The Secret Santa Disaster – Part 3

Whoop whoop! Today starts my Christmas break.

Not that I’ll be taking a break from anything but school. Both my blogs and novel prep aren’t slowing down anytime soon! >:) Pedal to the metal, folks. That’s how we roll here.

I’m so glad you came today! Because I have this super sweet third and final part to The Secret Santa Disaster I hope you’ll enjoy.

Part 1
Part 2

A quick refresher from part 2:

I turn to Jasmine, and she gasps. I blush. I haven’t cried in months. Here comes the teasing.

But Jasmine furrows her eyebrows and pulls out a tissue. “Why don’t you tell me what’s wrong?”

I sniff, embarrassed, and accept the tissue from her. “Sure. Whatever.”

Jasmine drops to the floor and crosses her legs, leaning back casually. “What’s making you so sad?”

I sit down next to her and swipe the tissue over my eyes. “Katy’s spider bite is all my fault.”

Jazzy furrows her eyebrows. “How is her spider bite your fault?”

Jasmine is never going to forgive me. I clutch the tissue tighter. “I saw it earlier and should have killed it. Katy never would’ve gotten bitten had I taken care of it right away.”

“Aw, Del.” Jasmine smiles. “It’s okay. She’s getting great care at the hospital, don’t you worry. But why’d you leave the spider alive?” She giggles. “You’d jump at the chance to be violent.”

I clench the tissue in my fist. “I kept it alive because I drew your name for the gift exchange… and wanted to give it to you as a present. Before I knew it was poisonous.”

Jasmine’s jaw drops, and I quickly look away. But Jasmine just laughs a little. “Oh, Del. That’s so hilarious. It’d be so funny.”

Wait, what? I look back at her. “It would’ve been mean.”

“My face would’ve been so silly! Everyone would’ve laughed so hard. But I’m glad it’s dead now, since it was poisonous.”

Why have I been such a jerk to her? I smile. She’s not mad at all. “I knew it was poisonous when it bit me, then realized it wouldn’t have made a good gift after all.”

Jasmine shrieks. “It bit you?! Today?”

“Just on my arm—”

Jasmine reaches over me and flails to get to my arm. “Let me see! Have you been to the hospital?!”


Jasmine freaks out and pulls me to my feet, pushing me to the door. “We’re going to hospital right now!”

To be continued… in The Secret Santa Disaster, Part 4!






























When I return from the hospital, Katy has beat me back. I’m not usually the one to sit around and do nothing, but I’m so whoozy from the nausea, venom, and anti-venom shot they gave me (in my bottom, no less) that all I feel like doing is sitting in front of the fire with a cup of cocoa.

I grumpily sit next to Katy without a word and demandingly grab half of her blanket and spread it over me. I then proceed to locate an empty cup and pour half of her hot chocolate into it.

After a long, slow sip, I finally turn my head to look over at her. “Hey.”

K.C. smiles brightly at me. “What’s up?” Then she smirks. “And by the way, I backwashed into the cocoa.”

“No you didn’t.”

“You don’t know that.”

I let out a deep sigh and look at the flickering flames. “I just wanted to say sorry.”

“For what?”

“Your spider bite was all my fault. I found it and tried to capture it to give to Jasmine as a present for the gift exchange.”

Katy falls silent for a few moments, then smiles again. “It’s okay. No harm done.”

“No harm done? We both got bitten! We could’ve died!”

K.C. wraps a weak arm around me. “We both survived black widow spider bites. That’s pretty epic, wouldn’t you say?”

I look down at my cocoa. “I feel like an idiot. I could’ve died. You could’ve died. I almost killed Jasmine!”

Katy just grins. “Another one of your near-death experiences.”

Then she raises her cup of hot chocolate. “To your epicness.”

I shake my head. “No.”


I smile and with a wobbly hand raise my mug to meet Katy’s.

“To our epicness.”

Katy smiles. “Yeah, to our epicness. And to an epic Christmas.”


Okay, that series just failed on me. XD I adored the first part probably a little too much, but then the second and third parts were all 😐

I wanted to do a clever little Jesus-is-the-real-Reason-for-the-season twist, but the series wasn’t headed that direction. XD

Do you ever have posts that turn out to be complete bombs? What have you learned from them? What would you have liked about The Secret Santa Disaster better?

Don’t forget to check back on Friday for my last Christmas Craft Collab tutorial, and then on Saturday for Light4theLord’s!

2017-12-17T19:33:12-05:00 December 19th, 2017|67 Comments


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    Olivia Bell (aka Livy) December 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    Aww, I don’t know why you don’t like this Madi, I loved this series! 😉 I’m so glad they’re both okay, and it sounds like Del isn’t as evil as she makes herself look like. hehe! I’ve been wondering, and I know this is totally random, but you know that part you did, I don’t know what it was called, when Taryn reunited with Del but then they had to take Del away but KC went instead, do you remember that one? Did KC ever come back? Sorry, I was just wondering that, haha! 😀

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you so much, Livy! 😉 That means so much!

      Oh, that was Heads Up! I actually put that on pause while I did Hang on to Hope, and it will resume again soon. Here’s the last part which explains the pause: Heads Up – Part 6 + Notice

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    Aras December 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Personally, I liked it. It was sweet and cute. Though perhaps that wasn’t what you were going for. When I find myself feeling as you do, I try to remember that others will like it anyway. Taking the chance to sound cliche, we are our worst critic. Besides, who’s opinion matters most? God of course. 🙂 Anyway, enjoy your time off. And Merry Christmas!

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Aww, you’re so sweet, Aras! Thank you so much! So true. 😀 Merry Christmas to you, too!

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    Amie December 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Awe! It was so sweet! I liked it, whether it was what you wanted it to be or not. I think it was totally epic both Del and K.C. survived black widow bites 😉

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

      Aw, I’m SO glad you liked it, Amie!! Hehe, I do, too. 😉

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    agdolldreams December 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    It was pretty good! I agree, it could have been better, but hey, we’re all still learning! 🙃 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!! XD I CAN’T BELIEVE ITS IN 6 DAYS. 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱 HAVE YOU SENT MY CARD YET? 😄

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Hope! True. 😉 MERRY CHRISTMAS! AHH. 😱 I’m sending your card super soon!

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    Kaylyn Grace December 19, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    This is so good! Yes, I have had that happen. One of my books that I was working on, the girl’s mother died on the thousandth word. XD I ended up deleting that story. XD THIS IS SOOOOOOOO GREAT!!!!!! Also, I can’t wait for more of your crafts.

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      LOLOL! Oh my gosh, that sounds so funny. XDD Awwww, thanks, Kaylyn! That means so much. <3

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        Kaylyn Grace December 22, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

        I KNOW RIGHT???!!! You’re welcome! Aww, I am glad!

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    EnniMorgan December 19, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    I like it. *nods* I really like it. *nods* I really, really like it. *nods* I love it. *nods* I adore it. *nods* I really, really, really, really, adore it. *dislocates head from nodding*

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply


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    Rose December 19, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I loved that it was amazing! The ending was so sweet! I also tried out your Santa hat tutorial and it worked amazing!! 😊
    Rose ❤️💜❤️

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    quinleytheelf December 19, 2017 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    *Smiles at Del* So happy you changed Del! and told Jasmine…about the spider!
    * does a Charles Dickens narration* So…Del did not die and learned not to give poisonous spiders to people as a christmas present!:)
    *Turns to you* Wow that was an awesome story, and I’m so glad Jasmine understood and wasn’t mad.

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

      Delaney: Thank you, thank you, thank you very much. 😎

      Aww, thank you so much, Quinley! I’m super glad you liked it!

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    Katie December 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Awwww! I love how it ended! You totally got me when you said there would be a part 4 XD I think you did a great job on the photo series. I’ve totally felt that way, I felt that way about the Kirsten’s dollar tree finds but for some reason it’s my most popular post XD XD XD
    – Katie 🙂
    P.S. I sent your card yesterday!

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      Awww, yay! HEHE HURRAY. XDD Aww, thank you! And haha, really? That’s awesome. XDD

      P.S. YAY, I can’t wait to get it!

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    AGs in Alaska December 19, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply


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      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply


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    Rebcake December 19, 2017 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW *flails and dies at ending*

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply


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    Olive December 19, 2017 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    *small scuffle*

    Ahem. Please don’t mind Kit, she’s in time out now. *yelling in the distance* anyways, I think she’s just irritated that Del didn’t get busted, just ended up getting a shot. I thought it was great! And I’d totally do that, I mean, steal the blanket and hot chocolate. 😋 (I’d probably just drink straight out of their cup though, because who wants to grab their own cup? 🤪)
    Btw, del’s shirt has really grown on me. 😜😍
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm - Reply

      Delaney: YOU’RE booooring!

      XDD Heh heh, Del getting punished would’ve been fun. XD HAHAHA SAME. (😂😂)

      Isn’t it BEAUTIFUL? I got it from the Etsy shop dollcloset. You can choose that design in like 30 different colors for only $10 or $12, it’s awesome.

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    kaitlynrh1 December 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Yes! No body died! 😀

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    The AG Homeschooler December 19, 2017 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    I really liked it!! Jasmine’s response was NOT how I thought it’d go. I THOUGHT I’D HAVE TO WAIT FOR A PART 4 YOU’RE EVIL!!! 😂
    I’ve only done two photo story series (Glasses? and Mother Vs. Daughter. Hee hee, some shameless self-promotion. 😉) I’ve learned that you need to wait for a time where you’ll have plenty of time to work on it and that YOU have to be interested in it, too. Otherwise you won’t have a lot of motivation.

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you SOO much! AHAHA MWAHAHA. 😂😂

      Ah, that’s so true!! Ooh, I’ll have to check out your awesome photostories. 😉

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        The AG Homeschooler December 22, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome!
        Thank you! They’re not THAT awesome, so don’t be disappointed. 😉

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    Jewel December 19, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Good job Madi! I did enjoy this, but agree with you that the first part is still the best. This was so great! You have NOTHING to be ashamed of. I going to be completely honest and say, that I think (if anything) this part was a bit “rushed” in feeling. I bet you could’ve prolonged this to at least 4 parts if things weren’t as “direct.” YOU DID AN AMAZING JOB with the amount of time Dell kept her bite a secret, but after that things moved quickly. I would never call this as bad at all, though. That would be A MAJOR understatement. You are very talented, so don’t let this get you down. All bloggers have these moments (*Raises Hand* Me definitely included! I tend to beat myself up over things I’ve done that I’m not totally happy with… because I’m a perfectionist. *Face-Palm*). 😉 I did really like this! Your photography and imagination skills are out the roof! 👍


    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Jewel!!

      Awwww, thank you!! That really helped. I think it was pretty direct and rushed, too. Thank you so much again for all your kind words and advice, you always make my day!! <3 <3

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    Hadassah S. December 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Great job! Loved the ending 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Hadassah! 😀

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    meandmydogsblog December 19, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Awww!! I loved it!!!


    PS: this is for you Katy 😉


    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:24 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you! I’m so glad!

      P.S. Katy: Aww, thank you. 😉

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    Sam December 19, 2017 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    I don’t think you ‘bombed’ this series, because I LOVED it!!!😆😃😄😉

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      AWWWW, thank you so much, Sam!!

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        Sam December 22, 2017 at 6:19 pm - Reply

        Your welcome!😆

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    blackiesunshine December 19, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    It wasn’t a bomb! It was great 😛 I will admit that it sort of lost some momentum, maybe a part at the hospital would’ve helped, but hey, I’m not telling you what to do! Nice photoseries and happy holidays!!

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks, Tess! Yeah, I’m feeling some of the momentum was definitely lost, too. Thanks so much again and Merry Christmas!

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    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

      Delaney: Thank you, thank you, yes, you all want more of my epicness. 😎😎

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    justAG December 20, 2017 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Honestly, I really liked it! I guess if I had to point something out…Maybe you could have shown a tiny bit of Del at the hospital, just so you could get in a little Del rudeness. It might have spiced up the sentimental parts of this installment. But hey, maybe you wanted this part to be more quiet and sentimental.
    Just a suggestion!!!
    P.s. You totally got me with the ‘end of part 3’!!! :/ XD

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you, justAG! Ooh, yeah, that would’ve helped. Thank you again!!

      P.S. HEHEHE. XD

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    Emmie December 20, 2017 at 10:12 am - Reply

    So good!

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    Sara December 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this! Although a Jesus-is-the-real-Reason-for-the-season twist would indeed have been great, I think the ending is awesome. 😀
    Have a joyful + beautiful Christmas!

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      AWW, thank you so much!! I’m so glad you like it. 😀

      Merriest of Christmases to you, Sara!

      OHHH YEAHHH. 👊

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        Sara December 23, 2017 at 2:45 pm - Reply

        You’re SO welcome!
        You too! 😀
        TOTALLY. 😀

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    Gracie December 20, 2017 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Sweet ending! And Del was… humble!! 😉 😀
    Hmmm, maybe it didn’t seem as good to you because the plot didn’t have any/as many unexpected twists?
    Haha, when you said it was to be continued, I was like, but you said it was the final, and that part was too short! XD
    Have a blessed day!

    • Madison
      Madison December 22, 2017 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      XDD For once! XD Thank you!

      Hmm, good point! Thanks for your thoughts.

      HEHE. Were you fooled or nah? XD

      You, too! <3

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        Gracie December 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome!
        Maybe a little fooled, haha! XD

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    Kirstyn December 22, 2017 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    I loved it! When it said “To be continued in part 4” I was like, REALLY?! Lol. Had me fooled. #ProSkills. 😎

    • Madison
      Madison December 23, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

      Aww, I’m so glad! And HEHEHE. XDD

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    Megan November 7, 2019 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    OK, so I just reread this series, and it’s one of my favorites! I think the only thing that could have improved it would have been (like you said) a Jesus-is-the-real-reason ending, but other than that I loved this series! Such a cute plot, and I love the sweet ending. Plus it’s good for Del to learn a lesson. 😉
    ~ Megan

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