Benotripia The Amulet Chase - Book 0

  • Chapter One

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    Danette

    I’m ready for the parade!”

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    Ten-year-old Danette leaped down the stairs in two large bounds, her long blue parade dress bouncing as she skidded into the kitchen.

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  • Expecting to see her mother already waiting for her by the door, Danette came to a sudden stop when she realized no one was there.

  • The kitchen was empty.

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    Danette

    “Hello?”

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    she called.

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    Danette

    “Mom?”

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    There was no answer.

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  • It was strange how her entire tree house home was so empty.

  • The Annual Benotripian Parade was the highlight of the year—

  • a grand festivity that brought all of Benotripia’s citizens flocking to Royalton City to see it.

  • Usually her mother would wait for her at the kitchen door on Parade Day, ready to ride on the first carriage to the Ceremony Center.

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    Danette hurried through the kitchen to peek her head out the window.

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  • Khan, the carriage driver, promised every year to meet Danette’s family right outside, but the carriage was gone.

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    Danette

    “They went without me,”

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    Danette whispered out loud.

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  • It was strange and a little hurtful, but she quickly reassured herself that there had to be a good reason for her family’s behavior.

  • A small smile spread across her face.

  • Although it was a disappointment that she wouldn’t get to ride with their shean friends to the parade, there was another way to travel there.