|The Story||The Authors|
Muff Potter landed with a resounding thud on the soft mat.
He shook his head brought his vision back to the singular. That
Wild Turkey still had a grip on him. As he gathered his wits about
him, he noticed Assistant Principal Hadley stuffing something back
into a bagel bag and then stuffing the bagel bag back into his coat
"Oh," he said, clearing his throat. "What are you doing here?" he asked in the way that a man of Hadley's social status would speak to a town drunk.
"I came to find the kids." Muff Potter answered, clamboring to his feet.
"Well, good, you can help me then. They went down that passageway. Go get them and bring them back here."
Muff gazed down the passageway. "What's that wierd light coming from?"
"You're already a stinking drunk, don't be a coward as well!" Hadley admonished.
Muff hestitated, still gazing down the spooky passageway.
"What's all that wierd chanting?"
"For God's sake, man! Can't you even perform a simple task? Go and get them before you feel my boot!"
Muff heaved a desperate sigh and set off down the passageway, after all a man of his social position had nothing to lose.
|Muff suddenly came to a door. There was chanting behind it. Adam was chanting too. And Geraldine was resisting, but losing ground fast. "My Ordel - no, my name is Ordella Gir - no, name is Geraldine Ordella Giralda - no, Geraldine so don't Ordella Giraldalulie - no, so don't call Ordella Giraldalulie Ferrel - no, don't call me Ordella Giraldalulie Ferrelargus - no, don't call me hypmotized by Ordella Giraldalulie Ferrelargus Seril - no, hypmotized by all this Ordella Giraldalulie Ferrelargus Serilda Had - no, all this weird Ordella Giraldalulie Ferrelargus Serilda Hadwin..." and with that her eyes glazed over and she started chanting along with Adam, "Ordella Giraldalulie Ferrelargus Serilda Hadwin, Ordella Giraldalulie Ferrelargus Serilda Hadwin..."|
|Full stop, paragraph. The cadence of the chanting caused Muff no small anxiety, as he or she was susceptible to the mesmerizing drone to the point of true anguish.|
Fortunately for Muff Potter, the Wild Turkey was still in coursing
through his veins and made him immune to the hypnotic effect of the
"Hey, you two kids gotta come with me." He said, taking them both by an arm. But the two teenagers stood fast and continued chanting. "I mean it, c'mon." He said, yanking at their arms. But they held their ground. Muff stopped to think for a moment and decided he'd better remove them one at a time. He scooped up Geraldine first and slinging her over his shoulder he carried back to where Hadley was waiting. He dropped her at Hadley's feet and returned for Adam. But when he got back to the door the chanting had stopped and Adam was nowhere to be seen.
|Where on earth could he be? Muff began to run around helplessly. Then he heard a fine whispering voice: "Fly and flee - then you will see". He stopped running and tried to understand.|
|Above him the sky was turning a sick shade of green, but he did not notice until|
|much later on. He tried the door and it was unlocked so he opened it and entered the next room. It was dark and dank. He could hear water dripping in the distance. The ground felt slimey beneath his feet. Muff Potter extracted a flask of Wild Turkey from his hip pocket and took a long draught. He wiped his mouth on his sleeve and replaced the flask in his pocket. There seemed to be a spotlight shining in the center of the room. Muff made his way towards the light. When he was close enough, he saw that the light was shining on a small object on the slimey floor. Muff got down on his knees to get a better look at the object in the light. He rubbed his eyes to bring them into sharp focus and saw that the object was a large cockroach with a wooden leg. It was wearing a black silk top hat and carrying a cane. Muff pulled out his flask again and poured every last drop down his throat.|