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"Jingle Bells..Jingle Bells..Jingle all the way!".......Why in the world are you singing a Winter type song in Springtime May Salty?......Have you been outside yet Mrs Fletcher?...I've been way to busy helping Opal fix Rations for Captain Randy's latest Adventure to step outside Salty......Why?...Well now it purely like Old Man Winter decided to pay us one more visit and dumped a whole lot of snow and ice all around the Tearoom that's why......There's even even three "Ice Men Sculptures" right out front of the Tea Rooms door...Gotta say though, they look kinda pretty there with the Sun light sparkling on um.....Hummmmm....Salty, I bet what happened here was dear Frost and Captain Randy coming to our rescue....Now all I will have to do is get some one to help get rid of those Scoundrels when they finally thaw out....Till then, its back to kitchen I go.....
As much as I want to run I have to walk until I am out side the Bone Kingdom to get to Frost.
When I see it is safe I run as fast as I can to the clearing where I left Frost.
@#$%^&*(**&^%$# he is not here ,, he must be hunting ,, I rub my Amulet and call Frost come ASAP.
I wait pacing and making a grove in the grass,, finally he arrives and says *RIDER why you call me from my hunt***???
I am sorry my brave one but I need to talk to you.
We have been together I your Rider for many years but know little about you or your family.
What do you need to know Rider , more than I am Ruth the only white dragon from Pern you call me Frost and we are Dragon and Rider I do not understand what you need to know more of?
I know my brave one but I discovered something today that has me completely baffled and if this information did not come from Anabel I would just shrug it off but I can not for she told me she seen this with her own eyes.
What is it Rider ??
Do you have any family?
No Rider you are my family here and The Dragons back in Pern are comrades.
Well I have been told there is a White Female Dragon guarding The Fort in The Northern Area and that Jacobs family might be held there by The Vikings ,
Frost gets a far away look in his eyes and says we must go see Rider .
We fly high as not to be seen and reach The Fort Area ,,, it looks scary and dangerous we fly all over the area and I spot The Female Viking she does look dangerous,,, Frost there that way .
Then we spot the front of the Fort ,, the bridge to it's enterance and then The White Dragon.
I feel Frost's heart race and he dives towards her ..... NO NO NO Frost we will be seen, he does not heed me but and continues to dive.
He almost dive bombs the White Dragon and I hear him speak in his native tongue as he swoops closer he extends his talons OMG he is going to kill her.
I pull with all my strength but I can not stop him,,, he swoops and get close enough to break her chains then he fly's up and wait speaking to her she looks up then stretches her huge wings and takes off to join us.
Frost leads her back to our spot and tells me RIDER get down,,,, I jump down and he is off to meet her high in the sky... my heart is beating so fast did I just cause the death of an other Dragon? a white one ??
I can not see much but I do see them flying around each other like a face off and hear them speak , I do not understand all but I do understand a few words Frost taught me.
I see them fly close and embrace and do There Dragon Dance I am awe struck and all I can do is watch.
It is so beautiful to watch Dragons fly like this as one tears fill my eyes.
I see them unlock and fly down to me in a silent landing and barley a breath of wind they land,,,,
I run to them and see both have tears in there eyes.
Rider you have given me the most precious gift ,, you have found my Twin Sister.
My mouth drops open,
Yes Rider My Twin Sister who we all thought had died,,,, but I always felt something was missing in my heart that that something was near and one day I would find it and Rider you have filled that hole in my heart as he cuddled his sister I cried with them.
Rider this is my Twin Sister named Neigh *** means Snow *** Neigh this is my Rider Captain Randy.
Neigh comes closer and lowers her head in Dragon acceptance and I touch her then as I do with Frost rub her ears behind her horns.
She almost purrs if Dragons purr more of a throat rumble
May I call you Snow my beauty? she nods
All this is so much to take in it is like I am dreaming and about to wake and find it all gone.
Frost reads my thoughts No Rider it is all true .
Seeing Snow does not have an Amulet Frost speaks for her.
Rider sister says thank you for freeing her from her captures and for uniting us.
I am so off whelmed all I can do it hug them both.
We spend hours talking and I am told of how when Neige was hatched with Frost they thought it was a miracle never have Twin Whites been hatched.
But that joy did not last for Neigh was weak and was taken to the Golden Queen all where told she would not make it she was to weak, she was taken back to the hatching ground and when they thought she took her last breath she was laid to rest
One of the none breeding females was to watch over her until she was moved to they final resting ground,,
The female was heart broken for she always wanted her own lill one and not being a breeding female that would never happen ,,, she watched over Neigh and kept her warm and safe and knew she was no gone so she did the unspeakable she took Neigh to another Realm in Pern and raised Neigh as her own until she was killed and Neigh captured and taken away.
I had a million questions but I has lost track of time and I had to get back or I would be missed and I did not want to draw attention to my being away so long.
I left and told Frost and Snow I would return as soon as I could stay safe and alert .
On my way back I bagged two deer for the Lions to cover up my long absence .
Good thing I did ,, as I reach the main entrance I was stopped and asked where were you so long??
I showed the Guard the two deer and said out getting diner for the Lions you know they can get very mean when hungry..he nodded and let me pass whew that was close.
I got to the main Tent and found Charlie feeding the critters and handed her the deer here you go supper for Sugar and Spice.
She shot me a look ,, you know they do not like dead meat they hunt fresh so I said calm down I will explain come I have news.
I called PTG ROO ANGEL Opel, and the boys to meet me in my Tent I have very very big news.
My oh My! .... ....So much has happened in our Special Room while I was away in my Never Never Land!! Of course it will take me a wee time before I may catch up...but never fear by fallowing all of you Sweeties it won't be too long before I do. Thank you so much Captain Randy dear with your timely message. And Angel dear...XXXOOO! ...Now if we could only get PTG to stop picking on our Poor Roo?...
As I prepare the meeting and tell all my mind blowing news I hear Mrs. Fletcher and answer via the Amulets ,, do not fret sweetie we all have been there and all you have to do is rest get your strength back follow Doc Deadmans orders Miss Katt is there to see to that lol.
As far as PTG and Roo well what can I say lol.
We all get ready for the meeting but dear Opel says a hum dinner is getting cold lay all that aside and eat before I get me rolling pin.
YIKES every one sit and eat before we get hit on da noggin .
Dinner was fabulous as always and as Opel clears the dishes away I brought out the map Anabel gave me.
Okay first things first ,,, we have a new member in our family as I went on to explain about Snow and what I knew so far.
Now I have more information about where I am sure Jacob's family is being held along with several other's that were captured
I fold out the map okay we are here I point to The Ghost Town Square and we need to get here The Northern Island past the Viking female warrior in The Sacred Cove and on to The Frosty Fort that is where Frost and Snow will help us .
WE must avoid The Cursed House and The Grin Cellar just off of Creepy Street , thank Anabel we have this map or we would be in big trouble and turned into the Cursed House but we do need to get to Creepy Street and go left around to the back ally leading to The Northern Island once there we have to find a way in The Island Shore to avoid The Warrior in the Secret Cove ,, The Fort is just behind that,
We need to do a few night recons so I can get a better lay of the land.
So I have an idea for the next few nights we give a Fireworks show at the end of the regular show so ROO ROO I need you to whip up some boomers and bangers that will last for at least an hour can you do that?
That will cover up me being gone every one will be busy watching the fireworks.
PTG I need you to announce this at tonight's show that for 3 days starting tomorrow as our thanks to all who welcomed us we will put on a huge fire work display free of course .
Any questions ??
I will do a short recon tonight with Ghost Pup and Nose and talk some more with Anabel.
Okay ready ? lets get the show started it is almost 19;00 hours ,,, sorry 7 pm.
"Questions?? I do not have time for questions, I'll be back soon"
I raise the hood on my cloak & head back to my hideaway.
" Whip up some boomers & bangers to last an hour"...I replay Randy's words in my head & it is like music to my ears! I have lots to do to make this a spectacular event.
I make a list in my head of all the items I will need & then multiply it by three for the three shows.
Goodness me!... I need more combustibles.I think 30 sticks of dynamite might just be enough.......maybe 50..... No, 100 just to be sure!
I wouldn't want my display to turn into a damp squid, ha ha.
I raise the hood on my cloak & head back to my hideaway.
With all the necessary items I return.
"PTG & Angel I need you to help make the fireworks...Come along & do not dawdle".
We walk to the temporary showers at the edge of the camp,which is little more than a roofless shed. I have already painted a scull & cross bones on the door with a sign " DO NOT ENTER" & placed the other essential items in the corner.
As they both look at me in disbelief I explain that with this amount of dynamite we need to be careful to avoid blowing up the entire Bone Kingdom & everyone in it!!!...and this is the safest place available.
"Now listen very carefully....Open each stick of dynamite, add a few drops of the coloured dye from these bottles & one of the floating objects from this box.I need to arrange a permit from the Bone King but in the meantime I need to lock you both in as you must not be disturbed during this delicate process." PTG mumbles but Angel says " The quicker we do this the quicker we'll be out of here.Hopefully before any of this explodes!"
A couple of hours later I return with refreshment for my assistants.
"My goodness you have have both done well, now sit back & enjoy your tea & cakes while I move the fireworks somewhere safe until they are needed tomorrow."
I climb the ladder I have placed on the outside of the shower & throw a bar of soap to PTG & Angel.
"What's this for?" Angel asks.
"You will need it to wash off the remnants of explosives from your hands & clothes." I then blast them both with cold water from the hose.
As I head to my tent to get ready for tonights show I hear an ear splitting scream and PTG cursing .
I run over to the temp shower tent and open the flap and am met by what looks like two drowned rats * OMG to funny*
Angel's hair being so long she looks like cousin IT.
WHAT THE HELL no no no wait I do not want to know we have a show in 15 minutes I would suggest you move your wetness and get ready.
I go to my Tent and get ready for the show.
I join Charlie Sugar and Spice with Nose in the curtain covered cage we set up.
We hear LADIES AND GENTLEMAN BOYS AND GIRLS WELCOME TO A SPECIAL SHOW THIS EVENING..
Our Lion Tamer and his lovely assistant have come up with a special show for you all tonight and a chance to win 100 gold coins.
Now who among you is brave enough to step in the cage and be part of the show?
Some young whipper snapper yells out I'll do it for 200 gold coins **** smart arse ****
Then step this way son and PTG pulls the cord to fold back the flap on the cage where Charlie and I are all set up with the chair dead center.
I take the bull horn from PTG and say welcome all and get ready to be amazed and awed.
Nose is siting up with one paw like he is waving to the crowd ,,, there is awwwwwwww so cute.
Sugar and Spice do there fake growls then Charlie takes them to there place at the far end so we can bring in the kid.
Tonight I am turning the show over to my very able assistant so please no loud nosies or sudden moves.
I look to Charlie all your s woe them I wink and exit the cage.
Charlie tells the kid to sit but no sudden hand movements or loud screams or you will be there dinner , the kid scoofs and says I ain't afraid.
Charlie smiles and walks away ,,
( Charlie) ==The kid is scared silly and will be more so when I am done with him WEG.
I start to put the babies through there paces that I taught them , cracking my fake whip and have them growl and claw at the chair and whip.
I speak softly perfect my babies perfect now Nose up,,
Nose runs around jumping from one Lion to the other I have the two Lion stand on there hind legs and make a arch while Nose runs up one Lion and hops over and down the other .
Gasps ohhhh's and awes come from the crowd.
I lean over and say to the kid ready < and he shakes his head but not in I am NOT afraid way.
I have the Lions circle the chair getting closer each time as Nose zig zags in and out between the legs they stop on each side and raise up snapping at the whip just above the kids head and Nose runs up one leaps over and down the next one then around the kid and jumps in lap and waves to the crown as the lions do the same the kids wets himself screams and runs for the door .
I scream NO NO NO do not run but to late he is already out the door that the Cap has been ready for just in time to for the Lions were right on his heels .WOW what an effect that had.
Charlie leads the Lions and Nose back to the center and bows to the crowd that explode into cheers . whistles and wonderful great show.
** Cap*** I close the flap as Charlie is bowing and say sorry kid ya blew it and red faced he runs home,,,
In side Charlie is cuddling her babies praising them on how proud she was of them and that she has special treats for them.
Charlie laughs as Nose licks her face and Sugar and Spice purr and rub there heads on her face they do not lick because there tongues are like sandpaper.
I hear PTG ending the show then make a special announcement ===
Ladies and Gentlemen boys and girls as a special treat and or thank you for allowing us to put on this shows for you for our last three night show we are going to thrill you with a breath taking fireworks display free of course.
Do any know what a fire work display is ??
No one answers out it is a special show with light display that are fired into the night sky and they explode into a thousand colors and display.
They make a lot of noise but are not dangerous we are sure you will enjoy it.
So thank you all good night and until tomorrow.
Oh and one more thing Our last show all day and all night will be free , that includes everything .
Cheers erupt .
We all meet back at the food Tent and all are high on a very successful night and we all laugh about the kid .
Opel has tea and finger food ready for us as I raise my cup, here's to you all you made this a very successful night.
Nose my pup get some rest you Ghost Pup and I will be doing a night recon and I hope talk more to Anabel.
Sleep well all you deserve it.
There is a large wriggly rock in the middle of my back and it is pushing into me
“I am sleeping”
“Wake up! Wake up! We (or should I say YOU) have a problem!”
It is Roo Roo trying her best to destroy the lovely sleep I am having.
“Warisit?” as I surface into consciousness.
“Well!” says she, “As you are our leading resplendent ring master you handle the complaints department?”
“So what? How can there be any complaint about our show after that spectacular we put on last night?”
“Remember the boy? Well his mother is outside and wants to speak to the person in charge! I’ll leave you to deal with her and I must say that she is NOT a happy person!”
I put on my casual clothes as befitting a poor circus employee and head outside.
There is a small harridan of a woman loudly calling us all the names under the sun.
“You have damaged my beloved son for life with your deceit with the lions!
“He had nightmares last night
“He was also tricked out of the gold you promised him!
“I want restitution and also compensation for his suffering!”
I am just about to send her on her way when I notice that behind her are two rather ugly Bone Kingdom guards who seem to be loving my discomfiture!
I quickly realise that bribery is the only way to get rid of them so after haggling my purse is now $1,000 the lighter!
We cannot afford any more hint of trouble. It is getting too expensive and our profits are now minimal.
The Cap’n has commandeered a large chunk of them to bribe his way through the back alleys of the Kingdom so we can be on our way to the adjacent Realm.
I think that Cap’n Bob’s ideas are becoming too expensive and now he wants a fireworks display as well of the sort that means BIG bangs.
Why can’t we just give out sparklers for the young ones?
So much quieter and so much cheaper.
I go around to the mess tent for breakfast and some comfort food.
Satisfied, I then bump into a very cheerful Roo who wants me to be at the centre of her firework display this evening.
She has some idea of having me on a gondola hovering above near the ceiling of the tent and to get some of the kids to shoot me down with her rockets.
That woman is crazy, and I don’t trust her!!
“But I have already spoken to the Cap’n and he thinks that is a splendid idea!
“It will be the perfect distraction, especially if we invite some of the guards to also have a go.
“I can time the rockets so that they will not quite reach you
“So do as you are told!”
Woe is me!!
Ok...OK...I know I can do this........Where are you Granny Fletcher in this maze of....."Ah Hum!"...Yikes!......Young Lady just what are you doing sneaking around the Clinic at this very late hour?.......Sorry about the late hour Nurse...? ....(Did she say Her name Nurse Hatchet?)....But I've been so worried about my Granny Fletcher that when I got off the "Flying Boat" I came straight here to the Clinic to see how she was doing for myself........Are you the Dandydog Mrs Fletcher and other Special Room Folk have been talking about?.......Yup..I guess that would be me alright and...It's "Yes" young lady not "Yup" and your Granny Fletcher's room is right at the end of this hallway on the right hand side over looking the rose and flower gardens. Miss Katt has been faithfully watching over her day and night so I know that She would appreciate having you spell her for a day or so alright? That way Miss Katt can attend to the Tea Rooms Kitchens and such....Thank you so much Nurse and may go now because am really in a hurry to see Granny OK? Oh alright...but the Doctor and I will be by in the morning to fill you in about Mrs Flecther's care now and in the future.......My oh my! That young lady certainly can travel fast!.....
Although quaking in my boots on the inside I give a big beaming smile to the packed audience seated in the tent.
All our acts have actually gone according to plan
So what possibly could go wrong now?
And why is there a feeling of dread in my bones?
It is nearing the finale and in spite of all my protestations the others have insisted that our finale will be remembered in the Kingdom for ever more
THAT is what I now dread!
When Roo finalised her pyrotechnic act she neglected to mention what may happen if somebody’s rocket actually reached my soaring gondola and shot me down in it!
“It just will not happen” is all she said
I remonstrate with her vigorously once more
“But what if it does?”
“Can I have a parachute or put a safety net below PLEASE?”
“NO YOU WIMP!”
My broom is most unhelpful. All it comments is that fact that there are no parachutes in the HOS Repository.
“But there is an umbrella on the Town’s Handwrought Cart you can borrow!”
So thus armed and shaking with anticipation of forthcoming doom I board the flimsy blimp.
At the same time Roo is distributing small rockets to some of the children with the warning that they are to be lit when she says so and not before.
She then disappears outside the tent to prepare for the main firework display
As I wait, I see some of the boys sniggering and trying to hide what they are doing.
I KNOW those looks – They are up to something nefarious!
But too late to find out more as Roo is back and ignoring my pleas for help.
I rise up to the top of the tent’s centre pole
The whole circus audience is on its feet and the countdown begins!
“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 ……. ONE!”
Roo’s voice pounds through the loudspeakers:
“Light your rockets and aim them at the airship!”
I glance down to see several WHOOSHes as the rockets soar upward.
And fail to reach me, just as Roo had promised.
Then I espy the group of boys below. They have got together and are fastening three rockets into a single bundle!
There is a super ginormous explosion as the enlarged rocked soars up towards me.
Zips through my gondola floor, tears a large hole in the blimp air bag and then onwards through the tent roof.
Rapidly deflating I descend to the floor below holding aloft an opened umbrella (Just like Mary Poppins in the Movie)
But I am NOT smiling or singing, I am screaming with the promises of what I am going to do to that little feisty partner of mine when or if ever I catch up with her.
Then THUMP as I hit the ground and all is now dark and peaceful!
Whilst unconscious, buried in circus sawdust which broke my fall, after such a finale the crowd leave the tent with effusive praises “FOR THE BEST ENDING EVER!”
And Roo now lights up her main pyrotechnic display