Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Now....Or Never....

Fear Not.... The Time Has Come.......!

I am Sure you will Remember, Dear Readers, that Tommy's little sister Beatrice was always following him wherever he went, and this afternoon was no exception! She had something she really needed to tell him, and he hadn't bothered to wait for her. She knew he had headed to the Castle Ruins so she set off after him. But her legs were short and she quickly grew tired. She knew it was a long walk to the Castle and wondered if she should turn back after all.

 You can imagine her surprise when she spotted
 a pony with a furry rider just ahead!

She was even more surprised when the Furry fellow
 came right up to her and said "Hello"!

"My name is Sir Orion..." he said bowing politely.
"I am a Fairy Bear and I help Adventurers when they get tired."
Beatrice didn't know what to say, so she said nothing.
"Would you like a ride to the Castle...?" asked Sir Orion.
Beatrice could only nod her acceptance...

and before she knew it 
they were both on the pony's back
 and away he ran!

And I hope you will recall that the Little Dreamer Amy
 was also riding as fast as she could 
towards the Castle trying to find the Wizard.

The Wizard was telling Perry, their brother, 
that he must help to find the missing Little Dreamer Beth.

"When you find her, you must bring her to me" he said.
"And you must remember that many are seeking her
 and might need your help!"

The children had barely left when Old Meg appeared.

"Don't go far..." she said. 
"They will need a potion...!"

Meanwhile, Tommy was the first to arrive at the Castle, 
and he was relieved to find the stables were empty and deserted.
 This let him hope that he had arrived at the right "Time" 
to return the Sword to its rightful place,
because when he had taken the sword, 
the Castle had been empty.

He headed through the kitchen and was glad to find it empty.
Sometimes when he came the kitchen was busy
 and Henry and Belle would greet him.

When he reached the Hall, it clearly was not empty.

But he kept going anyway...
 hoping it would be empty upstairs.

But his heart sank when he reached the room
 where he had found the sword in the first place.
It was not empty and there was no old wooden
 chest where the sword had been found...
Something was wrong! 
He headed back to the Kitchen, 
wondering if he was supposed to leave the sword anyway...

When who should he meet but that other boy...!
"Oh, it's You! " said Perry.

"Hey, what are you doing with that sword...?" he added, accusingly.
"I'm trying to put it back..." said Tommy... 
"But the room is all wrong...
 there's furniture and stuff and no chest!"
"I'll take it..." said Perry....
"No!" declared Tommy. 
"The Gypsy said it mustn't be used at all
 unless it is to help the Little Dreamer!"
"Whoever that is!" he added.
"She's our sister and we're looking for her..." said Perry.

Just then Beatrice arrived in the stables.
 She could hear voices in the kitchen, 
and she was sure Tommy's was one of them.
When she reached the room, the other boy was saying
 "she's our sister and she's missing..."

"I know where she is!" said Beatrice.

They all turned and stared at her.
"Who are you?" said the other boy.
"She's Beatrice. And she's my sister..." said Tommy.
"What are you doing following me...?" he declared.

"I came to tell you I know where the Little Dreamer is!" declared Beatrice.
"You wouldn't listen to me, but she is very very Tiny
 and she is upstairs in the Castle!"
"The Tiny Fairy told me..." she added.
"Fine, said Tommy.... show us where she is."

I Hope you will not be alarmed, Dear Readers,
 to discover that the Hall was a completely different place
 when the children crossed it this Time!

Nobody seemed to think it strange 
to see a parade of children pass through... 

or even seemed to notice them at all!
Which suited the children just fine!
So they reached the chamber undisturbed.

And found it just as Tommy had said.

 "See...." said Tommy...."There's no chest...
 and all this stuff that wasn't here before!"
"We could leave it here anyway..." said Perry frowning.
"If we're supposed to leave it...." he added.

Nobody even noticed the black cats by the hearth.
The larger one heaved a big sigh. 
"They're never going to figure it out" he groused.
"We're going to have to help them." he added.

"Spook..." he said to the little one... 
"You'll have to go catch the Tiny Dreamer
 and bring her here..."
"Why me...? whined Spook. 
"You know I never hurt a thing, Mephisto..!" 
"That's why.... said Mephisto.
 "I might just bite her... by mistake!" he added.
"Now hurry up... go!"

So Spook headed for the Hall... 

to catch the Tiny Dreamer... 
who was just saying to Tiny Alice
 that she thought she'd like to have look around...

Only when she looked around,
 she saw an Enormous Black Cat
 staring hungrily at her!

And before she could even blink,
 the cat had caught her in its jaws!

And then carried her away!

Spook carried her right up to the children
 who were still arguing about the sword....
But they didn't seem to see her...

Mephisto came over to lend his support...
"You better put her down..." he said....
"We won't let her get away..." he added.

The Tiny Dreamer Beth was so shocked
 she could not find her breath...
 but out of the corner of her eye
 she could see the handle of a sword...
 and her only thought was
 "If I could only reach that...."

And in the blink of an eye... 
she leapt for the sword and grabbed it with both hands
 and swung around to face her demons.....
And for a moment nobody breathed at all....

And in the next moment,
 Everything had changed!

"I see you have Awakened..." said the Wizard.
"You can put down the sword now..." he added.

Beth lowered the sword and looked around....

Wordlessly, she gave the sword back to Tommy....

Who sheathed it and returned it to the chest...

Alas, he thought... he still had not
 had a chance to use the beautiful sword...
But it was getting late...

"It is Time to take your sister home..." said the Wizard...
"You will find your pony in the stables..."

Tommy didn't want to admit it,
 but he was awfully happy to find Prince waiting for them....
 and he was even glad Beatrice was with them!
It was much easier to travel in the dark with company!

But I am sure you are wondering, Dear Readers,
 if we will Ever get to the Party?

Well, I hope you will Not be surprised
  to learn that the Party is just begun!
Helen and Charles are checking out the decorations...

Victor and Chip are checking out the libations....

The girls are all checking out the
 Gypsy fortune Teller's predictions....

And high above the rafters, in the Minstrels Gallery,
 everybody's favorite band "The Deadly Nightshades"
 are setting the night atrembling 
with their rendition of "Wherewolves of London"....!

So Fear Not....! It's Now or Never.... 
The Time has Come to Party! 
Happy All Hallows Eve!


  1. Well, happy Halloween to all.
    It's almost like Gilbert & Sullivan, with all the mistaken identities & lost relatives. What a good story. & I loved those cats!
    Much love,

  2. A happy ending for the children, and a warm welcome to each and every party goer as they prepare to get down and "boogie, oogie oogie" the rest of the night away.
    Happy Halloween Betsy and Co.! ❤️

  3. Okay... where to start… perhaps with quoting a little discussion that happened around here:
    R: Ha... take that! Now you see how important it is to listen to your younger sister!
    F: Phhhh... to me this post was pure comfort and consolation. I'm not alone - there are other big brothers out there who have annoying little sisters too.
    B: Oh oh... I think I just heard Santa adding some bad points in the Golden Book.
    What followed was silence... sweet, precious silence… at least for five seconds, then they started to quarrel again… *sigh*

    But without any more joking - thank you from the bottom of my heart for enchanting Halloween once more with this wonderful, fascinating new episode of your fabulous Halloween tale. I've enjoyed every single word, every single turn and of course every stunning picture. I have a clear idea how much work all of this means (it always fascinates me that your characters are so supportive in standing where you place them) so be sure that this is appreciated, your Halloween tale always makes my day.

    And I can't deny that this post made me even happier than the two before due to the appearance of Thunder with this certain furry rider on his back. Hooray - finally a BiWuBeary on his way to help our little heroes. And imagine my pleasure to see Mephisto and his darling companion Spook appear and bringing everything to a good end. But I must also confess that I was deeply surprised about the tiny fairy being so helpful to tell Beatrice about the tiny Dreamer - what is wrong with him? A bad case of goodness? Should we call the Wizard? Shall I tell Gertie Gumthrop to send some medicine potion for him? *LOL*

    And how great to see this episode ending as it should - with a wonderful big party with all friends having fun. And as I said - all is well when the Deadly Nightshades make the walls of the castle tremble: A-Hooooooo… Werewolves of London! And I have no doubt there were other beloved classics too… like "Poison" or "Hell's Bells". Btw I know something Rowena saw in her crystal ball without telling to the party guests - this story is not over yet and will need to be told further next year! ;O)

    Birgit (who hopes you've had a great Halloween)

  4. I just love a happy ending! The conversation for the kids on the way home will be an interesting one! Happy Halloween Betsy!

  5. Thank you for creating a happy ending for the children! I always love your stories, Betsy, writing these is one thing, but taken all of these pictures for each scene that's a lot of work.
    These last two days I've been away from home (have been babysitting my grandson), so I wish you now a Happy (unfortunately a belated) Halloween, Betsy!
    Hugs, Ilona

  6. Another wonderful story in this amazing epic story. I love all the wonderful scenes. I am so glad that the children found each other. Great party I wonder what it would be like to be invited and hear the amazing music lol.
    Hugs Maria

  7. Another fantastic story with wonderful pictures.

  8. A few days too late, but nevertheless I hope you had a great halloween. The story has come to a great conclusion! A lovely it is. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  9. Hi, Betsy - I'm way too late to wish you a Happy Halloween, but I'm sure it was a happy one for all the party goers! I'm so glad that Tommy had a chance to return the sword and that Beatrice found him in time for the rescue of the Tiny Dreamer. (Thanks to those wily cats!) I love the way you arrange and rearrange Time - so mysterious! The story gets better and better.