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“My poor head!
“Where am I?”
I am buried in this soft oozy brown stuff
“Is anyone there?”
Silence - except for the loud explosions nearby with flashes of lightning all over the sky that is showing through a hole in the top of the circus tent.
I try to turn on my side but seem to be swimming in this soft brown stuff that smells slightly of cat pee
I ache all over. In fact I hurt all over!
“PFTZXXX***”NPFZZXX” as I breath in a mouthful of the stuff
I must be dying as a golden dwarf appears in front of me with a banana!
There is no more sounds just “jabber, jabber”.
I then get a sense of people around me arguing
“Well I am NOT touching him!”
“But you are the one who got him into this mess!
“You knew that young boys with rockets would mean disaster!”
“Well he did volunteer, ‘sort of’ as Cap’n Bob put it to him!”
“But he didn’t. YOU were the one to tell him to go aloft!”
“Well I am not going near him with all that Yucky mess on him.
“Get Beau to hose him down and take him back to the MC Hospital Wing”
I am vaguely aware of yet another cold shower and then being hoisted aloft a very large vehicle of some sort
Before long I surface again and feel myself in VERY familiar surroundings.
It is my bed in the MC Hospital Wing.
I try opening one eye and meet an angel all in white hovering over me.
“AH! you’re awake! We can now do some tests.”
Pummel! Pummel! Prod! Prod!
“Now try saying Ah! with your mouth open please!”
“Shurrup! I wanna sleep. Bye, bye!”
Lovely, lovely bed
Well it is time to do our recon Nose and is Ghost Pup with us , I wish I would be able to tell were the lill guy is hard to to see or hear him or know he is around but thankfully I have you as I pet Nose .
Ready? lets go ,,, we head off to where frost and Snow are in the valley away from prying eyes.
I find them finishing off a meal and look so happy it is so good to see that spark in Frost's eyes.
Hello my brave one and my beauty are you ready for a night recon ?
*Yes Rider * okay I need you to fly me over the Frosty Fort and Snow can tell me the best way to enter and where are the weak spots in that Fort,,, once I am in I will be on my own seeing Snow has never been inside as according to Anabel she has not been inside and whom ever enters does not come out.
I climb on to Frost while he helps Nose and Ghost pup onto Snow and we are off.
Nose get closer so the Pearls can catch the images I will need them to study later.
We slowly fly over the are and see The Frosty Fort a short distance away.
Snow takes the lead for she knows this area well .
We fly higher over the look out Tower and around to the back where Snow said there is only one Tower and the guard there is always asleep or inside with a female ,,,, my skin crawls just at the thought as I have said before the females Ogres are just as smelly and uglier then the males .
Frost and Snow land silently and Frost tell me what she is saying.
Nose and Ghost Pup join me as we creep closer to the dorr ,, My Sai ready and it will warn me if any enemies are close.
I gently touch the gate and push ,, it is not even locked , they are more stupid then I thought or so sure no one would dare break in ,,, what a joke.
I open the gate just enough for me to squeeze in , dark in here , but my eyes adjust to the darkness and turn the corner and see a row of cages some on the floor some hanging and all full.
There are muted moans of the captured to weak to do more than moan.
I have to get them all out ,, big job but I have to do it.
I hold Nose up so that he can get images from the Pearls ,,,, I softly as a mouse check every cell and every hanging cage . I did not want to take the chance on bringing Jacob for fear he would call ou to his family, so I hope these Pearls can get good shots.
I do not see any cage or cell with more than two per cell or cage so Jacob's and the others family's must be separated.
Nose starts to move around and looking over my shoulder ,,, I turn he pants this what you mean boy?
He wiggles his tail so I let him down and he runs to a wall ??
I go to the wall and look at Nose what in the world?? as I run my hands over the wall I feel a small hole I put my finger in it and the wall moves ,, my heart starts to pound.
Ghost Pup must be in there found something and told Nose to bring me.
I open the wall a crack ,, it is pitch black and I can see nothing but hear soft crying and a voice trying to calm them down.
I hear please my babies try not to call out or they will come and do us more harm.
My heart is going to jump out of my chest could we have found Jacob's family?
I vow I will get them all out , going to be a tough job but I will get it done I have good on our side.
I close the wall and say okay Nose lets go as I remove any paw prints but leave mine they do not look out of place but a paw print would.
I carefully and silently make my way back out side and fill my lungs with clean fresh air, man it is rank in there.
Frost Snow Nose Ghost pup head back as silent as a night breeze and land in the valley.
I rub Frost's and Snows spot behind the horns they love when I do that.
Frost my brave one I am sending Charlie to you with Sugar and Spice they need to hunt and I know you will show them where and look after them.
I get back to the Main Tent and find Charlie feeding and giving the critters water hey there Charlie I know Sugar and Spice are getting antsy so Frost and Snow are waiting to take them hunting just follow Nose he will take you there and have your Amulet open ok?
I need a hot drink and to check what The Pearls got.
I call for all to meet me in an hour , that should give time for Charlie to get back if not we will wait.
Opel has a hot tea and a snack ready for me I sit down with a huge sigh thank you Opel it just what I needed .
I call Angel on my Amulet and say meet me ASAP have a job for you.
I hold the Pearls and say I hope you got what I need then waited for Angel.
Cap just told me via amulet that he needs to see me ASAP! I meet him in the Main Tent and he gives me the pearls and says he needs the pics done immediately as we are all to meet back here in an hour. So, off I go to my makeshift dark room in my tent and get busy developing the pics. Cap and Nose did a great job capturing clear shots. But, oh my goodness! All those caged people, dirty and malnourished! It's heartbreaking and I'm glad we're going to make sure we get them all out of there pronto! I have just enough time to get the last ones developed before heading back to the Main Tent for Cap's meeting. Whatever his plans are for getting everyone rescued.....I am going to insist on coming along and helping in any way I can!
And Granny you should see the beautiful gardens that Uncle Raynor and Aunt Minnie have been growing around the compounds for those Realms that aren't able to raise their own crops......Why right now the Corns so tall that....."MRS FLETCHER!!...OH MRS FLETCHER!!...Where in the world are you???......Hush Salty...your going to bring Nurse Kratchet storming in here and boy will she be as mad as a Wet Hen when she does at you too! ......Is Mrs Fletcher awake yet Dandydog" "Yes I am now you Old Coot" ......Granny, why didn't you let me know that you were awake? Because your voice was so soothing to hear Sweetie and I loved just laying here hearing about your spent time with Uncle Raynor and Aunt Minnie. "When are ya coming back to the Tea Room Mrs Fletcher... cause we have been sure missing those Poppy Seed and Lemon Muffins you make special like for our Lil' Special Group once a week? Salty! Remember what Captain Randy and Doctor Deadman said about Mrs Fletcher returning to the Tea Room? Oh ya...I forgot... gosh dang anyway cause I really do miss those muffins.......Granny, when Captain Randy returns from His latest Adventure I know He, Angel, Miss Katt and Doctor Deadman will want to discuss with whats best for you in the future so that what happened with you doesn't happen again OK?...ZZZZZZ...ZZZZZ...Oh dear Salty, it looks like Granny has drifted off to her Never land once more........
WHEN CAP RETURNED FROM HIS SCOUTING TRIP HE HAD NOSE SHOW ME WITH SUGAR AND SPICE WHERE THE DRAGONS WERE SO THEY COULD HUNT. WHEN WE ARRIVED AT WHERE THE DRAGONS WERE I GREETED THE AS IS PROPER AND ASKED IF SURER AND SPICE COULD HUNT IN THEIR AREA. FROST AGREED. HONEY FIRE WOKE AND STARTED TRILLING TO SNOW AND FROST.
I TOLD SUGAR AND SPICE THEY WERE TO HUNT HERE BUT ONLY WILD ANIMALS. HONEY WANTED TO GO WITH THEM. YES, SHE DOES EAT RAW MEAT AS DO ALL HER KIN LARGE AND SMALL. SUGAR WANTED TO STAY WITH ME WHILE SPICE HUNTED BUT FROST TOLD HER HE WOULD WATCH OVER ME. THAT SHE WAS WAS FREE TO HUNT ALSO. OFF THEY WENT. THE GAME MUST HAVE BEEN CLOSE FOR THEY WERE ONLY GONE MAYBE A HALF HOUR. '
I THANKED FROST AND SNOW FOR EVERYTHING AND WE STARTED BACK TO THE CIRCUS CAMP. SUGAR AND SPICE NO LONGER HUNGRY HONEY FIRE'S STOMACH BULGING CURLED BACK ON MY SHOULDER.
NOSE I WILL FEED YOU WHEN WE GET BACK YOU SEEM TO HAVE DONE A WONDERFUL JOB FOR THE CAP. AND GHOST PUP YOU DID TOO. I JUST WISH I COULD DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR YOU. I THOUGHT TO HIM.
HE REPLIED THAT IT WAS ENOUGH THAT I LOVED AND CARED ABOUT HIM. HE WAS GLAD TO HELP. HE HATED THE GNOMES AND TROLLS. THEN ADDED THE GUARD ARE NO BETTER THEN THE GNOMES AND TROLL.
WE ARRIVED BACK AT THE CIRCUS JUST IN TIME FOR ME TO FEED NOSE AND MAKE IT TO THE CAPS. MEETING.
As we wait for Charlie to join us and keep PTG from nodding off I look at the pictures Angel developed from the Pearls .
They turned out great and crystal clear except for the last few where Nose showed me that wall ,,, to dark but you can just make out the wall and the finger hole so that is great.
Angel tells me in no uncertain terms that she is coming on the final rescue that she will do as much as she can ,,, at first I say NO WAY you are NOT a fighter but then a thought hits me ,,, I could use her she says what ever I can do Cap I will .
Okay you can bring your flash camera no film needed ,, she looks at me like I am totally wacko I laugh I know what you are thinking that I lost it but all we need is the flash so when an enemy is near you blind him with the flash I will do the rest ,, just make sure you have plenty of bulbs.
A look of understanding crosses her face good idea Cap.
Roo I will need you to be in front of me under your cloak , they will not see you but will see me and the boys when it is to late.
The tricky part of the plan is to get the key ring that is with the guards in there back room but I have a *cunning plan** I will roll a barrel of Honey Rum spiked with sleeping powder Roo that will be your part also.
I can disuse myself some how and get that barrel to there back room then we wait till they pass out that is where Ghost Pup comes in ,, he will stay there then let us know when they are knocked out then we strike.
Charlie joins us and I bring her up to date and show her the photos .
Now Charlie I think it best that you stay here with the animals and Jacob I can not take a chance on taking him with us so he is better off here with you and you can call me via your Amulet is I am needed .
Unless you want to join us?
Any one have any suggestions or idea's ??
I WALKED IN AS THE CAP AGREED TO TAKE ANGEL WITH THEM. WHEN HE ASKED FOR SUGGESTIONS I ANSWERED
I HAVE ONLY ONE SUGGESTION, TAKE EITHER SUGAR OR SPICE WITH YOU. JUST IN CASE YOU NEED A LITTLE LARGE BACKUP. YOU KNOW THEY GET EVEN LARGER WHEN UNDER A THREAT. I WOULD FEEL BETTER ABOUT ANGEL GOING IF SHE HAD SOME PROTECTION IF YOU ARE ENGAGED IN ANY BATTLE. SHE IS NOT A FIGHTER. THE CAT WILL ALSO SENSE ANY THREAT AND WARN YOU. GHOST PUP WILL DO AS YOU ASKED. HE HATES GNOMES.
GOOD IDEA CHARLIE AND YES I CAN TAKE SUGAR AND SPICE WITH US THEY WILL PROTECT ANGEL.
ANY ONE ELSE??
NO! YOU CAN ONLY TAKE ONE THE OTHER WILL NOT LEAVE ME. JUST REMEMBER IF THE CAT SENSES A THREAT IT WILL GET BIGGER ABOUT THE SIZE OF A DRAFT HORSE. AND BE ALL FANGS AND CLAWS. SO DO NOT GET IN HER WAY.
“Come on! Wake up!
“Its time for your concussion shots”
I open my eyes and there is the nurse with syringe in hand about to poke it into my butt.
“well I am shy so flop onto my back which makes it rather difficult for her
“Sniff! Sniff! Ungrateful wretch
“I shall tell the doctor that you are not co-operating”
And flounces out of the room.
Now fully alert I go over to the door to peep out.
The door is locked! I am a prisoner
“Well” - I mutter to myself, “it won’t be for the first time!”
Time for me to see what is going on around me
A locked door is no barrier as there are secret passageways and apertures all over this Castle.
I learnt of these very well at Grim’s “feet” and it is one of these that I choose now.
I want to see what is happening on the floor above in the CEO’s office since that is where that dastardly Bone Kingdom Sorcerer was heading.
Our CEO may be incompetent but he never stops trying to snare us all and an evil presence here is very worrying.
But first I have to try and contact my fellow “musketeers” and see what they are doing.
Do they need my help?
Do they even know where I am?
I Pput my hand inside my huggie jacket to feel my amulet and rub it.
Where is it? What has been done with it while I was unconscious?
Did I drop it on the way over?
It is then that inside my head comes the very familiar sounds of my pet crow!
“The nurse thought that it was pretty, so she took of for herself!
“SHE is now wearing it!”
I must get it back or else the others will know nothing of where I am.
I go over to the window, open it and call for my pet owl.
“TOOOOT!! Too Woo!! TOOOOT!!
There is the lovely creature soaring onto the window ledge so I tell it to contact Charlie and explain what has happened to me.
It flies off with my message and I think once more about recceing the CEO’s room.