LeRart sat at a tiny desk in his cramped quarters aboard The REBELLION. He had
decided to throw a boat-warming party. He was busily scribbling out formal
invitations in a distinctive style.
To the Holders of
are hereby invited to join in a boat-warming gathering at which I will
announce a surprise. I hope that each one of you will be able to attend, and
look forward to having you aboard my ship. Please come as you are, and do not
bring any refreshments or gifts.
Jacques LeRart, Captain-REBELLION
with his results, LeRart sealed the notes and pulled a braided rope hanging
near the desk.
LeRart looked up as Alan entered his room. He handed
the package of invitations to him and asked him to deliver them immediately.
As Alan departed, LeRart thought about the surprises he was planning for his
soon returned with good news.
every one of the guests accepts your gracious invitation with
Good! We will be expecting them. Please see that all the preparations have
LeRart stood on the deck of his proud, old ship, quietly greeting his guests
as they arrived promptly at 7:00.
you will kindly step this way, lady, (looking at the beautiful Adena), and
gentlemen, we will have refreshments below deck, along with a few
curiosity of the guests had been peaked by LeRart's mysterious words, and they
willingly followed him down into the inner part of the ship. They entered a
large sort of room decorated with ribbons and streamers. A beautiful crystal
tureen, filled with a strange glowing liquid, was in the center of a long
table. The table itself was overflowing with various kinds of cookies and
cakes. The guests ate their fill, then settled back to wait for LeRart's
LeRart disappeared into his cabin, and returned with
a cardboard box. Ceremoniously, he opened the box and removed six antique
vials. He placed the vials carefully on the table in a row.
vials were willed to me by Joanna Pierce, who possessed some secrets which she
did not share with anyone, including her son."
LeRart motioned towards Jonathon, he stared at the vials with some
now pass on this legacy, as I am growing quite old, and will not live long.
You see before you six vials. I will ask each one of you to choose one vial
for your own possession. However, I must warn you, once you have chosen, you
cannot reverse your decision. Now, as you are the oldest, and wisest, of the
wizards present, I will ask you, Iffley, to begin."
pondered his choice for a moment, then slowly pointed to the first vial on the
you have chosen well, my friend. Open the vial, if you will. The red powder it
contains will help you to examine all possible solutions to a problem, and
make the wisest choice. Now, if you will make your selection, Adena of
hesitation, Adena pointed to the third vial from the left.
too, have chosen well, my dear. Your vial contains a green powder which will
eternally preserve your great beauty. Please proceed, Archimedes of
unlike his spontaneous bride, needed a moment to think before he reached for
the second vial from the left.
blue powder in your vial will enable you to perceive falsehoods, my friend. My
godson, Jonathon will choose next."
watched LeRart's hands as he placed them on the table. His right hand was near
the vial on Jonathon's far left. He pointed to the vial that stood there and
waited for LeRart's reaction.
wise choice, my boy. The purple powder in that vial will allow you to disguise
yourself in darkness. Mr. T. G. Taft, will you please go next?"
two vials left looked equally hopeful, so Taft trusted his intuition, and
pointed to one of them. He picked it up, and opened it to find an orange
powder will enable you to endow your own entourage with unfailing courage. As
there is only one vial left, your choice is relatively simple, Mr. Randolph.
Your vial contains a yellow powder which will enable you to endow your
entourage with undying loyalty. How and when you choose to use these gifts is
none of my business, but please remember that they were given to you in the
sanctity of friendship. I am, and I hope, always will be, your friend. Now, I
hope that you will excuse me, but my old bones are in need of a rest. You are
all welcome aboard my ship at any time. Good night, friends. Have a safe
journey back to your houses and lands."
guests departed quickly to their various kingdoms, each wondering about the
old man, and at their gifts, as well.
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