Interlude: A Few Queries
Interlude 1 in: The Book of Grumby
By Rick Merriman as Grumby
“So that be not one, but two tales, and I now see yer digging inta our supper. Time fer me to take a break and eat some with yer. Yes, ye can ask yer question ‘bout the tales while I eat if yer want. Let me take a bite.
“Wonderful White Doe, don’t ye think stranger, but it dries yer throat a bit.
“Ahh, I say it dries ye throat a bit…
“Umm, would love ta whet me whistle…
“I say I would…
“Ahh, thank ye stranger. Kind of you to offer. Aye, I would love ‘nother mead.
“Sallion. The stranger and me would like another ale each.
“What? none fer ye?
“Nay, Sallion best ye bring two anyway. Case the stranger changes his mind. It won’t go to waste in either way, fer sure. Now be off with ya, me throat is dry.
“Yes, Yes, always dry. Be off with ya.
“Fetching thing isn’t she, sharp tongue, but fetching. Aye, I see where yer eyes are at. Ahh, yer question… What? Who are these Barak and Siberlee I be talking ‘bout? Stranger, that be your query?
“WHAT? Stranger ye can’t be telling me ye know naught of the Gods mentioned in the last two tales. They be the leaders … ye know of The Mothers and The Fathers?, ye do know ‘bout them … right?
“Ye don’t know? By Barak’s balls! What part of Mernac did ye say ye was from?
“Ahh, that is right, ye dinna say, did you.
“Well, back to yer query. Let me check. I think I have a scroll in here that will clear up the matter.” Let me go to the trough outside while yer read that one. Got to d’spose of some of this used mead.
“Sallion, a moment if ye don’t mind. No, no, the stranger is ‘ccupied fer the time being, I won’t lose a customer, ye know me better than that. He thinks I’m draining some of that mead he’s been so freely buying me. Yes, yes, Sallion it has been a lot, but ye know I ‘ave a large capacity fer mead. An’ stop needling me; tis just the two of us here, yer don’t have to keep the pretense up now.
“Hmmm. Yer did not seem ter think it was a pretense last night, now did yer lassy?
“Oooo, ye be a cheeky one sometimes – beautiful, but cheeky. Now listen to me, there be something not quite right ‘bout this stranger. Seems ter know nuttin ‘bout nuttin, like he had never lived in Mernac. ‘Sides, there be sumptin unsettling ‘bout that one, seems familiar to me but says we never met b‘fore. I need yer ter find out more ‘bout that one.
“What yer mean how? How do yer ever find out more ‘bout someone. I know ye had Samerzee training before ye came to the Traddlebow Arms… an’ who’s employ ye be in. Don’t be coy with me lassie, we been knowing each other far too long for that.
“Yes Sallion, the other night meant sumptin ta me, just like all the other ‘ccasional nights we roll togetha, but ye know what ye is and so do I. Use what the Mothers blessed yer with and do me this favor. The stranger seems ta have taken quite a shining ter you. Eye’s followin’ that lovely arse of yours every time ye walk by. Just bat them long lashes at him … an’ bend over a bit more when ye deliver the mead. Them creamy white mounds will like as not drive the stranger half mad. Mother’s know it does most folk.
“Well, the stranger may not be yer fav’rit type, but ye will notice yer used the word favorite. Ye like all types, we both know that. Like I said, ye know what you are an’ so do I. Do this fer me, Sallion.
“Thankye. Now off with ya, I need to get back to the table.
“Ahh, so friend, did yer like the parchment on the Mothers and the Fathers? Quite enlight’nin’ isn’t it? Aye, I thought ye would like it. So friend, yer’ve been a wonderful patron an’ gifted me with many a mead and our a fine sup. So what do yer have any more queries? Tell me which things do yer wanta know ‘bout?
“The Tian Girl in the first one? ‘Er name be Soolee. Don’t ye worry, you’ll be ‘earing more ‘bout her in a legend or two from now, if yer up for it tonight. She be ‘mportant to the tales. If not now, then in the morrow you’ll ‘ear ‘bout her.
“Good ter hear. Yes, I will tell some more tonight.
“In the second tale? Yes, the Den of the Temptress. Traesha she be an evil one. Gorgeous, so they say, but dangerous.
“Oh yer want to know ‘bout if she was lying and how she may have tricked Mootil. That me friend, will be revealed a bit ferther ‘long, not now.
“So are ye ready fer me to continue? Good. Let me get back on the table.