Chapter 11 page 23

Prince Yùzǐ gets up, mattresses falling back behind him. His hair is mussed up and his face has a few scratches, but he maintains a cheerful smile. CinderEmmie and Prince Yùzǐ finish tidying up together as they chat. They walk along a corridor with high piles of stacked mattresses strapped to their backs.
Prince Yùzǐ: Yeah. My big bro never gets into details on what he thinks. My little bro is always sad. 
I don’t know how things are gonna turn out. It can be kinda scary!
I try to be cheerful enough for all three of us. 
I just want my bros to be happy, ya know?
CinderEmmie: It can tell you care about your brothers a lot!
And being able to smile no matter how tough things are… it must be super hard to do that all the time!
Prince Yùzǐ: Aw, shucks. Thanks!

Author’s notes: I’m back! Happy new year everyone!! It’s hard to believe it’s 2022. I hope you all had a safe, special and wonderful holiday and that this year is full of good things coming your way. Thank you all so much for your kindness and support following my last note. I was so moved by the comments, tips and lovely messages that I received, and very grateful for all of them!

In new year-y news, I’m debating possibly printing book 3 (currently available as a digital download), and/or maybe starting to pull together a book 4 (which would be the very long beast that is chapter 7). It’s complicated, though. Or probably it’s just complicated because I think too much, haha. I would love your feedback! I made a quick little 6-question survey – all questions are optional. Please check out the survey here to share your thoughts.

♥ Maiji (January 3, 2022)

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