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    [KMRT-KFM] BK-01 It's What We Do

    Magicwood - QC Starknight

    After his brother becomes Thunder Crest on the Wolf Stars TV show, Basil Knight embarks on adventures in Magicwood as the Knight of the Full Moon.

    [KMRT-KFM] BK-01 It's What We Do.
    By Darrel Vanwinkle (Lord Pouchlaw)

    Chapter One.

    Drodunk, Minnesota; 36 Miles West of Grand Rapids in the Chippewa Nat'l Forest, USA; Planet Earth

    My story officially started just after my brother Vale became Thunder Crest (the paladin wolf) on Ironpaws' Wolf Stars TV Show. But to see how that came about, let me retell my brother's story before officially getting into my own. Now back to Drodunk, Minnesota on Earth...

    "Home video of the Rampaging Wolf Beast - Take 4!" shouted the girl with the video camcorder. "Action! And get it right this time, Vale!"

    Vale Knight was a tall slender good looking boy with light tan skin, blond hair, and aquamarine eyes. He was six feet tall and weighed 185 pounds. He normally wore blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and a red button up dress shirt adorned with the logo of his school. He also had wire framed eye glasses. He had the body of a apprentice gymnast and he was often seen carrying a book of some sort with him where ever he went.

    Today however, Vale was dressed up in a fur suit that he had custom made for him from a well known furry costume maker. It appeared to be that of a black furred shadow wolf, or that's what the maker had called it. And it was made extremely well. It fit him like a glove. He had been tempted to sleep in it a few times. It felt that good. Very silky on the inside.

    The dog trainer had the trained black retriever run across the parking lot and into motel room on the other side where Vale was suited up and ready for the cue to emerge. When he got the signal, he emerged from the motel room and then...

    ...all Hell broke loose!

    Vale had just barely ambled out into the parking lot and was beginning his simulated howl, when suddenly a gout of fire and brimstone just barely missed him as it erupted from the parking lot pavement and a horrendous metallic hound monster with horns on its head materialized out of the flames and released what was perhaps the most wicked of howls ever heard in the Richards Townsite. Needless to say, Vale could hear bodily functions from his friends from clear across the parking lot.

    "Keep that camera rolling, Krystal!" Vale shouted, as he reared back and punched the Hellish beast right in the solar plexus. It went without saying that the sudden pain in its stomach had not gone unnoticed and as the monster turned to the source of the strike, Vale power punched the creature in both eyes which sent the beast flailing backwards with its paws over its eye. And then Vale leaped forward and as he landed on the houndish monster's toes, he drove an uppercut directly into the scrotum of the beast!

    As the beast fell over in abject pain, two more creatures suddenly appeared on the scene. It was what appeared to be the sexiest hell hound ever seen and the most handsome moon dog ever to grace the Earth. And both were armored for battle. And they both arrived in time to see a human boy in a fur suit put their enemy on the ice, so to speak.

    "How in the...?" started the hell hound. But before he could finish, the Hellish beast surprised Vale and sank his teeth directly into the boy's neck and shoulder. And that was when Vale's life started it's strange falling journey into the most bizarre encounter that he could ever dream of.

    As he hit the pavement, bleeding profusely from the bite wound, all time seemed to stop around the boy lying in the also stopped pooling of his own blood.

    "What just happened?" He asked, realizing that everything just stopped around him. "I feel so hot inside..."

    "Hear that, Quota? He feels hot inside," said a nearby minuscule voice that stood on his left shoulder. The creature appeared to be a small 3 inch tall black mouse with small golden devil horns on his head and who had a barbed devil's tail that jutted outwards from the back of his three-piece all red business suit. Instead of holding a red pitchfork, he held a devilish pitchfork shaped PDA with wireless Interplanar High-Speed Infernet Access and a light pen accessory.

    On his opposite shoulder, a female pristine white small 3 inch tall mouse dressed as an angel with white feathered wings and a gossamer halo over her head appeared gently and replied, "At least this time you didn't cause this twist of fate, Finik. But worry not, young Vale. An act of god-"

    "Nature!" interrupted Finik in an annoyed manner of voice.

    "I meant to say nature." She sighed. "I was trained the old way, Finik. Everyone makes mistakes."

    "Including the big guy upstairs?"

    "Who do you think came up with the idea of a male-only urinal?"

    "Touche, Quota. That was truly disgusting. But shouldn't you be continuing with the explanation now. We're on a time schedule, you know..."

    "Oh yes, the union. Coffee break will be coming up soon," she said with a smile at the bleeding boy. "An act of nature will heal your wounds and you will live through this encounter. But your life will be forever changed after that. And you can expect to see the two of us around later. We are your case workers and-"

    Finik's PDA started beeping. "Coffee break! Sorry kid, you're on your own for the next hour. Come on, Quota. I'll buy you some of that heavenly sugar cream you seem to like so much."

    And with that, the angel mouse (Quota) and the devil mouse (Finik) both vanished off of his shoulders.

    End of Chapter One.

    Chapter Two.

    And suddenly time seemed to be moving again. But before he could groan in pain, the promised act of nature occurred as a twin lightning bolt arced down out of the sky and struck Vale on the spot. And in the next few instants, Vale found himself hovering in mid air in an upright position as his body glowed brightly and his form began to painfully transform.

    Vale felt the hairs on the back of his neck prickling up as his body began it's painful metamorphosis. His feet slowly changed into large wolfen foot paws. His legs then became digitigrade like a wolf which supported his still changing body. He felt his tail bone tingling as the tail of a wolf slowly snaked down from his tail bone. His genitalia also changed into their wolfen counterpart. The changes continued up through his torso as he became more fit and buff than before as he grew in size slightly. The shifting continued throughout his arms as he developed muscles and a strength greater than he previously had before. His hands became like a furries wolfen paw although his claws were very sharp. His head then seemed to slightly inflate abnormally as his ears shifted shifted to the top of his head and became that of a wolf. Then as his new thick fur began to cover his body, his face slowly began to push out into a defined wolfen muzzle. His bloodied clothes although tattered and torn from the battle, the lightning, and now the harsh transformation, somehow continued to cling to his hulking wolf man body. Vale then lifted his head toward the storming sky and released a very ominous howl that caused all nearby to cringe and freeze in their tracks.

    Including the metallic hound monster and the two planar anthropomorphic hounds who had been fighting him!

    Needless to say, the hellish monster probably learned that day that there will always be a beast far more powerful than he as he reflected upon his defeat in the bowels of the underworld. He definitely knew how Humpty Dumpty felt!

    Vale on the other paw was currently undergoing one of the strangest examinations that he had ever had. Dr. Yakko Warner from Q.C. Planet and an anime assistant of his, one Dr. Anderson Tennyson, was examining him while his parents, his siblings, his friend, and Cat Lord Albert Atticus stood nearby watching.

    "Are you sure Vale is going to be alright, Mr. Atticus?" ask Vale's mother, Margaret.

    Lord Albert glanced over at the female adult. "That is what we are trying to determine right now, Mrs. Knight. Normally, what occurred to your son would only happen on Q.C. Planet. This is the first time I've ever heard of this occurrence happening on Earth. Something major must be disrupting the planar energies to cause something like this to occur."

    Vale's father, Terrence, asked, "Then Vale is a werewolf of some sort now? Isn't that dangerous?"

    "Apparently your son seems to be in control of his new power. But his normal life as a human boy is over with. He will need special care and cautious support in his new life. Because you're his parents, you will have the final say so in what happens to him with regards to his relocation and re-education."

    Margaret arched an eye. "Relocation? Where to?"

    "To Q.C. Planet, of course," replied Lord Albert. "And before you complain, allow me to explain something to you folks... if your son stayed here, eventually, and you wouldn't know when or where, a werewolf hunter would appear who would have it in their head that your son was a threat to be "dealt with" in the only ways that a hunter knows how. And that would mean to kill him. And I know you two don't want that. So we have to get Vale someplace safe. And the only place safe that I know of is Q.C. Planet, where things like Vale's experience is normal."

    Terrence then asked, "And what of this re-education process you mentioned?"

    "Because Vale is a werewolf now, he will need to learn things that only another werewolf can teach him. And I don't mean the classic hunt down a fresh victim and feast on their innards, either. Most enlightened werewolves don't do that sort of thing anymore. They know that a sirloin steakhouse is going to have much cleaner food that is better for them. No, the things they would teach your son involves werewolf life, the use of his powers, and... how to resist the light of the full moon."

    Just then, Vale's brother and sister approached and the older one, Basil (yes, that's me) said, "We would like to accompany Vale to where ever he is going to live on Q.C. Planet. We figure that he might need family support rather than just be isolated off by himself where ever you were thinking of sending him. And since we're both college aged, when the time comes, we can attend a college on Q.C. Planet and still be available for Vale."

    Margaret replied in a worried tone, "Are you both sure you want to do this?"

    Basil replied back, "We're Knights; it's what we do."

    Knight Compound; Magicwood, QC Starknight

    Lord Albert must have loved my response for not long after he had the three knights (that's us) in a nice walled estate in an animated Western coastal region of Magicwood of QC Starknight. Just outside of the region was the film makers mecca known as Studio City, where we ended up residing during Vale's career. But again, I'm getting ahead of myself.

    The huge back yard was an enormous plus for Vale's upcoming werewolf lessons. In a side yard was what appeared to be a tournament area for knights, although our having that name... we really couldn't see ourselves using it for that purpose. But since Vale changed species, we had learned that you cannot rule anything out. And our lives were about to get weird again. It had been nearly two days since Vale's accident and we were helping Vale get his bedroom arranged when it happened. "I hate it when the authorities move our clients around, Quota," said a voice that Vale had only heard from before the accident. Turning his gaze to one side, on his shoulder was the aforementioned Finik dressed as he had been before. "Hello Vale. We told you you'd be seeing us again. We're your case workers after all."

    End of Chapter Two.


      Chapter Three.

      Sitting on his other shoulder was the white clad counterpart, Quota. "Yes, Finik. But we always find our clients regardless."

      "WHAT IS THAT?!" loudly exclaimed my younger sister.

      I held her back and commented, "Hold on... they appear to be consciouses. You know... the usual two spirits who argue over someone when assisting their subject in making either right or wrong decisions? Only... I always thought consciouses appeared to be miniature naked versions of the subject. These two look like mice."

      Quota bowed with a smile. "I am Quota and that is Finik. We are Vale's case workers. Anyone who goes through near death trauma are assigned a pair of us. Our union does not allow nudity while on duty, so... what you see is what you get. And we consciouses are modernized. We don't handle the temptation spiel anymore. Our job is to assist our clients in organizing their lives after their near death experience."

      Finik added, as he checked his PDA, "And we get coffee breaks and days off like anyone else. And yes, we get both medical and dental, pre-paid. The pay checks are nice too. I happen to like the new PDA we're assigned. It really helps me keep track of things. Like the infernal stock market and the rumor network news." His PDA emitted a small 'ding' at that moment. "One moment..." And he started managing the incoming call.

      Our sister said, "Well... in that case I guess it's okay. I was just surprised, that's all. My name is Lorraine and this is my older brother Basil. We're Vale's older siblings. We volunteered to come along to give him the family support while he was here getting his werewolf training."

      Basil nodded his head. "Vale's friend Krystal will be along later once she completes high school in a few weeks. When she heard this estate was near Studio City on Q.C. Planet, she declared she would definitely be joining us later."

      Quota replied, "Pleased to make your acquaintances. However, from now on, if you see either of us on Vale's shoulders, try not to pay us much mind. We are here for Vale."

      Vale grinned at the rest of his older siblings. "Don't pay them any mind; they said it themselves. I am glad you both came along, actually. This werewolf business is really weird. By the way... when is my werewolf instructor supposed to be arriving?"

      Basil replied, "According to Lord Albert, it will be tomorrow night. He claimed that your first lesson should be at night and I can guess why. Werewolves are supposedly stronger by night as opposed to their strength by day."

      Vale couldn't help but to grin after that. That would give him a whole day to prepare.

      Lorraine remarked, "I am usually baking cookies in the afternoons, so if you case workers want a cookie, just ask."

      The two case workers looked as if the older sister was a benefit to their helping Vale at that point. They didn't pay me much mind; I guess I would have to have sex with Finik to get attention and I don't want to hurt the poor mouse. I am a Knight, after all. When the two mice were off on their union break, I told Vale what I had surmised about the case workers, and my brother was on the ground laughing after that. He said it would be a very tiny hole and unless I had a pencil-dick, then I would never fit. When we are not being Knights, we can actually be pretty funny!

      When night fell, we got to meet Vale's werewolf instructor. He was a rough looking humanoid werewolf whom was wearing a simple dog collar. This indicated that he was once someone's pet on a local farm. Imagine their surprise when he got his studly body. While Vale was off removing his clothes in preparation for his training session, I spoke with the instructor. "I've never known werewolves to wear a dog collar, sir. What does your signify?"

      The werewolf grinned. "It tells people that I belong to Tom Rivers. He is my boy. I'd do anything for him."

      I then said, "Lately, everything just seems to drop into Vale's lap. He has those union based mousy case workers from life/death services, and now he has a stud of a trainer so he can learn about being a werewolf. I am starting to feel left out of events. But don't worry about that. Perhaps I should go find something to do while you are training my brother. I haven't explored those woods behind the compound yet."

      The werewolf then said, "That is part of Magicwood, kid. If you plan on going in there, do be careful. It is real easy to get lost in there at night. The people whom live in there are friendly enough, but they don't think so much about clothes. I wouldn't mind seeing you naked myself. By the way, I am called Lightningstar. Also, if you get infected with were-ism and you want to be cured later, go to Reed Huxley and he will restore you to normal. As for me, I was born this way, so there is nothing to cure on me."

      I then shook his furry hand. "You can call me Basil. Where is your boy tonight? Tom must be a fun host for you to grow up with."

      Lightningstar replied, "My boy is in the hospital. I am having to do odd jobs to raise money for his treatment. He got sick and no one seems to know what is wrong with him."

      I patted the werewolf on his upper arm. "My sister, Lorraine, knows how to make an old cure-all that can treat mystery ailments. If you ask her nicely, she might make this cure for your boy Tom and then he could get out of that awful hospital. I can see that you care about your boy a lot."

      Lightningstar smiled. "Thank you, Basil. I'll ask your sister about it before I train your brother tonight. Have fun in the woods and don't throw a fit if you lose your clothes."

      End of Chapter Three.


        Chapter Four.

        Removing a lot of his good clothes, Basil chose to wear some of his old camping clothes that he didn't care to lose if something happened to them out in Magicwood. Since his brother was going to be busy with Lightningstar and his sister was not only baking cookies but making the cure-all for the werewolf to give to his human boy, no one would notice the young man heading out into the woods to have an adventure of his own. Even Vale's case workers were more interested in Lorraine than in him directly. This made Basil feel unwanted and left out of any happenings occurring around the compound. He would just have to find an adventure of his own.

        He had just barely entered the magical forest behind the compound and all sounds that had been occurring in the front courtyard simply ceased to be heard. Basil thought that this was an unusual but useful occurrence to experience, although it would make it harder for him to be heard if he got into some trouble out there as well. Despite that possibility, Basil continued to walk deeper into the Magicwood forest. After an hour, he came across several statues of humanoid rabbits and humanoid donkeys facing each other within a square clearing which had an odd checkerboard pattern on the ground. Most of the statues seemed to be positioned out of place as if to suggest that someone had no clue as to how to arrange chess pieces upon a chess board. Taking a moment to examine the varied different statues... Basil began arranging the statues back into their starting positions on the grassy checkerboard.

        Eventually, he noted that one of the donkey statue pieces was missing from the game field. It was the King's Knight position on the Black side. Initially thinking that the statue may have been knocked over into the woods to one side of the board, Basil searched all four borders to no avail until he returned to the empty spot where the Black King's Donkey Knight would have stood in the line-up. "I don't understand this... the statue would be placed right here..." And as he said 'here', he stepped on to that spot in the line-up; whereupon, a flash of light blinded him temporarily and when his vision cleared, Basil found himself within a dark donkey stable laying flat on his back upon clean straw in the middle of the stall itself. As he slowly began to sit up, he felt as if he was sitting on the round handle of a garden tool and then he saw down his asinine nose and snout. His hands immediately arose to feel his donkey face and as expected, his hands went up to feel his donkey ears. He noted that his shoes lay to the side of the stall and he had black hoofs instead of human feet. His clothes were split up the sides in a rip-torn manner of being, while one hand found its way to feel the donkey tail which he now seemed to have. "What in the heck happened to me?" He paused. "Oh thank the powers, I still have my voice. Now to figure out how to move around in this body."

        Rising up on his hind legs and learning to balance himself on his new donkey hoofs was a challenge. He then stepped out of the stall which had the words Kings Knight on the stall gate and he began to make his way toward what looked like the exit of the stables he had awoken in. As he approached the outer door, he heard voices approaching. Instinctively he almost chose to jump into a random stall, but at the last minute, he struck a guard pose just inside the doors and off to one side. Two donkey boys dressed in Pawn gear entered the stables and headed down the corridor without even looking at the newcomer.

        Basil then made his way outside of the stable building where he saw several armored donkey boys getting the once over by a donkey boy commander in royal armored garb. When the leader saw Basil emerge from the stables, he made a comment toward the former human turned donkey. "King's Knight! Where is your armor?"

        "Pardon your respect, your majesty... but I am not a donkey boy. I was once a human called Basil Knight. I stepped on a giant chessboard on QC Planet within the Magicwood and I got zapped into this body and I awoke in the stable building just behind me. The motto of my family is: We're Knights, its what we do. I am telling the truth, I don't know where the King's Knight's armor is. I woke up in this body and if he knew where his armor was, then I have no knowledge of that information, your grace."

        The Battle King of Donkeys approached him and circled him a few times before grabbing him and placing him into the line up with the others. "A fanciful story, King's Knight. You have invented such stories before to get out of your duties."

        Basil then said, "Don't make me call Lord Albert Atticus! I am not your King's Knight! My name is Basil! I was being polite before, but if I have to go the other route, then you are about to find out how I treat uncouth wannabe royal rogues in fake costumes!"

        The Battle King of Donkeys turned fast and started to punch Basil as hard as his armored fist would permit. But Basil caught his fist and arm and using the donkey lord's momentum, he flipped the armored donkey through the air and slammed him on his back on the dusty ground! The dust flew when the lord hit the ground. Basil then said, "Since you are not going to help me to get home, I will just have to find my own way back!" And he broke ranks and walked away from the other donkey soldiers.

        The Battle King of Donkeys growled as he said, "Full furlough for the soldier whom brings that upstart back here!"

        One hour later, there were donkey boy soldiers laying all over the military camp on their backs. Basil didn't even look winded as he continued to walk out of the military camp.

        The Battle King of Donkeys got to his hoofs and looked at the sorry excuse for donkey soldiers that had been defeated by an unarmored donkey boy knight. "This is a disgrace. He wasn't even armored and he took out the entire contingent of our soldiers by himself. Perhaps his story isn't just a story after all. But how to find him before he walks into the enemy?"

        Out near the borders of the donkey boy army territory, Basil had encountered his next bit of opposition when a bunch of armored rabbits and a lone leather bound Tokagi Lizard man tried to take Basil prisoner. And as the donkey soldiers before had learned, armor was no defense against Basil's resolve to not put up with bullshit anymore. The rabbits got taken out rather easily until only Basil and the Tokagi Lizard remained standing. "I've never known a donkey boy to fight as well as you are doing, King's Knight. How are you doing this?"

        "Because I am not a donkey boy; I am a human boy whom got transformed into this body and now everyone thinks that I am the other guy whose body I now have. I am called Basil Knight. Knight being my surname. You're no rabbit. Why were you with them?"

        "I am a Tokagi Mercenary. When the rabbits could not gain ground against the donkeys, they hired me to perform some stealth maneuvers to weaken the donkeys and then we met you nearly naked. Hold still for a moment." And he lifted a hand and chanted a word that sounded like Reveal Truth only as one word. There was a flash of smoke and the Tokagi was then seen putting his weapons away. "You really are a human boy. My name is Tokuryu Agiro. If I am to help you, then we should be on an equal named basis. You revealed your name and now I reveal mine. There is a magic user nearby whom might be able to resolve your transformation and to help you find your way home at the same time. A shame you seek to leave. You fight well."

        End of Chapter Four.


          Chapter Five.

          As Tokuryu Agiro and Basil Knight arrived at the wolf wizard's cottage, they saw both the Donkey Commander as well as the Rabbit Commander barely keeping their manners in check while the wizard had his glowing staff at the ready. The Donkey Commander said, "Ah, the arrival of the King's Knight. Perhaps now we can get at the truth of this inquiry. It seems some mercenaries are smarter than my people's foes."

          The Rabbit Commander smirked. "So says the one whom first got his ass handed to him by an unarmored knight. I was spared that fate by not being with my troops when they encountered this naked donkey boy."

          The magical staff got rapped on the ground sending static electricity everywhere. "Behave, you animals. Tokagi, bring the victim over to me, if you will. I tried to tell the original King's Knight not to rely on that spell."

          Once Basil stood before the wolf wizard, the glowing staff was touched to the young man in donkey's form. Which caused a flash of magical power to nearly blow the two commanders over on their rumps as Basil resumed his human appearance as the former King's Knight landed on the ground near the front gate of the property.

          "Damned spell! It turned me into a statue in a mysterious forest! I couldn't move at all!" griped the King's Knight as he lay on the ground.

          Basil was checking himself out only to note that he didn't have his shoes while most of his clothes looked as if they had been put through a shredder and barely survived to stay together. "Looks like my brother's instructor was right. I almost lost all of my clothes."

          The wolf wizard said, "I understand now. The magical chessboard in Magicwood interfered with the spell that the King's Knight was using and it cause you both to trade places. Except due to the interference, when he arrived at the chessboard, he became the statue to replace the missing statue and you arrived in his stall back in Donkeyland. The Donkey Commander brought me your shoes that had fallen off of you in the stall." He handed them over to the nice boy. "As for restoring your clothes, I will do my best. Apparently your people don't travel around butt naked as some people do." And he began weaving the clothing restoration spell on Basil's clothing.

          Basil remarked, "I assume that humans are not seen in your world too often. Am I correct?"

          The wolf wizard nodded his head without interrupting the clothing restoration spell. When the spell was completed, Basil was garbed in a similar leather like set of clothing much like the Tokagi lizard man was wearing. Except, there was a white and black chess Knight symbol in the center of his shirt, one which had a gold outline; the whole thing seemed to have a red shadow to it. "I have dedicated your clothing to your body so you cannot lose them again later regardless of what you get transformed into afterward. I do not know how long you will stay human once you leave the confines of my magical property. But you will always resume your true appearance and species when you stand on holy ground. Now speak your full name and your family's motto, if you will."

          The young man straightened up and said, "I am Basil Knight. We're knights; it is what we do which brings honor to others and to ourselves."

          The wolf wizard smiled. "Ah, a true paladin regardless of the form he may wear. And perhaps more. He is a teenager with attitude."

          Basil remarked, "My family are better than the so-called Power Rangers and Super Sentai. We know not to led pride get the better of us."

          The Tokagi Mercenary then spoke up. "I would like to request that Basil be permitted to return occasionally to assist me in my duties within my line of work. He impressed me in battle and I would like to learn more of his fighting style. I cannot do this if he simply leaves and never returns."

          The wolf wizard waved his staff around the lizard and the human boy for a moment before saying, "I have gifted the boy with the ability to return to the World of Magicwood at will where he will appear as close to you without startling any locals as permitted in case you are performing one of your duties. As for the human form... I have determined that you do have the ability to choose what form you arrive in, Basil Knight. But you have to make the choice before you make the transport to go find Agiro. Hopefully, your species choice will not oppose the zone you arrive in or else you could be in more fights than you desire. When you transport home, you will resume being human once again."

          Tokuryu Agiro now took a moment to examine Basil's human appearance in detail. Basil appeared to be an older more muscular version of his brother Vale; he was a tall good looking muscular boy with tan skin, blond hair, and aquamarine eyes. He stood at six feet two inches tall and weighed 190 pounds. He normally wore blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and a red button up dress shirt adorned with the logo of his former school. He had the body of a professional gymnast and weightlifter. But with the black leather garb similar to the mercenary's outfit, he was quite impressive to look upon.

          Basil then asked, "Will I be able to make use of these species forms back on Q.C. Planet, good wizard. I think it could benefit my brother whom recently became a werewolf."

          The wolf wizard stated, "Yes, as a Paladin of the Full Moon, you will have that ability. To return to your normal species, just think the words Power Down or Back to Human. In our world, your class title is Royal Lunar Knight. Since you arrived during a Full Moon, this is your sponsor hosting power. Like Werewolves, you will be strongest during the full moons. But with your fighting ability; physical strength is an illusion, as the Donkey Commander found out first hoof in the dust."

          Basil smiled. "That is called using one's momentum against them. Let's say an enemy catches you without your magic staff and you want to resist him long enough to magically protect yourself. When he makes a grab at you, you grab his arm and swinging your body in the direction he lunged, you pull him along for the ride and release him so he crashes into something embarrassing or foul. This gives you time to raise your defenses or simply teleport out of there. And it gives you a funny story to tell later."

          Tokuryu Agiro chuckled at the explanation. "That does sound amusing; a lot like what my former master used to do to us headstrong apprentices back at the Dojo."

          Basil then laughed as he mocked a Dojo Master. "While you are in that manure, grasshopper, clean it up so no one else falls into it! And then go clean yourself properly so I do not have to smell your unlearned accident at dinner!" This made all present laugh at the example given by the nice human.

          End of Chapter Five.


            Chapter Six.

            Out of courtesy, Basil in a reindeer man form gave the two commanders a polite lesson in momentum-shift defensive fighting until he felt they had both learned it. And then he headed off with Agiro to see the mercenary check in center in a local nearby Magicwood animal town. "Just remember that when you visit this town, do not be in your human form, Basil. There are no humans on this continent at all. Although there is a continent where humans and elves fight over the land in a pointless manner."

            Basil remarked, "So the humans are being uncouth barbarians and the elven pride is getting the better of them so they are acting worse than the humans themselves."

            Agiro nodded his snout. "Exactly right, my friend. I am glad you are learning your balance in these animal forms when you change into them. Thank you for agreeing to be my friend. I cannot wait to team up with you another time. However, I will say that you have been in our world for nearly twelve hours. Also remember that our days are your nights. And vice versa. The sun is about to set here and that means that it is about sunrise in your home starting world locale. I don't want you to leave, but you really should go check in with your family. I'll be fine here at Merc Central."

            Basil knelt down and hugged the Tokagi Lizard before giving his friend a kiss on the snout. "I'll be back another time. I cannot wait to have move adventures with you, Agiro."

            The lizard man hugged the boy in reindeer man form back and kissed him in return. "Now get going before I knock you up with a lizard egg."

            Basil rose back up as he chuckled. "But that would be kidnapping if you put an egg in me and I tried to teleport home." And before Agiro could comment, the nice boy teleported back across the void to Q.C. Planet. As he arrived human on Q.C. Planet, he noted that his arrival point was off to the side of a dockside pub and tavern called the Donkey Recruiters Pub and in smaller print were the words, Authorized by Lord Lampwick. Basil stuck his head in the door and he saw the bartender whom was actually a good looking donkey boy gentleman whom wore an apron. "Sir? I am occasionally going to be seen in the vicinity of your pub and not for wrongful purposes. I am Basil Knight whom lives over at the new Knight Compound on the other side of Magicwood. My brother is getting werewolf training. Hoo boy... you are one the best looking donkey boys I have ever seen. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know about my being in your area. Your pub's front yard seems to be one of my teleport arrival locations." And he pulled back out of the pub where he avoided colliding into Lord Wilwick as he stepped off into the side yard once again and he focused on the compound before teleporting once again.

            I then arrived back in the compound where when I walked into the house, I could smell the werewolf sweat scent pretty strongly. This likely meant that my brother Vale was trying to clean himself after his first workout because I could also smell the dog shampoo wafting from the bathroom. Then I saw Lightningstar sitting on the living room floor next to the couch where his boy Tom Rivers lay with a head on a pillow and his body covered up with a light sheet. When I saw how pale Tom was, I was immediately concerned.

            "Lightningstar? Is this your boy Tom?" Basil asked as he stepped over to stand next to the large werewolf.

            The werewolf trainer glanced up at the young man and replied, "Your sister and I went down to the hospital, got him out of there and brought him out here. She called Dr. Warner whom just left before you got home. Warner examined him and said that my boy had been poisoned to prevent him from healing properly. He took the test samples off to try to find a cure for this. He mentioned a medicinal herb that might help Tom but sadly, it is out of season and he doesn't know where to get any of it. The herb is called Golianthe Petal. I don't want to lose my boy, Basil. How was your adventure?"

            Basil replied, "I met a Tokagi Lizard man mercenary and he might be able to help us find this medicinal herb since he wants to team up with me again soon. Don't you worry, Lightningstar. We will find this herb to save Tom's life."

            Lightningstar rose up and he hugged the human teenager. "I will owe you greatly for your help, Basil. You will be my hero. When Tom recovers, I will be glad to help you with anything you may ask of me. If anything, I am a loyal dog, um wolf, whom pays my debts."

            Basil smiled up at Lightningstar and said, "You can count on me, Star. We're knights; its what we do."

            Once the werewolf released Basil, the young man headed back outside and he initiated the teleport back to the World of Magicwood as he pictured a raccoon image in his mind, which (without the tummy symbol) looked a lot like a human sized Brightheart Raccoon. As his surroundings faded in around him, he heard Agiro in some sort of fight nearby.

            Peeking out of the brush, Basil saw Agiro in the midst of a bunch of raccoon bandits whom had surprised him while he traveled. Making a somersault jump out into the fight, upon landing, Basil shouted, "I've been looking for this lizard! Interfere in my bounty at your own risk!" At first, a few of the bandits were startled by the appearance of the violet raccoon man, but then they moved in close again... and they regretted it exactly as the soldier donkeys and rabbits learned a few hours ago. Recognizing the voice, Agiro shouted back, "I thought I gave you the slip back in the port city! How did you find me so easily?" Basil replied with a grin. "I can always find you, mercenary! Maybe you should hide your trail better in the future!" Soon, every bandit coon were laid out on the ground as the lizard and purple coon walked off into the forest together.

            Basil quietly said, "I need your help to find something, Agiro. The werewolf trainer's boy is horrible sick with a dosage of some mystery poison. The stupid doctors were deliberately giving the boy this poison to keep him in the hospital for reasons of their own. My sister and the trainer rescued him out of the lair of the mad doctors and they called a trusted healer whom mentioned that the Golianthe Petal herb could help the poor boy something fierce. The only problem is that the herb is out of season back home." Agiro smiled. "I know where it is grown. I was on my way there anyway for a different reason. They won't sell their herbs for money; but they can be bartered with if the need is just. And since you are a trusted paladin, I think the chieftain might listen to you, old friend. A purple coon? Where did you get this idea from?"

            Basil grinned as he sang, "Care-a-lot... is a place we all can go; Whenever we choose it; Care-a-lot... is a feeling we all know; We never do lose it. We can find a secret place; To rest and make a new start; If you don't know where it is; Look inside your heart. Care-a-lot... is a playground you can't find; For laughing and swinging. Carousels... playing music in your mind; For dancing and for singing. Sometimes you feel so glad; Sometimes you feel so blue; Share your feelings, it's not bad; Feelings are for you. When you're lonely, don't you fret; You're not alone, you just tend to forget; Care-a-lot is easily found; You've been there and you have friends who care; Don't you let your sadness get you down. It always helps when you sing a song... Good cheer carries you along; Darkness leads to sunlight; A new day comes--it's all right. Care-a-lot... is a place you'd like to be; Riding on a cloud; You'll care a lot, it's a rainbow fantasy; For laughing out loud. Care-a-lot... is a place we all can go; Come to Care-a-lot, it's a place we all can go; Come to Care-a-lot; Share-a-lot; Care-a-lot." (c) 1985 ~~ Sang by Carol King in the first Care Bears Movie.

            End of Chapter Six.