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Magic Carpet Mania at Fitzalen's Castle
By The Filigree
Hordes of people descended upon the peaceful castle grounds of Chariton’s favorite giant, Rye Fitzalen, for the much-heralded Magic Carpet Rides and other Summer activities such as Summer Bathing, Dancing, and Garden Mazing Madness.
A total of 20 lovely and intricately woven carpets stood hovering at attention in the enormous back cobbled stone courtyard where excited guests of all ages waited to be seated. From antiquated and intricate to minimalist and sophisticated, the carpets are known not only for their expert flying skills and keen sense of adventure but also for their mid-flight storytelling via song. ‘The songs were my favorite part! If I want to fly I could use my own wings but I could never hear those kinds of stories. They know stories about the skies and how land was formed and what used to be here,’ said carpet rider Perline Ott.
Recently, Magic Carpets region round have been added to the list of Endangered Species as all the ones currently in existence have all been handed down and no new ones have been created. In spite of many attempts and access to a wealth of modern technology, Inventors are simply unable to duplicate the mind-boggling intricacy of the Weaves. Undoubtedly, there are only a few of the true ancient breed of Magic Carpets now in existence. Couple that with a history cloaked in mystery, and it is easier to understand why the many attempts to create new Magic Carpets have led to disastrous results.
The case of Henry Akore was for many alchemists a wake up call. After hundreds of attempts, he was finally able to get one of his carpet creations to fly and then he was never heard from again.
Many ask, ‘Why? Why won’t the carpets just reveal their secrets?’ But most experts doubt that the carpets know or even would know how to communicate the secrets of their creation. That valuable information is buried in Time.
This is why Fitzalen’s Garden Party continues to draw so many adventure seekers and curious creatures. They all attend to take a peek and perhaps a ride on one of his famous carpets.
Long lines swept about the castle gardens, with eager folk waiting their turn and wringing their hands with worry that they wouldn’t get their favorite carpet. And of course, there was no shortage of anxious faces that worried, ‘What if? What if the carpets got too tired?’ But Fitzalen himself was the proud caretaker of the Magic Carpets. After each journey that lasted a healthy half hour of forest flight and water wandering, he carefully brushed the back of each beautiful carpet with a silken brush that he dipped in a strange oil, and the carpets quivered in gratitude. Yes, it was clear that Fitzalen treated each of his carpets with respect, and they in turn did the same.
No more than 3 passengers were allowed to ride at a time. One of the first rides was taken by a group of young teenagers who excitedly took their seats atop an ancient and sturdy looking carpet with mystical scrolls that stitched out a maddening picture in purple and gold. They laid securely on their stomachs and held on to the front and were quickly swept up and away into the day— Carpet after Carpet followed them and then shot off to the right and to the left. Two children were instructed to hold on tightly and not a single safety belt was used, as Magic Carpets have an untarnished reputation for never dropping a single child! The children’s carpet was a lush, velvety affair with embroidered yellow and green faces, and the children squealed as the carpet whizzed them up and away towards the forest. Two sweethearts climbed aboard a daisy decorated rug and in an instant they, too, were gone. About 40 minutes passed before the group of teenagers returned with large smiles and immediately began to tell their tale:
‘We went over Sangamon Forest and to a volcano! Inside we saw a fossil of a dragon! It was the coolest place we’ve ever been and we’re going back there right now! Perfect place for a clubhouse and no one knows where it is but us.’
All the while, Fitzalen listened as he prepared the carpet for other passengers, and somehow one could see him living vicariously through the stories as if it was him up there flying around. It is common knowledge that giants are far too large to ride a magic carpet and this is bittersweet as Fitzalen’s carpet collection is one of the best around. The carpets being the proud creatures they are, they won’t flock together to give their master a bit of joy, but Fitzalen insists, ‘It’s the smiles & the stories that come back that really make him happy.’