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[Post New]by lindaventimig on Oct 12, 17 2:12 AM

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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Oct 12, 17 9:19 AM
I understood Penny's concern regarding our leader... I hadn't seen him in "forever" and wasn't quite sure where he was.... Smoke seemed to think he might have heard him off in a distance somewhere but didn't know how to reach him.... I understood the stranger in camp had mentioned our MG, and Smoke did say he was having adventures of his own.... It all seemed very odd and unlike our leader to just leave camp without telling anyone....

Since Penny had mentioned taking a trip to Cloud City to buy supplies for our expedition and get her knife fixed at the Blacksmith, I was hoping we might hear something by the time we get back.....

I start making a list in my mind and checking off what we'll need to do..... Ayla's expedition means leaving the camp and sailing off with Skull Pete to a mysterious unknown island.... Since we've decided to take a skeleton crew (pun intended), I'm not too worried about space... There's even room for our horses... We just have to make sure Ayla's horse is fully mended... Need to check on Karis, and see what horses Sol and Claire want to ride...

I see Erath eating with "the boys" and approach him for the expedition.... I ask him about being our cook... Opel and "the boys" need to stay here and attend their duties.... Penny, Ayla and I had made the decision not to take any more soldiers from the camp as they might be needed while we were gone.... Erath agrees to go and sets off to speak with Opel and see what items can be spared from the pantry and what items we need to buy in Cloud City.... I leave their table and meet back up with Penny and Ayla suggesting we sit by the fire in Penny's cottage to finish making our lists.... I ask the Queen how she's feeling, but still, no reply... *sigh*

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by dwdharvey on Oct 12, 17 9:35 AM
We headed back to the cabin and once everyone was comfortable I picked up a piece of paper to make our to do list. "First off, we need to see if Pete can take us in his ship we will have to find something to peek his interest because I for one haven't got a gold coin to pay him. That man doesn't do anything for free." I could see by their faces they were in the same boat. (pun intended) "Okay, lets think on that for a while."

Mr. T leaned into Ayla's leg for a scratch, "That's another thing, I will not leave him behind." I know it's not the best idea I've had but It's a deal breaker if she says no. Before she could say yea or nay I forged ahead. " I thought that if we had a cart made to carry him, we would also have more space for supplies. I'm sure Sol would drive the cart and he is getting pretty good with the weapons he's been training on."

I couldn't tell by her expression what she thought, she's a hard one to read but finally she gave me a curt nod. "He will come." Phew!

"I'm going to Cloud City tomorrow to the see the Blacksmith, does anyone want to tag along. We could hit the harbor too" So our plans are off and running. We had two days to get things done, fingers crossed that we hit no snags.

"What about you Imp, any thoughts on what to take. I'm not sure how long we'll be gone."

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Oct 12, 17 9:54 AM
What to bring?... hmmm... there's all the provisions for the animals... the horses and their riding gear... need to talk to the stable hands.... The only thing I know for sure as far as weapons, are my Elven and hunting knives.... I came here with nothing but those knives and clothes on my back... I was given two sets of buckskins.. maybe I should check in to getting more clothes... preferably water proof or water resistant....

I definitely want to go to Cloud City in the morning with Penny... We'll need to take Erath .... and we need to either take Pete or get a list from him... speaking of which...

I'm thinking we tell Pete, there's treasure on the island and we make a map to convince him.... I chuckle to myself thinking of Pete following a fake map... it's even funnier since we have no idea what the island looks like.... Even Smoke thinks it's funny, though, a wolf laugh that sounds more like a menacing growl combined with showing all those TEETH is.... not most people's idea of someone laughing.... I rush to explain Smoke's behavior.... Ayla gives me a strange look... okay, maybe making a fake map is not that great of an idea... at some point, Pete will realize it's fake and may just take off with our ride back home to teach us a lesson.... I ask Ayla if there is any chance there might be actual treasure and Pete would just have to look for it on his own?

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by eastendteddy on Oct 12, 17 10:44 AM
From my tomb in this fake MC land that I have been captured for Lord only knows ,
I stand on the hill and with all my power and strength I close my eyes and repeat over and over, SMOKE FROST SMOKE FROST HEAR ME I go on and all till I am awash in seat and my head feels like it will explode but I keep on calling
I am putting a plan in motion to escape this place and will need you to meet me , I am not sure exactly where but I do believe I will appear some where near the Air ship Tower but it will not look the same to you for Murk has made a mirror land of MC and I am not sure if it is upside down or right side up but please please hear me and follow my inner voice I know you will find me I will be in a fake Air ship .
I am in such a deep trance calling FROST and SMOKE I do not feel or hear Dandydog
yelling at me and pulling my arm.
SMOKE.................. FROST>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Oct 12, 17 2:49 PM
Ayla shrugs and gestures, what looks to me as a why not?.... True, true, we could just point out that other lands have valuable goods... trade routes are established all the time... why not this new land? ... there might be something in the new land that is worth his time to trade with MC and surrounding areas....

All of sudden, Smoke stiffens up like a stone statue again...... I step back from him this time to give him room to get himself together without needing my "support".... Just as suddenly he snaps out of it and indicates to me that he needs to go wait by the airship for the MG.... before I can ask him any more questions... he has transported himself to... I can only guess... the airship tower....

Penny and Ayla look at me as if I had something to do with Smoke's disappearance... I assure them I had NOTHING to do with it... and whatever we find out later on, will come as just as big of a surprise to me as to them.... I make my excuses and go to bed, I want to be fresh for that early start in the morning for Cloud City... maybe even go to the Town to shop at Kacey's goods.... Course, this is all contingent on what happens at the Airship Tower .... I am most curious regarding the tales he will tell....


 
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[Post New]by dwdharvey on Oct 13, 17 10:58 AM
When I step into the main room, I see Imp but no Smoke. "Still not back. Do you still want to go to Cloud City with us." at her nod, I pick up my jacket and head to the door. "Okay then, lets grab a bit to eat before we head out. Do you have your transporter thingy with you. I'll be a lot quicker to pop over, that way we can hit Pete in the harbor too without wasting too much time."

The sun was doing a pretty good job of burning off the nights fog and the walk to the mess is quite peaceful, the muted light easy on the eyes. There's a sound of hurried walking behind us and I turned to see Ayla striding towards us. It doesn't take long for her to catch up with us. "You know, you can stay with us. There's no need to stay in the stable." She looked down at us for a second. "No, I am fine in the stable." Without further ado, she started walking to the mess, making us jog to keep up. I looked at Imp and rolled my eyes. This is going to be fun. Imp caught my meaning and a sly grin we dutifully jogged after her.

By time we finished breakfast, the fog was gone. I turned to Ayla, " Do your people have these transport thingys." I showed her what I had in my hand and explained it to her. Her answer was a no. " Okay, I want you to hold my arm firmly." I gasped and shook her off. "You don't need a death grip, just a firm grip." her hand released the hold ( bruising will start now.) " Your first time is going to be a bit unsettling but I will try to make the landing as painful as I can. Oh sorry, I meant painless." I was being silly I know but that hurt. We blinked out before she could let go of my arm.

I'm sure it felt like an eternity to Ayla but it was only seconds before we found ourselves in Cloud City. Unfortunately my placing was a little off. Instead of being in the open area by the Blacksmith and Gnomes kitchen, we were exactly where I didn't want to be. Up top and now we had to walk down those horrid steps and not a railing to be had. Blast! Of course, Imp had to wave to us from the entrance. Perfect placing as usual. Double Blast!

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Oct 13, 17 11:11 AM
Even from my vantage point, Ayla looked a tad green in the gills.... Not that she would admit any weakness .... I was wondering how they were going to get down those steep stairs without plunging to their deaths... Penny must be part Mountain Goat and the Amazon made each deliberate step count.... I thought I was going to turn green watching their decent and wiped the sweat off my hands on my pants when they finally made it to ground level....

We are on our way to the Blacksmith when we see some of Skull Pete's crew being hauled off to the Warden's Office for drunk and disorderly behavior.... Must have been a LONG night.... Hmmmm.... I wonder if Pete will be more willing to help us if we can get his guys out of the slammer for him.... I ask Penny what she thinks of this plan....

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by dwdharvey on Oct 13, 17 12:56 PM
I considered closing my eyes but that meant certain death. I looked at Ayla. "Sorry, I really tried to get to the right place but on the bright side we're here and in one piece. Right." I didn't expect an answer and received none, just a glare and a slight move of her arm as if to push me off the edge. Taking one slow step at a time, we finally made it down. Inside it took a minute for our eyes to adjust and when they did the first thing I wanted to do was head to the small bar on the side. I could see that barrel calling my name, I knew it would be filled with Gnome beer but first things first.

I handed my precious silver dagger off to the Blacksmith but it was so hot there that we opted to come back for it. With a yawn so big that we heard his jaw crack he told us to come back in an hour. "Shall we pop over to the Harbor to talk to Pete and since Imp saw the crew being led away to the brig we have the perfect bargaining tool." Just to sweeten the pot, I picked up a bottle of rum. You know how sailors are.

We stepped outside into the bright sunlight and the ever present breeze helped to cool our sweaty faces. I don't know how anyone can work in that environment but someone has to I guess. I moved my arm in Ayla's direction waiting for her to take it. And waited. She looked at me, then Imp and deliberately reached for Imp's arm.
Well I can't say I blame her and just like that they were gone. With a picture of the Harbor in my mind, I soon followed.


 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Oct 13, 17 1:47 PM
I laugh as Penny picks up some rum... yep, Skull Pete DOES like his rum.... I try not to flinch as Ayla grabs my arm... she must like me, it didn't hurt at all... actually, that's probably not it at all, she probably thinks of me as a "child"... people DO realize I'm SIXTEEN, right?.. This age is the pits, not a kid, not an adult... I grumble to myself as we teleport to the Harbor....

The moment we get there, I am slammed to my knees as I hear a HOWL from Smoke in the center of my brain.... "SMOKE!!!!!!!!!!"..... (is there blood coming out of my ear?)

<SORRY, the MG asked me to HOWL.. seems he's on his way and wants the troops here..>

I still think we have time to talk to Pete and bribe him with the rum.... I mean, we are here, might as well try to negotiate while we have a few minutes....

 
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[Post New]by dwdharvey on Oct 14, 17 10:19 AM
I was surprised as all get out, when I ended up somewhere near the Harbor Master. Scared the crap out of him when I walked up from behind him though. I muttered my apologies and quickly walked around him to stand on the plank leading up to Pete's lovely ship. I looked at the tattered sails and barnacle covered hull, I couldn't contain the shudder that ran through my entire body. The Skull and Crossbones flag didn't bother me in the least, I just hoped he had plenty of life preservers on board.

"Permission to come aboard, Captain." He peered over the side. "State your business." Might not be as easy as I thought. Oh, wait! I held the bottle aloft and gave it a gentle wave. "Permission granted." I heard a snicker behind me, I don't think it came from Ayla.

He grabbed the bottle out of my hand, popped the cork and took a long guzzle before he asked our business. "We'd like to hire you to take at least five people, horses and supplies across to the new island" I pointed in the general direction that I thought it was and was surprised to see that it was actually quite close.

Pondering for a minute, Pete ran his sleeve across his mouth, you could see he was trying to figure out how much coin he could get out of us. "That island looks close but it's an illusion." We turned our heads, no we clearly saw it there. Could probably use a row boat but we had stuff. "You aren't the first people who wanted to get over there, the others never came back." The delight showed in his face when he saw our shocked expressions. "But they weren't experienced sailors, I have the best crew around."

"Um, as to that Captain I have some bad news. Imp here saw them being led away by the guards in Cloud City. Didn't look like it was going very well for them." I sadly shook my head and even managed a tsk, tsk. Two can play that game. "But I suppose we can get them out easy enough, if, say you can run us across the pond."

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by dandydog on Oct 14, 17 2:54 PM
I keep telling myself, "Don't Panic!"...Gulp... ...But... in the hour or so since I've landed there's been no seeing hide nor hair of my Captain.. ...so the "Panic Button" climbs up another notch or two!..."Captain Randy!"..... ....Not even an echo come's back to my ears.....No!....Though there's a mighty knocking in my knees, I will not give in to fear...Instead, I will plant my Hound Dog bottom right on this here rock and wait until Captain Randy finds me........

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[Post New]by dandydog on Oct 14, 17 4:02 PM
As I sit there quietly on my rock...a small, cold and slightly wet nose touches the bare part of my leg....Yipe!...Meow?.. ...Meow?... ..There gazing back at me was the strangest little Kitten my eyes have ever seen!... ...It was so tiny with Orange and black stripes zig-zagging like lightning bolts across it's face and back!...With huge wide neon green eyes the kitten continued to stare into my own peepers before jumping lightly into my lap.....curling up with it's tail wrapped tightly around my arm as if to say, "Your mine now"....and promptly falling to sleep..... ...Sigh.... ....Now how am I going to explain this Kitten to Captain Randy and more important will he let me keep it?.... ........

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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Oct 14, 17 7:44 PM
I listen to Penny bribe Pete with rum... and chuckle... as long as he's not drinking it when we set sail, I'm good with it....

I don't like the sound of him saying "the others never came back"... did he leave them?.... I begin to wonder if we can trust this guy... if we knew where we were going, we could just transport ourselves there... I am then comforted by the knowledge, that we DO know how to transport ourselves back and relax.... I like the way Penny thinks, I'm also sure we can get his crew out of the brig... leverage, gotta love it...

My thoughts are interrupted as Smoke clears his throat and tells me the MG yelled that no one was to leave without orders or his permission.... I laugh... Smoke asks me what I think is so funny... "YOU, silly, that was a good joke"..... Smoke's thoughts take on a serious tone as he indicates, he is not joking...

"What do you mean, you're not joking?... How can he order Ayla to do anything when she is an Amazon from a different land, only here long enough for her horse to heal and then continue on her mission ... And how can he order me, Sol or Claire to do anything when none of us are soldiers.. besides, Sol and Claire are younger than I am so, of course, they are not in his Army.... and he's not their father, if their parents say they can go somewhere, then... why can't they go somewhere?... PLUS, I was told the minute I woke up from my coma, I could stay or leave at my discretion.... Pete is a free lance pirate... and even you Smoke, Apollo gave you to me... she was a scout, not a soldier, you are not in his army, either.... The only soldier in our rag tag group is Penny... "

<You are FEISTY today... something wrong?>

"OF COURSE, there is something wrong!!!!! I did what he told me to do and WAITED in his room and he NEVER came for me!!!!!! HE... LEFT... ME!!!!!!!!!!!... you know I have TRUST issues!!!!!!.... you know EVERY one always leaves me... If he wants me to stay here, then SAY IT TO MY FACE!!!!!!"

<Gamen...

"DON'T you DARE call me that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

<IMP!!!!!!!! CALM DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!>

"You SERIOUSLY need to STOP talking to me!!!!!!!"

I tremble from the top of my head to the tip of my toes with rage ... My parents die and leave me an orphan.... come to think of it.. BOTH sets of parents die and leave me an orphan.... Where is AnessaBlue?...... Where is Kacey?.... Where is Apollo??.... GONE, that's where!!!!!!!!...

cont....


 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Oct 14, 17 7:52 PM
<IMP, STOP IT!!!!!!!!!... your parents did not willingly leave you... AnessaBlue, Kacey, and my mistress did not leave... YOU... they left for various reasons, but you are making it all about... YOU... This PITY PARTY you are throwing yourself is NOT a good look... >

"oh and the MG??... telling us to stay in his room and wait for him and he NEVER comes back for us?... am I imagining that, too??... and what about the letter from MY mother he never gave me??.... having to keep it and read it to me as if I were a 5 year old.... I CAN read!!!!!... It's a letter to ME from MY mother..."

<are you done?.. feel better?>

I find a dark hole in my mind, crawl in it, and SLAM the door behind me....

 
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[Post New]by gohill on Oct 15, 17 8:50 AM

{Gamen}... The ancient voice rumbles in the dark recesses of my mind... I can hardly believe it...

"your highness?"... I whisper..

{I know you've felt abandoned... Teenage humans have a way of thinking the world revolves around them and everything that happens beyond their control, is somehow, unfair.... It is unfortunate you grew up without parents to guide you, you have only known cruelty these past six years which has taught you nothing except how to be angry... I have not been communicating with you as I have been on my own mental journey in an attempt to reach my mate.... There is something out there, just beyond my reach... but, he's close.... }

Her words, though harsh, are fair... I DO tend to see the world only through my pain... I DO tend to disregard how other's feel, and what they are going through... I claw my way out of my mind's dark space and make an effort to open my heart to her words.... I part of me tries to pull me back down to hold onto petty grudges, they feel "safe"... they allow me to justify my anger.... But, there is something more important on which to focus my attention.... The Wise One IS out there... somewhere... Our Queen Dragon may not know exactly where, but if, for whatever reason, she feels he's close... then it must be true....

With a weak, yet renewed determination, I ask the Queen... "What do we do?"...


 
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[Post New]by dwdharvey on Oct 15, 17 8:50 AM
I break off my conversation with Pete, when I notice Imp starting to have an internal conflict with herself. It must involve Smoke since we are definitely out of the loop. Ayla has noticed too, the look of confusion easy to read. "We'll continue this conversation later Captain, we seem to have a situation." Before anyone can yank their arm out of my grip, I teleport to just outside the tavern. I put my hands on Imp's shoulders and give a gentle shake. "Imp tell me what happened. Are you okay" No answer. "Is it Smoke."

I push her through the door and onto a stool by the bar. "Can I get a shot of something quick, bar keep we have an emergency." Salty knows Imp's underage but puts a small amount of rum in front of her and I carefully put it to her mouth and tell her to take a sip. A few minutes later her color returns and she's ready to explain. I couldn't help but notice a couple of empty shot glasses in front of Ayla, I look over at Salty, "Make mine a double."

 
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Re:Midnight News-Call to Arms-Surviving Chaos

[Post New]by gohill on Oct 15, 17 9:05 AM
Still lost in my mind... Penny grabs me and the next thing I know, I feel a slight burning sensation as I swallow the sip of liquid.... The burning sensation and the act of swallowing, pulls me back to my surroundings.... I jump in my chair and quickly swivel my head around to grasp where I am.... It's Penny, the bar, Salty, Ayla... I put two and two together and realizes we must have transported here and Penny is trying to snap me out of it...

I ask Salty for some hot chocolate as the "whatever" liquid was .. well... must be an acquired taste...

I proceed to tell Penny and Ayla that the Queen finally spoke to me and she feels her mate is ... close... whatever that means.... Ayla gets a strange look on her face.... she notices that I am staring at her as if trying to read her mind and looks away.... I SO want to say to her: SPILL it, tell us what you know... but... she makes a rather intimidating impression... best to wait and see if she will say more on her own...

 
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[Post New]by eastendteddy on Oct 15, 17 10:58 AM
Frost and I land followed close by Smoke and Dandydog in The PUT PUT running on silent so we can not be heard.
I dismount My Frost and snuggle his Huge Nose and say good to be home my brave one and back with you .
He Snuggles deep in my shoulder and blows a tiny puff of snowflakes his way of showing me he is just as happy.
WOWEE that is cold but I love it.
It then strikes me we are alone?? in front of The Tavern??okay WTH where is everyone???
I knew it when the cats away the mice will play.I look at Smoke ?? did you tell them I was coming back and to be here and ready???
*** Yes I did with a snarl but as you see they did not listen*****
I rub his huge head it is okay brave one I will handle this.
SMOKE understands and in a flash is gone and back with my Bull Horn. I smile and wink at him you are one smart boy .
I yell into the Bull Horn
THIS IS YOUR MG CAPTAIN RANDY FRONT AND CENTER ON THE DOUBLE PRESENT YOURSELF OR PAY THE PRICE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

 
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[Post New]by gohill on Oct 15, 17 11:10 AM
Smoke, realizing I'm about to lose it again, pops in front of me to temper my reaction... I GLARE at him .... "YOU told me, Apollo gave you to ME!!!!"...

< now, Imp... calm down..>

"CALM DOWN?!?!.... should I start ordering Blossom, Fang and Stump around????? "

I STORM out of the Tavern .... all my hurt over being abandoned renewed.... "WHERE have you BEEN???"..... "WHY did you leave me in that room for DAYS... NO food... sitting there, WAITING like an IDIOT?... WHY should I trust YOU?!?!?!"...

 
 
 
 
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