Pranks and Pumpkins

Hey!

NaNoWriMo is good, thanks for asking. I’ve written 3,579 words so far 🙂

Anyway, I made a photostory for you all to enjoy!

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I was strolling home from gymnastics class one afternoon when I spotted a huge pile of leaves just off the path. Curious, I stepped off the sidewalk and approached it. Tapping the mound of leaves, I decided that it felt normal. I selected a leaf from the top and licked it. Tasted normal enough. Next, I sniffed it. Smelled like autumn. Someone must have randomly decided to make a leaf pile beside the road.

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As I was turning around to continue my journey towards home, two hands shot out of the leaves and grabbed my ankles.

Help!” I screamed, jumping away from the hands.

Muffled laughter came from the pile.

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The mound exploded, revealing Tracy and MJ, who were lying on the leaves and laughing so hard they could barely breathe.

“We got you so badly!” Tracy crowed, slapping her knee.

MJ was laughing too hard to say anything.

“Ha, ha, very funny,” I growled, putting my hands on my hips. I wouldn’t admit it, but the prank was pretty hilarious.

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“Hey, Ivy, want to join us?” MJ asked when she could speak again. “We’ll build a larger pile of leaves and prank someone else.”

It sounded so fun, I finally gave in. Eagerly, giggling the whole time, we raked up a heap of fallen leaves at least two times our height. We scramble up the side and made a crater in the top where we could hide while we waited for a victim to walk by.

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Worming down into the leaves, we speculated about who would wander by next and how they would react. Caroline would probably scold us for pranking her. Savannah and Emily would join us. Some would probably cry. Others would run away, squealing.

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Soon, we heard someone plodding along on the sidewalk. We hastily stuck leaves on top of our heads to hide ourselves from our victim. Through the leaves, I spotted Saige — she was wearing black boots, sunglasses, a super-short orange dress, and a cropped black jacket.

“Get ready, guys,” I whispered to my sisters.

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The leaves crackled as we prepared to launch ourselves at Saige. The second she was in range, we pushed our hands through the plants and waved them at her, moaning like zombies.

She shrieked and fell to the ground.

Tracy, MJ, and I cracked up, howling with laughter.

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We dug ourselves out of the pile, pointing at Saige and drawing short, giggling breaths.

Saige was furious. “You guys are so immature! See this dress — you could have ruined it! I just bought it, too. You almost destroyed something amazing!”

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I abruptly stopped laughing and stood up. “Gosh, Saige, we were just having some fun,” I said. “Chill.”

She turned on her heel and huffed, “I’m going home. I must keep this dress out of reach of you pranksters. Plus, I’m busy — there are pumpkins to carve!” Saige stormed down the sidewalk.

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The “pranksters” and I glanced at each other.

Pumpkins?

We sprinted all the way home.

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When we arrived at our house, we were delighted to find five adorable pumpkins sitting on our back porch. I was all too happy to whip out my iPhone and take pictures of my sisters posing with the gourds!

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MJ sat on them like they were lowly vegetables.

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Tracy treated them like armrests.

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Saige . . . uh . . . sat there . . .

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MJ took my picture, because she was the only one I trusted to handle my phone with care 🙂

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Loren took a picture of all of us together!

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What’s your favorite thing about autumn?

~Ivy

Thanksgiving Fun

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What with all the photostories and photoshoots in our busy life, Molly and I haven’t had much time together. So, while the rest of the girls were still preparing for the Thanksgiving dinner tonight, Molly and I sneaked off to have some BFF time.

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There was a pretty display of flowers on the humans’ table, and we gave names to the colors of flowers. The one Molly is pointing to, we named “Creamsicle.”

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Then we began to duel! (Thank goodness they were only butter knives . . .)

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Only when I’m alone with Molly does my true inner star shine.

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After a close encounter with falling off the giants’ table, we looked out the window and watched for our relatives.

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But after about six seconds, that got boring, so we dared each other to run through the snow outside barefoot!

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It was SO COLD!

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Molly survived the cold the longest.

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We came inside and sat before the fire to warm our footsies, drank hot chocolate, and filled out the Thanksgiving worksheets Caroline made.

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Here’s mine. Caroline  wrote “THANKSGIVING” vertically on the page, and then we write a word around it of something we’re thankful for. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because often, we take things like family, our house, good health, and food for granted.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Emily

Autumn Walk

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Emily saw her sister and friend, Molly, gazing out the window. She had been really quiet since school, and Emily knew something was wrong.

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She walked over and joined her. “What are you doing, Molly?” she asked.

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“Missing summer vacation,” Molly answered grumpily without looking up from the window.

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Emily wasn’t satisfied. “Why don’t we take the dogs for a walk?” she suggested. She’d get the truth out of Molly sooner or later.

“OK.”

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They rounded up the dogs and went outside.

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Molly took a deep breath of the cool October air. “I love autumn,” she said.

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Emily nodded in agreement. “The leaves are changing colors, it’s getting cooler . . . oh, and Thanksgiving! I especially like Thanksgiving.”

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Molly laughed at her friend’s excitement in a holiday that she herself didn’t really care for.

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They had just stepped out onto a path when Emily decided to give Molly’s problem another shot.

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“Molly, why were you so glum earlier? I know it’s not that school has started again — you love school — but maybe something during school upset you?”

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Molly sighed before replying. “It just . . . well, I didn’t do very well on a science test we had today.”

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“I’m very sorry!” Emily exclaimed. “I’m sure you studied quite hard.” Molly was an all A’s student, so she was usually depressed when she got a bad grade — and that didn’t happen often. Emily picked a light pink flower from a bush they passed by.

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She tucked the flower in Molly’s hair. Molly likes the outdoors, she thought. Maybe this will help cheer her up.

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They continued on their walk, and Emily suggested asking Tracy or Caroline for help in Science class. Then Emily confessed that she hadn’t done very well in Math that day, and Molly happily agreed to help her.

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Here’s a mini photoshoot from the making of the photostory:

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~Loren

Finding Fall ~ A Photoshoot ~

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This has got to be one of my favorite photoshoots ever! I might make one of them the picture that shows up beside your comment when you comment, ya know? Here’s a link to a semi-related photoshoot, Summer Memories. Whelp, have a nice day, y’all!

-Loren