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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........
I am so in grossed in checking out Blossom,, Cherry,, Stump,,, and Fang trying to calm them down from there excitement of me being back.
Yes Blossom is pregnant again and yep the War Elephant is the Daddy.
I can not figure for the life of me how the deed was done seeing he is frozen in metal at the steps of Atlantis.
Okay you rambunctious bunch you are coming back with me to The Special Area so I can keep an eye on you and you will be rejoined with Smoke and his family yep he has a mate now a brood of off spring.
Also Opel and Salty are there and my Dragons of course and big news Frost found his long lost twin sister Snow and she found a rider our own Pup aka Dandy Dog.
Okay to much to fill you in on so lets get you ready okay.
All this going on I heard my Amulet but did not answer right away ,,, not till Cherry tugged on my arm then sniffed my Ammulet.
What is it girl?? she trumped low and again touched my Amulet.
Then I heard what I did not nor want to hear.
We were losing Mrs. Fletcher.
My head exploded the same time my heart was breaking and tears flowed.
Frost I have to get back ASAP... *RIDER* he lowered his huge head and I mounted him and we were air born.
BLOSSOM GET CHERRY,, STUMP,,, FANG,, READY BRULEE AND JEWEL WILL STAY WITH YOU AND GET YOU READY WE WILL NOT BE LONG.
With in minutes that felt like hours Frost landed in the open field and I was off and running to The Tea Room before he was fully down.
I entered The Tea Room and saw Pup siting on the floor with her head on Mrs. Fletcher's rocking chair,,, what the others did not see was Pup,, the chair,,,, or Mrs. Fletcher stroking Pup,s hair and tenderly wiping away her tears.
I can see through Mrs's Fletcher's invisibility spell ( there are many perks to being immortal)
As I near I am wraped into her spell so it hides us all.
I take Pup in my arms and whisper I am here child I am here,,, I then kneel and take Mrs. Fletcher hand in mine,, she opens her eyes smiles and pats my hand there you are my beloved ole codger Joe and I have been waiting for you.
Yes Dear Heart I am right here you did not think I would let you go on to your biggest adventure with out your special Gaurde.
The Golden Queen awaits you Joe her special soldier ,, there is to be no sadness here nor worry about Pup you will see her often and you will be privie to her new life there is no parting here just a new beginning.
Joe it is time the Queen awaits your return and your wife.
I kiss Mrs's Fletcher tenderly on both cheeks and as I hold Pup we watch as two bright lights float up and out .
As they leave the spell disappears and we can now be seen.
I see Angel siting at a table her magic pen is a whirl wind and her mouth going a mile a minute ,,, I bet she is cussing up and down for changing things wait till I tell her things have changed again.
I go to Charlie first ,,, Charlie?? hi Doggie as I hand him a juicy apple where is ? I am right here what do you want now or what are you going order an other mess?
Hold on motor mouth and listen.
I am here to see what your workers have done in what I asked for.
Look Charlie I hate to load this on you but I can not nor will not leave my critters to suffer in The Main Camp when I am away,, them being here is for the best around others they know critters and human,,,
Charlie grunts but I did catch a smile as she lead me to where the work was done.
I look and am in awe ,,, this is almost perfect Charlie ALMOST???? ALMOST WHAT DO YOU MEAN ALMOST ?? DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TIME AND WORK THIS TOOK>>>
jIMMINY CHRISTMAS WOMAN WILL YOU RELAX.
IT IS BETTER I SAW THIS BEFORE I GOT BACK WITH MY GANG AND IT BE TO TO SMALL WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE THEN HUH?
OKAY I DID NOT TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW MUCH AREA WE NEED THAT WAS MY FAULT SORRY BUT IT CAN BE FIXED.
CHARLIE HUFFED WELL IT'S YOUR GOLD SO GO AHEAD .
I SUN AROUND WHAT??????????? DID YOU SAY ??
*C**NOTHING STOP STALLING AND TELL ME WHAT THE WORKERS HAVE TO DO.
OKAY FIRST BLOSSOM// CHERRY ///STUMP/// AND FANG ARE HUGE SO THEY NEED A LOT OF SPACE SHE GLARES AT ME
OKAY I DID NOT WANT TO FREAK YOU OUT BLOSSOM IS A FULL GROWN WOOLLY MAMMOTH CHERRY IS HER BABY STILL GROWING,,, STUMP IS A THREE LEGGED DIRE I FOUND HAD BEEN TRAPPED AND LOST MOST OF HIS LEG,,,,, FANG IS A SABER TOOTH TIGER SO NOW YOU KNOW THE SPACE NEEDED.
WAIT I HAVE THE PERFECT SOLUTION COME WITH ME,,,,, PUP I THINK CHARLIE NEEDS COFFEE WOULD YOU GO ASK OPEL FOR A FRESH THERMOS,,
I TAKE CHARLIE TO THE OPEN FIELD AND SAY TADAAAAAAAAA PROBLEM SOLVED,,,, THE WORKERS WILL JUST NEED SHELTER FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO USE IT AND LOTS OF SOFT HAY TO LAY ON IF THE WANT TO AND HERE IS KICKER FOR YOU,,, THINK OF ALL THE WOOL AND FUR YOU WILL GET FROM THEM ,,, THAT WILL GIVE THE SHEEP A BREAK.
i CAN SEE HER MIND WHIRLING AT HAVING SO MUCH WOOL AND FUR CLOSE BY.
THIS PLACE IS PERFECT FOR THEM CLOSE TO US YET THEY WILL NOT BE CLOSED IN AND WILL BE FREE TO HUNT AND HAVE THE STREAM RIGHT HERE AND BE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE DRAGONS.
PUP ARRIVES WITH THE COFFEE AND CHARLIE POPS THE CAP AND TAKES A LONG DRINK STRAIGHT FROM THE THERMOS.
OKAY NOW THAT IS SETTLED i HAVE TO GET BACK AND BRING THE NEW MEMBERS OF OUR EVER EXPANDING FAMILY BACK.
PUP YOU MUST STAY HERE ,,, PLEASE STAY WITH OPEL UNTIL I RETURN THEN YOU CAN HELP ME GET THE GANG CLEANED UP FEED AND SETTLED
THEN WE WAIT FOR THE QUEENS CALL.
I HUG HER AND WHISPER I LOVE YOU MY LILL PUP AND WHISPER YOU WILL SEE YOUR GRANNY SOON I PROMISE.
SHE NODS HER HEAD AND SMILES ,,,, *OKAY THEN OFF TO SEE OPEL
WE LEAVE CHARLIE DRINKING HER COFFEE AND I AM SURE BURNING GREY MATTER
WE FIND OPEL PEARL AND MISS KATT IN THE KITCHEN COOKING UP A STORM ,,, PEARL HELPING AS MUCH AS SHE CAN .
OPEL WOULD YOU LET PUP HELP YOU WHILE I GO GET OUR GANG?
SURE ENOUGH CAP YOU BE ON YOUR WAY OPEL TAKE CARE OF PUP .
BEFORE I LEAVE I WRAP MR'S FLETCHER'S SPECIAL APRON AROUND PUP I WHISPER SHE IS STILL WITH YOU CHILD A QUICK KISS ON HER CHEEK CATCHING A TEAR AT THE SAME TIME AND I GO TO FROST.
DARN MAN. OH, WELL I CALL TO MY GNOMES, GET THE BUILDERS BACK. WHAT THEY DID WILL I SUPPOSE BE USEFUL LATER IT SEEMS THE ZOO GETS ADDED TO WITHOUT TRYING.
I SHOW DINKY, AND SMIDGE THE FIELD THE CAP HAD INDICATED. YOU WILL NEED NO FENCE ACCORDING TO THE CAP. BUT THEY WILL NEED A HUGE POND NEARBY. AND MAKE THE BUILDING A HUGE 3 STORY LEAN-TO. DEEP ENOUGH THAT IF THE WEATHER TURNS BAD THEY CAN GO TO THE BACK FOR SHELTER FROM THE WIND, RAIN, OR SNOW. TO THE SIDE MAKE A HUGE CLOSED STORAGE AREA FOR HAY, GRAIN FOR THEM TO EAT IN BAD TIMES. AND A PLACE TO PUT TONS OF STRAW FOR BEDDING.
HOPE YOU KNOW MORE PEOPLE WHO WILL WANT THE USED BEDDING FOR THEIR FIELDS.
DINKY, AND SMIDGE LOOK AT ME LIKE I HAD LOST MY MIND. WHAT IS HE BRINGING? MORE DRAGONS. THEY STAY OVER IN THE FOREST CLEARING.
I CHUCKLE, HE SAID A FULL GROWN WOOLY MAMMOTH BLOSSOM, WITH HALF GROWN CALF, CHERRY, A SABER TOOTHED TIGER, FANG, AND A GROWING ELEPHANT, STUMP. HE HAD ONLY 3 LEGS WHEN THE CAP FOUND HIM.
SO YOU SEE THIS PLACE MUST BE ALMOST AS LARGE AS THE BARN, KENNEL, CATTERY, AND STABLE AREA COMBINED.
I KNOW YOU ENLARGED THE BARN AND STABLE AREA BUT ACCORDING TO THE CAP IT WILL NOT BE BIG ENOUGH.
ALSO HE SAID THAT THE MAMMOTH BLOSSOM IS WITH CALF AGAIN SO CONSIDER THAT IN YOUR PLANS.
IS THERE AN UNDERGROUND SPRING NEAR HERE FOR WATER AND A PLACE FOR THEM TO BATHE THE SMALL POOL IN THE COMPOUND AND THE ONE YOU MADE ON THE BACKSIDE OF THE BARN IS TOO SMALL.
CAN'T USE THE MOAT, THAT WOULD SCARE TO MANY PLAYERS AND CITIZENS.
I WILL LEAVE YOU TOO IT.
BY THE WAY, MRS. FLETCHER HAS LEFT US FOR THE LAST TIME. SHE HAS JOINED HER JOE. THEY LOOKED SHOCKED.
SUGAR AND SPICE HAD TOLD ME. I DID NOT KNOW HER AS WELL AS THE OTHERS HAD BUT I HAD REALLY LIKED HER, AND HER FOOD. I DO HOPE THE KITTEN I HAD GIVEN HER IN THE SPRING WOULD BE ABLE TO STAY IN THE KITCHEN, I UNDERSTAND IT HAD BECOME A VERY GOOD MOUSER. AND SMART IT SEEMS OPAL AND MRS. FLETCHER HAD TRAINED IT TO TAKE HER CATCHES OUT SIDE TO DISPOSE OF THEM.
WELL GUESS I SHOULD HAVE THE GNOMES. CONTACT THE AREA FARMERS FOR HAY, AND STRAW TO FILL THE NEW STORAGE SHED.
NOW I WILL NEED MORE HELPERS, DINKY, AND SMIDGE AND I CAN TAKE CARE OF MY ZOO BUT THE NEW BATCH WILL NEED DAILY CARE ALSO. AND I DON'T THINK I CAN DO THAT ALSO.
GETTING TOO OLD. NOT GETTING AROUND LIKE I USED TO.
AS I GO BACK TO THE BARN I START TO SMELL DEAD FISH, ROTTING FRUIT. WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON.
ELLIE AND HER BROOD WOULD NEVER LET FISH GO TO WASTE. AND THE FRUIT ? NO ONE HERE WASTES FOOD.
THEN I REMEMBER. PTG AND HIS BROOM ARE MIA. SO HE IS NOT OFF DOING HIS JOB. AND THE PLAYER ARE GATHERING UP FISH AND FRUIT.
THEN JUST LEAVING THEM IN PILES AS THEY HAVE NO USE FOR THEM AFTER BEING GATHERED.
"WHERE THE H##L IS THAT MAN AND HIS BROOM.
HE KNOWS THING GET MESSY WHEN THE DEV'S THROW A SPECIAL EVENT AT THE PLAYERS. I KNOW I HAVE PLAYED A LITTLE BUT NOT TOO MUCH HAD TOO MUCH TO DO HERE. AT LEAST I LEFT THE FRUIT, PUMPKINS, IN THE KITCHEN. AND DROPPED THE FISH IN THE MOAT FOR ELLIE AND HER BROOD AS I PASSED IT. OR PUT THEM IN THE FOUNTAIN.
I DON'T USE MY AMULET TO TALK TO PEOPLE OFTEN SO I HOPE I AM DOING THIS RIGHT AND JUST YELLING AT PTG NOT EVERYONE ELSE.
IF THAT WORTHLESS BROOM DOES NOT SHOW UP TO CLEAR UP THIS MESS I WILL BURN IT TO ASH THE NEXT TIME I SEE IT.
I HOPE THAT THING HAS SOME SENSE IF IT SHOWS NOT TO PUT ALL THIS ROT IN THE REPOSITORY. THAT WOULD REALLY BE A MESS.
I CLOSE MY AMULET AFTER RESETTING IT TO ANIMALS. I RETURN TO THE BARN FINISH THE COFFEE IN THE THERMOS PUP HAD BROUGHT. CHECK ALL MY ZOO AGAIN.
WHEN I GET TO THE CATTERY I NOTICE THE CATS HAVE BARELY TOUCHED THEIR FOOD. I LOOK AT INK SITTING ON A PERCH WASHING HIS PAWS. ASK ARE YOU ALL SICK DO I NEED TO CALL A DOCTOR TO LOOK AT ALL OF YOU. HE LOOKS UP AND SAYS "NO WE ARE ALL FULL OF FISH. THEY SEEM TO BE FALLING EVERYWHERE"
I LAUGH SO YOU GUYS ARE DOING YOUR PART IN TRYING TO CLEAN UP AROUND THE TEA ROOM. WELL DONE. I TELL HIM.
IF YOU ALL ARE NOT TOO FULL HOW ABOUT GOING OUT AND GETTING AS MANY OF THE FRESH HOPEFULLY STILL ALIVE AND DROPPING THEM IN EITHER THE MOAT OR THE FOUNTAIN.
HE AND THE REST OF THE CATS TAKE OFF. I CAN HEAR THEM SAYING TO EACH OTHER WHAT FUN.
I CHECK ON BABY, BEAU, AND GOLDIE AND DOOGIE. THEY HAVE ALL THEY NEED FOR NOW.
AS I AM ABOUT TO LEAVE SNOOP FINDS ME AND ASKS WHAT ARE THE CATS UP TO? WHAT ABOUT US HE ASKS. NOT SURE IF THE KITCHEN WILL ACCEPT FRUIT THAT THE DOG BRING IN I THINK. YOU MIGHT GET SOME OF THE BROKEN PUMPKINS AND BRING THEM TO BABY AND BEAU I AM SURE THEY WILL ENJOY THEM. HE GRINS. THEY ARE GOOD HAD SOME MYSELF. THEN YOU AND YOUR TROOPS GATHERS AS MANY AS YOU CAN AND PUT THEM IN THE STORAGE AREA WHERE WE KEEP THE CART.
OFF THEY GO.
THAT TAKEN CARE OF I NEED TO CLEAN MYSELF UP AND GET SOME PROPER FOOD.
Standing before the pair of them in the sumptuous CEO's Office
For an ancien I must say that wizard is fleet of foot!
He does what he believes is his “duty” – (showing off?) and plonks himself in front of the CEO
He thrust his wand before him muttering incantations and within seconds his wand glows bright red.
This he thrusts at me with the bellow – “DIE!”
A bolt of plasma ejects from the wand’s tip and hurtles towards me.
I am not too confident at this as he may have a valid point!
But hope springs eternal!
I wave my hands at the bolt and bat it back to him.
But there is a change as the glowing bolt now becomes a sparkly crackle.
It returns to his wand whence it illuminates the whole room and so does his scream!
The zapper is well and truly zapped!
“Now that wasn’t very friendly, was it?” I beam at him.
”I was just passing by and popped in to say Hello!”
“And to caution YOU (- pointing at the CEO) against trying in any way to benefit or hijack our Halloween festive occasion
“We seem to have a new 'tool in our toolbox' and you have just experienced a couple of examples of it.
“Would you like to shake hands both of you and let bygones be bygones and promise to be good?”
But the CEO has disappeared into his secret safe room!
The wizard is left to speak for them both and all he can do is to croak ineffectively while staring at his ruined wand.
“Oh! Don’t fuss. You’ll soon find a new one but I’m afraid it won’t do any evil either so try and behave whilst in this Realm.
“I will leave you now to think on your futures and will apologize in advance for any noise we may make whilst merry making below!”
I turn and quit the room in order to find the nearest aperture before falling into it.
I am outside the Tea Room when I notice that I no longer crackle and sparkle.
In fact I am 'quite normal' and can now hear my amulet bellowing at me in a most unladylike manner emanating from that human knitting machine!
More problems – Is there no peace for the Chief Sweeper Upper of the Midnight Castle?
I CALLED OUT MY MESSAGE TO PTG AS I LEFT THE BARN AND ENCLOSURE. THEN THERE IN FRONT OF ME STOOD PTG. I NEED TO WASH HIS MIND OUT. HUMAN KNITTING MACHINE INDEED. HE DID NOT THINK THAT WHEN I MADE HIM THAT BEAUTIFUL WHITE SWEATER, WHICH HE PROMPTLY RUINED.
WHAT ELSE WAS I TO DO. CAP, CALLED AND CALLED ADA LOOKED FOR YOU. NOTHING!!! FOR ALL WE KNEW YOU AND ROO, WHO IS ALSO AWOL WERE OFF SOMEWHERE TRYING TO KILL ONE ANOTHER.
YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE THE CHIEF SWEEPER UPPER. IF YOU ARE, YOU NEED TO DO YOUR JOB OR MAYBE YOU WILL LOSE YOUR TITLE. THEN WHAT WILL YOU BE.
SECOND IN COMMAND SOMETIMES?
YOU USED TO ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF THE MESSES THE PLAYERS CREATED. NOW NOT SO MUCH.
SO DO YOUR JOB. THIS PLACE STINKS.
BY THE WAY WHILE YOU WERE AWOL! CAP WAS CALLED BACK TO CAMP. AND IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T NOTICES THINGS HAVE CHANGED.
WHEN CAP RETURNS HE WILL BE BRINGING BLOSSOM, CHERRY, STUMP, AND FANG WITH HIM.
IF YOU LOSE YOUR TITLE I CAN GIVE YOU ANOTHER ONE AND A JOB TO GO WITH IT. IF YOU GET MY DRIFT.
AS I WAS BLOWING OF STEAM AT PTG THE WAS A VERY LOUD THUMP BEHIND US. WE LOOKED AT THE BARN AND THERE ON THE ROOF PEAK SAT AN HONEST TO GOODNESS GARGOYLE. GRINNING AT US.
WHERE DID YOU COME FROM I ASKED. THEN IN MY MIND I HEARD. I HAVE NO IDEA ONE MOMENT I WAS THERE AND THE NEXT HERE.
I ASKED ARE YOU STAYING. I ASKED. I HOPE SO, IT THOUGHT. IT IS MUCH NICER HERE THAN THAT OLD BATTLEMENT I WAS ON.
I TOLD PTG WHAT THE GARGOYLE HAD SAID. THEN I HEARD BY THE WAY MY NAME IS STONY. PTG JUST STOOD THERE WITH HIS MOUTH OPEN AND HIS EYES BUGGING. OH! WELL HE HAD NOT SAID A WORD SINCE HE ARRIVED. JUST HOPE HIS EARS WORK IF HIS BRAIN AND TONGUE DOES NOT.
I WAS ABOUT TO TURN TO THE BACK DOOR OF THE TEA ROOM WHEN I FELT A TUG ON JEANS.
I LOOKED DOWN THERE AT MY FOOT WAS THE CUTIES LITTLE HEDGEHOG. I PICKED IT UP. STROKED IT GENTLY. I ROLLED INTO A BALL. I TUCKED IT INTO MY BAG WITH SUGAR AND SPICE I PROCEEDED ON TO THE BACK OF THE TEA ROOM AND THE DOOR TO THE KITCHEN.
AS FAR AS I KNEW PTG WAS STILL FROZEN STARING AT THE GARGOYLE.
NO sooner have I slipped back into the Tea Room than….
All the ‘wind is taken out of my sails’ as I am wrestled onto the Tea Room floor
””&*%+**((&&&&$$££)…….Geroff! me, Its MEEE! PTG!!!”
I am poleaxed and pinned to the ground by two or more feisty and overfed females.
Then the thought strikes me that I am still in the black hooded monk’s habit and the cowl is still covering my bald pate!
Then I hear Charlie from the corner of the room.
“Oh! It’s him, the ungrateful idle wretch, coming back for his favourite tipple,
“No doubt having snoozed through the day while we have been working hard and still tearful from the departure of our dear Mrs Fletcher”
They climb off me and raise me up into the sitting position.
And then I am subject to a verbal assault about this and that until my head is bursting from the female cacophony.
I try to scamper towards the nearest wall aperture to escape this but am pinioned to the ground again with Charlie’s knitting needles catching the hem of my robe.
“My lad, YOU have some work to do and it is urgent. We need the whole place cleaned from the recent Halloween activities and you ARE the Chief Sweeper Upper of the Castle!”
I think to myself: “Why is my magical broom not already at work doing this!”
And ferret around in my robe to find it.
Buried deep in a pocket and I feel it quivering through the cloth.
“Come on out you wretched stick! There is work to be done”
“NNOOOOOO!!! If you touch me, I will get turned into ash!”
I think I have heard every excuse under the sun. but this is a new one on me!
But then I remember, what my hands were doing so recently and effectively on our enemies.
I calm it down enough to explain that their magical powers have dissipated, and it can be handled.
Within seconds it has resumed its normal shape and is now a whirling dervish cleaning and sweeping and batting pumpkins into the paddock, all under Charlie’s constant instructions.
Slowly the areas begin to get swept up and able to be hosed clean with torrents of water provided by our two elephantine beasties. They regard this as a game and providing a lot of fun!
I can now relax and turn towards the Tea Room table, and am shaken to the core by a large stone object knocking me to one side.
Through my amulet I hear that Charlie has finally gone insane and is talking to it!
Then on closer reflection I realize that is one of our old stone friends from an early saga and greet it, also through my amulet.
“I am PTG, one of the MC Musketeers and pay homage to your kind.
“You are most welcome to be with us and my friends the owl and crow are in the rafters above who will also like to greet you!”
It is no longer I who is open mouthed but the others around me!
IT WAS A GOOD THING THAT SUGAR AND SPICE KNEW WHO HE WAS WHEN OPAL AND THE KITCHEN STAFF JUMPED HIM. I HAD TO PIN HIM WITH A KNITTING NEEDLE BEFORE HE COULD ESCAPE AGAIN. IF HE HAD, NO TELLING WHEN WE WOULD HAVE SEEN HIM AGAIN.
SO THE OLD REPROBATE KNOWS GARGOYLE'S, FINE. STONY YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME HERE. GRIFF WATCHES OVER THE TEA ROOM AND THE APPROACH TO IT FROM THE CASTLE.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO STAY HERE WITH US YOU COULD BE A GREAT HELP. THE GARGOYLE REPEATED THAT HIS NAME WAS STONY AND WOULD LIKE TO STAY.
THEN PLEASE MAKE YOURSELF AT HOME ON THE BARN ROOF WHERE YOU CAN LOOK OVER IT AND ALL THE ANIMAL AREAS SURROUNDING IT. FROM THERE YOU CAN WARN US OF ATTACKS FROM THAT DIRECTION.
YOU ARE MOST WELCOME HERE WE HAVE NEVER TURNED AWAY ANY WHO WISH TO JOIN US IN TRYING TO SECURE THE REALM OF MIDNIGHT CASTLE FOR THOSE IT TRULY BELONGS TO AND KEEP THEM SAFE FROM HARM.
STONY SETTLED HIMSELF LOOKED AROUND GREETED GRIFF WHO RETURNED THE GREETING. IT WAS STRANGE TO HERE THEM CONVERSING WHILE ALL OTHERS HEARD NOTHING.
AT LEAST THE WAYWARD HAD RETURNED AND WAS CLEANING UP THE SMELLY MESS.
"BROOM" I SPOKE. THANK YOU, NOW IF YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH THE PLAYERS WE WOULD BE GRATEFUL.