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So much for trying to warn the others!
Once more I am poleaxed by Cap’n Bob’s over an enthusiastic elongated fish charged with electricity.
I had the misfortune to be recognised as one of my leader’s friends and am cuddled by several feet of eeliness.
The net result is that I am zapped into unconsciousness with my last memory being of burnt hair.
When I surface back into consciousness, I find myself being held down by very muscular arms and fed foul poisons by a female harpy with the admonition that “it is good for me”!
Still struggling into a more modest position, seeing that my huggie jacket is burnt to a crisp, the Cap’n with his usual silly grin plastered all over his face slaps some sort of wool cap on me and then sits back roaring with laughter.
My body is on fire, my mind is bemused. I want PEACE AND QUIET in a haven of rest
My Hospital Room is what I most desire – So with gurgles and chortles of feminine laughter surrounding me I slide over to the far wall, and before anyone can stop me pass through an aperture that will then lead me to the Hospital Wing.
But I know that they will think that my room is the destination so I will fool them. I head for the HOS Repository where there is also a comfortable chair.
Peace at last. Whatever it was that Opel forced into me seems to have done the trick as I now feel fully compos mentis!
I take off the headgear slapped onto me and feel – NOTHING!!!!!
I fish around the room to find one of the many mirrors and gaze at myself.
In the middle of my skull there is a bright red bald patch where I must have been zapped.
Charlie downstairs must have cobbled together what she thinks is an amusing solution to my cranial nakedness. I will remember my little one!
Mmmmmm! With a tonsure, I sure do look distinguished! It will make a splendid disguise in what may be my next Cunning Plan
This woolen monstrosity however looks very fetching as a scarf tied as an off-the-shoulder addition to a monk’s habit.
Time to venture forth into the corridor.
Several worthy citizens approach and on passing me fall back and bow, muttering “Your Grace!”
No howls of laughter there!
Things are looking up after my recent disasters!
As I move on I hear one of the citizens exclaim; “Did you see a shining halo just above his pate?”
Time for the CEO and his side-kick magician!
Having returned from the office to post my latest articles for The Cloud City Times, I walk in to see Miss Opel pouring something down PTG's throat and he is NOT happy about it! I also notice a huge bald spot on his head just before Cap plants some type of cap on PTG's head. Oh dear, what a scene! It's never a dull moment around here, I'm thinking to myself, as I roar with laughter. PTG takes off like he's been shot out of a cannon. I don't think I've ever seen him move so fast before! Hahahaha
Anyway, I call to Cap to let him know the news of an upcoming party has been posted and that's when he tells me there's been some changes that need to be made. He's decided that since MC has already had their own Anniversary party, thanks to Mrs. Fletcher's idea, our party will now be a combination Harvest/Halloween party! Oh great...make the ace reporter look inept! You couldn't have let me know this via amulet before I sent my articles to print?!?!?! **sigh**
OF ALL THE NERVE, I ONLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE HE DID NOT GET SUN BURNED WITH THE HAT. AND IT WAS NOT COBBLED TOGETHER. IT WAS THOUGHT OUT. SURE I COULD HAVE MADE SOMETHING TO JUST COVER THE TOP OF HIS HEAD BUT THEN HIS NECK AND EARS WOULD HAVE BURNED. JUST SEE IF I TRY TO EASE HIS DISCOMFORT AGAIN.
I SIT PICK UP MY KNITTING AND FINISH THE SECOND SOCK. THEN SELECT WARN FOR A WARM WINTER CHILDS SWEATER. AT LEAST THE PEOPLE THESE ARE INTENDED FOR WILL BE THANKFUL.
As I glide up the stairs in my new-found black cassock, I have taken the precaution of fixing a hassock to my midriff which alters my appearance greatly.
I now look like a priest!
That with my tonsure and halo give me an ethereal appearance which is reinforced by the slight zapping charges emanating from my fingers whenever I touch something metallic!
As I pass along the corridor, I notice that our worthy citizens seem to be giving me a wide berth.
What is somewhat worrying is the absence of my broom. I have called to it several times but have got no response.
Then I find that it is tucked deep down into the pocket of my robe.
As I go to fish it out, it SHRIEKS: “NNOooo– don’t touch me!!!!”
“Your fingers will burn me to a crisp! Let me get you some gloves”
I pause for a moment digesting this new information which will come in VERY handy for my new Cunning Plan!
Just as I get to the stairs below the CEO’s suite of rooms, I am faced by a contingent of the Praetorian guards.
On seeing me their sergeant rubs his hands with glee and orders his men to seize me. In his eyes he is counting the reward for capturing me!
His men, however, start to mumble and hold back saying that I am not me! But a demon that looks like me.
Swearing at them he strides forward holding his hefty spear before him and hoping to prod me into submission.
The result interests even me!
I grasp his spear, which catches fire and within seconds is a pile of ash in his hands. On the floor in front of him is a puddle of melted steel which had been its pointy end.
Gasping, he falls back with his men, swearing that this is beyond his pay grade!
I reach the CEO’s door and grasp its brass handle. Within seconds there is a smouldering hole where it had just been, and I am faced by two astonished pairs of the most evil eyes I have seen for a long time!
Lord love a hairy duck , I have been looking for hours if not days now for that door knob and no hide nor hair of him.
I know his Amulet is open because I hear noise coming from it can not make out a word being said but I know it is open.
My Amulet crackles..... PTG that you???? speak up man you are breaking up ,,, where the hell are you??
Captain Captain can you hear me ? am I geting through?
Wait that is not PTG that sounds like Rosie??
Rosie ?? that you??
Finally she snorts it is about time you answered me.
What are you talking about Rosie Gal this is the first time I have heard from you?
And my Amulet is open because I am waiting for the Queen's call.
Any way she says you better get back there is a problem only you can fix.
Blossom is not eating nor drinking and is looking bad I think she is pregnant again and because you are not here Cap I think her heart is breaking all your critters are not doing good so you better high tail it back ASAP.
OMG ,,, Rosie you tell Blossom Cherry, Stump, Fang I am on my way thanks Rosie see you soon.
Angel ?? Angel?? I need you here at The open field ASAP.
I run to the open field and call Frost and Snow ,,, FROST SNOW open field now.
I wait for Angel,,, as Frost and Snow arrive .... * Rider** we are ready...
Just then Angel comes running and out of breath says what is the emergency? we under attack ?? where is PTG??? and Roo?? Dandy dog??
No no listen I have an emergency back at the main camp and have to leave right now and I can not find PTG so I need you to find him and Roo via your Amulet DO NOT LEAVE THE TEA ROOM AREA I do not need to lose you also and tell Charlie to get her workers to enlarge the stalls large enough for Blossom Cherry Stump and Fang she does not have to quarantine them but the encloser will have to be enlarged.
Tell Pup to stay with Opel and Mrs. Fletcher and with Smoke keep the place secure okay?
This is short notice but I just got the call from Rosie.
Okay I have to go I am trusting you Angel as you seem to be the only level headed one around lately.
Oh and by the way here is the new notices for our Harvest / Halloween Party as you see Harvest Party first the Halloween to follow can not have the two together to much work.
I mount Frost and we head for camp... I can still see Angel's open mouth and hear but but but
Dang it! I hate when he does that.......rattles off instructions a hundred miles a minute, then poof! Gone!! **sigh**
I hightail it back to the Tea Room and see Charlie in her chair knitting. Hi Charlie, Cap just left for the Main Camp to deal with his pets there. Rosie told him they are not well so he's going back to tend to them. I think he plans on bringing some of them back here because he asked me to let you know that you need to have your workers expand the enclosure! He mentioned Blossom, Cherry, Stump and Fang, and they are HUGE! As I leave in search of Roo and PTG, I hear Charlie muttering something about no rest for the weary......
Next I have my magic pen and paper submit a retraction about the Anniversary party and put out Cap's notice that it's being replaced by a Harvest party, with an upcoming Halloween party to follow. That will give the denizens a lot to look forward to, and a welcome respite from all their hard work getting their homes built and farms up and running.
Now, where are Roo and PTG? I check Roo's room and she's not there. She must be off to her hidey-hole, working on potions and weapons that go boom! I head there, only to find a note she left behind! Oh no! She explains that she had an emergency situation come up and had to leave immediately. She didn't have any details other than to say she didn't know how long she'll be gone......
I head back to the Tea Room to fill in PTG since he's our 2ic. But, he's not at his usual table having his Hong Cha. Geez! Where is everyone and what's happening?! I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone!! I check his room...empty! Next I check his hospital ward room and, again, empty! Ok, this is bizarre! I open my amulet and yell...PTG, where the heck are you....I need you here STAT!! So, I decide to just sit here and wait...........
BLOODY MAN, THE CAP FLY'S OFF LEAVING VAGUE INSTRUCTIONS TO ENLARGE THE ENCLOSURE. OK, THAT IS NO PROBLEM BUT HOW MUCH IS THE QUESTION?
I SEND POE WITH A NOTE TO THE GNOMES WHO ARE AT JACOB'S HELPING HIM MAKE SURE ALL HIS HARVEST IS WELL PROTECTED FROM WINTER DAMAGE. TELLING THEM I NEED THEM TO COME BACK AND ENLARGE THE ENCLOSURE, I SUPPOSE I SHOULD DOUBLE IT. AND BUMP OUT THE BACK OF THE BARN, THAT WILL JUST ABOUT DOUBLE THE SPACE IF INSIDE SPACE IS ALSO NEEDED. GUESS I MIGHT AS WELL PUT A FENCED PADDOCK BACK THERE ALSO. SINCE IT IS THE CAP PAYING FOR IT.
WAIT TILL HE GETS THE BILL, THIS WILL NOT BE CHEAP.
DINKY, AND SMIDGE ANSWER THEY WILL COME AS SOON AS THEY CAN. THEY WILL NEED SOME HELP FROM THE GNOME BUILDERS. THEY CAN DO THE ENCLOSURE BUT THE BUILDER WILL BE NEEDED FOR THE ADDITION TO THE BARN.
WELL THAT IS TAKEN CARE OF.
WHAT DOES HE MEAN IT WILL BE MORE WORK TO DO BOTH THE HARVEST AND THE HALLOWEEN PARTIES TOGETHER THEN SEPARATE. I DOUBT HE HAS NEVER ORGANIZED A LARGE GATHERING. EASIER TO DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. THINGS FOR THE HARVEST FESTIVAL CAN BE USED FOR BOTH.
WE HAVE PLENTY OF TOFFEE APPLES FOR THE KIDS. LOTS OF SWEETS. THE CART IS READY BABY IS READY TO PULL THE CART. THANK GOODNESS JACOB WAS FINISHED WITH IT. HAVING GOTTEN HIS HARVEST IN. NOW WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO GET READY.
HOPE SOMEONE HAS COME UP WITH SOME GOOD GAMES FOR THE KIDS. SO THEY DO NOT SPEND ALL OF THEIR TIME STUFFING THEMSELVES WITH SWEETS. LOL
OF COURSE THEY WILL THAT IS THE POINT OF A PARTY.
WILL HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE PETS ARE GROOMED THE DAY BEFORE. SO THEY ARE CLEAN. THE CHILDREN DO LOVE TO PET AND CUDDLE THEM.
HUUUMMMM!!!!!!! WHAT AM I FORGETTING?
Chaos reigns, what else is new, LOL.
Pearl, please take this to Charlie. She is so wrapped up in the plans for the enclosure that she will not eat properly. There is food, coffee and meals and snacks for those coming to help her.
Opel and Mrs. Fletcher have everything else under control, I slip back to my room to work on the project Pearl and I have going.
I SEND HONEY TO THANK KATT FOR THE THE FOOD AND COFFEE. THE BARN IS A MESS. CONSTRUCTION GOING ON EVERYWHERE. EXCEPT THE KENNEL, AND CATTERY. BABY AND BEAU. SEEM TO BE A BIT UPSET WITH THE DUST AND BITS OF STRAW, SAWDUST AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS. THE WHOLE BACK OF THE BARN HAS BEEN OPENED UP. THE LOFT CEILING RAISED. AT LEAST FOR NOW THE TONS OF WOOL HAVE BEEN MOVED FORWARD OUT OF THE WEATHER. THE NEW AREA IS TWICE THE SIZE OF THE EXISTING BARN. LOOKS LIKE IT COULD HOUSE FROST AND SNOW. WHAT IS HE BRINGING. I KNOW HE HAS ANIMALS IN THE OTHER CAMP AS HE CALLS IT. OH, WELL GUESS IT IS BETTER TO HAVE MORE SPACE THAN WE NEED THAN NOT ENOUGH.
I CALL TO THE GNOMES THAT THERE IS FOOD TO BE HAD. AND TAKE SOME AND A THERMOS OF COFFEE TO THE KENNEL WHERE THE DUST IS LESS.
WITH LUCK BY TOMORROW THEY WILL HAVE THE BACK ON THE BARN AND THE NEW HIGHER LOFT. AND MAYBE MOST OF THE ROOF. THEY DO WORK VERY QUICKLY.
MY BOYS HAVE ENLARGED THE FENCE AROUND THE BARN NOW THE POND AND STREAM RUN MORE TO THE CENTER OF THE ENCLOSURE THEN THE EDGE. AND THERE IS A LARGE FENCED AREA IN THE BACK, THE FENCE IS NOW TEN FEET TALL INSTEAD OF THE SIX IT WAS. AND THE BOYS HAVE FORKED THE STREAM AND MADE A DEEPER POND IN THE BACK.
THE BACK DOORS WILL BE 15 FEET TALL. WOW!!!! WHAT IS HE BRINGING. I KNOW PENNY CAME TO TALK TO THE BUILDERS. SHE KNOWS WHAT HE IS BRINGING I ONLY KNOW THEIR NAMES. SINCE I HAVE ONLY HEARD THE CAP TALK ABOUT THEM.
I AM SPENDING A LOT OF TIME HERE JUST TRYING TO KEEP THE ZOO CALM AND SORT OF CLEAN TILL THEY FINISH.
As slowly Mrs Fletcher and Pup cross the Tea Room Parlor making their way too Mrs Fletcher's favorite rocking chair situated nice and snug close to the warmest always burning fireplace.....Pup asks Her Granny...Granny, are you certain no one can see us here?.......No my sweet Child, My Inadvisability Spell Will stand strong and fast.......I sure wish we didn't have to go and leave the Tea Room Granny...Pup whispers softly as her tears began to fall silently down her cheeks.......As Mrs Fletcher sits herself firmly among her rocking chairs soft pillows, She then gently gathers Pup next to her knees with Pups head in Her lap....quietly Mrs Fletcher begins softly stroke Pups waist long blond curls......"Hush now Young'un...we knew this time was coming for some time now didn't we?".......Yes Granny...sob..sob..but I didn't want it to come this soooon!.....Oh sweet Child...just look around the Tea Room and see all of our Dearest Friends and Company's gathered near all around Us...Over there is your Mentor and "My Sweet Old Codger" Captain Randy......Oh look there Granny..why He's still telling PTG off and calling Him a "Knob Head!"...Oh dear...I can't help wondering what trouble PTG's in now?.......Look over at that far table Pup...there's Roo, Charlie, Angel with their heads close together....hummm...Oh here comes Salty and Miss Kitty bearing trays of Muffins, Tea and Hot honey Rum...I wonder who that's for?.......Well Pup...It's time we be on Our way...Now Granny?...Yes Sweety...Here comes you Grandpa Joe to escort Us to our Glorious Golden Queens Realm where He's been waiting for us to start our next Journey together....Will we ever get to come back to the Tea Room to visit...You never know Pup...You never know........