The Shed Part 9
Whilst Jacy was napping on the chaise in the shed, party preparations were well under way. Delicious aromas were wafting through the open kitchen
windows, as the girls lined up platters of home baked treats. Tsu placed Night Star's cake next to TDawg's chicken casserole, when suddenly she
turned her head towards Jane. "I'm really sorry about stealing your Churnton...earlier...when we met...?" she trailed off embarassed. Jane rushed
towards her, enveloping Tsu in a warm hug. "Don't be silly love," she smiled. "Everyone arrives here disoriented...and hungry! Once you've been
summonsed to take 'the walk', you don't start to remember everything until you're safe with us. Then, once you're settled in...you begin to
summons the next group of visitors." "Sounds like jury duty!" Tsu joked. "Well you do end up surrounded by your peers!" Jane quipped back.
Crappiekat was standing back from the buffet table, to survey the results of her creation. She had been patiently arranging crystal glasses of varying
size...until the entire table glistened in the shape of a crystal dragon. "Well," she said shyly, "What do you think?" Jane and Tsu came over
and stood beside crappiekat. For a moment, no one spoke. "Wow....." "I know, right?" "So beautiful..." "You like it then?" crappiekat
asked anxiously. "We LOVE it!" they replied in unison. "Good job woman," Jane said to crappiekat. "I'm glad you didn't use your magic, that's
the easy way out. What you have created, is magic from your heart." Then she turned back towards the kitchen with an open-mouthed Tsu in tow. "I
can't believe the detail!" Tsu was whispering, "Did you see where she placed the shot glasses? Brilliant...." Crappiekat, satisfied with her
contribution to the buffet table...decided to take a stroll down the hallway. She could hear the low rumble of male voices and someone picking
harmonics on an acoustic Ovation. Peeking her head around the door she said, "Mind if I watch?" The boys all got to their feet, bowed to the lady
and waved their arms toward the vast seating area. "Pick a chair...any chair...welcome m'lady!" Cody winked at her. TrueBrit picked up his bass
guitar and started pumping out a heavy-handed bass line. "C'mon lads, enough of that acoustic arsenal of arsiness...let's ROCK!!!!" he started
swinging his hair around as the others laughed. "Arsiness? What's arsiness?" Gordi asked himself while strapping on his own guitar. He still
didn't know how his favourite guitar from home had managed to appear in this 'no time' dimension. When he asked Jane she just smiled knowingly. He
scooped up his pick and started strumming furiously to match the others. Night Star had also followed her cute little pointy ears, straight to the
source of the tunes. Gliding in through the doorway, she waved at the guys and then seated herself next to crappiekat. She leaned towards crappikat
and whispered, "What are you wearing tonight? Jane has created a fabulous rainbow gown...but I don't really feel like dressing up." Tsu had also
been curious to watch the band, as she silently slid in next to Night Star. "What's up, buttercup?" she said, seeing the sad expression on Night
Star's face. "Ohhh, it's nothing. I'm just being silly. For every party, I dress up hoping that THIS will be the night that the 'white wolf'
appears to me. I can feel his presence with me....but I'm afraid to keep hoping." "You never give up hoping!" Tsu chastized her forlorn friend,
"It takes some of us a long time, to get to this place. Those who are summonsed, always eventually find their way to our door. You must keep your
focus positive. Now go and create a magnificent ensemble....tonight COULD be the night!" Then she winked, and disappeared back out the door, hoping
that Jane hadn't noticed she was gone yet. Gordi set his guitar down on it's stand, and announced, "I believe it is time for a beverage!" As
the band took a break, crappiekat waved at everyone and disappeared down the hall to create her own outfit. TrueBrit turned to Gordi, "Hey...have
you got that bottle of The Singleton that you owe me? You didn't forget, did you?" "What bet did you lose now, Gordi?" Cody asked, grinning.
"This one was about our mate Rodinus," Gordi replied. "TrueBrit said Rod would arrive here with half the animal kingdom. I said, no....he'd be
alone. Now I owe old bunny-slippers a bottle of the finest Scotch malt whisky....and I must perform tonight in a neon punk wig...with my kilt...."
his voice trailed off as he feigned shame. Cody set down his drink, "Wait a minute...Rod's not here yet..." "Yeah he is. Just got here.
Apparently so did 16 pink gerbils, a smelly cat, 6 dogs...and a fire pit?" Cody threw back his head and laughed. "Not the gerbils!" TrueBrit
grinned, "That's not even the worst of it! He knocked his bloody lights out on the back deck, and Jane found him unconscious by the door!" "And I
thought I made the best entrance?" Cody shrugged.
The Shed Part 10
The men stood up and stretched and yawned. "Think I could use a kip before I get ready for tonight." Cody said. The sudden blast of Reveille made
everyone jump. Fossilera was standing on the stage, trumpet dangling from his fingers. "You guys bailing on me?" he asked laughing. "Oh I forgot
you played," Gordi shook foss's hand. "Good on you...you'll be joining us on stage tonight I take it?" "If you insist!" fossilera joked back.
"And we do!!" the three other men said in unison. Fossilera shook his head. He muttered under his breath, "Humans...sure do have some strange
customs..." and he wandered out to see what Homer was burning on the grill. He waved at Jane and Tsu as he passed through the kitchen. The girls
were singing Celtic songs while they puttered around arranging food on brightly coloured platters. "I like it here!" he thought to himself. "This
party seems to be something important." Standing on the deck, shielding his eyes from the brilliant sunshine...foss sniffed the air and followed his
nose to the grilling area. Homer was standing in front of a huge barbecue, wearing what looked like a flak-vest apron, with culinery tools in each
hand. He and TDawg were apparently arguing about grilling techniques. "Smells good!" fossilera grinned. Homer shook his hand. "What can I get
you? We have my grill right here...and over there is where TDawg has burnt offerings that used to be good meat!" Retaliating to the banter, TDawg
yelled back "Char-broiled to perfection my friend...precision cooking at it's finest!" Fossilera diplomatically replied, "Why don't you both fix
me a plate of your best? I'm pretty hungry!" In the meantime, Jane had sought out Night Star to tend to an unconscious Rodinus. He had arrived
with a strange assortment of animals and survival equipment. It was strange, the things that people took on their journey. Jacy brought a
ferret...Cody came on his motorcycle. Tsu had nothing but an attitude and an appetite, and Gordi still hadn't remembered that he brought his prized
guitar. "They can have anything they want here", she mused..."Yet all they seem to really want is to be together." "What did I bring?" Night
Star asked Jane. "Well....you didn't bring Windstorm, he was already here. But you did bring the memory of the white wolf, and there is much more
to that relationship than you can imagine." "I knew it!" Night Star exclaimed. "He is my twin-soul, isn't he?" Jane smiled at her, and
whispered, "Tonight is our Valentine's party...wear something pretty!" Then she winked and turned back towards the kitchen. Night Star walked
into the medieval guest room to find Rodinus sprawled out across an ornate four-poster bed. In a corner of the room, Sophie and the pink gerbils were
engaged in a game of poker. The stinky cat was curled up next to Rod, and the dogs were in another room getting bathed and fed. Rodinus groaned and
rubbed his forehead. "Where am I?" he called out. Night Star placed herself in a chair beside the bed, and offering a cold drink...began the
lengthy explanation of dimensions. While the two sat in deep discussion, the cat stretched and jumped off the bed. Sauntering over to the ferret and
gerbils, he squatted and released a stinky egg. Turning to give a sniff of approval, the cat and Sophie locked eyes. With a hiss and a quick
about-face, the feline made for the doorway with ferret and gerbils in hot pursuit. Rodinus rolled his eyes, muttering "Stinky eggs....I cannot
escape the stinky eggs.." to which Night Star snapped her fingers and the offensive egg disappeared. "Can you teach me that?" Rod inquired.
Before Night Star could reply, a loud gong sound reverberated through the house. Jane's voice followed, with a request that all 'family' members
meet in the dining hall. Everyone stopped what they were doing and made their way to the huge room. As they greeted each other, they pulled chairs up
to the table and waited for Jane to arrive. She walking in smiling and took her seat. "Let's start with an old-fashioned roll call, shall we? I
just want to make a note of who is here, and who has been summonsed." As she looked at each person, she wrote down their name and inquired if they
had summonsed anyone to the event. When she was finished she read out the list of names, but any invitees were kept secret for now. "Tsu, Night
Star, crappiekat, Jacy, TrueBrit, Gordi, Serdgiam, fossilera, grayeagle, Cody, Rodinus, Homer (& Zach), TheDoctor46 and TDawg. Am I missing anyone?"
Everyone looked at each other and shook their heads. "Right...excellent! We are pretty much ready now. The food is endless and the decorations are
up. As you all know, tonight's party is special indeed. This is our Valentine's celebration...and the magnificent love vibrations that we emit will
be felt through the veil by other wounded warriors. Please have fun, enjoy yourself...but also be aware that guests and invitees may arrive a wee bit
disoriented." Jane stood up and smiled. She held up her glass, "Rainbows!" "Rainbows!" the others said, clinking their glasses together.
The Shed Part 11
As everyone filed out of the dining room, Jane motioned to Jacy to stay behind. "I've summonsed woodsmom to the party," she said. "I'd like you
to be on the look-out for her." "Oh sure, my pleasure!" Jacy responded. "Will she be arriving alone?" Jane grinned. "I guess you haven't met
Tommy Boy yet?" "No...I don't think so...what does he look like?" With a completely blank expression, Jane said "He's a moose." Jacy nodded,
"A lodge member..." "No!" Jane started laughing. "He's a real moose...from Alaska. He arrived earlier and the boys fed him then sent him to
cheer up Night Star! He is woodsmom's guardian...like Whimsy is yours." "OHhhhh...." Jacy laughed. "A moose. Should fit right in around here."
Then the girls parted ways....Jane retreated to her personal chambers, while Jacy went outside to meet Tommy Boy. TDawg and Homer had placed a party
sign on the fence at the far edge of the property. Those two, along with fossilera...often gave the impression that were 'not entirely human'. The
cooking of meat was almost an obsession, and simple tasks were undertaken rather poorly. Jane's only comment on the matter was, "Aww, bless 'em for
trying." Apparently, there were many magical secrets in Rainbow Land. Tsu, Jane, and Night Star were preparing themselves for a night of festivity.
Rainbow coloured chiffon dresses were donned, fragrant oils were being dabbed on pulse points, and soft feminine humming drifted through open windows.
There was magic in the air as surely as if sparkles were raining upon the land. Pixies and faeries danced around maypoles in the garden, while
fireflies and hummingbirds fluttered above. TrueBrit, Gordi, Cody, Rodinus and Serdgiam were also preparing for the night's celebration. Each in
their own room, each performing their own personal 'ritual'. True took a swig of rum, and swatted at the pixies who were trying to braid his hair.
Sitting in his white shirt, black jacket and red tie, he rubbed his aching shoulder and wondered what had induced him to head-bang at the jam session.
Gordi was standing in front of his mirror, adjusting the wig and kilt he was forced to perform in, due to losing a bet with TrueBrit. "Could be
worse?" he shrugged at himself. "Could be bunny slippers!" then he laughed, and danced a jig for his own amusement. Cody was also watching his own
reflection in the mirror. As he stood in black tux and tails...Jane was mischeiviously using her magic from her room down the hall. Cody would
suddenly be wearing a rainbow-top hat...then a moment later a rainbow cummerbund. "Woman! Make up your mind!' Cody yelled...hearing her laughter as
she zapped him with a matching rainbow bowtie. Rodinus wasn't giving much thought to what to wear. He was happily exerting his new-found magic
abilities, by changing the colours of the gerbils and stinky cat. Sophie was perched nearby, laughing and sneaking sips of Rod's tea. Serdgiam was
quietly eating a couple of burnt sausage rolls. As he looked at the last one, he thought "I should take this Tommy Boy." Suffering with 'severe
authority problems'...Serdg still wasn't comfortable with the apparent lack of authority in Rainbow Land. Everyone was kind, and very loving towards
him. No nasty comments...no reason for him to bite his tongue. "Oh, bubbles." He sighed. Then he strode out of his room, carrying the last sausage
roll....towards the field where the resident moose was now residing.
The Shed Part 12
Everyone was happily preparing for the night's activities, when suddenly there was a loud gong sound, and Jane's voice could be heard throughout the
rooms. "Family...we will be assembling in the ballroom in fifteen minutes. Tonight is our magical Valentine's Party and there will be many guests
arriving soon. Please give everyone the warmest reception, and remember...that when we LOVE altogether...the vibration transcends all dimensional
barriers tonight...until midnight. I would like to thank Whimsy, WindStorm, Grayeagle and the other dragons and faeries...for flying high and
remaining on 'alert' for our family. It's been many years since we battled the ogres, but we must always be on watch. Rainbows everyone....I will
see you in fifteen." Jacy closed the shed door and tip-toed across the grass, cursing at her heels. Whimsy swooped down and landed on a nearby tree
branch. "You clean up nicely peasant!" the dragon quipped. "Shouldn't you be doing a swan-dive somewhere?" Jacy cracked back. "Just be careful
out there!" she implored, giving Whim a sombre look. "Hey....Jacy? I summonsed somebody." "What? You're not supposed to summonse...who is it,
somebody's guardian?" "No. It's another dragon. We can use another sky-rider tonight...and I trust Syx." "Okay Whim...you've never been
wrong." Jacy kissed the dragon's neck, then with a turn of her skirts, darted towards the big house. Throwing open the back door, she was met Tsu,
Night Star, Jane and....woodsmom! Jacy embraced the newcomer warmly and then backed away to peruse their attire. "Wow....beautiful!" she exhaled.
The ladies all chatted as their shoes clicked down the hallway towards the ballroom. There were candles everywhere, and rainbow coloured lights gave
the huge room an almost kaleidoscope effect. The stage was covered with various instruments and equipment, and a massive crystal chandelier hung over
the dance floor. Cody and Rodinus were sporting matching tuxedos and appearing somewhat 'Blues Brothers' in appearance. In stark contrast, Homer
was wearing camo and khaki...partially covered by his flak-vest grilling apron. Gordi, being a good sport had gone all out with wig, leopardskin top
and kilt. TrueBrit was beside him, resplendent in black jacket, white shirt, red tie....and bunny slippers. Serdgiam and TDawg had decided to dress
comfortably as they would likely be spending their time bantering and cooking with Homer outside. Fossilera was nowhere to be seen, however there was
a fellow in a costume mask leaning towards crappiekat in conversation...quite possibly TheDoctor46. Jane walked into the centre of the dance floor,
a beautiful vision in rainbow-coloured chiffon. The chattering died down and everyone's attenion focused on their hostess. "The guests will begin
arriving anytime now, and so will our fellow lost souls. Remember that many of the people attending tonight are those with the power to cross into our
dimension...and then return home again. The 'travellers'...the ones who are 'taking the walk'...will require comfort and lodgings. If you have
summonsed someone please attend to their needs....and above all else....have fun and stay in the love vibration. As the musicians climbed the stairs
to the stage, a strange sound could be heard from behind one of the amplifiers. TrueBrit poked his head around to see fossilera cursing at a trumpet.
"What are you doing there mate?" True asked him. "Argh! Emptying my spit valves..." fossilera explained, shaking the instrument. True backed
away from the flying spittle and gave fossilera a grin, "Well...glad you're joining us!" Then with a wink and a nod, the guitarists broke into
Gordi's Rainbow Warrior theme song. The doorbell chimed loudly, and Jane gracefully made her way to greet the evening's first arrivals. Tsu
looked at Jacy with a huge grin and squealed, "Ooh, I wonder who's here?" The two girls turned to Night Star, whose face was suddenly a very ashen
shade of pale. With a look of panic, her head shot around to face the doorway. "Did you hear that?" she whispered. "The doorbell?" Tsu asked. A
long mournful howl echoed through the hallways, and Night Star shook her head. "No. THAT!" Then she quietly lost consciousness and collapsed.