108 - Cal
A visitor arrives from a different reality.
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asked L what did happen to his car and he said he didn't know what I was talking about I asked about the bumper and headlight and he said that's just how to make them see so many tease me for not understanding cars and walked into my home before I could invite him in the Have you ever opened the box only to find another box inside the box the and then you open that box and there was another box within it the new kept opening boxes hoping to find the last box the boxes became so small your comparatively large fingers could no longer open to the to the box was so tiny you could see the box at all I'm not sure what that means it's neither here nor there which is to say it's no where he tote oil the line I don't know Spanish yesterday afternoon had awesome McDaniels and the other five headed dragons outraged at the partial execution of the Dawson's brother Hyrum last fall moved into City Hall displaced mayor Cardinal and her staff who then called upon the Sheriff's Secret Police and the rarely a double secret police the police so secret that even their members do not know that they are members of both the secret and be very surprised double secret police just that morning informed of their jobs showed up at city hall and tried reasoning with the track the Dragons ignored the weak efforts of the police and made straight for City Council the Celtic lined up to the roof of City Hall there are many sharp appendages swinging down from their single giant body punching out windows and grabbing whatever long dragon next they could reach and the city council's newest member sixteen year old to make a flip the only member not connected to their primary form road on the rest of the council's back with a long bow the dragons breathe fire upwards at the City Council who shrieked in pain or possibly delight the battle ended with City Council was knocked off the roof by five headed dragon and private estate lawyer Dirk entries the council minus two mi Co retreated from the advancing Dragons called the lift and sped out of town as they want to do when times of crisis to me cupcakes take the edge of the City Hall lawn and cursing and whacking a well worn copy of Glen David Gold's Carter beats the Devil into her calloused Paul above the city all alone black slate was torn into the light the sky and no one reported seeing when Kyle entered my house I offered him some tea and then called Carlos to come join us but Kill said he doesn't drink and Carlos didn't respond to my calls I told Cal that was just the no alcohol he said he doesn't drink anything I peeked into Carlos his office but he wasn't there nothing was there it was just an empty room Carlos wasn't gone he had never been there for a moment I did not miss as for a moment I do not remember he existed it was just an empty room I thought casually Cal set down his suitcase and said You hear that Cecil you hear he pointed straight up in the ferment he said Do you hear it repeated I listened and I heard her paper being torn I heard weeds being polled I heard eggshells crumbling when I look back to say gas he was holding his hand to his mouth and lurching forward over the sink a trickle of blood ran down of his hand I could see his tongue moving rapidly along the insides of his cheeks as he let out small grunts he finally removed his hand and spiked sharply into the kitchen sink I heard a loud rattling the stainless steel basin two teeth and broken bones and all lying in the stranger I stared at them and remarked at how long a human tooth actually he is how wiped his face it's nice to finally get rid of those he said as he tore off pieces of paper towel and wedge them into the holes in his columns then he just got a girlfriend or what little brother in my life with Cal never told him I would never have a call from the night fail no one cared but I felt like I would have this other reality I was single no he stroked and scratched his head as he did a patch of dark hair fell to the floor we watched it fall lilting get loopy slowly which falls faster bring a tuft of hair Carla stop this this week's riddle it's a trick question the brick falls faster not because of its weight because a brick falling is less horrifying than the unexpected loss of even a minor part of your body does not slow down for that which is an interesting better not look in the mirror Kell said as he nervously simulated the sound of laughter a dribble of blood ran down his chin and onto his chest when the public library disappeared last week no one celebrated nor mourned its absence as we could barely remember it being there in its place a long black sliver of nothing a hole in our universe near which no one wanted to go except for Carlos who's a scientist and wants to study everything but I told him NO WAY that are entered on which poured out of a similar hole inside the rec center last month have taken over the Perris the district building giant nests from canvas bean sacks and fliers promoting local bands and burlesque shows neared the city hall dozens of angels more than I have ever seen at one time are still surrounding the whole the public records demanding expedition of their application to be officially recognized as living beings the angels are waving hand drawn signs with phrases like look at us but their handwriting is so shaky as to make the type of graffiti quite distracting so most bystanders did not notice the Angels but instead fixated on trying to read their signs the Angels are shouting it only works if you believe it does but as the sentence has an erratic rhythm it didn't catch on with many passers by many of whom were busy screaming and running from vengeance minded dragons some even pointed into space and yelled the distant prints he's less distant than ever before Cal told me stories of our youth how as kids we would sneak out late at night and vandalized houses and cars for fun little things like stealing hood ornaments or placing live Scorpions in mailboxes or making creepy ghost noises outside bedroom windows he smiled as he regaled what was for him funny story of boys being sports but I did like a story I can remember all soo knew it wasn't real into a hole in his story I was prying loose the aluminum Rams had at the front of a nineteen seventy five Dodge pickup with a Flathead screwdriver the truck was dark blue with tan leather bench seats I remembered it was parked in front of a mid century ranch style home with a rock garden full of succulents and herbs as Kel spoke I could smell the rosemary in the cool desert air Cal placed his hands on his belly and his eyes rolled back in his head UK past the just the after effects man Hey you remember when used to take us to the library to read but we would look up dirty words in the dictionary instead Mom would have never put us in such danger I protested he stared at me for a moment his head cocked sideways and eyebrow raised then he lurched forward out of his seat onto his hands and knees and vomited onto the rug we both stared at the viscous red stain concerned no not concerned embarrassed let's have a look at the Community Calendar this Thursday afternoon the faceless old woman and the woman from Italy will be at the night failed Mall from noon to four p m offering bespoke tortures for anyone who walks by the woman from Italy will recite the unlucky passers by future paid in the form of a catchy poem like the woman from Italy will leave you in stitches but laughter social at a sound which is full of diabolical torment and cute behavior as she lays in before your friends and going for us yet to be alive when she opens your chest the West beat of your heart and the choke of your breath she coos don't fear it as quick as can be but in truth there's years left to this misery the faceless old woman will simply write some harsh insults in silver Sharpie on the side of an eggplant and hurl it at your family Saturday afternoon the bill PTA will be holding an emergency bake sale to raise money for the elementary school gym recently burned down by HUD awesome McDaniels it's also a clearance sale to finally get rid of the storeroom full of baked goods that have gone unsold the past two years Monday another hole will open in the sky and then another things will calm other things will go I will remember that Michigan is a real state and its capital is Lansing and that I once went camping with cow and my mother and some family friends up here Higgins Lake when I was nine soon after knowing this I will stop knowing it again this as being in the community calendar I tried to explain to Cal that something was amiss his sister not brother wasn't single but married I tried to show Cal photos of Abby and of my husband Carlos but when I went to our photo albums the different the food is of Katelyn I as children but none of the Abbey or Carlos or steam or Janice or this radio station none of the recognizable make bail based on our clothing in the cars in the fashions no photo was older then I'd say the early nineteen eighties he was a picture of me as a teenager at Kells wedding I pointed at her and said the city still just as radiant I bat and Kell said don't how is she these days I have cow and he pushed me and shouted Don't start to cry my eyes down the hole toward the empty office I knew someone should be in the empty room the one I cared for someone I loved but I didn't know who the Hell's crying turned to solving the ID said I'm sorry I didn't mean to put my arm around him and said softly the No Cal shh it's okay you it's just when you asked about Bethany he said you know she didn't she didn't couldn't finish the sentence but I knew Beth that he did the year most people didn't but also that's not how it happened I and also the I don't have a brother he covered in my arms and above us I heard this guy tearing open smoke in the distance the most days I see distant smoke you okay yes my brother mm yes he said thank you for thank you for understanding the door thing I said to him in please leave my house are now the weather in the Robert Frost The Road Home the weather it would star in my car eighteen her this time the the he and the left my house in the first play the guess the A's go back I go back the Frank The the over the The The plea I don't talk much about my brother on the show Cal because he's not my reality I almost said he's not real but that's not true there is still a blood stain on my rug and a bruise from where he pushed me I remembered cals wedding I remembered stealing hood ornaments I remembered the smell of that rosemary bush and that rock garden but then Cal left he did not drive away but vanished as the gash tore open a boss I had trouble remembering his visit so I wrote it all down and reading it now to you verbatim from my journal and I cannot believe my own writing Carlos and his office are back they were never gone Carlos as multiple timelines is basic quantum physics which is the most exciting kind of physics he says This morning I gave Carlos a tight hug in bed and kissed him along the back of his beautiful hair perfect even when Mack did asymmetric Lee from sleep the the the Angels are still standing around the whole public records demanding that people look at them there is one sign that says where angels and were totally real and you're making a huge mistake not acknowledging that trust us were totally angels and while I appreciate the sentiment I do think they'd be better served hiring a copywriter or at least a decent graphic designer holes are tearing open across the sky and I can barely hear myself think in most states the Dragons have marched into the city jail freeing mostly political prisoners being held for an unnamed international leader as well as a handful of college aged drunk tankers mayor Cardinal from her home issued a statement about the disintegration of our town and bleeding together of realities the statement reads my father died of liver cancer when I was five has returned to Iran life from a hole in all reality I am choosing to go with him I fail I am choosing the world for he did not die I did not kill my Double Dragons did not destroy our town listen to the ripping of the ferment and find the world you preferred Night Vale all else is paying when listeners make you knock the world we've built right here the family if you don't accept it but the ol' those who left a trail the fear for their loss but for love of their presents hold on to what you know with real life is only a narrative but it's a we write together the state to next for the whatever was on the schedule for this month has all been scribbled out with charcoal and with the same charcoal someone has scrawled the story about until car across the entire broadcast calendar so stay tune for the CAS the For What It's Worth and for however long our own narrative has left good nite nite fail good night the internet has a production of Night helper sense it is written by Joseph 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