The Winter Solstice Party...
At least the King sent one of his Nytemares to pull my coach." As horses are few in the Realms, when a Nytemare is willing to take you somewhere - it is only because they wanted to or the Shadows' Realm King commands them to. Griselda was being given an extra treat, being able to ride in one of the King's coaches. "It is nice not to have to walk," she thought. "But he still is going to get an earful about this!"
As the Dowager traveled and was going over in her mind what she was going to say to the Shadows' King, little did she realize that the coach was being watched. Actually, all approaches to the King's castle were being watched! But by whom (or what) is the real question.
But with all of these minions on the lose, no one thought to check with Meen to see the invited guest list. Of all the guests she had delivered an invitation to, one was skipped over... No, it was not Hungry (as he had already arrived the day before the party so he could visit with Meen and see the Nytemares). It wasn't Snoop who already was sitting next to the entrance doors to the ballroom so he could keep a list of all of the attendees for the morning edition of the Bellwether.
Nor was it the Baron who was presenting the Dowager to the Shadows' King while trying to hide his grin since he knew how mad she was that her little private tea party plan had become a huge event. It seemed everyone who was someone was there except... the Borrowers!
Now, why Meen had not added them to the invitation list would probably be based on the Borrower's history. Anytime a Borrower showed up anywhere, they had the habit of 'borrowing' something. It was worse at parties! So much bling and things to see, that they just could not keep their hands in their own pockets. Forks, knives, spoons, small furry animals, even shoes were known to have disappeared when the Borrowers appeared. (Most instances the items were returned eventually and in some cases even something better had been left behind as in the one instance when a glass of milk had disappeared but in its place was left a milk cow - even if the cow was someone else's, the fact that something better had been left cannot be overlooked.)
It didn't take long before everyone realized (as nothing had gone missing still) that one of the main reasons they had decided to show up for the party wasn't there! No Borrowers which meant no Dragon tablet. Yes, there was a real Dragon, and usually that would have been something of a spectacle, but this group wanted to see what all the hullabaloo was about regarding this newest find... or at least what the latest gossip was about. Since it wasn't here soon the guests started to make excuses as to why they needed to leave (but not until after filling their pockets with food from the buffet tables).
"What tablet?" Hungry asked, but before Hunter could answer the Baron said, "This tablet that might have untold power." As he continued, Hunter only nodded his head affirming the Barons chilling words. "Hungry, some rulers are benevolent and just, while some are looking to expand their treasury or reputation. There are some who quest for more knowledge or power and some want to change things to be the way they want them to be. Several here tonight attended so they could see the Dragon tablet and had hoped to learn something that the others did not know. Since the tablet wasn't here, each is now heading to their realm to start the race to see who can find the Borrower with the tablet and get it for themself."
"A race you say? asked Hungry looking at the Shadows' King. "Are we in it?"
Invitations are coming in...
Others wonder how they can use the gathering to their advantage...
And some had hoped that nobody knew about the tablet at all...
But one had only a single concern...
"Whatever a Solstice Party is, I sure hope it has lots of food," thought Hungry.
The kitchen larder is being well stocked for the dinner to be served at this Winter Solstice Event. Everyone knows a Troll can eat more than three times their weight in sugar cookies alone. Meen, being Hunter's chief minion, was delegated the task of sending out the invitations (as well as delivering them). She hopes she has everyone's name spelled right. Nothing would land her in the dungeon faster than if she got a title or name spelled wrong as royalty is so sensitive that way.
If the Dowager was thinking that her suggestion to meet with Hunter, the Shadows' King, and to have him invite Hungry to a small quiet affair then she must have forgotten or be way out of practice - for this event will be the Event of the Year if he had anything to do about it.
"I have no intention of keeping this meeting small," thought Hunter as he smiled while reading the invitation that Meen had given him to approve. Handing the invitation back to Meen he told her, "The invitations are fine Meen. Go ahead and start delivering them but make sure they understand that this is going to be one party that they won't want to miss." As she scampered away The King mumbled under his breath, "And we shall soon find out what is on the Dragon tablet." For he knew that if he was to keep his own realm safe he better know who the players in this drama are and what they want.
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