Just what was this big plan that had so thrilled Kelley and Theodora and received Bronson’s blessing?? Classes! Now before you say “huh?” let me clarify her Big Idea. Soapies was currently teaching hands-on classes in her shop and studio and those combined with quarterly Gatherings gave loads of opportunities for many people to learn all different sort of soap and toiletry making. But while this was wildly successful, it simply wasn’t enough. What about the people who could not afford to travel to Freedom for the classes or Gatherings? What about the people who (gasp) had not yet heard of Soapies? No, there were far too many people from all over the world who could benefit from her teaching for her to just sit back and rest.
Kelley cleverly realized that with Theodora’s assistance, she could travel to these far-off places and teach classes there. Theodora and Bronson both were able to transport themselves to anywhere they had in mind (sure beat walking or riding the headache-inducing, dust/mud churning, smelly and foul coaches that ran between local towns…) and quite fortuitously for Kelley, there were able to take someone along with them as they poofed! themselves a thousand miles away. At least until such time as her Becoming was complete and she too could poof! upon command (and how she longed for that day!).
Theodora spent the next few days flitting from one distant town to another, posting fliers in each location and securing lodging and a place for teaching while Kelley made plans for the other “girls” to run the shop and classroom while she was away. As a trial run, they determined that she and Theodora would travel for 1 week, teaching 7 different classes in 7 different locations. And as part of this trial, these classes would be free, with the participants only paying for any supplies they might want to purchase afterwards.
Finally the day arrived and Kelley and Theodora grasped hands and in a whirl of flowery scented purple clouds and sparkling stars the ground beneath them vanished. Kelley experienced a moment of sheer panic as she found herself hurtling through the empty air before her feet hit the ground and she opened to her eyes to see herself standing in a town that was overlooking a vast body of water. Amazing way to travel! Right behind them came several elves carrying boxes of supplies and other items required for the classes and for sale afterwards.
They made their way to where the class would be held and found… no one! Not a single soul. This was a disaster in the making. But, showing the growth she had made in recent months, Kelley decided to go ahead with the class anyway. Perhaps the scent of the fragrance oils as they worked would draw people in. So she and Theodora set everything up and began to create a batch of lotion…