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The Fantastical Continental Adventures, Part the Fourth

...which are posted considerably after said adventures have been completed, as I've been caught up with the whole, "Oooh, I'm here - quick, organize everything! Make those lists! Check things off them! Go, go, go!"

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And thus are the fantastical continental adventures of jalenstrix and thewronghands. Long live adventuring!
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The Fantastical Continental Adventures, Part the Third

Following their refreshing rest at the abode of the Prince of Networks & Cats, jalenstrix and thewronghands sought the enclave of Chedd's, which was fabled to contain magical sustenance in the form of Make Your Own Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. With the Prince's directions, our two protagonists merrily made their was a short distance and feasted on ambrosial garlic & herb cheese and provolone, sun-dried tomato spreads and fresh spinach, and rosemary potato rolls. Blissfully fortified, they returned to the Prince's through the sunlight.

Not too long thereafter, thewronghands had her revenge upon the foul djinn of Work, for she was vindicated as being In The Right at last. Lo, did she do a merry dance around the abode of the Prince, much to the delight of jalenstrix and the Prince's cats!

After this, the Prince of Network & Cats and the Princess of Chinchillas joined jalenstrix and thewronghands for a lovely quest to the Great and Lovely City of Boulder, riding in the Prince's well-drawn chariot. Once there, all party members began to collect their own personal amalgam of Worthy Items. It soon became apparent that jalenstrix was on an unspoken quest to find Paper With Interersting Things Upon It, including dragonflies and poetic words of summoning. And it soon became apparent that thewronghands's unspoken quest was to delight jalenstrix by doing such glorious deeds as running through open fountains without the hindrance of electronics, procuring coffee ice cream, and bringing joy to a pirate.

And then, the Prince and Princess led jalenstrix and thewronghands to the Candy Elysian Fields that is Powell's Sweet Shoppe. Serenaded by the notes of the Oompah-Loompah song and surrounded by magical items such as gummy brains, Sexy ginger dark chocolate, and ginger drops, jalenstrix and thewronghands did indeed procure sugared fortification for the continuation of the main quest the next day. To celebrate, they danced gleefully, much to the gentle amusement of the Prince. (Though jalenstrix was a bit put out that thewronghands had used Quick Action & Reason to pay the shopkeeper for their sweets before she could stop her.)

Then, the party journeyed to the Dushanbe Teahouse, to dine with charming and boisterous company. They sampled concoctions of pineapple juice and hibiscus and panda tears, tasted fresh tuna and sprouts of unmitigated green, and were then all cleverly tricked by the Prince into letting him pay for dinner. (Wily is the prince, indeed!)

Then, the party journeyed back to Denver, seeing the Princess off safely to her abode to attend to her adorably furry subjects. The Prince then wandered with jalenstrix and thewronghands into the Indie Bookstore of Temptation. Though it was the Prince who had led them there, it was thewronghands who was channeling regyt's Voice of Temptation that caused jalenstrix to procure far too many Books of Wonder. To repay her for her tricksy ways, jalenstrix bombarded thewronghands with Reason & Sudden Force to procure thewronghands's books for her. And then jalenstrix did gleefully dance alongside the Prince at thewronghands's resigned, chagrined, and pleased state.

At last, the party journeyed back to the abode of the Prince, to the warm comfort of furry catling creatures and the connection to the Interwebs. And then, jalenstrix and thewronghands did sleep.
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...courtesy of Powell's Sweet Shoppe in Boulder, various stationery-carrying type places in Boulder, and Tattered Cover of Denver. Acquired both before & after a lovely dinner at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and due in large part to thewronghands's & J's wenchly, temptatious influence:

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And just, ah....the magic of it. Of wandering through Willy Wonka-esque candy stores and dancing in delight, of happening upon books of foreign words with their own rhythm and rhyme. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
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The Fantastical Continental Adventures, Part the Second

And so, after recovering in the abode of the Lizard King and Queen, jalenstrix and thewronghands ventured forth to the neighboring land of Evanston to quest with tezliana and docstrange for A Good Cup of Tea and Asian Cuisine. Though thwarted by the first likely spot due to Excessive Wait Times, our fair travelers eventually converged on another Perfectly Lovely Place in Evanston containing both sought-after items. Much delightful conversation later (as well as snow pear oolong tea), jalenstrix and thewronghands took a side quest to find the Great and Powerful Book 7 of Harry Potter. Fortunately, tezliana and docstrange displayed great geographical might and led them to the Local Barnes & Noble. Tome procured (though after jalenstrix summoned her credit card fraud folks to assure them that in fact it was really she doing all these purchases in unusual parts of the country), the party broke for the evening and our protagonists returned to the Lizard King and Queen.

The next morning, refreshed by sleep, jalenstrix and thewronghands set off on the Epic Drive to Denver. The Tome of Harry Potter proved to be a powerful talisman, as jalenstrix and thewronghands switched off intoning its words. Said words wove a spell that combatted the hideous demon of Boredom for many, many, many miles. So powerful was it that only half was required to complete the thousand mile journey. (Alas, for they could not combat the Bog of Eternal Stench that was most of the midwestern route - but some protection is better than none!)

Finally, finally, they broke through the boundary between Nebraska and Colorado, and were welcomed by Much Better Scenery. The journey to Denver proper was a quiet thing, during which jalenstrix passed out briefly while thewronghands valiantly drove the chariot.

At last, they were in Denver and hunting the mighty Parking Lot near the realm of the Prince of Networks and Cats. Shown extraordinary hospitality in the form of tea, furry creatures to pet, and a soft bed, jalenstrix and thewronghands gratefully collapsed for the night.

[Note: For a more clear-headed recounting of the adventures described previously and herein, see thewronghands's Entry of the First Day and Entry of the Second Day.]
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Road Trip, Day 1

...or The Fantastical Continental Adventures of jalenstrix and thewronghands, Part the First.

So, the quest began with jalenstrix summoning the great combined power of nameless_abyss and her valiant knight Shreyas to use Magic Powers of Tetris Foo to compact copious quantities of items into the limited space of her chariot. That feat accomplished, jalenstrix sallied forth to find thewronghands, who was mired in the foul clutches of Work. Then, escape and the flight of Owl and Raven together, across the kingdom!

Through the dark of night they went, stopping to make sure the chariot was properly fueled and to acquire vital quest components such as Cinnamon Gummy Bears. The heads of said Bears were assiduously bitten off, thus releasing their potent force of Road Trip Protection From Sketchiness, which our fair protagonists did indeed encounter in the great stretches of Ohio at Dark O'Clock in the morning. (Bathrooms closed between 10pm and 6am for safety reasons...flee! flee with your energy drinks!)

Then, through the mists, lighting the way with songs of pirates and alligators and demons and selkies and fox-girls and fawns (courtesy of the great and awesome S.J. Tucker). When the sun rose, ah, then came the soporific pull of the road - and lo, did jalenstrix have to combat it with the mighty espresso, despite the potion's vile taste! And then, at last, at last to the promised haven of Chicago. Through the labyrinthine twists of Construction and Detours, guided by the oracle of the GPS System Known As Avery.

And lo, through those twists and turns and hidden paths did jalenstrix and thewronghands find their way to the abode of the King and Queen of the Reptiles. But alas - the foul djinn of Work sucked at thewronghands's vital essence, even from within the sanctuary of the Reptile Folk! But thewronghands's will was mightier by far, and she did escape.

And now, for the sleepings. And tonight for the feasting and quests for the Best Tea Shop in Evanston!