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"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!”
The Tea Room is empty other than Charlie’s chair.It may be a comfy chair but it is impossible for Angel & myself to lift it without the risk of injury.
Angel collapses into the chair “Can’t be done Roo without a few more helping hands”.
Hmmm......I nip upstairs & look around, I open the first door I see & there is a square rug on the floor with a very odd print design .I roll up the rug & take it back downstairs.With a little jiggling & swivelling we manage to get the chair onto the centre of the rug.
“Grab a tassel on the other side & we can both pull the rug into the kitchen out of harms way.
It is a slow journey but we finally get to the kitchen & place the chair in the corner.
“I’m sorry we lost all the tassels on your rug, perhaps we can find someone to repair the rug” Angel apologetically says.
“Do not worry Angel, it was only 5000 coins & I’m sure PTG will not even notice the tassels are missing from his rug.
The Tea Room door opens & half a dozen gnomes enter with PTG dawdling at the rear loaded down with tools.I stop him in his tracks while he is still outside.
“No time to waste.....get yourself off to the HOS repository & pick up all the items on OPEL’S List.Leave them on the doorstep then you can take yourself off to Salties as there is nothing to drink here!!
At last the ceiling is fixed & painted.
“Come on Angel now we must get to work.You start on the rear wall & I’ll start the other side, with a little luck we’ll meet in the middle before midnight”.
I can relax knowing that my cloak is tucked up securely in its box.Angel might be a sloppy painter, ha ha.
As time ticks passed (much quicker than I anticipated) my arms start to ache.As dawn breaks outside we almost fall to the floor exhausted, but the walls are finished.Angel curls up on PTG’s chair outside & promptly blasts my eardrums with loud rhythmic snores!!!
I race off to get some plants from my Spring Room 3 & ‘borrow’ a few from my friends rooms while I’m there.As I get to the Tea Room I call out to Angel..
“Wake up, we still have a lot of work to do”.I kick the chair leg to make sure my message was heard.Angel jumps up with a start & trips over the bag PTG left on the step, oops...
“ROO! What are you going to do with this sack?”
“I do not need it Angel, I just needed a phoney reason to get rid of PTG.I can work better without PTG barking orders at me, ha ha.Now I need you to help me get the plants inside please.”
We add a few candy stripe paper lanterns & hang a Sun Symbol from the ceiling.Then set up the tables & chairs, finally placing Charlie’s chair back in its usual spot.The wall mural does not match up exactly so we strategically place a couple of tall plants in front of the join.
The powder blue ceiling with white wispy clouds looks amazing.
“The gnomes did a fantastic job Roo”
“Yes they did Angel & so did you, well done.Now we must get some sleep.”
I must stop grinning at Pup for she about to jump out of her skin she is so excited.
Frosts slows till we are side by side with Snow and Pup,,, how are feeling lill one????
HOW AM I FEELING ????????????? OH CAP WHAT A SILLY QUESTION,,,, LIKE I AM ON TOP OF THE WORLD AND ALL MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE..
Look we are near Jacob's farm lets go say hell0 and see how things are progressing.
I hear Bear howling a welcome lol he may be old but still a pup when it comes to visitors.
Jacob his wife and there boys are waiting on the porch for us....
We all in turn hug all around,,, it is great to see you all again and things are looking great,,, ** Jacob** Cap I do not know how to pay you back nor thank you for finding and rescuing not only my family but all the others who are my friends and neighbors.
No need Jacob geting everyone that did not perish in the horrific war and geting The Midnight Castle bak to it's rihtfull ruler is my mission.
We are here for a very short time for we must get back to the Main Camp and our meeting with Her Majesty ,, Jacob looks at me *** WE*** ??
Oh please excuse my manners may I present Dandydog and her Dragon Snow who is Frosts Twin Sister thought to be killed.
Jacob's wife interrupts and says Jacob where are your manners ?? invite them in for a cool drink it being so warm out here,
Jacob says yes please do come in sorry I was so happy to see you again Cap.
Okay but I will have to make it short,,, by the time the lemon aid and snacks where ready I had filled Jacob in on what we were about to do so he understood time was of the essence.
Jacob I have to ask you ,,, that group we flew over near the east ending of your land just before you go into The Centaur's Land are you selling your farm??
Men ?? No Cap I am not selling would NEVER sell my family Farm,, what's going on??
I do not know but I will find out,,, Snow Pup stay here I will not be long.
Frost hover above not to be seen you will know if I need you.
I come up on the men pounding stakes in the ground ,,, another group is measuring , Oh Lord look who it is The lill Rat Tax collector and his mindless merry men.
i shout WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE???
The lill rat comes running over and says I AM AND WHO ARE YOU TO ASK??
i SIR AM THE OWNER OF THE LAND YOU ARE STANDING ON AND POUNDING STAKES INTO,, NOW STATE YOUR REASONS THEN GET OFF MY LAND.
Not so fast there hot shot I am the Tax Collector for the CEO of Midnight Castle and all the surrounding areas so you sir are standing on PRIVATE PROPERTY AND ACCORDING TO MY PAPER YOU ARE IN BIG TROUBLE WITH BACK TAXES TO THE TUNE OF 3,000,000.GOLD COINS.
i LAUGH IN HIS FACE YOU SERIOUS??
Well I will tell you what you have 5 minutes to pack up your chit and high tail it (tucked between your legs) and tell the CEO ,, nice try BUT THERE IS NO WAY HE WILL GET HIS HANDS ON OUR LAND NOR WILL HE SEE ONE GOLD COIN FROM US... OH AND A WORD TO THE WARLOCK TOUGH KITTY NO NEW DIGS FOR YOU JUST STAY IN YOUR HOLE LIKE THE RAT SNAKE YOU ARE.
A few idjits try to come at me but there arrows and swords bounce off my Sai then I hear the screams and see nothing but clouds of dust being kicked up by there heels as the run like scared chitless Hyenas , of course that was due to Frost landing beside me lol .
On our way back to Jacobs still laughing My Amulet almost busts my ear drums....
I hear Opel,, Charlie, Miss Katt and Roo Roo screamingggggggggggggggggggg
craponacracker what the hell has PTG done now???
I hear Opel yell silence so I kin talk to the Cap.
Okay Opel thank you the Banish screaming was about to pop me ear drums.
Opel told me all the went on and how every thing was repaired and painted and that Roo and Angel worked all night to get The Tea Room painted BUT CAP YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE IT,,,, IT NOW LOOKS LIKE A BEACH RESORT ON WALLS,,, RIGHT DOWN TO A PILE OF SAND IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE CAP ORDER THEM TO PUT IT BACK TO A TEA ROOM .
Calm down Opel ROO answer me ... PTG answer me,,, cowards answer me //// what in hell did you do ,,,
Charlie breaks in CAP GET PTG AND HIS STUPID BROOM IN HERE NOWWWWWWWWW THE FELINES ARE USING THE SAND AS A LITTER BOX AND THE OTHERS TRYING TO CLIMB THE STUPID TREES.
@##$%^&*()_+__)(*&*^%$#@!@#@#$%$^^&()_ Opel get every one out NOW I am sending the workers to you... remove anything that is not what should be in a Tea Room,, strip the walls of those phone beach scene and I give you the power under my orders to make The Tea Room a real Tea Room I am sure you Miss Katt and Mrs Fletcher know exactly what it should look like ,,, like our old Tea Room but much improved.
I leave this in your hands Opel but I must really run the Golden Queen awaits us.