Curiously, Ringo did not seem amused by this offer, his expression quite thoughtful; he looked at his gathered knights, and made note of five tails wagging—an expectant wag, “Very-well, Flutters, it appears my knights have voted…”
Flutters deflated—he was certain they would object…
“Lawrence Reginald FlutterMatters, your Spirit-Name shall be: ‘Zonta-Pules,’ a name which translates into the common-tongue as ‘Trustworthy–Pigeon’ and name you Avian-Knight-of-the-Realm.”
Season VI, Chapter 8, Episode 41 Dog Adventure 3:
A mixture of howls, bays, barks and yips could be heard for miles around—if anybody cared to listen—immediately following Ringo’s declaration. The canines were, fortunately, disinclined to pat Flutters on the back, as even little Buttons outweighed him by a very significant amount, but still the thought was there.
Ringo understood the value of airborne observation and also was very aware of Flutters’ ummm…limitations, but on balance in spite of those, he had performed very well when most needed.
“Where is Karma?”
“Wherever she is needed. She is an Ally of the Realm, but not of the realm, Zonta-Pules.”
“Oh,” there was disappointment in Flutters’ voice. A fact that surprised him; considering their rather contentious relationship.
“It was she who suggested your knighthood, Zonta-Pules.”
Meanwhile, in 2012…
“Why are you thinking of time-travel? With Ringo gone, NOW would be the time to strike his WolvenKnights, while they are leaderless.”
“Renegade, you are more foolish than I’d imagined,” Snowstrom growled, “Ringo is a smart and wise leader. He has trained his lieutenants well, and under the instruction of that tri-colored mongrel, Cujo, his son has become a most formidable Prince.”
“But why would going back in time help us?”
“Because we shall find his sentient ancestor there and be it male or female, kill it. THAT will ensure our victory here.”
“Ahhh—clever. Kill the ancestor and Ringo will never come to be.” It took a few moments for the real significance of this to sink in, “And neither will I!”
“We all must make sacrifices for the cause.”
To be Continued…
NOTE: The “Dog Adventures” will be published on Tuesday & Wednesday every week until completed.