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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.
After I finished Skull Pete's tasks, I went back to Professor Pinfeathers. It still seems a little strange to be talking to a crow or raven, but it is even more strange to have it talk to me as if it were an adult. Oh well, I am getting quite used to the Midnight Castle's magic. The professor told me to keep looking for the details of the Heart of the Mystery Chamber. We can't stop now, he said to me, make the Chamberlain tell you where to look for the Spring Wheel.
So off I went to find Lord Chamberlain and when I found him he asked me if I had come to blame him for the destruction of the Heart of the Mystery Chamber. As I had not known that it was the Chamberlain, he now said that I know now. He said that he will tell me a secret if I bring him a couple of things. He wants the Demonic Seal and the Wings of Darkness, and as I knew where to find them, I was back quickly. "Hmm", the Chamberlain said, "that was unexpected." Then he told me that the secret was that he has one of the pieces of the Heart. He asked if I was intrigued and I said I was. He told me that he might give me the piece of the Heart of the Mystery Chamber. But it won't be until after he figures out these dark clouds gathering over him. Then he sent me for the Demonic Whip and the Bracelet of Seeing. That took me quite a while to get as I had to wait several times for the castle to replace one or two items that I needed to make the Bracelet of Seeing. I hope I don't have to make many of them.
When I finally had the items for the Chamberlain, I took them back to him and was about to ask about the Spring Wheel, when he told me to stop talking about the blasted Heart piece. Things are getting worse pertaining to those dark clouds over him and he said that he as other affairs to attend to. He then gave me more items to find and when I brought them back to him, he was happy with them. He said that it was great, no one can defeat the Chamberlain. I brought him the items and he said that he will give me the Spring Wheel but I need to do something for him first as he is still concerned about his future. So I brought him the items. When I came back with his order he said that he has my precious little piece of the Heart. He told me that it is the only one of it's kind. He told me that he was right about the bad omen. He has lost his source of power. He wants me to go to Arabella Scales and do what she asks. We need her help. Then come back here.
As Lord Chamberlain requested I went to see Arabella Scales, the witch. When I got to her in the Underground Grotto she already knew I was coming and why. She said that she knew who sent me there and asked if I was sure that the Chamberlain was frightened and grieving. "Well well...", she said, "Helping the Chamberlain are you? How very nice. That's sarcasm if you couldn't tell." She has her own plans for him but she is not ready to tell me just yet.
She sent me for some items and told me that I was doing great. She told me that she believes she will let me help her with the surprise she is working on for the Chamberlain, and gave me another list of items to find for her. When I finally returned, she asked me if I remember she mentioned a surprise for the Chamberlain, and before I could answer she said that it was a nasty one but it is for the greater good of us all. She asked me to find the Rage of the Forest and the Light Bringing Sign. When I brought them back to her she said that I look guilty already, but that she has no plans to kill the Chamberlain, which did ease my mind a bit. She has something more fun in mind. She sent me for a couple more items and when I returned, she said that she needs to conduct a small but pretty complicated ritual. She expects that it will make the Chamberlain show his true nature and sent me to find some things for the ritual. I came back with her list of items and she told me that they were nice but that I had better go now. She said that she is in a horrible mood today and a sad witch is a bad witch. I told her that I would come back later to help her some more if she needed me.
Later, when I went back to Arabella Scales, she asked me if I could cheer her up. But my ability to do so is merely to do the tasks that she asks of me. When I was able to find what she needed, she told me that what I returned with was "so, so nice" and that I actually deserved my reward this time. She told me that soon enough the Chamberlain will know what our help is like. Not actual help, of course, she said. Then she stated that the ritual was half done, and sent me for a few more items for it. She asked me if I was excited, and although I did not say so, I think I was more afraid than excited. But she just kept talking and said that it was Ok if I was not excited yet, because it is not time yet. She needs me to bring a few more things to finish it.
She held out an ancient book and told me that it revealed the second part of the ritual and that she needs my help again with that. As I found the items she wanted, I wondered just what she was planning. When I returned she was very happy with my choices as they were just what she needed. Very well done, she told me, but now I should stay away until the ritual is done. She sent me off on another of her quests, and when I returned, she looked and felt exhausted. She would not be able to finish the ritual without me. She gave me a list of what she needed and told me to hurry as she is losing the last bits of her power. When I brought them back, they apparently helped, because she was feeling better. She did not imagine that the ritual would be so hard to fulfill. Besides, she told me, the Chamberlain seems to have some protection. But it doesn't matter any more. She is so happy about the way things are going.