Chapter 7 ~ The Village Elders
LeeZee's powers have awakened but she still does not know what they are or how to use them. After a bath, all assemble for tea and discuss what will happen when meeting the village elders later in the evening. 3 green signal flares and one white summon the elders to the Gallant Tree Inn when...

Not one, but three seed pods from the World Tree have fallen into the spa just after LeeZee had awoken with her all her succubus powers. This is taken as a good sign and the Vanir siblings get out of the water. Steam once again begins to rise as the cool water is heated by fresh hot water from the hot spring. Ruu helps LeeZee out of the water and realizes she is touching his mind with hers, flooding him with information about her childhood.

[~~Ruu~~]     "Dad! You need to get this one some isolation gloves before she tells everyone who she really is and who her parents..."

[SpaceDog]   "We will get to the real training after tea IF your step-aunt is up for the challenge. Isn't that right sis!"

SpaceDog volunteering his sisters god powers.

[Jean Vanadis] "Well I know you have your own agenda and you know I'm always up for a challenge. Fear not LeeZee. I will have you up to speed on all your demi-goddess powers before mid day tomorrow."

[LeeZee]     "Isolation gloves? Demi-goddess powers? Commander, who the hell am I?"

Captain Lindsey Smith with her voice trailing as she suddenly gets very tired. Ruu supporting LeeZee up by the arm.

[~~Ruu~~]     "Dad? Should I kiss her?"

[SpaceDog]   "Ask her!"

SpaceDog nodding at LeeZee who grins hopelessly and wraps her arm around Ruu. When Ruu opens his mouth to kiss LeeZee, her eyes close and her lips part slowly. The elves long tongue, when they kiss, transfers back the Chi in his body that she accidentally released through her touch. As her Chi is returned, her body awakens and she thanks him with a very passionate wet kiss. LeeZee between kisses.

[LeeZee]     "Wow! A real kiss!"

[Jean Vanadis] "Okay you two, go get a room if you want to carry on, but I warn you Ruu. She has no control over her powers yet, so no funny stuff. Better yet, let's all get ready for tea. Onee-chan! I love Cyn's cooking. It's almost as good as yours! What's on the menu?"

[SpaceDog]   "She said my favorite curry and sweet potato crepes for desert, but she didn't say what type of meat she's using. I suspect it will be Dodo bird."

SpaceDog begins to drool at the thought.

[Lady Robin]  "Isn't Dodo bird extinct?"

[SpaceDog]   "In your time zone on Earth they went extinct in 1662, but I brought back 8 couples before that happened. Two couples were left on Fornax Santé, another couple went to Vanaheim and the others came here. Fornax Santé is the wildlife refuge world of lost plants and animals I started some 5000 cycles ago after I got drunk and lost a bet. It's amazing what you can do with a portable Rainbow Bridge powered by a singularity."

[Lady Robin]  "Was that the big green planet I saw when we first met and ate at Foxy Roxy's Raman on Fornax Prime?"

[SpaceDog]   "That's the one. How did you guess? I never mentioned its name..."

Bonnie Jean picks up the three fallen seed pods and hands them to Robin, nodding her head to a basket in the corner of the room. Robin puts the pods in the basket and then gets into the now hot water to bath for a bit, while soaking up the heat.

[Lady Robin]  "This place is absolutely wonderful."

Once all parties toweled down and dried themselves on either the hot rocks or in the incubation chamber of the bath house upper floor where Istanna's' dragon egg is located, they return to their respective bed chambers and put on fresh clothes. LeeZee wakes Panda Kitti from her slumber.

The group enters the dining area where only 3 others sit concluding their tea. A large burly elf gets up and hands Cyn a small gold coin and 2 silvers. She thanks him by bending down flashing him a view of her bosom. She sees SpaceDog,

[~~Cyn~~]    "Daddy! CeFuu already set the places and rearranged the tables for the elders. Shall I call them?"

Cyn gets 3 green and 1 white fire sticks from a box by the door. SpaceDog and Jean both nod in agreement and Cyn runs out the door pulling out a wand from between her girls. Bonnie Jean looks at SpaceDog and mutters,

[Jean Vanadis] "I bet you taught her how to hide things between her girls, didn't you?"

SpaceDog grins and tries to look innocent.

[SpaceDog]   "You know she has this unnatural gift of learning magic by seeing it done only once, just like you, me and elder Jon."

Dee, Cyn's twin in facial features and height only, brings out pitchers of dark ale and another of water for each table and returns to the kitchen bringing food in large bowls and sets them in front of Fontana, Lady Robin, Panda Kitti and LeeZee sitting at one of the round tables. She grabs some of the empty plates and bowls from the now empty guests tables and balances them all in one hand on her way back to the kitchen. She returns a moment later with 2 more larger bowls and set them in from of SpaceDog and Bonnie Jean at the larger table. SpaceDog grins as he gets a whiff of the spicy curry and black Fornax rice. Four empty chairs around the table will soon be filled with the village elders.

Outside, Cyn places the 4 fire sticks in a launch tube that is part of the front garden decorations. When she waves the wand a beam of green light strike the wickets hanging from each stick and instantaneously, the sticks launch into the air directly over the inn with 3 bright green and one solid white lights float in the sky above. A short while later 4 cloaked figures appear giggling and stagger up to where Cyn is standing. Cyn bows and greets them properly.

[~~Cyn~~]    "Greetings elders of Elder. Mistress Bonnie Jean Vanadis and Star Lord SpaceDog are waiting inside for you to join them for tea. May the twin moons and 2 suns bless you."

The cloaked figures continue up the steps. They do not return her greetings but motion for her to follow. Entering the dining hall, all four figures remove their cloaks and hand them to Cyn who brushes them off before hanging them neatly on pegs attached to the wall.

[Jon Morris]  "Who let the riff-raff into the room?"

Jon Morris, one of the elders, a white haired elf says looking straight at SpaceDog. Both he and SpaceDog draw daggers and look like they are about to fight when both throw their knives at the target board in the farthest corner of the room. Both knives strike dead center of the target side by side.

[SpaceDog]   "Good seeing you my old friend!"

SpaceDog giving Jon Morris a grand handshake, head butt and then a hug.

[Jon Morris]  "Who you calling old? What are you doing here? Business, pleasure or are you here to see your sister who has been complaining that she has not heard or seen you in 200 cycles?"

Jean bangs her mug on the table and say in unison with SpaceDog,

[SpaceDog & Jean]   "All the Above!"

SpaceDog then bows his head to the other three elders and says,

[SpaceDog]   "Jardin de Cecile, Lullaby Halo, Huli Lam. It's good to have you come. There is something important we need to discuss before tomorrow when Thor arrives."

One of the 3 elders suddenly draws a long dagger and heads strait towards LeeZee,

[Jardin]          "Die Succubus!"

Jardin stabs LeeZee deep in the heart.  As quickly as this happens, Dee and CeFuu appear and bind the elf known as Jardin. Bonnie Jean Vanadis quickly goes over to LeeZee before pulling out the dagger,

[Jean Vanadis] "LeeZee, you are a goods succubus and we should have seen this coming since your powers have just awoken. Now, when I pull this out, you must heal yourself. You got that little one? You have the power since you have awoken. See it in your mind and heart, then bind and heal the wounds with your Chi. Are you ready?"

Before LeeZee can answer, Jean Vanadis pulls out the dagger embedded deep in her chest. For a very short time, LeeZee is motionless and her eyes roll back in her head. She finally opens her eyes.

[LeeZee]     "Damn that hurt!"

Looking at the elder.

[LeeZee]     "Who the Hell are you and what have I ever done to you?"

Lady Robin joins LeeZee and holds her shoulder for support. Fontana runs out the room and makes an elf hand sign saying I will get help as he grabs a red flare stick.

Dee begins to sniff the air around the elder.

[~~Dee~~]     "She's been drugged. Where were you before you came here?"

[~CeFuu~]      "Something's not right... You just came from The Water Works, didn't you? I smell dark magic and she's not going to remember much looking at the expression on her face."

[SpaceDog]   "Panda Kitti"

SpaceDog points at Jardin and says in his Commend voice. The Cat jumps to where the elf is bound and now standing in a daze. Jean looks at Kitti.

[Jean Vanadis] "Look deep into her mind and tell me what you see just before a red or purple flash of light."

Panda Kitti wraps her tail around the elf's neck and begins her telepathic probing.

[Panda Kitti] "...meow, meow, meow,  warm water on her hands, giggle juice in her belly, the smell of fermented fruit, meowww.... a dark shadow moving, lights flashing in patterns of..."

[SpaceDog shouts]   "STOP! Look no farther. I know what we are dealing with. Jardin Cecile was hypnotized by a dark elves magic that was hiding in the shadows after drugging her. We are very close to solving this mystery methinks..."

Fontana appears again at the doorway,

[Fontana]     "I called Angela. She will know how to break whatever spell was cast on her..."

A short while later Angela shows up with her Bag of Infinite Holding and immediately senses what has happened, evaluating all the emotions of the people in the room. She turns to LeeZee and asks,

[Angela]      "How are you feeling? Does it still hurt? Show me the wound. I must make sure you were not poisoned."

When LeeZee opens her blouse, in the middle of her chest where her heart is, a red area about the size of a dagger is closing and then disappears.

[LeeZee]     "Wow, I feel hungry and sad and powerless."

She ties up the blouse with a small spot of blood on it. Angela gets out some gold looking dust from her kit and sprinkles a bit on the blood. The blood turns yellow and sparkles.

[Angela]      "You are lucky, drugs but no poison.  Now let me take a look at you."

Turning to Jardin who's still in a trance, Angela takes out a tuning fork from her bag of tricks and taps the ends making it vibrate. She then takes out another tuning fork with 3 prongs and taps it. Jardin's eyes begin to flicker. Angela then holds the first tuning fork on the center prong of the second and immediately Jardin's eyes open and she says,

[Jardin]        "This doesn't look like a Watering Hole. I'm so hungry. I could eat a whole Dodo bird."

[SpaceDog]   "Welcome back to reality elder Jardin de Cecile. You are at the Gallant Tree Inn and you are one lucky elf. Don't mind the atmosphere. I've not been this flabbergasted since I bought the place."

Says SpaceDog, looking his sister in the eye. Bonnie Jean Vanadis has a huge grin on her face,

[Jean Vanadis] "So you're the new owner nobody is talking about! Where is the paperwork and how did you?  Never mind, I know there's a long story behind your madness brother... I'll find out when you dream tonight, ha ha ha ha!"

[Lady Robin]  "Sibling bonds. Don't you just love them?"

Lady Robin holding LeeZee very close with tears in her eyes...

Bonnie Jean quickly comforts Jardin and explains what just happened. She gives her a drink Angela hands to her. Jardin de Cecile tries desperately to apologize but all fluff it off like nothing happened.

Cyn starts the meal with a short introduction of her family and friends to the elders.

[~~Cyn~~]    "Okay everyone. My name for those who don't know me is Cyn. I am the chef who made the Dodo curry a bit spicy because that's the way daddy likes it. The black rice is from off world and is very delicious in or separate from the curry. I'm the hostess with the mostest and welcome you first timers to the newly designed inn and lounge, (both public and private bath house), the Gallant Tree Inn. This is a family run business owned  and run by my daddy, Star Lord SpaceDog, my twin sister Dee,"

Dee takes a bow,

[~~Cyn~~]    "and my twin brothers from other mothers, Ruu and CeFuu."

Ruu and CeFuu both bow with respect towards the elders.

[~~Cyn~~]    "Daddy adopted the 4 of us after our father died and we in turn help run the establishment. If there is anything we can help you with, please feel free to ask."

SpaceDog & Bonnie Jean raise there mugs followed by everyone else and in one voice say,

[SpaceDog & Jean]   "CHEERS! Let's Eat!"

Talking and Lesson

After things calm down the group begin their meal and talk about everyday life in the Village of Elders. Bonnie Jean sits next to SpaceDog and tries to quiz him as to why he had not visited her in the past 200 cycles. SpaceDog avoids answering but reveals why he took in Cyn, Dee, Ruu and CeFuu after the death of their true father and good Atlantean friend Harri. SpaceDog was given the Inn with a promise to adopt Harri's children and give them work.  SpaceDog also tells how he discovered the hot water underground after he was given the Inn. 

Ruu pulls up a chair and sits next to LeeZee while constantly looking at where she was stabbed earlier, or was he just looking at her chest? During the meal, Ruu presents LeeZee with a small red box. Inside the box LeeZee discovers a pair of red skin tight gloves and after trying them on, brushes her hand across Ruu's cheek and discovers the gloves have isolated her Chi from transferring to him. She gives Ruu a huge hug as thanks.

Lady Robin continues to absorb everything being said and notes everything in her minds eye.  Fontana talking to Panda Kitti asks her about her life and she speaks to him answering his questions before he has time to ask them. He suddenly realizes that she is using her telepathy and tells her to quit using her tail. Panda Kitti pouts but continues the conversation like nothing happened...

SpaceDog and Jon Morris talk about locating the necklace stolen from Odin, king of the Ćsir, and piece together events at The Water Works, the past and present owners and SpaceDog begins to form an idea as to where the necklace could be. It's obvious that someone has been watching the group from the shadows since they entered the village. Cyn and Dee come from the kitchen with home made crapes made from sweet potatoes and a thick cream with strawberries , currents, star fruit and mangoes. At the same time, both SpaceDog and Jon motion for Angela, who is sitting next to Fontana, to join them at the table.

Jon Morris with a bit of concern,

[Jon Morris]  "Thanks for helping Angela. What can you tell me about how Jardin was hypnotized and if there is any clues the dark magic user may have left unchecked? I know you can sense the aura of people around you, but can you trace anything back from the past?"

[Angela]      "My aura reading only works in the present. Sister Sister may be a better detective then myself since she is part elf, part Vanir and a witch. I will have her look around for any clews, after her shift ends at first light. In the mean time, please excuse me. I will need some sleep before I relieve her."

Angela stops to give Fontana a hug before he follows her up to his room.

[Jean Vanadis] "LeeZee, come here and I will give you a quick lesson on what a succubus is and the powers you now possess."

Bonnie Jean watches Ruu escort Captain Lindsey Smith to the chair between she and Huli Lam, the silent elder.

[Jean Vanadis] "Please remove those gloves and hold hands with Huli. Oh, and little brother, get a case of that fermented Darker Than Black ginger beer you keep handy. I know you still make the stuff."

SpaceDog salutes his sister with his left hand as a sign that he knows exactly what she wants and presses a button on his wrist and disappears instantly.

[Jean Vanadis] "We Vanir have exceptional memories and we can send those memories to others in a short time. Clear your mind for a moment and when you are ready, squeeze Huli's hand tight. Are you ready to receive a lesson, not from me but from another succubus?"

LeeZee bows her head after a moment, closes her eyes and says,

[LeeZee]     "Yes, willing and able to receive the lesson."

As SpaceDog did with Shadowfax, Bonnie Jean Vanadis puts her forehead on LeeZee's and a flood of information passes from Vanir to succubus in several heartbeats after LeeZee squeezes Huli's hands who LeeZee discovers is the silent succubus.

In the distance, a bell sounds along with the howling of dogs close by as the twin moons peek at midnight....

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