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Written by DTYarbrough
The Adventures of Sir Timothy in the Land Of Tomorrow
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Written by DTYarbrough "Of course your father and I believe you," said Victoria. "but we can't convince the others." "But mom, we didn't do it and we're going to prove it," said Liz. "How are we going to do that?" asked Tim. "We're going to find the guilty ones and get a confession," said Liz. "I'll bet someone is using magic to look like us." "You don't have much time. The authorities from every realm in the land of tomorrow are looking for you," said Merlin. "You should study these reports of the incidents and try to find some clues to their whereabouts. You won't be able to talk to the citizens." "We'll have to use the tunnels to escape the castle. They have agents everywhere," said Liz. "We can't even bring our horses. We don't want to involve them in our troubles. We'll need to borrow some magic supplies, Father." "Help yourself. But you'll need to travel as light as possible," said Merlin. "I wouldn't carry food and water. If you can't find it, you can create it." "Let's go to my secret room and study the reports and get some rest before we leave," said Liz. "After we gather the magic supplies," said Tim. ........................ "Who ever it is, they get around pretty fast," said Liz. "Here are two reports only minutes apart in two seperate realms. We couldn't even fly that fast with pixie dust." "They must be great wizards. Merlin is the only one I know that can travel that fast," said Tim. "Either that or they have some magical item that allows them to travel swiftly," said Liz. "Like a magic carpet," said Tim. "Don't be silly. There has never been any genies in the Land of Tomorrow," said Liz. "Maybe they are dragonriders." "Can dragons fly that fast?" asked Tim. "Maybe it's an enchanted dragon," said Liz. 1
"You'd think someone whould have reported seeing dragons," said Tim. "Unless it was invisible," said Liz. "I'll bet there's a simpler explanation," said Tim. "Yeah, like a magic carpet," laughed Liz. "Well, we have to find them first, then we'll get all the answers," said Tim. "Most of the smaller incidents seem to be centered around the old fortress at Frosthaven," said Liz. "It's been abandoned for centuries. That would be a good place to hide out." "Then we have a plan," said Tim. "We do?" asked Liz. "Sure. We go to Frosthaven and come up with our next plan," said Tim. "I keep forgetting that you don't go in for long term planing," said Liz. "This reminds me of the first time we had to sneak out of the castle after I rescued you from the dungeon," said Tim. "This time they really are looking for us." "But they're not trying to kill us. At least not yet," said Liz. "We've got to find the real thieves before they hurt someone and get us in real trouble." "How many wizards do you know that could change their appearance to look like us?" said Tim. "None. I don't even know of a spell that could do that for any extended period of time," said Liz. "Then maybe they are wearing disguises. Adult halflings or elves would be about our size. Is there something like shrinkweed that can make a young elf or halfling grow temperarily?" asked Tim. "No, not that I'm aware of," said Liz. "Then that narrows it down to adults," said Tim. "I guessing one male and one female. Disguises can only do so much." "We could ask Merlin if there are any missing person reports. If they are hiding at Frosthaven then someone should be missing them," said Liz. "Maybe they were wanted for other crimes before they started impersonating us." "Let's get some rest first. Something tells me this is going to be a long journey," said Tim. "I'll take the sofa." 2
"Okay. See you when we wake up," said Liz. .................................. "I can't believe there were no missing persons, escaped criminals, wanted felons or even jaywalkers. That makes this even more of a mystery," said Tim. "To make things worse, they will be able to concentrate all their efforts on finding us." "Maybe they will find the real thieves before we do," said Liz. "We could just hide out and let them do their jobs," said Tim. "That doesn't sound like the Tim I know. Where's your sense of adventure?" said Liz. "Grab your wand and let's get started." "Your right, I do love to solve a mystery," said Tim as he grabbed his wand and magic supplies. "Hope you don't mind if I help a little," said Liz. "We are in this together." "I hope we are able to find plenty of food when we get hungry. I'm not looking forward to eating food created by magic spells. I think I still have an aftertaste from the last time," said Tim. "Light the way, Tim," said Liz. "Maybe you'd like to lead the way?" "Ladies first," said Tim. "You don't remember where all the traps are, do you?" asked Liz. "So, you do need my help." "Of course I do. And I enjoy solving mysteries with your help," said Tim. "That's better. We're a team, and I'm the team captain," said Liz. "What? Who died and made you captain?" asked Tim. "Watch where you're walking," said Liz. "You're cute but clumsy when you're mad. I was only joking. We're co-captains." "We've past all the traps, haven't we?" asked Tim. "Yeah, that was the last one," said Liz. "Tim, why is your wand so dim?" "I think I'm losing my power," said Tim. "I can't see very well." "Of course not, it's dark," said Liz. "Maybe you better hold my hand," said Tim."just in case I get dizzy." "Where are you. Give me your hand," said Liz. "Do we need to go back?" 3
"I can make it with your help. Just let me put my arm on your shoulder for a minute," said Tim. "Can you see my eyes? They feel strange." "It's too dark," said Liz. "Get a little closer," said Tim. "I can almost see you." Tim placed his other arm around Liz and kissed her. "Are you better now?" asked Liz. "Much better," said Tim. "Let me try that light spell again." "Don't bother. I'll use my wand. I could have done it before but I just wanted to see how far you would go to get a kiss," said Liz. "So, I didn't fool you at all?" asked Tim. "Not even for a minute," said Liz. "I just wondered what it would be like to kiss an older woman," laughed Tim. "I'm not even a whole year older than you," said Liz. "Don't call me old." "There's the tunnel exit up ahead. We'd better be quiet," said Tim. .................................. "It looks clear," said Liz. "We'll need to stick to the forests and away from the main trails. It will take longer but at least we have a chance of getting around the authorities." "I hear someone coming. Lets hide in those bushes," said Liz. "I'm right behind you," said Tim. "Who are you guys hiding from?" asked Ronnie Rabbit. "Whoa, you scared me," said Tim. "Didn't anyone ever tell you not to sneak up on someone?" "Actually five people have told me that," said Ronnie. "Quiet, here comes Ruby. We're playing hide and seek. I hid in this same place seven times last week and she never found me." "We don't have time for this," said Liz. "We've got to be on our way." "There you are," said Ruby. "I found you. Hi Tim. What are you doing here?" "We're in a jam," said Tim. "The authorities are looking for us and we're innocent. Have you seen two people that look like us recently?" 4
"Since we left you at Henry's house, I've seen you and Liz at least five times this week, four times last week and six times the week before," said Ronnie. "That makes fifteen times in three weeks." "You're pretty fast with numbers," said Tim. "Isn't it irritating?" said Ruby. "He sure likes to add numbers. I told my mother about it and she said to get used to it. Just wait till he learns to multiply, then he really will be a nuisance." "That's the third person you've told that to today," said Ronnie. "What were they doing when you saw them?" asked Liz. "Saw them? We saw you and Tim," said Ruby. "Ok, what were we doing?" asked Liz. "Going on a picnic, I guess," said Ruby. "Why do you thing we were going on a picnic?" asked Liz. "Tim was carrying a thick blanket or table cloth," said Ruby. "Could it have been a carpet?" asked Tim. "Pay no attention to him," said Liz. "He's got carpets on the brain today. Was there anything else that looked suspicious?" "We saw you sneaking around a lot of houses when no one was home," said Ruby. "We figured you were on some sort of adventure." "Don't tell anyone that you saw us today," said Tim. "We're on a secret mission." "What ever you say, Sir Timothy," said Ronnie. Ronnie turned to Ruby after they left and said, "Why would anyone take a carpet to a picnic. You know how mad your mom gets when she catches us eating on the carpet." ................................. "I'll still believe they were carrying a carpet," said Tim. "Why would they carry it. Why not fly?" asked Liz. "They would have to land in an unpopulated area and carry it with them, otherwise someone would see them flying." said Tim. "You may be on to something, but where did they get the flying carpet?" asked Liz. 5
"I don't know yet, but we'll find out," said Tim. "We should have worn some disguises," said Liz. "That's why you need to plan ahead." "We could borrow some clothes," said Tim. "Borrow, without telling anyone," said Liz. "That would make us as guilty as the ones we're looking for." "But we would return them later," said Tim. "I guess that would be okay," said Liz. "We'll have to leave the forest and that could be dangerous. Where are we going to find any clothes that fit us?" "Well, it sounded like a good idea," said Tim. "We'll just have to be more careful. I'm getting hungry. What sort of food can we find in the forest?" "Nuts, berries, and honey," said Liz. "Honey? I love honey," said Tim. "Let's find some honey." "Listen for bee's. We'll follow them home," said Liz. "Bee's? I don't like bee's," said Tim. "and they don't like me." "They don't like anyone that steals their honey," said Liz. "Nuts and berries don't sound all that bad," said Tim. "Anything but magic food." ................................. "There's a beehive," said Tim. "I can smell the honey." "Oh, you wouldn't like that honey. That bear said it wasn't very good," said Liz. "What bear?" asked Tim. "Yeah, what bear?" asked Buzzy Bee." "Oh, we never formally met," said Liz. "I just heard him telling those other bees that their honey was so much better than your's." "Oh, really. Well, he's just mad because he couldn't reach our hive," said Buzzy. "Whatever, we have to be on our way," said Liz. "But wouldn't you like to try some of our honey?" asked Buzzy. "It is really 6
good." "Well, I don't know. We stuffed ourselves at that other hive. A small sample would never compare," said Liz. "Who said anything about a small sample?" said Buzzy. "Help yourselves to all you can eat. You can climb a tree, can't you?" "If you insist," said Tim. "It would be the fair thing to do." ..................................... "That was the best honey I've ever tasted," said Tim. "I could tell. I thought you were going to blow our story. We were supposed to be stuffed," said Liz. "I noticed Buzzy was eyeing me suspiciously," said Tim. "Now I'm thirsty. How does magic water taste?" "It's wet," said Liz. "There's a stream a little farther this way." "I think I'll wait," said Tim. "I think I can already hear the stream." "We'll have to find a safe place to cross. We can't use the bridge on the main trail," said Liz. "That water looks cold," said Tim. "Good for drinking but bad for wading." "It's about waist deep in the best places to cross," said Liz. "I've got a better idea," said Tim. "I saw this in the circus when I was a little kid." "Well, don't make me guess. Whats your idea?" said Liz. "Stilts. We'll cut some poles and make some stilts," said Tim. "We won't even get our feet wet." "Have you ever walked on stilts before?" said Liz. "How hard could it be?" said Tim. "Famous last words of a fool," thought Liz. ..................................... "I'm ready," said Liz. "Should we practice a little before we get into the water?" "No. We don't need practice," said Tim. "If we fall, we'll just get wet." "Okay, but you go first," said Liz. 7
Tim took one step forward into the water and the stilt sank about 2 feet into the mud. His momentum carried him forward and he landed head first into the stream. "Watch that first step. It's a doozy," said Liz as she looked down at Tim in the water. "See you on the other side." Tim climbed back up onto the bank and got back on his stilts. Slowly taking that first step, he safely crossed the stream. "Did you get a drink?" asked Liz. "Is it getting cold around here or is it just me?" said Tim. "We'll try to find a clearing so that you can get some sun and dry out," said Liz. We need to rest anyway." ..................................... "Tim, wake up. It's the wolves. They're hunting for us," said Liz. "Smear some of this wolfbane on you to cover your scent." "Thank goodness we're lying in tall grass where they can't see us. We need to get to the other side of the clearing where they have already searched," said Tim. "They won't leave until they've searched every inch." "Okay, but keep you head down," said Liz. "Their eyesight is almost as keen as their sense of smell." After crawling for several minutes, Liz turned to Tim. "We should be safe here. Go back to sleep if you want to. I'll keep watch," said Liz. "I couldn't sleep with those wolves sniffing around," said Tim. "You go back to sleep." The lead wolf let out a howl and the others stopped the search and ran into the woods. After another howl in the distance, Liz said, "They're gone. Let's be on our way." "That was a close one," said Tim. "Who told you about wolfbane? I don't recall reading that in the handbook." "I've got the latest edition," said Liz. "You should do the same when we finish this adventure." "But I don't have any money," said Tim. "I wouldn't even have the old version if you hadn't given it to me." "We'll charge it to Father's account. He owns you that much after all the jobs we've done for him." said Liz. "I feel like I owe him after all that magic training," said Tim. "You're paying him back by watching over me," said Liz. "He was going to pay a bodyguard to do that." 8
"We're at the edge of the forest. What do we do now?" asked Tim. "Look over there. That's the fortress at Frosthaven." said Liz. "See that dry riverbed. We'll have to follow it. It runs near the entrance to the fortress." Liz and Tim followed the riverbed until they neared the fortress. Climbing up the bank, they looked around for anyone in view. "It looks clear," said Tim. "We could make a run for it." "No need. Save you energy. There's no one around unless they're inside," said Liz. "In that case, we need to sneak up quietly." "Are you hungry?" asked Tim. "A little," said Liz. "But this is no time to go looking for food." "Try this," said Tim as he handed Liz a piece of honeycomb. "Buzzy will never invite us to dinner again," said Liz. "Thanks. Now if you can just find some water in this dry riverbed." Tim walked around holding out his wand. "What are you doing?" asked Liz. "Witching for water," said Tim as his wand began to point towards his feet. Tim dropped to his knees and began digging in the sand. After removing a couple of feet of sand, water began to collect in the bottom of the hole. "Your wish is my command, my lady," said Tim. "Your amazing, Tim," said Liz. "I never saw that in my handbook." "You can always find water. It's just a matter of digging deep enough. I just got lucky this time," said Tim. "with the help of my wand." "Well, that hit the spot. Are you ready to proceed?" said Liz. "Let's get this over with," said Tim as he climbed the riverbank. "Is that the entrance?" "The only entrance," said Liz. "Be careful. Watch for traps." "Maybe we should watch for a while to see who comes and goes," said Tim. "Don't worry, I have a knack for spotting traps," said Liz as they neared the entrance. "A knack. What do you mean, you have a knack?" asked Tim. Liz waved her wand and chanted. "Traps and pitfalls, hidden from view. Show the way, the path that's true. 9
Light the footprints that came before, lead us through the secret door." "You have got to teach me that spell," said Tim as the footprints on the floor began to glow in the dark. "Just remember one thing. Don't step over any dead bodies," said Liz. "Dead bodies? Where?" asked Tim. "Just in case we see any," said Liz. "Thanks for the warning, I think," said Tim. "Do you want me to lead?" asked Liz. "No. I can do this. Should I light the way?" asked Tim. "No. It would make the footprints hard to see and make us too easy to see," said Liz. "Well, watch your head. Remember what happened the last time we were following footprints in the dark," said Tim. "Thanks for the warning," said Liz. "Try to be quiet." "Did you just tell me to shut up?" asked Tim. "Shut up, Tim," replied Liz. Liz and Tim followed the footprints through winding tunnels and passageways until they came to a great stone door. "Open sesame," said Tim. Nothing happened. "Look," said Liz. "That stone in the opposite wall is glowing. Press the stone, Tim." "You want me to press the stone? This stone? Are you sure?" asked Tim. "Couldn't I press it with a ten foot pole?" "Press the stone, Tim," said Liz. Tim pressed on the stone but it didn't move. "Place your foot against it," said Liz. "It must be a footprint that's glowing." Tim raised his leg as high as he could and pressed his foot against the wall. Nothing happened. "Maybe it's not locked. Try to open the door," said Tim. "I've already pushed and pulled as hard as I can," said Liz. "The knob turns but it won't open." "Why would they put the knob on that side of the door and the lighted stone on 10
this side?" said Tim. "One person couldn't operate both." Tim walked to the side of the door nearest the lighted stone and pushed on the door. It easily opened. "Shall we enter, my lady?" asked Tim. "Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and then," said Liz. "Stop gloating." "I'll cast a find magical item spell. If anything magical is around, it will give off a sound that only we can hear," said Liz. "Sounds like we hit the jackpot," said Tim. "There are sounds from all over the room. Shall I light the way with my wand?" "Just light the torch," said Liz. "I can do that," said Tim as he lit the torch. The room was filled with treasure chests overflowing with gold and jewels. "Follow a sound and see where it leads you," said Liz. "I've found something," said Tim. "Well, what is it?" said Liz. "I have no idea," said Tim. "Well, place it on this table. We'll inspect them later," said Liz. After a few minutes, all of the magical item were on the table. "That's the last one," said Tim. "Some of these came from the school at Fogmore. This looks Elven and this belongs to the dwarves. I've never seen one of these before," said Liz. "It's a genie's lamp. Rub it," said Tim. Liz rubbed the lamp but nothing happened. "Any other ideas?" asked Liz. "Hide. I hear someone coming," said Tim. In a few minutes a young girl and boy entered the room. "The genie must have moved these items onto the table. I wonder what he's up to?" said the boy. "I'll summon him," said the girl. "Oh great Genie. Appear before us, your humble servants." Smoke rose from the lamp and materialized into a genie. "What's going on here? Why is my lamp on this table?" asked the genie. "And what are you doing with all the other magical items?" "We didn't do it. We just returned and found them like this," said the girl. 11
"Then we have intruders. Find them. Close the door before they can escape." ordered the genie. "Why are you doing this?" said Liz as she stood up from behind a large chest. "These magic items don't belong to you and I suspect the other treasures are stolen too." "Silence mortal or I will strike you down where you stand," said the Genie. "Hand over that wand and no serious harm will come to you." "We should do as he says, Tim," said Liz. "If you say so," said Tim as he handed his wand to the young boy. "Lock them in the storeroom until we've finished our work here," said the Genie. "Don't harm them. There's no need to anger Merlin." "So you've heard of my father?" said Liz. "He'll be looking for us and he knows we were coming here." "Silence, your lies will only get you in more trouble. Take them away," said the Genie. "and return immediately. We have much work to do. Leave their wands here." As they left the chamber Tim saw the genie return to his lamp. "What's your name?" he asked the boy. "Jonah, and this is Lucy. You must be the real Sir Timothy and Elizabeth," said the boy. "Why have you been impersonating us?" asked Liz. "I don't think the genie wants us to talk to you," said Lucy as she locked the door. "We must return to the chamber immediately." "Well, I think it's time for our next plan," said Liz. "We could have escaped while they were taking us to the storeroom," said Tim. "Not before we get our wands back and a few answers," said Liz. "There's something strange going on here," said Tim. "Really, you think so?" replied Liz sarcastically. "I know a little about genies. If I'm right, he couldn't strike us down even if he wanted to," said Tim. "But they have great powers. They can answer any wish," said Liz. 12
"That's just it, they can only use their powers to answer wishes," said Tim. "And he can only be summoned by one who is entitled to a wish." "I rubbed the lamp. Wasn't I entitled to 3 wishes?" said Liz. "Unless he hasn't completed his obligations to the last wisher," said Tim. "He still owes Lucy a wish." "Then why doesn't she make a wish?" asked Liz. "Maybe she doesn't know. Genies can be very tricky. He's using her to free himself from the lamp so he can trick them into collecting those magic items," said Tim. "Who knows what evil he may be up to." "We've got to find a way out so we can talk to her," said Liz. "before they finish their business and go back to where ever they came from." "We can't use magic. They've got our wands," said Tim. "We'll just have to use our brains. Have you still got yours?" asked Liz. "Let's see if there are any tools in here that might be useful," said Tim. "It's awful dark. We'll have to feel our way around." "Watch it, Tim," said Liz. "That was me! You just answered my question." "Sorry, my mistake," said Tim. "I'll look on this side of the room and you look over there. Oops, sorry again." "Stop pointing," said Liz. "I can't see where your pointing anyway." .................................... "There's not much here," said Tim. "Did you find anything?" "Psst. Tim ... Liz ... it's me, Lucy" said the voice behind the door. "Lucy, we've got to talk," said Liz. Liz explained the situation to Lucy. "That last wish, to take us to a magically land where we would never age, that was Jonah's wish. We didn't discuss it like the first two," said Liz. "I do have a wish coming." "Let us out and we'll help you get your third wish," said Liz. "I can't believe we fell for his tricks. He threatened to kill us if we didn't do as he said," said Lucy as she unlocked the door. "I hardly recognise you without the discuise," said Liz. "Isn't she lovely, Tim?" "Well, I, uh, guess so, if you go for beautiful blonds," said Tim. 13
"Jonah, I still have a wish coming. The genie has tricked us," said Lucy as they entered the chamber. "Lucy, you let the prisoners out. The genie will destroy us all," said Jonah. "Oh, great Genie, appear before us your humble servants," said Lucy. With a puff of smoke the genie appeared. "What have you done? Lock them up immediately before I destroy you all," said the genie. "I want to talk to you about a third wish," said Lucy. "Silence!" said the genie as he grew larger and his voice grew louder. "Silence yourself, you overgrown puff of smoke. Now grant my wish," said Lucy. "Very well, your wish is my command. State your wish," said the genie. "Return Jonah and I to our homeland, safe and sound, and never bother us again," said Lucy. In an instant they were gone. Jonah, Lucy and the genie and his lamp had all vanished. "Look, he forgot the flying carpet," said Liz. "That's our way home. We'll tell Merlin the story and let him decide how to distribute the treasure." ................................ "And that's the whole story. We flew home on a flying carpet," said Liz. "What flying carpet?" said Merlin. "Well, it was just here a minute ago," said Liz.
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