I was staring at Tip in terror! “Alone, alone?!” “You want me to go willingly back to that garden of horrors?” “I can’t do that,what if I can’t get out and I’m stuck in there forever and I have to become a vegetable or a nasty climbing biting vine?” I was babbling now. Tip waited for me to calm down. He had a serious look on his face.
“Lassie, you have no choice, if you want to sleep with out worrying about ending up a weed in that garden of evil?” “Tip, what if I can’t get out?” “What will happen to my baby girl, my fur babies?” “They need me!” I started to cry and Tip looked horrified! Men never knew what to do when a woman started crying in front of them, and that included angel men. “lassie, I can not step a foot in that rotten garden, angels are not allowed in!”
“That can’t be true!” “A beautiful woman came and got me out!” Tip explained to me that the beautiful woman was Ariel. Tip told me that Ariel was the highest of my guardian angels. Seems all people have bands of angels watching over and protecting them. Ariel was sort of the leader of my band, and only came when needed. Tip said she could only step into that garden for a few seconds before the evil tried to pull her in.
“It’s a good thing Lassie, that she is strong!” “She rescued you swiftly!” “Don’t worry. ” “I have a charm for you!” Tip pressed a small round crystal in my hand. It contained the image of the beautiful Ariel. Holding it I felt a sense of love and peace. Tip smiled at me and said, “I would never send you in with no way out, Lassie!” “what do I do with it?” I was feeling resigned. I also felt like I wanted to grab my family and run to the ends of the earth, but I knew we wouldn’t be safe. I sighed!
“Show it to the evil one, Lassie, that’s all you have to do!” Tip explained that to get back in all I needed to do was to go back to sleep, he would make sure I was standing not sitting. I didn’t know how he could do that, but I didn’t ask. He told me when I appeared in the garden, the soul catcher would come to see who was there. “Then you have to be brave, and confront him!” “Demand that he remove his evil seeds from you!” “Demand?” I almost passed out! Demand! Sure! All I needed to do! Easy, peasy!
I told Tip if I didn’t come back to call Frank to come home. He laughed at me! Yes, he did, he laughed at me! He stopped when I glared at him. Melissa was asleep and I set the kitties to watching her. I was as ready as I would ever be. I lay down on my comfortable bed. Tip sat next to me in a chair. I closed my eyes. I relaxed. I couldn’t sleep. I was too nervous. I rubbed the stone in my hand! Hmmm! So smooth!
I was dreaming! I was standing in the garden. The swing I usually sat on was occupied by a woman. She had tears streaming down her face. She saw me and reached out for me. I was afraid to touch her. I was afraid she could pull me in. She could still talk, and she cried out for help!
A voice said, “Well, well, well!” “Did you miss me?” “Here you are back again, do you like my newest acquisition?” “Isn’t she lovely?” “Why, pray tell are you here?” Once again that grating laugh. “Release me from your bonds, take your evil seeds back!” He laughed so hard and so long I was getting tired. This place was draining. I forgot how bad it smelled too.
I raised my arm and it was getting hard to move. The longer I was in this place, the less energy I had and I was feeling more lethargic every minute. I opened my hand and showed him the crystal. He looked at it and his face turned an even whiter shade if possible. “Out of the goodness of my heart, I will remove the seeds and free you!” “You’re gifts are so common that I have no need of them and my garden is decorated beautifully with out you!” ” I want this woman freed also!” “What?” “No deal, she stays!” “I wonder what would happen if threw this crystal at you?”
This time his face blanched! He said, “Go, go, take her!” “The seeds are gone from both of us?” “Yes, just get out now!” I felt lighter and my hand and arm didn’t even twinge. The woman was standing next to me. She asked, ” what now?” “I don’t know!” A voice whispered in my ear hold tight to the crystal and say over and over, Wake up!
I was awake in my bedroom and the woman was standing next to me. Tip was staring at me in astonishment! He wasn’t staring at the woman. He was staring at a huge black cat clinging to my shoulder! Oh boy! I asked the cat, “Where did you come from?” He told me got caught up by accident in the soul catchers net. He had been trying to escape every since. When he saw me and the woman next to me start to disappear, he grabbed onto me in desperation.
Speaking of the woman next to me, her name was Linda. She got caught when she was babysitting an old friends children and was looking for a book to read. She touched a book and all of a sudden she was sitting on the swing in that evil garden. She said she couldn’t remember what day it was that she disappeared. She was worried that her friends were upset because she left their children all alone. I told her not to worry, and that if she remembered where they lived, when Frank came home we would take her there.
Tip was clearing his throat and jerking his head for me to follow him. We went into the kitchen to talk. I asked him what was up? “Lassie, don’t you remember when you woke up out of that God forsaken place?” “I do!” “You were in a coma for a week, and woke up in the hospital.” “Oh no, and she doesn’t know how long she was gone!” “That’s right, and if her friends came home and found her and couldn’t wake up her, then she is probably in a hospital also!”
“What can we do Tip?” “I will call on Ariel to help this woman!” I went back into the bedroom. Linda was playing with Melissa and She was laughing and gurgling! I asked Linda if she had children. “No, my husband and I have only been married 6 months!” She started to cry and wailed, ” What if he thinks I ran away!” “I love him so much, I can’t bear to hurt him!” I did my best to calm her and comfort her. I gave her a cup of tea with a shot of brandy. I kept the brandy hidden. Medicinal purposes, you know! Yes, it was !
Linda was lying on my bed with a cool cloth on her forehead, when Ariel arrived. She arrived in style! A whoosh of huge white wings announced her arrival! She had black hair and blue eyes, she wore a white loose fitting dress. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. She was also the woman who had rescued me. Her wings folded to her sides. When she smiled it was like the sun coming out from behind the clouds.
Ariel glided, there was no other word for it, into the bedroom and smiled down at Linda. Linda looked at her in awe! Who was this lovely creature? What was she? Ariel waved her hand over the bed and Linda disappeared! I was astonished! “where is Linda, is she o.k?” Ariel laughed and her laughter sounded like tinkling bells. “Linda is back where she belongs, with her beloved!” “She is healthy and happy once again, with no memory of what happened to her!”
My furkids were climbing up Ariel and she was laughing and playing with each of them in turn. She sat in the rocking chair and asked if she could hold Melissa. She gently rocked Melissa and oohed and aahed at her. Melissa stared intently into Ariel’s eyes. “This precious girl is very special!” “Both of your children will be special, this will be of their own making!” I know I looked startled, because she laughed that tinkling laugh again. “You will also have a son in three years times!” ” He will be like as you are, and the girl her fathers keen.”
I took Melissa from Ariel’s arms. She had fallen asleep. The black stow a way kitty came up to Ariel and looked up at her. Did I mention he had gorgeous jade green eyes. He looked dejected and forgotten. Ariel gestured for him to jump up and he did. He was purring with the loudest rumbling I had ever heard. Ariel laughed and said, “I did not forget you love, where do you come from?” He hung his head and said, “I don’t know, lady!” “I do not remember anything before that garden, I have no home!”
I couldn’t stand it! I told him he always had a home with me. He looked at me in surprise! He asked me if I really meant it. “Of course I do!” “You chose to tag along with me, that must mean we are meant to be together!” “You have all these kitties, is there really room for me?” Magic, Nikki, Agnes and even Isis started jumping around and laughing! “yes, yes, stay with us, Mama is a good mama!” “She feeds us good and gives us yummy treats!” He smiled a toothy grin!
Ariel stood up and said, “Well love, that’s settled, now you need a name!” “Would the name, “midnight”, be to your liking?” Midnight said, “Yes, yes, please!” The door was opening and Ariel was gone. Frank came in the door. I walked into the kitchen with Midnight and all the other kitties on my heels. Frank smiled at me and said, “I see we have a new fur kid in the house!” I smiled at him and said, “What can I say, he needs a home!”
Frank laughed and said, “What can you say?” “Have I ever told you that I loved you?” I looked at him and said, “No, I don’t think you have!” He wrapped his arms around me and said “I love you, now let’s go out to dinner and celebrate!” “I love you too, but what are we celebrating?” Frank grinned at me, and said, “We are celebrating our love!”