Journey Home, Part II

The conclusion of the book I wrote and illustrated at the age of seven-ish.  You can read the first part here. Warning: some embarrassing Southern-isms ahead.

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Seventh Page: Soon She Came to a sign. It said, (my mother's handwriting) "Candy Forest." "Yee-ha! (my handwriting resumes) I Can't Wait"

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Eighth Page: She went along the path till She came to another Sign. It said "Candy Forest" "OK!"

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Ninth Page: "Candy! Candy! OK!" So off She wint.

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Tenth Page: The Forest was not very big Soon She came to the End of it. "HH" She Side.

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Eleventh Page: She up and done. But She Staid on the path.

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Twelfth Page: So She Went along the path She Saw Some Smoke. "AAHH"

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Thirteenth Page: "I AM Home!"

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Fourteenth Page: The End

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Author's Note:

I have no idea whether the mysterious Miss Lydia was a villain who kidnapped the infant April, or a compassionate guardian. Miss Lydia's villainy is suggested by two things: first, the fact that April had never owned a doll, and second, April's secret midnight escape. Her innocence is supported by the fact that she gives April the doll from the attic, and that I drew her as a pretty woman in a green dress. As a child I was raised on the most basic fairy tales, where ugliness meant villainy, and beauty meant goodness.

I must also admit that my concept for the Candy Forest came from Candy Land, which was my favorite board game for most of my childhood. (Later replaced by Pretty Pretty Princess, then Clue.)

Also, I don't know who to blame for the phrases "Yee-Haw" and "She up and done."