Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Best Laid Plans.....

Winging It Still.....

Where had the Little Dreamers gone, I hear you ask, Dear Readers, on that lovely Autumn afternoon? Well, they rode like the wind from one end of the Distant Briar Moors to the other, just for the joy of feeling the wind in their hair. Or so they thought! But little did they know that the ponies had been sent to fetch them, because All was Not as it seemed this All Hallows Eve! Brother Beorn the Fairy Beary had been gathering Moon Flower and Poppy seeds on the Moors when he saw them racing past. He wondered where they were going in such a hurry, and thought he would follow along just to keep an eye on them!

He had a feeling they might just need some help 
when they got where they were going!
But they were not the only ones out for a ride this All Hallows Eve.

In another Time altogether, but not very Far away, 
Tommy and his sister Beatrice were riding on Tommy's pony Prince.
Tommy was still thinking about searching for Treasure at the Castle ruins.... 
even though he knew he shouldn't play there at all. 
He had to let Beatrice tag along or she would tell on him.

Every now and then when they were riding towards the Castle,
 they spotted the Castle horses as they headed home at the end of the day. 
If they hurried after them, they sometimes arrived at the Castle 
and found themselves in another Time from Long Long ago!
And so it was this afternoon as they crossed unknowingly through a Rift in Time...

 as they arrived at the Castle just after dusk.
They heard voices coming from the Kitchen....
and went to investigate.

The kitchen was full of children!
And Henry (who Tommy had met before) 
was telling them stories of his travels!
It seemed as though that Mischievous Fairy had told the children 
there was a story-teller in the Castle Kitchen,
 knowing full well what would happen! 
All the children had found their way 
through the gaps in Time and ended up 
in a Time that was Not their own!

And when Gabrielle, whose job it was to keep track of her charge Juliet,
 noticed that the children were nowhere in sight, she went searching for them.
She searched from the top to the bottom.

And everywhere she looked was empty!
She didn't want to alarm anyone, but she was starting to worry!
Where could they be?

She was about to look outside when she passed
 the Fortune Teller sitting near the door.
"Have you seen any of the children go outside..." she asked?
The Fortune Teller just shook her head.
And then right in front of Gabrielle's eyes, 
the most amazing thing happened!
The crystal ball suddenly swelled to more than twice it's size! 
And then the Fortune Teller spoke in a strange and distant voice...
"The children are here ... but Not!" she said.
"Do Not stir the waters.... do not sound the alarms....
Let none enter, let none leave....
Guard the doors and All will be well!"
And then she was silent.
Gabrielle didn't know what to say!

And what of Perry who sailed with the Ancient Book to the Far Forgotten Isle?
Not many hours had passed Dear Readers, when he came in sight of land.

A Tall and ghostly house stood on the small Isle....

He sailed his little boat gently up to the shore....

And pulled it up onto the beach as far as he could.
Then he picked up the Book, which felt heavier every time he lifted it.

The Wizard had said he must carry it 
to the top floor of the house....

He hadn't mentioned the dogs... 
but Perry was fond of dogs... 
so he was not afraid!
They let him pass.
He pushed the doors open....

Inside it was dimly lit... 
and a procession of Maidens carrying the Moon...
 marched up the stairs!

If they could carry the Moon... 
then he could carry this heavy Book, he thought!

He made it to the top of the first flight of stairs...

And then to the top of the second... 
and there he could see the huge old carved cabinet....

Where the Wizard had told him to leave the Book.

It looked exactly like the cabinet in the Castle, 
thought Perry as he set the book down.

He felt strangely bereft as he turned to retrace his steps.... 
as if he were leaving a friend behind. 
But the Wizard had told him clearly to Not Look Back!
And where were the ponies taking the Little Dreamers?
Well, if you ride far enough and Fast enough 
across the Distant Briar Moors, 
you will eventually reach the Castle!

It was just after Dusk when the Little Dreamers 
were set down outside the Caves.

And Brother Beorn was right behind them!

The Little Dreamers had been to the Caves many times before, 
so they were not at all surprised to see the Wizard waiting for them.
"Ah... you have come!" he said. "You are just in Time...." he added
and at that very moment Old Meg appeared beside him!

"We need your help..." she said.
"You must carry an Enchantment to the Castle Kitchen and 
Cast it upon the children.... 
They must forget where they have been 
and what they have seen 
and what they have heard heard ... " she added.

"This can only be done by those who are innocent, 
so their Dreams cannot bring Evil...
Those who have borne enchantment before.....
and are not Afraid to bear it again!"

"I will mix a Mesmerizing Powder..." she said...
"Ah, I see Brother Beorn has brought me my herbs!"
"Fresh picked Moon Flowers and Poppy Seeds " said Brother Beorn, 
happy to know that his hunches were not for nothing!
And before the Little Dreamers could blink twice, 
they were standing in the Kitchen of the Old Castle.... 

And there was Henry telling Tales of Enchantment
 and of Giants and Wizards and Unicorns... 
and the children were standing spellbound!

The Little Dreamers  together raised their arms 
and tossed the Mesmerizing Powder over the heads of the children.....

Just as Henry was saying...
"Do you know what that Wizard did to me....?"

And suddenly the Air was filled with a glittering mist...

And right before their eyes.... everything changed!

Henry began to Vanish!
And where he had stood......
Now there stood the Wizard!
And he was  not smiling!

The children gasped!
But they had already forgotten Henry...

"Story Time is over now" said the Wizard not unkindly. 
"You must return to the Hall and be sure to tell your parents 
what a Great Story hour it was!" he added.
And so they did!

There was a sudden rush of interest at the Fortune Teller's table....
Although Gabrielle was still not sure What she had heard... 
or Thought she had heard!

And the Little boys were happily trying to remember if 
the Best story was about a Giant.... or a Wizard...!
And Did Everybody find their way home again?
Well, that I cannot tell you, Dear Readers,
For the Night is still young...
and the party is still in full swing!
And if there are a few unfinished pieces to this Tale.... 
well, I will have to claim Enchantment caught me in it's spell!
And in spite of the Best laid plans...
How things will end... Only Time will tell!
'Cause we're Winging it still!
Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Uninvited Guest....

Winging It.... Part Two.....

Everybody, Dear Readers, was getting ready for the annual Halloween Party at The Castle! They were digging through their trunks and closets to find costumes to wear. Pollyanna and Arthur were once again going as a Witch and a Wizard. Joanna had decided to go as Maid Marion, because Victor was going as Robin Hood.

Charles was once again going as a Lord.... 
and they were waiting for Helen to finish getting ready. 
She was planning to be a Lady. 
Her gown was giving her fits, because it didn't quite fit right... 
but it was too late now to change her mind.

"You look beautiful, my Dear" said Charles. 
"That gown reminds me of many years ago 
when we first met" he added gallantly.
"Well, we better go or we will be late!" said Helen.
Sally May and Chip and Annabelle were almost the first ones to arrive.
Chip never dresses up... he says "I am just a Regular Guy"!
Joanna is enchanted by Annabelle's Fairy costume.

Will is once again going as a Crusader Knight.

Before long, all the familiar families are arriving....

The Castle is filling with children and grown-ups....
Most we have met before.... and some we have not!

Since Daphne is not here, Ken has found 
someone new to play the Gypsy Fortune Teller....

And there are quite a few folks 
who seem to have come from another Time altogether!
And one fellow who was not invited at all!

And who would most certainly be overlooked by nearly everyone else!
I refer to the Tiny Mischievous Fairy 
(Perched there on the mantle in the silver chalice...)
Whose idea of Fun was to make Humans do silly things....!

And tonight he had a whole Castle full of them! 
And they were already dressed and ready to play!

And our Favorite Band..... 
The Deadly Nightshades were already filling the Castle 
with Haunting Halloween melodies!
But Far below the Castle, Dear Readers, 
Deep in the Wizards Cave 
in another Time altogether,
 the Wizard had remembered what it was 
that needed to be done this night!

The Ancient Book of Forbidden Knowledge was not where it should be!
It carried Powerful Magic and Terrible Knowledge in it's pages....
 indeed even in the Binding itself, Enchantment was enmeshed.
The Wizard would not touch it himself....
It was not from his Time...
But Perry had touched it..... 
and was perhaps still bound to it 
in a way that could not be seen!

The Book must be removed from the Castle... 
before it could do more Harm..... 
and Time was running out!

"You must fetch the Book from the Castle Chamber 
where you placed it last...." said the Wizard to Perry.
"And you must carry it down to the shore below these caves....."

As if in a Trance, Perry crossed the empty Great Hall....

And found his way to the Chamber where 
the Book still sat on an ancient carved cabinet.

He picked it up. And as he did, Something changed.
He could see more clearly now.
And It was heavier than he remembered.
When he passed through the Great Hall again, 
it seemed an entirely different place...
it was filled with people.... 

Although none seemed to notice him as he went by......

And even the dogs in the kitchens did not see him pass...

He kept going, out past the stables and down past the caves,
 until he reached the shore at the bottom of the cliffs.

And there on the sand was a little boat, 
just as the Wizard had said there would be.

Perry pushed the boat into the water and climbed in....

The Wizard had said he must sail to the Forgotten Isle......

He must head due East....

And Not Look Back!

And so Perry sailed off into the night....

All alone!

And the Wizard watched him go!

But lest you think that is all, Dear Readers, 
I must tell you that Mischief was stirring this night!
One by One, the Fairy sought out the children...
And whispered in their ears....

Giving them Ideas they never would have thought of by themselves!
And before long the Great Hall was filled with grown-ups....

Dancing and Making Merry....
Without a Care in the World!
But What had become of the Children?

Well, Dear Readers, I hope you will understand
 if I leave you here again....
With our Uninvited Guest making Mischief...
And Time Flying By......
We're just Winging it again...!

 (Yes, there will be more....!)