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Well, Klothilde has a couple of centuries experience with unruly children and animals.
Before she came to my grandmother's household she had an affair with a lion tamer from a worldfamous circus. I certainly always stay out of the way of her whip. She learned to use it while she was living in the Argentines with a renowned gaucho.
So please doc do not worry about that. However it would be nice to find a piano tuner, my instrument is always out of intervals after a change of hemisphere.
Sebastien dismounted from Pixiu in front of the cavern. He unloaded the scrolls he had borrowed from the Muses on Mount Parnassus. He was continuing the work breeze had started by transcribing the documents into the laptop and then translating the documents in to English. He found that keeping his mind busy helped him get through the nights. Although Pixiu was wise and a very good conversationalist and the animals were his constant companions, he felt alone. He began to enter the cavern, only to be stopped by Pixiu’s mate.
“I am sorry Master Sebastien, but you cannot enter.”
Sebastien was surprised. He looked at the Pixiu, who now had an ashamed expression. He then turned to the other Pixiu, who now also had the same expression.
He was not angry at the Pixiu. Obviously, someone had asked them to keep him out. Of course, he could dematerialize and enter and the Pixiu would be unable to stop him. But the Pixiu was ancient and wise creatures. They were not pets, they were protectors and equal to himself. The only reason they called him Master was out of respect and because he was their leader, not their owner. The respect was mutual on Sebastien’s part.
He bowed towards them. “Tian Lu. Bi Xie,” he said, using their formal names. “I am not angry with you. If you do not want me to enter, so be it.”
“But I need access to my possessions and the laptop from my room. Also, I need access to the library. So I think it is about time I have a conversation with a certain group of ladies. So if you do not mind, please take me to the Tea Room.
Dear Ms Di - A
Antio Gia Tora
Tinker Belle and Luna :)
That is very generous of you but with summerly thunderstorms and all I do not trust flying carpets, especially as we had a lots of moths recently. Axelrod will drive my car to Greece, but the roads through the Balcans are terrrrrible, and he always either breaks an axle or a rod.
Looking backward and forward to see you all soon
SEBASTIEN ENTERED THE TEA ROOM AND WALKED OVER TO THE TABLES WHERE DOC POPPET WAS SITTING WITH AME, TINKER BELLE, ANNA AND KATT. HE PLACED THE BUNDLE CONTAINING THE SCROLLS ON A NEARBY TABLE.
“IT APPEARS THAT SOMEONE HAS “REQUESTED” THE PIXIU TO DENY ME ACCESS TO MY QUARTERS. I AM NOT GOING TO ASK WHY. I DO NOT HAVE TO. HOWEVER, IT APPEARS THAT ONE OF YOU, OR MAYBE ALL OF YOU DO NOT TRUST ME.
SEBASTIEN SIGHED. “I CANNOT ACT AS A PROTECTOR WITHOUT TRUST. I AM TOO TIRED TO FIGHT GAIN IT. SO, I WILL RETURN TO ARTEMIS. I ONLY ASK THAT YOU TREAT THE PIXIU FOR WHAT THEY ARE. THEY ARE PROTECTORS, NOT PETS. RESPECT THEM “
SEBASTIEN THEN PICKED UP HIS BAG. “I WISH YOU WELL.” HE THEN DEMATERIALIZED OUT OF THE ROOM AND REAPPEARED OUTSIDE. PIXIU LOOKED AT HIM. “YOU ARE NOT REALLY LEAVING, ARE YOU?”
“I AM TIRED. NO MATTER WHAT I DO, IT SEEMS THAT NO ONE NEEDS ME.”
“THAT IS THE TIREDNESS TALKING. YOU HAVE BEEN TRYING TO EXHAUST YOURSELF SINCE THE MISTRESS DISAPPEARED. YOU DON’T SLEEP, YOU BARELY EAT. PERHAPS, MATER SEBASTIEN, YOU NEED SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF YOU. CLIMB ABOARD.”
SEBASTIEN MOUNTED PIXIU. PIXIU SPREAD HIS WINGS AND TOOK OFF.
“I AM TAKING YOU BACK TO YOUR QUARTERS AND BI XIE WILL LET YOU IN. YOU WILL LIE DOWN AND YOU WILL REST. I WILL ASK THE LADIES FOR HELP. YOU HAVE HELPED THEM WHEN THEY WERE IN DANGER. IT IS ONLY FAIR THEY LOOK AFTER YOU. WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.
YOU TRUST ME, DO YOU NOT?”
TO MISTRESS CHARLIE, KATT, ANNA, AMETHYST, TINKER BELLE, AUNTIE ROO AND DOCTOR POPPET
TEA ROOM, MIDNIGHT CASTLE, DELPHI
I AND MY MATE ARE LETTING MASTER SEBASTIEN GO INTO HIS QUARTERS. HE HAS NOT SLEPT SOUNDLY SINCE THE MISTRESS LEFT. HE DOES NOT EAT. HE TRIES TO OVERWORK HIMSELF. HE WILL BECOME ILL IF HE IS NOT ALREADY.
WE ARE WORRIED, THIS IS NOT GOOD.
TELL HIM YOU TRUST HIM. HE CAN KEEP YOUR SECRETS. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF HIM.
Sebastien, wait. Please wait. It is not that we don't trust you. We just had not had a chance to tell you about the attempt to remove Grim from safety and medical care. We want to protect your chambers and the sealed areas of the castle from prying eyes. Please know we greatly appreciate and need you. We know you understand our desire for peace and to protect those still residing in Delphi. Please come back and have something to eat with us. I am not the cook that Mistress Katt is but my cooking is passable.
Doc Poppet is right Sebastien. We do trust you. Who else could have moved our books and records safely? You need protection as much as we do. Never think that we would turn our backs on you. The pixiu know better than we do how to look after you and see that you get the sleep and rest that you need.
My cooking skills have lost a lot over the years but I am know for a decent Beef Stroganoff and Apricot Chicken. My Stir Fries aren't that bad either. Haven't baked for decades so someone else will need to do the biscuits, cookies and puddings.
As soon as I find a suitable ship I could bring some chinese take-out, or maybe Caprese salad since I am going to Capri. If we stop in Naples I could pick up some pizza. It only takes about 2 weeks.
Sebastian didn’t hear what was said as he left so I answered Pixu’s note.
Large Animal Cavern, Midnight Castle, Delphi
We will gladly take care of Sebastien. We certainly trust him and had he given us the chance, we would have explained the situation to him.
We have had some security problems and an attempt to take Grim from medical care. We need to keep certain areas of the castle and Sebastian’s quarters safe from prying eyes and invasion.
I will personally be looking in on him soon and will bring him some food.
PS:(you can call me Ame)
PPS: You and Your mate are welcome to visit me at my tent, edge of the forrest, the landing meadow.
I headed into the kitchen found Katt absent and rummaged around until I found what I needed to make soup for Sebastian. Something light but filling with a good aroma. Onion, garlic, vegetables, chicken, basil, oregano, cumin, water and broth, cut, mix, cook, let simmer for an hour. Salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.
I also found some bread to warm and include with the soup.
I ended up making enough for all of us. Katt came back and I let her know about the soup and promised to come back to finish cleaning my mess after seeing to Sebastian.
I put together a tray to take over, teleported to Sebastian’s quarters with it. He was awake but looked exhausted. “I borough the you some food. You will feel better once you eat and I am not leaving until you eat this. You don’t want to disappoint me as I personally made the soup.”
I can’t tell if he is glaring at me or just so exhausted and wrung out he only looks like it. “Look, you need to eat and get some sleep then come see us. We have things to discuss and explain to you. However, they can wait awhile until you feel better.” My turn to sternly stare back at him while I await a response.