Adagio Syzygy

Adagio Syzygy

Snippets of Stories Lead to Treacherous Tales

Splinter Stories from the Hardware Store

Cassiopeia, Delphinus, and Monoceros squared off circling each other, leaning in ready for attack yet bouncing off each other’s zones in the manner of opposing magnetic forces.

They continued to circle each other in an unholy alliance glued to one another through a parasitic orbit. Until Jhamer Von Tick-Tock crushed their magnetic bond like a free wheeling asteroid. Von Tick-Tock took pride in accomplishing his first full fledged Quantum Leap excepting the fact that he had no idea where he had leapt to nor the identities of the strange beings lying deathly still before him.

Jhamer Von Tick-Tock had them laid out on the ground like a visiting evangelist under the Summer Revival Tent. One could never in his/her wildest imaginations that Von Tick-Tock who had the mousey appearance of Hickory Dickory Dock possessed such startling and stunning powers. In a burst of energy Von Tick-Tock ripped apart their interplanetary High Noon Showdown.

Wondering if he had propelled the prone populace before him Von Tick-Tock gave them each a nudge with the toe of his well shod foot which only elicited a few twitches and grimaces. They all appeared to be stuck in stasis a not too far distance from rigor mortis. Planted inside furrows in the dirt. Future victims of the Super Blood Moon.

Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Mid-Nudge Kick among the deactivated beings Von Tick-Tock, Ever the Dandy could not help but admire his sartorial splendor reflected back to him in the crystalline silicates surfaces scattered across the florid field. Looking sporty if I must say so myself.

Some called him Princess Fedora, Queen of Shapeshifters. Along with Wearer of Snazzy Skypieces. Often magical Mystical changes of hair color occured on a Whim.

Shoes in order. Jacket in Order. But Von Tick-Tock became miffed at the state of his Bunn Hat that was seriously disordered by this dimension journey.

Crushed Bunn Hat

Transport across the Thin Place encapsulated at the House on Ruxton Road often was not thin enough Challenging ones ability to escape damage. But that was the place. Sometimes the only place to Leap as 924 Belmont Avenue was wonky and often unreliable.

Moans, groans and sounds of retching interrupted Von Tick-Tock’s reverie. Once supine the humanoids began to arise at which point the dizziness catching heads and stomachs spun in a centrifuge as they tried to sit upright. Blue-green iridescent sparkly vomit irrigated the surrounding meadows. After several moments of glitter spew one of the Anthromorphic shapes made eye contact opening its mouth emitting garbled garbage of what I took to be their mother tongue. As more of them became semi-lucid even more jabberwocky issued forth from their tongue tied lips.

Back Through the Cosmic Vortex

But Why Quibble over details?

The Uneasy Culprits

Cassiopeia, Delphinus & Monoceros

The Chalet ~~ Life Within the Colony



The Chalet ~~ Life Within the Colony


Lord Cantaloupe The Cat with Rabbit Ears    


One of them did it. But even now in the afterlife I still can’t remember which one?

Torso skin bubbled up bursting onto rocky pebble strewn shores as though seeking sunlight for divination or a more expansive tan on already sepia toned flesh.  Damaged dermis. Damaged dermis laid out like a carpet awaiting eager picnickers.

The creek was slimy with adipose tissue for a long while.

Yet my magenta cloche hat still fit prettily upon my severed head.

Watertight you might say.

Pieces of me here and there.  The police investigators only found my head, arms and legs.  My torso is yet to be located.  Someone please gather me up and put me back together again.  I be a modern day Humpty Dumpty. 

Always bring a gift or gifts when you visit a graveyard.  After all you are a merely a guest in our necropolis.

Shangri La 2.0


We got outside passes for good behavior so I don’t understand envy or jealousy?  In the midst of the Island peace shall reign forever.

Then again maybe envy and jealousy are just the tip of the iceberg.  The Chalet took relative strangers forcing them to become family if not friends.



The Colonies, The Freaks and The Frauds


But there were hierarchies within the colonies. A Caste system of drones, worker bees, Queens, Kings and their lackeys.  Lord Ashybottom who was always in desperate need of Lotion or creams.  Better yet a nightgown and pajamas that would successfully cover his bulging protuberances.


In The Day Room/Living Room/Rec Center


The Chalet seemed as old as the hills and mountains off in the distant horizon.  I was sent here so often that I thought of the Chalet as more of my real home than the one I was born in.

It still had an operational Cast Iron potbelly stove. Big Mama would load send one of us out in the wee hours of the morning to gather kindling wood.  On the top we would sometimes heat up small meals or use it to heat the big day-room especially when the power went out which could be quite often depending on the fluctuations of weather.

Sometimes we would get visits from woodcutters or Timber-jacks who would bring us fragrant woods such as ash, cedar, cherry, pine and even some white or red oak wood.  

My favorite was cedar wood which I found to be quite therapeutic.  Cathartic for my fleshy temple as wisps of aromatic smoke weave in and around my naked body.


Lord Cantaloupe The Rabbit Eared Cat


Those who have heard Lord Cantaloupe say the Cat has a sound that is a cross between a hissing snarl and an electric guitar.


Lord Dustbin. Dancing with Dunces.   One day staff at the Chalet challenged the residents to draw the dreaded Cat with Rabbit ears many townspeople called Lord Cantaloupe.  However once drawn it leapt off the page and ate several guests.  Banishing them to Cantaloop Isle forever or until their debt was paid in full.










All Gone Wrong ~~ A Cubist Odalisque


Please Read Serial One #1 First.

Wandering Water Serpents

Once again safely back home fully reclined in his favorite worn leather chair, sipping a lukewarm Chai Tea Bryce silently ruminated about the drab pundits blathering assessments of his demon cargo and the havoc spreading across the nation over and into Europe. They uselessly attempted to dissect his effulgent genius.  Secretly the yammering pundits, police, and criminal psychologists probably wondered wouldn’t it be nice to be a third world backwater with only a hodgepodge of rickety patchwork vehicles left over from bygone decades that were held together with duct tape, elbow grease and the occasional hard to find auto replacement parts.

In fact Bryce thought aloud, “I should defect to one of those corrupt countries where allegiance can be had for a few shillings and some shiny trinkets. Noggin-head me.”

Meanwhile Gordon Lightfoot droned on…………..

Gordon Lightfoot Sundown


Meanwhile his latest acquisition briefly looked up from the filthy rumpled bed covers her thick wavy cascading ruby red hair alternating betwixt her face and shoulders the odalisque reacted to his voice wondering if any body slamming sex session was at hand.

His so-called love-making was more like being assaulted by a pneumatic jackhammer but the money was good. And she needed the money to send to her family back home.

She knew she was a prize. Her burgundy tresses glinting flecks of gold, golden flecks that echoed to the smattering of freckles that butterflied across her cream colored skin. His passion. Not hers.

Sessions with Mr. Battering Ram Bryce left her bruised and in a tangled heap much like a boxing prize fighter taking the ten count. Trapped in the ring. Gored by a Minotaur.

During these grueling, grunting heaving battles Majorca put her mind to her seven year old daughter Marrakesh.  Fanciful names for freshly rejected now nomadic females. Home–the war torn arid steppes that once governed their lives.  Majorca was still a nomad. A nomad who had wandered into the convoluted mind of a reasoning maniac.

A conquest from Bargain Town. Smuggled. A hidden object. Nothing but so many blow up dolls for sale in an open air flesh market. After use a priceless gem returned to its alabaster jewelry cabinet. Bought and sold much like the oxen, yak, goats, and chickens that used to freely wander the streets of makeshift campsites.

I was supposed to  feel honored to be chosen by this man among men. But then again where does the Sycophant stop and the Courtesan begin?

Born of ignoble means. A scion of lust filled rape by a demented half-brother for his sister. My mother Tamar was left desolate save for another brother who took pity upon her and found recently widowed village elder willing to take her because he needed someone to care for his six motherless children. I an outcast daughter was born to an outcast mother.  She even gave me her name as an imprint on my life.  Branded. Labeled for life.

Majorca and Marrakesh came later when I at least had my one power to pick my label or my brand as they called it in America.  America the magic land of quick fixes and plastic surgery.

Came to this place from a rural backwater village after a disastrous arranged marriage. Truthfully there was no consummation on my wedding night once my betrothed disrobed me and began screaming and cursing in horror and disgust at my Quasimodo form tossing me from the matrimonial bed calling the town elders who made preparations for me to be sent back to my father’s tent.  My father who was always ashamed of me and who found himself disgraced not only within our tribe sent me away into the wilderness with only the clothes on my back and what few possessions I could gather whilst trying to escape his stormy anger.

Good fortune did smile upon me as I traversed the dusty road away from the only home I had ever known. Angels in the forms of my mother, aunts and sisters had extinguished my father’s fiery rage through liberal applications of wine.  Once he entered the land of intoxicated snores my weeping women saddled horses, loaded them down with as many provisions as they could hold and interception my journey.  We hugged, cried and mourned my passing knowing a rejected woman is as one dead. A Jephthah’s daughter placed upon the sacrificial altar never to be seen or heard from again.

They also managed to bargain with the disgruntled groom managing to win back half my dowry which my mother tearfully entrusted to my outstretched hands.  I was also given one strong yet steady sway back donkey. A fitting companion who mirrored my disability and temperament.  My past I knew well but my future was just a cloudy day on the horizon.

The first place I landed was a dusty, dirty, filthy inn made for transients and one-night stands. The hallways and stairwells had a constant smell of vomit and day old sex that even applications of bleach and pine cleaner could not erase. The proprietor Anne was a shrill, sarcastic, snarky harridan who served Meals twice a day were little more than leftover offal that even the pigs refused to eat. Anne had a willful ugliness that was present in her body as well as her soul.

The small bag of gold coins quickly ran out and having no other worthy profession I became a hump-backed Burlesque trollop selling my body in order to pay the rent and eat.  I felt like a slow motion train wreck powerless to stop the oncoming impending crash about to take place.  Since I had a gift for bringing money to Anne’s cash starved establishment my food and living quarters were upgraded. The men who required my services were working class lads who had no other options with which to release their pent up semen. I was a welcome distraction from the booze addled winos and frazzled addicts who frequented the place.

Then Bryce came to town……………….