brushed the dirt off his shorts, and the entire group started walking. “Come on, man,” he told her. “You saw Andrew. He destroyed the evil bat.”

“It’s just… I don’t know. John was shrinking fast even when Andrew was crushing him… You really think he’s dead?”

They looked at one another in horror.





Chapter 20 – Part 8


He shrugged. “I wasn’t even the descendant,” he said. “But I was too upset to care. Sorry.”

“But you’re right to do that, pal,” the redhead pointed out. “Or things wouldn’t have worked out in the end, you know.”

The others nodded.

“Where’d your dad get those necklaces, then?” asked George.

“My grandfather was an antiquarian.”





Chapter 20 – Part 7


Becky sat quietly beside him. She was pulling the seam on her shirt. “I’m sorry, too, Mark,” she said without looking up. “Especially about your father. It must have been hard…” Her voice trailed off.

“Yeah, buddy.”

“Sorry, dude,” George echoed.

Jennifer put down the jellybeans on her lap with a frown.

“I don’t know why you guys are apologizing,” she said.  “I’m the one who should be blamed. I let John put ideas into my head, got carried away–”

Mark raised both of his hands as though to cut her off. “Whoa,” he said jokingly. “What’s this? An apology contest?”

The others looked at one another in embarrassment, then burst into a long and hard laughter.

“Me, too,” Mark said after the laughter died down. The others regarded him with a look of surprise in their eyes.




Chapter 20 – Part 6


“What for?” said Diane, surprised but touched by his sincerity. “You were right about a lot of things, Andrew. Look what happened to me for being so headstrong.” She paused briefly. “Let’s just forget about it, okay?”

Andrew took a deep breath before he nodded and abruptly turned away. There was a glint of tears in his eyes. Mark knew it must have taken a lot of courage for him to do that.





Chapter 20 – Part 5


Mark grinned back. It was such a good feeling, just like the old times. He took a few jellybeans and handed the package to Diane who sat next to him.

Andrew stopped smiling all of a sudden. His face, now serious and watchful, turned to Diane.

Diane raised an eyebrow but said nothing.

The cowboy coughed. Then he cleared his throat loudly and stared at her in the eye.

“Would ya forgive me?” He hesitated. “For everythin’?”



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Chapter 20 – Part 4


Andrew seemed to be in a better mood – at least compared to the others. He fished out a small package from his back pocket.

“These might make y’all feel better,” he muttered but grimaced a little. “But there ain’t much to go around.” Tearing the package open, he popped a few into his mouth and passed the rest around.

His eyes met Mark’s for a brief moment.

“Forgotten ‘bout them,” he told Mark, smiling shyly. “But thanks, though.”




Chapter 20 – Part 3


However, she and John hadn’t the slightest idea about where the treasure room was located and what it looked like. Or else, all they had to do was to simply close their eyes and think of a place they wanted to go.

Now the key scraped against the obsidian stones of the other eight, making a slight clinking sound, as Mark hung it around his neck. Never in his life had he ever imagined that nine little necklaces could be so troublesome.

It was a narrow escape. So narrow that they’d almost believed they would not make it out of the City of Magnus alive .

The towering trees that embowered them swayed gently in the breeze, causing the leaves on the treetops to quiver and part, sending some warm, glistening sunlight into the chilly, gloomy woods.




Chapter 20 – Part 2


Jennifer had then placed something in Mark’s hand.

The key.

Mark immediately recognized it as another one of his father’s antiques: a flat piece of necklace, made entirely out of solid gold. She told him she had been placing it in that cave opening by the statue upstairs of octagonal room, using it as a means to transport herself to and from the City of Magnus and the Dark Woods.



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Chapter 20 – Part 1


The teenagers collapsed on the ground of Dark Woods, gulping and gasping for some fresh air. The entire floor of the woodland was a mere blanket of damp leaves.

But they were too tired to care. Only a minute ago, Jennifer was leading them through the rumble of quakes as they fled into safety from the horror of the City of Magnus.





Chapter 19 – Part 30


Mark looked around and ducked the falling debris. The top most walls of the buildings were collapsing and toppling over.

They had to get out of this place. Fast.




Chapter 19 – Part 29


The cowboy moved forward. “I don’t think so. And ya ain’t got a right to exist.” With that, he crushed the tiny evil bat and grounded it with the heel of his boot.

A tiny squeal was heard. Then nothing.

The cowboy raised his foot to check. There was no trace of John anywhere.

Suddenly the ground beneath them shook.





Chapter 19 – Part 28


John was gagging and pounding his chest now. It didn’t help. He seemed to be shrinking fast.

“You’re going to regret it, humans!” he roared, his voice sounding smaller and smaller. “I’ll be back for my revenge!”

By now he was only the size of a fist. The small bat was jumping up and down on the marble floor, shrinking at an amazing speed.




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Chapter 19 – Part 27


Logan gave him a mocking bow. “The garlic, of course,” he answered. “It’s your favorite, my lord.”

The others looked at one another with joy dancing in their eyes. They remembered the bread that Logan had saved for John.

The dark lord, however, was not pleased. In fact, he was infuriated. He opened his jaws wide but something stopped him.

The redhead backed away slowly, hoping to slip away.




Chapter 19 – Part 26


“It’s a dough with lots of stuffing. Just a friendly warning.”

“What stuffing?!”

A flash of fear flickered across the dark lord’s eyes. The others thought they also saw the evil lord cringe slightly. But he puffed his chest and flared his powerful wings as though it meant nothing to him.



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