(Continued from Volume 1)
And for a while, they lived peacefully, until the adventure described in the next story.
Majisto conjured up a pile of food for the Imperial guard, but in a while of talking, three pirates leaped from the underbrush. So did three Wolfpack members. The Imperial guard gave one of the pirates a blow with his hammer. The dragon knocked over the same one with his tail, and clawed after another one. The Wolfpack King hurled his scepter, and it struck the pirate chief right on the nose. The pirates were taken prisoner by the Wolfpack.
The Wolfpack went off with their prisoners, the Royal Knights went off to buy a Legoland newspaper, and only Majisto and his dragon could accompany the Imperial guard in the search for his friends. The dragon flew up, up, up with the Imperial guard hanging onto his tail. Majisto and the Imperial guard looked down, trying to find one of the Imperial guard flags. They did, but they also saw another flag: the skull and crossbones!
The dragon flew down, capsized the pirate boat, landed in the water, and the Imperial guard got off, into the Imperial guard boat, with the dragon and Majisto following. The Sea Police came and put pay to the pirates.
When the Imperial guard and his friends reached the Imperial Island, it had been taken over by pirates. One of the pirates spotted them, and the Imperial boat was almost capsized by a cannonball. They reached cover in Seaman's Cove. They got off and alerted the islanders who lived there. Then, in the Imperial boat and several canoes, the Imperial guards and their friends set off.
An arrow from the islanders wounded the person from the cannon, so that he could not even press the trigger. They landed and stormed inside the island's castle (the island only holds a giant castle). It was streaming with pirates. The dragon's tail swished a few pirates into the wall. The Imperial guards and their hammers seemed to be everywhere. Spears from two different directions sent two pirates running into each other. Imperial guards rushed to the treasure room to make their battle stand.
The rest of them searched the entire castle for any remaining pirates. They found a lot in the control room. One of them was controlling the entire island (the island is just a plain of land on top of a giant ship). A spear whistled against the pirates, throwing them into the dragon's grasp. An invisible cage appeared around the pirates from a wave of Majisto's glow-in-the-dark wand. The only pirate remaining was the one controlling the island, protected by a screen of metal which the Imperial guards had invented. The ship was being steered closer and closer to the land of the pirates. Closer and closer, faster and faster.
Suddenly it stopped. The engine had been punctured. By who, you ask? By the Aquanauts. The island was firmly in place. But the metal screen protecting the one at the controls was not stronger than Majisto's wand. It disappeared, and white magic transferred him into the invisible cage. The pirates were given to the Sea Police.
The Royal Knights thought, "What's going on here? This is supposed to be our story!" But it was: the dragon happened to be their pet.
"It's dusk," called Trickster, "better pitch tents."
"Um, yes, but where are the tents?" asked Knighty.
"There they are," answered Majisto, with a wave of his wand.
Knighty went into his and exclaimed, "Why, dinner's prepared!"
The dragons spent the time playing ninepins and blind-man's snuff.
Almost exactly at dawn, Trickster awoke and called to his companions that it was time to hit the air, and they got onto their dragons. They hoped for a quiet explore, but what they found was not the same as what they expected, as you will find out in the next story.
"An Ogre? All I can see is two trees." answered Knighty.
"That's the giant's feet!" said Trickster.
"It must be Lolly Loto, the lollipop licker," said Majisto.
"Watch out for the giant lollipop stick!" cried Knighty.
Majisto transmitted the following words right into the ogre's ear: "Uh, Lolly Loto, could you stop dropping lollipop sticks, so we could pass without getting squashed?"
Majisto somehow felt a nod.
"Advance!" cried Trickster.
They kept going steadily until they met ...
Trickster asked Majisto, "Is that four trees, two giants, or one giraffe?"
"It's one giant on his hands and knees!" screamed Majisto.
"Well well, what have we here?" said the giant, "Dinner perhaps? You seem to be perfect -- I just love squash!"
"Watch out!" cried Trickster, "He's trying to squash us with that giant fist of his!"
The giant said, "Hers, actually," and continued trying to squash them.
Finally they managed to escape by climbing up the giant's arm. It felt like an earthquake, but oh well.
"That head of yours would make a perfect mashed potato," said the giant to the Prince of Grace.
Finally the Royal Knights were able to use the arm to catapult themselves into a tree. The giant raged after them, calling for her dinner to come back, but tripped on a tree and went lame. The Royal Knights flew to safety on their dragons.
But after they had cleared the pond, they landed, for as you know, frogs can't survive out of water for long. And now, remarkable reader, we shall end this story and begin the next one, which is called ...
"I know what you mean," said Majisto, "let's go home."
"Which way back to the castle?" asked Knighty.
"We're at it, can't you see?" asked Majisto with a wave of his wand.
"Majisto!" called King Arthur, "Someone stole your magic bola!" (equals "ball")
"It's your magic ball," said Trickster.
"Right," said Knighty.
Majisto asked, "Do you have any idea who did it?"
King Arthur drew a notebook out of his pocket. It read:
"In all of Legoland there are four teams of pirates. Their names are Pirate Team 1, Pirate Team 2, Pirate Team 3, and Pirate Team 4. Pirate Team 4 has re-4-med, and Cathy, its cook, is now with us. Pirate teams 2, 3 and 1 are still active. Today, Pirate Team 3 and Pirate Team 1 claim they have reformed. One pirate from team 3 and one pirate from team 1 were spotted yesterday near the crystal ball. When they were questioned today, both of them had excuses for why they were there. The pirate from team 1 said he had lost his way. The pirate from team 3 said that he had traded guard duty with the guard for the magic things. (The guard was nowhere in sight.) Pirate Team 2, at this time, is invading the Wolfpack's island. The guards to the castle are the pirate from team 3 and a different pirate from team 1. Only the pirate from team 1 was at guard when the ball was stolen, and he said that the whole morning he saw nobody come out of the gate."King Arthur put the notebook back in his pocket, and said, "That's all it reads, but there's this picture:"
Continued in volume 3
Copyright © 1995 Samuel Dashiell Shemitz