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โ€œAh, Melantha, we meet again,โ€ Minerva smiled, satisfied with knowing she had finally trapped her enemy.

๏ปฟโ€œIt appears we have, Minerva. Too bad Iโ€™ve outsmarted you this time,โ€ Minervaโ€™s archnemesis replied. Before Minerva realized what was happening, Melantha pushed off the wall behind her as a kangaroo and jumped over Minervaโ€™s head, startling her.ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย 

Grumbling, Minerva took off in pursuit of Melantha. When Minerva finally caught her, the reign of terror her enemy had over the people of Drayside would be over. Her target leapt over a dumpster, shifting into a bird. Minerva blasted the same dumpster out of her way with her fire. Melantha stumbled, causing Minerva to smile wickedly. Finally, she couldโ€ฆ


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โ€œDad!โ€ a voice called. โ€œGuess what happened today?โ€

Sighing, Shawn Shaw saved his progress and faced his daughter. โ€œWhat happened, darling?โ€

โ€œI have been chosen to go and join Harvard University, ON A FULL SCHOLARSHIP!!!โ€

Amazed, Shawn stammered, โ€œWhoa! When did you apply for it?โ€ย 

โ€œI told you a few months ago, remember?โ€

โ€œUm, no you didnโ€™t. What does your mom feel about it?โ€

โ€œSheโ€™s ecstatic,โ€ Athena replied excitedly.

โ€œOkay then, I guess I have no choice. Come here, my little girl!โ€ Shawn couldnโ€™t contain his excitement further; he had been mocking Athena for the past few minutes. He had received a call from the University a few minutes ago.

ย Athena sighs. โ€œIโ€™m not little anymore.โ€ But she still obliged and hugged her father.


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โ€˜What is that girl doing? And why does she look like my replica?โ€™ She took some swift steps towards her doppelganger.ย 

The other girl continued her jog forward, seemingly oblivious to Minervaโ€™s confusion.

Minerva stalked towards the figure. She had to nearly run to keep up with the girlโ€™s quick pace.

โ€œIโ€™ll take that!โ€ The doppelganger said to a little girl, probably no older than five, stealing her ice-cream and dumping it into a dumpster.

Minervaโ€™s bewilderment turned into fury. Stomping forward, she shouted, โ€œWhat do you think you are doing, Doppelganger?โ€

Startled, her doppelganger looked behind her. โ€œOh! Itโ€™s about time you were here, sis.โ€

It was Minervaโ€™s turn to be startled. โ€œSis?โ€ She questioned.

โ€œYes, sis. And donโ€™t worry...there you go, that little girlie got her ice-cream back.โ€ The doppelganger said. With a flick of her wrist, an ice-cream appeared in the girlโ€™s hand.


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A FEW HOURS LATER:


โ€œOh my! I canโ€™t even figure out the climax of my own novel. And I am supposingly the next best author/singer there is in the world,โ€ Shawn moaned.

His wife, Amelia, put a hand on his shoulder. โ€œI know you can figure it out. You always do.โ€

โ€œI donโ€™t know, Mia. This time feels different. This is unlike any writerโ€™s block I have ever had.โ€

โ€œHow about you take a break tonight? We can go to that fancy restaurant, as a date night. We haven't had one of those since Athena left for Harvard,โ€ Amelia suggested with a smile.

Shawn smiled back. Mia always knew how to lift his spirits. โ€œOf course! That sounds amazing! A break might just be what I need.โ€ย 

Closing his laptop, he offered his arm to his wife in an old-fashioned gesture. Grinning, she took it, and together they left Shawnโ€™s office.


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The five-year-old ran off, apparently uncaring about how her ice cream came into existence. As long as she got her treat, she was happy.

โ€œH-how did you do that?โ€ Minerva stuttered at the girl.

The other girl shrugged. โ€œItโ€™s easy when you know how.โ€ย 

Without giving Minerva a chance to respond, she continued, โ€œIโ€™m Melantha, and donโ€™t call me anything other than Melantha or else.โ€

โ€œOr else what, DOPPELGANGER?โ€ Minerva said cheekily, putting extra effort to say the nickname.ย ย 

Before Minerva could blink, a huge wolf was sitting on her, and she was flat on the ground.

โ€œWhoa! Whereโ€™d this cutie come from? I LOVE WOLVES!โ€

โ€œNo, you fool, it is me, MELANTHA.โ€ The wolf, or rather, the Doppelganger said, howling loudly and soaking Minerva in its spit in the process.ย 

Suddenly, the wolf looked significantly less cute.ย 

โ€œOkay, now please get off of me. Melantha it is.โ€

With this, Minerva was relieved of a burden and all she saw was darkness surrounding her completely.ย 

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โ€œHowโ€™re you, Dad? I have SO much to tell you!โ€

โ€œLike what dear?โ€ Shawn said, almost blocking out the tears he had after listening to his daughterโ€™s voice.

โ€œWell, before I say anything, what are you and Mom up to? Anything I can do for you, I will,โ€ Athena replied.

Shawn chuckled. That was his daughter, always taking care of others. Shifting the phone resting between his ear and shoulder, he answered, โ€œWeโ€™re doing okay. We miss you.โ€

โ€œI miss you guys, too.โ€

He smiled. โ€œI started a new novel a few weeks before you left.โ€

โ€œReally? Whatโ€™s it about?โ€ย 

Shawnโ€™s smile grew. He could just imagine Athena sitting up straighter, her legs crossed, ready to hear about her fatherโ€™s next โ€˜masterpieceโ€™, as she called them.

โ€œItโ€™s about a young girl, inspired by my own daughter, who realizes she has special powers and has to save the world from her evil sister. Her name is Minerva.โ€ย 

โ€œYou made a character based off me?โ€ Athenaโ€™s voice sounded choked up.

Shawn nodded, even though he knew Athena couldnโ€™t see him. โ€œYeah, of course. It was long overdue. But, tell me, how are things at Harvard?โ€

Shawn heard his daughter take a deep breath. โ€œWell, let me tell you about this one time, when I was in Calculus, my professorโ€ฆโ€

Shawn laughed softly to himself as he listened to his daughter go on and on about her experiences and adventures in college.ย ย 



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โ€œSoโ€ฆ I justโ€ฆ think about the water moving?โ€ย Minerva asked with uncertainty. โ€œAnd itโ€™ll move?โ€

โ€œYup,โ€ Melantha replied, popping the p.ย 

A few seconds pass.

โ€œSo, are you going to try?โ€ Melantha inquired impatiently.

โ€œTry what, Melantha?โ€

โ€œMoving the water!โ€ Melantha answered with exasperation.ย 

ย โ€œOh! THAT. No, Iโ€™ll sleep on it and try it tomorrow. By the way, why are YOU teaching it to me? Arenโ€™t you supposed to be my ENEMY?โ€

Melantha pouted. โ€œIโ€™m your sister; why wouldnโ€™t I help you?โ€ย 

โ€œBesides,โ€ Melantha added, to herself, โ€œIt is Shawnโ€™s choice if he wants me to be your teacher, Iโ€™ll HAVE TO BE.โ€

Minerva heard it in her head. Apparently, they had twin telepathy.ย 

ย โ€œThen help me here: Where are our parents? Did they have powers like you and me? Am I, sorry, we the princesses of some unknown realm?โ€ย 

Melatha scoffed. โ€œHah! Princesses. Weโ€™re not princesses. And as far as I know, yes, they had powers. As for where they areโ€ฆ I donโ€™t know.โ€ย 

Minerva felt a rush of emotions. Before she could control it, a humongous fire had spread. Minerva gasped when she realized it had lit MELANTHA on fire!!!


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โ€œWhoa! Who are you? Whereโ€™d you come from? What are you doing here?!โ€ Shawn gasped as he saw a very familiar figure in his room as he entered in there, for the hundredth time that day. The last time he was here, about a minute ago, the office was as empty as his daughterโ€™s bedroom.

โ€œWhat happens next in my story?โ€ the girl inquired. โ€œDo you know how awful it is to not know what happens to you because your author is neglecting you? Also, how can you NOT recognize your own creation?โ€

โ€œUh, no. Canโ€™t say I know how it feels. A-are you Minerva?โ€ Shawn stuttered. His eyes widened. โ€œPlease say youโ€™re not Melantha.โ€

โ€œWhy? DO. YOU. NOT. RECOGNIZE. ME?โ€ Minerva had a sheepish look, making her look just like Melantha.

โ€œOkay. Now I KNOW you are Melantha.โ€

Minerva sighed exasperatedly. โ€œNo, Iโ€™m not; youโ€™re impossible.โ€

โ€œWell, you two do look alike.โ€

โ€œItโ€™s not my fault. YOU did that.โ€ย 

โ€œOkay, okay. So you are Minerva, then?โ€

Minerva facepalmed. โ€œI feel like we have already established this.โ€

โ€œ Then how did you get here?โ€ Shawn sank into his office chair, complete bewilderment and wonder splayed across his face.

โ€œUm, try being frozen in time for a week and still not getting the happy-ending that you totally deserve after what happened to you and your parents, who were killed by your own evil twin from another universe, then tell me what you think.โ€

โ€œOkay, Iโ€™m sorry for causing you so much trouble, but how did you get here?โ€

Minerva shrugged. โ€œI touched the glowing white light that appeared above me.โ€

Shawn blinked. โ€œCool. Can Melatha also come here the same way? Should I be scared?โ€

โ€œNo need. Sheโ€™s frozen like all others. Somehow, only I survived the frozen reality in the book thingy.โ€

โ€œMy other characters died?!โ€ Shawn sputtered.

Minerva waved him off. โ€œNo, no. They are just unable to move. But in a book, thatโ€™s as good as being dead.โ€

โ€œOh. Why are you here?โ€

Minerva rolled her eyes. โ€˜How lame could a guy be? A guy like Shawn Shaw, my creator?โ€™ she thought.

โ€œI JUST TOLD YOU! I am here to make you write. I canโ€™t just stand there, lifeless and still, not knowing how my story ends. I NEED TO FIGHT MELANTHA!!!โ€

โ€œOkay, okay. But I am not sure I want to write any more of the story.โ€


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โ€œSis, letโ€™s just stop fighting. Itโ€™s better if you accept your defeat. After all, we both know that even though you are the supposed โ€˜heroineโ€™ here, I am the one who helped you recognize your powers.โ€ย 

โ€œNever, Melantha. You killed our parents, MY PARENTS. I can never forgive you and even if I canโ€™t kill you, I will fight till my last breath.

โ€œWell, you asked for it, Anonymous Armadillo.โ€

โ€œOh yes, I did! Donโ€™t make me light you on fire again!โ€ Minerva grinned. After she lit Melantha on fire, nothing short of Melantha jumping into the nearby fountain put the fire out.

Melantha cackled. โ€œAh, but I know how to teleport now. You are no match for me!โ€


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โ€œWhat do you mean you donโ€™t WANT to write anymore? This is your story! FINISH IT!โ€

โ€œUm, no.โ€

โ€œI ORDER YOU TO FINISH IT NOW.โ€

โ€œAs you said, I am the author of this story. I WILL FINISH IT WHEN I WANT AND KEEP IT HANGING THERE IF I WANT TO!โ€



This is a collab with Dhwani Jain- be sure to check her out: https://blog.reedsy.com/creative-writing-prompts/author/dhwani-jain/


{One more thing, we picked this story after reading this prompt from Reedsy only : You are the protagonist of a novel-in-progress. Your author is experiencing intense writerโ€™s block. You decide to have a word with the author to shake them out of it. Do write in the comments what you feel about this story...}

July 04, 2021 14:27

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Charlie Murphy
17:16 Jul 11, 2021

Great story! Like a cliffhanger in a cliffhanger.

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Dhwani Jain
02:58 Jul 16, 2021

Haha! Thanks Charlie!

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Dhwani Jain
05:05 Aug 20, 2021

Part 2 out on my profile! (It will be updated on Katie's soon too!)

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Palak Shah
15:47 Jul 09, 2021

Nice work guys, I love it so much. I like the way that you have written this story. Also, I love your profile pic :))

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Thank you! I'm glad you like the story. :) We also like the way we did the story- makes it a little more intriguing. :) Thank you! He really does love the snow :P

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Palak Shah
11:46 Jul 10, 2021

He is sooooooooooooooooo cute :))

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Yes he is :) Earlier today he could hear me waking up and he stood at the bottom of the steps and whined and cried until I came downstairs (which took me a little bit- he was crying for like, 15 minutes). Heโ€™s also not allowed on the second floor, so thatโ€™s why he didnโ€™t just go upstairs. We donโ€™t call him โ€œridiculousโ€ for nothing ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Palak Shah
18:59 Jul 10, 2021

That is so cute and amazing, I love that so much. :))))))))

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Dhwani Jain
03:00 Jul 16, 2021

Thanks Palak di! (I have decided to call you that, since you're older than me and are an Indian...)

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Palak Shah
10:04 Jul 17, 2021

Awww that's sweet. You really didn't have to, I don't mind it :)))

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Dhwani Jain
10:51 Jul 17, 2021

Yeah....I like it. BTW, I posted a new story, but had to spam a lot of words as I hadn't completed it and the contest was ending. Do check it out by tonight. Most probably, I'll finish writing it and edit it....or it will be deleted. ;) Bye Palak di! ~ Dhwani

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Dhwani Jain
14:38 Jul 17, 2021

Bio updated!

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Dhwani Jain
14:25 Jul 05, 2021

Hey! Come to the doc, if you're here...

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very interesting story you guys! (nice prompt, btw!) I like the wolf in here XD I'd say this worked out very well! the characters (both the author and the author's characters) were fun and cool, and nearly alive. I like how you guys have expressed the struggles of writing, especially novels lol. Great job!

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Thank you! ๐Ÿ’œ Iโ€™m glad you liked it!

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Dhwani Jain
03:01 Jul 16, 2021

Thanks (although I already replied on my story)

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Dhwani Jain
05:05 Aug 20, 2021

Part 2 out on my profile! (It will be updated on Katie's soon too!)

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Dhwani Jain
14:32 Jul 04, 2021

Thanks Katie for doing this collaboration with me. Looking forward to part 2!!!

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Yes! Of course! I had a ton of fun writing with you! Part two is going to be a~m~a~z~i~n~g! :)

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Dhwani Jain
15:45 Jul 05, 2021

I am at the doc!

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Dhwani Jain
02:57 Jul 08, 2021

Hey, How about we leave the second part hanging in there for a while and come back later? It will be good for the story too, as then we will write it with a fresh mind and it will be better than what we'll be writing now? Tell me what you think about this.

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Sure, that works for me if it does for you!

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Dhwani Jain
14:35 Jul 08, 2021

Great!!!

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Dhwani Jain
14:35 Jul 04, 2021

No it isn't going to be amazing... It's gonna be SUPERCALIFRAGALISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS!!!

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Dhwani Jain
05:07 Aug 20, 2021

Hey Katie!!! I uploaded the second part on my profile, you can do that too! Also, this comment makes your 1000 karma points!!! Congratulations!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿฅณ

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Dhwani Jain
13:35 Jul 21, 2021

Hey Katie! I can do the colab from tomorrow! I'll be free then, I promise.

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Ok- so not today, then?

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Dhwani Jain
14:21 Jul 21, 2021

Yeah....completing everything today and getting ready for tomorrow... Are you okay for today?

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Yeah, I can do some today

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Dhwani Jain
14:34 Jul 21, 2021

Sorry! I meant tomorrow! You can do some changes in the doc today and I'll see if I can come. But I'll definitely be there tomorrow!! Sorry for the 'poco loco' error!

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I have a little bit of confusion... "poco loco" means "a little crazy" "Poco" means "a little" DiSnEy ๐Ÿคฃ But, it's okay, I should be able to then! :)

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Opal Fireball
20:03 Jul 19, 2021

I feel a lot of different feelings. I want Minerva to win, but at the same time she's almost a little unlikable. That's just me. I love your quote! Hahahahahahahahaha it's amazing.

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Thank you so much! Haha, my bio quote? Thank you, I feel like The Cursed Child was quite the letdown.

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Opal Fireball
09:26 Jul 20, 2021

I didn't even read it, I only read reviews. Oof.

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Haha! I did the same thing with Allegiant (have you read the Divergent series?)

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Opal Fireball
18:52 Jul 20, 2021

The first one. Probably not going to keep going, it's too depressing.

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Itโ€™s probably just as well- the first one is the best one.

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Dhwani Jain
05:05 Aug 20, 2021

Part 2 out on my profile! (It will be updated on Katie's soon too!)

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Dhwani Jain
11:55 Jul 18, 2021

Hey Katie! I know you said that you won't be available till Tuesday, but if you're reading this before that, I just want you to know that I read your message and we can meet on Tuesday at the usual time to complete the story. (I hope that's fine for you?) I'll be waiting. :)

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Hi- So I have plans that were thrown upon me for tomorrow at 11 (my time). So while I can write some, I wonโ€™t be able to for the whole time. I am so sorry, I could have sworn my summer was freer than this! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

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Dhwani Jain
12:44 Jul 19, 2021

Hi! Okay.....No problem. Even I am head over heels under my schoolwork. We can schedule it for a later day....

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That would actually be amazing. Wednesday should work, but Iโ€™m not sure. With my luck, something will come upโ€ฆ

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Dhwani Jain
12:56 Jul 19, 2021

XD I check Reedsy almost daily...so whenever you think you're free, just message me here. I'll tell you my schedule and then we're all set! BTW, how have you been doing lately?

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Okie dokie! Pretty good- busier than I expected, but not bad. How about you?

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Fiery Red
12:13 Jul 15, 2021

A story out of writer's block! This is amazing guys. Really loved it.

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Dhwani Jain
03:02 Jul 16, 2021

Thank you very much, Fiery Red. (BTW, nice name!)

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Fiery Red
08:51 Jul 16, 2021

๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ Thanks.

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Dhwani Jain
11:43 Jul 16, 2021

Are you an Indian by any chance?

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Fiery Red
15:03 Jul 16, 2021

Yes, You are Indian too I guess.

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Dhwani Jain
15:38 Jul 16, 2021

Yes. Please read more of my stories and comment your reviews on them too!

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Dhwani Jain
14:39 Jul 17, 2021

Bio updated!

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Dhwani Jain
05:05 Aug 20, 2021

Part 2 out on my profile! (It will be updated on Katie's soon too!)

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Fiery Red
10:47 Aug 20, 2021

Sure! Check out my profile too ๐Ÿ˜Š

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23:29 Jul 13, 2021

๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ ๐Ÿฌ also I really like this plot and everything that's happening in the story

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Dhwani Jain
03:03 Jul 16, 2021

Thank you Vrasti! (What does your name mean?)

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21:58 Jul 19, 2021

My name means rain, it's in Sanskrit. What about your name?

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Dhwani Jain
04:21 Jul 20, 2021

Nice. My name means 'sound' in Hindi.

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20:41 Jul 28, 2021

cOoL

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Dhwani Jain
03:32 Jul 29, 2021

Yeah...

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Thank you for the dolphins! Thank you! I had a great time writing it with Dhwani. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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Dhwani Jain
03:03 Jul 16, 2021

Aw! Thanks Katie!

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Dhwani Jain
05:06 Aug 20, 2021

Part 2 out on my profile! (It will be updated on Katie's soon too!)

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Dhwani Jain
16:51 Jul 24, 2021

Check the doc whenever you're free today (Saturday)!

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