In the looking glass . . .


My gown is magnificent.  It is made with the beaded white silk crêpe that Ser Niccolo gave me.  It is soft and clings seductively as I move.

 My hair is curled upon my head, leaving my neck to be viewed by all and knowing this, Ser Niccolo has sent me a collar of diamonds.  They are like a band around my neck.  If I were churlish, I would say it is like a dog-collar and that by wearing it I am giving Ser de Fleury some sort of proprietary control over me.  But I have always said I am my own woman and nothing changes.
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New competition!

My dearest guests,

On behalf of my sister co-admins, we have decided to cancel the Scavenger Hunt owing to the Others’ predilection for stealing our images constantly.  We ask that you submit whatever you have managed to glean in your journey through the drama and we shall award a Direttore’s Prize for whoever we think was the most persistent and managed to get the most from a very trying event!

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Secrets Revealed

From Rebecca.

The tapping on her window was so faint that if she hadn’t been listening for it Sarina would not have heard it. Although the term ‘listening for it’ in no way captured the anxiety and anticipation with which she had awaited Hugh’s visit. Yet, when he finally did arrive, it was unexpected. The hour had grown so late that she had given him up, retiring for the evening to read a little in an attempt to distract herself. Fortunately, she had just received from Parthenope an exquisite little book about a Masked Ball, which she was enjoying.

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Secrets, lies and . . .


Niccolo . . .


Niccolo traced a strand of my hair away from my neck as we lay in bed.  ‘You are otherwise engaged, Lucia.’  

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Can we finally say: Go!!!?

Images in the novella for the scavenger hunt are as in place as we can make them until the next time technology takes us and shakes us.  Go to the Masked Ball tab, then click on Chapter by Chapter and keep your fingers crossed and go hunting!  By the way . . . answers are coming in for the Secret Code and we are delighted with you all for having a go.

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Went to bed last night and every image to do with the Masked Ball was in place.  Wake up this morning and there are 12 missing.  Hold your competition hunts dear friends and focus on writing your entries for the rest of the programme competitions that don’t require visual searches.  P, R and myself are getting beyond frustrated I can tell you!!!!!!

The secret code of fan and glove competition . . .


Another taster competition:  Results on the prize-giving day after the Ball but please post answers by email (contact page on any time this week.  The prize is Bo Press’s perfect miniature map-book of the world of Eirie.  If you win this, you will be able to see exactly where you have been for the night of the Ball.  Good luck!

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Just before you read the next chapter of the novella, we need to let you know that whilst almost all images have been re-instated, some have been lost.  Including the one that related to the first question of the Scavenger Hunt.  We have therefore introduced a new first question and ask that you go back to the list of questions to check that you have answered it.  Our apologies, but it was beyond our control.  We hope it won’t deter you from entering and completing the hunt.  Goodluck!  

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The Masked Ball venue (Mesmered), with its associated rooms (Masked Ball tab with sub-pages) are looking so

much better since the cleaners have been and tidied most of the damage from the lightning storm that scoured Veniche yesterday.  Portraits and paintings have been re-hung and the Direttore was able to smooth his moustache without his fingers shaking.  For myself, the presence of Ser de Fleury to pass me a wine and massage my aching neck is likely to return my fraught nerves to normal.  By late tonight, our guests will be able to re-commence the Scavenger Hunt and begin to decipher a code which will be offered to them for a superb prize.

Issue update . . .

We would like to inform you that every attempt is being made to rectify the issue and normal scavenging and code-breaking can begin in the next 24 hours.

Privately we think the Others were so enthralled with the images that they enchanted them away to that Other place . . .