J.M.M.Adams, Mystery Author

Chapters 1 – 3 Sophia and the Stradivarius or Violin

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Minor Editor: Gregory Williams

 

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

 

 

This is a work of fiction from the Author’s imagination. It does not reflect any living or deceased person. Copyrights reserved.

 

 

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SOPHIA and the STRADIVARIUS

A Sophia and Kanani Adventure

 

 By Michele Makinson

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                  CHAPTER ONE

 

 

 

The blue sky turned dark and heavy rain pelted down on my windows. I decided to close my antique shop early today, because of the weather.

The bell over my front door chimed and I looked up. A tall woman clutching a violin case stood just inside the frame. Rainwater soaked through her black, cropped–short hair, and ran down her knee-length, white raincoat. She didn’t look very happy.

 

            “It’s wet out there, isn’t it? What can I help you with?” I walked in front of the counter and walked over closing the door, it had blown open.

“I am looking for a woman named Sophia Anderson. I have travelled a long way to deliver this violin to her from her grandfather. He thought Sophia had moved to Port Townsend and opened an antique shop. I have been to several of them and they weren’t the right ones. This is my last hope then I’m going back home. I’ve had it with Seattle weather.”

“My grandfather sent you? You’re in luck, I’m Sophia.” I stuck out my hand to greet the woman.

“Thank goodness,” She said placing the violin case down and shaking my hand. “My name is Rachael McFarland, it’s nice to finally meet you.”

“Same here, let me see this violin.”

“I believe your grandfather put something in here for you.” She handed me the violin.

 “I did this as a favor for him. He is an old friend of my grandfather and father, they are luthiers and your grandfather is too. That is how they became such good friends many years ago. I don’t know anything more. I must really go, I can’t stay.” She turned and ran out the door. I carefully put the violin down and ran after her.

“Wait, where did you come from?” I called out.

“Luxembourg, I must really go. Nice meeting you,” Rachael called back before turning the corner.

I couldn’t do anything but watch her disappear. Then as I turned to go back into my shop, I had a glimpse of someone following Rachael.

“It’s just probably someone running for the ferry too.” I thought.

I ran back into my shop without getting too soaked and slammed the heavy door shut, locking it. I had to get home, Kanani, my German Shepherd, must have to go out. I usually bring her with me to work, but with the weather so bad I left her home today. I picked up the violin case and took it into my office placing it on my desk. After putting on my raincoat, I grabbed an umbrella and the violin case. I ran out the back door and made a mad dash down the alley to my car.

I had to run through large puddles, muttering to myself, “I wish I had worn boots today.” My feet were soaked and I was drenched.

 “Why am I living here? I could be back in Hawaii basking in the sun.” I finally got to my car and jumped in. Looking at the clock on my dash, it was only five pm. Hawaii was three hours behind, so I decided to wait and call my husband, John, later.

Ring Ring Ring. My cell phone. Darn it’s stuck in my pocket.

I fished it out just before it stopped ringing.

“Hello.”

“Hi, Sophie, it’s me Susan. I’m at the market, I thought I could pick up a pizza and we could eat dinner together tonight.”

“That’s a great idea, I’m wet, hungry and cold. I’m on my way home now, just come over as soon as you can. I have some wine already so we don’t need anymore. I can’t wait to tell you about my strange encounter a little while ago in the shop.

I loved teasing my best friend Susan.

“A strange encounter? I can’t wait; I’ll be right over. Bye.” Susan hung up the phone.

I just stared down at my phone, shrugged and put it back into my pocket. Driving home I was getting a weird feeling about this violin. I tried looking out my back window, but it was raining so hard I could not see if I was being followed or not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            CHAPTER TWO

 

 

 

 

         Arriving home I parked in the street, grabbed my violin and ran through the rain to my side door.

         Woof woof woof, slurp slurp.

         I’m so happy your home, Sophie. Oops, I tinkled.

         “Kanani, down girl, ha ha, come on you need to go out. Let me put this on the table.”

         My dog was happy to see me and I was happy to see her too.

         I put down the violin down on the little table by the back door and let Kanani outside. Then I went back to clean up her mess. I just finished and she was jumping up on the door looking in the window. She didn’t like to be outside without me for very long. Lol.

         I let her in and she ran over to the refrigerator and stared at it thumping her tail.

         I’m hungry now, Sophie.

         I looked at her and laughed.

         “Let me get my wet clothes off and I’ll feed you, Kanani.”

         She then followed me into my bedroom. I got my damp clothes off, put on stretch jeans and a sweatshirt. Then I braided my dark blond hair. I was just finishing up when Susan came through the front door holding her umbrella in one hand and pizza in the other.

          “Hi Susan, you can just put it on the counter. I will be right there.” I said.

         Kanani ran out of the bedroom and over to greet Susan.

         Hi Susan.

         “Hi Kanani.” Thump thump thump.

         “Hi Sophie.”  Susan put the pizza on top of the oven and pet Kanani.

         Oh I like that. Kanani said.

         What another violin?” Susan asked me.

         “It involves my strange encounter I mentioned,” I told her walking over to it and opening it up.

         “I can’t wait to hear about it, let me open some wine and pour us each a glass.” Susan did that and walked back over to look inside with me.

         “Hmm, some lady came in before closing and left this with me, saying it is from my grandfather and I would understand. My grandfather is always up to some adventure or something mysterious, but this is strange indeed. I have lost track of where he is at the moment. Unless he joined a Monastery like he always talked about doing after Grandma died.” I told Susan, taking out the violin. I searched through the case. Nothing, I looked inside the violin. It didn’t have a name. I put my finger through the hole and felt around.

         “There’s something in here.”

         “Sophie, don’t you still have your luthier tools?

         “Yes, I’m sure I brought them with me when we left Hawaii. Let me go check.” I looked for Kanani. She was staring at the pizza.

         “Let me feed Kanani first, before she devours our pizza, Susan.”

         I walked over to the fridge and took out Kanani’s food placing it in front of her. Then I walked into my bedroom and looked in the closet. I came out carrying my tools. It had been a long time since I had used them. In fact, these tools are the same ones Grandpa had before he gave them to me and taught me how to use them to make the violin I play all of the time. I picked up the violin; took it out of the case and set it down on the table. I took off the strings, popped the top off with my trusty little tool.

         “Hmmm, I don’t know if I just ruined the violin.” Then I saw something!

         “Look, Susan!” An envelope is taped on the inside of it.”

         “Wow that was clever Sophie. What’s in it?”

         “Thanks,” I replied. “Let’s see.”

         I carefully removed the envelope and placed the top back on without securing it. Then I put the violin back in its case. I would have to deal with that later.

         “Let’s get our pizza and wine then go sit by the fireplace and read this.”

         “Ok, I’ll grab the pizza and make the fire.” Susan told me. She placed the pizza on the coffee table and walked over starting the fire.

         I grabbed the wine and turned on the TV on low then sat on the couch. Susan joined me a few minutes later.

         “Ok, let’s see what it’s in the letter,” I told Susan with excitement. My hands were shaking as I unfolded the letter. I began reading:

 

          “My dear Sophia, I have sent you this message because time is of the essence for you to accomplish what I am asking of you.

         I have made a decision to enter the Trappist Monks in Begrolles-en-Maugges. This is in Western France, not far from Normandy. I am extremely happy about this decision and I have turned all of my property over to you. You must go to Le Mont Michel in France; in a vault you will find the Stradivarius Violin. It is essential you get this violin and prove to the world that you are the rightful heir. The sooner you do this the safer you will be. I am sorry, but leaving this to you has already put you in grave danger. Monsieur Gaspard must be exposed and arrested as soon as possible. He wants this violin and will stop at nothing to get it. All will be revealed when you enter the vault located in the village by the Church in Le Mont Michel, France. You will also discover our real heritage, a story you have never known. Not even your dear father had the opportunity to find out the truth before his early death. You must be very careful.

         My father hid the Stradivarius during World War ll from the Nazis in Le Mont St. Michel. He received it from his father, and his father received it from his father. You get the idea; it has been in our family since 1690 when it was made.

         I am going to give you some hints to attain the passwords to enter this vault. You will find a hint in Austria at the Eagles Nest. You must look out over the mountains at sunset. Read Psalm 107, what you find at the Eagles Nest is in this Psalm.

To enter the first vault, you need to memorize 2012stradivariussophia and destroy this letter. God speed my love and know that I am praying for you and will the rest of my life.”

 

I Love You,

 

Grandpa

 

 

 

         I put the letter down and looked at Susan; her eyes were wide with astonishment. I could not believe what I just read either.

         “I can’t believe this Sophia.”

         “Me either,” I replied getting up. “Let’s look up that Psalm.”

         “Sophia, look.” Susan pointed at the television.

         I stopped and turned around, then went over and turned up the volume. The reporter was saying:

         “There has been an accident in Coupeville tonight at the ferry: There was gunfire and a woman named Rachael McFarland was shot; then she disappeared. We don’t know the extent of her injuries. There are torrential winds with heavy rain; the police have closed the ferry for the rest of the evening.”

The wind was whipping through the reporters hair and he was having a hard time keeping his balance. As he was trying to finish his report, the power went out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                            CHAPTER THREE

 

 

 

 

         “Oh no,” I exclaimed. “This is just awful! First of all what did Grandpa mean” I know who I am. You know who I am, we’ve been friends for ten years. This doesn’t make any sense. Actually it’s a bit insane.” I looked at Susan in exasperation. I was getting myself upset.

         “I don’t know, it’s really weird, Sophia, but things always happen to you and you bounce out of it. This one just might top the other adventures though.” Susan was laughing.

         Her laughter was contagious and I started laughing as well.

         “Very funny. Ok, I am supposed to destroy this letter.  I don’t want to but I know I should.” I was trying to convince myself to destroy the letter.        

         “Can you help me remember the combination?” I asked Susan.

         “Yes I can, it’s 2012stradivariussophia. We need to go to the Eagle’s Nest in Austria, reading Psalm 107 first, then on to France. I don’t get what word in Psalm 107 we need to memorize tough, it’s a bit mysterious. ” She said.

         “Ok, I’m convinced you have the key components memorized, thank you.”

         With that I flung it into the fire. I was excited to tell John about this, but we needed to take care of ourselves at the moment.

         “Let me get some flashlights, it’s getting dark.” I walked over to the kitchen and opened a drawer, pulling out two flashlights. I turned them on.

         “They both work. Take these Susan while I find some votive candles.

         She walked over and took the flashlights while I grabbed four candles and some matches.

Then I joined her on the couch. Kanani curled up next to me.

         “Let’s sit here for a bit and talk, then I guess you should stay over tonight.” I said.

         “Yes, I don’t want to go home while the power is out.” Susan replied.

         “I have extra night clothes for you. I need to get my phone and try to call John.” I said getting up. Kanani followed me into the bedroom. I grabbed my phone and pulled out some night clothes for Susan then walked back out to the living room and sat on the couch.

         “Here’s some bed clothes.” I said handing them to her.

         “Thank you Sophie.” She said.

          I looked at my phone.

         “Oh no, there’s no reception and it needs charging.” I said.

         “Let me get my phone and try, Sophie.” Susan walked over to her coat and pulled out her phone. I don’t have any reception either. She stuck it in her pocket then walked back over and sat down.

         “I’m worried about that Rachael person. she’s the one that brought me the violin. Grandpa said in his letter that I would be in danger, you didn’t see anything else in this case did you Susan?” I asked her.

         “No, Sophia, you went through it really well and then you destroyed the letter, so you are ok.” She said getting up from the couch.

         “Well let’s clean up and get ready for bed, come on Kanani, outside one more time tonight,” I said walking over to the door letting her out.

         “Whew, is it still nasty out!” I told Susan.

         “I know, its dark out too, no moon,” She replied.

         I let Kanani back in and we all went to bed. I tossed and turned thinking about that letter and what it could mean to me, actually to all of us. I wished John was here or we were all back in Hawaii.

          Woof! Woof! Kanani barked as she jumped off of my bed. It woke me with a start. I reached for my lamp but there was still no power, so I grabbed my flashlight.

         Woof! Woof! Woof!  This is serious Sophie, let me out there! Kanani kept barking and trying to open the bedroom door.

         She must have heard Susan getting up to use the bathroom. I opened up the door and Kanani rushed out growling and barking.

         “Susan? Is that you?” I called out, there was no answer.

         It was cold in the living room and wind was coming in from somewhere.

         “Who’s there?” I shouted.  There was still no answer, all I heard was some scuffling.

         Kanani bit someone! I heard a scream! Someone bolted out the front door with her running after them.

         I ran to the door and almost slipped on something. I looked down, Kanani had ripped a big chunk out of some ones raincoat. I ran outside and called out, “Kanani, let him go, come back, now!”

         She turned around, thank goodness, and came back into the house. I shoved the piece of clothing out of the way and tried to push the door closed. The wind was so strong I couldn’t shut it.

         “Sophia? “What’s happening?” Susan came running out of her room.

         “Please help me shut this door. Someone broke in here tonight, Kanani bit them and he went out screaming.”

         She came running over and with her help we got the door closed, then I moved the flashlight all around the room.

          “The violin is gone!” I yelled running over to the table.

“Someone is on to us!” I exclaimed. “Grandpa was right, we are in danger now!”

 

Names for my Sophia book that was called The Violin

I need a name for The Violin. I am rewriting it and can’t call it that to resize it and what I want to do with it. The suggestions are:

 Sophia and the Stradivarius

The Stradivarius

Sophia’s Stradivarius

The lost Stradivarius

Sophia’s mysterious Stradivarius

Sophia’s Violin

Sophia and the Violin

It’s about a Stradivarius, Kanani that now talks and Sophia. It is part of a series A Sophia and Kanani Adventure.

 

Any suggestions? Do you like any of these names?

 

Thank you.

Sophia and the Stradivarious

SOPHIA and the STRADIVARIOUS

A Sophia and Kanani Adventure

By Michele Makinson

CHAPTER ONE

The blue sky turned dark and heavy rain pelted down on my windows. I decided to close my antique shop early today, because of the weather.

I heard the bell tinkle over my front door and looked up. I saw a drenched woman standing there with a violin case. The woman was tall with black hair cropped short, she had on an off white raincoat that was knee length. She didn’t look very happy.

“It’s wet out there, isn’t it? What can I help you with?” I walked in front of the counter and walked over closing the door, it had blown open.

“I am looking for a woman named Sophia Anderson. I have travelled a long way to deliver this violin to her from her grandfather. He thought that Sophia had moved to Port Townsend and opened an antique shop. I have been to several of them and they weren’t the right ones. This is my last hope or I’m going back home. I’ve had it with Seattle weather.”

“My grandfather sent you? Your in luck, I’m Sophia.” I stuck out my hand to greet the woman.

“Thank goodness,” She said placing the violin case down and shaking my hand. “My name is Rachael McFarland, it’s nice to finally meet you.”

“Same here let me see this violin.”

“I believe your grandfather put something in here for you.” She handed me the violin.  “I did this as a favor for him. He is an old friend of my Grandfather and Father, they are Luthiers and your Grandfather is too. That is how they became such good friends many years ago. I don’t know anything more. I must really go, I can’t stay.” She turned and ran out the door. I carefully put the violin down and ran after her.

“Wait, where did you come from?” I called out.

“Luxembourg, I must really go. Nice meeting you,” Rachael called back before turning the corner.

I couldn’t do anything but watch her disappear. Then as I turned to go back into my shop, I had a glimpse of someone following Rachael.

“It’s just probably someone running for the ferry too.” I thought.

I ran back into my shop without getting too soaked and slammed the heavy door shut, locking it. I had to get home, Kanani my German Shepherd must have to go out. I usually bring her with me to work, but the weather so bad I left her home today. I picked up the violin case and took it into my office placing it on my desk.  After putting on my raincoat, I grabbed an umbrella and the violin case. I ran out the back door and made a mad dash down the alley to my car. I had to run through large puddles, I wish I had worn boots today. My feet were soaked and I was drenched. Why am I living here? I could be back in Hawaii basking in the sun. I finally got to my car and jumped in. Looking at the clock on my dash, it was only five pm. Hawaii as three hours behind, so I decided to wait and call my husband, John, later.

“Ring Ring Ring.”

“My cell phone. Darn it’s stuck in my pocket.” I fished it out just before it stopped ringing.

“Hello.”

“Hi, Sophie, it’s me Susan. I’m at the market, I thought I could pick up a pizza and we could eat dinner together tonight.”

“That’s a great idea, I’m wet, hungry and cold. I’m on my way home now, just come over as soon as you can. I have some wine already so we don’t need anymore. I can’t wait to tell you about my strange encounter a little while ago in the shop.” I loved teasing my best friend Susan.

“A strange encounter? I can’t wait; I’ll be right over. Bye.” Susan hung up the phone.

I just stared down at my phone, shrugged and put it back in to my pocket. Driving home I was getting a weird feeling about this violin. If it had not been raining so hard, I would have noticed a car following me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER 2

Arriving home I parked in the street, grabbed my violin and ran through the rain to my side door.

“Woof woof woof, slurp slurp.”

“Kanani, down girl, ha ha, come on you need to go out. Let me put this on the table.” My dog was happy to see me and I was happy to see her too.

I walked by the table, put down the violin case and let Kanani outside for a quick potty break. She did not like to be without me for long, soon she was scratching on the door to come back in. I let her in then ran into the bedroom and got my damp clothes off, putting on stretch jeans and a sweatshirt. Then I braided my dark blond hair. I was just finishing up when Susan came through the front door holding her umbrella in one hand and pizza in the other.

          “Hi Susan, you can just put it on the counter. I will be right there.” I said.

“Ok, hi Sophia. What another violin?” Susan asked me as she glanced at it walking by the table I had placed it on.

“It involves my strange encounter I mentioned,” I told her walking over to it and opening it up.

“I can’t wait to hear about it, let me open some wine and pour us each a glass.” Susan did that and walked back over to look inside with me.

“Hmm, some lady came in before closing and left this with me, saying it is from my grandfather and I would understand. My grandfather is always up to some adventure or something mysterious, but this is strange indeed. I have lost track of where he is at the moment. Unless he joined a Monastery like he always talked about doing after Grandma died.” I told Susan, taking out the violin. I searched through the case. Nothing and then I had a thought!

“Hold on! Let me get my violin tools,” I told Susan, as I ran into my bedroom and grabbed my box of Luthiers material. It had been a long time since I had used them. In fact the violin I play all of the time, I made with Grandpa’s help. Coming back into the room I picked up the violin; took it out of the case and set it down on the table. I took off the strings, popped the top off with my trusty little tool. “Hm, I don’t know if I just ruined the violin.” Then I saw something!

“There, look, Susan!” An envelope was taped to the top of it.”

“Wow that was clever Sophie!”

“Thanks,” I replied.

I carefully ripped the envelope off and placed the top back on without securing it. Then I put the violin back in its case. I would have to deal with that later.

“Ok, let’s see what it’s in it,” I told Susan with excitement. My hands were shaking as I unfolded the letter. I began reading:

 

“My dear Sophia, I have sent you this message because time is of the essence for you to accomplish what I am asking of you.

I have made a decision to enter the Trappist Monks in Begrolles-en-Maugges. This is in Western France not far from Normandy. I am extremely happy about this decision and I have turned all of my property over to you. You must go to Le Mont Michel in France; in a vault you will find the Stradivarius Violin. It is essential you get this violin and prove to the world that you are the rightful heir. The sooner you do this the safer you will be. I am sorry, but leaving this to you has already put you in grave danger. Monsieur Gaspard must be exposed and arrested as soon as possible. He wants this violin and will stop at nothing to get it. All will be reviled when you enter the volt located in the village by the Church in Le Mont Michel, France. You will also find out our real heritage, a story you have never known. Not even your dear Father had the opportunity to find out the truth before his early death. You must be very careful.

My father hid the Stradivarius during World War ll from the Nazis in Le Mont St. Michel. He received it from his father, and his Father received it from his father. You get the idea; it has been in our family since 1690 when it was made.

I am going to give you some hints to attain the passwords to enter this vault. You will find a hint in Austria at the Eagles Nest. You must look out over the mountains at sunset. Read psalm107, what you find at the Eagles Nest is in this psalm.

To enter the first vault, you need to memorize 2012stradivariussophia and destroy this letter. God speed my love and know that I am praying for you and will the rest of my life.”

 

I Love You,

 

Grandpa

 

 

 

I put the letter down and looked at Susan; her eyes were wide with astonishment. I could not believe what I just read either.

“I can’t believe this Sophia.”

“Me either,” I replied getting up. “Let’s look up that Psalm and feed Kanani. Then we can sit by the fire and eat this great looking pizza. We have some decisions to make. I couldn’t find my bible and we were hungry, so we thought we would do later.

We were finishing dinner and listening to the news. Kanani was lying on my feet fast asleep.

The reporter came on, “listen Susan,” I said turning up the sound.

“There has been an accident in Coupeville tonight at the ferry, there was gunfire and a woman named Rachael McFarland was shot; then disappeared. We don’t know if she is wounded or not. There are torrential winds with heavy rain; the police have closed the ferry for the rest of the evening.”

The reporter was saying all of this with the wind whipping through his hair and blowing him off balance. As he was trying to finish his report, the power went out!

Sophia and the Stradivarius

The Violin is being rewritten as: Sophia and the Stradivarius. The book cover is being made by the same artist that did Sophia and the Dragon. I can’t wait to release this version of the book. It will be out by late summer.

Revised. What do you think? Sophia and The Dragon

Sophia and The Dragon

 

 

Sophia Anderson (From Hawaii, Port Townsend, WA and Luxembourg 2013) Nickname is Sophie.

John Barnes (Sophia’s deceased husband)

Susan and Kimo (Good Friends)

Leila (Sophia’s niece)

Jennie (Sophia’s sister that disappeared in Egypt through time travel, Leila’s mother)

Robert (Jennie’s husband that disappeared with her)

Yglais (Mother of Lamorak and Perceval)

Lamorak (Knight of the Round Table, Knight that found Sophia, he was more famous than Gawain.

Perceval (Knight of the Round Table and brother of Lamorak)

Cundrie (Witch, Accolon’s wife, cousin to Lamorak and Perceval)

Accalon (Knight of the Round Table and husband to Cundrie)

Bryn (Maid to Sophia in 1180 AD)

Afawen (Maid to Sophia in 1180 AD)

Iago (Page in 1180 AD)

Ivis (The Head Cook at Lamorak’s Castle 1180)

Gunther (White Dragon)

Drake ( White Dragon)

 

 

 

                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

“Sophie!” Susan screams as Sophia disappeared into the opening of the cave.

“Kanani no! Come back don’t follow!” Leila called after Kanani. It was too late; Kanani had already followed Sophia through the portal.

 It was dark for Sophia going through, but before she knew it she hit the ground and lost her balance.  She didn’t know what had happened to her so she looked around. She was on the ground beside a dirt road; across the road to her right was what looked like an English Pub.  

She thought to herself;  “Did I just go through time? This is unbelievable. I only thought I could do that in Egypt!”

As she started picking herself up off of the ground she was knocked down again, because Kanani just ran into her.

“Kanani, I’m glad to see you too and that you love me so much. Can you get off of me, please?” She begged her German Shepherd as she struggled to shove her off to the side.

Kanani didn’t listen; she started licking Sophia’s face then jumped back and forth over her. Then all of a sudden she stopped and started barking. Sophia heard a horse, she looked up, a big black stallion was coming towards them on the road. Some tall person was on the horse. As the horse got closer she could see the rider was a man dressed in light chain armor. He dismounted his stallion and Sophia could see that he was in his late twenties like herself; he had brown hair and was about six feet tall with a muscular build and the most beautiful blue eyes she had ever seen.

            “Stop barking Kanani,” Sophia told her German Shepherd as the man started speaking to her.

            “Good day Madam, are you alright?”

            “Yes, yes, I think so, thank you for stopping to ask.” Sophia stuttered as she continued looking around still wondering where they were. It looked a lot like Cornwall, but not the Cornwall she was familiar with.

            “Who are you?”

            “I’m Sophia and this is Kanani, we were exploring caves with my friends and ended up here.  May I ask who you are and where am I?”

            “Yes, my Lady it is the year of our Lord, 1180, you are in the County of Devon and I am Sir Lamorak de Gales. I am a Knight of the Round Table in King Arthur’s Court.

            “May I pet your animal, Lady?” He asked without waiting for an answer from me, bending over to pet Kanani. I was so glad she didn’t bite him.

            “If she lets you pet her it’s ok with me,” Sophia rattled off.

            “I’ve never seen a dog like this and I have never seen anyone dressed like you.” He finished looking at Sophia with curiosity.

Her heart was beating so fast she was sure he could hear it. “Was I really dressed in black leggings, an long skirt and short sleeved blouse and tennis shoes, with my long dark blonde hair braided to the side, talking to a handsome Knight in armor that belonged to King Arthur’s Court?” Sophia muttered to herself.

            “My dog is an Alsatian,” She thought about it and chose her words carefully. She figured telling him that Kanani was a German Shepherd would confuse him.

            “Where are you from?” He asked looking at her more intensely.

            “I’m from Luxembourg in year of our Lord 2013,” she blurted out.  

            “What? Did you come here on purpose? I don’t understand how that happened.” He looked amazed.

            “No, it was an accident. I’m lost and really want to go home now!” She was unsure of herself and looked back at the rock she and Kanani apparently came through. The portal was not visible to her now though.

He followed her gaze and apparently saw nothing but a rock either.

“I do not know how to get you back at this moment. You must come to my Castle, I am not going to let a beautiful young lady and dog stand here all night for thieves to rob and kill.”

“Your Castle? I don’t have anything proper to put on for a castle visit,” She looked down at what she had on again.

“I’m sure my mother can find something your size, even though you are so thin.” He said jestingly then bent over and gently took her hand and kissed it.

“Wow, I’ll follow you anywhere.” Sophia was thinking with a lump in her throat. She was still wondering how she would get back home. She felt a bit of dread in the pit of her stomach as he led her away.

“Will you remember where you found us?” She asked a bit pleadingly.

“Yes, I will.” He turned to look at Sophia, “It’s almost dark, we must hurry.”

Sophia grabbed her pack and took Kanani’s leash snapping it on her collar. He walked leading his horse behind them.

“Would Susan and Leila get Kimo and come find us? Oh, I shouldn’t have listened to Leila and I should have stayed home working on Grandpa’s notes in my library in Luxembourg.” Sophia was choking back tears. She was having a hard time letting go since John, her husband, had been killed six months ago.

“What is that you have on your dog?” He interrupted Sophia’s self pity.

“It’s called a leash, I don’t think it’s invented yet.”

“No, it isn’t, I have a lot of questions for you. Don’t worry. You will be safe in my care my Lady.”

“I hope so,” Sophia answered down cast.

As they advanced Sophia looked around, the countryside was green with rolling hills, she decided to try and enjoy her predicament since she was on this adventure whether she wanted to be or not.

“I don’t have anything to worry about. Susan and Kimo will take care of Leila and the house in Luxembourg. It was so beautiful here and looked very different from how I remembered it when growing up and coming here on summer vacations with my Grandma and Grandpa. The farms and roads were gone, it was untouched. Being summer, the weather was nice and Kanani didn’t seem upset by our recent experience. So I might as well enjoy my adventure. It would be something else to write about when I got home.” Sophia was telling herself.

After walking for about an hour Lamorak pointed at a castle and said with pride in his voice, “There’s my castle.”

“Wow, it’s gorgeous!” Sophia was getting excited forgetting her predicament. She was a bit anxious to meet his family though.

“She has been in my family many years. When my father was slain in battle it became mine, which was five years ago. I now take care of my mother, Lady Yglais.” He looked thoughtful.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea for anyone to know where you have come from, at least not today. My mother will wonder if she sees the way you are dressed. I will put you into a spare bedchamber right away then go find her.  I will mention I met you, but not tell her where you came from.”

He was still talking but he lost Sophia’s attention, because they had just entered the most magnificent castle she had ever seen!

Following him to the stables he handed his horse over to a Page. The Page looked at Sophia with suspicion, but didn’t say anything.

“Oh, he gives me the chills with his stare Sir Lamorak.”

“Come lets get you into the castle.”

He pushed her gently in front of him to leave the stable. Then she followed Lamorak into the main hall of the castle.  She tried looking around at everything without tripping but had a hard time because he was moving her rapidly to her room. They got to their destination; he opened up the doors and gently pushed her inside. She looked around at the beautiful room; there was a bed, washstand and a window looking out over the moors.

“This is where you and Kanani can stay, make yourself comfortable and I will have some dresses and underclothing brought in for you, my Lady. Don’t be frightened, are you?”

“Not so much frightened as concerned if I will be accepted, then there’s that little thing about how long I’ll be here.” She pinched herself, yep, she was awake this was not a dream. He saw her pinching herself.

“I don’t understand how you got here, but everything will work out. I am pleased that I was the one that found you. This will put some excitement into our lives,” He said with a bid of glee in his voice, and then he grinned turning around to walk out the door. He stopped remembering something, turned around and said; “I will escort you to dinner in two hours.”

“Great.”

Then he closed the door and disappeared.

“Didn’t he think I was going to try and get back home?” She said to Kanani as she took off the backpack and looked inside to see what Susan had loaded into it that morning. She found the phone Grandpa had given her for the planned time travel in Egypt. She was going to go and try to find her sister and brother -in -law. Jennie had disappeared over a year ago while on an excavation trip with her husband and Leila. Leila had stayed behind in the camp that morning. They never returned to her. That’s how Leila had come to live in Luxembourg under Sophia’s care. Grandpa had told her this phone worked for time travel; well she was going to give it a test after getting cleaned up, she felt and looked grubby and dirty. She walked over to the basin of water and washed her face then looked into the mirror sighing. Of course she had no makeup in her pack. She was going to miss a lot of things. A knock at the door startled her.

“Come in.”

The door opened and a young maid walked in carrying ten gowns, then another one followed her carrying more clothes. They were gorgeous gowns; Sophia couldn’t believe it!

“Look at those dresses I am so thankful, I don’t know what to say except thank you.”

“You are very welcome Lady,” said the first maid. “I will hang them up in the closet; do you need anything else or help with anything my Lady?”

“Yes, I need to know what to wear to dinner tonight and I need some face stuff to make me pretty.”

“Afawen,” she pointed to the other girl,  “put some makeup over there for you by the basin, if you need other colors let me know. There is also some lotion with it, would you like some hot water to be brought in for a bath?”

“I would love that so much!” Exclaimed Sophia.

“Ok, my name is Bryn and we will be back soon,” but instead of leaving she walked over to the hanging gowns and pulled one out. “This blue one would look very nice on you tonight.” She said holding it up for inspection.

It was the most gorgeous blue gown Sophia had ever seen. “Thank you. That one will do fine. It’s nice to meet you Bryn. My name is Sophia, my friends call me Sophie.”

“Your welcome, I will be here to assist you for your stay. Then she giggled, looking down at Kanani. May I pet her? She’s so pretty.”

“Yes, let me introduce you to Kanani.” Sophia walked over and knelt down by her dog, then invited Bryn to come over and pet her.

“Thank you my Lady,” then she stood up. “I’ll be back with your hot water very soon.” She turned and walked out of the room.

“What an endearing young lady.” Sophia said to Kanani and then sighed, “This might be fun, I’m going to try and call Grandpa.”

Kanani was looking around the room and thinking, “Not bad for a place to stay. I wonder where we are? Yes, Sophie, this will be fun, Woof woof!”

Sophia knew that Susan and Leila were probably frantic that she and Kanani had disappeared.

Picking up the phone she dialed the number Grandpa had given her. It rang only once to her great relief.  She heard his voice on the other end of it.

“Hello. Sophie is this you my dear?”

“Hi Grandpa. Yes it’s me and I want you to know that I am ok and it’s so nice to hear your voice!”

“Susan and Kimo called telling me about your disappearance right after it happened. They were very upset, but I calmed them down. We’ll figure out how to get you home. What year did you land in sweetheart?”

“I landed in 1180 and I’m staying at Sir Lamorak de Gales castle in Devon, England. He is a knight in King Arthur’s court, can you Google him Grandpa, and let me know whatever you can find out about him?” She pleaded.

“Yes, dear I can do that for you. Are they treating you like the princess you are to me?” The warmth in his voice quieted her.  

“Yes, Grandpa they are; I have ten beautiful gowns hanging in my wardrobe! Lamorak acts like I’m here to stay forever!”

“Well, sweetheart this is good for you to have a little adventure. I want you to start living again after your heartache of losing John,” He told her endearingly.

“I know Grandpa, but this is strange, oh, someone is knocking on my door; I’ll call you back tomorrow. Please let everyone know I’m ok. I love you Grandpa.”

“Ok, sweetheart I will and I love you too,” then he hung up.

Sophia tossed the phone in her pack and hurried over to open the door.  The castle attendants were carrying her bath water, soap and anything else she needed. They filled the tub and as they were leaving Bryn walked in.

“Well it looks in place, my Lady. Can I be of help with your bath or helping you dress?”

“Yes, could you come back in thirty minutes and help me with the dress? I would be grateful.”

“Yes I can, now enjoy your hot bath my Lady and I will be back soon.” Bryn left closing the door behind her.

“I will,” Shouted Sophia after her.

It looked like a lovely bath, Sophia peeled off her dirty skirt, leggings and blouse, folding them and placing them in her pack. Then she stepped into the hot inviting bath. It felt good on her aching muscles and she relaxed. Not having much time, because Bryn would be back soon, she got out and dried off. Put on her underthings and was just slipping the dress on as there was a knock on the door.

“Bryn, is that you?”

“Yes, my lady. May I come in now?” She asked.

“Yes, I’m ready for you.”

She entered and asked, “How was your bath?”

“Fantastic! It picked up my spirit and I needed that.”

“Good,” She helped button up the dress and apply face color. When they were all done Bryn looked at her.

“You look lovely, my Lady. Yes, you will do.”

“Really? Thank you so much!” Sophia gave Bryn a hug, it made her blush.

“I will make sure Kanani is fed, what does she eat?” Bryn asked.

“Well, as long as she feeds me what I like, come on Sophie, tell her what I like to eat.” Kanani was thumping her tail at Bryn.

“She can eat meat and needs drinking water. I would really appreciate that, thank you.” Sophia said.

“Your welcome, I’ll be back after you go to dinner and take care of her.”

“Thank you again Bryn,” then she left. Sophia hugged Kanani, she just cocked her and gave Sophia a look.  

“We’re going to be ok, sweetie. Bryn will come back with your food and take you out for potty. I love you Nani!” Sophia buried her face into Kanani’s neck.

“I love you too, don’t be gone too long.” Kanani didn’t want her to leave at all.

Then there was a knock on the door, letting go of Kanani Sophia walked over and opened it up. Handsome Sir Lamorak was standing there!

“Good evening,” Sophia said, “do you like how I look now?” She asked him twirling around.

Then she really looked at him, he was so handsome in his blue linen shirt and black pants. The blue shirt brought out the blue of his eyes. Oh, she could fall for him.

“You are very beautiful my Lady,” he replied, “I am honored to escort you to dinner.” Then he stuck out his arm for Sophia to take hold of. She looked back at Kanani and told her to be a good girl and that she would be back soon. Sophia was really nervous.

They walked into the dining room. Everyone was already seated.

“Mother, I would like to introduce you to Lady Sophia of Luxembourg,” Lamorak stepped back to show off Sophia and introduce her to his mother.

She was shocked he called her that, how was she going to pull this one off.

“Very nice to meet you Lady Yglais,” She said with a courtesy.

“It’s very nice to meet you as well, let me introduce you to everyone, my dear.” Lady Yglais continued. She pointed as she spoke,  “The man to my left is my other son, Perceval; next to him is Accalon and then his wife Cundrie. Accalon is my nephew and both he and his wife are staying here with us for the time being. Why don’t you sit here next to me on my right, dear.” She patted the seat next to her.

“Hello, it’s nice to met all of you,” Sophia said, then turned to Yglais, Lamorak’s mother, “I am honored to sit next to you my Lady, thank you.”

Lamorak pulled out the chair and she sat down. Sophia made it through dinner without any mishaps. Stories were told about the quests the Knights had been on. Then she heard about how King Arthur had called everyone into his Kingdom for a festival starting tomorrow.  Cundrie talked about what clothes to pack, Lady Yglais said that everyone should get up early because the wagons needed to be packed up. Lady Yglais told Sophia she was invited to go with them. Then the conversation changed and she asked Sophia if she loved children. Sophia told her yes, that she wanted to open a school someday. Lady Yglais thought that was a great idea. Sophia didn’t mean for her to think she was opening one here! They talked about that for a while. After dinner was over the Page, Iago came in and gestured for Cundrie to leave and talk to him. Sophia wondered what that was about.

Lamorak and his mother walked Sophia back to her room talking about what she needed to take for the trip to Camelot.

Sophia was a bit anxious how Kanani had done without her. She opened the door to her room, turned to say goodnight and thanked both of them for the lovely evening.

“I’ll see you early in the morning, goodnight kind sir.”

“Good night Lady Yglais, thank you for your hospitality.”

“Good night my Lady,” Lamorak and his mother both said, then they turned to walk away.

Sophia closed the door and screamed!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER TWO

 

They heard her scream and Lamorak and ran back to Sophia’s room with his mother close behind him. He thrust the door open and grabbed ahold of Sophia.  Looking around he saw what She was so upset about.

                        “Who did this?” Sophia cried, running over to her backpack. She started throwing everything out; “My phone was missing!!!! All of my lovely dresses had been slashed, but that was nothing compared to losing my phone.” Sophia was devastated.

      “I have a pretty good idea,” said Lamorak angrily.

            Bryn walked in with Kanani. Kanani ran over and jumped up on Sophia crying.

            “It’s ok, really don’t cry. I’m here for you,” Kanani started kissing Sophia.

            “Thank you, Kanani.” Sophia sniffled.

            “What happened? We were just here half an hour ago! This is horrible! Let me go get some help and we will get this cleaned up for you, my Lady.” Then Bryn ran out of the room.

            “Thank you,” Sophia called after her as she sat down on her bed, she was upset.  

 “How can we ever get in touch with Grandpa again Kanani?” Sophia talked to her dog.

“You have me, we have each other.” Kanani kissed her again.

            After everything was cleaned up, Lamorak insisted on sleeping outside the door to her chambers that evening to make her feel safe.

“Remember, Sophia, we go to Camelot tomorrow and you have traveled along way today. You need to feel safe tonight. Try and sleep.” Then he closed the door and sat down on his cot to get comfortable for the night.

“If I could just survive until that time, I would be happy.” Sophia thought.

            She slept fitfully, tossing and turning. She couldn’t believe this was happening to her. Maybe when she woke up she would be back home in her own bed. “Perhaps this was a bad dream. At least Kanani was here snuggling up to her.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHAPTER THREE

 

The next morning Lamorak was up before Sophia and had taken Kanani out for a walk.

“Thank goodness Lamorak heard me whining at the door. I really had to go out.” Thought Kanani.

Sophia was up and dressed in the only dress not shredded when they got back.

“Good Morning Sophia, how are you this morning?”

“I’m fine and ready to go to Camelot how are you?” Sophia asked going over and hugging Kanani.

“Awe, that’s my girl.” Kanani wagged her tail.

“Me too, my mother found some more dresses for you, so we are all packed. Here is something for you to eat,” He said placing a tray of cheese and crackers on Sophia’s bed. Sophia sat down. Kanani sat in front of her begging for a cracker.

“Kanani and I already ate.” Lamorak told her.

 “Kanani leave her alone young lady.” He said looking at Kanani.

 “You don’t have much in here to take, but let me help you after you eat.”

“Thank you,” She said taking a bite.

When She was full he helped her pack, they left the room and Lamorak loaded her things into the carriage.

“You are riding with my Mother and Cundrie, then Bryn and Afawen will be in the carriage behind you. Don’t give Cundrie any information. She is a witch or thinks she is, I think she had something to do with ransacking your room last night.  She is on to you somehow and it enrages her not knowing how you got here.” Lamorak warned Sophia.

“I will be careful,” She told him with a grin and wink, then mounted the steps to the carriage with Kanani on her heels.

“No way is Sophie going without me.” Kanani wasn’t letting Sophie out of her site!

It was exciting looking out the window watching the horses ahead of them, then looking back seeing Lamorak, Perceval and Accalon in full armor riding their horses dressed in Camelot colors. Kanani thought it was pretty cool too.

Yglais was knitting and Cundrie was staring out the window not paying any attention to either of them. Sophia hoped it stayed like that. Finally Yglais started talking to Sophia not looking up from her project.

“Lady Sophia, we can talk about the school now that we have some time. There are many children of different ages around us with no one to give them proper instruction. What will you need to get started?” Yglais asked her. The night before they had discussed opening a school.

“Well I need something to write on to teach them the alphabet and then how to read.  For the younger children I have a more hands on way of teaching.” Sophia answered her.

“Cundrie you can get something for Sophia to start teaching, I want you to be VERY helpful to her and not give her any grief.” Stated Yglais sternly looking up in Cundrie’s direction.

“Hmm,” said Cundrie looking up at her. I apologize I was daydreaming and didn’t hear what you two were talking about. Would you mind repeating the conversation?”

Yglais shook her head in disgust and repeated what they had just discussed.

“I’m sure I can find all of the supplies you need. I’ll work on it at Camelot,” She said then looked back out the window.

“Boy Sophie don’t trust that person. I’m going to have to watch you.” Kanani just stared at Cundrie.

Sophia wondered if Cundrie was thinking about her phone and how to find out where She was from.  Arriving at Camelot their carriages stopped, looking out Sophia saw they had a vacant place to camp.

“Sophia, you and Kanani can wander around, but be back in hour. The men will put up tents, I’ve been told Camelot is too full and we’ll have to camp out here. So we will unpack and settle in after the tents are ready. Have fun,” Yglais told her.

“I will, thank you,” Sophia told her standing up and jumping out with Kanani.

“You stick by my side, Kanani.” Sophia realized a leash was not an option here. She didn’t want to do anything to draw attention herself.

“Woof, I’m not leaving your side, don’t worry.” Kanani said.

Sophia was amazed at all of the people, the food being put out, tents being raised and people, kids everywhere. Before she knew it her hour was up.

“Darn, we are going to be late.  Let’s turn around and head back Kanani.” She turned around quickly and bummed into a Knight. UMPH!

“I’m sorry, I wasn’t looking where I was going.” She told him gathering her composure.

“Sophia and Kanani!” Exclaimed the Knight.

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