Seraphine’s Escape CH.10

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Ten—Someone Cares

The fashion show was a success. Seraphine got a new job–runway model. She was getting several deals, making friends, and eventually moved to a nice bay house by the ocean. Her mother and siblings soon moved into a nice house next to her. Things were starting to get better.

Late one evening, Seraphine decided to eat out with a friend at a small cafe in the park. As she was throwing something in the trash, she saw a young man–he looked familiar.

“Hey sir, stop!” Seraphine said.

“What?” The young man said.

“Haven’t we met before?” Seraphine said.

“I don’t think so.” The young man said.

Seraphine paused.

The young man continued…

“Um, I have to go.”

“Do you work here?” Seraphine said.

“Yeah, I just started.” The young man said.

“Then maybe we will meet again.” Seraphine said.

“Yeah maybe, well, bye.” The young man said.

“Bye.” Seraphine said.

The young man walked off into the dark along a path of lamp posts.

Seraphine did not stop watching him until he disappeared thinking if he was real or just a dream.

~The End~

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Seraphine’s Escape CH.9

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Nine—Result

Although it seemed like Seraphine had been gone for 2 days, she was actually in a coma for a month.

When she opened her eyes, she was by her friend Mike and mother Jane. She finally realized she was in a hospital and asked them what happened to her, because she couldn’t remember anything. They told her about the accident and how she was to be rewarded $50,000.00 for damages, time out of work, and pain and suffering. Seraphine couldn’t believe it!

That evening, she invited her mother and friend over for dinner. She told them about the Great Lily Forest, and all that happened while she was there.

“Oh mother, I didn’t want to leave. That place was perfect.” Seraphine said.

“Seraphine, but I’m glad you did. I would miss you.” Jane said.

“Yeah, we thought you were not going to make it.” Mike said.

Seraphine eventually reduced her working hours. With her injuries, it was difficult to work a full day. Soon the first signs of her luck–what Guardian Mari promised, started to show.

One day, while in a department store, she was approached by a posh elder woman.

“Excuse me miss, but I can’t help wondering…are you a model?” said the elder woman.

“Oh no! I’m not.” Seraphine said.

“I think it would be great, if you were included in my next month’s fashion show in New York.” said the elder woman.

“Really!” said Seraphine.

“Yes. Here is my contact information. Please, do not wait to call me.” said the elder woman.

“I won’t!” said Seraphine.

Seraphine could not believe it. If this modeling thing worked out for her, she could leave the waitressing job.

The next day, another sign appeared when she woke up and saw an object by her nightstand. It was the clock that prince Arthur had given her. Now she knew she was not dreaming. Now she knew there was such a place like the Great Lily Forest and she had really been there!

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.8

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Eight—Real World

It took them an hour to get to the palace. It was magnificent and great.

“It’s 11:30 p.m. We must find Guardian Mari.” Gwine said.

As both girls searched every room and floor, a thought of Seraphine’s past flashed…

When she was a child with her mother…

Moments she spent with friends…

And she realized how she had taken all those things for granted. Now she was fighting—running to give herself a second chance to find happiness in her world. Happiness could be a reality.

It was 11:45 p.m. when they found Guardian Mari.

“It is time, though you are late, it is time.” Guardian Mari said.

They rushed to the portal that was located in the cellar.

“Hurry, you must go.” Guardian Mari said.

As Seraphine walked near the portal, she paused and looked back.

She looked back at her friend Gwine and Guardian Mari, and a place she had come to call home.

A tear ran down her face, for at least once in her life she was carefree. She was leaving the one place that was her sanctuary, only to enter a place where there was no comfort, only misery.

She had come to trust Guardian Mari’s words—her promise that this was the best choice and only good things would come out of this.

There were no words said as Seraphine entered the portal. She knew this was not the last time she would be seeing them.

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.7

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Seven—Seraphine’s Choice

Seraphine couldn’t sleep at all that night. She was just thinking about all she heard. The next day she felt troubled. How she longed to be here, but at the same time, how she longed to see her mother—she knew she had to leave this place, her comfort zone. “I knew this was too good to be true”, Seraphine thought. “Why maybe this is all a dream.”

At evening, as Seraphine and Gwine prepared for the ball, Gwine, who was excited, noticed a deep sadness on Seraphine’s face.

“What troubles you, Seraphine?” Gwine said.

“Oh Gwine, I just can’t help to think that soon I will not be here.” Seraphine said.

“Seraphine, do not worry. Though you were not here for long, you have been in our hearts forever. Do you not know of us? We are not strangers to you.” Gwine said.

“I know. You are people from my past and present.” Seraphine said.

“Yes, you may not know it now, but this night will not be the last we meet. Now I know how much we mean to you—how important friendship is to you. You are willing to leave such a beautiful place as this to spare our lives.” Gwine said.

Suddenly Seraphine smiled and said, “You know if this is my last night, let’s have fun. I’m not going to think about it anymore.”

When they arrived at the ball, held at prince Arthur’s castle, Seraphine was stunned by its appearance—the heavenly walls, cascading floors, mystical sculptures. There was already an abundance of people there. Food was being served, people were dancing. And everyone was dressed so elegantly.

Gwine reminded Seraphine to meet her at 10:00 p.m. so they could go to the palace to meet Guardian Mari. They went their separate ways.

Seraphine started to wander the castle, looking at sculptures, when she heard a voice…

“Excuse me, miss. May I help you?” said Arthur jokingly.

“Oh!” Seraphine started to laugh.

“How do you like it here?” Arthur said.

“This place is quite nice. You are lucky for a prince.” Seraphine said.

“Lucky on what account? My possessions? My status? Oh, I do not dwell on such things.” Arthur said.

There was a silence…the prince continued to talk.

“Shall I have one dance?” Arthur said.

“Sure why not.” Seraphine said.

They danced for a moment. Later on, out on the gazebo, they sat and talked.

“Seraphine, I know of your parting, for I was told by the great Guardian Mari.” Arthur said.

“Oh,” Seraphine paused.

“But I do not want you to leave. You have become a great friend of mine.” Arthur said.

“Why thanks. I feel the same way too.” Seraphine said.

“Then stay, don’t go.” Arthur said.

“Arthur, do you not know about the reason why I should go?” Seraphine said.

“Why?” Arthur said.

“If I stay it is only a month we will have. Our time in this world is temporary. If I go you can be spared.” Seraphine said.

“But I will not see you again.” Arthur said.

“I was told that leaving is the best thing I can do, that I will see good things.” Seraphine said.

“Do you not care for us?” Arthur said.

“I do, more than you know, and I believe this is not the last we will see each other.” Seraphine said.

Seraphine looked at the time.

“Oh no! It’s 10:30 p.m.! I must go now!” Seraphine said as she quickly ran down the stairs.

“Wait, I must give you something to remember me by.” Arthur said…

Seraphine met up with Gwine.

“You’re late. We still have time though.” Gwine said.

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Seraphine’s Escape CH.6

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Six—Seraphine’s Realization

Seraphine knew she could no longer sleep knowing there was a problem over her being here. She had to interrupt the conversation.

“Why can’t I stay?” said Seraphine.

“I’m sorry Seraphine, I should have told you earlier, but I was expecting you to meet at the palace and tell you.” Guardian Mari said.

Guardian Mari told Seraphine everything. How she was in a dream—in fact, how she was in a coma and her family and friends were waiting for her to wake up. She told her how this world was in her imagination and could only survive as long as she was alive dreaming of it.

“As much as you love it here, you don’t belong here. You must leave by the portal at the palace by 12:00 a.m. tomorrow, or we will all have about a month to live and you will die in this world and yours.” Guardian Mari said.

“If I don’t belong here, then why did I come?” Seraphine said.

“You came here because your heart longed to be here, but you also came here to learn something important. Come, and I will tell you more.” Guardian Mari said.

Guardian Mari led Seraphine to her private lair.

“Seraphine, every person you meet at this place means something important to you. They are either a part of your past or future. I know how you felt in your world as well as how hard you worked. But we are not real over here. Though you may think this place is perfect, it is only temporary. I cannot tell you that life will be better immediately when you get back, but I can promise you this—go and good things will come, stay and death is our fate.”

“You must meet me here tomorrow by 10:00 p.m., then I will lead you to the palace. Till then you may prepare for the ball.” Guardian Mari said.

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.5

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Five—Comfort Zone

As Seraphine followed the trail of the Great Lily River, she bumped into a young man named Arthur. She had no idea he was a prince, but he greeted her immediately.

“Greetings, what brings you’re here?” Arthur said.

“Hi, I’m trying to find my way to the palace.” Seraphine said.

“Are you new to this place, for I have not seen you before?” Arthur said.

“Yes, but I don’t know how I got here or my way around.” Seraphine said.

“I am familiar of this place. Let me show you around.” Arthur said.

The whole day Seraphine and Arthur traveled through the forest. They visited villages, markets, shops, waterfalls, and many more.

In the evening, they were greeted by Gwine, another maiden of the forest. All 3 sat around the fireplace and began to talk. They talked about each other, questions about the place, and who’s who of the Great Lily Forest. It sounded like a fairytale.

Soon it was decided that Seraphine would stay with Gwine since she lived close by. When they arrived at Gwine’s home, Seraphine was amazed. It looked heavenly. It was not a big house, more like a small cottage, but a glamorous one that is. Gwine showed Seraphine around the cottage. The bath, dining hall, bedroom, and kitchenette. Later that evening, after they ate, a man sent a letter to Gwine’s cottage. It was an invitation to a ball—in honor of the prince’s 21st birthday.

Everyone in the Great Lily Forest was invited. Once Seraphine was informed, she was excited. “Just right out of a fairytale”, thought Seraphine.

Later on both of the women went upstairs to try on dresses.

In the evening when Seraphine went to bed, she was awoken by a conversation outside. It was Gwine and Guardian Mari.

“You know Seraphine can’t go to the ball”, Guardian Mari said.

“She will only be there for a little while. I want her to like it here.” Gwine said.

“But she doesn’t have much time left. She can’t stay here. She belongs in her world. She was supposed to find her way to the palace today. You were supposed to help lead her there” Guardian Mari said.

“I guess I got carried away.” Gwine said.

“You know she is in trouble if she doesn’t leave by 12 midnight tomorrow. “ Guardian Mari said.

They continued to talk.

Seraphine couldn’t believe it. She didn’t want to ever leave this place. This was her new life.

*To read the previous chapter, click here .

Seraphine’s Escape CH.4

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Four—Where Am I?

When Seraphine awakened, she was lying in a quite nice bed surrounded by trees and plants—a forest. At first she was frightened because she did not know how she got here.

She started to leave her bedside and explored the place. She noticed a beautiful lake filled with lilies. It was heavenly. It was there where she met a beautiful maiden, Guardian Mari.

Guardian Mari was queen of the Great Lily Forest. She was referred to as Guardian Mari because she was Seraphine’s guardian angel who knew everything about Seraphine’s life and who would eventually be her gateway home.

Immediately Guardian Mari did not hesitate to tell Seraphine how she got here and what this place was.

“Welcome Seraphine. Do you know why you are here?” said Guardian Mari.

“Not really, in fact, I don’t know how I got here. I must have been sleeping but when I awoke, I was here.” said Seraphine.

“Seraphine, you should know this place already, because you have seen it before.” said Guardian Mari.

“What do you mean?” said Seraphine.

“You will soon find out, but for now I must leave. I have something of great urgency to do.” said Guardian Mari.

“Don’t leave me here alone. What am I going to do?” said Seraphine.

“Don’t worry, you will find your way to the palace—someone will lead you.” said Guardian Mari.

Seraphine was now by herself in the forest. She thought of what Guardian Mari said and started to roam. Once she hit the Lily lake, it dawned on her.

“Yes, I know of this place! I saw it in my dreams. I have been here before!” said Seraphine.

*To read the previous chapter, click here.

Seraphine’s Escape CH.3

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Brief Synopsis—Influenced by The Wizard of Oz, a story of a young woman who becomes trapped in her own dream, but does not want to leave. Can her guardian friend convince her before time runs out?

Chapter Three—The Accident

It was one of those times which are rare, where one happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A severe storm was going to come by evening, and Seraphine, who had no car, wanted to get home before it arrived.

But it was too late. By the time she left work, it had already started to rain heavily and even thunder. Seraphine, who only had the clothes on her back to protect her, was running to cross the street when a car, whose breaks did not stop on time, hit her. Seraphine immediately fell to the ground.

In the hospital, Seraphine was visited by one of her friends and mother. The doctor told them that Seraphine had fallen into a coma and only time would tell if she would recover from it.

*To read the previous chapter, click here.