View Full Version : The Revelation Bar and Grille
02-15-2005, 10:29 AM
EA hears the commotion from the Kitchen, where she was making midnight snacks for everyone. She rushes out to see what was going on, and sees the adorable kitten. Overcome with longing (it has been a long time since she'd had a cat), she went over to the kitten and picked him up.
Wrinkling her nose at the smell of beer all over the kitten, she takes him into the Kitchen, expertly tricks him into a bath in the deep kitchen sink. Despite the wild strugglings of the kitten, EA manages to wash him thoroughly. Then, to make up for the bath, EA feeds him Fish Fillets.
Taking him back out into the Grille area, EA sits near the Fireplace, and contentedly strokes the kitten into purr-fect sleep.
02-15-2005, 11:18 AM
"Two baths in one night!" The cat tries not to fall asleep, his mind racing with the indignity of it all. However, the soothing touch of EA's hand is too much and finally he drifts off.
02-15-2005, 02:05 PM
While sleeping, he dreams of that beautiful lady named Jade.......
02-16-2005, 06:25 AM
"Frogs, gopher's and cats, o'my!". Red poked his head into the kitchen catching sight of Jade, "Nice party, quite a 'blast'.". Turning back to the front porch, "102 uses for the butt end of an RPG...", as he swatted a large dry hair ball off the front porch into the night.... *TISSSSSHHH!!*, the sound of a window breaking far in the distance... Red cringed for a second realising he just swatted it off in the same direction as the 2 grenades (1 was Gopher's fault) from the other day. "Those people must hate us...".
"Any rooms to crash out in?", Red went off in search of a couch.
02-16-2005, 05:22 PM
Teddy had observed the cats behavior and decided that he wouldnt let him act up agian.
He redied his tranqellizer gun, just in case, and put on an all black ninja sui, kinda like sam fishers, and lept into the shadows.
02-16-2005, 06:30 PM
Jade was on the phone with a guest from the Revelation Inn next door. (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v85/JadesDream/RBGInn.jpg) She was having her ear chewed off...again.
"I CAME HERE FOR PEACE AND QUIET! LAST NIGHT A GRENADE CRASHED THROUGH MY WINDOW!! IF I HADN'T BEEN SO QUICK, THAT THING WOULD HAVE EXPLODED IN MY ROOM!!!"
"Yes sir, I did apologize for that and offer to pay..."
"I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ANY APOLOGIES FROM YOU, YOUNG LADY! NOW TONIGHT A CAT CAME FLYING THROUGH ANOTHER WINDOW AND LANDED ON MY WIFE!!! I DON'T THINK SHE WILL RECOVER!!!!!"
"Sir, please tell your wife to stop screaming, I'm having a hard time hearing you and..."
"THIS PLACE WAS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO ME. NOW I CAN SEE FOR MYSELF THAT THIS IS THE WORST PLACE IN THE ENTIRE TRI-COUNTY AREA AND I GUARANTEE YOU THAT I WILL NOT BE BACK!!!!"
"Please sir, I promise you that..."
"ENOUGH!! SOMEONE GET THIS BEAST OUT OF OUR ROOM IMMEDIATELY OR ELSE!!!!"
Jade cringed as the phone was slammed down and she jerked the receiver away from her head as if she had been struck.
"What was all that about?" asked EA.
"That was Mr. Miller in room 8. He isn't very happy right now. Actually, that's an understatement."
"Mr. Miller? As in THE Mr. Miller?"
Jade nodded her head sadly. "I need to go get C.A.T. from his room right away."
"I'm on it." said Teddy.
Jade watched him slink away in his black Ninja suit. "Oh boy...this can't be good."
Red checked out the Inn next door. "Hey, you got any extra rooms over there?"
"Plenty." Jade offered one of the keys to him, but warned him as he walked out of the door. "Don't forget what I said about the doors and 'stuff'. I'm fairly certain the place is haunted."
Red made a http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif 'phbbbt' sound and headed towards the Inn.
02-17-2005, 12:06 AM
EA just shakes her head, and readies an "apology food basket" for Mr. Miller, making sure that some of her homemade Doughnuts were hidden by any but His eyes. Hopefully this would help mollify Him. It had been a rather eventful day. EA's alternate sself in Real Age had had preterm contractions, and been put on modified bed, and pelvic rest. Thankfully, this wouldn't stop her from Baking in the Kitchen of the RB&G.... unless her husband keeps her from the computer!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif (He can try, but he'd have to stay awake longer than me!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif)
02-17-2005, 06:34 AM
Norman, overhearing what EA said, walked into the kitchen and helped her pack a basket for Mr. Miller. He kept a concerned eye on her as she worked. Finally she caught him staring again and she turned, putting her hands on her hips. "What is it, Norman?"
He took her hands in his and said very intently, "If the Doctor has ordered bed rest, you need to take that very seriously. You are in a delicate condition right now and I'm...well I'm worried about you."
EA smiled gratefully and patted Norman's cheek. "That is very sweet of you, Norman. I promise to take it easy."
"We have all these new guys here. Maybe one of them can cook. Would you like me to find out?"
EA thought about it for a few moments. She doubted that Kllr Teddy had ever baked a pie in his entire life, but maybe...
"What about Jak? Do you think he can cook at all?"
"I have no idea. I'll ask around and see if anyone is interested. Otherwise, Jade might get wind that you should be resting and..."
"Oh noooo...no-no-no...anyone but Jade. Love her, but the girl cannot cook. What made her think she could run a successful Bar and Grille anyway?"
Norman hugged EA and grinned, "She hired the best cook around, what else?"
02-17-2005, 12:47 PM
The cat hadnââ‚¬™t slept well. If anyone discovered his secret identity then his whole mission would be for naught. And nightmares didnââ‚¬™t help his situation at all.
* * *
He had dreamed of terrible bubbling hot tub, as far as the eye could see. He was standing on top of the faucet, kitty eyes gaping at out at the endless sea of torture and death. Then suddenly, a dark figure shaped like a teddy bear descended from the sky on a cloud. He was wearing a black ninja suit, and was equipped with a weapon called the Cat-astrophic. He had smirked to himself, and slowly raised his WMD till it was pointing directly at cat. Just as the trigger clickedââ‚¬Â¦ He suddenly woke up, sweating profusely.
* * *
These visions were becoming far to frequent. The kitten pondered for a whileââ‚¬Â¦ and decided. Something must be done about the killer teddy. He slipped off of the mantle that heââ‚¬™d been quietly resting on, his claws beginning to protrude. He made for the window, quietly unlocking the hatch and slipping outside, down the rain pipe. He crawled around until he came to the gutter on the left side of RB&G, approaching it and sighing with relief. There was his equipment, just as he had left it. Hopping down into the gutter, he began to gear up. The next minute he immerged as a change kitten, a lethal kitten. He had just become C.A.T.ops. Once again he felt freeââ‚¬Â¦ free to exercise his 5th freedom. His enhanced training had taught him how to make use of his rare medichlorions; thank goodness no one else but the boss himself knew he was force sensitive. He activated his L. 33Z Vision Goggles and with a quick force jump, he leaped up on top of the roof. Activating his thermal vision setting, he could see through the whole building. Crawling around on top of the roof noiselessly, his eyes came to rest on an odd looking shape in the bed of the room just below him. It wasnââ‚¬™t giving off very much heat, and was snuggled in between a husband and wife trying to look inconspicuous. Suddenly, it moved. Then and there, Ops knew who it was. It was the bear from his dreams. It was the killer teddy.
Ops pulled out his previously hidden throwing stars and made a break for the window. He cut an opening with one quick clean slice from his left paw and dove head first through. Instinctively switching his vision mode to Night Vision, he reached out with the force, touching the teddyââ‚¬™s mind. ââ‚¬Ĺ“You will die today,ââ‚¬Âť he told him mentally. Teddy leaped out of the covers, awakening the young lady who had been previously been sleeping quietly. The onset of the scream that followed shattered the glass, making C.A.T.opsââ‚¬™s hair stand on end. The teddy whipped out his WMD Cat-astrophic, which had been concealed neatly inside his suit. Ops braced himself, standing up tall and straight, his left paw rose, his right handââ‚¬™s throwing star poised to strike. Grasping the bedside lamp with the force, he hurled it at teddy. ââ‚¬Â¦Who smoothly stepped aside. Ops glared at teddy who was now circling around him, his WMD Cat-astrophic charging up slowly. Ops figured he about a minute before the weapon was ready to fire. Entering his ju-jitsu combat stance, he let the force flow threw him, becoming alive, hearing all, sensing all. Dodging out of the way of teddyââ‚¬™s high-jump-kick, he countered with a quick slash from below sending teddy hurdling through the air. Teddy smashed into the chair on the right sending wood splintering throughout the room. Seeing an opportunity, Ops pounced toward him hurling the throwing-star in mid-air. Suddenly, a brilliant flash lit up the room blinding Ops and throwing him completely off balance. He missed teddy completely, his head colliding with a bedpost near the corner of his room. Then everything began to slip awayââ‚¬Â¦ in his last moments of consciousness he realized his mistake. The husband had turned on the light.
He awoke a minute later, using force concentration to clear away his fogged mind and vision. But it was all in vain. As the fog cleared away, there was teddy aiming the WMD directly at his forehead, the green light blinking indicating that it was ready to fire. Teddy had an evil grin spread across his face, and Ops could make out the husband and wife bound and gagged in the corner of the room. Teddy muttered some taunt that Ops couldnââ‚¬™t make out, and moved his finger towards the trigger. It was all Ops could do; using every bit of force power he had left he rotated the Cat-astrophic 180 degrees. And just as Teddy pulled the trigger, he flew across the room in a brilliant flash of yellow and green. The inertia blasted him threw the wall and into the adjacent unoccupied room. Not dead, but badly injured. C.A.T.opsââ‚¬™s job was done; the teddy had been taken care of.
Now to erase the memories of what had just happened from these humanââ‚¬™s brainsââ‚¬Â¦
The force had saved him once again. As soon as he got back to the gutter he would contact the boss. He was finished here, for now at least. But first, he had to look inconspicuously innocentââ‚¬Â¦
02-17-2005, 04:03 PM
Teddy was thrown back into the room, only to roll out onto the balcony, that just so happend that he kept rolling, beyond the railings.
Luckily he barely held on, and hoisted himself into the room. He reached for his radio.
He punched in the code for evac....
"This is Alpha-3, how may I help you?"
"The mission is botched, I got excessive with fire power...."
Just then sombody patched through....
"Teddy, what the hell? Did you just blow up the hotel?! I thought you were gonna use your tranq gun?" Yelled Jak.
"....I sorta found my weapons cache....."
"Look, Can you come pick me up, I-I"
Teddy slipped into unconciousness.
02-17-2005, 04:47 PM
After being notified by Teddy of his involvement in the most recent of destructive binges, Jak dropped the radio headset, looked down at the ground, and shook his head in disgust. He wasn't sure if he should be angry at Teddy for blowing up the RB&G again, or if he should be angry at his incompatence, and for his nonsanctioned assasination of the miserable, spamming, furball.
He picked up the headset, and made a call, "Red, go the MAC machine and throw Jade a few more hundreds."
02-17-2005, 07:16 PM
Red lay in bed for a few more minutes wishing he had told Jak to get the money himself. He had finally settled himself into one of the rooms in the Revelation Inn that was next door to the RB&G and the bed was just too comfortable to leave. He closed his eyes and almost managed to drift off to sleep, when he heard a distinct c-r-r-reak--c-r-r-reak sound repeat over and over. He rolled over and reached out to switch on the bedside lamp and the noise stopped. He looked around the spacious room, but didn't see anything out of the ordinary. There was a closet, a small bathroom, dresser with tv, chair, table and a large rocking chair positioned next to the window. What the...he didn't remember seeing that rocker when he entered the room earlier. Suddenly, of its own volition, the rocker began rocking to and fro, making the same c-r-r-reak--c-r-r-reak sound.
02-17-2005, 08:17 PM
Without any further hesitation, Red, who is not put off by such childish things as ghosts, rubbed the sleep out of his eyes, yawned and stretched, then picked up hiss trusty rocket launcher, and began pummeling the chair and room full of anti tank rounds.
"Dam it!!! Don't ever interfere with a man who is sleeping!!! Stupid ars ghost. You'd think a dead person would have something better to do then watch me sleep."
Then grumbling something that was not pronouncable, Red angrily grabbed his shirt, and stormed out of the remains of the room to get Jade some more money. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
02-17-2005, 09:49 PM
C.A.T.ops stood on the bridge, telescopic image enhancement displaying the RB&G. He watched as the whole entire 8th room went up in flames, black smoke pluming into the atmosphere. He had beamed out just in time. And somewhere down there, teddy was still alive. Apparently Ops had underestimated the agentsââ‚¬™ resolve, and his destructive capabilities. Ops needed to get away for a while. He needed time to think, time to plan. When the time once again came, the force would guide him to teddy. And when they met again, he wouldnââ‚¬™t stop until every last bit of that blustering bear had been blown to bits. Meanwhile, that lovely lady named Jade and her friend Grizz were going to need some money to repair that room.
ââ‚¬Ĺ“ ââ‚¬Ëśey Boss,ââ‚¬Âť shouted cat across the com-link, ââ‚¬Ĺ“hot wire a transfer of 10,000$ to Jadeââ‚¬™s personal bank account. Sheââ‚¬™s going to need it.ââ‚¬Âť
ââ‚¬Ĺ“It will be done,ââ‚¬Âť replied the Boss. ââ‚¬Ĺ“Meanwhile, meet me in my quarters, we haveââ‚¬Â¦ things to discuss.ââ‚¬Âť
ââ‚¬Ĺ“Anything you say Boss.ââ‚¬Âť
As cat exited the bridge, he chuckled to himself. "They think I'm dead," he muttered. Somehow, he would find a way to use that to his advantage...
02-18-2005, 04:18 AM
And as Red left his room there was a disturbance in the dust and smoke the had been the chair, and the walls. Motes swirled in vortex patterns, and there was a drone as of hundreds of hornets homing in on a target! As the dust and smoke dissipated, the hazy figure of an old woman appeared for just a moment, glaring at his departing back. There was a red and evil light in her eye. The figure seemed to be imprinted on the clouds of smoke and dust, and it swirled apart as they faded away and vanished. Then the room settled into a sameness. It appeared as if nothing at all had occured, except that the chair, now whole again, began to rock to and fro, creaking as it rocked.
02-18-2005, 06:34 PM
Teddy's eyes slowly opened. Revealing the inside of a hotel room. He quickly rolled over and went back to sleep. His head really, really, really hurt.
Meanwhile, Jade and grizz worked quietly on trying to fix the damage teddy had once again caused.
"I think Teddy needs rehab to get off the excessive firepower"
"Thats true...If only he had stuck to the plan of the tranqulizer gun" Jade said.
"Only he found his cache...."
"Maybe we should get rid of it...." said jade.
Jade reached for the radio....
"Teddy, sweety, where is your weapons cache?"
A couple of minutes later, teddy responded...
"....at. the.... at gophers house...." Mumbled teddy.
Before Jade could say anything, Jak volunteered to go and get rid of teddy's weapons cache.
02-19-2005, 09:35 AM
"Drat." Jade mumbled. "I wanted to go help clean out the cache."
Grizz snorted, "Yeah, sure you did."
"You mean you wanted to help yourself to some of that cache."
"That's not true! I would never...
Grizz held up an automatic rifle that he had found tucked inside the broom closet. "I suppose you're going to tell me this belongs to EA?" He raised an eyebrow at her.
"It's a...um...erm..." Suddenly the phone rang. "I'll get it!" Jade yelled a bit loudly. She picked up phone and put it to her ear, wishing she hadn't held it quite so close. It was Mr. Miller again.
"THAT'S IT, YOUNG LADY!! WE ARE PACKING OUR THINGS AND LEAVING THIS INN. WE SHALL NOT BE BACK!!!!"
"What's happened now, Mr. Miller? We took care of..."
"WHAT'S HAPPENED? WHAT'S HAPPENED?!!! COME SEE FOR YOURSELF!!"
Jade jerked the phone away from her ear. "Be right back, Grizz. There's a erm...small problem over at the Inn." With that, she dashed out of the restaurant.
02-19-2005, 09:46 AM
Mr. Miller slammed down the phone and turned back into the room, and stumbled into a rocking chair that hadn't been there just a moment ago.
He prevented a nasty fall by a super balancing act, and then glared accusingly at his wife, who was staring at the chair with shock and a total lack of comprehension.
"H-h-honeeeeeeeeeey!" she wailed. "Th-th-at chair just appeared right out of thin air, and it was r-r-ocking, with no one in it!!"
Her face broke into hysterical tears.
Mr. Miller reached out and literally tossed the chair aside, and strode to his wife, who watched the chair right itself in front of her eyes and move back where it had been. She pointed at it, panting with terror. Mr. Miller turned, and saw the chair right back where it had been.
He grabbed the open suitcase on the bed, slammed it shut on a sleeve and the skirt that was still not folded into the inside, and herded his wife out the door, staying as far from the chair as he could get.
02-19-2005, 01:50 PM
FW, stood getting drunk...as usual. Of course in the while he had been gone, he had made peace with the Bahro, so they were all at the bar. Getting drunk.
02-19-2005, 04:26 PM
EA is busy in the Kitchen. Grizz had heard about the Dr's prescribed treatment, and had made her a very handy mobile chair, so she wouldn't have to stand for long periods. Now she was busy making dinner. Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn on the Cob, Biscuits, Home-made Gravy, Cherry Lemonade, and for Dessert: the new IceCream Sandwich Cake from Pampered Chef.
02-19-2005, 05:26 PM
Grizz partakes freely of all those goodies, and then pushes back from the table with a sigh. Oh well, it's only now and then that he eats like that, and the rest of the time he hardly eats enough to keep a bird alive. Erm... yeah. Now what was the name of that bird.... oh yes. I remember. The elephant bird (http://www.geocities.com/vorompatra/PIX/voroWOZ.jpg)! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif
02-20-2005, 07:00 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif Grizz! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
Jade stopped her head long rush to the Inn and took a deep, calming breath. She tried to console herself by saying, "Relax...everything's going to be fine." She opened the front door and walked down the short hallway to her left, stopping at Mr. Miller's door. She rapped softly and called, "Mr. Miller? It's Jade, may I come in?" She waited a few seconds and rapped again. "Hello?" She put her ear against the door, but couldn't hear a sound. She pressed harder against the door and it opened effortlessly. The room was quite empty.
"Drat! Another good customer got away. What's wrong with this place anyway?" She walked around the room, ranting a bit. "We have the best cook anywhere around, the rooms are comfortable, the beds soft and inviting!" She stepped out onto the small balcony and looked out beyond the cliffs to the ocean. "There's an awesome view! So what is SO terrible about this place?!" She stood in the middle of the room with her hands on her hips, breathing hard. The rocking chair by the window rocked to and fro, as if nodding in agreement. "Oh shut up!" Jade yelled at it, storming out of the room.
02-20-2005, 06:26 PM
As if getting in the right tunnel to gophers house was hard enough, crawling all the way to gophers house was.
Jak, was obviously too big for these holes.
When he finally reached gophers house, he knocked on the door.
The door swung open violently, and about 7 feet away was a gopher holding a rocket launcher, pointing at Jak.
"You there! Drop your weapon!" Gopher yelled.
"Relax, its me..."Jak said.
"Oh, sorry. Can't be too careful with that **** cat going around....."
Jak took a look around. This completely amazed him. The gopher had built a super computer. It also had 5 monitors. Other than that there wasnt much else....except at least 400 weapons and god knows how much ammo.
"We have to get rid of that cache" Jak said.
"Shudddup. No. These are mine and Teddy's....you cant take them." Gopher replied, with a hint of anger.
"Well, can we get rid of the explosive ones? Not your launcher, but all the other stuff?"
"Fine http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif" Gopher said.
After about 4 hours of dismantling and transporting, the weapons cache only had stun gernades, chaff grenades, some smg's, pistols, and some rifles. Out of the 387 inventory of weapons 298 of them were highly explosive.
"Hows teddy?" Gopher asked.
"I dont know actually...." Jak said.
02-22-2005, 03:37 AM
Later that day, Jade was sitting at the corner table reading a heartbreaking letter. She had a box of tissues nearby and she used one now to stifle her sobs.
Grizz rushed over and tried to console her. "What's the matter, honey? What is it?"
She handed him the letter:
Dear Jade S. Dream~
We are writing to inform you that several recent FC team members that have been visiting your Inn will no longer be available. They have violated The Code: causing mayhem and distruction outside of war, therefore they are being detained indefinitely. We are writing to inform you of this, as the RB&G is their last known residence and thought you should know.
She tore the letter up into tiny pieces and stormed out of the restaurant. "I need to take a long walk. I can't tell you how upset I am about all this." http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif I'm so sorry...
02-22-2005, 04:30 AM
"Well, you aren't going alone! Not now, or ever! I'm coming with you!"
And Grizz stormed out right behind her, and hurried to catch up.
02-22-2005, 11:31 PM
EA watched Jade and Grizz head toward the beach. Feeling a bit sad herself, she decided to do some extra baking. Double Fudge Chocolate Cake, Peanut Butter Cookies, White Chocolate Rasberry Tart, Fresh Bread, Blueberry Muffins, and Banana Bread soon started appearing beneath her hands, into the ovens, and out onto the counters...
02-23-2005, 04:18 AM
Grizz, knowing that Jade was never down or mad or upset about anything for very long, simply walked beside her and held her hand. She eventually opened up and vented all the feelings that she had at the moment. He let her talk, then grinned at her. She grinned back, tentatively at first, until he remarked that maybe a dip in the cold ocean might restore her spirits, and reached for her.
She squealed, and ran, with him right after her. But somehow he never caught her until she suddenly turned right for the water, and then seemingly stumbled and fell. Grizz, not wanting to step on her, jumped, but came down wrong. He tried to regain his balance, but sort of danced on one foot into the first of the waves before losing it completely, and taking a headed right into the face of a large wave coming in!
It was so cold! He got up spluttering and coughing, and saw Jade sitting on the sand laughing at him. He scooped a double handfull of water up and slogged through the water towards her. She yelped, and got up and took off again, this time towards the path up the cliff. Grizz gave up the chase. He stood and just laughed.
Then the smells from EA's kitchen reached his nose, and he headed determindly for the path. When he got to the B&G, he found Jade already helping herself to the goodies, and, wet as he was, he joined her at the counters, waving at EA back in the kitchen, and giving her a http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif.
02-24-2005, 12:27 AM
While Jade and Grizz where at the beach, life back at the R's B&G was calmer then it had been in weeks. The day had yielded very little breeze giving the sun's heat a physical weight that seemed to crush a tiny bit of life out of everything and anyone around. EarthAngel leaned back in the chair out on the front porch fanning herself, waiting for the long afternoon hours to pass, hoping for just a little bit of air, preferably blowing from the ocean's cool shore far off to the east(?).
"I should just join them", she thought to herself, "this place doesn't need watching over now that everything's cal.....".
He seemed to be running, at first just a wavey black stick figure in the distance deformed by the hot air rising from the baked landscape. As he approached she still had trouble making out the stranger until she realised he was wearing a hood that covered most of his face.
"This can't be good..." she thought as the black clad figured walked up the porch steps and came to a stop. He was breathing heavily and sweat gathered at the bottom of his chin. She couldn't tell much of the rest of him as it was either covered under the hood or the dark outfit he had soo poorly chosen for this day's attire.
EA blinked at him in a confused gaze, "Uh, let me guess what your name is ...Strider??"
"Huh?", as if the sound of her voice was an unexpected element he hadn't taken into consideration, "Oh ....Jade's not here?"
"No master Jedi I'm afraid she escaped with the plans.", there was no end to this line of response in sight. Though, EA did find his voice (though strained from the heat exhaustion) somewhat familiar.
In a rushed tone the man proclaimed, "I need $40,000 and a place to hide!".
"......ok, just a place to hide."
".....how a bout a room....?"
EA blinked and replied, "They're a little beat up at the moment... the maid came in to work and promptly resigned earlier this morning but otherwise help yourself."
"Thank you", the man finaly seemed to be catching up to his breath. He started to head inside, looked down at his gloves, which for the first time EA noticed the leather was dyed a dark red over the palms, and muttered "Wont be needing these anymore...". He took them off and tossed them into a nearby waste bin. He straightened up as if a physical burden had suddenly floated off his shoulders, he seemed to be stairing at something somewhere in the bar. After a moment he asked, "You bake all that?".
EA shrugged nonchalantly, "Yeah.". With a single sharp breath leading into a more relaxed posture the man spoke for the first time without having to gasp for air, "Thanks again for the room.". He went in and darted up the stairs.
(A helpfull regular of the bar has informed me of some continuity errors in my story in terms of the B&G's layout. I'll be correcting the story later when I have more time)
02-24-2005, 08:28 PM
"Hey Jade!" EA found Jade cleaning one of the many bedrooms in the Inn.
"Hi EA." She smiled at her friend and asked wearily, "Could you do me a favor and put an Ad in the local paper for another maid? This place is just too big for us to keep up ourselves." EA started to help her with the bed and Jade waved her away. "Shoo...you shouldn't even be on your feet, remember? I can do this."
EA laughed and said, "Oh, I wanted to let you know that we have a new guest."
"Great! We need all the business we can get. Especially after that fiasco with Mr. Miller." Jade sighed wearily, brushing her hair off her face.
"Um...he seemed to know you, but I couldn't quite make out his name on the registry."
"Well, that's interesting. Nothing like a good mystery, eh?" She winked at EA and guided her to the bedroom door. "Go on now...get off your feet, young lady." EA rolled her eyes and muttered, "Yes, Doctor."
Jade finished making the bed and then quickly dusted the furniture, including the large rocking chair by the window. As she gathered her cleaning supplies and shut the door, the chair once again began to rock gently.
02-25-2005, 12:42 AM
EA walked over to the Kitchen in the RB&G, and sat down in her fun new chair. She left the back door open to let the Cool Breeze in, which had just sprung up. Taking pen and paper in hand, she wrote down a new advertisement for a maid:
"Wanted: Someone w/ a Calm Personality, able to handle unexplained circumstances (like rocking chairs with no one in them), Unusual Personages (like Fairies, Fire Lizards, Talking Birds, etc...), will clean bedrooms, windows, and help out in general around the Inn. Is willing to accept free room and board, and free meals, enjoy wonderful gardens, an ocean, and incredible sunrises and sunsets. Please make contact with Jade or Grizz at the RB&G."
"Hmmm..." Ea thought to herself, "i should let Jade look this over and see if there is anything else she'd like to add." So, EA sends Teyla with the note to Jade....
02-25-2005, 03:46 AM
Jade heard a slight tapping on her balcony door and opened it to find Teyla standing there with a note dangling from one talon. "Hmmm...what do we have here?" She perused the advertisement carefully and then suggested a few changes. Afterall, if they advertised they had fairies, fire lizards and talking birds in residence there was no telling who might show up...poking and prodding around for information or God forbid experimentation. She took a pen from the desk and wrote a note back. How does this sound?
Wanted: Someone w/ a Calm Personality, <span class="ev_code_RED">is willing to work in a constantly changing environment</span>, will clean bedrooms, windows, and help out in general around the Inn. Is willing to accept free room and board, and free meals, enjoy wonderful gardens, an ocean, and incredible sunrises and sunsets. Please make contact with Jade or Grizz at the RB&G.
Jade reattached the note to Teyla saying, "Thanks for your help." She laughed as she watched the fire lizard fly the short distance to the restaurant and thought, "Our very own KI messenger, without the KI." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
02-26-2005, 01:21 PM
EA looked over the note that Teyla brought back from JAde, agreed with the change (it really does make more sense, she thought to herself), and promptly sent a finished copy with Teyla to the Myst Forumite News. EA then got started on baking fresh bread for the Guests.
02-27-2005, 08:25 PM
Mike walks in in a flurry of purple and gold confetti. "I'll take some of that bread and some butter too!"
then he goes to the bulliten board and puts up a brand new photo
02-28-2005, 10:56 AM
EA woke uop the next morning feeling a little strange.... "I'd better go talk to Jade", she thought to herself. So she walked down the hall to Jade's room, and knocked on the door.
"Come in...." was Jade's muffled reply, so EA walked in, careful not to let too much light in through the door. She sat on Jade's bed, and said, "I need to talk to you about something..."
Jade looked up with panic in her eyes, "You're not quitting on me, are you??" "No.." Ea smiled gently, "But I think I need to go to the Hospital Age for a little bit. I'm showing signs of impending delivery, and I just want to make sure everything is all right."
JAde sat bolt upright. "You're WHAT??!! How far are you? are you feeling ok? Anything i can do?" EA laughed softly, "I'm just past the 36 week mark, i'm feeling generally ok, with strongish contractions, and i'll keep you posted. I've made enough food to last all of you for a couple of weeks, just in case, with directions on how to prepare. Now don't worry, everything will be fine."
With that, she gave Jade a hug, went back to her room, and linked over to the Hospital Age.
to be continued as events progress...... Love to All!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif
Congrat's Mike, on your school's victory!!
02-28-2005, 05:11 PM
Congrats Mike!! And EA, we will be waiting and pacing and waiting and pacing and ..... well, you get the picture! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Hope the joyous occasion is truly joyous! Please let us know as soon as you can safely do so. And thanks for all the food you prepared. If we need more, I hope you won't mind if Grizz putters about in your kitchen! hehehehe
02-28-2005, 05:52 PM
Jade just sat there with her mouth gaping open. Finally she got up and put on her robe and ran through the Inn shouting, "We're having a baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We're having a baby!!!!!!!!!" The few guests that were staying there began to wander out of their rooms, rubbing sleep from their eyes and looking extremely puzzled.
"You're having a baby too?!" Grizz asked with some alarm.
"No, silly!" She hugged him and gave him a warm kiss. "EA is having a baby!! Which makes it our very first Revelation Bar and Grille baby!" Jade laughed and skipped down the stairs, uncaring that it was still the middle of the night. There were things to do, a baby to prepare for! Grizz followed her out and grabbed her gently by the shoulders. "I think you should at least get dressed before going to the restaurant."
"Oh!" Jade looked down at her robe. She blushed and headed back to her room. "That would probably be a good idea."
As she got dressed, she sent up a prayer for EA, her family and especially her baby that was on the way.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif Take care, EA!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Congratulations, Mike!
03-02-2005, 05:03 AM
Paces nervously, all around the kitchen, into the bar, out on the verandah, back into the bar, back in the kitchen, into the bar....
"Grizz, sit down. You're going to wear the floor out pacing like that. We'll know when it's time for us to know."
Grizz smiled a little rueful smile at Jade. He poured two cups of coffee and carried them to where Jade sat, planting himself firmly in the other chair. He started counting the empty cups on the table in front of her.
"How about all these empty cups? Is filling yourself with caffeine somehow better than wearing a path in the floor?" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
03-03-2005, 09:22 AM
EA showed up the next morning, being pushed in a wheel chair by her husband, holding a little bundle in her arms. JAde and Grizz raise their heads from where they had fallen asleep at the table (coffee must not have been strong enough http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif), look at the door and see EA sitting there, laughing. They jump up and run over to EA.
"Are you all right?" "What are you doing here? "Is this the new baby?" "What's the name?" "How big...?" "What time..?" EA started to look confused as the questions ran over each other.
"Hold on", she said. "One at a time."
"First, I'd like to introduce you to my Husband. This is Wyerd (pronounced: weird...lol...). Ok, now on to the Baby Stats: HER name is Aurorya Krystal, but we'll call her Krystal for short. She was born on Monday, Feb 28, 2005, at 4:04pm (pacific time, so 7:04pm eastern). 6lbs 5.8ozs, 18 1/2" long. She's our fourth child (we now have 2 boys, and 2 girls http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif). Krystal is a very content baby...so far....lol. Our others are excited that there is a new baby, but i don't know if they fully grasp that she's staying. She was born with brown hair and dark eyes, and she squeaks a lot! Now... who wants to hold her first?"
Jade hurriedly butted in front of Grizz, who laughingly got out of her way. EA gently placed Krystal into Jade's arms, who started to coo to the baby almost immediately. Grizz smiled gently at her, then looked to EA and Wyerd.
"Are you two hungry or thirsty? I can go get you something." "How about some Hot Chocolate? It's our fav after Sparkling Cider!" Grizz went over to the Bar, whipped up some of his Famous HC, and grabbed some Banana Bread from the Kitchen on his way back. Handing the food and drinks over to EA and Wyerd, he turns to Jade and says, "My turn." Jade pouts, but hands over Krystal carefully to Grizz, who gently takes her and softly starts singing a lullaby.
EA and Wyerd enjoy the food, Jade looks at the Banana Bread longingly, looks at Grizz holding the baby, sighs, and starts heading toward the Kitchen in search of some Breakfast....
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif we'll try to show pics as soon as we get them developed, and we figure out how to do it! It's good to be back! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif hehehe... i actually walked out of the hospital, but the wheelchair makes for a more dramatic entrance!
03-03-2005, 05:24 PM
Oh wow, EA, that is soooooo cool. Lovely name too. Congratulations to you, your husband, and those other children. I'd love to party, but it's probably not a real good idea whith a new baby in the place. lol She'd probably much rather sleep, and eat, and get cooed at. hehehe
But I just have to celebrate a bit, http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gifin a very quiet way. Ssssshhhh!
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03-03-2005, 06:09 PM
Norman stood in the doorway, shuffling his feet a little bit. He wanted to see the new baby too, but he was filthy from working in the yard all day. He looked down at his grubby hands and dirty nails and then at the bundle that Grizz held. Sighing heavily, he turned to leave and then stopped when he heard Jade call out, "Norman! Did you see EA's new baby?" She walked over to the door where he stood and was about to guide him over to the table, when she saw him look down at his hands in shame. "Oh I see. Come on, we can fix that up!"
She pulled him into the kitchen and pointed to the sink and the bar of soap. "Wash up there and when you're done," she pulled a clean jumper out of the supply closet, "put this on and come on out and greet the new arrival, ok?" She smiled kindly and left the kitchen.
Norman made short work of washing his hands and face, then slipped into the supply room to change out of his work clothes. He came out, not exactly smelling like a daisy, but much cleaner and walked into the restaurant. He approached EA shyly and hugged her. <span class="ev_code_BLUE">"Congratulations to you and your family!"</span>http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif She grinned and said, "Thank you." She eyed Grizz and commented dryly, "If you can pry the baby out of Grizz's hands, you're welcome to hold her."
Norman looked at Grizz hopefully and after a few more coos, he handed the baby over to Norman. At that moment in time, Norman felt happier than he had in a very long time.
03-04-2005, 10:40 AM
Cathyk's Ki beeped and she read the joyous news. She quickly linked over to the RB&G and entered.
"EA & Wyerd, congratulations! I'm so pleased for your family!"
She walked over to where Norman was holding the baby and looked down.
"And welcome to Planet Earth, Krystal. May all your dreams come true."
03-05-2005, 06:08 AM
Jade stood next to EA and watched the others cooing over the baby. "She's so precious, EA. I am so happy for you and your family!" She leaned over and kissed EA on the forehead and then stood behind Norman so she could watch the baby's face. They were so expressive for such tiny creatures!
03-06-2005, 08:24 AM
Congratulations and welcome to the new born!
On other matters, is the position for chamber maid still free? I'm usually a calm person, "is willing to work in a constantly changing environment" Well I know everything about constantly changing environments, about 70 billion years ago the CO2 level was much higher than today, then the earth froze allmost up to her equator and still she has survived.
I also know how to make beds, sligtly crispy,(or is should this be crisped?) served not to hot. Cleaning windows is my middle name( I do hope you haven't installed service pack 2 though)
I am willing to discus all about the duties and my capacity to fullfill them. I'll await your invitation.
Whit friendly greetings,
03-06-2005, 09:15 AM
Jade read HannaGertie's response to the ad in the newspaper and sighed in relief. "Wonderful news everyone! We have someone ready, willing and able to take the job as a chambermaid!"
"Are you going to tell her about the hauntings at the Inn?"
"The fire lizards?"
"Random miliary coups?"
"Erm...how about I talk to HannaGertie alone and let's not fill her in on too much all at once." Jade gave everyone in the room a look and they nodded their heads in agreement.
She called the phone number at the bottom of the note and asked HG to come right over. "Yes, you can link right into our parking lot from just about anywhere in the forum. See you soon!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
03-06-2005, 09:30 AM
HG links in the parking lot with her bike on spikes. As there is no snow in the parkinglot she has to leave her bike where she landed.
She walks to the Bar, muttering: if I do get the job I hope there is a link directly inside the hall, saves on colds form wet weather.
She goes to the bar to ask for directions to Ms J.Dream. The barkeep on duty tels her to take a seat, drink a mead and wait fore Jade.
HG complies, except for the mead, she ask's if she can have an Earl Grey first, as it wouldn't be good to show up drunk on anjob interview.
Then she waits.
03-06-2005, 09:37 AM
Grizz yells for Jade, and smiles knowingly at Hanna G. He bustles about a bit behind the bar, and soon brings her a tray with a large steaming cup with an Earl Grey tea bag tag hanging over the lip.
"You take milk or sugar with that? Here's both, just in case."
He sets the tray down, and there is a creamer and a sugar bowl on it with the tea.
03-06-2005, 09:43 AM
Jade smiles warmly as she sits at the table with HannaGertie. "Hello there! I'm so glad you are interested in the job here. I've actually heard wonderful things about you already, when can you start?" HG leaned back in her seat, startled at Jade's nervousness and seemingly anxious behavior.
"Hmmm..." she thought to herself, "Why does she seem so keen on hiring me without even an interview!" Before another thought could enter HG's head, all heek broke loose. The fire lizards came flying through the restaurant chasing each other. Norman rushed in looking for Grizz, saying "She's back. Mother's back...somehow, I don't know how, but I saw her in the window of the Hotel." He grabbed Grizz by the arm, pulling him outside. Mike came in with 10 of his frat brothers, celebrating yet another college game victory. Right on their heals, a group of somewhat hounded-looking marine-types trooped in, calling out for something cold and frothy...on the double!
Jade smiled a small, strained little smile, trying to judge HG's reaction to the melee. Thinking maybe she ought to at least attempt an interview of some kind she asked, "Where have you worked in the past?"
Norman rushed in at that moment and waved to the marines. "We need you at the Inn...pronto! Mother's on a rampage."
Jade put her head in her hands. "Ugh."
03-06-2005, 10:59 AM
HG is taken a bit aback by the erupted chaos, but then she smiles: ha, just like the international and childrens summercamps back home http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif except the fire lizards, but I've been to Pern so I know of their antics.
But i do hope these will not intervere too much in fullfilling my duties.
I think it would be a good idea to see if I can help out, show them I'm willing to help, maybe mother needs clean sheets?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v292/HannaGertie/Smileys/HappyOT.gif have to leave for a while, dinner is waiting. Justfit with HG in as you want. she might be taken aback with some things, might scream a little, but used to improvisation and erupting chaos, having 2 cats and acting as a campcouncelor. She can hold her own or be scared what ever is needed for the story http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif)
03-06-2005, 10:09 PM
Welcome to the RB&G And Inn, HG!!!! Have some Double Fudge Super Chunk Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Ice Cold Milk to wash 'um down!!! Don't worry about the firelizards too much, they don't usually get in the way. They are very well behaved, actually. They'll even "sing" along with any music.
03-08-2005, 05:59 PM
"Well then, that's settled!" Jade said with much relief. "I didn't think it was possible to find someone that quickly, did you? EA shook her head, then went back to cooing at the baby. Jade smiled happily at the family and then asked HannaGertie to walk with her to the INN, so she could show her around.
As they made their way over, shouts could be heard from upstairs as Mother was being chased around by Norman and the marine. Jade thought maybe she should let HG in on one little secret. "HannaGertie, are you familiar with poltergeists...ghosts...the undea...erm...that type of thing?"
She nodded her head slowly and said, "Yes, I'm aware of them. Can't say that I've ever seen one, but..."
As they entered the Inn, Jade pointed up the stairs to the apparition of Mother who was keeping the marine at bay with a hovering broom.
"Ah, I see."
03-13-2005, 02:51 PM
"No, can't say I'm familiar with poltergeist, she looks harmless though. Well, except for her viscious broom. Is that the broom I need to clean the floors with? or does the inn has a central hoover installation? Does a poltergeist needs regular new sheets or is she always in dress and bun?
Eh, do you mind if I do a quick check in my notes on sollicitation interviews? I must ask questions, they said at the trainingcentre, I just keep forgetting what those where.
O yes, found some, hmm says here it's for the second interview, but ehm mind if I shoot them all in one go?
"no go right ahead, shoot" "OK: What will be my working hours? "What will be my duties? oh and ehm how much doe..." The rest of HG's last question is drowned in a loud BANG from the Marine and a screetch from mother. She had managed to drive the marine in a corner. The Marine, feeling very crowded, had taken the words"go ahead, shoot" to heart and shot Mother. Bullits can't kill a ghost, but it's no fun having a hot piece of metal passing through ones ectoplasme. After the bullet passed through Mother it ended in a doorpost 2 inches from HG's and Jade's noses. "Ehm, ms Jade, do the wages come with a risk bonus and insurrance?"
03-14-2005, 03:14 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif Just a smal OT to say....
03-14-2005, 03:32 PM
Happy Birthday JadesDream !!!!
Many happy returns!
03-14-2005, 07:36 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Thanks so much! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif
Originally posted by HannaGertie:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>"Ehm, ms Jade, do the wages come with a risk bonus and insurrance?" <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Jade examined the hole in the wall, a few centimeters away from her nose and said, "I um...might to re-examine the contract." She glared at Mother still holding the Marine at bay and yelled, "Sargent!" He turned at the commanding tone in Jade's voice and yelled back, "Ma'am?" She pointed out the front door and yelled, "Move out!" He scrambled past Mother and ran down the stairs and out of the front door.
"Well done." commented HG.
"I have my moments." Jade said with a smile. "Now, about those wages and hours...." She put her hand through HG's arm and guided her around the lower floors, showing her around the place as they talked.
03-14-2005, 11:59 PM
Meanwhile, EA was busy in the Kitchen, totally oblivious to the goings-on in the Inn. "I hope Jade likes this cake! And these cookies, and the Home-Made Ice Cream, and the Steak Dinner, and the...." EA heard a peep from a corner of the Kitchen, went and checked, but Krystal was just cooing in her sleep. EA called out to Grizz, "Do you have that punch ready?" "Almost!" "Hurry Up!! I see her walking back this way with HG!" EA hurridly put the food out on the banquet tables, as Grizz finished up the Punch. 30 sec later, Jade walked through the front door of the RB&G with HG. Jade wondered why the lights were turned down, when all of a sudden, the lights lit up to full, and all of Jade's family and friends yelled out "<span class="ev_code_RED">S</span><span class="ev_code_GREEN">u</span><span class="ev_code_BLUE">r</span><span class="ev_code_YELLOW">p</span><span class="ev_code_PINK">r</span><span class="ev_code_PURPLE">i</span><span class="ev_code_RED">s</span><span class="ev_code_GREEN">e</span>!!!"
03-15-2005, 10:11 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif "Wow!!" Jade blushes to the roots of her hair as she hugs everyone. "This is just...wow...so sweet! Thank you!!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif
03-17-2005, 09:34 AM
ITP i say hi to Jade
03-18-2005, 04:30 AM
I know how hard that was for you, NSA. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif Thanks, man.
03-20-2005, 12:21 AM
i wonder if the NSA stand for No Such Agent?....EA wonders to herself, as she cleans up after the party, and gets things ready for the next day's meals...
03-20-2005, 10:38 AM
Jade and HannaGertie spent some time going over her wages and hours, coming to a mutual agreement at last. "Here's your room," Jade opened the door on a sun-lit, cheerful room that had an excellent view of the cliffs. "Make yourself at home, and then come over to the restaurant next door and I'll introduce you to everyone."
Jade made her way to the bar and grille, passing by an old gopher hole as she did so and almost falling in. She went to the shed and retrieved a shovel, going back to fill in the hole with dirt to prevent someone accidentally falling in. She was oddly saddened by the action.
03-24-2005, 08:17 AM
NSA cracks up that gopher's hole is no longer
03-24-2005, 10:55 AM
EA heads to the Kitchen early the next morning to get started on that day's baking and cooking. She looks through her recipies, smiles, and collects the ingrediants she needs for the first recipie. Soon, the scent of <span class="ev_code_BLUE">Blueberry Muffins</span> fills the air of the RB&G, followed by Bacon, Eggs, Pancakes, Sausages, Banana Bread, Hot Chocolate, and Fresh-squeezed Orange Juice.
03-27-2005, 12:46 PM
hmmmm....Easter Sunday..... EA thought to herself, as she watched the sun rise over the ocean. I'd better get the Ham ready for the afternoon meal..... I wonder if we should have an Easter Egg Hunt for the little ones....
She headed over to the RB&G to get the meals ready for that day. As she entered, EA saw Jade sitting over at the Bar with Grizz, sharing a cup of morning coffee. Heading over to them, Grizz looks up, smiles, and says, "I have a mug of your fav Hot Chocolate ready for you!" EA takes the mug gratefully, sipping carefully so as not to burn herself, and savors the delicious flavor.
"I had an idea for the day. Why don't we have an Egg Coloring party, then an Easter Egg Hunt! Afterwards, we can have the Easter feast!" "Sounds great, EA!" exclaimed Jade. "I'll send the firelizards out!!"
Jade readied invitations, and started sending the firelizards to deliver them to the Guests in the Inn, and to Friends who were spread out in differnt Ages. Soon, everyone started arriving via linking books. Grizz had set up tables in the Great Hall of the RB&G, Ea had the Eggs all ready to go, and everybody quickly joined in with lots of laughter and love.
While the Guests and Friends were coloring Eggs, EA, Jade, and HG went outside to start hiding Easter Eggs. It was a perfect day!! The sun was shining, flowers were blooming, and the birds were singing their Spring songs. The air was filled with the sounds, sights, and scents of the renewal of Spring.
After everyone had finished coloring, they headed outside to join the Easter Egg hunt. The children especially enjoyed combing the grounds, climbing the trees, and generaaly giving their mothers near heart attacks with all their antics as they searched for the Easter Eggs.
Meanwhile, back in the Kitchen, EA was hard at work with HG, Speedy, and even Toria dropped by to help out!
They finished just in time!! As they were putting the last platters of food on the banquet tables, the hungry Easter Egg Hunters trooped in, and sat down. After a respectful sermon about the Christ and His Sacrifice and Resurrection, and a prayer, EVERYONE dug in to all the food!!!
(i don't mean to offend anyone's feelings or religions, but i feel that since it is Easter, a bit of homage is due to the One who gave His all that we might live again. Happy Easter, to all of you!!!) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
03-27-2005, 07:13 PM
"I hate to interupt your fine meal", the tall, MudMarlin said as he walked through the door, "but does anyone know where I could find some bait?".
03-28-2005, 03:48 AM
"What type of bait do you need?" asked Grizz, "Norman would probably know where to find the best worms, since he's the Top Groundskeeper!"
Norman blushed and hung his head at the table he was eating at. Not used to any praise, he wasn't sure how to respond. Jade patted him on the shoulder, and said, "We're glad thet you are working here! The grounds have never looked better!!!" Norman blushed even harder....
03-29-2005, 03:52 AM
That was a lovely gesture, EA! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif Sorry I wasn't around more, it's been a busy weekend!
Jade leaned down and asked Norman to lend MudMarlin a hand and he nodded. He was gone for several minutes and then returned with what looked like a worker's glove. Jade looked at the glove in horror, thinking Norman had indeed brought MM a hand. She was relieved to see that it was filled with fresh dirt from the well-tended garden with earthworms crawling around inside. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif
03-29-2005, 01:32 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif i hope you had a good weekend, Jade!! don't worry...there's still plenty of Easter Goodies left over!!!
03-30-2005, 05:11 AM
I too have been rather occupied over Easter. Actually, I helped Jade celebrate the occasion in person. And what a wonderful hostess she is! (((((Jade)))))
Grizz was too stuffed by the great Easter feast to pay much attention to the bait glove, or even to much curiosity about why a marlin would want worms. Had Grizz been a bit more ambitious and energetic, he would have gone to the shed out back where he kept live bait for surf casting. As it was, about all he could do was yawn, and smile sleepily at Norman and wink at MudMarlin, who was looking at the worms with an incredulous expression.
03-30-2005, 03:55 PM
"Worms", MudMarlin said inquizically, "Right,..Hmmm,...thanks, this will do very well." Mud glanced over at Grizz with a smirk.
"On second thought, perhaps maybe somebody might know where I could also find some herring, bunker, or maybe some clams. I don't think the stripers really go for worms this time of year." Mud added politely, trying not to offend anyone.
"Yea, you know, I think I may have what you're looking for." replied Grizz, "Take my word for it, the worms are only good in mid summer." Grizz let loose a small chuckle.
03-31-2005, 03:34 AM
Norman shook his head and chuckled too, realizing the fumble he had made. "Worms...what was I thinking? He isn't going fishing in the lake!"
Jade looked at him with a puzzle and shrugged and he simply smiled. Thanking EA for yet another scrumptious meal, he headed outside. It was spring! Time to get to work in the flower garden.
04-03-2005, 02:46 PM
HG has been quietly setlling in these past days. After the easterparty rush it had been a calm week. There where not many guest at the moment, which was handy for the spring cleaning. All rooms got an good airing and dusting, the windows where sparkling. Well, except Mothers, HG decided to leave that one alone for the moment, untill she could discover what cleaning methods Mother preferred. Past experience has taught HG that Older Women had so their own ideas about cleaning.
HG also enjoyed her own room, it reminded her of home, except then the cliffs should be substituted by Bijlmer Flats. But the cliffs are much better! Those reminded her of the great day she had at the Cliffs of Moher. Defenitely she was going to hike them at the earliest opportunety.
But for now it was back to cleaning and assisting in the kitchen and trying to get Norman to talk over a cup of tea about Mothers cleaning habit. Somehow he was reluctant to talk about that but when it comes to cleaning other peoples places HG can be very determinded.
04-07-2005, 01:57 AM
"Norman, how do you suppose Mother managed to return from the Bog of Eternal Stench. I thought Tianna had sent her there permanently after the last encounter?" Jade was working with Norman in the flower garden. Everyone was aware that Jade knew nothing about cooking, well...she knew even less about gardening. Norman had set her to the task of only dropping the seeds in where he told her to.
"I'm not sure, Jade. Maybe she ran into someone there that helped her?" He sat back on his haunches. "She seems to be settling in ok, as long as no one bothers her."
A scream was heard and a guest flew out of the hotel. They held a suitcase in one hand with articles of clothing not quite packed flapping in the wind.
"Oh dear, there goes another one. I wish she would go haunt some place else." Jade sighed. "Hopefully she won't scare HannaGertie away."
"I think HG is stronger than you give her credit for. Don't worry, everything will be fine." He continued to turn the earth, and then digging a hole for Jade to drop the seeds in.
04-07-2005, 06:23 PM
Abnout 10 minutes after Jade and Norman watch the guest flee the Inn, EA came storming out of the Kitchen! Jade and Norman both looked at her in shock, since it was rare, if ever, that they saw EA mad.
"Jade, something has got to be done about Mother!!" she started. "I was making Dinner, when SHE breezes into the Kitchen. SHE started hemming and humming about my preparations, and then, SHE had the AUDACITY to tell me EVERYTHING that i was doing wrong, and how SHE could cook soooo much better, and that I should LISTEN to her suggestions on how to improve the meal, since only SHE knew how to cook!!!" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif
Jade and Norman just watched in awe as EA ran out of breath from her tirade. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
"I'm sorry, Jade, Norman; I must still be 'hormonally' sensitive from having the baby. I don't mind constructive advise, and new ideas for cooking, but to have it done in such a CONDECENDING manner really makes me mad!" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif
"Ummm, EA...?" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
"Not only that, but she then had the TEMERITY to ask me if i had any of 'those little sugar cookies' to go with her afternoon tea, since she was sooo thirsty after having chased that vagabond out of her home." http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif
"Errrr, EA.....?" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif
"SUGAR COOKIES and TEA??!! She's a GHOST!!! What is she going to do with SUGAR COOKIES and TEA??!! And, HER HOME??!! If this is HER HOME, then I'm the Queen of de Nile!!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif
"EA!!" Jade and Norman yelled together...
"WHAT?? OH!! I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to go on like that! I was just...."
"EA, calm down! Take a deep breath, relax..." Norman said, feeling just a bit concerned about EA's ability to cook with her all riled up.
Jade nodded. "It'll be ok, EA. We'll all have a talk with Mother. Maybe we can work out a compromise. If not, we could always call Tianna to come up with another place to send Mother."
Norman winced at that thought, but nodded his agreement. "It looks like it's time that I stand up to her. She needs to learn she can't just push people around like this."
EA sighed in relief and smiled. "Now that i got that off my chest, I'll go and finish Dinner. We're having Chicken Portabello Alfredo, with Rolls, Salad, and Pinapple Upside Down Cake for dessert!"
EA heads back into the Kitchen as Norman and Jade go back to gardening. A minute later, the two of them hear a loud commotion coming from the Kitchen. They both look toward the Kitchen just in time to see the ghostly visage of Mother flying back towards the Inn, with EA chasing her out of the Kitchen with a broom. As soon as EA was satisfied that Mother had gone and wasn't coming back, she smiled and waved to Jade and Norman, and then headed back into the Kitchen to finish dinner. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif
04-07-2005, 06:59 PM
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http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif EA You go, girl!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
04-07-2005, 07:03 PM
Jade chuckled to herself, the vision of EA chasing Mother out of the kitchen in her head.
"What's so funny?" asked Norman.
"EA's chased me out of the kichen plenty of times. I'm just glad she didn't need a broom to do it." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
The pair of them broke into laughter.
04-21-2005, 06:49 PM
*Bar Door opens and in pops Gopher!*
"Pleasure to be back, mates!"
04-21-2005, 08:00 PM
Mud looks at the Gopher inquizically and asks, "Care to explain that one pal? Because I really want to hear it.... It looks like you have had one crazy adventure."
04-22-2005, 06:02 AM
Jade ran over to the gopher and sweeped him up in a huge bear hug. "Where the heck have you been?" Gopher began to speak, but he couldn't quite breathe as Jade was hugging a bit too tight. "I am just so glad you're back!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
"I.Can't.Breath." Gopher gasped.
MudMarlin disentangled Jade's arms from around Gopher and he wheezed a "thank you", sucking in great gulps of air. In the meantime, Grizz poured a round of drinks for everyone and passed them out. Raising his glass high in a toast he said, "Here's to the return of friends."
04-22-2005, 05:20 PM
After recovering breath, Gopher explains that he was unfortunately banned from Ubiforums for 2 and a half months, but was recently allowed back in. In his jail time, he spent most of it travelling around the world with a fellow Squee
04-23-2005, 09:43 AM
EA smiles a warm welcome from the Kitchen, where she had been busy rearranging since Mother's "visit".
Now where did she put my cookbooks?, EA wonders to herself.
Gopher peeks in, hoping to score some cookies, and notices something in the trash. "EA, are you throwing out your recipies?"
EA looks startled, rushes over to the trash can, and pulls out her prize recipe books. Luckily, no damage had been done!
She runs over to the back door, and starts shaking her fist and yelling at the ghostly visage of Mother, who's rocking on the back porch of the Inn.
While EA's distracted, Gopher sneaks over to the pantry, and grabs a couple handfulls of cookies. Before Ea can turn around, he's out of the Kitchen and sitting innocently at the Bar.
04-23-2005, 06:52 PM
As Gopher sits down at the bar eating his cookies, Mud, who is sitting next to him, looks at him in astonishment.
"Boy, thats one interesting story you got there. Amazing how you've been freed after 2 1/2 months. I am still stunned at the news. You must have been released for good behavior or something. Either that or somebody up top likes you." Mud said in a bewildered tone. "By the way, you never did mention why you were imprisoned, but I guess somethings are better left unsaid. Now, unless you want to suffer an even worse punishment, you better finish those cookies before she sees you."
04-23-2005, 07:14 PM
As Gopher completes the devouring of the cookies, he lifts a stolen napkin and brushes off the crumbs around his mouth.
"One could say the ban occured due to a previous cookie steal"
The sly comment leaves Mud and others confused. To lighten the awkward moment, Gopher stands on the bar stool (Although still being quite small compared to the others in the bar) and proposes that he buys a round of drinks for all, with the bill on his tab.
04-23-2005, 09:20 PM
Mud winks at the Gopher, and says one more thing before he goes and helps EA take care of the ghosts mess, "Well good for you Gopher. Its a fabulous story. I'm glad your out. This place is great. Its funny how you never really know who your going to run into in this place. Isn't it?"
"Thanks for the drink." Mud tips his hat, and goes off to help EA.
04-24-2005, 07:06 AM
As MudMarlin joined EA in the kitchen, a mysterious, invisible force snatched Gopher from his barstool and hauled him outside.
"What the heek?" Jade ran after him, trying to grab hold. "Wait!!" She cried out. "There's been a mistake!!!"
But the Gopher was gone again...unbelievable...
The last thing Jade saw before he disappeared into the void, was the look of sorrow on his face.
"Drat!" She stormed back into the restaurant, ranting, "This is really starting to tick me off."
04-26-2005, 08:43 PM
"Amazing the things that go on around here." Mud said to EA with a very dull, and unsurprised look on his face. "Ghosts, and rodents that fly and scream at the same time, amazing."
Mud had just stuck his head outside the door to witness the bizarre event of the rodent being wisked away.
"So do you think that will be last we see of that rodent?" Mud asked the question to no one specific. "Maybe we should go look for him? Maybe we, or someone can help him out."
04-30-2005, 08:44 AM
EA gets started the next morning on some fresh baking. <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Banana Bread</span>, <span class="ev_code_BLUE">Blueberry Muffins </span>, <span class="ev_code_BROWN">Cinnamon Rolls</span>, peanut Butter Cookies, and her famous Double Chocolate Fudge Chocolate Cookies!
04-30-2005, 09:37 AM
"Did someone say <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Double Chocolate Fudge Chocolate Cookies!" </div></BLOCKQUOTE> http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Jade slipped in front of Grizz and MudMarlin with her plate held out. "My EA, you are looking splendid. Might I say that motherhood agrees with you?" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif She smiled wide as EA put several cookies on Jade's plate. "Thank you! It's amazing how much better one can handle the stresses of life when chocolate is offered." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif
05-05-2005, 08:31 AM
Why, Thank you, Jade! Have 2 dozen more!!
EA heads back into the Kitchen to get started on Dinner. This month is a very special month for her because it's HELP WHIP CANCER month!!
Now what recipies should i make? Hmmmm..... I think I'll make Taco Rings! And I'll make my special Pink Lemonade Pie!!
With that decided, EA goes out to the garden to pick fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and green peppers for that night's dinner. While out there, she meets Norman, who looks a bit frustrated.
"What's wrong, Norman?" she asks.
"I just finished weeding the vegatables, when I noticed these large lumps in the ground! I think we have MOLES!!!"
Norman runs inside to taslk to Grizz about the problem, as EA heads back into the Kitchen to drop off the veggies, warning R'ggie to stay away from them, knowing how much the firebird loves lettuce. She then heads down to the beach, to enjoy the waves.
While there, EA sees a ship on the horizon, making it's way to the shore. I wonder who that could be? Heading back up to the Inn, she looks for Jade to tell her about the boat.
05-08-2005, 06:53 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Happy Mother's Day, EA!!
Jade and EA stood on the cliff, watching the approaching ship with some interest. "Perhaps we will be having new guests soon?" Jade asked hopefully. "We sure could use the business."
EA nodded her head slowly. "I have a funny feeling though. I can't describe it, but it isn't good."
"Well, until we know for sure who they are and what they want, let's think positively, ok?"
EA nodded, "Ok."
Meanwhile, Grizz and Norman were surveying the damage in the garden. "Yep, I see the problem. Any suggestions?"
Norman said, "There's always Jade's rocket launcher."
"I mean besides that."
05-08-2005, 08:34 AM
AT that precise moment, as Grizz was looking at one of the humps in the soil, it split and crumbled, and a head poked up. The beady eyes looked around until they saw Grizz and Norman, and the head was quickly withdrawn! From the depth of the burrow under the lump, Grizz seemed to hear a small whispery voice. "Oh lord love a duck! We've been discovered! Everybody back down the tunnel into the deep refuge! Herbie, you wait until we've gone in, and then block this run!"
Grizz stared, nonplussed. Norman's head jerked around. He looked at Grizz. "What did you say?"
05-10-2005, 07:30 AM
Thank you, Jade!!!
As the ship came in closer, EA and Jade noticed that the sails were a brilliant crimson color...never a good sign. They also realized that the flag at the top of the mast was the Jolly Roger!
"Oh, no! Not pirates!!"
Jade yelledd out to Grizz, "Better batten down the hatches! We got PIRATES!!"
EA smiled grimly and said to Jade, "Maybe we should put them in with Mother, and see how long they last. Or, if we're lucky, maybe they'll scare Her away!"
05-13-2005, 03:18 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif FROM MARAE:
Y'all come on over to the URU Forums On the Surface for Marae's big Country Concert (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5941034/m/2601044092/r/1601025023#1601025023) in the Operation Little Big Horse thread! Startin' right now, the opening band is playin'; Marae an' Duke 'll be along shortly for yore listenin' pleasure. Pull up a seat an' set a spell! Audience commentary welcome.
Jes' for yore information, the locale is Wiggly Field, the finest dog park in Chicago, IL. We got th' whole place to ourselves, and it looks like a sell-out show! Up on stage, jes' finishin' up, are three of the finest country bluegrass fiddlin' chicks, whose name escapes me at th' moment, but they're playin jigs 'n' reels for y'all. Marae's backup band is called Gestalt (but not for this gig!) an' they're SUPER good! We got a great show comin' up, so c'mon over!
05-14-2005, 10:17 AM
Jahura enters through the front door and sees the growing crowd on the edge of the cliff. Slightly curious, she goes over as well and and notes what Jade and EA are pointing at.
"Seven years already." she sighs. She goes back inside and sits down at the pinball machine.
05-15-2005, 09:42 AM
Jade swivels her head and follows Jahura's progress into the restaurant. She taps EA on the shoulder and nods her head towards the Bar and Grille, indicating that she is going inside. EA mutters in a worried voice, "Ok, I'll be in momentarily." Jade walks into the building, following Jahura to the pinball machine. She sits nearby, and clears her throat loudly.
"Yes?" Jahura asked politely. "Is there something I can do for you?"
"You said something about seven years when you saw that ship."
Jahura nodded. "Yes, I did."
"Did you want to expand on that a little bit?" Jade sat back and waited while Jahura gathered her thoughts.
Meanwhile in the garden, Grizz and Norman seemed to be staving off some type of gopher invasion. However, these were no ordinary gophers. They were highly organized and intelligent. Each time Grizz and Norman thought they had the perpetrators located, the hole was suddenly filled in from underneath and a new one would open up elsewhere.
"We might need reinforcements." Norman wiped his brow, watching the holes opening everywhere.
"Not only that, we have a ship approaching the beach rather quickly and it's possible they might be hostile." EA yelled as she ran by them on her way inside.
"Great. Just another lovely day in the neighborhood." Grizz said grimly, shoveling more dirt into yet another open hole.
05-15-2005, 11:19 AM
"Sure." Jahura replies as she slips a coin into the machine. The pinball machine jumps to life and begins playing an electronified version of the theme from The Twilight Zone.
"That ship out there with the red sails and the pirate flag is known as the Flying Dutchman (http://www.peak.sfu.ca/the-peak/2001-1/issue12/ar-dutch.html). They're cursed. Very tragic tale. The captain made a deal with the Devil in order to round Cape of Good Hope in a headwind, but there was a loophole in the contract that allows him to come to shore every seven years."
Jade frowns. "I take it this is a bad thing." she says.
"Only if you're single and female, or if you're in a boat on the open sea. Otherwise he's just another phantom."
Jade looks at the ring on her finger and over at EA. At least they were not in immediate danger.
Submitted for your approval... says the machine as Jahura pulls the plunger and jettisons the ball into play. Jade crosses her arms and carefully leans on the machine so as not to tilt her game.
"Speaking of single and female," she says, "where's your other half?"
"He's busy." Jahura replies, "He's making arrangements."
"Oh." Jade replies with eyebrows raised, "Does that mean he's going to be here soon?"
Jahura smiles a weak grin and shakes her head. "Not those kind of arrangements. More like MIDI and MP3 arrangements for a concert. I know nothing about that and felt kind of useless. Then I saw an ad placed in the Times and came to answer it." She pulls a folded piece of newspaper out of her pocket and shows it to Jade.
Wanted: Someone w/ a Calm Personality, is willing to work in a constantly changing environment, will clean bedrooms, windows, and help out in general around the Inn. Is willing to accept free room and board, and free meals, enjoy wonderful gardens, an ocean, and incredible sunrises and sunsets. Please make contact with Jade or Grizz at the RB&G.
"But I see it's been filled already." Jahura continues, "That's okay. I could use the break. So here I am."
Jade nods in comprehension. "Does he know you're here?"
Again, the weak smile. "Consider my usual modus operandi" she replies.
"Then the answer is no." Jade concludes with a mischevious grin.
05-15-2005, 11:51 AM
Norman felt the muscles in his arms strain as he brought the shovel down to pack the earth. "Grizz, this is pointless. The more we fill them up, the more appear."
Grizz staggered back and sat down, hard. "Any ideas?"
Norman laughed harshly. "I am reminded of the gopher game in the old arcades, where you have to whack them on the head with a foam bat when they pop up and try to keep them down."
"I don't relish whacking gophers on the head with a shovel, or a foam bat for that matter."
"Yeah, I see what you mean." Norman stretched his arms over his head. "Let's take a break from this. I need something cold to drink." Grizz nodded in agreement and the two men walked into the restaurant. Norman stopped dead in his tracks when he saw Jahura sitting near Jade. "Sweet Heaven, who is that lovely lady."
"That would be Jade, my fiancee." Grizz said with a chuckle, pouring two cold drinks.
"No, not Jade." Norman was so taken with Jahura he did something completely uncharacteristic of him. He walked right up to her, dirt stained, calloused hand, sweat and all and said, "Hello, I'm Norman. It's a pleasure to have you here." He put out his hand, unable to take his eyes off Jahura's lovely face...completely smitten.
05-15-2005, 03:00 PM
Jahura traps the ball with the left flipper so she can offer her right hand in return to Norman's greeting. She gives his hand a firm shake.
"Hello, Norman. I'm jahura." she replies with a *smile*. "Very pleased to meet you." She sniffs the back of his hand. "Gophers?"
"Um...I....erm...." he sputters, his cheeks turning red.
"Hello, Jahura!" Grizz says as he hands Norman a drink. "What brings you here?"
"Just taking a break." Jahura replies, winking at Jade. "Looks like I'm just in time to see the legendary Flying Dutchman for myself. Were you expecting them?"
"Flying Dutchman?" Grizz asks with alarm.
"She says it's nothing to worry about unless you're single and female." Jade responds.
Just then, Mike comes downstairs with a horde of LSU boys in purple and gold, toting two kegs and a case of Lucky. Each slaps the panel of the linking book to the beach below with youthful enthusiasm.
"Maybe I spoke too soon." Jahura says out of the side of her mouth. She loosens her grip on Norman's hand, turns around and resumes her game.
"While I'm up," Grizz asks, "is there anything I can get you ladies?"
"Do you have any ginger ale?" Jahura asks.
"Oh! I'll get it!" Norman cries as he turns and trots to the back of the bar.
05-16-2005, 03:35 AM
"Sorry it took so long." Norman said, handing Jahura a tall glass filled with ice and ginger ale. He watched as she took a long sip and smiled in satisfaction. "Would you care for anything else? Will you be able to stay with us? I can ask HannaGertie to make up a room for you."
Jade raised an eyebrow at Norman and then looked at Jahura. "Why yes of course, I was going to offer the same thing."
Jahura sipped on her ginger ale again and suddenly Norman felt extremely warm. He pulled his shirt collar away from his neck in discomfort. "I'd be most..." He cleared his throat. "We'd really like to.." He glanced at Jade who was looking at him as giving him encouragement, but the words wouldn't come. "I'm going to go wash and change out of these gardening clothes. I'll be back though." He looked at Jahura intently. "Please don't go away." He turned with a purposeful stride and then stopped at the door to look at Jahura one more time. He then left the bar and grille, heading for the Inn next door.
"I think Norman has a crush on you." Jade smiled at Jahura.
Grizz walked in from the patio, shaking his head. "I think the LSU guys just roped the Flying Dutchman and company into a beach volleyball game."
05-16-2005, 05:48 AM
Jahura *grins* and shakes her head at the mental image. What do you get when you cross a bunch of rowdy Tigers with a horde of phantom pirates who haven't been ashore in seven years? Add two kegs and a case of cheap beer and shake vigourously.
Mike links back in from the beach, almost out of breath.
"Hey Grizz!" he calls out, "We're gonna need more beer! A lot more! Woooo! Go Tigers!" With that, he links out again.
"Want me to take it to them?" Jahura asks.
"Jahura, those kegs are pretty - " Grizz replies, then stops himself.
"Uh, yeah. Sure. And if you can try to keep them all limited to the beach, I would appreciate it." he says with a wink.
"Done deal." Jahura says with a *smile*. "Where is your storage?"
05-16-2005, 09:26 AM
Norman returned in time to see Jahura "taking" the kegs to the link book. "Whoa...whoa...where are you going with those?" He asked, picking one up that seemed to be floating on air.
"Down to the beach. Mike said..."
"You mean down where the Pirates are that haven't been on shore for 7 years? I don't think so." Norman stepped between her and the linking book protectively.
She *smiled* in that way she had and patted his arm. "I'm quite safe. I'm not single you see and..."
"You may not be single where you came from, but in this Age, you are quite single." He looked around the cliff. "Unless your man has the back bone to actually come and be with you, I'd rather you not go down to the beach." Norman said rather firmly. "I'll take them myself." His muscles strained as he picked up another keg and walked to the link book, using his elbow to touch the page. Jahura shook her head, "Men are so stubborn."
"You'll find that Norman is quite the protecting sort." EA said with a laugh, having watched the scene from the shade of the patio. She cradled her newborn to her chest, cooing softly. "My husband was away serving in the Navy for a long time, but Norman took care of me like a big brother. Of course, Grizz has been great to, but he gets side-tracked by...
"Jade, of course." Jahura *smiled*.
"Yes, Jade." EA held her baby up in the air, offering her to Jahura. "Would you like to hold her?"
05-16-2005, 04:28 PM
"Hello, there." Jahura says softly as she takes the baby girl in her arms. "Very pleased to meet you. What's your name?"
"Krystal." EA says with a beaming grin.
Even for a tiny tot, Krystal has the grip of the Hulk and grabs Jahura's blonde hair, giving it a tug. Jahura laughs and tickles her way into the baby's fist until she lets go.
"Welcome to the world, Krystal. It's a thrill a minute down here." Jahura says softly.
She turns and looks downward to the beach at the base of the cliif and sees Norman get swarmed as the revelers grab the beer kegs away from him and carry it cheering to the makeshift volleyball court. They had constructed the net out of a ladder net from the ship and two large oars. The oars did not hold the net up that well, and it drooped to the right . It did not matter, as the ruddy Dutchmen ghosts could not get the hang of setting up and spiking the ball over the net. Every time the ball dropped to the sand on their side, the frat boys would collide with each other and shout primal roars. Every time the ball dropped to the sand on the frat side, the phantoms would raise their bottles and steins and pour the contents on one another.
"Pirates and Tigers and beer. Oh, my." Jahura says, shaking her head.
On the way back to the book, Norman stumbles in the sand. He lands face first, and looks up apologetically at the women as he picks himself up again. He touches the book.
"Are you all right?" Jahura asks as he links back into the bar room.
05-16-2005, 06:44 PM
Jade joined Grizz behind the bar, pouring herself a cold drink. "Hi stranger...everything ok?"
"Other than the gopher infestation and the beer supply running low?"
"Yeah, other than that." She grinned, scooting closer to Grizz.
"Other than that, everything is fi..."
The door burst open and every head turned, expecting to see Mike and company or the pirates. Instead, there were 5 gophers filling the doorway, they looked mean and threatening. There was nothing warm and fuzzy about this group. "Say 'ello to my 'lil friend." The gopher pulled out a rocket launcher and everyone hit the dirt, well ground....all except Jahura who was staring wide-eyed at the gophers as she cradled baby Krystal to her chest. Norman made a lunge for the gopher and got a face full of...water. It was a water cannon. He spluttered and spewed water out of his mouth and managed to grab it out of the gopher's paws. "Where did you get..." Understanding dawned on Norman. "These were left over from the Valentine's Day Carnival! I wondered where these disappeared to!" He turned the water cannon on the gophers and began to spray them.
05-17-2005, 01:17 AM
These gophers, however, are not your average gophers and predicted that Norman would take the cannon from them. Jade and Grizz, now soaked with the water that floods across the floor, stand up and glare at Norman as he fires at the scattering gophers. One of them disappears out of sight and reappears driving a large Tonka truck loaded with dirt.
The other four converge around the truck and start flinging dirt clods at Norman. Condidering that he is already soaked, it creates a muddy mess. The rodents titter with sadistic glee.
"NORMAN, TAKE THAT OUTSIDE!" Jade yells.
Norman's face flushes through the mud but he complies quickly, aiming the cannon at the truck. The gopher driving guns the accelerator and starts evading the stream that Norman fires at them. For each gopher he hits, three others chitter and throw more dirt clods and mud bombs at him.
Jahura watches this with an amused grin. When EA gets back up, Jahura hands Krystal carefully back to her and goes to Grizz behind the bar.
"Do we have a boom box here?" she asks.
Grizz goes into the kitchen and brings out EA's boom box. Jahura takes the AC cord out from the back and hands it to Grizz.
"Thanks." she says. "I've got an Idea."
The cannon holds a lot of water in its tanks but Norman is starting to run low when he sees Jahura appear behind his quarries. She *smiles*.
"Hold your fire for a minute." she says to him.
The gophers look up from Norman to Jahura and back and converge at the truck, ready to fire fresh ammunition. This time they found fertilizer in the maintenance shed. They grab large chunks and are ready to throw them at Norman and Jahura when she hits the play button on the boom box. Music (http://mysite.verizon.net/resonxcv/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/alright.Mp3) blares out of the speakers, and the gophers start to twist and and shimmy in time to the tune, as if a spell had overtaken them.
05-17-2005, 03:09 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif Jahura! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v177/PicturePooling/smileys/clapping.gif
Jade can't resist the music's thrall either. She grabs Grizz and begins to dance around the restaurant. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
HannaGertie marches in to see what all the ruckus was about and a mud blob falls off the ceiling and lands on her head. "I'm in charge of cleaning the Inn, so don't look to me to clean up this mess!" She scraped off the mud and flung it across the room, landing it neatly in the garbage bin.
05-17-2005, 05:02 AM
"Get a big box." Jahura says with a sly smile. He races to the storage room and finds a box. When he races back, he finds more gophers popping out of their holes and dancing to the music. Jahura holds the boom box over her head and bounces to the music. The gophers approach closer, like rats to a Pied Piper.
Norman nods understanding and sets the box down on its side. Jahura leads the rodent parade to the box, and then holds the boom box down behind the bottom. The gophers march in, unable to resist the spell of the music.
As soon as the last gopher bops into the box, Norman sets it on end and folds the flaps shut.
"That was amazing!" he says. "What do we do now?"
"Do you have a linking book to Miralinda here?"
"Um, uh - " Norman replies, flustered, "I don't know. You might want to ask Jade."
"Miralinda?" Jade says with a slight frown, "Never heard of it."
"Have no fear, the DudeMeister is here."
Jahura turns around to see a young man in dark shades and a wicked smile holding out a linking book. Jahura takes the book from him.
"Thank you. How very convenient." she says.
"Convenience is my middle name, babe." he replies with a wink and two pointed fingers in a pistol packin' pose.
"Um, Jahura, they're getting kind of restless." Norman adds.
A tiny paw bursts out of the lower corner of the box.
"Then we better hurry up." she says.
She grabs the linking book on the podium. She then wraps her arm in Norman's and the two of them link out.
The gophers chitter and curse in protest to their predicament, banging and biting and scratching at the walls of their cardboard prison.
"Jahura, are you sure you know what you are doing?" Norman asks with trepidation.
"I know Jade and Grizz and I know they would approve." Jahura replies. She opens the box and the critters first burst out with an accentuated fury, then stop in their tracks and gasp.
AND GRASS! PERFECTLY MANICURED! NOT ONE WEED, SHOOT OR BLADE OUT OF PLACE!
The gophers cheer with abandon and joyously dig into their new home.
Norman turns to see a sign just beyond the chain link fence that separates this gopher heaven from the world outside.
Miralinda Country Club
A Trump Enterprise
"That oughta do it." Jahura says with her fists on her hips, surveying the damage to come.
05-17-2005, 09:10 AM
OT: WOW!! ya'll have been busy...lol....Jade and Grizz, CONGRATS!!! When did this happen???
EA sighs in relief that the gophers are gone. "We should save that book just in case!" she says. She goes and puts Krystal in her bassinet, and checks on the other three outside to make sure the squeels she's hearing are just in play.
Going back into the Kitchen, EA got the breakfast prepared (she kept it simple this morning, due to the fracas with the Pirates, Gophers, and Tigers...oh my!)
Back from the Miralinda Age, Jahura came into the Kitchen to see if there were any goodies to munch on. Looking through the Pantry as inconspicuosly as possible, she didn't see anything! EA, without turning from what she was doing, said with a smile in her voice "Over on the counter you'll find cookies. Careful not to leave any crumbs! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif"
05-17-2005, 04:26 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v177/PicturePooling/smileys/frumpy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif All I can say is thank you to everyone for their continual support of the RB&G. You guys are hilarious!
Jade was chuckling to herself over what Norman had revealed. Leave it to Jahura, she was one clever and funny lady.
"What's so funny, Jade?" Grizz asked, pouring a fresh cup of coffee.
"Oh, I was just trying to imagine the Donald's face when he brings his buddies over for a game of golf." She burst out again, it felt so good to laugh.
"So, what's on the agenda today?"
"Anything...everything...whatever we want to do." She leaned over and gave Grizz a kiss on the cheek. "That's the beauty of this place, isn't it?" She gave him a wink and picked up their empty plates, carrying them into the kitchen.
05-18-2005, 12:13 AM
Jahura looks over at the fresh-baked chocolate chunk cookies cooling on the rack. While they are tempting beyond words, she gathers her inner resolve and shakes her head.
"Thank you, EA." she says, "while they look and smell absolutely wonderful, I have to stay away from chocolate. It makes me hyper (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5941034/m/24210071/r/9661032142#9661032142). On the other hand - "
She takes a couple pieces of toast from the stack on the platter and puts them on a plate, along with a small container of raspberry jam and a table knife. " - this will be just fine."
EA looks down at her plate and frowns. "You call that breakfast?"
The words almost come out of Jahura's mouth, but she stops herself.
"Most days, yes." she replies. "I'm going outside to watch the game from a safe distance. Thank you for the toast - um...."
"Earthangell." EA says. "I think we might have crossed paths at the A&C party, right?"
"Oh, right." Jahura replies, "jahura. I was the one with the wings."
EA points at her. "NOW I remember you! I thought your face was familiar!" she laughs.
The Dude sits down next to her on the edge of the cliff and smiles.
"Thank you for the book again." Jahura says to him.
"I aim to please - especially the ladies." he replies with a swivel of his hand. "Anything else I can do for you - and I mean anything, you just snap your fingers and the Dude delivers." He snaps his fingers to illustrate his point.
Jahura *grins*. "I'll keep that in mind." she replies.
Down below, the game continues...
"Out! Are you blind? That was clearly inside the line!"
"Op watertje uiterlijk. Er is storing op de lijn hiernaartoe. Naar de vijg grond- hiernaartoe. Op watertje uiterlijk. Is het uw voorleggen."
"I think the beer is starting to kick in, Dries. That was out. It's your serve, fellas."
"Is het te stom wild wanneer u merk opwaarts naar de reglement wijl u toneelstuk."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"MIJ vinden u weet welke MIJ schriel daardoor."
"Are you calling me a cheater?!"
"Uh, oh." Jahura says under her breath.
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif To HG: I used one of those online translators, so if it;s not correct, blame the engine! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
05-18-2005, 03:59 AM
Jade, having no compunction about having a chocolate cookie, or two or three, picked up a stack of cookies and sat with Grizz on the patio. "It really is gorgeous here, isn't it?" Jade asked, watching Grizz from the corner of her eye.
"Yup, it sure is." He leaned back in the lawn chair, closing his eyes. Her shoulders slumped a bit until he cracked one eye open to look at her. "Not half as gorgeous as you though." He grinned and put his head back on the chair.
Smiling in satisfaction, she picked up another cookie. "Thank you."
"You two are disgustingly sweet." Norman grumbled, walking past them towards the beach. "Has anyone seen Jahura?"
"I think she went to the beach with Dude."
Norman's eyes narrowed. "No one should really go to the beach alone with Dude." He made strides towards the linking book to the beach and put his hand upon it, shimmering away.
05-18-2005, 08:31 AM
EA came out onto the porch in time to see Norman purposfully striding towards the linking book to the beach.
"Now, what is that about?" she asked Jade.
"He's going after Jahura and Dude."
"i've never seen Norman so determined and confident before! Jahura's had quite the affect on him! More cookies anyone?"
05-18-2005, 05:52 PM
"Hey. I didn't know Mike could speak Dutch." Dude comments with a slight tone of surprise.
"I think one could pretty much get the gist of it, whether you speak the language or not." Jahura replies.
A short-legged lawn chair suddenly appears to Jahura's right.
"Hello, Jahura," Norman says as he sits down in the chair, "Dude. Am I interrupting anything?" He almost says I hope but corrects himself.
"Oh, no, not at all." Jahura responds, "I'm glad you're here. I think you're just in time for the show to start."
I'm glad you're here.
A tide of fire rushes from the top of Norman's head to his knees.
"What show?" Norman asks once he recovers.
"Looks like the fireworks are going to start any minute. Dries over there just implied that Mike is making up the rules as they go along. Mike is not a happy frat boy."
"Then perhaps it would be safer up on the patio." He rises up out of his chair.
"I think we'll be okay here." Jahura replies, "Sit down and enjoy the show."
"I insist." Norman says, holding out his hand to her, "I don't want you to get hurt."
Dude lowers his shades at Norman, looking up at him at the same time. A soft whooo sound comes out of his mouth.
Jahura also looks up at him, a little taken aback at his tone. There was something odd about the way he said that, but it was not her place to argue with the regulars here.
"Okay." she says softly after a moment, "You know the place." She picks up her chair and folds it up.
"Allow me." he says, taking it from her before she could protest.
Dude also starts to get up from his chair, but Norman gives him a glare that causes him to sit back again. He lifts the shades back up before his eyes with a push of his index finger.
Norman guides Jahura over to the book, and they both link back to the bar upstairs.
"Be careful, girl." Dude says as she shimmers out, "Be real careful with that one. Mmmph!"
05-22-2005, 05:46 AM
Norman carefully arranged the chairs and then waited until Jahura was seated before he sat down himself. He heard a buzzing noise in his head and he shook it once, twice and a third time, but it wouldn't stop.
"Is something wrong?" Jahura asked.
"No, nothing. I apologize for seeming demanding down there." He flushed and stumbled a bit over the words. "I just--feel---responsible for you somehow." The buzzing in his head increased to a crescendo and he rose saying, "Will you please excuse me for a moment?" Jahura nodded graciously and Norman hurried to the Inn.
"MOTHER!!!!" He bellowed as he stepped inside and shut the door, his voice drifting clear to the attic. Thankfully, the rest of the guests were either at the restaurant having dinner or outside enjoying the cool evening air. An apparition appeared at the top of the stairs in the form of Norman's mother. She grinned evilly. "Yes, Norman?"
He put one foot on the bottom stair, barely able to spit out the next sentence he was so incensed. "Stay-out-of-my-head!!!" He took another step. "I swear, Mother. If you try to ruin this for me, I'll--"
"But Norman, I didn't do anything!"
Down below on the patio, a giant horsefly was buzzing around Jahura's head. It was loud and annoying, not to mention distracting. Not wanting to kill it, she glanced around and saw a plate of cookie crumbs on the table. As soon as the fly landed on them, she picked up an empty glass and covered the fly, carefully leaving one side of the glass off to the side of the plate just a fraction to allow air inside. "There now, enjoy that nice snack."
05-22-2005, 10:18 AM
Once the horsefly finishes its sweet feast, Jahura lifts the glass to release it. The horsefly buzzes some more around her head, weaving and diving at her. Finally, it lands on her shoulder.
She turns and looks down into its huge bulbous eyes that appear to be striped from the reflection of the sun. The fly rubs its forelegs and starts to sink downward. Jahura frowns.
"Don't even think about it." she says.
The fly dips its head lower, opening its tiny jaws at the end of its proboscis.
"I'm warning you." she says to the fly as it dips lower and lower.
The fly makes contact with her shirt.
Jahura cups a loose fist over her mouth and emits a sound (http://mysite.verizon.net/resonxcv/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/bljay.wav), which is quicky returned from the rooftop of the patio.
As the horsefly digs its proboscis through the cloth to reach the flesh below, a fluttering of blue appears out of nowhere and takes the fly from its feast. The fluttering noise and blue blur circle Jahura and glide back up to the rooftop.
Jahura turns around and nods at the bluejay as her beak chomps down on the horsefly.
05-23-2005, 11:36 PM
"That was one hell of a party!" Yelled Fissure Walker, after recovering from his binge drinking over two months before.
05-24-2005, 09:43 AM
it's good to see you back, Fissure!!
05-24-2005, 06:30 PM
Norman made his way back to the patio, his smile a bit tight after his confrontation with Mother. He forced himself to relax, but then again---looking at Jahura alone was relaxing to him. Her beauty captivated him. Needing to know more about her he asked, "Will you stay here with us for a little while?" He blushed, not knowing where to go from there. Thankfully he was saved from further embarrassment when EA came outside to announce dinner.
"You all sure eat a lot around here, don't you?" Jahura asked jokingly, watching the blue jay fly away.
05-25-2005, 03:28 AM
"Tonight's special," EA proudly announces, "will be New York steak with garlic baked-stuffed potatoes and corn cobettes with salad and my famous popovers! Just so you know." She takes the empty cookie platter and Jahura's plate from the toast with her back into the kitchen.
"I take it you get room and board here." Jahura says to Norman.
"Yes." Norman replies, "I used to own the inn next door - at least, she did, but when I inherited it I sold it to these folks."
"She?" Jahura asks. "Your wife?"
"No." Norman replies nervously, "I don't like to talk about it."
"Okay." Jahura shrugs, "I can respect that."
Norman takes a moment to collect himself and turns sideways in his chair toward Jahura.
"So what do you think?" he asks her.
"About what? Tonight's special?" Jahura replies.
"Uh, no.....erm...." He laughs nervously and tugs at his earlobe. "About staying here for a while. It's a great place. You'll love it, I guarantee it. The rooms are clean and comfortable and as you know the food is excellent - I'm sure your - uh...."
"Partner." Jahura fills in the blank.
"Partner." Norman continues, slightly relieved. At least she didn't say husband. "I'm sure your partner is so busy with whatever he's doing he hardly misses you. Otherwise he would be here, too. Right?"
Now it was Jahura's turn to fluster.
05-25-2005, 05:51 PM
Jade was in the kitchen with Grizz, washing the dinner dishes. Actually, she was sitting on the countertop, watching Grizz wash the dishes. "So..." She didn't say anything else, but kept swinging her legs back and forth.
"So...what?" Grizz chuckled as he stacked the plates in the dishwasher.
"You want to do something with me later?" Jade found great interest in the painting that was on the far wall, avoiding Grizz's eyes.
"Such as...?" Grizz asked, taking the pots off the stove and filling them with hot, soapy water. He certainly wasn't going to make this easy.
"Go for a walk on the beach?" She asked, cutting her eyes to him to gauge his reaction. They hadn't been very close lately and she didn't even know if he wanted to spend time with her anymore.
Grizz wiped his hands on a clean dish towel and then wrapped it around Jade's shoulders, pulling her close. Her eyes sparkled and she held her breath. "On one condition." He stated firmly.
"What would that be?" She asked cautiously.
He held the ends of the towel and used them to pull her closer....and closer....until his lips touched hers softly.
"Ok, let's go!" He threw the towel over the sink and wrapped his arms around Jade, swinging her off the counter.
05-25-2005, 10:35 PM
EA happened to be at the door of the Kitchen just as Jade and Grizz kissed. Then she watched as they walked out the back door arm 'n arm. With a soft smile on EA's face, ahe started preparing the menu for the next day. Humming a love song, she checked to make sure everything was in it's place, before turning out the light and heading up to the Inn to bed.
05-26-2005, 04:02 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by jahura:
"I'm sure your partner is so busy with whatever he's doing he hardly misses you. Otherwise he would be here, too. Right?"
Now it was Jahura's turn to fluster. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Seeing Jahura's distress, Norman immediately apologized. "I'm very sorry. I didn't mean to make you feel---that is to say I meant to---" He growled in his throat in frustration and finally stood, taking Jahura's hand and pulling her up out of her seat. He put his arms around her in a bear hug, simply holding her. He felt a tremor, but it was more of a shaking as if getting a hold of oneself. He leaned back and cupped his hand under her chin. "You are a very special lady." He said gently. "If this partner of yours is deserving of your love, then he'd be a fool not to come after you." He smiled. "I think I'll take my foot out of my mouth now and head on up to bed before I say anything else I might regret." He held on to Jahura's hand and led her to the Inn. As they walked into the foyer, Jahura could see that the hallways branched off to the left and right. with a wide curving staircase leading to the second floor. Norman guided her down the hallway on the right, stopping at the 3rd door he offered her a key. "Sleep well, my dear." He kissed her hand gently and walked back down the hall, towards his room. He hoped she would stay for a while, even if her heart wasn't really in it.
05-26-2005, 05:37 AM
Jahura watches Norman slowly close the door behind him, and then gazes down at the key in her hand. Days pass like gahvortee here, she remarks to herself.
She inserts the key into the lock and opens the door. The room is a single and as Norman promised very clean. HG really does a good job. She pacifies herself with that thought.
She sits down on the bed and places the key on the bedside table. She checks her KI.
KI 2 KI Zander to Jahura:
Hello, love. Having a bit of a nasty spot with the triplets not coming out of hiding but not a horrendous gaffe.
I stopped by the Relto last night and you weren't there. Are you all right? Where are you?
Jahura sighs, slips off her KI and places it beside the key. She lays down on the bed and gazes through the window into the night sky. Soon, her eyes become heavy and she falls into a deep sleep.
05-26-2005, 09:18 AM
EA got up the next morning, excited about making Blueberry Muffins for breakfast. She went to the Kitchen, got out Ingrediants, and was about to start mixing everything, when she realized that she only had one egg left!! "Grrr..." EA thought to herself. "And the stores don't open for another hour!!"
05-26-2005, 09:12 PM
Jahura opens her eyes.
Someone is in the room with her.
She sits up, but sees nothing.
She closes her eyes and looks about the room. Light shines in from the window and the vents, and standing in the bathroom doorway is an amorphous figure. She senses hostility from this spectre, that she is not welcome here.
"Who are you?" she says to the phantom.
The figure says not a word, but continues to glare at her. Jahura opens her eyes. She now can see the ripple of seething energy in the doorway. Without a sound it moves toward the door and exits through it.
05-28-2005, 06:29 AM
Jade woke up bright and early, filled with energy and light-heartedness. She was so happy! She took a quick shower and then put on a halter top with a pair of shorts. She was so glad summer was right around the corner! Checking the bookings for the weekend, her smile broadened. Due to it being a Holiday weekend, the Inn would be busier than ever. She needed to get to work and help EA in the kitchen. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif Well, if EA would let her, that is. Perhaps she had better ask Grizz to help in the kitchen instead. She flushed when she thought of Grizz, recongnizing where her happiness stemmed from. She began to hum as she walked out of her room and then broke into a song: I believe in miracles...since you came along.....
She skipped down the stairs just as Jahura was coming down the hall. "Goooood morning!" Jade said with a bright smile.
"Yeah." Jahura mumbled.
"What's the matter? Didn't you sleep well?"
"I had a light that kept shining in my eyes." Jahura said dryly, loathe to put Jade out of her good mood.
"Ah man...sorry about that! I'll have Norman check on those outside lights, maybe one got turned around or something."
"Or something." Jahura agreed.
05-28-2005, 08:33 PM
Maybe I ought to consult someone about sleep lessons. Jahura thinks to herself, it's all still new to me.
Norman opens the door to his room and comes out. He makes a big presentation of yawning and stretching. Actually, he had been up for a couple of hours, sorting through clothes, combing his hair, deciding whether or not to use aftershave, changing his clothes, picking the right pair of shoes, etc. He wanted to look nice for Jahura, and he was not wearing his usual green coveralls.
"Good morning, Jahura!" He says with a smile, "I hope you slept well?"
"For the most part." Jahura replies groggily, "There was a visitor in the room just now who woke me up."
"I'm sure Grizz has some coffee on!" Jade chimes, "I'll see you both at the Grill. Don't be too late, Norman!" she says with a wink as she heads out toward the restaraunt.
Norman ignores the quip as Jahura's news has already alarmed him.
"I hope she didn't threaten you in any way!" he says.
"She?" Jahura asks, "How do you know it was a she?"
"She's....." Norman searches his mind for the most comforting words. "She's been around for a while."
"Is it her?" Jahura asks pointedly.
Norman puts an arm around her shoulders and leads her toward the door outside.
"Let's go get some breakfast, shall we?" he asks.
"Say no more." Jahura replies with a slight but comprehending nod.
05-29-2005, 11:11 AM
Norman smiled gently at Jahura as they walked to the restaurant. He had been trying to get her attention for some time now, but wasn't quite sure how to go about it. He was delighted that it had just----happened. Oh, he didn't deceive himself that anything would come of it, but still--he would certainly enjoy the time he had. She was a very special woman. Courageous, strong, beautiful, funny, intelligent...
"Norman, what in the world are you thinking about?"
"What EA has made for breakfast, what else?" He grinned and playfully tapped her nose with his finger, momentarily forgetting the spectre of his Mother and enjoying the moment.
05-29-2005, 12:04 PM
"I hope you're hungry." Norman says to Jahura as they sit down in a booth. "You didn't eat much yesterday."
Jahura shrugs. "I tend to be like that in strange surroundings."
The sound of a link is heard in the bar and a sand-coated Dutch phantom pirate appears next to the entrance.
"Barman! Krijg me een fijne haven en Ă©Ă©n of andere kaas! Ik ben het verhongeren!" he calls out.
Norman shakes his head. "Well, so much for a quiet morning." he says.
Out of the corner of her eye, Jahura notices her KI flashing. She puts her hand down below the table and resets it.
05-29-2005, 12:20 PM
The barman, which happened to be Grizz, managed to translate the Pirate's request with HG's help and poured several glasses of port and brought platters of cheese and bread. The group ate heartily, becoming more and more boisterious with each glass. They were becoming so loud in fact, that EA came out of the kitchen to yell, "PIPE DOWN---ALL OF YOU, RIGHT NOW!!"
Surprisingly, the Pirates immediately did just that.
Norman laughed, "Motherhood has certainly brought out an amazing strength in her." He slipped a hand over Jahura's. "You also have amazing strength. Don't ask me how I know. I just know." He patted her hand and stood. "Now, I have some work to do outside today so I better get at it. Don't want to lose my job, you know." He winked and left the restaurant, whistling under his breath.
"But it's Sunday!" Jahura said to his retreating back. "Surely you're allowed off on Sunday!" She ran outside after him, where he stood waiting.
"I was teasing. Come on, I have something I want to show you." He took her hand and led her down the path to the cliff.
05-29-2005, 12:59 PM
Jahura allows Norman to lead her down the path. Her KI flashes again. Norman looks back at her hand and stops.
"Your hand thingy is flashing." he says.
"I know." she says softly. "Incoming message."
He struggles within himself to say what had to be said.
"I guess you better answer them, then." he replies.
Jahura pauses for a moment and looks at her KI.
2 Incoming Messages
She opens the messages to read.
KI 2 KI Zander to Jahura:
Haven't heard from you. Where are you? Are you all right?
KI 2 KI Zander to Jahura:
If it was something I said or did or neglected to do please tell me how to make amends. I hope to frod you aren't somewhere hurt or in danger. Please respond -
Jahura opens her KI to type a reply, but then her face changes from troubled to angry. She closes her KI again.
"Bad news?" Norman asks.
"Not really." Jahura replies with a defiant glare to the distance. "So what did you want to show me?"
05-29-2005, 03:38 PM
Norman led Jahura to the cliff's edge and they followed a narrow path, heading west. The further along they walked, the more dense the undergrowth became. He stopped to pull aside a hedge and allow Jahura to pass through. When she did, she gasped in awe. Before her was the most beautiful garden she had ever seen. In the center was a fountain, a small cherub was holding a bucket and the water poured out continually. To the right was a small flower bed, filled with a variety of flowers that she had never seen before. Lilac, orange, blue, green, yellow and purple flowers of all shapes and sizes grew there. "I cross-bred these myself, but I haven't shown them to anyone. I wanted you to be the first."
On the left side of the fountain was a bench and on the far side of the fountain---a large, old-fashioned swing hung from a great tree. Jahura walked to it and sat down. It was more of the wooden bench variety swing, where two people could sit and use their feet to push off. Before them lay the vista of the ocean. It was quite frankly the most relaxing place Jahura could ever remember visiting. A tranquil peace came over her.
"Do you like it?" Norman asked hopefully.
05-29-2005, 04:20 PM
"It's absolutely beautiful." she says. "Even Sariel would hang its head at the sight!"
Her eyes fixate on the cherub on top of the fountain. She listens to the soft breeze, the chirping birds, and the soothing trickle of water. Slowly her eyes close, and she imagines Zander beside her on the swing. She can almost feel him there, appreciating the colors and the tranquility of the garden. He takes her hand in his, and she lays her head upon his shoulder. The world outside of this miniature paradise melts away around them.
In her mind's eye she reaches up and brushes the backs of her fingers along his cheek, and he leans in closer toward her.....
When she opens her eyes again, she finds herself in Norman's arms, his lips softly sliding upon hers.
She carefully pushes him off with an expression somewhere between fright and dismay.
"Um...." she starts.
05-29-2005, 06:26 PM
Grizz watched Norman and Jahura stroll out the door as he returned to the bar after serving the pirates. Thye were making far too much noise to hear what Norman was saying to her, but Grizz could see the expression on his face. He hoped that Norman was not letting himself in for a large slice of heartache.
As he polished the bar, he speculated that perhaps Norman was taking Jahura to the spot that he spent those times when he sometimes unaccountably disappeared for an afternoon, or part of a morning.
It was good to see Norman so happy, and so willing to be open and approachable with another human being. Grizz glanced over at Jade, and jerked his head at the pair as they left, winking at Jade and grinning. She laughed, and shook her head up and down, agreeing that it was a very nice thing to see.
05-29-2005, 07:00 PM
Norman immediately stood and stepped back. "Jahura, I am so sorry."
"No, no, please don't apologize! It's me, I'm sorry! I got carried away in the moment."
"Just not in the moment with me." He said sadly.
NORMAN!! I told you those girls were not good enough for you! They tease and tempt you, but they don't want you! Why would anyone want you? You're a good for nothing, lazy boy! Lazy! Worthless! What made you think you could come here and be worth anything? Stupid boy. Stupid, lazy boy!
Norman's eyes turned to stone. He made a short bow to Jahura and said, "I think you can find your own way back. Good day." He turned abruptly and left Jahura alone in the little garden, his heart feeling as cold and lifeless as the cherub on top of the fountain.
05-29-2005, 09:06 PM
Jahura watches him stiffen to pole straightness and march out of the garden. When he disappears through the brush, she hangs her head.
The last thing she wants to do is cause pain to her new friend. However, she made an agreement that she happily intends to keep. Her heart belongs to someone else - someone very special.
Even if he is busy with other things.
Like playing sting games with planets.
Like spending time with his brothers.
For a long time the image of Norman turning to ice before her haunts her. The beautiful garden that surrounds her loses color and vibrance until it all appears as stone as the man that walked out.
She looks down at her KI. It is flashing again.
KI 2 KI Zander to Jahura:
Dearest Jahura - if you do not answer I shall presume you are hurt or in danger and shall take action accordingly. Despite you having the tools to handle any situation I cannot help but worry. I am putting all other matters on hold until I know you are all right. If you are for whatever reason angry at me then we can discuss this when you are ready but please do not ignore me. Anything but that. Please.
Love eternal, Zander
Jahura puts her hand over the hole she now feels in her heart. She lifts the face of her KI and types a reply.
KI 2 KI Jahura to Zander:
I'm all right. Just staying out of the way so you can do your work without my distracting you. I'm not angry, I'm just sorting some things out. Please don't stop your work on my account. People are depending on you. This I know, and respect. I don't want to impede on that. No matter what, I will always love you.
She sends the message and sighs. No sense whatsoever in breaking two hearts this morning. Her head drops further.
05-30-2005, 07:30 AM
Norman approached the grounds of the Inn, not wanting to go inside, but compelled to do so. The spectre of his Mother laughed at him from the upper room window. He stopped and stared at her for several minutes--and then back to the path where he had left Jahura. Suddenly the spectre at the window was gone and he -felt- his Mother as she glided by him, towards the path. I'll take care of this one myself!! YOU are obviously too weak-minded for it!
"MOTHER--NO!!" Norman raced back the way he had come, yelling as he went, "Jahura! Jahura! Run!"
Jahura could hear Norman in the distance--it sounded urgent. The bushes surrounding the small garden began to shake violently and then a portion of them parted, laying themselves flat. She was able to -see- Norman's mother standing there, advancing quickly. Would you care for a closer view of the ocean? The voice floated on the air and into Jahura's mind.
"Not particularly." Jahura said with a hint of sarcasm. "You cannot harm me. You're not even real--just a figment of Norman's imagination that has become so powerful it's been given a spectral form, that's all." Jahura stood and faced it. "If he would but realize it, you would cease to exist."
Laugher filled the air. Only a fool would believe that.
"I am no fool." Jahura *smiled*.
Norman ran into the small garden, his lungs burning from the run. "Stop!" He yelled at his Mother. "You will not harm her!" Again the laughter and then You cannot stop me, you worthless boy. Besides she isn't good enough for you. No one is. No one ever will be.
"You have no hold over me any longer! Leave this place forever and never come back!" Norman yelled, the cords in his neck bulging.
You couldn't survive without me, Norman. You know that. You need me. I'll be with you forever. No one wants you, stupid boy.
"I am not a boy, but a man."
A man without anything to offer a girl. A stupid, worthless, lazy and---
With a cry of rage, Norman ran -thru- his Mother and somehow managed to carry her with him right over the cliff. His scream mingled with hers and then--silence.
05-30-2005, 09:02 AM
Norman watches as the manifested image of his mother falls down, down, and lands with a thud at the bottom of the cliff. She glares up at him with deep-seated rage as grubby clawlike hands reach out of the ground and pull her down into the sand.
He wonders why he didn't follow her.
He wonders why he is not falling.
He turns over (somehow) and sees Jahura looking down at him from the edge of the cliff. With a *smile* she beckons a finger at him and he rises slowly upward until he is even with the cliff. She offers out her hand to him and he reaches to it in kind. She pulls until his feet once again come in contact with solid earth.
Norman gazes into her sapphire-blue eyes with wonderment and a bit of sadness.
"Why?" he asks.
"That was an extremely courageous act I just witnessed." Jahura says in all seriousness, "let alone the fact that it was on my behalf. As a rule I should be compelled to reward you for that." She gazes back into his eyes a moment longer, then looks upon the ground. She sees a rounded white quartz stone next to the fountain, goes over and picks it up. Cupping the stone in her hands, she closes her eyes and concentrates. The stone glows in her hand with a bright blue. She brings the stone back and places it in Norman's hand.
"Circumstances being what they are I can't give you your heart's desire, but I can give you what you want. See you at the Grill."
She turns around with a smile and exits through the brush.
Norman looks down at the glowing stone in his hand. His thumb brushes over its smooth, solid texture. A feeling of warmth emits from it into his hand. He closes his fingers around the stone.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">"It's absolutely beautiful." she says. "Even Sariel would hang its head at the sight!"
Her eyes fixate on the cherub on top of the fountain. She listens to the soft breeze, the chirping birds, and the soothing trickle of water. Slowly her eyes close.
Her head tilts back and her breathing deepens. As he watches her a rush of desire overwhelms him, and he leans inward toward her face, closer and closer until contact is made.
Her breath hitches, and she opens her eyes, but only for a moment. She closes them again and and turns into him, pulling him closer still into her.
The sounds of the garden amplify, the birds syncronize their calls and songs, and the trickle of the water beats the rhythm of the flow of divine energy that passes between them. They ignore the sound of the brush moving furiously aside until Mother's presence is directly in front of them.
"NORMAN!" she cries with venom, "WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?"
Not now, Mother.
"NORMAN BATES, YOU WILL REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THAT LITTLE TRAMP THIS INSTANT! SHE'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR A WORTHLESS, LAZY, WASTE OF -"
Norman breaks the kiss with an apologetic glance to Jahura and turns to the spectre.
"I said, not now, Mother." He glares into her eyes, feeling her rage at him but not - as if there were an invisible shield around him and Jahura. He can feel Jahura next to him, her unconditional love and acceptance surrounding him, penetrating him, giving him strength to resist these lies that the spectre flings at him with abandon. He stares at her with calm defiance saying nothing at all in return.
After several minutes of ranting, Mother eventually stops her tirade. She turns and marches out of the garden through the brush in a huff. Norman waves bye-bye as she leaves, feeling as if he had taken on the Devil himself and won.
He turns back to look in the face of his Jahura.
He stands up from the swing and holds out his hand. She takes it with a smile and follows him to where he will take her next. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The sub-reality encased in the stone continues, and when it concludes Norman finds himself laying on the ground staring up at the sky and covered in sweat - exhausted and trembling but enraptured.
05-30-2005, 09:15 AM
EA saw Norman heading for the Cliff at a dead run. "NORMAN! NOOOOOOOOO!" she screamed as she saw him go over. Grizz and Jade Jerked out of their reverie of each other, looking startled at EA's scream. "Wha? What happened???" EA's sobbing by now, because Norman had become such a good friend, "N-n-n-nor-man! He just ran headlong off the cliff!!!" EA broke down righ after that statement, becoming inconsolable...... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif
05-30-2005, 09:21 AM
Grizz holds on to EA as she weeps uncontrollably into his shoulder. The two of them watch in awe as Norman suddenly stops in midair, turns over, and eventually rises back up to the edge of the cliff where Jahura pulls him back to solid ground. The two of them talk for a while, then Jahura hands him something and walks away with a smile. Norman closes his hand around the object, closes his eyes, and with an unearthly bellow to the skies, collapses on the ground.
"What the heek just happened here?" Jade asks Grizz.
05-30-2005, 01:53 PM
"I have no idea." Grizz hands EA over to Jade. "Take care of her while I go check things out."
EA leaned on Jade and she tried to comfort her. "Norman's ok, EA. Please don't cry." EA sniffed and nodded. "Th-that j-just scared m-me so b-badly." She whimpered.
"Yes, me too. It's ok now, you'll see." Jade pointed, "See, here comes Norman and Grizz now." EA flew out of the door and lunged at Norman, hugging him tightly. "Don't you ever scare me like that again!" She chided, beginning to cry again. She walked with Norman back to the Inn, with Grizz following behind still trying to determine what exactly had just happened.
"Oh dear." Jade shook her head and then looked at Jahura, who seemed very serene. She raised her eyebrow at Jahura and said, "Nice save."
"Thanks. I can pull it off every now and again." Jahura smiled.
05-30-2005, 04:33 PM
"But not all the time." she adds with a grin. "Supposedly I'm reluctant."
Jahura goes out the front door to the newsstand, takes two coins out of her pocket, and puts them into the coin slot. She lifts the door of the stand and pulls out a paper. Taking the paper over to the booth where she and Norman sat earlier, she searches the paper for the crossword puzzle and waits to see what happens next.
05-31-2005, 08:39 AM
EA, much relieved at Norman's safety, throws herself into a flurry of baking to recompose herself. Soon, the delicious aromas of Pineaple Upsidedown Cake, Double Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Spring Shaped Sugar Cookies, Red Velvet Cake, Welsh Cookies, Blond Brownies, Fudge Brownies, and even Caramel Popped Corn came out of the Kitchen to tempt the noses, tastebuds, and tummies of all in the Inn and The RB&G!
05-31-2005, 04:43 PM
Grizz, out front polishing the bar again (a task that is never successfully completed seemingly) finds the time to take a quick peek into the kitchen with each new and delicious aroma that wafts its way out to the bar. He tries to make sure that EA doesn't see him and the wistful look on his face. With each new smell, and each peek, he shakes his head sadly, and looks down at his growing waistline. EA is a wonderful cook, and it is beginning to show a little too much. He has to be strong.
He sighs, and returns to the bar, in which he can see himself, but it doesn't seem all that bright to him, and he continues his polishing.
06-01-2005, 11:03 AM
"Out! Are you blind? That was clearly inside the line!"
"Op watertje uiterlijk. Er is storing op de lijn hiernaartoe. Naar de vijg grond- hiernaartoe. Op watertje uiterlijk. Is het uw voorleggen."
"I think the beer is starting to kick in, Dries. That was out. It's your serve, fellas."
"Is het te stom wild wanneer u merk opwaarts naar de reglement wijl u toneelstuk."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"MIJ vinden u weet welke MIJ schriel daardoor."
"Are you calling me a cheater?!"
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif That translator speaks very ancient dutch!
Sorry I haven't been in touch lately, to much to do and not enough time!
Now for some fun retranslation: the english version of what was said in ancient dutch, see if it matches what you wanted them to say!
"Out! Are you blind? That was clearly inside the line!"
"on waterlet (like piglet, small water) appearance( or something with out) There is a disturbance on the line towards here (actually hiernatoe is not in my dictionaryhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif) To the fig ground towards here. On waterlet appearance. Is it you put in front of."
"I think the beer is starting to kick in, Dries. That was out. It's your serve, fellas."
"Is it to stupid wild when you notice upwards to the rules while you play-acting."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"Me finds you know which me gaunt through it"
"Are you calling me a cheater?!"
When translating back I can see what you probably used in english, but some of the translations of that online translator are a bit odd! I though they were playing volleyball, not a play!
And you probably meant to lean instead of gaunt.
One real dated dutch word was in the translation: wijl, it's not in my dutch-english dictionary, should probably have translated to "terwijl"
But it shows how fun translations can be when the first possibility is used!
Now on with the normal part of the story, i still have 2 pages to catch up with http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
06-01-2005, 06:17 PM
Okay, for the insanely curious, here's what I input to get those phrases.
"Out! Are you blind? That was clearly inside the line!"
<span class="ev_code_BLUE">"That was out. The line is here. The ball landed here. That was out. It's your serve."</span>
"I think the beer is starting to kick in, Dries. That was out. It's your serve, fellas." <span class="ev_code_BLUE">"It's a stupid game when you make up the rules as you go along."</span>
"What's that supposed to mean?"
<span class="ev_code_BLUE">"I think you know what I mean."</span>
"Are you calling me a cheater?!"
So in conclusion you can only rely on a computer program so well when it comes to communication! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
06-01-2005, 06:28 PM
Well, whatever language it was in...it was hilarious! Thank you to both of you! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
Jade passed by Grizz on her way to the kitchen and said, "I just have to get a pail from the supply closet. I'm going to mop."
Grizz nodded and mumbled as he continued his polishing.
A while later, Jade passed by him again on her way to the kitchen and said, "I'm just going to get the dustmop and help HannaGertie. Who'd have thought those pirates could make such a mess?"
Grizz shook his head and said, "That's nice."
About an hour later, Jade returned on her way to the kitchen and said, "I'm going to redesign the cliff face so I need a hammer and a chisel from the kitchen."
"Yup." Grizz commented, not moving.
However, as Jade was leaving the kitchen his arm snaked out and held her fast. With his other hand he lifted her chin and saw the tell-tale signs of chocolate crumbs around her lips. "Who are you trying to kid? I know you're in there snitching goodies from EA."
06-01-2005, 06:37 PM
Jahrua rests her mouth in her hand to hide her giggles, but eventually can't resist.
"Hey, Grizz." she says as she taps her pencil on the crossword, "What's a six letter word for 'caught red handed'? Starts with a B and the fourth letter is T?"
Grizz thinks on that a moment, then laughs. He looks at Jade with a wicked smile.
"Busted." he says.
"That works!" Jahura replies as she pretends to write it down.
06-02-2005, 04:46 AM
Jade took a napkin from the holder and wiped her mouth. She stuck her tongue out at Grizz and Jahura and ran out the door laughing like a child. Life was good...peaceful. They all could use some...
She ran into Norman who heading back to the restaurant. Speaking of peaceful, he looked positively...raptured? Jade thought it was a fitting description. She pat him on the back as he passed her by, saying "It sure is great to see you smiling."
"It feels good to be smiling." He gave a small salute and continued on his way. "I'm starved. I hope EA has something delicious cooking."
"Oh, there's something delicious cooking alright." Jade snickered to herself, quickly adding, "It may or may not be EA's cooking though." http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Shaking his head in puzzlement, Norman continued on to the restaurant.
06-02-2005, 11:46 PM
A red haired woman carrying an orange cat - who was loudly demanding she wanted her sardines now - followed her nose inside.
"Oh dear, this doesn't look like the Myst V Bar and Doughnut Shoppe! Where am I?"
Grizz gave her a grinchy grin. "Wrong forum ma'am. This is The Revelation Bar and Grille."
Tora sighed. "Well it had "Bar" in the name anyway. Oh well, guess I'll have dinner while I'm here."
"Are there any sardines?" Neko asked. Clearly a one-track mind when it came to food.
06-03-2005, 03:29 AM
Grizz, unflappable as ever, stuck his head in the kitchen door and said, in a somewhat jaded voice,
"One lunch special with a side of sardines well minced."
EA called over her shoulder without looking up, "Coming right up, Jade." at which Grizz went http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif before thinking it through. Then he began to chuckle to himself as he returned to the bar.
"erm... Would the cat like a little saucer of cream as an appetiser? And how about some coffee for you while you wait?"
06-03-2005, 05:07 AM
"You know what, Grizz?" Jahura says, getting up from the table for a moment, "That coffee does sound good - and did I smell pineapple upside down cake?" She moves over to the bar beside where Tora is standing and *smiles* at her and Neko.
"One pineapple upside-down cake!" Grizz calls behind him. He cheerfully dispenses two of his special coffees and sets them down in front of Tora and Jahura.
Jahura reaches for a nearby sugar shaker and holds it over her coffee.
06-03-2005, 08:24 AM
EA whips up the sardines in no time, along with a very tempting lunch for the red haired woman. SHe carries it out to the table, along with some Pineapple Upsidedown cake for all to enjoy!
06-03-2005, 02:25 PM
"Oh gosh ma'am, this is delicious! I'd ask for your recipes, but I'm sure they're trade secrets!" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
"That they are." she says. "I'm Earthangell, but just call me EA." EA heads back to the kitchen.
Tora smiles back at Jahura. "Hi, I'm Tora. This is Neko. We were heading to the Myst V Bar and Doughnut Shoppe, but we got a little turned around. Poor Chuckles over there! The place is deserted, and he had to hire a new bakery chef and short order cook. But I have no idea what happened to the hostess ToriaURU or anyone else who was there not too long ago!"
Jahura nods, taking this all in and sips her coffee before answering. But then she starts coughing.
"What's the matter?" Tora asks.
Jahura glares at the 'sugar' shaker. "Somebody put salt in here!"
06-03-2005, 05:06 PM
Grizz smiles his grinchy grin. "That'll teach you to poison my coffee with an overload of cream and sugar!" he says with a wink.
Jahura opens her mouth wide, turns to Tora and points to Grizz.
She starts laughing from there. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
06-03-2005, 06:14 PM
"The special blend needs no embellishment from sugar, cream, or any other material which might tend to adulterate the fine, full bodied aroma and the rich, satisfying flavor of the perfectly roasted bean allowed to suffuse the finest spring water." Grizz's grinchy grin gets even grinchier.
Jade looks over at him and http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif. "Are you for real, or do you get paid by Maxwell House to say things like that?"
Grizz breaks up, spewing coffee all over the just polished bar top.
06-03-2005, 06:36 PM
Jahura falls off of the barstool laughing.
06-03-2005, 06:52 PM
Tora manages to finish her bites between laughs, or is that finish her laughs between bites? Either way she is soon finished with the excellent lunch and can devote more of her time to laugh.
Grizz wipes his mouth, stumbles over, and manages to help Jahura up without falling down and rolling on the floor laughing himself.
It is a full ten minutes before everyone is calmed down enough to speak sensibly, and even then they burst into giggles for no aparrent reason every once in a while.
"Grizz," Tora finally manages to say, "This coffee is excellent! You could sell it. In fact, it sounds like you have your commercial already written up!"
Introductions go around and soon Tora knows most of the people there. She pays for her meal and the coffee and says she regrets to go, but she really needs to pick up doughnuts for the A&C Hotel. Then she goes to get Neko.
"Aw come on Tora, I'm not done yet! These sardines are great!"
"Neko that's your third bowl of the smelly fish and second saucer of milk. I already have to lug around a tabby, I don't want to lug around a tubby too!"
"Hey! I'm not a tubby tabby!"
"No, but you will be soon if you keep eating like that!"
Finally Tora convinces Neko to stop eating, picks her up. and heads on her way. Calling over her shoulder as she goes at the door,
"Bye folks! I'll be sure to visit, this place is great!"
06-04-2005, 05:54 AM
Back at the Inn, Norman stares at the glowing stone on his bedside table.
Circumstances being what they are I can't give you your heart's desire but I can give you what you want.
He starts to reach for the stone yet again but stops himself.
It's just a dream, a recording. It isn't real.
He sits down on the bed, temptation shoving him at the back of his shoulders.
It's not real.
It's not Jahura.
It's not what I want.
He takes the stone off of the bedside table. Touching it again brings the encapsulated fantasy to his mind, and he relives the scene once again.
He opens his eyes and turns around on the bed.
Jahura is not there.
He puts the glowing stone into the drawer in the bedside table.
No. It's not enough.
06-04-2005, 03:08 PM
Deciding that he couldn't avoid the inevitable, Norman rose from his bed, stretching his arms over his head and working out the kinks. He studied himself in the mirror, noting that the physical labor required to maintain the grounds and working outside had resulted in his body turning hard and tan. He was quite satisfied with the result. He only wished he had more confidence. Perhaps now that the spectre of his mother was gone, he would heal in that regard as well. "One day at a time." He told his reflection. He grabbed a clean pair of jeans and tee shirt and then disappeared into the bathroom. After a quick shower, he shaved and rubbed a towel through his dark hair. As he left the Inn, he picked several fresh flowers that he had planted himself and headed towards the Restaurant. He had a few things to say to Ms. Jahura and whether she liked it or not, she was going to listen. His lack of confidence was at odds with the determined gleam in his eyes.
06-04-2005, 05:13 PM
Grizz watches as Norman comes in. He has been a bit worried about Norman. But right now he seems fine, and he's carrying some very pretty flowers. Grizz grins at him as he crosses to the bar. He grins back, though the grin is a bit tentative, and a shade lopsided.
"Hiya, Norman. Those are beautiful! I supppose you grew them yourself in some little out of the way garden you have stashed somewhere. You are just full of hidden talents! Would you care for a coffee, or anything?"
06-04-2005, 05:52 PM
"I would care for something." Norman said, his eyes glued on Jahura. Mentally shaking himself, he turned to Grizz and said, "Coffee--black and strong."
"Wouldn't have it any other way!" Grizz laughed, setting about pouring him a cup.
Norman disappeared into the kitchen, where EA was working diligently as usual. "Hey." He said quietly.
"Hi Norman! It's good to see you out and about. How are you feeling?"
"Fine." He smiled and handed EA the flowers. "I'm sorry to put you through that scare---you know--the cliff and everything." He trailed off, feeling awkward. EA hugged him hard and laughed, "Well then, all's well that ends well, right?" He nodded, content that he had made amends with EA.
He returned to the restaurant and picked up the coffee mug off the counter. After taking several fortifying sips, he made his way to Jahura's table. Without preamble, he sat down and began to speak. "I have several things I want to say to you, please don't interrupt me."
She nodded her head warily and leaned back in her seat.
"I've felt drawn to you from the moment I saw you. I can't explain it--it's just there. I know you are a unique woman, not only in your beauty without, but the beauty that lies within. You're gentle, yet strong. Kind and yet tough when the need arises. You're funny and smart. Everything I have ever wanted and yet---your heart belongs to someone else." He paused and took a deep breath. "I can't accept only a token from you, although the thought was extremely generous on your part and I thank you for that." All inhibitions and self-doubt seemed to flow out of him. He was no longer self-conscious at all. "I've just realized that when I'm with you, I'm every thing I wish to be as a person---as a man." He looked intently into her eyes and she could see the flame in his. Reaching across the table he gently took one of her delicate hands in his own. "When you come to me," he said it as if it were destined, "it will be completely---one hundred percent, all or nothing. I can't accept anything less from you." He smiled then. "Jahura, you are an amazing individual. I hope you realize it---but more than that, I pray that the one who holds your heart realizes it too."
He leaned back in his chair, determined to maintain eye contact. He was no coward, so he sat and waited for her to speak.
06-04-2005, 10:24 PM
Jahura gazes back unblinking into the fire in his eyes.
Echoes of the recent past race through her mind.
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Zander's N-band whistles.
He picks it up and checks the message.
She collapses onto the pillow next to him.
"Not again?" she asks.
Zander sits up and pulls off the covers.
He kisses her on the top of her head.
"I'll be back shortly. Don't go away." he says with a grin. He runs a finger down the bridge of her nose, smiles, and rises from the bed.
He exits the room bound for the media room to pound out another measure of computer-generated melody.
She turns toward the wall and sighs.
It's like radar. Every single time - it never fails. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">There is singing coming from the media room, followed by laughter.
His. And not his.
She comes out of the kitchen and crosses the hall. She peeks around the doorway with one eye. There she sits on the sofa beside him, her arm around his shoulder as they both lean over the blueprints.
She steps aside in full view in the entry.
"I didn't know we had guests." she says.
They both turn around, somewhat surprised to see Jahura there.
"Oh. Hello, love!" Zander says cheerfully, "We're just working on an escape route should an R-point take place. Care to join us?"
"Um - that's okay." Jahura replies, "I don't want to interrupt."
"You're not interrupting!" She says, "It's quite complicated. Zander has been at it - "
"All night. I know." Jahura says, holding back her contempt. She sits down in one of the chairs and crosses her arms.
Her voice would be a keen rival to any lead in the Choir, but Jahura blocks it out. She listens patiently, then *smiles*.
"That's wonderful." Jahura replies. "A romp through subway tunnels."
"We should be ready to roll this evening." Zander says. "Naturally, I will be late again, dear. I hope this isn't too much of a bother for you."
"No." Jahura replies, "I understand. This is what you do, and who am I to stand in the way of that? I'm just glad you are putting your talents to good use, and that you take the time to spend with friends. It's only healthy for you."
"I'm so glad you understand!" She says, wrapping her arms around his neck, "I just absolutely love this guy!"
<span class="ev_code_BLUE">Yes, I'm sure you do.</span>
<span class="ev_code_PURPLE">Steady, love. She dosen't mean that.</span>
Embarrassed by her silent display, Jahura rises from the chair.
"Well, have fun, you two. Don't stay up too late." she says as she leaves the room. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Jahura's KI beeps.
KI 2 KI Zander to Jahura:
Having a problem with locating one of the operatives - will be away the whole evening. Don't wait up for me. I will be home as soon as possible. Love, Z </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
These memories and others, memories inciting suspicion and doubt, so easily read the wrong way - race through her head as she gazes into Norman's eyes. In them she sees desire and longing - courage, and something else...something dark and forbidden. A delicious sense of danger within him.
Asmodeus, I am stronger than you. My will is my own. My soul is my own. Though you may tempt me, I shall falter not.
"I can only hope so." she finally replies, releasing his hand, but not averting her gaze.
06-05-2005, 06:18 AM
"Then we shall see what the future holds and in the meantime--please know that you can count on me if you need anything--anything at all." He stared intently into her eyes and then smiled, reaching out a calloused hand to caress her cheek. "Would you go for a walk with me on the beach? The moon is full, it casts a beautiful glow on the water."
She shook her head--her resolve firm. "No thank you, Norman."
He patted her hand and rose from the table, "I'll be seeing you." With a small salute, he walked out of the restaurant and into the cool evening air.
06-05-2005, 06:27 AM
Grizz poured a cup of coffee and carried it to Jahura. He set it in front of her, and rested a hand briefly on her shoulder.
"Thank you," he said, "for letting Norman down so easily and kindly. Having you here has done something wonderful for him. Even if he cannot get what he thinks he wants right now, he's a new man. And I think he finally managed to throw off the shadow of that mother of his. That's a kindness that we at the RB&G will always be grateful for. You've done more good than harm here. I hope we'll see more of you in the place from now on. Much more."
And he returned, whistling, to the bar and continued the neverending polishing. Wipe on! Wipe off! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
06-05-2005, 08:22 AM
Jahura looks down into her coffee and sighs. Despite Grizz's kind words of gratitude, she did not feel worthy of them. Norman was a new man, but not complete - and there was nothing she could do to further that.
Another thing bothered her more, in the form of a judgement deep inside of her psyche.
Your faith has been tested and found to be wanting.
A single tear drops into the dark brown liquid before her. She decides that she would have to stay for at least a little while. She certainly couldn't face her partner now.
06-05-2005, 04:51 PM
"Hey, have you seen HannaGertie?" Jade asked Grizz. "I've been looking for her everywhere."
"I think she was taking the day off. It is Sunday, you know." Grizz teased.
"Yeah, I know." Jade blushed. "I'll be back in a few." She went next door to the Inn, calling out for HG. "HannaGertie? Where are you?"
"Yes, what is it Jade?" HG emerged from the small Library, where she had been reading.
"I um...well, I have a favor to ask." Jade looked down, embarrassed.
"What is it, hon? It's ok, you can tell me."
"I want to make something special for Grizz. You know, with my own two hands, but I have no skills! I can't cook. I can't sew! I'm horrible when it comes to crafty-type stuff. I was hoping you could help me with something."
"What's the occasion?" HG asked curiously.
"Our one year anniversary." Jade blushed.
"I didn't know you were married." HG teased.
"Oh we're not...not even going steady or anything really. Actually, it's a bit complicated..." Jade stumbled over her words and blurted out, "but we met one year ago and I wanted to give him something special. So, what do you think? Can you help me?"
06-06-2005, 10:03 AM
HG scratches her head. Sure Jade, I will help you as much as I can. Do I have to bring my thinking cap or did you allready have something in mind?
06-06-2005, 05:59 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
Originally posted by HannaGertie:
HG scratches her head. Sure Jade, I will help you as much as I can. Do I have to bring my thinking cap or did you allready have something in mind? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
"I have no idea!!" Jade laughed. "I was hoping you could help me think of something special that I could make for him." She glanced at the calendar hanging on the wall. We have about one month. What do you think?" Jade looked at HannaGertie eagerly.
"Weeel, there are plenty of books in the library dealing with creative gifts. What is he interested in?"
"He collects frogs."
"Oh no, not live frogs!" Jade laughed. "Antiques and crystal, that sort of thing."
"That would be hard to recreate though." HG thought for a moment. "You could make a stuffed frog, or a pillow with a frog. Do you sew?"
"Knit or crochet?"
"I see." HG began to pace up and down in front of the bookshelves. "Sculpting, ceramics, glass-blowing, painting, doll-making, jewelry making, stenciling, wallpaper, plaster....oh I'm getting into the home improvement section."
"For the walls...yes"
"Hey, I think I could manage that one!"
"But how would it be a surprise then?"
"Hmmm...I'll have to think of a way to displace him from his room for a few days. Can you help me with that?" Jade asked hopefully.
"I think between the two of us we can come up with a plan." HannaGertie walked to the door and looked out into the foyer, and then shut the door.
06-07-2005, 03:54 AM
After a reflective yet lonely walk on the beach, Norman returned to the Inn. He had been living there for quite a long time and yet not felt alive. This past week however--he felt his skin tingle--he was vibrating with life. Things may not have worked out quite as he'd hoped, but she was still here, wasn't she? Perhaps given time she would have a change of heart. He wasn't so naive to think that this hope that grew in his heart wasn't dangerous. The chances of her actually coming to him of her own free will were slim, even still---he glanced down the hall to her bedroom door. It felt good just having her near him.
The next morning he rose early, making quick work of a shower and a fresh pair of gardening clothes. He wanted to be outside today--working the earth with his hands and bringing to life the plants, vegetables and flowers that depended on him. As he left his room, he saw Jahura standing in the foyer by the large picture window, gazing outside--she seemed very far away. So far away in fact she didn't see him there until he touched her elbow. "Good morning." He said gently. "Everthing ok?"
She came back to herself and turned around, brushing against him. He stepped back as if touched by an electric wand.
"Yes, I'm fine. I just felt---something or someone." She shrugged and then looked down, realizing she was still in her robe. "I'll go change and meet you for breakfast."
"I'm just grabbing toast and coffee this morning." He grinned charmingly. " I have weeds to pick and flowers to plant." He reached out and touched her cheek. "You are so lovely in this morning light." He shook himself and stepped back even further. "I---well, I'll be seeing you later." He winked and walked outside.
06-07-2005, 11:04 AM
EA hurried to the Kitchen, realizing she had slept in this morning. Knowing it was a bit late for breakfast, she started preparing a brunch. Fresh Fruit, bagles w/ creamcheese, French Toast, and Freah Squeezed Juice. "There, light yet filling! Everybody dig in!"
06-07-2005, 12:22 PM
Another working day has started
The breakfast muffins cooling on the rack -
The barkeep polishes his surfaces again
While plans are made for him behind his back -
Norman grips the stone again despite his resolution
There's only so much pain that he can take
He sees the lonely goddess staring out the window
The vision that has caused his heart to break....
Many miles away, something crawls to the surface
From the bottom of a dark sea of tears.....
(Posted for Jahura)
06-07-2005, 08:14 PM
Jahura retreats back to her room. She lays her KI on the counter of the bathroom and throws the rest of her clothes onto the floor. Starting the water in the tub, she sits on the edge and ponders her situation.
She closes her eyes and in her mind invokes the Standard Prayer.
Great Yahvo, Maker of All, Parent of Creation -
Blessed is thy countenance upon the whole of the Omniverse.
Forgive me my trespasses, guide me to better myself...
Use me as Your instrument for the good of one and all.
Should Death come to claim me, let me be remembered
As a fair and just person who by Your Wisdom
Brought Love and Hope to this wonder of Your creation.
Thank You for listening.
When she opens her eyes, for some reason the room seems a little darker.
That's not supposed to happen. she thinks to herself as she gets up to turn on the light.
06-12-2005, 07:09 AM
Jade gazed out of the front window in the Restaurant saying, "It's getting dark outside. I didn't think we were forecast for rain today."
Grizz shrugged, "You can never tell around here." He said, while turning the overhead lights on brighter.
It was nearing noontime by now, but the sky was exceedingly dark. It seemed to be more than storm clouds brewing. Jade felt a chill go down her spine, wondering what it could be.
06-12-2005, 02:26 PM
Down on the beach, the crew of the Dutchman rush to their dinghies and row toward the ship with as much haste as they could muster. For them, it was too late to shove off, but they had to tie down their ship as well as could be expected.
As they row and shout amongst themselves, a roar can be heard beyond the horizon. It was too far away for mortals to hear, but these ghosts knew they were in for a mother of a storm unlike any since they had tried to round the Cape.
06-12-2005, 06:02 PM
Grizz's weather sense warned him. He felt a familiar tingle at the back of his neck. He looked out to see from the front of the B&G, way off towards the horizon. Nothing was visible out of the ordinary. But he was very comforted somehow by the very high cliff upon which the B&G sat. He looked down at the Flying Dutchman, and saw that all hands were preparing to ride out whatever came in their vessel. He turned thoughtfully, and went behind the B&G to the storage shed where the storm shutters for the B&G and the Inn were stored. Surely there would be plenty of time to get them up.
06-12-2005, 09:24 PM
Norman dug into the earth repeatedly, almost mechanically, but it wasn't working to rid him of the frustration he was feeling. He stood and wiped his face with his rag and then removed his shirt. The oppressive heat was taking a toll and the darkness of the day would soon send him inside--but he pressed on. Walking over to the wood pile, he grabbed a log and propped it on the stump. He then raised the ax above his head and in one swing split the log in two. He continued in this manner, picking up the logs and placing them on the stump, swinging the ax high and then splitting the logs in half until his hands blistered and bled, but he couldn't stop--even when the wind began to pick up and the skies grew dark.
06-13-2005, 08:47 AM
EA looked worridly at the sky, as it turned a blue black color. She hurried to the storm celler to make sure that there were enough candles, flashlights, and emergency reserves. She went back to the Kitchen and battened down everything to make sure all would be well after the storm.
06-14-2005, 04:22 AM
Grizz finished puting up the shutters, and then headed for the B&G. It would be better to weather whatever came from there, with ready access to coffee or something stronger, if needed. Besides, he was sure that there would be company in the B&G. The Inn was a lonely place just now.
Going across the yard, Grizz caught a blimpse of Norman out back splitting kindling wood. He made a detour and went to Norman. When the man put down the axe for a moment, Grizz took his hand, and turned it up so Norman could see the blisters. He took the axe, and pulled Norman toward the back door, telling him to come in and let EA find something to put on those blisters and wrap the hands.
He had to shout to be heard over the sudden violent gusts of wind that swirled around the B&G. And it took both of them to shut the back door when they had entered.
This storm was gonna be a beaut!
06-14-2005, 04:58 AM
Jahura also hears the roar. She had heard it before.
She rushes to the window of her room, but found that was futile as it was a roadside, not a seaside view. She flicks her hand and a silver rod with intracate etchings appears - she gives it a jerk up and down and it lengthens to one and a half times her height.
She sprints past the B&G. over the cliff, and jumps onto the sand of the beach below.
The pirates scramble in haste to tie down their ship as Jahura starts to spin her wand around. A bright light appears at the end of it, and as she twirls it over herself it makes a whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop-whoop- sound.
The water recedes away as though something was suctioning out the ocean into the sky.
06-14-2005, 09:58 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif "blimpse"??? lol
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
EA cleaned Norman's blisters in soothing ointment, then wrapped them loosely in soft linen. She then shut down her ovens, just in case. and made sure her shutters and back door of the Kitchen were firmly closed.
06-16-2005, 05:45 AM
The ghosts scurry to tie down the Flying Dutchman's blood red sails and stow any other loose items aboard her decks to the holds below. As the swell becomes first massive, then enormous, the lookout in the crow's nest shouts and points at the growing wave.
A giant scaled tail, twice the size of the Dutchman whips up from the top of the wave. It dives back down, and up surfaces a whale-like creature with seven heads.
Jahura stands at the ready with her Wand of Divine Light.
Ahura Mazda, I wish I had my halo right now! she silently prays.
06-16-2005, 07:35 PM
Between the seven-headed monster and the equally monstrous storm, no one notices a large furry animal in a fiberglass skip, who is at this moment furiously paddling to shore...
06-17-2005, 08:24 AM
OT: MIKE!! where've you been? we've missed you!!
EA, Grizz, Jade, and Norman have a hurried conference to make sure everrything was battened down b4 the big storm hit.
"OH NO!!" yelled Norman over the noise of the howling wind, "We forgot the stables!"
06-17-2005, 08:07 PM
OT: Stables? boy i must have missed alot
Mike beaches the skip just as the sky turns an all-to-familiar orange hue. he looks up and notices a stranger on the cliff pointing a stick at "'dat big 'ol gata in 'da wata" but remebers he still has to find his own shelter. he moves inland, digs a large hole and tosses in his bag o' stuff. Then brings the skip out of the water, jumps in the hole, and uses the upturned boat as a cap.
See you guys after the storm!
06-19-2005, 09:49 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">"OH NO!!" yelled Norman over the noise of the howling wind, "We forgot the stables!" </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Norman opened the door and was blown back. He yelled for Grizz to help him and as he went outside and pulled the door, Grizz put his shoulder against the door to shut it. Running across the short distance to the stables, Norman heaved and pulled the door shut, his arms straining as he put the plank in place to keep it shut. He turned to head back inside and then realized he had not seen Jahura anywhere! "Jahura!!" He called out above the rising wind. "Where are you?!!" He leaned into the wind, straining to see through the driving rain. He made his way to the cliff's edge and down below---he could see her standing bravely on the beach, waving a pole above her head. He slid his way down the path to the beach, not bothering with the linking book. Besides, it had been blown away long ago. His feet slid on the rocks and his arms became scraped and torn as he tried to hold himself from sliding too fast. He ignored the pain, all he could feel was fear. Fear for Jahura and the need to protect her.
06-19-2005, 08:09 PM
ot: of course we have stables....lol...how else would we ride along the beach in the moonlight? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
EA gathered the children around her (hers and all the other visiting ones), and handed out Sugarcookies to calm them. Then she told stories of the "giants who are just bowling" to ease their fears.
06-20-2005, 10:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by earthangell:
EA gathered the children around her (hers and all the other visiting ones), and handed out Sugarcookies to calm them. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif Sugar cookies? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif Now that's what I call the calm before the storm! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
She thought she heard her name being called.
She looks over at the rocks and sees Norman struggling to come down the cliff, sliding and falling occasionally upon the rocks.
She looks to the great sea beast and back at Norman. She runs over to the rocks and helps him the rest of the way down.
"What are you doing!" she shouts over the winds and the crash of the waves, "You need to get back inside! It's not safe out here!"
"Speak for yourself!" Norman shouts back, "I came to get you! Come over to the inn! We have a shelter in the basement!"
"I can't!" Jahura replies, "That's an archdemon out there! Somebody has to ward it off!"
"Demon?" Norman shouts, "Demon, shemon! You never really met my mother!"
"I don't have time for this!" Jahura shouts back, "Get inside! You don't know what we're up against here!"
And with that, Jahura turns about and holds her wand tightly against her with the lit end forward like a lance. She takes off in a run over the water toward the great monster.
06-24-2005, 10:43 AM
Jade is pacing in the shelter, biting her finger. "Norman hasn't come back yet and he's been gone an awful long time." She stopped and looked up when they all heard something hit the side of the restaurant. "And has anyone seen Jahura?" Jade asked worriedly.
Down on the beach far below the cliff, the monster makes eye contact with the ahura on the beach. Its eyes narrow as it increases speed and lowers its massive head. The intent was to ram the beach at full speed, taking the two individuals there and making them one with the rock face.
Meanwhile, in his hole in the sand, Mike has discovered a very large sinkhole that borders his small hole. He notices a small opening in the side wall of the sand pit he is in and curiously reaches a paw through into nothiningness. Kneeling down he shines a small light into the hole and discovers a vast underground cavern, bits of sand and muck fall from the ceiling being jarred loose by the approaching sea creature. A small pool of seawater has collected at the bottom of the cavern however none of these things are as surprising as the sign post he discovers with his flashlight. The sign reads: <span class="ev_code_BLUE">Gopher was here!</span>
06-24-2005, 12:56 PM
Grizz makes his way to the cliff top, and peers down at the scene on the beach below. He sees the demon out in the water with lowered head, and the small figure of Jahura with her wand extended like a sword before her, and she appears to be gliding swiftly over the tops of the waves directly at the demon. It looks like an incredible collision in the offing!
Then, there is one of those fabulous occurences that happen only in fiction, seemingly. A juxtaposition of events all coming together in one moment so that the result is not the expected result for anyone! Let's see... these are the events in the order of their occurrence, though they seemed almost to be simultaneous in real time....
Jahura sped to the attack with her wand outstretched.
The arch-demon lowered it's horrible head and arrowed for the beach.
Mike found the sign post in the large cavern, and for some odd reason, pulled it up...
...just as Norman was raging up and down the beach, in mortal terror for Jahura.
Norman jumped up and down in his agitation just as Mike pulled the sign post.
The combination of withdrawing the post and the jumping up and down over the entrance to the cave caused an inherent weakness in the wall of the cave to give way, and the whole side of the cave collapsed, letting in a sudden flood of sea water, that hit the opposite side of the cave, and pushed through a very small opening, making it very much larger, and the sea poured in, as fate would have it, right in the path of the arch-demon, taking away the water in which it swam. It promptly dropped like a rock and bulldozed nose first into the sand just off the beach as Jahura, wand extended, swept serenely right over its head. The power of the wand caught the tail of the beast, severly singing it! Trying to roar in pain with a mouth and nose full of sand and clam shells is difficult, even for an arch-demon. Besides, it makes a demon look extremely silly, and that hurts a guy's pride something awful! Especially when the slight form of Jahura comes back to stand right in front of one's nose, and laughs merrily in one's face at the predicament!!
Oh yes. Don't forget Mike. When the water hit the cave, the resulting sideways slosh pushed him right back out of the hole, tossed his boat several feet in the air and turned it right side up, with Mike in it as comfortable as you may please, with his head on the foreseat as the boat sank smoothly back to the sand and tilted slightly to one side.
Norman could only stare.
Grizz nearly fell off the cliff. He was laughing rather hard. I guess he thought the whole thing very amusing.
06-25-2005, 08:15 AM
ot: Oh, Grizz! that was PERFECT!!! ROFL!
Both Jade and EA are still pacing worridly in the shelter. the children had long been asleep (were the cookies laced? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif), and there had been no news of the menfolk and Jahura. After what seemed like hours, Grizz, Norman, Mike, and Jahura staggered back to the shelter, exhausted by the titanic events they had just seen and been through. All received sound scoldings from those who were left behind with nothing to reassure them! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif
06-25-2005, 08:30 AM
Jahura hangs her head and turns out the door of the shelter. She goes to the edge of the cliff and looks down at the exposed sandbar where the beast rolls itself upright. His heads extend on serpentine necks, and he appears more as a hydra than a whale at this point.
The beast extends one of his heads on long serpentine neck and turns it hissing in the direction of Jahura.
"And the reason for stinging my tail is?" he asks, his booming voice echoing off the cliffs.
Jahura looks down at him and holds her wand before her in a vertical presentation. The light from the end of the wand shines a brilliant white.
"In the name of the Ahura Mazda I bid you begone from this realm!" she cries out.
The archdemon laughs. His tail slaps the sand with a BOOM, BOOM, causing a small tremor with each impact.
"You summon me here only to send me back. How rich is that. I don't think so."
Jahura drops her wand slightly, disarmed by his statement and his guffaws. The light fades to a dull glow.
"I? Summoned you?" she asks.
The remaining six heads strech out and face Jahura.
"You and that human standing behind you." They all say in synchronous time, "If it was just him I wouldn't even bother. But you opened the gateway. Now what are you going to do about it?"
06-25-2005, 09:31 AM
Norman stepped close to Jahura, his hands on her shoulders. "What is that thing talking about?" He breathed in barely a whisper. "I haven't been conjuring anything." He thought about the relic that Jahura had given him and his subconscious muttered Are you sure about that?
For a brief moment, Jahura allowed herself to sink back into Norman's chest and rest there. It was an imperceptive move on her part, but Norman felt it from the top of his head to the soles of his feet. "Jahura." He said her name like a caress and she stood tall, stepping away.
"Go inside, Norman." She turned her head slightly back to him. "Please, just go inside."
"I'm not leaving you here to face that thing alone."
"Do you think I've faced worse in my existence?"
"This is charming." The monsters heads moved and swayed form side to side, mocking them. "Will this take long? If so, I will find other ways to occupy my time." Its focus turned to the restaurant and the beast made a move towards rising above the cliff.
06-26-2005, 08:54 AM
EA had come out of the shelter to follow Jahura and Norman, her curiosity growing the better of her. When she saw the rather large hydra-like creature heading toward the RB&G and Inn where her children and friends were, EA grew "<span class="ev_code_RED">MAD</span>".
Taking a stance in front of the creature, EA drew herself up, and at the same time seemed to grow!
"In the name of Gaea, the Mother of all mothers, I abjure thee, Creature of Destruction, and send thee back to that place from which ye have come!" she said in *that* tone.
"What power is this that you dare wield, little mortal?" the creature asked, even as it's body was slowing disolving in a vortex of the first magnitude.
"The power of ALL mothers who are protecting their own! No other power matches it, or can defeat it. It is the POWER of TRUE and UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. And don't you DARE think you can take either Jahura or Norman with you! Now, <span class="ev_code_BLUE">BEGONE</span>!"
And the creature had no choice but to submit to the power that EA so fervantly used to protect those she loved.
06-26-2005, 09:32 AM
EA shrinks back down to "mortal size" and glares at Jahura.
"Just what in the name of Calypso was that all about?!" she growls, "Who do you think you are, summoning that to threaten our children and our home? What could possibly possess you to do that?"
Jahura hangs her head again.
"I have no idea." she says softly. She shakes her head.
Norman approaches to embrace her again, to take away her pain, but without looking up she holds her hand against his chest, stopping him from moving any closer.
"Leviathan is an archdemon." Jahura continues, "It takes a lot of power to summon him, and I didn't do it on purpose. I swear to it." She looks up at EA, hoping she would believe her. "He's the embodiment of one of the Seven Deadlies, representing..."
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif She stops in mid-thought. She turns to Norman, and her face goes white as a new linen sheet.
...envy." she says.
06-26-2005, 10:47 AM
Norman's eyes grew wide when the realization dawned on him. She was referring to his envy of Zander! "No!" He shook his head in denial, his mind refusing to accept the truth. He'd changed his ways! He would never endanger EA or her children. He loved them!
The laughter came then. It started softly and grew to a crescendo. Then the voice followed---the one he had not expected to hear ever again.<span class="ev_code_GREEN">I told you before, you can't get rid of me. I'll always be part of you. Always--</span>
He felt a sharp slap across his cheek, bringing him back to himself. He refocused and looked at Jahura and there was a fire in her eyes as she looked into his. "Stop that immediately. That isn't your Mother speaking." She looked out into the ocean, where all was calm once again. "It's something else."
06-26-2005, 04:21 PM
"This is all my fault, Norman." She says. "I came here to get a grip on myself - Zander has just been so busy with his latest coup that I thought a little time away would do us both some good. After all, he dosen't need me getting in his way and nagging him about how he's out all hours and on that N-band all the time and so on. I mean, it's not like he's cheating on me or anything like that. I know him better than that. It's just - "
She stops. She can see the frustration and the struggle to understand in his eyes. A flash of anger shows as well, for he knows what she is going to say next.
"It's just that if my frustrations bring on something like that, I am a danger to others and don't belong here. I belong somewhere isolated, where no one will know where I am."
He wasn't exactly expecting that. An idea comes into his head.
"And have that thing come after you alone?" Norman asks, "You heard it. I called it too, somehow. If you are going to isolate yourself from the world, then you're going to have to take me along. I'm just as guilty as you are." His anger and frustration melt away into a sly grin.
06-26-2005, 11:38 PM
meanwhile, mike finishes getting the sand out of his fur and open his bag o' stuff. he pulls out a small furry likeness of himself and gives it to EA. "here's a late birthday present for your little krystal"
then he turns to the bar and asks grizz for a milk, chocolate.
06-27-2005, 07:55 AM
ot: MIKE!! it's ADORABLE! thank you!
EA throws up her hands in frustration....
"Jahura, have you even tried talking to Zander about this?? If you're having feelings of neglect and envy, running off isn't going to solve them. If Zander isn't capapble of giving you the love and care and respect of your feelings and making sure that you know how important you are, maybe you should move on."
"Listen to her, Jahura...Please.... I can give you all that and more!" Norman says with his heart in his eyes.
Meanwhile, Mike's sipping on his Chocolate milk, oblivious to all around him. Suddenly, he wakes up out of his reverie. "Hey, EA! Ya got's any goodies?"
"Hold on, Mike! Coming right up!"
EA gives Jahura and Norman a stern look. "Don't do anything drastic, you two! I'll be quite cross if either of you decides to run away!"
06-27-2005, 02:54 PM
Grizz looks over at Norman and Jahura, and watches EA as she exits to the kitchen. He looks back at Norman, and shakes his head sadly. Then he looks over at Jade, and a slow grin spreads across his face.
"Some people are born lucky," he thinks, "and just have good fortune thrust upon them without even expressing the wish that has been living in the heart for years."
06-29-2005, 04:10 AM
Jahura lifts her eyes to the Aurora Borealis that appears in the west.
It's not like that at all.
She smiles wanly, steps off the cliff, and lands lightly on her feet. She walks forward a little further and sits at the edge of the tide line in the sand.
It's just life going on. It's what he is, and it's not up to me to dictate where he goes or who he goes there with or what he does at all. I sure do miss him, though.
But I can't disturb the balance here with my petty thoughts, especially when they cause this kind of chaos.
She wraps her arms around her knees and hides her face in them.
God, what do I do?
06-29-2005, 05:30 PM
Grizz watches Jahura apparently engage in a bout of self-destructive behavior, but knowing such things have been deceptive in the past, he merely goes to the cliff top, and sees her sitting at the water line. Something in her attitude disturbs him, and he calls Jade over. Together they look down at her and talk quietly for a bit, then they link down to the beach one after the other, and walk over to Jahura.
They sit facing her, unheedful of the waves coming in. The three look at each other for a few moments, then Grizz says...
"The RB&G is a refuge, and it's for anyone and everyone who might need a refuge. We have weathered many storms, and engaged in many nights of hilarious fun, and not one event or incident has ever seriously threatened the existence of this place. We just want you to know that you are welcome here, always, and for as long as you care to stay."
Jade added her own brief statement.
"And as far as Norman goes, he is an adult, and he has changed a very great deal from the man he was when he first sold me the Inn. He has managed to conquer the fear of his mother, and he is handling your unavailability quite well. So if you can stand a bit of his worshipping you, please feel free to stay, and rest assured that Norman is well able to handle whatever life throws his way now."
Jade reached out and puts her hand briefly on Jahura's knee, and smiles warmly at her. Grizz grins, and a chuckle breaks from his throat.
"We'll leave you to your thought now. If you get hungry, I'm sure EA will have something wonderful in the kitchen for you to eat, no matter when you get in there."
And the two rise, and link back to the top of the cliff to go and seek out a little snack for themselves.
06-29-2005, 08:56 PM
" Comic Relief Sense Tingling..."
Mike gathers EA, Norman, and the other bar patrons into a huddle.
As Grizz, Jade, and Jahura walk in, the patrons reenact that famous scene from "Young Frankenstien" (http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Set/4159/wholritz.wav) (Norman as Dr. Frankenstien( thats FRAUNKENSHTEEN!) Mike as the monster, EA and the rest of the bar dancing backup
06-30-2005, 08:14 AM
ot: now that is a classic!!!
07-02-2005, 04:54 AM
A grinchy grin crosses Grizz's face, and as soon as the show ends and Jahura and Jade applaud with fervor, Grizz goes behind the bar and pulls out a cap pistol. He points it at the air, pulls the trigger, and adds his own Mel Brooks quote from Blazing Saddles (http://mysite.verizon.net/resonxcv/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/wwwspts.wav).
"Hey, I didn't say it!" he replies with a laugh as they all turn to him. "Slim Pickens did!"
07-02-2005, 08:30 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif Good one, Mike!
Norman approaches Jahura, straightening his bow tie and offering his arm with a flourish. "May I have this dance, m'lady?"
One side of Jahura's mouth lifts. She in turn bows and says, "I'd be honored, m'lord."
Jade nods to Grizz and he punches a button on the jukebox. The song begins (http://individual.utoronto.ca/dan_d/jazzmp3/Cherry_Poppin_Daddies_Zoot_Suit_Riot.mp3) and Norman swirls and twirls Jahura around the makeshift dance floor, as Mike and Grizz move the tables and chairs out of the way.
07-03-2005, 06:31 AM
Before the number was over, Grizz programmed the next, and the music continued without a break. Jahura made a move to sit down, but Norman was having none of that. He kept a firm hold on her hand, and the wild dance (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.angelfire.com/fl/illuminations/Swingwhipani.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.angelfire.com/fl/illuminations/SwingDancers.html&h=103&w=150&sz=56&tbnid=6dL24Y8DWDYJ:&tbnh=61&tbnw=90&hl=en&start=74&prev=/images%3Fq%3Danimated%2Bdancers%26start%3D60%26svn um%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN) continued, to a slightly older tune.
07-04-2005, 08:13 PM
mike ran in quickly with a linking book. "Quick the good part of the fireworks is starting" and on an unpopulated hill on Buffalo Bayou, the bar patron watched a spectacular display, accompainied by the best rendition of America the Beautiful in existence (http://www.brownielocks.com/midi_files/america_the_beautiful_ray_charles.wav)
Happy 4th of July Everybody!!
07-05-2005, 09:21 AM
HAPPY 4th, EVERYBODY!!
the gamg all watched the fireworks on the beach until the dawning light came up on the horizon. The display was magnificent, with the finalle being a glorious sunrise! they then trooped back to the RB&G, where EA had prepared a light breakfast, before heading off to bed.
God Bless Freedom!
07-05-2005, 10:50 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif Unfortunately, Mike, that sound file won't play. It says we don't have permission to access it on that server.
07-10-2005, 09:56 AM
Have you ever noticed how life moves like water? We are carried along on the tide, the ebb and flow seemingly moving us with a whim here and there. Experiencing high tides and lows, carried on a wild wave and then sometimes...just floating along as on a glassy sea. The residents of the Revelation Bar and Grille had settled into that glassy sea and for a short time, enjoying the calm and stillness of life.
Jade closed her diary, settling back into the lounge chair that she had brought down to the beach. It was a gorgeous day indeed. She tilted her face up to the sun, reveling in the feel of its warmth. She sighed. Life was good.
07-10-2005, 10:09 AM
Grizz stood at the top of the cliff, looking down at Jade. He sensed her mood somehow, and decided that such moments were best savored alone. He smiled, happy for her, and turned back to the B&G.
He stuck his head in the kitchen door, and gave EA a cheery 'Good morning!' before going behind the bar to start some coffee, and check supplies. Then he began to put a fresh shine on the already gleaming top of the bar.
He whistled as he worked, reflecting that if Jade's mood echoed his own, then it was indeed a good life.
07-14-2005, 06:43 PM
Norman worked in his small garden, trying to return to the normalacy of his life--if you could call it that. He sensed a change coming and he wasn't sure how to feel about it. He picked a few of his most precious flowers and brought them to the patio where Jahura sat, sipping on a cup of coffee and reading the newspaper. "Good morning." He said shyly, offering her the flowers. "I sure enjoyed our dance the other night." He couldn't resist rubbing a hand over her hair and then quickly he pulled back. "I think I smell breakfast. Can I--May I bring you something?"
Jahura looked at the plate of crumbs in front of her and then back at Norman. "Some fruit, whatever you have." She "smiled" and it lit her entire face. Norman felt his heart swell as he walked inside the cool building.
07-15-2005, 08:45 AM
Norman made his way to the Kitchen through the crowd of hungry breakfasters. He shyly entered, a bit nervous, since EA had been very firm about certain possible behaviors the other day. EA looked up from the fruit she was cutting, smiled warmly at Norman, then impulsivly gave Norman a hug.
"You're not mad at me?" he asks cautiously.
"Of course not! I just didn't want either of you two to 'sacrifice' yourselves 'for the good of all'. You're needed here too much to just disappear!"
Norman blushes, since he's still not used to being needed, then asks rathere shyly if he can have a plate of fruit to take to Jahura.
"Here you go! And here's some juice for the both of you, too. Oh, and Norman.... You are incredibly important to us. HAve a nice morning!"
EA smiles again, then sends him off just as a fresh batch of orders come in.
07-16-2005, 12:04 PM
Jahura looks at the bouquet of flowers Norman handed to her. They were certainly beautiful, and their combined aromas made her once again think of the Gardens of Asha. She puts her face in the midst of the bouquet and breathes deeply.
Norman returns with a tray holding a plate of fruit and two glasses of juice.
No fork. Oh, well.
"Thank you. That's very sweet of you." she says with a smile as she carefully plucks a piece of green melon off of the plate and takes a bite. Norman sits down on the bench next to her.
"Help yourself." she says, gesturing at the tray.
Norman picks up a glass of juice and drinks down half of its contents. He looks over at Jahura again.
"I really did enjoy that dance the other night - and the fireworks after, standing on the cliff with you, holding your hand and all..."
Jahura swallows hard, clearing her mouth.
"Norman..." she starts.
"I know, I know," he interrupts, "you're taken. I know that all too well. I would never stand in the way of that, unless you want me to. I think he treats you wrong and there's nothing you can do to dissuade me from that. If ever, and I mean ever anything should happen, you so much as think of me and I will be there."
His hand reaches up and brushes against her cheek.
"What I would give to kiss you right now." he says softly.
07-17-2005, 09:36 AM
If only he could freeze this moment of time. His senses cried out to him just lean in, dip your head--one kiss. The temptation was too much for him to resist. His other hand reached up to cup her cheek and he pulled her face to his. "Jahura, I---" His lips met hers softly.
"Am I interrupting?" A lean man appeared, his dark hair brushing the top of his shoulders. He had the most interesting nose--
"Zander." Jahura whispered.
"Ah." Was the only reply Norman could dredge up. He felt as if he had been struck in the gut and the object was sharp and buried deep.
07-20-2005, 06:00 AM
Um...do you know something I don't?
07-21-2005, 02:09 PM
"Yes," says the lean man, "he sends his love to you as always, and hopes you aren't being Patience on a monument, I quote. He doesn't know when he'll be able to join you here, and in the meantime, if anyone shows up claiming to be him, stay the frod away from them. There's been some kind of disturbance in the collective psyche, he thinks it's over but he can't be sure, and in the meantime you aren't safe around him. He'll keep you posted through me. And he said to be happy."
"He always says that," Jahura asides to Norman, rolling her eyes. "Thank you, Creon."
The Nyrond bows and withdraws, and Jahura gives vent to a few unladylike remarks on the general theme of timing before turning back to Norman.
07-21-2005, 04:21 PM
Reminded of her near indiscretion, Jahura looks at her KI.
"Oh, gee! Look at the time!" she says. She picks up the tray with the half-eaten fruit and her untouched glass of juice and rushes it inside the restaraunt. She places the tray on the bar, drops a 10 bill into the jar, and trots out the door to the Inn where she retreats to her room and locks the door behind her.
07-29-2005, 09:15 AM
After a confusing day of strange visitors, near-misses, and just the normal craziness that comprises the day-to-day life at the RB&G, EA cleans up the Kichen, making sure that eveything is in place for the next day's meals.
Noticing how lovely the evening is, EA decides that a walk on the beach and a moonlight swim are in order. She goes back to her room to change into her suit and a coverup, then heads down to the beach with Teyla and R'ggie in tow.
Walking along the water's edge, she lets the sea wash away the stress. Smiling indulgently, she watches the firelizards playing and cavorting with the waves and the dolphins in the moonlight. Then, prompted by an unheard suggestion, EA shyly starts to sing. It's a song without words that is almost instantly taken up by the firelizards in melody (since EA sings harmony...lol). The dolphins add their voices to counterpoint the music on that beautiful night.
08-14-2005, 10:54 PM
Amid the traditional talking and conversing of the bar, out of nowhere at a completely random time, the bar doors swing open, and....!
Until all in the bar peer downwards at the ground and find a small Gopher, dressed up in a western bounty-hunter look
"I'm looking for Jade. Anyone seen her?"
08-15-2005, 07:16 PM
A tall, dark, and slim, character turned around slowly, and fixed his eyes upon the furry little creature. He then replied in a mighty tone, "Take a number rodent,.... I was looking for her first!"
08-18-2005, 12:19 PM
"Them's be fighting words!"
Replied the Gopher
08-18-2005, 04:28 PM
"Yea well, you may need a Doc when I'm done with ya", the tall man retorted, "but I'm not here to fight with you, I just want to know where Jade is!"
08-18-2005, 09:07 PM
"Looks like we're after the same character; The name's Gopher"
08-19-2005, 06:23 AM
During the middle of this argument, sippka comes into the bar and stupidly shouts "Hey all! Iââ‚¬™m new to these parts...". As he looks around he notices MudMarlin and Furious both giving each other death stares. This tension concludes him to shut up, have a seat and get a drink before the entertainment starts.
08-20-2005, 07:12 AM
HG walks into the bar in search for an grey earl, hot, preferable russian version.
The rooms in the inn have been tidied again, given fresh linen and such and now it is time to relax.
Oblivious to the staring contest HG retreads to a window seat and opens her magazine. It had been a hard weeks work, cleaning all the back-up dust accumulated since she left suddenly 3 weeks ago for a Norsk fjell. A friend offered a lift and it was an oppurtunity not to miss! (ot: the moment I have some digital version af my slides I will show them)
Ah, vacation is great but it is as good to be back.
08-20-2005, 05:09 PM
A small mushroom cloud rises in the distance.
Little foot steps come running towards the bar.
"I didn't do it." Says Teddy.
08-20-2005, 06:10 PM
The, tall, unidentifiable character, stood up, and gazed upon the Teddy, "Hrmmph,... last time you riddled the walls with holes, and blew the bar to pieces. You brought destruction to a tranquil place..... well done. But this time, you're picking up the pieces."
08-24-2005, 03:13 PM
Jade burst into the restaurant nearly running over the small teddy in her path. Gopher and Mud Marlin watched in surprise as she tore through the place and disappeared into the kitchen. They looked at the swinging door and back at each other, back to the door again. "Was that Jade?" asked FG.
"Where's the fire?" demanded Teddy. He then glanced out the window where the cloud was slowly disappearing and he blushed. "Oh."
"I don't think that's the problem here. Something else is going on." Furious Gopher, bounty-hunter, stood and walked into the kitchen. "Hey Jade! Get out here pronto! We've been looking for you."
Jade breezed into the room, smiling and greeting everyone warmly. "Hey there! So good to see you guys." She brushed a hand over her hair and smiled brightly. "Did you get out for good behavior?"
"Don't try to change the subject, young lady. Where ya been?" Mud Marlin raised an eyebrow in a question.
"I um..." Jade shuffled her feet and rubbed her neck. "Erm..."
"What's this?" HannaGertie asked suspiciously, holding a two-handed battle axe. "I found it in the storeroom in the kitchen...nearly landed on my head!" She turned it over and read the inscription Battle Axe of the Bear, property of WoW(TM) (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/)
"Oh no, Jade! Not WoW!" Gopher pulled a hand down his face and shook his head.
"WoW what? What is WoW?" HannaGertie asked in confusion.
Grizz strolled in and commented, "I'll tell you exactly what it is. It's a place that will steal time away from everyone and every thing and Jade is addicted." He seemed casual, but there was an underlying tenseness to his voice.
"I am not addicted! I can quit anytime I want!" Jade eyed the battle axe and her eyes began to glow with a strange light.
08-24-2005, 03:51 PM
Grizz, noticing that strange light in Jade's eye, sighed deeply, and shook his head, mumbling.....
"Not even Alliance... member of the Horde, for cryin' out loud... troll Shaman... already level 30... ya go away for a day or two and...
Well to each his own. Guess I'll just have to... hmmmmm... now that's a real idea! I wonder if it will work."
And Grizz took out a small pad of paper, a pencil, and began to make obscure notes and dates and what looked like route numbers... and a sort of map.
08-27-2005, 08:41 AM
"Can I have a double double coffee, please?" Toria burst out, as she came running into the Bar. "I need to get to work and my coffee machine is broken. I'm desperate!"
08-31-2005, 10:22 PM
Suddenly, a very foul stench fills the room as Mike links in, his jersey in tatters, his fur so muddy you cant even see the stripes. The shell-shocked tiger turns to Grizz and asks for a "Milk, Chocolate" after which he prompty falls flat on his face.
09-01-2005, 06:35 PM
Gopher, still in grief from the W O W discovery, sits down on a bar stool (Which took him three minutes to climb) and orders a round for everyone to lighten the former discovery
09-02-2005, 06:11 AM
Grizz walks over to FG and puts a sympathetic hand on his shoulder. Then he turns to the whole room and makes an announcement.
"This whole thing is partly my fault. I have been so frellin' busy making a major move that I have neglected the B&G, the Inn, and all of you far more than I should have. However, the move has been accomplished now, and might even have some effect on Jade's WoW activities. Since we (JadesDream and Grizz) are now posting from the same computer, I will do what I can to wean her away from the delights of the troll identity, and bring her back to the B&G on a more regular basis." http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
He stopped speaking, and a look crossed his face. Something like this... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif
"Or will she teach me the delights of being a troll?" http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif
09-07-2005, 10:58 AM
EA rushes through the front door of the RB&G, tripping over Teddy on her way to the Kitchen. "oops! sorry!" is heard as she disappears into the Kitchen. Jade and Grizz look at each other in surprise, shrug their shoulders, and say "Your turn" at the same time. Laughing sheepishly, Jade says, "I'll go"
Heading into the Kitchen, Jade is overwhelmed with the sudden onslaught of scents and the large cloud of flour that EA has caused in her over-exess of catching up.
"EA, where've you been?" jade asks hesitantly, not sure if EA will hear her.
"uhhh....i've.... been... busy?" EA looks guiltily over at Jade as she puts the bread in the oven for that day's lunch.
"Uh huh... where?"
"weeeellll....." seeing a familiar light in Jade's eyes, EA grins, and whispers, "WoW. 60 Ne druid. finished leveling her last Fri, b4 Wyerd got home from sea"
Jade just starts laughing, and EA starts too. Grizz pokes his head into the Kitchen to see what's so funny. Seeing the 2 girls doubled over, he rolls his eyes and says, "Not another one! Will we ever have home cooking again?"
EA wipes her eyes, washes her hands, shoos Grizz out of the Kitchen, so she and Jade can chat up about their new obsession while EA finishes making the cookies and pies that the RB&G are so famous for.
10-04-2005, 01:51 AM
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"Jade, stop eating all the cookies."
"I'm noth eaithing ALL the cookthies."
"Don't talk with your mouth full, you're spitting crumbs at me." EA laughed, removing the last batch from the oven.
10-04-2005, 03:13 AM
Pffffft! Pffffft! Pffffft! Soooooooooo... a high level Ne, huh. erm... does this Ne remember ganking a certain lowly Tauren druid right in front of a quest giver in MG, by any chance?
Grizz looks at the cookie he is about to mouth, sniffs at it suspiciously, then shrugs, and wolfs it down. He grins sheepishly at EA, and winks at Jade.
10-04-2005, 10:34 PM
In disbelief, the little gopher dug a hole right through the bar floor, and buried himself in it. Mud put his hands over his face, and banged his head on the bar. "That's it! Druids? Quest Giver?? Where's my rocket launcher, this has to be done!"
10-05-2005, 10:49 AM
Grizz chuckled. "No!! No-no-no, use this War Hammer. You hit something with this, it will inflict significant carnage."
Jade jumped up and grabbed Mud by his arm. "Noooooo...please." She ran to the supply closet and pulled out her Thornton Sledgehammer, cabable of inflicting major amounts of pain. "Use this."
EA just laughed. Being a level 60, her choice of weapon made the rest look like Tonka toys. "Here, try this." She passed over 2 sleek blades that glowed slightly.
Mud slapped a hand over his face, dragging it down. "I think you guys are missing my point. You've become entirely too violent. What we need is intervention...and fast."
10-06-2005, 08:23 PM
Suddenly, through the ground where the Gopher was buried, there came a light
T'was just a small flicker, until the ground became uneven and begun to break loose
Then, the light turned into a small blast, blinding those in the bar for a slight second. When they recovered their sight, they witnessed what appeared to be a small Panda, wielding a bamboo rocketlauncher
10-07-2005, 09:53 AM
"That's a beauty."
"Why thank you." The panda said shyly, until he realized they weren't talking about him, but about his rocket launcher. "Erm..." The panda inched back slowly, the three pairs of avarice-filled eyes watching him closely.
"Imagine what we could do with that."
"How many HP do you think? 48 or so per hit?"
"At least 60, I bet."
Grizz, EA and Jade all looked at each other and then at the bamboo launcher. Back at each other...the launcher....a look...back...a step...and then they lunged at the same time.
10-11-2005, 04:51 PM
But, as quickly as he came, the small Panda disapeared with a flash and a puff of smoke
But when the smoke cleared and the vision of those in the bar recovered, they saw a Gopher, just sitting there, with an RPG on his back
10-17-2005, 12:41 PM
EA, Grizz and Jade picked themselves up off the floor, brushing themselves off and looking significantly ashamed of themselves. "Sorry." and "Pardon." and "Excuse me." could be heard and then they saw the Gopher sitting there, looking rather smug. "That's odd." EA whispered, her eyes beginning to glow again. She took one step forward, but Grizz put his hand on her arm and shook his head slowly.
"Don't even think about it." He whispered.
"Why not?" She whispered, her eye on the RPG.
"I'm not sure...there's just something about him. Don't make him furious, whatever you do."
10-22-2005, 10:00 AM
The Gopher, keeping a close guard on his RPG, slowly holsters it. Breaking the silence, he offers to buy everyone another round of drinks
"Perhaps this will stop them from eyeing that RPG http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif"
10-25-2005, 08:11 AM
A sigh...a breath...and then a sense of calm pervades the restaurant. "That sounds lovely, thank you." Jade smiled brightly at Gopher and then said, "I'll just take that for you and lock it safely in the closet." She reached for the RPG...
10-25-2005, 07:38 PM
The Gopher, amazed at Jades beauty, willingfully hands over the RPG.
It was at this point though, that he realized his fatal mistake...
10-31-2005, 10:11 AM
<span class="ev_code_RED">HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!</span>ot:lol no orange!
EA gets busy makin cookie jack-o-lanterns, while Jade, Grizz, and the guests all carve Pumpkins for the Hallow's End Festival that night.
"I just got done playing MYST V" she says to her friends..."cried at the end...it was so sad, but so happy at the same time! Grrrr on Cyan for leaving it a teaser!!"
ot: Grizz....was that on Bronzebeard server? lol if so...i'm sorry! lol (Wyllow on Bronzebeard)
12-02-2005, 07:49 AM
A blue stork flies into the Bar and Grille, looking around to see if anyone is there. Alas, the place is empty. Slowly, she makes it to the bar and finds a piece of paper and a pencil. She writes a quick message and leaves it on the counter.
If anyone has seen Jadesdream, could you please direct her to a nearby phone and have her call the Age and Country Hotel? Speedyserd would really like to talk to her about the holiday season... Thanks
And on that note, the blue stork flies off.
01-04-2006, 10:02 AM
<pre class="ip-ubbcode-code-pre">Gopher walks in, and notices that he just missed Jade</pre>
02-26-2006, 07:02 AM
With a http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif and a http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, Jade peeks inside the bar and grille to see if anyone is still around. "Hey you guys, Grizz and I wanted to share our happy news. In the Real Life Bar and Grille, we tied the knot on Valentine's Day. We are blissfully happy and wanted to share our joy with all of our friends here at the RB&G." With that, she brushed off a cobweb or two and headed toward the broom closet. There was a lot of work to be done.
09-24-2010, 01:50 PM
Outside the RB&G a strange, yet familiar, noise is heard. It's the sound of someone who has arrived after placing their hand on a picture. Dust bunnies swirl across the street, and cobwebs hang from the sign of the RB&G.
With a sigh of sadness at the unintended neglect, Earthangell steps up to the door. Giving it a bit of a shove, ("Need to find the oil can...."), she enters the once lively inn that she had called home. "5 years is a long, long time.... I was gone for far too longhttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif ." Gingerly, she threads her way through the tables and chairs of the RB&G, leaving a trail of footprints in the thick dust.
Heading into the kitchen, she notices a large wedding cake, miraculously untouched by time, with the names of her old friends, Jade and Grizz. "Belated congratulations!", she whispers in the breeze coming through the back door.
Grabbing a rag from under the sink, EA starts to clean up. A couple hours later, the Kitchen is done, and EA has grabbed the mop and broom and started on the main room. She hums a lil' tune while she works, and quickly moves on to the rest of the place. With windows opened to let in fresh breezes, EA looks around, and smiles at the newly gleaming bar counter, and heads back to the Kitchen.
Grinning, EA stokes the fire, and starts working on the dinner menu: Roast beef, russet potatoes, green beans and carrots from the garden, and a Pineapple Upside Down cake for dessert!
OT: Back in Feb 2005, we welcomed our 4th child to this world. As of Aug 2010, we welcomed our 7th. We now have 3 boys, and 4 girls http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Oh, and we have changed Ages. We are back in the East Coast Age http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif