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Thank you all very much for visiting, writing comments and sharing my posts with your friends! I’m very encouraged, and it’s time to move… again!

I’ve got my own domain now, and please visit

http://mspuddleshaven.com/

from now on. I’ll delete this site very soon and redirect all traffic to my new site. In the meantime, please spread the word for me! Thank you very much!!

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Tearful embrace

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Tearful embrace

This is a scene based on Chapter 34 “Departure” in my story “Love Never Fails”.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7472782/34/

Steam hissed, and the time to depart was near. When Candy heard the gentle clacking of wheels on tracks, she flung herself onto Albert and clung to his neck with her arms. She closed her eyes next, breathing in his familiar fragrance one more time.

I debated with myself whether to make Candy look sadder, but I finally dropped it because this embrace was a pleasant surprise to her after all.

I would like to present this drawing as a gift to all of you who are following my story “Love Never Fails”, especially those who have given me positive feedback through different means. Without all your support, this story would not have been possible. Once again, please respect my rights and do not use my image without my permission. Thank you!

What’s your definition of “Prince Charming”?

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From dictionary, this term is defined as “an ideal male lover who is both handsome and of admirable character.”

Of course nobody is perfect, but we can always dream, right?

I have browsed around and found answers from some ladies. See if you also agree with them.

One of them said ideally her prince charming would be a friend whom she could laugh with or chat for hours. In other words, he would have some sense of humor, willing to laugh at himself or someone with a free spirit.

Another lady defined her prince as someone who was tall with blue, green or gray eyes. Her prince would be strong such that he would stand for what he believed and not easily pressured into giving in. Most of all, he had to love her, cook for her, buy her diamonds, etc.

One said her prince charming would support her or do anything for her. Similarly, another lady said her prince would be decent looking and tall. He would make her feel special, willing to listen to her and always be there for her, etc. On top of all that, he had to be faithful.

A lady simply listed a bunch of traits for a man to be her perfect prince: sweet, understanding, funny, sensitive, fearless, protective, honest, smart, tall, average build, etc. He should have bright smiles and penetrating eyes (green or blue).

Very interestingly, some said looks weren’t so important as long as the man wasn’t ugly looking. Personality seemed to matter more.

So now, what do you think?

To me, Albert in Candy Candy appeared to have most of these qualities mentioned above. The author of Candy Candy, Mizuki, had indeed created his character as a “prince” material. Do you agree?

Lucky Candy… isn’t she?

Thank you for the encouragement!

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Today I broke my personal record of the number of unique visitors to my latest chapter (see previous post) in less than 24 hours. Usually it takes more than one day to reach that number. Hence, I can’t express my gratitude enough for the support I have received from you all, especially those who have given me feedback already!

*Theatrical bow*!

I promise to work hard. In the meantime, I’m attempting to illustrate one scene from this chapter. It’s not the one requested though, but I hope you will like it still.

*Theatrical bow again*!

Love Never Fails Chapter 34: Departure

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I’ve taken a short break from writing since I published my last chapter. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I hope you will enjoy reading this update, and if you do, please let me know. I would love to hear from you!

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7472782/34/

The following is the teaser:

She tightened her arms around his torso while rubbing her face against his neck. He returned her embrace, savoring the moment while sniffing her flowery scent. Meanwhile, all the stress and drama since her birthday in early May flashed through her head. She had lost him twice. The first time he had left her right after the lion attack, and the second time she had made a heartbreaking decision to terminate their relationship. Hence, it meant all the more to her that she could finally return to his sheltering arms.

“Candy? Talking about Pony’s Hill…”

His voice trailed off when he gathered his thoughts. Without looking up, she caressed his cheeks lovingly. “Yes?”

He began, “By now you should know… I’m a Scottish?”

“Of course, why?” she asked, her fingers tracing his jawline while wondering why he had abruptly changed the topic.

He cleared his throat before he ventured, “As per our family tradition, each boy in the direct family line will be given a-“

Go ahead, take it for granted…

Just found this interesting post and would like to share with you. I do agree that when someone is willing to go above and beyond for you, then you should really treasure that someone. Who knows? He or she might have to leave you one day…

Lyrics and Chocolate

It’s something often said… Men are all the same. I think the reason for this is that they really give us more reason to believe that than what they give us reason not too. That being said, women are also all the same. So when you complain about the usual stuff there is some common ground.

So when you actually finally meet someone man or women, that is willing to go above and beyond for you and actually enjoy things most others would complain about, would you consider yourself lucky? Would you consider yourself fortunate? Would you then try and be an even better you to accommodate that person? Or would you simply take it for granted? “I am who I am” …Forget that you are fortunate to not have reason to complain?

…. Very sad, but even given everything on a platter without having to go to any effort…

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With love and gratitude (Part 2)

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In my post “With love and gratitude (Part 1)”, I pointed out the facts that showed that Candy had special feelings for Albert. Not only she couldn’t get him off her mind, but she also enjoyed spending time alone with him.

Come to think of it, they had been seeing each other on a daily basis for a bit more than a year. Those who have lived with roommates before will understand what it’s like to live with people other than your family members. You just can’t pretend to be someone else for long even if you want to present a better image of yourself. Sooner or later the people living under the same roof will know each other extremely well (if not inside out). After a while, the roommates may either hate each other so much that they have to go separate ways or their friendship and mutual understanding grow.

To me, the latter case applies to Albert and Candy, who had become best of friends as time went by. If not, when Albert proposed to share the ‘sandwich’ with Candy for the rest of their lives, she would have found it very awkward. As a matter of fact, her response was quite the contrary; she was so touched that tears escaped her eyes as she nodded quietly, readily accepting that she would continue to be very close to him such that she wouldn’t mind sharing her pain and sorrows with him in her life. She might not have grasped the hidden meaning behind his words, but he had her trust. In other words, she felt safe to share her vulnerability with him, knowing that he had always been her refuge.

In the manga, many times Candy had been strong for her friends, especially to Annie and Patty. I suppose growing up in an orphanage being the oldest kid had affected her a lot. She had been looked up as the leader, even to her friends. For example, once she got to know Terry better, she admonished him over and over. Sometimes she even tried to “correct” his behavior. No wonder Terry teased her that she acted like Sister Gray to him.

But when it came to Albert, Candy was different. Albert being an adult could be the reason, but she respected his maturity and wisdom, and yet she wasn’t intimidated because he was very understanding, kind and patient to her. She could be totally herself and didn’t hide her weaknesses from him at all. There are many examples throughout the manga, but the most important one was after she had come back from New York, completely devastated and heartbroken. Soon after Archie had taken unconscious Candy home, she came to but didn’t tell her friends about the breakup. She even put up a smiling face as though she could laugh it off. However, she longed to see Albert again, believing that he would be able to comfort her. Therefore, as soon as she was alone with Albert at home, she poured her heart out to him without reserve. After that, she already felt better. Although she grieved heavily for Terry, Albert’s presence consoled her.

Candy crying in Albert's arms

That is why I have chosen to start my story “Love Never Fails” just before this incident took place. I wanted to show that by then Albert had held a special spot in Candy’s heart that no one else could easily replace. She depended on him for advice, and he was her shoulder to cry on when she had troubles. Their bond was deep and real.

Connect with Candy Candy fans!

I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you who have visited my blog, left your comments and/or shared my posts with your friends.
When I started blogging on May 23 this year, I did not expect to reach over 10,000 hits within a short time frame. This is very exciting, and once again, I re-post this to invite you to drop by regularly to connect with me and others. You don’t need to register to do that. Constructive suggestions and feedback to my blog are more than welcome. Thank you all very much!

Ms Puddle's Haven

I have been a Candy Candy fan since August 2011, and I started writing my first fan fiction “Love Never Fails” in October that same year. Time flies, and I’m still writing this long story, one chapter at a time. However, I have taken several short breaks to write other short stories for my favorite couple in Candy Candy, Candy and Albert. For your interest, you can find my stories in

http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3260266/

Candy Albert Cover

I’m truly grateful to have a group of faithful readers, and I have decided to start blogging as a way to share my thoughts and works with them. Therefore, it’s time to really get down to business! Please note that I’m new to the blogging world, but I hope this serves as a platform to connect with other Candy Candy fans as well.

Soon it will be the first anniversary since I published one of my favorite short stories…

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Interesting facts about wristwatches

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When writing chapter 33 of “Love Never Fails”, I debated with myself whether Albert should use a wristwatch or a pocket watch. Those of you who have read the chapter know that I have decided to let him use a wristwatch.

For some reason, whenever I think of pocket watches, I will have pictures of middle-aged or even older men with oval, gold-rimmed glasses perched on the tip of their noses, dressed in impeccable black tuxedoes popped up in my mind. This is such a big contrast to the image of Albert shown in the manga.

So what’s wrong with wristwatches? Nothing is wrong of course. In fact, it’s probably the most common way to tell time nowadays. However, do you know that wristwatches, used to be called wristlets, were looked down by gentlemen in the high society?

Wristlets were designed (reserved) for women, and considered more as fashion than a serious timepiece. As a matter of fact, many gentlemen back then were actually quoted to say they “would sooner wear a skirt as wear a wristwatch”.

According to http://www.qualitytyme.net/pages/rolex_articles/history_of_wristwatch.html,

“This all started to change in the nineteenth century, when soldiers discovered their usefulness during wartime situations. Pocket watches were clumsy to carry and thus difficult to operate while in combat… In 1906, the evolution of wristlets took an even bigger step with the invention of the expandable flexible bracelet… This aided their adaptation for military use and thus marked a turning point in the development of wristwatches for men.”

Hence, companies were scrambling to keep up with the demand. One company that enjoyed huge success during this time was Wilsdorf & Davis, Ltd. (founded in 1905). Later in 1915, the company changed its name to The Rolex Watch Company, Ltd..

Not so surprisingly, from the same article, it said that “Rolex received the very first wristwatch Chronometer awards from the School of Horology in Bienne (1910), and the Class “A” Certificate of Precision from the Kew Observatory in England (1914). To this day, Rolex watches consistently receive more Chronometer Certificates from the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), than every other watch company in the world, combined.”

After World War I, many soldiers returned home with wristwatches, which were no longer deemed as feminine. Wristwatches subsequently got more and more popular such that Rolex introduced the first truly waterproof wristwatch, the Oyster, in 1926.

Now back to my story, I believe wristwatches were considerably costly back then, and it’s highly likely that only rich people could afford them (unless they were soldiers I suppose). Therefore, do you think Albert might have a Rolex watch?

Anyway, if any of you have noticed, I intentionally didn’t draw a watch (see my previous post). I hope you don’t mind.