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LJ Idol X - Week [2] - Unexpected Help

Today was the weirdest day of my life. I wanted to say it was the worst but the main point is something seriously devastating happened.

It was supposed to be a day at Summit Trade with Hangnori. We were going there to apply for a special opportunity to get a whole new school wardrobe, everything and some extras, so we went to Belleview and Kipling to meet with the sponsors of the float to try to be the lucky recipients. We had planned this at least two thousand hours before and even arranged a performance for the judges. This was going to be solid and festive and Atlantis.

There were many other girls and even some boys in line when we arrived, and we were there at six hundred hours. We both thought that would be early enough to insure we would get in since that’s like two hours before standard class start. We saw that school of people and thought there was no way we would make it. So we got into line and decided to try anyway. But this is the strange part. A creature came in right after we did. He was the same height as me, but on all fours.

I tried to ignore him, even with the grumbly sound of the breathing and the snorts near my ankles. It was difficult until Killeen joined us a few minutes later. She didn’t realize she was supposed to bring a friend along to apply. Hangnori said we should let her be in our group. And I thought it would disqualify us. All the other groups were two. And our choreography was for two, not three!

I went to the bathroom while Hangnori and Killeen talked about it some more. Then when I returned, they took a break.

That’s when the weirdness happened. The creature behind got really close to my foot and licked my heel. I nearly jumped into space. I turned around and as I was about to crash down on him, he said:

“You know, your friend doesn’t like you.”

“You can talk?” I asked him.

“Yes. And I can listen. And I overheard your friend, the one with the dorsal fin hairstyle, say she hated you to the other one that just showed up.”

“That’s how we joke with each other, so you just didn’t understand and you shouldn’t be listening in on other people.”

“Oh yeah? Tell that to The State," He said, the last two words almost as a whisper. He looked past my leg towards the rest areas. "Well, she said she was going to poison you. She said they would go to a sushi restaurant after this, order you tuna and she would cover it in Mercury.”

“There’s just no way. You’re making this up.”

“Starfish, Do I look like someone who makes up stuff to discuss with random human women?”

“Who are you?” I asked.

“My name is Constantinople Roy” He bowed his head and saluted with a flipper.

“Why did you come here?”

“Up up...” he said.

Hangnori and Killeen returned to the line.

“Look at that thing behind you,” Hangnori said. “What is it doing here? Must have gotten lost on the way to some show aquarium!” she laughed.

“You know he can underst...” boom. A butt to my butt by the butt of his tail interrupted my sentence.

“Wow,” said Killeen. “That was either a nasty reflex or he was trying to stop you from talking.”

The three of us eyed at the creature for a moment and he honked and swung around.

“Maybe we should figure out what to do with the rest of the day,” Hangnori smiled. “Where should we go for lunch, Killeen?”

Killeen stared blankly for a moment, then looked away.

“What was that place you mentioned to me earlier?” Hangnori asked, “Namiko’s?”

Killeen nodded wordlessly.

“That’s a... that’s a sushi restaurant, isn’t it?”

“The Thunnini is to die for!”

“I have to go to the rest room.”

“You just got back before us!” Nangnori said. "You know you're only allowed three restroom breaks per cycle."

“I’m just not feeling quite right.” I said.

I walked as slowly as I could back to the rest area, trying to think what I could do and where I could go. I entered into the privacy hatch. I had no idea what to do, where to go or who to trust. Then the thought drifted in: "Why would someone like Hangnori make friends with a blue girl like me?"

I looked at my reflection in the mirror. Was that all I was, just a means to an end, a chance for a more popular girl in school to get her much deserved wardrobe and I guess mine too?

As I exited the door, there was Hangnori.

“I’ve got a little something for you,” she said then the next thing I knew, I was tied to something slick and slippery, almost flying through the air before plunging into the water. I couldn’t move but I was inside of an air bubble so I could breathe. What was happening?!

Whoosh! The next thing I knew, we were out of the waters of the Great Marston Sea. I was released from the bond and slid down to the ground. It was the creature. He had somehow roped me to his back and carried me away from the area.

“I hope you’re okay. I know this was a shock but I don’t like seeing people get hurt.”

“I’m okay, Constan...?”

“Constantinople Roy,” he nodded.

“Um, would you mind very much if we shortened that to Conroy?”

He blinked and pondered for a second “Yeah, that’s great. But what should I call you?”

“I’m Jailee.”

“Well, it’s nice to meet you Jailee,” Conroy said. “I’ve got a lot of questions for you like why do you have friends that want to kill you?”

“I have a lot of questions for you like, how are you talking?”

“I think this means we need to get to know each other a little better,” he winked as he motioned for me to get on his back and we plunged into the Marston again.

And that’s when I went somewhere I never knew existed.

//

This story was written for LJ Idol X using the prompt: That One Friend


Also, note: This is Jailee's seventh LJ Idol appearance. Her previous appearances include five during Season 9:

Week [3]
Week [15]
Week [16]
Week [23] and
Week [26]

and one other during Season X:

Week [1]

Comments

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rayaso
Dec. 4th, 2016 02:59 pm (UTC)
This was utterly fantastic! I love your writing. I never knew where this was going, and it was a great use of the prompt, especially because "that one friend" covered both Hangnori (a bad old friend) and Constantinople Bob (a new friend, and a great name). I really enjoyed the phrase "A butt to my butt by the butt of his tail . . . ." I don't think I've ever seen so many "butts" in so few words. Great job!
penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:51 am (UTC)
Ha! Thanks. Jailee is becoming a regular around here, even when she wasn't the obvious choice. But she can be quite demanding, so I try my best to live up to her!
murielle
Dec. 6th, 2016 04:55 pm (UTC)
A fun and unexpected ride...I mean read. (Hehehe)

penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for a lovely compliment!!
bleodswean
Dec. 6th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
Whoa!! So incredibly imaginative and yet...the story comes through loud and clear and absolutely replies to the prompt! Loved the dialogue and the casual way in which you build this unique scene!
penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:55 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! I wanted it to be like a blog entry by a teenaged Jailee. The narrative of the larger story has been in no particular order, so each bit of it is somewhat stand alone, or I hope it is!
magazhchi
Dec. 6th, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)

I really enjoyed this fantasy fiction. Kept me engaged throughout.

penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:57 am (UTC)
Thanks you for a wonderful compliment! Jailee has a habit of getting into some unique circumstances!
halfshellvenus
Dec. 7th, 2016 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I loved this introduction piece! I didn't realize this was even part of your other universe until the very end.

You know, your friend doesn’t like you.
That is never good, but it's not uncommon.

A butt to my butt by the butt of his tail interrupted my sentence.
:D I know you had fun writing that. :D

Conroy for Constantinople Roy-- I love it!
penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 01:01 am (UTC)
I do attempt to hide Jailee as much as possible, I guess because I don't want to make anyone feel that they need to read all of her previous entries. But I knew I wanted to tell the story of how she and Conroy first met and became friends, and the prompt basically demanded it!

Thanks for your very kind words!
my_name_is_jenn
Dec. 7th, 2016 11:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, that one friend who doesn't like you (and, in real life, hopefully doesn't want to kill you). I bet we all have at least one of those.

This was a great read.
penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading along and commiserating with Jailee! She needs all the friends she can get!
mamas_minion
Dec. 8th, 2016 12:30 am (UTC)
Very fun read, I am glad that I am getting to know a little bit more about Jailee and the world she inhabits.
penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 01:05 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! It's a little bit complicated so I'm trying to make certain that everything is clear in the narrative! I hope that it's all making sense.
sinnamongirl
Dec. 8th, 2016 03:55 pm (UTC)
There's some great lines here, good job!
penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 01:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for reading and for a great compliment!
m_malcontent
Dec. 8th, 2016 11:54 pm (UTC)
Very enjoyable
penpusher
Dec. 9th, 2016 01:06 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
karmasoup
Dec. 9th, 2016 01:26 am (UTC)
This is certainly unusual. I'm going to have to go check out more of Jailee now, to figure out what kind of world has lead up to a conspirational talking seal. ;)
penpusher
Dec. 11th, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
Jailee is basically the opposite of a "fish out of water" story. She's a human in water story! I'm trying hard to make each of these entries stand alones so you don't need to have all the info to follow them, but I do provide the links to other entries just for my own sake and the sake of people who would like to follow the progress.

Thanks for reading!
eternal_ot
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:24 pm (UTC)
I read this yesterday via mobile and voted for this as well. The comment was pending so here :This was an amazing read! Good to know how Conroy and Jailee meet, I loved the dialogues. A good take on the prompt. I am enjoying these series :) Kudos!
penpusher
Dec. 11th, 2016 06:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading and for the encouragement! I have a feeling you haven't seen the last of Jailee...
i_17bingo
Dec. 9th, 2016 12:32 pm (UTC)
I tried to ignore him, even with the grumbly sound of the breathing and the snorts near my ankles.

I like how, in your world, a four-legged flipper creature following you around is more annoying than unsettling.
penpusher
Dec. 11th, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
First, I'm very sorry not to see your name among the "combatants" in this season's Idol! I always looked forward to reading your entries and I hope that if life is in the way currently, it won't be by the time we get to the Second Chance element.

Meanwhile, thanks for your observation. Jailee is very matter-of-fact about life and maybe the reasons for that will be shown in a future entry. I've dropped subtle hints earlier, but it might soon be time to expose more of that.

I'm glad you're around and reading!
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