In The Secret Promise, Emily and her family are attending the grand Mistberg Ball. While she’s there, Emily teams up with some new friends to rescue an injured deer. With that, the Rescue Princesses are created! Take an exclusive sneak peek below at a scene not included in the original book.
Two days after the ball, I longed to see the deer that my Rescue Princess friends Clarabel, Lulu, Jaminta, and I had rescued. I sneaked out of the castle and over to the garden shed where it was recovering. My heart thudded as I opened the shed door a tiny crack. I wondered if the deer would seem stronger today. Would it be able to stand up on its injured leg?
A rustling noise came from a dark corner at the back. My deer walked right up and looked at me with beautiful brown eyes. It tilted its head a little and one ear twitched. I knelt down to check on its leg and saw that the wound had healed up completely. I was so happy!
The deer nudged my shoulder playfully and trotted to the open doorway. It looked around shyly for a moment and then skipped across the vegetable patch. I was amazed at how gracefully it moved.
I called out, telling it to wait for me as I dashed from the shed. Unluckily, mean Queen Trudy was just coming around the corner. I crashed right into her, sending her tumbling into a row of cabbages.
I said I was sorry and then rushed off after the deer. I just hope Queen Trudy can get the cabbage stains out of her royal robes!
–Vanessa, Scholastic Staffer