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Chat Logs / KK Chat -- 21 July 2019
« Last post by DesertRose on July 21, 2019, 07:26:44 pm »
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:01:57 PM EDT] Join KK has joined this channel.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:02:07 PM EDT] <bynw> hi KK
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:02:08 PM EDT] <KK> Hello, all.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:02:09 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Whats the news about Jemler?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:02:19 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Hi KK
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:02:47 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Hi KK.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:02:54 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Ah, jemler passed away on 3 June.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:03:03 PM EDT] Join kiwi_29 (kiwi_29@7F791F.1DE43C.7A71FB.6349F4) has joined this channel.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:03:08 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Hi Bee
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:03:10 PM EDT] <KK> Very sadly, Jemler passed away a month or so ago.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:03:11 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Im so sorry to hear that
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:03:26 PM EDT] Nick kiwi_29 is now known as The_Bee.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:03:52 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Gosh we are all having a time lately. We're tough and resilient though.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:04:28 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I hope so.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:04:33 PM EDT] <DesertRose> How's it going with you, KK?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:04:33 PM EDT] <KK> We are strong. Hear us roar!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:04:42 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Ive been seeing your posts on FB KK. Cool stuff.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:04:44 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I'm guessing still plugging away at sorting/culling belongings.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:04:52 PM EDT] <WidowSon> YES! ROAR!!!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:04:57 PM EDT] <KK> I'm hanging in there.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:06:06 PM EDT] * The_Bee hums "When the Saints Come Marching In."
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:06:10 PM EDT] <WidowSon> KK I sent you a link via your email for a new Documentary about where I work. Check it out when ya get a chance.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:06:25 PM EDT] <KK> Yep, DR, but making progress in small ways, step by step, in manageable bites. Cleaned out a bathroom closet shelf yesterday before I even came downstairs. Unearthed another run of desk space today.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:07:58 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Im working on a Series Grid for my Book! And joined a local author's group here on Marco Island, FL. The first meeting was pretty cool.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:08:48 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Baby steps for me......LOL
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:08:57 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Are your agent and publisher being understanding about your circumstances?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:09:15 PM EDT] <KK> Neato. And I gather that everyone is managing now to perish from the heat. We hit close to 100 today. Blech! I stayed inside, other than to go out and get yesterday's maiol and bring in the Sunday paper.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:09:47 PM EDT] <WidowSon> HOT EVERYWHERE around the country. UGH
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:09:59 PM EDT] Join DomMelchior (uid380588@OWIRCN-53280135.irccloud.com) has joined this channel.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:10:04 PM EDT] <KK> I'm not under contract right now, Bee. So no one is bugging me. I did get my travel arrangements for Dragoncon sorted.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:10:04 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Hi DomMelchior!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:10:10 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Hi domM
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:10:31 PM EDT] <KK> Hello, Dom Melchoir. Long time no see.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:10:40 PM EDT] <bynw> hi DomMelchior
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:10:44 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Hi
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:11:37 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Wow! That's AWESOME KK!!! I may try to make it there if you are gonna be there.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:12:06 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Indeed it has been a while I had a bad traffic accident a few months back and I have not really been up and about much
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:12:42 PM EDT] <KK> Wow, what happened?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:12:42 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Yike! I hope you're recovering okay.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:13:14 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Katherine, I only learned of Scott's passing this morning. Andy and I are so, so sorry. He was a great man.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:13:15 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Ouch!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:14:00 PM EDT] <KK> He was. And thank you.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:14:52 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I was on my way to work one morning and a guy in car two lanes over lost control and rammed me into the guard rail, totaling my car, injuring my neck and back, and breaking a rib.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:15:11 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I'm recovering, but it'll take time
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:15:14 PM EDT] <The_Bee> OUCH!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:15:15 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Not fun DM.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:15:35 PM EDT] <KK> Yike! What happened to the other guy?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:16:38 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I never met him. I assume he was taken to hospital, but his car was in better shape than mine....probably because I cushioned the blow for him
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:17:49 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I suspect he was probably playing on his phone at the time. We're all lucky though that he didn't swerve the other direction. There was a large propane truck there.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:18:14 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I hope he has insurance and they've paid up.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:18:20 PM EDT] <KK> Whoa, lucky, indeed.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:18:47 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Ironically, we both have the same insurance company
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:19:39 PM EDT] <KK> That should help. I suspect most of the wrangling will be done in-house, and you'll get paid properly. Are you back to work yet, and do you have a new car?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:20:36 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> They won't fully address the issue though until I declare myself fully recovered. So no big payout yet I doubt that it'll cover my costs, frankly....though I'm plenty grateful to just be alive
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:21:11 PM EDT] * The_Bee is glad DomMelchior is alive.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:21:34 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I'm back to work, though usually have to take one or two days off a week still They've been very supportive and patient
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:21:50 PM EDT] <The_Bee> :)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:22:42 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> And I did buy a new car....the same amazing one I had, though this year's model. After all, it saved my life.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:22:52 PM EDT] <DesertRose> :)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:22:53 PM EDT] <The_Bee> What kind of work do you do?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:24 PM EDT] Join Evie (Evie@OWIRCN-e5c4a6df.al.charter.com) has joined this channel.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:29 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Hi Evie
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:29 PM EDT] <bynw> hi Evie
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:32 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Hi Evie!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:34 PM EDT] <Evie> Hi
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:44 PM EDT] <KK> It's criminal, how long they can sometimes postpone paying. I know that when Cameron and I were nailed by a rogue runaway trailer that hit us nearly headon, it took months and months, at least for the personal injury part. As I recall, we got money for replacing the car fairly quickly. Still, it's a bummer.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:50 PM EDT] Join judyward (judyward@OWIRCN-cdcc182c.res.rr.com) has joined this channel.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:50 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I'm a technician in the identification department of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:50 PM EDT] <Evie> I couldn't get in using my usual IRC program, so I'm trying Kiwi
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:23:54 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Hi judyward
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:03 PM EDT] <judyward> Hi, DR & everyone!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:11 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Hi JudyWard
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:17 PM EDT] <KK> Hello, Evie and JudyWars.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:27 PM EDT] * Evie waves
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:28 PM EDT] <bynw> hi judyward
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:32 PM EDT] <KK> Ward.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:34 PM EDT] <DesertRose> How are your parents, Evie, and how is your vision, judyward?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:46 PM EDT] <judyward> LOL!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:47 PM EDT] <Evie> They're doing fine.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:24:57 PM EDT] <judyward> My vision is GREAT!!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:25:03 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Yay!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:25:12 PM EDT] <Evie> They have their new house, and the laminate flooring in the bedrooms is supposed to be replaced with hardwood this week.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:25:14 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I have a lapful of Carys.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:25:21 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Nice!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:25:28 PM EDT] <judyward> Awww!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:25:29 PM EDT] <KK> Ain't it grand, when yloou can suddenly see again?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:25:49 PM EDT] <Evie> Glad to hear your vision is doing better
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:26:02 PM EDT] <judyward> Yes! First time in my life I have been able to see without some kind of lenses.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:26:03 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I'm a bit under the weather (Florida isn't a great place to live with pollen and mold allergies), and Carys the Nurse-Kitteh takes her duties seriously.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:26:24 PM EDT] <judyward> Sweet girl loves her Mama.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:26:29 PM EDT] <Evie> awww
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:26:51 PM EDT] <judyward> Allergies are rough.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:27:26 PM EDT] <The_Bee> When I had my first cataract surgery, my right eye seemed very fuzzy. Then I realized I was still looking through my old extra-thick lens.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:27:32 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Oops!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:27:52 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Pets are a huge comfort. Rory (our Pharaoh Hound) turns 11 next week, and he still acts like a goofy puppy. He's been looking after me while I recover
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:27:58 PM EDT] <judyward> Oh no! You forgot! I almost did that 2 or 3 times!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:28:17 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Rory knows his duty.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:28:24 PM EDT] <judyward> Pets are really great.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:28:41 PM EDT] <DesertRose> All dogs are therapy dogs; most of them are just volunteers. :)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:28:45 PM EDT] <judyward> Our fat baby Quanah is lying behind my chair.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:28:51 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> yeah....chasing squirrels and destroying tennis balls!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:29:09 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Amen DR
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:29:19 PM EDT] <judyward> I took Quanah (with permission) to visit a friend in therapy and he was a huge hit with everyone.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:29:23 PM EDT] <KK> I had them take out the glasses lens on the side that got done first. It was still a little fiddly until I got the second eye done--and I couldn't focus close with the first eye, since I needed reading glasses for that. But still, well worth the aggro!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:29:44 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Hi Evie!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:29:49 PM EDT] <judyward> Yes, well worth it.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:29:50 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Hi Judy Ward!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:29:52 PM EDT] <Evie> hello
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:30:04 PM EDT] <judyward> Hi, Evie & WS!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:30:06 PM EDT] <DesertRose> And I imagine having one glasses lens just for the short time between eyes was a minor enough inconvenience in the grand scheme.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:30:31 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I was given a plano lens until I got a new prescription. I use reading glasses for cloe-up. like now.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:30:39 PM EDT] <judyward> I have to wear reading glasses.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:30:48 PM EDT] <KK> Yeah. If I'd had to drive much, it would have been a bummer, but since I work from home, not as much hassle as I feared.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:30:49 PM EDT] <DesertRose> My mom still has to wear reading glasses too.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:11 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I've worn glasses since I was 7. I wouldn't know how to act without frames on my face from morning til night. Not to mention I wouldn't recognize that stranger in the mirror.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:16 PM EDT] Join revanne (revanne@OWIRCN-6cb75694.dyn.plus.net) has joined this channel.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:19 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Hi revanne
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:21 PM EDT] <bynw> hi revanne
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:22 PM EDT] <WidowSon> How's North FL Desert Rose? Storming down here in Naples!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:28 PM EDT] <revanne> Hi
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:31 PM EDT] <DesertRose> LOL at the not recognizing yourself in the mirror without glasses, DomMelchior.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:33 PM EDT] <Evie> hi revanne
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:33 PM EDT] <judyward> I scared myself driving the 2nd day after first surgery so after 2nd I stayed home 2 days.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:34 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Hi Revanne
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:35 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I had a pair of prescription glasses, but they broke. Now I use cheap readers.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:42 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Hi Revanne
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:31:57 PM EDT] <revanne> How are you all doing?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:19 PM EDT] <judyward> How are you Revanne?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:20 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Weirdly stormy. I was looking at blue skies out my (north-facing) windows a few hours ago but hearing thunder, and then it poured for a while and cleared off.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:23 PM EDT] <Evie> Doing OK. Just had busy day, so I'm tired.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:24 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Was that actual eye surgery you're talking about KK?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:28 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I've never had a driver's license, so driving was not an issue.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:36 PM EDT] <DesertRose> And now the sky to the east is blue but to the west is very dark grey.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:47 PM EDT] <Evie> Sounds like our weather recently
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:57 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Same down here DR
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:32:58 PM EDT] <judyward> We are supposed to have a "cold front" Tuesday. <G>
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:33:05 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Which was is the wind blowing, DR?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:33:07 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Mother Nature is going through menopause and having hot flashes. :P
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:33:09 PM EDT] <Evie> Brief storms out of nowhere, then they're gone just as fast. Not severe, just very wet.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:33:27 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Not sure. The cloud aren't moving much, but generally storms move west to east here.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:33:30 PM EDT] <DesertRose> *clouds
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:33:50 PM EDT] <KK> Yep, cataract surgery, and then muscle surgery to correct the double vision--so no more clunky prisms.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:33:53 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Its a warming planet......getting wayyyyyy tooooo HOT!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:34:08 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Okay. Can we please not discuss political topics.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:34:18 PM EDT] <judyward> Oh, you DID have a lot of eye surgery! But worth it.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:34:19 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Wow.....thats cool they fixed that!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:34:26 PM EDT] <DesertRose> It's apt to get contentious.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:35:10 PM EDT] <Evie> I have two kittehs stretched out beside me
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:35:11 PM EDT] <judyward> We have a rule at lunch at work; no politics!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:35:17 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Sorry DR. Im a ecologist so it slipped out. I'll control myself better
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:35:23 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Thank you.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:35:38 PM EDT] <revanne> We are back to a proper summer here after last years sunshine!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:35:44 PM EDT] Mode bynw gives channel operator privileges to Evie.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:35:48 PM EDT] <Evie> LOL!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:35:58 PM EDT] <KK> I think we can all agree that things are getting hotter. It's when one starts trying to assign blame that it can get contentious. But I think we're all experiencing unusual heat this weekend.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:36:00 PM EDT] <The_Bee> "let is close our eyes and talk about the weather."
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:36:03 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Like my grandpa said no religion and no politics at the supper table.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:36:10 PM EDT] <Evie> Here, "summer" is synonymous with "Sunshine," albeit often punctuated with showers
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:36:20 PM EDT] Mode bynw gives KK permission to talk.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:36:51 PM EDT] <revanne> That's a very British remark Bee. No idea what we would talk about if not the weather.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:09 PM EDT] <judyward> We actually have had a cooler summer with no 100s till July.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:12 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I don't know who dubbed Florida the Sunshine State. Central FL is the lightning-strike capital of the planet.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:16 PM EDT] <KK> We're having 1 or 2 thunderstorms just about every day. And when the rain starts, it's like they turned on a faucet upstairs.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:27 PM EDT] <WidowSon> The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:30 PM EDT] <Evie> LOL, I started to type 'I'm in heat," but that means something completely different from what I'm trying to say, so started to change to "I'm hot," but that's not much better.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:38 PM EDT] <Evie> It is freaking hot here. How's that? ;-)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:38 PM EDT] <DesertRose> ROFL
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:40 PM EDT] <The_Bee> It's from Gilberts & Sullivan--The Pirates of Penzance. us, not is
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:52 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Pygmalion
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:37:58 PM EDT] <Evie> Jemler would have a field day. LOL!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:38:01 PM EDT] <WidowSon> My Fair Lady
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:38:02 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Indeed.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:38:17 PM EDT] <revanne> That explains it
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:38:26 PM EDT] <WidowSon> All I want is a room somewhere....
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:38:40 PM EDT] <revanne> Lol! Evie
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:38:52 PM EDT] <Evie> I don't actually mind the heat. It's the humidity that has me ready to run off to Alaska.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:38:59 PM EDT] <WidowSon> I LOVE that musical!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:39:07 PM EDT] <judyward> It's a good one!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:39:12 PM EDT] <Evie> Me too
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:39:13 PM EDT] <WidowSon> How's your Mom hangin in there Katherine?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:39:24 PM EDT] <KK> High humidity here, too. But it's better here than over on the coast and in D.C.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:39:32 PM EDT] <DesertRose> My favorite G&S reference is from _Tam Lin_. Janet walks into Thomas' dorm room, where he is seated on the floor amid a bunch of Tinker Toys, and asks, "What on earth are you doing?"
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:39:56 PM EDT] <The_Bee> There's a story about someone who tried to introduce hot dogs to England. He advertised them as "dogs in heat."
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:06 PM EDT] <revanne> Oops
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:06 PM EDT] <DesertRose> And he replies, "I'm trying to make a model of a molecule of muscarine -- Good Lord, that sounds just like Gilbert and Sullivan -- for this [expletive deleted] physics class!"
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:07 PM EDT] <WidowSon> LOL DesertRose!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:09 PM EDT] <judyward> LOL!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:10 PM EDT] <KK> Her short term memory is all but shot, and she's increasingly frail. But she's still with us. And my sister came for 2 weeks at Mothers' Day, so that was good.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:40 PM EDT] <Evie> Glad she could make it
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:44 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Very nice your sister visiting.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:44 PM EDT] <Evie> and LOL, DR
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:52 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> We're actually having a fairly reasonable summer (so far, anyway) here in sunny southern California. I don't think we've topped 90 F were yet, and it's been mainly in the lo 80's F.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:40:53 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Good that your sister was able to visit and that LBM is hanging in there.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:41:01 PM EDT] <judyward> Good to be together for Mother's Day.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:41:18 PM EDT] <judyward> How old is LBM?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:41:43 PM EDT] <The_Bee> There was a story about an Englishman who tried to introduce hot dogs to England. He advertised them as "dogs in heat."
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:41:48 PM EDT] <WidowSon> I hope she's doing well under the circumstances. Thoughts of peace and love coming your mom's way.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:41:48 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Oops.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:42:26 PM EDT] <KK> About time, grumble grumble grumble. But Mother didn't recognize her at first, with nearly silver hair--and because she'd forgotte that Jeanne was goiming. Things settled dow quickly, after about 2 days. She kept saying, But you don't look like you!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:42:35 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Am I still here? I type but don't see it in the chatroom.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:42:44 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Yes, Bee, you're still here.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:42:49 PM EDT] <WidowSon> You are BEE
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:43:11 PM EDT] <bynw> you are still here bee
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:43:25 PM EDT] <judyward> We see you, Bee.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:43:49 PM EDT] <judyward> Had she not seen your sister in a while?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:43:56 PM EDT] <DesertRose> BRB, my throat says it's tea-kettle o'clock.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:43:57 PM EDT] <Evie> I take it Laurna is logged in but not here?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:43:59 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Thats funny that she was saying that to her. I'm sure she settled in finally after seeing here for a few days
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:01 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I'm okay. I just needed to press the PAGE Down button.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:09 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Laurna is dancing, I think.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:10 PM EDT] <Evie> Now I'm not seeing my text appear.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:19 PM EDT] <revanne> I think that I don't look like me as I get older so I understand your Mom
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:33 PM EDT] <Evie> Am I still here? (And will I see any answers if I am?)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:39 PM EDT] <KK> About 3 years.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:40 PM EDT] <judyward> I'd like to grow my hair out but Lou likes it red.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:44 PM EDT] <revanne> I thought it was my phone
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:44 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I see you, Evie. Try hiting pg dn.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:47 PM EDT] <bynw> yes you are here as well Evie
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:44:56 PM EDT] <Evie> Ah, page didn't scroll down.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:45:09 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Yep
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:45:35 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Hi Evie, you're still here.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:45:39 PM EDT] <revanne> Can you send a cuppa over DR?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:45:46 PM EDT] <Evie> OK, good to know
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:45:52 PM EDT] <judyward> Oops! Need to run put clothes in dryer. BRB
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:45:52 PM EDT] <DesertRose> If I can find the dratted portal, sure thing, revanne! :D
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:46:16 PM EDT] <revanne> It's well past midnight here and I'm too lazy to get out of bed.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:46:18 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Is page not scrolling a Kiwi thing?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:46:20 PM EDT] <WidowSon> KK are you at DragonCon through the whole thing?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:46:29 PM EDT] <Evie> I guess so, Bee.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:47:11 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I had a (totally not) crisis when this crud with my sinuses started, and I realized that the only plain black tea I have in the cupboard is either Twinings English Breakfast loose tea (which requires the use and thus the washing of my tea ball) or Yorkshire Gold, so my sore throat is getting the good stuff. :D
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:47:18 PM EDT] <Evie> Are you going to DragonCon, WS?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:47:50 PM EDT] <revanne> Glad to hear that DR
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:48:00 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I just have to remember to set the kitchen timer so the tea doesn't overbrew. Yorkshire Gold will get VERY tannic if you let it. :D
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:48:10 PM EDT] <KK> Yes, WS. Arriving the Thursday sort of 5ish, and returning Monday afternoon.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:48:20 PM EDT] <WidowSon> I'm thinking of trying to go Evie now that I hear KK will be there. I'm gonna try.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:48:25 PM EDT] <revanne> Yep, proper builders' tea
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:48:28 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I'm assuming early chat will be the 8th of September, KK?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:48:48 PM EDT] <DesertRose> (for September, that is)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:48:53 PM EDT] <Evie> Hope you can go! I'll be missing this year again, barring some unforeseen miracle. :-/
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:49:08 PM EDT] <Evie> We'll want a full report
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:49:31 PM EDT] <KK> I know builders' tea well. We made a lot of it during the years restoring Holybrooke.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:50:07 PM EDT] <revanne> I'm sure you did KK. A very necessary part of renovations.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:50:16 PM EDT] <KK> Yes, the 8th, DR.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:50:23 PM EDT] <judyward> Especially very long renos.
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[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:50:47 PM EDT] <revanne> What's the US equivalent of builders' tea?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:50:56 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I'm making it with honey and lemon, no milk, because I'm trying to soothe my throat, but I have to think that a bit of milk would do quite nicely if I were feeling better. I used to think people were weird for putting milk in tea, but I have grown up and broadened my horizons.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:50:58 PM EDT] <kiwi_29> You're all back!
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[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:51:05 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Sailors' coffee, probably, revanne. :)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:51:06 PM EDT] <Evie> Coffee, revanne. ;-)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:51:16 PM EDT] <KK> Ours seemed like forever, the builders became part of the family, but it was really only a year and a half.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:51:16 PM EDT] <revanne> Lol DR
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:51:18 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Planning to go to any other conventions, KK?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:51:21 PM EDT] Nick kiwi_29 is now known as The_Bee.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:51:58 PM EDT] <revanne> Rehi Bee
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:52:01 PM EDT] <DesertRose> In the Navy (and so I hear the Coast Guard too), they take their coffee VERY seriously and usually strong enough that the spoon will stand up on its own. :D
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:52:05 PM EDT] <bynw> been forever since i went to dragon*con
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:52:16 PM EDT] <judyward> Bee stay in the hive!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:52:22 PM EDT] <The_Bee> thanks, Revanne
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:52:25 PM EDT] <KK> I'm supposed to go to the Writers of the Future thing nes xt spring--in LA, as it happens. Maybe we can get together, DM.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:52:43 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I haven't made a habit of going for a few years now, but I'm thinking about trying to go to LosCon this Thanksgiving--if my back will allow.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:52:52 PM EDT] <KK> If the spoon doesn't melt off the bow..
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:52:58 PM EDT] <KK> bowl.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:53:08 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> That would be wonderful, KK
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:53:35 PM EDT] <WidowSon> KK could you send me some info on the Writers of the Future event?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:54:06 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Where will they hold that?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:54:24 PM EDT] <KK> I'm a judge. But you'll do better to google it. I was supposed to go this year, but then Scott got sick and I had to cancel.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:54:45 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Roger that KK. I'll Google.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:55:17 PM EDT] <KK> It was early April this year, and I think it's held in Hollywood or environs.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:55:30 PM EDT] <judyward> That' might be fun.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:55:48 PM EDT] <revanne> Sounds good KK
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:55:55 PM EDT] <DesertRose> It looks like it's a speculative fiction contest (with a corresponding contest for illustrators).
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:56:20 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Thanks heaps KK.....I'll check into it........probably can't make that big a trip but who knows.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:56:44 PM EDT] Join Evie61 (Evie@OWIRCN-e5c4a6df.al.charter.com) has joined this channel.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:56:55 PM EDT] <judyward> Hi again, Evie
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:57:05 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Not that far....especially for a chance to get together with you. It's been 14 years--we're overdue for a reunion!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:57:07 PM EDT] <Evie61> /nick EvieToo
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:57:11 PM EDT] <The_Bee> wb Evie
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:57:19 PM EDT] <revanne> Re hi Evie
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:57:23 PM EDT] <Evie61> hi
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:57:33 PM EDT] <Evie61> Hm. Nick command didn't work
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:57:42 PM EDT] Nick Evie61 is now known as EvieToo.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:58:08 PM EDT] <WidowSon> I recently got the Grammarly software and it's helping me heaps with my writing KK.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:58:13 PM EDT] <revanne> Seems to have now.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:58:13 PM EDT] <The_Bee> You've cloned yourself, Evie!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:58:59 PM EDT] <EvieToo> Yeah, my computer insisted I wasn't connected to the internet even though I could still see chat appearing
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:59:18 PM EDT] <EvieToo> Until suddenly it didn't
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[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:59:36 PM EDT] <WidowSon> KK, if you see my old emails to you with my first two chapters just ignore that as I'll need to send you the cleaned up versions to look at if you can.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:59:40 PM EDT] <EvieToo> Here's what I put together yesterday while visiting my folks: https://www.flickr.com/gp/9573389@N08/6ju5tn
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:59:46 PM EDT] <revanne> That would be Evietwo not Evietoo
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [7:59:50 PM EDT] <The_Bee> That happened to me too. A aKiwi thing?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:00:01 PM EDT] <EvieToo> EvieToo as in Evie Also
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:00:06 PM EDT] Nick EvieToo is now known as Evie.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:00:41 PM EDT] <WidowSon> That's cool Evie Too
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:00:42 PM EDT] <revanne> Nice Evie
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:01:43 PM EDT] <Evie> It mostly snaps together, although there are a few bolts and a tiny screwdriver for screwing them into place.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:01:52 PM EDT] <The_Bee> They almost look alive, except for the wrist joints.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:01:57 PM EDT] <judyward> Dogs are barking. Neighbor's teeny tiny Dachshund can get in our yard...silly dog.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:01:57 PM EDT] <revanne> DS has promised to take me pillion on his motorbike one day.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:02:21 PM EDT] <Evie> Yeah, wrists and ankles, although if I add bracelets and shoes with ankle straps, the joints are harder to spot.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:02:35 PM EDT] <revanne> I'd rather it was Alaric Morgan on his horse *sigh*
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:02:38 PM EDT] <KK> Speaking of e-mails, I lost my entire directory when we upgraded to Windows 10 and upgraded Firefox, so if you guys can send me just a short e-mail, I can get your addresses back in my machine. Otherwise, I'd have to back through old e-mails to grab the addresses, and I do not need a time sink like that, at this point in time.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:02:39 PM EDT] <DesertRose> LOL
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:03:18 PM EDT] <Evie> :-D
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:03:32 PM EDT] <WidowSon> To your gmail KK?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:03:49 PM EDT] <Evie> Alaric says it's just as well it's not, as he doesn't want shoes with ankle straps to hide his joints. ;-)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:04:03 PM EDT] <revanne> Lol
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:04:16 PM EDT] <revanne> No, not his style!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:04:19 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Will do. I hope I have your email.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:04:23 PM EDT] <judyward> HE can wear boots!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:05:06 PM EDT] <KK> It's the katherinekurtz.author one.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:05:34 PM EDT] <WidowSon> gotcha
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:05:40 PM EDT] <Evie> Just sent you mine
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:05:50 PM EDT] <judyward> Ditto
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:06:10 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Your inbox is going to be full by the end of chat, KK. :)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:06:13 PM EDT] <Evie> I read that as "[Alaric] can wear boobs!" I swear I need to clean these glasses!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:06:19 PM EDT] <DesertRose> O.o
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:06:29 PM EDT] <judyward> You DO need to !! LOL!!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:06:33 PM EDT] <revanne> Lol!!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:06:40 PM EDT] <DesertRose> A Morgan in drag?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:06:47 PM EDT] <KK> You would not catch me on a motorcycle or motorbike. I'm an organ donor, but that's not the way I want to exercise that intention.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:07:05 PM EDT] <Evie> He is making all sorts of unrepeatable comments in my head now!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:07:08 PM EDT] <judyward> I went on one...once.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:07:33 PM EDT] <DesertRose> I've been on the back seat of a few but probably not apt to do it again.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:07:39 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> I'll stick with my Caddy
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:07:53 PM EDT] <KK> I sat pillion on one once, in high school, but only to go around a very sedate block. Never again. I'm smarter now.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:07:55 PM EDT] <Evie> I haven't been on one since maybe college age
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:08:13 PM EDT] <revanne> Tell His Grace I apologise for waking him up.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:08:20 PM EDT] <judyward> Yep, it was when I was in college.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:08:41 PM EDT] <WidowSon> I used to ride motorcycles a lot but not in many years.......I got smarter.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:09:06 PM EDT] <revanne> I had a little motorbike when I was in college but a long time ago now. I loved it.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:09:49 PM EDT] <WidowSon> I sent you a link to our documentary KK.....Im in it! It's REALLY good actually!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:09:55 PM EDT] <Evie> A great many men wake up, or at least perk up, when boobs are mentioned. Fortunately he has his confessor handy. Duncan's reaching for that stole right now. ;-)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:02 PM EDT] <DesertRose> LOL
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:08 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Did someone say boobs?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:16 PM EDT] <KK> Cool, WS. I'll definitely look that up.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:18 PM EDT] <WidowSon> LOL!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:21 PM EDT] <revanne> Duncan sighs
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:35 PM EDT] <Evie> Did someone mention Duncan? *Evie perks up*
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:39 PM EDT] <DesertRose> LOL
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:41 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Thanks KK......
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:10:45 PM EDT] Mode bynw gives channel operator privileges to Evie.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:11:32 PM EDT] <Evie> Luke is attempting to stealthily crawl across my entire torso. He is failing his stealth roll. LOL
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:11:44 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Silly cat.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:11:46 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I just sent my e-mail to katherinekurts.author@gmail.com . Is that right?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:11:47 PM EDT] <revanne> Hi Luke
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:11:55 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> Use the Force, Luke
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:12:01 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Carys doesn't bother with stealth. She just walks onto me.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:12:18 PM EDT] <Evie> He seems to think if he can edge a paw forward one centimeter at a time, and scoot his body along behind it, that I won't notice.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:12:24 PM EDT] <bynw> The_Bee, it would be katherinekurtz.author@gmail.com with a Z not an S
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:12:27 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Cats.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:12:30 PM EDT] <Evie> Oh, he tried that first, but I pushed him off. So now he's trying stealth.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:12:31 PM EDT] <WidowSon> with a z bee
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:12:38 PM EDT] <judyward> Lou just saw where 8 people on a Fl beach were affected by a lightening strike.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:12:59 PM EDT] <WidowSon> UGH lots'a lightening in FL
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:13:25 PM EDT] <judyward> Yep, used to live there.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:14:14 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Carys is used to me evicting her from my lap so I can get up and get more tea or whatever; she just waits until I sit down again and resumes using me as a cat bed. :)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:14:18 PM EDT] <The_Bee> I checked. I got the Z in my actual email.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:14:34 PM EDT] <revanne> Going to say goodnight now folks and try to cheat the insomnimonster. Have a good week all.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:14:36 PM EDT] <bynw> then you are golden The_Bee
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:14:42 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Okay, g'night, revanne!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:14:46 PM EDT] <bynw> night revanne
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[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:14:58 PM EDT] <judyward> 'Night Revanne! Have a good week
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:15:06 PM EDT] <The_Bee> NIghters, Revanne. Have a good week.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:15:10 PM EDT] <KK> The Insomnimonster. I like that. But she already got away.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:15:20 PM EDT] <WidowSon> nite nite Revanne
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:15:21 PM EDT] <DesertRose> She has chronic insomnia.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:15:25 PM EDT] <judyward> That's a good one.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:15:42 PM EDT] <judyward> That's tough when you have to work.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:15:47 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Insomnia would suck....
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:15:57 PM EDT] <WidowSon> yuckers
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:16:05 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Yup, and she's an Anglican priest, so her job doesn't always have regular hours.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:16:23 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Oh no.......sorry to hear that
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:16:25 PM EDT] <judyward> Really? I didn't know that! How cool!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:16:40 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Yup, she and her twin (Demercia) both are priests.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:16:51 PM EDT] <WidowSon> ......not sorry to hear she's a priest but that she has insomnia
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:16:51 PM EDT] <judyward> Doubly cool!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:16:57 PM EDT] <WidowSon> LOL
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:17:15 PM EDT] <bynw> and we love all of our resident priests
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:17:32 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Which they both view as a cosmic joke on their militant-atheist father (who passed away a few years ago).
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:17:49 PM EDT] <WidowSon> We are all quite the eclectic bunch Huh?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:17:53 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Yup
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[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:17:59 PM EDT] <The_Bee> No kidding!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:18:00 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Hi jerusha
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:18:03 PM EDT] <bynw> hi jerusha
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:18:03 PM EDT] <Evie> hi Jerusha
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:18:05 PM EDT] <judyward> Hi, Jerusha
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:18:11 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Hi jerusha
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:18:13 PM EDT] <jerusha> Hi Everyone! Sorry to be late
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:18:26 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Puppies? Grand-puppies? Human sons? ;)
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:18:28 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Howdy Jerusha!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:19:03 PM EDT] <jerusha> I had DS2 for part of the weekend, and grandpuppies visited tonnight
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:19:20 PM EDT] <DesertRose> Yay, human children and fur-grandchildren. :D
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:19:29 PM EDT] <bynw> grandpuppies are nice
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:19:32 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Are you with us on here next Sunday KK?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:19:34 PM EDT] * bynw even has some of them
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:19:39 PM EDT] <jerusha> Grandsons are the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:19:54 PM EDT] <KK> My mother has grandbooks and grandcats and grand dogs.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:19:57 PM EDT] <jerusha> Even when they are two
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:20:15 PM EDT] <DesertRose> My mom quoted Erma Bombeck around the time the Pod-Child was born: "If I had known grandchildren were this much fun, I'd have had them first!"
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:20:16 PM EDT] <KK> Should be, WS.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:20:17 PM EDT] <WidowSon> grand books are the best!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:20:37 PM EDT] <jerusha> grand books?
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:21:10 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Good.........I'll see ya'll next Sunday! Gosh we should all do a Skype some day! That'd be a HOOT!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:21:27 PM EDT] <DomMelchior> G'night all
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:21:37 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Nite DM
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[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:21:37 PM EDT] <The_Bee> nighters, DM
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:21:37 PM EDT] <judyward> Good night!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:21:42 PM EDT] <jerusha> Hi and goodnight, DM
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:22:31 PM EDT] <judyward> My mom always said she wished I'd had some kids but I told her she had enough grandkids.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:22:44 PM EDT] <KK> I need to go too. Cameron is cooking something that smells terrific.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:22:59 PM EDT] <jerusha> Enjoy, KK; have a good week
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:02 PM EDT] <judyward> Awww! Well, have a great week!!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:09 PM EDT] <WidowSon> G'night Ya'll! Next Sunday.....till then.....all have a great week. Nite KK!!!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:10 PM EDT] <judyward> Thanks for being here!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:14 PM EDT] <Evie> Yum! Home cooked food made by someone else!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:19 PM EDT] <judyward> 'Night WS
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:20 PM EDT] <The_Bee> Enjoy your meal, KK. Thanks for coming andd see you next week.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:22 PM EDT] * KK steps onto her Portal, waves goodnight, and disappears in a shower of green sparkles.
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:23 PM EDT] <jerusha> I wouldn't know
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:25 PM EDT] <Evie> Goodnight, KK
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:25 PM EDT] <WidowSon> Thanks for being with us KK!!!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:27 PM EDT] <bynw> good that he is still with his momma and helping her out
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:28 PM EDT] <bynw> night KK
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:31 PM EDT] <KK> Nighters!
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:43 PM EDT] <jerusha> Yes, that is good
[Sunday, July 21, 2019] [8:23:53 PM EDT] Quit KK has left this server (Quit: CGI:IRC (EOF)).
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Jerusha on July 21, 2019, 03:23:52 pm »
If that were to be the case, Darcy will be the last one to figure it out!
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Bynw on July 21, 2019, 01:23:38 pm »
Hmm.  I wonder if Aliset's upset stomach this morning was just a disagreement with food or if there's a little Cameron growing.  ;)

That was my first thought. Welcome to morning sickness dear Aliset.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on July 21, 2019, 01:08:16 pm »
My thanks to Laurna, who saved the day on this one!


Sir Iain Cameron stood near the library Portal in Rhemuth Castle.  It had taken most of a day to complete his preparations.  Now he tweaked the tunic of the set of clothes Kelson’s seamstresses had hurriedly sewn to his specifications.  ‘Master Feyd’ bowed to the king.  “I believe I should look convincing.”

King Kelson of Gwynedd looked at a man who would have gone unnoticed in any crowd.  Clean shaven with muddy brown hair, unnotable features, plainly dressed.  No trace of the Baron o’Isles leaked through the disguise.  “You have me convinced, though I have never seen Master Feyd.”

“You would not remember him if you had seen him, your Majesty; it’s one of his many skills,” Iain said. He unstopped a flask and poured blood down his shoulder until it reached his belt.  “That should be convincing enough.”

Lord Sextus studied him carefully.  “Looks like an awful wound, but not so bad that you would not still be breathing.”

“That’s the idea,” Iain said, and Sextus nodded.  Jamyl Arilan looked at them both; his enthusiasm checked by the knowledge that they may not survive this adventure.

“You can stay behind and no fault found.” Sextus said to his nephew.  “Perhaps it is too soon to come out of mourning for this.”

Jamyl shook his head.  “No. Three against however many is better odds than two.”

“Earl Brendan has his orders,”  Kelson said.  “He will be waiting outside the gates of du Chantal’s manor.”

“God be with you and grant you success,” Archbishop Duncan said and raised his hand to bless the Arilans and Iain.

The three men bowed and moved onto the Portal.  Iain held the seal of the Black Order of Death in the palm of his hand, focusing on the intricate pattern and then shifted the energies.

((Will Iain, Sextus and Jamyl make it through the portal?  Iain is ritual trained, so three dice.
<jerusha> Jerusha !roll 3d6
8:05 PM D<@•derynibot> 5, 3, 3 == 11
Yes! They made it!))

The moment Iain felt the new portal under his feet, he slumped against Sextus.  Sextus threw his arm around Iain as though to hold him up. Jamyl stood ready, sword in hand as if fresh from a fight.

“Hold!” Iain commanded the archers who raised their bows.  “We were ambushed and I am injured.  These men are with me.”

Of the half dozen archers and a few men-at-arms the real Master Feyd had ordered placed to guard the portal, only two archers remained.  By this time the threat of intrusion was thought to have passed, and additional men had been sent from the du Chantal manor to remain well behind Prince Javan’s forces to help their lord escape if needed. The men left to defend the Portal now formed a smaller guard for the manor.

((Will the remaining guards fire on our heroes?
jerusha> Jerusha !roll 2d6
8:05 PM D<@•derynibot> I'm back! 2, 2 == 4
No, they will not!))

The archers hesitated. No one was expecting Master Feyd; but not obeying Master Feyd was not an option.

Iain feigned a grimace of pain.  “Help these men take me to my quarters.”

Both guards nodded and moved to the door.

“Not both of you, you fools!”  Iain snarled.  “One of you stay to guard the Portal!”

Nervously, the second guard stood to one side and allowed the other to lead Iain toward Feyd’s quarters, supported by Sextus and with Jamyl close on his other side.

”He does get into the role, doesn’t he?,” Jamyl sent to Sextus in tightly focused mind speech.

”Let’s hope he’s got it right,” was Sextus’ terse reply.

They followed the guard to luxurious rooms a fair distance from the Portal. Jamyl moved the bed curtains aside while Sextus eased Iain onto the bed.  Iain uttered moans at the right moments to be all the more convincing.

“I’ll fetch the midwife,” the guard said nervously.

“Midwife?”  Sextus asked incredulously.  “Master Feyd is certainly not with child!”

“Of course not,” the guard said quickly.  “But our physician went with the forces to follow Baron du Chantal.  The one most skilled to help Master Feyd is our midwife. She is in the town below; I will fetch her.”

“Do so,”  Iain said in a voice constricted with pain.  “The sooner the better.”

The guard bowed.  “I will also make sure the sceneshal knows you have arrived,” he said and withdrew. 

“Hopefully Earl Brendan will be watching,” Iain said, keeping his voice low.  “He’ll see the gate open for the guard to leave.  He may be able to make a move when the guard returns with the midwife.”  He adjusted his position on the bed, withdrawing his dagger from its sheath.  “The sceneshal will have to die; he is our greatest danger here.”

Sextus and Jamyl exchanged glances.  Iain’s voice was cold, but he was right; the sceneshal was their greatest threat here.

***

The guard stopped by the seneschal's quarters.  “My lord,” he said and bowed.  Next to Master Feyd, the seneschal was the most feared in the manor.

“What is it?” the old seneschal asked. 

“Master Feyd has come through the Portal   He is injured; I do not know how badly.  I go to fetch the midwife, with your permission.”

“Go then,” the seneschal said.  “I will attend to Master Feyd.”

The archer bowed and withdrew.

The seneschal sat for a long moment.  He had no love for Master Feyd; the man had been a menace since he had taken over the baron’s manor.  The baron remained in charge only in name; Master Feyd was the one who was now obeyed.  The man who had forced the seneschal to his knees in submission.  The seneschal fingered the hilt of his dagger.  Although he might die in the attempt, it might be worth it to free them from Master Feyd. He would get only one killing thrust; he would have to make it count.

***

Sir Iain lay on the bed with his eyes closed, but his Deryni senses were finely attuned to detect anyone who approached the door.  Sextus and Jamyl waited with the same sense of alertness. Soon Iain detected steps outside of the door.  The door was opened without someone knocking. 

Sextus and Jamyl bowed as the seneschal opened the door and entered.  “How does he fare?’’ the sceneshal asked, addressing both men with a vague wave of his hand toward the figure lying still on the bed.

“A midwife has been sent for to assist,” Jamyl said.  “Though if she will be in time….”

The seneschal approached the bed. A probe with his senses told him Feyd’s shields were fully engaged.  It would not be Deryni powers that would bring Feyd down.

Iain’s hand closed over the hilt of his dagger.  When the seneschal was close enough, he would strike.

((The sceneshal will strike first; will he land a killing strike?
!roll 2d6
8:06 PM D<@•derynibot> I'm back! 4, 1 == 5
Not this time.))

The seneschal struck fast, his dagger aimed at Feyd’s heart.  Iain’s Deryni senses picked up the threat in time to throw himself to one side.  The seneschal's blade bit into his side.  ((One hit point against Iain.)) 

((Will Iain strike a killing blow against the seneschal?  Although Iain has mastery over both dagger and sword, only two dice rolled because he is now injured and at a disadvantage.
<jerusha> Jerusha !roll 2d6
8:07 PM D<@•derynibot> I'm back! 4, 2 == 6
No.  Drat.))

Iain, off balance and in pain, thrust upward with his dagger at the seneschal.  The blade glaced off a rib and missed the heart, but entered deeply.  ((One hit point against the seneschal.))

((Will Iain be able to pierce the seneschal's heart with an additional twist of his dagger?
<jerusha> Jerusha !roll 2d6
8:10 PM D<@•derynibot> I'm back! 3, 3 == 6
Nope.  Growl))

In spite of his own pain, Iain threw his weight against his dagger, twisting upward.  The seneschal howled in pain, but did not succumb.  ((Second hit point against the seneschal.))

((The seneschal lashes out with his powers against Iain, and Iain fights back.  1,2,3, the seneschal wins.  4, 5. 6, Iain succeeds.
<jerusha> Jerusha !roll 2d6
5:24 PM D<@•derynibot> 4, 3 == 7
Yea Iain!))

In desperation, the seneschal focused his remaining energy in a psychic attack against Iain.  Iain shields held, and gathering his strength, Iain struck back, shattering the seneschal’s shields. The seneschal’s mental cry was piercing.  ((Third hit point against the seneschal.)

((Will Sextus be able to finish off the seneschal?
00:54 <Laurna> For Sextus
00:54 <Laurna> !roll 2d6
00:54 <•derynibot> 3, 3 == 6
Oh good grief.))

((Jamyl strikes the killing blow against the seneschal.
20:21 <Laurna> !roll 2d6
20:21 <•derynibot> 3, 6 == 9
20:21 <Laurna> For Jamyl
Bless you, Laurna.  Success!))

The struggle between Iain and the seneschal had played out in what seemed to be a heart beat  as Sextus and Jamyl watched in horror. Sextus started forward, but he was across the room, guarding the door.  It was Jamyl who reacted the bed first, darting forward and thrusting his sword through the seneschal’s back, piercing the man’s heart.  ((Fourth and final hit point for the seneschal.  RIP.))

Jamyl withdrew his sword, and Iain collapsed under the dead weight of the seneschal.  Jamyl rolled the dead man to one side, and Iain drew a long, shuddering breath.  Jamyl stood and looked for a moment at his bloodied blade.  It had been necessary.

“How badly are you injured?” Sextus asked.

Iain took a moment to answer.  “Not too badly; I think most of the blood is his,” he nodded toward the seneschal.  Jamyl mentally shook himself and looked for something to bind Iain’s wound.  He grabbed a fine linen shirt from one of Feyd’s chests and tore the fabric into lengths of bandage.  He helped Iain to sit upright and examined the wound.  It was serious enough, but survivable.  He bound the wound tightly.

“What now?”  Sextus asked.  “Should I try for a death reading?”

Iain shook his head.  “Better we make for the gate.  The archer will be returning with the midwife and the gate will be opened.  Let’s see if we can keep it that way.”

“What about him?”  Jamyl asked, motioning to the still figure of the seneschal.

“Prop him up in the garderobe and close the curtain.  If anyone enters this room, and not too many would dare, they will think the blood is mine.  Or rather, Feyd’s.  Help me up; we cannot waste time.”

Sextus opened the door to Feyd’s quarters and scanned the corridor with his Deryni senses.  The way seemed clear.  He cast a concerned look at Iain, but Iain shook his head.  He had had worse injuries; the fact that one had been from Master Feyd drove him forward.

They reached the courtyard.  It appeared that only du Chantal’s men remained inside the  manor.  The villagers remained outside the wall with its sturdy central gate.  The few people they passed as they made their way toward the gate glanced at Master Feyd and looked hastily away.  They asked no questions.  While Feyd would not have been known to  those in the village, those within the manor were all too aware of who he was.

As they approached the gate, a guard stepped forward.  His jaw was slightly misshapen, as if he had sustained some injury.  'Master Feyd' looked at him directly.

“When you open the gate for the midwife and the guard, do not close it behind them,” Iain said.  He planted compulsion behind his words, so the guard would not question his command.

(( Will the guard obey Iain’s command?
20:15 <Laurna> !roll 2d6
20:15 <•derynibot> 5, 1 == 6
20:15 <Laurna> For Jerusha
Yes.))

The guard looked at “Master Feyd” for a long moment.  The command made no sense to him; why leave the gate open when they could be attacked by the forces of Gwynedd?  But this was the man who had broken his jaw and cost him several teeth. Master Feyd had killed Otis in an agonizing display of power.  He had escaped with his life, and although his jaw pained him on rainy days, making it difficult to eat, he would not escape with his life if he disobeyed this time.

“Yes, my lord,” he said.

A sharp rap on the gate turned the guard’s attention to the gate.  He opened it to admit the midwife and the archer who had gone to fetch her.  They stepped within the courtyard, and the gate remained open behind them.

Iain nodded to Jamyl, who focused his powers to reach Earl Brendan.

((Will Jamyl successfully contact Earl Brendan to storm the manor gates?
09:24 <Laurna> Do I dare one more roll for Jerusha
09:24 <Laurna> !roll 2d6
09:24 <•derynibot> 5, 5 == 10
09:25 <Laurna> yes
Oh Yeah!))

Now my lord! The gates are open! Jamyl sent.

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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by DesertRose on July 21, 2019, 11:55:30 am »
Hmm.  I wonder if Aliset's upset stomach this morning was just a disagreement with food or if there's a little Cameron growing.  ;)
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by Laurna on July 21, 2019, 11:51:40 am »
Quote
“DARCY!”

‘What?” Startled, Darcy turned to look at her in alarm.

“Put some clothes on first!”

“Oh, clothes.  Such a bother.  Waste of time, really.  And they get in the way.” 

Darcy was lovingly distracted. LOL
So good to read.

DFK, I love the set up with Brendan and his men, I do hope those plans work out and Jaxom does not get into trouble.
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Out of Character (OOC) Thread
« Last post by judywward on July 21, 2019, 10:52:19 am »
Laurna, that was a lot of work for that piece but it was all for the good of the story! Love the new pieces, including the new one by DFK which is also a lovely piece of writing!! Keep it up, gamers!
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by Jerusha on July 21, 2019, 10:47:42 am »
Darcy Cameron woke with a vague feeling that something was wrong.  The comfort of his wife’s warm body beside him was missing!  He startled fully awake. Perhaps she had simply woken before him, and he immediately rolled over to view their small chamber.

He heard the retching noises before he saw Aliset hunched over the chamberpot in the dim light.  He was out of bed at once and kneeled down beside her, placing one arm around her shoulders while he grasped her hair to pull it back out of her way.

“I’m here, love, don’t fret.  Tell me what’s wrong,” Darcy said gently.

Aliset took a deep breath.  ‘“It’s nothing.  Probably just too much spice in the feast from yesterday.”

“More likely due to the tarts you ate before we retired for the night,” Darcy replied. 

Aliset looked rueful.  Although she was not one for late night snacking, fruit tarts had suddenly sounded like a wonderful idea.  Darcy had good naturedly led her to the manor kitchen where he managed to charm one of the servants out of two tarts.  Aliset had eaten them both. 

The urge to empty her stomach passed, and Aliset took a deep breath, grateful for her husband’s presence beside her.

Darcy gave her a gentle hug. “I’ll fetch Father Columcil; he can have a look at you to make sure it is nothing else.”

“No, Darcy! I’m fine, really I am,” Aliset said hastily.  “I just need to sit down for a moment.”  Darcy steadied her as she rose and made her way somewhat shakily to the bed.  Once she had settled, Darcy wrapped her night robe around her shoulders.

Aliset leaned against him as he sat beside her.  “I think I will feel better if I have a bit of bread and maybe some small ale. I’m not sure I want the morning meal in the hall this morning.  And a little more sleep won’t hurt.”

“I’ll go at once.”  Darcy pulled her closer to kiss the tip of her nose and then made his way to the door.

“DARCY!”

‘What?” Startled, Darcy turned to look at her in alarm.

“Put some clothes on first!”

“Oh, clothes.  Such a bother.  Waste of time, really.  And they get in the way.” 

Despite her earlier discomfort, Aliset giggled.  Darcy dutifully dressed, pleased that he had made her smile, and went off to charm the cook out of bread and small ale.

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The Histories of King Kelson / Re: Morgan/Richenda wedding and their trust Issue
« Last post by Kareina on July 21, 2019, 10:24:58 am »
The pot is coming along nicely, though there is still lots to go with it (it is rather large). The event was fun, thanks!
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Semi Free-Form Deryni Gaming / Re: Ghosts of the Past
« Last post by DerynifanK on July 21, 2019, 06:30:34 am »
Brendan Coris, Earl of Marley, and his men rode along the narrow road through the Ratharkin Mountains toward De Paor Pass. They had left Droghera early that morning and headed north along the Cuilteine Road. After passing St. Brigids, they had turned west following this road through the mountains. Their goal was to catch up with and join Prince Javan’s army as it marched toward Laas. Brendan planned to skirt along the foot of the mountains, bearing westward and bypassing Ratharkin to avoid any clashes with rebels from the city. He doubted that they had sufficient forces to mount patrols very far outside the city itself.

As they rode, Brendan considered the happenings of the past several days. He was well satisfied with the outcome at Baron Stuart’s manor. They had captured a number of rebel prisoners which, added to the prisoners already confined in Droghera by Captain Stev, should reduce the number of rebels in the Cuiltiene highlands. There was a plan in place to defend the estates between Cuiltiene and Droghera. Things seemed to be moving in the right direction to suppress this rebellion and restore peace to Meara. He would never understand the Mearans. They had experienced a long period of peace, prosperity, and good rule under Prince Rory. Why would they want to exchange that for the uncertain rule of a bastard queen no one knew.

He also thought about his brother. At least he knew Wash had been freed from his captivity in a Mearan dungeon. But he was not really free until they could determine the amount of damage done to his mind by his captor and determine how to heal him.  He was committed to finding that captor and eventually eliminating him.

However, his focus now was to rejoin Javan, his friend and liege. The thought of again being part of Javan’s army and marching at his side to relieve Laas gave him great satisfaction. He was intent on reaching the army as soon as possible and was therefore pushing both himself and his men toward this goal.

It was at least an hour past noon when he spied an opening to the right where he could hear water and see an open grassy area. He signaled the riders to follow him off the road.  They found a glade with grass for the horses and a stream running past to one side. The stream was bordered by bushes and small trees with some rocks in the bed. “We will take a break here to water the horses and allow them a short rest. You will also have the opportunity to eat some food and refresh yourselves.”

He watched as the men dismounted and led their horses to the stream. He also dismounted but waited to allow the men to care for their horses and to find a place to relax briefly and eat some of the food they had brought with them. There was a buzz of talk. Brendan watered his own horse and tethered him lightly near a patch of fresh grass.He then found a comfortable place and sat with his back against an oak tree. As he ate his own rations, he was observing Jaxom and Michael as they sat together. Jaxom appeared to be doing most of the talking, no doubt regaling Michael with tales of his successes, somewhat exaggerated. Lord Peacock was at it again, Brendan was amused.  He hoped Michael has enough sense to take most of what Jaxom told him with a grain of salt.

Brendan was beginning to pack away the rest of his rations and prepare to resume their ride when he felt the King’s call. How may I serve you sire? he responded.

I have new orders for you and your men.

But, sire! Brendan was dismayed because he so wanted to rejoin the Royal Army.

The king continued. I know how much you wanted to be with Javan and the army again and he, with you, but I have greater need of you elsewhere. We have discovered traitors among the lords who traveled to Laas with your brother, Duke Kelric. One of them is Baron du Chantal who is an ally of Grand Duke Valerian and committed to the Mearan cause although he has sworn fealty to us. Brendan felt the king’s anger held in leash. I understand that his estate is near the Mearan border, in the Ratharkin Mountains not far from Valerian’s own mountain fortress, and  he has a portal which may be used by Valerian to escape if things go badly for him at Laas, which we certainly intend that they should. The baron and some of his men may also try to escape from Laas via portal.

I understand that the manor is strongly fortified with stone walls and strong gates. However, there are not many men left to guard the estate and particularly the portal there. Most of his men went with him to Laas. We would have a great advantage if we could secure both manor and portal. We could then seize rebels as they arrive.
 
You  will meet Sir Iain Cameron and a small party at Chantal’s estate.. They will arrive by portal; we know the portal’s location and signature as well as how to avoid the trap set on it.  Iain is the one who penetrated Valerian’s stronghold and freed Wash. He is most familiar with that part of the border. He is Deryni and highly trained.  He will have overall command of this expedition, and I wish you to give him your full support. Jamyl Arilan will be one of Iain’s party, and he will contact you  by mind speech when they have control of the portal. They will then be able to open the gates to admit you and your men. Your main responsibility will be to secure the manor itself, guard the portal and help detain any prisoners.

Brendan responded to the king. I am at your command, sire. We are presently on the road leading west from the Cuiltiene road just past St. Brigid’s through the mountains. We are about an hours ride from dePaor Pass heading west toward Meara. I had intended to skirt the foot of the mountains and bypass Ratharkin before continuing into Meara. Can Sir Iain provide some directions as to how we should alter our course to find Chantal’s manor?

Brendan sensed the presence of another as Iain joined the Rapport.  Iain provided the directions from dePaor Pass to the mountains where Valerian’s stronghold was located. Instead of continuing through the valley, you will turn south into the mountains, where you will find a road that has been widened to accommodate wagons and which leads into the steeper, more heavily forested part of the mountains. If you continued to follow that track, you would reach Valerian’s stronghold. However, about halfway up this road, a narrower, less frequently used track splits off to your right. I suspect Chantal’s manor is to be found somewhere along that trail. You will need to do some scouting to find the exact location. I regret I cannot not provide a more specific location as we left Valerian’s fortress in rather a hurry by portal.

Brendan thanked Iain and prepared to break the contact and muster his men to ride out but then hesitated. Sire, I do need to know, does my brother know of the traitors in his ranks?

He does. We have informed him of their names and numbers. He, Rory, and Brecon with the support of others already in Laas have a plan and are prepared to deal with these traitors. The traitors will not take them by surprise as they had hoped. When they make their move, they will be quickly overcome.

He heard the King’s voice one last time. Know that this operation is critical to a successful outcome in suppressing this rebellion and restoring peace to Gwynedd as well as Meara. You are my brother and friend, and I am depending on you. Have you any further questions as to your assignment and what is required of you?

No my liege. We will carry out your orders to the best of our ability. Brendan felt a brief surge of warmth and confidence as the contact was broken. He sent his squire to tell the men to mount but he needed to speak with them before they rode out. He quickly checked his horse and mounted. He then waited while his men also mounted.

“I have news that you must hear before we set out. I have received new orders from the king. We will not be rejoining Prince Javan’s army at this time.” He heard some muttering among the men, especially from Jaxom. “Traitors, some of high rank, have been discovered among the king’s forces, including those with Duke Kelric Morgan. They must be rooted out quickly. One of them, Baron du Chantal, has a manor not far from us in the Ratharkin mountains. He intends to use it to shelter leaders of the rebellion and help them escape if it becomes necessary. We are tasked with finding this manor and securing it in order to capture any rebels who arrive there. Our success could make a difference in whether the King will defeat the rebellion and restore peace and order to our land.”

The earl sat tall in his saddle and gazed keenly at his men. “Are you ready for the challenge?”

“Aye! Aye!” the men cheered and raised their swords in salute. He did notice disappointment on the face of Jaxom who, he was sure, had been anticipating more chances for glory with the Prince’s army.  Cheers rang in his ears as the earl led his men out of the glade and along the track.

After nearly 2 hours of steady riding along the valley floor, Brendan espied a somewhat narrow but well maintained road turning toward the nearby mountain range.  He halted the column and studied the road which angled toward the heavily forested mountains. It appeared wide enough to accommodate a wagon and horse or two men on horses riding abreast. He turned and addressed the men. “Here is where we begin our search for the traitor’s manor. We will leave the valley and follow this road to the location where I understand the rebel’s lair is to be found.
“Lord Jaxom, you will ride beside me. Since you know these mountains, I am relying on you to help us negotiate this terrain.” Jaxom proudly nudged his mount up beside the earl and the column moved off, following the road out of the valley toward the mountains.

The road very quickly began to climb through increasingly heavily forested ground. As they continued on, it became steeper and rockier but the road remained passable. After nearly an hour of climbing, they reached a switchback where Brendan spied the second track that Iain had mentioned, leading away to the left. It was not quite as wide as the road that they had been following and not as well maintained but easily passable.He halted the column and beckoned to Sir Giles Markham and Jaxom to attend him. “I need the two of you to go ahead  as we follow this new trail. We do not have precise directions and we will need to go carefully as we seek .this fortified manor. Lord Jaxom is more familiar with this ground as his father’s estate is not far, and he can warn us of possible obstacles ahead. All of you, keep a sharp watch. Lead on.”

The two young men moved forward and led the column up the stoney track, picking their way carefully along the road. Again, the way led upward toward the summit of the mountain but away from the main road. They continued steadily upward until Jaxom signaled a halt. He was gazing intently ahead. The road was surrounded by brush and large trees, but there were some breaks in the foliage. Through one such break, Brendan glimpsed what appeared to be a high stone wall. Signalling the men to hold their positions, he eased his horse up beside the two young men.

Jaxom spoke quietly. “That wall there through the trees may well be the manor we are seeking. Look there and you will see that the road we are following widens out and might be approaching gates or an entrance. I propose that we dismount and approach on foot. We can better reconnoiter the area and observe the entrance if that is indeed what it is.” Brendan nodded his assent and the two young men dismounted and moved forward quietly on foot. They soon disappeared behind the trees and brush.

Brendan and his men waited for the return of the two scouts. After what seemed a long time, they reappeared, approached the earl and bowed. Jaxom reported. “This appears to be a manor house enclosed within stone walls. The road does pass inside through stout oak gates. There are two watchtowers at either side of the gates. We could also see the roofs of other buildings ranged around the walls. We saw few guards however, and the watchtowers did not appear well-manned. Due to the steep, rocky terrain and the dense forest, manors and farms in this area are few and widely separated. I do believe that this is the location we are seeking, my lord.”

Brendan thanked the two men then proceeded to disperse the men on either side of the road, among the trees. “We will need to remain hidden, so we will light no fires and we will tether the horses further from the road. I will set guards to watch the manor and its approach. We are waiting for a signal from the second party who will arrive via portal and, we hope, be able to open the gates for us. Get what rest you can, but remain ready to move when we receive our signal.”

Brendan’s squire took his horse to water him and tether him a short distance away. The earl
settled down to wait, relaxing with his back against the trunk of a tree. He looked up as Lord Jaxom and Sir Giles approached and bowed. Jaxom spoke. “My Lord, we request permission to explore the perimeter of the walls surrounding this manor. We think it would be to our advantage to discover whether there is a possible second entrance where we might enter unseen and begin our attack.”

“I appreciate your desire to move quickly, but we will not make any attempt to enter the manor until the signal is received. Those are the King’s  orders, and we will follow them to the letter. He has a plan and we will do nothing that might interfere with his strategy.” the Earl fixed them with a stern look.

Sir Giles would have bowed himself out of the earl’s presence but Jaxom persisted. “I understand, milord, and will of course follow your orders, but would it not be helpful to at least know whether there is another way in or out?  If things go badly, it could save lives.”

Brendan considered Jaxom’s words in silence. Then he nodded slowly. “I will approve a short reconnoiter of the walls to either side of the gates. You may learn valuable information about the structure and its protection. However, you are not to make any attempt to enter, and you will return within the hour and report to me what you have learned.”

“Yes, Milord” Jaxom and Giles bowed to the earl and left his presence. They left immediately as they had limited time for their expedition. In view of the thick trees that crowded in from the left, they decided to begin their survey with the right side of the walls. They moved  silently on foot around the edge of the trees studying the walls looking for any weaknesses. They worked their way carefully around the manor.  The walls appeared solid with no indications of any other way in. They saw little activity on the walls. They reached a point where the trees and bushes were so thick that they were impenetrable. They had to turn back.

They moved back through the trees and circled to the left pushing their way through thick growth. They came to a place where the bushes thinned, and they could see farther around the perimeter of the wall. Jaxom thought he saw a gap in the corner of the wall where it met another section. It appeared to be a crack that was wider at the bottom and got narrower near the top. “That might be a way in!” he told Sir Giles. “I’m going closer.”

Jaxom crept closer to the crack in the wall. He almost disappeared through it, but then he emerged and returned to where Giles was waiting. “I think I could get through that opening.” he said excitedly.

“No!” exclaimed Giles. “The earl was very adamant that we not try to enter the manor. Do you want to be the one who interferes with the king’s plan? If you want to be in good standing with the earl and the king, you should not disobey their specific commands. We need to return and report our findings.”

Jaxom looked for a moment as if he was going to argue with Giles. But then he agreed and they turned back to rejoin Brendan and report their findings.
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