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JUST LIKE A MAN, HOLLERING BEFORE HE IS HURT. I LOOK AND NOSE ENJOYING HIS MEATY BONE, AND GHOST PUP TRYING VERY HARD TO JUST SMELL IT. POOR GUY, I KNOW HE REMEMBERS WHAT IT WAS LIKE ONCE. NOSE SEEMS TO HAVE WORRIED ALL THE MEAT FROM THE BONE. AND LOOKS UP, AND QUESTIONS IF HE CAN KEEP THE BONE. OF COURSE YOU CAN BUT NOW YOU AND PUP NEED TO GO BACK ON PATROL. BEFORE YOU GO CAP WANT TO KNOW IF PTG HAS BEEN ANYWHERE BESIDES THE PLACE THAT SMELLS STRONGLY OF RABBIT. NOSE CHECKS HIM OVER, A LITTLE CONFUSED. HE HAS AN OLD SMELL OF SOMETHING STRANGE. IT IS FAINT. MOSTLY HE SMELLS OF RABBIT. YUM!!!! NOSE TELLS CAP. I WILL KEEP YOUR BONE FOR YOU I TELL HIM. OFF HE AND GHOST PUP GO.
I OPEN MY AMULET TO THE ZOO, WHO, INK, SNOOP, INDIGO, AND SONAR, OFF TO PATROL, WITH NOSE AND GHOST PUP. YOU ON THE GROUND CHECK EVERY BUILDING AND EVERY HOLE. IN THE AIR, KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR ANYTHING UNUSUAL, NOSE SAYS IT IS TOO QUIET.
AFTER SENDING OUT MY PATROLS I WATCH AS CAP AND ANGEL TAKE PTG TO HIS ROOM.
RETURN HONEY FIRE'S BOWL TO THE KITCHEN AND RETURN WITH HOT SOUP AND BUTTERED BREAD. I KNOW THERE WILL BE FRESH COFFEE WHEN I FINISH AND A BASKET OF TREATS FOR THOSE IN THE ZOO AND A THERMOS OF COFFEE FOR ME.
I OPEN MY AMULET TO DINKY AND SMIDGE, IF YOU BOY WANT TO YOU CAN SLEEP IN THE BARN LOFT TILL WHATEVER TROUBLE THAT IS COMING IS OVER. LESS CHANCE OF GETTING CAUGHT IN A FIGHT YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR. WELL THEY HAVE BEEN ASKED NOW WE WILL SEE IF THEY COME IN. GNOMES HAVE THEIR OWN OPINIONS ON SAFETY.
I GO THROUGH THE BARN, KENNEL, AND CATTERY, CHECKING ON FOOD AND WATER DISHES, TROUGHS AND BUCKETS. GIVING OUT THE TREATS FROM THE KITCHEN. ALL IS WELL IN THE ENCLOSURE FOR NOW.
I GO AND CHECK ON BLOSSOM, CHERRY, STUMP AND FANG. MAKE SURE THEY HAVE FOOD AND WATER ENOUGH FOR THE NIGHT. GIVE EACH A GOOD SCRATCH AND TELL THEM THE CAP WILL COME WHEN HE CAN.
GOLDIE AND DOOGIE ARE BEDDING DOWN WHEN I RETURN THEY ARE STILL INSEPARABLE . DOGGIE IS SO PLUMP AND SLEEK NOW YOU WOULD NOT RECOGNIZE HE AS THE POOR CREATURE CAP HAD BROUGHT IN LAST YEAR.
I SIT ENJOY THE SOUNDS OF EVERYTHING BEDDING DOWN FOR THE NIGHT. HAVE MY COFFEE, AND ABSENTLY SCRATCH SUGAR AND SPICE.
IT IS NOW QUIET IN THE BARN. I OPEN MY BAG, AND COAX IT'S INHABITANTS OUT, I DO THIS AS OFTEN AS I CAN. PRECIOUS IS NOW GETTING BRAVER THE OTHERS TINY AND PRICKLES ARE ALWAYS THE FIRST OUT.
I SIT AND WATCH THEM PLAY AND CHASE EACH OTHER, PRECIOUS IF HE GETS FRIGHTENED USED TO RUN BACK INTO THE BAG. NO I CLOSE IT, NOW HE WILL HIDE BETWEEN THE PAWS OF SUGAR OR SPICE.
THEN WILL COME BACK OUT TO PLAY BEFORE HE WOULD STAY IN THE BAG.
THEY PLAY CHASE AND HIDE AND SEEK, ANIMAL STYLE. WHEN WORN OUT THE COME AND ASK ME TO LET THEM BACK INTO THE BAG. I KNOW IT WILL BE NIGHT, NIGHT WITHIN MOMENTS OF THEIR RETURN.
I THEN GATHER MY BAG. THE THERMOS AND CUP, INTO A BASKET AND RETURN TO THE TEA ROOM.
I am restless as hell .
I do not like the feeling I am getting nor what Nose said all is quiet to quet bad sisn at least my spine tingle is not going off.
Now that PTG is safe and being taken care of by my boys I can put my mind to better use === OMG now ain't that an oxymoron lol
I wonder over to the critters encloser and look around at our brood all clean feed watered and some starting to nod off.
It is amazing how Charlie takes such good loving care of them all how she keeps things in order and spotless.
I wonder out to spend a bit of time with Blossom she wraps her huge trunk around me ah Blossom my beautiful girl I am sorry we do not spend as much time together as before but I know you understand why and that you know all this will pass and all will be free again to romp in the open fields ,, to chase butterflies and smell the morning dew on the grass and flowers.
I fell a head on my shoulder and hear a very loud purr ,,, hello Fang as I scratch his ears ,
I look around for Cherry and Stump and spot them all curled up sound asleep those two are inseparable
I spend time with them and see that they are getting sleepy,,, okay you two get some sleep I will see you tomorrow.
I wonder over to the cave and get pounced on by the pups not so little now lol so we mock wrestle till Momma comes out and puts a stop to play time if not they will romp like this all night long.
I was about to ask were Smoke was when I hear him behind me fresh from a kill .
He gives his kill to Sheba to feed the pups and we walk over to the spring so he cane drink ,
We talk for awhile and he says the same thing as Nose it is to quite and that he is now doing night patrols he does not like the quite and says the game is getting scarce around certain areas a sign we both know to well.
We both agree something is in the air and that he is going to send out for news from the other Dier packs.
I take my leave and go back to The Tea Room with a haunting felling in my gut.
OH, BLOODY L STUFF IS FALLING AGAIN WHAT IS WITH THIS PLACE. WE JUST GET ONE MESS CLEANED UP AND IT STARTS AGAIN.
I HEAD TO THE BARN DODGING FISH, CHICKS, BUNNIES, MICE, SHEEP, DOLLS AND NOW THERE ARE BIRDHOUSES. AT LEAST THE LORDS AND LADYS, CREATURES, BIRDS AND BUTTERFLIES CAN LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES.
AT THE BARN I RALLY ALL THE REST OF MY PETS, AND SEND THE OUT TO DISPATCH THE MICE, PEN THE SHEEP THAT LAND SAFELY, THE OTHERS WILL BE ON THE MENU SOON. THE BUNNIES WILL FEED MANY A HUNTER, THE CHICKS MUST BE PUT INTO THE COOP AND RUN FOR FUTURE USE.
BUT THE FISH, WELL ANY ALIVE WHEN FOUND GO INTO THE MOAT FOR ELLIE AND HER BROOD, OR INTO NEARBY STREAMS. THOSE THAT DON'T MAKE IT TO THE COMPOST PILE, THEY WILL ENRICH IT FOR THE FARMERS NEXT YEAR, GLAD I HAD THE TWO BIG COMPOST AREAS MADE. LAST YEARS IS READY TO BE USED AND THE NEW ONE IS NOW BEING FILLED. THESE FISH WILL SOON BE COVERED WITH WHAT THE BOYS TAKE FROM THE BARN AND BLOSSOM AND CHERRY'S ENCLOSURE.
WITH ORDERS GIVEN I HEAD BACK TO THE TEA ROOM FOR A LITTLE SOMETHING AND COFFEE BEFORE BED.
I watch Charlie come in and see Miss Katt waiting for her with hot coffee and some fingers snacks and a huge thermos of her coffee to take back with her to the barn.
You know as hard as I have tried to get her out of the barn and into her cottage that was built for her there is no way she will go even if I was to hog tie her she would find a way to get free and back to her critters and God love her for it .
W all are so blessed to have her here.
I go to check on PTG before I do border check ,,, something not sitting right in my gut so with Sai and Sword in hand I head out.
Craponacracker I fogot about all these flying pains in the rump.
Oh Ho this gives me an idea.
I remember last year we went through something like this and I remember the boys and I stock piled the bunny pellets I was going to use them but we got side tracked ,
I go back to The Tea Room and see Charlie is almost done and ready to head back to the barn for the night.
Hey Charlie glad I caught you before you turned in,
She eyed me with her what do you want from me now look.
I was on my way to do a perimeter check and took a few hits from the bunnies and chicks as you can see as I wipe my shoulder.
Yeah and she says.
Do you still have the bunnies pellets and your old shotgun?
Yeah whats your point?? your not thinking of putting bunnie crap in my shotgun are you NUTS??
NO I am not NUTS sheesh woman you have a way with words,,, you do know that that bunny crap as you call it turn into rock hard pellets.
So I was thinking we can use them if we run out of bullets and gun powder for the canyons,
Just stuff some wool in the barrel of a canyon load up the pellets and let it fly.
HUM you might have something there I will think more on it and off she went.
I get a chill and go back out to do my perimeter check for some reason I head for The Harbor Area.
IS THAT MAN NUTS, RABBIT POOP OUT OF A SHOTGUN. I AM NOT LOADING SHELLS WITH IT. AND WHAT A MESS IT WOULD MAKE OF THE BARRELS, NOT WANTING TO CLEAN THAT MESS.
A CANNON NOPE NOT THERE EITHER. A TREBUCHET, WE DO HAVE THE SMALL ONES THAT PTG HAD MADE. NOT SURE THAT THE PELLETS WOULD EVEN SLOW DOWN THE SMELLY LOT THAT WILL BE COMING. WHAT WAS HE THINKING, YOU NEED GUN POWDER TO MAKE GUNS OR CANNONS WORK. HE MUST BE REALLY TIRED TO THINK THAT RABBIT POOP COULD REPLACE GUN POWDER. I AM SURE SALTY HAS SOME BARRELS STASHED OR PIRATE PETE. OF COURSE GETTING IT FROM THEM WOULD COST DEARLY THEY ARE BOTH THIEVES WHEN IT COMES TO THAT.
THE MAN WILL JUST HAVE TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING ELSE.
I HEAD TO THE BARN FOR ONE LAST CHECK OF THE ZOO. THEN BACK TO MY ROOM TO SLEEP. I KNOW I SPEND MOST OF MY TIME IN THE BARN BUT I DO ACTUALLY SLEEP IN MY COZY ROOM. MUCH NICER TO SLEEP IN A BED THAN A PILE OF STRAW. NO BITS OF STRAW IN STRANGE PLACES IN THE MORNING.
Well that was a mild dressing down not as bad as I thought she would throw at me,\And she is right I am very tired and dust bunnies fighting with me grey matter and dodging short circutes that me grey matter never really managed to fix so yeah I am tired but one more thing to do then maybe I can get some shut eye.
I duck as those red birds go crazy trying to catch the bukkerflies.
I am glad those mice and bunnies are in half shells and not poping all over the place just have to watch for piles I wonder how they do that ? stop in mid air dump then off again??
I shake my head yeah Cap you are losing it .
I can hear the water lapping on the shore and see The Light House to my right good place to sit and give my dust bunnies a rest.
Being a Cancer any thing to do with water and sand.. water falls.. quiet babbling brooks .. always calms me down .
I lean my sword and my Sai against thr tree close at hand if needed.
Hum I should hang out a sign,,,
*********OUT TO LUNCH *****************
Egg Noodle Soup
Yep losing it big time
CAP'S BOYS ARE WATCHING OVER PTG SO PUP AND I CAN RESUME OUR PATROLS. WE'RE ABOUT TO HEAD BACK WHEN I SEE CAP. HEY, PUP...LOOK DOWN THERE......CAP JUST SEEMS TO BE HANGING OUT AT THE HARBOR. WHADDA YA SAY WE HAVE A BIT OF FUN TO LIGHTEN THINGS UP AROUND HERE?
PUP LOOKS A LITTLE ANXIOUS BUT ASKS WHAT I'M THINKING. LET'S GET SNOW TO ZOOM TOWARD CAP, YA KNOW...LIKE IN DIVE BOMB FASHION, THEN SWIRL AROUND AND AROUND THE TREE HE'S LEANIN' AGAINST. DOESN'T THAT SOUND LIKE FUN?!
OK, LET'S DOOOO IT! JERONIMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! UH-OH.........PUP GET SNOW TO PULL UP FAST!!!!! TOO LATE, JUST AS WE WERE HONING IN, CAP DECIDES TO STAND UP AND, UH, WELL, HIS JAW CONNECTED WITH SNOW'S WING, AND DOWN HE TUMBLED OVER AND OVER, LANDING IN THE WATER..........WE SEE HIS RED FACE POP UP AND HE'S SPUTTERING WATER AND BELLOWING.....
YIKES!! C'MON PUP, WE BETTER GET OUT OF HERE LIKE....NOW!!!!!!!!!