The moment you receive Xiaolong’s message, you drop the book you were reading and run as fast as you can to the Pond.
When you finally reach the Pond, you see your little pond friends crowded around Stella the Dragonfly. You join in the little circle they have formed around her, glad that you made it just in time.
Because, as Xiaolong’s note said, Stella is leaving the Pond to go on another adventure.
You heard that there was some commotion in the Pond recently. Maybe today’s a good day to check up on your friends and see how they are doing.
When you enter the Pond, you notice Xiaolong kneeling by the water and peering into it. You can’t quite hear what she’s saying in the distance, but you can hear that she sounds a little worried, perhaps a little scared. When you approach, you realise that Xiaolong is talking to… a large piece of driftwood? How odd!
“Xiaolong!” you call out, waving to her.
Xiaolong turns to the sound of your voice, and gives you her big goofy smile. “Hi friend!”
But before you can take another step, a sudden explosion from the Pond shatters the quiet.
You’re sitting by the Pond, eating fish-flavoured biscuits with Cuddle, Gen, and Varian, when Xiaolong comes barreling through the Pond.
“Friends, come quick!” says Xiaolong, beckoning for you all to follow. “She’s here! She’s made it!”
“Who’s here, Xiaolong?” you ask, as you get up to follow her. The others look excited; Cuddle runs ahead of Xiaolong and everyone else, Varian stands a little taller and brushes the dirt off their feet, and Gen looks a little shy but eager.
“Our newest friend! Our newest member of the Pond family!”
Friends, I am so happy you are here! It is with excitement and joy that I finally get to introduce to you all my second co-blogger! In March, you all met Cuddle and Joce. Today, you all get to meet the Pond’s newest friend – and you are all going to love her. 💛
You’re sitting in Gen’s garden, sipping your favourite tea with Varian and Gen, enjoying the peace and quiet and the sight of Gen’s growing vegetables and flowers.
Xiaolong’s voice punctuates the quiet, and the three of you turn to see her running towards you.
“Friends, our new friend has arrived! They’re here!”
It is with immense pleasure and excitement that I finally get to introduce you to my new co-bloggers! This has been a long time coming and has been in the works for a long time and I am overjoyed that I can finally introduce you all to your newest Pond friend.
The moment you enter the Pond’s magical boundary, you see Xiaolong hurtling towards you, as fast as her little feet can fly.
“Friend!” she exclaims, coming to a rough stop by your feet. “I have the most amazing news!”
You greet Xiaolong and ask her about her good news. You have become quite acquainted with Xiaolong’s bursts of energy and enthusiasm, but she looks particularly excited today. Now you’re curious!
She gives you a big thumbs-up! “We’ve found new friends to join us at The Quiet Pond!”