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The Magical Misperception of Meridian
Back Cover Blurb: Railing against convention in the kingdom of Meridian, Jona thinks a girl should be able to wear trousers, fight like a boy when necessary, and marry whomever she pleases. She happens upon the queen’s nephew, Lee, who stammers and cannot speak to girls at all…that is, until he meets Jona.
When the queen hires Jona to help her nephew acquire proper social graces, Jona experiences a blissful summer of pure enchantment. Jona and Lee learn to dance, perfect the art of polite conversation, and discover which fork to use at the dinner table. Although they become best friends, Queen Gaia considers Jona a mere servant. At summer’s end, Jona’s job in Meridian is done.
Lee and Jona keep in contact through a set of magical mailboxes given to Lee by the Wizard Farland. When the friends are finally reunited after ten years, their budding romance is torn asunder by an edict from the queen. Against impossible odds, Jona and Lee will fight for an uncertain future. But unspoken secrets and mysteries long in the making have yet to be revealed.
Will true love be denied…or can the differences between commoners and royalty be shown to be just a matter of magical misperception?
At their first lesson, Jona and Lee kept dissolving into laughter, leaving Mr. Rapp peevish and cross. After an hour of working with them in the castle ballroom, the dance instructor threw up his hands in disgust. “It appears I’m wasting my time,” he snapped. “If you two cannot take this seriously, I shall be forced to inform the queen.”
He stormed out, followed by his mousy pianist. Suddenly Jona and Lee became somber.
“If Mr. Rapp tells The Dragon we aren’t learning to dance, I’ll be sent home,” Jona said.
“I don’t want you to go. We’ll just have to find a way to impress Mr. Rapp.”
That night, after everyone had retired, they sneaked into the ballroom to practice. Lee turned up some of the gas lamps so they wouldn’t trip over each other in the dark.
“Mr. Rapp is an evil sorcerer, you know,” Jona said with a playful wink.
“Evil, you say? What’s the man done now?”
“He transformed a beautiful princess into one of those peach trees in the garden.”
“The black-hearted villain!” Lee exclaimed.
“Each time we perfect a dance, it weakens his wicked spell.”
“I’m all about rescuing damsels, as you know,” Lee said. “Let’s get to it.”
Jona frowned. “It would be easier if we had music.”
Lee patted the instrument. “A waltz, if you please.”
When the instrument responded with a tune played in three-quarters time, Jona clapped her hands in delight. “I do so love magic!”
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