From: Erik Greystone
I'm afraid that I have only a few moments to spare; Marko and I have stopped at the Winslow Tavern just long enough to replenish our supplies, and then we must resume our quest to rescue my sister, the fair Princess Dawn. *Sigh* Far be it from me to say I told you so, but I DID warn her. "Marry a Blackpool? Are you out of your mind? Bad things happen whenever Blackpools are involved," I said. "Oh, but Erik dear, we could bring peace to the kingdom, and sweet Galen is DIFFERENT," she said. And what do I know, anyway? After all, who am I? I'm just her older brother, who's been battling the forces of Blackpool for years, who's had ample opportunity to witness the depths of their depravity. Why listen to me, of all people?
Not that I'm bitter.
I swear, Mo, when I get my hands on you I'll . . . I'll . . . I'll give you a darn good talking-to, and no mistake. All right, I know it's lame. But hey, I'm the hero. I can't go around bullying helpless women, however heinous and twisted their behavior might be.
But I've strayed from my point. At any rate, the Winslows have informed me that you've just joined the mailing list, Tammy, and, like Debbie before you, you display the integrity and good taste to ally yourself with the forces of Greystone (and, more particularly, with yours truly). I welcome your support! We paragons of virtue need all the support we can get, nowadays. Seems like everyone goes for the flashy stuff, like black leather and monocles. I even harbor an uneasy suspicion that my sister Xena fails to regard Dirk with quite the measure of righteous hatred that, by rights, she should. *Sigh*. Ah, well, at least she loathes Galen. That's something, anyway.
More importantly, Tammy, the Winslows tell me that you've just celebrated a birthday, on September 19, to be exact. So sorry I failed to get the word in time to convey my best wishes in a more timely fashion. Even worse, I'm afraid that it looks as if I'll be tied up with this rescue business indefinitely. Otherwise, I'd have been delighted to invite you to share a drink with me at the Winslows' excellent establishment in celebration of your recent birthday. As it is, I'm afraid I'll have to offer you a raincheck. However, I assure you that as soon as Dawn is safe and sound, I'll make good on my offer. Unlike SOME princes we know, I would never stand up a lady.
Speaking of belated birthday greetings, though, I've just learned an interesting fact from Marko. It seems that he was talking to some of the forest creatures that Mo the Creative One has been possessing lately (I'm sorry, but that woman really needs to get a hobby) in the hopes of obtaining some clue as to her whereabouts, and they mentioned that apparently it was Mo's birthday on August 25. Because she is such an stern and evil being, who shuns any hint of social frivolity, the date was never listed on any of the royal calendars. Since learning this, however, I've had an idea. Perhaps if we all wished her, along with Tammy, a happy belated birthday, we might awaken long-dormant feelings of humanity, of kinship with her fellow man, and, if only for a moment, transcend her self-imposed exile into evilness. Perhaps we might soften her adamantine heart just enough that she might consider freeing poor Dawn from her imprisonment. Perhaps, deep down under that hard shell of evil, she's actually a lonely soul, desperate for someone to reach out and discover the good in her.
Then again, maybe she's just really, really evil.
It can't hurt to try, though. The Gods know Marko and I haven't had any luck yet. All we've found is some half-crazed black knight in dented armor wandering around, shrieking that "it's only a flesh wound." This kingdom gets weirder by the day.
Until we meet again,
Prince Erik Greystone
*Ash pokes her head in the door and looks around. She's holding an elaborately decorated letter, covered with enough seals and ribbons to choke a Tadmon* Hey, everyone. Anybody seen Princess Tamara? I was over at the Tavern chatting with Anna earlier and collecting my mail, and I must have accidentally picked up a letter meant for her. *she puts the letter down on the table* Why are the seals broken? Um... no reason? *coughs and starts backing towards the door*
Could somebody give it to her if she shows up?
Oh that was just lovely. Thank you so much Ash for bringing this letter to my attention. I think I will sign up for the Greystone policy as I hope to be living a very long life at the Princes side <sigh>. I just hope he still likes me now that I am old!
From: Dirk Blackpool
*stalks into the Wild Rose Tavern, then turns a dark glance at Booth #13 where two ABBB operatives duck for cover*
I certainly hope someone can explain *this* to me in a satisfactory manner? *holds a newly printed copy of the Aperanian Herald as if it is a recently demised tadmon, then throws it on the bar and sighs heavily*
No? Well, then, I'll just have to *chat* with a few peasants. Don't mind me.
*grabs a likely suspect by the neck and drags him to the door*
*Dirk exits with the unfortunate man. The newspaper still lies on the bar -- click on the link to discover what Dirk was talking about*
So which are you more upset at, Prince Blackpool, the uncovering of your travel agency scam, the pix of your acting debut or the fact that I have yet again rebuffed your advances in favor of the handsome and talented (it's just a major co-incidence that he sings like that vocal God Barry Manilow, honest it is!) Erik Greystone (who'd better make good on that 'I'll marry ya Tamara!' promise!!)? I have to say that I think the on set photographer definitely captured the 'best' sides of both you and Vector and I must say that the pic of Erik and myself is simply divine. :-) *sigh*
From: Dirk Blackpool
*straightens leathers* Obviously, there is a princely impersonator in Aperans. I'd never willingly participate in such an event and can't believe you were fooled. And when I find the photographer... well... perhaps I'll let Vector have a go first.
God-like tones? My dear princess, you are obviously under the sway of magic. Perhaps you meant dog-like tones?
As far as the travel agency, perhaps you'll be the next lucky winner of a vacation package. I think the "Seas Of Sinking Sorrow Cruise Ship Special" will do nicely. Expect a letter from Vector and I soon. *winks*
Prince Dirk Blackpool
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