Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Around Again It Comes--Part 4

Eurydice glanced around the dank hallway, and took a sniff.  "Oh, you can smell it on the wind."  She glanced at Echidnae Bluebell.  "And you've only NOW realized this."

Echidnae glanced nervously at her feet.  "Well... you know we hardly ever go down here..."  She coughed.  "It's easy to miss."

Eurydice leaned forward.  "So, let me get this straight, Bluebell..."  Echidnae gulped.  When her friend and superior used her last name it meant she was going to emphasize the second aspect of their relationship.  "Your effort at explaining how you've allowed this HORROR to happen is to explain it away with negligence."  Eurydice gave her little head a shake.  "This is unacceptable."

"I'm sorry," squeaked Echidnae. "It will never happen again."

"It better not," snapped Eurydice.  "An entire wing of Castle Terribel infested with bedbugs!"   Eurydice placed her hands on her hips.  "Bedbugs!  The filthiest, most awful bugs imaginable!"  She shut her eyes.  "I don't think the Castle has faced such a dire threat in my memory!"

"What about the time they tried to blow it up?" muttered Echidnae.  "I mean--you have to remember that.  I do."

Eurydice looked to the heavens--or the ceiling of the room, which truth be told, she held in similar regard.  "Not as much of threat!  It wouldn't have worked, and anyway, blowing up the castle would just... damage bits of it at worst.  But bedbugs... bedbugs infest the Castle systematically, turning it into their own home, and making it intolerable for us--the true inhabitants!"  She glanced around the room, and sniffed again.  "They are my family's wiliest foe."  Eurydice bit her lip.  "Well, them and cockroaches.  It is a tight match there."

Echidnae stared for a moment, and then coughed.  "Of course.  So... I am very sorry for failing to keep guard against your family's... wiliest foe.  Aside from cockroaches."

Eurydice nodded.  "Apology provisionally accepted."  She turned, beginning to march away.  "Now, let's get to work.  Break out the Ancient Mummy Dust, and the anti-insect hexes!  We are going to be working on this all night!"  She raised a fist.  "Ha!  Those who threaten Castle Terribel are going to learn that the Fideles are always on alert!"

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