|The first of the gang to die 9-13-08
||[May. 9th, 2009|03:00 pm]
You know what else children don't know?"|
"They don't know that when you grow up, you get to visit the North Pole on your birthday and the snow is ice cream and the rain is rainbow sprinkles and you get to fly on the back of the reindeer all day if you want to. Like, if you're not afraid of heights."
"I'm not afraid of heights."
"Well, then you'll have a grand old time."
Mari smiled wide.
"All right, well, good night."
Lyzzi stood up and switched off the bedroom light. She closed the door behind her, the triangle of light in the room disappeared and Mari was left staring at her little seashell nightlight. It looked like a star - if the sky was the ocean and the seashells were stars and all the seacreatures were birds in the sky. You'd just look to the sky and see all these strange, colorful things with tentacles and gills sparkling and swimming around above you. The sunny areas would turn to shade and you'd look up to see a whale flying over you. Mari smiled and thought of swimming into the sky.
Meanwhile, in the family room, Lyzzi was watching house while watching House. She smiled at how absolutely clever she was - watching house while watching House. This was the episode where the documentary crew comes to the hospital and they're doing that shot where they walk and talk down the hallway and House says something to the degree of "walking gives the appearance of the story moving forward". So Lyzzi thought about how she was just sitting on the couch and not moving the story forward very much. She thought about how maybe she watches TV too much and her story couldn't possibly be moving very far in front of the television.
Mari was upstairs dreaming about all the cool things Lyzzi said happened when you grew up. The only thing she didn't understand was why the grown-ups kept all these things secret from children. Maybe it was so they wouldn't be jealous - because right now Mari was very jealous. She wanted to be able to talk to appliances too. She had heard Mommy yelling at the microwave saying "Damn thing!" and also heard Daddy said "Goddamnit" to the computer but she didn't realize that the appliance was talking back in secret silent language. She would be alot nicer to her appliances. It would be like the Brave Little Toaster except that once she made friends with her appliances, she wouldn't abandoned them. She'd probably be good friends with her nightlight. Actually, was a nightlight an appliance? She woke up. What if it wasn't?
Outside, this guy was staggering down the street. He was really confused as to where he was because he had been smoking a lot of pot and drinking a lot of Busch Light from a can. He was partying down at the sandpits and watching the glow of the fire. He was thinking about the time when he was in high school and he used to drink Busch out of 40s on early days with his friends down by the beach and how it was so much better then. He looked at girlfriend talking to this guy he didn't really like too much, thought it seemed that she liked him alot, so he stood up and staggered toward the edge of the pit. He bushwhacked his way through the woods towards the road. He wasn't really thinking straight but he realized that he was bleeding and needed help so he decided to walk into the nearest house.
Lyzzi looked up from the television and screamed at the very same time that Mari was walking down the stairs. Mari asked, "Who are you?" and drunk guy said his name was Ch-Ch-Chad. She asked him if he knew whether or not a nightlight was an appliance and he said "Hell if I know. Who wants to know?" and Mari explained that she wanted it to be her friend when she grew up and was able to talk to appliances.
Lyzzi stood up, shaking and said, "Get out of here!" and since she was sort of a meek girl she fainted onto the couch. Chad said that Mari was a weird kid. And Mari asked him if he wanted to hear a joke and he said sure. Mari said, "What does the momma velociraptor say to the baby velociraptor?". Chad didn't know. Mari said, "ROOOAARRR!!!"
Chad laughed pretty hard and sat down on the stairs. Mari smiled wide at how happy Chad looked even though he was bleeding and she wondered what adventure he was on. Maybe he was a pirate. Maybe he was an explorer. Maybe he was an astronaut who fell from space.