William and Grace meeting Lauryn
Oct 3, 2015
Following the star charts sent by Sanje, Frannie and Lauryn landed on
rocky cliff above a river far below. Following time shift protocols, they
paused to restore their energy and get their bearings before they slowly
materialized. They were on the edge of a clearing. In the clearing was
Sanje (Lauryn’s cousin and long-time best friend). She was leaning
against a log cooking dinner and playing her drum. She slowly looked
up and said “It is about time you two showed up. Dinner is almost ready.”
The two girls hugged and sat down. Sanje told Lauryn and Frannie that she
had decided to make human camping food for them- including hotdogs and
smores. Frannie grumbled about being extremely hungry but she wasn’t
about eating dogs. Sanje laughed- “They are not made from dogs!” “Then
why call them that?” mumbled Frannie. But, she was delighted to find that
she liked the hotdogs and watermelon Sanje had made for her dinner and
all grumbling stopped. Lauryn chuckled, “She is always hungry after a shift.
I think I want to try one of those dog things.” “Try the yellow thing – it is
called corn. It is wonderful.”, Sanje suggested.
After eating dinner and catching up on what was happening at home, Lauryn
finally asked “What do you know about Alister?” Sanje became all business.
She told Lauryn that from what she could find out, Alister had appeared out
of nowhere. He had a rather bad head wound and had no idea who he was.
Nikee, a local healer, had found him wandering not far from Steam Town. She
and her daughter, Grace, had nursed him back to health. When Grace took an
assignment to Daydreamer’s and Time Travelers, Alister had gone with her.
Now the two were about to be married. Lauryn sat in shock, not knowing what
to say. She asked, “What about Draco?” Sanje answered, “He showed up
shortly after Alister, hung around for a while but when Alister didn’t recognize
him, he just disappeared.” Lauryn and Frannie looked at each other for a long
time, before she finally said, “Let’s get going. There is no time to waste. I must
get to Alister now.” Sanje said “First you should change, you are still in uniform.
Then we must clean up and put out our fire. Things around here are very dry
this year and we don’t want to start a fire.” The girls put everything away and
then used their tools and water bucket to make sure the fire was out.
Sanje said- “We are still in the Land of Imagination. We will climb a short
ridge and to the south will be Steam Town. Outside of Steam Town is a
train tunnel that is also a portal between here and the human world. If you
know the proper words, you can open the portal. The portal works very
much like time and space shifting with dragons. Concentrate on where you
want to go.” Lauryn said, “I assume you know the words to get us through the
portal.” “Of course”, answered Sanje, “I have been through many times in my
efforts to find Daydreamers & Time Travelers and Alister.” The two girls and
Frannie took off for Steam Town. About 15 minutes later they arrived at the
tunnel entrance. Sanje told Lauryn to hold Frannie and then took her other
of a sudden the tunnel lit up – Sanje said “Walk into the light and think of Alister.
Also tell Frannie to keep us well shielded until you tell her to make us visible.”
“Done,” Lauryn answerehand. She softly chanted a strange verse in an oddly
familiar language – all od.
Within seconds the girls and the dragon were in a room filled with dolls
they did not know, except for Alister. He stood next to a table filled with
food. There were two other boys and two girls in the room with him.
Sanjee and Lauryn scanned the room, looking for danger. They were
both highly trained agents and were quick to decide they were safe.
Lauryn told Frannie to stay hidden but to make the two girls materialize.
All of the sudden Lauryn and Sanje stood in the middle of the room. CJ
gasped- “How did you do that? Where did you come from?”
William looked at them with interest and confusion, but no recognition in
his eyes. Lauryn started toward William, saying “Alister, what happened
to you? Why don’t you know me?” She had taken two steps when a
screeching filled the room. It was Frannie!
Before any of the Daydreamer & Time Travelers could move, Lauryn and
Sanje were standing back to back with weapons in both of their hands.
As they slowly moved in a circle, Lauryn scanned the room for Frannie.
“Where are you, girl? What is the matter? Come to me?” Suddenly two
dragons appeared next to Lauryn. The smaller red dragon was squealing
and chattering very rapidly. The large green dragon was listless and
almost unresponsive. Lauryn turned on William and shouted – “How
could you?” William looked shocked, “How could I what?” “He is your
dragon!” yelled Lauryn as she sat holding the dragon and giving him
something from a small hour glass that she seemed to have pulled from
nowhere. “What is that?” William asked. Lauryn answered “Sands of
Time”, just like he should know what that was. The green dragon slowly
regained a little strength and looked around the room. His eyes caught
William’s and stopped. William was mesmerized, “Can I touch him?”
He asked. Lauryn said slowly, “You really don’t remember us, do you?”
“No, at least – can I touch the dragon?” ”Yes,” she answered.
William reached out to scratch Draco on his head. Draco’s eyes never
When William touched the dragon, he turned to stare into the dragon’s
eyes. “I do know you!”, William said slowly. He softly murmured to the
dragon and hugged him close. Draco’s eyes started to glow and he
William then turned to the two new dolls,” Lauryn and Sanje!” Just as
William caught his breath to start talking again, CJ broke in - “OK, William.
Just a minute – girls appearing out of nowhere, weapons apprearing and
disappearing, dragons, swords, What is going on? You know them? You
have a dragon! What is going on? Who is everyone?” He paused for a
breath and before he could start again Grace said quietly “William, why
don’t you start by introducing our guests?” William smiled and said
“Everyone say hi to Lauryn, Sanje and Lord Draco.” Lauryn laughed –
“Oh, Alister! That doesn’t tell them anything. We are space gypsies from
the Land of Imagination and we have come looking for Alister and Draco.
They were over a year late from their latest mission, so we came to bring
them home.” The room went silent. “ Mikael asked “What about the wedding?”
Lauryn looked at Grace and said “I had heard something about a wedding.
Perhaps we should start at the beginning and work our way to where we
The story started with Alister and Lord Draco. Their latest trading mission
had gone well. Everything was routine, trade treaties were signed in all
but one of his assignments – Steam Town. As he and Draco entered the
skies above Steam Town something had shot them from the sky. Draco
broke in – “I tried to protect him during the fall. When we were on the
ground I shape shifted into a rock cave to hide him from whoever shot us
down.” William scratched the dragon’s head and said, “I remember the
cave!” Grace took over from there- Her mother had found Alister wandering
near Steam Town and brought him to the clinic that she ran. She and
Grace had nursed Alister back to health, but he had no memories of who
he was or how he got there. When they asked what to call him- he had
come up with William. Lauryn told them that his name was Alister William.
Draco grumbled and squealed – It was awful. He didn’t know me. I didn’t
think I would survive..” William soothed him and explained that the bond
between dragon and rider was so strong that when a dragon and rider
were separated like that, the dragon rarely survived. Sometimes even
the rider died. He then continued the story. When he finally woke up it
was as if someone had erased his memories- he remembered nothing.
He had enjoyed helping Grace and her mother and decided to go with
Grace when she left for Daydreamers & Time Travelers to be their healer.
Sanje piped in with – I guess this is where I enter the story. Lauryn
couldn’t leave because she was in her final training as a Dragon Master,
so I came looking for Alister/William. “What are we going to call you?” “I
prefer William,” he answered. Sanje continued - it took quite a while, but
I finally managed to find you here. I let Lauryn know shortly before she
graduated from the Academy. “Ok Lauryn it is your turn”, CJ said, “This is
exciting! Dragons, gypsies, getting shot out of the sky, Wow.” Lauryn
laughed and said, “I am Lauryn. I am Alister’s- I mean William’s twin
sister. After I graduated from the Dragon Master Academy, I went home
for my presentation ball and then left on this mission to find Alister.
” William was shocked – “How did you get Mom and Dad to agree?
You are supposed to be in final training!. Lauryn replied – “I didn’t
exactly tell them before I left. When I return to our world I will complete
my final training and assume my duties when the time comes.” William
chimed in with – “Our parents are the current rulers of the O’Kennedy
clan. Lauryn was born 30 seconds before I was and therefore she has
to be the next ruler of the clan.” Lauryn scowled – “Don’t rub it in! I am
still not happy that you didn’t move a little faster when we were born.
You always manage to beat me when it comes to food!” “Speaking of
food” CJ said “Let’s grab something to eat and then continue our
First said William, I need to ask Grace something. He turned and slowly
asked. “It seems that I am not an orphan. Are you still willing to marry a
second born, space gypsy?” Grace smiled and answered “Of course.”