As many of you know, COVID-19 led us to launch some exciting and engaging Virtual Supports.
One of them, a Writer’s Workshop, is hard at work learning about story development and character building. To exercise these skills and get the creative juices flowing, we’ve started writing a book! It doesn’t have a name yet, but it is being developed through a collaboration of people currently supported by Penn-Mar and staff.
If you’d like to help us write our book, or are interested in creating some fun drawings to be included in the final project, please contact Jen Hisey: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re halfway through the story and will be adding updates here each week, so that you can follow along with the story’s development!
The Adventures of Mimi and Fafa
Once upon a time there lived two Wood Fairy sisters, Fafa and Mimi. They lived in a large castle deep in the forest. Together, they ruled over the realm of the Wood Fairies.
Fafa was the older sister and took her responsibilities very seriously. As the older sister, it was her responsibility to take care of Mimi. She always made sure that everyone followed the rules and never joked around. She also had a very short temper. When people broke the rules, she would get very angry. She took her job so seriously, she didn’t have time to make friends, nor was she very well liked. This made Fafa very sad and lonely. When she had time, Fafa would spend hours playing with model trains all by herself. Fafa loved trains. Trains did what they were supposed to do. They were strong and dependable. Her favorite train was a wood-burning locomotive, complete with a caboose.
Mimi, on the other hand, was a very spirited little fairy. While Fafa was serious and stern, Mimi was carefree and kind. She could often be found running through the forest with the younger fairies. They loved playing games such as hide and seek and tag. She took time to listen to problems of the older fairies. She made friends everywhere she went. Mimi also loved to garden. She loved growing flowers that attracted different birds, bees, and butterflies. Mimi’s garden was beautiful and serene. It was a quiet place for her to enjoy the nature that she loved. Her favorite thing to grow in the garden was plump, juicy tomatoes.
One day, while playing a game, Mimi and her friends came across Fafa’s train set. Mimi and her friends wanted to play with it, so they took it apart, giving each one a train car to play with. While playing with the trains, the track broke and several of the wheels fell off. Mimi knew that this would upset Fafa, so she took the broken trains and hid them deep in the forest. When Fafa went looking for her trains, she couldn’t find them anywhere. She asked Mimi, but Mimi told her she didn’t know. One day Fafa was taking a walk deep in the forest and came upon her broken trains. This made Fafa very angry. She took the broken pieces and confronted Mimi. She asked Mimi how her trains got broken and ended up deep in the forest. Eventually, Mimi confessed that it was her who broke the trains and hid them away. Fafa got really angry at Mimi and stormed into Mimi’s garden and smashed all of Mimi’s prized tomatoes. From that day, the relationship between Fafa and Mimi was never the same.
After the fight with Mimi, Fafa decided to run away from the forest. She took all her trains and belongings and ran away to Balmore City. When Fafa got to the city, she had trouble finding a place to live. Fafa discovered the subway and made her home deep in the underground. It was very dark and cold. Fafa became even more lonely than before. She resented the way Mimi treated her. While living underground, Fafa plotted her revenge. Her plans included building a train that would destroy the forest. She knew that destroying the forest would be the ultimate revenge against Mimi.
When Fafa ran away, Mimi was very upset and worried. She put together a search party to look for Fafa. They looked throughout the forest. They even went to Balmore City, but they couldn’t find her anywhere. Mimi was very sad and heartbroken over the loss of her sister. But she had hope that one day, Fafa would return. In the meantime, Mimi worked on creating a beautiful garden full of flowers and vegetables that reminded her of her sister. She even built a special train with its own track just for Fafa. Over the years, Mimi continued to hope for Fafa’s return.
After years of plotting her revenge, Fafa decided it was time to return to the forest. She started building her train track, cutting down all the trees in her way. This forced the Wood fairies to flee from their homes. Mimi became very distraught over Fafa’s return and the destruction of the forest. To protect the rest of the forest and the Wood fairies, Mimi decided she needed to enchant the forest, but she didn’t know how.
Mimi went in search of Fafa wanting answers for the destruction. She returned to Balmore City and discovered the subway Fafa built. She realized that Fafa has lived a cold, sad, and lonely life with no love or attention. While searching the subway for Fafa, Mimi found the plans for Fafa’s revenge. Fafa was planning to destroy the forest they grew up in! She planned to cut down all the trees and lay train tracks throughout the land. Hidden in the dungeon of the subway, Fafa had a massive train she planned to use. This train produced a lot of pollution. The pollution smelled bad and made everything around it dirty. When Mimi discovered these plans, she realized she needed to enchant the forest as soon as possible.
Will Mimi enchant the forest in time? What happens to the Wood fairies?