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Thank you all for the wonderful harvest feast, and thank you Angel, for the great reporting.
To those setting off for distant shores - travel safely, friends. Those of us staying behind in MC await your return and hopefully, great stories of your adventures.
"Oh look there Joe, Our Lil' Sweety is all snuggled down warm and comfy like under one of Charlies soft as Down knitted comforter's fast asleep..." "You'd be all tuckered too Darl'un if you ever had to endure one of Captain Randy's Training Sessions like I did many, many times!!!!!" "Wheweeee!!!!" "Didn't Our Young'un have a wonderful time at the marvelous Fest Our Dear Friends prepared and served to everyone ?! "Indeed She did Darling...and...wasn't those Scones the same ones you use to prepare for our Friends in the Tea Room?" "Why I believe they were the very same Joe because just before I started to have My weakness spells...Opal, Miss Katt and I went through all of My Recipe Boxes to be ascertained that they would always be there for Our Dearest Friends and Companions to enjoy." "I sure know one Friend really enjoyed them...Salty...that's who!!" Spy' ed Him over in the corner talking to the Count while He scarfing down three or four of them at once!!! "Why bless His Heart...He did love them so much..." What Grandma and Grandpa Fletcher wasn't aware of Dear Friends was Pup was not sleeping but was instead communicated with Her Dragon "Snow" through their shared Rider and Dragon Bond...."We are really going to Pern Snow aren't we?!!!" "If our Captain says that's true, indeed it must be...and...I also know through His Dragon Frost, that the Captain believes that You've come a long way from your "Putt, Putt Days' into a more Battle Ready warrior You are today." "Lets leave Pup and Snow Dear Friends for now OK?" "Hush!" "Is that The Fletcher's still talking about the Feast?" "Wasn't it truly wonderful to see PTG showing the Children so much kindness toward the "Little Tykes"...making certain they knew how to make the bracelets Glow so brightly..." "I always knew Joe, that under all that "Crusty Old Hide" of PTG beat a Heart of Purest Gold capable of showing such love and kindness when He wants too." "Hey there Darling...did I ever tell you about the "Great Troll Battle" that The Captain and I fought back to back in way back when...? "Yes you did Dearest...but...I'd love to hear it once more." "Dear Friends it's our cue to leave this cozy setting until next time OK?"..............
Still feelings tired from all the partying but wow it was worth it.
I take my favorite chair and reach for the paper ,,,, I can't wait to read Angels article on our shin dig.
And there it is front page wow looks good as I turn to page 2 and read , I must say Angel does not say much at the best of times but when she does she does out do her shelve and is very easy to see why she is a star reporter
She did not miss a thing and the pictures excellent .
Opel sits with me and hands me my piping hot tea ,, she knows exactly how I like it,
We talk about the party what a success it was and we talked about Angels article you know what I said //// I am going to frame this and hang it where all can see it.
Oh Cap what a great idea and Angel would be so proud.
I keep looking at the pictures and my eyes keep getting pulled to the tunnel shots.
Ope; can you see anything out of sorts here?
Something that should not be there?
She pulls her chair closer and we scan the tunnel pitcure
We both say and point at the same time *** THERE****
It looks like a lurking shadow with burning eyes.
Opel wait here I have to check this out as I head to the tunnels entrance.
craponacracker there are a million foot prints sheesh how am I to ---- I stop as my eyes are drawn to the mound of dirt beside the tunnel enterance,,,, WTF>>>>> thos are NOT feet prints more like hove marks and I see what look like claw marks as I lean closer.
My heart starts to pound and my head whirls.
It looks like these go IN the tunnel OH CHIT THE MOLES are in there,
I care less about the rat faced CEO and his tax collector but the moles I do care about and beside Cyn would have my head if any harm came to them.
Thing is WHAT TUNNEL WOULD WE LOOK??
I told the Moles to blind fold those two and take them on a trip around MC WORLD with the head Mole holding the chains around there necks and drop them off in The Northern Island and in the biggest snow bank they can find.
I run back to the Tea Room yelling in my Amulet *** EVERY ONE TO THE TEA ROOM ASAP AND I DO MEAN ASAP***
Every one comes running and all ask at the same time,,, PTG== GOOD GOD MAN WHERE'S THE FIRE???
WE HAVE TROUBLE I show them the picture in the paper and point to the shadow figure,,, I was just there and it looks like we have an unwelcome visitor.
Charlie I needs THE HOUNDS and any other good trackers ,,,, PTG you are to lead half the trackers down the tunnels I will take the rest and check above ground,
Oh sure he says send me in there ,,,, hush up man you have a special weapon NO???
Just follow orders now COME ON LETS FIND OUR MOLES.
The rest of you can look around here and if you see or find any thing DO NOT TOUCH OR CONFRONT IT USE YOUR AMULET AND CALL ME NOW LETS MOVE............
I HURRIED AS QUICKLY AS I COULD TO THE TEA ROOM. I HAD BEEN IN THE BARN MAKING SURE ALL THE ANIMALS WERE SET FOR THE NIGHT. I HEARD CAP'S CALL. I QUICKLY GATHERED THE FOX'S, NOSE AND GHOST PUP. OUT OF BREATH IS SAID, SORRY I AM LATE CAP. HAD TO CHECK TO SEE IF NOSE AND SNOOP THOUGHT THAT INDIGO WAS READY TO HELP WITH THE TRACKING. SNOOP WILL PAIR WITH HER, THEY CAN GO WITH PTG, I AM SURE YOU WILL NEED NOSE WITH YOU SINCE YOU ARE NOT DOING THE TUNNELS AS SUCH BUT STRIKING OUT IN A DIFFERENT COURSE. ALSO TAKE GHOST PUP WITH YOU HE MAY COME IN HANDY SINCE HE CAN GO PLACES NOSE CAN'T. WALLS ARE NOT A BARRIER TO HIM. DO YOU THINK PRICKLES THE TINY HEDGEHOG WILL BE OF ANY HELP HE CAN GET INTO TINY HOLES AND TUNNELS IF NEED BE. AND HE WILL FIT IN YOUR POCKET BUT HE IS NOT CHIPPED YET. SO I AM NOT SURE IF YOU WILL WANT TO TAKE HIM. I CAN COMMUNICATE WITH HIM AS CAN SUGAR AND SPICE. BUT WE WILL BE HERE, UNLESS YOU SAY DIFFERENT.
I high-tail it to the Tea Room when I hear Cap's message. It sounds urgent and I don't know what I'll be able to help with, but off I go. I'm here too Cap. So, what's going on?......
As Snow and Pup fly by the Tea Room preparing to land between Salty's Tavern/Inn and the Children's Bridge thus minimizing the dust and such that a Dragons powerful wings can sometimes stir up when landing. (Much like a Helicopters Propellers do...) "Why in the world is the Tea Room all locked up this way Snow when it was never closed only during times of Great Emergency???" "OH Snow, could we have been Singing and Humming so loudly the Pern National Anthem that we completed didn't hear any message from Captain Randy??! (Here comes Salty dear Friends as fast as his poor OLd Sea Legs can carry Him over the Chrildren's Bridge toward Pup and Her Dragon Snow......"" Puff, Puff, Puff...Where in the dick'uns have you been Young'un!!" "We've been flying back from the Golden Queen's Realm...why Salty?" There's been some mighty Foul going's on down in the Tunnels involving those small Mole Critters and The Captain has requested Charlie and her animals to come and sniff out the dastardly No Gooders....!!! "Thanks Salty!! "Come Snow..lets contact Captain Randy and see whats going on and what we can do to help....
I spread out everyone and pair up every one some to go with PTG down the tunnels and the rest of us abouve ground to look for more tracks,
Pup take Snow with Brulee and Jewel search all areas look for any fresh tracks that do not belong here,
Angel you and Charlie can check aound the critters compound ,,, Salty check out the Hidden pound and get Ellie and her brood to help you.
Frost and I will head for the tunnel in The Underground Grotto.
We all head out leaving Opel and Miss Katt standing gaurde in The Tea Room.
Frost and I land at the entrance to The Underground Grotto and I dismount and tell Frost to search this area by air for he is to big to come in with me.
As I go deeper I start to pick up tracks some large some small WTH???
My Sai and my sword drawn and ready but strange I do not feel any spine tingle ??
I can see The Lava flowers are still growing making it very hot here .
I venture further and take a cut off following the tracks that are now single tracks.
I round a bend and there are hundreds of tracks now ,,, human and Mole I have to be close as I back track and spy the claw like ones I am trying to find.
I smell sulpher? then I hear a cross between a cry and a chirp??
I follow the sound and come to another bend ,, I know where I am right under The Bridge I know because I smell and here water and this one of the many tunnels we have explored and marked.
My eyes fully adjusted to the darkness and I see the torch one of many here and I light it.
I move it around looking for more tracks when I spot a small twig well I thought was a twig that is until it moved.
This twig has scales??
I run the torch up and to my surprise and delight I discover the reason for alarm.
There sits on a rock shivering is a Fire Lizard I speak softly and touch it's body oh not good,, this lill one needs fuel that they get from the Lava Rocks and Flowers.
I pick the poor lill Yong up and cover it with my coat and hold it close to get some of my body heat.
The poor lill thing can barely move U turn my Amilet to the Animal setting.
I barely hear Cold,,,,,,, it hits me I know this lill one she is Ember but how in heck did she get here?
Okay Ember you are safe now it;s me Cap and I will get you back home , your family must ne worried sick.
I head back with Ember shivering under my coat ,,, I can see some Lava Flowers spitting out Lava,,,
I stop and bend over so she can bite a flower or two.
In no time flat I feel her tiny body heat up.
After she warms up I ask her what happened and how did she get here?
She said she was in an area where there were some new fresh big Lava rocks and flowers and she got so excited wanting to get back and tell the others she lost her way and ended up outside The Tea Room and saw The Moles going in the tunnels and knowing they knew all the tunnels she went to follow them and to catch up and ask for there help getting back home.
But they were to far ahead and she was getting weaker she lost sight of them.
That is when I found her.
I took her to the right entrance and told her here you go lill one safe and sound now and hope you learned a valuable lesson today not to wonder to far away from the others and never alone.
Shheesh I say that a lot lol.
I call Frost =at The Town Entrance come there.
I tirn my Amulet to *ALL* and call off the search every thing is okay will explain back at The Tea Room
As Snow, Brulee, Jewel and I slowly and causally make our way through some of the furthest tunnels away from the Tea Room, (Yes dear Friends, it seems that Dragons can shrink size to fit anywhere they want to go. Isn't that Amazing! ) It became quite dark and scary like... where were the tunnel's ever-glowing lanterns that mark a Travelers way...? "Huff, Puff, puff, hufffff...gotta move your wing cause I can't breath Snow.) Slowly My ever protective Dragon Snow.....with Brulee and Jewel standing Guard bravely standing guard on either side of us.... lifted Her wing that was covering me completely from head to toe......It was then...with glowing Dragon Sword guiding my eyes path..(of course dear Friends my Awesome Companions can see through the darkness!) I was able see what was ahead. "No wonder Captain Randy wasn't able to find any footprints on the tunnels floor....they're all on the ceiling!! "Whop!" "Huff!!" Out came Snow's wing stopping me from going further. Hanging from the Tunnels waiting to capture any unwary Traveler were thousands almost invisible woven "Trap!!s" "Captain Randy and PTG you've see this!!
After I called off the alarm and explained to every one what the end result was and it was just poor baby Ember one of our many Fire Lizards that live in MC World and with the help of the Moles is back safe and sound with her family.
Before our Moles left I thanked them and gave them a new place to tunnel and find lots of goodies to eat.
So they returned to the retirement range under the watchful eye of there caretaker Bruce Cyn's cousin.
I thanked Charlie for getting her team of trackers on the job so fast,,, and I know if ever I am away she will right there to protect the others and keep me updated.
The time for me to take the Dragons and Pup to our Queen for the journey to Pern is in the near further and we are ready to answer her call.
I must talk to my second and third in command and prepare them for that day as in what there responsibility will be/
Mean time Opel brings me a fresh piping hot cup 0f tea and a few snacks to munch on as I write up the instructions for PTG and ROO ROO
I remind Opel ,, you my beauty are still my secret weapon seeing we have been together so long and can almost read each others thoughts I can go on a mission or Quest knowing you are here .
She smiles and blushes and off to the kitchen to get dinner stated as I continue to write.
Now that all has been explained and everyone goes back to their regular routine, I head to Cap's table where he's writing....
"Uh, excuse me, Cap, I've been thinking about something for a while now and want to run it by you." "Sure, Angel, what is it?" Sheesh....why am I feeling a little shy and nervous all of a sudden? Oh well, I take a deep breath and say........
"Well, I know you'll be leaving son to take Pup to Pern, and I was wondering...I know I'm basically just reporting the news around town here, but since I've become a part of this merry little slightly bent band," Cap: "Yeah, and a mighty fine job you're doing with that too. Now, c'mon woman, spit it out....what are ya gettin' at?"
"Well, ya see, Cap......Now, don't laugh but.....I'm thinking it's high time I learn to do battle too, so I can help your 2nd and 3rd in Command when you can't be here! I'm tougher than you might think and I'm a quick learner! I know I can do it!!"
There, I said it.......so????????????????