Dylan was already waiting with the cage door open when his beast brought in the royal hostage.
“Amazing work, griffin.” – Dylan said with the biggest smile on his face.
“A-mazing?”- the monster replayed, slowly and with a slight stutter, as he looked at his claws with a confused look, as if he was remembering something before going back to its’ animalistic frenzy.
“Minions, feed him!” -Dylan commanded as he himself opened a bag of potato chips. Little funny looking minions took the griffin to another room. Judging from their banter, they were planning on feeding the monster bananas…
“And so nice of you to join us, L-Money!” – Dylan continued speaking, now turning his attention to the basement queen. “You had me locked away in this very same, small house, Laurie. Oh, how have the tables turned! – he said, as he threw Laurie into the cage and closing the door behind her. “Now you are in the prison and I’m on my way to conquer the Basement Kingdom! Looks like you greatly underestimated me, my queen.”
“You are impossible to underestimate, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy looking yellow troll.” – Laurie answered from the cage. “You will never conquer the basement kingdom, Dylan. You don’t have the resources.”
“I have an army.” – Dylan said with a smug, chip eating grin of his face and then began motioning to someone in another room. “I present to you Chief Whitney of the Amazon tribes” – he said.
The Amazon didn’t say a word. She just had her hands on her hips and stared a hole right through Laurie. The glazing stare and high levels of sass made Laurie, understandably, very uncomfortable. Whitney did finally crack a smile when her legions of Amazon warriors arrived at Dylan’s lair. The warriors raised their swords into the air and shouted - “Gold if you have it!” They swung their swords to the ground - “Slash if you don’t!”.
“With the help of this army I will retake what is mine!” – Said Dylan as he pointed at the Amazons. “Meanwhile you will be enjoying the view of my campaign from my newly built tower. My minion will soon take your cage up there. You will be sharing your new home with the griffin. He will be guarding you as if you were its’ very own wallet or smartphone.” - Dylan said and then departed with Chief Whitney and her army of Amazon cashiers in tow.
Laurie knew that their main target was the Pallet Palace in shipper city, but first they had to get past the great wall of Tate’s. To do this Dylan had the Amazons plant charges of explosives along the great wall with one long fuse connecting them all. After the preparations were done, Chief Whitney asked her most trusted warrior - Jazz, to light the fuse.
After lighting the fuse Jazz simply said – “It’s lit.”
The resulting explosion was heard all around the Bartletia empire. When the dust settled, it revealed a huge opening in the wall. Soon thousands of Amazons started to pour through it. With the wall destroyed and their queen missing, the citizens of Shipper city did not put up much of a fight and quickly surrendered the capital of the basement kingdom.
Dylan, now stylizing himself as “King Dylan, first of his name, King of the Basement, Lord of receiving and protector of invoices”, was sitting on the Bounty throne in the tallest tower of Pallet Palace, overflowing with glee. He then happily organized a royal Barbeque to celebrate his triumphant return to shipper city as well as his birthday. Later, while he was grilling a turkey burger he took one big sniff of the meat and turned to his people, asking them – “Do you smell what the Rock is cooking!?’’
Although the smell was clearly that of turkey burgers, in Dylan’s mind it was the smell of victory.
Meanwhile, in the tiny house, there was a commotion. Dylan’s yellow minions were starting to get worried as they heard other minions scream outside of the house. They were even debating on whether or not to awaken the griffin and release it from the prison tower, but before they even had time to think it through, the door was kicked down and two black knights entered the room. They lifted their visors observing the room filled with Dylan’s yellow minions and then looked at each other.
“Yuh ready fi dis, Lando?” – Said Ser Lemar.
“Mi did boin fi dis enuh killa?” – Ser Lando answered.
“Who yuh av?”
“Gimmi the lil idiots dem pan di lef.”
“Ah, mi ago ten di one dem on the rite…”
“What are they saying?” – Minion Drew asked all confused while the Jamaican knights continued their dialog.
“When they talk like that they usually discuss the best techniques of smashing something or someone” – answered the Lady of Liverpool as she entered the room with bow in hand. She shot an arrow at the minion, he fell, the chaos started. It was minion Drew’s first day on the job. The ensuing battle was a one-sided affair, 2014’s Germany – Brazil, if you know what I mean. Once the room was cleared, our heroes ran up the steps to the top of the prison tower. Although they had to stop a few times along the way (full plate armor weighs around 60lbs), they did finally reach the top of the tower and opened the door to the cage room where Dylan’s griffin was guarding Laurie. But to their surprise, when they opened the door they only saw the sleeping griffin and an empty cage.
To be continued…