Hi everyone! Good news! :-)
Wait, I'm not going to tell you. I'm going to show you. Here goes:
That's right. Cécile and Marie-Grace are here! Yay!
When last we blogged, Cécile and Marie-Grace had left us a coded message, then Cécile met me and Blakeney in Upstate New York. Now, we're all back in Newfoundland, but up till the last minute we weren't sure Marie-Grace was going to make it back with us. Here's how it happened...
When Cécile came to meet us, the two of them had decided that her job was to make sure we were okay and help protect us if needed - and Marie-Grace's job was to do "research." When it's put in those terms, Marie-Grace's job sounded safer, so I wasn't all that worried about her. I should have been. Because it turns out "research" meant sneaking into the private library kept by the evil vampires called The Elders to look at their most secret texts, to find out their hidden history and look for ways to defeat them.
Yeah, it's probably best that I didn't know that at the time, because I would have been a basket case worrying about her. :-P
We did get concerned, anyway, when Marie-Grace didn't contact us as expected. As it turns out, she got caught by The Elders. Fortunately (I guess?) they decided to make an example of her rather than just killing her outright, so they locked her in an empty room of their library while they decided the details of what to do with her. Even more fortunately, she got away. Although she'd been injured in the initial scuffle with them, Marie-Grace managed to climb a bookshelf, break a window, and squeeze herself out of it before they noticed anything amiss. When she showed up, she was pretty banged up and sore from the fight and the fall from the window to the ground, but she was alive, and we were thrilled.
Marie-Grace made it back in time to travel home with us. We took the bus from Buffalo to Toronto - during the day, which posed a problem for our two vampires. So... we had to pack them in suitcases. Poor girls. They didn't seem worse for the wear afterward, though, and they got to have normal seats on the plane from Toronto to home because the flight was after dark.
The Elders are totally going to try to get revenge for Marie-Grace's escape, as well as their laundry list of other issues with our family. We're trying to prepare ourselves as best we can. For now, though, we're just really glad our friends are safe.
There's another thing to be glad about, too. Marie-Grace and Cécile are at our house, staying with us. We're not going to risk them being attacked again while all alone. Luckily (and probably partly because where they were living before got burned down) they agreed with us about the safety in numbers thing, even though they're still worried about putting us in more danger. We'd rather be in more danger together, though, than risk losing them again.
Sorry we haven't been very good at staying up to date with the blog lately. We've been kind of distracted with life stuff and travel. Pretty soon, though, we're hoping to do posts on: our various holiday trips, the holidays for the girls who stayed here in Newfoundland, Cécile and Marie-Grace's history before we met them, and my research into fairy lore and my own background.
For now, though, Happy New Year! It's good to have our household together again... and I include Marie-Grace and Cécile in that, whether they know it yet or not. ;-)