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INTERACTIVE STORIES

In this thread of "Interactive Stories",  I will introduce my stories, and hope that you will feel free to jump in and join me, as characters of our Kingdom.....

 

Or, within this thread, start your own stories, simply by changing the message subject line with the title of your story inserted.  In this way we can keep these story titles separated within this thread.  I hope that makes sense.

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The Case of The Missing Links

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Aboard Ship 

Day #1

 

My dearest Ryan, and darling Deb,

 

I am addressing this correspondence directly to you, at this time, for the sake of expediency in confirmations, and will ask you in good faith to inform our Kingdom of these matters.  As I am directed by Lady Choisya of the UK, I only know of her directives, as she dictates them to me.  My wishes are that this information in these correspondences be kept in secrecy, due to being of the utmost delicate matters.  This responsibility is placed in your hands.  

 

 

Only our Kingdom will be trusted to take action in saving the future of our realm, and also the future of Her Ladyship’s realm.  I will progressively be writing to you concerning what this mission has in store for all of us.  We will not know the entire story, of these dire matters, until I arrive at my destinations.  

 

 

Lady Choisya, as you know, has enlisted my help, and also the help of the great detective, Hercule Poirot.  Lady Choisya has hinted that she may ask me to persuade the aid of Miss Marple, if the necessity arises.  As I say, I simply will not know of all matters until I hear further news.  Lady Choisya is in hiding, at this moment, and all birds, pigeons and gulls, coming in, and going out of her country, both directions, are down due to storms along the coastline.  I do hope that our ship does not run into trouble along this route.  That is all we need right now. 

 

 

Also, I believe my last note did not mention that I have your hounds, my darling Deb.  Snorky and Dorky were called upon to help in these matters, by Lady Choisya, although, for the life of me I cannot fathom why, since slippers and shoes seem to be all that these two can find with their noses!  Not to mention my stationary, which they have already found an interest and taste for.   I have a feeling it is the fish glue on these envelopes, and the scented lavender paper of my writing tablets. It distresses me to no end to have to deal with such an unruly and tiresome twosome.  I may have to call upon you, my daughter Deb, to come to my aid regarding these matters! 

 

 

And that added responsibility of tending to these rambunctious goof-balls, my maid, Clementine,  is finding most difficult, indeed, to say the least.  She has threatened to jump-ship!  Forgive my use of slang!  This is what they bring me down to these days!  That is all I can say, at this time.  I must now help tend to these energetic, slobbering hounds, which have over-active digestive problems!  Shipboard is no place for dogs!  I will send this post by way of my Autobond Carrier Pigeon-Toed Service.  The Gull Service is out of commission, due to the inclement weather approaching our ship from the eastern seaboard. 

 

Always, lovingly,

QMummy

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The Case of The Missing Links

My Darling Mother,

 

I was starlted out of my reading when your courier from the Autobond Carrier Pigeon-Toed Service flew in my study window and landed in my cup of tea.  The courier is now waiting on a perch for my reply to you as I had to pat dry your letter to me since it became quite wet from the lovely blueberry tea I was drinking.

 

I will naturally keep all of the Kingdom's resources at your's and Lady Choiysa's disposal.  You are both dear to me and anything you need will be give.  Don't forget that Nick and Nora Charles, Jessica Fletcher, and Sherlock Holmes are all back in the realm from their respective vacations and will be on hand to offer any assistance as will.  I must also inform you mother that the captain of your guard, Broomhildaguard, is quite upset with you taking off and not brining her along.  Lion-O informed me that he had to talk her out of following you on her own and she is now in standby waiting for your summon's should she be required.

 

As to my dear sister Deb, I have not seen her today.  I can only assume that she is holed up with Lord Legolas somewhere try to coddle his hurt feelings since she was away galavating for so long.  I'm just waiting to hear the reactions to this from Lady Carmen and Lady Melissa.  Though that lovely pirate should keep Lady Melissa's jealousy to a low roar.  Oh and mother make sure Snorky and Dorky are taken care of.  I'm not sure Deb would be able to recover should anything happen to them.  She still gives me dirtly looks every now and then when she recalls the dungeon events.

 

Take care mother and don't hesitate to ask for anything you need.  Hopefully this little courier will find you safe and well on the ship still. Melvin just walked in and sends his love as does Prince Aidan.

 

By My Own Hand,

 

Your Loving Son, King Ryan the Bibliophile of Wordsmithonia

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Re: The Case of The Missing Links

Your Royal Highnesses,

King Ryan and Dowager Kathy AKA Queen Mum to her darling children.

Please have it be known that by Royal decree I the Countess of Night Island do solemnly swear my fealty to you and yours in this your time of need. 

Please be advised that all the nocturnal creatures under my care will be available to you and all your loyal subjects in this endeavour in keeping the kingdom safe.

Perhaps I can offer to aid you in this my dear friend and confidant Bram Stoker who is well acquainted with night creatures and his great grand-nephew Dacre who is just coming into his expertness.

You may however need the current day expert of JR Ward to help out if you think Bram may be a little outdated with troubles of our time.

King Ryan may I offer you the use of one of my Dragons in Training (Eragon's progeny) to help dry your letter as he needs to practice his art.

 

Please let me know if there is anything you require of me and my subjects.

 

Your most humble servant

Lady Debbie Countess of Night Island

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The Missing Links - Day #2

Day #2

 

My dearest Ryan, and all the Realm,

 

I am so happy to hear from you, and Lady Debbie.  What a nice surprise! But, I am very sorry that our courier was beyond daft in the delivery of my letter to you!  Claude is not one our best.  I do much prefer the Gull services of Gertrude and Heathcliff.  They have a much better aim than the Autobond Carrier Pigeon-toed Service.  But what can you do, when weather arises out of nowhere?  You do the best you can, under the circumstances. I am just happy that your window was open!

 

I would much appreciate it if you could tell Broomhildaguard that I had to leave in such a hurry, that no time was given to me to notify anyone.  Clementine was with me when I received the short directive from Choisya, and it was do dire, and so urgent, that I did not waste a bit of time having Clementine pack our things for this voyage.  And to my regret, I was not even given enough time to bring an extra pair of shoes! At this moment, the one pair I have on is now missing a piece out of the toe.  My big toe is sticking through the end for all to see!  Simply humiliating!  You must have a word with Deb, concerning these hounds of hers.  They need to be put into Ethel’s Etiquette School for Hounds! Ethel’s Etiquette School for Girls did not a success for Deb, but I do hope that Ethel can do something with Deb's hounds!  I knew it would be a bad idea to bring those two, but Lady Choisya had insisted upon it.   I could not refuse her request.  I just hope Lady Choisya does not regret this as much as I am beginning to!

 

One day out to sea, and we seem to have hit a bit of a storm, but it definitely feels more turbulent to me, as I have been restricted to my cabin at this time, by Captain Ahab.  He has fears of my being washed overboard and eaten by a giant whale, which is utter nonsense!  My sea legs have never been better.  And further more, there are no whales in these waters.   All of those years I was sailing our fleet of ships, and it now comes to this? 

 

You know how I detest being confined below deck!  It is most uncomfortable to be in my quarters during rough crossings, my queasiness increases when I cannot view the horizon!   I am afraid I will not be joining our Captain, partaking of these banquet meals, any time soon.  But it seems that our Captain has been informed of my delicate persuasion, and has most graciously delivered to me chicken broth, biscuits, and hot tea, along with a little bottle of toddy to settle the nerves and digestion.  I am most thankful to our Captain Ahab’s consideration, at least in this matter.  I have given a dram or two of toddy to Snorky and Dorky, hoping this will take care of their digestion, as well.

 

This evening I have decided that I cannot stay confined in this cabin one minute longer!  Weather or no weather!  Cooped up with two hounds is unacceptable! I deem it necessary to take this time to venture out and find this darling Captain, and thank him personally for his attentiveness to my personal needs.  Clementine will stay with her charges.

 

I now see that this ship is larger than I had first taken into my sights, from shore.  I won’t be walking the breadth of it tonight.  Plus, the deck hands are scurrying everywhere, and maneuvering around them is most difficult.  It appears that there has been some damage by the wind, and a stray rock in the sea.  We have developed a small leak in the aft boiler compartment room.  At least I think that is what one of the sailors had yelled to his mate.  The wind carried their voices, and it was difficult to make out what it was they were saying.  I am holding onto the railing, as the wind is whipping my petticoats up and over my head.  My, it is more blustery than I had anticipated!

 

As I was struggling with this problem of getting these layers of material off of my head, I rounded a corner and ran right into the brass buttons of Captain Ahab!  Oh, my!  He was exiting the cargo hold, and it appears he was not happy to have run into me.  In his anger, I was immediately taken by my arm, and roughly escorted back to my rooms.  With an admonishment, to stay put!  Well, I never!  I was never so insulted in my life! 

 

As I called for Clemetine, to assist me,  I found her standing in the middle of the bed chambers, holding on fiercely to Snorky and Dorky’s collars with one hand, and a note extended out to me,  in her other hand.  I could see terror written across her face!

I will keep you abreast of further news.

QMummy

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Re: INTERACTIVE STORIES

Dear Queen Mother Kathy,

 

I am Sorry that I do not currently have the Time to peruse your Wonderful Tale, but I wished to suggest that it would Perhaps be easier to follow if each Separate Story is told in its Own Thread, rather than lumping them all in Here together.  It appears that So Far there is only One in this Thread, so perhaps if someone wants to start Another, they will establish a New Thread for it.  After all, the Ability to start New threads is one of the Chief Advantages of our having this Wonderful new Home.

 

Obeisantly Yours,

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Your Adorable Majesties

 

It may be helpful for you to know that I am a great fan of Jessica Fletcher and watch one of her stories on TV most days so I am well acquainted with the ways of sleuthing, should any mystery need solving.  What is it that your Kingdom has lost? I do hope it is not the Hounds as the lost dog laws in the United Kingdom are very harsh and they would probably be made into meat for the Queen's corgis:smileysurprised:.

 

True to the tradition of Miss Marple (and Jessica Fletcher) we have many Murder Mystery Weekends over here, some in the superb surroundings of our Stately Homes. Perhaps the Queen Mother Kathy is thinking of joining you all in one of those?  The Mamma-Mia-tastic weekends sound like a hoot!:smileysurprised:  And of course, if you have a real mystery to solve in Wordsmithonia, attending one of these events could teach y'all a trick or two....

 

If we need to use a Carrier Pigeon Service, I have access to 30 of them in a nearby garden and nothing would give me greater pleasure than sending them on dangerous missions, as was done during WWII.

 

 

Looking forward to receiving your instructions My Leiges.

 

The UnLady Choisya.

 

Here is the key to my castle:

 

http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/235130596

 

Password: OverThe Pond

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ryan_G wrote:

My Darling Mother,

 

I was starlted out of my reading when your courier from the Autobond Carrier Pigeon-Toed Service flew in my study window and landed in my cup of tea.  The courier is now waiting on a perch for my reply to you as I had to pat dry your letter to me since it became quite wet from the lovely blueberry tea I was drinking.

 

I will naturally keep all of the Kingdom's resources at your's and Lady Choiysa's disposal.  You are both dear to me and anything you need will be give.  Don't forget that Nick and Nora Charles, Jessica Fletcher, and Sherlock Holmes are all back in the realm from their respective vacations and will be on hand to offer any assistance as will.  I must also inform you mother that the captain of your guard, Broomhildaguard, is quite upset with you taking off and not brining her along.  Lion-O informed me that he had to talk her out of following you on her own and she is now in standby waiting for your summon's should she be required.

 

As to my dear sister Deb, I have not seen her today.  I can only assume that she is holed up with Lord Legolas somewhere try to coddle his hurt feelings since she was away galavating for so long.  I'm just waiting to hear the reactions to this from Lady Carmen and Lady Melissa.  Though that lovely pirate should keep Lady Melissa's jealousy to a low roar.  Oh and mother make sure Snorky and Dorky are taken care of.  I'm not sure Deb would be able to recover should anything happen to them.  She still gives me dirtly looks every now and then when she recalls the dungeon events.

 

Take care mother and don't hesitate to ask for anything you need.  Hopefully this little courier will find you safe and well on the ship still. Melvin just walked in and sends his love as does Prince Aidan.

 

By My Own Hand,

 

Your Loving Son, King Ryan the Bibliophile of Wordsmithonia


 

 

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Re: The Missing Links - Day #2

Dearest Mother, I just found your last notice hiding underneath the book I was reading yesterday. Burges must have set it down without me noticing it until now. I will keep this bried so I can get it sent to you as fast as possible. I'm stressed to know what the letter that your maid, Clementine, handed to you. Please get back to me a soon as possible so I can put my mind to rest. Your Loving Son, King Ryan
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My dear son, Ryan, and all the realm.

 

I received your note today, day five of this voyage across the Pond.  It has been a very rough crossing, and Claude had a bit of an accident, which has slowed his message carrying down to zero, I'm afraid.  As he entered through the porthole, he caught his wing and sprained it badly.  Only now is he able to fly...although, lamely.

 

I left you without word, after my last message, telling you that I saw horror on Clementine's face. Clementine was tending to the hounds, cleaning up their do-do messes, nasty business, while I was out on the deck.  She thought she had heard a knock on the cabin door, and thinking it was me, she proceeded to answer the door.  It suddenly blew open in her face!  Almost knocking her backwards to the floor.   The wind was dreadful that day, and every day since!   Startled by the bang of the door, Snorky and Dorky darted towards her, to investigate... Clementine grabbed their collars just before they had a chance to escape through the open door.

 

No one was there, only a piece of paper lay at her feel.  That was just before Captain Ahab escorted me back to our cabin.  Clementine had closed the door by then, and was standing in the middle of the room reading the note, as I entered the room.  The note had not been addressed to me, or to her....Just a note with symbols written all over it.  And a raised black skull and crossbones water mark around the edges of the paper.  The symbol for death!  She was horrified!

 

I suggested we both sit down and have a cup of tea, and a drop of toddy to steady our nerves, before we consider trying to figure out this strange writing on this piece of paper. It was indeed strange writing.  I have never seen anything like it in my life!  Symbols all helter skelter, no rhyme or reason to them.

 

Over the last couple of days, the seas have become even more rough than before.  I very much fear for our crossing.  Being confined to our cabin, with no contact with anyone, other than the steward who brings us our meals, we have had time to ponder what all of this might mean.  Nothing more has been slipped under our door, just this one note.  I have not shown it to anyone.  I will try to copy it, and send it to you.  Someone from the realm has to know what this writing means.  I am at a loss. 

 

I still have not heard from Lady Choisya, as I said, the weather has not permitted correspondence to or from the ship, in that direction.  I will try to get back to you as soon as I can.  Please do not worry, we are safe for the time being, in our cabin.  Just pray that the weather clears soon, or we will not be able to find the beacon light to make our way to shore.  We should be within sight of land, in the next couple of days, weather permitting.

 

QM, Kathy

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Re: The Missing Links - Day #2-3-4-5

My dearest Queen

 

Having read your resent missive I fear both you and Clementine suffer false asumptions. I've seen such past missives before. That watermark belongs to The Dread Pirate Roberts. It must be decoded at once!

 

 

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Decode - The Missing Links - Day #2-3-4-5

decode this message to be directed to your next destination 
this is a mission of great urgency
fail and you will die
 
                                                                                              
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Decode - answer - The Missing Links - Day 5

Lady TiggerBear,

 

the following is what I have been able to decode,  so far.. I have been summuned to the Captians quarters, and  must leave the next part of this message in your hands.

Please help us!  I implore you!

QM Kathy

 

Decode this message to be directed to your next destination 

This is a mission of great urgency 

fail and you will die

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Code Directive - The Missing Links - Day 5

the ship must land in cornwall 
proceed to the large cliffs noth of the lighthouse 
there you will find a messenger with directions to the cave of the bats
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Re: Code Directive - The Missing Links - Day 5

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To My Illustrious Mother, The Dowager Queen Kathy,

 

Mother I pray that this meesage finds you in good health and in time.  I was sitting in my study when Lady Tigger ran in and threw a new message from you at me.  She said something like "hurry, hurry your mother needs this now" and ran out of the room.  I must admit it gave me a fright so I immediately sent for Burges to find out what had Lady Tigger is such a uproar.  Apparently some of the Trolleys broke into one of the kitchens and was making a rather horrific mess of the place.

 

Well when I finally looked at your message I was quite stunned as it was in some sort of weird code.  Thankfully, Nanny Poppins hadn't put Prince Aidan to bed so I turned it over to him and he solved it right away.  I must say for a 6 year old, my son is quite a genius.

 

Anyway here is what it said:

 

The Ship Must Land In Cornwall. 

 

Proceed To The Large Cliffs North Of The Lighthouse.

 

There You Will Find A Messenger With Directions To The Cave Of The Bats.

 

Now I talked to Aidan when he was done and he said in the messege that North is his educated guess because the message only spelled out Noth. Since that doens't make a lick of sense he assumed the writed left our the r.

 

I hope this helps you in time to solve this perplexing mystery  Do be careful with The Cave of the Bats, it doesn't sound like such a fun place.  Just in case you need help with it though I already sent word to Dame Dulcinea to try and contact Batman, who will most assuredly come to your rescue if those pesky bats become a problem.  I know he is still hunting down those false priestesses of Bastet that took advantage of Dame Dulcinea but I'm sure a distraction would be most appreciated by him. 

 

Good luck my dear mother.

 

Your Loving and Obediant Son,

 

King Ryan the Bibliophile of Wordsmithonia

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I'm sorry my fellow nobles. Please forgive me. I had to fix a problem which if anyone could help me find in a back way.. Does anyone know who gave my Troll friends 6 cases of silly string, 2 cases of bubble guns, 4 case of TP paper, and then told then that I would love for them to cover my entire castle ???? Consider it might have been a joke, but was it a spy nasty joke?

 

As to the Cave of the Bats... I suspect a secret meeting. Please be careful and take the sword I gave you with you. It's designed to prevent being out fencing. Once you hold it no one can take or knock it from you. Those pirates do like to fence so much, it best to be ready for it.

 

 

 

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To my son, Ryan, Lady TiggerBear, and Realm.

 

Claude landed safely, this time, with speed he has not shown in years.  This wing-workout seems to have done his feathers good!  I gave him a special treat, this morning, of Pine Nuts.  If pigeons could smile, I think he would have.  Instead, he emanated a soft coo-coo deep in his throat.

 

I'm terribly sorry about the mischief our beloved Trolleys have been up to.  My apologies to Lady TiggerBear for the mess; to Burgess and the kitchen staff, as well. 

 

I'm afraid Gnorme had something to do with this.  If I leave him alone for too long, he uses his time unwisely.  Please make sure he has something constructive to occupy his time.  He does not mean to cause harm, but being part gnome, and part troll, he gets a bit confused.  And we all know how those trolleys love to play.  They take advantage of gnorme's playful side, and his destructive troll side.

 

I cannot thank my dear grandson enough for solving this code so quickly!  I am amazed at Aidan's genius sparkling at such a young age.  My son, give him a big hug and a kiss from his QGranny!  Tell him I love him and miss him greatly!  Tell him, too, that as soon as I return to the castle, we shall have a grand game of chess!  He beats me every time, but the challenge of beating him, is one I look forward to, someday.  (laughing)  Take Aiden to our toymaker,  Mr. Geppetto,  and have him make Aidan whatever his heart desires!

 

A surprise in this message, in that the word Noth was not a misspelling of the word North.  It is a clue as to the origin of this writer, who writes coded messages, and as he/she slipped into this dialect.  A northerner of the Dales of Yorkshire.  This I will convey to our unladyship, Choisya, as soon as this interminable weather subsides, and I can get Gull service back, again, to their coast. 

 

I fear that this wind and rain is relentless in these days of winter weather.  A very bad time to cross the Pond!  But it is too late to turn back, and I would not presume to do so, even if I could.  I must proceed.  As far as Batman, tell Lady Dulcinea that I may need him.   Have him fuel the Batmobile, but hold off in sending him until I know more of this situation.

 

The cargo on this ship seems to be of great importance to our Captain Ahab.  I've seen him come and go from the hold, several times.  Each time his face is more lined with worry.  I do not know what it is, but I have the feeling that this note was not meant for me, but for him. 

 

I am now wondering, also, if I should reveal this knowledge to him, at this time.  He does have his hands full at the moment.  The ship is listing to the starboard, and if we are taking on water, this will not be good news.  I do not hear the roar of the engines, at this time.  I am wondering if they are now under water.  The crew have raised the mid-mast only slightly, to keep the ship from going too far off course.  Do you advise I discuss this matter of the coded note with our Captain?  Do I dare trust him?

 

I hear a knock on the door.  

 

Soon,

QM Kathy

 


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To My Illustrious Mother, The Dowager Queen Kathy,

 

Mother I pray that this message finds you in good health and in time.  I was sitting in my study when Lady Tigger ran in and threw a new message from you at me.  She said something like "hurry, hurry your mother needs this now" and ran out of the room.  I must admit it gave me a fright so I immediately sent for Burgess to find out what had Lady Tigger is such a uproar.  Apparently some of the Trolleys broke into one of the kitchens and was making a rather horrific mess of the place.

 

Well when I finally looked at your message I was quite stunned as it was in some sort of weird code.  Thankfully, Nanny Poppins hadn't put Prince Aidan to bed so I turned it over to him and he solved it right away.  I must say for a 6 year old, my son is quite a genius.

 

Anyway here is what it said:

 

The Ship Must Land In Cornwall. 

 

Proceed To The Large Cliffs North Of The Lighthouse.

 

There You Will Find A Messenger With Directions To The Cave Of The Bats.

 

Now I talked to Aidan when he was done and he said in the message that North is his educated guess because the message only spelled out Noth. Since that doesn't make a lick of sense he assumed the writer left our the r.

 

I hope this helps you in time to solve this perplexing mystery  Do be careful with The Cave of the Bats, it doesn't sound like such a fun place.  Just in case you need help with it though I already sent word to Dame Dulcinea to try and contact Batman, who will most assuredly come to your rescue if those pesky bats become a problem.  I know he is still hunting down those false priestesses of Bastet that took advantage of Dame Dulcinea but I'm sure a distraction would be most appreciated by him. 

 

Good luck my dear mother.

 

Your Loving and Obedient Son,

 

King Ryan the Bibliophile of Wordsmithonia


 

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Mother,

 

Claude has been waiting on me so I will try to be as brief as possible as he is greatly tired out.  I admit to taking my time just to let him rest for a bit.  I wouldn't want him to drop into the ocean from fatigue.

 

Mother, you are one of the wisest and intuitive people I know.  Use your intelligence to feel the good Captain out.  Try to determine if he can be trusted.  I must say I'm rather uncertain of him due to his whale obsession.  Obsessions are never healthy and tend to warp a man after a while.  Just please be careful and make sure Clementine is watching your back.  I'm thinking of giving Broomhildaguard use of Pearl in order to meet you on the shore when you land.

 

Take Care Mother,

 

Your Loving Son, King Ryan

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Time to go outside and see what has been going on around the realm!  Dear me!  Leaving the coolness of the castle, and getting hit with a blast of hot air on the side of the face, was not what I was expecting, at all!  I do believe summer is here!

 

I see the gardeners are now setting out the tables, umbrellas and chairs.  The pool is ready for visitors, and all the floating pool chaise lounges are sitting along side.  The rubber pool floats are bobbing up and down on top of the water with each stir of the breeze. I do not think I will go in today, as I am reading a book I simply cannot put down.

 

I will wander over to the fountain by the pond, instead.  It is always such a nice, cooling place to sit. 

 

Burgess has brought me a delicious iced cappuccino, and as I sip, I feel the coldness work its way down my throat, and into my stomach.  It is a bit of a shock, quit a contrast from the heat of day!  But refreshing, nonetheless.  I will drink it slowly.

 

As I sip my drink, I read.  I look up, hearing a noise.  My glance goes to the pond.   My eyes follow the fish swimming around and around.  It is mesmerising.  I look back to my book and read for a while more.  I put my glass down, as I see that I have emptied it.....and decide to close my eyes for a moment, just to rest them. 

 

Daydreaming, I listen to the splash of the fountain......I hear a louder splash!  My eyes pop open!  I look around.  I see nothing.  Probably just one of the fish jumping up in the pond.....my eyes are feeling so heavy....... I close them......drifting off.....

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While relaxing in the garden of my lovely crystal palace of Fantasia, sipping sangria and eating French fries, I was urgently summoned to the telephone.  It was Burgess, the royal butler.  He related a most harrowing incident.  It seems that the Queen Mother was spending the afternoon next to the fountain near the swimming pool, reading and enjoying a cool drink.  The heat apparently made her drowsy, and she was drifting in and out of sleep.  Burgess was glancing out of the kitchen window from time to time to make sure that she was all right and didn't need anything.  After a while, he noticed that she seemed to keep waking up and looking at the fountain, as if she heard a noise coming from there.  When he looked more closely, he saw that the noise actually must be coming from the nearby swimming pool, where he saw motion in the water and bubbles rising to the surface.  As he watched in horror, a hideous creature emerged from the pool!  Before he could do anything, the creature raced across the short space between the pool and the Queen Mother, snatched her up, ran across the lawn, and dove into the moat!

 

Because neither King Ryan nor Princess Deb have been seen lately within the Kingdom, Burgess thought of calling me, as the next highest-ranking noblewoman in the realm.  I gave him what reassurances I could, and contacted the Cowardly Lion, in my other kingdom of Oz, to head up the search and rescue mission.  I have great confidence in C.W., even though at one time he was afraid of his own shadow.  Now he is a capable warrior and leader.  C.W. told me that he would hasten immediately to the royal grounds with a large body of soldiers.  I also instructed him to close the area around the swimming pool and allow nobody to enter.

 

I then called a consultation with my cats Romeo, Khan, and Salem, my trusted advisers as well as beloved companions.  Salem is more recently arrived in this land, following the coup in Catatonia that also brought the Cowardly Lion into my service, but Romeo and Khan have been here for centuries, although much of that time they spent walled up in a secret room in the royal dungeons.  They reminded me of a strange creature, part legend, that has been seen from time to time over the centuries in the castle moat.  I also seem to recall that there was an area in the dungeons where this creature was able to swim under the walls and enter, but those dungeons are such a maze that it is almost hopeless to think that it could be found again.  Salem wished to be of assistance also, and so he used his crystal ball to try to see what he could see.  Suddenly, he gasped!  We anxiously asked him what he saw, and he told us that not only Queen Mother Kathy, but also King Ryan and Princess Deb were in the foul creature's grasp!  There have been many rumors among the citizens of Wordsmithonia concerning the whereabouts of the royal offspring, but apparently they were only rumors, and now the truth is known!

 

But how to find and rescue them???

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