I could go into great detail about the next few months at Soapies, but quite frankly, it would be boring. It can really be summed up in this one sentence: Soapies grew by leaps and bounds and the next 6 months saw 2 more successful Gatherings, each larger and more spectacular than the last. Kelley’s shop was hugely popular and people from hundreds of miles away came to peruse the shelves and purchase the supplies needed to create their own toiletries. Classes were filled to capacity every time and Kelley and Theodora seemed to be walking on air most days. Ok, that was like 4 sentences, but I think you get the drift of things. It was going great.
Grismelda was totally silent and in fact, Kelley had almost forgotten she existed. Bronson did eventually move her house, but not to where it had been before. No, Grismelda awoke to the sounds of bird chirping and a brook babbling and when she opened the door, she found that she was in.. Siberia! Little chance of her doing much harm from there. And with the harsh winter coming, her time was well-spent in making sure she was protected from the elements and had stockpiled food and fuel to last the long, cold days. Suffice to say, she’s out of the picture for a good long while.
With her gone and with the success of Soapies, Kelley’s transformation progress was amazing. And magical. Every day, she seemed a bit more sparkly and polished and her temper and tantrums were quickly becoming but distant memories. Her hair shone like gorgeous spun silk and her demeanor grew more dignified and princess-like as the weeks went by.
One day while relaxing with Theodora in the woods, Kelley had an idea come to her like a bolt of lightning. She leapt into the air and began to twirl in circles, laughing silently. Theodora listened intently and then began to flit around in excitement – “Yes, Princess! YES!”
The two ran back into town and upon reaching Soapies, Theodora called out for Bronson who appeared instantly in his usual purple poof. He listened as Kelley told him (via her thoughts, of course. Yes, she’s progressing quite well in her Princess Becoming transformation, but her power of speech has yet to return as the process is not yet complete…) her plans as Theodora excitedly chattered at the same time. Bronson nodded as the plan was made clear to him, declared that it would be a sure success, and immediately gave his blessing.
Kelley would have shrieked loud enough to wake the dead, had she any voice. She grabbed Bronson and kissed him soundly before he vanished and the two girls were left alone to plot and plan.
Oh whoops. Time is up. Next week we’ll discover just WHAT this plan of Kelley’s is!