Michael of St. Joseph

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Author of Where Things Went

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A group of boys and young men gathered around the scene. At their head was one particular youth emanating an aura of confidence. Not only this, but he wore the illustrious Crown on his head. It was King. But, a very different King. Gone was the pauper boy of before, now was the proper man… Well… Sort of... He still wore his rough, dirty, torn clothes (now a size or three too small). Even so, King was a tall, proud leader of his band of brothers. He was a bit taller than Feign, but still held an orphaned scrawniness.

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“I don't remember going this way the first time.”

“Don’t worry, it’s not much farther.”

Feign reassured her escort as they traveled back into the bowels of the City. Sleet crossed shadow and light, each time they drifted into the shadows Feign instantly reappeared at Sleet’s side in full form. Just as quickly Feign would disappear back into the safety of Sleet’s shadow once light was tripped. One or the other, only the two, never both.

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The City seen as a blur now wove itself into a frightening maze that kept Sleet locked inside. Or perhaps, it was casting her out? She couldn’t tell. The streets themselves were situated for foot-travel. Not a car in sight nor any sign of one. Sleet wouldn’t even know what a car was. Despite the ecological boon most paths were in dire shape. Potholes, cracks, some so worn they lead into dirt. Looking up lead to no improvement in view. Smashed glass windows of clothing stores, buildings that claimed to sell food yet never had any, darkened arcades, museums full of art dulled by time, old worn-out office spaces.

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Dark.

She couldn’t see much beyond the outlines made by broken window-light. A bulking tower formed in the center of the basement. Unlike the Tower in the City, this one was rough, jagged, unsightly as it stood. Cramped clutter forced her along small pathways as she felt her way forward. Clangs, shuffles, smashes echoed from the boy darting along in the great beyond.

“Ah, here it is!”

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The plane had taken damage. Its propeller, stopped. Smoke billowed from its engine. The pilot couldn’t be seen in the cockpit. No one knew who was behind the controls. But it was falling. Falling falling falling. It was in a death-spiral. Plummeting, descending from the clouds trailing smoke towards the ground.

It fell for sometime. No one knew how long. Not even the girl watching. She didn’t know how long she’d watched. How long she waited for this plane to crash. Or for the pilot to regain control and save himself. Save his plane. Which was it? What would happen? She wanted to know. She wanted to know.

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Where all forgotten things went until the end of time, it was here. A crashing plane, a girl in the setting sun. Her shadow, her friend. This Tower, a City of Wonder and the world beyond. What will she see in the spotlight? More than black and whites. Some red, some green, and lots of blue.

#essay

Now before you get pedantic, the laws governing the concept known as “Intellectual Property” DO exist. They are very real. I mean, as real as immaterial laws governing a fictitious concept can be. And I will respect the laws as they stand as much as I am willing. I’m not interested in any Disney, Warner Brothers, or Nintendo cooperate hitmen being sent to my door OK? OK.

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Dust glitters on photo framed

Damsel and dame don’t know his name

He stood alone at tabletop

Best of kin there with him to cater to a forceful grin

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Adverse, revert, toxic inaction

Plague spreader of a wide-eyed paradigm

Under bright lights we dance and play

The days far spent, though we never cared anyway

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Fickle fame and impure glances fan the flame of ego dances

Envy idols made for me to keep me trapped in lands of dreams

Up so high, out of reach,

your steps falter, feel defeat

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