Chapter 9 ~ The Water Works

The party enters The Water Works looking for the stolen necklace and encounter more then one dark elf. What happens next takes SpaceDog and his party by surprise.

All 4 large male dogs  run to The Water Works and each take a side of the building and howl in a high pitch that only the dogs and SpaceDog can hear. They are soon joined by the other team members and SpaceDog waves his staff unlocking all the doors. With staff in hand, he fires up the gem at the end of it. The inside of the building lights up bright green startling the hooded figure sitting at a table in the corner of the room and the barkeep who was cleaning up. After the entire group enters the room, the gem suddenly goes black and the front door slams shut.

A large light elf behind the bar is about to get out to confront the group,

[Bartender shouts] "Where in Hel are you going and who the Devil do you think I am? What are you doing in my place of business at this arn?"

SpaceDog twists his staff in the middle and makes the gem light up again, this time a blinding blue that partially hypnotizes the barkeep and the dark elf who is trying to hide something in the corner of the room.

[SpaceDog]  "Elf! You have something in your possession, stolen from King Odin and he wants it back! I have every right to go where I please in all the realms and will do whatever it takes to retrieve the Brísingamen. Do I make myself clear?"

SpaceDog states the facts to the barkeep. He then walks over to the dark elf and says in an ancient dialect of elf,

[SpaceDog]  "What is not yours will be returned. The power you seek is not within the necklace itself, but in the heart of the person who knows how to use it for good and never evil. Just turn it over."

At this point the dark elf removes the cloak on her hard but hisses her displeasure at being caught in the act,

Gax  ]        "How did you find me and it?
Is there magic that only the Gods can use and see through?
Why are we cursed to live on the border of Hel?
Why can't this thing work for us and why can I not open the seal?"

She then jumps up on the table with a dagger in hand and comes at SpaceDog fast grinding her teeth. LeeZee catches her off guard gripping her upper arm and immobilizes the dark elf.

[LeeZee]      "Commander?" .

[SpaceDog]  "Remember your training, take only what will slow her down."

LeeZee sucks some of the life force out of the dark elf who finally stops struggling. LeeZee makes a suggestion to the elf to hand the necklace to SpaceDog a bit reluctantly at first, then gives in knowing she was caught red handed and has lost a lot of her strength.

[SpaceDog]  "LeeZee, isolation glove if you don't mind."

She takes them from her pocket and hands the red gloves to SpaceDog.

[SpaceDog]  "First, we followed the magic in the stone hidden within the Brísingamen necklace. It was sensed by another magical creature. Only a pure magical creature can use the stone hidden inside the necklace which answers your second question. Third, you do not need to live in Hel, and your true home is Svartalfheim. You can move there and I would be happy to take you if you choose. And lastly, there is no seal to open the stone from it's hiding place, only a hidden catch."

SpaceDog takes out a long thin needle and places it in a small hole next to one of the sparkling gems. Suddenly the gem opens and a black opal stone falls out into his gloved hand. With his other hand he touches the QE device on his arm, the black opal disappears and the gem on the necklace seals shut after a spring pops out hitting the dark elf in the forehead.

"[SpaceDog]  "AC/DC!"

And one of the male dogs stands beside him grinning and showing his sharp teeth.

[AC/DC]        "Yes commander!"

[SpaceDog]  "20 silver to the barkeep and 10 gold to the dark elf."

When the dog hands over 21 silver coins from the pouch around his neck to the barkeep and 11 gold coins to the dark elf, both have looks of disbelief on their faces.

Gax  ]        "What is this for?"

[SpaceDog]  "Odin's reward for finding the necklace. I don't know where you found it, but now that it's here, the reward is yours. Barkeep, a round of drinks for my friends, plus you will need a new lock for your front door..."

Suddenly Angela, Panda Kitti and the other 3 dogs appear at one of the tables where LeeZee parked herself after letting go of the dark elf. 

The dark elf looks up smiling, takes on a lighter shade of dark and attempts to pet AC/DC.

Gax  ]        "Could you really take me and my family to Svartalfheim?"

SpaceDog nods his head YES,

[SpaceDog]  "What is your name? I am called Star Lord SpaceDog and I'm a Vanir."

Gax  ]        "Gax! My name is Gax, daughter of Miwax and Gli and I know you are a Vanir from the magic you command and the aura that surrounds you. After all I too have some magical powers like most elves."

[SpaceDog]  "Panda Kitti, do you sense any evil or and reason not to trust Gax at the moment?"

Panda Kitti's tail gets stiff and then relaxes as the cat alien shakes her head no and says with a bit of sorrow in her voice,

[Panda Kitti] "Meow, Gax is telling the truth and only wants her family to be in a place of comfort and well being, meow. Although she is dark in nature, she is not black evil, meow!"

After a bit of looking the dark elf over, SpaceDog approaches her and whispers something in her ear that makes her face glow and she says,

Gax  ]        "Really? No lie?"

[SpaceDog]  "A Vanr is incapable of telling an untruth. We may twist the truth but we can never lie."

SpaceDog gets an unexpected hug from Gax.

[Panda Kitti] "Where is my hug, meow?"

Panda Kitti says and Gax hugs her, then LeeZee then Angela and then kisses SpaceDog who steps back in disbelief shaking his head as everyone starts to laugh and giggle. 

After they finish the round of drinks, it's apparent that all need some well needed sleep and they all head back to The Gallant Tree Inn. Panda Kitti takes Gax by the hand and says,

[Panda Kitti] "Meow, you are staying with us, yes? Meow?"

Gax, a bit out of character, with a cat woman holding onto her hand rather tightly, feels a bit relieved and ashamed for what she had done stealing the necklace thinking it would be the answers to her problems. Yet it was the answer, but not the answer she was looking for.

Gax  ]        "Yes, I go with you."

Gax holds the cat as if her life depended on it. LeeZee comes up behind them and puts her hand on her arm, a lot like she did earlier, but this time gives her life force back making the ties between them strong.

[LeeZee]      "You will feel a lot better in the morning and this I promise. You have a unique energy and power I can not describe, but I sense you are destined to be a great leader of your tribe some day."

LeeZee then imprints a mark of leadership into her.


At dawn, Cyn relieves Dee at the main desk. SpaceDog and Patty Smith preparing breakfast of Dodo eggs, bacon, venison sausage, black pudding, lightly seared cherry tomatoes, sautéed pear, Fornax brown rice and sweet bread. For beverages they have prepared herbal tea, coffee and sluth, a fermented non-alcoholic sludge that tastes a bit like chocolate with a kick of allspice and pumpkin. Dee then heads up the stairs and goes into Thor's room.

Fortana and Angela come down the staircase in a dream like state holding onto one another, both say in unison and start to giggle uncontrollably.

[Fontana & Angle] "Morning Buffoons!"

As the 2 stumble into the dining room.

[~~Cyn~~]   "I see you two found the giggle juice this morning. You're supposed to rinse your mouth with it, not drink it."

[Fontana]    "But, but, but... it is so much more fun to drink after a night of..."

To Fontana as they make their way to the buffet table.

[Angela slurs] "Hushhhh Mushi!"

Thor and Dee come into the dining room with Dee hanging on Thor's back with her arm around his neck looking like she is trying to choke him. Thor begins to shovel food onto the largest platter he finds.

[Thor]         "That's enough food for me. I take it you are making more for the rest of the group on the way down?"

[~~Dee~~]     "If you don't give that back I'm going to..."

Dee pops Thor on the ears making him dizzy and turns him to the table like he was a pet on a leash.

[~~Dee~~]     "Now SIT and be quiet."

Dee rolls off Thor's back and plops herself on the chair next to him and starts eating off his plate after she grabs the ear ring he took from her earlier.

Gax, LeeZee and Panda Kitti race each other to the table full of food and Gax has a hard time deciding what she can eat, pointing to the seared cherry tomatoes, sautéed pears and sluth.

Gax  ]        "What's this? What is that? Is that even edible?"

[Panda Kitti] "Meow! What a feast, meow!!!"

[LeeZee]      "Wow! Did you make all this commander and Patty my luv?"

Patty Smith brings her a cup and sets it in front LeeZee.

[Patty Smith] "It's all edible Gax. Just for you Captain Lindsey Smith from one Smith to another, enjoy."

When LeeZee smells what's in the cup, her eyes seem to melt and she takes a slow swig of the beverage made from marzipan, cocoa and coffee.

[LeeZee]      "Oh My Goddess! this is to die for! How did you know?"

[Patty Smith] "Trixie told me you had a dream about this last night."

Lady Robin comes in through the front entranceway followed by the remaining 11 dogs who she had taken for a long walk enjoying the suns rise. Trixie telepathically tells Lady Robin what each of the dogs like and she and Trixie begin serving the dogs with Venison sausage and black pudding at the top of the list. Trixie then goes into the kitchen and comes out with a covered dish and sets it in front of Lady Robin.

[Lady Robin]   "Special for me?"

[Trixie]          "Yes my Lady. It's an omelet typical in Japan but made with Dodo egg and Fornax brown rice. Hope you enjoy it."

When Lady Robin uncovers the plate, the omelet looks like a cat with ears; a big red smile and whiskers made from pureed tomato sugar and two halved cherry tomatoes as eyes. As the feast begins, several of the other guests come into the dining room. Jon Morris and Bonnie Jean Vanadis come in last both saying in unison,

[Jon & Jean]    "Coffee!"

The feast continues.

 With the dining room finally cleared (except for the beverages), all sit around the big table where SpaceDog is standing.

[SpaceDog]  "For those who did not come on the raiding party last night at The Water Works, I present to you Gax, the finder of the Brísingamen necklace."

SpaceDog holds up the necklace.

[Thor]         "So now you will hand it over to me and I can take it back to my father."

[SpaceDog]  "Not so fast Thor. I was given the task of returning it and it will be I who hands it over. However, I would like for you to be with me when I give it to your father because there is more to the story. Hidden inside the necklace was a piece of an Vastu stone I have always called a Morris Stone because my friend Jon and I found it. The necklace is intact but the stone hidden within is in my possession and I have a favor to ask your king."

[Jean Vanadis] "So who was the thief?"

Gax stands a bit proud and ashamed at the same time.

Gax  ]        "That would be me...I thought I could control the magic inside the necklace in order to help my family escape from Hel, but I was sadly mistaken and shown the errors of my ways. Please forgive me for any problem I may have caused."

Gax says as she bows her head.

Suddenly the Barker appears at the door and in a squeaky voice,

[Root]          'I am BARker'

All look in his direction when SpaceDog says,

[SpaceDog]  "You found them?"

Gax begins to cry as she sees her family in the door behind the Barker.

Gax  ]        "How did you know? I mean we only met last night."

Gax looks at SpaceDog crying as she meets her family half way to the door.

[SpaceDog]  "Let's just say, I did my homework and Barker has been up all night searching for a family missing their mother. Thank you Barker."

[Root]           "I.. am Root!.. a Barker"

[SpaceDog]   "And besides, I'm a Vanir and I know things nobody else knows before they happen, like the fact that Ruu and CeFuu are about to come through the back door in a panic chasing after 'Root the Barker' all morning. That information I get from talking to the World Tree."

At this point the twin sons from different mothers come running from the kitchen and stop. Everyone looks at them.

[~~Ruu~~]      "How did that Barker beat us here brother?"

[~CeFuu~]    "Beats me brother Ruu... I'm going back to the kitchen. You want me to bring you a plate?"

Ruu shakes his head, YES, and then collapses at one of the tables. LeeZee goes up to him and passes some of her chi to him with a kiss on the head.

[~~Ruu~~]     "Dad?"

[SpaceDog]  "Yes Ruu."

[~~Ruu~~]     "We need to go back to The Water Works. When we passed it this morning, the front door was open and something just didn't seem right about the place."

 [SpaceDog]  "Hounds! Are you ready for clean up duty?"

SpaceDog barks and all the dogs line up in a row and bow to their commander.

Return to The Water Works

Star Lord SpaceDog, the dogs, Ruu, CeFuu, Fontana and Jon Morris leave the Gallant Tree Inn shortly before noon and head in the direction of The Water Works.

[Jon Morris] "You've got me curious Star Lord. What clean up duty are you talking about?"

Wondering what the Vanir is up to, SpaceDog hands Jon 5 pieces of platinum.

[SpaceDog]  "You always liked The Water Works didn't you?"

[Jon Morris] "Yes but... wait! Are you going to do what I think you're doing?"

SpaceDog grins.

[SpaceDog]  "Yup!"

[Jon Morris] "I need to get the rest of the payment if the selling price is still the same."

Jon returns shortly with a coin purse in hand.

As the group enters the open door in front of The Water Works, the other 4 elders are sitting at one of the tables along with an older elf who looks excited and fidgeting with a piece of papyrus in his hands. Bonnie Jean Vanadis speaks up without getting up from the table,

[Jean Vanadis] "SpaceDog. Are you willing to make this transaction real as Star Lord of the third realm?"

[SpaceDog]  "Ready and willing to seal the deal."

SpaceDog pulls out a tube with a needle on one side. He jabbed it into his thumb and passes it to the elf fidgeting the document.

[Jean Vanadis] "Kesh, are you ready to seal the deal and sell The Water Works?"

Kesh, the older light elf jabs his thumb with the needle SpaceDog just handed him.

[Jean Vanadis] "And lastly, Jon Morris, are you willing to take The Water Works as your property and give up your seat as an elder of Elder?"

Jon Morris now is grinning from pointed ear to pointed ear,

[Jon Morris] "Yes! As Star Lord SpaceDog, Fontana, Ruu. CeFuu and the elders of Elder are my witnesses, I formally give up my post as village elder, take possession of The Water Works and will run this establishment to the best of my abilities."

Kesh hands Jon Morris the needle. Jon jabs it into his thumb and all three place a blood print on the legal ownership transfer document before the Stamp of Elder Approval is placed on the document.  Jon Morris hands payment of the 5 pieces of platinum and a bag with 100 gold coins into the hands of Kesh.

[SpaceDog]  "Dogs, the deal is done. Start cleaning up this place using Delta Bata Oscar. You've got 6 arns to finish the job. Oh, and leave the bartender alone. I think he still works here."

[Jon Morris] "So the plan is to keep all the same staff, right?"

[SpaceDog]  "That is entirely up to you my friend. You've wanted this place for a long time if I remember correctly and the elders have been looking for a replacement for you for some time now, so..."

In a very short period of time, The Water Works looked like a new place just opened and the smell of the dead black elf was gone. When Jon asked SpaceDog how he did that, all SpaceDog would say is

[SpaceDog]  "You believe in magic right, but do you believe in sorcery?"

Just as he says that, Angela and Little Kitty appear out of nowhere.

[Angela]       "We have two dragons about to hatch!"

[SpaceDog]  "Dragons? Two? How?"

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