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I went back to the Keeper of the Castle and he told me that we are growing closer to our goal. He also said that sometimes a good relationship is more valuable than gold. (I guess there are some others that should think of that.) He said that I should help the pirate in the Mirror Lake, but it is best not to ask anything in return.
So I went to Skull Pete and he asked me if I was sent by the keeper. I told him that I had indeed been sent by the keeper, and that I was there to help him if I can. Skull Pete said there is an urgent assignment and though he is a skeleton, he will never forget the money. I don't know what money he is talking about but I will try to help him anyway. He said that he knows for sure that his human appearance can still be returned. He gave me a couple of tasks and when I returned he said, "Thanks, mortal". I guess he feels that it seems he has found a way to return himself to his human form, and asked me to help him. He has retrieved a recipe that will return his human appearance and gave me a list of items he wanted and told me to come back soon, and even called me his apprentice. He sent me to the Pirate Ship and told me where to find a special item and then to the Game Table. When I got back he said that he was awfully glad to see me, he calls me an adventurer.
Skull Pete told me that he was close to his dream. He has outwitted the Lord Chamberlain whose curse made him a skeleton. But he could use a few more coins. He said that the ghost innkeeper has found a large sum of money, but he's a pirate and the innkeeper doesn't deserve wealth. Then after bringing some items back to Pete he told me that the Elvish Rum is unrivaled. He wants to start selling it. Actually, he wanted us to sell it, but I am too young to be involved in that. He thought the Elves might ask something in return for selling the rum, so he sent me for more items. "Great job", he told me, "it's a pity you weren't on the ship with me". Now Pete wants a new sword and sent me for more items. When I returned he said that his friend Rudolph would have called me a good soul. Then he said that a certain person promised to make a new mast for him and asked me to help. Poor Pete, he was cheated on the mast but at least he still has some gold. When we were finished, I headed back to the Keeper.
The Keeper of the Castle told me that the innkeeper will be grateful for my help so I headed for Salty's Tavern and Inn. When I got there Salty asked me if the keeper had sent me and I told him that he had. Salty said that he could use the help. So I ran for a few items for him and when I returned with the requested items, he told me that I was quick and he would tell the keeper that I did well. Then he said that he didn't know what he would do without me for a friend.
Salty told me that the Pirate is trying to strike a deal with him and perhaps I could help him prepare. So I gathered the items Salty felt would help him, and he said that he was ready for him now. But it was funny because he tried to talk like a pirate and wasn't doing a great job, but it got us both laughing. Then he told me that one of the things he likes about me is my work ethic. And on that note he had another task for me.
He has a bit of an emergency. One of his deals went south (which I guess it means that it didn't do too well), and he needs to recoup his loss. Then he asked me a funny question, whether I had ever bought a pig in a poke. I laughed and told him that I never had bought a pig in a poke. He told me that it was a disaster. He needs to sell it, but first he has to disguise it. So he sent me for some items to help him disguise his pig in a poke. I don't know what you could do to disguise a pig, but I got the items for him anyway. He told me that it is getting harder to do business. I thought that if he didn't buy a pig in a poke (whatever that is), it might not be so hard. But of course, I did not tell Old Salty that.
The Keeper of the Castle told me that when I return we have much to do. The world is sadly full of false virtues, but he believes that I will succeed. He said that I am close to discovering the truth and tasting kindness. The witch rejected the power of good of course, that is why she is a witch. But I need to go and help her anyway.
When I got to the witch, Arabella Scales, she seemed to be in what my Mom calls a tizzy. Arabella said that she will be in such trouble if she can't find something, and begged me to help her. She promises to try not to be too demanding. After gathering several items for her, I went back to her and she told me that she is always delighted to see me, after all, I am her favorite mortal.
Arabella was through with me for the moment, so I went back to the Keeper and he asked me to check on Henry as he might be in danger. So I hurried to see Henry, the archeologist and he said that he was fine. But he also said that this is just the time when he needs my help. He needs the Ageless Warrior and the Infernal Armor to protect himself with. Once I was finished gathering Henry's items, I went back to Arabella.
She was checking her herbs, potions, and poisons and told me that I was just in time. I asked her if it was a love potion and she said that it wasn't. She told me that this potion depends on crow feathers and they don't like to be plucked. It's a good thing she asked me to find some items for her, because I don't think I could pluck any feathers from a crow. It sounds mean to me.
When I was finished I went back to the Keeper and he told me that I well deserve the Rune of Overwhelming Kindness as he gave it to me.
The professor told me to go ahead and put the last rune into the Ring of Runes and activate it. I was so excited! I am finally going to be able to wish my Mom to be all better and to come home again. It has been two and a half months that she has been in that coma from the car accident. I can't wait. As I activated the Ring of Runes, I was laughing, clapping my hands and jumping up and down for joy.
Activating the Ring of Runes opened a doorway into the Mystery Chamber. There was a person there dressed in black and with a wave of his hand he vandalised the chamber. Professor Pinfeathers handed me an object that was broken. He said that it was the Heart of the Mystery Chamber and we will be able to restore the wishes machine. I asked him if I was not able to make my wish now, and he said that I could not make my wish until we could restore the Wish Machine. Once again, my hopes were dashed that I would soon get my Mom home again. Why is the castle doing this to me?
Floating inside a circular low wall made of large stone blocks was a lady or at least a part of a lady made out of gold. There was only a head and torso, not even any arms and she did not appear to have even all of her head and torso. You could see through some parts of her. It was like she was painted in gold paint in some places but not in others. The professor explained that she was the Keeper of Wishes and as such, the Keeper of the Heart of the Mystery Chamber and she is not happy to see her home ransacked. Above the Keeper of Wishes are several rings, some holding what looks like hot rocks and one that is spewing sparks, as well as one that is empty.
She told me that I must help her find these rascals that have desecrated her home.
Suddenly a split appeared in the circular low wall. There was a strange totem, crystals and various items in it. The Keeper of Wishes asked me to search through the Shining Split to find a magic artifact. When I was looking through the split that she was referring to, I noticed that there was a statue off to the right that showed a man who looked like he was holding up something very heavy. Perhaps even the Mystery Chamber itself. He reminded me of that guy, I think his name was Atlas or something who was holding up the world.
When I gave the items she wanted to the Keeper of Wishes, she gave me a magic map. She told me that it will help me navigate the world and find the villains who desecrated my home.
Professor Pinfeathers saw the map and told me that it is great that I got the map. He told me too that it would help me move around the world. But when I looked at the map, I didn't see the whole world as I knew it, this must be a map of the Midnight Castle's world.
When I looked at the map of a town, it took me to that town where a man is playing what looked like some type of guitar or something. I could hear the professor saying, "See how easy it is to use the magic map?" Then he told me that it is time to begin fixing the Mechanism of Wishes. He told me that fixing the Heart of the Mystery Chamber should be easy if I have some key details. He has a feeling that this new man in the City might know something about the Central Axis.
As I had traveled to City Square in Town I met the new man. He introduced himself as Christian and he's been a traveling bard for years, He is looking for the Mystery Chamber and said that he could use my help. Although I had not noticed it before, the Antique Shop on the right opened so that I might look for the item that Christian needed and I used the magic map to get another item from the castle itself. As I gave him the items, he told me that the dream of his life is reaching musical perfection, and the Mystery Chamber is his last chance. Meanwhile he is up to something else. Then he told me that I am actually good at searching, and thanked me for the items. He said that he had come across a strange plant not far from here and would really like me to check it for him. And there, hanging above the Antique Shop was the plant he was describing. He said that he needs a Blood Lotus that I could get from the Ice Rock in the castle and add it to the Golden Flower and put them into this strange plant.
I am having a hard time getting back into the swing of things. My Dad sent Marty and me to Grandma and Grandpa's to stay for a week. Dad said that Mom was being transferred to a rehab center whatever that is. The hospital could not do anything more for Mom, her broken leg has healed but she is still in a coma. And I am still no closer to getting to wish from the Mystery Chamber for my Mom to get better and come home. The Mechanism of Wishes is still broken. I will have to go to the Town Center to see if Christian the Bard is still there. I had to look up in the dictionary what a Bard was. Apparently it is a person who composed and recited epic or heraldic poems often while playing an instrument.
I went back to Town Center and to my surprise I still found Christian there. I still needed to finish getting his item from the Flower of Sufferings by putting the Blood Lotus and the Golden Flower into it. The flower then opened and gave me the Rainbow Stone he wanted. Christian then asked me if I had seen the Mystery Chamber already. He thought that it was a pity that I can't just take him there, then said that he supposed he should find his own way. He told me that this is a big step on his way to the Chamber and was curious as to why I am so willing to help him. Then I needed to go and find more items for him and when I returned he said that his songs are horrible. He said that the melody isn't working and the false notes are driving him crazy. Maybe he should change something and gave me another list of items to find for him. I brought the items to him and he told me that he knows he can count on me, which is strange, he said, because he has only known me a couple of days. When I brought more items to him, he told me that his search isn't complete but he hopes that my help will give good results. After bringing him several items, including some from the Mystery Chamber itself he told me that the items I brought him are really helpful. He told me that a perfect melody isn't easy to create. It requires a combination of certain elements and some magic. So after getting him a Rune Stone and Sign of Tactics, he said that now he can animate his melody with the sparkle of true emotion. He tried it and found that the sparkle of true emotion fades so quickly that you might just miss it. Now he isn't feeling well, he thought that perhaps he was putting too much of his soul into his melodies. He needs something to restore his powers.
Christian thought that a Polestar and the Live Potion should be helpful at restoring his powers. He said that he was sadder but wiser and that you should replenish and protect the magical resources of your body. I guess I will do that if I ever find any magical resources in my own body. He said that he has heard of some things that may help and sent me to find them. When I returned, he told me that I had done great and he can go on to other things.
He then asked me why I didn't tell him right away about the Central Axis that I needed to fix the Wish Machine. He told me that he was sure that he will find the Central Axis for me very soon. He had heard that I needed it to restore the Mystery Chamber. He said that helping me will work in his favor too, and sent me for a few more items. When I gave him the items he wanted, he told me "Great Job", and added that he had done well also, for he had found the Central Axis and gave it to me.
When I returned to Professor Pinfeathers, he said that the Keeper of Wishes needed my help to find the Right Gear.
The Keeper of Wishes said that she can't explain the outrage every time she looks at what those rascals have done to the Mystery Chamber. I agreed with her that we must restore it, the sooner the better. She then sent me back to the City Square and suddenly a Doll Showcase appeared. It was filled with dolls and toys galore. I wanted to stay a while and look around, but the Keeper of Wishes needed an item from there and I need to get it back to her quickly. Perhaps I can explore this shop later. When I returned, she thanked me "mortal" and we started to get to work She told me that a Mystery Chamber full of wishes sounds big and that she feels so lonely sometimes but she thinks that repairing her Mystery Chamber will take her thoughts off of her solitude.
When I returned with a couple of items she wanted, the Keeper of Wishes told me that she was a small step closer to her goal thanks to me, and that I had done my job very well. Then she asked for a few more items to help restore the Mystery Chamber and when I got back I was surprised to hear her yell out, "Wait! I won't let you destroy the Mystery Chamber!", then she finally recognized me and said that she was a bit nervous lately, and said that she can now finally get to restoring the Chamber's Heart. She told me that I was her most frequent guest these days and that she has another task for me.
When I came back smiling, she said that my happy smile tells her that I have brought her what she was asking for, and thanked me for helping her. And after a few more trips she remembered some things that could be very helpful in the process of fixing the Heart. She shook her head and said that someone breaks and someone else fixes, she just would prefer not to experience it herself. Then she told me that she finally knows where to get the Right Gear. She needed the Power of Fear from Six Paw and the Call of Adventure from the Monkey. With the things I brought her, she found the Right Gear and gave it to me to use to restore the Heart of the Chamber. I put the Right Gear into the Heart, but there are still some pieces missing and I was thinking of my Mom when the professor called to me.
Professor Pinfeathers said that Skull Pete must be aware of the whereabouts of the Heart of the Mystery Chamber, but he wasn't sure. So I guess I will have to go to Skull Pete to find out.
As I approached Skull Pete, he said hello to me and said that he knew why I was there. He said that he can't really help me, but that I could help him. It was nice to see that he was back to being human instead of being a skeleton. His last solution must have worked and I was glad for him.
He needs one loud thing, The Ageless Warrior and the Golden Chest. As I turned to go find his items for him, he asked if I loved gold as much as he did, and although he did not wait for an answer, he then said that it didn't matter, he would find some work for me to do anyway. He offered me a taste of the Elvish rum, which of course, I turned down. I guess pirates don't really care how old someone is to taste the fine Elvish rum. When I found the warrior and chest and returned to him with them, he told me well done, and to come back later, as he has some rum business to run now.
So I went to see my school friend Pam and was sad to hear that her kitten was sick and needed to see a veterinarian, but her parents didn't have enough money to take the kitten to the vet. I gave her all of my allowance and some of our friends also helped out. We hoped that it was enough to make her kitten better. I thought of my kitten Destiny and was glad that she was healthy. Then I went to see my little bat and raven, Bertram and Earnest, that lived in the Belfry. It was nice to see them again. I had not seen them since we had to go to stay at Grandma and Grandpa's house for a week.
After visiting my pets, I went back to see Skull Pete, and he did not look too good. He told me that he had totally forgotten what it means to be human. He said that he should not have had so much rum. But his mood might improve if he had a Crafty Leprechaun and some silence as well as a Cube of Fortune. When I brought them back to him, I kept very quiet, as he looked like he might have a headache. He told me that I did a good thing and now I should go. He said that this old pirate needs some rest.
So I left and felt it was time to see how my baby dragon, Seraphim, was doing in her lessons again.
My baby dragon, Seraphim, is not a baby anymore. She is more like a teenager now. Much larger and according to the Wise Dragon, sometimes a little stubborn and rebellious. But other than that she is becoming a very nice castle dragon.
I went back to Skull Pete and he said that life is great since he became mortal again, with one little aggravation. He can't find his rum. I didn't want to tell him that I thought he had probably drank it all up yesterday and I started laughing. Then, of course, he wanted to know why I was laughing.
He said that he really appreciates my help and wants to promote me to ship boy. I told him that it would have to be ship girl or no deal. But I think Pete hears only what he wants to hear and said to me, "My new ship boy, I am so happy to see you." Then he gave me a couple of errands and told me that no one is better at this than me. He said that old pirate is proud of me and asked me if I would like to be a senior seaman. And so he named me a senior seaman, even though he has no ship.
He said that he was sorry that he did not have what I was looking for for the Mystery Chamber, and hoped that I was not angry with him. I told him that I was not angry with him, so he gave me a couple more tasks for me to do for him. He said that the Eternal Light is missing from his collection and asked me to find one for him. He also told me that I should also figure out where to get the Monster of the Dawn as it was a matter of life or death. He asked me to make it a priority and I did. I found them for him, and he is so happy he'd like to celebrate and asked me if I had some Elvish Rum with me. Of course I did not have any rum. Poor Pete.