J.M.M.Adams, Mystery Author

Sophia and The Dragon

Chapter 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casey Lane rolled out of bed and just about hit the floor hard. The phone was ringing, it was the middle of the night and Jackie Lee her GSD had taken over her whole queen bed, covers and all. She groped for the phone.

“Casey Lane and Jackie Lee GSD Detective Agency,” She mumbled into the phone.

Yes yes, hello, my name is Father Anderson, I want to hire you and your dog to go find my grand daughter, she is missing. I know where she is; but it’s awkward to explain over the phone. Can you fly to Luxembourg and meet me, and then I can explain.”

Casey lane turned on the light and looked at the clock, it was 5 am, time to get up soon anyway. She was listening with interest now. Jackie Lee was snoring and lying on his back. Really, he had to get up soon too.

“Well, we can fly to Luxembourg and meet you but I can’t promise we will accept the assignment.” She told him.

“I will have tickets for you at Sea Tec, can you go tonight?” He asked her.

Whew, tonight she thought!

“Umm, we just finished a big assignment so we could catch a flight out tonight. Will you pick us up?” She asked him.

“Yes, I will be there to get you.” He replied.

“Ok, let me call and make a reservation.” She told him.

“It’s already done, you leave at 8 pm tonight on Lufthansa. Have a safe flight and thank you.” He answered and hung up.

Casey looked at the dead phone in her hand. What was this all about? She put the phone down thinking about all she had to do.

“Jackie Lee, up and atom kid,” she said leaning over the bed giving him morning rubs.

“Arrrr,” He mumbled smiling at her with his big white teeth.

“You’re a character Jackie Lee, let’s go.” She said with a smirk.

They hit South Beach for a bit of exercise and by noon they were home and packed. Casey Lane notified her boyfriend of sorts that they would be out of town, to please keep an eye on her house. He was a State Trooper so she wasn’t sure where he was right now. He wouldn’t be happy she had left without saying goodbye, so that’s why she called him. Jackie Lee was wearing his doggie armor suit, Casey Lane had her suitcase packed very lightly and they caught the ferry from Friday Harbor, Washington, that’s where Jackie and Casey lived, to drive down to the airport in Seattle and wait for their flight.

The airline was very accommodating to Jackie Lee; he got a seat next to Casey Lane in first class.

“It was very nice of Mr. Anderson or Father Anderson to pay for our fare overseas.” Casey said to Jackie Lee.  Everyone one the flight thought Jackie Lee was so adorable; Casey did too.

They were greeted at the airport without a wait and driven to a beautiful estate. Father Anderson told Casey this was Sophia’s house, used to be his until he joined a monastery.

They walked in and Casey Lane was stunned at the very beauty of the place, off white marble floors in the entryway, a huge chandelier hanging overhead. There seemed to be many rooms, but were shown into the kitchen.

“This is where you and Jackie Lee can stay tonight, I have prepared a dinner for us and thought we could talk about my proposal during that time. Then if you agree, I will take you to the destination tomorrow, does that sound good to you?” Asked Father Anderson.

“Yes, yes, could I just take Jackie Lee out for a quick walk?” Casey Lane asked him.

“Perfect idea, then I will have dinner ready when you get back. What does Jackie Lee eat?” Asked Father Anderson.

“I have his food packed in dry ice, thank you for reminding me. I need to get it in the fridge right away.  Then we will go out Jackie Lee,” she looked at her dog; he was giving her big eyes when she mentioned his food. He got up and wagged his tail, then pawed her.

“In a minute, let me get your food unpacked. Go get your leash!” She told him. With that he trotted off to the front door and came back with the leash she had left there as they entered the house.

Everything was accomplished, Jackie Lee had his walk and dinner; he was now lying down at her feet. They were eating and Casey Lane was listening in disbelief at the tale of Sophie and Kanani.

“Well, what do you think? Would you go and take a look, then get back to me? My older grand daughter, Jennie is very worried about them. I think my great grand daughter went with Sophia and Kanani as well as Lamorack and Merlin, something must have happened or we would have heard from them by now. They have been gone 9 weeks!” He looked very worried indeed.

“I will go over and meet with Jennie, then see if I can be of any help. I don’t know much about finding dragons, I don’t even believe they ever really existed and I don’t believe I can go back in time. However, if this is true, Jackie Lee needs to stay here with you until I return. I don’t feel comfortable with him going through time. Is that a deal?” She asked.

Getting up to shake her hand Father Anderson said, “That is a deal, Jackie Lee will have to come back to the monastery with me and stay there until you return. Just tell me how to care for him and feed him. I will be anxious to hear your report. I will call Jennie now so she can meet you tomorrow when you arrive.” He got up and walked into another room.

Casey Lane scratched her dog on the head, “I don’t believe any of this Jackie Lee, but he seems like a sane person. You be a really good boy, ok?” I didn’t expect an answer, but he gave her a high five. Man was she going to miss him.

“Ok, it’s all set for tomorrow. We will leave here around 7am if that’s ok with you?” He asked.

“Yes, that’s fine. Where should Jackie Lee and I sleep tonight? I would like a shower too and I need to repack a smaller bag to take with me.” She added.

“Follow me, you can have this guest room, there’s a tub and shower attached to the room and fresh towels.” He said as Casey Lee got up from the table and followed him to a room off of the kitchen.

“Thank you and good night,” She said as he walked away.

“Thank you too,” he said turning around to look at her, “good night.”

With that they were alone. She didn’t know what she was getting herself into and why would anyone leave this beautiful house to go to the middle Ages? Strange! She needed sleep. Pretty soon Jackie Lee was snoring away next to her. If she hadn’t been so tired she would not have fallen asleep so fast.

Morning came all to fast, Jackie Lee was left in the car or no one could have stopped him from coming with her on her journey. She cried when they hugged goodbye.

She was talking to Father Anderson and before she knew it, she had stepped through an opening. Darkness flashed all around her, she was all-alone; it went by very fast, then she landed hard on the ground. She looked around and saw a carriage coming her way.

“I sure hope they were coming for me,” she said to herself. “Unbelievable, the old man was telling me the truth!”

 

 

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The Unsuspecting Spy

The Unsuspecting Spy

It was 1981 and my grandmother had just died, I was on my way to England to go through her things. When I arrived I met a cousin I had not seen since a child.  She let me in with her key and we went up to the attic of my grandmother’s little two story yellow cottage in Surrey, England. I pulled open boxes; all of them were from my grandfather that had died long ago. I knew nothing of him really; he died before I was born. My cousin and I pulled out boxes and boxes of letters and photos, then drug them downstairs. The old desk that I was never allowed to touch as a child was just sitting there in the parlor.  What was in the locked drawers? I was going to find out.  I picked up the key sitting in the metal dish on top of the mahogany desk and put it into the lock. When I opened it, my life and my cousins’ live were changed forever. This is my grandfathers’ story; he was a spy for the English government during World War 11. Why did he die with his secrets? What was he hiding from his family? Where was his other family? He told my grandmother he worked for the railroad. I read on and this is his remarkable story.

Sweet Dreams from all of us

Off to the medieval faire in Port Gamble tomorrow. Hopefully Sophia, Kanani, Ranger, Casey Lane and Jackie Lee will be safe until I return. Little Dave better stay out of trouble too. We all pray for the poor people hit by the tornadoes tonight. Sweet dreams.

The Unsuspecting Spy

The Unsuspecting Spy

It was 1981 and my grandmother had just died, I was on my way to England to go through her things. When I arrived I met a cousin I had not seen since a child.  She let me in with her key and we went up to the attic of my grandmother’s little two story yellow cottage in Surrey, England. I pulled open boxes; all of them were from my grandfather that had died long ago. I knew nothing of him really; he died before I was born. My cousin and I pulled out boxes and boxes of letters and photos, then drug them downstairs. The old desk that I was never allowed to touch as a child was just sitting there in the parlor.  What was in the locked drawers? I was going to find out.  I picked up the key sitting in the metal dish on top of the mahogany desk and put it into the lock. When I opened it, my life and my cousins’ live were changed forever. This is my grandfathers’ story; he was a spy for the English government during World War 11. Why did he die with his secrets? What was he hiding from his family? Where was his other family? He told my grandmother he worked for the railroad. I read on and this is his remarkable story.

Sophia and The Dragon

Sophia will meet Casey Lane and Jackie Lee soon. I am so excited!

Sophia and the Dragon

UPdate! The attack that the knights bore will be online soon! Who survived? Did Sophia make a mistake going on this quest? Off to a writers fun day in Portland tomorrow morning. I will be back Sunday late.

 

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND and be safe.

 

God Bless!

Wonder Northwest in Portland!!!!!

One day until Wonder Northwest in Portland!!! I hope to meet some of you there!

Sophia and The Dragon

I am trying to get a hold of the grapic artist Kerim Beyit to get his dragon for my book. I have his dragon on my web site and his playtime also. He is a talented artist and I hope to get a hold of him soon.

 

Lots of writing in 16 days, I can’t wait!

Sophia and The Dragon

 

 

Sophia Anderson (From Luxembourg 2012)

John Barnes (Sophia’s deceased husband)

Susan and Kimo (Good Friends)

Leila (Sophia’s niece)

Jennie (Sophia’s sister that disappeared in Egypt, Leila’s mother)

Robert (Jennie’s husband that disappeared with her)

Yglais (Mother of Lamorack and Perceval)

Lamorack (Knight of the Round Table, Knight that found Sophia he was more famous than Gawain.

Perceval (Knight of the Round Table and brother of Lamorack)

Cundrie (Witch, Accolon’s wife, cousin to Lamorack and Perceval)

Accalon (Knight of the Round Table and husband to Cundrie)

Bryn (Maid to Sophia in 1180 AD)

Afawen (Maid to Sophia in 1180 AD)

Iago (Paige in 1180 AD)

Chapter 1

“Sophie!” I heard Susan scream as I disappeared into the opening of the cave.

“Kanani, no come back don’t follow her!” I heard Leila scream, then everything went dark.

I hit the ground and rolled, I shook my head very confused but before I could look around; umph, Kanani landed on me!

“Kanani, I’m glad to see you and that you love me, can you get off of me, please?” I asked my German Shepherd as I tried to shove her to the side. She licked my face and then started jumping back and forth over me. All of a sudden she stopped and started barking. I heard a horse approaching.

“Stop barking,” I told her getting up and dusting myself off. Just as I did that I looked up and was staring into the face of a handsome Knight.

“Are you alright, Madam?” The Knight asked me.

“Yes, I think so, thank you for stopping to ask.” I looked around wondering where I was. He dismounted his horse and walked over to me.

“Who are you, where did you come from?” He asked looking as confused as I felt.

“I’m Sophia I was exploring caves with my friends and ended up here. Where are we and what year is it?” I asked.

“It’s the year 1180 of our Lord and I am Sir Lamorack de Gales of the Round Table in King Arthur’s Court. We are standing in a county of Devon, England. He looked at Kanani and bent over to pet her.

“Do you mind if I pet her?” He asked without waiting for an answer from me.

“What kind of dog is she? I’ve never seen a dog like this and I have never seen anyone dressed like you.” He finished with a gleam in his eyes.

My heart was beating so fast I was sure he could hear it. Was I really dressed in black leggings, a t-shirt, tennis shoes and talking to a handsome knight in armor that belonged to King Arthur’s Court?

“Yes, you can pet her, I’m not from this century. My dog is an Alsatian,” I said choosing my words carefully. Knowing that telling him she was a German Shepherd would concern him.

“What year are you from?” He asked looking me in the eyes.

“2013,” I stuttered.

“Did you come here on purpose?” He wanted to know looking amazed.

“No, I’m lost and want to go home now!” I told him a little unsure of myself. Then I looked back and saw the rock I apparently came through. I didn’t see any openings.

He looked behind me too. “Well, I don’t think we can get you back right now. You must come back to my Castle, I am not going to let a beautiful young lady and dog stand here all night for thieves to rob and kill.”

“Your castle? I don’t have anything proper to put on for a castle visit,” I said looking down at my clothes.

“Oh I’m sure my mother can find something your size, even though you are so thin.” He said jestingly then bent over and gently took my hand kissing it.

Wow, I’ll follow you anywhere. I thought with my heart in my throat. Thinking about how I would ever get home. I felt a bit of dread in the pit of my stomach as I looked behind me leaving my security behind.

“Will you remember where you found us?” I asked him.

“Yes, I will,” he turned to look at me, “it’s almost dark, lets get going.”

I took Kanani’s leash out of my backpack and snapped it on her collar. He walked his horse beside me leading us to his castle. Would Susan and Leila get Kimo and come find us? Oh, I shouldn’t have listened to Leila and I should have stayed home working on grandpa’s notes in my library in Luxembourg. I had to stop myself from crying, that’s all I had been doing since John’s death six months ago. I had to get over him.

“What is that you have on your dog?” He asked me interrupting my daydreaming.

“It’s called a leash,” I told him. “I don’t think it’s invented yet.”

“No, it isn’t, I have a lot of questions for you. Don’t worry,” he told me looking at my face and seeing my expression. “Everything will be ok.”

“I hope so,” I said grimly.

Then I looked around, it was lovely country and I was on an adventure. I didn’t have anything to worry about. Susan and Kimo would take care of Leila and the house in Luxembourg. It was so beautiful here and looked very different from how I remembered it when growing up and coming here on summer vacation. The farms and roads were gone, it was untouched. Being summer, the weather was nice and Kanani didn’t seem upset by our recent experience. So I might as well enjoy my adventure. It would be something else to write about when I got home.

“There’s my castle,” Lamorack said pointing to it with pride in his voice.

“Wow, it’s gorgeous!” I said with enthusiasm, forgetting my predicament. I was getting anxious to meet the people of this time and explore the countryside.

“She has been in my family many years. When my father was slain in battle it became mine, which was 5 years ago. I now take care of my mother, Lady Yglais.” He looked thoughtful.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea for anyone to know where you have come from, at least not today. My mother will wonder if she sees the way you are dressed. I will put you into a spare bedchamber right away then go find her and telling her about you, but leaving out the time travel.” He was still talking but I wasn’t paying much attention because we had just walked into the most magnificent castle I had ever seen!

I followed him to the stables where he handed his horse over to a Paige. The Paige looked at me with suspicion, but didn’t say anything. Oh, he gave me the chills with his stare. Then I followed Lamorack into the main hall of the castle; I tried looking around at everything without tripping, because we were walking rapidly. We arrived at our destination; he opened up the doors and gently pushed me inside. I looked around at the beautiful room, there was a bed, washstand and a window looking out over the moors.

“This is where you and Kanani can stay, make yourself comfortable and I will have some dresses and underclothing brought in for you, my lady. Don’t be frightened, are you?” He asked.

“Not so much frightened as concerned if I will be accepted, then there’s that little thing about how long I’ll be here.” I pinched myself, yep, I was awake this was not a dream. He saw me pinching myself.

“I don’t understand how you got here but everything will be ok, I am pleased that I was the one that found you. This will put some excitement into our lives,” he said with a bid of glee in his voice, and then he grinned turning around to walk out the door. He stopped remembering something, turned around and said, “I will escort you to dinner in two hours.”

“Great,” I said.

Then he closed the door and disappeared.

Didn’t he think I was going to try and get back home? I slipped off my backpack and looked inside to see what Susan had loaded into it that morning. I pulled out the phone Grandpa had given me for my trip to Egypt. The one where I was going to go through time and try to locate my lost sister. She had disappeared over a year ago while on an excavation trip with her husband and Leila. Leila had stayed behind in the camp that morning. They never returned to her. That’s how Leila had come to live with me in Luxembourg. I had forgotten I put it in here last night, Grandpa said it worked with time travel. Well I would have to try calling him and see if worked after I got myself cleaned up. I felt grubby and dirty; I walked over to the basin of water and washed my face. Looking into the hand mirror I sighed, I didn’t have any makeup with me. Great I was going to miss a lot of things. I was startled by a knock on my chamber door.

“Come in,” I called.

The door opened and a young lady walked in carrying ten gowns, then another one followed her carrying more clothes. They were gorgeous gowns, I couldn’t believe it!

“Look at these dresses,” I was astonished.

“I will hang them up in the closet; do you need anything else or help with anything my Lady?” The first maid asked me.

“Yes, I need to know what to wear to dinner tonight and I need some face stuff to make me pretty.” I told her.

“Afawen, the servant, put some makeup over there for you by the basin, if you need other colors let me know. There is also some lotion with it, would you like some hot water to be brought in for a bath?”

“I would love that so much!” I told her.

“Ok, my name is Bryn and we will be back soon,” but instead of leaving she walked over to the hanging gowns and pulled one out. “This blue one would look very nice on you tonight.” She said holding it out to me for inspection.

It was the most gorgeous blue gown I had ever seen. “Thank you, it’s nice to meet you Bryn, my name is Sophie.”

“Your welcome, I will be here to assist you for your stay. Then she giggled, looking down at Kanani. Can I pet her? She’s so pretty.”

“Yes, let me introduce you to Kanani.” I walked over and knelt down by my dog then invited Bryn to come over and pet her.

“Thank you,” then she stood up. “I’ll be back with your hot water very soon.” She turned and walked out of the room.

What an endearing young lady. I sighed, this might be fun but I’m going to try and call Grandpa. I knew everyone back home would be worried about us. I picked up the phone and dialed the number Grandpa had given me. It rang only once and to my great relief I heard his voice on the other end of it.

“Hello, Sophie is this you my dear?” He asked.

“Hi Grandpa, yes it’s me and I want you to know that I am so glad to hear your voice!” I answered.

Susan and Kimo called me telling me about your disappearance this morning. I’m not too concerned my dear, we’ll figure out how to get you home. What year did you land in?” He wanted to know.

“I landed in 1180 and I’m staying at Sir Lamorack de Gales castle in Devon, England. He is a knight in King Arthur’s court, can you Google him Grandpa, and let me know whatever you can find out about him?” I asked.

“Yes, dear I can do that for you. Are they treating you like the princess you are to me?” He asked. I could hear the warmth in his voice and it quieted me.

“Yes, Grandpa they are; I have 10 gowns hanging in my wardrobe that are gorgeous! Lamorack acts like I’m here to stay forever!”

“Well, this is good for you to have a little adventure. I want you to start living again sweetheart after your heartache of losing John,” Grandpa told me endearingly.

“I know Grandpa, but this is strange, oh, someone is knocking on my door; I’ll call you back tomorrow. Please let everyone know I’m ok. I love you Grandpa.” I said.

“Ok, sweetheart I will and I love you too,” then he hung up.

I tucked the phone back in my pack and hurried over to the door. It was castle attendants and they were carrying my bath water, soap and anything else I needed. They filled my tub and as they were leaving Bryn walked in.

“Well it looks like everything is set for you. Can I be of help with your bath or helping you dress?” She asked me.

“Yes, could you come back in 30 minutes and help me with the dress?” I gratefully asked her.

“Yes I can, now enjoy your hot bath.” She said as she walked out and closed my door.

“I will,” I called out after her.

Oh, I looked at that lovely bath as I peeled off my dirty t-shirt and leggings throwing them into a corner, then I stepped into the hot bath. It felt so good on my aching muscles as I relaxed in the warm water. I didn’t have much time though.  Lamorack was coming back for me soon.  So I hurriedly cleaned up and dried off. I was just picking up the dress and figuring how to wear it when there was a knock at the door.

“Bryn, is that you?” I asked.

“Yes, my lady. May I come in now?” She asked.

“Yes, I’m ready for you.” I told her and then she entered.

“How was your bath?”

“Fantastic!” I answered. “It picked up my spirit and I needed that.”

“Good,” She helped me dress then helped me apply the face color. “You look fantastic!” She said standing back and looking at me.

“Really? Thank you so much!” I said getting up and hugging her.

“I will make sure Kanani is fed, what does she eat?” Bryn asked me.

“She can eat meat and she needs drinking water. I would really appreciate that, thank you.” I said.

“Your welcome, I’ll be back after you go to dinner and take care of her.”

“Thank you again,” I said, then she left. I gave Kanani a hug; she cocked her head and looked at me.

“We’re going to be ok, sweetie. Bryn will come back with your food and take you out for potty. I love you Nani!” I buried my face in her neck.

Then there was a knock on the door, I let go of Kanani and walked over opening it. Handsome Sir Lamorack was standing there!

“Good evening,” I said, “do you like how I look now?” I asked him twirling around.

Then I really looked at him, he was so handsome in his blue linen shirt and black pants. The blue shirt brought out the blue of his eyes. Oh, I could fall for him.

“You are beautiful,” he replied, “I am honored to escort you to dinner.” Then he reached out for my hand. I looked back at Kanani and told her to be a good girl and that I would be back soon. I was really nervous.

Dinner was different than anything I had ever attended before. We walked into the dining room.

“Mother, I would like to introduce you to Lady Sophia of Luxembourg,” Lamorack held my hand up and introduce me to his mother.

I was shocked he called me that, how was I going to pull this one off.

“Very nice to meet you Madame,” I said shaking her hand.

“It’s very nice to meet you as well, let me introduce you to everyone, my dear.” She said.

“The man to my left is my other son, Perceval; next to him is Accalon and then his wife Cundrie. Accalon is my nephew and both he and his wife are staying here with us for the time being,” Yglais continued.

“Why don’t you sit here next to me on my right, dear.”

“Hello, it’s nice to met all of you,” I said, then turning to Yglais, Lamorack’s mother, “I am honored to sit next to you Madame, thank you.”

Then I sat down and we made it through dinner safely. I heard stories about the quest’s the knights had been on. Then heard about how King Arthur had called everyone into his Kingdom for a festival. Cundrie talked about what clothes to pack, then Yglais said that we should get up early because the wagons needed to be packed up. Yglais asked me if I loved children. I told her yes, that I wanted to open a school someday. She thought that was a great idea. I didn’t mean for her to think I was opening one here! We talked about that for a while, then the Paige, Iago came in and gestured for Cundrie to talk to him, just as dinner was over.

Lamorack walked me back to my room talking about what I needed to take with me for our trip to Camelot.

I opened the door to my room, turned to say goodnight and thanked him for a lovely evening.

“I’ll see you early in the morning, goodnight kind sir.” I said.

“Good night my Lady,” then he turned to walk away.

I closed the door and screamed!!!!

Sophia and the Dragon

UPdate! The attack that the knights bore will be online soon! Who survived? Did Sophia make a mistake going on this quest?

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