Chapter 1: Meeting of the Minds
Two shadows crept down the hallway of the Emperor's castle. They tried to be as quiet as possible. There was no way that they could have used magic to silence their approach; the entire castle was shielded against magic. They were almost at the doorway to the room they were seeking when the lever that opened the door started to turn.
The two women, because their sultry bodies gave that fact readily away, threw themselves at the wall to either side of the door. The door opened and a page boy appeared. He was holding a tray of dirty breakfast dishes and trying to adjust his tunic and pants to look less disheveled. As he turned to pull the door closed, Danni reached over and deftly snagged an uneaten piece of bread. He closed the door with a soft thud and the tall, gangly boy walked down the hallway trying to tuck in his tunic while not dropping the tray.
Lori spun on Danielle pointing a finger at her, about to berate the cheeky female thief. Danni merely held a finger up to her pursed lips and softly went 'shhhhhh' stopping Lori's exclamation of disapproval from being voiced. As the page rounded a corner and went away, Danni whispered, "Shall we?"
Author's Note: This chapter would have been much longer with graphic descriptions of what Tammi and the page boy did, but I've decided to make all my future writing PG-13. So just use your imagination. You will probably come up with something far sexier than I would.
The two ladies heard Tamarilla singing to herself through the closed door. It was a bawdy song that she no doubt heard one of Margaret's crew singing. It went:
A digging and a-picking as I was one day
The thought of my true love it led me astray.
The day it was gone and the night coming on
And I hit for the road with my navvy boots on.
I knocked at my love's window, my knock she did know
And out of her slumber she wakened so slow.
I knocked there again, and she said "Is that John?"
"Yes indeed it's me with my navvy boots on."
She opened the door and invited me in
"Draw up to the fire and warm your skin."
The bedroom door was open and the blankets turned down
And I rolled into bed with my navvy boots on.
Then early the next morning at the dawn of the day,
Says I to my true love, "It's time to go away."
"Sleep down, sleep down, you know you've done wrong
For to sleep here at night with your navvy boots on."
O I bent down my head with a laugh and a smile
Saying "What could I do, love, in that length of time?
For all that I've done it was just a bit of fun
And I'll do it again with my navvy boots on."
The six months being over and seven after this
This pretty fair maid grew stout around the waist
Then eight months being over and nine comes along
And she handed me a son with his navvy boots on.
Come all you pretty fair maids take heed what I have said
Don't ever let a navvy come into your bed,
For their hearts do run light and their minds do run young
Sure they'll jump on your bones with their navvy boots on.
Lyrics courtesy of Traditional Music Library On Line Tunebook (Shareware Version).
Danni voiced a small chuckle as Tammi sang the song, while Lori looked aghast thinking of how much the simple farm girl had changed. True, Lori was used to the lustiness of men, she just never thought Tamarilla would fall so far.
The door did not squeak when it opened, attesting to the fact that the palace was well cared for. Tammi stood naked by the bed facing away from the door. As such she did not see her companions enter and silently closed the door behind them. When Tammi did turn around, it was to see a grinning Danni and a stern faced Lori standing in her bed chamber.
Tammi squealed and dove for her bed, diving under the covers like the simply raised village girl that she was before she experienced the world and it experienced her. Her companions patiently waited until Tammi decided that she couldn't hide under the covers forever, which took a while, and popped her head out.
Tamarilla was still blushing as she spoke to Danni and Lori. "Wha ... what are you doing in my room? How long have you been here? I have just finished breaking my fast and was waiting for the chamber maids to bring the water for my bath."
"We have been here long enough!" Tammi blushed again, "The Empress is tired of your teaching the page boys bawdy sea shanties and the affairs between men and women." said Lori.
Danni quickly added with a grin, "The chamber maids are complaining about being chased by the pages and that most of them want to ship out on the first ship that they can instead of getting married to them. Tammi you're supposed to be on bed rest, not educating young men about life." Danni chuckled again, just thinking of a no-longer innocent big busted maid set loose among the 'best scions' of the empire. 'She has done more damage in a week, than a score of harlots could do in a month.'
The tirade about Tamarilla's actions continued with Lori asking some pointed questions of the sixteen year old buxom maid. "Do you have any explanation? Perhaps a reason why you have caused such disruption in the palace? Tell us how this all started?"
Tammi thought about the questions before she replied, "Well, you do know what the Elven wizards did to me?" Both ladies nodded yes. An emboldened Tammi went on, "Those naughty elves awoke some feelings, yearnings that I had deep inside of me," Lori urged her on, rapidly losing her patience, "and when the first page boy asked me if there was anything else he could do for me, things just happened."
Danni started laughing very loudly, almost drowning out Tammi as she continued her excuses. "As to the singing, well, I just like to sing." Tammi looked like she was about to begin crying, so Lori and Danni left as the chamber maids came in with the water for Tammi's bath. The last thing that Lori and Danni heard was a sobbing, contrite Tammi apologizing to the chamber maids.
The rest of the women came to get Tammi, they could have an audience with the Emperor and Empress. Tammi had finished her bath and had dressed in her wizard's robe. All of the women went without weapons, even Danni. She had allowed Lizzie and Margaret to search her. True to her word, she did not try to hide any weapons in or on her body. Danni was smiling when the searches were over. 'They didn't find the four picks I did manage to hide! You can never be too prepared'.
Tammi was full of questions, as usual. "Do you think we'll get an award for stopping the Army of Change?" She saw Lizzie's angry glare and hastened to add, "It was nice of the Emperor to pardon Rhonda and give her the task of taking care of the former Haunted Forest. Do you think he will have a job for us to do? Tamarilla's expression changed from exuberant to melancholy. "What if he doesn't and we split up? I would be very sad if I didn't have my friends near me. You girls are so much fun to be around." Tammi was downright pouting now. 'Where will I go? What would I do? Life would be boring without my friends.'
Seeing that Tammi was about to burst into tears, Lindi quickly reassured the busty, young girl. 'I can see her breasts spilling out of her robe if she started sobbing. Definitely, not a good thing to have happen in front of the Empress!' "Tammi don't be silly, we will have many more adventures together." Tammi didn't look very reassured, so Lindi continued. "Look, the Emperor wouldn't have given Margaret a new ship, and a position in his Navy, if he didn't have plans for her to take us some place." Tamarilla visibly brightened up not seeing the glare that Margaret sent Lindi's way.
An exuberant Tamarilla continued her rave. "Oh goody, I'd like to go on a ship again. And if there is not any wind, I can just cast a spell like Serri did." Here face clouded up again. "I miss her, I hope she is OK." 'I know that I wasn't with her very long, but she is still a very good friend.'
It was now Lori's turn to comfort Tammi, but she did not coddle her. "Tamarilla! You are about to go in front of the Emperor and his wife. He won't give us any task if you act like a little girl in front of him. You have to be serious and full of respect. The Empress is already not very impressed with your actions. I don't know what she would think of you being on one of the Emperor's ships with your flagrant debauchery with the pages or your teaching them bawdy Sailor's songs."
Tammi straightened up and put a serious look on her face. 'I am not sure what flagrant' debauchery or bawdy mean, but if they are bad I won't do them.' "You're absolutely right Lori, I must be on my best behavior." This somber moment lasted until a page boy dropped a tray upon seeing Tammi in her wizard's robe and she giggled in response.