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Chester Cat Volunteers to Look Out for Francis Fox
With Courage and Tenacity, Francis Fox straightened his backbone, put his Santa hat on his head & turned his big eyes on Hoppy Tiger. "Please tell me how I can do that." he asked eagerly.
Hoppy, enjoying his moment of superiority, informed the newcomer that he had to either help in the house or the yard; get a job or take part in hunting for treasure chests (preferably ones with lots of coins in them).
Francis suddenly darted back to the Hen House in the Poultry Run. Hoppy growled his distrust & went to catch the "little pest" as he called Francis. However Francis re-appeared dragging 2 chests. "Are these box-things 'chests'?" he queried.
Francis explained. "When I was at Ice Rock & Henry the Archaeologist gave me a fright, I got my leg caught in this box, indicating the wooden chest. I had to run dragging it behind me. I asked the giant statues (Knight Lords they called themselves) at the Castle Gates for help but all they did was toss me that silver chest & sent me to the Christmas Elf at the Castle Vicinity. He was leaving so I bought them here. You can have them." Francis said pushing them towards me.
Chester Cat opened the silver chest which contained lots of coins and a diamond. Hoppy "harrumphed". The wooden chest contained stamps - blue ones. "Don't worry Miss Dot might be able to trade them for coins." Chester reassured Francis. "I'm Chester & I am the Midnight Castle Rat Catcher" boasted Chester. "I know!" he suddenly shouted. "You can be my offsider. You can flush the rats out so I can pounce on them. What do you say?"
Francis looked from one pet to another & quickly nodded his head.
"I'll get my things & we can both move into the sanctum. I have a Cat Tower there & there are cosy places to sleep on it." Chester continued as he moved away with Francis Fox.
"A Cat Tower?" I queried. When did that happen?
Today - in Court
Today is the big day, and the cottage is chaos. Linet put on her best as she wants to make a good impression. Leaning into the Mirror, she pinches her cheeks to give them a little color. She needs to look healthy, not frazzled (which is what she really is).
Linet calls out to Grimdahl Tiger. "Have you rounded everyone up? Have you fit them all into the Wagon?" Grim has had to pack them in like sardines as the family has grown even bigger (we'll get to that later) but the only option to get everyone to Cloud City is the Chest hunting team's Wagon.
The Silent Judge will make his ruling today. It's going to be official...or not. Now that Miss TT has been MIA for a whole year, Linet hopes to adopt PJ Pig, Lucky Lemur, and Homer Hedgehog. (They've been living there anyway.) Miss TT said she was going to a special school to learn how to become a yoga instructor (which Grimdahl Tiger thought was pretty neat), but that's the last they heard. As for the rest of Miss TT's crew, Linet and Miss Dot have been looking in on them over at the Windmill as much as they can, always sure to arrive with a huge Pot of healthy veggie stew chock full of Potatoes, Tomatoes, Carrots, Peppers, Mushrooms...all fresh from the garden. It's important that TT's pets have healthy meals whenever possible (although the last time she was there, Linet found Paws Panda, tu-tu and all, covered in Chocolate). Chef Fabio Bunny always insists on filling his pastry Gun with pureed Peas so he can decorate a Smiley Sun on top of the stew.
Arriving in Cloud City, they find it all hustle and bustle. Clearly something is going on, because everyone is carrying huge bunches of Carrots. Well, they have important business and can't be late, so Linet will have Grim get to the bottom of that later.
The Judge sent a Note that he must meet the entire family as it would help him decide if the adoption was in the best interest of PJ, Lucky and Homer. (Linet puzzles that over the last year, Homer Hedgehog and Otis Cat seem to be thick as thieves...but then again, maybe Homer sees Harry Hedgehog enough when the Angels are together, which is pretty much always.)
Arriving in "Upper" Cloud City, Linet has the pets form a line two-by-two holding hands so nobody gets separated, asking Harry to keep his Eye on Squiggy Squirel (Squiggy tends to wander). With high hopes, into the Judge's chambers they go. And what meets their Eyes is beyond scarey...
Well Folks! That is the 'Pets Gone Wild Thread' that was on the Big Fish Forum.
Sorry it has taken me a while to transfer it.
From now on, it will be new stories. Hope you continue to enjoy the tales!
The Great Earth Shake
It was early evening and the Dusk Light was just starting to dim when suddenly .-.-.-.-.-.-.- a rumble could be heard coming from underground. It was not a Heavenly Rumble sound; more like the Twilight Sabre-Toothed was on the prowl & very, very hungry.
At the same time a Blast of Darkness rolled in - dark clouds covered the night sky obliterating the evening light as well as the stars. Then the Eight Winds began to blow. Clouds blew this way & that in the night sky giving glimpses of an eerie light show taking place. Sheet lightning sent streamers of jagged Searing Light flashing through the sky. Occasionally a Lightning Bolt reached the ground followed by a Thunderblast. However this thunder was not the noisest part of the whole goings-on.
By now all the pets are gathered around me. So I quickly ushered them all inside. I sent some of the pets to fill water bottles for everyone. Other pets were given the task of finding the illuminating devices - namely torches & lanterns. No candles or naked flames in case it fell over & set things on fire. When all were assembled in the lounge we huddled together because, by now, the rumbling from underground was growing louder & louder. Suddenly the earth began to shake. The shaking grew more violent. A Blade of Terror roared through me when I heard several pets give a Wild Wail. Thankfully it turned out to be fright caused by items falling off shelves & crashing to the floor. After what seemed to be a looong Measure of Time, the shaking stopped.
Cautiously, using the torches & lanterns, we surveyed the damage inside the house. A Destruction Sign was obvious in the debris that littered the floor but there did not appear to be any structural damage. Tomorrow we would check the other buildings for damage.
Outside we saw that the clouds had been blown away. The stars were visible in the Ink of Night. There was a Glowing Darkness over towards the Dark Tower. We would later learn that a Scorching Fire had ignited at the Dark Tower Gates - burning the walkover bridge as well setting the bramble barrier alight. It formed a Fire Belt around the Dark Tower. By the time the fire units had arrived the brambles were no more than Ash Particles.
With the Power of Fear still coursing through them, the pets voted to stay in the lounge for the night. So some of the pets carefully made their way upstairs. They returned with bedding, blankets & pillows for everyone. Gabbi Griffin & Emerald Dragon went into the kitchen & prepared a 'midnight snack' for all. Meanwhile the older pets, using the torches, were entertaining the younger pets by making 'shadow shapes' on the wall. One of the pets got the Book of Dancing Shadows out. The pets tried to copy the illustrations with some funny results. Gradually the pets settled & slowly drifted off to sleep.
As I lay curled in my recliner, I made a mental note to telephone Miss Linet first thing in the morning to make sure everything was okay with her. I hoped that all was well with the rest of Midnight Castle & that nobody was injured. Lastly I fervently hoped to never repeat the terrifying experience.
Tomorrow we would find out what had happened & how much damage there had been but for now there was nothing to do but get as much rest as possible. Who knows what tomorrow will bring!
"UNDER ATTACK!" screamed the headlines from one of the Midnight Castle newspapers. A source for the newspaper article said that Adrian alias the Ghostly Messenger has claimed responsibility for the earth shake. Adrian, currently being tried in the Temple of Justice for crimes against the nation of Midnight Castle, says he won't stop until Drake aka as the Wise Dragon (when in creature form) has been delivered to him. Adrian plans to kill Drake & take over the Mystery Chamber. Though, with the Keeper of Wishes currently in hiding, I am not sure what that would achieve. The authorities are not willing to bow to blackmail so that threat is at a stalemate. Or is it? Was Adrian responsible or was it a natural phenomena - an earthquake (as the authorities are claiming)?
One of the most affected areas seems to be the Castle so authorities are asking all residents to please stay away until repairs can be done. If a visit to the castle is necessary then the authorities suggest that extreme caution be exercised around any damage.
Salty's Inn has sustained substantial damage to the back wall & to the floor in the bar area. Salty has closed the Inn for a day while the gnome builders shore up the foundations & the building frame to make sure there is no further damage. Complete repairs may take awhile as the gnome builders are in much demand across Midnight Castle.
Pauly & Polly Parrot are busy flying around Midnight Castle warning the residents that all Chapel services including the cake stall are postponed until the Chapel can be repaired. Apparently the roof collapsed taking the floor with it as it plummeted into the basement. It smashed into a water main - flooding the basement.
Anabel has reported that the earth shake ruptured a gas line at the Dark Tower Gates resulting in a Scorching Fire. The Iron Knight checked the Dark Tower Hall & found that the stairs had crumbled so access to the rest of the building is now very hazardous. Arabella Scales who was in the Laboratory at the time of the earth shake telephoned the authorities to say the Laboratory floor gave way leaving a gaping hole. The falling timber combined with the earth shake has awakened a large black dragon that lay sleeping under the Dark Tower. It is now in the Laboratory. She says that she will remain where she is so as to keep an eye on the dragon which appears very confused & very angry to have had its sleep disturbed.
Authorities has issued a warning to all residents "BEWARE of dragons that have been disturbed by the earth shake". These dragons are appearing at different spots across Midnight Castle. If residents come across a dragon, they are being asked to leave them alone so the dragons can settle down.
Cloud City itself was largely spared However once you get across the floating stone pathway from the Source Gates then unusual damage can be seen. In the Temple of Justice. Lady Justice has been transformed into an Avenging Dark Angel, The entrances to the Criminal's Den & to the Torture Chamber both appear to have been 'fire- bombed'. Other damage was also seen. Authorities are unsure how to explain these occurrences.
Reports are also filtering in from far away areas that have also been affected. The Storyteller Cat relayed that the Palace Square in the East has suffered severe ground cracking. From the Fairy Tale Forest, Gretel reported that a demon has taken up residence in the big tree in the Fairy Forest & Hansel has said that a large black dragon was seen escaping from Rapunzel's Tower. Though these last two reports appear supernatural rather than from a natural disaster.
My home was unaffected except for fallen objects. It did not take long to clean up the mess. However after reading the newspapers & listening to the reports on the radio, I shuddered and so decided to keep the pets near home for now. With Almighty Luck, things will settle soon.
The Clean-Up Begins
The Midnight Castle Council has declared a National Clean-Up Week so residents can get rid of the debris from the earth shake. The pets who had been feeling 'house-bound' decided to help. Hoppy Tiger also suggested that it might be a good time to hunt for chests as well. I told them to stay in groups & to take care. They nodded, added snacks & their water bottle to their backpacks. Then headed for time outdoors.
Tally Turkey pushed the wheelbarrow to the Castle Vicinity. The Bunnies - Tilda, Brodie, Jasper, Benji & Zeva all followed her. Tree branches, many with their Evergreen Leaf still attached, were strewn across the ground. Tally raced home to collect a rake while the bunnies piled all the stones (tossed about the earth shake) around the base of the Gnome Road Sign. With Tally's return, the leaves & twigs were raked up, debris was collected and everything placed in one large pile for collection by the Midnight Castle Clean-Up Crew. The sticks that could be used in the fireplace were placed in the wheelbarrow along with the chests that the pets uncovered in their clean-up.
Tilda found 1 gold chest & 2 silver chests when she cleaned up the campsite near the Burnt Tree.
Tally found 1 gold, 1 silver & 1 rusty chest behind the Broken Carriage.
Benji & Zeva hopped down into the Crypt. When they hopped back out, they had 2 gold chests each and Benji had 2 rusty chests while Zeva had 2 wooden chests.
Brodie found 4 gold chests when he clean-up around the Burnt Tree & where the daily quest Gnomes often stood.
Jasper found 1 gold chest and 2 silver chests when he tidied the road side up to the Inn.
The pets then went to Salty's Inn to see if he needed 'a hand with his clean-up'. They piled up the broken timber & other building material into a neat pile for the Clean-Up Crew. Salty was so pleased to have assistance that he gave Jasper and Tilda each 2 silver chests; Tally 1 gold chest & 1 silver chest; Benji & Zeva 1 gold chest each (as he couldn't find any more silver ones to give out).
With the wheelbarrow piled high with chests and sticks & timber for the Old Fireplace, the pets trundled back home - tired and dirty but happy with their haul.
I apologise that I have not got back & completed this tale. I will return after my vacation. In the meantime, I have reserved several posts for the story.
I have not completed the update to level 88 so references to any new scenes, etc will be absent until I have.
I do, however, want to fast forward to the Fall Event & the advent of new pets so that is the story I will do now.