It’s the Fifth Taleversary…

It’s the Fifth Taleversary…

It is, surprisingly, the fifth anniversary, or taleversary for the Tale … I really don’t have a lot to say except what I am sure you all have heard before … That I thank you all for reading, if you do … I thank you for looking around if you did. I send my hugs and love to my family both here online and out there in the world for their support and love in letting me give of myself in the ways that I do …

When I first thought about doing something here, I expected it to be, perhaps, a place where I might leave a note or something once in a while … but there has been at least one Tale post everyday since November 22nd, 2007.

Now I know, compared with a lot of other places, that isn’t all that many posts, nor is it really anything that means a lot in the grand scheme of things…

But it does to me, and I suppose that, really, it matters that I managed something good.

As an aside, it is also, today, Thanksgiving in one part of the world …

Ever wonder what that might be like in the Realm?


Giving Thanks

By TeraS


Tera is—at least she believes herself to be—a terrible hostess.

Now, those that see what she goes through when a birthday arrives, or someone comes to visit, or—and this is when it happens most—when a holiday arrives know that she is … well, frantic isn’t a word that you would be wrong to use.

Considering that this particular day was both a special one in the Realm, and one that many of her family celebrated elsewhere as being important, and that, for the first time, the two holiday happened on the same day in both places, she was … torn. She wanted to have them there, even if only for a little while, but then, of course, she knew that they wouldn’t be. It wouldn’t happen the way she wished, not because they didn’t want to be there—no, far from it—but because her family had their own families and, really, she understood that.

Family did, of course, come first.

Knowing that this day would be for her and her Eternal alone, Tera had managed not to go crazy trying to find the right shade of red for the curtains or the perfect pattern for the tableware. She didn’t spend weeks flipping through carpet swatches and then walking over rolls of them to be sure they were exactly right. She didn’t have the table places set, then changed, then set, then changed again. She didn’t do that at least a hundred times over. She didn’t go over every recipe, every dessert, every drink, every single thing that her family would see.

And, if you believe that, then you really don’t know Tera.

She did all of that, and more, because she wanted everything to be absolutely perfect, even if it couldn’t really be; she was going to do her best to try, really try, really, really try to make that happen.

In the end, finally, she set a simple—for her, at least—table for herself and her Eternal, sent all of her helpers and royal attendants away to their families with her blessings and “thank-you”s, and spent her time that day making dinner for herself and her love, the same dinner they had first shared so long ago. She found the red dress she wore, the silly pair of horns that she wore, too, and looked into the mirror to see that she was really very happy for a lot of things and really thankful for many more.

Tera had just touched up her lipstick when her Eternal came into the room and, without a word, took her by the hand and led them both through their home. But instead of sitting at their own table, to have some time together as she expected …

… they went outside …

… and traveled towards the Palace …

… and through the main doors …

… and into the ballroom …

… and …

… and …

… and there, as the doors opened before them both, revealing those who loved them both so much, Tera discovered that, as she knew, family was the important thing after all.

For that, for her family just being her family and knowing her as they did …

… for that she was thankful most of all.




My thanks to you all for being my family…

Happy Thanksgiving to you all…





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    • Miles on November 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Adorable, heartwarming and beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this with us today 🙂

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    • ex1lepr0 on November 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I’m new to this site, but I’d like to extend my congratulations for a strong five years, and a congratulations to Tera, for working so hard to make it so perfect. *huggles* And I’m sure it came out great. 😉

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    • James on November 23, 2012 at 12:48 am

    It came out wonderfully . . . Her Majesty’s stories always do.

    Looking forward to the next 5 years.

    *Huggles for my Dear One from her heart*

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    • Darkness on November 24, 2012 at 12:54 am

    *huge, ginormous huggles*

    Happy Taleversary, My Light…

    You and your Eternal are never far from our thoughts.
    Your story reminds us that no matter how far apart we are, whether it’s miles or dimensions, we are all part of your family and for that we are ALL truly grateful.

    Love and Huggles from us both,

    Darkwalker & Fyrebelle

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    • TeraS on January 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm



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    • TeraS on January 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    *huggles and kisses for all*

    Thank you for caring… It means more than I can say…


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