Chatterbox: Pudding's Place

The Secret of Ellingham Manor

You sigh and watch a raindrop slither down your bedroom window. It’s been raining for days, with no end in sight. “The largest rainstorm in a decade,” as the weatherman said. You stare out at the gray world outside your window. There’s gray cars, gray trees, gray houses, gray streets, smoking bird, gray sky - smoking bird? You run to your closet, searching for the binoculars you got as a birthday present when you were eight. You find them under a pair of jeans that's been too short since last winter and use them to take a closer look at this mysterious bird. It's definitely smoking - a fine trail of bluish smoke is trailing from its head. That's not the only strange thing about it; its skin is brown leather, its claws a shiny silver. There’s a white rectangle - an envelope? - tied to its left leg with brown string.You realize that the bird is mechanical and marvel at how pretty and fragile it is. Then you realize it’s heading straight for you. You don’t want the bird to hit the window and get hurt. The window creaks loudly as you open it. The strange bird swoops in and lands on your bed. It uses its silvery beak to undo the string on its leg and then lies down to have a rest. Everything seems very quiet all of a sudden. The only noises are the deafening rain outside and the plinking and clunking of the tiny gears that make up the bird’s heart. You walk to the bed. You were right - it is an envelope, a beautiful envelope with a red wax seal. The seal depicts an owl with a great many spears behind it. You turn the envelope over. There’s no return address. You open it and a beautiful hand-written letter falls out. You pause what feels like two or three eternities and read it.



Dear CBer,

You are cordially invited to my home, Ellingham Manor, for a Week of Wonder and Whimsy. (Let’s call it the WWW for short.) I’ll be sending Barnaby along with a carriage at noon on October first. Be ready when he arrives, he hates rain.



(Lady Ellingham)

P. S. Don’t panic if the carrier pigeon’s legs fall off. It’s a design flaw that I’ve yet to find a solution to. Just bring him back to the Manor with you.

P. P. S. Bring layers, it’s cold here.

P. P. P. S. I mean it when I say be ready for Barnaby’s arrival. He’s been known to leave without passengers on several occasions.

P. P. P. P. S. Roxann asks that you fill out the form below; she doesn’t want a repeat of the last time I had guests over.




Itemized list of things you’re bringing:

Personality (described in five words or less):

Any special needs? If so, specify:

No CAPTCHAs or AEs. Never again. Limit of ten people. Starts October first. -Roxann

A muffled clink pulls you from your stupor. The pigeon has tried to stand up, but one of its legs has fallen off. 

submitted by Lady Ellingham
(September 23, 2020 - 2:34 pm)

Name: Nyx

Pronouns: She/her

Age: 13 years

Itemized list of things you’re bringing:

-Numerous books



-Pencil sharpener 

-Necessities that any human (Or non-human I suppose) needs

-Waterproof GoPro camera for pics and videos


Personality (described in five words or less): Introverted, creepy, standoffish, cynical, and all the opposites of these. 

Any special needs? If so, specify: My quarters should probably be very sturdy in case of destructive temper spike. I have a horrible temper. Temper spikes are likely. 

submitted by Nyx, age 13 years, earth
(September 23, 2020 - 3:20 pm)

I just couldn't resist - even though we all know how these things end.

Name: Majestic Mary (or just Mary)

Pronouns: she/her/hers

age: 13 

itemized list of things you're bringing: clothing: Leggings, sweatpants, t-shirts, hoodie, pajamas, sneakers. pleasure: journal, multiple sharpened pencils, laptop, a few books, some candy. Hygiene: hairbrush, toothbrush+paste, shampoo and conditioner, face wash, lotion.  

Personality: majestic, oddball, tries being nice

Special needs?: nope. 

I struggle with that personality things. I like specifics; five words only is not my forte.

submitted by Majestic Mary, age 1 eternity, Majestopia
(September 23, 2020 - 3:21 pm)

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submitted by RoboTOP
(September 23, 2020 - 4:11 pm)

This sounds amazing! I can't say no to a ski lodge.

Name: Quill

Pronouns: she/her

Itemized list of things you're bringing:

-clothes and essentials (including a jacket)

-journal and pens


-various books

-my shortsword Macbeth

-the mechanical pigeon 

Personality: Creative, adventurous, impulsive, friendly, curious

Any special needs?: Nope!

I'm so excited!

submitted by Quill
(September 23, 2020 - 4:45 pm)

Sorry, guys, guess I have to ditch you!

Why do you sound so HAPPY about that?

It's obvious, Blaze. She's trying to get rid of us! *points an accusing finger at Lumi*

Noooo! Taake mewit hyouu! Youca nnotl eavem ewith THEMM! PLEAS!

Sorry, Kiwi. I would if I could.

*shocked look*

*if possible, even more shocked look*

*fills out form*

Name: Luminescence, "Lumi"

Pronouns: She/Her

Age: 11 (I'm nearly 12, though.) 

Itemized list of things you're bringing:


~A laptop (I need my Google Docs and my Overdrive.) 

~Several changes of clothing (cobalt and light green checked shirts, jean shorts, and black leggings in case it gets cold)

~One pair of PJs (purple oversized shirt and grey shorts)

~A yellow raincoat (because if the weather NOW is anything to go off of...)

Personality in 5 words or less: Optimistic (Well, I try but often fail), literal (me and sarcasm don't understand each other), talkative (very, and I really don't know when to stop), and this is already way more than 5 words. Sorry, Lady Ellingham, Roxann, and Barnaby.

Special needs? Specify: Well, it would be helpful if you had any extra earring backings. I have a bad habit of losing them. 

submitted by Luminescence, age XI, California
(September 23, 2020 - 5:18 pm)

Ooh, definitely coming!

Name: Kitten

Pronouns: she/her

Age: 14

Itemized list of things you’re bringing: Clothes and toiletries; an emergency supply of dark chocolate and several snack bars; a water bottle; my Kindle and several paper books; a spiral-bound writing notebook, a sketchbook, and my diary; a pencil case with a few mechanical pencils, a ballpoint pen, and an eraser; and a bow and arrows, a saxe knife, and a throwing knife (all enchanted so I'm the only one who can use them, if that's allowed)

Personality (described in five words or less): Introverted, creative, quirky, occasionally bossy

Any special needs? If so, specify: I'm mostly vegetarian

submitted by Kitten, Daydreaming
(September 23, 2020 - 8:23 pm)

Name: Darkling

Pronouns: She/Hers 

Age: Somewhere in my teens :p

Itemized list of things you're bringing: Clothes, duffel bag to carry said clothes, sheet music for piano (if there is a piano), sweatshirts, converse, my skateboard. 

Personality: Weird, a bit introverted, stubborn, nice when I want to be. 

Any Special needs: Not that I know of.


submitted by Darkling, age Pineapple, Earth
(September 24, 2020 - 11:32 am)

No AEs?  Aww I wanna go to a fancy manor and ride in a carrige.  Why does Queen get to do all the fun stuff?

You get to do fun stuff too, Cherry.  Stop whining.


Please don't leave me with them!

You'll be fine, it's only a week.

Name: QueenofWolves but you can call me Queen

Pronouns: she/her/her majesty 

Age: Teenager

Itemized list of things you're bringing: 

-clothes and essentials


-pens and colored pencils



-infinite supply of chocolate

Personality: Creative, competitive, artistic, inquisitive, stubborn

Any special needs: nope!


submitted by QueenofWolves
(September 24, 2020 - 3:07 pm)
Name: PygmyOwl
Pronouns: She/her
Age: 13
Itemized list of things you’re bringing:
-Assorted clothes and toiletries 
-Flute w/ sheet music 
-Copy of The Book Thief
-E-reader with Agatha Christie books
-Dream/poetry/random thoughts notebook
-NaNo notes notebook
-Extra notebook just in case
-Purple fountain pen
-Retractable pencil w/ extra graphite 
-Large lavender backpack
Personality (described in five words or less): Bookworm, self-proclaimed-genius, introvert
Any special needs? If so, specify: I'm vegan every other week. The rest of the time, I'm vegetarian. For reference, I will be vegan on October 1st. I change every Sunday.
submitted by PygmyOwl
(September 24, 2020 - 5:15 pm)

If there's still a spot left, I want to reserve one!

submitted by Agent Winter, age Classified, a princely idea
(September 24, 2020 - 6:05 pm)

9 spots have been filled if Win takes this one, so there's one spot left! I think.

submitted by 1 SPOT LEFT, age XI, it's Luminescence
(September 25, 2020 - 1:44 pm)

@Luminescence Yeah there's one spot left and if my comment showed up, I wanted to reserve it. Well more like I already filled out my sheet. I love these things there so cool 

submitted by Spirit, age ????, Who knows?
(September 25, 2020 - 7:43 pm)


Name : Spirit (I just like this name)

Prounouns : She/Female/her

Age : 12

List : 

Notebook, Pen, Hairband, Water, Food, First-Aid kit, Translator, Calculator, Binoculars, A how to survive book, and a magnifying glass, a coat, extra clothes. I just like being prepared. Dunno why.  

Personality : Introvert

No, no special needs. I am a normal human being (more like a crazy one) 

submitted by Spirit, age ????, Who knows?
(September 25, 2020 - 7:40 pm)

ooooof I just realized that I do have a special need : I have trouble monitoring hallways and all cause I like to dream about random stuff and have a hard time focusing. so please please please make my room very very veryyy simple. 



submitted by Spirit, age ????, Who knows?
(September 25, 2020 - 11:56 pm)

Can I add on to my list of stuff that I'm bringing? If so here

Soap, small knife with case, sword, toothbrush, toothpaste, extra pens, glasses (cause I need them) hat, laptop, extra pens, robot, pepper spray, spider/insect repellent

submitted by Spirit, age ????, Who knows?
(September 25, 2020 - 9:55 pm)