Chapter 12 ~ Istanna and Shadow Mage

Dee is followed into the QETS by 2 black cloaked hooded figures. When they are being questioned, Istanna comes into the room and a quick trip is made to the land of Ice & Fog, Niflheim.


Dee thinks to herself while looking at some of the street clothes, boots, tattoo parlors, shops and Gothic style clothes people walking the streets are wearing. Dee's phone rings.

[~~Dee~~]     "Damn, I've got to come back here and cause some mischief..."

[SpaceDog]    "We need to go now before Istanna explodes in another growth spurt. She is almost 2 meters tall."

Dee re-enters the event-horizon. She is followed in by 2 figures...

[Sidrat]         'Dead thing'

Sidrat announces as Dee and two new figures enter the room. The portal closes behind them. Dee turns around and is a bit off,

[~~Dee~~]     "Holy Ice Fire!  I did not feel you behind me..."

[SpaceDog]   "Wipe your feet and put all your weapons and magic items on the table beside you."

A section of the floor rises next to the 2 figures. SpaceDog stands from his sitting position on the couch with all the dogs. He says in an almost sweet voice to the human-cat hidden in the corner who is playing with Timothy Little.

[SpaceDog]   "Kitti, fire up your tail and scan these 2."

[Panda Kitti] "Meow, what am I looking for, Meow?"

[SpaceDog]   "Good or evil intents little Panda Kitti. Bravo Oscar X-ray NOW!"

He motions to the hounds to surround the newcomers. All the dogs jump down and surround the 2 faster then a cat can lick its ass.

The smaller of the two slowly begins to leave several large knives, a small hammer, a small bag tied with a gold string and a black and white wand on the table. Removing the hood cloak she reveals herself to be an Asian with silver hair with bright red highlights at the ends just as LeeZee comes into the room,

[LeeZee]       "Well what do we have here?"

Panda Kitti points to the larger figure.

[Panda Kitti] "Meow! Me thinks they are not good or evil, but that's a dead thing, meow."

[Sidrat]        'Commander, I concur. We have a half dead male shadow mage in the room.'

The taller of the 2 figures brings up his hand and looks like he is trying to cast a spell.

[SpaceDog]   "That won't work in here. All magic is nullified except in fully magical creatures, like me and the dragon that's about to come into the room. You might want to lower your heads."

The doors next to the couch burst open and Istanna, now a 2 meter tall red dragon comes through and a puff of smoke comes through her nostrils creating a miniature fireball over the table. The 2 shadow mage duck just in time not to be incinerated.

[SpaceDog]   "Okay, who are you and why did you follow Dee? After all, this is not the Abenobashi shopping arcade."

SpaceDog gets impatient after the 2 don't say anything.

[SpaceDog]   "LeeZee, persuade them to tell us everything if they don't talk."

When LeeZee starts to get close, the male drops his wand on the table, puts up his hands. He slowly removes a large sickle out from behind his back, sets it on the table along with an expandable staff with a large gem from his belt and several daggers hidden on his arms. He removes gauntlets from both arms before speaking.

[Notakill]      "I need to keep the ring on my finger if you don't mind."

SpaceDog nods his head yes. Looks at the ring Notakill is holding up then shakes his head.

[SpaceDog]   "I don't mind if that's the thing keeping you from becoming a full dead thing."

[Notakill]      "My name is Notakill and my counter part is Sasshi. We are both Shadow Mage and I am half dead so, as long as I keep the ring on my finger, I will not turn into a, what you call it, a dead thing."

Sasshi opens her steam punk trench coat exposing her slim waste, black leather slacks, knee high leather boots with spikes and a silver bustier. She says rather coldly.

[Sasshi]       "I'm only here to support this ones while he's still lives. We followed that one..."

pointing to Dee

[Sasshi]       "because she's an elf magic user and we have not seen one of her kind in at least 20 years."

[SpaceDog]  "Well that explains a lot. My name is Star Lord SpaceDog and commander of this Quantum Entanglement Time Ship. The dogs standing around you are hybrid cyborg and I will tell you their names later if they don't eat you first. The cat's name is Panda Kitti and the mysterious one here is LeeZee. Istanna? Growth spurt?"

The dragon nods her head just as she gives off another magic energy pulse dimming the room lighting. The dragon grows bigger.

[SpaceDog]   "Sidrat, take us to Niflheim. No wait."

[Sidrat]        'I will wait commander'

[Sasshi]        "Quantum Enhancement Time Ship?"

She looks up into the ceiling covered with stars. The room is bright enough to see almost everything by starlight with 4 long dimly lit tubes light the 4 sets of double doors.

[~~Dee~~]    "Quantum physics taken to a whole new level love. I'm Dee."

With a smirk she continues her explanation.

[~~Dee~~]    "You're here, then you're not here but someplace completely on the other side of the world, star system, galaxy or realm, if you can make the calculation through the paradox matrix. That is what Sidrat does. Isn't that right?"

[Sidrat]         'Yes Dee'

[SpaceDog]   "But the calculations take more then just a computer or even a quantum computer brain. It takes the brain of a God to link to the paradox matrix and a sun to power something as big as the quasi-dimensional space we travel and live in."

SpaceDog looks at them to see if they are still following what he's saying.

[Notakill]       "You say it's a Time Ship? How and why would you want to travel or change time? If you do, it creates a paradox and..."

[SpaceDog]    "Hold that thought for a moment Notakill. Dee! 25 or 6 24?"

~long wait~

[~~Dee~~]     "Goddess, how could I have been so blind to that one. So the answer is 42."

[SpaceDog]   "Yes! In the 200 known dimensions, you can only entangle after the first 41 because you encounter the Time Paradox on the first 41 sub-atomic levels."

[~~Dee~~]     "Is that in any of the 4 books you have me reading?"

SpaceDog smiles and shakes his head NO,

[SpaceDog]    "But it is in the book I was going to give you when you finish those 4."

[Notakill]       "Okay, you two have me lost."

Notakill scratches his head and Dee continues...

[~~Dee~~]     "It has taken me almost 10 cycles to figure out the Time Paradox problem and answer, so hush. You will not learn that part of the equations in any book I have read. However, we can travel in time because this ship is powered not by a sun, but a black hole which exists in the past and in the future. See the doors over there, there, there and there? Those are event-horizons powered by a black hole and this ship has 6 control rooms with 4 portals each making 24 of them. In other words 6 ~ 24... and the 25 x 8 is the 200 known dimensions."

Sasshi unexpectedly adds.

[Sasshi]         "So you can use the first 41 dimensions to entangle to any point in time or space in the future, but you have to entangle in one of the dimensions 42 or higher to go into the past so the sub-atomic Time Paradox is nullified. Isn't that's at the end of chapter 42 in the book on Rainbow Bridge mechanics?"

[SpaceDog]    "Congratulations Sasshi. How do you know about my book? Dee! Dee, you are promoted to captain and can now run the QETS yourself, once you finish the equation to get into the Minds Eye."

SpaceDog looks away from Dee with the same smirk she had on earlier.

[~~Dee~~]      "What? WHAT? That's not fair..."

[SpaceDog]    "Tsrif eulc is time - captain."

Dee with a sheep grin.

[~~Dee~~]      "Sidrat, take us to Niflheim at the base of glacial ice pack 14. Entangle NOW!"

[Sidrat]         'Yes captain'

[Sasshi]         "I read Latin and given the book from the Atlantis archives if I remember correctly."

Sasshi surprising SpaceDog... 

Niflheim, realm of Ice and Fog

The pattern of stars in the ceiling suddenly changes and a distant blue sun appears in the sky above.

[~~Dee~~]     "Yes!!!"

Dee says dancing around the room.

[SpaceDog]    "Not so fast Dee. You just turned captain by default, but you are not commander yet. Sidrat, expand the event-horizon on portal 9 so Istanna can get through. Everyone else, you will need warm clothes, except for the half dead thing. You might like this place."

[LeeZee]        "Come with me if you need warmer clothes or spikes for walking on ice. I believe Niflheim has a sub zero climate covered in ice and snow and Dee did say glacial ice pack."

The dogs look at SpaceDog who nods his head.

[SpaceDog telepath]    'Trixie, follow our guests and make sure they don't touch anything they shouldn't.'

Trixie only nods her head and follows the group to the lift.

A few moments later everyone returns with thick fur coats and hats except LeeZee and Notakill who are wearing flexible thermal suits that cover their entire bodies.

[Sidrat]        'You two made a great choice if you're going into space. Don't forget to press the button on your left sleeve to activate the heating elements or right sleeve for face shield if you need oxygen.'

[Notakill]     "What is that voice I keep hearing in my head?"

[Sidrat]         'I am Sidrat, the artificial intelligence being who will soon join you as one of the crew. I am telepathic as are several others here. Commander, the portal is ready and we are on Niflheim. Istanna, go have some fun but don't fly too far.'

[Panda Kitti] "Meow, I sense another growth spurt coming on. We better get her out the doors, meow."

When the portal doors open the red dragon crouches down and jumps thru cat-like pouncing after prey and the back lash of cold air enters the normally isolated room.

SpaceDog takes a long staff off one of the walls and picks up a large sack from the chest next to the wall. Ounce outside, SpaceDog looks back at the QETS portal and sees a gigantic ice dinosaur skull with its mouth open.

[SpaceDog]    "Now that's not what I was expecting. Sidrat, you are getting more creative then ever."

[Sidrat]         'Thank you Commander.'

SpaceDog looks at the group of fur balls being coughed up as they emerge.

[SpaceDog]    "Istanna!"

The red dragon returns to where the group is standing. She puts her head down to eye level with SpaceDog.

[SpaceDog]    "Make this next growth cycle count. I bet you will be able to morph again soon, go have some fun, blow things up with fireballs and melt some ice or whatever."

A huge grin forms on the dragons face as Istanna turns around, takes in a deep breath and exhales a hot stream of magic fire at the glacial ice pack on the hill in front of her. All the hills' ice melts as does the rock, making a hole in the hill beyond. There's another pulse of magic growth and the dragon now stands 6 meters tall. Again she breathes in deeply and releases another fireball that explodes in the middle of the glacier valley between two mountains. She shakes her head, looks back at the group, looks up at the sky and looks back at the group as if inviting someone to ride with her into the heavens. LeeZee senses her thoughts, grabs Notakills arm.

[LeeZee]      "Lets go ride the dragon!"

They look back for volunteers in the group. Everyone shakes their head NO except Notakill who runs and jumps on the dragon's back and finds a spike that looks like a ring he holds onto.  LeeZee climbs up and grabs Notakill from behind with her arms tightly around his waist.

Istanna crouches down, folds her wings back and kicks off the ground with her powerful back legs making the ground shake causing an avalanche on a nearby mountain. After she launching into the air, she opens her wings and sweeps them back pushing herself faster into the air at a neck breaking speed. Soon she is high into the clouds and ice begins to form on the tips of her wings. Istanna stops and hovers for a moment and takes in a deep breath. When she exhales, wind comes out making all the clouds in front of her disappear. Still hovering, she turns 90 degrees and takes in another deep breath. This time when she exhales, water comes out, turns into snow and and begins to fall to the ground near the group below. Once again she turns another 90 degrees and again breathes in deeply. She breathes out pure fire when LeeZee screams out,

[LeeZee]      "Oh My Goddess! Istanna is making the 4 elements, wind, water, fire and next will be earth! I sense she's going to morph after her next breath."

Sure enough, she turns another 90 degrees and once more breathes in deep. When she exhales, her body gets smaller as Istanna exhaling the stardust her body is made from and starts to drops as she gets lighter with 2 passengers. For the first time since becoming a dragon again,

[Istanna]   "Hope Spacey is down below or you two know how to fly."

On the ground watching Istanna expel the 4 elements, SpaceDog begins to grin and telepathically tells LeeZee & Notakill,

[SpaceDog telepath]    'Don't worry about the fall. All is going to according to plan.'

Addressing the group on the ground while unwrapping the package.

[SpaceDog]    "Sasshi, spread this blanket with handles and put it over there and Panda Kitti. Put this on the tiger when she drops out of the sky."

Pointing to the blanket and hands Panda Kitti the thin red stabilizing blanket used when Istanna turned into a baby dragon.

[Sasshi]         "What is this thing made of? Its so light..."

[SpaceDog]    "Spider webbing, the 4 elements expelled the first time Istanna's mother did this and a bit of binding sorcery."

50 meters from the ground, SpaceDog creates a magic fall-softening barrier with his staff and then guides LeeZee and Notakill gently to the ground. The dragon, now only 2 meters long from head to tail sheds her scaled skin. A full-sized tiger slowly emerges settling on the blanket and begins to snore loudly.

 [LeeZee-Sasshi-Notakill-Kitti]      "Now that is something we never expected, Meow!"

[SpaceDog]    "Kitti, grab the shell and put it alongside Istanna. I will make it into her shell sack for next time this happens 600 cycles from now."

SpaceDog puts a necklace around the sleeping tigers neck; a gold loop in the hole on the left ear, another loop with a gem in her right, gauntlets on her upper legs and ties a red ribbon bow on the end of her tail. Panda Kitti removes the dragon scale skin, covers the tiger with the thin red blanket and smiles at SpaceDog.

[Panda Kitti]   "Meow, well done sir. Meow thinks I've seen more wonderful things then anything I've ever imagined in meows entire life, meow!"

Patty Smith comes out of the ice skulls mouth and trots over to help.

[SpaceDog]    "Okay everyone, grab a handle and help me take Istanna to the recovery room. Thanks for helping out Patty. I take it Trixie is busy helping Dee."

The largest of the cyborg dachshunds gives a clawed paw support to one of the handles.

[Patty Smith]  "It's always my pleasure to help, but can we please hurry. My metal parts are getting cold and about to freeze up out herrrre."

With snow falling all around them, they carry Istanna into the QETS through the ice skulls open mouth just as the land around them becomes covered in fog...

Inside the QETS is a curvaceous 2 meter tall woman. She is standing there with long white hair, glowing black opal eyes and elf ears. She is wearing a silver body suit waiting for them...

[SpaceDog]    "Sidrat! Good to see you standing. How are you?"

[Sidrat]         "Holding at 1505% Commander. I will take Istanna to the recovery room."

Suddenly Istanna is floating and following behind the woman with white hair taking her through the door of the lift...

 Sidrat, the Artificial Intelligence

LeeZee is stricken with the woman's beauty and holds both hands on her heart.

[LeeZee]      "Wait one moment here Star Lord! That, is Sidrat? She looks like a goddess if I ever saw one. Where have you been hiding her? I think I'm in Love."

[SpaceDog]    "Could not have been helped. Yes that is SIDRAT, the Sentient Intelligent Dynamic Remote Artificial Timekeeper designed and built to operate this time ship. And she looks like a goddess because I completed her. Design her after my former wife, Gerd, who was a petite giant Goddess with long golden hair from Jotunheim. But I had to change her hair and add the ears so I wouldn't get struck by wonder lust again."

Dee comes over from the information monitor she was reading.

[~~Dee~~]     "Papa, I'm gonna get some food and drink. Want anything? Sasshi? Later I want to talk to you about that book."

Dee walks to the lift and SpaceDog shakes his head, NO. He then opens the chest next to the couch and gets out one of his special blue bottled brews. Notakill speaks looking a little dead on his feet.

[Notakill]     "I was hoping you had food inside this place. I didn't eat anything earlier and... I need to change as well. This suit is too hot, even for a dead thing like me.."

[~~Dee~~]     "Come on. You too Kitti! Put Timothy Little down or better yet, bring him back to the galley where he belongs."

Panda Kitti puts the mouse on her shoulder and walks towards the lift.

Sasshi observing LeeZee challenges her and says,

[Sasshi]        "You seem to like woman. Care to spar with one, me for instance?"

LeeZee tries to take Sasshi's hand to see if she has some fighting skills. Sasshi pulls away from LeeZee.

[Sasshi]        "That's cheating."

[LeeZee]       "How can you tell?"

Sasshi telepathically touching LeeZee with her mind.

[Sasshi telepath] 'I know ways to cheat as well.'

[LeeZee]      "Not if I do this."

LeeZee pulls out a metal hair net that molds to her head and the net disappears.

[Sasshi]      "I like that, wits and cunning skills but still very young. I'm not going to let you get close enough to use your succubus powers. By the way, I'm neutral Fay. Surprise! I refuse to take sides, good or evil."

The two take the lift down to the sparing room.  

[SpaceDog telepath] 'Sidrat. How is the Morris Stone working out and how is Istanna doing?'

SpaceDog keeping tabs on the brains of the QETS.

[Sidrat telepath]     'Both are doing fine but I still can't understand why you wanted me to put it on my...'

[SpaceDog telepath] 'STOP! I had my reasons. Why are you only at 1500%?"

[Sidrat telepath]      'Commander, I can go to at 15000% but then you would not need the QETS, just me. I stopped at 1505% for a reason.'

[SpaceDog telepath] 'Okay, tell me later and if anything destabilizes, let me know right away. I'm going to join you and sit with Istanna till she wakes.'   

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