On returning to the
QETS, Lady Robin, Panda Kitti, and LeeZee find themselves wondering
what's next? Will they continue to travel with Commander, Star Lord
SpaceDog or return home on Midgard - aka Earth? Not wanting to
make a rash decision, they find suitable clothing and find the
Olympic size pool on level 14. Gax and her family decide clothes are
not necessary and jump in the water naked. Gax questions to no one
Gax ] "Why
does the water taste like brine, yet is so clear?"
Her siblings and husband just
keep swimming in circles around her but are all too quiet for most
of the journey. LeeZee wears a one piece body suit,
dives off the platform and makes a perfect 3 turn back flip. When her head
pops out of the water she says,
This is not like the hot tub at The Gallant Tree Inn, but it sure feels
great! Gax, to answer your question, where I come from, Earth, over
70 percent of the planet is covered by a salt water ocean. It feels
and tastes just like this pool."
Lady Robin enters the
room and washes in the shower on one side of the pool before she
gets in the water and floats on her back. A small door opens on the
other side of the room and 6 hybrid dogs come out running and jump
into the water and disappear under the surface. For almost 4
minutes, the dogs do not surface and both Lady Robin and LeeZee
begin to panic when all 6 dogs surface simultaneously with something in their
mouth that look like respirators or SCUBA breathing apparatus of
some kind. They continue to dog paddle around the pool several times
and then disappear. A few minutes pass and all 6 dogs come out
of a small opening on the edge of the pool, and all shake off in
unison and disappear again through the small doggie door.
[Lady Robin] "Must
have been pool maintenance day. Gax, any idea where you want to
live. SpaceDog was talking about Svartalfheim. Is that
home of the Dwarves as well as Dark Elves? How did you and your Family get to be
living in the underworld of Hel?"
Gax ] "My
family and I were sent to Hel as slaves. When I
found out about the power in the necklace, I assumed it would help
us get out of that situation and volunteered to get it if my family could
come with me. I'm sure the Fence Keeper will send
someone after us when we don't return."
turns towards the door that just opened and sees SpaceDog enter the
[SpaceDog] "Well Gax, I've come up
with several options.
"Take your pick or come up with a completely different plan."
I could go to Hel and pay off the Fence
Keeper and that would set you and your family free.
take you to someplace the Fence Keeper could never track you like
Fornax Prime or Fornax Santé but you might never see any of your
kind again if we did that.
I could always take you back to
Alfheim and let you live in the Village of Elders and work at The
Water Works or The Gallant Tree Inn for a cycle or two while you
decide what is best for your family or take you to the land of
fairies and home of the Unicorns.
I could take you to
Svartalfheim and the Gate Keeper would never find you amongst the
many dwarves and dark elves who live there. "
his robe and
jumps into the pool naked.
long time, Gax and her husband talk together, look at their children and talk
some more. The children at one point, stare down at SpaceDog and then
talk with their mother and father, turning back looking at SpaceDog
smiling. They continue swimming around and around
enjoying the cool salty water but stop when they see mother Gax
shake her head no. The Gax family finally decide to get out of the
pool and rinse off in the warm shower before they shake dry, put
on clothes and return to the family size room assigned to
Lady Robin swims a bit closer to
SpaceDog and then turns away realizing he is still naked in the
[SpaceDog] "Girl, you have something to say?"
Lady Robin swims around to his back and
arms around his chest.
"Can you take me home?
I miss my old job, my friends, and my Manx cat and two Yorkies."
not what I was expecting to hear, but thy will be done. Going to
Earth as we are now in the heavens... Sidrat? You heard the request
but I will let Gax and her family decide where they want to go
first. Then I can set The Way Back Machine to return you to the spot
you were picked up from and the time will also be a moment after
you first entered the QETS."
will make that request our second priority, Commander. You will need
to make several Realm adjustments if... Wait, no you won't.
Calculations and updates are complete and since I've got that new power source
linked to the Minds Eye. We can now jump between realms and time without any delay.'
thought you might be able to use that Morris stone, but never
expected to be this soon. I will come visit you in a short time."
He swims over to the side of the pool while Robin is still
hanging onto him.
"Visit Sidrat? Is Sidrat a
computer, machine, robot, android or something else?"
[SpaceDog] "All the above and then some..."
With a sheepish grin on his face that does not go away no
matter how hard Robin tries to poke and prod him. LeeZee makes a big
splash cannon ball right next to SpaceDog and Robin before
she gets out of the pool seeing the look on SpaceDog's wet face.
SpaceDog is sitting on the big
couch in control room 2 when Gax and her family enter
the room. All 4 dark elves kneel down in front of him and bow their
Gax ] "Star
Lord... SpaceDog? We have made a decision. We choose option three
with one modification."
Gax states matter of factly
and then lifts her head.
"Okay... If it's
within my power, thy will be done."
SpaceDog waits for
a family, we would like to live at The Gallant Tree. Todd,
my husband, said he could help with night duty, cleaning and guarding
the front entrance giving Dee the chance to travel with you. I
overheard her saying she wanted to visit all the Realms. We all took
this into consideration while talking about the options. My children
think it would be nice to stay and learn the ways of the light elves
and get guidance and or schooling from one of the elders."
SpaceDog thinks about this for a bit.
reasonable. Anything else? What will you do?"
Gax gives a big
sigh and continues.
spent some time at The Water Works and would like to help out there
and give the new owner, Jon Morris, a helping hand for whatever he
needs... be it cleaning or bar tending, or bouncing or..."
"You've really thought
this one through. I was expecting nothing less from someone crafty
enough to steal from King Odin."
Everyone begins to
"Okay. Is that your final decision? Going once... going
twice... sold to the family of 4 dark elves. It's a new home!"
family jumps up and start to dance around the room while SpaceDog
sits grinning at the decision he knew would happen.
we there yet?"
'The portal is the tapestry in room 6 commander'
children, Todd. Welcome to your new home."
opens to the inside of the room.
Room 6 is the second largest
guest room at The Gallant Tree Inn. It is long and spans half of the
building closest to the world tree. It has one large bed and
2 small carts, each just the right size for a child 15 cycles or
younger. There is a room divider that splits 2/3 of the room
leaving an open side next to the windows facing
the world tree. The children quickly claim a cart and Todd
looks the room over from top to bottom, noting the warm floor and
running hot tap water in the sunken basin on the opposite side of the room.
A large wardrobe fit for 2 adults sits next to the large bed and
two smaller ones beside the carts. A door opens onto the landing
at the top of the stairs and another small door leads to a balcony
A knock on the door startles the
family for a moment. SpaceDog comes out the portal and slowly opens
the door a fraction.
"Who is it?"
Cyn squeals with delight.
[~~Cyn~~] "Daddy, daddy, daddy! What
are you doing in here so soon?"
have a new family living with us and will be helping with the chores
and I'm going to take Dee for a trip in the QETS. Any objection? No?
Good girl! Now go wake Dee and tell her to get her bag packed for a
short trip. Tell her the trip will last at least a full moons cycle."
Cyn opens the door wide, sees Gax and her family
there is anything you need, just ask. I will be at the front desk
and have your keys ready when you come down. Good seeing you again
Gax and welcome to The Gallant Tree Inn."
Cyn then grabs
SpaceDog, does a spin and hugs him with all her might almost
knocking the wind out of him before closing the door and heads down
the stairs. Runs back up the stairs to Dees room and says in a loud
voice at the door,
Alpha Delta ~ Tango Romeo Indigo Possum ~ Moon 1 Charlie."
Immediately Dee pops her head out the door looking around and
sees Cyn pointing to room 6.
Dee heads back into her room and a
moment later comes out with SpaceDog's spiked space-bag on her back
and walks into room 6. Dee looking at Gax.
you going to be my replacement?"
my husband Todd will be your replacement for at least the full moons."
Dee takes Gaxs' hand and then Todds' and kisses them both before
running into the portal. The portal disappears after SpaceDog
steps back through.
[Cyborg Dogs] "Greetings mistress!"
Say all the hybrid dachshunds as Dee enters through the event-horizon and SpaceDog throws a device in her direction. She catches
it, looks at it and turns it on noting the green, blue, red, maroon
and fuchsia dots on the map to the inside of the QETS.
see you remember how to use that thing."
yes but where is Sidrat?"
right here but not on your map because I'm on level 32 and out of
bounds for a bit longer.'
"Only AC/DC and I are
allowed on level 32 until the Morris stone stabilizes, young lady.
Now take your things to your room and come back tout suit."
[~~Dee~~] "Yes Papa Spacey
Commander Star Lord."
Dee gets in the lift and goes to level 13 where her room and
collection of cloths, armor, weapons and toys wait. What she unloads
from the space-pack is small and she quickly changes into
something Gothic and dark. She toys with the idea of putting on
a masquerade mask but puts on a hat of unusual design that offsets
her pointed ears instead. She finally pulls up a pair of stripped
leggings and black laced
platform boots that make her a bit taller and notes the knife
trigger in the toe still works perfectly.
can never be too cautious..."
heads back to the control room 3. Lady Robin, LeeZee and then
Dee enter the room.
is Panda Kitti? Sidrat are
"She fell asleep crying her eyes out when she heard I was going
home. She thought about going home too but decided she could do that
at any time. She thinks there are more wonderful things she would
like to explore with you commander."
for Realm 5, Sol, Midgard/Earth, United Kingdom, London, Camden-sub,
market district, North 51°32'28.71" - West 0°08'37.94" - Elevation
101 ft ~ time and date set for 1 moment past exiting this point last
with Lady Robin onboard.'
SpaceDog asks for the last
[SpaceDog] "Are you sure
you want to return my Lady?"
"Yes. This has been one hell of an
adventure I will never forget. But I have things I need to do before
I go on another adventure like this one. I recorded the events
the best I could remember in your Journal so read it and see
if I left anything out."
Lady Robin, wearing the same business
suit she had on for work weeks ago, goes over to SpaceDog and gives
him a hug and a kiss on his bald forehead. She then hugs LeeZee who
takes away some of the sorrow she is feeling for leaving the group.
"Be safe and remember you can call us at
any time to come pick you up or just pick on you."
Panda Kitti runs into the room and wraps
her tail around Lady Robins
neck one last time so the cat can feel all the good emotions she is
feeling even though she is leaving.
me will miss you meow!"
The cat gives Robin a big
cat hug. When Robin goes over to give Dee her hug, Dee puts her arm
around Robins waist and pulls her out the door onto the London
street through the phone booth.
you look at this place... what's that smell? You live and work here?
May the Gods and Goddess forgive you."
not that bad, it smells of fish and chips and automobile smog, but
once you live here for a while, it grows on you and you don't notice
Dee looks around not being noticed with her elf ears out.
[~~Dee~~] "Just look
at these people. I've never seen so many different humans scurrying
"Yes, they do look like termites running from an aardvarks
best be going or I'll be late for work."
Dee a last hug and last look goodbye as she rounds the street
corner. She is confronted by 2 thieves who demand she give up her
belongings. Robin remembers the choker she has on her neck and
touches it. Her command word activates the protecting device.
When the 2 men grab her, they instantly drop to the
ground on their hands and knees. She touches both men on the
head and plants a suggestion in their minds:
[Lady Robin] 'In one minute,
you will both bark like dogs for a full minute not moving from this
spot. You will forget who you are and never remember me or try to rob anyone
Robin takes her hand away, looks back around the corner and
sees Dee looking at some of the clothes for sale; boots, tattoo
parlors, shops and Gothic style clothes on people walking
the streets. She is about to say something to her when Dees phone rings.
Lady Robin turns back towards work looking for donuts and coffee and half a moment later hears
2 dogs barking... she smiles remembering everything that has
happened to her.
I've got to come back here and cause some mischief..."
need to go now before Istanna explodes in another growth spurt."
Dee re-enters the event-horizon portal that looks
like a red phone box. She is followed in by 2 figures...