WEFOUNDThe First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha


GIBSON CITY — Family members remembered Kelsey Bridgwater and Charly Jesse as being more like sisters than first cousins, as the two shared many moments together.

While on their way to an appointment Jesse had in Paxton last week, the Ms. Bridgwater, 21, and Ms. Jesse, 24, were killed in an automobile accident at the intersection of Illinois 9 and County Road 1300 E, 3 miles east of Elliott.

"They were just both very free-spirited, loved to draw and write, and just loved nature," said Karley Bridgwater, Kelsey's sister and Charly's cousin. "They just lived life as free and simple as they possibly could."

GIBSON CITY — Family members remembered Kelsey Bridgwater and Charly Jesse as being more like sisters than first cousins, as the two shared many moments together.

While on their way to an appointment Jesse had in Paxton last week, the Ms. Bridgwater, 21, and Ms. Jesse, 24, were killed in an automobile accident at the intersection of Illinois 9 and County Road 1300 E, 3 miles east of Elliott.

"They were just both very free-spirited, loved to draw and write, and just loved nature," said Karley Bridgwater, Kelsey's sister and Charly's cousin. "They just lived life as free and simple as they possibly could."

They loom over Boulder, an iconic symbol of the city's status as gateway to the Rocky Mountains, a spectacular backdrop often painted pink by the morning light and throwing neighborhoods into shadow as the sun sets behind them each afternoon.

And in 2017, the Flatirons turned deadly, not once but twice, with a teenager falling to his death from the First Flatiron in August, and a second man doing so in October.

A nearly decadelong span without any climbing deaths there ended Aug. 6 with the death of Carter Christensen, a 17-year-old whose family in recent years had been living in Maple Grove, Minn. He had grown up largely in Longmont, but returned regularly to Colorado in the summer.

The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha is a standalone novel written by Lloyd Alexander in 1978. It follows the adventures of a young man named Lukas-Kasha who finds himself in another world after paying a street magician to perform a magic trick.

Kasha spends his days playing pranks on the people of Zara-Petra and doing as little work as possible. After participating in a magic show, he finds himself transported to the strange world of Abadan. Upon his arrival to the royal city of Shirazan, he is proclaimed king. At first, Kasha enjoys being royalty, but soon discovers that there is more to being king than eating good food and enjoying his lavish surroundings. When Kasha attempts to take control of his kingdom's laws and policies, he meets with strong opposition from his Grand Vizier , Shugdad Mirza. Soon Kasha is forced to flee for his life and escapes the palace with the help of a slave girl and a public versifier.

When classifying his works, Alexander described The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha as "unquestionably a fantasy", placing it in the same category as Time Cat , The Chronicles of Prydain , and The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen . [1]

GIBSON CITY — Family members remembered Kelsey Bridgwater and Charly Jesse as being more like sisters than first cousins, as the two shared many moments together.

While on their way to an appointment Jesse had in Paxton last week, the Ms. Bridgwater, 21, and Ms. Jesse, 24, were killed in an automobile accident at the intersection of Illinois 9 and County Road 1300 E, 3 miles east of Elliott.

"They were just both very free-spirited, loved to draw and write, and just loved nature," said Karley Bridgwater, Kelsey's sister and Charly's cousin. "They just lived life as free and simple as they possibly could."

They loom over Boulder, an iconic symbol of the city's status as gateway to the Rocky Mountains, a spectacular backdrop often painted pink by the morning light and throwing neighborhoods into shadow as the sun sets behind them each afternoon.

And in 2017, the Flatirons turned deadly, not once but twice, with a teenager falling to his death from the First Flatiron in August, and a second man doing so in October.

A nearly decadelong span without any climbing deaths there ended Aug. 6 with the death of Carter Christensen, a 17-year-old whose family in recent years had been living in Maple Grove, Minn. He had grown up largely in Longmont, but returned regularly to Colorado in the summer.


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