As Arnie continued her walked to the Goodies cottage with the (mischievous) Wysp, (studious) Dulbbe, and (questionable) Drat, all the while the Wysp talking about some of the tricks it had pulled on others, Arnie wondered if this was what it was felt like to hang out with friends. As this was just too deep of a thought for her to ponder on for long, thankfully her thoughts were soon interrupted when they passed a stand of trees and saw the cottage they had been seeking.
The owner of this tablet had been gone for so long and since the tablet had been left alone in a cave, untouched for eons, it was a find she could tell herself was all hers. What bothered her the most was that this feeling of 'owning' something was a new feeling for her as Borrowers are quick to trade whatever they have "borrowed".
As she again approached the cottage door, it slowly opened and she heard a voice calling "Come in, my Dear." Hesitating again at the threshold, she finally told herself "Quit being a scaredy-mouse and see what's inside" - so she entered the cottage and quickly forgot about losing her tablet as she started wondering what she might find hidden here (as every true borrower does).
"Well, don't just stand there with the door open. Close it behind you Arnie," the voice said. Quickly scanning the room, with her eyes darting from each wonderous and intriguing delight, Arnie was fast making her lists of "What was worth borrowing, where were all of the exits, and if there was anyone there (it would not do to have a witness) were always the rules of a Borrower's first priorities. This time, the last priority of the Borrower's short list was Arnie's first thought. "Who was there in the cottage with her?"
At the moment when she thought about the tablet, it suddenly disappeared from her pocket. "Oh no, where did it go?" as the panic set into Arnie's mind. She reached for her pocket to find it truly empty and quickly searched other pockets to make sure she had not accidently put it into a different one. Turning around to reach one of her back pockets that required a bit more of a stretch, she saw the tablet in Drat's hands!
Reaching to the pocket again just to reassure herself the tablet was still there she quickly finds out that it has disappeared again! "This has got to quit!" she growls as she stomps her feet and turns around expecting Drat to be holding the tablet again. But No! Now Dulbbe seems to be staring at the tablet in his hands.
Dulbbe, as he looks up to see Arnie glaring at him, quickly put up his hands and replied " I didn't do anything! It just showed up." It was then that Arnie heard a little giggle near her ear. Of course - the WYSP!!! That mischievous little blue imp was playing with her.
Something in what it had said, (Arnie wasn't really listening but it did remind her she needed something before seeing the Goodies) made her interrupt the Wysp. "We have to make a short stop before seeing the Goodies," Arnie told the Wysp. "My place is just ahead and I need to pick up a couple of things".
"Your time is my time," smiled the Wysp. That comment alone made Arnie a little more nervous. First with the Wysp offering to help and now being friendly. "I will also have to pick up another magical bottle just in case," thought Arnie. "That sneaky little Wysp is up to something so armed with more than just one bottle might be a good idea."
It had found something else to keep it occupied. "Two other victims to trick," giggled the Wysp as it spied both 'victims' hiding in the bushes.
As Arnie opened her door she was surprised! The place was a mess! "What is going on here?" she thought. "This isn't how I left it..." After walking through the chaos, she soon realized that someone else had been in her home and must have been looking for something. "Why do I have a feeling they are looking for the tablet?" she asked herself. In all of the years she had been 'borrowing', she had never had anyone enter her home. "What is on this tablet?" she whispered to herself.
While Arnie was going from room to room to see if whomever had searched her home had found all of her secret nooks and crannies, the Wysp decided to check out the watchers. "First the rat," she thought. Flying over to where Drat was hiding she hoovered over him and started its questions...
"Whatcha doing? Why are you in the bushes? Your eyes are red, does that mean you are tired?" and many more. Drat knew that he had been spotted, so he did what he figured was the best approach and swatted at the Wysp which it easily avoided. "Go away!" he growled at the little blue fae. "Can't you see I am busy?"
In a bush several yards away, Dulbbe had been day-dreaming about the crystal ball and all that it had taught him about the Dragon language. "Who would have ever known that both numbers and music were required to read Dragon," he thought. "I must see Hewy as soon as I get the tablet back from the Borrower." As he was thinking about how Hewy might be able to help him, he finally noticed the Wysp and Drat in the bushes close to him. "Where did they come from," his eyes popped open in surprise.
"We are going to see the Goodies, do you want to come along?" the little Wysp evilly smiled.
As Arnie was thinking of the things she could do to the Wysp if it was tricking her again, others in the Realms were also making plans...
After a short pause, Awena continued in a low voice, "I believe that Fae could may be you as you were the one who was able to open the enchanted book when no others could."
"I feel that you are wrong, but tell me more about this prophecy," answered the Dowager. "There are so many other Fae involved in this mess with the Dragon tablet that you must be wrong." So, as Awena and Griselda discuss the prophecy, others were also busy...
"I still think that checking with Drat (the Troll King's top minion) might be more beneficial," he continued.
"Come on you scaredy-cat! If we talk to any the Troll King's minions or the Gooblin King's, then they will know what we are doing. Now, just follow my lead," said the Baron as he walked into the Troll bar right past the sign that read "Aged Goat's Milk Today's Special - 100 Proof" as they looked for Hewy...
Arnie jumped, startled that anyone could be this close to her. Normally Borrowers are hard to sneak up on, but this time she was caught fully unaware. Turning around quickly she looked everywhere but did not see anyone. "Who said that?" she asked. "I did" was the response again from behind her. Turning around slowly this time, the owner of the voice did not hide. It was the blue Wysp!
"Why is that? I thought the Goodies will speak to anyone?" answered Arnie even though she knew the Wysp had to be up to some kind of mischief again. "And why am I even wasting my time talking to you? You just want to trick me again."
Normally the Wysp would be thinking of another way to trick the Borrower, but this time she was way madder at how she had been magically frozen and forced to answer that stupid troll's (Dulbbe) questions in the tunnel. "I am trying to make it up to you," she sweetly told Arnie with a smile.
"Then tell me why the Goodies won't see me without making an appointment with you?" asked Arnie.
"They are very busy and by the way, it is because you are also going the wrong way. That would really mess up my schedule book by the time you figured that out," replied the Wysp. "They live on the other side of the forest." Realizing that the Wysp might be right (grudgedly she had to admit that she didn't know exactly where the Goodies lived). Leave it it to Squirrely to not know his right from his left or up from down when he sketched her this map. After all, he was a little nutty and only good for knowing where he hid his winter stashes of tasty nuts. Arnie decided that if she must, then she might as well take another chance with the Wysp.
Her friend Squirrel, hearing her mumbles, sat on a tree branch and looked down on Arnie as she climbed from the hole. "Funny you should mention one of the Goodies' sisters. Why not drop by and visit with them. You know the Goodies are always good for something. After all, they are the biggest gossips in the Realm... even more than the Twitter birds. They supposedly know something about everything."
At this point Arnie was willing to try anything! Soon she was heading off to see what goodies she could discover with the Goodie Sisters.
While Dulbbe was searching the tunnel, Arnie, the Borrower, was feeling pretty gloomy. She wasn't getting any help finding out what it was that she had found and felt like she was just running around in circles... or actually very long tunnels. She realized that she needed to find someone, and soon, who could get her out of this mess she was slowly finding herself in.
In the meantime Hunter, the Shadows' King, after revealing to his daughter, Ffion, what he knew of the book that was in the tunnel before the Borrower had removed it, thought maybe it was time for her to meet the Sleeping Sisters. (That story was available to subscribers only - but it is never too late to sign-up or by sending me an email to read it).
Even annoyed about the message, Awena did know of her responsibility as a Sleeping Sister to teach Ffion of her heritage. While Meen waited in the receiving room for her response, Awena started pulling out books and scrolls to send back with Meen until she could come to Hunter's castle herself to meet with Ffion. "This will have to do until I arrive," she decided after putting another book in the small pile. Realizing that there might be too many books and scrolls for Meen to carry, Awena sent for a small satchel to put them in for the trip back to the castle. Now if Hunter had been more willing to communicate with her or if Awena hadn't felt like she could solve the problem of the Borrower on her own, a lot of confusion could have certainly been avoided, but then that would have shortened the story (*smiling*).
Ffion picked up the one that fell closest to her which was titled 'Awena's Primary on the Language of Flowers'. Now this could be interesting.
Then she heard Meen tell the King, "Sire. The Sleeping Sisters are not available to come now, but sent these books and scrolls so that Princess Ffion may start her schooling immediately until they are available to come to answer your summons."
"Schooling! It was "summer" - who wanted to be doing schoolwork when there was fun to be had out in the Realm!" screamed Ffion in her mind. She watched to see what her father's reaction from the Sisters message would be. When he jumped up from his throne, a small smile escaped her lips... that was until she realized that the King was demanding Meen to find the Royal Tutor to begin her lessons. "Oh no. There goes summer!"
As he peered through the lenses towards the waterfall, he could see past the falling water and into the cave behind it. He wasn't sure but he thought he could just glimpse seeing something purple leaving the tunnel but that was all he could make out before it disappeared. Following the tunnel in the cave, he noticed something moving! Off in the higher part of the cave he realized there was a Wysp hovering in the air. "Your Highness, something has left the cave but there is still a Wysp in the tunnel," Dulbbe told the King as they made their way towards the waterfall.
The King commanded the water to part for him so all of them could enter and at the same time he used his magic to freeze the Wysp in mid-air. Wysps are quick and think themselves to be quite clever, but the King was in no mood to have to track it down when he knew that the Wysp would disappear.
As they approached the Wysp, still hanging in the air trying to figure out why it could not fly away, Dulbbe started asking it questions. "Was there a Borrower in the cave with you? Who was it?"
Realizing this tactic was not working, decided a different approach. Turning to the Shadows' King, he said, "Your Highness, this Wysp is just a dumb imp who doesn't know anything. I think we will have to search out the cave for ourselves since it probably is just lost in this cave."
"Lost in this cave am I," screamed the Wysp! "I would have you know that I outsmarted that stupid Borrower, tricked her into following me, and then left her in the dark at the end of the cave where all the water was. I even know her name!"
"Nevermind this one, your Majesty, it is only talking to try and get some attention," Dulbbe told the King. "Do you want me to begin the search for the Borrower or a smarter Wysp?"
Ffion, standing behind the King, had never seen a Wysp so upset. Later she would almost swear that the blue imp had turned bright red - it was that mad!
Hearing the Wysp's answer, immediately the King started towards the end of the cave in a run, leaving behind both a confused Ffion and Dulbbe. It was at that moment the Wysp realized that it could move and in a puff of blue smoke, vanished. "Good riddance," muttered Dulbbe.
"Dulbbe, what do you think has gotten into Dad? I have never seen him this nervous before..." Dulbbe could only shrug his shoulders before they both turned to start down the tunnel to follow the King.
"Well, this was a dud," thought Arnie. As her eyes adjusted to the dark tunnel, she realized that the Wysp who had led her to the falls was no where to be seen. "At least that's something," sighing with relief. "I will get even with that little troublemaker when I have more time," she vowed, remembering how it had abandoned her in the dark cave earlier.
"Here is a smoother and even trail the Wysp could have taken me on instead of the winding and rock covered trail it had lead me over!" Arnie whispered to herself "Grrrr - I will find the time to get even with that Wysp," she growled.
As Arnie was walking in the tunnel and Hunter, the Shadows' King, who was pacing back and forth while waiting for Dulbbe to show up, asked Ffion, his daughter "Where did you see this stranger?"
"It was over by the waterfall. Actually, it had come out of the waterfall," replied Ffion.
Hunter, ignoring her reference to it being 'her garden', started walking even faster now towards the waterfall. "Has someone found it?" he wondered to himself. "It is one thing to be curious what a Borrower had found, but if it was MY dragon tablet that I have been guarding, then I need to find that Borrower NOW!" the King was shouting in his head.
As Fiddlefaddle started to leave the room, the Baron remembered how exciting it was to head out on an adventure. He called out to his BAT man with a sparkle in his eyes. "If either of us find out where to locate them, you and I will be heading out on the road once again just like old times!"
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