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AS OUR STRANGE CIRCUS FORMS UP I LOOK AROUND. EVERYTHING LOOKS AS IT SHOULD FOR A SMALL TRAVELING CIRCUS. WHEN CAP STARTS TOWARD US WITH SCISSORS TO CLIP THE FUR COVERING THE PEARLS I YELL AT HIM. NO WAY IS HE CUTTING THAT FUR. I PULL OUT THE MAGIC KNITTING NEEDLES GIVE THE THE ORDER TO MAKE A WHITE SOFT SCARF. THE PUT IT SUGAR. THEN CHASE THE CAP AWAY WITH MY NEEDLES POINTED AT HIM. THEN ASK THE NEEDLES TO MAKE ONE FOR SPICE. THAT WAY THE SCARF WILL NOT DRAW UNDUE ATTENTION.
IN THE BRIGHT CART ARE OPAL AND KATT WITH EVERYTHING THEY WILL NEED TO FEED US AND THE CUSTOMERS WHO COME TO SEE OR SHOW. BEAU IS SO FULL OF HIMSELF TRUMPETING AWAY. THAT SHOULD GET US NOTICED.
JL IS SITTING ON BABY'S HEAD. HE THINKS IT AN ADVENTURE. IT MAY WELL BE.
HOPE THE CAP LIKES THE FEW TRICKS I HAVE BEEN TEACHING THEM. SNOOP WILL BE SURPRISED IF HE GETS STEPPED ON. BABY AND BEAU KNOW HE WILL BE RUNNING IN AND OUT OF THEIR LEGS AS THE DANCE. SUGAR AND SPICE HAVE LEARNED TO SIT ON CHAIRS WITH NO BACKS. AND PAW THE AIR LIKE THEY REALLY WOULD LIKE TO ATTACK. SUGAR WILL PLACE HER PAWS ON MY SHOULDERS KEEPING HER WEIGHT ON HER BACK LEGS AS I PLACE MY HEAD IN HER MOUTH. SHE IS SUCH A SWEET THING. THEY WILL LEAP OVER EACH OTHER AND COME TO A STOP JUST INCHES FROM RANDY OR I. AND ROAR.
BABY AND BEAU WILL LET JL JUMP UP ON ONE RUMP THE RACE TO THE TRUNK OF ONE TO THE TRUNK OF THE OTHER THEN TO THE RUMP THEN TURN AND RUN THE OTHER WAY. THIS TIME THE TRUNK WILL NOT BE TOGETHER AND HE WILL DROP. THEY WILL CATCH HIM AND SWING HIM LIKE A JUMP ROPE THE FLIP HIM IN THE AIR AND CATCH HIM. MORE OR LESS DO WHAT THEY DO WITH HIM IN THE BARN TO KEEP HIM OUT OF MISCHIEF AND ENTERTAINED. WITH LUCK NO ONE WILL LEAVE A BUCKET OF WATER NEAR THEM WHEN PREFORMING OR THEY ARE LIKELY TO HOSE THE GUESTS. IF THE CAP WANTS MORE THAN THIS HE HAD BETTER ASK.
WE HAVE WORKED ON THESE ACTS ONLY A COUPLE OF DAYS. BUT THEY ARE BRIGHT WELL MOST ARE. THEY WILL DO ANYTHING I ASK IF I CAN SHOW THEM OR TELL THEM WHAT IS WANTED.
SO WE ARE OFF. I LOOK UP AT GRIFF WATCHING THE GROUP GATHER READY TO DEPART. HE NODS. HE KNOWS HE WILL BE PART OF THE DEFENSE OF THE TEA ROOM IF NEEDS BE.
I AM SURE SMOKE AND SHEBA WILL ALSO HELP. IF THAT LITTLE MAN COMES AGAIN HE WILL NOW ONLY FIND DOOGIE AND GOLDIE. AND A GNOME THAT THAT DINKY AND SMIDGE HAVE HIRED TO DO THE CHORES WHILE WE ARE GONE. HE KNOWS NOTHING SO CAN'T SAY ANYTHING OF IMPORTANCE.
WE ARE READY AND WAITING FOR CAP TO GIVE THE ORDER.
We should be standing to attention and waiting for an inspection from our Cap’n, but his superb moostashio seems to have moulted and is rather lop sided!
He glowers at Roo
“Where on earth did you get this? It is not fit for purpose.
“I can’t be seen with such a disaster on my lip”
Roo sniffs in disdain and says
“I paid good money for that! You must have tweaked it too hard and pulled some of the hairs out”
The Cap’n bristles! (“bristles” – get it?!)
“I am NOT paying for this – the cost comes out of YOUR pocket”
At this jibe, Roo colours slightly and fishes around in her pockets.
She tosses a box to him and snarls:
“Here is the box. YOU go back and get a refund. After all we are near the Town Toyshop at the moment and that is where I got it from.”
The Cap’n looks at the box, gasps when he sees the price tag on it and then reads the small print.
“You cretinous 3ic! Don’t you read
”This is a JOKE Moostashio and is supposed to disintegrate!”
He storms off back to the Toyshop with box and disintegrated contents while we all stand and wait
Waiting still, for the command to be off on our journey.
"CRETINOUS"!!! The man called ME cretinous.
I am outraged as Randy walks away muttering of a court marshal.Angel steps in front of me with her arms outstretched to block my path.
"Roo... I do not need a crystal ball to predict you are heading for trouble here.You need to calm down"
I spend less than half a nanosecond considering this then dismiss this option.
I take a side step to the left,take out a Hero's Strike from a pocket in my cloak & hurl it like a discus at the back of Randy's head.
It's a knockout!....
I roll Randy over,jump on top of him to pin him down then take out a paintbrush & a bottle of Ink of Night (which is the most indelible type of ink).
My artistic skills are a little limited but it does not take long to replicate a slightly squiffy moustache & add a goatee beard before Randy has a chance to wake up.
When he does I will inform him that there is no charge for this service.
I do a look over , a head count and make sure all are here in costume and ready to RUMBELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.
I am so proud of all the work my gang has done in putting this terrific plan into action
I am so impressed with how authentic our costumes look , I being a tad war with the Lion Tamers balloon pants over my industrial pants the Mage gave me but better be safe than sorry I say as maybe one of the cats gets a tad to close to me down under and rips them off me ya never know .
Miss Katt comes to me and checks the fake scars and to see my moustaceio is on right she whispers in my ear bring them all back safe and sound to us gives me a quick peck on my cheek ,, turns a beet read and is gone,,, Opel winks at me them gives her huge belly laugh ,,, HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMPH I turn to hide my red face but with a huge smile on my face.
OKAY Charlie join me in front line up everyone we are about to head out .
I hear laughter and look around to see tiny multi colored bubbles floating in the air and hear music??
Then I spot Egor siting on Opels shoulder cranking out music on his box but some one ( Roo maybe)) some how set the box up that when he cranks the box not only music flows but now bubbles ,,, great effect.
I stand before the gang and give one more look over and say ,,, GREAT LOOKING GROUP are you ready ??? just do as we planed and we should conquer ,,,, remember any trouble and I will handle it and at the end of every day we will have a meeting to dicuss any changes and our next object.
OKAY first we take Riddle and the Gnomes to Jacob's farm then we are off.
OPEL KEEP EGOR BUSY WITH BANANAS UNTILL WE NEED HIM TO GRIND THE BOX.
ATTENTION RIGHT FACE FORWARD MARCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
To break the tension the Gnomes stat to sing ..... HI HO HI HOOOOOOOOOOOOO
HI HO HI HO IT'S OFF TO WORK WE GO ....
i speak to Frost == Brave on we are on the march keep a sharp eyes out,,,, **** YES RIDER ***********
I hold up my arm AMULETS OPEN ALL AMULETS....
And our Quest begins.
"I got your message from Grumpy Owl Mrs Fletcher and rushed over as fast as these here feet can run." By and by ...Is that Owl always that Grumpy? .... ....I am afraid He is Opel with everyone with the exception of "Wise Raven" who is His BFE. What in the Blue Blazes are you doing in Doc Poppets Extensive Care Mrs Fletcher? You know Opel how I really do try and take care of myself as well as the Special Family that I hold dear, well now a few days ago I started to feel a we bit frumpy but didn't know why...well now it turned out that I was bleeding internally and when all holy heck broke loose leaving me with having to take and emergency ride...have you ever ridden in one of Doc Poppets Vehicles Opel? I can tell you it's quite a ride? Wheeeeeeee!.......Before I knew it I was brought to the ICU where I had to have a lot of probing and poking where they found out that I had an rather server case of Diverticulitis and would have to take special care on what I eat from now on.....Sigh.........."Your on a restricted Diet is what your saying correct Mrs Fletcher?" Well don't you be a fretting about that dear cause there are times when I have to put our Captain Randy on one too.......especially when he's been taking too many sips of his "Honey Rum! Whooowee does that man love His Honey Rum!!!!.........."Well dear, I will just hustle my way back to the Tea House and start tonight's dinner then let everyone that your here at Doc's OK? That would be so wonderful Opel...thank you sooooo much.......
Just as we were all in line and getting ready to leave, I saw Mrs. Fletcher talking to Miss Opel. Oh, Mrs. Fletcher, I couldn't help overhearing and I'm just so glad you're back and doing better. But, you must still have anesthesia in your system, LOL, because it's Doctor Deadman and Nurse Kratchet who have been ministering to you. Doc Poppet moved on to another realm quite a while ago. But, no matter. I'm sure you'll be right as rain in no time now that you're back here where you belong!
Thank you my dear Angel..thank you...
WELL WE ARE OFF, CAP WANTS ME UP FRONT WITH HIM. FINE. I HAVE A LITTLE CHUCKLE AT HIS THOUGHT THAT SUGAR OR SPICE WOULD ACTUALLY RIP HIS BRITCHES. THEY NEVER USE THERE CLAWS UNLESS THEY HAVE TO. HE IS SAFE SILLY MAN. BUT I AM ALSO GLAD HE HAS HIS CHRISTMAS BRITCHES ON.
EGOR WILL BEHAVE HIMSELF. OR OPAL WILL BE CROSS NOT A GOOD THING FOR MAN NOR BEAST. JL IS ON BABY'S HEAD. I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE HE GOT THE HAT BUT HIS LITTLE VEST LOOKS GOOD. I HAD THE NEEDLES MAKE HIM AND EGOR EACH ONE. AND DECORATED THEM WITH BELLS AND FRINGE ALONG THE BOTTOM. BABY'S LIGHT ALL ALIGHT AND BEAU IS FOLLOWING HER. SOMEONE HAD GOTTEN LARGE BRIGHT BLANKETS TO PUT ON THERE BACKS SO THE PACKS WOULD NOT RUB I HAD PUT BABY'S LONG WAYS SO HER LIGHTS COULD BE SEEN. I STILL DO NOT KNOW HOW THE LIGHT. BUT THEY DO. THE BOYS HAD DECORATED THE PACK AS BRIGHTLY AND GAYLE AS THE CART, WHICH WAS CROWDED WITH ALL OF OPAL AND KATTS POTS AND PANS AND SUPPLIES. THEM AND RIDDLER, BEAR, AND JACOB. THE GNOMES ARE THE LAST IN LINE. WELL AT LEAST WE ARE NOT MAKING THE CLEAN UP AFTER THE ANIMALS AS WE GO. HA! HA! THAT IS USUALLY THE DUTY OF THE LAST IN LINE.
ANGEL'S EQUIPMENT IS STOWED IN THE PACKS ON BEAU SURROUNDED BY WOOL SO NO HARM CAN COME TO IT. THE OTHER PACK HOLD WHATEVER THE CART COULD NOT. THANK GOODNESS THE ARE BIG.
EXTRA CLOTHES AND BLANKETS ARE ON TOP OF ANGEL'S EQUIPMENT SO I CAN'T BE SEEN.
I SEND UP PRAYERS THAT ALL GOES WELL AND WE ALL MAKE IT HOME SAFELY.
Our tiny but very distinctive caravan of animals and wagons wends its way down the lush meadow from the Tea Room
Several worthy citizens just about to enter the Castle Gates cheer us on our way and we wave encouragement back at them to succeed in their endeavours
We cross the moat and then begin the long slow climb past the town and onwards to the East
Keeping to the southern side of the inland waterway we pass by the Realms of Atlantis and East situated on the opposite bank.
The lush pastures begin to disappear, and more scrub and rock lies in our way. The path now twists and turns as it begins to make its way upwards towards the Bone Kingdom.
There is a distinct chill in the air now and everywhere is so SILENT.
Where have all the birds gone, I ask myself?
This is not a welcoming place.
We round a bend in a dip in the road and Nose comes scurrying back and leaps onto Charlie.
After a few seconds of silent communication, Charlie using her amulet tells us that a bit further on our path is blocked by some large logs strewn across and sitting on them are three or four armed large men.
Cap’n Bob takes command!
He has been fretting at the lack of action and now is his time to see if his sai is still effective.
“Cap’n! Wouldn’t it be less risky for our quest if we solve this problem using peaceful means?
“Afterall if all they want is a little gold, then the problem will be solved and we pass on our way.”
All I get in return is a grumbling assent and so we continue towards the now visible barrier
We pull up and a very large uncouth thug slouches forward:
“What have we here then? Some nice goods and chattels and lovely fine clothes we could do with.
“Oh! And a fine comely young lady to entertain us – if you see what I mean”
As our Cap’n’s face is turning an ever deeper shade of puce and his hand hovering over his sai, we all get an urgent message through our amulet.
It is from Charlie.
“WARNING! there are two hidden archers with bows drawn hidden in those gnarled trees over there.”
The Cap’n goes into full battle mode as he barks silent instructions out to us all.
“Angel disappear – you have no weapon!
“Roo now is the time to use your skills and cut the strings of those two bowmen
“Charlie – time to leash our canine friends on the enemy”
He then saunters over to the ruffian and says:
“You have one minute to stand down and let us pass peacefully or else we will be digging your graves for what small pieces of you that are left to be buried”
This is answered by loud guffaws as he pokes a long pike at the Cap’n
The Cap’n says just one word: “ATTACK!”
His sai sizzles past the oaf’s guard and slashes his pike hand causing him to drop it.
Charlie has unleashed Sugar and Spice and they leap forward towards the men behind their wounded leader.
It is a terrifying sight for them to behold and they flee for their lives.
In the meantime, Roo has expertly thrown two razor sharp dirks at the hidden bowmen slashing their bow strings and followed by two more which slash their bow fingers.
Within the space of a minute we have dispatched the whole enemy group without so much as a scratch on our own side.
Charlie then brings forward Beau and we watch as the enormous beast takes the logs in his tusk and tosses them into the scrub as though they are Scottish cabers!
“Almost time for a cup of tea!”
It is Katt emerging from her wagon with a tray of pastries for the hungry warriors!