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As I sit contentedly sipping my hong cha and savouring EVERY mouthful of my religieuse, the others gather around me waiting for me to finish and tell all that I know.
But I am just a simple civilian who is a product of the Castle and have little knowledge of these other Realms that the Cap’n knows so well.
Now I can give chapter and verse on how to sweep and clean and to also arrange the shelves in the HOS Repository, but I don’t think that is what they want to hear at the moment.
Roo Roo finally speaks:
“Oh for goodness sake, finish your cake and tell all!”
I am shocked. To eat a religieuse is a ‘heavenly’ experience!
And someone in that kitchen of ours knows the blissful secret of making them!
That woman is too used to plain cooking and a mere slice of bread and butter would satisfy her!
I lick up the last crumbs and sip down the last of my nectar.
I dab my lips and fold my napkin neatly as I have always been taught.
I must say that the whisking way of my cup and plate is done most swiftly and efficiently.
I suspect that asking for ‘seconds’ will not be successful!
I turn to Cap’n Bob
“I had thought that I have told you all that I know through the amulet”
The Cap’n explodes:
“You! You incompetent nincompoop! Those were jut the bare facts and a warning.
“Which by the way was essential to our survival and the dragons are extremely grateful for it!”
“But I want details! I want ALLL LLLL LLLLL the information!”
”Dear Cap’n, you had better sit down before you expire from the stress!
“This then is just how I remember it when I saw the Bone king.
“And don’t you think that it was a Cunning Plan, even though I say so myself?”
(Modest as usual!)
“Anyway, when I told the Bone King what his Sorcerer was getting up to by colluding with our unworthy CEO, he ferreted out of me the snippet of information that I found out that his evil one had the ability to overcome our defences INCLUDING our terrible dragons.
“I also told him of the grand plan to join the two Realms together with the CEO and that the Sorcerer would depose YOU the King!
“He had promised your guards untold riches if they joined him and could guarantee protection from our dragons.
“Incandescent with rage, the King began ranting on about his turn-coat having gained access to ancient documents that HE the King had thought secure and unreachable.
“He called forth his senior officers and to his dismay found that only his supreme commanding General was still in the Kingdom
“Enraged he gave his General some tokens and told him what to do. These took the form of special fire arrows upgraded in some way and could kill on contact or destroy all around where they landed.
“The General could also generate a special Bone Kingdom fog and transmit the order DEATH OR OBEY through it in a diabolical way
“He then said that if his troops defied him, then immolate the lot and he would find some more obedient ones!
“Only the King knew what he was doing, and he was not interested in occupying our Realm.
“He certainly did not want to have anything to do with Murk and his battles
“He finally said that he had ‘plans’ for his Sorcerer and that his newfound ability to use the ancient scripts had been withdrawn
“Then he disappeared in a cloud of pulsating fog as he rushed out of the throne room with his General and leaving me prostrate on the floor.
“And THAT is all I remember, so can I have another cup of hong cha please. I am quite thirsty after all that!”
With a ring of milk slowly drying above Pup's mouth...(I still hate and distaste Yucky Milk!.......) we hear her mumbling under Her breath...."I knew that Evil Nasty Bone King was up to no Good!!.......but I never dreamed that He had a Sorcerer as well."....Hummmm.....PTG saying that for the moment it's not in the Bone King's best interest to invade the MC Realms....(could He be afraid of the Special Room Group with Captain Randy at their helm?.......Or...could He be planing with His Sorcerer something real diabolical in the future??? Gosh darn it all...I was so looking forward to a face off with that big old Fiend and He just had to go and skedaddle it back to His Ol' Bone Kingdom like a Big Big old Scarty Cat ....Oh dear...Captain Randy is frowning at me isn't He .......
Having delivered my report to Cap’n Bob I sit back in my chair to contentedly sip at a fresh cup of my special brew thoughtfully placed before me by Katzz.
And spit out the offending mouthful.
They all look at me horrified!
What has happened?
“UGH! Are you trying to poison me?”
They look to see a little wriggly object in the pool of tea I have just disgorged with horror on their faces.
Katzz is almost in tears as she looks into the cup and sees more of them ‘swimming’ on the surface of the liquid.
What is more astonishing is the fact that in the centre is a platform of thin white plaster floating around which the wriggly things are trying to scrabble onto before they expire!
“Well that is NOT from my clean kitchen or our automated washing up system!
“I delivered you with the perfect cup of tea, so there”
She stood back still in tears believing it could still be her fault.
I looked up to the ceiling and noticed several gaps in the plaster.
That is where it came from.
That is just not good enough!
I do NOT want to eat in the kitchen or elsewhere. THIS is my Tea Room!
Something has to be done, and quickly!
As 2ic I have certain privileges and one of them is ordering the others around in the absence of the Cap’n!
As he is intent on departing almost immediately with Pup and the dragons, I can put these idle Musketeers to good use!
“We are going to decorate the Tea Room!
“Look at it! It is a disgrace since it was last done. There are holes and bits of paper and string all over the room from the recent Events and parties.
“The Cap’n has never been very good at clearing up messes – only making them!
“We will all chip in with both ideas and Hands-on experiences
“As 3ic you Roo Roo will oversee the painting and decorating
“I think two coats after the primer and undercoat will suffice, so you have a lot to do!
“Opel and Katzz can you lay out sheets, so we don’t get her paint on the furniture and floors
“Charlie we want a co-ordinated colour scheme from you so Roo does not use her own somewhat unusual ideas of what colours will match!”
“I will be control of Cap’n Bob’s credit card for buying the materials. I think that I know someone who can give us good prices!
“As for that dreadful ceiling, Charlie can you ask the elves what we can do about it?
“I will pay them well for a solution as I don’t want any more surprises!”
I sit back quite exhausted and wait for a replacement cup of soothing clean hong cha.
A soft chuckling could be heard from a far cozy corner of the Special Rooms Group Tea Room Parlor as Mrs Fletcher over hears PTG's grumpy comments........."Here that Old Girl....Hummmm.....seems your about to be renovated one more time."........But we've come a long way from our very beginning here in the Castle haven't we my Friend? The Tea Room seemed to glow a little brighter within its core as if it also could remember It's humble start so long ago.....Sigh....Perhaps it's time for a wee bit of a "Face Lift" but please "Not Too Modern" a one OK? And next time Tea Room....How about a spider or two dropped into PTG's Tea Cup.....Tee..Hee...Hee.....
I am in the open field attending to Frost and Snow ,,,, I rub then down with there special oil that keeps there skin soft and smooth yet protects the from drastic drops in temperatures as the soar in the sky's.
I make sure I get every nook and crannies and they make sure I do not miss a one.
I am almost done Snow when I hear the commotion going on in the Tea Room,,,, #$%^&*()(*&^% what the %*&^% is PTG screaming at now ,,, wait no that was Miss Katt ROT ROUH what did he do now?
I stand and listen aha now I understand PTG on a roll lol god forbid his precious brew should get spoiled lol.
I listen to every word and hear Frost and Snow snicker along with me until I hear MY CREDIT CARD ?????
Oh HELL NO I just got it payed up and it almost broke me .
I am about to go set him straight on that subject when I hear him tell Roo Roo she would be in charge of the painting OOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGG now this is worth the price lone lol,,, I will let him try and get away with *** HIS CUNNING PLAN***** AND SEE WHAT HE COMES UP WITH THE TEA ROOM DOES NEED A PICK ME UP and I do have the final say so I will let the kids play while I am away with Pup and the Dragons.
I go back to my job okay brulle your up big boy.
I call Pup ** CAP HERE *** pack a small bag and meet me in the open field and do not take to long.
I have to give her time to pack and say good bye to her Granny and everyone else.
I have time to finish Brulle and Jewel and Pup comes a running.
All set youngun her eyes glow and her smile is from ear to ear so yep guess she is.
She goes to Snow and bends her head and say hello my beauty ,, Snow rubs her nose on Pups head and say * Mistress*
I stand by Frost and before we leave I rub my Amulet and call **** TROOPER PENNY CAP HERE ON OUR WAY BACK NO JOKE THIS TIME GET THINGS READY AND IT BETTER BE SPIC AND SPAN HAVE THE TROOPS READY FOR INSPECTION***
Cap out=== with that we are off to the main camp.
"We're going...this time Captain and I are really going!!!"....Pup yells excitedly to Her Granny, Opel and Miss Katt as She quickly gives each a great big squeeze then rushes on to pack Her smallest pack then races back through the corridors toward the Tea Rooms front doors...almost knocking poor Salty flat on His back......"Watch out there Young'un," Poor Salty cry's out!......Oh Salty...I am so sorry for knocking you down...Here let me help you up OK?........Captain and are leaving for our visit to meet with Our Queen and this is why I was in such a Hurry...."Well Pup you'd better not keep Captain Randy and those Fierce Dragons waiting any longer so scoot along with ya.....And away we went on this long awaited Next Adventure to meet with Our Honorable Golden Queen.....
I relax in my comfortable chair by the table
There are swirls of steam ascending from my cup of freshly brewed hong cha which has been place before me.
Even though I say so myself I think I have just done an excellent job organizing everyone in the absence of the Cap'n!
As I muse, I am rudely alerted by a blast on my amulet!
It is Charlie:
"SQUIGGLY THINGS FROM THE CEILING PLASTER? NOT IN THIS COUNTRY. PLASTER IS TO HIGH IN LIME FOR THINGS LIKE THAT TO LIVE IN. SO AT A LOSS WHAT TO DO."
(But the blessed things were there - we all saw them!)
"THE ELVES ARE NOT BUILDERS, THEY ARE ONLY 6 INCHES HIGH. THE GNOMES ARE THE BUILDERS AND THE CAP SENT MINE TO JACOBS TO FIX HIS PLACE AND THEY ARE NOT BACK."
(Elves - gnomes you say potatoes I say potaatoes!)
"NOW WHAT IN THE WORLD IS THERE TO COORDINATE THE TEA ROOM IS JUST A NICE WHITE FIGURED PLASTER. YOU WANT COLOR YOU NAME IT I LIKE THE PLAIN WALL. CLEAN AND NEAT. ONLY COLOR IS THE WOOD TRIM AND THE CURTAINS."
(No imagination, that woman!)
"THE CURTAINS ARE MISS KATT'S AND MRS. FLETCHER'S DOING."
"JUST KEEP ROO AWAY FROM ANY PAINT."
(Roo is in charge AND will be accountable!)
"SO YOU FIGURE IT OUT I AM ON MY WAY TO BED. DON'T DROP BOMBS ON ME WITH OUT NOTICE. HEAD IS NOT WORKING TO WELL"
(Too much muck raking in the stables - you are too tired to think straight so bed is the best place for you!)
“Roo!!” I hear Opel’s voice booming from the kitchen & the tone implies I should not dally.
As I approach the doorway my path is blocked by Opel, Mrs Fletcher & Katt.
“ That is as close are you are going to get to our kitchen missy” Opel says.With all three of them standing with their arms folded I am not about to argue.
“You can decorate to your hearts content in the Tea Room but you stay out of this kitchen.” Kat gives me a piece of paper which I look at a little perplexed.
“What is this? I ask.
“It is a list of our ideas for the Tea Room.” Mrs Fletcher pipes up.
A little surprised I reply. “Ok, I’ll just run it past PTG...” Before I can say anything else the three ladies glare at me in such a way that I feel the temperature drop at least 10°.
“That is not necessary!” Opel quickly replies
Well, I like to think I can be brave when the need arises but I am no match for the trio I see before me. I’m certainly not going to argue with them.
“The Tea Room will need to be closed so perhaps you can arrange for a buffet to be served outside tonight.This may take all night to finish.” I say with little confidence.
“The sooner you start, the sooner you’ll finish.”
I hear as I walk back to PTG’s table.
“Change of plan PTG, we need to get some gnomes over here PDQ & as you have finished your tea & appear to be free, I think it should be you, unless of course you want to debate this with those three in the kitchen!”PTG jumps up, grumbling as usual that he is supposed to be giving the orders.He heads for the door but diverts
SITTING QUIETLY IN MY CORNER I HEAR PTG'S ORDER. I STAND AND LOOK STRAIGHT AT HIM. IF YOU WANT MY CHAIR OUT OF THE TEA ROOM, YOU WILL HAVE TO REMOVE IT YOURSELF OR GET SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT. IT IS MUCH TO HEAVY FOR ME. THEN I SAT BACK DOWN AND CONTINUED TO KNIT.
As I get up with my half-finished cup of delicious tea, I give a little internal smile.
Roo, Roo is bellowing out orders left right and centre but has found the formidable kitchen trio too feisty for her!
Then she turns her ‘beady-eyes’ on me so I quickly slurp up the dregs of my cup and head for the door where there is the outside seating.
I can guide operations from there.
Too late! There is a clarion call from her for me to locate some Gnomes for the ceiling repair
As this request is a good one, it needs to be dealt with immediately.
I call to my magical broom to convert itself once more to a luxury couch and before sinking into it to seek out the little fellas, I call to the kitchen
“When you put the sheets over the Tea Room floors and immoveable furniture don’t bother to move Charlie.
“Just cover her up with one of them but, make sure she can still breathe!
“OK! Broom. Go find me some idle Gnomes!”