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As I get up with my half-finished cup of delicious tea, I give a little internal smile.
Roo, Roo is bellowing out orders left right and centre but has found the formidable kitchen trio too feisty for her!
Then she turns her ‘beady-eyes’ on me so I quickly slurp up the dregs of my cup and head for the door where there is the outside seating.
I can guide operations from there.
Too late! There is a clarion call from her for me to locate some Gnomes for the ceiling repair
As this request is a good one, it needs to be dealt with immediately.
I call to my magical broom to convert itself once more to a luxury couch and before sinking into it to seek out the little fellas, I call to the kitchen
“When you put the sheets over the Tea Room floors and immoveable furniture don’t bother to move Charlie.
“Just cover her up with one of them but, make sure she can still breathe!
“OK! Broom. Go find me some idle Gnomes!”
The Tea Room is empty other than Charlie’s chair.It may be a comfy chair but it is impossible for Angel & myself to lift it without the risk of injury.
Angel collapses into the chair “Can’t be done Roo without a few more helping hands”.
Hmmm......I nip upstairs & look around, I open the first door I see & there is a square rug on the floor with a very odd print design .I roll up the rug & take it back downstairs.With a little jiggling & swivelling we manage to get the chair onto the centre of the rug.
“Grab a tassel on the other side & we can both pull the rug into the kitchen out of harms way.
It is a slow journey but we finally get to the kitchen & place the chair in the corner.
“I’m sorry we lost all the tassels on your rug, perhaps we can find someone to repair the rug” Angel apologetically says.
“Do not worry Angel, it was only 5000 coins & I’m sure PTG will not even notice the tassels are missing from his rug.
The Tea Room door opens & half a dozen gnomes enter with PTG dawdling at the rear loaded down with tools.I stop him in his tracks while he is still outside.
“No time to waste.....get yourself off to the HOS repository & pick up all the items on OPEL’S List.Leave them on the doorstep then you can take yourself off to Salties as there is nothing to drink here!!
At last the ceiling is fixed & painted.
“Come on Angel now we must get to work.You start on the rear wall & I’ll start the other side, with a little luck we’ll meet in the middle before midnight”.
I can relax knowing that my cloak is tucked up securely in its box.Angel might be a sloppy painter, ha ha.
As time ticks passed (much quicker than I anticipated) my arms start to ache.As dawn breaks outside we almost fall to the floor exhausted, but the walls are finished.Angel curls up on PTG’s chair outside & promptly blasts my eardrums with loud rhythmic snores!!!
I race off to get some plants from my Spring Room 3 & ‘borrow’ a few from my friends rooms while I’m there.As I get to the Tea Room I call out to Angel..
“Wake up, we still have a lot of work to do”.I kick the chair leg to make sure my message was heard.Angel jumps up with a start & trips over the bag PTG left on the step, oops...
“ROO! What are you going to do with this sack?”
“I do not need it Angel, I just needed a phoney reason to get rid of PTG.I can work better without PTG barking orders at me, ha ha.Now I need you to help me get the plants inside please.”
We add a few candy stripe paper lanterns & hang a Sun Symbol from the ceiling.Then set up the tables & chairs, finally placing Charlie’s chair back in its usual spot.The wall mural does not match up exactly so we strategically place a couple of tall plants in front of the join.
The powder blue ceiling with white wispy clouds looks amazing.
“The gnomes did a fantastic job Roo”
“Yes they did Angel & so did you, well done.Now we must get some sleep.”
I must stop grinning at Pup for she about to jump out of her skin she is so excited.
Frosts slows till we are side by side with Snow and Pup,,, how are feeling lill one????
HOW AM I FEELING ????????????? OH CAP WHAT A SILLY QUESTION,,,, LIKE I AM ON TOP OF THE WORLD AND ALL MY DREAMS ARE COMING TRUE..
Look we are near Jacob's farm lets go say hell0 and see how things are progressing.
I hear Bear howling a welcome lol he may be old but still a pup when it comes to visitors.
Jacob his wife and there boys are waiting on the porch for us....
We all in turn hug all around,,, it is great to see you all again and things are looking great,,, ** Jacob** Cap I do not know how to pay you back nor thank you for finding and rescuing not only my family but all the others who are my friends and neighbors.
No need Jacob geting everyone that did not perish in the horrific war and geting The Midnight Castle bak to it's rihtfull ruler is my mission.
We are here for a very short time for we must get back to the Main Camp and our meeting with Her Majesty ,, Jacob looks at me *** WE*** ??
Oh please excuse my manners may I present Dandydog and her Dragon Snow who is Frosts Twin Sister thought to be killed.
Jacob's wife interrupts and says Jacob where are your manners ?? invite them in for a cool drink it being so warm out here,
Jacob says yes please do come in sorry I was so happy to see you again Cap.
Okay but I will have to make it short,,, by the time the lemon aid and snacks where ready I had filled Jacob in on what we were about to do so he understood time was of the essence.
Jacob I have to ask you ,,, that group we flew over near the east ending of your land just before you go into The Centaur's Land are you selling your farm??
Men ?? No Cap I am not selling would NEVER sell my family Farm,, what's going on??
I do not know but I will find out,,, Snow Pup stay here I will not be long.
Frost hover above not to be seen you will know if I need you.
I come up on the men pounding stakes in the ground ,,, another group is measuring , Oh Lord look who it is The lill Rat Tax collector and his mindless merry men.
i shout WHO IS IN CHARGE HERE???
The lill rat comes running over and says I AM AND WHO ARE YOU TO ASK??
i SIR AM THE OWNER OF THE LAND YOU ARE STANDING ON AND POUNDING STAKES INTO,, NOW STATE YOUR REASONS THEN GET OFF MY LAND.
Not so fast there hot shot I am the Tax Collector for the CEO of Midnight Castle and all the surrounding areas so you sir are standing on PRIVATE PROPERTY AND ACCORDING TO MY PAPER YOU ARE IN BIG TROUBLE WITH BACK TAXES TO THE TUNE OF 3,000,000.GOLD COINS.
i LAUGH IN HIS FACE YOU SERIOUS??
Well I will tell you what you have 5 minutes to pack up your chit and high tail it (tucked between your legs) and tell the CEO ,, nice try BUT THERE IS NO WAY HE WILL GET HIS HANDS ON OUR LAND NOR WILL HE SEE ONE GOLD COIN FROM US... OH AND A WORD TO THE WARLOCK TOUGH KITTY NO NEW DIGS FOR YOU JUST STAY IN YOUR HOLE LIKE THE RAT SNAKE YOU ARE.
A few idjits try to come at me but there arrows and swords bounce off my Sai then I hear the screams and see nothing but clouds of dust being kicked up by there heels as the run like scared chitless Hyenas , of course that was due to Frost landing beside me lol .
On our way back to Jacobs still laughing My Amulet almost busts my ear drums....
I hear Opel,, Charlie, Miss Katt and Roo Roo screamingggggggggggggggggggg
craponacracker what the hell has PTG done now???
I hear Opel yell silence so I kin talk to the Cap.
Okay Opel thank you the Banish screaming was about to pop me ear drums.
Opel told me all the went on and how every thing was repaired and painted and that Roo and Angel worked all night to get The Tea Room painted BUT CAP YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE IT,,,, IT NOW LOOKS LIKE A BEACH RESORT ON WALLS,,, RIGHT DOWN TO A PILE OF SAND IN FRONT OF THE FIREPLACE CAP ORDER THEM TO PUT IT BACK TO A TEA ROOM .
Calm down Opel ROO answer me ... PTG answer me,,, cowards answer me //// what in hell did you do ,,,
Charlie breaks in CAP GET PTG AND HIS STUPID BROOM IN HERE NOWWWWWWWWW THE FELINES ARE USING THE SAND AS A LITTER BOX AND THE OTHERS TRYING TO CLIMB THE STUPID TREES.
@##$%^&*()_+__)(*&*^%$#@!@#@#$%$^^&()_ Opel get every one out NOW I am sending the workers to you... remove anything that is not what should be in a Tea Room,, strip the walls of those phone beach scene and I give you the power under my orders to make The Tea Room a real Tea Room I am sure you Miss Katt and Mrs Fletcher know exactly what it should look like ,,, like our old Tea Room but much improved.
I leave this in your hands Opel but I must really run the Golden Queen awaits us.
As I stand out in front of the Queens liar my Amulet erupts AGAIN.
!@#$%^&*()__)(*&^%$#@#$%^&()_)(*&^%$#@%^&*() craponacracker WHAT IS WRONG WITH OR SHOULD I SAY WHAT DO THEY NOT UNDERSTAND THAT I AM ON A VERY SERIOUS MISION HERE AND DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR THIS @@#$%^& UNLESS IT IS LIFE THREATENING??
Opel BOOMING Jamaican voice comes crackling through my Amulet,,
CAP CAP CAP KIN YE HEAR ME??
Yes Opel I hear you what is it now??
I thinks ya better clean that gadget The Amulet or ye ears , fer sumthin is deff, or ye misunderstood me.
I AM NOT DEFF AND THE AMULET IS FINE NOW WHAT IN GOD'S NAME GOT YER PANTIES IN A BUNDEL.
Funny man Cap but now listen carefully ok?
OK OK OUT WITH IT WHAT IS SO DAMN PRESSING??
IF YE REMEMBERS ABOUT THE TEA ROOM AND REDECORATING IT ? AND TOLD ME TO MAKE A LIST WHAT I WANTED?
Yes what about it??? I told you to take over seeing there was sea scenes and such pasted on the walls ,,, *Opel** hold on right there Cap that is where the misunderstanding is ,,,,, I said NO ONE BUT NO ONE IS TO ENTER THE KITCHEN AND NOT TO EVEN THINK ABOUT CHANGING A SINGLE SPOON, AND MISS KATT ,, MRS. FLETCHER AND MESELF PLANTED OUR SELVES IN THE DOOR FRAME SO NO ONE COULD PASS AND WE WHERE ALL ARMED.
I do agree the sand has to go getting a tad cheese in there lol.
And if you think about it I have been here with all of you a long time and when I saw the wall it made me think of home ,, did not think so at first but I changes me mind you okay with that* snicker *
Okay ok Opel calm down I told you do as you want but those walls will NOT be permanent * you okay with that * *snicker back*
Now is that all ?? is everything clear?? keep the walls as is FOR NOW and yes get rid of that sand.
Now can I go now Mammie ??? kinda busy here ,
And my sweet Mammie Opel warn everyone NOT to interrupt me again unless it is LIFE OR DEATH,
I must run now and love ya and see you soon.
As the Sweet old Codger Captain Randy and myself brace ourselves for whats too come....I couldn't help but hear the Tea Room chuckling merrily to Herself at the proceedings going on in Her fine Establishment........You see dear ones, over the many, many years being within The MC's Magical Realm, the Tea Room has taken on and absorbed the personality's of all whom Shes come to love and has combined them all to form one for Herself. This is why Shes laughing Herself silly over the antics of Her Special dear Friends PTG and Roo. Besides isn't a wee bit of a change good for oneself once in a while just to shake out of the doldrums and cobwebs????........
Oh!....This doesn't mean that "She" doesn't need to be Protected from any and all of the "Badies"........that come along...This is why Shes so grateful to those willing like Captain Randy and the Special Room Group defend Her when the need arises........OK....what is everyone just standing around here for????........Please continue cause I'd love to read what happens next between PTG and Roo.........
I am seated on a bar stool in Salty’s
I have been banished there by Roo Roo and Angel who are most enthusiastic about the prospect of redecorating the Tea Room.
“Hi there Salty! Can You give me a large Pig’s Ear please?”
One foaming tankard of Salty’s best Ale is produced and I relax.
“This is the life!” I think to myself as I slurp and give myself a white ‘moustache’
“Let the others take the strain of doing the actual work!”
Then all, hell breaks loose though my amulet.
Those kitchen harpies have objected to what my 3ic and Official Scribe have done and are complaining to the Cap’n!
After a short whine and wail, he sides with THEM and calls me all the names under the sun for allowing my 3ic to vandalise the Tea Room!
Also there now seems to be a strong smell of cat pee emanating from within the Tea Room’s doors.
Can’t even Charlie keep her moggies under control when I am away for a minute?
What finally finishes me off is that the very Tea Room walls start to complain!
What bedevilment has Roo stirred up this time
In a thunderous mood I stomp out of Salty’s
(But not before first finishing my mug of alcoholic nectar)
I head back to confront both Roo and Angel with their latest c**k-up!
And find them both zonked out and snoring and snuffling with the appearance of two exhausted nymphs!
Incensed I think to my broom:
“Find me that magic paint brush in the HOS Repository. The one we used to mark with tunnel walls with invisible symbols that glow when illuminated with artificial light”
Within seconds I have this wonderful weapon in my hands.
“SO!! I think to myself
“You two like exotic decorating then. Well here are some personal additions to your faces!”
I shade in their eyebrows, cheeks and neck with the special paint
Done, I withdraw and send back the brush.
They have now been roused from their dream sleeps by the Cap’n’s bellowing’s and most sulkily remove the sand and plants, while the Gnomes do a speedy renovating to the Room.
Roo is at a loss what to do with one big aspidistra so she goes to hide it in her special hidey hole, with Angel in tow holding the base plate.
This happens to be dark, so she switches on the light
Gasps in horror at the wraith in front of her and attacks it with the plant!
Before realising that she is looking at herself in the mirror and my handiwork is revealed.
Angle nearly faints when she is also lit up!
‘The penny drops!’
But I am now nowhere to be seen!
“I have just had a Tea Room message from a very strange source on my amulet:
“What is sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander!”