The Unlikely Adventures of Miss Hyla Bibbit

…a small frog in a big world…

Traveling Sylvanina 3 – Part 2, The Celebration August 31, 2014

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“I’m glad you joined me for a stroll this afternoon, Damara. I hope your exploration of Sycamore Springs was pleasant?”
“Oh yes! You have such a lovely little village here! So many things are different, yet many feel the same as my own town. Everyone is so friendly, you’ve really made me feel welcome.”
“That’s great! Your arrival has helped us more than you know…you see, Sycamore Springs is in the process of moving the entire village! We simply needed more space.Not all of our critters have made it to our new location here yet, so with you visiting…well, it helps take our minds off of our family and friends back home. And to thank you for that……”

 

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“SURPRISE!”
*gasp*
“Wh-how? You’re making me blush! You shouldn’t have!”

 

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“Oh, we love throwing parties! We wanted to welcome you properly, but didn’t know when you would arrive!”
“You are all so thoughtful!”
“Come on, I’ll introduce you!”

 

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“This is Mr. Moekey, he runs the junk shop….Mr. Wildwood, who put this little shindig together…”
“Guilty as charged!”
“…and Aristotle Treefellow, who is our school’s principal.”
“How dooo you dooo?”

 

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“…Mr. Dale runs our orchard with his family. His specialty is apples. And Mrs. Huntington is the best baker in the Appalachian trail!”

 

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“Mrs. Slydale! Thank you for coming to my party! I’m still so very thankful for the room!”
“It’s my pleasure, dear. This is my son, Skitter.”
“Such a sweetie!”

 

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“Pleased to meet you, Orson Yellowfield!”
“Pleasure is mine. How you enjoy the sandwiches!”

 

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“That’s our milkman, Mr. Webster and his daughter…”

 

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“…our postman, Durwood Chestnut and his daughter Myrtle and his baby girl, Charity…”

 

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“Hello Phineas!”
“Oh! Hello Miss Damara!”

 

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“Who is this little one?”
“Ah..well…see….This is my niece, Bella. I’m…I’m her guardian. Bella, this is Miss Damara, say ‘hello’!”

 

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“I’m sorry, Damara, she’s usually not this shy.”
“Perhaps a cookie will cheer her up!”

 

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“There now, a nice kitty cookie with spots just like me, hm?”
“What do you say, Bella?”
Thank you, miss.

 

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“I hope we’re still on for that fossil hunt, Phineas?”
“Oh, of course! The day after tomorrow. Meet me by the town hall, let’s say…..10 o’clock?”
“That sounds wonderful. I’ll see you then!”

 

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“Nice lady.”
“Yes, she is very nice, isn’t she?”
*sigh*

 

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“Hyla, this is a fantastic party! Thank you all, so much!”
“It’s our pleasure! I’m glad you’re having such a great time!”
“Yes! I just wish my husband and kids were here with me.”
“Let me know if you’re feeling too homesick. We’ll help cure that in no-time!”

 

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“This really is a wonderful little town….”

 

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“…with so many friendly critters….I really can’t be alone!”

 

 

 

Traveling Sylvanian 3 – Part 1, The Arrival August 25, 2014

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“Somewhere over these hills should be Sycamore Springs.”

 

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“There! There’s the town! Just through these woods!”

 

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“Thank goodness I’ve arrived. What a long journey! Well…since I’m here, I guess I better deliver this package straight away. I don’t want to be rude and forget it! …. So this is Miss Bibbit’s house? Seems very humble for a ‘celebrity’. I do hope she will be nice.”

 

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“Hello. May I help you…miss?”
“Oh! Damara…Damara De Wildt.”
“How wonderful! The whole village has been expecting you! Please come in!”

The whole village?

 

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“Rooibosch Hill sounds wonderful. I apologize for the chill, our summer has been very peculiar with temperature this year.”
“It’s not too cold, though I am thankful for my husband insisting upon binging my jacket!”
“He sounds like a sweet man.”
“Oh, very sweet….Listen to me chat away! I have a package for you!”

 

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“A package?”
“Yes, from Ms. Madeline’s boutique! She said there was some delay or mix up with the last order.”
“You have to forgive me…I haven’t the froggiest idea what it could be…”

 

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*gasp*
“Miss Bibbit…it’s beautiful!”
“Now I remember! I helped our resident thread makers and dyers, the Sweetbriars, connect with Ms. Merryweather a few months ago. They make so much thread and dye, Ms. Clearwater can’t keep up with her dressmaking! Madeline wanted to send me something in thanks, but I never imagined this!”

 

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“You must be famished, Damara! Would you like to go to the cafe’? It’s not very big, but their sandwiches are fantastic!”
“Now that you mention it, I could use a spot of food.”

 

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“This is a great place, Miss Bibbit. Thank you for inviting me!”
“Please, call me ‘Hyla’. Miss Bibbit makes me sound old.”
*giggles*

 

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“So Damara, tell me what do you want to do in Sycamore Springs?”

 

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“Oh, well…I’ve always wanted to travel the world and meet new critters.”

 

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“I work in Rooibosch Hill as a herbalist, so I suppose I would like to learn about new recipes and plants. The excitement of it all! Me! In a new town! On a different continent! Hemisphere, even! Oh, I want to see everything I can!”

 

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“Well, you’re in luck! One of Sycamore Springs’ newest residents is Phineas Underwood. He’s a study of everything in the woods! Plants, rocks, bugs…just name it…
…and double our luck! Here he comes now!…
…Phineas! May we speak with you a moment?”
“Hmm? Oh, ah, yes! I’ll just…be right over.”

 

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“Finn, this is Damara De Wildt. She’s from Rooibosch Hill in South Africa and she’s visiting for a few weeks. We were hoping you might be able to show her some interesting places you’ve found.”

 

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“Oh, well, I would lo—……..ahhhhh….”

 

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She..she’s beautiful!

 

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“Um, ah..yes! Of course! I am heading out in a few days to hunt for some fossils. Would you…ah…like to join me?”
“I’ve never been fossil hunting! It sounds so exciting. I promise I won’t be a bother!”
“Nonsense! You won’t be a trifle at all. Um..w-where might I find you?”
“Oh dear. I haven’t found a place to stay just yet, I’m ashamed to say.”
“Finn, why don’t you take her to the Inn where you’re staying?”
“Oh, of course! I’ll…I’ll…help you with your things.”

 

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“Mr. and Mrs. Slydale, this is Damara De Wildt. She needs a room for her stay in the village.”
“Welcome to the Foxglove Inn, Ms. De Wildt. We have a room that would be perfect for your stay!”
“Please, don’t make it a lavish one! I would hate to put you out with all of the trouble of last minute!”
“Mr. Slydale and I may not have the fanciest of inns, but our rooms are full of comfort, cleanliness and courtesy! They’re always made ready for guests; you needn’t worry!”

 

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“I hope this is to your liking, Miss Damara.”
“Oh, it’s lovely. With such a great view of the forest!”
“I..ah…m-my room is just down the hall. Don’t hesitate to ask.”
“Thank you Phineas, you’ve been most kind.”

 

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Oh, Finn…just what have you gotten yourself into?

 

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Oh Rowan, if you could see me now! I miss you something awful…but I have to do this. I just wish you and the cubs could be with me. What a grand adventure this will be…

 

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As she slowly drifts off to sleep, Damara can almost hear her husband whisper, ‘good night, Kitten’….