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Chapter 5-Worlds Collide

24 Feb

The ship of wise witty fools traveled down the river of dreams.  As it began to pick up speed, the wind blew through Jay Bird‘s hair and Stormie McLeod uttered “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” and as it seemed as it it was going toward the dark circle of a new moon turned out to be some sort of black hole pulling the boat toward them.

Full Reverse!” cried Shelly Brooks as acting Captain.
It’s no use.  We’re caught in some sort of tractor beam” Stephanie Daniels pessimistically reported.
At least it’s not an ice berg!” optimistically reported Rowena Cruz Trovada.
That’s no moon” quipped Laiken A. Thompson.
Or Luna De Noche!” checked Yumiko Takahashi.
I am feeling some gravity waves” discovered Amanda Rose Sullivan.
Einstein was RIGHT!?” yelled Taylor Reed
Oh NO!  So was rapper B.o.B.  The Earth is flat as a 4 year old Coke” reluctantly admitted Ilumin Avila.
Hang on to your butts because here we go!” warned Gretchen Bell.
Novie Bowden, the real captain of the ship, took the wheel and went full steam ahead.

The riverboat launched off the edge of the Earth as the water and air and light swirled about going into the ominous dark circle like a cosmic drain flushing out all of existence. From the inside it seemed like the boat in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory crashed into Dorothy’s Tornado Ride in the Wizard of Oz!

I can’t feel my legs” commented Claire Alexander.
I can’t feel my arms” agreed Heather Wiese
I can’t feel my face when I’m with you” joked Gavin Perry.
I think we are out of our bodies” theorized Elizabeth Marshall.
I think therefore I’m…” started Stephanie Hall
We are all out of our damned minds!” concluded Ronn Robinson.
My God! It’s Full Of Stars” quoted Super Spartan Vonda Wilson

The spinning got tighter, the spirals faster and the light brighter until suddenly there was nothing but deafening silence… and then… NOT EVEN THAT!

Some might argue that was the end, unless you understand that every ending is a beginning and every exit is an entrance someplace else.

Meanwhile, someplace else Daniel Huntley Solon was flying through a silent night with his Icarus wings when suddenly a light appeared ahead.  He began to slow his roll as the light seemed to get brighter.  Thinking it might be ancient aliens he cautiously approached.  As he inched closer the light exploded with a bang that sent Daniel falling to the enchanted land below.

Fannie Brito, Britt McEachern CokeSiobhan Antonioli and Natali Jones pulled out a parachute from an art installation they were collaborating on to catch the falling Daniel. He folded up he wings and rolled off the parachute as they embraced him to be sure he was alright.  lightsinskyWhat is that?“he asked, but the four artistic ladies had no idea.  Chandler Kaye and Vanessa Neil came running up to help but all were amazed and hypnotized by this new light in the sky and there was a loud sound since the explosion.  Just then a long elegant limousine pulled up and Aimee Ramsey rolled down the window and told them all to get in.  They did and the pulled off toward the lights of what appeared to be a nearby city.

The limo left a trail of kicked up dust that was spotted from the camp of dancers and renaissance fair folk.  Akai Draco gave the battle cry and rallied the forces and William Riddle trained everyone for combat but in a way that nobody really gets hurt.
Sound the alarms” ordered Liz Finkle of the Praetorian Digital Guard
They’re on the move” announced Laura Mccarthy.
Let’s be smart about this.  We will have to be crafty to infiltrate them undetected” led Gregory Lush.  “We must do our best acting as well as look our best“.
That’s my cue” jumped Michelle Lorelei Lee as she rolled out what seemed like miles of garment racks of everything imaginable.  Mindy Loll deputized a dozen fashion police as Katie Condry managed the line as everyone got ready to follow the limo’s trail to the city as if they were native that belonged there.  Marcus Blake and Kristin McCollum divided them into teams to increase their chances of success.

Before they could pursue the limo the light in the sky exploded again with such an impact there was no day or night, only love and light.  Everything looked different until out of it spewed the rain, thunder, riverboats and fairies and fools.  Everyone was shocked and awed in the true sense of the words.  To say it was a blackhole-tornado-hurricane-earthquake-flood all at the same time would be an understatement.

First was the sound of the thunder.  Not that romantic and powerful rolling thunder, but that suck your breath out of your lungs cracking thunder that makes you feel like you’ve just been shot.

Del Alan Murphy screeched like a little girl as Anne Beyer screamed like a grown ass man.
Not that there was anything wrong with either as it was quite an experience.  Even the Majestic Merritt Martin would be inspired to document the event through word and video if it were possible, but it were not so simple.  Action needed to be be taken right away; from everyone involved.

As the water hit the ground the splash made a wave over a mile high.  Marcy Barnes and Evan Figg both anchored themselves in a little oxygen bubble to protect them.  Liz Jackson DoneganAngela Parsons Smith and Abby Rupp warned the nearby communities to brace for impact and as a result saved dozens of lives.  Scott Simons and Brande Taylor grabbed their boards and surfed the wave toward the city.  Fortunately the “splash down” was not in a very populated area.

Then down came the riverboat with a crash but somehow stayed in one piece.  Candice Jones and Rebekah Lynn Bruflodt assisted the crew to their feet and reported the minor injuries to Allie Burdette and Jeff Rogers who tended to them immediately.  Philip Bentham made sure they still served Tea on time and Stephanie Rhodes and Marla Jo Kelly were thankful for the dedication to tradition in the face of such unusual circumstances.

Bob Carter looked up and noticed the portal of light began to collapse.  As his pointed hand raised to the sky his jaw fell down hoping some word would fall out, but none did.
How will we ever get back?” quietly pondered Jessica McClendon.
Why would you want to?” also pondered Cecil O’Neal
Where are we?” asked Larry Duncan to further the story line.
Where do we go from here?” continued Megan Mayo
Forward! No matter the obstacles in our path” marched Samantha Elizabeth McCrocklin

As the portal closed the lights faded to night and into what appeared to be the full moon once again.  Brande Taylor suggested they continue with the riverb0at for as far as they could and Kelly Tomlinson and Mark Deffebach played some music to take everyone’s mind off the transformation that just took place.  All aboard honored the memory of Charlie Freeman while they contemplated if they was all their birthday being born to this new reality.  Or this new dimension.

Ken Panosh lit his cigar and kicked back to enjoy the ride and the riverboat made it’s way along the surface of the new river. Hollee A McMurray and Sharon Spriggs Williams led everyone in birthday dances and festivities. Tana Bales and Ambre Low made everyone their favorite Birthday drinks and Lisa Devine showcased her latest work.  Elida Dakoli made everyone feel extra special and before long it was like they had no idea they were journeying into a brave new world.

Meanwhile the limo made it to the city limits before the waves hit.  Anita Mahram opened the gates and Andrea Jenkins and Shannon Mikles greeted them.  As they all emerged from the limo a team of military like officials surrounded the car in a very organized fashion.  However, instead of weapons, they were carrying musical instruments.

Musical Instruments can be weapons!” corrected Eddie Healy swinging his ax around and breaking the fourth wall while striking a chord cuing Elizabeth AnnunziatoJames ClaytoRandee Smith Prez and Lori Sundeen Soderbergh all to struck a pose.  Then they did a battle dance instead of just rolling in with guns, they rolled in with movement music and emotion.  “A much more intimidating weapon in my opinion.” coined Christoph Buelman.  Paula Sheppard Coco and  Laura Bartlett nodded in agreement.

Good” said Daniel “Because something otherworldly is here.
We better tell the authorities” suggested Arma Fitzgerald.
Not like this.  We need to freshen up” Lori Fomby
You mean like a Spa Day?” asked Natalie Burkhart rather enthusiastically.
More like the getting ready to see the Wizard” sourced Ashley W Dane

As the music played, Daniel and the artsy attendees all prepped to meet the authorities.
John McCaa reported on their fashion choices which seemed by the way everybody was getting ready for a date of a lifetime or maybe a wedding made one wonder who the authorities were in this dimension.  Not to them of course because this WAS their reality.

The water reached the city and everyone seemed happy about it.  Shortly behind the waves of water was Trevor Perry and Alan Dudley leading a team of the dancing fair folk in the mountains.  As one glanced back to the city they saw Bryan Lankford leading another such troop with Kat DaddeeAlleSandra Singel and Kathleen DeForest.  Since they were making an effort to be stealthy one might imagine they were not a fan of the authorities going on alert.

Back inside the city gates Daniel found himself leading a parade to the central tower. Sandi ScottLucia WelchGary TeagueRhiannon HoustonJennifer Glanton all stood on a float right behind him doing royal waves and confetti and flower pedals showered down from the windows.  Lissa Duty met them at the doors to the central tower and allowed Daniel through.

 Thomas Charles LeGalleyJennifer Perryman and Clay Liford all raised a fuss because they wanted to join but Lissa reminded them they all have their own festivities to attend to.  Peter Cykana and Tommy McCarthy toasted to that.  Susan Wx put on her invisible cloak and accompanied Daniel on the elevator completely undetected by Agent Sutherland Carter.
What Floor?” Asked the elevator operator Misty Petty.  It had been so long since Daniel saw an elevator operator he didn’t know how to respond.
The highest authority” said Susan risking blowing her cover but Misty just dismissed it as she had never heard Daniels voice before.  The elevator literally skyrocketed to the top floor, and when I say literally I mean in the original sense of the word.

That floor was 713 and obviously a tower that tall would have doors that would have to pressurize or de-pressurize before opening.  There was a hissing as Daniel walked into this air lock and Susan slipped in behind him.

Amanda Stucker and Hillary J Hart were on airlock duty and prepped them to speak with the highest authority.  Sam Nicholson opened the door and led him to the chamber filled with windows and there she was, in silhouette with her back to him for dramatic effect.
I’ve been expecting you.” she said in a voice familiar to both Daniel and Susan.
I know you.” said Daniel and Susan simultaneously.
You should.  I am the one you call #OurPro and you have been expected here so I can tell you your time has come“.
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Chapter 4 – A New Hopeful Moon

8 Feb

Darkness fell across the land as a cloaked discombobulated figure skulked through night without as sound.  Wise men such as Wylie H Dallas say that if you are not present in the moment you cannot see the figure.  Other cynics such as Mack Herbert say it’s just imagination and Shannon Lee Dyson argued it is a stress monster and everyone needs to chill out.  Little did they know they could all be right.  “So SO RIGHT!” echoed Amber Womack Skipper  Little did they know they could all be wrong.  “So so wrong” worried Steven Jeffers.

AND when I say “So So Wrong” I mean to emphatically stress Soo Soo wrong, much like those that still know which “2 “to use in a sentence might say “too too solid flesh would melt, thaw and resolve itself into a dew” and not be apathetically confused with “so so” as in not one extreme or another.

Those with a Class C Creative License such as Brandi AndradeAlana Macías de Cortes and Larry D. LeMaster know what I am talking about as they also have a current one and support breaking the fourth wall (or Drew Wall as he likes to call it) in writing.  So lets continue.

The figure glided by a distracted Curtis Raymond Shideler completely undetected and right in the path of Jennifer Roe without skipping a step and cut in line in front of Shannon Knipp without missing a beat.  The figure slipped between Raven Jacobs and Whitney Kelley who were discussing conservative politics while the businessmen slowly get stoned.

Finally, the keen Patrick McAlister noticed the mysterious figure and got the attention of Rob Hood by tapping him on the shoulder and nodding in the direction of the mysterious figure.

“What in the world?” Whispered Andrew Redd
“Could it be the spirit of the missing Doctor?”
Asked Mark Fickert
“Perhaps it’s the ghost of Spot Acus Yasso Yang” Pondered Trae Morgan
“I think we should pursue it, just to see what’s going on.”
Stated Craig Norris

James Beasley hopped in his hearse (All Dukes of Hazzard Style) as Katy Polito, Helen Woodrum, Belinda BoydMonica Moody and Nicole Holt piled in.  They crept along behind Anja Holweg power walking with her German efficiency and long legs.

 William Shane Thompson followed ringing a bell, and like some sort of Pavlovian response people started to form a parade. Andrea Reich Fender emerged with her fashionable entourage from an upscale art gallery and fell in line with Dora Chu and the fashion police.  Candice Ordered Steps Johnson and Diana Tucker followed too.

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Before long the cloaked figure was leading a parade of followers through the Haunted French Quarter.  Alexis Jo and Maria Hildreth Zsohar danced behind a float featuring Knizza LiveChris BarteeJim Cady,Dean Lindsay, Peter ElkinThomas Jacob LovelaceGleb Tarro all throwing beads to those gathering in the streets.  Even Gloria Smith who was working security got distracted from her conversation with Monique Childers about training and both were caught up in the spell.

Kevin Hunt juggled fire around Lorca Simons brilliant puppet, mask and mime work.  She was leading a troupe featuring the sexy and sassy vixens of Vixens Vaudeville and League of Lovely Ladies Bettie PinkVivienne VermuthShanna LeeAmber Williams, Naima Lett, Brooke Hamblet and Amber Garton.

Matt BarronStephanie Ward-Pierre and Christi Dalton Whitworth were dancing the dance in the streets and scooped up by the parade.

There were pirates and ninjas fight dancing and dance fighting depending on your perspective.  Sarah Saathoff was doing flips and Metsy showing off with her forward rolls.  Kathy Robinson-HaysElizabeth Dewhirst and Adrian Santiago had a tumbling act that would make the most experience acrobat envious.  Stephen KirkhamLindsay McEllen James and Chad Kelly Dotson were making music as Citlalli Smith played her cello on a nearby float while Rich Frohlich made sure they sounded amazing.

This parade now filled the streets and swelled into the walkways and climbed the walls.  Linda Jackson rode on the shoulders of James Warila.  The lovely Joyau Pénard was nominated the princess of the parade and her court displayed the most breathtaking international fashion the world as ever seen displayed by Angel AndersonAdriana I. Romero and Tamara Voss.

The mysterious figure led them all to the largest riverboat they have ever seen.  There was no hesitation whatsoever from the crowd.  Lyzz Kirk danced wildly down the boarding plank with no rails or guards.  The plank bowed and bounced like a guitar string as Daniel Sandoval, Delfina Bedarte, and Noel Lucky Brucker plucked aboard.  Breonny Lee and Donatelle Mascari noticed the ripples of the water matching the beat, or rather the pulse of the massive combined energy of party, yet the cloaked figure had yet to make a sound.

Silently slipping up stairs and ladders to the higher decks the figure slipped past Clifton Hall who was guarding the door to the wheel house.

Kenneth Fulenwider had the wheel and halted the figure before you could go any further.

“You do not have permission to come aboard!” he declared rather bravely.

The figure paused, untied the rope belt that made him resemble a Frangelico bottle and removed its hood.  The cloak fell to the ground to reveal Steven Hacker II on the shoulders of Frankie Garcia III!

“SURPRISE!” busted Hacker as he jumped down to fire up the engines.  “We’ll be takin this boat” he then said in an unsuccessful attempt to sound like a pirate.

Rick Spivey and Zachary Stefaniak charged them but Frankie took them out so effortlessly next thing you knew they were asleep on the floor, and not hurt or injured in any way.  Steve gave the signal and his masquerading troops engaged the next phase of the over elaborate plan usually led by mysterious figures in cloaks.

“Just like Luke Skywalker in Return of the Jedi!” Referenced Stephanie Butterfield

Jennifer Culp and Nancy Soto untied the boat from the dock and Heather Dinning Perry retracted the plank.  Cheryl Reedy cranked the music and Lori Garcia dimmed the lights.  Kenne Earl and Kathleen Terbeek began to sing captivating the guests and crew as the boat left the dock on the still water that reflected the wide smile of the moon of the almost new moon.

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Robin Clayton for one was thrilled at the hope for a new adventure as was Tiffany Bryan who is always up for an unexpected journey.  Jackie Kobe started a new “Ships Blog, Stardate Now point Now Two!

“We got company!” Bobby Friske noticed as they headed out to International Water.
Looks like the U.S. Armed Forces!” commented Megan Myers

Lindsay Martin Walser with the Air Force, Molly Mitchell with the Navy (Call Sign: GOOSE!) and U.S. Marine Allie Shane were all awaiting orders to engage, but none came as the moon went out into total darkness.

“A New Moon! But not in a Twillight Novel kinda way” joked Comedian Mo Zan
“Thank Goodness!” chimed Diana Wickman

From the shadows a beautiful olive skinned woman with green eyes removed her masquerade mask.  She beckoned for those that saw her to follow her.

“Don’t do it!  What if she be a spirit to tempt you to the water!?” Worried Pamela Ward
“Lets both follow and we will stick together.” Explained Mardi Allen

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They followed the woman to the bowels of the ship where they found 2 sleeping men holding a letter addressed to a King.  Those two men were David Jeremiah and  Christopher Dontrell Piper.