THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 266

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 266

…worries mount as the silence and secrecy is enforced, clouding the prospects for a long-term relationship between species…

“I summon you today, here at Founder Shrine, to discuss the topic of the humans, who have grown so dear to us in recent times,” declares the wisest of all in the hall, Ekcello.

This will be no ordinary meeting, with no time constraints or tabooed subjects. It could last as long as two cycles or get bogged down on the issue of interracial relations; wherever it goes, however long it takes. —

What to do about the Earthlings?

— Five Eridanian cycles later, the High Counsel separates each to their different Towers to wait for the agreed-on plan to be implemented. The brunt of that plan rests squarely on Ekcello, in whose tower the Earth folks spend most of their time.

After a period of rest, to ease the effects of having to use the Olde Language, Ekcello proceeds to lay the foundation, the solution to this subtle crisis.

During his extended sabbatical, thought waves were flying in speculation. The average Eridanian knows that something is up, that the High Counsel does not convene for just any reason and for so long a period on top of that. Impatient curiosity keeps the buzz going, something they thought they had eradicated long ago. —

— Heading the list of those believing those friends from the Blue Planet are the reason behind the meeting at the Shrine, is Cerella. Her worries mount as the silence and secrecy is enforced, clouding the prospects for a long-term relationship between species.

Long before the whispers of strange communications with the supposedly empty antique spaceship from Mars even made cerebral headlines, her life as a princess seemed mundane; even when there was nothing to compare it to. And once the pristine isolation of Eridanus was exposed for the fairytale that it is, life on the Pink Planet has been turned inside out.

In the time before the arrival of their sons, Sampson and Celeste had made a lasting impression. Even if the process of purging the memory of their coming would begin tomorrow, it would take another millennium to erase something as impacting as they.

Is it too late to try?


THE RETURN TRIP

It’s Never too Late” by Philip Dunn

Episode 266


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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #234

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Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #234

…an Atlantic Ocean away from those snippily cruel London critics, who would not blink twice at the opportunity to carve up the performance of these rank amateur Americans…

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Indeed, they will be able to deliver their lines in front of assembled loved ones in what is billed as “Tallahassee Night” for A Kiss for Cinderella. Every single local talent, from extras to actors, is to be front and center, stage one, in the glare of the spotlight. Some of the provincials never thought they would get a chance to appear in this immensely popular production, but Sir James is a consummate professional and an Atlantic Ocean away from those snippily cruel London critics, who would not blink twice at the opportunity to carve up the performance of these rank amateur Americans.

So committed is Barrie in this whimsical tale of fantasy and live theater that he even puts his own son on the shelf, in favor of James Ferrell, who is to be surreptitiously inserted during the play, at the second appearance of the nameless, nonetheless, handsome Prince. Fresh off his celebrated victory for the women’s rights movement, it should be easy to fit a glittery shoe on his own real-life wife, while looking the part of dashing royalty.

The front two rows of spectator boxes at Florida State University’s Lewis Auditorium are dominated by a who’s who of these life and times:

Row One

George Lewis and wife

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Martha Ferrell

George Eastman

Harv Pearson and Judith Eastman

Cinderella Author C.S. Evans

Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks

Row two

A.O. and Maggie Lou

Laura Bell

Sheriff Cyril Odz

Jacques Francoise and Jacob Haley

Colonel Billy Mitchell

Tallahasse Mayor Holmes

Most everybody else in town can, if only briefly, be seen on stage, including the ever popular Flying Bleaker Brothers, who don’t jump as high as they used to, don’t travel as much as they used to, but as court jesters to Cinderella’s Prince’s kingdom,  they fit the bill to a tee.

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  Fairy tale backdrop aside, that was truly a magical evening, one well earned. It had been a long couple of decades, fraught with good and bad, tragedy and triumph, honesty and deception. And for the people of the panhandle of Florida and those they have touched, the world will never be the same. The times in which they live seem to changing so quickly, especially when you compare 1920 to the second half of the 19th century, when they were borne.

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Vertical-001    Addition by subtraction may be the best way to describe it. The automobile has altogether replaced the horse and buggy. The airplane has supplanted the dream of flying. Regional skirmishes now become world wars…

          Worldliness has taken the place of sound moral innocence. When innocence is collectively lost, it can only be recovered a little bit at a time, one soul at a time.

          For Alpha Omega Campbell, the times that he knows and places he goes, have gone from purely clear and simple to a 180 degree turn that leads to a future changing before his very eyes. In November of 1920, he learns that Camille Diaz has given birth to a daughter, Angela Ophelia. He had to have been really overwhelmed.

           Just one month earlier, his dear Maggie Lou gave birth to a daughter, named for her mother Laura Bell. This beautiful little child is curiously light skinned, beyond what one would ascribe to the Cherokee influence of his wife. He was overwhelmed then.

          Listen closely and you can hear the careless whispers.

Alpha Omega M.D.

Episode #234


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