I woke up a half an hour ago, thoroughly exhausted. Last night, there was a scent of burning wood in Lena’s bedroom, so Lacey, Lena’s cat, and i slept in Stephanie’s room. According to Lacey, that smell in one of the Sister Fate’s rooms means bad fortune is on its way. Lacey slept at the foot of Stephanie’s bed all night. We’re awake, but neither of us has the energy to get up.
She yawns and says, Marguerite, i would like my breakfast.
I say, i know you would, but i feel oddly weak. I slept soundly for eight hours, but i’m so tired, Lacey. I’ll have to make myself get up. I think to myself, this cat can talk and read, but she can’t fix her own meals. With that thought, Lacey looks at me with annoyance. Wait, don’t tell me she can read my mind?
I say exactly that to her. Lacey, do you also read minds?
No, Marguerite. I can’t. She smirks. You must have noticed the face i made. I’m irritated with Lena. She hasn’t contacted me in awhile. I hope when she does, she’ll explain what bad luck to expect. I’d also like to know why we’re so tired. I slept well too, and i feel tired and out of sorts.
I pick up the Book of the Fates from the nightstand. I read to page 256 last night. There’s so much information to study. So many complicated spells, rules, and passwords. There are several pages that describe each of Fate’s and Time’s gems and what they do. I wonder if my boss, Farley Friday has ever read this?
I ask Lacey. I say, so you brilliant feline, and i swear she winks at me, has Farley ever read this book?
No. I don’t think he’s ever read it cover to cover, but he’s familiar with certain parts. I think he needs to study it all. I’ll mention that to Lena when she finds time to call. Farley lacks concrete knowledge of some of the passwords. Didn’t he give you three to try to get into this penthouse? Tsk.. tsk. That’s not good.
I go to get up, and Lacey stretches, but before we can leave the bed, we feel a soft breeze blow through the room. Then there’s a scent of buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup. Lacey closes her eyes and sniffs the air. The book, Marguerite. Hold on to the book. Don’t let go.
I pick up the Book of the Fates that i’d put down on the blanket beside me, crawl back under the covers and hold on tight. Lacey burrows her claws into the covers beside me.
Close your eyes, friend! We’re about to be on the road again!
The breeze and scent grow stronger. Lacey says, Marguerite.. whisper the words, pancake and champagne brunch into the Eighth Aquamarine. Keep your eyes closed tight and count to twenty. I think Lena is sending us to Universe #34! But then, we’re talking about Fate, so i can’t be sure…
Oh Dominic! That was amazing as always! I won’t have to workout for at least three days!
And i think to myself, well, Eris, you’re a goddess. You shouldn’t have to work out at all. But i say, thank you my sweetheart. That means the world coming from you. I am merely human, after all.
She laughs her seductive troublemaker laugh. What do you think, Agent Seckcee? Should we give it another go? I have so much energy still, even after three times. We’ve given Fate’s couch quite the ride too. Lena won’t be happy, but who cares? That means i’m doing my job well!
I know it’s your penchant for causing strife that gives your life meaning, Eris, but it won’t do to make the Fates too angry. They have boundaries, you know.
Dominic! Whose side are you on? Sometimes i wonder about you.
Easy, sweetheart. I just don’t want you to go too far.
Well, now that i have Fortuna’s sapphire, i’ll not worry at all. I’m even more powerful.
I think to myself, don’t count on it, dearest, but i say, you certainly have power over me, and as for another go…
But, the couch begins to rock and jump. The wind begins to blow hard. So hard that the Goddess of Discord and i are rocked to the terrace floor.
Well, my sweet Eris! Now we’ve done it. I realize i have to yell over the rising wind, I think Lena is displeased to say the least!
Then i see that Eris appears to have been knocked out cold, and Fate’s orange couch has taken off and is flying east. I see my chance to take the sapphire off Discord’s finger, but then, i roll off the terrace and into the Pacific. Before i pass out, i think, please go easy on me Lena!
To Be Continued Soon..