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Week 151b: Moltres and Dolan (part 2)
(real tale: The Firebird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilissa)
"So, what happened to Dolan and Epona on their quest for Princess Vanessa?" Kano asks Brock as he and the other Players arrive on the living room set.
Once he is in his chair and everyone else has found a spot to sit, Brock begins the next part of the tale. "Well, Dolan was so scared, he cried bitter tears, and went out into the courtyard where Epona was stamping the ground and tossing her thick flaming mane.
"Master, why do you cry so?" Lotta asks as Epona.
"The king has ordered me to go to the land of Narevus, and to bring back the Princess Vanessa." Rylan explains as Dolan.
"Don't cry--you won't face any danger yet; that is still to come." Lotta assures Rylan as Epona. "Go to the king and ask him for a silver tent with a golden top, and for all kinds of food and drink to take with us."
"So Dolan went and asked the king for this, and the king gave him a silver tent with silver hangings and a gold-embroidered roof, and every kind of rich wine and the tastiest of food." Brock continues. "Then Dolan mounted Epona and rode off to the land of Narevus. On and on he rode, for many days and nights, till he came at last to the edge of the world, where the red sun rises from behind the deep blue sea."
Awed whispers race through the auditorium at this. "On the shore, Dolan reined in Epona, and Epona's hooves sank in the sand. He shaded his eyes and looked out over the blue water, and he spotted Princess Vanessa in a little silver boat, rowing with golden oars. Dolan rode back a little ways to where the sand ended and the grass started. After turning Epona loose, he set up the shining tent, with its silver hangings and its gold-embroidered roof. In the tent he set out the tasty dishes and the rich bottles of wine which the king had given him, and helped himself to some of the food while he waited for Princess Vanessa."
"So, how did Princess Vanessa react to the tent?" Yuki asks.
"When she saw it, she came closer to see it better." Brock explains. "The closer she came, the more beautiful the tent looked. She came on shore and made her way to the tent. She was a little frightened at first, and every once in a while she stopped and looked back to where the silver boat lay on the sand with the blue sea beyond it. But Dolan said nothing, but went on enjoying the food like nothing was going on. Finally, Princess Vanessa came up to the tent and looked in. Dolan got up, bowed before her, and said..."
"Good day to you, Princess!" Rylan smiles as he bows before Akane. "Do come in and eat with me, and taste my foreign wines."
"So Princess Vanessa came into the tent and sat down with Dolan, and ate with him." Brock continues. "She had so much of the food and drink, that when she had had her fill, she fell asleep right then, never mind that it was only noon. Dolan whistled for Epona..."
He pauses to literally whistle Epona's Song, making some of the children in the audience giggle when they recognize the familiar melody. "He carefully helped Princess Vanessa into the saddle--thankfully, she was out cold--and set out for home. Needless to say, Princess Vanessa slept the whole way there!"
Laughter goes up at this. "They came to the king's palace, and Dolan leapt from Epona and carried the still sleeping princess into the palace. The king was ecstatic when he saw Princess Vanessa sleeping in Dolan's arms--he ordered for trumpets to be sounded, and bells to be rung." Brock continues. "So trumpets sounded, and bells rang, and the noise was enough to finally wake Princess Vanessa up."
"What's going on?" Akane asks as Princess Vanessa, feigning a yawn for effect. "Where is the sea and my boat?"
"The blue sea is far away," Brock replies as the king, "and for your little silver boat I give you a golden throne. The trumpets sound for our wedding, and the bells are ringing for our joy."
As himself, he continues "But Princess Vanessa turned her face away from the king..." Some laughter goes up as Akane does this to Brock. "and I can't say I'd blame her--the king was old, and the look in his eyes wasn't very kind. She looked at Dolan with love in her eyes--and I can't blame her there either, for he was a young man fit to ride a Ponyta of power like Epona. The king was angry with the Princess Vanessa, but his anger was as useless as his joy."
"Why, Princess," he sighs as the king. "will you not marry me, and forget your blue sea and your silver boat?"
"In the middle of the deep blue sea lies a great stone," Akane replies as Princess Vanessa, "and under that stone is my wedding dress. If I cannot wear that dress I will marry no one at all."
"The king turned to Dolan, who was waiting before the throne..." Brock narrates before intoning as the king "Return to the land of Narevus, where the red sun rises in flame. There a great stone lies in the middle of the sea. Under that stone is hidden her wedding dress. Quickly! Bring back that dress, or else!"
He grins at the enthralled Players. "But what awaited Dolan and Epona on this adventure? I will tell you more next week!"
The crowd roars as Brock and the Players bow...