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They had never seen such an unusual animal in their entire lives.

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Dorothy laughed, and as she thanked Alice for the compliment, three beings came out from behind a large tree that formed a tri-colored braided twisted trunk with snake like appendages.

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They looked mostly human, but a few things were clearly more animal-like, such as the curved horn sprouting from each of their foreheads, their braided tails that looked like the tree trunk they appeared from, and two feet, that looked  more horse hoof then human.

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Dorothy used subtle body language toward Alice , communicating for her to take the lead, to ascertain if these three were friend or foe; but both of them looked around for the best escape route, if needed.

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The person in the middle spoke first, "Stop," followed by the one on the left, "Plop," and ending with the one on the right, in almost a hopeful questioning way, "Lollipop?"     

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Dorothy and Alice looked puzzled at first, then Alice began to smile with recognition, and responded, "Slop."

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Dorothy shrugged her shoulders, as if to say , "what are you getting us into?"  but stayed open-minded as Alice hand the middle one (probably the leader, or at least more outgoing of the three ) a small packet of food.

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Then Alice turned to Dorothy, and simply explained, " they are the group of rhyme-timing guys, sweet and gentle as can be, if you approach them with with a rhyming gift when you meet them," and as if on cue, the three fierce looking horns disappeared from their foreheads.

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Dorothy laughed and shook her head in amazement , "Alice, you are always full of surprises,"  and Alice blushed modestly.

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"See" said the left.

"Tree" followed the right.

"Agree?" said the one that seemed to be the leader.

 

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With a shake of her body, Dorothy woke up. As usual in The Wonderous Land, chaos change had occurred. Where once was a forest, now stood what appeared to be an ancient and deserted city. As usual, Alice had awoken first and was concentrating on which way they needed to go.

 

 

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It was time to finally be on their way, they were a little sad to leave the kind, sweet and funny rhyme-timing guys, but they knew the next region needed a through check.

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Dorothy turned to Alice and said, " I had a weird dream," it was about everything that happened yesterday, but all jumbled and out of order from the moment we meet the rhyme timing guys,"  "Me too," said Alice, "that's just the side effect of the delicious tea."

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Following dinner and a good night's sleep, Dorothy and Alice were eager to be on their way, since there was only one more known area to explore before attempting their travel through the worm hole left by the cat.

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After a delicious meal, and more entertaining rhyming dialogue, Alice and Dorothy settled in for a much over due "heap of deep sleep" as the rhyme-timing guys called it.

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Dorothy admired the hand-carved, wooden cup, but even more so the fragrant tea it contained. She was somewhat of an expert on tea and as that old, familiar energy began to spread through her veins, she smiled to herself and whispered, "this is what we're fighting for."

 

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The clear leader of the group smiled and laughed with a nod, "free," Alice and Dorothy smiled  gratefully in response, and settled in by the tree for a meal.

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Alice responded with, "tea?" hoping to get a little hydration, food and rest before, they ventured on, knowing that the three  rhyme-timing guys could provide temporary respite and safety.

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