Topic: A Dairy Princess' Revenge - by Cowpoke & Madmax011
Pretty much my favourite stories original two Chapters by Cowpoke, subsequent chapters by an oldforumn member whose name I failed to write down. (Sorry! Come back and write more chapters!)
A Dairy Princess' Revenge
There I was, sitting in a police station and waiting for the detective to get off the phone. It was the wee hours of the morning and I was a nervous wreck. I was about to relate a story that seemed so insane that I was sure they would put me in a straight jacket and lock me up, but it was true - so true. I wrung my hands and tried to relax, it was hard. I leaned back on the chair and thought about how I would begin this fantastic tale once I was sitting face to face with the detective. Would he think I was making it up? Maybe he'll think I'm pulling some initiation prank in order to get into a frat. I must clear my mind and think, think. I must get the facts straight. I must remember, I must remember…
It started two days ago when I was over visiting my girlfriend Sarah. She was extremely cute. A living doll at five foot two, big brown eyes and shoulder length brown hair that she often wears in two little ponytails. She had a light frame with gentle curves and medium small breasts. We started dating in high school, she was the girl of my dreams and I fell head over heals with her. Then came college and we both packed up and went to the same four-year college together. There simply was nothing that could keep us apart and nobody was a threat to our relationship. Now we were back home and talking marriage. I was so excited, I just couldn't believe how lucky I was that she was willing to spend her life with me!
It was on this warm summer day that our lives were about to take an insane turn. I brought in the mail and began shuffling through it, and in amongst the usual advertisements was a letter addressed to Sarah, I handed it to her and sat down to see if they're any ads worth opening. Suddenly Sarah let out a yelp "Oh my God, here's a letter from an old friend I haven't seen since junior high! It's an invitation to a small party."
I didn't know her in junior high, so I wasn't acquainted with anybody she knew then. "Who is it from?" I asked.
"An old friend named Peg." Sarah leaned back on the chair and closed her eyes as if trying to form a mental picture "We didn't hang out much, but we knew each other through 4-H. Back when we use to be Dairy Princesses. There were several other girls who were Dairy Princesses too, it was sort of like a club, and we would rotate each month being the main Princess, or rather the Dairy Queen, as we would jokingly call ourselves. The Dairy Queen was the one who would get up and make the speeches for that particular month, you know, promoting better health and drinking milk and all that stuff. But you know, I don't think Peg ever was the one to make any speeches. She was sort of over-weight and very conscious about it. I seemed to remember her getting teased about it a lot, I think I even ragged on her at times too, but that was a long time ago."
"So what does she say?"
"Oh, right. Apparently she's inviting the two of us to dinner at her house, and…" She was quickly scanning down the letter "…and Christy, and Barb, and Kate will be there, oh my God, the Dairy Princess gang all back together again. I haven't seen those girls in so long!"
"So when's this all happening?"
"Tomorrow night! Wow, that's great. It says to bring a bottle of your favorite drink. It looks like she has her own place out on Fredericks road, huh, that's out in the boonies."
"Well, it looks like it could be an interesting night tomorrow." When I spoke these words, I had no idea just how interesting the night would become. Was I in for a shocker!
We arrived at Pegs house around 7:15. It was a Saturday night so we planned on having as good of a time as we could. We surmised from the cars parked outside that the other guests had arrived already. Peg greeted us at the door. Sarah was right, Peg was somewhat portly, but she dressed as well as any large woman could, and seemed very happy. The girls hugged, then the other girls - Christy, Barb, and Kate, each gave Sarah a hug in turn. It was such a joyous occasion. After I was introduced, we were all led into a large dining area and sat down. Peg explained how she wanted to get right to serving the dinner - after all, that's what she invited us for.
After filling each other in on what everybody had been doing since high school, the conversation turned to their days as Dairy Princesses.
"Wow" Barb began "It seems so long ago now, but it was a blast."
Christy quickly swallowed her food to speak "The touring was the best part, especially that one summer when we were hitting all those county fairs."
"Oh ya!" Kate couldn't get the words out fast enough "But I always felt so over dressed at some of those places."
"Especially when we had to tour the cow barns!" Sarah was starting to laugh as she spoke "I mean, what was the sense of wearing heels when you're walking in all that mud!"
Peg was smiling at all this cheerful banter as she broke open a bottle of wine "Those were some fun days, weren't they."
Sarah held her glass up for peg to pour some wine into "You know, I really felt special during that period, sort of like a celebrity."
Barb held on to her glass as peg poured wine into it "Oh I know what you mean. It was kind of exciting to get that red carpet treatment, even if it was from a bunch of farmers."
"And representing cows! Good grief!" Christy said sarcastically.
I listened with curious delight to the conversation as I sipped on the wine, it was sweet and tickled the throat. The reminiscing continued for several more minutes. It seemed as though they were getting sillier the more they talked, I thought that maybe the wine was rushing to everyone's head. Then suddenly Peg seemed to bring the atmosphere down to a more serious tone.
"Yes" Peg said "Those were some great times for some of us, but I must say that my experience was not as happy a one as all of you had." The other girls look at each other with an "Oh oh" look on their faces. "Sure, we had fun, but some of your fun was at my expense."
Christy stuttered, "We really didn't mean it, we were young."
I sat there listening. What I thought was such a fun evening was becoming quite somber. I started to feel that our hostess was getting ready to lash out at everybody, she wasn't having a good time anymore, now she was concentrating on the bad times.
"I realize I was a little heavy, but you girls kept reminding me of it. Maybe you never knew how many times I cried at the insults you threw at me. But the worst was what you two use to call me." Peg pointed at Barb and Kate, both of them sitting there with stunned expressions. Sarah and I looked at each other, her eyes widening. "That's right" Peg continued, "Because we were Dairy Princesses, you thought it was so funny to call me a cow!" A shiver ran down my spine, this was not going to be an enjoyable evening. At the same time, I was feeling somewhat lightheaded. Peg's voice was starting to sound boomy "Maybe we were young, but those emotional scars can last a long time. I heard that other people use to call us 'The four Dairy Princesses and their cow', now that hurt!"
I felt really bad for her, I wanted to say something, but I couldn't put thoughts together anymore. I was feeling numb in my extremities. I looked around the table, and saw that the girls were looking rather lethargic. Christy's eyes were closed, and Sarah's head was bobbing. It was then that I realized what was happening, we were being drugged! "The wine" I mumbled the words as best as I could, I couldn't complete any sentences "The wine was… Why did you…" My head was feeling heavy. I was losing consciousness. The drug was working fast. As the room got darker, the last thing I could hear was a sardonic laughing, Peg's laughing. Then everything went black!
I had no idea how long any one us were unconscious, it could have been all night, but I wasn't concerned with that, what bothered me the most as I woke up were the metal bars! I was laying on my back when I first opened my eyes, and in the dimly lit room I was able to make out the bars above me. I then rolled over to my right side and saw more bars. I sprang up and quickly scanned all around me - I was in a cage! It was an eight foot by eight foot cage, and I was alone. There was another cage, about the same size on the other side of the room, and the four girls were in it. I got up to speak to them when I noticed that all of them had on nothing but their bras and underpants! I still had all my clothes on, but it didn't squelch my nervousness at this turn of events, I was starting to get a bit scared. Before I could speak a door opened and a light came on. Peg came in carrying a chair in which she placed in the middle of the room. I glanced around and realized that we were in what appeared to be a basement, although it looked more like a dungeon. Peg paid no attention to me and walked immediately to face the girls "I see everybody's awake"
Christy spoke up "What the Hell is going on here, and where are our clothes? What have you done to us?"
"I haven't done a thing - yet. But I suggest you be a bit nicer to me now"
Sarah moved to the front of the cage "Peg, we never meant you any harm."
"No harm, huh? I was so happy to be a Dairy Princess, but you four made me feel like shit. You humiliated me in front of everybody. Well kids, guess what, it's payback time." Peg started pacing "I've been giving this a lot of thought, and rather than making you all suffer, I've created a little game."
Barb and Kate now moved to the front of the cage "What are going to do?" Barb quietly spoke.
"I'm only going to humiliate one of you, but you have to choose which one of you will be the victim." It was obvious that Peg was hoping to get some arguing going on. Maybe she was hoping that this little game of hers would pit the girls against each other and turn them into enemies, but it backfired. The game was over before it began when a hand went up and a voice spoke "I'll volunteer". The shaky voice came from Sarah - My Sarah!
I couldn't help but break my silence "Sarah, why are you volunteering?"
Sarah stared Peg in the face "Because I don't believe she would be as mean to me as she would be to the others. I think Peg knows that I hurt her the least, I at least tried to be friends"
Peg sighed, "Okay Sarah, I'm sorry that it has to be you. Step to the door."
Their cage had a two-door lock on it; this was obviously to prevent them all from rushing her once the door was open. Peg flipped a switch on the wall and with a snap, the inner door unlocked, Sarah stepped through it and closed the door behind her, which caused it to immediately lock again. Peg flipped another switch and the outer door opened. "Go to that chair" Peg instructed her. Now I was dumbfounded, how was Peg planning to avenge her humiliation? Was she going to throw insults, throw vegetables, I just didn't have a clue. I stood there unable to help.
Peg turned to the three remaining girls in the cage "You're all Chicken Shit!" then she turned to Sarah "I mean it when I say that I truly am sorry that you volunteered. I was hoping that all of you would push that loud mouth Christy out the door."
Sarah stood there looking very nervous "I thought it was right thing to do."
"You are indeed honorable, but despite the fact that it's you who will take the punishment for the other cowards, I'll still have to go through with what I had planned." Peg approached Sarah "Now listen and do exactly as I say, because there's no turning back. I want you to take off your bra and underpants!"
"What" Sarah yelled "No way!"
Peg got closer to Sarah and said in a more stern voice "Take off your bra and underpants!" Something was different this time, Sarah suddenly looked hypnotized. She stood there staring into Peg's eyes for a few seconds, then slowly raised both of her arms up behind her back and started to unclasp her bra.
I had to scream "NO, Sarah, snap out of it!" But it was to no avail, Peg had Sarah under her control somehow. With slow, deliberate motions, Sarah removed her bra and dropped it to the floor, and then she bent over and pulled down her underpants and stepped out of them. There she stood, completely naked.
Peg reached up and lightly touched Sarah on the shoulder "Now sit down". As Sarah sat down she seemed to return back from her hypnotic state, but was still unable to move too freely. Peg started walking around the room again as she spoke "Before I begin, let me tell you a little about what I've been doing for the past five years. I'm different now. I have more control over my life, I also have some control over the forces of nature. You see, I've been doing some dabbling in the black arts!" I was listening intently, could she mean that she was able to hypnotized people, as it appeared that she did to Sarah? She continued "As you are about to see by my little demonstration with Sarah, I have developed the ability to rearrange atoms, to create and destroy, to change one form into another form. I have been practicing what I'm about to do tonight for the past year. It's taken almost as long to build up the nerve to do this to… " She paused for a moment, then looked at the young frightened girl sitting in the chair "to what I'm about to do to Sarah."
Peg then turned completely toward Sarah, turned her palms up and raised her arms slightly. I could hear a humming sound coming from her as she closed her eyes. Then I heard her say in an almost chant like tone "Now we'll see who the cow is." Pegs hands started glowing, little sparks bounced off her fingers and began to dance on Sarah's chest. Sarah moaned, and then jerked about a bit. She gripped the sides of her chair and arched her back violently. Her body seemed to be glowing now, then I saw the skin below her breasts start to twitch, something was happening, her flesh started puffing up. At this point, Sarah was taking short, fast breaths, her body was twitching more and more, and I could hear a crackling sound. My heart was rapidly beating as I stared at her, something was happening, two fleshy mounds were pushing out just below her breasts, and they kept on growing. As Sarah's body continued to jerk, it caused her breasts to bounce. The new mounds on her chest grew, and they started to bounce in unison with her breasts. Sarah's jerking slowed down, but she was still gasping for breath. I was stunned, the two mounds were the same size and shape as her breasts, but wait a minute, a little red mark was forming on top of each, something was growing, my God, they were nipples! The sparks died away and Sarah's body relaxed. She looked down at her body and screamed "What the Hell!" Only now did she realize what had happened - Peg had given her an extra set of breasts, she now had four breasts!
Peg looked amused as she spoke "Hmmm, you see, four tits, just like on a cow, how does it feel?"
Sarah was breathing hard from shock. She reached up with her hands to feel them - they were real! She felt the nipples - they were real too! "Oh my God, what have you done to me?"
"Done to you?" Peg yelled, "I've only just begun!" The other girls were going nuts, shaking the bars and yelling obscenities at Peg. She turned to them "And you three had better shut up, or I'll make an example of one of you!" Then she turned her attention back to Sarah "Okay, now where was I? Oh yes, little miss four tits. I don't think we're done yet, how can you know what it's like to be a cow if…if" Peg raised her hands again "If your tits are so small!"
Sarah Screamed "NO!" as her body began shudder again. Her back arched and sparks danced as her four breasts started bouncing. They bounced quickly at first, but the bouncing seemed to slow down, as the four mounds of flesh grew larger and heavier. Sarah’s skin was glistening with sweat and she was letting off quick little screams. Her breasts were becoming huge, they couldn't bounce anymore, as she sat there the bottom pair of boobs started to touch her thighs, and within seconds they were resting on her lap. The four nipples had increased in size too. Peg had a totally crazed look in her eyes, she was in her glory. Sarah slowly slid off her chair and fell to her knees, the weight of her breasts was too much and she bent over forward. She was now on her hands and knees with her big breasts hanging - one pair of breasts dangling from her chest and her second pair hanging from her stomach area, with her big nipples almost touching the floor. The sparks disappeared, the process was over.
Just then Christy yelled "You Bitch! I'll kill you!
Peg slowly turn toward Christy "That's it, I've had enough of you!" A fireball formed in her raised hand, and she threw it at Christy. Barb and Kate darted away as the fireball hit Christy in the face, causing her to fall forward. She shook violently as she laid flat on her stomach. Barb and Kate were screaming in horror. A half a minute later it was over, Christy looked dazed as she tried to get up off the floor. Barb and Kate each took an arm to help her up, and when she was on her feet I could see that she had developed an extra sets of breasts too, the same size as her original ones. Peg then turned her attention back to Sarah, who was using the chair to try to get up off the floor. The weight of her boobs prevented her from standing up straight. Peg giggled with delight.
"My God, I'm huge!" Sarah was practically in a state of shock. She held onto the back of the chair with one hand as she fondled her new mounds of flesh with the other hand.
"Not so fast." Peg said, "You're not through yet!"
"Peg, what do you mean?" Sarah's voice quivered.
"Well" Peg was still playing her little game "You may have huge tit flesh like a cow, but a cow doesn't have four boobs, oh no, a real cow has one big boob, one big udder!" Peg raised her arms again, plasma rose from her hands and shot at Sarah, hitting her four gigantic boobs. Sarah continued to hold onto the chair as the sweat poured off of her small frame. Her body was going into an almost rhythmic vibration. I stared intently at her breasts, which were jostling about haphazardly, the skin on her chest was pulsating and I could hear the sounds of flesh and tendons stretching, then I saw the flesh from her chest start to fill in between her boobs. She was losing her cleavage, starting from her chest and slowly moving down her tits. After a minute, half of her breasts were joined as one, and her boobs were no longer shaking independently, but were now starting to shake together as one. Her cleavage continued to disappear, and I noticed her nipples becoming thicker and longer, they were about three inches long at this point. Her four breasts were fusing together to make one single mound of flesh! Another minute went by, her cleavage was almost completely gone, veins were forming on the side of what was now one massive udder hanging from her chest, and her four nipples, which no longer resembled human nipples anymore, had stretched to about five inches long! Her heavy breathing slowed down as this stage of the process came to an end. The other three girls just stood there, staring in disbelief. There was a moment of silence, then Peg spoke "There now, how does that feel?"
Sarah opened her eyes and looked down at herself. She gasped as she saw for the first time not the familiar human breasts, but one huge cow’s udder hanging from her chest. She couldn't see her nipples, so she reached down with her right hand to feel one of them. She let out with another shocked gasp as she realized that she no longer had her old human nipple, but a big thick long teat! She tried to stand upright and began to feel around with both hands. She looked at me with a most distressed look on her face as she ran her hands all over her udder, she started at the top, then felt down the sides, then the bottom. She was almost hyper-ventilating as she reached for her top two teats, then quickly reached for the lower two teats. Sarah was close to tears as she softly spoke "I can't believe it, I can't believe this is happening to me! This isn't real!"
Peg was pacing around Sarah, examining her. She was rubbing her chin with her fingers, and grinning devilishly, it was easy to tell that she was concocting more evil ideas. I stood there grasping the bars of the cage, I knew that whatever was going through Peg’s mind, she had planned it already, and was just toying with Sarah. The other three girls in the cage all stood in stunned silence. I looked over at Christy to see how she was doing, but her attention seemed to be on the situation outside of the cage, she looked as though she had completely forgotten about her own transformation. Indeed, her four normal sized breasts were nothing compared to Sarah's giant udder. I could barely believe it myself, I could see this udder with four huge teats hanging from my girlfriends' chest, I could see it, but making myself believe it was real was extremely difficult. Sarah continued to stand there, holding onto the back of the chair while bending over from the great weight on her chest.
Suddenly Peg broke the silence "Something isn't quite right."
Sarah looked up at Peg with a frightened stare. She knows that it's not over "Please, no more. I'm sorry for anything I might have said"
"I'm sure." Peg said mockingly "I still hear all the times you called me a cow, now's my chance to make you the cow! So there's one last change I have to make."
Sarah's voice sounded strained "What, what are you going to do?"
"Well, let's see. The udder is about the right shape and size, but…" Peg begins to grin, "it's just not in the correct place. Hmmm, I know what's wrong, it's hanging from your chest, and as everybody knows, a cows udder doesn't hang from its chest, a cows udder hangs from between the hind legs!"
Sarah gasps, "No, you can't…"
I felt my heart skip a beat. After what I had seen tonight, I knew that anything was possible with Peg.
"Oh, I think I can, and I think I will." With this said, Peg motions with her hands and the familiar blue plasma leaves her fingers, causing small sparks on Sarah's body. The sparks seemed to concentrate on her buttocks. Sarah gave a painful moan. Then I heard a strange sound, it sounded like cracking and snapping.
Sarah's face was distressed "My God, my hips hurt!"
I glanced over to Sarah's hips, and realized that something was indeed happening. Her buttocks seemed a little larger, but more than this, her hips were getting wider. She was slowly swaying her hips back and forth, and lifting her legs up and down, as though she was extremely uncomfortable. My eyes were transfixed as her hips continued to widen. The space between her thighs was increasing! Her inner thighs were six inches apart. Now they were eight inches apart, and still spreading. Peg paced back and forth, checking out her evil handiwork. Sparks danced as the crackling sound of her bones and tendons continued to reform her rear, pushing the hips wider apart. After a minute, the sparks died down, and left Sarah standing there with about a one-foot space between her legs. She had just about enough time to catch her breath when Peg spoke up again "Well, there's the first part done, are you ready for the final phase?
Sarah was almost in tears "Please, no more, please don't do any more."
"I'm sorry, but it's not over yet, there's one more spell to cast, and then your transformation will be complete. Are you ready?"
Sarah knew there was no escaping what was about to happen "Oh Jesus!" Her knuckles turned white as she braced herself.
Peg waved her hands one last time and the little white sparks began dancing all over Sarah's torso. Sarah shut her eyes hard and winced fearfully. Her body shuddered as her udder now started to vibrate. Her back muscles seem to strain. I felt my legs shaking - this is totally unbelievable! I got down on my knees; otherwise I might fall over at any minute.
Sarah, still bending over and hanging onto the chair, put her head between her arms and looked down at her chest "My God, it's moving!"
Sure enough, the massive udder was shifting its position, it was slowly making its way down her delicate body. It now appeared to be more centered on her. I watched closely, the udder moved in spurts, it would vibrate and then shift down, moving away from her chest area. It appeared to be hanging from her body's mid-section now. The other girls were starting to become hysterical, which made Peg smile even more. This can't be happening.
Suddenly Sarah let out a scream "Holy shit, I feel it, I feel it touching my thighs, I can't believe this shit!" Sweat was pouring off of her body. There was no stopping it; the udder knew where it was going. Sarah tried moving her legs closer together as if to keep the udder from moving down any more, but it was pointless "Shit, oh shit, it's moving, it's trying to get between my legs." The worse part of this whole transformation was happening, the udder was now trying to squeeze down between her legs. It appeared to be increasing slightly in size too, and her hips were widening some more also, obviously to make more room to accommodate the massive four-titted mammary. It marched further down her abdomen, it was clearly a tight fit between her thighs. Sarah let out another frightened scream "This is nuts. This can't be happening!" But it WAS happening! She stood there bent over, totally helpless. The udder didn't have too much farther to go. It was now taking its new position between her legs. It kept quivering and moving, and then I saw it begin to emerge out from behind her legs, it appeared to be joining and extending down from her huge rear end. The sparks stopped, and I knew it was over. Sarah took another look down at her underside, and with a hoarse voice, she blurted "Jesus, it's between my legs, it's between my legs!"
The transformation had finished. There she was, her small frame was crouched over, and in the middle of her legs, squeezed between her thighs, was a huge cows' udder! Large veins ran down the sides, all the way down to the bottom of this mammoth single boob, which hung down to her knees. Four huge teats hung another six inches farther! She could barely move her legs without rubbing and pushing the sides of this human milk-bag, there just wasn't any room!
Peg laughs mockingly "Now who's the cow?"
The other three girls were screaming; I was barely able to keep myself from shaking. Peg seemed to be ignoring everybody as she started to gather up a few items that were scattered around the room, then she started to walk towards the stairs. Sarah looked at her as if to say "Where are you going?", but all that came out of her mouth was a whimpering cry. Peg stopped at the base of the stairs and spoke as she turned around "Well, see you guys later, or maybe never."
Christy, who stood there with four breasts, was able to compose herself enough to beg of Peg "Wait, what about me? What am I going to do?"
Peg picked up the bra that Sarah had removed before this whole process began "Here, take this, Sarah won't be needing it any more" and she tossed it at Christy. Then she laughed one last time and disappeared up the stairs and out the door.
A few minutes later the cage doors opened by themselves, they were obviously on a timer. Kate, Barb, and Christy stepped out of the cage to gather their clothes. Sarah continued to stand there leaning over the chair, her new udder was keeping her somewhat immobile. None of the clothes would fit her anymore, so we draped a blanket over her, and with two of us each taking an arm, we were able to help her walk. She stepped clumsily as her udder bumped and rubbed against the insides of her legs. Her difficulty in walking was also compounded by the fact that her hips were so wide and her legs were so far apart - this simply was not the way the human frame was meant to be! Climbing the stairs was especially difficult, the bottom of her udder was barely clearing the steps, but the worse part was that as she slowly moved up the stairs her huge six-inch nipples would rub against each step and remind her of the dreadful changes that had happened to her. I was walking behind her and every time I glanced at the massive sack of flesh jiggling between her legs I was torn between two thoughts: Was Sarah's new form making me nauseous, or was it starting to turn me on?
So there I was sitting in the police station. Sarah was at my house waiting for my return, and Barb, Kate, and Christy were also there, trying to keep her from losing her sanity and to make her as comfortable as possible. I still have an image of Sarah burned into my mind as I left the house; she was sitting on the couch, her wide hips almost taking up half of it, her legs were spread far out, and resting on the couch in between her legs was her huge udder, with four giant nipples pointing horizontally out from it. She was wearing a baggy T-shirt, but it only covered her upper body with the rest of the material was bunched up on top of the massive mound that protruded from her abdomen and crotch area. I felt myself shaking again as I watched her sitting there staring at her new appendage. She was gently moving her hands across her udder, rubbing her fingers across the top, then down the sides, trying to make sure that it was real. Then she slowly moved her hands down toward the front of the udder, and as her fingers lightly moved across one of her gigantic nipples, she winced and let out a distressful cry. In light of what happened to Sarah, Christy seemed almost oblivious to having four breasts herself, in fact, it seemed that she would adapt to it rather quickly, she had put on the extra bra over her new lower set of breasts as though it was no big deal, then turned her attentions to Sarah. As to what's going to happen to Sarah, nothing was clear. I realized that getting the police involved would be completely wrong, what I really needed to do was to find Peg. Only Peg can help Sarah change back. If I could find her then maybe, just maybe, I could make some sort of deal with her. If not, then Sarah would live for the rest of her life in this human-cow form, and I would have to learn to love her for it. So that's it, I must find Peg.
"So what was it you needed to tell us?" The police officer said. He was ready to listen to me now "Something about an assault?"
I tried not to look at him directly "I'm sorry, I think I made a mistake." I stood up and slowly walked to the door "No really, it was nothing. Nothing at all." I picked up my pace and darted out the door, hoping that nobody would try to follow me. When I saw that I was in the clear, I ran as fast as I could go, out into the night, into the dark. The adventure was only beginning.