Chapter 14 ~ Time and Travel

Dee is put in command of the QETS and takes Istanna and the Star Lord to Kveyka, the forest city in the woods. Dee plans to take the 2 Shadow Mage back to Earth. She changes her mind and takes Sasshi to Atlantis.


Paradox

[SpaceDog]  "Sidrat, you've already read my mind but I'm going to reiterate. Dee will be in charge after we are dropped in the forest city of Kveyka date 2121.170Vana. You will return on date 2122.171 and make it look like a week to Dee. Is that understood?"

[Sidrat]       "Yes Commander. Dee will be completely in charge for one week, ships time. I will follow her command instructions without conflict in the Paradox Matrix. Is that correct?"

[SpaceDog]  "Bang on!"

SpaceDog, Sidrat and Istanna walk to  number 6 control room and note that it has not been used in a long time. SpaceDog looks at Istanna.

[SpaceDog]  "We are going on a little vacation and you are going to learn something not taught to young dragons. There will be a lot of reading and you will be collecting mana from the forest trees on Vanaheimr."

[Istanna]     "One full cycle and shall be away from the QETS? What will we do upon our return?"

[SpaceDog]  "When we return, you will be taken to your home on the other side of Alfheim and we will part company until your guardian angel is once again needed. You will be dropped off less then an arn after you were sent to Midgard by you know who..."

The dragon in cat form looks intensely at the Star Lord.

[Istanna]     "Is that why we are spending so much time in Kveyka?"

[SpaceDog]  "Istanna, if it were up to me and unfortunately it's not, we would never part. But, you are The air spirit Goddess of Alfheim and have a roll to play as a deity in Asgard. The surprises I have for you on Vanaheimr will be well worth the trip. I'm going to need your magic to help me do something. We will not talk about this any more until we are at my home on Vanaheimr. Okay?"

The lovely little furry-eared creature with a ribbon on her tale hugs the Star Lord and does not let go for a long time.

[Sidrat]        "What are your plans for 'those' two?" 

[SpaceDog]  "I thought about it for a long time and my brain still hurts. I've decided since they followed Dee in, I will let her deal with them. Sasshi knows way more then she's letting on and Notakill does not have much more time to live, so..." 

[SpaceDog telepath] 'Dee, control room 6 as soon as you finish whatever you are up to.'

[~~Dee~~ telepath]    'Papa? I will be there in 2 moments. Is that okay?''

She returns back with her newly discovered telepathy.

[SpaceDog telepath'Make that 1 captain. Understood?'

[~~Dee~~ telepath]    'Yes papa. In 1 moment I will be there, Commander. Shall I bring Sasshi and Notakill or...?''

[SpaceDog telepath 'No. Come alone.  On second thought, bring Diane with you and have her relinquish the book she has been reading.'


Dee enters control room 6 followed by Diane holding a book.  Istanna and SpaceDog are looking at an Information Station.

[~~Dee~~]    "So what's up, Papa?"

SpaceDog points to the screen on the control panel and Dee begins to read, shaking her head. Diane puts the book on SpaceDog's lap.

[~~Dee~~]    "No freaking way! How? When or how did she do that?"

[SpaceDog]  "Problem is, she has not done it yet and already did it so you have a paradox on your hands. They are a lot more trouble then they let on. We are going on a vacation. Istanna and I will be gone for a week. In that week, you are going to solve the Paradox problem of how she can be there and not there at the same time. After you come up with the solution, You will take them to where they NEED to be. Don't worry, this is the only control room truly isolated out of the six, with the exception of Sidrat of course, so Sasshi will never know using her telepathy. Understood?"

Dee sits down in a chair, scratches her ears and thinks for a long time. She swings the chair around in circles, looks at the screen, pulls on her short skirt, takes out a knife, pulls a large gem out from between her breasts, cuts the tip of her thumb and lets the blood drop on a gem. Dee licks the blood off the gem and her thumb, noting that nothing happens. She returns the gem to it's hiding place, gets up, scribbles something on the screen and walks away, leaving the control room with Diane following her. SpaceDog looks at the screen.

[Istanna]     "The blood of the half will energize the 2 gems. Atlantis - volume 42, page 69."

Shaking his head....

[SpaceDog]  "I don't want to know but I guess I'll find out when I return. Let's collect the crew."

[Sidrat]       "Yes Commander."


Departure

[Sidrat]       "All companions and guests to the main Gathering Hall on level 16 for a change of commend."

Soon Dee, LeeZee, Panda Kitti, Sasshi, Notakill and all the cyborg dachshunds have gathered when Istanna and SpaceDog are followed in by Sidrat.

[[SpaceDog]  "The last few weeks have been full of adventures, mysteries, fun and laughter, but for a short while I will be leaving Dee in charge while Istanna and Me, Myself, and I go on a journey of our own. Call it a vacation or holiday if you like."

[Istanna]      "Where we are going, you cannot follow. Maybe one day you will find out why, but for now,  my dear Star Lord, Commander, SpaceDog, the Vanir and I, the air spirit dragon Goddess of Alfheim will be in his home away from home and will return in a moons quarter. So be good, be safe and be yourselves, but whatever you do, don't be normal."

Istanna hugs Panda Kitti first and they wrap tails around each other. SpaceDog hugs the Cat saying under his breath,

[SpaceDog whispers]  "Don't you dare let anyone in on our little secret, okay?"

[Panda Kitti] "Meow, purrrfectly my cat and dog and dragon and elf and succubus people lover, Meeeowww!"

Istanna walks up to LeeZee, gives her a big kiss and breathes out giving her enough Chi to last her a lifetime.

[Istanna]    "Use that wisely." 

Captain Lindsey Smith with her eyes closed smiles and then with eyes open, looks at Istanna in all her glory.

[LeeZee]    "Wow! I will never get used to the feeling of being kissed by a dragon goddess in cat's pajamas." 

LeeZee turns to SpaceDog, hugs him, punches him lightly on the chest.

[LeeZee]    "We still need to talk about my true parents when you get back, capisce?"

He kisses her on the hand.

[SpaceDog]  "So you're learning Italian now? Of course we will Godchild."

[Istanna]      "Sasshi, Notakill, be good if you can or if not be good at it. Dee?"

Dee comes up to Istanna and they lock heads together passing on only a brief amount of information that Istanna knows will help Dee on her quest and briefly hugs the cat woman. Dee bows to the dragon cat goddess of Alfheim.

[~~Dee~~]    "I will see you when I see you and safe journey."

Turning to her papa she hugs him and lifts him off the ground like he was a studded toy.

[~~Dee~~]    "Papa, time loves a hero, but only Emit can tell if it's real, was it made up in heaven, or if not, it was sent up from Hel. See you in a quarter moon."

[SpaceDog]  "Oh! See you got the next piece of the puzzle... Keep the motors running till we return and take this with you. Only read what's on the last page. You will know what it means."

SpaceDog hands Dee the book 'Rainbow Bridge mechanics'. On the last page he wrote: 'keep this and hand the copy in the Atlantis library to the paradox'.

Istanna gets down on her knees and all the dogs come over and lick her face making her giggle and finely,

[Istanna]     "Okay, okay. Thank you for all your lovin', all your hugs and kisses too. Never knew cats and dogs could get along so well, did you?"

[Trixie]       "Commander. Anything we should know or do?"

[SpaceDog]  "Sierra Oscar Oscar Tango and Kuala ten." 

All the dogs sit looking straight at Dee not moving a muscle except for Marina who plops herself down on the floor and Rosemary-chan Bon who puts her snout on Dee's boot and starts rubbing her ankle with her snout.

Istanna pulls Sidrat aside.

[Istanna whispers] "Give SpaceDog a goodbye he will never forget."

Sidrat walks in front of SpaceDog, bends over and reveals her sexiest voice for the first time so the whole group can hear.  

[Sidrat]       "Commander, if you may, if I might, let you dream about me tonight."

She kisses SpaceDog on the forehead and everyone (with the exception of Istanna) looks like they're in shock when Sidrat pulls the Lord of Stars and quantum entanglement close, gives him a hug rubbing all over him before leaving the room. Once Sidrat has left the room,

[Istanna whispers]     "Perfection!"

~group hug~ 

[SpaceDog]  "We leave you all here in the captains care and depart from control room 6 where only a select few; I, Istanna, Dee and Sidrat may enter." 

[Group]   "Happy journey and have a great vacation!"

SpaceDog says to himself and Istanna as they walk away from the group.

[SpaceDog whispers]  "If they only knew..."  


Star Lord SpaceDog and Istanna enter control room 6 where Sidrat is standing next to the control panel.

[Sidrat]       "Event-horizon portal 24 is ready, Commanders!'  

[Istanna]     "Thank you Sidrat."

Istanna turns to SpaceDog.

[Istanna]     "Oh, can you tell me Kitti's secret?"

[SpaceDog]  "If I did that it wouldn't be a secret now would it? Entangle!"


Vanaheimr

Stepping through the portal they emerge out a door on the side of a huge, wide tree in a forest so tall that some trees are touching the clouds. They do not notice the tree figure that exited the event-horizon with them.

Across the valley, long rows of evenly tall pillar mountains stand almost all the same size. They take up one side of the valley and a forest of very tall trees take up the other side.

SpaceDog hugs Istanna and points to a tree that has a door and many large windows and they walk towards it at a leisurely pace.  They do not notice the groot following behind them. Freyr is home for the first time in just under 600 cycles, He opens the main door, looks inside at the grunge that's collected on everything and wipes his finger across a dusty surface.

[SpaceDog]  "Looks like we've got a lot of work ahead of us luv. Should be some wild vegetables and fruit growing out back. There always is. Pick something we can snack on first and then we can get to the really hard core cleaning before we dig up the artifacts I buried."

~~ continued in book 2 ~~


Time

Sitting in control room 3, Dee in the captains chair, everyone has puzzled looks on their face. 

[~~Dee~~]    "Well that was NOT what should have happened. Something is missing..."

Dee mumbles to herself and then turns to see LeeZee, Panda Kitti, Sasshi and Notakill looking in her direction.

[~~Dee~~]    "What... What?"

They are looking at her chest. Looking down she sees the gem she put her own blood on getting brighter and pulsing with her heartbeats.

[~~Dee~~]     "Oh stink-wads. No, no, no, that was not supposed to happen now, or ever, even. What the Freck!!!"

Taking out the gem and holding it she tries to figure out what to do with it.

[Sasshi]       "Buuka nos andik Moos"

Sasshi tries to cast a spell but nothing happens.

[Sasshi]       "I knew it, I fucking knew you had it!!! Where did you get the Princess Atlántida power stone and how did you activate it?"

Notakill pulls out a small bag and reaching into it, brings out a larger bag and reaching into it, pulls out an identical gem that's also glowing to the beat of Dees' heart.

[~~Dee~~]      "Atlántida was my mother."

Sasshi tries to grab the glowing gem out of Dee's hand.

[~~Dee~~]      "Sidrat LOCKDOWN, K9s engage." 

Lead Zip Line bites Sasshi on the ankle and she stops in her tracks unable to move from an electrical surge coming from the cyborg dachshunds teeth. Frank Zupar jumps up and snatches the other gem from Notakill faster than a blink. 

[Sidrat]           'Lockdown gravity restraints have been placed around both shadow mage, captain. Shall I toss the dead one into a sun?'

[Panda Kitti]     "Meow? I think this one is a real dead thing now, meow."

Panda Kitti notes as the body of Notakill starts to slump over...  LeeZee walks up to the husk of a body and pushes it over.

[LeeZee]          "Cleanup on aisle 3"

She looks at Dee waiting to see what she will do next.

Pink Flood pokes his head out the dog door, looks around and sees the dead thing on the floor, shakes his snout and disappears. A half moment later he comes through the main door with a 2 meter long floating cart, stopping it next to the husk that was Notakill. He presses a button on his collar and the body floats to the cart and sets down.

[Pink Flood]  "Dead thing floating..."

The cart floats out the door with Pink Flood making a face pulling his eyelid down and sticking out his tongue at Sasshi...

[Sasshi]         "Where did you get the Princess Atlántida power stone? I've spent half my lifetime in search of that bloody gem."

[~~Dee~~]      "My mother and my blood. Atlántida was my mother and she gave me the gem when I became an adult."

Dee get up out of the chair, walks over to Lead Zip Line.

[~~Dee~~]       "Good boy. Your masters are proud."

Frank Zupar drops the second pulsating gem into Dees hand. Looking Sasshi in the eyes,

[~~~Dee~~]     "I put blood on it earlier after reading an ancient script about it, the two gems that beat as one. I just happened to find you listed amongst both the living and the dead. Atlantis is the land where my mother was born and it sank into the middle of the Atlantic ocean on Midgard. Care to explain?"

Sasshi gives Dee the silent treatment. Dee sits back in the captain chair, turns the monitor display in her directions, taps the screen a few times. Looks at Sasshi then back at the screen,

[~~Dee~~]      "Sasshi, Sasshi, Sasshi you are the paradox. I ought to send you into the closest sun to try and change fate, but since you seem to know so much more about my mothers gem then I do... I've changed my mind. We are going back in time to Atlantis. LeeZee, would you like a light snack?"

[LeeZee]         "Dee, are you suggesting I weaken this dream snatcher shadow mage or should I find out more from her while she's being immobilized by Lead poisoning, I mean Lead Zip Line's power of persuasion?"

[~~Dee~~]      "Just feed off her like she did with that living corpse we had with us moments ago. She is not neutral by any means, but she can be neutralized. Be careful, she can poison you."

LeeZee takes most of Sasshi's chi, but not all. Lindsey Smith still can not get any information from the stronger mind in the weakened body...


Atlantis

[~~Dee~~]      "Dee to Sidrat."

[Sidrat]          'Yes Captain'

[~~Dee~~]      "Would you rather be called Sid or Time or something else?"

[Sidrat]          'That topic recently crossed Commander SpaceDog's mind also. The hounds call me Mum so you can call me Mum also, if you wish'

[~~Dee~~]      "Mum it is! Mum, kiss my... never-mind."

Trying to make a joke Kitti and LeeZee both find hysterical and laugh.

[Sidrat]         'Dee, I'm not sure where your never-mind is, but I already know what you want and have made the time matrix calculations fractions of a moment ago'

[~~Dee~~]      "Mum, entangle to the Atlantis Library. Sink-day minus 1!"

[Sidrat]          'Yes Captain'

[LeeZee]        "Wait. How will we dress in this place? What do Atlantean people wear?"

[~~Dee~~]     "That's easy, we can look in the Atlantis archives that should be right outside that door. Or, we can look in the wardrobe labeled {M13525EBC}. It is next to the [EMO2050] room on level 18."

They all get in the lift. Stepping off the lift Dee, LeeZee and Panda Kitti drag the weakened Sasshi into the room.

[LeeZee]        "Kitti, can you change into an Atlantean with that collar bell?"

[Panda Kitti]   "Meow? I can try, meow."

Kitti touches the bell hanging around her neck with her paw.

[Panda Kitti]  "Me out - not a Cat - me be an Atlantean - me - now!"

The cat begins to change back into full human form in a bizarre outfit that looks like it came from Egypt. It flows in places outlining a slim, well shaped and dark-complexioned human figure.

[Kitti Panda]  "Me, me, Oh! I'm feeling a bit sick."

She turns her head away from everyone after speaking with a new accent she has never used and begins to look rather green.

[Sasshi]       "I could have changed you back faster than you could..."

LeeZee pulls on the invisible control collar around Sasshi's neck.

[LeeZee]    "You only speak when we ask you to. Now look for something a slave or servant would wear."

Sasshi finds some very plain yellow clothes with aqua trim, short sleeves and long skirts, sandals and very light drawstrings. She walks over to them, grabs a handful of odds and then waits for the others to finish while LeeZee casts a Watchful Eye on her.

[Sasshi whispers]  'Where in Hel did she get a Watchful Eye from?'

Sasshi pouts to herself as the Eye on the table peers directly into her eyes keeping her from moving unless spoken to.

[LeeZee]    "What do guards wear in Atlantis?"

Sasshi points to another area of the room where light blue short skirts and tank top bustier wrap-a-rounds are connected with teal leather straps with gold loops & green metal hooks, leather boots up to mid thigh and teal leather fingerless gloves. Lindsey tries them on and the second pair fits her like a glove. Sasshi clears her throat looking at Lindsey.

[LeeZee]     "What?"

[Sasshi]       "That's a captains uniform. I heard you called Captain Lindsey in your head at one point. Just call yourself Captain Lidi and you'll fit right in."

Kitti turns to Dee and speaks in her Atlantean accent.

[Kitti Panda] "What did you find? You look absolutely gorgeous. Just like a princess!"

[~~Dee~~]     "I once saw a portrait of my mother wearing something that looked exactly like this dress. I think this may have been mothers... Are we ready? Sasshi, change into these clothes now, if you don't mind. If you behave like my servant, I might even let you live."

Sasshi knowing she is outnumbered, weak and without someone to suck the life out of, bows her head.

[Sasshi]       "Yes, mistress."


Library

Once outside the QETS portal, they find themselves in a room full of books and scrolls. Some scrolls are in Latin, some in a language of the Gods, some in ancient Elvin and many are in a language nobody seems to understand except Sasshi who says it's Atlantean. Dee steps back into the doorway to the QETS and asks Sidrat,

[~~Dee~~]       "Mum, do we have a room that will fit this library?"

[Sidrat]           'Wait... We do now. The Atlantean archives can fit into room 420 or next to the current ancient library in room 42'

[~~Dee~~]       "Hmmm... 42 keeps popping up a lot and I don't think it's coincidence. Hounds! You are moving this library. Take everything and put it all in room 42."

A door opens and all the cyborg dachshunds except one are standing upright on a floating stretcher that still has the husk of Notakill and are followed by Pink Flood. When it passes Dee, all the dogs keep looking straight ahead with the exception of Pink Flood who is grinning madly at her. They pass her going out the door to the Atlantean library that would otherwise be lost when Atlantis sinks.

[Pink Flood]  "Just taking the body someplace where it will can stink, I mean sink along with the rest of Atlantis."

Pink Flood snickers. Dee shakes her head and returns to the Atlantean library. The dogs have already unloaded the body and stacking book on the floating stretcher.

[LeeZee]       "So what's the plan?"

They exit the main library and walk calmly down the hall towards the librarian. Dee places a book in LeeZee's hand.

[~~Dee~~]      "Captain Lidi, we are going to put this servant on trial for trying to steal this power gem and the book you have in your hand. She may somehow escape and if the ancient scripts are correct, take the stone off Atlantis despite the catastrophe when the plate tectonics' shift. We will be rescuing my mother, myself and my sister for we are still babies in my mothers womb. Yah, I had a vision and it scared the living worms out of me."

[Sasshi]          "It's not going to happen that way will it, because I'm not going to..."

[~~Dee~~]      "GUARD! Seize her!"

[Librarian]      "What's going on here?  Your highness. I didn't see you go into the library."

The librarian bows his head.

[~~Dee~~]       "Gag her!"

A piece of duct tape magically covers Sasshi's mouth while LeeZee ties a cloth wrap on to cover up the tape.

[~~Dee~~]       "I caught this servant trying to take that book and when we tried stopping her, she grabbed for my power gem."

Dee takes the glowing gem from between her breasts distracting the male librarian. 

[~~Dee~~]       "I don't know what became of her but I'm taking her to court, now."

LeeZee, using her succubus power, takes the librarian by the arms and plants a suggestion, pointing at Sasshi.

[LeeZee whispers]    "You will lock the library after we leave, go home to your family, take them on a long boat ride east. Now go, never remember what happened today, except for that one stealing the gem."

The librarian runs home after locking the library.

A princess walks beside an Atlantean, follows a guard and 2 Atlantean guards with a bound and gagged thief to the courthouse.


Court

Inside the courthouse, several people bow to Dee and several address her as "Your Highness" when she enters the courtroom.

The 3 adjudicators sitting at the table in back of the room stand and bow. The middle one asks,

[adjudicator]  "Your Highness. What brings you to the courts on this Moon Day?"

[~~Dee~~]      "First, I am not who you think I am, even though I wear clothes exactly like hers and I look like her highness because, we are family. My name is Dee and my friend here,"

points to Kitti,

[~~Dee~~]       "is Kitti Panda."

pointing to Sasshi,

[~~Dee~~]       "This one's name is Sasshi. She tried to steal a book when we were in the library and then tried to take my power gem."

pulls out the glowing gem.

[~~Dee~~]       "I would like Sasshi, exiled, never to return to Atlantis. I trust the court will agree to my request!"

Dee returns and hides the glowing gem between her breasts when the adjudicators sit down. She then scribbles something on a piece of papyrus and places it into a bag where the second power gem is. She hands the bag to one of the runners and tells her,

[~~Dee~~]       "Locate Atlántida and give her this."

In a very low voice only the runner can hear, 

[~~Dee~~ whispers] "Go quickly and then get yourself, your friends and families off Atlantis as fast as you can and go east. One more thing. Write down or leave some record that this one, the thief known as Sasshi, was never in the courthouse on this Moon Day. Now go and may the Goddess be with you!"

Dee places 2 gold coins into the runners hand. The runner bows and leaves the courtroom taking the small bag.

The adjudicators talk between themselves, raise their heads and the lead adjudicator asks,

[adjudicator] "What proof do you have?"

[LeeZee]        "If it may it please the court, I am Captain Lidi. I was there alongside Lady Dee's friend, Kitti Panda. We will both testify that she tried to take the power gem."

Kitti shakes her head YES and again the adjudicators speak amongst themselves,

[adjudicator] "Take off her binding and tell us what happened.  Your name is Sasshi?"

LeeZee takes Sasshi by the arm and plants a succulent suggestion in her head that she will not say anything that makes sense and state bluntly that Atlantis will sink in the ocean.

[Sasshi]       "Yes/No, I didn't not take the stone, the gem, the power is mine, to kill as I see fit. Atlantis will sink with everyone... and and... will fall into the shadows..."

[adjudicator] "Bind her mouth. Think we've heard enough."

The three adjudicators talk again for a short time and finally all stand.

[adjudicator] "Lady Dee, the courts find the action of the servant Sasshi irrefutably guilty. We will respect your wish to exile her from Atlantis. This Moon Days court session will now break for tea."

The adjudicators are followed by court attendants. They all leave the room by a back door.

Dee looks at Kitti and then Captain Lidi, who is leading Sasshi out of the courthouse along with one of the 2 guards.

[~~Dee~~]      "You know I can't kill you. There is more to your story then you let us believe, so, get the freak off this island before it sinks tomorrow and take as many as you can find with you! Okay?"

Dee hands Sasshi the book. She takes the non-glowing gem from between her breasts and hands it to a puzzled Sasshi who accepts both after Dee removes the binder around her mouth and hands. Dee turns to the other guard,

[~~Dee~~]      "Take her, your family and as many of your friends and their families, as many as you can find and get off this island now!"

Atlantis begins to tremor and moments later shakes violently. Dee, LeeZee and Kitti run back to the Atlantis library.

At the library, the doors are locked. When LeeZee hits the door, it opens and they find the inside devoid of all books, scrolls, tablets and artifacts. There are a dozen sets of glowing eyes looking at them and a dead thing in the corner of the room.

[Pink Flood]  "That took longer than we expected, mistress. 'We' can all feel the ground spreading. This place sits on the middle of two tectonic plates. No wonder it's sinking. Bark to the QETS."

Everyone runs into the open portal as the buildings begin to shake apart ... 

The story continues....


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