Chapter 5 ~ Guardians
Istanna turns into a dragon egg after meeting Shadowfax, a unicorn, who took her magic so she could regenerate once again. Now Fortana, a light elf, meets the group and the hunt begins for the missing necklace.

Fontana to himself...

[Fortana]   "Wow! So that's how it's done..."

All 12 dogs have returned to the grassy area and now looking in the direction of the forest on the other side of the field. SpaceDog kneels down and to Rosemary-chan Bon says,

[SpaceDog]  "How long has he been standing there?"

[Rosemary-chan Bon] "He's been watching Shadowfax the whole time! I don't think he means any harm. He might even be the guide we've been looking for."

In a very low voice that all the dogs and Panda Kitti can hear,

[SpaceDog]  "Close your eyes everyone because you did not see what I'm about to do."

SpaceDog sets his quantum entanglement device to backtrack 5 seconds in time and disappears!!!

[Fortana]  "Wow! So that's how its done...."

Startling the light elf who just now notices he's no longer standing next to the cyborg dogs on the other side of the field.

[SpaceDog]  "Well I knew this would happen. In fact it happens every 600 cycles and this is the 3rd time I've helped out in the rebirth event with Shadowfax as ward. Are you here for a reason?"

Fontana after composing himself.

[Fortana]  "How did you... you're a magic user?"

[SpaceDog]  "Heavens no! I believe in science and magic is just unexplained science, or so I keep telling myself, me and I.  By the way, my name is... just call me SpaceDog for the time being. Later we can get formal introductions."

The light elf bows down and introduces himself.

[Fortana]  "My name is Fontana and I am a warden of the forest. It's a pleasure to meet you and witness the rebirth. I've been worried about Shadowfax for some time and often look after him thought he never knows I'm here."

[SpaceDog]  "Fortana, you may not be aware of this, but Shadowfax knows you as the Guardian of Ljosalfheim Forest and not just a warden. Because you hide in the shadows, he thinks you're shy."

[Fortana]  "Really? When did he tell you that? I've never herd him speak until the cat changed into a baby dragon and Shadowfax got his horn back."

SpaceDog pulls Fontana's head close to his and touch foreheads together for 1 milliarn. In that time, SpaceDog passed all memory of events from the time after exiting the QETS portal (including the 30 milliarn memory transfer when Shadowfax passed on 44 days of his memory to SpaceDog). In that memory, he saw him-elf being watched by Shadowfax and oversaw the good deeds he had been doing to keep the forest clean and healthy, including putting out the fire on the upper part of the path.

SpaceDog grinning.

[SpaceDog]  "Let's go meet the group."

They make their way across the field where Shadowfax and the others wait,

[Fortana]  "That's some trick. Do you ever use it to get information from someone who is hiding something, like the truth?"

[SpaceDog]  "It does not work unless you trust the other 100% and after Shadowfax explained the situation, I knew I could trust you." 

Fontana bows his head to the majestic magical creature before him and then to the others in the group.

[Fortana]  "Shadowfax, I see you have your magic back and it was marvelous seeing the rebirth take place. How long have you been watching me?"

[Shadowfax] "Fontana... I've been watching you since you were born. How do you think I got the name Shadowfax? Well my name was once Shadow Fox cause I looked like a fox when I was young and I have always been in the shadows either hiding from those who would steal magic through my blood, sweat and tears, while I was watching over the Guardians of the Galaxy like the Vanr standing next to you."

Shadowfax nodes his head at SpaceDog.

[SpaceDog]   "Well then, let me introduce you to my traveling companions, Lady Robin, LeeZee and Panda Kitti. You all just met Shadowfax. This is Fortana. Pups up front."

All 12 dogs and bitches align up in a row and sort of play Chinese fire drill till they are all standing from the tallest to the smallest.

[SpaceDog]  "I want you to meet; Patty Smith, Trixie, AC/DC, Frank Zupar, Lead Zip Line, Pink Flood, Marina, Diane, Rosemary-chan Bon, Tori, Dianna Ross and Kathy Freman."

[Shadowfax] "It's my pleasure to meet the rest of your family Trixie. Star Lord SpaceDog, how long have I been watching your heroic deeds?"

SpaceDog first shrugs and then thinks.

[SpaceDog]  "This is the 3rd rebirth between you and Istanna... I've helped your mother, Wind Walker, and Istanna with the rebirth ceremony 4 times and have known you 600 cycles before that, so it must be about 4800 cycles since I was there to celebrate your birth and it was I that named you Fox Shadow, but you changed it. That's a little over 5,250 years..."

[Trixie]       "You remember I was there last time. After SpaceDog rescued me, he took me back in time to meet you and saw the last rebirth of Istanna and you gave me the ability to speak with telepathy and do this."

Trixie begins to float into the air.

[Shadowfax] "Yes I do remember. You needed a way to escape if you were ever caught by that evil creature. I sensed you were so afraid,  so I gave you some powers to help you survive and it seems you still have those powers." 

Trixie beams a huge smile...

Suddenly the other members of the group perk up starting with Lady Robin who's in a bit of shock.

[Lady Robin]  "How old are you Spacie? I only heard of this stuff in fairy tales."

[Panda Kitti]  "Meow! SpaceDog is older then the pyramids of Egypt Meeeoooowww!  Me thinks meows just a new born kitten, meow!"

LeeZee with her usual questioning voice,

[LeeZee]      "You said I'm a demigoddess, so how long do they live commander?"

[SpaceDog]  "How long would you like to live LeeZee? You all can live a very full lives even if it's only a few cycles or several dozen millennium. What really matters is, what you do with the life you are given.  Do you want to help others in the worlds we live in, or would you want to extinguish life from those with little to no time that's left as a moral being. Some insects only live a few micro-arns and some creatures, Gods and Goddesses can live forever."

[Shadowfax] "Now fate is the preordained course of your life that will occur because of, or in spite of your actions. How long you live is your fate. Destiny on the other hand is a set of predetermined events within your life that you take an active course in shaping. You are all here on this fateful day, but no matter how you traveled; walking, riding, flying, swimming and even quantum entanglement, you were destined to be here..."

Fontana addressing the group.

[Fortana]  "It looks like you may or may not need a guide through the forest. What is your destination and is there anything I can do to help you on your journey?"

[Shadowfax] "I need to rest and will be on my way but I'm sure we will all meet again before SpaceDog whisks you out of this realm after he has completed his task, am I correct? Better still, I will see you all tonight if fate allows it. Fontana, take these people to the Village of Elders if you don't mind."

Shadowfax bows to the group and is about to trot off when SpaceDog grabs Shadowfax's mane and hugs his neck. Lady Robin putting her phone in her hand,

[Lady Robin]  "Excuse me! Everyone! Would it be to much to ask, if I could capture an image of this group using my phone?"

[SpaceDog]  "I don't think there will be any objections, however, if you want that device to capture us all, we will need to all be holding on to one another hand in hand and you need to touch it to the tip of Shadowfax's horn first."

[Lady Robin]  "Why's that?"

Lady Robin sets the phone on camera mode.

[SpaceDog]  "Magic creatures cannot be imaged without direct consent first and that's why you will rarely see a picture of a real unicorn."

Shadowfax bows his head towards Lady Robin giving her his consent. The group lines up in front of Shadowfax and the photo is taken with Robin in front, SpaceDog behind her, LeeZee next to Panda Kitti and Fontana on the other side. At the last minute, all the dogs line up in front of the group except for Trixie and Rosemary-Chan Bon who both appears to be floating over Shadowfax and Robin takes the photo with one hand stretched out in front of the group.

[SpaceDog]  "Okay now. Fontana, can you take me to the elders? I've met most in the past, but they may not recognize me since its been almost a millennium and I'm bad with names."

Fontana makes it sound like it's a big ordeal, scratches his chin like he has to think about it, wiggles his long elfin ears and they both burst out laughing startling the entire group. He then motions them to the path. 

[Shadowfax] "I see you are in good hands and I must trot off, but I will accompany you all as far as the path to the village."

They all pack up their things with SpaceDog carrying Istanna egg, LeeZee with her large backpack of supplies, Lady Robin now has the silver space-pack and Panda Kitti has a basket of fruits and veggies she has been carrying and refilling along the route. When they head down the path following Fontana, LeeZee steps up to SpaceDog with a questioning look in her eyes... 

[LeeZee]      "So we need to talk and you need to tell me about me being a succubus and how am I a demigoddess?"

SpaceDog looks deep into LeeZee's gray eyes.

[SpaceDog]  "Remember I said you have a way of finding out information with negotiation skills? That is why you are here with us and why I chose you for this journey. Now don't let me shock you, but I know who your parents are or should I say, who they were before they were betrayed and you were left in my custody in another time and place."

[LeeZee]      "What? Another time and place? Are you trying to confuse me?"

[SpaceDog]  "You were born in Massachusetts in 1692 during the peak of the Salem witch trials. Both your parents were killed unjustly shortly after you were handed over to me. It was me that brought you to the 20th century and put you in a foster home. Unfortunately the foster home I put you in was soon over run by debit due to drug addiction and when your foster parents were imprisoned, you were turned over to an orphanage. You were raised by another family then adopted at the age of six and they kept in touch with me until just a few cycles ago."

[LeeZee]      "What can you tell me about my real parents? Were they witches?"

[SpaceDog]  "They were Fay. It's a class of non-humans that have lived on Midgard throughout the ages. They live with the humans and often look human as well. Many Fay have powers that humans can't comprehend and are cursed as evil. However, some are dark and some are not. Most of your power have not surfaced."

[SpaceDog whispers] "When all your power have matured, you will be able to get both people and creatures to obey your every command with just a touch on their skin. Not only will they obey you, but also tell you all their most dark and hidden secrets. Those are just some of your powers!"

LeeZee stands up straight and tries to absorb all this new found information in her head.

[LeeZee]      "What can you tell me about my parents?"

SpaceDog stops and turns to LeeZee and says point blank,

[SpaceDog]  "You will need to know more about yourself before I can tell you about them. Sorry, but if I tell you too much too quickly, you might not ever gain the powers you need to survive the awakening."

[LeeZee]      "And what is this awakening? Can it kill me? Will I become stronger? Do I have control as to when this awakening happens?"

SpaceDog takes LeeZee by both hands.

[SpaceDog]  "My sister will tell you all you need to know and your awakening is coming soon. When all your powers wake up, it could kill you. I can only see you survive and be stronger in many ways. Do yourself a favor and just trust me, Okay?"

LeeZee shakes her head yes and feels herself being comforted by SpaceDog's' hands. A warmth flows through them to her like nothing she has ever felt before. Her heart and soul are at peace and for a few moments her dark lonely past simply fades away.

Lady Robin with a bit of jealousy in her tone steps up to them.

[Lady Robin]  "What's going on here? Am I missing something important?"

The jealousy fades away when LeeZee takes her hand and pulls her aside,

[LeeZee]      "SpaceDog is madly in love with you and wanted to give me some advice! Now go spend some time with him. I need to go cuddle with my kitten over there."

LeeZee runs off to where Fontana and Panda Kitti are following the path and the pack of hounds up ahead. When she runs up to the Cat to give her a hug, Panda Kitti steps aside and LeeZee hugs Fontana instead.

[Fortana]  "Oh dear! What have I done to deserve such gratitude and we only just met?"

They both laugh and then look at Panda Kitti. She has stopped and looking intently at the shadows under a tree about 20 paces off the beaten path...

The White Witches

I'm standing watch in a forest of wild lands under the shade of a large tree on guard duty. A group consisting of 12 cyborg/hybrid dogs, a cat alien, the male light elf, Fontana, I know as Guardian of the forest, is leading a human who looks like she is from Midgard, another female I sense could be a demigoddess and a male creature with 3 hearts I suspect is a Vanir. They are on the path to our village and noticed that Shadowfax just left the group...

The cat alien is now looking in my direction and I feel her telepathic energy scanning my area. Under my cloak of invisibility I wait and observe the group. I look back at the cat and feel I have her approval. I then remove the cloak and walk towards her,

[Angela telepath] 'I am Angela, a white magic witch. May I ask what you are doing here?'

[Panda Kitti telepath] 'Meow! I'm Panda Kitti. We are on a quest to find a necklace stolen from Odin and meow we are following Fontana to his village. Meow!'

[Panda Kitti]  "Meow, SpaceDog?!?!?"

When the cat alien speaks up, a man dressed in a heavy black jacket with bright blue boots and a pack on his back that looks to be made from dragon hide with spikes, turns around and looks straight into my eyes.

[SpaceDog]  "Yhw si a hctiw gniwollof su? Era uoy suoiruc  or do you have another agenda?"

I recognize reverse speak and translate it to {Why is a witch following us? Are you curious}

[Angela]       "First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is!"

This is both the secret to finding the correct path to the village as well as the password the village uses to identify themselves as friends. Fontana turns around quickly recognizing my voice,

[Fortana]  "Angela! Are you guarding the path to the village today?"

In my head I hear words from the village songs 'A caterpillar sheds its skin to find a butterfly within' and recognize it to be the counter password, but I am not sure who is singing it.  Winking at Fontana,

[Angela]       "Fonta my love, you should know by now that the whites are always on guard just before the twin moons are full."

The light elf scratches a pointed ear and then bows gracefully at me almost forgetting his manners. The human brightens up and starts to hum and then sings out a tune while everyone stops what they are doing.

[Lady Robin

"The caterpillar sheds his skin to find a butterfly within
Caterpillar sheds his skin to find a butterfly within
First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is
First there is a mountain, then there is no mountain, then there is

Oh Juanita, oh Juanita, oh Juanita, I call your name ...

Oh, The snow will be a blinding sight to see, as it lies on yonder hillside.
The lock upon my garden gate's a snail, that's what it is
The lock upon my garden gate's a snail, that's what it is
A Caterpillar sheds his skin to find a butterfly within
Caterpillars shed their skins to find butterflies within..."

[Angela]       "Excuse me, I'm Angela. How do you know that song and who are you?"

[Lady Robin]  "Hello, I'm Lady Robin and that song I know from my youth. It was originally sung by someone named Donovan if I remember correctly."

Robin continues to hum the tune.

[Angela]       "You know the retired elder Donovan Philip Leitch?"

[SpaceDog]  "Greetings Angela. I'm Star Lord SpaceDog. We have not met and we are following your friend to the village where we want to meet with the elders to get some information on anything that might lead us to finding a stolen necklace. We believe it was taken by someone who lives around here. Is that your familiar?"

SpaceDog nods at the black and white Cheshire cat who is about to fly onto my shoulder from a low hanging branch. Like any air spirit, she gently floats down till she reaches me.

[Angela]       "Yes. Her name is Little Kitty and she is pleased to meet your group. If we wait a few more moments, Sister Sister will be here to take over my duties for the day so Fontana and I can both escort our new friends before the moons rise."

[SpaceDog]  "It would be my honor."

SpaceDog bows. Angela's' eyes widen when she senses LeeZee and jumps a step back.

[Angela]       "Who's the succubus?"

[SpaceDog]  "Her name is LeeZee and she was put in my care many cycles ago. I've always sensed good in her so do not be alarmed. She has not awoken and her powers are yet to fully emerge. Give her time and I'm sure she will be a good friend to have if the storm ever comes..."

[SpaceDog whispers]  "and I am literally her Godfather."

LeeZee slowly walks up to Angela.

[LeeZee]      "Hey! I don't bite, not unless you want me too, and the name is Captain Lindsey Smith, but my friends call me LeeZee."

A gust of wind blows and both Little Kitty and Panda Kitti watch something with great interest as it fly's by and lands in front of SpaceDog. Another witch appears as her cloak is removed, She bows down and kneels prostrate at SpaceDog's feet.

[Sister Sister] "Star Lord SpaceDog, is your sister, my mother, Bonnie Jean Vanadis, Freyja, expecting you?"

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