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I finally make it down the stairs in one piece! As I look round the room, I see PTG in the corner with his Hong Cha, Cap at his usual table, but...where have Roo-Roo and Jayben gotten off to! So much for a grand entrance! **sigh**
I head toward the Tea Room door and before I can open it, in steps Roo-Roo, with Jayben behind her! Arms folded, and scowling, I ask Roo-Roo....now why did you go and take Jayben outside and where were you? Without waiting for an answer, I kick off the heels and fly upstairs and change back to my comfortable jeans and flip flops and fly right back down the stairs to Roo-Roo, who hasn't moved an inch...just staring open mouthed at my outburst.
Here, take your stupid dress and wash it yourself!! Without waiting for some sort of response, I decide to go over and sit with PTG and sulk with a big bowl of ice cream that Miss Katt, instinctively, brought over.......
SITTING QUIETLY IN MY CORNER KNITTING, I HAVE TAKEN IN ALL THAT HAS HAPPENED. GOOD SCRAPPERS THOSE BOYS. REMINDS ME OF MYSELF AND MY PACK OF WILD COUSINS WHEN WE WERE YOUNG. NOW NONE OF US CAN REALLY FIGHT, OLD BONES BREAK TO EASY, AND ABOUT HALF CAN'T SEE THEIR OWN FISTS IN FRONT OF THEIR NOSES, LET ALONE THROW A PUNCH THAT MIGHT LAND ON A TARGET. STILL WE CAN ALL WISH AND REMEMBER THE GOOD TIMES SO LONG AGO.
THEN ROO RETURNS, SHE IS ALONE WONDER WHAT HAPPENED THE JAYBEN, OR WHOEVER HE MAY REALLY BE. IF HE IS THE MAGE THAT GAVE ME THE NEEDLES THAT KNIT BY THEM SELVES. I THANK HIM, HER, OR-------------------. NOPE NOT GOING THERE.
ANGEL YELLS AT ROO THEN FLYS UP THE STAIRS AND IS BACK DOWN IN A FEW MINUTES. IN JEANS AND A TEE, WITH FLIP, FLOPS ON HER FEET.
I PUT AWAY THE KNITTING I AM WORKING ON CHECK PRECIOUS AND TINY. LOOK AT SUGAR AND SPICE. AND THINK ARE YOU TWO READY TO GO?
I WALK TO THE TABLE WHERE PTG SITS STARING AT HIS NOW EMPTY CUP AND TELL HIM I AM TAKING BABY AND BEAU OUT TO GRAZE.
THEN MAKE SURE MY AMULET IS OPEN. I ALSO LET PENNY KNOW WHAT I AM DOING. I KNOW WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO GO ANYWHERE ALONE BUT I DOUBT ANYONE WOULD BOTHER ME WITH THE TWO PACHYDERMS AND TWO VERY, VERY LARGE CATS. THEY LOOK EVEN BIGGER BECAUSE I AM SO SMALL. LOL THAT SHOULD DO THE TRICK.
WITH BAG IN HAND WE GO TO THE BARN GET BABY AND BEAU. GOLDIE AND DOOGIE ASK IF THEY MAY COME ALSO. SAYING THAT FRESH GRASS WOULD BE A GOOD CHANGE FROM THE CUT AND STORED HAY.
SO NOW THE PARTY IS EVEN LARGER. OFF WE GO AWAY FROM THE CASTLE, THE TEA ROOM AND SALTY'S.
THE CAT'S MAKE IT KNOW THAT THEY WISH TO HUNT. SPICE LEAVES TO HUNT AND WILL RETURN WHEN SATED SO SUGAR CAN HUNT.
I wait until Angel has almost licked her bowl clean then I take a seat on the same table.
I encourage PTG to drink all of Opel’s potion & remind him of the Cap’ns orders.Several cups of tea later I get up & say
“ Angel, would you mind taking my dress out of the washer when the cycle has finished.I used the hottest wash which is ok for my dress, but if there is anything left of your 500 coin silver stiletto shoes you might want to put them in the dryer.”
Angel emits a loud scream of “Noooooo.....Not my new shoes” & dashes to the laundry room.
I make a quick exit.
PTG and I are talking about all the recent events in our MC Realm lately, thinking a party may be in order, when Roo descends upon us. She wants me to put her dress in the dryer, casually mentioning she also washed my brand new shoes! Dang that Roo! I fly off to the laundry to find my shoes are ruined! Well, two can play that game!!
I go out the back door of the kitchen and over to the garden. I search the aisles of vegetables until I find what I'm looking for. Aha! Here they are. I harvest a couple of bunches of beets and head back to the kitchen. After peeling and dicing them, I put them through a strainer, with cheesecloth, to get just the juice.
Back to the laundry I go, beet juice in hand. I think black is so blase these days, don't you? So, I put Roo's little black cocktail dress in for another wash, then add the beet juice! Now, that should brighten up her dress just fine!
Perhaps now would be a good time for me to make a quick exit, so I decide to hightail it to my office to put out my next article........
I sit back at the table with rather a large quantity of my favourite tea sloshing around my innards and a dose of Opel's "cure-all" potion sitting there on top!
I'm not sure if it is doing any good, but at least I don't feel worse and that is what would have happened if I had been given the Castor Oil!
I am vaguely aware as to what has recently happened but still cannot make head nor tail of it.
My mage is androgynous! Well that is not surprising since he/she seems to know precisely what each of us wants most.
The saga about the brother (if it was a brother and not a friendly ogre in disguise) is also to us what is becoming a daily occurrence now.
Especially with Roo, Roo’s interference!
For once she is in trouble and not from myself! Very satisfying and so I allow a small smirk in her direction!
But thinking about recent times. Removing the saga about the mage and brother from the events, we are in the doldrums while Cap’n Bob finishes up whatever he is finishing up in the Camp and returns.
We are under strict instructions NOT to “stray from the fold” and NO infighting.
Charlie is obeying him to the letter with her use of the amulet and has gone off to pet her pachyderms (if you can pet a 10 feet high mammoth!)
And ALL of this time I keep getting a whine from my broom about the Anniversary Room that our worthy citizens have found.
Cascades of dust bunnies are filling all of the adjacent corridors. So much so, that regular routines of the MC daily life will have to be suspended if they don’t calm down.
I hear about the fabulous costumes the players have found. Which has caused Angel to go and investigate. But what I have been told is that there are some wonderful celebration cakes.
Which need to be tried!
But I daren’t take a knife and fork and go a visiting in case Cap’n Bob should come back early.
What to do?
I have a Cunning Plan!
Our Tea Room is rather unusual in that it can be expanded ( or contracted) to suit all occasions.
Why not bring the cakes here after our worthy citizens have done their daily HOS chore?
Let them all dress up in their finery which can then be recorded for posterity in our local newspaper?
Will the others here co-operate?
I can but ask so will start with a subtle approach to Roo, Roo
“Roo, Roo – tell me- who has the finest cloak of all in the Kingdom?”
I get a look that says it all: I am an imbecile!
So I go on: “Have you seen the glittering clothing that is gracing the MC Anniversary Room at the moment?
“So beautiful and quite unlike your plain wool rug!”
I duck and wait!
PTG ducks his head under the nearest table looking quite ridiculous with his head out of sight.
I pick up a fork from the table & raise the hood of my cloak making myself invisible.I cannot resist the target of PTG’s rear end that is facing squarely in my direction.
I give him a swift jab with the fork which makes him hit his head on the underside of the table.The table up-ends which sends cups & saucer crashing to the floor!
PTG grabs a chair in a futile attempt to protect himself but as I am invisible he is wasting his time.
I creep up behind him & with every word I utter I give him a prod of the fork as he runs between the tables.
“THIS....RUG....CARRIES.... WEAPONS.....THAT....HAVE...” at this point PTG runs out of the Tea Room, but I am right behind him.I continue my tirade.
We are half way across the bridge when I give PTG a last prod of the fork & shout “JUMP!!”
I cannot believe my eyes when I see PTG dive into the moat! My shout was to warn him of skunk up ahead on the bridge!
I would not want him to squish the poor critter with his huge weight, ha ha.
Meanwhile, Jayben has shapeshifted into a blue jay and is sitting in a nearby tree that gives him vantage point for seeing inside the Tea Room as well as outside.
If birds could smile, he would be grinning at all the shenanigans since the departure of the Captain.......while the cat's away, the mice will play.
He ruffles his feathers and a nice warm towel greets PTG as he emerges from the moat to help him dry off. (Since he has been recently under the weather, it would not be wise for him to catch a cold before he gets back to being 100%)
As Mrs Fletcher rocks peacefully deep inside Her warm and cozy secret an very private place......(Located right beside the glowing Tea Room's furthest Fireplace)...She can't help but chuckle softly too Herself at the shenanigans being played out right before her by non other then three of Her very dear Friends Angel, PTG and His Comrade in all things...Roo Herself!... Just before nodding off into the Black velvet of deep sleep once more, Mrs Fletcher contently begins to hear AEGram's soft strong voice telling more of Story of Jayben....
Head throbbing, I can feel a large lump developing on my cranium even as I rear up out of the moat closely followed by an excited Ellie!
She has been attracted by the blood that seems to be pouring from my rear end from the prong piercing that my nemesis has just given me
Just for the sake of a few ill-chosen words!
That she devil must have forgotten that ALL of her various weapons are honed to perfection and most are armour piercing.
What my poor soft skin has suffered is beginning to tell me in no uncertain terms.
And to cap it all I am soaking wet and smelly from the foul waters of the moat.
All of a sudden I am whirled around and enveloped in an enormous soft towel. My wringing wet clothing is cast aside and now to cap it all I am as naked as a new born babe.
JUST WAIT UNTIL I ......I.........I.....!!!!!!!!!!
"Oh! You WILL pay for this my wretched marsupial!!"
I hobble back to the Tea Room as best I can. My magical boots are (they tell me) too wet to transport me back there by magic.
My broom is busying itself clearing up the mess in the Tea Room .
Since Katzz is moaning about ME making the mess and ruining a perfectly good cake, I go straight upstairs to the room in the hospital wing where I now lay on my cot face down and try to blank out the dull throbbing from my rear end!
As I look around my office, I feel like it's been a long time since I last wrote my articles from here, which it has since receiving my lovely Christmas gift, allowing my magical pen and paper to do the writing from anywhere! I do love it very much but a trip to the office once in a while helps keep me at the top of my game. Anyway.......
MC REALM SEES INFLUX OF NEW DENIZENS
Thanks to the victorious battles by Captain Randy and his able crew, many former denizens have been rescued and have been relocated to our MC Realm. Many of the families were farmers so they will start again here, which will enrich everyone's lives with more livestock and crops. Food will be plentiful, and life will be so much better than it has been for quite some time. Which brings to mind another thought....
FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
It has been five years since we first became aware of this Realm and have lived well, played the game to perfection (collecting many useful and sometimes valuable items), and survived many battles, both far and close to home (a certain unworthy CEO comes to mind). So, it has been proposed that an anniversary party would be a perfect way to celebrate our accomplishments and get to know all our new denizens! Details will be coming soon.......
Angel, reporting for THE CLOUD CITY TIMES