The Guiding Compass – Part 23 (The Finale)

Back at the dolls’ old house, 2 visitors were making their way up the walk to the front door. Tay and Lea stood side by side as they walked down the sidewalk. Suddenly, Lea stopped. “What’s wrong?” Tay asked, pausing to look behind her. “What if..” Lea said, “What if they don’t like me anymore?” Tay laughed. “Come on, Lea.” She reached for Lea’s hand to pull her along. “No, really! What if they can’t forgive me? For abandoning them, {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 22

It was moving day. The house was empty. Every box had been loaded up on the moving truck. The plain, yellow walls were blank. Only the dolls were left. “It’s gone.” Kanani said, as if she couldn’t believe it herself, “Everything is gone.” Grace usually didn’t feel sentimental, but she was today. It was a short stay – Grace had only lived in their house for a little over a year. But it felt more like home than any other {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 20

Suddenly, it dawned on Lea. “You!” Lea gasped in horror. The pieces had finally come together. “ You are Darth Rokoi!” How could she have been so foolish? A crooked grin flashed across Mai’s face. She stood up, to continue her tale. “You were too good. Too good. Always winning. Always at the top of the class. I was not about to be beat by my own Padawan. So I commanded the other students to drive you out of my {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 19

The clouds in the sky threatened to pour. Exhausted from the long day of walking in humid weather, Lea was panting and sweating when Tay led her to an old, abandoned building. “You call that walking?” Lea gasped, “That was more like running!” “Shh!” Tay hissed, her brow furrowed in concern. She stood flat against the side of the building. Lea copied her. Tiptoeing, Tay snuck over to the corner and slowly peeked around it. She immediately threw herself flat {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 18

The next morning when Lea awoke, the air was eerily silent. The sky was filled with dreary, gray clouds that looked as if they would burst any moment. Mist had spread over the field and smoke was drifting up from the fire that had died over night. Lea felt refreshed, but she had woken up with a sharp pain in her stomach. Probably from hunger, she assumed. Lea felt her chest for the strap of her messenger bag, but it {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 17

The moon was already out when Tay and Lea decided to take a rest. Well, Tay wanted to keep going and Lea, on the other hand, was completely exhausted from the long day of traveling. Throughout the day, Chewie had become heavier and heavier. Lea felt as if she was toting a 20 pound rock around in her hood. Her legs were urging her to rest, her stomach was begging to be fed, and her head was already half-asleep. Tay {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 15

Lea discovered that by going north, it took them right to a paved, black-top road, similar but different to the one she’d been on the day before. Today the sun was shining a bit among the clouds and raised the temperature even more. Lea was dripped with sweat under the hot sun. The sloth slept for most of the day and with every step Lea took, the sloth thumped against her back in a rhythmic, soothing motion. Crunch, thump, swish. It {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 13

Lea awoke with a scream. A brown, fuzzy creature was sitting on her stomach, its head cocked, watching her. She realized it was a sloth. Lea blushed, embarrassed by her outburst, though probably no one had heard. The sloth just stared at her. She sat up, and wondering if the sloth would run off because of the sudden movement. It didn’t. It just slid down her stomach and onto her lap, continuing to stare at her. “Where did you come {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 12

The rocks crunched underneath her feet as Lea trudged down the gravel road. She had been walking for 7 hours, and she had only gone a little over 2 miles. Sweat was dripped down her back. Though it was a spring day, it was cloudy and humid, and her Jedi cape wasn’t helping. Throwing back her hood, Lea shook her head, letting the cooler air flow around her neck. It made her feel better, but her stomach was still growling in {Read More}

The Guiding Compass – Part 11

The next morning, Grace and Isabelle were setting the table for breakfast. Isabelle spread plates all around the table and Grace carried the pastries to the buffet counter. “What’s today?” Isabelle asked, “Hopefully croissants. I’ll never get tired of those.” “Yep,” Grace affirmed, “Kaya will be happy.” She smiled, picturing Kaya’s smiling face when she noticed her favorite pastries were for breakfast. “Did you get the fruit yet?” Isabelle asked. Grace shook her head. “Not yet. It’s in the kitchen.” “Okay, {Read More}