INNOCENCE... Aaaah it feels so good.
Although I suppose
some people would say that I "started" the Story War, this is
actually my first episode. I hope you like it...
the distance, T. G. Taft could hear a robin shyly chirp, and, carefully
listening to the calm peacefulness that surrounded his office, he noted that
the day just seemed to jump for joy. "Today's going to be a wonderful
day!" he sighed as he walked into his office. "Susan! Oh,
Susan!" He called, adressing his secretary, Susan Smith the IV. Susan was
a beautiful girl, and you could tell, even from a distance, that she was part
of that strong Smith stock. As Susan walked in, T. G. slowly glanced up and
said "So, what's today's report?" Susan slowly read her notes, which
she held tightly in her hands, to the famous author.
let's see," she said, "Enad the Great is still in Plimpkin II, and
apparently he is beginning to like it: He has made no attempt to
on." "The mass production lines for the Sworshks are doing fine...
no more waiting for the natural reproduction. There are now 36 Sworshks
waiting for your command, and 40 more are planned for Tuesday."
"Good... good. What else?"
"Slosh Gorshkin the II wants a raise again... gosh, doesn't he ever give
more?" "Only the mail. Let's see, three bills and a note from
Mom...hmm. Thats funny, what's this?" She took a letter from her hands
and showed it to Mr. Taft. He took the letter, and began to mumble to himself.
"This is from that continent just south of here. It has a name on it...
Adena. What a strange name." "Well open it!" screamed Susan,
with the curiosity of her mother. "Okay, okay." As Taft opened it, a
strange paper fell out of the envelope onto the floor. As he picked it up, he
began to read it, and this is what it had to say:
Dear Mr. Taft,
recently recieved a "message" from you that I totally disliked. I
have restrained myself from doing serious damage to you, but my anger is
burning severely. Unless I recieve from you the Tiara of Phumos, I will
destroy you, your possessions, and every single one of your puny little
Thank you for sharing
your time with me, and I have enjoyed this chance to chat with you. I hope
that we may have the chance to do it sometime again.
Adena, the Enchantress of
"What is this trash?" Exclaimed T. G.
Taft as his forehead gleamed with anger. "What the heck is this 'message'
and, now, a 'Tiara of Phumos?' Huh?" As he threw the paper away in a
rage, Susan picked it up and read it. She began to cry. "Wait a minute,
what do you know?" shouted Taft. "Daddy" was all she could
"Daddy? You mean Bob the XVII?"
"Daddy had heard of the Amulet... he was only doing it for you..."
Taft slowly stared at her. "Doing what for me?"
turned around, and stared directly into those calm, shrewd eyes. She shouted,
"Making you Ruler of the Galaxy!"
was then that Mr. T. G. Taft was told the whole story of the Keys; of the Pool
of remembrance, of the Shard of Zeinith, and especially of the Tiara of
Phumos. Susan had learned the story from reading in the excellent library that
existed on the Island of Phumos. Taft was surprised that any of his characters
had read something another author had written, but was glad to find out about
his newfound wealth. After listening to Susan's story, Taft began to talk
things out. "Then this letter is really a challenge: A challenge for me
to become the ruler... hmm. I will except the challenge. Susan take a
must install a refrigerator aboard Plimpkin II. And Enad
factory was busily humming with the sounds of work. This was the famed Sworshk
factory: It was here that T. G. Taft had planned his center of mobilization.
Suddenly one of the foremen walked down a tall stairway overlooking the
factory and went over to a Sworshk where three workers were adding the final
touches to a magnificent beast. "New orders from the big guy. This baby
is supposed to look like a Swolsk." "A Swolsk? What's that?"
"Here: I've got a picture..."
Plimpkin slowly wallowed through the mud, slowly because it was carrying
cargo. The Plimpkin had been flown into Furanose, and, not used to flying, it
didn't feel to well. "I'm glad I'm carrying this ugly thing," the
Plimpkin thought to itself, "or else I would get hungry. And eating is
not good for something as sick as me." The Plimpkin slowly continued it's
travel to find that lady called Adena: The Enchantress of Furanose.
G. Taft was busy working on the final touches to his plan. "I need one
more thing. Wait! Kakablik Snoodleskee! Yes, of course: But I don't know where
he is. But wait again! I don't need to know where he is now! I've got the
famed Tiara of Phumos. Now let's see. Slosh gave that thing to me for my
birthday. Where did I put it? I believe it was up here..." As Mr. Taft
reached up onto the top of his file cabinet, he brought out a beautiful
looking tiara. The tiara was beautiful; filled with 36 rubies, 25 emeralds and
16 diamonds, it's monetary worth was surpassed only by its strategic value. T.
G. thought for a moment, and then he held the jewelled structure tightly. A
strange feeling, a feeling of strangeness throughout, filled his body. He
opened his eyes and found that he was at... A pizza parlor. Kakablik's Pizza
to be exact: On it's opening day, November 25th. He was standing in its famed
kitchen, next to a couple of meat grinders. And then he saw what he had come
for. T. G. Taft slowly sneaked up on the man, and, checking to make sure that
this truly was Kakablik Snoodleskee, he grabbed his waist, and quickly whisked
the both of them back to his office.
world of Furanose was humming with anticipation and suspense, as it always
did. Adena, the Enchantress of Furanose, was quietly walking through its
glorious streets, smiling. She was glad to be in Furanose; it was a wonderful
place to be. But she couldn't help but think about something else; the other
keys: Her Amulet glistened in the sun, but there was still something missing.
Yes, truly: The other four keys were missing. Suddenly, from behind her, a man
gagged her face and pinned her legs. The man whispered in her ear, "Come
with me, babe. We got a date with a pizza." But before he had a chance to
leave with her, a centurion caught sight of them and quickly killed the
attacker. Adena quickly shouted, "Who's this, another one of..."
Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a dreaded "Swolsk" came and grabbed
Adena, and, to her horror, her amulet suddenly fell off. Adena, terrified by
this turn of events, screamed. Just when it looked like it was all over, the
Swolsk, for some reason, made a wrong move and crashed, setting Adena free.
She quickly ran to her guard. "A Swolsk. And that man... That was
Kakablik Snoodleskee "
behind a building the Plimpkin came to a stop. He quickly freed his passenger,
and gave him a shiny object that glistened in his refrigerator. Then, with a
sudden jab, pushed his ex-captive out into the street.
slowly turned around, hearing a noise behind her. There she saw, directly in
the Furanose sun, the features of Enad the Great: And in his hands lay a shiny
ice dagger. Before Enad had a chance to move, more centurions grabbed him from
behind and captured him. Adena looked at her guard. "You stupid idiot!
That man that you called an agent of T. G. Taft... he really was an agent of
Enad the Great. You have made me look like a fool in front of Mr. Taft by
forcing me to write him a very nasty letter. Come, bring along that," she
said as she pointed at Enad, "and begin writing a letter of apology to T.
G. Taft. As for you, Enad...well..."
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