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That Cryptic Little Note from Tristan in The Spell Breaker, book two of The Seven Sell Saga
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To decode or not to decode; the note Tristan leaves for Chloe.
Notes from the author and an excerpt from Chapter Ten of The Spell Breaker, book two in The Seven Spell Saga

When I was writing The Spell Breaker, book two in The Seven Spell Saga, I wanted to start adding some of the mild humour that would be sprinkled throughout the next book, book three The Seven Spell.
The note that Tristan leaves for Chloe to find in his room has two functions. It is part of the story in The Spell Breaker, and a bit of fun.
Oliver and Chloe don't understand the note, they comment upon it and in the end, it does not help them break the spell that Tristan is under. That's part of the joke, since Tristan has left a message within that cryptic little note, which would tell them how to free him, if they could decipher it.
Readers may decode the message, it doesn't matter if they don't, that's the fun part.
I had the ideas, and much of the plots for all the books in The Seven Spell Saga for a couple of years in notes on my computers and in my head. I knew the middle book, book three, The Seven Spell, would have some humour within it to counteract the unpleasant experiences, that befall Tristan and Chloe. I wanted the ending of The Spell Breaker to herald the arrival of that humour.

In the excerpt below, Tristan is under a spell, Chloe who loves Tristan, and Oliver who loves her, are searching for a way to free Tristan. They are searching his room.

We went into his bathroom the place was tidied up. No toothbrush and toiletries, perhaps he had thrown things away to look as if he had packed. If he had wanted me to look for my sweater, where would I need to look? What about in his laundry basket, I looked in there, the shirt he had been wearing the last time I saw him was in there, and I took it out. There was a flutter of blue paper out of it, and Oliver picked it up,
“It’s a note,
‘All is not as it may appear, I love you, think about me, and although it’s a moralist term, I guess I have only got what I deserve’.
“Well that has to be to you from him”, Oliver said and gave it to me.
I was holding Tristan’s shirt, it somehow still had the shape of him. I looked at the note it was Tristan’s handwriting. There had to be a message here besides the one so obviously in the words of the note.
“What do you make of it Chloe?” Oliver asked and I had to say I didn’t know yet.
“Why would he deserve this?” Oliver asked.
“I don’t know, I don’t think he did, does, but then I love him”, I said sadly, and Oliver put his arm around my shoulders.
“Did you leave a sweater here or what Chloe?’ he asked and he was about to take the shirt from me, but I rolled it up and put it under my arm.
“I don’t think I did, I can’t see one anyway. I wonder what he did with his laptop”.
We took a look in the little kitchen thing he had in his room. Nothing, cups washed and hung on hooks, the coffee jar on the little shelf next to the kettle.
This made me cry, he loves coffee I told Oliver, and Oliver said he knew, and hugged me.


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More Blogs by Tessa Stokes
• Oliver's song sneak preview and excerpt from The Sealed Door - Thursday, August 25, 2011
• Thinking of changing my book covers - Thursday, July 28, 2011
• Out and about in ancient places taking photos for my book covers - Monday, July 04, 2011
•  That Cryptic Little Note from Tristan in The Spell Breaker, book two of The Seven Sell Saga - Monday, May 16, 2011  
• How I found the title for book one of The Seven Spell Saga, Spellbinding - Wednesday, May 11, 2011
• Genre Blending - Saturday, May 07, 2011
• An introduction to the three main characters from The Seven Spell Saga - Sunday, April 17, 2011
• The sooner a child is introduced to books the better - Saturday, April 16, 2011


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