Chapter 4: In Which The Next Clue is Found

If you are reading this chapter, it means two things. First, it means that you can read. Well done.

Second, it means that you found the secret that was left for you. As it turns out, Princess Madison Jayne, was also successful in finding the secret book. After reading the mysterious note in the  strange, empty book  her father had irresponsibly given her, the Princess made her way through the gigantic castle to her bedroom. She got lost only two times, and one of those times was because she stopped to watch a spider capture a mite, and quite forgot what she was doing. But she found her way back to her room.

Madison’s room was glorious, and was painted in every shade of pink known to the palace  decorator, the Honoured Lady Martha Stewart. The decorator had traveled to all the continents of the  world looking for new shades of pink, and Madison was quite pleased. She had pink carpet, pink walls,  pink curtains and giant four-poster with flowing pink lace. On the wall next to her closet filled  with pink and purple clothing was a single, white bookcase. She gently pulled back her books until she found the hidden book.

It was brown, with a reddish hue. It was called Duchess Hotspur, and it was written by Rosamond Marshall. Now, Madison did not know that Rosamond Marshall lived on the West Coast and  raised French miniature silver poodles while writing books, and she did not know what a “Hotspur” was (a “hothead,” or someone with a fiery temper). But neither of those things mattered because Madison was immediately struck by the fact that the book  was strangely  light.  It  seemed  to  weigh  almost  nothing.  She  had already encountered a book that was not really a book that day, so she was quite  prepared  when  she  opened  the  novel,  pushed  forward  to  the  first chapter, and found that the middle of the book was quite cut out.

In place of most of the words of the novel was a plastic bag. The Princess removed the  plastic  bag from the book-that-was-not-a-book, and opened it carefully. Inside the bag was three pieces  of paper, folded over until they fit snuggly into the hole. Madison opened the paper, and this is what it read:

Dear Princess Madison,

Well done. You have successfully discovered the next part of the adventure. I had no doubt that you would.

But, as I warned you, you have begun the path of adventure and imagination. You will have a chance when you are older to forget about magic and stories and beautiful ideas of the mind. Most adults do. Most people, when they become young adults, trouble themselves with all the really important things of life, like having nice things and pleasing many friends and knowing how to

wave and smile.

But for now, for now, there is a world of worlds inside your imagination, and the doors to this world are always very near. Dangerous and troubling, and you may regret it for life, but the doors are open to you.

Now, I have one more test as you begin the journey. From your music tutor you received a Princess Magazine. Inside the magazine is a code. The code is quite simple—I don’t have to tell you that what you should do is write out all the letters that have been circled and see if you can figure out the message, and make sure you get through the whole book—and when you have deciphered the code, an adult will help you with the next step.

Great blessings and safety are wished for you on your journey. I hope to see you soon.

Yours in Curiosity

Your Third-Favourite Uncle

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