41. Invitation, original chapter posted 12/7/07
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*The silver tip of a fountain pen hovers over a sheet of paper.*
*Tess sits at the desk in her room. A neat pile of PSAT (school tests) is stacked next to her. Tess’ pet snoozes on the edge of the table.*
Tess (narrating): My dear friends, I write to invite you all on a weeklong vacation to the Silvershore Islands.
[The rest of the page is a series of scenes showing Tess’ friends receiving her invitation letter.]
*David walks beside his mother. He’s carrying several shopping bags and reading his letter with wide eyes.*
Tess (narrating): My parents are covering the whole thing as my senior year gift!
*Paulo walks up the stairs in his home, frowning quizzically at the letter in his hands. Behind him, a spider builds a web in the corner of a doorway.*
Tess (narrating): Just be sure to bring a little spending money.
*Daisy is in her bedroom, sitting cross-legged on her bed, Tess’ letter in hand. Her stuffed bear lies on the bed next to her.*
Tess (narrating): We’ll be staying at a really nice resort, so there’ll be plenty for us to do.
*Mike walks in his yard carrying a big stack of books. He glances over his shoulder at Blur as he flies after him. Blur smiles excitedly, holding an envelope with one wing.*
Tess (narrating): I know it’s a little short notice..
*Amaya reads her letter outside on a beautiful day. She scratches her head with one hand, looking interested.*
Tess (narrating): But I wanted to surprise you all with something big!
*Sue holds her letter with both hands, mouth hanging open and eyes big in stunned surprise. She starts sweating nervously.*
Tess (narrating): Please go through the attached itinerary with your parents and RSVP as soon as you’re able.
*Abbey sits at his desk in his room, holding Tess’ letter. A framed picture sits next to his lamp.*
Tess (narrating): (And if you can’t come.. you better have a damn good reason!) Talk to you soon!
*Lucy sits in front of her computer, resting her head on her hand. She holds Tess’ letter in the other hand, frowning at it.*
Tess (narrating): Sincerely, Tess ♥
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