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I WAS SURPRISED WHEN THE THE HUGE CHARABANC APPEARED IN THE TEA ROOM THERE WAS HARDLY ANY ROOM TO MOVE AROUND IT. I STOOD CHECKED TO SEE THAT ALL WAS WELL WITH THE PET IN MY CARPET BAG. SAM AND PRECIOUS WERE AWAKE. NIX SLEPT ON. THEN MY CHAIR WAS LOADED ON THE CHARABANC I A SPOT MADE FOR IT. I WAS SHOCKED BUT GRATEFUL. I MUST REMEMBER TO THANK PTG. ONCE IT WAS SECURED I CLIMB INTO THE CHARABANC SETTLED INTO THE CHAIR MY BAG ON MY LAP. WHEN EVERYONE WAS ON BOARD THE FRONT WALL OPENED AND WE WERE ON OUR WAY. AT THE FLYING BOAT WE QUICKLY GOT SETTLED MY CHAIR IN A QUIET SPOT OUT OF THE WAY. THE LIONS REFUSED TO BOARD SAYING THEY WERE TO OLD TO START OVER. THEY WERE STAYING HERE. I WISHED THEM WELL. THEN I WENT TO THE CHAIR I SET MY CARPET BAG ON IT AND WENT BELOW TO WATCH OVER THE PETS AS WE LEFT.
I THOUGHT TO ANNALIESE. WELL DONE, WELL DONE. SHE WAS CAUSING ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE. AND COVERING OUR DEPARTURE. SCREAMS AND SHOUTS FROM THE CASTLE INDICATED SHE WAS DOING AS PTG ASKED. THE THE FAKE BOAT TOOK OFF. RISING THE EXPLODED. I DO HOPE ADRIAN BELIEVES THAT IS US AND SOMETHING WENT WRONG. IT LOOKED LIKE ALL THE THINGS THAT GO BOOM EXPLODED. HE KNEW WE HAD DYNAMITE. SINCE WE HAD USED IT. SINCE GHOSTS NEED HUMANS AROUND TO INTERACT WITH I LEFT HERE WITH ONE THOUGHT. CAUSE AS MUCH TROUBLE AS YOU WANT HERE FOREVER. NOW SHE WOULD LIVE ON. SHE HAD A MISSION.
I WENT TO THE PETS THEY DID NOT SEEM TO NOTICE WE WERE MOVING. THEY WERE EITHER EATING, DRINKING WATER, SLEEPING, OR PLAYING. I OPENED MY AMULET HOPING IT WOULD WORK WITH EGOR. EGOR YOU MUST BE GOOD AND STAY WITH BABY. I HANDED HIM A BANANA FROM HIS FOOD STORAGE. IF YOU ARE NOT GOOD. I WILL TAKE YOU OUT INTO THE WILD WHEN WE GET TO OUR NEW HOME. YOU WILL HAVE TO FIND YOUR OWN FOOD. AND WATCH OUT FOR DANGERS BECAUSE NO ONE WILL BE WITH YOU TO HELP. HE UNDERSTOOD ME, FOR HE CLUNG TIGHTER BABY'S TOP KNOT. SHAKING HIS HEAD. JUST REMEMBER, STAY HERE! STAY WITH BABY AND BEAU. I WILL CHECK ON YOU. DO NOT CAUSE TROUBLE HERE. NONE!! WE ARE NOT OUT OF DANGER YET. CHECKED THE FOOD AND WATER BOWLS THEN WENT BACK TOPSIDE TO MY CHAIR.
Ok self - BREATHE... try not to think about how high we are or how fast we are going... just keep feeding folks until we arrive.....
YEP! I TOOK CARE OF THE ANIMALS. SO THEY SHOULD BE GOOD. THAT IS IF EGOR STAYS BELOW. I THINK HE WILL BE I THREATENED TO SET HIM LOOSE IN THE FOREST TO FEND FOR HIMSELF IF HE CAUSES ANY TROUBLE ON THE AIRSHIP.
Flies by and grumbles about the box under the rock. So far behind where am I? And who is Adrain?
Settles on Ame's shoulder to hitch a ride. More to follow eventually. Settles down for a nap.
Our airship is now traveling quite low over the ground and I begin to recognize some of the landmarks of Atlantis as we pass them, notably the famous Poseidon Fountain.
We begin to climb as the ground starts to get higher and higher until it is almost a mountain.
Several of my partners are now eagerly looking forward to getting their feet back on terra firma and some of the animals sensing the ground’s proximity are getting restless.
We descend into the Atlantean Temple until we reach the portico by the Altar of a Thousand Candles.
This I hope will be our final destination although I cannot see any aperture to pass through at the moment.
I decide to risk it and press on with our journey and we continue to climb until we hit the peak.
This is a grassy mound with several broken statues and columns scattered around the summit.
I tell the others that I am about to disembark for a while but that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES must they or any of our menagerie leave the airship until I return
I dangle a rope over the side of the airship and slide down it onto the ground below.
Looking back up I see a crowd of goggle eyed faces staring speechless down at me. I sit down on one of the ancient grassy covered columns and try to empty my mind of all the thoughts and the recent occurrences milling around in it.
At the same time I begin to rub the green central stone in a crafted Ancestor’s Spirit ring and wait.
A slight breeze begins to stir around me and then suddenly I am blasted out of my mind and into another dimension.
“Mortal earthling! Why are you here?
“How have you disturbed me in my eternal sleep?
“Why do we not send you back to whence you have come?”
I am quaking in my boots. I seem to have succeeded only too well in my desire to communicate with the inhabitants of this grassy area in Atlantis known locally as the Temple of Delphi.
Before me is a terrible sight. An ancient bearded man in luminescent white robes is sitting on a golden throne and surrounded by a mystical fire that is cold and yet burning at the same time.
I had hoped I would summon one of the lesser Greek gods who all inhabit this area.
Then I could negotiate how and where to land.
But I seem to have miscalculated because before me is Zeus himself.
I need no words as he burrows into my consciousness
He tears out from me all the memories of recent events at the Midnight Castle and the evil climaxing in the appearance of the arch wizard Adrian.
A pause and in the shimmering mist another god appears.
It is his son Apollo who reigns over the Delphic oracles and the temple itself.
After a brief discussion Apollo steps forward and begins:
“Heed my words Oh! Earthling.
“We have measured your needs and the truth of them.
“As forces for the good of nature as well as of mankind are dominant in your mind my revered father has decided to allow you and your companions both human and animal to enjoy a sister site for your domain.
“You are to be located further to the north and adjacent to those areas you refer to on your charts as the Faerie Forest and East Realms. There you may do as you please
“You may live in tented encampments or rebuild the kind of duplicate fortress that you’re familiar with. We will have no objections and you may invoke such magic as necessary for this.
“But heed this warning. You and your kith and kin are NEVER to visit this area again except to worship our gods.
“My sister Artemis is a skilled huntress of both animals AND men!
“Now be gone and let us rest again!”
The intense flashes in my hyperactive brain die out and I now find myself sitting in the bottom of the airship once more with my amazed looking partners surrounding me and touching me as if I am a ghost and not flesh and blood!
Gathering my wits and speech once more I quickly relate to my companions what has just happened to me and where we must now go.
I tell Charlie that once landed her animals will be hunted down if they venture this way but otherwise they are free to roam.
We need to plan and for once NOT a cunning plan!
PTG looks like he needs a drink, good thing i held out some hong cha.
I had him the cup, "sorry i don't have anything strong available at the moment."
He takes the cup, sniffs appreciatively and sips...
Ahhhhhh! And drains the cup.
I then notice that the leaves in the bottom are unusually large.
THIS is the special mountain variety that is picked just after the last snows have left and the balmy air gently wafts over the tea plants.
I have been given a superb treat after my sojourn with the gods.
I thank her profusely!
On his way back to the forest behind the Seven Dwarves, Seeker stopped near the base of Rapunzel's Tower and sat on a rock to rest. He was in no hurry to continue his journey for now. No....it just seemed appropriate to stay at that location and reflect on those who had gone before .... first Jenny_Wren and then PTG's Fairy Godmother. Here was the "remembrance stone" for Jenny_Wren .... and at the base of the tower were growing wild flowers of all kinds. He would swear he even saw some sparkling with fairy dust.
His revere was interrupted by an anguished cry coming from the Temple of Justice....... Ah, he thought, Adrian has discovered their escape......There will be H*** to pay for that one!
So, he quickly gathered his book and soon disappeared out of sight into the forest.
Shortly after his disappearance, a huge shield/dome spread across the Castle and the surrounding areas ....... A loud, fearful voice permeated the air: They may have escaped! But they can never return. I now decree that all be frozen in time ..... preserved for the future in its unchanged, untainted form.
And so it was.....
I gather my partners around me.
"We urgently need a planning meeting to sort out our priorities!
"We need food, water and shelter for ourselves and we need the same for all our animals.
"We can control where we roam but our animals cannot, so they need tobe restricted somehow so that they do not get hunted down in the surrounding forests.
"We do not know what other creatures are in this area or if they are friendly so we must be cautious when we travel out of the airship.
"Angel it is vital that you take extensive notes of these discussions so that we can refer to them later when planning the details.
"Now where to begin?"