Gender: Male Age: 54 Location: Las Vegas, Nv
|Introduction: Wyvern’s egg and one little girl|
I balanced carefully on the small ledge and kept moving. I was still thinking of the four mages Silver had brought into my kitchen. I was rocking Ash as Melody and Princess played with jacks across the room. I glanced at Silver and then at the king’s brother before looking at the others, “not today. Jasmine is out and won’t be back until this afternoon.”
They smiled as Silver sat and accepted his granddaughter onto his lap, “we can watch them.”
I smiled, “yeah right. The last time Melody turned your beard blue, the walls pink and had the whole floor growing fur.”
He gave her a hug, “but we had fun and didn’t break anything.”
I looked at Ash in her cradle, “what do you need?”
Edmond or mage Gelsipie as he had been known cleared his throat, “we found a scroll. It described a hidden complex of rooms in the old palace keep.”
I shrugged, “that wouldn’t surprise me.”
Another spoke up, “but there is a Wyvern egg as well as treasure and artifacts.”
I looked at him and them Silver, “the egg would have hatched.”
He snorted, “we might not be able to enspell the egg but the room it is in would be different.”
He set Melody down as she wiggled, “and it is decades or even centuries before a wyvern egg hatches.”
I shrugged, “so get the egg yourself.”
Edmond shook his head, “we can not. Besides being hard to reach it has protections against a mage.”
It took them all to convince me and they had to stay and watch Melody and Ash while I went. I reached for the rune covered stone in the wall and pushed. There was a click as I moved away on the ledge and then the wall pushed out. I looked at the doorway that appeared before moving towards it.
I looked at the glowing strands as I pulled silver pen knives. It took a couple of minutes to slide the strands to one side and then I carefully stepped through and into a small room. I knelt to look at the floor and then each wall and Jewel patted my ear and pointed to the ceiling. I looked at the strands of magic before reaching for more silver knives.
My way across the room was not a straight line, it was twisted and curved. When I reached the other doorway I knelt to look at it as I pulled a chemical lantern instead of my normal mage lantern. I looked at the spiral stairs before I slowly began moving down. There were no traps on the stairs as they went down and down until I knew I was underground.
The stairs ended in the corner of a large sparkling room. In the center was a large pile of gold coins with a huge egg on top. The whole room was almost a blanket of magic strands. Around the walls was more coins and chests with shelves above them. I sat on the stairs, “would you look at this. There is no way into the room let alone to the egg.”
Jewel rubbed against my neck and then pointed to the right. I snort, “okay I could take that chest...”
I blinked and then grinned, “and move the strands out as I circle the room.”
I smiled and reached up to pet the tiny dragon, “thanks.”
I moved off the stair and used two silver pen knives to shift the strands further into the room. I pulled the heavy chest to me and grunted as I lifted it before turning to start back up. When I finally reached the ledge I glanced down at Daniel and Tami. They had a strong ladder in place and grinned as two guards stood behind them.
I knelt and set the chest down before catching the rope Tami tossed, “don’t open it. I haven’t checked it for traps.”
They nodded as I tied the chest and then lowered it with the rope, “we are going to need a lot of empty chests. One of you run to the chamberlain and let him know. Tell him we will need the king’s accounting clerk when we are done.”
Daniel nodded, “so does it look like we will make enough?”
I smiled, “aye.”
I went back down and stepped off the stair and into the space where the chest had been. I removed my pack before using knives to lift the spell strands up the wall. I took the jewel encrusted boxes and small chests from the shelves before carrying them up. It took a lot of trips as I moved further into the room.
I lifted the next section and moved the strands on the floor and treasure out into the room. It was hours before I had made a complete circle. Daniel and Tami were on the stairs by then to help carry everything up. I had used chalk to mark the safe passage in the upper room and doorways.
Everything was still being stacked outside beside the walls with more guards coming to watch and a few nobles. I sighed as I moved the floor strands back to the wall and carefully moved others deeper into the room to make a new path. I straightened and turned when I heard someone clear their throat.
I looked at the king and smiled, “it isn’t safe for you here.”
He looked around, “what is all this?”
Daniel grinned, “treasure.”
Tami nodded and he blinked, “but...”
I shrugged, “your brother and Silver found a scroll.”
He smiled, “and where is Edmond and Silver?”
I snorted, “probably being changed into a pony or having their beards dyed pink or...”
Tami giggled and he looked at her, “I don’t understand.”
I shrugged, “I was watching my daughters so they had to replace me.”
He grinned and then laughed, “that would be interesting to see.”
I smiled smugly, “this is dangerous but I feel safer.”
He grinned again and I sighed, “you should wait outside just in case.”
He nodded and turned to climb the stairs and I nodded for Tami to follow to make sure he got out. Halfway around the room I was putting treasure from a pile into bags when the pile shifted and I froze. My eyes flicked to the strands on each side of the pile and then the head of a little girl lifted out of the treasure.
I hissed, “don’t move.”
I watched the strands before looking at the animated doll that was very lifelike. I went back to filling the bags with treasure but removed what was around her first. I finally lifted her and set her on her feet and she smiled at me, “I’m Sara.”
I smiled as I carried the bags to Daniel and Tami who was grinning, “come sit on the stairs Sara.”
After that I found a small horse the size of a large dog laying on its side. His name according to the jewel halter was Major. Several hours later I was staring at the center pile of gold coins and the egg. I was very tired and sat to rest as I thought of the egg. I finally started moving all the strands out until the pile and egg were free.
I worked quickly and Daniel came to help bag and remove the gold. It took both of us to carry the egg up and out. I glanced at the clerk counting the gold coins and putting them in new chests before starting to check the chests against the wall for traps. Besides the doll and small horse I took a few jeweled music boxes and a small chest of jewelry for Jasmine.
I left Daniel and Tami to watch the clerk and went home with a cart. I carried the chest and music boxes in the back door and stopped to stare at Silver and the other mages. They each had different colored beards and even their skin and robes had been changed. Jasmine cleared her throat, “Sinclair?”
I shook my head, “there were five of you.”
They looked down and I sighed as I looked at Jasmine, “how bad?”
She smirked, “your study has a fur floor again and all the pictures in the living room are alive.”
I shook my head and crossed to set the chest on the table and turned to the doll that had followed me with the horse, “Sara is the doll and Major is the horse.”
I looked at Silver, “your egg is in the cart but you better do something with it before it hatches.”
I kissed Jasmine and headed for the stairs, “leave five mages alone with one little girl and...”
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