Mysterious Places, Dangerous Spaces
Chapter 1
At last the special day had arrived. It was the time that Brimen had been planning so long for; the unveiling of his statue in the village square. It was the perfect day for such an important event yet, not everyone who could have come was present.
"Why does he want a statue of himself?" was the objection mumbling on a wave of uncertainty......
"It will only bode ill," continued the warnings........
"Where is Monk the Elder?" was another, gnawing curiosity........
It was only natural for these 'whisperings' to abound.......
Deeply superstitious,they had felt that an image cast in stone......
"Hear Ye! Hear Ye!" Bellowed the Crier, ringing his bell to get attention
Two others in the crowd were now awakened by the Crier,s obvious show of touchiness and also........
"What about us?
We helped you too
We defeated Redwitch
And the Goblins who.....................
"I,I,I'd rather not," stammered Ankra frightened of the Sisters.....
As the covers fell to the floor to reveal the resplendently carved oak figures, there was a gasp......................
Suddenly, Prims gave out a loud screech of surprise "It's him......
As was there way they spoke in unison:
The Son is back,
He has come of age,
He wants the land
And is full of rage.
"Doesn't make sense?" fumed Brimen dismissing......................
The pair stepped back, hissing like dripping water on a hot plate:
"He seeks the Skull,
Of his now dead father..............
Almost with perfect timing Owl suddenly appeared flying low......
"Oh so you already know?" hooted Owl tormentingly........
"He has Lurker to watch and report what is going on.......
As expected, Brimen went Quiet and began pacing across............
"This harmonious spell must be a distraction then..............
"Because he is deeply worried over the beheading.......
"A wonderful idea!" hooted Owl. "That could be the place?".......
"Fairy Snoop!" snapped Gannon inspired................
"Of course!" she said without considering the danger. "But what......
"That told him," said Brimen feeling satisfied that he had...........
"Come on then," then said Brimen clearing the small round table of clutter. "I bet I win!"
As was usual among the three of them, high jinks and calls of cheat....

Chapter 2

"Right," said Brimen waking up first to the early sound of Blackbird echoing over Granite rock...................................
"Rooney! Where are you?"shouted Brimen giving up on the sleepy pair....
The next moment, Prims pushed her way into the room tutting with utter objection at the Oakmen sleeping in the armchairs......................
"Slovenly!" she stressed and began fussing and clattering about........
The next minute she furiously ripped away the blankets from the chastised pair. "Come on up you get...............................
"I have been thinking about your idea, gannon," said Brimen lowering his voice so as not to annoy the tetchy Prims.................
"She is in a terrible temper," he whispered Rooney."Be careful!".....
"She Eva, May and Daisy," he said............................
"Oh! not that again?" said Brimen tossing spoons into the saucers....
"But, it is now - wooden," said brimen. "That is what everyone.......
"As I was saying to you both; If Weasel goes in first................
"Piece of string?" said Brimen finally. "Then she can follow.........
Finally deciding; the cautious Brimen gently opened the door.........
"Huh!" huffed Brimen as he let them in. while still harbouring a grudge at asking the animals for help...........................
For the first time ever, the Weasels froze; not even moving a muscle.
Praise they just did not understand yet felt a mysterious calm of prestige as they did when they last attended the meeting at the Yews...
Brimen coughed an apology of slight embarrassment but did not admit....
There they were, their pasty white faces pressed against the window pane with chilling blue eyes peering in while drumming long finger nails on the glass.................................................
"Don't let them in!" said Brimen...............................
"Let us in,
Me and my twin
Have something sure to say.
Tad, your young friend captured
And why Weasel ran away.
"What?" screeched Brimen...........................
The twins stepped inside the Lodge reciting:
"Two Goblins took advantage
As Tad waited - just in case,
Outside the Rabbit entrance
When the Weasels fled the place."
"We, will get Tad back!" said Brimen assuring Tilda, the mother who was sobbing uncontrollably. "His brothers will help - won't you boys?".....

Chapter 3

"Right you brave young lads," said Brimen addressing them.............
"There is time for that yet!" butted in Prims.........................
"That is all we need?" whispered Brimen to the others.................
"The question is; where his kidnappers would have taken him," said gannon attaching a heavy baton to his belt............................
"When the young brothers and his friends are ready," Whispered........
Tod, the second eldest brother and Tid the youngest, remembered where the Weasels had entered the hill with Fairy Snoop.....................
"You could have done something about that?" said Brimen...............
"Stop twitching: Just tell us where they are,"........................
"They went to find Sprite!" he said amazed. Thumped his foot again and then retreated into his burrow........................................
"Well, were they Goblins; Gnomes;Elves...?............................
"That is in the direction of where that disused mine was," said.......
"Mmmm! but we sealed up the entrance," sighed Brimen disappointedly...
When they eventually arrived at the disused mine; they first had to find out if anyone was inside, without being detected themseves.......
Brimens ploy was to use the boy's irritating, exuberance of youth.....
.........throw stones, break what glass there is left," he encouraged.
"That is odd?" said Brimen to Gannon and Olan.........................
"They obviously have something important to hide......................
"Was there any sign of Tad?"..........................................
"Oh! and I think I saw Trypannon......................................
"I've sent word to Grondo to get here as fast as he can................
"Not a thing," said Brimen whispering. "These should......though.......
Once inside the cold, damp, pitch black place they lit.................
"Then they must be hiding somewhere....................................
Grondo produced from his pocket a rough drawn plan.....................
"Where did he go," said a breathless Brimen on reaching the pit face and coming to a halt. "They or he......................................
The group began to descend the iron ladder until they reached a small platform with a tunnel leading off it which opened up into a cavernous room. Inside here......................................................
Reaching the next level was exhausting and extremely hot; much further below they could now glimpse - from the lanterns - flowing, molten, rivers of lava robbing the thin air of its oxygen......................
Tad's pleas were getting louder and louder as the rescuers.............
"Then all of them have escaped?" said Brimen...........................
"Not all of them!" responded Smarty, "We caught two....................

Chapter 4

"Where are they! where are they!" panicked the Town Crier, hastily banging on the Lodge door. "Brimen," he yelled then rushed round to bang firmly on the side door.
Owl, flying overhead was paying particular interest in what was taking place below and landed knowingly, giving instructions to the worrying Crier. "Ring your bell!" he hooted.
"I didn't bring it with me............................................



Chapter 5

It would be another two long days of doubt before the fairies..........
"What did you actually discover?" said Brimen before Snoop.............
"It was so scary," She said holding onto Thistle and Glow's hand.......
"Were there plans to steal the golden acorns?" pressed Brimen..........
"Cave fairies!" revealed Snoop. "They have them locked in recesses; hot spaces, behind bars - turning them into, ugly, little monsters.........
"Couldn't they get out?"...............................................
"No!" the three cried out at once. It was the reaction to a feeling of not being appreciated. "There is a force...............................
"Don't worry about them?" said Brimen unconcerned......................
"We must speak with Sprite first," she answered nervously..............
"Why?" said Brimen confused by the request.............................
"Yes!" she whimpered. "They looked horrific and........................
I know! I know!" whined the uncertain fairy Snoop, breaking into.......
Prims, who had returned earlier than expected, now entered the room with the same brusque stand she always used, to control the Oakmen.....
Obediently, the Oakmen stood back apologetic yet, anxious with untold news of exactly what the pair could have witnessed.....................
"Rooney!" gestured Eva who had been listening at the door of the scullery with May and Daisy............................................
"Make sure we lock the door, in case they decide.......................
"Our first priority is to capture Turncoat," said Brimen...............
"I was only going to say..," continued Olan smugly.....................
"I'm warning you!" growled Brimen getting angrier......................
It was late evening when Sprite eventually arrived at the Lodge with Owl, although not as a passenger - she had learned a lesson from that previous, 'uncomfortable' flight.......................................
"He is using Monk's Ray that affected Kordi all those years ago: The Ray that turned him into the Gunpowder fairy...........................
"Where would the goblin learn to do that?" said Brimen.................
"From Kordi, just as he did when.......................................
"So where was Ankra during all of this time?"..........................
"Well., er! he had been sent away on a top secret......................
Intent to rile Owl further, Brimen then suggested to Sprite............
"I am aware of the risks...............................................
"Well I do!" said Brimen happily.......................................
"I will not be able to stay there forever," answered Sprite............
"But you will be safe!"................................................
"The Cave fairies must haunt that place too?"..........................
"No!" replied Brimen with confidence. "Our Trolls would eat them," he said laughing at the fact..............................................