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Celebrating This Soul Rider’s Birthday!

Today's my birthday!  I dressed up in the most celebratory outfit I could dig out of my closet!

Today’s my birthday! I dressed up in the most celebratory outfit I could dig out of my closet!

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What’s a Vuvuzela?

I heard that Ferdinand and Eddie had moved their horse market to Silverglade just behind Steve's farm.  I decided to go see if there was anything I could do to help them out.

I heard that Ferdinand and Eddie had moved their horse market to Silverglade just behind Steve’s farm. I decided to go see if there was anything I could do to help them out.

Once again, Ferdinand thought they looked a little depressed and asked if I would get them some carrots from Barney.

Once again, Ferdinand thought they looked a little depressed and asked if I would get them some carrots from Barney.

He couldn't remember what had happened the last time they'd eaten carrots, but I could!  These horses need to stick to a strict diet of hay only!  However, I didn't have the heart to tell him what would happen...so off I went to Barney's.

He couldn’t remember what had happened the last time they’d eaten carrots, but I could! These horses need to stick to a strict diet of hay only! However, I didn’t have the heart to tell him what would happen…so off I went to Barney’s.

Barney was happy to see me.  Apparently, something was bothering him.

Barney was happy to see me. Apparently, something was bothering him.

There were rodents all over his field!  He asked if I would help scare them away.  I rolled up my sleeves and prepared for battle.

There were rodents all over his field! He asked if I would help scare them away. I rolled up my sleeves and prepared for battle.

He held out a funny looking horn, which he called a vuvuzela.  I'd never heard of such an instrument.  How odd!

He held out a funny looking horn, which he called a vuvuzela. I’d never heard of such an instrument. How odd!

I took it with me out into the field, snuck up behind a rodent, and gave the vuvuzela a big blast!  The rodent shot off like a speeding mustang!  I scared a few more off the field before returning to Barney.

I took it with me out into the field, snuck up behind a rodent, and gave the vuvuzela a big blast! The rodent shot off like a speeding mustang! I scared a few more off the field before returning to Barney.

He got a kick out of watching me sneak up on them.  He was happy to have them gone!

He got a kick out of watching me sneak up on them. He was happy to have them gone!

He then asked if there was anything I wanted.  Afterall, I hadn't just shown up to blow the vuvuzela!  He handed me a big bag of his best carrots and I was on my way back to the horse market.

He then asked if there was anything I wanted. After all, I hadn’t just shown up to blow the vuvuzela! He handed me a big bag of his best carrots and I was on my way back to the horse market.

Ferdinand was happy to have the carrots for the horses.  I know they'll be in a better mood, but that may not be a very helpful thing.

Ferdinand was happy to have the carrots for the horses. I know they’ll be in a better mood, but I knew for certain they’d get loose again.

I was right.  The horses broke loose and ran around like chickens with their heads cut off.

I was right. The horses broke loose and ran around like chickens with their heads cut off.

Time to round them up...again.

Time to round them up…again.

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No big.  I caught them all.  Spirit needed the exercise anyway.  :P

No big. I caught them all. Spirit needed the exercise anyway. :P

Eddie gave me this cute banana shirt as thanks for my help.  Cute!

Eddie gave me this cute banana shirt as thanks for my help. Cute!

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A Forgotten Box and the Fort Pinta Beach

I'd heard that another box had fallen out of the delivery truck on the way to Valedale.  Summerlove and I raced to find it and found it just before we got to Sophie.

I’d heard that another box had fallen out of the delivery truck on the way to Valedale. Summerlove and I raced to find it and found it just before we got to Sophie.

The address label was a little messed up but I managed to figure out what it was and where it was going.

The address label was a little messed up but I managed to figure out what it was and where it was going.

My good Druid friend Avalon would be happy to have his rare herbs!

My good Druid friend Avalon would be happy to have his rare herbs!

He wasn't expecting to see me, let alone carrying the package.

He wasn’t expecting to see me, let alone carrying the package.

He was happy to have them and gave me a little something that he thought would look better on me as a reward.

He was happy to have them and gave me a little something that he thought would look better on me as a reward.

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It was this pretty green riding vest.

It was this pretty green riding vest.

Summerlove and I then headed south to Fort Pinta to check out the new beach area.

Summerlove and I then headed south to Fort Pinta to check out the new beach area.

We had a lot of fun riding around and exploring the new beach.

We had a lot of fun riding around and exploring the new beach.

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The Clockmaker’s Return

When I arrived at Big Bonny's the following morning, she told me she'd snuck into the clock tower.

When I arrived at Big Bonny’s the following morning, she told me she’d snuck into the clock tower.

It was fixable, but there was one little snag...she'd thrown her tools into the fountain!

It was fixable, but there was one little snag…she’d thrown her tools into the fountain!

She asked if I would go get them for her.

She asked if I would go get them for her.

I fished them out of the fountain and raced back to her house.

I fished them out of the fountain and raced back to her house.

She started hacking again...choking on her own spit.

She started choking on her own spit again.  I whacked her back good.

The clock gears needed to be oiled.

She told me the clock gears needed to be oiled.

Steve had oil, I knew he did.

Steve had oil, I knew he did.

She let me have my way and gave me an empty oil can.

She let me have my way and gave me an empty oil can.

Her tools were ruined...or so she thought.

Her tools were ruined…or so she thought.

Couldn't they be repaired?

Couldn’t they be repaired?

She didn't see a point but I don't give up that easily.  Anything can be fixed!

She didn’t see a point but I don’t give up that easily. Anything can be fixed!

I knew this was a job for Conrad.  He wasn't a master blacksmith for nothing!

I knew this was a job for Conrad. He wasn’t a master blacksmith for nothing!

I tried to ignore her negativity.

I tried to ignore her negativity.

I asked Steve for some oil.

I asked Steve for some oil.

He told me he had diesel, but that it was oily diesel.  Should work just as well, I guess.

He told me he had diesel, but that it was oily diesel. Should work just as well, I guess.

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I filled up my can with oil before heading off to Conrad's.

I filled up my can with oil before heading off to Conrad’s.

He's silly.

He’s silly.

When I got to Conrad's, I asked if he could help me with something.

When I got to Conrad’s, I asked if he could help me with something.

He was willing to look at them, just because it was me.

He was willing to look at them, just because it was me.  Aww, I felt special.

After he looked at them and told me it was the toughest project I could've asked him to do, I felt my heart drop a little bit.

After he looked at them and told me it was the toughest project I could’ve asked him to do, I felt my heart sink a little bit.

He went on to explain that I'd have to travel into the dangerous heart of Garnok to retrieve a special type of iron for the project.

He went on to explain that I’d have to travel into the dangerous heart of Garnok to retrieve a special type of iron for the project.

He said he had a tent that I could take to sleep in on my journey.

He said he had a tent that I could take to sleep in on my journey.

I picked it up.

I picked it up.

He told me that the trip would take at least a month, and I would have to make the journey alone...horses were forbidden!  I couldn't believe it...a month without my horse?!  For iron to repair these clockmaker's tools!?

He told me that the trip would take at least a month, and I would have to make the journey alone…horses were forbidden! I couldn’t believe it…a month without my horse?! For iron to repair these clockmaker’s tools!?

Somehow I felt like "serious sacrifice" was an understatement.  I couldn't believe I had to do this...

Somehow I felt like “serious sacrifice” was an understatement. I couldn’t believe I had to do this…

...Until he started laughing...what on Earth?!

…Until he started laughing…what on Earth?!

A joke?  I felt a heavy burden lift off my shoulders at the same time that my cheeks flamed with red heat.

A joke? I felt a heavy burden lift off my shoulders at the same time that my cheeks flamed with red heat.

The tools were already fixed...and here I was falling for a well-crafted joke.

The tools were already fixed…and here I was falling for a well-crafted joke.

Yes, you keep your children laughing at this hilarious joke.  Just watch that I don't come back with an even bigger one.  Bwahaha.

Yes, you keep your children laughing at this hilarious joke. Just watch that I don’t come back with an even bigger one. Bwahaha.

Big Bonny was thrilled to have the oil.

Big Bonny was thrilled to have the oil.

She was convinced the tools were still a lost cause, though.

She was convinced the tools were still a lost cause, though.

I pulled them out and dangled them in her face.  She couldn't believe her eyes.

I pulled them out and dangled them in her face. She couldn’t believe her eyes.

Finally, I think she was ready.

Finally, I think she was ready.

Only, she wasn't ready the way I thought she would be.  She wanted ME to repair the clock in her place!

Only, she wasn’t ready the way I thought she would be. She wanted ME to repair the clock in her place!

Near fainting is pretty serious...

Near fainting is pretty serious…

She begged me, for the sake of the villagers.

She begged me, for the sake of the villagers.

She assured me that she'd give me exact, detailed instructions.  Perfect.  Just what I need to get the job done.

She assured me that she’d give me exact, detailed instructions. Perfect. Just what I need to get the job done.

First, use the wrench on the wheel by the clock face.

First, use the wrench on the wheel by the clock face.

Oil in funnel.  Wind the spring.  Pull the lever.

Oil in funnel. Wind the spring. Pull the lever.

When I got to the clock tower, I used the wrench on the wheel.

When I got to the clock tower, I used the wrench on the wheel.

I poured the oil in the funnel.

I poured the oil in the funnel.

I wound the spring with the winding key.

I wound the spring with the winding key.

I pulled the lever.

I pulled the lever.

Easy peasy!  I rode back to Big Bonny to tell her I'd done everything successfully!

Easy peasy! I rode back to Big Bonny to tell her I’d done everything successfully!

She was so happy she started cheering....for herself.

She was so happy she started cheering….for herself.

When she's awarded a metal for my effort...yeah, okay.

When she’s awarded a metal for my effort…yeah, okay.

The clock was fixed and that was the important thing.

The clock was fixed and that was the important thing.

She was so convinced that the Councilman would throw her a hero's parade and give her flowers.  Haha.

She was so convinced that the Councilman would throw her a hero’s parade and give her flowers. Haha.

She ran to see him.

She ran to see him.

He was very surprised to see her.

He was very surprised to see her.

He asked her to take a look at the clock, not realizing she'd already fixed it.

He asked her to take a look at the clock, not realizing she, er, I…had already fixed it.

He gave her a small thanks and said he had to be going.  I knew Big Bonny wasn't going to be happy about that...

He gave her a small thanks and said he had to be going. I knew Big Bonny wasn’t going to be happy about that…

I was right...a minute later, she was wailing about being insignificant.

I was right…a minute later, she was wailing about being insignificant.

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I stopped him before Big Bonny had a chance to make a beeline for the silo again.

I stopped him before Big Bonny had a chance to make a beeline for the silo again.

I quickly explained the situation to him.

I quickly explained the situation to him.

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He graciously stepped up his performance.

He graciously stepped up his performance.

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Thankfully, it all went over well with her.

Thankfully, it all went over well with her.

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She returned home to clean and invited me to come visit whenever I have the chance!

She returned home to clean and invited me to come visit whenever I had the chance!

Here's a new shirt I got, too!

Here’s a new shirt I got, too!

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A Broken Clock and No Clockmaker

I headed over to the Councilman to see how he was doing.  Turns out he had a problem.  The Silverglade clock was no longer working!

I headed over to the Councilman to see how he was doing. Turns out he had a problem. The Silverglade clock was no longer working!

He asked me to find Big Bonny and ask her to fix the clock.

He asked me to find Big Bonny and ask her to fix the clock.

I'd never met Big Bonny before, and he admitted that he hadn't seen her in a while, but he also told me where to find her.

I’d never met Big Bonny before, and he admitted that he hadn’t seen her in a while, but he also told me where to find her.

I knocked on the door, but no one answered.  I then noticed the note that was stuck to the door.

I knocked on the door, but no one answered. I then noticed the note that was stuck to the door.

"Away on holiday" with no definitive return date.  It looked old and weathered.

“Away on holiday” with no definitive return date. It looked old and weathered.

I opted to take it to show the Councilman.

I opted to take it to show the Councilman.

Holiday?

Holiday?

He suggested asking Felix.

He suggested asking Felix.

Felix hadn't seen her in a while, either.

Felix hadn’t seen her in a while, either.

She apparently sent him a postcard way back...

She apparently sent him a postcard way back…

He seemed to think he'd left it in the clock tower on accident once.

He seemed to think he’d left it in the clock tower on accident once.

He gave me the key so that I could go look for it.

He gave me the key so that I could go look for it.

He warned me to be careful, since no one's been up there in so long...there were bound to be traps or dangerous parts.

He warned me to be careful, since no one’s been up there in so long…there were bound to be traps or dangerous parts.

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I found the door (quite small!) nearby and unlocked it.

I found the door (quite small!) nearby and unlocked it.

It was dark and musty in there!  But I found the postcard and made it out safely.

It was dark and musty in there! But I found the postcard and made it out safely.

Felix strained to read her chicken-scratch handwriting.

Felix strained to read her chicken-scratch handwriting.

She mentioned staying at Barney's in the silo...

She mentioned staying at Barney’s in the silo…

...and that an embarrassing incident was keeping her from coming home.

…and that an embarrassing incident was keeping her from coming home.

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Felix wasn't quite sure what to make of it, but suggested that I ask Barney if she was still in the silo.

Felix wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, but suggested that I ask Barney if she was still in the silo.

Barney greeted me warmly and asked what I needed.  He hadn't seen Big Bonny though.

Barney greeted me warmly and asked what I needed. He hadn’t seen Big Bonny though.

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He told me I'd have to squeeze through the pipe to climb up into the silo.

He told me I’d have to squeeze through the pipe to climb up into the silo.

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I headed for the pipe.

I headed for the pipe.

Up in the silo, grain filled the space.  I spotted a rope on the far side of the room.

Up in the silo, grain filled the space. I spotted a rope on the far side of the room.

It looked like it led up to an upper room above the silo.

It looked like it led up to an upper room above the silo.

I climbed it and came upon this little sight.

I climbed it and came upon this little sight.

Big Bonny was rather surprised to see me invading her space.  She thought I was a ghost!

Big Bonny was rather surprised to see me invading her space. She thought I was a ghost!

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I had to slap her on the back to get her to calm down...she sounded like she was choking on her own spit.

I had to slap her on the back to get her to calm down…she sounded like she was choking on her own spit.

She asked why I was there.  When I told her about the clock being broken, she was stunned.

She asked why I was there. When I told her about the clock being broken, she was stunned.

She was none too pleased.

She was none too pleased.

When she went into hysterics again, I had to give her another back slap.

When she went into hysterics again, I had to give her another back slap.

She thanked me and asked my name.  She then offered to tell me her whole life story.

She thanked me and asked my name. She then offered to tell me her whole life story.

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She. Wound. The. Key. In. The. Wrong. Direction?!?!?  Really!?  That's what all this nonsense is about?!

She. Wound. The. Key. In. The. Wrong. Direction?!?!? Really!? That’s what all this nonsense is about?!

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Exile?  Crime?  A bit extreme!

Exile? Crime? A bit extreme!

She needed to follow me back and repair the clock...now!

She needed to follow me back and repair the clock…now!

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It's no big deal!  The villagers aren't angry!  And if they are, they'll forgive you if you fix the clock!

It’s no big deal! The villagers aren’t angry! And if they are, they’ll forgive you if you fix the clock!

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She liked that idea, but didn't think she could show her face until the clock was fixed again.

She liked that idea, but didn’t think she could show her face until the clock was fixed again.

She asked me to come up with a way to sneak her back into the village.  Oy!

She asked me to come up with a way to sneak her back into the village. Oy!

I agreed to do things her way.

I agreed to do things her way.

I found an empty sack outside the silo.  This should do the trick.

I found an empty sack outside the silo. That should do the trick.

It wasn't what she'd had in mind...but I didn't have time to think of anything else.  Besides, it was perfect.

It wasn’t what she’d had in mind…but I didn’t have time to think of anything else. Besides, it was perfect.

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She met me outside.

She met me outside.

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I think she's got the idea now.

I think she’s got the idea now.

And we were off.

And we were off.

I dropped her off on her front stoop.

I dropped her off on her front stoop.

After making sure no one was around...

After making sure no one was around…

...she agreed to come out of the bag...after I'd opened her front door.

…she agreed to come out of the bag…after I’d opened her front door.

Finally!  She was out.

Finally! She was out.

She came out wearing a Herman mask and looked so silly!

She came out wearing a Herman mask and looked so silly!

I decided to come back the next day to see how she was doing.

I decided to come back the next day to see how she was doing.

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A Forgotten Package

Today I happened upon a seemingly forgotten box on the side of the road on the way to Jarlaheim.

Today I happened upon a seemingly forgotten box on the side of the road on the way to Jarlaheim.

Upon closer inspection of the address, I noticed that it was smeared and hard to read.  I was able to make out a few letter of the contents, recipient's name, and the delivery location.

Upon closer inspection of the address, I noticed that it was smeared and hard to read. I was able to make out a few letters describing the contents, recipient’s name, and delivery address.

I thought pretty hard - who could be needing this box?  Then the answer came to me...

I thought pretty hard – who could be needing this box? Then the answer came to me…

Gavin!  He was happy to finally hear that his new glasses had finally arrived.

Gavin! He was happy to finally hear that his new glasses had finally arrived.

They were just the strength he needed!  It must be so hard to walk around blind like that!

They were just the strength he needed! It must be so hard to walk around blind like that!

He thanked me and gave me his old glasses.  I wonder if I will have a use for them...hmmm.

He thanked me and gave me his old glasses. I wonder if I will have a use for them…hmmm.

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Freeing Lisa

 

What an incredible adventure!  I can’t wait to see what the next days will bring as we prepare ourselves to stop the Dark Riders and save Jorvik from the evil Garnok!

I also can’t believe that this is my 100th journal entry!  So much has happened since I first set foot on Jorvik this past summer and I’m so glad I’ve been able to capture so many of my epic outings here!  Thank you so much for joining me on this very exciting ride!  I wouldn’t have wanted to do it without you!

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Waking the Sleeping Widow

That felt like the longest night of my life but when I checked in on Linda this morning she had good news!

That felt like the longest night of my life but when I checked in on Linda this morning she had good news!

She told me of the legend of the Sleeping Widow, a tale beginning at the dawn of Jorvik's creation...listen...

She told me of the legend of the Sleeping Widow, a tale beginning at the dawn of Jorvik’s creation…listen…

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Ancient internet!  Haha, Linda's funny.

Ancient internet! Haha, Linda’s funny.

I definitely wanted to hear more!  It was so cool to have her connect all these dots for me.  Learning about Jorvik is very important for a Soul Rider.

I definitely wanted to hear more! It was so cool to have her connect all these dots for me. Learning about Jorvik is very important for a Soul Rider.

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Half a dozen?  That's not many...but I surely hope there are more out there.

Half a dozen? That’s not many…but I surely hope there are more out there.

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As Linda recounted the story, I recollected an ancient tree I had visited on the Forgotten Fields.  Could that really be the Sleeping Widow and I'd not known about it?

As Linda recounted the story, I recollected an ancient tree I had visited on the Forgotten Fields. Could that really be the Sleeping Widow and I’d not known about it?

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That was the question...how?

That was the question…how?

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I agreed.  E knows so much about Jorvik.

I agreed. E knows so much about Jorvik.

I checked my backpack.  My fragment of Aideen's light was not there.  I raced to the stable to get it before heading to E's house.

I checked my backpack. My fragment of Aideen’s light was not there. I raced to the stable to get it before heading to E’s house.

When I got to E's house, I told her everything as quickly as I could.  Time was of the essence!

When I got to E’s house, I told her everything as quickly as I could. Time was of the essence!

She told me I would need two things to wake the tree.  Water and light.  But not just any water and light...

She told me I would need two things to wake the tree. Water and light. But not just any water and light…

The water needed to come from Aideen's tears, or the dew that falls on her flowers.

The water needed to come from Aideen’s tears, or the dew that falls on her flowers.

The light had to come from the fragment of Aideen, energized by the power of the sun rune stone.

The light had to come from the fragment of Aideen, energized by the power of the sun rune stone.

She told me the tree needed to be energized with the light and water, and it could only be done at night.

She told me the tree needed to be energized with the light and water, and it could only be done at night.

She explained that at night the magic is undisturbed and Aideen's power is stronger.

She explained that at night the magic is undisturbed and Aideen’s power is stronger.

She told me how to energize the fragment.

She told me how to energize the fragment.

Then she gave me a purple tear-shaped bottle for the tears.

Then she gave me a purple tear-shaped bottle for the tears.

When I got to the rune stones I held the rune staff in front of the sun stone.  Purpleish pink energy flew from me through the staff and into the stone; the ground at my feet lit up with the sun symbol.

When I got to the rune stones I held the rune staff in front of the sun stone. Purple-ish pink energy flew from me through the staff and into the stone; the ground at my feet lit up with the sun symbol.

Then I put the fragment up to the stone and watched as it absorbed the power from the rune stone.  It was magnificently bright!

Then I put the fragment up to the stone and watched as it absorbed the power from the rune stone. It was magnificently bright!

E was greatly pleased with the fragment's energized power.

E was greatly pleased with the fragment’s energized power.

I quickly rode around the cow field collecting tears in the bottle.

I quickly rode around the cow field collecting tears in the bottle.

E told me to take the full bottle with me to wake the Sleeping Widow.

E told me to take the full bottle with me to wake the Sleeping Widow.

She again reminded me to wait for night to wake her and suggested that I tell Starshine the plan before getting there.  I certainly hoped and prayed that the plan would work and Lisa would be freed.

She again reminded me to wait for night to wake her and suggested that I tell Starshine the plan before getting there. I certainly hoped and prayed that the plan would work and Lisa would be freed.

Starshine was happy to see me there and told me he was having trouble keeping in contact with Lisa.

Starshine was happy to see me and told me he was having trouble keeping in contact with Lisa.

I told him the Sleeping Widow was a Priveval tree on the Forgotten Fields and that I was on my way to wake her, but only at midnight could I start.

I told him the Sleeping Widow was a Primeval tree on the Forgotten Fields and that I was on my way to wake her, but only at midnight could I start.

He said he would stay and keep the crack open until midnight, or longer if he could.

He said he would stay and keep the crack open until midnight, or longer if he could.

He wished us luck and sent us on our way to wait until midnight.

He wished us luck and sent us on our way to wait.

We raced down to the farthest corner of the Forgotten Fields and looked down on the lonely tree.  Such a sad sight...

We raced down to the farthest corner of the Forgotten Fields and looked down on the lonely tree. Such a sad sight…

When we walked up to it, a heavy weight fell on our shoulders, as if the tree was releasing its aura into the surrounding air.  There was no doubt in my mind that she was inflicting such burdensome grief on everything around her.

When we walked up to it, a heavy weight fell on our shoulders, as if the tree was releasing its aura into the surrounding air. There was no doubt in my mind that she was inflicting such burdensome grief on everything around her.

It was almost enough to make me want to fall asleep with her.

It was almost enough to make me want to fall asleep with her.

I knew I couldn't, though.  I had to fight through the weight and stay awake...until midnight...

I knew I couldn’t, though. I had to fight through the weight and stay awake…until midnight…

So we waited...and waited...and waited...

So we waited…and waited…and waited…

Finally, after what seemed to be an eternity, night fell...

Finally, after what seemed to be an eternity, night fell…

And midnight came.  We'd nearly fallen asleep but Starkiss helped to keep me awake.

And midnight came. We’d nearly fallen asleep but Starkiss helped to keep me awake.

It was then I thought the tree seemed thirsty.

It was then I thought the tree seemed thirsty.

So I watered her with the Tears of Aideen.

So I watered her with the Tears of Aideen.

She creaked and cracked, speaking out for the first time.  She called for Aideen.  It was strange to hear a tree talk.

She creaked and cracked, speaking out for the first time. She called for Aideen. It was strange to hear a tree talk.

She seemed pale and in need of light.

She seemed pale and in need of light.

I held the fragment up to her and let it shine its light on her.

I held the fragment up to her and let it shine its light on her.

She asked who I was and what I'd done with Aideen.

She asked who I was and what I’d done with Aideen.

She asked if I was the one who had awoken her.  Groggy and grumbly...to be expected of a newly awakened being.

She asked if I was the one who had awoken her. Groggy and grumbly…to be expected of a newly awakened being.

She creaked and crackled some more...

She creaked and crackled some more…

I told her I did so for Lisa.

I told her I did so for Lisa.

She was still a bit dazed.

She was still a bit dazed.

She took her time coming around - not that I minded - and reoriented herself.

She took her time coming around – not that I minded – and reoriented herself.

Then she spoke of promises and a promise she made to Lisa, but she still didn't trust humans.

Then she spoke of promises and a promise she made to Lisa, but she still didn’t trust humans.

But she recognized Lisa and I were more than humans.  We were on her side, on Aideen's side.

But she recognized Lisa and I were more than humans. We were on her side, on Aideen’s side.

She told me that her roots had reached deep into Pandoria from our world, and she'd spoke to Lisa, who convinced her that she was a friend and needed help.  Lisa also promised to help the Sleeping Widow.

She told me that her roots had reached deep into Pandoria from our world, and she’d spoken to Lisa, who convinced her that she was a friend and needed help. Lisa also promised to help the Sleeping Widow.

She connected the dots, and told me to stand back, watch, and learn.  What she did next was amazing...

She connected the dots, and told me to stand back, watch, and learn. What she did next was amazing…

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The Challenging Greendale Race

After doing some chores for the Goldspurs and becoming ADMIRED by them, I paid Morgana a visit.

After doing some chores for the Goldspurs and becoming ADMIRED by them, I paid Morgana a visit.

She's not the nicest of girls (she reminded me of Loretta when I first met her) but maybe she will warm up to me.

She’s not the nicest of girls (she reminded me of Loretta when I first met her) but maybe she will warm up to me.

She couldn't argue with Angus and Idun, even though if it were up to her, she wouldn't let me enter the race.

She couldn’t argue with Angus and Idun even though, if it were up to her, she wouldn’t let me enter the race.

She basically told me to prove myself.

She basically told me to prove myself.

So I did.

So I did.

Booya.

Booya.

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Looking for Lisa (Spoiler Alert)

Today, Starkiss and I were finally able to talk to Starshine.  We met him on his daily walk through Greendale Forest.

Today, Starkiss and I were finally able to talk to Starshine. We met him on his daily walk through Greendale Forest.

He told me that he could sense my Soul Rider powers.  I told him my name.

He told me that he could sense my Soul Rider powers. I told him my name.

I told him I knew Alex and Linda, and he was happy to hear that.  He figured I hadn't met Lisa yet, and told me that he was indeed her horse.  He's been looking for her for a while now and fears the worst.

I told him I knew Alex and Linda, and he was happy to hear that. He figured I hadn’t met Lisa yet, and told me that he was indeed her horse. He’s been looking for her for a while now and fears the worst.

He then started telling me what happened before Lisa disappeared.  She'd been traveling around with her band...

He then started telling me what happened before Lisa disappeared. She’d been traveling around with her band…

...and finally came back to Jorvik after the tour.  They went for a long, delightful ride together.

…and finally came back to Jorvik after the tour. They went for a long, delightful ride together.

Lisa promised never to leave him again.  Starshine shared the sentiment but didn't vocalize it.

Lisa promised never to leave him again. Starshine shared the sentiment but didn’t vocalize it.

The afternoon of the ride is when things happened.  Starshine's memory was a bit hazy.

The afternoon of the ride, things happened. Starshine’s memory was a bit hazy.

All he remembers is a sharp, sudden ray of light, a strange sound, and darkness.  Sounds like something knocked him out.

All he remembered was a sharp, sudden ray of light, a strange sound, and darkness. Sounds like something knocked him out.

When he woke up he was woozy.  It was night and a storm was rolling in.  He's not sure what woke him up, but he couldn't feel Lisa's presence any more.

When he woke up he was woozy. It was night and a storm was rolling in. He’s not sure what woke him up, but he couldn’t feel Lisa’s presence any more.

He managed to wander aimlessly back to Jorvik Stables, hoping Lisa would be there.  But she wasn't.  He hasn't seen her since.

He managed to wander aimlessly back to Jorvik Stables, hoping Lisa would be there. But she wasn’t. He hasn’t seen her since.

He's spent weeks looking everywhere for her and is now searching Greendale.  He's very anxious and sad.

He’s spent weeks looking everywhere for her and was now searching Greendale. He was very anxious and sad.

I told him of the information I'd received from Justin about Lisa being defenseless somewhere in the Grey Mountains.  He told me he remembered a little bit about a ride to the area, but he hadn't turned up any clues in his searches there.  Maybe he missed something.  I am pretty sure Justin gave me credible information.

I told him of the information I’d received from Justin about Lisa being defenseless somewhere in the Grey Mountains. He told me he remembered a little bit about a ride they took in that area, but he hadn’t turned up any clues in his searches there. Maybe he missed something. I am pretty sure Justin gave me credible information.

Starshine asked if I would help him look there.  I of course agreed!

Starshine asked if I would help him look there. I, of course, agreed!

Starshine was grateful and desperate to get started.  His inability to sense her presence means 1 of 2 things...she's not here on Jorvik, or she's dead.

Starshine was grateful and desperate to get started. He told me that his inability to sense her presence meant 1 of 2 things…she’s not here on Jorvik, or she’s dead.

I truly hope that my new information will lead us to her!

I truly hope that my new information will lead us to her!

Starshine suggested that we search in the northern regions of the mountains and he marked some interesting areas for me to check out while he searched in others.  We agreed to meet up close by if we found anything.

Starshine suggested that we search in the northern regions of the mountains and he marked some interesting areas for me to check out while he searched in others. We agreed to meet up close by if we found anything.

Finding him wouldn't be a problem.

Finding him wouldn’t be a problem.

He wished us luck and we set off.

He wished us luck and we set off.

After searching up a strange trail I came across a silhouette burned into the side of the mountain.

After searching along a strange trail, I came across a horse-shaped silhouette burned into the side of the mountain.

It was certainly unnatural, and there were lots of old foot and hoof prints in the ground.

It was certainly unnatural, and there were lots of old foot and hoof prints in the dirt.

I decided to find Starshine and show him what I'd found.

I decided to find Starshine and show him what I’d found.

He thought it was all very interesting!

He thought it was all very interesting!

He asked me to take him there at once.

He asked me to take him there at once.

He said it must've been on that spot that they'd been hit by the bright light.

He said it must’ve been on that spot that they’d been hit by the bright light.

He thought all the foot prints indicated that they'd been ambushed by someone hiding in the bushes.

He thought all the foot prints indicated that they’d been ambushed by someone hiding in the bushes.

He confirmed my suspicions that it had been the Dark Riders who had attacked them.

He confirmed my suspicions that it had been the Dark Riders who had attacked them.

He thought we should look for more clues in the area.

He thought we should look for more clues in the area.

Up the hill a little ways, I found a strange clump of logs and sticks.  I pulled them off and uncovered something startling...

Up the hill a little ways, I found a strange clump of logs and sticks. I pulled them off and uncovered something startling…

...a Pandoric Crack!

…a Pandoric Crack!

I thought I'd seen the last of those awful things.  It seems I was wrong!  Who hid the crack and why, I wondered?

I thought I’d seen the last of those awful things. It seems I was wrong! Who hid the crack and why, I wondered?

I decided Starshine needed to know about it.

I decided Starshine needed to know about it.

He was alarmed to hear about the crack and told me that he'd found burning hoofprints in the ground not far away.  Sounds like Dark Riders for sure!

He was alarmed to hear about the crack and told me that he’d found burning hoof prints in the ground not far away. Sounded like Dark Riders for sure!

He asked me to take him to it.  He felt uneasy and even noticed drag marks on the ground in the direction we were going.

He asked me to take him to it. He felt uneasy and even noticed drag marks on the ground in the direction we were going.

When we got to the crack, Starshine feared that Lisa had been trapped in the crack by the Dark Riders.

When we got to the crack, Starshine feared that Lisa had been trapped in the crack by the Dark Riders.

He started calling out to her in hopes that she could hear and possibly answer him from inside the crack.

He started calling out to her in hopes that she could hear and possibly answer him from inside the crack.

I really couldn't be sure if he'd be able to reach anyone but I truly hoped he would.

I really couldn’t be sure if he’d be able to reach anyone but I truly hoped he would.

After a minute of calling, Starshine told me he thought he could feel the presence of someone he thought might be Lisa.

After a minute of calling, Starshine told me he thought he could feel the presence of someone he thought might be Lisa.

He felt it...near yet far at the same time.  Then he heard a whisper, a voice from beyond...

He felt it…near yet far at the same time. Then he heard a whisper, a voice from beyond…

Then, from within the pink crack, a voice could be heard...indistinguishable at first...

Then, from within the pink crack, a voice could be heard…indistinguishable at first…

But definitely a voice, and female...

But definitely a voice, and female…

Starshine replied back, hoping to draw the voice out.

Starshine replied back, hoping to draw the voice out.

Then we heard her say her name...LISA!

Then we heard her say her name…LISA!

Poor Starshine!  He didn't know what to do.  He asked if she was alive.  (I'm pretty sure the fact that she's talking to us means she's alive.  Then again...I have talked to dead people before...)

Poor Starshine! He didn’t know what to do. He asked if she was alive. (I’m pretty sure the fact that she’s talking to us means she’s alive. Then again…I have talked to dead people before…)

She told us she was alive and trapped in pink Pandoria.

She told us she was alive and trapped in pink Pandoria.

Captured beyond time and space.  Lovely.

Captured beyond time and space. Lovely.

Starshine was desperate to set her free.

Starshine was desperate to set her free.

Lisa oooed a little...

Lisa oooed a little…

Then said something about waking a "Sleeping Widow."

Then said something about waking a “Sleeping Widow.”

Starshine didn't know what to make of that...had Pandoria gone to Lisa's head?

Starshine didn’t know what to make of that…had Pandoria gone to Lisa’s head?

Lisa urged us to wake the Sleeping Widow and said she was the only one who could free Lisa from the crack.

Lisa urged us to wake the Sleeping Widow and said she was the only one who could free Lisa from the crack.

Starshine asked her who the Sleeping Widow was and how to do it.  I was just as clueless and hoped Lisa would answer.

Starshine asked her who the Sleeping Widow was and how to do it. I was just as clueless and hoped Lisa would answer.

She gave no indication of who the Sleeping Widow was, though, and told Starshine to stay and keep the crack open.

She gave no indication of who the Sleeping Widow was, though, and told Starshine to stay and keep the crack open.

Starshine promised to stay and that we'd wake the Sleeping Widow.  It was up to me to get help.

Starshine promised to stay and that we’d wake the Sleeping Widow. It was up to me to get help.

Lisa was blinded by pink and told us to hurry.

Lisa was blinded by pink and told us to hurry.

Stalwart Starshine.

Stalwart Starshine stayed.

Lisa's voice started to fade...

Lisa’s voice started to fade…

Starshine kept encouraging her, even if she couldn't respond.

Starshine kept encouraging her, even if she couldn’t respond.

Starshine feared that Lisa was growing beyond our rescue.  Oh to be so close and yet so far!  He urged me to find the Sleeping Widow at any cost so that we could at least try to rescue her.

Starshine feared that Lisa was growing beyond our rescue. Oh to be so close and yet so far! He urged me to find the Sleeping Widow at any cost so that we could at least try to rescue her.

I wish I knew who the Sleeping Widow was but I'd never heard of anyone called by that name.  I thought maybe Linda could help us.

I wish I knew who the Sleeping Widow was but I’d never heard of anyone called by that name. I thought maybe Linda could help us.

Starshine thought that was a great idea and told me to ask Linda.  He said he would stay and keep in contact with Lisa while making sure the crack stayed open.

Starshine thought that was a great idea and told me to ask Linda. He said he would stay and keep in contact with Lisa while making sure the crack stayed open.

I hope we can find this Sleeping Widow soon!  It was time to race to the vineyard!

I hoped we could find this Sleeping Widow in time! It was time to race to the vineyard!

When I arrived, Linda was about to head out on a ride and asked if I wanted to join her.  I blurted the whole thing out and she was overjoyed and curious at the same time.

When I arrived, Linda was about to head out on a ride and asked if I wanted to join her. I blurted the whole thing out and she was overjoyed and curious at the same time.

She didn't know who the Sleeping Widow might be but immediately said she'd check the library.  She also suggested that I ask the Baroness and meet her in the library after.

She didn’t know who the Sleeping Widow might be but immediately said she’d check the library. She also suggested that I ask the Baroness and meet her in the library after.

The Baroness greeted me warmly.

The Baroness greeted me warmly.

Despite all the widows she said she knows none of them struck her as the "sleeping" type.  Oh well, it was worth a try.

Despite all the widows she said she knew none of them struck her as the “sleeping” type. Oh well, it was worth a try.

I decided that I'd have to see if Linda had found anything yet.

I decided that I’d have to see if Linda had found anything yet.

I told her that the Baroness didn't know and she said we'd have to trust that she'd be able to find the answer in a book.  A thought occurred to me...what about the Spy Master?  Linda wasn't too sure, but I wanted to see, just to be sure.

I told her that the Baroness didn’t know and she said we’d have to trust that she’d be able to find the answer in a book. A thought occurred to me…what about the Spy Master? Linda wasn’t too sure, but I wanted to see, just to be sure.

She found him a bit too pompous.

She found him a bit too pompous.

While Linda was gathering books she suggested I go ask him if I had nothing else to do.  It couldn't hurt, after all!

While Linda was gathering books she suggested I go ask him since I had nothing else to do. It couldn’t hurt, after all!

She suggested taking the horse transport.  Perfect!  There was no time to lose!

She suggested taking the horse transport. Perfect! There was no time to lose!

We got there lickety-split and he said he'd been expecting us.  (His spies travel fast!)

We got there lickety-split and he said he’d been expecting us. (His spies travel fast!)

I blurted out my question and he rambled on about the obvious meanings of the words "sleeping" and "widow"...um, yeah, I could've told him that.

I blurted out my question and he rambled on about the obvious meanings of the words “sleeping” and “widow”…um, yeah, I could’ve told him that.

Unfortunately, I was beginning to see that Linda was right.  He knew nothing that could help us identify this Sleeping Widow.

Unfortunately, I was beginning to see that Linda was right. He knew nothing that could help us identify this Sleeping Widow.

He was sure Linda would find the answer in one of her books.  If she hadn't already.  He was right about one thing...it's always in the last place you look!

He was sure Linda would find the answer in one of her books. If she hadn’t already. He was right about one thing…it’s always in the last place you look!

Linda basically had an "I told ya so" for me when I got back to the library.  At least we know that he's not going to prove helpful in this area.  No harm done.

Linda basically had an “I told ya so” ready for me when I got back to the library. At least we know that he’s not going to prove helpful in this area. No harm done.

Linda hadn't found anything yet but said she would work through the night if she had to...I just have to be patient.  I'd help her look through the books if she'd let me...but I also had other things to do...

Linda hadn’t found anything yet but said she would work through the night if she had to…I just have to be patient. I would’ve helped her look through the books if she’d let me…but I also had other things to do…

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