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OF ALL THE NERVE, I ONLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE HE DID NOT GET SUN BURNED WITH THE HAT. AND IT WAS NOT COBBLED TOGETHER. IT WAS THOUGHT OUT. SURE I COULD HAVE MADE SOMETHING TO JUST COVER THE TOP OF HIS HEAD BUT THEN HIS NECK AND EARS WOULD HAVE BURNED. JUST SEE IF I TRY TO EASE HIS DISCOMFORT AGAIN.
I SIT PICK UP MY KNITTING AND FINISH THE SECOND SOCK. THEN SELECT WARN FOR A WARM WINTER CHILDS SWEATER. AT LEAST THE PEOPLE THESE ARE INTENDED FOR WILL BE THANKFUL.
As I glide up the stairs in my new-found black cassock, I have taken the precaution of fixing a hassock to my midriff which alters my appearance greatly.
I now look like a priest!
That with my tonsure and halo give me an ethereal appearance which is reinforced by the slight zapping charges emanating from my fingers whenever I touch something metallic!
As I pass along the corridor, I notice that our worthy citizens seem to be giving me a wide berth.
What is somewhat worrying is the absence of my broom. I have called to it several times but have got no response.
Then I find that it is tucked deep down into the pocket of my robe.
As I go to fish it out, it SHRIEKS: “NNOooo– don’t touch me!!!!”
“Your fingers will burn me to a crisp! Let me get you some gloves”
I pause for a moment digesting this new information which will come in VERY handy for my new Cunning Plan!
Just as I get to the stairs below the CEO’s suite of rooms, I am faced by a contingent of the Praetorian guards.
On seeing me their sergeant rubs his hands with glee and orders his men to seize me. In his eyes he is counting the reward for capturing me!
His men, however, start to mumble and hold back saying that I am not me! But a demon that looks like me.
Swearing at them he strides forward holding his hefty spear before him and hoping to prod me into submission.
The result interests even me!
I grasp his spear, which catches fire and within seconds is a pile of ash in his hands. On the floor in front of him is a puddle of melted steel which had been its pointy end.
Gasping, he falls back with his men, swearing that this is beyond his pay grade!
I reach the CEO’s door and grasp its brass handle. Within seconds there is a smouldering hole where it had just been, and I am faced by two astonished pairs of the most evil eyes I have seen for a long time!
Lord love a hairy duck , I have been looking for hours if not days now for that door knob and no hide nor hair of him.
I know his Amulet is open because I hear noise coming from it can not make out a word being said but I know it is open.
My Amulet crackles..... PTG that you???? speak up man you are breaking up ,,, where the hell are you??
Captain Captain can you hear me ? am I geting through?
Wait that is not PTG that sounds like Rosie??
Rosie ?? that you??
Finally she snorts it is about time you answered me.
What are you talking about Rosie Gal this is the first time I have heard from you?
And my Amulet is open because I am waiting for the Queen's call.
Any way she says you better get back there is a problem only you can fix.
Blossom is not eating nor drinking and is looking bad I think she is pregnant again and because you are not here Cap I think her heart is breaking all your critters are not doing good so you better high tail it back ASAP.
OMG ,,, Rosie you tell Blossom Cherry, Stump, Fang I am on my way thanks Rosie see you soon.
Angel ?? Angel?? I need you here at The open field ASAP.
I run to the open field and call Frost and Snow ,,, FROST SNOW open field now.
I wait for Angel,,, as Frost and Snow arrive .... * Rider** we are ready...
Just then Angel comes running and out of breath says what is the emergency? we under attack ?? where is PTG??? and Roo?? Dandy dog??
No no listen I have an emergency back at the main camp and have to leave right now and I can not find PTG so I need you to find him and Roo via your Amulet DO NOT LEAVE THE TEA ROOM AREA I do not need to lose you also and tell Charlie to get her workers to enlarge the stalls large enough for Blossom Cherry Stump and Fang she does not have to quarantine them but the encloser will have to be enlarged.
Tell Pup to stay with Opel and Mrs. Fletcher and with Smoke keep the place secure okay?
This is short notice but I just got the call from Rosie.
Okay I have to go I am trusting you Angel as you seem to be the only level headed one around lately.
Oh and by the way here is the new notices for our Harvest / Halloween Party as you see Harvest Party first the Halloween to follow can not have the two together to much work.
I mount Frost and we head for camp... I can still see Angel's open mouth and hear but but but
Dang it! I hate when he does that.......rattles off instructions a hundred miles a minute, then poof! Gone!! **sigh**
I hightail it back to the Tea Room and see Charlie in her chair knitting. Hi Charlie, Cap just left for the Main Camp to deal with his pets there. Rosie told him they are not well so he's going back to tend to them. I think he plans on bringing some of them back here because he asked me to let you know that you need to have your workers expand the enclosure! He mentioned Blossom, Cherry, Stump and Fang, and they are HUGE! As I leave in search of Roo and PTG, I hear Charlie muttering something about no rest for the weary......
Next I have my magic pen and paper submit a retraction about the Anniversary party and put out Cap's notice that it's being replaced by a Harvest party, with an upcoming Halloween party to follow. That will give the denizens a lot to look forward to, and a welcome respite from all their hard work getting their homes built and farms up and running.
Now, where are Roo and PTG? I check Roo's room and she's not there. She must be off to her hidey-hole, working on potions and weapons that go boom! I head there, only to find a note she left behind! Oh no! She explains that she had an emergency situation come up and had to leave immediately. She didn't have any details other than to say she didn't know how long she'll be gone......
I head back to the Tea Room to fill in PTG since he's our 2ic. But, he's not at his usual table having his Hong Cha. Geez! Where is everyone and what's happening?! I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone!! I check his room...empty! Next I check his hospital ward room and, again, empty! Ok, this is bizarre! I open my amulet and yell...PTG, where the heck are you....I need you here STAT!! So, I decide to just sit here and wait...........
BLOODY MAN, THE CAP FLY'S OFF LEAVING VAGUE INSTRUCTIONS TO ENLARGE THE ENCLOSURE. OK, THAT IS NO PROBLEM BUT HOW MUCH IS THE QUESTION?
I SEND POE WITH A NOTE TO THE GNOMES WHO ARE AT JACOB'S HELPING HIM MAKE SURE ALL HIS HARVEST IS WELL PROTECTED FROM WINTER DAMAGE. TELLING THEM I NEED THEM TO COME BACK AND ENLARGE THE ENCLOSURE, I SUPPOSE I SHOULD DOUBLE IT. AND BUMP OUT THE BACK OF THE BARN, THAT WILL JUST ABOUT DOUBLE THE SPACE IF INSIDE SPACE IS ALSO NEEDED. GUESS I MIGHT AS WELL PUT A FENCED PADDOCK BACK THERE ALSO. SINCE IT IS THE CAP PAYING FOR IT.
WAIT TILL HE GETS THE BILL, THIS WILL NOT BE CHEAP.
DINKY, AND SMIDGE ANSWER THEY WILL COME AS SOON AS THEY CAN. THEY WILL NEED SOME HELP FROM THE GNOME BUILDERS. THEY CAN DO THE ENCLOSURE BUT THE BUILDER WILL BE NEEDED FOR THE ADDITION TO THE BARN.
WELL THAT IS TAKEN CARE OF.
WHAT DOES HE MEAN IT WILL BE MORE WORK TO DO BOTH THE HARVEST AND THE HALLOWEEN PARTIES TOGETHER THEN SEPARATE. I DOUBT HE HAS NEVER ORGANIZED A LARGE GATHERING. EASIER TO DO BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. THINGS FOR THE HARVEST FESTIVAL CAN BE USED FOR BOTH.
WE HAVE PLENTY OF TOFFEE APPLES FOR THE KIDS. LOTS OF SWEETS. THE CART IS READY BABY IS READY TO PULL THE CART. THANK GOODNESS JACOB WAS FINISHED WITH IT. HAVING GOTTEN HIS HARVEST IN. NOW WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO GET READY.
HOPE SOMEONE HAS COME UP WITH SOME GOOD GAMES FOR THE KIDS. SO THEY DO NOT SPEND ALL OF THEIR TIME STUFFING THEMSELVES WITH SWEETS. LOL
OF COURSE THEY WILL THAT IS THE POINT OF A PARTY.
WILL HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE PETS ARE GROOMED THE DAY BEFORE. SO THEY ARE CLEAN. THE CHILDREN DO LOVE TO PET AND CUDDLE THEM.
HUUUMMMM!!!!!!! WHAT AM I FORGETTING?
Chaos reigns, what else is new, LOL.
Pearl, please take this to Charlie. She is so wrapped up in the plans for the enclosure that she will not eat properly. There is food, coffee and meals and snacks for those coming to help her.
Opel and Mrs. Fletcher have everything else under control, I slip back to my room to work on the project Pearl and I have going.
I SEND HONEY TO THANK KATT FOR THE THE FOOD AND COFFEE. THE BARN IS A MESS. CONSTRUCTION GOING ON EVERYWHERE. EXCEPT THE KENNEL, AND CATTERY. BABY AND BEAU. SEEM TO BE A BIT UPSET WITH THE DUST AND BITS OF STRAW, SAWDUST AND OTHER CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS. THE WHOLE BACK OF THE BARN HAS BEEN OPENED UP. THE LOFT CEILING RAISED. AT LEAST FOR NOW THE TONS OF WOOL HAVE BEEN MOVED FORWARD OUT OF THE WEATHER. THE NEW AREA IS TWICE THE SIZE OF THE EXISTING BARN. LOOKS LIKE IT COULD HOUSE FROST AND SNOW. WHAT IS HE BRINGING. I KNOW HE HAS ANIMALS IN THE OTHER CAMP AS HE CALLS IT. OH, WELL GUESS IT IS BETTER TO HAVE MORE SPACE THAN WE NEED THAN NOT ENOUGH.
I CALL TO THE GNOMES THAT THERE IS FOOD TO BE HAD. AND TAKE SOME AND A THERMOS OF COFFEE TO THE KENNEL WHERE THE DUST IS LESS.
WITH LUCK BY TOMORROW THEY WILL HAVE THE BACK ON THE BARN AND THE NEW HIGHER LOFT. AND MAYBE MOST OF THE ROOF. THEY DO WORK VERY QUICKLY.
MY BOYS HAVE ENLARGED THE FENCE AROUND THE BARN NOW THE POND AND STREAM RUN MORE TO THE CENTER OF THE ENCLOSURE THEN THE EDGE. AND THERE IS A LARGE FENCED AREA IN THE BACK, THE FENCE IS NOW TEN FEET TALL INSTEAD OF THE SIX IT WAS. AND THE BOYS HAVE FORKED THE STREAM AND MADE A DEEPER POND IN THE BACK.
THE BACK DOORS WILL BE 15 FEET TALL. WOW!!!! WHAT IS HE BRINGING. I KNOW PENNY CAME TO TALK TO THE BUILDERS. SHE KNOWS WHAT HE IS BRINGING I ONLY KNOW THEIR NAMES. SINCE I HAVE ONLY HEARD THE CAP TALK ABOUT THEM.
I AM SPENDING A LOT OF TIME HERE JUST TRYING TO KEEP THE ZOO CALM AND SORT OF CLEAN TILL THEY FINISH.
As slowly Mrs Fletcher and Pup cross the Tea Room Parlor making their way too Mrs Fletcher's favorite rocking chair situated nice and snug close to the warmest always burning fireplace.....Pup asks Her Granny...Granny, are you certain no one can see us here?.......No my sweet Child, My Inadvisability Spell Will stand strong and fast.......I sure wish we didn't have to go and leave the Tea Room Granny...Pup whispers softly as her tears began to fall silently down her cheeks.......As Mrs Fletcher sits herself firmly among her rocking chairs soft pillows, She then gently gathers Pup next to her knees with Pups head in Her lap....quietly Mrs Fletcher begins softly stroke Pups waist long blond curls......"Hush now Young'un...we knew this time was coming for some time now didn't we?".......Yes Granny...sob..sob..but I didn't want it to come this soooon!.....Oh sweet Child...just look around the Tea Room and see all of our Dearest Friends and Company's gathered near all around Us...Over there is your Mentor and "My Sweet Old Codger" Captain Randy......Oh look there Granny..why He's still telling PTG off and calling Him a "Knob Head!"...Oh dear...I can't help wondering what trouble PTG's in now?.......Look over at that far table Pup...there's Roo, Charlie, Angel with their heads close together....hummm...Oh here comes Salty and Miss Kitty bearing trays of Muffins, Tea and Hot honey Rum...I wonder who that's for?.......Well Pup...It's time we be on Our way...Now Granny?...Yes Sweety...Here comes you Grandpa Joe to escort Us to our Glorious Golden Queens Realm where He's been waiting for us to start our next Journey together....Will we ever get to come back to the Tea Room to visit...You never know Pup...You never know........
I am so in grossed in checking out Blossom,, Cherry,, Stump,,, and Fang trying to calm them down from there excitement of me being back.
Yes Blossom is pregnant again and yep the War Elephant is the Daddy.
I can not figure for the life of me how the deed was done seeing he is frozen in metal at the steps of Atlantis.
Okay you rambunctious bunch you are coming back with me to The Special Area so I can keep an eye on you and you will be rejoined with Smoke and his family yep he has a mate now a brood of off spring.
Also Opel and Salty are there and my Dragons of course and big news Frost found his long lost twin sister Snow and she found a rider our own Pup aka Dandy Dog.
Okay to much to fill you in on so lets get you ready okay.
All this going on I heard my Amulet but did not answer right away ,,, not till Cherry tugged on my arm then sniffed my Ammulet.
What is it girl?? she trumped low and again touched my Amulet.
Then I heard what I did not nor want to hear.
We were losing Mrs. Fletcher.
My head exploded the same time my heart was breaking and tears flowed.
Frost I have to get back ASAP... *RIDER* he lowered his huge head and I mounted him and we were air born.
BLOSSOM GET CHERRY,, STUMP,,, FANG,, READY BRULEE AND JEWEL WILL STAY WITH YOU AND GET YOU READY WE WILL NOT BE LONG.
With in minutes that felt like hours Frost landed in the open field and I was off and running to The Tea Room before he was fully down.
I entered The Tea Room and saw Pup siting on the floor with her head on Mrs. Fletcher's rocking chair,,, what the others did not see was Pup,, the chair,,,, or Mrs. Fletcher stroking Pup,s hair and tenderly wiping away her tears.
I can see through Mrs's Fletcher's invisibility spell ( there are many perks to being immortal)
As I near I am wraped into her spell so it hides us all.
I take Pup in my arms and whisper I am here child I am here,,, I then kneel and take Mrs. Fletcher hand in mine,, she opens her eyes smiles and pats my hand there you are my beloved ole codger Joe and I have been waiting for you.
Yes Dear Heart I am right here you did not think I would let you go on to your biggest adventure with out your special Gaurde.
The Golden Queen awaits you Joe her special soldier ,, there is to be no sadness here nor worry about Pup you will see her often and you will be privie to her new life there is no parting here just a new beginning.
Joe it is time the Queen awaits your return and your wife.
I kiss Mrs's Fletcher tenderly on both cheeks and as I hold Pup we watch as two bright lights float up and out .
As they leave the spell disappears and we can now be seen.
I see Angel siting at a table her magic pen is a whirl wind and her mouth going a mile a minute ,,, I bet she is cussing up and down for changing things wait till I tell her things have changed again.
I go to Charlie first ,,, Charlie?? hi Doggie as I hand him a juicy apple where is ? I am right here what do you want now or what are you going order an other mess?
Hold on motor mouth and listen.
I am here to see what your workers have done in what I asked for.
Look Charlie I hate to load this on you but I can not nor will not leave my critters to suffer in The Main Camp when I am away,, them being here is for the best around others they know critters and human,,,
Charlie grunts but I did catch a smile as she lead me to where the work was done.
I look and am in awe ,,, this is almost perfect Charlie ALMOST???? ALMOST WHAT DO YOU MEAN ALMOST ?? DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH TIME AND WORK THIS TOOK>>>
jIMMINY CHRISTMAS WOMAN WILL YOU RELAX.
IT IS BETTER I SAW THIS BEFORE I GOT BACK WITH MY GANG AND IT BE TO TO SMALL WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE THEN HUH?
OKAY I DID NOT TELL YOU EXACTLY HOW MUCH AREA WE NEED THAT WAS MY FAULT SORRY BUT IT CAN BE FIXED.
CHARLIE HUFFED WELL IT'S YOUR GOLD SO GO AHEAD .
I SUN AROUND WHAT??????????? DID YOU SAY ??
*C**NOTHING STOP STALLING AND TELL ME WHAT THE WORKERS HAVE TO DO.
OKAY FIRST BLOSSOM// CHERRY ///STUMP/// AND FANG ARE HUGE SO THEY NEED A LOT OF SPACE SHE GLARES AT ME
OKAY I DID NOT WANT TO FREAK YOU OUT BLOSSOM IS A FULL GROWN WOOLLY MAMMOTH CHERRY IS HER BABY STILL GROWING,,, STUMP IS A THREE LEGGED DIRE I FOUND HAD BEEN TRAPPED AND LOST MOST OF HIS LEG,,,,, FANG IS A SABER TOOTH TIGER SO NOW YOU KNOW THE SPACE NEEDED.
WAIT I HAVE THE PERFECT SOLUTION COME WITH ME,,,,, PUP I THINK CHARLIE NEEDS COFFEE WOULD YOU GO ASK OPEL FOR A FRESH THERMOS,,
I TAKE CHARLIE TO THE OPEN FIELD AND SAY TADAAAAAAAAA PROBLEM SOLVED,,,, THE WORKERS WILL JUST NEED SHELTER FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO USE IT AND LOTS OF SOFT HAY TO LAY ON IF THE WANT TO AND HERE IS KICKER FOR YOU,,, THINK OF ALL THE WOOL AND FUR YOU WILL GET FROM THEM ,,, THAT WILL GIVE THE SHEEP A BREAK.
i CAN SEE HER MIND WHIRLING AT HAVING SO MUCH WOOL AND FUR CLOSE BY.
THIS PLACE IS PERFECT FOR THEM CLOSE TO US YET THEY WILL NOT BE CLOSED IN AND WILL BE FREE TO HUNT AND HAVE THE STREAM RIGHT HERE AND BE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE DRAGONS.
PUP ARRIVES WITH THE COFFEE AND CHARLIE POPS THE CAP AND TAKES A LONG DRINK STRAIGHT FROM THE THERMOS.
OKAY NOW THAT IS SETTLED i HAVE TO GET BACK AND BRING THE NEW MEMBERS OF OUR EVER EXPANDING FAMILY BACK.
PUP YOU MUST STAY HERE ,,, PLEASE STAY WITH OPEL UNTIL I RETURN THEN YOU CAN HELP ME GET THE GANG CLEANED UP FEED AND SETTLED
THEN WE WAIT FOR THE QUEENS CALL.
I HUG HER AND WHISPER I LOVE YOU MY LILL PUP AND WHISPER YOU WILL SEE YOUR GRANNY SOON I PROMISE.
SHE NODS HER HEAD AND SMILES ,,,, *OKAY THEN OFF TO SEE OPEL
WE LEAVE CHARLIE DRINKING HER COFFEE AND I AM SURE BURNING GREY MATTER
WE FIND OPEL PEARL AND MISS KATT IN THE KITCHEN COOKING UP A STORM ,,, PEARL HELPING AS MUCH AS SHE CAN .
OPEL WOULD YOU LET PUP HELP YOU WHILE I GO GET OUR GANG?
SURE ENOUGH CAP YOU BE ON YOUR WAY OPEL TAKE CARE OF PUP .
BEFORE I LEAVE I WRAP MR'S FLETCHER'S SPECIAL APRON AROUND PUP I WHISPER SHE IS STILL WITH YOU CHILD A QUICK KISS ON HER CHEEK CATCHING A TEAR AT THE SAME TIME AND I GO TO FROST.