Interlude: Good Advice

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The sound of his bunkmate’s soft snoring reached Tobias’ ears as he swung his legs over the side of the bed. After hours of tossing, turning, and crying into his pillow, sleep still had not found him.

And that was when he decided.

He couldn’t stay there one more minute.

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Tobias knew he’d promised his Mama that he’d be brave – that he wouldn’t give up the first night. But after a few short hours, he already felt ready to go home. The food was weird. The older kids were scary. The bed was lumpy. Everyone was a stranger.

Sorry, Mama. The young boy thought, rising to his feet. But I just can’t stay.

Tobias crept quietly toward the door of the tiny cabin, taking great care not to wake his bunkmate as he tiptoed out into the crisp night air.

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Uh oh… Which one’s the counselors’ cabin? He wondered uncertainly, glancing around at the identical rows of tiny wooden buildings. Surely they would have a phone. And surely they would understand that he had to go home… Promise or no promise.

As he stood there wondering which way he should go, Tobias was startled by the creaking of an opening door. He didn’t even have time to react before a figure emerged from the next cabin over.

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Tobias recognized her right away – she was the only other camper besides him who had barely touched their dinner, and had looked almost as miserable being there as he did.

She looks so sad… He thought as the little girl’s eyes fell on him. She did not show any sign of alarm at his presence. Maybe even sadder than me…

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“Hi!” Tobias called out a bit louder than he’d intended.

The girl cringed at the sound and raised a finger to her lips as he drew closer to her.

“Sorry…” He said in a whisper.

The girl waved a hand dismissively at him and began to turn away, but Tobias quickly positioned himself in front of her, blocking her path.

“Wait a second.” He held up his hands as he spoke. The girl stopped. “What’re you doing out here? Where are you going?”

She seemed to hesitate for a moment before replying. “N-none of your business! And what about YOU?” The girl countered.  “Where are YOU going?” There was something funny about the way she spoke, but Tobias couldn’t put his finger on it.

“No fair! I asked you first.”

“Ugh. Fine.” She sighed, rolling her eyes. “I’m going home, okay?”

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“Home?”

“Well… Home to my papa’s house.” The girl explained. There was definitely something strange about her accent… The way she said “papa” was all wrong.

She’s not from around here. Tobias realized. But where IS she from?

“So… Are you gonna call and have him pick you up or something?” Tobias asked.

The little girl shook her head. “No, I’m walking. It’s not that far.”

Tobias was surprised by her answer. He’d been certain she must have lived somewhere very far away. “Oh, okay.” He replied flatly. Tobias wasn’t sure what else to say.

There was an uncomfortable silence between them for a few moments before the little girl finally spoke once more. “Okay, now it’s YOUR turn… Are you running away too?”

For a moment, Tobias almost told the truth. But he didn’t want to look like a baby. Especially not in front of a girl. So instead, he shook his head. “I’m just taking a walk.” He said, keeping his voice casual. “I couldn’t sleep.”

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“Just taking a walk?” The girl raised her eyebrow skeptically.

Tobias nodded. “You can come with me, if you want.”

She bit her lip uncertainly. “I dunno… I should really go soon if I wanna make it to my papa’s house before morning…”

“Why do you wanna go home so bad anyway?” Tobias had a feeling it was the same reason he wanted to, too.

“It’s kind of a long story.” The girl replied with a shrug.

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Tobias just smiled. “Well I love stories, so I don’t mind hearing it. And I mean, it’s gotta be better than that lame ghost story they tried to tell at the campfire tonight.” He laughed softly as he spoke.

“YES!” The girl giggled, raising her voice a bit too loudly. “It was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard… Ever.” She agreed.

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“It kinda made me miss my grandpa. He tells the best stories.” Tobias’ smile widened. “Especially ghost stories… His Auntie Ev – well she’s not his real aunt, I guess – but she used to BE a ghost!”

“What?! Shut up!” The girl laughed at him. “You’re making that up.”

“I’m not! My great-great-grandpa brought her back to life!”

“No way! You’re lying!’

“It’s true. I swear.” Tobias smirked at her. “If you tell me your story, I’ll tell you mine.” He offered. “Deal?”

“Hmm… Okay, deal.”

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Tobias and his new friend ended up sharing a lot of stories that night.

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As soon as he’d finished explaining the fantastic tale about his great-great-grandfather, he told her all about his family, and his home back in Windenburg.

She was excited to hear that he had a twin brother (“You always have someone to play with! Cool!”), but jealous that he had a mother and father who were married.

“Well, Jonas isn’t my real Papa.” He’d explained. “I just call him that.”

The little girl shook her head. “Doesn’t matter.” She insisted. “My maman and papa aren’t married to anyone. Even each other. It stinks.

Maman?” Tobias repeated, confused. “Is that some funny way of sayin’ “Mama” or something?”

The little girl giggled in reply.

Tobias learned that her name was Colette Katz (What kinda name is THAT?! He’d secretly thought), and the reason she had such a funny accent was because she lived with her mother in Champs Les Sims, France.

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“How come you know so much German, then?” He’d asked her.

“My papa grew up in Windenburg.” Colette explained. “But he moved away from the city a long time ago, when I was just a baby. I’ve been spending every summer with him for as long as I can remember. That’s why I’m so mad.” She told him, as they laid together beneath the stars. “I love being with my papa… And it kinda feels like he’s trying to get rid of me or something.”

“Maybe.” Tobias replied with a shrug. “But… maybe not. Maybe he just wanted you to have fun, y’know? That’s why my Mama and Papa sent me here. So that’s gotta be it.” He assured her.

And besides, Tobias thought, he couldn’t imagine how anyone would ever want to get rid of someone as fun and cool and amazing as her.

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“It’s been a lotta fun talking to you!” Tobias said brightly as his laughter finally began to subside. “But… I guess you should probably get going, if you wanna make it to your Papa’s house before the sun comes up.” The little boy tried to hide his disappointment as he spoke.

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Collette shook her head, smiling. “I thought about what you said your maman told you… About waiting two nights…” She paused, and appeared thoughtful for a moment. “And… I think that’s kinda good advice.”

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Tobias smiled widely at her as a wave of relief washed over him. “Good.” He replied happily, then paused for a moment before continuing. “Well… if we’re both staying,  I guess we should head back and try to get some sleep now, huh?” His reluctance was apparent in his voice as he spoke.

He wished he could stay up with Colette all night, but he really was getting sleepy.

The little girl nodded, then hopped off the wooden bench in reply. “Come on, I’ll race you!”

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With a small yawn, Tobias headed up the wooden steps and back into his cabin. His roommate was still fast asleep.

Maybe she’s right… He thought sleepily, crawling back into bed. Maybe it WAS good advice after all… I’ll try it ONE more night. Tobias decided. And we’ll see what happens.

He closed his eyes, snuggled up in the soft covers, and quickly drifted off into a sound sleep, already certain that tomorrow would be a much better day.

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64 Responses to Interlude: Good Advice

  1. kaffepigen says:

    That was so cute how they found each other. And he’s got a new friend! Yay! Way to go Toby! #TeamColette !

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  2. Spottydog714 says:

    Hmm… I think I know who our first ship for generation 3 will be! I’m happy to wait for a 6 years, though. I’m thinking that Mari and Diego were friends at this age. Though I don’t think Colette will be like Diego. She’s much too nice. Maybe, for the first time ever, (except maybe for Alex and Jade) we have a first-time ship that won’t sink. 😀 Go Colette! 🙂

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hehehehe #TeamToCo 😛 (Tolette sounds like toilette and Colias sounds like a disease LMAO). I do love Colette, she is a total sweetheart ❤

      Interesting connection to Mari and Diego! Yes, they were friends at this age too (but we all know how THAT ended… Eek!). But we still don't know whether this will eventually turn into a romance or not anyway… We'll see!

      And then, if it DOES, we can figure out if it's gonna go the route of Jalex or Miego 😛

      Thank you so much for reading! ^_^

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  3. Farbkleckswelten says:

    what else is there to say than: awwwwwwwwwww

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  4. sonniejj says:

    Omg this is so adorable, I can’t handle this ❤ I love Tobias so much, and how cute is his little French friend (I'm a bit of a francopile lol). I secretly hope this friendship will last a loooong time 😉

    Also, your pictures are gorgeous! That screenshot of Colette coming down the stairs and the full moon behind her is so pretty

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you! ^_^ I loved writing this chapter so much! And I’m glad you liked the screenshots! I was so fond of that one 🙂 Granite Falls — er, I mean, the random German countryside that totally ISN’T Granite Falls — is so lovely! 😉

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  5. kcsavege says:

    Aww, Tobias made a friend. It was sweet of him to try and talk Colette out of going home. She was absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to see how things go for the rest of camp. I hope they get to stay friends afterwards.

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  6. audreyfld says:

    I also hope this is a lasting friendship. Very sweet chapter v

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  7. Jes2G says:

    CUTENESS!! Sorry…nothing more to say lol.

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  8. JoieWilder says:

    Super adorable interlude!! Colette is so pretty. I love that hair on her. I’m jumping on #TeamToCo. They’re just so cute together.

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  9. theplumbob says:

    Aww these two are too cute. I’ll try not to get ahead of myself, though I’m already thinking of all the ups and downs you might have in mind for them haha!

    I love how much time you spend on developing the kids, that’s something I’m really bad at, I tend to rush through their childhood years.

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  10. Zygi says:

    omg! Diego daughter, so awesome chapter 😀

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hehehehe you are quite observant 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed this chapter! ^_^

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      • Spottydog714 says:

        Wow. You do have an amazing memory. Didn’t Diego have a goblin child? I remember you mentioning it in the forums. Also, When you had the ‘Generation 3 characters coming soon’ teaser, with the silhouettes, didn’t one of them look suspiciously like Colette? (Top right maybe) Same hair and everything. I agree with theplumbob. Drama is coming! (And I thought Colette would be a nice, cheerful friend, who doesn’t bring drama at all. How wrong I was!) 😀 🙂

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    • theplumbob says:

      Aaah! You must have fantastic memory when it comes to names! Drama incoming 😀

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    • Spottydog714 says:

      Don’t call Colette that! If you do that, she sounds like the daughter of some idiot with no consideration for his girlfriend’s feelings by running off and impregnating some drunk girl, leaving his girlfriend an emotional mess who drove us all crazy with her behavior and insecurities, then needed counseling. :p Colette is not the daughter of someone like that. She is awesome! 😀

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  11. kaffepigen says:

    How did you control both Tobias and Colette at the same time? I’ve always wondered how people control different households at the same time, but never found an answer.

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  12. silentwolfy101 says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh… Do I spy a ship waiting to be sunken?

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  13. OK, now I’m imagining how awkward their wedding will be with Mari and Diego staying in the same room… (I guess, I’m one of those girls who think about the wedding during the first date.) Hahaha.

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  14. I recognize that last name! Although I guess it would be bad if I didn’t considering that I first heard it today. XD Colette is adorable!

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  15. COLETTE KATZ SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!! But I saw her name and stopped reading for a full thirty seconds. YOU SNEAKY PERSON. But yeah, it would stink!

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  16. Definitely benefiting from catching up later! As soon as I saw her last name, I had to stifle a scream. How Romeo & Juliet. There’s no way Mari will be happy about this.

    Ooh, now I’m dreaming of all drama. Like, she comes around in the singer when she’s a teen, but she decides she likes the other twin better. Poor Tobias.

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahahaha yes, binge readers have a big advantage!!! Almost no one remembered Diego’s last name Hehehehehe 😛 Very Romeo and Juliet 😉 Thanks for reading! I love your comments!

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  17. CitizenErased14 says:

    Okay, this made me laugh! “He who shall not be named” XD

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  18. Yay he found a friend! Things are less scary when you realise you aren’t the only one feeling sad or lonely. 🙂

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  19. theceltygirly says:

    Aww she’s cute! He’s cute! They’re cute! 🙂 I like 😀

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  20. EmmaLeeXOXO_C says:

    I’m back! It hilarious how both him and Mari just are not feeling the “Katz” name at all.

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  21. skcaga6 says:

    Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
    Here I am at Camp Grenada
    Camp is very entertaining
    They say we’ll have some if it stops raining….

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