once upon a twin In a far, far away island known as Litani, Where the grass is always green, rivers and lakes flow vibrantly, waterfalls gleaming, and beyond the beautiful meadow is where an enchanting kingdom stands. On the vast island of Litani, the land which the kingdom stands is called Blithera that is ruled by Queen Audrey and King Edmund Faery. The Queen gives birth to twin daughters named Eve and Eva Faery; both of them which were gifted magical powers and would one day grow up and rule the island, protecting it from outsiders and from the wicked witch named Elsa that also lived on the island.

Elsa vowed to never set foot on part of their land as long as they or any of their people never invade her part of land which is deep in the dark dreary forest, where trees surround an old beat up cottage that surprisingly was still standing. Elsa wasn’t like any other wicked witch. she had beautiful long black hair and a fair complexion. Although her eyes were cold and black, you could tell she was pure evil by looking into her eyes.

One day the witch gave birth to a deceased new born and was furious, she had plans for her and her child to rule the entire island, after they execute the King and the Queen and then enslave their people and their twin daughters. Elsa contrived a new plan; a plan that she thought was full proof and would guarantee that the island became hers. Elsa disguised herself as a feeble old lady and she traveled through the forest with the deceased baby covered up and carried it in a basket to the land of Blithera and she approached the castle. There were two guards at the entrance of the castle so she walked toward them. One of the guards’ men said to the old lady, “What brings thee to the Kingdom of Blithera? Are thou the People of the King? Or an Outsider?” The old hag begins to say, “I live nearby Blithera and I come bearing a gift for the highness.” The guard man then says, “Well we will need to take a look in the basket before you enter the castle.” The old hag then draws the guards’ men attention to her face and then stares vigorously into their eyes casting a spell for them to allow her to enter the castle.

Finally Elsa had made it into the entrance of the castle; the interior of the castle was somewhat modern it had been recently remodeled after the birth of the twins; of course it didn’t lack an aged appearance to it. The hall extended to the furthest ball room where the King’s and Queen’s throne were located. Luckily for Elsa the King and Queen weren’t in the ball room. Elsa took a left to the next corridor and walked to the end of the hall and walked through a door way that had several flights of stairs, when she reached the top of the stairs she noticed a shadow that was coming from the left side at the end of the hallway. She quickly hid behind a column of statues that were in memory of the Kings ancestors and blended in with the monument, so that as the King and Queen walked by, she wouldn’t expose her true identity. Once the hall was clear she bolted to the end of the hall and took the left where the King and Queen had come from and she saw the nursery room, where the twin babies were resting. She peeked in the room and saw that it was safe to enter the room; she walked near the cribs and swiftly switched the lifeless baby with baby Eva.

Elsa, pleased with her accomplished deed, easily escaped the castle and disappeared into the midst of the forest where she converted back to her natural appearance. Her plan for Eva was to raise her and teach her to use her powers for evil, so that they could overthrow the King and takeover the island. While back at the castle, the Queen walks into the nursery to check on Eve and Eva, but suddenly she notices that something is wrong with Eva. She soon realizes that the deceased baby lying in the crib is not Eva because both of the twins were given a necklace at birth that had their names engraved on them so that they could tell them apart and this baby didn’t have one. Also this wasn’t any normal baby; it had a deformed appearance with the face of a monster. The Queen immediately informs the King of what has happened and they both assumed that this was the witches doing. All the people of Blithera, who loved the King and the Queen, split up into an abundance of search parties to go find the little girl. They searched the whole island including the deep dark forest where the wicked witch inhabits and still had no luck finding her.

Many years later, Elsa still had a spell on her cottage that made it invisible to all of her enemies. She and Eva were also invisible as long as they stayed in the invisible force field, which stopped at the forest. Elsa raised Eva like she would her own child and she taught her how to control her powers. Eva had long blonde hair, beautiful blue eyes, and a fair complexion and she had the ability to levitate objects and become invisible whenever she felt like it. Elsa admired her beauty and her great powers, and was satisfied with how her plan was working out so far. She arranged for her and Eva to invade the land of Blithera on her 16 th birthday, which was only a week away.

One day Eva was heading out of the cottage and Elsa asked, “Where are you going?” Eva stopped then replied, “I am going out to the forest, to practice my levitation and I am going to bring back some firewood.” “Alright but remember…” I know, I know stay invisible because the forest is full of ogres and giants and is very dangerous.” Eva said. “You give me the same lecture every time mother.” Eva walked out the door and into the dark forest she went. Eva pranced invisibly through the woods happily, listening to the birds chirping and watching the squirrels chase other squirrels. Eva suddenly heard a sound of an animal in distress, so she hurriedly followed the noise and saw that a deer was drowning in the river. She was startled by the scene so immediately she tried levitating the deer, but it was too heavy for her to lift, but she then remembered what Elsa had told her when she was training her to levitate bigger objects. She had said, “When levitating bulky objects, try thinking of it as light as a feather.” That is exactly what she did when concentrating on saving the deer. She successfully lifted the deer out of the water and the deer rushed past her, but before he had completely disappeared, he turned to face her and bowed his head to her and then ran off into the woods. Eva was pleased with her good deed and began to head back home. On her way back to the cottage she began collecting sprigs of tree branches and small logs all of which she was levitating. Close to the boundary line, where the forest surrounds the cottage, there were two travelers one which was a girl and the other was a young man. Eva curiously followed the two because she never seen any other human’s besides Elsa. As she got closer, she noticed that the girl looked very similar to her. She then noisily drops the firewood and made herself visible. Suddenly the two travelers look around to where the noise came and catch sight of Eva. Eva then swiftly approaches the two. “Who are you and what are you doing in the forest?”

“My name is Eve, I come from the kingdom of Blithera and this is my friend Rowland Daw. He and I were walking through the meadows and then we daringly went through the forest together. What about you? “I’m Eva and I live here in the forest with my mother in a small cottage. Why is it that we look so alike?” “I was actually going to ask you the same thing, but what I would really like to know is where you got your necklace with your name on it from because it is the same one that I got from my mother when I was born.” “That is weird because I got this necklace from my mother as well.” Eva said. “Eva! Eva where are you?” Elsa hollered from outside of the cottage, which was only about two miles from where they were standing. Eva quickly picked up some of the firewood that she once gathered and then she said, “I’ve got to go! My mother doesn’t like it when I stay out too late.” “Will we ever meet again?” Eve said hopingly. “Um, I’m not sure, but I think you both should leave. If my mother sees you, there is no telling what she may do.” Eva said and then she ran as fast as she could back to the cottage so that her mother wouldn’t come into the forest and see the two travelers. As she entered the boundary line, where the forest surrounds the witches’ home, she walked up to Elsa and then said, “I brought back some firewood.” She placed the firewood on the ground then looked up at Elsa. “I was beginning to worry about you Eva. I was preparing to come in there after you.” Elsa said. “I was only gone for about three hours.” “You know how dangerous it can be out in the forest especially at night. What took you so long? “Well I saw a deer drowning in the river, and I pulled him out of the water.” “It is not your job to save creatures life’s, they bring death upon themselves with their stupidity. You are grounded and are no longer allowed in the forest without my supervision.” “But… mother I couldn’t just leave him there to die. It’s not right!” “What’s not right is for you to forget your heritage. We are witches and witches don’t save lives they destroy them.” Eva was now upset and she unsettlingly replied, “I am not a witch and I will never kill any living creature… Tell me mother, if that’s what you are, why is it that we look nothing alike? It is my birthright to know the truth! Elsa was uneasy and confused to why Eva was questioning and comparing their appearance. She said, “How do you know that we look nothing alike if you’ve never seen another person in your life besides me.” “That is where you are wrong. Today in the forest I saw a young man and a girl that looked exactly like me and she even had the same necklace as me, but with her name on it. I don’t think that was a coincidence.” She said. “Do you mind telling me where you had gotten this necklace from? Maybe you got it when you had taken me from my real family?” Elsa furiously said, “I will not be questioned like a fool.” She grabbed Eva’s arm and dragged her too her bedroom where she locked her in and she put a spell on the room so that she couldn’t use her powers to escape. The witch was walking back and forth in the cottage trying to come up with a new plan and think about what she should do with Eva now that she knows that Elsa is not her mother. Meanwhile, back at the castle the Queen was beginning to worry about her daughter returning. She was getting ready to send out search parties to look for Eve. Suddenly Eve and Rowland enter the castle and The Queen rushes over to them, and then says, “Where have you two been? I was worried sick, I thought I was about to lose my other daughter… oops!” “Wait what do you mean other daughter? I thought I was an only child?” “Come sit over here on the divan with me while I explain myself.” The Queen said. “When you were born you had a twin sister. That is why I gave you this necklace so that I could tell the difference between you two. As for your sister, she was taken at birth by the wicked witch Elsa and replaced with her deceased baby. We searched the whole Island, especially the forest where the witch lives. We never found… “Mother, I saw Eva in the forest today. Rowland and I both saw her.” The Queen replied, “That’s impossi… Wait... How did you know what your sister’s name is?” “She told me in the forest and she had the same exact necklace that I have.” The Queen looked surprised she thought to herself “Could it be my Eva?” She told her husband everything and they gathered a bunch of their people and they traveled through the meadow and into the deep dark forest. Eva and Rowland were in front of the group guiding the way to where they last seen Eva. As they got closer to the Boundary line, where the Invisible shield is on the witch’s cottage; Rowland Confidently said, “We saw her last running straight ahead and then she disappeared.” So they kept following Eve and Rowland, then they all stopped once they were out of the forest and out into an empty lot where all they could see was grass, flowers and firewood that was piled on the ground. “Well where is the witch’s home?” One of the towns’ people asked.

Eve said, “It should be right here because I remember the witch calling for Eva and she didn’t sound too far away from where we were and Eva was carrying firewood back to her house with her.” The Queen said to the King, “Elsa must have enchanted her home so that it would be invisible to anyone besides them.” The Queen then pulled her daughter to the side and said, “Eve, we need you to use your powers to remove this spell. Eve had the ability to undo spells by negating the powers from others and she also had the ability to imitate someone else’s powers. She never seen the witch nor had ever had any kind of contact with her, so it made it much more difficult to reverse the spell, but she began thinking about her sister and then the small cottage began to appear. The King marched to the door, then lifted his fist and banged on the door, while yelling, “We know that you’re in their Elsa come out right this instance or we will invite ourselves in.” Elsa anxiously opened the door and asked, “What are you people doing on my land?” The King hastily grabbed her and pulled her out of the cottage and said, “You know why we are here Elsa hand over our daughter.” “What daughter? I don’t have your daughter!” “Alright, you leave me no choice.” He said. “Geoffrey, start a fire with that pile of firewood. Nathan and Edmund I want you both to dismember the witch’s body and throw them into the fire.” He ordered his guard’s men. The King walked into the witch’s home and located Eva’s room and he slammed through the locked door. There Eva was standing in the middle of the bedroom, stunned at what just happened. Her father’s eyes began to tear up as he said, “You look just like your sister.” Eva saw her sister appear right between the doorway and then she smiled. She ran toward them and gave them both a big hug. “Let’s get you to your mother; she has been worried sick about you.” They walk outside of the cottage and the Queen approaches Eva and gives her a hug. Then Eve and the King join the group hug and the crowd is cheerful and rooting them on. They burned down the old cottage and then they returned to the land of Blithera, where they lived happily ever after.



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Jessica Baatz

Jessica Baatz

Hi everyone! My name is Jess. I have many talents, my favorite is easy to guess. reading is fun, but writing is the hobby that's number one. expressing visions and sights to see and emotions, I've experienced that have lead me to be stronger and independent, wiser and free, more expressive than I used to be. I write about fears though I'm rarely scared. I write about fallen tears as I let out the sadness, my make up tends to smear I write about love, but don't we all? everyone dreams of that person we adore that never fails to strike us in awe. I write short stories that may exercise your imagination and poems that you can relate to through visualization. I even write plays that have a modern tone, but a touch of the olden days. for me it gives me the chance to share with each and every creative person, any where and every where.

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