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<span>  Furello, Furello! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The unicorn could hear a voice calling him as though from a great distance. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The light slowly flowed back into his head.</span> <span> When he opened his eyes, he saw the face of Kelton bent over him. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Oh!</span> <span> I ve been worried about you! </span> <span>I ve been trying to awaken you for some time, Kelton said. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Where are we? Furello asked. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I don t know. </span> <span> I only remember falling through a long tunnel. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello scrambled to his hooves and glanced around.</span> <span> They were trapped in a square room without windows or doors. </span> <span>On each of the three walls hung a picture. </span> <span>One was the portrait of a grim-faced bear, another showed a rather plump penguin holding a large many-colored lollipop; and the third depicted a small individual wearing wire-rimmed glasses. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello turned to the blank wall and stared in amazement.</span> <span> It seemed to tremble. </span> <span>  Kelton that wall is moving! </span> <span> He cried as the whole wall began to rise from the floor like a curtain from a stage. </span> <span> At first, it rose slowly. </span> <span> Then, in a wink, it zipped into the ceiling. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The two travelers were dwarfed by the huge room that was now revealed. </span> <span>In the center of the room, around a great table, sat the bear, the penguin, and the individual with wire-rimmed glasses. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Beyond them, a tremendous picture window looked out on a sparkling pink harbor.</span> <span> Kelton s heart fluttered when he saw Shira, Gemini and Aquarius Rising floating peacefully in the bay. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Well, well, said the penguin, beaming at Furello and Kelton. </span> <span>  We ve been expecting you two. </span> <span> Come right in and have a seat. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Who are you? queried Furello. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Oh, yes, excuse me. </span> <span> He waved his giant lollipop through the air, as though it were some magic stick. </span> <span>  Allow me to introduce us. </span> <span>Sitting over there is the admirable Mr. Fobknot. </span> <span> He pointed his lollipop toward the thin little person. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  And, he nodded toward the bear,  Here is the one and only G.B. Bear. </span> <span> I am Bittlebass. </span> <span>Oh, do have a seat.</span> <span> Make yourselves most at home. </span> <span> He stirred the air with his lollipop, sending whisks of sweet fragrance spiraling toward the ceiling. </span></p> <p> <center> <img id="image_15" src="image_s_15.jpg" onfocus="this.src='image_f_15.jpg';" onblur="this.src='image_s_15.jpg';" alt="Furello and Kelton meet Mr. Fobknot, G.B. Bear, and Bittlebass." tabIndex = 0> </center> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  If you don t mind sir, Kelton said,  I ll stand. </span> <span>I want to keep an eye on my ships. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Your ships? </span> <span> Your ships, you say? </span> <span> Mr. Fobknot arched his eyebrows. </span> <span>  Now, let s not be so hasty. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> G.B. Bear spoke gruffly.</span> <span>  This meeting is out of order.</span> <span> First, the defendants must identify themselves. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I m Furello, the young unicorn said willingly. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  And I am Kelton. </span> <span>Owner and captain of the three ships that lie in yonder bay. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Mr. Fobknot exclaimed,  Now what did I just say about whose ships those are? </span> <span> He slapped his hand on the table with an air of great authority. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Now, now, Bittlebass said soothingly.</span> <span>  Let s none of us be rude.</span> <span> Why, we are all friends.</span> <span> We can settle this matter very peaceably. </span> <span>He leaned back in his chair to take a big bite from his lollipop. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Again Mr. Fobknot intervened. </span> <span>  We are not getting anywhere. </span> <span> We must get something done this time. </span> <span> This case is quite clear cut. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> G.B. Bear turned his heavy head toward the frail looking man.</span> <span>  We must have order, he growled. </span> <span>  The defendants will state their case. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Please, please, Bittlebass said as he began to sweat.</span> <span>  Let s not have any unpleasantness. </span> <span>  Defendants is an unpleasant word. </span> <span> Now, we do know that our friend Kelton here was the former owner of... </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  I am still the owner, Kelton firmly reminded him. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Yes, yes, of course, you think you are the present owner. </span> <span> He bobbed his lollipop up and down nervously. </span> <span>  Why don t we use the term  owner in question ? </span> <span> Certainly that must satisfy everyone. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Okay, okay, rasped Mr. Fobknot. </span> <span>  We are not getting anywhere by clearing up terms. </span> <span> What I want to see is action. </span> <span> I want to see things happen. </span> <span> I want to get this case underway. </span> <span> I want... </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  All right! thundered G.B. Bear. </span> <span> Let s go on with it. </span> <span> Let s proceed at once. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Ah, this is why I find it so difficult to work with you two, Bittlebass sighed.</span> <span>  Rush, rush, rush. </span> <span> No time for the finer things in life. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Mr. Fobknot frowned at the penguin. </span> <span>  What do the finer things in life have to do with the problem at hand? </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  If you don t know, then I can t tell you, Bittlebass said, looking mysteriously out of the window. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> G.B. Bear growled,  This meeting does not have any order. </span> <span>This is why we never get anywhere. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The penguin stated,  it s that you are too busy trying to get somewhere, fast. </span> <span>Now, I think, he hunched forward,  that we are losing our heads over this small matter. </span> <span> He shifted his eyes from Mr. Fobknot to G.B.Bear. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Small matter! shouted Mr. Fobknot. </span> <span>  Who s to say this is a small matter?</span> <span> I say it s a large matter. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The great black bear said in a stormy voice,  Small matter, large matter, no matter! </span> <span> We must have order! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello watched the three heads wag back and forth, then turned to Kelton, who was staring at a door that led outside. </span> <span> Kelton, he whispered,  Now is our chance to escape. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton nodded his head, and they silently inched their way toward the door while the three partners argued among themselves. </span> <span> The door being slightly ajar, Furello easily nudged it open. </span> <span> When their hooves were safely on the lush green lawn that led down to the harbor, they broke into a gallop. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Shira, whose gangplank was connected to shore, was the first to see the duo rushing toward them. </span> <span>  Captain! she exclaimed,  I am delighted to see you! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  My ships! </span> <span> My Ships! </span> <span> Tears of joy welled up in the sea captain s eyes. </span> <span>  At last I ve found you! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Furello and Kelton raced up the gangplank onto Shira. </span> <span> Aquarius Rising became excited upon seeing them. </span> <span> You are back! </span> <span> I consulted the stars, but I could not find out what happened to you. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton spoke in the manner of a sea captain. </span> <span>  I shall tell you all about it soon, but right now we must sail immediately. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  But where shall we go? questioned Gemini. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton s face fell. </span> <span>  This is not a good time for questions, Gemini. </span> <span> If we do not leave right NOW, we may be captured! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  The stars say that this is not an opportune time to make plans for travel, Aquarius Rising piped in. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span>  Kelton! Furello cried.  Here they come! The penguin and the man were racing across the lawn toward the ships. The bear lumbered along behind them. His loud voice thundered,  They must be stopped! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The rapidly waddling penguin called out,  Please do not leave. Let s be reasonable about this. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> The man just yelled-- Stop, stop. Leave those ships alone! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton frantically paced the deck.  Ships, ships, we must be going! </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> With a great leap, the bear lunged toward Shira just as the ship withdrew her gangplank. Mr. G.B. Bear was too late. With a tremendous splash, he landed in the pink water. </span></p> <p> <center> <img id="image_16" src="image_s_16.jpg" onfocus="this.src='image_f_16.jpg';" onblur="this.src='image_s_16.jpg';" alt="G.B. Bear chases after Furello and Kelton." tabIndex = 0> </center> </p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> As the three ships turned about and sailed toward the open sea, Furello chuckled to see the large furry frame of G.B. Bear drenched in the pink water. The bulky bear waved a claw in the air and growled again at the departing ships. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; <span> Kelton regained his composure.  That was almost enough to make one nervous, he declared. </span></p> <br> <br> <br> <a href="chapter_12.html">Click here to go to Chapter 12.</a> <br><br><br> <!-- #EndEditable --></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> <tr> <td valign="top" bgcolor="#000000"> <table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr> <td><a href="http://www.host-central.net"><img src="../images/template_design_r6_c1.jpg" width="773" height="22" border="0"></a></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </body> <!-- InstanceEnd --></html>