Friday, October 31, 2014

The Key Of Time - Part Three




The Witching Hour.....

They were running out of Time, Dear Readers, and no amount of Casting Spells or Turning Back Clocks could change that Fact! They were running out of Time! The Little Dreamers were drifting in Worlds none knew how to find, and the Creatures of the Deep were Loose upon the Earth. Things had gone Awry and there was very little that could be done to fix the Holes in Time! But the Wizard was not ready to give up, and he summoned Old Meg from her Ancient Castle Hearth to help him with the Spell. One More Time they would go to the Fountain of Dreams.....


 They who Dared to Dream themselves could Dip into the waters.....

And pour the Dark waters into
Dream Potions.....

So Strong and Pure that None could Defy them.....
If they could Only Find the Dreamers!

The Little Dreamers, who even at that moment 
were happily playing with the Tiny Dolls 
who had arrived at the Castle 
with the "help" of Samuel Whiskers and Anna Maria.

Amy and Beth were happy to spend hours and hours 
in the Wonderful Old Castle....
Nobody ever interrupted their play..... 
and there were always new things to discover and play with!
They had no desire to leave,
and it never occurred to them that they had strayed out of Time!!

But the Wizard knew that this could not continue Forever....
and that the longer it went unhealed, the the worse the Damage would be...
And so he gazed into the depths of Time....
And Brewed the Potion!


But there was more than One sort of Magic that was needed this Night....
High Above the Earth in the Cloud Palace,
Perry was meeting Blue, the Blue Fairy Bear...

"And Blue can Grant your Wishes...." said Sir Orion very proudly...
"If you Wish..." he added a little self-consciously.
(He was so Proud that he could help in this Wish-Granting business...!)

Perry couldn't quite believe his ears....
(He was still trying to get used to the idea of Talking to Bears 
and Flying up to the Clouds!)
"You mean I can wish for Anything and you will Grant it," he asked?
"If I wanted you to find my sisters, you could," he added?

Blue Blushed a little bit, 
but even then there was a Star that appeared in Perry's hand...
"You must speak your wish aloud," said Blue. 
"If the wish is Truly from your Heart, it will be granted....." she added.

Just then Tiny Bear woke up.
He looked up at Perry and said "Oh, can I come too?"
Perry was for just a moment, at a loss for words.

Then he cleared his throat and said...
"I Wish we could find my sisters, the Lost Princesses..."
And just like that.... he was standing in the Great Hall of the Castle.....

It didn't look at all like the Hall he had seen before.....
this one was filled with furniture and dogs....
And there were his sisters, Beth and Amy in their Princess costumes!

"Perry!" cried Beth....
"What are you doing here...?"
"The Wizard sent me to find you..." he said.
"He said we need to leave now."


"And I have a Wishing Star for you," he added.
"But why should we leave," asked Beth, not wanting to go at all!
"Because the wizard says it is Time to go Home..." said Perry!

All of a sudden, at the mention of that word "Home," 
the Little Dreamer Beth was filled with an intense longing!
She knew with a certainty that she wanted to go "Home"....
wherever that was!
And she found herself whispering...
"I want to go Home..."
 And just as suddenly, 
the Castle was no more..... 


And they found themselves standing in front of a dark and spectral house.....
It had a slightly familiar yet ghostly look.....
And on closer inspection, the house was still unfinished....
The windows just gaping holes....
The walls only halfway done....
As if it were just built of Dreams!
And yet there was an Old Woman on the porch to greet them!
"Come in, my children," she called.
"Do not be Afraid! The Wizard has told me to expect you...." she added.
"You can stop here for a while 
and have some 'refreshment' on your Journey..." she said.
So the children followed her into the unfinished House.....

Where they sat in the strangest "parlor" they had ever seen...
With the gaping windows, and the half built walls 
painted with skeleton trees....


"Someday, this will be your 'Home' ...." she said to Beth.
"But you have arrived too soon... it hasn't been completed yet..."
"It will take Time to finish it properly!"
"But meanwhile, we have some 'Treats' for you..." she added.
"The Wizard made them just for you.... 
to help you have 'Sweet Dreams'..."

"And we will be sending you back to stay with Great Aunt Agatha...." she said.

"So be good children, and eat your 'treats'...!
And then we will tuck you into bed.... 
and Tomorrow you will be at Great Aunt Agatha's.....
just as if Nothing Ever Happened at all," she declared heartily!

Well, Dear Readers, the children were very Hungry 
and rather thirsty.... and really very tired....
So they did as they were told....

And before they knew it....
They were stretched out on a huge old four poster bed....
In a room that appeared Made of Dreams....

And whether it was the instant Before their eyes closed......
Or the instant After.......
That they were suddenly transported 
to Rose Thorn Cottage on Distant Briar Moor.... 
None could say!

But suddenly, there they were......
Once more in the Familiar bed under the eaves.....

And the Not at All Familiar bed by the stairs.....
Almost.... Almost as though Nothing at all had Happened!
But we know better, Dear Readers!
And as much as we may Wish that we could 
Turn Back the hands of Time...
We Cannot!
Chaos might be momentarily held at Bay.....
The holes in Time might be knitted closed.....
But Where, Oh Where is the Key to Time?
 I truly regret to have to tell you 
that Perry Lost it on the Distant Moors 
when the Dragon threw him down!


And it was Found not long after by the Fairy on his Racing snail......

And the rascally Fellow dragged it away behind him!
And Heaven only knows what Mischief the Fairies will make 
now that they have the Key To Time!!!

So, Dear Readers, it is Almost The Witching Hour....
When All is not as it Appears.....
And Nothing Is as it Seems....
Like it or not we are Running out of Time.....
And we may never know Whose Dreams These Are!
But, if Nothing else, 
I hope you have enjoyed this 
Tale of Tangled Time...!

Happy Halloween!

12 comments:

  1. Well I for one have certainly enjoyed your tale of tangled time and the fabulous photos that went along with it.

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  3. Soooo I hope there is going to be another story about that Key of(some other) time, please? :) I enjoyed it a lot! What an imagination you have!
    Hugs

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  4. What a wonderful, poetic story! And I loved the incorporation of the unfinished dolls house - very clever. And the lost key! Like The Old Maid, I look forward to a sequel - probably not till next Halloween, and maybe that key will remain elusive.
    Happy Dia de los Muertos,
    Mom

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  5. Your story was wonderful. It was so exciting and scary not knowing if Perry would find his sisters :))) Does this mean that time will slow down a bit now ? so that Christmas wont take us by surprise ? :D Fantastic pictures.
    Hugs Maria

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  6. This is a magic story and the pictures are perfect.

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  7. Did I enjoy your tale... yes, I did. But even more I LOVED EVERY SINGLE WORD AND EVERY SINGLE PHOTO of this Halloween tale!!! And I'm serious - I mean EVERY!!! Thank you for enchanting me with this fantastic story... and thank you especially for all the work and time it took. I really hope we won't have to wait until next Halloween to search for the lost key... times are hard and rough enough these days. But I must admit I was puzzled by one detail... why was Perry so amazed about the talking BiWuBearies??? Tsssss... it's totally normal that bears and especially BiWuBearies talk... *teehee* And I'm kind of proud that it was Blue that helped Perry to find his sisters.

    Hugs
    Birgit

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  8. Hello from Spain: fabulous story. Great pictures and furniture. Keep in touch

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  9. I really loved reading this exciting story, Betsy and I've also enjoyed seeing the lots of wonderful pictures!!
    I hope you've had a wonderful Halloween!
    Hugs, Ilona

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  10. Hello Betsey,
    I'm sad the story is over...but I can't wait to see what the fairies do! I loved the story very much and I thought using the unfinished house was a stroke of genius. Terrific pictures. You really are the Scheherazade of Blogland.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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  11. Bonjour Betsy,
    j'ai évidement adoré votre histoire et admiré les belles photos et les merveilleux décors.

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