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Roo croons over her shaking Fez and reassures it that all is well.
DDs little piglet has recovered and nuzzling her fingers as it is hungry. Which is just as well as it is now no longer on the menu!
Cap’n Bob is literally steaming with anger at the effrontery of the evil surrounding us.
He then continues with his conversation with DD over a hot cup of the special hot chocolate made by a simpering Mrs Fletcher: made with cream, chocolate and laced with honey rum.
We turn our gazes upwards at the hole in the Tea Room roof to see a now cloudless sky.
I turn to them and comment;
“One up to us, I think!”
Having calmed down, my thoughts turn back to Roo's suggestion that I try to find any clues which can be gleaned from the MC inventory.
I know of the Book of Wisdom which Roo is currently reading. This might be useful but she is such a slow reader!
Also she is not too well versed in the technological power of the seek and find functions available to her.
The much more comprehensive Book of Knowledge, lodged in the Library of the Dark Tower, may also have useful information, so I think that I will go there to have a read.
But first I turn to my broom and think: "any useful maps in the HOS Repository?" (One never knows, I may get lucky!).
Several maps suddenly appear and I am immediately drawn to the copy that Cap'n Bob is also holding in his hand, titled 'The Map of the Old Roads'.
This seems to show ancient surface tracks on the MC landscape, but before the Castle was built.
It also indicates large surface pits where the Gnomes quarried for stones and other materials for the construction of the Castle.
There are scattered here and there large dark holes indicating tunnels into the mountain sides.
Since the Gnomes are renowned doe their burrowing activities, these must be the basis for the tunnels we now know and which Cap'n Bob has mapped with his troops.
"Now", I think to myself, "I will superimpose this current Castle map from the HOS Repository with the old map and see what information we can glean".
Immediately we see that there is a superimposition of nodes for several of the tunnels directly under Grim's apertures, and which leads to her HQ.
But there is also another one in Cloud City which seems to go nowhere.
I am confused and say to the others; "Here is an aperture but there is no tunnel!"
Time for us to venture over to Cloud City and leave the Tea Rooms to some spontaneous reconstruction work.
There is nothing new to see until DD, clever little girl that she is, points upwards at the ceiling.
We now need Roo's gadgets to enhance the lighting in that area.
DD has got quite excited and is telling Cap'n Bob that she thinks that the area above is where she first appeared in our realm.
So perhaps it is there that we can find a way out of this duplicate multiverse that Murk has managed to trap us within.
Hmm...just as well I didn't shard all of my inventory one of the benefits of being a hoarder ha ha!
As I empty the contents of my bag all around me I turn to PTG & say "I have 4 searing lights,10 lightning flashes & 8 illuminating devices, Do you have a preference?"
"Just one I illuminating device will be sufficient" he replies rather sarcastically
Next time I see the blacksmith I'm going to get him to make some sort of wheels for my bag. At least this trip seems to be above ground. If there's any digging I shall insist Angel is better suited to the task now that she's changed out of MY dress
Cap'n Bob, being the military man that he is, is now on a Reconnaissance and quickly gathers together with Roo all the necessary supplies.
I get him several Knights Honor Banners from the Repository so that he can more easily path-find the way out of here.
Then I spot several bulges in Roo's newly re-acquired dress.
When I mention this to her, she denies any such additions to her body and calls me most ungentlemanly for saying so.
But on pressing the issue, she rather shamefacedly removes several sticks of dynamite 'borrowed' directly from the Atlantis Elephant site and so not showing up on the HOS Repository.
I think: "Deja Vue!" with our beloved Jenny Wren in my mind.
"Whatever will our worthy playing citizens think and say if there is now a hole in that HOS?"
My broom scoops up the sticks and returns them to their rightful place, leaving a rather sullen Roo making faces at me and calling me a "goody two shoes!"
Then I remember something which is now rather important and rummage around in my pockets. I pull out a scrap of paper and pass it to Roo.
It is from my Fairy Godmother.
My dear Playingthegame,
I have struggled with whether I should tell you this very significant and hidden feature about your new broom. You see, it is a feature that was NOT added by me and since the creator is no longer available for me to consult and get permission.....well, I just don't know if it is my place or right to divulge her "secrets."
But, after much debating with myself, I feel compelled to tell you about it.... you see, Ms. Jenny_Wren was floating by as I started my broom spell. (Hers is the part that is secretly coded.) She gave the broom a hollow shaft....the very top of your broom doesn't look like a "cap" but, indeed it is. You just need to tap gently along the very top edge before the end domes up, and then it will rise up ever so little for you to then unscrew the cap.Inside that hollow shaft you will find sticks of dynamite.....one on top of the other and if you mumble "arrow" ever so quietly into the open end, the next one to come out will be attached to an arrow. But, be wary of that arrow, for it cannot be set flying by just any archery bow found in one of the HOSs. No, that special arrow must be released by the crossbow inside of the Fairy Forest Armory. (See how clever she is? She has guaranteed that the crossbow remains in good working order by
PS. Of course PTG is fair game for any female who's brave enough to try
Careful Roo........his Fairy Godmother is watching over him! ...... and.....what gal wouldn't want a man with a broom who keeps everything neat and tidy??????
Just for the record (because of recent posts) I am the Chief Sweeper Upper of the MC and I take my duties very seriously.
"Very Seriously" means 24/7 and I have neither the time nor the inclination to go gallivanting about like some people I could mention, trying to be fashionistas or demolition experts.
Cap'n Bob may need to remind you all that we are at WAR with evil, which is everywhere and which has got us into this present pickle.
If I have a FAIRY GODMOTHER (God bless her!), it is because she thinks that I need help with this war.
Now that I have this "off my chest", may I suggest Angel - a little more fur around the shoulders.
Up there in the stratosphere (if that is where we are heading) it may be a tad cool, and your bare shoulders are more suitable for reclining in the Sultan's harem!
I feel suitably chastised. In my defence I was trying stop Captain Randy from getting any further distractions while he ponders on our present predicament .
I shall redirect my energy into reading faster & demolition lessons
So....PTG is a CSU of MC!!!
And thank you, PTG, for the weather forecast.
Included in each of our ensembles will be a Cape for Dusty Roads. Kaley makes these while you wait. Each will be monogrammed and have our own choice of color.
If you and the Captain would like your very own, let us know. i am sure Kaley will be able to accommodate us.
She also specializes in custom jewelry to meet each individual's specific needs. Angel will need the Star Buckle to cinch in the waist and I have to have the Genie's Bracelet and a miniature Spyglass to wear as a lavaliere.
We are having a great time shopping on the Captain's coin.
I sit still a bit bewildered over the past events , the now roofless Tea Room man Mrs Fletchers going to very upset over that not unless I can get a hand at fixing it before she gets back.
That and now these rings that PTG are poring over trying to figure them out and why would his Fairy God Mother send them now??that kinda means that PTG and I will tied together and as he has stated many times he DOES not want to leave here and join us back at Camp, so now what The H*** do I do?? these rings if I understand correctly have to be used together so what if I am off to Town or The Castle Entrance and PTG is here ??
I try to remove my ring and give it to PTG but guess what it will not come off it is like stuck to my finger #$%^&*()(*&^%$#$%^&*( just great I can not get this ugly thing off my finger now , hum I wonder if the Blacksmith has any cutters for this ,if I can wake him up that is #$%^&(*&^%$%^&*()(*&^%$#
I stop mid $%^&^5 for the ladies have come back all looking like they are ready for an Easter Parade as each one shows off there new duds and even Caps for when it nice touch and well I will be new cloths for me now this is more fitting to my rank real Army clothes now this is going to make me feel a whole lot better ,
So Ladies you all happy with the new duds they all chime in at once oh YES Cap thank you thank you and in turn I get an empty velvet bag that ***WAS*** filled to the brim with gold coins and now empty good thing I gave then the right bag ( the other ones has all my diamonds in it) guess that means I have to do endless rounds in the HOS'S to restock my coins and have a word with Kaley think she took advantage of a good thing and wiped out the ladies well me I should say out.)
I need some air as I walk out The Tea Room and try to find a spot where I can think
I wish I had my pipe right now.....
Today I visited the memorial to jenny_wren in the Fairy Forest to let her know that I successfully delivered her gifts.......You incompetent old woman! she screams at me.....you got the message ALL WRONG!!!! Can't you do ANYTHING RIGHT????? And you know I can no longer do it myself....How you get on my last nerve!....oh, for some dynamite to just blow up something! .........sigh.... sigh........I'm sorry....I should not have said that..... And, you know I don't truly mean it.....it's just soooo hard no longer being a woman of action and needing to rely on others.
So....here is the deal .... yes, the rings work together.....of course they do because they are mated/friendship rings..... and, yes, when in a room together, PTG and Cap can, indeed, cover a larger area to secure ALL of their friends.....and yes, they can make singular domes in the same room......and yes, in this same world, they only work when they have line of sight...... (but this will not be a permanent condition.... the goblin assures me that when he has more time to work with his spells, he can make them work when they are in different parts of this world... he just had to hurry up the forging because Murk and Arabella attacked sooner than he thought.)
However, the rings DO work individually when they are in the DIFFERENT worlds.....so, if Cap manages to get back to his camp...... and PTG stays behind or goes to an alternate world (away from this one of Murk's and Arabella's conniving), then the ability to create the dome for protection will work for them individually in that singular universe.
She insists I write all this down......(she reads it over to make sure I have managed to get it right) and then she puts the note inside an envelope addressed:
TO: Captain Randy and Playingthegame ... c/o Mrs. Fletcher's Tea Room
After returning to the Flying Boat, I find a (hopefully) worthy pigeon to deliver the message and release him on his way.........
PTGI follow the Cap’n out of the Tea Room wit
I look at PTG and get a grin from ear to ear as we spy the rings neatly laying on our cloths, whewwwwwwwwww what a relief so I take it the knuckle buster rings do not like water , I get a bit jittery and say to PTG lets get dressed and back to the Tea Room seeing we are standing here soaking wet and in our birthday suits and you know I DO NOT TRUST those gals,,, especially DD with her popping in and out all over the place
I hear a noise in the bushes and both PTG and I grab our close and jump behind a small bush and we both look at each other as we both feel the rings slip back on our fingers
My cheeks hurt from my ear to ear grin,, but I say to PTG I do wish they had made these thing a tad lighter and less ugly makes me fell like a P*** Daddy as I roll on the grass laughing opppps better get dressed .
We head back fully dressed now and along the way come up to DD siting on a rock playing with her bracelet and talking to her self, she is one strange lady but then again we all in this place and I can not wait to get back to Camp and sanity well more sane then here.
A huge feeling of sadness over takes me and I turn as PTG talks to DD I stare at the Mountain tops the tree line that I know over there is my beloved Camp God how I miss them all and all the critters, I swipe away a tear as I hear PTG call me hey hop a long lets go.
Man that man infuriates me at times but gota luv the guy.#$%^&^%$%^& in the B***
he is but to tell you the truth I would not want to change him or ask fro a better friend and second in command , I would not change any of them here I have grown to love them as my family and I will give my life to save them,,, I shake my head okay you old softie snap out of it buck up man,,, I turn and join PTG and DD and we head back to The Tea Room................
The close shave that Captain Randy & PTG had has shocked me into understanding the precariousness of our current situation
I need to make preparations to be ready at a moment’s notice & I do not want to be left behind. I am loathe to leave as everyone is enjoying this rare occasion where we are all in the same place at the same time, although the atmosphere is alive with underlying tension of what might lie ahead of us.
Strangely enough I do not feel afraid I am amongst friends & if things get tough I'm going to stick with anyone who's got a fairy godmother watching over them
I must quietly leave & go quickly to my hideaway for I feel time is short....hopefully they won't even notice I've gone. I should be back in the blink of a bats' eye.
At my hideaway I throw all sorts of bits & bobs into my bag just in case they are needed. I try to pick up my bag but what is this? I cannot even lift it off the floor, it's far too heavy. I pull everything out then put it all back in . it's all essential hmmm...
2 cups of tea & 3 cookies later I find a solution but I will have to be quick or my absence will be noticed
Thank goodness for the puzzles...A quick trip to the kiddo & I have outsmarted him. Unceremoniously I grasp the Wish Master from his fist & run.
At the Gates to Atlantis the genie is not very happy to see me !
"Roo, you cannot enter I have orders not to let you in after the damage you caused last time" he says quite firmly.
"How many times must I say, it was not me it was Cowgirl & if you help me I will be on my way. I just need a little wish from you please".
I explain my problem & ask if I can have a replica wish master pendant that will enable me to summon my bag in times of need.
"Is that all?" He asks. I nod. He waves his arms around a few times (not nessesary I'm sure, he just likes to display his muscles), mumbles a few words under his breath, then POW...I am wearing a pendant. I thank him, promise I won't be back in the near future & return to the tea room.
You know this POOFINGGGGGGGGGGGGG in and out all the time is making me dizzy so KNOCK it off and yes I mean you two DD and Roo one minute I am talking to one or the other and poof your gone then poof your back, do I have restrain you two like I did when Angel first pooed in here?
Ask her how she liked it
HEY Mrs Fletcher can a hungry man get a bite to eat??
Maybe I should shout louder *** but no I might scare her apron off** or go peek in the kitchen ** nope not good idea she hates anyone being in her kitchen and I might get whacked with her huge kettle**
I look over at PTG in deep conversation with Angel wonder what those two are up to again.
I sunder over and let a soft cough out ,, excuse me but PTG could I ask you something?
Did you give that bar room smelling Owl of yours his bath yet ? and he is sober enough to go on a mission for you and I?
We cleaned up nicely with our romp in the Pond but I think we better get rid of this facial fungus or the Lassies will be calling us Rip Van Winkle and it is getting a tad itchy .
Do we have to write down what we need and from where?? we need two razors, 2 soap, 2 shaving brushes and a comb or two would be nice ,,,,
As I reach the table with PTG and DD in very deep conversation hummm
this looks intense to late for Spring In The Air but my old comrade in arms my pain in the b*** my second in command my friend be getting hit by Cupid arrows????
POOFFFFFFFFFFFFF I am back under the bed with ROO and Fuzzy ????????????
PPPOOOOOOOOOOOOFFFFFFFFF I am back at the tea room OKAY enough of that stop it makes me dizzy and dust bunnies is not a thing you want to see.
Well this is boring PTG with DD and now joined by Angel , Mrs Fletcher hiding in her kitchen, Dandydog still MIA I am going nuts here with nothing to do and eyes getting crossed from reading this map a million times,
grab a pen and paper scribble a fast note...... I am out in the woods cutting some planks and gathering mud to make some tiles so I can fix The Tea Rooms roofGuess my shave will have to wait GRRRRRRRR
After my trip away and the long journey back, I hear frivolities coming from somewhere.
Oh, heck I think, the Gang have just returned from a triumphant whatever they have been upto thingy dodah and are celebrating.
I gulp, take in a huge deep breath, how on earth am I going to tell them.
I find where the source of the noise is coming from, the Tea rooms. Entering gingerly, I stand there just for a few seconds, before being noticed by PTG,
"Shelley your back, welcome welcome, you look exhausted, my friend, can we get you something?"
"Just a cup of tea, please"
"I did buy pressies for you all" I say, but I'm sorry I left them behind, coz I was in a hurry to return, and tell you all something".............gulp, big intake of air.
All at once, there was a chorus of "WHAT"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok guys this is the story............
As you know, I took the pesky Piskies back to the West Country, I got as far as the river which separates Devon and Cornwall. The Piskies were really excited at being near to their home, they asked if they could go now, and make their own way home from there. I did hesitate, but their pleading made me soften a bit, so I let them out of their cage.
Out of no where, came a few more Piskies, that live under the Cornish side of the Bridge.
More Gulps and sharp in takes of breath from me............The gang are sat there eyes popping and mouths wide open, not saying a word. The party is over it now seems and I am spoiling it for them.
News had arrived from these Piskies, that at Tintagel, a Castle in north Cornwall, some work was being done, and a terrible force was released, and is heading to all Castles. Luckily though, it also released Lancelot and Merlin, to help save the day, but they need help.
The 2 Piskies I was returning, looked at me and asked if they could help, I said no, I must return to MC immediately, you carry on home now.
So, here I am, with the bad news my friends, what the force is, I just don't know.
The hush in the Tea Room was deafining........................
Cap’n Bob seems to be of the opinion that dandydog’s problem of sudden appearances and disappearances is easily resolved.
I am not so sure.
Someone or something has done a “number on her” and I think she (or part of her) is wandering in between the Realms.
We need to get her stabilized in this one, so she can fulfill her function as Cap’n Bob’s ‘gopher’ (gedit?: go for this and go for that!).
As an emergency measure I think that I have just the thing and hand her a newly crafted, fully charged Bridger of Realms. This insignificant but powerful piece of MC magic should do the trick if she has the will to resolve where she really wants to be.
And here she is, looking somewhat surprised but very relieved.
I am just about to congratulate myself on another job well done when I catch sight of yet another wanderer returning to the fold in the form of our Welsh pixie lover.
And once more we are immersed in another unfolding mystery to our saga.
I look to my partner Cap’n Bob to tell us what he proposes to do about it.
Everyone else seems to be in varying stages of 'gobsmackedness' as her tale unfolds!
Ecccck...Ecck...Eccccc?.... ...Hush Egor! I's trying to comprehend what our dear long lost friend Welsh Rabbit Shelley is whispering to PTG about... ....Oh, here comes Mrs Fletcher with her ever ready for every occasion "Cuppa Strong Tea." ....Eccck..EccccK?.. ..How an the heck would I know if-fen she put in a spoonful or two of the Captain's favorite "Honey Rum?".. ...OMG!..It must be very important news indeed cause now Captain Randy, Roo and the whole Special Room Slightly Insane Gang is gathering around our still slightly bedraggled lost no more Friend Shelley.''' "Pesky Piskies?" ...Why in the world she talking about the Piskies and......"Dandy Dog!"... Gulp.. ..Busted ..Get your behind back in the kitchen this very minute!... ..."But Mrs Fletcher"... ..what if I have to know all the important news just in the case Captain Randy needs me and Egor for a very Important assignment or such?... ...I am certain if our illustrious Captain needs your help Pup, He will know where to find you now scoot!.....Ya know Egor, She's right ...cause my keen Puppy-dog senses.. .. are telling me somethings afoot here in the Special Room and we all needs to be ready for whats a coming next.......Meanwhile, after doing our chores for Mrs Fletcher Egor, lets go and practice some more with that nifty Gadget PTG done gave us OK?...
The party comes to a screeching halt as we all gather around and we all stare in shock.
Is it true our welshrarebit has returned??? Shelly??? is it truly you, as I grab and hug her tight man you look beat come sit and have a hot tea or maybe something stronger .
All of a sudden I look up and low and behold is my dandydog I look at PTG with raised eyebrows???? and he gives me a smug look *** your welcome****
Oh this is to good to be true we have almost the whole gang here so PARTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
But Shelly holds up her hand and in between gulps for air she tells us the story of the pesky pixies .... my mouth almost hits the floor and my downunder as I almost miss the chair trying to sit and my glass hits the floor and shatters.
What in the world you saying Shelly???? those are words of DOOM not only this fake MC Castle but the real Castle is in dire danger??
Ok ok ok think Cap how do we fight something we really do not know what is coming and who is doing this, it's sounds to diabolical to come from Murk and his evil kid .
How much time do we have Shelly before this hits us???
My mind is spinning and I feel like I am going to hurl.
We need a plan and FAST,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
The phrase immortalized by Mr. Adams comes to mind:"Don't Panic!