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The Tiara Club Winter Wonderland
Like I said, winter is so magical and our winter classes at Silver Towers were really special! It had been so cold for ages, but not that yucky cold that makes you feel miserable. No, it was the bright and frosty kind, and the sky always seemed to be blue. The lake in front of the Princess Academy froze over, and we had amazing skating parties. Even the horrible twins, Princess Diamonde and Princess Gruella, learned to skate, although they did tell us over and over again how very un-princessy it was.
And then the weather changed.
The first bell of the morning rang, and we opened our eyes expecting the Silver Rose Room to be bright and sunny as usual—but it wasn't. It was gray and gloomy.
Princess Daisy hopped out of bed and walked over to the window.
"It's really cloudy," she reported, "and it's pouring rain!"
Princess Katie snuggled deeper under her covers.
"The ice dancing competition was going to be this afternoon," Emily reminded us. "What'll happen now?"
We looked at each other blankly.
"Maybe the rain will stop," Princess Sophia said.
"No chance," Daisy said from the window. "It looks as if it's going to rain forever."
"That stinks." I threw my pillow at Katie, who didn't move. "We'll probably have some boring lesson instead."
Sophia stretched. "If we don't get up soon, we'll get into trouble for being late for breakfast."
Princess Alice was already heading for the bathroom. "Come on, you guys," she said. "Last one down to breakfast has to sit with snooty old Diamonde and Gruella!"
Of course that got usmoving—even Katie. We arrived at the dining hall at exactly the same time. Almost all the other princesses were already there, but luckily we found a table where we could sit together.
Diamonde floated in a few seconds later, followed by Gruella. As they passed our table, Diamonde stuck her nose in the air.
"You must be so disappointed," she sneered. "No more showing off on the ice! What a shame."
"Bet they thought they'd win the competition," Gruella suggested.
Sometimes I say things before I've really thought about whether I should say them or not. Do you ever do that? Words just seem to pop out of my mouth before I can stop them.
"We can beat you at any competition," I said.
And at that moment, our principal, Queen Samantha Joy, came sailing into the dining hall, with our school Fairy Godmother, Fairy Angora, behind her—and the head Fairy Godmother, Fairy G., as well.
"Wow!" Sophia whispered. "Something really important must be about to happen!"The Tiara Club Winter Wonderland. Copyright © by Vivian French. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.