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Post by Crow » 03 Feb 2006, 18:43

As Crow flew through the night toward OBOD Towers, his thoughts were on one thing – well, two things actually. First he wondered if the Salmon of Wisdom could shed any light on this apparent case of spy vs. spy, and secondly he wondered how he could possibly bring this interminable Pub Crawl to an end before it careened completely out of control.

But then, with his destination in sight, Crow’s world exploded. The old bird was struck solidly by a hurtling hunk of halibut, and he was knocked out of control and crashed to the ground, a handy bunch of bulrushes breaking his fall.  Crow looked up and saw that it was raining fish. There were perch parts; flounder fragments; salmon segments (none of them looking particularly wise); bluefish bits; and ling lumps. There were pieces of fish that Crow could not even identify, much less try to match them with an alliterative noun.

But Crow was nowhere near as dumb as most people thought, and it didn’t take him long to think that Agent 00N – Moon Cloud – was responsible for this.  This much fish could only have come from the fishmonger Selene’s warehouse; Agent 00N must have blown the place up!

The old reporter checked to see that he was shaken but uninjured, and he was just about to take flight again toward the docks and Selene’s warehouse when suddenly he heard screams from the direction of OBOD Towers. From out of the night came Damh, running in that curious spraddle-legged gait he’d adopted ever since that starching accident at the laundry. And even more curious was the fact that Damh was pushing a pram, or some conveyance that looked like a pram, because it held a large aquarium and in it splashed The Salmon of Wisdom. Damh did not see Crow sitting there, and ran past as fast as he could, shouting, “Run! Run! Run” to anyone who would listen.

That’s odd, thought Crow, watching as Damh and the Salmon disappeared again into the night.

But just then he heard more screams, and here came Selene (who had taken time to throw on a robe) leading Green Druid in her black bikini, both of them running at a pace that would put any Olympic sprinter to shame. “Run! Run! Run!” they both shouted at the top of their lungs to anyone who would listen.

Pixie Fay then zoomed past, her wings beating at a mile-a-minute pace. “Run!” she squeaked breathlessly.

Next appeared a larger group, consisting of Dair Ciúin, Pobble, Kat Lady, Merlyn and Dryadia, along with Lady Nimue and Lorraine, each of whom held Phlipp Phlopp by one elbow, helping him to run along as quickly as his rock-hard codpiece would allow.  All of them were wide-eyed and screaming, “Run! Run! Run!”

Crow could no longer take the suspense; he held up one wing to halt the last struggling trio. “What’s going on here? What are you all running from?” he asked.

“Ye Gods, don’t just sit there! Ruuuuuuuuuun!” shouted Phlipp in reply.

“Why? What is it?”

“It’s the Great Stag in the Heat of the Chase!  Ruuuuuuun!” shouted Phlipp again. Lorraine and Lady Nimue shrieked loudly for effect, and the trio continued then their lumbering pace in the same direction the others had gone.

Crow heard more screams, shouts and sirens coming from the night, and then he heard a thundering of hooves, and looking up, he saw a stag that was bigger than a house, and it was thundering down the street toward him.  The stag stopped, his eyes gleaming red in the glare of a streetlamp. He stamped once and snorted, his breath steaming in the cold night air, his antlers glistening in the moonlight.

“Nice rack,” whispered Crow to no one.  But then fear took over and Crow flew as fast as he could in the direction the others had gone. He heard the clattering of hooves racing behind him.

Up ahead he saw that the others had arrived at the docks and the smoking ruins of Selene’s fishmonger warehouse. And then, just as quickly as they had run past before, he saw that the others were running back toward him now, fresh terror in their eyes.

“Ruuuuun!” shouted Damh again, the water whitecapping out of the aquarium pram as he turned and ran in a new direction. “The Great Bear of the Starry Heavens is come! Ruuuuuuuun!”

Looking up, Crow saw him then, a bruin no less large than the stag, but bulkier and even more powerful, and as he emerged from the star field, it was clear that he came with a bad attitude.

But as they all turned around to flee in the other direction, the stag suddenly arrived and the group was hemmed in; nothing was left but to await their fate.

“Fear not!” intoned the Salmon of Wisdom. “We are all here to help!”

Breathless and wild-eyed, no one knew what to do. Finally Crow stepped foward.

“One question,” said Crow. “Why are you no bigger than an ordinary salmon, but the Stag and the Bear are bigger than houses?”

“Because I have read this entire Pub Crawl and there is very little wisdom here,” said the Salmon of Wisdom. “And besides that, have you seen the price of hazelnuts these days?”

“Can’t anybody shed some light on what’s going on here?” said Pobble, who had been curiously silent, but was now eyeing the stag with professional interest.

“She can,” said the Salmon of Wisdom.

And then, looking up the friends saw light approaching from the east, streaking toward them faster than a shooting star.  It was the Hawk of Dawn, and she arrived with a hurricane of wind as she beat her giant wings and landed on the dock, which groaned with the weight of the three elemental entities and the one smaller Salmon of Wisdom.

“I will explain everything, said the Hawk of Dawn.

“Oh thank the gods,” said Lorraine. “Tell us, quickly please!”

“I already have it figured out!” said Crow. “Moon Cloud is a special agent, Agent 00N, and she blew up the warehouse to destroy any evidence that Tony Blair is involved in illegal overfishing of cod in order to build the fish-meal-fertilizer business!”

“Correct!” replied the Hawk of Dawn. “Except for one thing: Moon Cloud is innocent, she’s just a laundry-delivery cloud.”

“I could have told you that,” said Dryadia, glaring at Crow. “She’s my best employee, has been for years!”

“But, but, but,” stammered Crow. “She stole the picture!”

“Gosh, even clouds make mistakes once in awhile,” said a blushing Moon Cloud, now materializing from out of the smoke over the smoldering wreckage of the warehouse.

Just then Seeker arrived, and he muscled past the Great Bear of the Starry Heavens to stand center stage. “Not true! FUCP has been tracking Moon Cloud for years. She is a special agent assigned to Tony Blair, I’m telling you!”

“That is what they wanted you to think!” replied the Hawk of Dawn. “But you sorry FUCPers were wrong! Moon Cloud has been an innocent victim in all of this! She was tricked into using her lightning bolts to destroy a computer within this warehouse, and she got a little carried away and destroyed the whole joint, but the computer contained the evidence you sought that would tie Tony Blair to his environmentally unsound practices. Who told you that the computer was evil, Moon Cloud?”

“He did,” replied the cloud, now drifting innocently over the scene.

Everyone looked where she was pointing, and there was a black-robed figure, hiding under a piece of twisted metal from the warehouse.

“Seize him!” shouted the Hawk of Dawn, and the Great Bear of the Starry Heavens, with one swipe of his mighty paw, did just that. The black-robed figure was Midnight Pentacle.

“Remove his disguise!” said the Hawk of Dawn.  The Great Stag in the Heat of the Chase stepped forward and with his antler, tore away the black hood and cape.

Selene gasped. “It’s Tony Blair!”

“Take him to a re-education center,” said the Salmon of Wisdom. “Now George will have some company.”

Kat Lady looked around and said, “Is it over now?”

“Yes, it is over,” said the Salmon of Wisdom. “Tell me, what have you all learned?”

As one, they all replied, “Do not create or take part in any future Pub Crawls!”

“You have all grown in wisdom!” answered the Salmon of Wisdom, and with that he suddenly grew to immense proportions, shattering his aquarium and nearly crushing a shrieking Damh.

Together, the Hawk of Dawn, The Great Bear of the Starry Heavens, the Great Stag in the Heat of the Chase and the Salmon of Wisdom linked appendages and exited stage left.

“Whew, I guess it really is over now,” said Lorraine, glancing shyly at Pobble.

“I told you it was a bad idea,” he answered. “Let’s go.”

They all departed then, leaving Crow alone on the dock. He’d write a story, but with all the evidence blown to smithereens, he couldn’t write the story he wanted. It would just be a bland story about an explosion at a fish warehouse, nothing about spies and environmental emergencies.

The Paganzer Prize would once again not be his.

Crow sighed deeply. He knew there was nothing left but to say …

"THE END"
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Post by Underground River » 03 Feb 2006, 19:31

Roflmao!
I am laughing too hard to type! That was brilliant! Woot! Can this please go in the attick?!
Rofl, rofl, rofl!
What do you mean no more pub crawls? :cry:
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Post by Donata » 03 Feb 2006, 19:32

Editorial aside ---

Thanks for one of the best ever Pub Crawls!  :shake:

uh - when are Phlipp Plopp and Damh going to get unstarched codpieces? I hate  to think of them having to walk crab fashion idefinitely!  ;)

and when will Dryadia have my robe cleaned and delivered?? It's been over a week! :x
I might - gasp :o - have to work skyclad!!  :wink:

Donata

PS - who stole the missing emoticon for 'hugs'???  :where:  :shrug:
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Post by Kat Lady » 03 Feb 2006, 19:47

ROFL! I am laughing so hard I am crying. Good job all! :clap:
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Post by Ruthie » 03 Feb 2006, 20:29

Moon Cloud floated behind the ruined warehouse where her friend MidnightPentacle (the REAL one) waited for her.

"That was great," she whispered as she hovered low, "nobody suspects anything, and they all swear I'm innocent in all this."

"So the disguise worked?" asked the wizard in a conspiratorial tone, "they arrested Tony Blair?"

"Mmm-hmmm, sent off for reeducation. You ready? It's time for us to go. They're waiting, and it's not nice to keep them waiting." Moon Cloud edged toward the docks

The wizard was digging intently through the ruins. "just a sec, it's here, I know it is."

After a few moments more digging, "Ah! Got it!"

MidnightPentacle unlocked the heavily charred steel box with his amulet. There was a computer hard-drive inside.

"You didn't use too much lightning, did you?" he asked.

"Nope. That one should be safe. Who do we call first?" Moon Cloud replied, eyes ablaze.

"Everybody. We call Everybody. Let's blow the lid off this conspiracy."

The two slunk down the dock, to the motorboat waiting for them.

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Post by Selene » 03 Feb 2006, 20:34

Great job, everyone! Crow, my friend, you are a master of the crawl denouement--we couldn't finish one without you!

And as for the future of Pub Crawls, just because we know better doesn't mean we won't do it anyway, now does it?  :grin:

Oh, and btw... I am through with Water and things that live it it. Earth is next--so I think I'll start an organic catnip farm...  Image

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Post by Midnightpentacle125 » 03 Feb 2006, 20:40

Ruthie and midnight  crawled into the boat and started the engine.

Under the dark of night they rode away

"So where do we go next ?" Asked Midnight

"Well since we'll have a pretty penny for returning this hard-drive I suppose we could go away for ever..."Mood cloud replied.

"Im hungry." Midnight said, "Hand me some skittles"

They started to approach an island and when they docked they were greeted by sombody whos face was not able to be seen due to the moonless night

"Follow me" The mysterious man said,and started off in  the direction the mountain
And with that Moon Cloud and Midnight walked away into the caves...

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Post by Lora » 03 Feb 2006, 21:22

Crow, my friend, you are a master of the crawl denouement--we couldn't finish one without you!
He is, and I'm quite sure we couldn't.  
And as for the future of Pub Crawls, just because we know better doesn't mean we won't do it anyway, now does it?
Story of my life!  :-)  :-)  :-)

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Post by Crow » 03 Feb 2006, 21:31

Thanks to all the participants, and especially to those new Crawlers who heeded the Editor's Note at the beginning and dared to sink into the muck with the rest of us!  Welcome Pobble and MidnightPentacle, hoses and soap are available in stalls in the alley behind the bar.

Moon Cloud, you were brilliant, as were you, Dryadia, Seeker, Dair Ciúin, Green Druid, Kat Lady, Pixie Fay, Merlyn, et al.

Lorraine, you have inspired me (see my signature) both by your love of petunias and your wonderful English wit.

Once we've all hosed ourselves down, I'm sure that our newfound wisdom will gradually drain away, and we'll again find ourselves in some new predicament another day.

:hawk:  :brnbear:  :runningdeer:  :atlsalm:

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Post by Seeker » 03 Feb 2006, 22:55

Well said and well done all!!!
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Post by Dryadia2 » 04 Feb 2006, 00:46

Great Pub Crawl everyone!

That was fun...but now I must get back to work...so much Dry Cleaning to catch up on... :grin:

And Donata, your robe will be Dry-cleaned and delivered by 8:00 a.m. sharp, if I have to deliver it myself!

As for the codpieces, the starched ones have been re-laundered (without starch), and I'm working late to have them done by 8:00 a.m. as well.

Then I'm taking the weekend off! :o

Thanks Crow, and to all the participants. :hug:

Peace and Blessings,
Dryadia :dryadia: /|\
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Post by Donata » 04 Feb 2006, 00:59

"And Donata, your robe will be Dry-cleaned and delivered by 8:00 a.m. sharp, if I have to deliver it myself! "

Thank you so much Dryadia! actually, I prefer when you deliver it, as that cloud always leaves it a bit damp! I really do need it tomorrow.

Hugs,
Donata (still wondering where my missing 'hug' emoticon went!)

*Dryadia Edit Note:  inserts hug for Donata :hug:
(hopes a person of pumpkin status will see Donata's plea for her 'hug' emoticon) :grin:
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Post by Ruthie » 04 Feb 2006, 01:22

Damp!

Hmmpf!

Moon Cloud stuffs Donata's robe pockets with rainbow colored skittles while she isn't looking.
(I've really been working on my aim with those things....)

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Post by Donata » 04 Feb 2006, 02:07

Donata, the friendly :witch:  felt very  :cry:  as she read Moon Cloud's note.....

she never had much difficulty removing the dampness - just a wave of her :wand: and  :poof: her robes were dry and clean.

She did hope MC wouldn't get even with starch :o  :o
Better a bit damp! ;)

She continued to look for her missing HUG emoticon.... :where: and finally gave up  :shrug: and went for a walk in the woods with her loyal dependable friend, Tara the German Shepherd - and the famous red rubber toy!

(for those who wonder, one was left at Stonehenge in a previous Pub Crawl, but there are two more! :grin: )
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Post by Selene » 04 Feb 2006, 05:17

Um...am I the only one who can see the hug emoticon in the panel to the left of the box you type your messages in?

Here's the way it looks to me:
:)  :D  :grin:  :-)
|-)  :o  :wink:  :oops:
;)  :x  :devil:  :???:
:-(  :cry:  :gloomy:  :hug:
:shake:  :hiya:  :where:  :shrug:

See, 4th row down, first column on the right -- it's the hug, right where it's been!  :hug:

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Post by Midnightpentacle125 » 04 Feb 2006, 14:27

I'v seen it all this time ;)

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Post by Dryadia2 » 04 Feb 2006, 15:52

Well folks...
It seems that when I attempted to wash the blue out of my hair...I used too much lemon, and now my hair is a lovely (and springtime) shade of green!

Peace and Blessings,
Dryadia :dryadia: /|\
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Post by Midnightpentacle125 » 04 Feb 2006, 16:30

Hahahaha...
Birght side is you can blend in better with nature

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Post by Donata » 04 Feb 2006, 16:45

No --- even in your post, Selene, I have a blank where everyone else has a hug!!!

I *need* hugs!!!!!!   :gloomy:

blank next to  :gloomy:  and above  :shrug:

I feel very :cry:  :-(

and very very left out!

I need hugs!!!

Donata - still  :where:
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Post by Seeker » 04 Feb 2006, 17:49

Ahh...here you go  :hug:  :hug:  :hug:  :hug:  :hug:  :hug:  :hug:  :hug:
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