(Back in October)
“Hey!” Shouted Molly. “I can’t find my hat! How am I supposed to play a boy without my hat?!”
“Somewhere? I looked everywhere!“
“Has anyone seen my pants for the this next part?!” Called an embarrassed Cécile from behind the closet. “I think Madi told me to wear my star leggings, but they’re gone! Even though they were just in here!”
“Guys, I’m freaking out. Josie, CéCé, Ellie and I have to be by the door and ready for the first section of the next HOTH part in less than ten minutes. I can’t find my spy costume or main prop anywhere!” Emelie joined the conversation, swiftly arriving on the scene.
“The costume with the black beanie? And the recording device?” Questioned Jaz. “I saw them right by my cowgirl hat. I have to take Gingersnap out for a ride later, so I might as well get it now. Come on, I’ll show you where your prop and costume is.”
(Thanks to my little brother for taking this picture for me! Awesome job, bro! 😉 •Madi•)
“Hey, guys!” Madison began, stepping into the room. The dolls’ heads instantly turned and their eyes trailed up Madison’s legs until they met her gaze. “Has anyone seen my memory card? I had it inserted into my Mac this morning, but I can’t find it anywhere.”
“Uh, check inside your camera,” Jaz hinted, hoping Madison hadn’t gone and lost her stuff, too.
“Been there, done that, bought a T-shirt,” Madi confirmed.
“Cécile!” Scolded Madison. “Where are your pants?”
“I wish I knew!” Cécile wailed.
“This is crazy. I think there’s a thief!” Jasmine announced. “Alright, which one of you crooks took my cowgirl hat?!”
“Hold up, guys,” Madi’s no-nonsense voice quickly silenced everyone as they turned back to her. “Let’s keep it nice and respectful. I’m sure we’ll figure everything out. Maybe Chloe has seen some of our stuff.”
I, your beloved Chloe Zoey Carter, just hid behind a huge basket of doll clothes waiting to be put away, all the while hoarding a stash of stolen stuff and swallowing my giggles until I thought I would explode.
“Uhh… Did y’all hear something?” Madi mumbled, and everyone strained their ears to listen.
So I exploded.
In laughter. 😉
“What did I tell you to do?!” She finally snapped. “To the corner! Now!”
I dared to turn around just momentarily to ask, “How long?”
“Until I say so,” Madison ordered, returning to the others their rightful props and costumes. “Not another word, Chloe Carter!”
I was wrong. Not even a spanking could compare to the boredom I endured. If there’s one thing I absolutely hate, it’s boredom. And Madison knew that.
When Madison finally came back in leaving the rest of the dolls by the door, she was sighing something to herself about her HOTH plans getting derailed because of her job. I felt kind of bad for stressing her out. She was attending a Bible school class from 9 AM to nearly 3 PM every day, had to squeeze in her homeschool where she could, and then stay up really, really late most nights working on something big she wouldn’t tell me. Then she’d do it all again in the morning. I began to feel worse and worse for my silly pranks.
Madison pursed her lips, not knowing what to say. Finally, she sighed, “Chloe, I have to go and work soon, but I want to talk to you.”
“Yes?” I squeaked in a small voice, turning around miserably. Madison’s sad eyes were the worst of all. I had to apologize. “I’m really, really sorry. I was being foolish and immature. And – I’m SO sorry!”
Madi instantly forgave me. “It’s okay, Chloe, I promise! I forgive you. It’s okay!”
“Chloe,” Madison told me with a smile. “I’ve been doing some thinking, and I need your help with one of my big surprises. None of the others are right for this part. Only you are, Chloe. You’re just the right actress for what I need you for. You’re going to be part of something bigger than the Hang on to Hope series. Hundreds upon hundreds of people are going to see you. Will you help me?”
Hundreds upon hundreds? What else went on in Madi’s crazy-idea-filled mind of hers?
“Yes,” I nodded happily. “Oh, yes, please! Thank you! I’d love to do it.”
Little did I know I would be part of the biggest thing Delightful World of Dolls has ever done to date.
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