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Shortly after PTG was unceremoniously dumped at a table in the Tea Room, I very large, steaming cup of hong cha mysteriously appeared on the table in front of him. The cup was nestled securely in a matching saucer.
As PTG welcomingly lifted the cup to his lips for a taste of the delightful, calming liquid......he saw a note that was placed under the cup. It simply read:
+ Tsk, tsk…..the trouble you manage +
+ to get yourself into…….sigh. +
+ ……..……………..The Mage +
My nerves are cold as ice, my heart beat steady ,I am so ready to get this facade((( The Circus))) although it has been nerve wracking it has been fun,,,, but I am so ready to get the mission on.
I shiver just thinking of all those cages and cells i saw ,,,, how many have they captured ,, enslave... tortured for information or sold?
I am just so determined to set them all free and that we find Jacob's family.
As I talk to Opel and she puts on the final touches to Roo's Birthday Cake and idea strikes me perfecttttttttttt .
Opel hold on I will be right back.
I scoot over to Roo's and say hey there would you happen to have any more of the sleeping powder?? I do not need much so what ever you have is great.
She looks at me with a raised eyebrow ,,,, just what are you up to and who do you want to knock out??? can not be PTG hehehe is back at The Tea Room so give who?
I explain my plan ((( leaving out the cake of course do not want to spoil the surprise))))) I explain we need a plan to make sure our recon/rescue is not interrupted so what better way then to make everyone sleep??
At the end of the last show Opel will have a huge table set up at the entrance with ice cream for everyone that will make sure everyone gets some and because it is slow acting cold it will not hit them until they are home .
They will get very sleepy and just think it is because of a long day at the circus and are worn out.
She laughs okay wiseinhimer what about the ones who do not want ice cream I smile oh do not worry I have all the bases covered just get me the powder okay smart arse lol.
Roo hands me her bottel and I head back to the food tent and Opel,,, here you go my miracle chef sprinkel some of this on the cake and mix some in the ice cream ,,,, and DO NOT let any of our gang eat any of it.
Now you be insulting to Opel she says???? GOD NO I would never do that she removes at cover from a side table with a second cake and a barrel of ice cream with a huge sign ***********STAFF ONLY **********
Opel you are the best I hug her and give her a big cheek smoochie.
Okay off to get ready ,,, I rub my Amulet and ask Charlie ,,,, every thing okay there???
Yes PTG is drinking his brew and sulking lol good show see you soon.
I run into the Cap as he's heading off to get ready for tonight! Hey, Cap......I've scrounged up all the flash bulbs I could get my hands on with such short notice so I've got about a dozen. Do you think that will be enough for what you're planning? Or, do we need something else too that would work along the same concept lines? Otherwise, I think I could make it to the office and back to get more. What do you think?.......
Hey there Angel.
No that is awesome and should do the trick nicely.
We do not have that many hall ways to get through till we hit the main jail/dungeon part so i do not think we will run into many goofs, and beside the little I did see were asleep or drunk and you be right behind me and snap then I will snap iffin ya knows what I mean lol
The Towers Look Outs I will take care off with Frost and Snow I call it swoop and scoop.
I can not wait till tonight.
Okay, great! Me too!! I'll just go get everything packed so I'm ready to go when you give the word!
The Cap’n has just left me behind in the Tea Room muttering about plans and powders and cake.
All very confusing.
The note just given to me by my mage has also upset me. She obviously thinks that I am totally incompetent!
I look around and see that FEMALE knit-one-pearl-one expert is tucked into her usual chair in the corner of the room.
She may seem to be dozing as there are little wheezes and snuffles emerging from her open mouth.
But I KNOW she, or one of her pesky pets, is keeping a close eye on me for the Cap’n.
As the Cap’n leaves the room he tosses me my amulet saying to put it back on immediately and don’t let it be removed again.
As if I had had a choice in the matter!
But he has not returned my boots, perhaps thinking that without them I will feel ‘emasculated’
So all I can do is to sit back and sup my hong cha.
Out of boredom I listen in to the conversation between the Cap’n and the others at the circus.
It seems that his plan is to knock everyone out with one of Roo Roo’s sleeping potions secreted into a large cake or ice cream.
Opel is just putting the finishing touches to this and the home-made ice cream all containing the sleeping draught.
The Tea Room door opens and in rushes Opel heading for the kitchen with a large box that is clanking away.
“Can you wash there up for me please Dear Mrs Fletcher. I have no time to stay and do them myself!”
And rushes out again.
Still out of boredom I sidle into the kitchen where I find Mrs Fletcher seated in her favourite spot with a large mug of her special brew (whatever that may be).
“Here! Let me do that washing up for you. I’ve got nothing else to so and it is driving me insane being cooped up here!”
I take one of the large bowls, which still has the scrapings of the cake mixture in it and am just about to lick it clean with my fingers when I notice some tiny shiny crystals in its base mixed in with the dough.
I look at the other bowl, also with some cake residue, but this one has no such glitters.
“Ahhhh!” I mutter to myself, “the sleeping potion of Roo Roo!
“I can do something with these crystals surely?”
I lick the bowl that has no crystals clean first!
I carefully extract the tiny crystals and dissolve them in a little tepid water.
Then I make a hot drink for Charlie and go back into the Tea Room with it.
“There! I’ve made a cup just for you. Now drink it while it is still warm”
She must be really dozing because she automatically reaches out for the cup and drains it.
Within minutes she is genuinely asleep and though several pairs of animal eyes are looking at me VERY suspiciously, none are inclined to move from her side. They are first and foremost her guardians.
NOW to continue with my interrupted Cunning Plan!
PTG THINKS HE IS BEING SNEAKY, ONE HE NEVER SERVES ANYONE ANYTHING. LOOKS OUT ONLY FOR HIMSELF. TRUST HIM I DO NOT. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS IN THE CUP HE HAS GIVEN ME BUT SUGAR AND SPICE TELL ME DO NOT DRINK IT. LIKE I WOULD I DO KNOW IT IS, NOT COFFEE. AND IT SMELLS WRONG. I PICK IT UP AND PRETEND TO DRINK. SPILLING IT INSIDE MY SHIRT. WARM AND WET BUT I DOES NOT SHOW SO NO HARM. THEN I PICK UP FROM PTG. SLEEPING DRUG. SO THAT WAS HIS PLAN TO KNOCK ME OUT. I PRETEND TO FALL ASLEEP. TO THE CATS. GIRLS KEEP AN EYE ON HIM IF HE GOES BACK TO THE KITCHEN LET ME KNOW I HAVE TO REPORT TO THE CAP WHAT HE HAS DONE. ONE MORE TICK ON MY LIST. MAN THAT MAN MUST THINK I AM A FOOL. YOU LEARN MORE BEING QUIET AND AT MY AGE PRETENDING TO BE ASLEEP. THAN JUST WATCHING. PEOPLE LET DOWN THEIR GUARD WHEN THEY PERCEIVE ONE THING AND IT IS ACTUALLY ANOTHER. THE CATS TOO PRETEND TO SLEEP. I KNOW SOMETHING IS AFOOT WHEN HE OFFERS TO DO DISHES. SINCE THE KITCHEN IS NOW MAGIC AND CAN DO THE DISHES WITHOUT HELP.
I look all round the Tea Room, just in case the Cap’n has left my boots in a corner.
No! not anywhere there.
Did he leave them with Charlie?
She is sound asleep so I go over to her chair.
I am bounced to one side by a large toothy moggie of the lionine kind.
“There! There! I mean her no harm
“In fact, I do NOT want to touch her and disturb her nap
“So just let me feel around her in her chair to see if she has anything of mine hidden there”
I carefully slide my hands past her and around the edges of the seat.
After all she would not be sitting ON them as they would be too uncomfortable.
I come back empty handed but wet!
Oh dear! Well after all she IS an old woman and ‘accidents’ do happen after drinking.
The threatening growls continue until I move back from her.
Time to get my thinking cap on!
The Cap’n definitely did not take the boots with him so they must be here somewhere.
Ah! They could be in the kitchen.
Did he give them to Mrs Fletcher?
I glide over to the kitchen door and peep in
Dear old Mrs Fletcher is sound asleep in her chair too.
Time to have a rummage around.
In my desire to find my boots I had forgotten entirely that I had been redressed in the Hospital Wing out of my Ringmaster's resplendent outfit.
There they are in the corner cupboard all damp and smelly on the floor.
As I approach there is a wriggle in one of its pockets.
My trusty broom!
I had forgotten all about it!
Yes! I have transport once more. Also it may know where my boots are.
“Not allowed to say!”
“Who says?!!! I am your master not that ‘ancien’ in military fatigues!”
“No, not him! Your guardian!”
I am gob-smacked!
Ah well! Time to carry on with my Cunning Plan without them.
IF THAT MAN COMES CLOSE AGAIN NOT ALLOWED I THINK TO THE CATS. DON'T JUST WARN HIM OFF. REMOVE HIM.
NOW THAT HE HAS HAD IS HANDS IN WHAT EVER LIQUID HE TRIED TO GET ME TO DRINK I HOPE HE LICKS HIS FINGERS.
NOW I MUST GO AND GET OUT OF THESE NASTY CLOTHES. I KNOW HE IS JUST LOOKING FOR HIS BOOTS. STUPID MAN. THE CAP DID TAKE THEM WITH HIM.
NOW THAT I KNOW WHAT HE IS ABOUT MIGHT AS WELL JUST GO AND KEEP AN EYE ON HIM.
I SLIP OFF TO MY ROOM CHANGE AND RETURN BEFORE HE MISSES ME. HEAD TO THE KITCHEN FOR A PROPER CUP OF COFFEE.
THERE HE IS IN HIS HOSPITAL UNDIGNIFIED CLOTHING. STARING AT HIS BROOM IN DISBELIEF.
FUNNY SIGHT. I FIX MY COFFEE. AND WAIT FOR HIM TO NOTICE I AM NOT ASLEEP LIKE HE THOUGHT.
As the minutes tick by my nerves start to act and butterflies in my stomach doing a hoochie koochie
I start to pace looking for Charlie and the Lions because they are not where they are supposed to be.
i swear heads will roll if this plan get messed up.
As I am mubbling under my breath and walking I hear foot steps and whirl around to see Charlie and the two Lions,,,
WHERE IN THE HELL WERE YOU /// I WAS WORRIED TO DEATH,,, sorry for yelling but JHC woman it is not the time to play with my shattered nerves.
Well exxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxcuse me for breathing and if you calm down I may just tell you where we were,
Ok ok ok I am CALM just spit it out ,,,, so she does right on my arm ,,,,, OMG you did NOT just spit on me??? well you did say to spit it out no??
Calmer now are we?? good ... I had Griff come pick me up so I could go back and check on the Zoo and your door knob of course.
He is siting in a chair with that horrible hospital clothes on and staring at his broom **who knows what lives in that cave** (his skull)
Any way all is fine Miss Katt doing a bang up job and Mrs. Fletcher sound asleep in my chair as she glares at me and you know why ,, but all that later.
I brought you Baby and Beau to help out with the you know what .*WINK WINK*
Oh great idea I can use them in the show good thinking the Miss C.
Now lets get this show on the road.
I set up the chair in the center and check we are ready,,,
The Tent flap is pulled back and a spotlight hits me ,,, GOOD EVENING LADIES , GENTELMEN BOYS AND GIRLS BE READY TO BE THRILLED AND AMAZED.
i WILL DOING THE INTRODUCING TONIGHT OUR POOR RINGMASTER HAS COME DOWN WITH A BAD HEAD COLD SO I HAVE PUT HIM IN THE BIG WAGON TO REST,,, WE DO NOT NEED HIM COUGHING AND SNEEZING ALL OVER YOU AND MAKING YOU ALL SICK ALSO MORE SO FOR THE KIDDIES.
Now if you noticed tonight's spectacular is free but you were all given a ticket with a number on it so please keep them for at the end of the show I prize will be awarded to the holder of that ticket .
LADIES AND GENTLEMAN PLEASE WELCOME MY ASSISTANT AND LIONS... A aloud roar come from the crowd
Miss C and I start by putting the lions through a few tricks,,, I ask any one hear a lion purr??? some from the crowd says Lions do not purr but cheetahs do,,, right you are sir but also wrong ,, listen,,, I lat down my whip and chair and slowly walk to one of the Lions,, she growls and snaps at me ohhhhhhhhhhh aweeeeeeeeeee come from the crowd.
I reach out my hand and she snaps at it again,, now now pretty girl do not be afraid,, as I gentility touch her head then go behind her ear and softly scratch ,, the crowd goes wild SHE IS PURRING SHE IS PURRING HOW PRECIOUS ..
I say wait the best is yet to come,,, I remove my hat take her snoot and chin in my hands and open her mouth **** GASPS from the crowd*** I then put my whole head inside her mouth and remove my hands TA DA
One poor woman in the crowd faints.
I back away whispering thank you Sugar Cap loves you.
Now look as the Lion dog entertains you ,,, Nose fly's around the ring yapping and jumping and nipping at the Lions tails to make them growl at him,,,Miss C say sit boy ,,, wave hello, speak welcome,,, she them points her finger and says BANG the pup falls over playing dead,,, good boy now roll over now back,,, now sit and wave to all,,,,good boy now she turns to the Lions up girls the both sit up with one paw in the air as the pup runs around the whole ring then makes a huge jump over both Lions heads then he sits and put his face in his crossed paws he is saying his prayers,
We hear yells of joy coming from the children the have spotted the elephants ,,,
As they reach the cage my two male assistants disembark the chidren that were riding them, and they enter the cage ,
NO NO NO comes from the crowd the lions are still there ,,,,
I say it is okay something special for you and you will never see this again in a lifetime.
Miss C moves the animals around till they are all in there places.
they go Elephant =Lion= The Pup =Elephant=Lion
Miss C stands in fronts raises her arms UP and the all sit up and trumpet growl and bark.. as I close the flap.
The crowd goes nuts everyone is having a great time.
Angel busy doing her fortune telling... Roo her knife show then hands out dart for the kids to bust a balloon ,, if you break two balloons you will win a gold coin.
The hours fly by and it is time for the big finally ,, I grab my horn and announce Ladies and Gentlemen Boys and Girls it is getting late and the kiddies are getting tired so please follow me outside for the final fireworks then right after that we will have the draw so make sure you have you special ticket .
If your number is drawn you will win 500 gold coins.
We all stand and watch Roo do her stuff,, great awesome job.
As the last boomer fizzled I hold up my hay and ask one of the children to draw a ticket no peeking now as she blushes and giggles and hands me the ticket
READY??? THE WINNING NUMBER IS ========================= 731 A WOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO COMES FROM THE WINNER AS HE RUSHES FORWARD
I VERIFY AND YES THIS IS THE TICKET CONGRATULATION SIR AS I HAND HIM HIS POUCH OF GOLD COINS.
One last treat for you all as a huge thank you for allowing us to entertain you,,,, over this way please I take Roo's hand and when we get to the table I stand behind her and cover her eyes,,,, I nod at Opel she removes the very large and long cover then lights the wicks that shoot of tiny firecrackers I uncover her eyes and we start to sing Happy Birthday to her and the crowd joins in .
I slice the cake and with out any one seeing me Opel slips me a clean piece and a spoon of clean ice cream.
I hand her the plate kiss her on the cheek and say Happy Birthday firecracker,,, we then hand out cake and ice cream we also have tea and coffee if you want any and drinks for the kiddies.
Before we knew it the large table was void of all cake ,, ice cream,,, tea and coffee and just a bit of juice was left.
The Gaurds that where way in the back I gave then extra ,,, even the jailers showed up that made my plan better.
Captain I said may I over you a nector you have never tasted?
He grunted sure.... here take this back with you((a barrel of Honey Rum))) and have a drink on me.... good night sleep tight and thank you for coming.
We all went back to the temp kitchen tent and had the good cake and ice cream tea and coffee .
Okay lets get a little nap as to not to be to tired for tonight we strike and get the hell out of here and back home.
All agree I will wake you in three hours that potion will be doing it's job and all will be in LA LA LAND.
I laugh as some are already zzzzzzzzzzz they are all worn out.