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
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
[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.
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?"
states the facts to the barkeep. He then walks over to the dark
elf and says in an ancient dialect of elf,
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."
point the dark elf removes the cloak on her hard but hisses her
displeasure at being caught in the act,
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?
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.
[SpaceDog] "Remember your
training, take only what will slow her down."
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."
them from her pocket and hands the red gloves to SpaceDog.
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
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.
And one of the male dogs stands beside him
grinning and showing his sharp
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
is this for?"
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.
"Could you really take me
and my family to Svartalfheim?"
SpaceDog nods his head
is your name? I am called Star Lord SpaceDog and I'm a Vanir."
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."
"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,
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,
"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.
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,
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
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.
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
& Angle] "Morning
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."
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.
enough food for me. I take it you are making more for the rest of
the group on the way down?"
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.
this? What is that? Is that even edible?"
What a feast, meow!!!"
"Wow! Did you make all this
commander and Patty
Patty Smith brings her a cup and sets it in front LeeZee.
"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
"Oh My Goddess! this is to die for!
How did you know?"
"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
[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
SpaceDog holds up the necklace.
now you will hand it over to me and I can take it back to my father."
"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."
says as she bows her head.
Suddenly the Barker appears at the
door and in a squeaky voice,
All look in his direction when SpaceDog
[SpaceDog] "You found them?"
to cry as she sees her family in the door behind the Barker.
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.
"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!.. a Barker"
"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.
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.
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
[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.
"You always liked
The Water Works didn't you?"
but... wait! Are you going to do what I think you're doing?"
need to get the rest of the payment if the selling price is still
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
[Jean Vanadis] "SpaceDog. Are you willing to make this
transaction real as Star Lord of the third realm?"
"Ready and willing
to seal the deal."
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
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,
"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
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.
"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
"So the plan is
to keep all the same staff, right?"
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.
have two dragons about to hatch!"