“And a one, two, spin.. and stop.” Mia Moyer spun around twice on Thin Cruster lake. It was a cold day in winter, and Mia went out to ice skate. “I can’t wait!” she said to herself. “In just two days I will get to be in the Lucerene Girls Ice Arena Competition! I HAVE to win best ice skater, or I will certainly die.” Mia spun around and did a full jump. Nothing could stop her from winning! She just HAD to. Good sport or not, it would all pay off soon, right?
“Mia!” Mia stopped and saw her best friend, Marina, approaching her. “Yeah, Marina. What do you need?” Mia said. “First of all,” Marina said sharply. “WHAT in the world so you thing your doing, out here in the cold, in your “skating outfit”? You gotta get a sweater on! And come inside, you don’t need this ice-skating!” Mia felt hurt but nodded slowly. “but… your not wearing a sweater, either.” Mia said quietly, her head bowed. Marina’s expression did not change. “Well, so what? I am only out here to get YOU, for a mere minute! Now come on!” Mia could not argue. She knew Marina had some spiky approach on people, but it was worth it. At least to Mia. Marina was also the very best friend AFTER her preformance. It was Ok.
“Ok, Mia!” said Marina happily as they were inside Marina’s house drinking Hot Chocolate. “I got you a little gift, just for you and your ice skating thing. I DO care about it, I just don’t want you shivering out in the cold.” Mia nodded. “Oh, your just great, Mary.” But Mia hesitated to open it. It was something very fancy and crazy for sure. But it had to be from Marina’s heart. So she opened it quickly.
It WAS something awfully crazy. It was a springing, colorful hairbow. “Marina….. I don’t know what to say…. I mean, it’s-” Marina cut Mia off. “I KNOW, right! You will TOTALLY wear it because it’s the best gift you’ve ever had!” Mia bit her lip. “Marina, I already have my outfit planned for the competition. But look, I will wear it sometime, I promise. Pinkie.” Mia smiled and felt more confident. “OK,” Marina said. “I guess it wouldn’t hurt if you don’t wear it for the competition. I know! We can be rainbow girls for halloween! And we can wear the hairbows! And matching skirts And, And! And—– I’m not making any sense, am I?” Mia laughed. “Let’s talk about this like, when it’s actually OCTOBER! Ok, I will see ya later, Mary!”
Mia’s plans were to get out of the skating outfit and cuddle up to some TV in pajamas, but NO. Her owner, Ally, had OTHER plans. Next thing she knew, Mia wound up in a travel book bag.
And then, Mia had a car-ride to… to…. A SLEEPOVER! Flashes of girls went by. Laughing and noises and lights filled Mia’s long night. It must have been a birthday sleepover. But, the restless night was finally over and Mia found herself very tired, but she just couldn’t fall asleep. OOhhhoooHHHHuuuuuHH…
Right before Mia’s eyes closed for a while, she felt a dainty, light hand pat her head. She looked up. “Mary…I mean, Marina???” she asked drowsily. ” The girl made a face. “No… my name is Eva Grace, I’m one of the dolls here. Welcome to AGDC, American Girl Doll Central. You must be Mia! You’re the second one we’ve had, you know.” Now it was Mia’s turn to make a face. “I am…uh… not sure what those words stand for. I’m supposed to go straight home with my owner, Ally, when this is over, so please, ma’am, Miss Eva, don’t let her forget me. ” Eva Grace didn’t tell Mia the truth about the young girl’s stay, but she said simply, “Come and meet the girls. I know you’ll like them.”
“Ok, Mia,” said Eva Grace. “These are, Kit with the blond hair and blue eyes; Josefina is the girl in the blue dress with braided hair; Elsie is the historical, fancy girl with the brunette curls; and at the end you have Samantha in the cute, sporty outfit.
“Right here we have these girls. The first african-american girl with the blue dress and necklace is Lulu; the girl with glasses and a pink dress is Molly; you’ll see african-american Addy in the yellow easter dress. Now in the black and white outfit with red hair is Felicity.
Lastly but not leastly, Kathleen with the black bows and red curls; and Maggie, who’s..um….has to be fixed up a little. You’ll learn about Maggie’s history…..later.
Mia was pleased with meeting new friends, but her dreams in her nap that day were filled with strange pictures and scenes, and when Mia woke up, she knew something was TERRIBLY, HORRIBLY, UNFORGETABLEY WRONG.
NO. This could not be happening. Mia sprung to the window and began kicking and screaming and yelling, tears running down her cheeks. “NO, ALLY!” Mia screamed. “HOW DID YOU FORGET ME!!! YOU DON’T LOVE ME ANYMORE, YOU FOGOT ME IN A STRANGE PLACE! PLEASE COME GET ME, ALLY! I’M SCARED!!!!!” This happening could be in a horror movie in the doll world, so Mia was in total freaking out. “AHHHHHHH! ALLLLY!”
Mia ran to a corner and began to cry. Then another girl came up to her. Mia just wished it would stop. “What’s wrong?” asked the girl. Mia reconized her as Molly. “Oh, Molly, something terrible has happened. Ally forgot me!!! She doesn’t love me anymore and wants to give me up! I want her to come get me and love me again!!! But she forgot me! She..she… I WANT TO GO HOME!!!” Mia let out a yelping cry. But Molly rubbed her back. She wanted to laugh at the silly incident, but she didn’t want to make Mia feel bad. “It’s ok, Mia. You are only staying for two days. That means you visit, you are going home soon. Your owner still loves you a lot. She wants you to have FUN, so don’t cry! ‘-giggle-‘ Ok, you come dress in something cozy, and meet me in the living room and talk.
Mia chose a purple cozy outfit and joined Molly. “Molly… I have to tell you something!!!” Mia said. Molly looked concerned. “Tell me, then!” Mia let out a shaking breath. “Molly, something else is terrible. I have a really important thing, the Lucerene Girls Ice Arena Competition, and it’s in TWO DAYS! I don’t know what to do.” Molly nodded. “And you WILL make it. We will do it. I will take you to Thin Cruster Lake tomorrow. But right now, let’s get some dinner. I’m hungry, and I’m sure you are too!”
What are Mia and Molly eating for dinner? Can you guess?
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