The Venomous Void Chapter 12

Pencil drawing of a birthday cake with eleven candles. Caption reads: "Happy birthday Wendy!"

Happy Birthday Wendy chapter of work in progress by Iris Carden

Marci and her mother returned to Peacock Valley from their holiday at the beach.  Marci brought Wendy a necklace made of shells she had picked up on holidays.

Wendy had a gift for her as well.  It was a copy of the mythology book she had read in the Ivory Tower library.  She excitedly told Marci about Ariadne and Theseus, and how their own principal, Mr G. was actually Theseus.  Then she told Marci all about her holiday adventures, and how Bobby would now become an Ancient like Mr G.

“I missed so many exciting things!” Marci said.  “Last year we got to have our adventures together.  

“We do have a new adventure together coming up,” Wendy said.

“We do? Did you see the future again?”

“No,” Wendy said, “but I do know we have Grade Six this year.  I think that’s enough adventure for a while.”

In the kitchen, while they were talking, Queen Bertha had blinked into their house, and was talking with Wendy’s mother Maria.

“You can’t allow Wendy to take risks like that,” the Queen said.

“What risk?” Maria asked.  “The Void is only dangerous to people who go for selfish or evil reasons.  Wendy and Frederick were never in danger.  Not only were they safe, but they saved Bobby and Octavius as well.”

“It is dangerous! You know what it did to Octavius.”

“And you know Octavius was trying to get the fruit for himself, because he was jealous of Micah.  I would have gone if Bobby hadn’t needed a doctor here.  If Micah were still alive he would have gone.  Frederick would have gone on his own, if Wendy had given him that option.  Any other Watchitt Wendy had asked to go would have gladly gone because they all love her.  In fact, the only one I know who wouldn’t willingly have taken the minor risk of going was you, Your Highness.”

“Just because you are mother to the next queen, does not mean you are allowed such insolence.”

“I don’t mean to be insolent.  I just mean to point out that your style of leadership is different to that of Micah, and Wendy is far more like him than you.  No matter how many princess lessons she has, Wendy will eventually rule in the same manner than Micah would have.  She’s never going to ask anyone to do anything she wouldn’t do herself.  She’s going to rule not by commanding but by doing.  Watchitts everywhere will love her and will follow her no matter what. Now, if you don’t mind, I have a birthday cake to finish making.”

“Why are you doing it the human way?”

“As I always tell Wendy, we live with normal humans, so we act like normal humans.”

“Currently you live with two Watchitts, two Watchitanian animals, a mini-Ancient and one normal human, if I am counting correctly.  It seems the normal human is out-numbered.”

“You’re just counting the household.  I was counting the human realm we live in.  It’s a long time since you’ve been away from the Ivory Tower.  I’m surprised you’ve come today.”

“Wendy invited me to her birthday party.”

“So not even you can resist the urge to be like her. Perhaps she’ll persuade you to spend more time here, among humans and ordinary working Watchitts.”

David organised Wendy, Bobby, Frederick, Marci and the animals to set a table in the back yard, for a birthday lunch.  Octavius blinked in to join them.  

Marci’s mother Mrs Roberts, Mr G, and Wendy and Marci’s teacher from the previous school year Ms Periwinkle all arrived, as Maria, helped by the Queen, brought lunch out from the kitchen.

During lunch, Mr G and Ms Periwinkle had news for the girls.  Ms Periwinkle would be their teacher again for grade six.  

Octavius told the group he was hoping to move to Peacock Valley, to relearn how to work in the human world with other Watchitts.  He was determined to make up for his past mistakes.  He wanted the family’s help to find his way and hoped Frederick would be happy to come and live with him eventually.

Wendy opened all her birthday presents, exciting books, some nice clothes, a new CD player, and a very uncomfortable-looking tiara.  Even on her birthday, she couldn’t escape being a princess.

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.

The Venomous Void will be the sequel to Wendy Watchitt

Cover of Wendy Watchitt by Iris Carden.  Features oil painting of a girl with a toad sitting in her red curly hair.

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.

Wendy Watchitt is available in paperback from the sites listed below, and or from your favourite online bookshop.


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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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