The meal went surprisingly well, considering that Fred was seated between
two guardsmen, Rowena across from him and Captain Locke next to her. The
Chanticleer continued to make merry, as was his way. The merchant was his
usual sour self. And the Lord of the Keep, a certain Sir Lens who
apparently was the psuedo-nephew of Duke Harold, tried to make polite
conversation with everyone and all. Finally the evening came to an end
and the Lord of this little Keep in the Duchy of Hindsight stood and said
that he had an important announcement to make.
"Yes, indeed," he began with a flair of the hand. "We have been blessed by the many visitors we have had of late. And tonight we have a great honor indeed."
~~uh-oh~~ thought Fred ~~word must've gotten out that I was here~~
~~damn!~~ thought Locke ~~if I find out that that drunken Chanticleer had anything to do with this I'll have his tongue!~~
~~by the gods!~~ thought the Chanticleer ~~I need a wench~~
Sir Lens continued: "Yes, yes! We have the utmost pleasure..."
~~here it comes~~ thought Fred.
"...to bring to your attention..."
~~his tongue, liver and kidney!~~ thought Locke.
~~that's the ticket, a willowy wench~~ thought the Chanticleer.
"...the man of reason and judgement, the great Doctor Peter von Cushing!"
~~that one carrying the wine looks mighty nice!~~
With that a thin man of some 40 years stepped from behind the Lord and smiled at the people. His head was slightly balding, his face was taught, his eyes keen, and his smile a bit unnerving. "Salutations, my friends," he began. "This introduction is more than I deserve, but, thank you. I am sure you have heard of my research in strange and rare biota. Perhaps you know, too, of my interest in occult phenomena. I have seen wonders and horrors that few would wish to witness or dream even exist. And this journey is no different, for you see, I have left my home in Verboten and plan to reach the Desolation of the Dragon Kugel..."
~~I wonder if she likes poetry~~
"...which in this fine land of Allaria you simply call the Dragon of the Southern Caves."
9/23/2000 9:45:10 PM
The Never Ending Quest Home
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