[LMB] Birthday Tixie October 19
M. Haller Yamada
thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 19 09:03:35 BST 2016
Well, today we are still in Martensbridge, and we're exploring the palace-and-
temple precincts. There's this dilapidated mansion, you see, that has the
reputation for being very haunted and very tragic. Now that we are here, it
certainly is very atmospheric! The sun has gone down, and we are bungling around
with our metal detectors, flashlights, candle-powered lanterns and an assorted
mish-mash of equipment when it happens. Carol falls right through the floor.
"I'm all right!" Carol calls back up, and we are all reassured. We gather around
the jagged hole in the floorboards, peering into the darkness. Carol holds up her
lantern . . . and we are amazed to find that she has fallen into what looks like
a giant bath. The water has been drained long, long ago, but the mosaics of
cheerful beasts flirt and flounder around the sides of the Main Pool. They don't
quite look like dolphins, but rather what a land-locked artiste might think
dolphins look like. Oh, if only the pool were full! I . . . I wish you could
A quick check with the authorities shows that nobody knew the pool was down here.
Indeed, nobody knows who owns the "haunted" mansion, but the presence of steam
pipes explains some of the odd noises that have come out of the house over the
years. The Princess-Archdivine will be be sending lawyers over in the morning,
but we figure they won't miss a bauble or two.
Carol winds up with a pair of beautiful glass vials in the Adriatic style. They
are dark green, fading to clear at the top, and wound around with goldwork that
turns into tiny handles.They are still full of ancient unguents and oils! Who
knows what healing powers they have? With winter coming on, I hope they at least
relieve chapped cheeks and noses!
The stars shine through patches of empty roof, and we pack up our tools and get
ready to go back to the Dratsab's Order for a good night's sleep. Tixie dust
sparkles gently on every surface, picking up the moonlight from the eastern
windows, and we wish Carol a most happy birthday!
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