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Sketch of a large armchair in a library with the caption: "The Ivory Tower's library."

Venomous Void Chapter 2

Taking a Break

by Iris Carden

Wendy had had more than enough of “princess lessons”.  Walking around with a tiara on her head was nothing like walking around with Toad sitting in her curls.  Toad helped to keep herself balanced.  The tiara didn’t want to help at all.

Wearing a tiara properly, learning the right manners for banquets and balls and state meetings was all, in Wendy’s mind, just boring and useless stuff.

Toad had loved all of that, of course.  Toad loved everything about being in the Ivory Tower.

The lessons Wendy was really interested in were the lessons about practical things, like how many Watchitts were working in the human realm, what kinds of things they were doing, and what happened when they needed help. 

Queen Bertha had introduced Wendy and Frederick to the Specialist Assistance Team, the special team who helped when Watchitts working in the human realm were in serious trouble.  They had met this team before, when the team had rescued Wendy and her friends from Frederick.  Frederick was very apologetic about the things he had done when he’d believed lies his father had told him. He was very interested in their work and asked the Queen to let him train with the team for the rest of the visit.

That left Wendy and Toad doing the boring princess lessons.

“I wish I could train with the Special Assistance Team,” Wendy said as she picked up the book of Greek myths she’d started reading earlier. She and Toad were in the Ivory Tower’s library, having a break from lessons with the Queen.

“I wish we could practice having balls and banquets instead of just learning about them,” Toad answered.

“Well, tomorrow, we’re learning about the communications system, how information comes and goes between the human realm and the Watchitt realm.  That might be interesting,” Wendy said.  “At least it’s more useful than wearing a tiara.”

Wendy opened her book to the place she’d stopped reading before.

“I like Ariadne, the girl in this story,” Wendy told Toad. “She’s smart. When the boy she liked, Theseus, had to go into a giant maze, she gave him a thread to use to leave a trail where he was going, so he could always find his way back.”

“What was he doing in the maze?” Toad asked, not really caring about the answer.

“He was going to kill a monster, the Minotaur, which had been eating people.”

Wendy continued reading her story.  She liked stories about smart girls who could solve problems. Toad wandered off to see if she could find books about banquets and balls and all the fancy stuff that she liked.

Chapters of the Venomous Void to date:

Now the story is complete, I will edit it and get it ready to publish it as a book. Look out for it soon at your favourite online bookshop.

Cover of Wendy Watchitt by Iris Carden.  Cover features an oil painting of Wendy, a girl with red curly hair, who has a toad in her hair on the top of her head.

Venomous Void will be the sequel to Wendy Watchitt.

About Wendy Watchitt:

Wendy Watchitt is just an average 10 year old girl.

She’s brave and clever and caring. She carries her pet toad on her head, and makes strange things happen when she blinks. Well, perhaps she isn’t quite so average.

A new adventure starts for Wendy when her family moves house.

A new town, a new home, new school, and new best friend are just the beginning of what she’s going to find.

Wendy will have to save her friends, travel between realms, learn some very big family secrets, and still find time to get her homework done.

Available in paperback from lulu.com/spotlight/iriscarden or from your favourite online bookshop (ebook coming soon.)


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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.

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