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I am bone-weary after transporting, what feels like, all over creation for the items on my list... I try to check in on Penny with my amulet, but she must be distracted trying to find her own list of items... I look at Smoke who doesn't seem the least bit tired and nod my head indicating I'm ready for our last transport to the Elven Forest.... We meet up with Ilreth and hand over the stuffed bag of "goodies" hoping the Elves are closer to finding a vaccination for the deadly poison... Ilreth asks me about Penny and I shrug my shoulders, telling him that we had split up to save time, secretly thankful that we did not try to do the whole list as one team... As tired as I am, I don't know if I would have had the stamina to search for all of it without taking a break.... I suspect that Ayla would not want to transport using their rings, but would rather they ride their horses to each location which means it might take them several days to finish their quests...
Smoke and I make our last transport to my room and I fall on the bed in total exhaustion... Smoke asks me if I want something to eat as he is famished... I make an off hand comment that I'm sure Opel has a bone or two he can "wolf" down which prompts a sigh from Smoke.. I try to laugh but am too tired to manage much more than a lop-sided smile..
Right before I fall asleep, the Golden Queen tells me that she has something important to tell me..
<NOW?!, Can't it wait?!>
<You're going to be turning 17 soon>
<How do you... oh, nevermind.. you were there when I was born... What's so important about turning 17?>
<It will be time for you to take your rightful place in Pern... You need to learn to be my rider..>
<Yep, I'll get riiiiiiiiiight on that... aaaaany minute now>
<It can wait till tomorrow, get some rest and good breakfast and we'll start your training in the morning>
Oh, this should be "good".. can't wait... thousands of feet up in the air... no safety net.. and the only way this could go wrong is: IMMEDIATELY.... Fortunately, I'm too tired to care and drift into a deep sleep... I swear I hear the Queen laughing in my dreams...
I look at the sun and take a guess at the time, the yellow orb is still pretty high so I figure some time after noon. I can just barely make out Ayla in the distance but the deep voice of the Amazon reaches my ears. I guess it's not going well for her either, I don't know what these plants are used for but they don't want to contribute to the potion. I adjust my grip on the small traveling ax that I carry and give it another furious whack. "Ouch!" I look at my arm and just a couple on inches above my wrist I see a needle like spike. Ayla has her sword in her hand and makes her way towards me. I wave her back, "It's okay, just a run in with a thorn." The sword finds it's way back into it's sheath and she turns away. In the next second I find I have a couple more sticking out of my arm. "What in the world is going on?" I spin around looking for my attacker. All I see are an angry mob of hummingbirds. Wait, hummingbirds don't have stingers.
Finally I catch a better look, these birds are a bit bigger then I'm used to and if my eyes aren't playing tricks on me they have a small rider on their backs. Then I notice the tiny bow and arrows in their hands. I hold up my hands in surrender, there's no way I'm going to fight these cuties. "Is there a problem, ladies?" One gets right in front of my nose, arrow pointed at the tip. I don't see her lips move but I can hear in my head, 'Oh great, my favorite way of communicating.' I explain to them that I need this plant for the Elves to make a potion to cure a poison that has been discovered by the death of a friend. They start buzzing around my head, making it hard to keep my eyes on them. Are they about to finish the attack, have they not noticed the giant looking in our direction. I hear the command to follow and I start obediently following the fluttering army.
Ayla hears her companion's query and sees her hands in the air, just standing there. She gives a snort, no wonder it takes so long to get anything done, that girl is constantly stopping to complain about one thing or another. Putting the last plant in her bag, she starts to make her way over, just as Penny turns away and starts to walk slowly in another direction. Hands still in the air, occasionally dodging here and there as if to miss something or swat something away. Ayla stops for a minute, maybe the girl has finally lost her mind, it wouldn't surprise her one bit. She reaches for her traveling telescope and raises to her eye and quickly lowers it. A second later, it's back in place. Before her she finally sees why the girl's hand are up and occasionally moving, she is be escorted by mini warriors on hummingbirds. It went against her nature but she just had to give a quick chuckle, it shamed her a bit that she was starting to soften some being around these people. There was no way around it, she had to get back on the trail of the Wise Dragon. An Amazon Warrior, did not chuckle. Definitely not!
I send out a message to Rosie ,, Imp and Penny flying in tomorrow will stop to talk to Our Golden Queen first so Rosie you know what that mean *Grins* like she can se me >>>>>> INSPECTION<<<<<<<<
See you all tomorrow
Da Cap out
I've always had a fondness for hummingbirds but right at this minute, I was tempted to swat them out of the air. My arms were constantly dodging the annoying things, couldn't they control their fly plan or were they just out to keep me dancing all the way there. Where ever there was. I took a quick peek behind me and saw Ayla walking my way until she stopped and just stood there staring. She probably thinks I've gone crazy. Don't my abductors see her? If they do, why aren't they at least concerned and that kind of bothers me.
We stop at a large tree and I was able to put my arms down, when most of them disappeared, I was tempted to do the same but I was curious as to why they wanted me and not Ayla. She had now joined us but as usual, kept her own counsel. I could feel the air around me change slightly and very large jewel colored dragonfly hovered at eye level. Sitting astride, was another of the sprites, it was hard to tell if it was male or female but I guess it doesn't really matter. <It matters to me you ignorant lout.> the very male voice rang in my head. "Terribly sorry, sir." I said peering a little closer. I felt a sharp point on my forehead. <Step back!> with my eyes crossed because the pointer was so close, I could see the angry little face of a guard giving me the stink eye.
<State your business.> the dragonfly's jewel tones glint like shards of glass, it really was beautiful. "Ouch, quit doing that," I whined and rubbed my forehead. <Then quit staring and state your business.> My business, right. "We need some of those plants," I point to the plants behind me. "The Elves need them to make an antidote for a poison that killed one of our friends and some of their people. " It started to sound like a swarm of angry bees, wings were beating the air so fast, I couldn't see them at all. Soon it quieted down and the dragonfly was back, <Take these, plant in full sun and once a week cover the soil with crushed egg shells and a pinch of this.> At my feet was a small bag of something and the shoots of the plants they needed.
"Thank you, we really appreciate this and I'll be sure to tell them how to care for the young shoots" I gathered the precious things and placed them in my saddle bag.
<They already know, we were expecting you." and with that final word they flew to the top of the tree and out of sight
I rub my Amulet and speak in a very humble voice...
Your Majesty The Dragons and I will there tomorrow and in time for the grand day.
A few know I am returning and will have the Camp spic and span and ready for inspection but I will go to you My Queen first.
Your Loyal Warrior
Sorry, but acting commander Rosie is AWOL due to family emergency. Consider orders given for an inspection, with suitable complaints about the Old Man.
After flying around double and triple times to lead a very mix and confusing trail we land finally at The Main Camp.
I walk The Dragons around to cool down then take them to there liar I was going to go get food and fresh water and treats for them but to my surprise every thing was there ready for them right down to fresh hay and grass for there beds.
I leave them to feed and say Frost look after your brother and sister and I will be back to get you when I finish meeting Our Golden Queen.
He nods for his mouth is full so I hug all three and head to meet Her Majesty.
I silently fumed all the way back to the Elves. Ayla as usual, was silent but I'm sure she's laughing on the inside. I'll never forgive those beings for making a fool of me and I have a good mind to give the Elves a stern dressing down too. I look at my arms and I could still see the small red marks left by their arrows and the one on my forehead I'm sure was oozing blood. I would have asked my companion but I wasn't talking to her at the moment. The nerve of some people, they knew who we were the whole time and they treated me that way.
We rode into the Elven camp, every eye on us. Their faces held a look of hope not of laughter. The importance of finding all these ingredients for the cure finally sank in and I felt my anger fade a way. What does a few little arrow holes matter in the bigger picture, nothing. Ilreth looked into my eyes as he took the bulging saddlebag. "Did you have any trouble finding everything?" I wiped my forehead with my hand and smiled. "Nope, piece of cake." I bowed my head at the elders, backed off a few paces and wheeled Midnight around and galloped off into the sun set. ( okay, I didn't actually ride off into the sun set but I would have it had been a little later ) Ayla's war horse pounding right behind me, a triumph Amazon yell broke the silence and all was right with the world again.