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Nimbus tried to scramble further up the wall, but there was still no purchase, and even the window-slit sheared of prickers offered her no easy place to put her hands. “I don’t want to come with you! My parents are right up there,” she gestured. “I want to go with my parents.”

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(considering the subject matter, this is December’s Trunk Story)

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“Really, Quizzico? Seriously?”

Quizzico had no answer, so the Tigress looped a few vine-like ropes around the villain – not that Quizzico really counted as a villain, more like a nuisance prankster – and left him, thus trussed, in front of the Ninth Precinct station with a short note pinned to his costume.

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Climate Doodle

So SeaLemon has this August Doodle Challenge (Tumblr)

I mentioned I wanted to do a Worldbuilding challenge based on the doodle challenge. inventrix made me a modified list.

Day 2 is Climate. The climate of the world around Aerax (that’s an island with a center pinacle on top of a long tree trunk, not the Space Needle) is temperate, wet, and windy, especially up on the islands. (There’s a cactus on the other side because the original challenge was “cactus”, and also because over on the far side of the mountains, the weather is much dryer.)

Aerax and the sky islands are the setting of my Patreon serial The Expectant Wood.

(Day 3 is Seasonal food/fruit)

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Landing Page: Aerax/Expectant Wood

The Aereaxerer archipelago hovers high above the Nevilla Forest, wobbling ever so slightly on stems up to a mile high. This unlikely feature is the home of the Expectant Wood serial story, available to Patreon readers.

Setting
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The Serial Family (Patreon)
Name the Serial Family (LJ)
The Serial Islands (Patreon)
A five-minute map of the islands (LJ)

The Serial
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Nimbus and her family are on an expedition, exploring the Center of Aereaxera, the biggest island in the Aereaxerer archipelago. But something is amiss at the center of their world…!

Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen (Patreon)
Chapter Two: The Stamen End (Patreon)
Chapter Three: The Slippery Stamen-End (Patreon)
Chapter Four: The Sharp Exit (Patreon)
Chapter Five: The First Rescue (Patreon)
Chapter Six: The Cut in Aereaxera (Patreon)
Chapter Seven: The Chute in the Tree

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The Expectant Wood, Chapter Six: The Cut in Aereaxera

 Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen

Chapter Two: The Stamen-End

Chapter Three: A Slippery Stamen-End

Chapter Four: The Sharp Exit

Chapter Five: The First Rescue

Summary of All Aerax 


Chapter Six: The Cut in Aereaxera

Didda didn’t like it. He didn’t have to say it; it was obvious in the way his lips were all squished tight together and the way he moved, like if he could take out enough of his anger on the thorns of Aereaxera, he wouldn’t shout like he wanted to….

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The Expectant Wood follows young Nimbus down into the depths of strange Aereaxera, an island floating on a tall stem, high above the land below.  Follow her adventures as she and her family – her Didda and Mem, her sisters Billow and Shining Pearl – go places nobody else has gone and meet strange people and stranger plants.

Expectant Wood is available to all Patreons

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The Expectant Wood, Chapter Five: The First Rescue


Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen
Chapter 2: The Stamen End
Chapter Three: A Slippery Stamen-End
Chapter Four: The Sharp Exit

Chapter Five: The First Rescue

“Nimbus! Billow! Can you hear us!” Didda sounded, NImbus realized with some surprise, worried. Panicked, really.

“Nimber, Billbill?” Nimbus wrinkled her nose as Pearl resorted to their baby names.

“We’re here!” she called out, careful to shout over Billow’s head and not into her ear. “We fell into a — into a stomach or something. Careful! The wall openings are full of prickers!”

“Oh, my babies…” Mem sounded miserable.


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The Expectant Wood, Chapter Four: The Sharp Exit

Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen
Chapter 2: The Stamen End
Chapter Three: A Slippery Stamen-End

Chapter Four: The Sharp Exit

Billow’s lips were pursed and her hands were gripping Nimbus’ wrist tight enough to leave marks. Nimbus wanted to reassure her, but she needed all her breath just to keep pulling herself up the side of the slippery floor. For every three steps she managed upwards, it seemed like she slid down two.

“Hold… on…” she managed.


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The Expectant Wood, Chapter Three: The Slippery Stamen-End

Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen
Chapter 2: The Stamen End

Chapter 3: The Slippery Stamen-End

Billow wasn’t screaming, or whining, or even whimpering. She was holding very still, slowly sliding towards the center of the stamen-bottom. Nimbus felt something tighten in her chest, but she didn’t have time for panic. She dropped to the ground, splaying her feet out and seeking some purchase, and reached for Billow.

She couldn’t quite reach, and if she moved any further forward she was going to end up on the wrong end of the slope.


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Expectant Woods Landing Page

The Aereaxerer archipelago hovers high above the Nevilla Forest, wobbling ever so slightly on stems up to a mile high. This unlikely feature is the home of the Expectant Wood serial story, available to Patreon readers.

Best place to start
Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen
The stories run in chronological order.


The Serial: Expectant Woods
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Nimbus and her family are on an expedition, exploring the Center of Aereaxera, the biggest island in the Aereaxerer archipelago. But something is amiss at the center of their world…!

Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen
Chapter Two: The Stamen-End
Chapter Three: A Slippery Stamen-End
Chapter Four: The Sharp Exit
Chapter Five: The First Rescue
Chapter Six: The Cut in Aereaxera
Chapter Seven: The Chute in the Tree
Chapter Eight: The Forest Under the Tree
Chapter Nine: Cartwright’s
Chapter Ten: A Long Way Away
Chapter Eleven: The Watering Can
Chapter Twelve: Hell’s Eyes
Chapter Thirteen: Strange World
Chapter Fourteen: A Long Walk Around
Chapter Fifteen: Being Childish
Chapter Sixteen: The First Man Down the Stalk
Chapter Seventeen.: An Unplanned Detour
Chapter Eighteen: A Fooxin and a Friend
Chapter Nineteen: Nobody Up
Chapter 
Twenty: In the Shadows
Chapter 21: Worlds of Differences
Chapter 22 — Learning and Knowing
Chapter 23 — A Lesson in Plants
Chapter 24: Horn-Grab the Day
Chapter 25: While the Sun is Shining
Chapter 26: An Apology Matters Only When Meant
Chapter 27: Behind (Almost) Every Bush…
Chapter 28: The Book of Aereaxera
Chapter 29: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone
Chapter 30: A Young Lady
Chapter 31: 1000 Stairs and Unkind Thoughts
Chapter 32:

Expectant Worldbuilding!

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World-Building June: About
World Building June Day 2: Geography
World Building June Day 3: People
World Building June Day 4 and Five – History, Civilizations, & Environment
World Building June Day 6 – Plants
Back to World Building June! 7 – Economy, Animals
World Building June: Government, Economy
World Building June 11: Governments, Communication

 

The Expectant Wood, Chapter Two: The Stamen End

Chapter One: Trouble at the Stamen

Chapter 2: The Stamen End

“Aurora, do you really think we should bring Billow and Nimbus down there if something strange is going on?” Nimbus’ father was leaning down over the hole in the center of the island, tutting at Nimbus’ mother, who was already far down the narrow tube. He didn’t hear Nimbus coming up behind him, although he must have heard Billow, still waiting halfway down the steep climb, complaining.


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