GD/RD was still not herself. She was having a heck of a time speaking anything that made sense to anybody. Her Dutch was still coming out as computer sounding, and her English would not come.
Suddenly, she heard a voice in her head. "Goedendag," a hamster said. (Good day.)
Suddenly all the madness left her and she answered, "Goedendag". She was astonished to hear herself make the dreaded g sound.
"Now you are free," said the hamster in English. "I thought you might need a little help getting that spell off you."
"Thank you," was all GD could say.
"You are back!" Kitten said in her mind. "That mean fake KatLady. That hamster finally got the bloody spell off you!"
To this day, the hamsters of Hamsterdam and the kittens of Canada are best friends. Kittens might try and hunt hamsters, but not GreenEyes or her friends.
As the people began to be rescued, they all found out who was doubled and who was not. The real Crow had a notebook full of a lot of information he knew the public would want to hear about this adventure.
Suddenly, a current of warm air from the wand-crazy dragon picked the notebook out of his hands and before his startled eyes, carried it upward and with a tiny splash, dumped it into the sea...
"My notebook!" screamed Crow. "You mean dragon..."
"It wasn't his fault, he didn't do it on purpose," somebody started to say.
"Never mind that," said Crow. "I'll just write a story from what I remember and it will not be very nice to you annoying dragons."
"Ok," said a rescuer calmly. "Everybody on to the boat. We'll take you to the real Amsterdam then you can catch a plane home."
"I'm staying," said GD. "In Amsterdam that is. I need a vacation and I am right in one of the countries I was going to visit."
When the boat landed in Amsterdam, GD and all her Dutch friends got off and they showed her around the city.
"Where did all the imposters go?" asked MC as the boat pulled away leaving them all on the shore.
"I think they all got away," said the real Kat. "I hope they don't come back. People still look at me mistrustfully. That Crow thinks we are all not to be trusted anyway. We don't need doubles of everybody to make that all worse."
The headline in the next day's Pagan Press was
"Dragon's Double Torches Important Document and Burries the Evidence in the Sea off the Island of Hamsterdam (full story on page 2).
(yeah yeah, I know, I'm terrible with newspaper headlines.)
The real Selene phoned Glasgo and told the real Donata where her dog really was and that Tara was in the real Amsterdam and Donata could come collect her at the kennel there.
Donata was very angry because she had missed all the fun, but she was happy her dog was safe and somebody had bought her a new toy so she wasn't bored.
Everybody gradually flew home, most on dragons, some by plane, and some by mysterious means nobody really understands.
GD stayed in the Netherlands for a month, having a blast and learning to speak Dutch so she would never mangle it again.
She finally went off to visit the rest of Europe and when she got home 2 months later, most people didn't even recognize her.
Gladys got the pub fixed. She was mad that Lorraine wasn't there to help fix what needed to be fixed, but the job got done and the pub's floors were polished and gleamed until the next time everybody broke them.
The hamsters all now lived in Hamsterdam. They sometimes left to visit their friends, especially that dog Rancid who really was a good dog underneath all his ferocious exterior.
Kitten traveled around Europe in GD's pocket, meowing at odd moments to startle unsuspecting passers-by.
Her ends the story of good friends, hamsters, and dogs not to mension dragons.
May the fire keep you warm through the rest of the night while you drink yourselves silly. Remember, tomorrow's work!