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Revenge, Inc. Part 11: A Short Story

Updated on December 26, 2009

Author's Note

Hello, everyone and welcome back. Time and again, I wondered just how far I'd push the envelope with this series, wondering whether or not it might just stop in mid-sentence and leave every one of my readers angry and dissatisfied and maybe revenge itself would be in order! As you know, I began this series as a single, stand-alone short story until I received a number of emails requesting that I expand this into a series. Safe to say, I've done exactly that and since it's undertaking, I thought to make it 12 parts--just enough for a novella--but then realized that it wouldn't be enough, as much more still needs to be established in order to do justice to this story. With that said, this installment was supposed to be the penultimate installment with Part 12 as the finale. As you'll see, this isn't possible. Thank you for your unyielding support of my work. I can't thank you enough for reading me.

-ODP

And as always, if you are new to this series, please start from Part 1 to get acquainted with the story. Below are the links in which to do so. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Please enjoy.

Revenge, Inc. Part 1

Revenge, Inc. Part 2

Revenge, Inc. Part 3

Revenge, Inc. Part 4

Revenge, Inc. Part 5

Revenge, Inc. Part 6

Revenge, Inc. Part 7

Revenge, Inc. Part 8

Revenge, Inc. Part 9

Revenge, Inc. Part 10

I'm Here, With You...

When I came around again, I found that I lost sight of everything. Everywhere I looked, I was engulfed in complete darkness. One’s own soul confirmed the bleakness of this kind of darkness. I felt for where my eyes should’ve been and felt no pain, only fear—that and some tight binding fabric that was wrapped tightly and securely around my head. I felt to find the knot but instead, felt a soft, warm caressing hand.

“Don’t.” A female voice whispered to me and a beautiful voice at that. She was so quiet. I never knew she was there with me the entire time.

“Natsumi? My eyes…”

“Shhh…You still have them but won’t be able to use them, at least, not for a long time. My brother used a tranquilizer on you. I'm here with you..." And then I felt those warm, soothing hands again, this time they touched my face. I reached out to touch her's in return.

“A little higher, Cody…That’s not my face!” I let out a chuckle.

“I never thought your face to be so chubby.” I imagined her smiling at me. She was beautiful.

“Here…” Natsumi then guided my hand to her cheek and there it rested for some time as I took in the smoothness of her skin. “You’re going to need me, you know that?”

“And why would think otherwise?”

“I mean while you’re training and learning. I’m going to help you like always.”

“And why wouldn’t I need you after the training? Why not then?”

“Too many questions. You know what I mean, Cody.” I then turned my head away from her and away from her touch. I then felt warm moisture of her lips upon mine. She tasted sweet.

“So what was that for?” She ran her fingers through my hair and played with it.

“So you won’t forget.”

Flying Blind

The following morning, I was greeted by Master Akira. Natsumi left me after a time and was afraid of being found with me, which prevented her from staying any longer. I thought of her often. As soon as I heard Master Akira come in, I rose to my feet and bowed to him and greeted him in return.

“Very good,” he said after sizing me up. “I want you to see with you ears Cody-san. I want you to learn again how to hear. Truth is, not one of us ever really learns how to hear in the first place—not as children or as adults. Too busy doing everything else.”

“But why do this?” I asked.

“Why? Because no one ever taught you how to hear properly until now. You will learn, Cody-san. It is a new way to think and act. I want for you to learn new way of seeing everything. I want for you to see the waves crashing against the shore, the crackling of flames in a fire-pit, the wind as it shakes the leaves of the trees…” As Master Akira spoke he was walking in a circle around me. It took him exactly twenty-three paces to make a full circle. I knew where he was the entire time. “Can you see it now?”

“Yes, I can and from my memory…I remember the ocean and the waves. God knows I’ve seen them enough times while running along the shore every morning.”

“Good. Measure the time it takes for ocean waves to reach shore and stop. Time is important. Speed is important. Never the same, time and speed of waves crashing—only pattern.” So maybe I was getting better at this, because I began to see what Master Akira was telling me and what he was helping me to see. It all just began to make a lot of sense. “Well?”

“Well what? Ow! What'd you do that for?” Master Akira flicked my ear. Hard.

“Run Cody-san! Go now, like always do!”

“But I can’t see!”

“You don’t need your eyes to run, Cody-san, only legs, now GO!”

“What if I fall?” He laughed.

“Then you get back up! You complain like a girl, Cody-san! Always complaining. You keep it up, I’ll get kimono from Natsumi…Dress you up like geisha!”

And with that, I began running faster with Master Akira following along. I found the route I was accustomed and was surprised to find that I remembered much of it. He steered me away from the jagged rocks and other obstacles, but other than that, the sand beneath my bare feet was a probing guide in itself.

“We are slaves to what our eyes tell us, because we are made to believe that whatever we see is real. So quick are we to trust own eyes. Ninja knows this. Ninja take advantage, because ninja’s strength lies in cunning, deception, stealth, and the creation of diversion to make escape, to make invisible.

“So you will teach me how to make myself invisible? Can I really truly become invisible?”

“Yes and no. Invisible only to non-ninja.” He then paused for a moment. “Kind of like magic to magician. Magicians know secret to magic trick, but not his audience. Other magicians who study same trick will know the truth.”

“If you choose to become ninja, then you must become one with the darkness and live your life within the shadow—your only companion—for it is the shadow that is your ally and an enemy to your enemy. People fear the unknown. They fear what they cannot see. Master Akira will help rid you of this fear.”

“Who said that I was scared?”

“Ah, Cody-san! Remember who you are talking to! Remember first day in Jirai?” Shit. He was right. Please, no more ass-kicking, I thought. I'm blind, you see... “Don’t be so proud of yourself. Still, you have much to learn. Snapping a single twig while walking on the forest floor can draw unneeded attention. That is why it is important to know not only one's environment, but the tendencies of one's opponent. You see, in life, Cody-san, we all follow pattern, like migration of birds, whether or not we are aware. It is in our upbringing and DNA...”

A Deadly Exercise

I recall an exercise that Master Akira conducted, where he gathered with him four ninjas and one of them was Katsuro who, if I didn’t know better, was trying to fucking kill me or at least scare the shit out of me, just as he did when he claimed that he was going to,’ take my round eyes,’ which wasn’t really a lie. The truth was that everything was an exercise until you’re dead. It was always about survival to the would-be ninja.

Master Akira had me walk into the great room of the stilted house in which stood a single candle flickering in the breeze that came in through the wide open portal. In an instant, that candle went out and all was still. It was like a surprise birthday party for the unbeknownst birthday boy or girl except in reverse—and a matter of life and death.

“What did you see, Cody-san?”

“What? I didn’t see anything!” Master Akira swore under his breath then spoke a command. After a moment, one of the ninjas re-lit the lone candle in the room and suddenly, my hair was being pulled upwards and a katana met my neck. It was Katsuro.

“You are fucking worthless, gai jin!” He said from right above me. He was hanging from the goddamn ceiling like a fucking bat. Katsuro released himself from the ceiling and jumped down and stood next to me. “You see, father? Worthless! He still needs more training.”

“Katsuro is correct. Turn around, Cody-san! Do it again!” So, just as Master Akira said, I turned around and prepared myself for the onslaught. “You must realize your surroundings. Always danger around you.. You must look and listen. You must always be prepared.”

Wash, rinse, and repeat. Take Two:

“Now, Cody-san, what did you see?” I was much more focus this time. I had only a split-second to survey the room.

“Four ninjas this time, three armed with katanas, one with a kunai and chain.”

“Where?” Master Akira asked me in the darkness.

“Two at the south end. One was coming at me from my immediate right and the other was climbing through the east-end window.”

“Where was Katsuro?”

“Well, he wasn’t above me like before—that I’m sure of it.” That was when I felt a tap on my shoulder. Fuck, I thought.

“Hello, Cody-san. How many lives do you have, huh? This is second time you died tonight.”

“Much better this time, but before you can defend self, you must learn to know where to strike. Your ears failed you. Do it again!”

And so we did. With this said, I knew then why blindfolding me was so important. I began to learn to trust my instincts and to learn to become aware of the change in the air in the room, if you can believe that. I learned in those four weeks so many things, including the fact that there is energy—positive and negative—all around us and always. It’s real.

Stirrings of the Heart

During the course of my training I did in fact see much in the improvement of the sounds all around me and began very much to believe in Master Akira’s method of training (like had a choice in the matter) and in reading and recognition and maybe even precognition if you can believe such a thing. In that time it was a joy to spend so much of my time with Natsumi for the better part of my day in learning technique, the most difficult being keeping my libido down which a challenge as any other. But every time I tried to get closer to her, she resisted.

“What’s wrong?” I asked her.

“Nothing, Cody.” She was lying to me. I felt it.

“You need to tell me, Natsumi. I can’t read your mind, at least not yet.”

“Did my father tell you about our family, Cody, and about the Watanabe Clan?”

“No, he didn’t. Whenever he’d begin, he’d stop and refuse to go on.”

“He has good reason, Cody. There are some secrets that shouldn’t be shared with others.”

“Okay, now you have to tell me. Whatever it is, it can’t all be that bad. I mean, you are the good guys after all, right?”

“Oh, Cody…You have so much to learn.” And after saying that last line, Natsumi began to cry.

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      Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Training with blindfolds and intimacy unfolding - and it should only get more exciting! You're running away with this dohn, but your readers will follow with or without blindfolds! Great job - and why end a good thing going just to end it? :D

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Woah! Thanks for being the first to post, Cris. I'm sure that many of my readers will be happy to learn that Cody still has a "pair" to get it on, lol. No one's more amazed at my progress with this story, although I wouldn't recommend writing one in this fashion...I'm pooped! Thanks again, buddy!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hmmm, I can't help but say I guessed as much on part 10 what taking his round eyes meant :). Guessed I watched too many ninja and kung fu movies :). I'd love to know if this kind of training is for real and if it is still being practiced up to now. Would you know dohn?

      This is a very good part 11. Couldn't have asked better. But I wonder what Natsumi and her family are actually hiding? Hmmmmm, the suspense is killing me :).

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      Well, this just keeps getting better. Can't wait for the next installment.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Oh, suspense again, very nice DOHN< I can see the story unfolding, and the training too, blindfolded and the ears and the eyes as usual are very important in ninjas, ninjas are fast isnt it?

      Natsumi is a sweet girl like me LOL, very supportive also,

      Dohn I also like the images here, breathtaking,

      Cant wait for the next part again,

      Maita

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I agree with all the above 'commenters' and hope this marvelous series will be published soon!

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      Keira7 7 years ago

      I am hanted by your episodes, now every saturday I remember you. Thanks for part 11 my dear good friend. Brilliant work as always. Looking for next saturday. I wish you a lovely Christmas for you and your lovely family. Bless you bro.:)

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      An excellent segment that is full of action and suspense. Looking forward to the next!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Wow! this is so good....you are such a capable writer.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      @emievil-I did put a bit of a spin on it, didn't I? I'm glad that you're enjoying this. Much still has to be established. Just...Please, no spoilers about Ninja Assassin :D

      @Duchess OBlunt-Thanks, Duchess. Me too :)

      @prettydarkhorse-Yes, training is paramount to the Ninja. Natsumi isn't as quite as sweet as you :D You asked for a new hub and I responded with two in one day! Thanks, Maita.

      @lorlie6-One day it will be...Autographs all around? ;) Thank you!

      @Kiera7-Friday...Or Saturday is certainly the day in which a new installment will appear! Thanks so much for following my story. I always appreciate hearing from you. To you and yours--Merry Christmas! Thank you.

      @juneaukid-Thanks so much! I'll try not to let you or any one of my readers down!

      @alekhouse-Thank you for that, alekhouse :D It's always good to hear from you.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      What a great story that continues to unfold, I really enjoy your work Dohn.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks so much, TFT. You finally made it! I cannot thank you enough for carrying through with reading this story from it's inception until its latest installment. Just hearing such wonderful feedback is overwhelming. Thanks as always.

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      So glad you still have your eyes in this story. How interesting--to learn to move around without sight. I still wonder where this story is going, and where it will end up. The pieces are fitting together better now.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I'm pleased that you like it, Paradise7. I hope that I keep all of you guys interested. Try as I may, my goal is to write this the way I would've wanted to have read it (I'm very picky to a certain extent about what I read). Thank you for the compliment :D

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      cosette 7 years ago

      wow Dohn. fabulous!

      I have often thought that Katsushika Hokusai felt this way:

      "Measure the time it takes for ocean waves to reach shore and stop. Time is important. Speed is important. Never the same, time and speed of waves crashing—only pattern."

      he painted more than ocean waves - he painted their rhythm and, well, patterns. you have a Third Eye, you know...

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Amazing. I never knew (really, on my mother's eyes). I really made all this up and so had no idea...

      Thanks, buddy. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. How crazy is it that parts 12 and 13 fall on Christmas and New Year's? Writers write, right?

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Shame on you for making her cry! Poor girl anyway. Timing is important for all things. Cody will have his time. I anticipate a thrilling conclusion. Happy Holidays Dohn.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Charles, for catching up with this series. I have a way with women, don't I? Okay, so a couple of eggs do have to get broken if you wanna make a big omelet :D Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and yours, my friend.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Wow, I really got into this one and feel for Cody. Such a challenging time for him. I admire his courage. Master Akira is quite strict with him too, but I'm sure it's for Cody's good. I'm glad he has Natsumi around.

      Beautiful story, Cheers Dohn. :)

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Lady_E! This story is certainly not easy to write, so hearing such great compliments is very rewarding to me. It's great to see that you're enjoying it so far. Thanks again.

      Merry Christmas!

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      Leop 7 years ago

      Very exciting. I really love this story. I have enjoyed each one of them. The ones you have written before and this adds even more twists and excitement. Thank you dohn for great writing.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, Leop. I great to see that you're following this. I'm glad that you're enjoying it so far. Thank you for the compliment!

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      dusanotes 7 years ago from Windermere, FL

      I enjoy these Ninja stories. They carry a certain flavor or spirit that you capitalize on very well. Good job, Dohn.

      Don White

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Well, I'm blind as a bat - I didn't see that coming at all! However, I do see that the next two fridays are Christmas day and New Years day - so in the spirit of the season, I think we (your fans) should cut you some slack! Enjoy the holidays dohn - we will be counting the days for the next installment LOL!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      @dusanotes-Thanks for that, Don. I appreciate the compliment and hope that I can continue to "deliver." It's great to hear such wonderful comments overall!

      @Enelle Lamb-I've been thinking the very same thing for the past month (right after Thanksgiving). You know what I concluded? Writers write, right? Stephen claims that he writes while away on vacation, on his birthday and even on his wife and kids' birthdays. It doesn't stop. I might actually bang out an installment on the Eve on both holidays! Instead of saying, "We'll see," I'll go with a "I'll play it by ear." Thanks again, Enelle!

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      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      This is great. Very nice.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks Philipo. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      stars439 7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Fascinating skill involved in being a ninja. So much care and acute study of sensitivity. Your work is interesting, presents mysteries, and is and art in itself within the story. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, stars439. I'm glad that you enjoyed this and that you liked it. Thank you for the compliment. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

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      Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

      I knew that there was a lesson to be learned here by losing his eyesight! He had been so clumsy--that the other senses were deficient! This is a lesson again Dohn. I have been saving these--early am for me, nice cup of oolong tea---and your 'Revenge' series---awesome!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      It's great to see that you enjoyed what I did here. Oolong tea is very comforting! I missed you last week and I see now that you wanted a block of two installments in which to read. Cody's improvement was very important and you picked that up of course. Thanks as always, buddy.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I liked this chapter and the training being blindfolded seemed so real I could hear some of the sounds! It reminded me of a story my husband told me of when he was a boy. He grew up in the country in Georgia and his father took him as a boy where they would sit quietly in the woods. My husband would have to identify all the sounds he heard correctly before he was taught to be a hunter. Maybe that is why he survived the war when so many were lost. Thanks dohn.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      That really is a story in itself, Pamela99! Maybe you should try your hand at writing it! From the sounds of it, your husband has certainly lived a fascinating life. I'll certainly read it if you do. It really does mean a lot to me that you're keeping up with this series. Thank you again.

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      Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

      This is a very intense and exciting installment. I could see Cody training while being blind folded. WOW! I am off to read the next one.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks so much, UK! I thought you'd like that! Talk to you soon ;)

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      rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Gotta love those clan secrets. Dohn, I have to get some more work done. Don't tempt me too much!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Hey, Rose Mary. I had to keep everyone coming back, week in, week out! It's been working, wouldn't you agree?

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      Freya Cesare 7 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

      “We are slaves to what our eyes tell us, because we are made to believe that whatever we see is real. So quick are we to trust own eyes." Master Dohn, I knew this already from long time ago! Did I deserve to be a ninja then? Hahaha...

      Confusing romance? Ninja or not, girl still a girl, right? Hhhh... tears are so common.

      Will read again soon, Dohn! ^_^ Thank you.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, Freya. I'm glad that you liked that line...Did you cry while reading this? I'm a bit confused. In either case, it sounds to me that you're still enjoying this. Until next time ;)

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      Anthony Goodley 7 years ago from Sheridan, WY

      “Then you get back up! You complain like a girl, Cody-san! Always complaining. You keep it up, I’ll get kimono from Natsumi…Dress you up like geisha!”

      That was a funny line. lol

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Ha! Yeah, I had a lot of fun writing some of this dialogue. I'm so glad you made mention of it. I always thought all sifou or sensei should be just as witty as they're wise. Master Akira is one of my all-time favorite characters. Thanks!

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      loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      testosterone and intimacy, you have something for everyone....definitely a good read. i'll be back to continue on.......be well

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thanks, loveofnight. It's so reassuring to see that you're still following this story. I've been away for so long and so must finish Part 26 soon! I just hope to see you at the finish line! Thank you.

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      valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      This is an educational piece, as well as spellbinding. My brother in law studied this art, and I know a little about it, but you are teaching me much more. Very interesting defense art form. (: v

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      dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Thank you, Valerie. I'm honored to hear such an amazing comment. I attribute my knowledge to the many books I've read and the exorbitant amount of movies I've watched (especially as a kid). It's great to hear that you're familiar with this technique. Thanks again as always!

      Dohn

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      Olga 3 years ago

      Love this! I am going to make some "name ornament" place cards for my gestus, and then they can take their ornament home and place it on their tree.

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