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So I went back to the Wise Dragon and told him that Lord Chamberlain was satisfied with my service. The dragon told me that it is so nice when people stop hiding their thoughts, and asked me to please accept the last vial, The Vial of Mind-blending Memories.
Professor Pinfeathers told me that the dragon has many memories but he's very disagreeable. Personally, I found that he is just very changeable. One time he is pleasant, and the next time he might be a little disagreeable. Anyway, the professor told me to combine the last vial of memories into the larger vial and use it. I did not know what he meant by use it, but I soon found out. Apparently, according to the professor, Valeria was protecting a hatch in the center of the room in the Dungeon of the Cursed. He said that we need to find the key to open the hatch, as it must lead to the Mystery Chamber. The vial of all of the memories made Valerias ghost disappear from in front of the hatch. What appeared was what the professor referred to as the Rainbow Charm of Blossoms, which will open that hatch, when it is complete. So now that I have acquired the charm, I must collect all of the pieces before I can finally get to the Mystery Chamber.
The professor says that the charm is not as simple as it may seem. Valeria sacrificed her spiritual soul to reveal the hatch. Perhaps, if I help the Iron Knight, he will find the Red Tail for me.
As I went to the knight, he told me that it was good that I was passing by, because he had a favor to ask of me. He is unable to find the Symbol of Secret Confession and the Symbol of Holy Fire. I found the first one in what was called the Binding Egg, in the Ice Rock in a tree above the human that once was Rustle, the Mountain Troll. The second item I found in the Chained Chest in the Throne Hall. The knight couldn't find them because the Binding Egg had not been there before. It appeared just as I entered the Ice Rock. Again, the magic of this castle amazes me.
The knight said that he saw Anabel and she is as beautiful as ever, but that he could not get distracted from his duties. So I found more items for him and he continued to hold and smell that rose he keeps carrying around with him. He thought I was very skillful at finding those items and asked me if I ever considered being a knight. As far as I knew, I thought knights were always men, but maybe they have decided to let women become knights too. I will have to consider this.
Now the Iron Knight needs to ask me for a favor, but he doesn't want me to tell anyone about it, especially Anabel. "Remember," he told me, "no one can know about this. I am preparing a surprise for Anabel." Okay, I thought to myself, that really is not a big surprise to me. I just wish he would give her that rose. I'm sure he already has all of the smell sniffed out of it by now. He asked me to find the Symbol of Abyss and the Nocturnal Ring for him. When I got back to him and gave them to him, he told me that now it was his turn, and he would see me later, and he just disappeared.
Surprised, but also pleased that I finally had some time to myself, I decided to take a treat up to the Belfry to the little bat and the baby raven. When I got up there, I found that they had become best friends. I don't know if that would be unusual out in the real world, but I have come to expect the unexpected within the magic of the Midnight Castle. I decided on names for them. I have picked the name Bertram for the little bat. It was going to be Batram, but I thought that was a little dumb. So when I asked the little bat if Bertram would be a good name for him, he seemed to dip his head in the affirmative.
Now for the baby raven with the glasses. He looked so earnest that I decided to name him Earnest. I explained to him why I thought that would be a good name for him and he seemed to agree with me. What I decided not to tell them, was that I probably would be thinking of them as Bert and Ernie. They were some of my favorite characters on tv when I was little. Ok, younger than I am now.
As they seemed happy in the Belfry, I left them some items they could use for bedding or nests, if they wanted them. I even hung a small blanket up on the wall, that Bertram could wrap himself into, if he got cold, but still wanted to hang upside down. Then it was time to go to see about the baby dragon. I have to find a bed for her, she is growing and is now taking up too much room in my bed. The professor suggested that I put a bed for Seraphim in the Forbidden Tower with the Wise Dragon. That way, it would be easier for the dragon to train Seraphim. The only thing that puzzles me, is that Marty no longer remembers the dragon egg and is unable to see the baby dragon. I guess that is the castle working it's magic again, and once again, I am the only one who can see Seraphim, other than the other ghostly residents of the castle.
When I returned to the Iron Knight the next day he told me that he felt odd, but he has to ignore it, as he has work to do. He asked me if I would help him, and of course, I said that I would. All of a sudden he was surrounded with this pink glow and instead of being a man, he was transformed into a werewolf! It reminded me of the time that Anabel turned into a real vampire with all her powers.
The knight asked me how he looked, and I really didn't know how to answer him. But at least we now knew why he was feeling odd. Come closer he said to me, I had not realized that I had backed away from him. Then he stated that he wouldn't bite. So I continued to find his items for him and was still in awe over the transformation in him. I guess there are some things that 7 year olds shouldn't have to explain. After getting his items, he told me I should definitely consider joining the knighthood. I was thinking that he was not really thinking clearly. I don't think I want to be a knight.
Then the Iron Knight/werewolf told me that it wasn't all bad being a werewolf, just a little hairy. Anabel finds it adorable he said, but of course she is a vampire. He told me that he feels he owes me and one day, he will return the favor. Then he told me that he thought Anabel seemed sad this morning. He wants to cheer her up with the Stardust Crystal and a Golden Watermark. He also said that whenever he sees me, he feels like howling. Apparently werewolves do not have many friends, and he considers me a true friend. He wants to help me in my search for the Rainbow Charm items and can find one of them but will have to travel far for it. While he was gone, I was able to get him the last of the items he wanted. When he returned, he gave me the Red Tail as a reward, and hopes we meet again. Shaking my head with awe and shock, I went back to my room.
When Professor Pinfeathers told me to see Henry the Archeologist, I wondered who that was. I did not know that Rustle the Mountain Troll was actually Henry the Archeologist when he came back to human form. It was Lord Chamberlain who had put a spell on Henry and turned him into a troll with no memory of who he had been. The professor said that Henry would know where to look for the Fine Flourish for the Rainbow Charm that will unlock the hatch.
When I approached Henry, he asked me if I liked him in human form. As I had not yet had the opportunity to talk to Henry like I did Rustle, I really could not give him an honest answer. He seemed a bit short with me, stating that perhaps if I did something for him, he might get the Fine Flourish for me, and that now he can focus on his work. Later, he told me, we will talk about the Fine Flourish, but first he needed to get some sleep. So I found the items he needed to get some sleep, then he told me that he now felt like helping me. When I asked him about his sleep and work, he told me that at the time, he wasn't in the mood to help before. I thought that was pretty mean of him, and so far, he was not making a very good impression on me, and told him that I felt he was rude.
Henry then told me to be quiet as the vampires are prowling around. We need to be ready, he said, so I should bring him a couple of things, including a Shield of Order and a Child's Tear. Then he told me that he had good news. He knew who has the Fine Flourish and that I needed to help him. He also needed help dealing with the rats. I found some of Dad's rat traps for him after which he gave me the Fine Flourish for the amulet.
After putting the Fine Flourish on the amulet, I remembered why the name Henry sounded familiar. There have been notes that I have picked up in each of the rooms of the castle that I have been in so far. I do not know who wrote the notes, but Valeria Steiner, Henry and his daughter Anabel were all mentioned in those notes. I will have to study them a little closer. I know they must have something to do with some of the castle residents that I have already met. I just don't know how something written so many years ago could have relevance today. How are those people still here? And what happened? The papers had mentioned that these people were looking for the Mystery Chamber. Had they found it? It does not appear that they did.
Tomorrow we are going to my grandparents house for Thanksgiving. I can't wait to see them. I can't tell them everything that has gone on in the castle, but I can tell them how much I enjoy being in the Midnight Castle. I can even tell them about some of my new pets, my kitten Destiny, the little bat, Bertram, the baby raven, Earnest, but I think I have to leave out my baby dragon Seraphim, and Professor Pinfeathers. Somehow, I don't think they would understand about them. If they had been my Dad's parents, they might have understood, but these are my Mom's parents, and I know they don't really approve of us living in a "haunted" castle. So I wished a Happy Thanksgiving to all of the castle residents, and went to my room to get ready to go.
Oh no, life as I knew it is coming to an end. Last night, on our way home from my grandparents house, we were in a car accident. Me and Marty and Dad are okay, but they took Mom to the hospital in an ambulance! My Dad says that she has some very serious injuries. Something about a broken leg, and shoulder and some bad thing with her head. And on top of that she was bleeding inside her body. Why can't they fix her quickly at the hospital like they do on TV. Dad said that a drunken driver was the one who hit our car. I had to check with Salty to make sure that it wasn't the drunken skeleton on the stairs of the tavern, who was responsible. Salty said that the skeleton had not moved all night. Then he told me that sometimes humans do stupid things and that sometimes when they do that, someone else gets hurt.
I agreed with Salty and then I thought about the Mystery Chamber. I have to find it so that my wish of getting my Mom better and back here will come true. So although I was stiff and sore, I asked Professor Pinfeathers who to talk to next to receive some more pieces of the Rainbow Charm of Blossoms. He told me to help Anabel get the Steel Plate.
Anabel saw me coming and knew I needed the Steel Plate. While she was looking for it she needed me to do her a favor. By now, I knew that doing them a favor meant looking for some items that they wanted. She told me to go down to the Forbidden Tower and remove the heavy dust cover that was on the Scroll Storage. I did that. So I carefully wrapped the poisonous flower that she wanted from there. When I got back to her, she told me that she had left the Steel Plate at the Convention, she said she would have them send instructions on how to get it back by Ghoul post. I figured that must be a little like our post office and the mail carrier that delivers the mail. She had me find her an Immortal Gem and an Eight Point Star for her saying that she would have spent ages looking for them. Now she was getting worried about the fact that the instructions from the Convention had not yet arrived, as they were usually very timely. Then she said that she is about to get an answer because she can already hear the bat messengers squeaking. Oh no! They sent the parcel but it was lost in the mist.
Dad took us to see Mom at the hospital. She was sleeping, Dad called it a coma. She still looked pretty to me, even though her head was all bandaged and she had bruises almost everywhere. She had all kinds of tubes and wires hooked up to her. Dad said that one of them was helping her breathe. I wanted to crawl onto the bed with her but Dad wouldn't let me, so I just held her hand and told her that she had to get better and come home. I was crying when Dad said that we had to leave Mom and go back to the castle. I know what I am going to wish for when I find the Mystery Chamber. I am going to wish that my Mom is back home with us and healthy. I have got to find it soon!
Professor Pinfeathers told me that there are those who are unaware that they're part of the charm. We need to question them all, he said.
Lord Chamberlain was first on the list. I would rather get him out of the way first anyway. But this time he surprised me by saying "Welcome". He told me that the Council Session is about to begin and he wants to shine. When I brought him some of the items he wanted, he must have been in a good mood, because he told me that I prove my value to him with every task he gives me. He needs more power he said, and asked me to help him. In return, he promised not to eat me. That's funny, because that is the same thing the troll said to me when I was helping him. Anyway, after I found more items for him, Lord Chamberlain stated that he would be even more powerful and he can show that to the Council. The Council is about to convene, he said, but someone wants to stab him in the back. He could use my help. He told me that I make his life easier, and that he can always find a new task for me. He seemed off track a little when he asked if he had ever told me his age. He said that I would be amazed. Then he told me I could be a little proud of myself after I had found several items for him. Then he left me standing there, not knowing whether I should stay there or go. I decided to go and check on our new pets in the Midnight Castle.
When I got back to the Midnight Castle, I ran into Lord Chamberlain and it was like he had forgotten that I was doing tasks for him. "Oh it's you again", he said. Then he needed to ask for a favor. He was looking for something called a Rune of Cruelty and Live Potion. I guess he was still thinking about the Council because he said that with these and other items I found for him, he will be the most powerful member of the Council. He also said that I would help him get rid of his foes, and to hurry as the Council will begin soon. He stated that "they are destroying all of his plans", but that I would help him outsmart them. Although I am not too sure about making him powerful or helping him get rid of his enemies, I knew that he was one person that I did not want on my bad side. After all, look at what he did to poor Henry by turning him into a troll. Oh, my goodness. Does this Lord Chamberlain ever stop? Now he wants me to make a toy for his bat. Now he wants me to get more items for him and keep it a secret. Who would I tell? But he did give me the Red Eye for the Rainbow Charm of Blossoms, and to me, that was all that was important.
Dad asked Marty and me to start taking down the Halloween decorations. Marty did not say a word the entire time we were working. When we finished with most of them, I asked him why he was so quiet. He looked at me, shook his head no, started to turn away, then came back to me and told me to sit down so we could talk. When I looked confused at him, he started to tell me all the things I did not want to hear. He said that Mom is in very critical condition in the hospital. They are doing everything they can for her, but it might not be enough. It was when he said that "she might even die", that I started crying. He told me that one of his friends had an aunt that was in an accident like that and was in the hospital for a month, and then died anyway. I screamed at him, "Don't you ever say that again about Mom. I'm going to fix it all! You don't know how things will work out! And they will work out! I'm going to make sure of it!" He looked at me and quietly asked me how I was going to fix things that the hospital couldn't. I still was screaming at him, "Never you mind! I'm just going to fix it!" and then I ran to go to the belfry as it had become my favorite place to hide out. When I got there I found the professor without his hat, glasses, or bow tie, and he seemed to be talking to Bert and Ernie.
As I sat crying on the floor, Bert, Ernie and the professor came and sat on the floor around me. I think I heard the professor telling the others about my Mom, but I was crying too loud to hear, and I really didn't care anyway. I wanted my Mom home with us and healthy.
Mom's sister, Aunt Diane wanted to take Marty and me back to her house with her to stay "for awhile". I can't let her take me from the Midnight Castle. If I am not here, I can't find the Chamber of Wishes and make my Mom all better. Marty did not want to go either. Aunt Diane said that she could not stay here with us in the castle. I heard her tell Dad that "this place gives her the creeps". Since Marty is fourteen now, Dad decided that we could stay here as long as we behave ourselves. Dad will be here most of the time, but he spends a lot of time at the hospital with Mom too. At least if I am here, I can work on finding the rest of the items for the Rainbow Charm and get the hatch opened so I can get to the Mystery Chamber.
I knew I had to keep going in my quest to find the missing items for the Rainbow Charm. The professor told me that the innkeeper might give me the Curved Beam if I help him. So I headed for Salty's Tavern to see what I could do for him.
Salty said that it is hard to be a ghost and preserve your humanity. He wants me to hurry for my own sake, he told me. I don't want him to become a raging poltergeist. Thankfully, I do work quickly so I was able to keep him from becoming...uh...what he said. He told me that a medium is trying to figure out who murdered him, but he needs some things to perform the ritual. Apparently the medium is waiting for a Strangled Ruby and a Memento Mori. After Salty gave them to the medium, he found out that the quack had taken off with them. Salty felt that you could never trust a living soul, but he does keep trusting me to get his items for him. He thanked me for getting the items anyway, even though since the medium took them, he did not find out who murdered him.
According to Salty, the recruits going past the inn offered a reward for a couple of trophy items. I offered to help him get these items, even though I don't want a portion of the reward that he offered me. He told me that not every person is capable of finding the Eye of Manticore, but he is sure that I will manage. He also wants something human in his life to stay normal and asked me to help him with that. He wanted the Elephants Bone and he couldn't find the Prism of Retribution no matter how hard he tried. So I went hunting for it and finally found it in the writing desk in the Forbidden Tower where the Wise Dragon is staying.
Then Salty said that he had a problem. A new vampire keeps coming to the inn, and wants a Blood Greed to put over the entrance and that might scare him away. He also said that the Seal of Dawn always works against the children of the night. I had to go to the creepy Dungeon of the Cursed where I found the skeletons of 3 chained prisoners. Giving them their hats, was what they wanted in exchange for the Seal of Dawn. They were in the little alcove above the Battle Pit. Salty told me that these should get rid of the bad blood around here. He needs me to do more for him tomorrow, but right now, I have to go so I can visit my Mom in the hospital. I sure hope I can find the Chamber of Wishes soon so I can make her all better.