Chapter Four: Week Three
Magical Miscellany: On Assignment
Well, readers, this week marked the beginning of my new job working as a librarian in the children's section of the local library. How exciting! My first task was yesterday, and I had to conduct story time. The children were all very excited, because I was apparently reading one of their favorites, although I had never heard of it before...
"' One of them was brown all over, but the other had strange markings under his fur, as though long ago he had been spotted, and the spots still showed through. And about his little soft nose and his round black eyes there was something familiar, so that the Boy thought to himself: "Why, he looks just like my old Bunny that was lost when I had scarlet fever!" But he never knew that it really was his own Bunny, come back to look at the child who had first helped him to be Real.'" Susan closed the book and stared at all the wide-eyed faces staring right back at her.
"Did you enjoy the story?" Susan asked, and the spell was broken. The children burst forth with comments and questions and general happiness about their favorite book.
Soon, parents came to collect their kids, and Susan was left with just one girl whose parents hadn't come yet. She was sitting on the floor still, and had a look of deep wisdom on her face. Susan tried very hard not to laugh; the girl looked as wise as Albus Dumbledore himself.
"What's your name?" Susan asked as she sat on the floor next to the girl.
"Carolina Jeanne Akers," said the girl, turning her big brown eyes on Susan.
"Is your mum or dad coming to get you, Carolina Jeanne?"
Carolina just ignored her and pointed at the book still in Susan's hand. "Is it true?"
"Is what true?" Susan asked.
"The story about nursery magic," said Carolina Jeanne.
Susan thought for a moment. "What do you think?"
Carolina squint her eyes in concentration. "I... I know it's not true, because stuffed rabbits becoming Real is ridiculous, but..."
Susan smiled in understanding. "I know exactly how you feel, Carolina."
"Carolina Jean!" A woman with the same bright blonde hair as the girl came calling through the library doors. "Oh, thank goodness, there you are!"
Susan stood up and made to greet the woman, but was ignored as she dragged her daughter out of the library.
"I told you to meet me outside, you silly girl, if your head would be out of the clouds for just one minute..." the woman ranted as she left the library.
I hope to spend some more time with Miss Carolina Jeanne next week at story time, but with the harpy of a mother, I'm not entirely sure how that's going to turn out.
My apologies for the short article this week, but next week will bring excitement in the form of remodeling the bathroom! Until then, faithful readers.
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re: Magical Miscellany, On Assignment
A/N: My apologies as well for the short chapter. I promise that Week Four will not only be uploaded sooner, but have longer content. The Velveteen Rabbit is a wonderful story by Margery Williams. If you haven't read it... you should. It was, and still is, one of my favorite children's stories.