Upon Armando’s warning, Scarlet’s weary feet escalate quickly up the stairs.
“What happened?” Scarlet asks once reaching Armando.
Armando trots alongside the duchess heading towards the guest chamber. He faces away from Scarlet slightly abashed.
“I waited for you for a long while and I couldn’t contain it any longer. So I opened the window and… alleviated myself – but that’s when I heard a shriek from across the hallway. Fearing that you or another damsel was in distress, I went to investigate it but the sound was coming from Faisal’s room. When I returned Ildrim was on the ledge.”
The duchess’ face reddens and she begins to chide him, “Yes. The high-pitch scream most certainly sounds like Faisal. But what in the Goddess name were you thinking!! You are aware there is an angry mob outside! Why on earth did you not call a guard to relieve you of your duty if you must ‘relieve’ yourself? And leaving Ildrim in his ‘condition’ unattended … Armando, have you ever dealt with children before?
The woodsman lowers his head to the floor and solemnly says, “I’ve always wanted children of my own but wife of mine was never in the mood to have any.”
The duchess begins to open her mouth in an attempt to console him but immediately closes it upon reaching their destination.
“Fly…Fly…” Ildrim calls out within the guest chamber.
Scarlet and Armando rushes in and to their relief Ildrim was still on the ledge with arms spread out moving back and forth.
“Ildrim, dear, step down from the ledge and come to me.” Scarlet instructs him.
“Me fly like birdie… Fly Fly”
“You can not fly. You will hurt yourself. You will have a very big boo-boo.”
“Uh Uh – look birdie fly” Ildrim points to a bird out the window. “Me birdie too!”
Impatiently Armando calls out, “Get down now you little shit or I will make you!”
“Armando, no!” Scarlet yells.
As Armando moves towards the ledge, Scarlet holds him back dropping the blade and the cloth holding the toad on the floor.
“CROAK!!” The toad escapes through the gap between the knotted cloth startling Ildrim. A panic look crosses Ildrim’s face as he looses his footing. Armando and Scarlet begins to lunge towards him. Fortunately Armando manages to grasp onto Ildrim’s arm in the nick of time as Ildrim tumbles over and pulls him back onto the ledge.
Once Ildrim trembles subside, Armando releases his grip and Ildrim begins to chase after the toad forgetting the entire incident.
Scarlet sends him a grateful smile and pats the woodsman on the back.
“You would make a fine father.”
Armando blushes and asks, “You think and may I ask why do you have a toad?”
“Ack! Ack! CROAK! ” The focus turns to the blue-faced Ildrim.
“Oh for the love of the Goddess – Not again!”
Scarlet runs to Ildrim aid and repeatedly slaps him on the back.
“Bad Ildrim Bad! Spit Deirdre out this instance!”
Ildrim spews the toad drenched with phlegm. She picks up the barely breathing toad with the cloth and reties the knot keeping the toad in place. She touches Ildrim’s face and closes her eyes while uttering a prayer to her goddess.
As she casts her healing spell, Ildrim yells out “Boobies”. He grabs hold of both of her breasts and gives them a tight squeeze but the priestess with her unwavering concentration resumes her incantation.
When she opens her eyes, she faces the open-mouthed Ildrim with a bewildered expression on his face.
As he lowers his gaze, his eyes immediately widen spotting his hands firmly grasping her bosoms.
“I… I am terribly sorry, your grace. I don’t know what came over me.”
“You may release my bosoms now”
“My apologies, your grace.”
The abashed wizard quickly releases his grip and turns to face Armando flashing him an approving smile.
“Where am I? How did I get here?” He asks.
Ildrim looks at the cloth, “What do you have in there – a Tian Xian fire-bellied toad!! That is an extremely rare breed to see in these parts. I’ve only seen a painting of one…”
Scarlet picks up the blade and the toad wrapped in the cloth.
“I will explain later but I must take leave. Welcome back.”
With that Scarlet leaves continuing her search for Faisal.
Ildrim casts a quick spell runs to the window and jumps out. As Armando screams, “Nooo!!!”.
Ildrim flies in a couple of loops, “Whoopie! I don’t know why this feels so freeing…”