Knight and Dae #2

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#1 Edited by wildvine (14888 posts) - - Show Bio

This story is all original. All characters are property of mine. Continued from Knight and Dae

Communication in the dream lands can be a tricky thing. Citizens of the joke category tend to be more sensitive then other dream landers. Be sure you never laugh at an off duty joke. Never give Old Advice any attention, or it will never shut up. Basically the best advice is to stay friendly, be polite, never buy anything off the street, and always be ready to duck. ---Excerpt from the Dream Land Companion, chapter 2.

Jeff's Diner was a small place to chill, relax, and get some mediocre food. It was opened a while back by a Humor refugee called Jeff the penguin, after he was awarded placement in the citizenship. No unplaced dream lander was allowed residence or business until the Council approved.

Jeff was categorized as a joke, though in truth he was more of a free floating conversation character. He had been birthed in one of those 'it would be funny if' type conversations. And for a few months he was popular enough. But then the joke died, and Jeff returned to the dream lands. Probably to stay, as there wasn't a great call for hypothetical penguins with imaginary race car experience. But he stayed upbeat about it. Mostly.

Jesty led Meemee to the counter that stretched the length of the colorful diner. "Jeff, two half-glasses of milk. Make them.... Two percent."

"A little early for the strong stuff. Must be a rough day ahead." Jeff poured the milk without further comment. Being friendly got tips. Being nosy did not.

A couple of other dream landers sat nearby at the counter. One was a top hat filled with water. A carrot and a few lumps of coal floated in the hat, vaguely giving the appearance of a face. Next to the hat was a crab siting in a Tupperware bowl and wearing a party hat. The crab caught Meemee looking and raised his hat in a friendly manner. Meemee blushed though her makeup, then smiled and waved back shyly.

The hat sighed to itself miserably. "Don't mind him." The crab said cheerfully to Meemee, indicating his hat friend with one small claw. "He's been gloomy since the downfall of novelty popularity. That and the Florida snowman gets more work." Pause. "He's a Mississippi Snowman. I'm the Tuna Surprise."

"But you're a crab." Jesty couldn't resist pointing out. Jokes have a certain pull just before they spring themselves.

"Surprise!!" The crab yelled, blowing a noise maker. Jesty tried very hard not to laugh as the Mississippi Snowman glared up at him. He tried to look away, but Meemee was miming someone caught in the throes of laughter, and Jesty lost it himself then, shaking with laughter as the Tuna Surprise smiled to itself.

"You know, every time you make someone laugh off the clock it hurts our union." The Mississippi Snowman gurgled, as Jesty and Meemee composed themselves.

"Lighten up. We're jokes." The Tuna Surprise replied without animosity.

"You're barely a joke." The Mississippi Snowman retorted. "More like a play on words. But I still prefer you to those young pranks..."

"And you're a novelty joke that gets less work then Rubber Chicken and Fake Vomit."

"I am a satirical humor novelty." The Mississippi Snowman bubbled in retort.

"Jokes can be a delicate bunch." Jesty mouthed silently to Meemee, who nodded her understanding. On the other side of the diner, a figure with a large set of teeth instead of a head was reading the Dream Land Companion, and licking occasionally at some peanut butter stuck to its upper palate. Jesty suspected it was a phobia.

"Arachibutyrophobia." Jeff confirmed quietly, following his gaze. "Comes in occasionally. Quiet phobia. Or maybe its condition makes talking hard. I never asked." The phobia checked its watch, then tucked its copy of the companion into its suit jacket and walked out. Jesty noticed it had left a nice tip. Specialty phobias like it got paid more. Or so he had heard. "Oh boy. This guy again." Jeff quickly backed away and pretended to be busy as Curiosity stepped up beside Meemee and sat down.

"Whats new? Whats up? Whats shaking?" He licked a big paw and wiped at his face a moment. Curiosity was a good and bad Concept. Bad because he could possibly discover about the princess before Jesty could get her back. Good though, because he never divulged info unless directly asked. And given his annoying nature, he was usually avoided by dream landers.

Curiosity was a large cat that walked on his hind legs and wore an old, tailored green suit that went well with his orange fur. His green eyes almost shined with anticipation at the possibility of something new to discover. "Hello" he purred to Meemee. "I'm Curiosity. Pleased to me you."

Meemee smiled and nodded. Jesty could tell she was a cat person. "Say Curiosity," Jesty stared quietly, signaling Jeff to bring over another milk. "Heard any good gossip today? Maybe something scary?"

"I've heard Nightmares are finding work here in Knight. That's frightening." He licked at his free drink.

"Politics aside..." Jesty said.

"Nothing new, and I would know." He replied. "It's rude not to introduce your friend Jesty." He smiled.

"Oh, my manners. Curiosity this is Meemee. She is a mime recruit from the kingdom of Dae."

'Royal mime cadet.' Meemee signed proudly. Her moment lasted only seconds though as Curiosity fell from his stool to the hard floor.

"Don't worry about him. He's just dead." Jesty said as Meemee quickly kneeled down beside the still cat. "Satisfaction will bring him back soon."

"I'm expecting her any minute now." Jeff added to calm the obviously distressed Meemee. "He's always dead and alive at the same time anyway."

"Elevate his legs." Old Advice called from one lonely booth as Jesty gently led Meemee away, but was ignored by everyone.

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#2 Posted by wildvine (14888 posts) - - Show Bio

Call out time. @sc pt 2 is finally up just for you. ^_^

@darling_luna You wanted call outs I believe.

@cbishop You liked the first one

@impurestcheese Just cause. Though you may want to read pt one first.

@pyrogram Cause you know I like your feedback

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#3 Edited by Pyrogram (46545 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Strong dialogue in this one Wildz, I enjoyed it very much.

I tried to give feedback (criticism wise) but I can't really. Nice piece :)

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#4 Posted by wildvine (14888 posts) - - Show Bio

@pyrogram:

Its okay, I got JG coming for that. <3

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#5 Posted by Pyrogram (46545 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Ha! Next time though, I'll spot sooomething :P

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#6 Edited by Darling_Luna (12918 posts) - - Show Bio

"Whats new? Whats up? Whats shaking?" He licked his big paw and wiped at his face a moment

I giggled cause I thought Beetlejuice cat heheh

*makes knight and Dae buttons for peeps to wear*

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#7 Posted by Joygirl (21036 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: Read both chapters, and I remember now when we talked about this! This is absolutely friggin' brilliant!

Move over Douglas Adams' corpse, Wivvles is taking over. This is so absolutely drenched with amazing ideas, plays on words, cunning references, and unique thought patterns that it makes me proud to know you. It has a few typos here and there, and could use to be extended a little bit, have some more details added. It lacks a little bit in atmosphere but makes up for it in originality and pure zest, so many of these little callouts and concepts had me utterly flabbergasted with wonder. Keep it up!!

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#8 Posted by ImpurestCheese (12542 posts) - - Show Bio

@wildvine: as the much loved BatKevin will tell you I have a habit of reading stories backwards. Surreal goodness at it's best but definitely worth the read. Look forward to seeing the story develop in the future.

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#9 Posted by BumpyBoo (14860 posts) - - Show Bio

Wooooow! 8D

Dang, WV, the first part of this story blew my mind, you have an incredible imagination, girl. Was not disappointed with this second part at all, can be tough carrying on a story especially with such a break between the two parts - you had a tough act to follow but wow, did you follow or what! :D

Your Knight and Dae stories...well @joygirl probably summed it up best, so many little allusions, so many layers to your writing, some of your plays with language and jokes so subtle that it demands a second read just to be fully appreciated. Laughed out loud more than once!

So proud of you right now petal! <3

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#10 Edited by cbishop (15748 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo: Considering the story, the clapping penguins are funny. :)

@wildvine: This really isbrilliant. Very, very rarely can I stay involved in this type of story, just because it's too ridiculous. It's hard to wrap your head around concepts given life, especially if they're not your own, but this was flippin' wonderful. You must finish this. It could take you far. Added to my FF Long Box - Authors. :)

P.S. "diner," not "dinner." - Dinner is what you eat, diner is where you go to eat it. Diner is also a customer of the diner- the one who eats the dinner, but don't let that confuse you. ;)

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#11 Posted by BumpyBoo (14860 posts) - - Show Bio

@cbishop: Hehe thanks, I was hoping so ;)

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#12 Posted by wildvine (14888 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo:

Thank you. I had some of this typed up and saved, but wasn't sure about it.

@cbishop said:

This really isbrilliant. Very, very rarely can I stay involved in this type of story, just because it's too ridiculous. It's hard to wrap your head around concepts given life, especially if they're not your own, but this was flippin' wonderful. You must finish this. It could take you far. Added to my FF Long Box - Authors. :)

P.S. "diner," not "dinner." - Dinner is what you eat, diner is where you go to eat it. Diner is also a customer of the diner- the one who eats the dinner, but don't let that confuse you. ;)

Ridiculous? You haven't seen anything yet brother. : )

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