Let’s go arrest some pikas!
King’s Scepter Option Aa2: Arrest the Pika
You watch Alfred the squirrel while you’re trying to decide which option sounds best. He scrambles up a tree and then races back down to stand at your feet with his palms out, asking silently for more trail mix.
With just enough to fill his tiny palms, he stuffs the treat into his cheeks and races back up the tree. In seconds, he scampers down to stare at you with his palms out again.
It occurs to you any plan involving trail mix could be a bust simply because Alfred will try to eat it all.
“Let’s go in and arrest them,” you say to the Law Keeper.
The lion huffs a heavy breath in what you think might be approval. “Cabin’s this way,” he says and leads you farther into the trees.
You consider briefly calling to Alfred to let him know you’re leaving but then you see him jumping from one tree to the next in pursuit of the Law Keeper.
“Surprise is out best bet,” the Law Keeper says, “you take the front door and I’ll take the back. Just be sure to say ‘In the name of the King’ when you tell them to freeze.”
Before you can ask any questions, the lion’s gone with barely a sound.
You wait for only a moment before pushing into the cabin. The sight before you makes your stomach roll with unease. There are so many pikas the place seems to crawl with them.
“In the name of the King freeze!” Roars the Law Keeper as he barrels in from the back door.
The entire place goes still and all tiny paws rise into the air. The four pikas on the back of the couch drop the scepter as they move to comply.
You jump for it but the golden rod drops past your fingers to hit the floor. Light like the beam of a spot light shoots from it, hitting the Law Keeper and Alfred, who just rushed in to see what was happening. Both creatures drop to the floor, stunned and then, in the after glow of the light, you loose sight of them for a moment. When you regain focus, you blink in shock.
Alfred sits on his haunches staring at his human sized paws. The Law Keeper pushes up to stand and his head barely reaches the squirrel’s elbow.
The pikas scatter, giving off a sound like all of them are laughing. Several leap onto the scepter and start to drag it across the floor.
You clamp down on the end of it before they get too far and pull it back toward you. Angry hisses come from the tiny fur balls but when you tug at it, they all let go, rather suddenly.
The head of the staff hits the wall and it explodes with light again. Your body tingles like you’ve stepped into a too hot bath tub of water. Blinking furiously, you finally regain focus to see Alfred and the Law Keeper are back to their normal sizes…but what’s that smell?
It reminds you of chocolate and cheerios. Your tongue salivates for the tasty treat. You reach into your pocket to eat some trail mix only to find the bag’s empty. When you look up to scold Alfred for eating it all, you see he and the Law Keeper have most of the pikas in hand.
Perhaps it’s not the best time to distract them but you still really want some trail mix.
Scampering out the door, you head out to see if you can find some more. It’s only after you’ve checked your broken car and headed back to the cabin to check the kitchen that you realize you’re running on four paws and the world’s huge.
When you reach the cabin, you take two seconds to peek in an unbroken window.
Huh, you look like Alfred except, well, maybe you look a little less scattered.
Oh well, you still want trail mix, so you head into the kitchen to see what you can find.
Blessings and have a wonderful weekend,