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As I sit making notes to give my two um um um what am I hearing via my Amulet??
He is a nasty one ,,, captured as a Pup from one of our Transylvanian group by the Evil Mage the very one we battle with.
He was given very special powers like he can turn into ICE and is very very vicious.
You have to get PTG and the trackers out of there and block that tunnel and mark it as very dangerous.
PTG will have to brush that tunnel with Hemlock to block there scent.
Work fast Master or you will lose them and open the Tunnel to more evil then you have ever seen.
I run to the open field calling Frost and Snow,,,, *RIDER*
Rescue mission my brave one to The Northern Island to get PTG and the trackers and we need a lot of Hemlock.
As we get closer I call PTG and say DO NOT MOVE BUT SEND OUT GHOST PUP.
FROST LAND HERE AND SHAPE WITH SNOW AS A SNOW MOUND,,,
I crawl to the opening and try and find Ghost Pup,, he marks the snow with his paw good boy now take this to PTG and have you all back out slowly .
I whisper in my Amulet PTG Ghost is on his way back with The Hemlock it is a bundel mixed with other hebs to smell like it belongs there and will cover your scent.
As you all back out rub the branch mixture around make it smell natural we are waiting to take you back
Now HURRY BUT GO SLOW
"Brulee and Jewell...Please return to Captain Randy while Snow and I go to the Northern Lands.....Yes, yes I am well aware of the dangers that can be found there dear Faithful Companions......but Snow and I just might be able to assist Captain Randy & PTG in their quest to find these dangers that lie ahead........
"What a "Wonderful Idea" Angel!!! Hint to Captain Randy....She'd make a Mighty Find Warrior Sir and we need Her!!!
I hear very clearly what my Cap’n is telling me to do.
“But” I exclaim, “what about the moles? I have just lost their scent!”
“You blithering nincompoop! Do you not listen to anything I tell you!
“They have all returned safe and sound having done excellently in the tasks I gave them to do
“The only persons in danger are YOU and your two canine guides!
“Use your broom!
“Ghost pup is OK, but can’t save you so skedaddle back home as fast as you can!”
Returning back the way I came I notice the strange gouges and grooves on the walls and ceilings of the tunnels.
Were they done by living creatures?
As instructed by the Cap’n I liberally smother my tracks with the hemlock I have been given.
It is foul smelling stuff and I do not think that either foe or FRIEND will ever come near me again!
This fact is soon brought home to me as the Tea Room door is shut and barred.
There is a notice pinned on the door to say that there is a Towel and soap on the doorstep for me to use in the moat
One of Charlies pets will give her a signal after sniffing me over to say if I am to be permitted back in.
Woe is me once more!
SNOOP AND INDIGO COME BACK TO THE BARN MAN DO THEY STINK. GHOST PUP DOES NOT I GUESS THE SMELL MUST NOT STICK TO GHOSTS.
OK YOU TWO BATH TIME. AND I HEAD FOR THE STEAMING KETTLE ON THE WOOD STOVE. I GRAB THE BIG WASH TUB FILL IT WITH WATER FROM THE PUMP. THEN POUR IN THE HOT FROM THE KETTLE. IN YOU GO I SAID TO THE TWO FOXES. I GRAB A BAR OF SOAP THAT I USE FOR THEIR BATHS. LATHER THEM, BUY THE TIME I WAS FINISHED THE KETTLE WAS STEAMING AGAIN. I GRAB A BUCKET FILL IT WITH COLD THE ADD ENOUGH OF THE STEAMING WATER TO WARM IT. THEN RINSE THEM. NOW THEY NO LONGER STINK TO HIGH HEAVENS.
I GET SOME TOWEL FROM THE LOCKER AND DRY THEM. THEY STILL HAVE A BIT OF A SMELL BUT IT IS NOT TOO BAD. SOME TIME OUT IN THE FRESH AIR WILL GET RID OF THE REST.
DONE I DUMP OUT THE BATH WATER OUTSIDE AS FAR FROM THE BARN AS I CAN WITHOUT GETTING IT INTO THE FRESH WATER OF THE STREAM THAT RUNS THROUGH THE ENCLOSURE.
THAT DONE I OPEN MY AMULET TO ALL THE PETS. SORRY THIS IS COMING LATE BUT I NEED AS MANY OF YOU THAT WANTS TO TO CHASE AND FETCH THE STOCKINGS AND TREES THAT SEEM TO BE FLYING ALL OVER THE REALM AGAIN THIS YEAR.
SNOOP I WANT YOU TO TAKE A MESSAGE TO FINN, YOU KNOW WHERE THEY HAVE MOVED AND MADE THEIR NEW HOME. HE ANSWERED YES, I WROTE A NOTE AS SMALL AS I COULD AND TUCKED IN SNOOPS COLLAR. AND OFF HE WENT.
SOON HE WAS BACK, I HAD A GOOD CHUCKLE, CLINGING TO HIS BACK WAS FINN AND THREE OF HIS MEN.
HE SCREWED UP HIS FACE AND GREW NOW THAT IS BETTER NO MORE HAVING TO SIT HIM ON MY SHOULDER.
I TOLD HIM THAT IF HIS PEOPLE UNRAVELED THE SOCKS, AND TREES AND MADE BALLS OF THEM THEY COULD KEEP AS MUCH OF THE YARN AS THEY THOUGHT THEY COULD USE TO MAKE CLOTHES OR WHATEVER OUT OF. HE STARTED TO SAY NO, YOU HAVE EARNED IT. I KNOW YOU WILL BE NEEDING THINGS MADE FROM THE YARN, BAGS TO CARRY THINGS IN, AND CLOTHES, CHILDREN ALWAYS NEED CLOTHES. I NEVER SEEMED TO BE ABLE TO KEEP MY OWN IN CLOTHES THAT FIT THEY GROW SO FAST.
THE PETS WILL BRING THEM IN YOU CAN USE WHATEVER AREA YOU WANT TO DO YOUR WORK. THEN THE PUPS CAN PUT THE FINISHED BALLS IN THE BIN WHERE I KEEP MY YARN. IF YOU NEED HELP GETTING YOURS HOME JUST SAY THE WORD, I WILL CARRY IT FOR YOU. MY BAG NEVER GETS FULL AS YOU MAY REMEMBER.
THE PETS HAD STARTED BRING IN THE SOCKS, AND TREES. SOME THE MORE INTER PRIZING BROUGHT IN SNOWMEN. THEN IT DAWNED ON ME OF COURSE. CAT TOYS. BUT FIRST THEY MUST BE UNDRESSED.
FINN IF ANYTHING THEY ARE WEARING WOULD BE OF USE TO YOUR PEOPLE SET IT ASIDE. WHEN THIS MADNESS COMES TO AN END AND IT ALWAYS HAS I WILL MAKE A BIG BUNDLE OF IT AND THE DECORATIONS FROM THE TREES MAY ALSO BE OF USE. I SEE SOME SMALL BUTTONS AND RIBBONS. YOU WOMEN MAY BE ABLE TO USE. THE SCARVES AND HATS AND BUTTONS FROM THE SNOWMEN ALSO.
WELL I WILL LEAVE YOU TO IT AND GET OUT OF YOUR WAY.
I WILL ASK MISS KATT AND OPAL TO FIX SOMETHING FOR YOU TO EAT AND DRINK. YOU CAN HAVE IT HERE OR IN THE SMALL DINING ROOM IN THE TEA ROOM. THERE IS A SMALL DOOR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TEA ROOM DOOR SO YOU WILL NOT HAVE TO USE THE TUNNEL.
THEY SET UP SHOP IN THE STALL WHERE THEY HAD LIVED FOR A TIME. AS I WAS LEAVING I SAY A LARGE GROUP OF ELVES COME IN THE DOOR. GOOD, THE MORE THE BETTER, WITH SO MAY DAYS HAVING PASSED SINCE THE STUFF HAD STARTED FLYING THEY WOULD NEED THE HELP.
I MADE SURE THERE WAS FOOD AND FRESH WATER FOR THE PETS GATHERING THE DARN FLYING THINGS. THEN I NOTICED MORE STUFF FLYING ABOUT. NOT JUST THE ORBS THAT FLY BY AND DISSAPPEAR OR THE GNOMES THAT WHEN THEY LAND GO OFF TO HOME I GUESS, THE ELVES FLY ON BY SO NO PROBLEM. I DO HOPE WHOEVER HAS LOST THE PIGS FIND THEM AND GATHER THEM OR I WILL HAVE A LARGE PEN BUILT AND ROUND THEM UP. HAM, BACON AND PORK CHOPS WILL BE ON THE MENU FOR SOME TIME TO COME. JUST LIKE THE CHICKENS IN THE SPRING.
THE PENGUINS, AND REINDEER SEEM TO BE LANDING AND HEADING NORTH TO THE ICE COUNTRY. NOT SURE WHY OR HOW ALL THIS STUFF GETS TOSSED IN THE AIR AND FLIES AROUND FROM TIME TO TIME BUT SOME OF IT COMES IN HANDY, NOT LOOKING A GIFT HORSE IN THE MOUTH.
I WAS THINKING OF ALL THIS AS I WALKED TO THE TEA ROOM. I POKED ONLY MY HEAD IN THE BACK DOOR. AND TOLD KATT AND OPAL THAT FINN AND MAYBY 20 OR MORE ELVES WERE IN THE BARN WORKING OF THE WINTER BOUNTY FALLING FROM THE SKY. AND SHOULD I HAVE THE GNOMES MAKE A PIG PEN AND CATCH A FEW OF THE PIGS, I AM SURE SOMEONE WILL DO THE HONORS OF TURNING THEM INTO TABLE READY MEAT FOR US. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THEY DO NOT GET INTO THE GARDENS. IF YOU SAY NO I WILL HIRE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING TO CHASE THEM FROM THE AREA.
I WILL NOT COME IN I MAY HAVE THE STINK ON ME THAT THE FOXES HAD ON THEM. I WILL GO AROUND TO MY ROOM AND CLEAN UP THEN COME BACK. COFFEE WOULD BE GOOD. AND MAYBE SOMETHING TO TAKE TO FINN AND HIS TROOPS.
I SHUT THE DOOR AND LEFT.
CLEANED UP I RETURN TO THE KITCHEN THERE OPAL HANDS ME A CUP OF COFFEE, WITH HONEY, JUST COOL ENOUGH TO DRINK. I SET AT THE SMALL TABLE BY THE BACK DOOR AND DRINK MY COFFEE WHILE SHE AND KATT TRY TO THINK OF A WAY TO FOR ME TO TAKE SOME ALE TO THE ELVES. NOT TOO MUCH I SAID DON'T WANT THEM GOING HOME IN THEIR CUPS. ALSO MAYBE SOME WATER.
OPAL DO YOU STILL HAVE SOME OF THOSE GOURDS THE CHILDREN FOUND AND BROUGHT FOR DECORATION FOR THE PARTY. IF YOU DO THEY SHOULD BE DRIED OUT INSIDE BY NOW. CUT THE TOP OFF DUMP OUT THE SEEDS MAKE SURE NO FIBERS ARE STILL IN IT. POKE A VERY SMALL HOLE IN THE BOTTOM JUST BIG ENOUGH THAT IT DRIPS. SEAL IT WITH SOMETHING THAT WILL KEEP IT FROM LEAKING BUT EASY ENOUGH FOR THE ELVES TO OPEN AND CLOSE. DO THE SAME FOR THE WATER. DON'T WANT TO TAKE PITCHERS TO THE BARN. MIGHT GET SPILLED OR ONE OF THEM COULD SLIP AND FALL INTO THEM.
THEY WILL BE EATING WITH US TONIGHT. THE SMALL DINING ROOM. THE GNOME BUILDERS MAY ALSO STAY FOR A MEAL AND DRINK.
OPAL HANDS ME A BASKET WITH SOME COOKIES, BITS OF CHEESE AND THE GOURDS. HOW CLEAVER CORKS IN THE TOP. AND A TINY , LOOKS TO BE THE SMALLEST SCREW I HAVE EVER SEEN. OPAL SAID IT JUST BARELY REACHED THE INSIDE. SO ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS UNSCREW IT A LITTLE AND THE LIQUID WILL FOLLOW THE SCREW GROOVE OUT. SO TELL THEM NOT TO TAKE IT ALL THE WAY OUT OR TOO MUCH MAY COME OUT AT ONCE.
I CHUCKLED, OPAL YOU ARE A WONDER. I WOULD NEVER HAVE COME UP WITH A WAY TO DO THAT.
BEFORE LEAVING THE KITCHEN I USED MY AMULET TO CALL TO DINKY, SMIDGE. WE NEED THE BUILDERS AGAIN CALL THEM AND TELL THEM WE NEED A LARGE FENCED PIG PEN BUILT. ALSO TROUGHS FOR FEED AND WATER FOR THEM. IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE LOOKING FOR WORK AND WILLING TO CARE FOR A LARGE HERD OF PIGS HAVE THEM REPORT TO YOU. YOU KNOW WHAT I EXPECT. FEED AND WATER AND KEEP THE PEN CLEAN. WE HAVE LOTS OF STRAW SINCE THE FARMERS HARVESTED. SHOW THEM WHERE TO DUMP THE POO WHEN THEY CLEAN THE PEN. AT LEAST EVERY TWO DAYS. PIGS DO NOT LIKE BEING DIRTY. ALSO THEY WILL NEED A WALLOW BUILT. SEE IF THE STREAM THAT GOES TO CAP'S ENCLOSURE CAN BE DIVERTED JUST A LITTLE. PUT A STOP GATE ON IT SO IT CAN BE OPENED AND CLOSED AS NEEDED. LINE THE BOTTOM OF THE WALLOW WITH A THICK AT LEAST 4 INCHES OF HEAVY CLAY. THAT WAY IT WILL HOLD THE WATER AND NOT DRY OUT TOO QUICKLY.
SO GET TO IT. WE NEED A PLACE TO PUT ALL THESE PIGS THAT KEEP DROPPING ON US. WE NEED TO KEEP THEM OUT OF GARDENS AND CROPS.
I ENTERED THE BARN AND TOOK THE THE BASKET TO THE STALL THE ELVES WERE USING. SAT IT DOWN ON IT'S SIDE SO THEY COULD GO IN AND GET SNACKS.
SAT THE GOURDS DOWN SHOWED THEM WHICH WAS WHICH THERE WAS A WHITE ONE WITH WATER, AND A YELLOW ORANGE ONE WITH ALE. TOLD THEM ABOUT THE SCREW CLOSURES. AND TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO UNSCREW THEM COMPLETELY. OR THEY WOULD LOSE THE CONTENTS.
THEN WENT LOOKING FOR DINKY AND SMIDGE.
Charlie and I have had our heads together for about an hour when I jump and say YESSSSSSSSSSSS PERFECT IDEA.
Dogie bayed caused I startled him no no no my boy no danger Cap is just excited here a big juicy apple .
I went to hug Charlie for the great idea but stoped dead in my tracks when I saw ****THE LOOK****
Charlies does not get hugs.
Okay okay no hug but what a great idea and the path is clear for me to go to my cottage and get === and take it to ++++ with out Angel seeing me and asking why I have a huge piece of )))))) and where am I of to?
Wait here I will go get it and show you then if you agree it is perfect I will take it to +++++
Charlie you put on a good face of being mean and crouchedy but under all that you have a heart of gold.
Okay be right back with the ******
GLAD CAP LIKED MY IDEA FOR ANGEL'S CHRISTMAS GIFT. TOGETHER WE WILL GIVE HER A VERY NICE GIFT. SO THAT TAKES CARE OF EVERYONE BUT ROO, SHE IS THE HARDEST BECAUSE SHE HAS MORE THAN ENOUGH THAT BOOOOOOM!!!!!
I WAS STILL SETTING IN THE BARN IN MY NEW ROCKER THINKING OF WHAT TO GET ROO, WHEN A WHITE STOAT AND HAIRLESS CAT WANDERED IN. NOW WHAT? THEY LOOKED AROUND AND AND STARTED TO EXPLORE. OH! NO YOU DON'T. INKY COME TO ME I CALLED AND REACHED FOR MY BAG AND OPENED IT AN CALLED TO PRECIOUS. OK, INKY FIND OUT WHO THE CAT IS AND WHY SHE IS HERE AND PRECIOUS DO THE SAME WITH THE STOAT. INKY SAID THEY WERE NEW TO THE REALM AND SAW THE BARN AND WANDERED IN TO SEE IF IT WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE. THE STOAT TOLD PRECIOUS THE SAME.
I HAD MY PETS TELL THE THAT THEY WOULD BE WELCOME IF THE FOLLOWED A FEW SIMPLE RULES. ON THEY MUST BE CHIPPED SO THEY TO COULD HEAR ME WHEN I TALKED TO THEM AND THAT THEY THEN WOULD BE ABLE TO TALK TO ME. NOT SURE THEY BELIEVED THAT BUT MY BABIES INFORMED THEM IT WAS TRUE.
IT WAS THEN THEY REALLY NOTICED SUGAR AND SPICE. STARTED TO MOVE BACK TO THE DOOR AS IF TO ESCAPE.
TELL THEM THEY WILL NOT BE EATEN BY THE BIG CATS BUT PROTECTED AS ALL WHO LIVE HERE ARE.
SUGAR AND SPICE OPEN LOOKED AT THEM AND TOLD THEM THEY HAD NOTHING TO FEAR FROM THEM.
ALSO YOU MUST NOT CAUSE TROUBLE HERE OR ANYWHERE ELSE OR YOU WILL HAVE TO LEAVE THIS AREA AND YOU WILL NOT BE PROTECTED AND HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN FOOD.
YOU ALSO MUST DO AS I ASK, OCCASIONALLY YOU MAY BE CALLED ON TO HELP WITH A PROBLEM. INKY TELL THEM HOW THIS WORKS. THE CAT TOLD INKY SHE WAS ROYALTY AND DID NOT WORK. TO THIS I LAUGHED, NO ONE HERE DOES NO EARN THEIR KEEP.
NOW WILL YOU STAY OR LEAVE? HERE YOU WILL HAVE FOOD, A WARM SAFE PLACE TO LIVE AND MOST OF THE TIME NOTHING TO DO BUT WHAT YOU WISH.
THE STOAT SEEMED TO THINK THAT WAS A GOOD BARGAIN AND AGREED. PRECIOUS WAS CURIOUS HE HAD NEVER SEEN ANY OTHER THAT WAS SORT OF HER KIND.
PRECIOUS YOU MAY INVITE HUMMM! HE MUST HAVE A NAME. WHILE I WAS TRYING TO THINK OF ONE HE WAS TRYING TO GET PRECIOUS TO PLAY. HIS ANTICS MADE ME LAUGH. HE WAS SUCH A CLOWN. THAT'S IT HE WILL BE CALLED CLOWN.
PRECIOUS HE IS TRYING TO GET YOU TO PLAY WITH HIM. HE CAN TEACH YOU MUCH ABOUT YOUR ERMINE SIDE.
PRECIOUS WATCHED CLOWN THEN TRIED TO FOLLOW HIS ANTICS. THIS COULD BE GOOD FOR PRECIOUS. HE WAS SO SHY, AND UN-TRUSTING. OK, YOU TWO INTO THE BAG. I NEED TO DEAL WITH THE CAT. IN THEY RACED. TINY HAD BEEN WATCHING FROM THE BAG. AND POPPED DOWN AS PRECIOUS NIPPED AT CLOWN THEN RAN INTO THE BAG, CLOWN IN HOT PURSUIT. I CLOSED IT AS HIS TAIL CLEARED THE TOP.
NOW INKY WHO DO WE HAVE HER, SHE SAY SHE IS ROYALTY, I TOLD HER NOT HER SHE WASN'T. THEN SHE WILL BE CALLED CLEO, BUT SHE WILL BE TREATED AS THE REST OF YOU ARE. IF SHE WISHES TO HAVE A HOME HERE. SUGAR SPOKE TO HER, SHE LOOKED AMAZED AT THE LARGE CAT. THEN SHE AGREED TO STAY, I THINK SHE DID NOT WANT TO TAKE A CHANCE ON HAVING TO FIND A PLACE TO LIVE. SUGAR HAD TOLD HER THAT ELSEWHERE SHE MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED AND THAT SHE MAY EVEN BE HARMED AS PRECIOUS HAD BEEN.
INKY, TAKE HER TO THE CATTERY AND INTRODUCE HER TO THE OTHER CATS. SHOW HER WHERE THE FOOD, WATER AND BEDS ARE, THERE ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH FOR NOW. THEN GO BACK TO YOUR TASK.
SUGAR DO TELL HERE THAT THE ELVES HERE ARE NOT FOOD. BUT FRIENDS. I HAD SEEN HER WATCHING THEM WITH INTEREST. OFF YOU GO.
NOW WHAT SHOULD I GIVE ROO FOR CHRISTMAS.
THE NEW CAT CAME TO MIND, THEN I LAUGHED THAT WOULD NEVER DO.
THEN AN IDEA CAME TO ME, I OPEN MY AMULET TO THE CAP. " CAP I AM GOING TO CLOUD CITY TO THE POTION SHOP. I WILL HAVE GRIFF TAKE ME. HE CAN KEEP WATCH. OF COURSE SUGAR AND SPICE WILL BE WITH ME. I DOUBT ANYONE OR ANYTHING WILL BOTHER ME. I CLOSED THE AMULET LEAVING IT OPEN TO CAP, THAT WAY IF ANYTHING WENT WRONG HE WOULD KNOW.
I GRABBED A SHEET OF WRITING PAPER AND A PEN AND INK. AND STARTED A LIST OF WHAT I WOULD ORDER, NOW IF THEY CAN MAKE EVERYTHING AND DELIVER IT TO ME BEFORE CHRISTMAS. IT WILL BE A GREAT SURPRISE FOR ROO.
HAVING MADE MY LIST I ASK SUGAR AND SPICE TO STEP INTO MY BAG, AND OFF WE WENT TOWARD THE TEA ROOM.
AS I NEARED I CALLED TO GRIFF, I NEED YOU TO TAKE ME TO CLOUD CITY AND BACK. ALSO TO BE MY LOOKOUT WHILE WE ARE THERE.
DOWN HE CAME DOWN FROM THE ROOF AND LANDED SOFTLY, I CLIMBED ON HIS BACK, GRABBED HIS REIN AND SAID LET'S GO. IN A FEW MOMENTS WE WERE AIRBORNE AND ON OUR WAY. HE LANDED AT THE PIER, I DISMOUNTED AND THANKED HIM FOR THE RIDE. OPENED MY BAG TO LET SUGAR AND SPICE OUT, WALKED DOWN THE STREET. EVERYONE STARED AND STEPPED BACK AS WE PASSED. I CHUCKLED, AND SPOKE TO THE CATS. KEEP A SHARP EYE AND EAR OUT FOR TROUBLE. AS WE APPROACHED THE POTION SHOP THOSE WHO WERE NEAR STEPPED BACK AND LET ME THROUGH. THEN THEY DISAPPEARED TO PARTS UNKNOWN.
I STEPPED UP TO THE COUNTER AND TOLD THE ALCHEMIST WHAT I WANTED AND I NEEDED NO LATER THEN NOON 3 DAYS FROM NOW. HE STARTED TO SAY NO, BUT I HEARD HIM THINK IF I TELL HER I CAN 'T I HAVE OTHER ORDERS TO FILL BUT I WILL SET THEM ASIDE FOR A LARGE AMOUNT OF GOLD. I CAN MAKE A BIG PROFIT. I CHUCKLED IS THAT SO, I ASKED HIM HOW MUCH. THE PRICE HE QUOTED WAS AN OUTRAGE. HE WAS THINKING HE COULD MAKE EVEN MORE FROM THIS HAYSEED. I DREW MYSELF UP TO MY INTIRE 4' 9" AND PLACED ONE HAND ON EACH OF THE CATS THEY HAD ALSO HEARD HIS THOUGHT. THEY GREW AT LEAST 6" HIGHER. HE LOOKED SURPRISED. AGAIN I ASKED HOW MUCH FOR THE ITEMS ON THE LIST. HE SPUTTERED AND BLURTED OUT A PRICE I COULD LIVE WITH. WHAT AM I DOING HE THOUGHT I WILL ONLY BREAK EVEN NOW. AH, BUT THE TIME LIMIT I WILL GET HER ON THAT.
THEN HE TOLD ME HE COULD NOT HAVE EVERYTHING ON THE LIST READY IN 3 DAYS TIME. HE HAD OTHER ORDERS TO FILL. THIS I KNEW WAS SORT OF TRUE. HE HAD ONLY THREE OTHER ORDERS AND 2 OF THEM WERE DONE. FOR ANOTHER 800 COIN I CAN SET THEM ASIDE AND FILL YOUR ORDER I COCKED MY HEAD A LITTLE AND STARED AT HIM. I SCRATCHED EACH CAT BEHIND THE EAR AND THOUGHT MUCH BIGGER. WITH THAT THOUGHT THEY GREW NOT JUST A FEW INCHES THEY WERE NOW AS TALL AS I WAS. STARING AT HIM AND IGNORING WHAT HE HAD SAID I CONTINUED, THE PACKAGE IS TO BE DELIVERED TO THE TEA ROOM OUTSIDE OF THE CASTLE.
I COULD SEE HE WAS HAVING A HARD TIME. HIS BROW WAS SHINNY WITH SWEAT AND HIS HANDS TREMBLED SLIGHTLY. I CONTINUED IF THEY ARE THERE QUICKLY, THERE WILL BE A BONUS FOR YOU.
HE TOOK THE LIST AND LOOKED AT IT. NODDING EVERY NOW AND AGAIN. LOOKING AROUND HIS SHOP THEN TURNED BACK AND SAID OK, NOW FOR THE GOLD. I SET MY BAG DOWN REACHED IN PULLED OUT A SACK OF COIN, HE STOOD WIDE EYED AS I COUNTED OUT EXACTLY HALF OF THE AGREED PRICE. THEN I TOLD HIM THE OTHER HALF WILL BE IN YOUR HAND WITHIN MOMENTS OF THE PACKAGE BEING DELIVERED AND IT IS CHECKED THAT IT IS COMPLETE. HE HAD BEEN THINKING TO GET THE COIN THEN DO THE LIST AT HIS LEISURE. NOW IF HE WANTED THE REST OF THE COIN AND THE BONUS I HAD MENTIONED HE WOULD DO THE LIST AS QUICKLY HAS HE COULD.
HE STARTED TO PUT UP AND ARGUMENT BUT ONE LOOK AT SUGAR AND SPICE HE CHANGED HIS MIND. HE SEEMED RESIGNED THAT THE HAYSEED HAD OUTWITTED HIM.
THEN HE ASKED ME IF I WAS A WITCH OR A MAG OR SOME OTHER MAGIC WIELDING PERSON. NOT REALLY I SAID WITH A SMILE. BUT CROSS ME AND YOU WILL WISH EVERY SECOND OF WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF YOUR LIFE YOU HAD NOT.
OH! AND BY THE WAY DO NOT CALL THE GUARDS AS YOU ARE THINKING OF DOING, OR YOU AND THEY WILL NOT LIVE TO REGRET IT. DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR! I STOOD WITH ONE ARM OVER EACH CAT SCRATCHING UNDER THEIR CHIN.
HE WAS STILL WANDERING WHAT TYPE OF MAGIC PRACTITIONER I WAS THEN HE SHRUGGED AND TURNED TO START FILLING MY ORDER. IF THE LABELS ARE NOT IN THE LANGUAGE I SPECIFIED. WELL YOU KNOW THE RESULT THAT WILL COME YOUR WAY.
HE STARED AT ME AS I TURNED AND STARTED BACK DOWN THE STREET. I STOPPED, OPENED MY BAG, CALLED TO GRIFF I WAS READY TO GO AND HAD THE CATS STEP IN.
GRIFF LANDED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET, I MOUNTED, SETTLED MYSELF. TOLD HIM TO GO HOME. MY BUSINESS WAS DONE.
HE TOOK OFF SCRATTERING DUST BUT THERE WAS NO ONE ON THE STREET TO WITNESS IT EXCEPT OLD MAGUS. I LOOKED AT HIM AND TELLING HIM FORGET YOU HAVE EVER SEEN US. WE MAY NEVER COME HERE AGAIN.
HE NODDED AND WENT BACK TO HIS CRYSTAL BALL. MUTTERING FORGET, FORGET AS HE STARED INTO SWIRLING DEEP IN THE BALL.
GRIFF ROSE HIGHER, AND HIGHER. SOON JUST A SPECK HE SEEMED TO BE HEADING FOR THE DARK TOWER, HE PASSED IT THEN TURNED AND HEADED FOR THE TOWN, THEN THE TEA ROOM.
AGAIN I THANKED HIM AS I DISMOUNTED, HE LIFTED TO THE TEA ROOM ROOF.
I OPEN MY BAG LETTING SUGAR AND SPICE OUT. THEY HAD A SMUG LOOK ON THEIR FACES. THAT WAS FUN THEY PURRED. I OPENED MY AMULET TO THE CAP. I HAVE RETURNED.
MY BUSINESS IN CLOUD CITY IS DONE. BUT BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR A GOOD SIZED PACKAGE TO BE DELIVERED BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND DO NOT OPEN IT OR TOUCH IT. THE CATS MUST CHECK IT FIRST.
THEN I WENT TO THE TEA ROOM. I COULD USE A CUP OF COFFEE AND A SNACK.