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Below are two quotes and an excerpt from SUPERPET, Burke the Bird of The Adventures of Shamrock Girl series:

Burke the Bird quickly looked over at Shamrock Girl and Emeralda then flashed them his lopsided smirk again then he turned back to the supervillians, the smirk now gone. He then put one of his hand-like wings to the top of his head then dramatically said, “My fellow supervillians and superpets, this has been a harrowing experience that I have been put through today and I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support but unfortunately my pride and vanity are saying that I hate for you to see me like this.” He then paused and looked right over at Shamrock Girl and Emeralda then said slowly and deliberately, “IF THE TRUTH BE TOLD, I NEED A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO COMPOSE MYSELF. CAN I ASK ALL OF YOU TO SIMPLY TURN YOUR BACKS FOR A FEW MOMENTS.” A huge sea of nods and “yes’” filled the room along with one unusually loud and squeaky, “Of course, of course!” For the second time since entering the Main Lounge this evening both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda groaned loudly because again they recognized another voice. After craning their necks they saw in the very back of the crowd, Hector Truth, otherwise known as Truthy the Superhero turning his back. It was a well known fact among superheros and supervillians on the planet of Jytrimillya that Truthy the Superhero was not only the most honest Jytrimillyan on the planet but he was also the most honest individual in New York City which was where he resided part-time and worked part-time as a pro bono lawyer. Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda started getting sinking feelings in the pit of their stomachs. But they were no where near prepared for what happened next.

To read the comic book style short story in which the two quotes and excerpt come from please click on  Shamrock Girl & The Bomb Pop Popsicle Injury!

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Tired but satisfied from a hectic month of nonstop work from her part-time job at the City of Cincinnati as a fundraising writer, Shamrock Girl or Green O’Jadery as she was currently known as was looking forward to a nice peaceful bonus two week paid vacation that she had been given for her outstanding work. “Oh, how good it was going to feel to kick back and relax for a couple of weeks.” Shamrock Girl thought happily as she put away the last of the groceries into the refrigerator. Just as Shamrock Girl was about to shut the refrigerator door she felt a sharp breeze run through her hair. Shamrock Girl immediately let out a delighted scream as she hurriedly slammed the refrigerator door shut and ran into the living room then began to immediately jump up and down.

Ten nanoseconds later, a very large black cat (38 pounds to be exact) with the same brilliant emerald green eyes like Shamrock Girl’s appeared floating on a large ethereal shamrock a few feet away from her in her comfortable living room. The cat was wearing a large shamrock-shaped knapsack on it’s shiny black back. Suddenly, the cat whipped the knapsack off it’s back, threw it aside and jumped off the ethereal floating shamrock. It immediately disappeared. Then Emeralda the Cat launched herself right into the outstretched arms of her beloved owner. The cat and it’s owner hugged for a few minutes before they broke apart. Emeralda the Cat then jumped from Shamrock Girl’s loving but aching arms deftly onto one of Shamrock Girl’s overstuffed couches and with her left paw patted the space right beside her. Shamrock Girl immediately joined Emeralda the Cat on the couch. A huge smile splitted Shamrock Girl’s beautiful face.

Emeralda the Cat was not only Shamrock Girl’s beloved pet but also her best friend in the world. Emeralda with her beautiful brilliant emerald green eyes looked directly into Shamrock Girl’s beautiful brilliant emerald green eyes and communicated her first question. (Emeralda the Cat was blessed with the gift of eyeball telepathy.) “What’s been going on? Tell me the dirt, girl!” Shamrock Girl threw her head back and laughed merrily then gladly filled her beloved pet in on what had been going on in the past month while she had been away at a cat friend of hers that had taken ill.

It was a good two hours later when Shamrock Girl’s stomach suddenly growled loudly interrupting her decoration ideas for the Good Vibes Charity Dinner Dance that was to be held next month. Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda immediately broke out into a huge fit of giggles. After a few nanoseconds of uncontrollable silly laughter Shamrock Girl suggested that they do the rest of their catching up later and have some supper. She stood up and was just about to ask Emeralda what she wanted to eat when Emeralda raised her large left paw as if to say, “wait.” Shamrock Girl stood stock still and looked questioningly into Emeralda’s eyes. Slowly, a wide grin splitted Emeralda’s face. Shamrock Girl got a good glimpse of a row of perfect sparkly small white teeth. Shamrock Girl immediately recognized that smile and got excited.

“What?” asked Shamrock Girl with eager excitement. With expert eyeball telepathy, Emeralda the Cat said, “Let’s go home for two weeks and spend some of that bonus money that you earned! Plus, we can also visit Dr. Al too! I haven’t seen her in ages! I miss her so much!” Upon hearing this, Shamrock Girl closed her eyes then hit herself hard on the right side of her head. She was suddenly very mad at herself. “Of course, why didn’t I think of that!” Shamrock Girl then said angrily, “I should have thought of that!” Emeralda the Cat snorted loudly then again lifted her left paw then flicked it airly. She then looked Shamrock Girl directly in the eyes and communicated loudly, “Girl, you’ve been busy! Life happens. Sak up!” Shamrock Girl again threw her head back and laughed for a long time before finally smiling modestly at Emeralda and nodded her head and agreed that she was right.

Shamrock Girl plopped back down on her overstuffed couch loudly, leaned down and hugged her pet tightly. Emeralda smiled then kissed Shamrock Girl on the cheek. She then gently pushed Shamrock Girl backward stopping when she had both of her front paws in Shamrock Girl’s hands and they were at arms length. Again with expert eyeball telepathy she said, “Okay girl, enough with this lovey dovey stuff! Let’s get packed and get the hell out of here! I’m starved!” Emeralda didn’t have to tell Shamrock Girl twice! Shamrock Girl jumped up from the overstuffed couch and ran into her bedroom where she grabbed a small shamrock-shaped suitcase from her closet and began stuffing hurriedly a few clothes and toiletries into it. In the mean time, Emeralda the Cat looked around for the knapsack that she had hastily thrown aside upon her arrival. She finally spotted it crumpled in a corner of Shamrock Girl’s living room. Emeralda made her way over to the knapsack, opened it, then poured the contents directly on the floor. She then scooped up the knapsack, went into her own bedroom and started filling it with fresh items that she would need for the trip home.

Sixteen minutes later, both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were all packed and ready to go. They both stood in the middle of the living room. Emeralda looked at the collar ring around her neck made of pure emeralds, gold and several small pieces of the Blarney Stone from Ireland embedded into it with total concentration. Again with expert eyeball telepathy she said, “Shamrock of Justice.” Less than a nanosecond later, a large green floating ethereal shamrock appeared twelve inches above the ground. Emeralda and Shamrock Girl both stepped up onto it. Emeralda looked down at the Shamrock of Justice and with her eyes said, “Let’s ride!”

90 nanoseconds later, Emeralda the Cat and Shamrock Girl stood tightly together with their luggage by their sides in a beautiful but incredibly cluttered living room on their home planet of Jytrimillya. The room was an interesting sight to behold. It was a mixture of modern and old, Jytrimillyan and Earth, big and small and there were colors of every shade in a standard rainbow. Emeralda lifted her left paw and patted Shamrock Girl’s foot comfortingly. As always whenever Shamrock Girl entered this apartment after any long stretch of time, big fat tears immediately filled her eyes and splashed torrentially down her face. It had been six years since Emerson and Shanna O’Jadery (a.k.a. Shamrock Man and Shamrock Woman) had lived here. She had inherited the place when her parents, her only living relatives, died when she was nineteen years old.

Unbeknownst to Shamrock Girl she had begun absentmindedly walking around the extremely cluttered condo apartment and began touching lovingly the numerous items that her parents had acquired over the many years that they had been alive. As Shamrock Girl touched each item she thought fondly of her beloved parents. How they had met at Lower Jytrimillya Junior High School, Shamrock Girl’s first trip to Earth with them when she was seven years old, the day both of her parents had won the Jytrimillyan medal of bravery, one of the highest honor’s that a Jytrimillyan could receive for thwarting an Earth robbery and saving several peoples lives including a few superheros.

Both of Shamrock Girl’s parents had been police officers with Jytrimillya City Justice, the local and largest police department on the planet of Jytrimillya and located in Jytrimillya City. Unfortunately due to their stressful careers, they both took up smoking even though they knew the risks. Cigarette smoke was a hundred times more toxic on a Jytrimillyan than on an Earth person. Sadly they both died six years ago within just a couple of months of each other.

As Shamrock Girl continued to walk around the condo apartment in a trance-like haze, she remembered how happy and proud her parents were when they told her when she was a little girl that after years and years of scrimping and saving they were finally able to purchase this four bedroom condo apartment in Jytrimillya City Towers. It was their first and only true home. Shamrock Girl’s parents often said that there were two kinds of Jytrimillyans, house people and condo people. Shamrock Girl’s parents were definitely condo people. They absolutely loved being right smack dab in the middle of things and of course all of the amenities that the condo building had to offer. With Jytrimillya City Towers located right in downtown Jytrimillya City, to Shamrock Girl’s parents it was the place to be. They loved it here and Shamrock Girl was a mommy and daddy’s girl which meant that she loved it here too.

All of a sudden without knowing why, Shamrock Girl jumped a foot into the air. She looked around wildly then came crashing back down to Jytrimillya when she saw Emeralda the Cat looking up at her. A sad but patient look covered her face although the beautiful jet black fur on her face was damp. Apparently, Emeralda had tapped her on the foot to get her attention. “They loved you very much and would be just as proud of you today as I am.” Emeralda’s eyes said lovingly. More tears splashed down Shamrock Girl’s face as she nodded her head. Emeralda then walked around Shamrock Girl then stretched up until both of her front paws were on the small of Shamrock Girl’s back and gently nudged Shamrock Girl forward. Shamrock Girl looked back at her cat and Emeralda’s eyes said, “Let’s take a walk.”

It was a miraculous transformation once Shamrock Girl and Emeralda got outdoors. It seemed one nanosecond Shamrock Girl was feeling very sad and the next nanosecond she was feeling like she was on top of the world. As Shamrock Girl and Emeralda walked past Sparkflash’s Superhero Costume Outfitters, Jytrimillya City Pizzeria, Dapper Dance’s Dance Studio & Emporium and the numerous other businesses and various other places in the capitol city, Shamrock Girl felt so full of happiness. She was instantly feeling like her old self. She was feeling like Emerson and Shanna O’Jadery’s beloved and extremely loved daughter. This time when Shamrock Girl smiled the brilliant sparkle of her beautiful white teeth practically lit up the planet with blinding and effervescent light. When Shamrock Girl looked down at Emeralda she found herself fumbling around for just the right words to thank her beloved cat. But before any words could pass Shamrock Girl’s mouth, Emeralda held up her left paw and again with expert eyeball telepathy said, “I’m so hungry that I could eat a horse and for a cat to do that is a feat in itself! Let’s get something to eat, i’m starved!” Emeralda then patted Shamrock Girl’s foot and winked at her in a you-don’t-have-to-say-anything-I-love-you-girl way. Shamrock Girl continued to smile at her cat while silently thanking her. Emeralda again lifted her left paw and flicked it airly as if to say, “No problem.” Emeralda again looked deeply into Shamrock Girl’s eyes and firmly said, “Let’s go!”

Emeralda started walking again and in a nanosecond put on a huge burst of speed. Shamrock Girl was hot on her tail. After several minutes of walking, Emeralda suddenly stopped. Shamrock Girl again smiled bright. She was happily looking up at one of her most favorite places in the world, The Jytrimillya City Community Club. The club was the hangout! The place for both superheros and supervillians to be. To be a member of the club the only requirement was that you had to be a resident of Jytrimillya City. The JC Club as it was known was comprised of many miles of meeting rooms, exercise equipment, clothing shops and much much more. But right now the only amenity that Emeralda the Cat was interested in was the JC Food Court. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda wasted no time in zipping up the beautiful sparkly diamond-like stairs and entered the club. The both of them had taken no more than four steps before they were engulfed in hugs and merry greetings from their fellow superheros and superpets. Unfortunately, they were also greeted with an equal amount of boos and jeers from a group of passing supervillians and their superpets. However, this did not spoil their mood, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda both felt terrific! As they continued to be swallowed up by the hugs and greetings from their brethren, at one point Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were able to make eye contact and with perfect synergy they both communicated at the same time that it was good to be home.

After what seemed like a million nanoseconds, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda gave the last superhero left to be greeted hearty hugs and then hurriedly made their way down one of the numerous hallways to the food court. After a couple of nanoseconds of walking, waving and high-fiveing, they arrived at their destination. Shamrock Girl threw the double doors open quickly then sighed with ecstacy. Emeralda purred loudly beside her. Inside the gigantic room was total chaos! The noise level was deafening! The sight was also spectacular too! The room was literally filled with kiosks of every size and color and each one of those kiosks were manned by superheros and supervillians of every size and color cooking and dishing up both Jytrimillyan and Earth food. There were also superhero and supervillian customers milling around everywhere as well. Some of them were moving superfast and some of them were moving around superslow but wherever you looked there was some kind of movement. Even the superhero and supervillians waiting in line at the many kiosks were moving unnaturally. For a nanosecond Shamrock Girl felt a little seasick. Emeralda startled her when she tapped her on the foot and with her eyes said, “Let’s get our food and meet back here, okay?” Shamrock Girl nodded her head. She then watched Emeralda walk over and stand in the line that said “Shamrock Foods Seafood” and started to talk to a superhero and his dutch rabbit.

All of a sudden a low and strangled rumble erupted from her belly. Shamrock Girl was immediately embarrassed. She quickly looked around then sighed with relief. Thanks to all of the noise and activity nobody heard her stomach. Shamrock Girl looked around quickly then made her way over and got into the McDonald’s line. After a few more hugs and kisses from hungry superhero friends who had just noticed their arrival, a short time later, both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda arrived near the enter/exit doors of the food court. Two huge trays floated beside them. On Shamrock Girl’s tray sat a Big Mac, large fries, large shamrock shake, apple pie and a chocolate sundae. On Emeralda’s tray sat two extremely large and delicious-looking pieces of catfish, a large container of crab salad, a dish of stuffed lobster mushrooms, a large bottle of 7up, a small piece of peach cobbler and a small cup filled with a single scoop of butter pecan ice cream. They both left the food court and walked a short distance straight ahead. They then made a left turn and again walked straight ahead until they came to a door with “Main Lounge” printed boldly above it. Shamrock Girl opened one of the double doors and walked in. Her large tray of food, Emeralda and Emeralda’s large tray of food closely followed. No sooner than the door had shut they were greeted by song. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda both groaned loudly because they recognized that voice instantly.

“I’d like to teach the supervillian world to sing, in perfect harmony! I’d like to buy the supervillian world a Coke and keep it company! That’s the song I sing!”

“I’d like to teach the supervillian world to sing, in perfect harmony! I’d like to buy the supervillian world a Coke and keep it company! That’s the song I sing!”

“I’d like to teach the supervillian world to sing, in perfect harmony! I’d like to buy the supervillian world a Coke and keep it company! That’s the song I sing!”

The vocalist of the slightly altered Coca Cola jingle was a large black parrot with magnificient baby blue eyes. The bird was standing court right smack dab in the middle of a long gigantic rectangular table singing with a can of Coca Cola in one of its wings. Normally this sight would be extremely unusual anywhere else in the universe, but on Jytrimillya it was totally normal. As the bird continued to sing you got to see in great detail his unique bodily features. From the bird’s neck to his clawed feet were five horizontal layers of beautiful ruffled feathers and his wings were the same with the exception that four of the horizontal layers were long but the fifth layer was shorter. It gave the impression that the bird had four fingers and a thumb rather than wings at times. As the bird continued to sing you could see his big gleaming row of perfect white teeth. The bird’s name was Burke the Bird and he was the superpet of Shamrock Girl’s archnemesises, Ebonnyra and Ivorysour. And like his owners he was bad to the core.

The Main Lounge of the JC Club was at the behest of the supervillians divided into two sides. On each side of the room were two long gigantic rectangular tables. Each was further marked with a S.V. and the other one with a S.H. The table with the S.V. was the supervillian table and the table marked S.H. was the superhero table. Also on each side of the room were one seat, two seat, three seat, four seat and other different sized tables. Each side also was liberally decorated with pictures of deceased supervillians and superheros, cutout newspaper articles of various crimes and the foiling of those crimes, several clocks, comfy couchs, chairs, desks, internet stations, several television sets, vending machines, telephone booths and much much more.

Currently in the Main Lounge there were no other superheros or their superpets and as they looked at Burke the Bird singing they now knew why. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were the only ones. Shamrock Girl sighed heavily but with a determined gait led Emeralda over to a two seater table by a bay window on the superhero side of the lounge. Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda seated themselves and their trays of food floated down to each of them right in front of them. Even though Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were extremely hungry, they both just nibbled at their food pausing periodically to give each other weary looks. Both of them knew that they should just leave but they were both just so proud and stubborn that they couldn’t bring themselves to do it. In unison, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda both sighed and waited for the inevitable.

While the superhero side of the Main Lounge was practically empty, the supervillian side was the complete opposite. From the looks of it there seemed to be about a hundred supervillians littered all over the supervillian side and all of them were currently watching Burke the Bird sing which is why noone noticed their arrival. Burke, they noticed, had switched from the slightly altered Coca Cola jingle to a lewd song about a superhero named SharpPoint that Shamrock Girl personally knew was a hell of a nice guy and one of the hardest working superheros on the planet. Shamrock Girl’s blood slowly started to boil. “Leave!” she told herself. “Leave!” But Shamrock Girl stayed right where she was and she knew that Emeralda would do the same. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were jolted out of their internal struggles by a roar of thunderous applause. “Thank you! Thank you! I love you all!” Burke the Bird cooed while blowing kisses to supervillians and a few superpets all over the room. “Now for my next number…..”

But Burke the Bird’s next number would forever remain a mystery because at that very moment he had spotted Shamrock Girl and Emeralda sitting alone on the superhero side of the Main Lounge. At first, Burke’s beautiful baby blue eyes registered mild surprise but it took only a nanosecond for them to register something else. Pure wicked mischief. Burke the Bird then smiled innocently over at them then said, “Well, well, well, everybody, it seems that we have two guests.” He then pointed one of his finger-like wings at the table where Shamrock Girl and Emeralda sat. In unison, all heads and bodies swiveled around to the direction Burke the Bird was pointing at. Burke then said, “May I present to you, Shamrock Girl and her big booty! Ooops, i’m so sorry Emeralda honey, I mean Shamrock Girl and Emeralda the Cat, otherwise known as the little booty!” Within a nanosecond, Shamrock Girl’s face had gone beet red and Emeralda’s was quickly catching up to hers as the supervillians and their superpets hooted with laughter. The loudest of course coming from Ebonnyra and Ivorysour who were making their way to the front of the supervillian pack while laughing hysterically. Burke the Bird glowing from the response of his brethren and not wanting to lose the limelight that he so desperately loved flew quickly over to the superhero side of the Main Lounge and landed on top of a vending machine cattycorner to the table Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were sitting at.

Once on top of the vending machine, Burke the Bird strutted and swaggered around on it for a couple of nanoseconds before coming to a halt right smack dab in the middle of the vending machine. All eyes including Shamrock Girl’s and Emeralda’s blazing ones were on him. All of a sudden a frown appeared out of no where on Burke the Bird’s face then he looked down directly at Shamrock Girl and Emeralda and said loudly, “It must be so hard not having any friends, I of course, don’t have that problem myself you know. I’m a total peach and everybody loves me!” Another loud roar of applause exploded from the supervillians and their superpets now all standing at the center of the Main Lounge which divided the room. Ebonnyra and Ivorysour were standing upfront and in the middle. Each of them were looking at Burke the Bird with loving pride. Burke slowly lowered his head and eyes and smiled modestly.

“Humph!” Shamrock Girl said loudly. Burke the Bird’s head whipped up instantly. “What was that?” he sneered. It took Shamrock Girl thirty full seconds before she decided that she really didn’t want any trouble even though she was itching to tell Burke the Bird off, she decided in the end that he wasn’t worth it so she put her hand to her throat and with forced sweetness said, “I didn’t say anything I was just clearing my throat.” And to enforce what she had just said, she loudly cleared her throat and coughed a couple of times. Emeralda snickered loudly. Burke the Bird’s baby blue eyed gaze narrowed and shifted to a still snickering Emeralda then back again at Shamrock Girl. Then his baby blue eyed gaze took both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda in simultaneously. He then put both of his hand-like wings on his hips. In an extremely mean tone he uttered, “If you bitches got something to say, then-say-it!” Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda froze. “Oooh!” Ebonnyra squealed loudly then cupped her hand to her mouth and Ivorysour hot on her tail as usual said, “That’s my boy, get her!” The supervillians and their superpets laughed again but their eyes remained transfixed on Shamrock Girl, Emeralda and Burke.

There were a lot of things that Shamrock Girl hated in life and being called a “bitch” was at the very top of her list. With pure controlled fury, Shamrock Girl pushed her chair deliberately back, stood up and looked up into Burke the Bird’s mean challenging eyes. “You said that everybody loves you but let me set the record straight, everybody does not love you, including me and Emeralda because you are mean, nasty and rotten to the core. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate you but I certainly don’t love you either and I think that I speak for a lot of people, animals and insects!” Shamrock Girl hissed through clenched teeth. Emeralda began to clap loudly. Shamrock Girl then grabbed her chair savagely then sat back down hard making the chair moan. Burke the Bird now totally enraged mostly from learning that everybody in the universe didn’t love him like they were supposed to rapidly searched his mind for a retort that would hurt Shamrock Girl to her very soul and after a couple of nanoseconds thought of something. All pretenses of false niceties gone, he spat with pure hatred, “Well at least I have a lot of people who love me!” He then pointed one of his finger-like wings straight at Shamrock Girl. “On the other hand, everybody whoever loved you is currently suckin’ dirt six feet under except for this loser!” He then pointed at Emeralda.

Instantly, a look of pure pain shot across Shamrock Girl’s face as she thought of her parents then misty tears began to involuntarily form in her eyes. However, the pain was totally forgotten when she saw Emeralda utter three simple words, “Super bitch slap!” For two nanoseconds Shamrock Girl looked at her cat with pure happiness and pride. But it took Shamrock Girl another nanosecond to regain her senses and pure horror filled her insides as she saw Emeralda’s left paw instantly grow thirteen feet tall and surface within mere millimeters of Burke the Bird’s startled face. As the great big paw momentarily moved backward, Shamrock Girl instantly uttered two words, “Super strength!” And within a half of a nanosecond her hand also grew thirteen feet tall then collided with Emeralda’s giant paw trying to prevent it from bitch slapping Burke the Bird across the face. It was this struggle that saved Burke the Bird from a massive amount of pain. Burke the Bird let out a series of terrified screams as he cried for help. Unfortunately as Shamrock Girl and Emeralda continued to struggle the other supervillians and their superpets were too frightened to intervene in fear that they would be the recipients of not one but two great big bitch slaps. They watched helplessly from the middle of their side of the Main Lounge.

Burke the Bird was jumping around the vending machine top like he had ants in his pants. Twice he had tried to fly off to safety but Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s giant limbs were blocking his escape. For a few nanoseconds all three parties involved froze when they heard an extremely loud crash somewhere behind them but quickly picked up right where they had left off. After six full minutes, Emeralda’s paw for an instant broke free of Shamrock Girl’s grasp and struck. Emeralda’s paw missed Burke the Bird’s face by one millimeter but instead hit the vending machine top. The force of the blow made the vending machine wobble unsteadily for a few nanoseconds. So determined was Burke the Bird to avoid the blow as well as stay on the wobbling vending machine that he eventually lost his balance and toppled over backward and kept rolling until he fell with a loud scream behind the vending machine that he had been happily strutting around on only a short time ago. Simultaneously all the supervillians and superpets screamed. Not too long afterward, the vending machine finally fell sideways to the floor with a deafening crash. Food, drink and glass flew everywhere.

“Emeralda, please stop!” Shamrock Girl pleaded. “Please stop for me, precious, please stop!” That did it! After Shamrock Girl used her special pet name for Emeralda, her giant paw began to shrink and shrink until finally it was its normal size again. Emeralda was sitting in her chair at the two seat table hunched over, crying. Two nanoseconds later, Shamrock Girl was at her side comforting her. After a couple of nanoseconds, Emeralda lifted herself up to her full height then gently took Shamrock Girl’s face into her two front paws and again with expert eyeball telepathy said, “I don’t regret what I just did, I only wished that I got to slap that hateful little monster.” Tears still streaming down her face she held Shamrock Girl’s face more firmly with her paws then said from deep down in her heart. “You are my owner, sister and best friend and I love you girl! Always remember that your pain is my pain. When you suffer, I suffer. That is one thing that we will always share. Always know that when anybody hurts you when i’m around I will always do anything that I can to protect you. That’s just how it is, girl.” Emeralda then lifted her left paw and fiercely brushed her face. Tears were now brimming in Shamrock Girl’s eyes as she hugged her still sobbing cat tightly. Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda started violently when they heard a voice behind them. They both turned around and saw Burke the Bird’s head peeking out from the overturned vending machine.

“Well, well, well isn’t that touching!” Burke the Bird said sarcastically. The rest of his body then emerged and he stomped out over to the other side of the vending machine trying to put as much distance as he could from Emeralda and Shamrock Girl. After a few nanoseconds, he came to a brisk stop and then began to brush the dust and cobwebs from himself angrily while taking off alot of feathers in the process. When the supervillians saw that the coast was clear and it was safe to go over they all rushed over to the superhero side of the Main Lounge where Burke was still fiercely brushing himself off. Ebonnyra and Ivorysour were in the lead. Once the supervillians and superpets reached him they all asked him in unison, “Are you all right?” Burke the Bird nodded his head. “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m fine.” he said angrily. A nasty curse word was just about to erupt from his mouth when he looked up at his brethren and was immediately taken aback. His baby blue eyes were staring up at many different colored eyes all filled with love, fear and concern.

If there was one thing that Burke the Bird relished above being the center of attention, playing mean tricks on superheros or looking down on poor Earthlings it was being loved. Now it was Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s turn to be taken aback. They continued to look on with shock as Burke the Bird’s mouth began to quiver and real live tears formed in his eyes and rolled down his face. Ebonnyra bent down and hugged Burke tightly. Ivorysour hot on her tail as usual hugged both of them. His extremely long and muscular arms circling the both of them several times over. The supervillians and the superpets looked on proudly and quietly. Emeralda and Shamrock Girl looked at each other, disbelief was written all over their faces. It was Emeralda who finally broke the silence. “I can’t believe it! Burke the Bird is acting like a normal civilized Jytrimillyan!” Emeralda then looked down at the floor, shame was spreading like a virus all over her face. Fifteen nanoseconds later, she then looked back up again and said in a strangled way, “Well, dammit if he can act like a normal civilized Jytrimillyan then so can I. I’m going over to say that i’m sorry to him even though I don’t mean it, but i’m still going to say that i’m sorry anyway because it’s the right thing to do.” She then lowered her eyes then quickly raised them back up and looked into Shamrock Girl’s eyes and said quietly, “I’m sorry about all of this, girl.”

Emeralda then shifted her gaze from Shamrock Girl to the fallen damaged vending machine and all of the food, drink and glass on the floor. Emeralda sighed loudly then said, “After I apologize to Burke, I am going to clean up this mess and I also have to pay for the damage that I caused.” Shamrock Girl then tenderly squeezed Emeralda’s paw. A rueful smile appeared on her face. “Well, there goes our bonus money shopping spree!” she said. Emeralda and Shamrock Girl immediately started to giggle. Emeralda again raised her left paw and swiped at the last vestiges of tears left on her face. When she was finished she made a motion forward with her left paw. “Well, let me get this over with.” Emeralda then jumped down from the chair and started to walk over to Burke and the supervillians. Shamrock Girl was right by her side.

Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda had taken no more than two steps when they stopped dead in their tracks. Burke the Bird was still hugging Ebonnyra and Ivorysour like he was a few minutes earlier but his position had changed slightly. He now had the right side of his face pressed against Ivorysour’s massive chest. The left side of his face was clearly visible. So there was absolutely no mistaking the half smirk on the left side of his face and the malicious glee in his left eye. “Do me a favor and put me down for minute, Ivy.” Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda heard Burke the Bird say to Ivorysour then clapped his muscular shoulder briskly. Ebonnyra gave him a quick kiss on the cheek before Ivorysour lowered him gently to the floor. All the supervillians including Ebonnyra and Ivorysour all waited expectantly.

Burke the Bird quickly looked over at Shamrock Girl and Emeralda then flashed them his lopsided smirk again then he turned back to the supervillians, the smirk now gone. He then put one of his hand-like wings to the top of his head then dramatically said, “My fellow supervillians and superpets, this has been a harrowing experience that I have been put through today and I want to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support but unfortunately my pride and vanity are saying that I hate for you to see me like this.” He then paused and looked right over at Shamrock Girl and Emeralda then said slowly and deliberately, “IF THE TRUTH BE TOLD, I NEED A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO COMPOSE MYSELF. CAN I ASK ALL OF YOU TO SIMPLY TURN YOUR BACKS FOR A FEW MOMENTS.” A huge sea of nods and “yes’” filled the room along with one unusually loud and squeaky, “Of course, of course!” For the second time since entering the Main Lounge this evening both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda groaned loudly because again they recognized another voice. After craning their necks they saw in the very back of the crowd, Hector Truth, otherwise known as Truthy the Superhero turning his back. It was a well known fact among superheros and supervillians on the planet of Jytrimillya that Truthy the Superhero was not only the most honest Jytrimillyan on the planet but he was also the most honest individual in New York City which was where he resided part-time and worked part-time as a pro bono lawyer. Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda started getting sinking feelings in the pit of their stomachs. But they were no where near prepared for what happened next.

Once all of the supervillians and Truthy the Superhero’s backs were turned and they were all huddled together talking quietly, Burke the Bird looked over at Shamrock Girl and Emeralda again and winked wickedly. He then walked a few steps over to the middle of the fallen vending machine and quietly opened fully a slightly ajar compartment on the vending machine where a lone Bomb Pop Popsicle lay. Burke took the Bomb Pop Popsicle out quietly then carefully tore off the wrapper and tossed it aside. He then took a couple of licks of the popsicle then all of a sudden he moved the red part of the popsicle to his left eye, closed his eyelid and circled his eye with it. He did this several times. He then rubbed the red part of the popsicle all over his body then moved the Bomb Pop back to his mouth and began eating vigorously the red part then the white part until he finally came to the remaining blue part of the popsicle. He stopped eating then lifted the remaining blue part to his left eye and began moving it all over his eye, face and body. He then returned the Bomb Pop Popsicle for the last time to his mouth and quickly ate the rest of it. Once he was finished he gave the remaining long wooden stick a long lick before tossing it aside. He then looked fiercely at his yellow collar ring with pieces of the awesome onyx and the lemonhead diamond embedded into it then put one of his hand-like wings to the right side of his face and whispered at Shamrock Girl and Emeralda four words, “Super stick and super bright.” Shamrock Girl and Emeralda watched increduously as the red and blue parts from the Bomb Pop Popsicle stared to glow brightly and boldly. Their mouths fell open in unison as a now extremely battered and bruised looking Burke the Bird winked over at them then he said loudly with his red and blue tongue totally visible.

“Okay, everybody, you can turn around now.” All the supervillians, superpets and Truthy the Superhero all turned around in unison and a nanosecond later, all of their mouths fell open in unison just as Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s had as they took in Burke the Bird’s appearance. With fake surprise in his baby blue eyes and with a smile dancing around the corner’s of his mouth that he deftly managed to keep at bay said almost straight-faced to the crowd in a sugary sweet innocent voice, “Whatever is the matter?” All of a sudden a piercing scream broke the stunned silence as Ebonnyra quickly went to Burke the Bird then carefully picked him up all the while yelling at the top of her lungs, “Call the doctor! Call an ambulance! Call the doctor! Call an ambulance! Omigod! Omigod!” All at once chaos broke out everywhere. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda as if stuck in a bad dream were still rooted to the same spots that they had been ever since they found Burke the Bird staring at them maliciously. They both were in such an incredible amount of shock at the stunning events that had just transpired in the last couple of minutes that neither of them could physically move a muscle. They both just stood there like statues watching the chaos in disbelief. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda didn’t know how long they had been standing there when another voice startled them. “Well, are you two just going to stand there or are you going to tell me what the hell is going on?”

For the third time that evening yet another voice had startled them but this time was different. Instead of groaning both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda smiled bright and let out loud whoops of joy. The voice was like a nice refreshing glass of ice cold water on a hot summer’s day. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda both having regained their ability to move their bodies simultaneously ran over and hugged Dr. Althea Lawgood tightly nearly knocking her to the ground. Dr. Al as she was known was the holder of a doctorate of medicine and a doctorate of law enforcement. Dr. Al was the doctor supreme for the superhero division of the planet of Jytrimillya which was the highest ranking doctor on the planet. She was also the captain and head of Jytrimillya City Justice which was the largest police force on the planet of Jytrimillya. In fact during her first year as Captain she had come up with an idea to assign superheros to specific cities all over the planet Earth so that they would have their “own turf” to semi-police if things got really bad and the local police needed help. Of course all of the superheros loved the idea and to Shamrock Girl’s surprise all of the supervillians loved the idea too but only the “their own turf” part on the planet Earth. Although Dr. Al lived on Jytrimillya full-time now because of her two demanding jobs before she was Captain she had lived part-time in Philadelphia which is why when Dr. Al chose to live full-time on Jytrimillya Shamrock Girl had literally jumped at the chance to semi-police Dr. Al’s old stomping ground. Anyhoo getting back to the story. Dr. Al was also Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s beloved godmother. Dr. Al had been best friends with Shamrock Girl’s parents ever since they were small children. Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda couldn’t believe that she was here. Both of them just remembering why they had come home for a visit which was to spend some of Shamrock Girl’s bonus money and to see Dr. Al, but so much had happened that evening that they had completely forgot until now. Dr. Al hugged both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda soundly then she said firmly to them, “Let’s have a seat ladies.” She then let them go and walked over to a three seater table and sat down in the middle. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda took the two seats opposite her. “Now I want both of you to tell me what the hell is going on and Emeralda I want to hear from you first. From the little bit that I was able to make out from Corruptus B. Villianer’s shouting and yelling, you’re at the center of this mess.” (Corruptus B. Villianer was the lawyer supreme for the supervillian division of the planet of Jytrimillya.)

Emeralda sighed loudly then crossed her paws in front of her on the table. She slowly took a breath of air in then with expert eyeball telepathy told Dr. Al what had happened up until the time that Dr. Al herself had arrived in the Main Lounge startling them. Shamrock Girl only interrupted occasionally to confirm Emeralda’s version of the events. It was Dr. Al’s turn to sigh loudly now. She stood up wearily and said, “Alright you two, I want you to stay right here while I go talk to Corruptus and find out what’s going on. Okay?” she said firmly. “Okay.” Shamrock Girl and Emeralda said quickly. “I’ll be back as soon as I can.” she called back over her shoulder. A few nanoseconds later, Dr. Al was gone. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda now completely back to themselves noticed that they were all alone in the Main Lounge. Emeralda took Shamrock Girl’s hand into her left paw. Shamrock Girl noticed that it was a bit sweaty. Shamrock Girl squeezed Emeralda’s paw reassuringly. Emeralda rewarded her with a nervous looking smile. Ten minutes later, Truthy the Superhero walked cautiously into the Main Lounge and up to the table where Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were sitting. “May I sit down?” he asked them quietly. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda both nodded.

Truthy sat down quickly. “Can I be frank?” he asked. Again Shamrock Girl and Emeralda both nodded. “If the truth be told, this situation totally sucks!” A shy smile quickly crossed his handsome boyish tan face. Like a nasty virus, Truthy’s smile was contagious. Within a couple of nanoseconds all three of them were not only smiling but laughing merrily. Another nanosecond later, SharpPoint the Superhero entered the Main Lounge followed by a hundred superheros. The other superheros heard a little bit about what had happened and wanted to let Shamrock Girl and Emeralda know that they were 100% on their side and would give them their full support. This instantly made Shamrock Girl and Emeralda feel a whole lot better. It made them both feel good that they were not alone. As Shamrock Girl looked around at her fellow brethren looking extremely worriedly at her and Emeralda she realized that Burke the Bird was wrong as usual. Everyone who ever loved her was not dead but also standing right here in this room with her. It was a fact that she had already known but Burke the Bird’s comment had disturbed her all the same but now Shamrock Girl felt like she was on top of the world again and that she could accomplish anything. When she looked over at Emeralda a nanosecond later, the cosmic twins that they were knew that she was feeling exactly the same way.

Shamrock Girl was brought out of her reverie by SharpPoint’s voice. He was currently telling Shamrock Girl and Emeralda that if there was anything that they could do for them no matter what it was to please let them know. Shamrock Girl was about to express her thanks when Truthy beat her to the punch. “Well,” he said, “If the truth be told, these lovely ladies could use some extra help cleaning up this mess and some fresh food and drink.” While Truthy said these words he gestured to the vending machine and floor then to the now cold food sitting on the two seater table by the window. All of a sudden there was a mad rush of superheros all over the Main Lounge. A very short time later the Main Lounge was spic and span again. The broken vending machine was now gone and the floor was completely clean. Also, at the polite urging of Truthy and the rest of the superheros, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were now eating heartily fresh food from the JC Food Court that some of the superheros had gotten them. Trying to keep their minds off of the upcoming trouble that they sensed was coming ahead, Truthy and the rest of the superheros began playing games and sharing superhero tales to keep them entertained.

Four long hours later Dr. Al once again entered the Main Lounge, a big frown and many wrinkles were etched onto her forehead and face. Truthy immediately jumped up from the chair between Shamrock Girl and Emeralda and offered it to Dr. Al who promptly plopped down into it. Truthy ever the superhero gentleman said firmly, “If the truth be told, I think that we should give these ladies a little privacy.” But Shamrock Girl held up her hand then uttered, “If the truth be told, i’d like all of you to stay.” Emeralda nodded her approval. Truthy’s tan cheeks turned a bright pink before he smiled at Shamrock Girl shyly. The superheros all smiled at Shamrock Girl and Emeralda. They looked completely touched. They all then pulled up chairs, couches and some of them even sat on the floor as they all waited for Dr. Al to speak. Dr. Al smiled around tiredly then looked at Emeralda and said, “I hate to do this to you kitten but i’m afraid that I am going to have to take you down to the station and book you.”

Immediately a chorus of “no’s” went up into the air. “What for?” Shamrock Girl sputtered. Dr. Al sighed loudly then said, “Emeralda, i’m afraid is going to charged with attempted murder and willful destruction of property.” Many “omigods” and “no’s” again filled the room. “You’ve got to be kidding!” said Shamrock Girl increduously while tears started to brim in her eyes. “We told you what happened. Emeralda simply lost her cool at Burke the Bird’s sick remark. She wasn’t trying to kill anyone! That’s ridiculous! She was only defending me.” “I know, I know, I know.” Dr. Al said wearily. “But unfortunately Ebonnyra, Ivorysour, Burke the Bird and a hundred supervillians all say different. And they’re all claiming that they have an impartial witness to the crimes.” Dr. Al then looked over wearily at Truthy the Superhero. Every superhero including Shamrock Girl and Emeralda did the same. Then Shamrock Girl and Emeralda both looked over at each other. Duel dawns of realization appeared in their matching eyes as they finally put two and two together.

Earlier, when Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were about to go over and apologize to Burke the Bird but stopped when they saw the malicious glee in his eye and a smirk on his face they now realized at some point while Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were talking that Burke had spotted Truthy the Superhero probably sticking out like a sore thumb amongst the supervillians and put two and two together much earlier than they did. Burke had realized that Truthy had witnessed almost everything and he had all he needed to nail both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda to the wall. Shamrock Girl immediately became frightened at the realization. “Oh my god!” Shamrock Girl said loudly then put her hand to her mouth. The rest of the superheros except Shamrock Girl, Truthy, Dr. Al and Emeralda looked puzzled so Emeralda filled them in.

Shamrock Girl’s worst fears were confirmed when Truthy told them that he had ran into SharpPoint in the JC Food Court and learned that Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were here for a visit. Truthy then hurriedly headed off to Ticker Tacos to get some food so that he could eat with them. A few minutes later, SharpPoint suddenly remembered that he had forgot to tell Truthy, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda for that matter that all of the superheros and their superpets were avoiding the Main Lounge because of Burke the Bird’s singing when he received yet another phone call from his mother and he completely forgot again. Truthy then told them how he came to the Main Lounge to eat with the girls and catch up when he inadvertantly came upon the struggle between Shamrock Girl and Emeralda and saw Burke the Bird screaming for help from them on top of the vending machine.

After Truthy finished his story, the Main Lounge full of superheros suddenly went deadly quiet and bleak. The terrible silence was finally broken by Manowi Midnight otherwise known as Midnight White the Superhero. Midnight was a very tall and good looking black man with gleaming midnight black skin and perfect sparkling white teeth. Midnight was the lawyer supreme for the superhero division for the planet of Jytrimillya. He would obviously be Emeralda’s lawyer. “Hi everybody, so good to see all of you. I just wished it could of been under more pleasant circumstances. I hate to break this up but we really need to get down to the station gals.” he said looking at Emeralda, Dr. Al and Shamrock Girl. “And Truthy, we need you to come with us too.” Midnight said quietly. Shamrock Girl, Emeralda, Dr. Al and Truthy all nodded bleakly then stood up. Before they left, they again received many hugs and kisses from their brethren.

Three exhausting hours later, puffy eyed and bone tired, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda arrived back at the condo apartment. Each of them went into the bathroom and brushed their teeth at the dual sinks and took long hot showers in the dual shower compartments then fell into their beds tiredly. Neither spoke to each other but instead laid awake a long time then fell into troubled sleeps.

It was Shamrock Girl who awoke first the next day. She started violently when she heard loud knocking on the front door and the doorbell buzzing furiously. Before Shamrock Girl threw off the covers she automatically looked over at the clock on her bedside table. It said 11:41 am. The loud knocking and the doorbell buzzing continued, this time waking Emeralda. Shamrock Girl quickly said, “I’ll get it.” Then dashed off to the front door. Once the door was open, Dr. Al rushed in carrying a large square box with Dunkin Donuts printed on it and on top of the donut box was a holder with three large cups in it. Dr. Al set the items on the cherrywood coffee table in front of the couch. Emeralda ambled in looking like hell. She yawned loudly. Her beautiful jet black fur was sticking up all over the place and she had bags under her eyes and sleepy crust in the corners. Shamrock Girl didn’t even want to think about what she looked like. Emeralda seated herself on the floor at the end of the coffee table. Dr. Al sat on the couch opposite her. Shamrock Girl then sat down next to Dr. Al on the couch.

“Unfortunately i’m afraid that I have two pieces of bad news, ladies.” Dr. Al said quietly then took one of the cups from the holder, popped the lid off then drank deeply. Emeralda held up her left paw as if to say, “Wait! Don’t tell me yet!” And it was her turn to take a cup from the holder, remove the lid and drink deeply. Shamrock Girl was so nervous and scared about what she was about to hear that she didn’t know what the hell to do so she followed the others and took the last cup from the holder and took a small sip of the hot robust Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. She then began circling the rim of the cup with her finger. When Dr. Al had practically drank all of her coffee she looked over at Emeralda for a signal. A couple of nanoseconds later, Emeralda lowered her cup from her mouth and nodded her head. Shamrock Girl held her breath.

“First, in two weeks Emeralda you’ll have to appear at the Jytrimillya City Municipal Court House where you will be formally arraigned for attempted murder and willful destruction of property. Midnight White says the trial will probably take place in about six months after the arraignment.” Dr. Al said, a big frown covering her lovely brown face. Tears started to form in Shamrock Girl’s eyes. With expert eyeball telepathy and in a slightly shaky way Emeralda asked, “If I were to be found guilty of this nonsense which I know that there is no way that I will ever be, but let’s just suppose that I am. What am I looking at?” Dr. Al lowered her eyes and voice and said, “25 years for the attempted murder charge and 3 years for the willful destruction of property charge.” Shamrock Girl’s coffee slid from her hands and fell to the floor. Shamrock Girl immediately jumped up and shrieked, “28 years!” “Well, let’s look on the bright side.” Emeralda said with false brightness, “If I go to jail at least i’ll get some peace and quiet.” A huge grin then spread across her face and she began to laugh. Dr. Al chuckled heartily. Shamrock Girl in spite of her fear couldn’t help but to laugh too.

To let you all in on the joke, Junker or its formal name, Junker Correctional Planetary Prison is Jytrimillya’s one and only prison. It is a gigantic structure located on the south side of Jytrimillya City. It was designed to house both superheros and supervillians. There are two divisions of the prison. The “SHSP” division that stood for the superhero/superpet division and the “SVSP” division that stood for the supervillian/superpet division. While the supervillian division is filled with thousands of supervillian inmates all caught on video and weren’t able to talk, lie or buy their way out of their crimes, the superhero division has exactly zero inmates currently. Only a small number of superheros over the years have ever been imprisoned and they had all been innocent. The only reason that they had been sent to Junker at all was that each of them consented to go and that had only been to keep the supervillians quiet and from whining about injustice and favortism. The maximum sentence that a superhero has ever received has been two weeks which satisfied the supervillians because to them a superhero in jail for a few days is like years.

From what Dr. Al had told her and several bits of overheard conversations from supervillians who had been in Junker over the years, all in all Shamrock Girl knew that it was actually a very nice place mostly due to the supervilllians urgent insisting that all kinds of comfort features be installed in the prison like luxury carpeting in every cell, private bathrooms with whirlpools in them, five star food room service, security officers and prison personnel who attended to your every need, daily conjugal visits and much much more. The only drawback to Junker was like at any prison you couldn’t leave, you are basically confined to the prison itself and the grounds for your entire stay which the supervillians could care less about because most of them were still able to do their dirty work from behind bars but the very idea of Emeralda not being able to go anywhere for 28 years was unfathomable. “What are we gonna’ do?” Shamrock Girl wailed miserably.

Dr. Al looked at Emeralda then patted the space beside her on the couch. Emeralda immediately jumped up beside her. Dr. Al then put both of her arms around Shamrock Girl and Emeralda. Both of them snuggled up against her. Dr. Al then kissed both of them on the cheek and said, “Well, here’s what you’re not going to do. For the time being I want both of you to stay in this apartment. You are not to go anywhere! The supervillians are all itching to confront you face to face and the last thing we need is any more trouble! We’re not going to give them anymore ammunition! I mean it, girls, you are to stay in this apartment! I’ve already arranged for groceries and take out to be delivered to you daily. Plus, I want you girls to get some rest. You both look terrible. And Midnight White wants you well rested for your court appearance. If there’s anything that you need, write it down and let the delivery person know and they will bring the items to you the next day with your daily groceries. Okay?” Dr. Al said firmly. “Okay.” Shamrock Girl and Emeralda said in unison. Dr. Al continued. “I’ll be stopping by daily to give you girls an official report on what’s going on.”

Dr. Al then looked at her wrist watch. It said 11:58 am. “Now for the second piece of bad news. There’s no way to say it but to just say it. ” Dr. Al sighed loudly then said, “Burke the Bird is giving a press conference at 12:30 after the 12:00 news and unfortunately girls I think that we had better watch it.” Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda groaned loudly then sank back in the cushions. Dr. Al again gave them a kiss on the cheek then removed her hands from around them. She stood up and grabbed the remote control off of the coffee table then turned on the television. She sat back down heavily and waited for the news to come on. It was one of the worst hours of television that Shamrock Girl had ever watched. She wanted to turn it off so badly the nanosecond that it came on but she knew that she couldn’t which made the situation even worse. In between the supervillian reporters happily trashing the hell out of her and Emeralda on Nano News (The Noon Edition), Burke the Bird’s fake tears and fake heroism in the face of near death, Burke calling Emeralda a psycho assassin out for his blood and being called an incredibly unfit pet owner herself who ought to be locked up too, Shamrock Girl had almost reached her breaking point. She was rapidly rotating between extreme sadness and white hot anger. And unfortunately, this is how it went for Shamrock Girl and Emeralda for the next 10 days then something neither of them expected happened.

“If she wasn’t so fat and damn ugly, maybe she could get a man.” Burke the Bird said in a lecturing sort of way behind a tiny upraised podium to the hundreds of supervillians in the crowd and the hundreds of thousands of supervillians watching at home. His appearance was unbelievable. He was bright blue and red from head to foot and had a large amount of white gauze wrapped around his forehead. For the umpteenth time over the past couple of days, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were completely disgusted. For the umpteenth time since “the incident” as Dr. Al was calling it happened, Burke the Bird had given an outrageous number of press conferences looking unbelievably battered and bruised while wildly exaggerating the facts and playing the totally innocent victim to the hilt. The one good thing about this situation was at least when it all got to be too much Shamrock Girl and Emeralda could turn off the tv or turn the sound down but today that was absolutely impossible because Burke the Bird had decided to give a press conference right across the street from the Jytrimillya City Towers where Shamrock Girl and Emeralda lived. He had even had two jumbotron tv’s installed at the end of each street with the best surround sound that Shamrock Girl and Emeralda had ever heard. The vibrations that the jumbotrons were giving off was astounding. Shamrock Girl had a killer headache and Emeralda’s teeth were killing her. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were absolutely livid at Burke but there was nothing that they could do about it because they were both on strict orders to stay in the apartment. Plus they did concede that Jytrimillya was a free planet and free speech was always encouraged and unfortunately Burke the Bird did have the right to give his press conference anywhere that he pleased but this totally sucked for Shamrock Girl and Emeralda because both of them knew 100% that he held the press conference across the street from their condo on purpose to get back at them because he hadn’t been able to confront them for 10 days.

“Now don’t get me wrong my fellow supervillians and superpets, being pleasantly plump or very big on a supervillian looks absolutely wonderful.” Burke the Bird said sweetly then flashed everyone watching a big toothy smile. “After all, we supervillians loves our food!” Burke then started to move his mouth like he was eating then he pretended like he had swallowed then he licked his finger-like wings. The crowd loudly cheered. Then he continued on. “Plus all supervillians and their superpets are extremely good-looking unfortunately you can’t say the same for Shamrock Girl. She’s so damn ugly that the superheros haven’t invented a cure to help her or us for that matter because we’re the ones who have to look at her ugly ass on a regular basis when she brings her big booty to town but thank god she lives on earth part-time or we’d never get a damn break!” At these last remarks all of the supervillians were howling with laughter. Ebonnyra and Ivorysour had big fat tears rolling down their cheeks and were holding their sides like they were in agony. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were totally pissed. If looks could kill, Burke the Bird would be a dead bird. “And people and pets let’s face it, being fat and extremely ugly like Shamrock Girl is a powerful combination that the superheros use constantly as a powerful weapon against us unfairly! It’s fat and ugly superheros like Shamrock Girl who are destroying the supervillian race!” Burke the Bird said with passion while Ebonnyra and Ivorysour clapped loudly but their claps were quickly drowned out by the massive applause from the supervillian audience. Now Emeralda for instance……………”

But Burke the Bird never got to finish his forthcoming negative remark about Emeralda the Cat because a loud buzz went up into the air and all the supervillians turned away from Burke to see what was going on. For a nanosecond Burke the Bird was stunned but a nanosecond later he regained his arrogant senses and was about to give the crowd a good telling off for daring to turn their backs on him while he was speaking when suddenly like the parting of the red sea a path was being made. The buzzing grew louder. A tall figure started getting closer and closer to the podium until he was totally visible. Burke the Bird’s mouth fell open along with Ebonnyra’s and Ivorysour’s. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were momentarily puzzled as they wondered what the heck was going on. They watched the tv breathlessly. Finally the figure turned around and Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were able to get a look at the figure’s face. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda let out shocked whoops of joy as the hervilling, Dapper Dance, otherwise known as Justice Jytrimillya, grandson of Jalena Jytrimillya, their planet’s founder and owner of Dapper Dance’s Dance Studio & Emporium walked up to where Burke the Bird was standing behind the tiny upraised podium.

“So sorry to disturb you like this but I just wanted to see how you are feeling, Burkie?” Dapper Dance said with absolute concern and sincerity pouring from his big hazel green eyes. Every eye including Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s swiveled to Burke the Bird. Burke still looked like he was in shock, his mouth was still hanging open and Shamrock Girl and Emeralda knew why. Everyone did. Justice Jytrimillya or Dapper Dance was the only grandchild of their beloved founder, Jalena Jytrimillya and the best damn dancer in their planet’s history even though now he was formally retired. And everybody on the planet of Jytrimillya loved him including the supervillians. You see, Dapper Dance was a hervilling. A hervilling is a Jytrimillyan who was born with both the superhero gene and the supervillian gene. They were half and half. On Jytrimillya there were only a small number of hervillings and there were two kinds of hervillings, cured and afflicted. Cured hervillings like Dapper Dance had taken the O’Jadery Serum which Shamrock Girl’s grandfather had invented. Once a hervilling took the O’Jadery Serum the supervillian gene within them was rendered dormant. The supervillian gene still remained inside of them but it no longer worked. Even though Dapper Dance had taken the serum everybody knew that he was proud of his half and half heritage and was good to both the superheros and supervillians which obviously made him the most beloved person on the planet. The supervillians were always trying to invent a serum that would destroy the superhero gene or destroy the effects of the O’Jadery Serum to absolutely no success so that they could have hervillings like Dapper Dance on their side which is something that the superheros would never let happen.

Finally, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda saw Burke the Bird coming out of his shocked stupor. They could see for a nanosecond that he was actually about to tell Dapper Dance the truth that he was fine and nothing was wrong with him but a few nanoseconds later they saw him looking around at the crowd now noticing that every eye was on him and everybody knew how much Burke the Bird loved the spotlight and being the center of attention so it was no surprise to Shamrock Girl and Emeralda when he put one of his hand-like wings to the top of his head and said dramatically, “Dapper, I feel absolutely dreadful if you must know.” He then dabbed at his eyes with a handkerchief, when it came back it was bone dry. “It’s been so hard for me to go on with my every day life but yet I soldier on thanks to the love and support from my family and friends.” Burke turned back and smiled at Ebonnyra and Ivorysour who were beaming with pride at him then he looked out at the supervillian crowd and flashed them a beautiful smile. In return, they all smiled back.

“And your sure that there’s no chance that you’ll recover soon?” Dapper Dance asked Burke the Bird hopefully. A smirk quickly crossed Burke’s face then it left just as quickly as he replaced it with the fakest looking frown that Shamrock Girl and Emeralda had ever seen. He then shook his head with equal fake sadness and replied, “Sorry, but there is absolutely no chance of that Dapper. Doctor Spyra said that it’ll probably take me years to fully recover.” This time it was Dapper Dance’s turn to frown albeit genuinely. “I’m so sorry to hear that Burkie. Very sorry indeed. ” Then he paused for a few nanoseconds then said, “I hate to bother you at a difficult time like this Burkie but I was wondering if you would do me a little favor?” Burke the Bird’s eyes widened in surprise and he immediately perked up in interest. “What favor?” both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda asked out loud as their eyes remained glued to the tv.

“I was wondering if you would do me the honor of judging a contest that I will be holding soon. I want you to be an official judge.” Dapper Dance said. Burke the Bird’s face instantly lit up like a Christmas tree on Christmas morning and Ebonnyra and Ivorysour exchanged shocked glances with big ol’ smiles on their faces. Burke the Bird pointed at himself then said loudly to make sure that everybody heard, “You want me to be an official judge for your contest?” Dapper Dance nodded his head happily. Burke the Bird then pretended to think it over and after a couple of nanoseconds said, “Well, even though i’m really in no condition to do anything i’m going to say yes to judging your contest because you asked me to help you out and i’m the kind of bird who always helps out others in need. That’s just the kind of bird that I am.” he said modestly. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda almost upchucked at this statement. Dapper Dance clapped his hands loudly together then said, “Good, that’s all settled then.” You could tell he was about to say more when suddenly he was engulfed in a huge bear hug and lifted clean off of his feet.

It took Shamrock Girl and Emeralda only a few nanoseconds to recognize Truthy the Superhero hugging Dapper Dance fiercely. Burke the Bird looked extremely angry at having the spotlight taken off him by Truthy. A full two minutes later, Truthy peeled himself reluctantly off of Dapper Dance. It was then that he noticed all of the supervillians looking at him disdainfully especially Burke the Bird. Immediately his tan face flushed a bright pink and he began to apologize profusely. “So sorry everyone for interrupting it’s just that I haven’t seen my old dance teacher in months and when I saw him on tv I just had to rush down and say hello.” Burke the Bird hot on his tail said meanly, “Well now that you said hello, you can now say goodbye and get the hell out of here!” “Of course, of course, of course.” Truthy said then added sincerely, “And Burke I really want to congratulate you on your judgeship. If the truth be told, I know that you’ll be great at it because you seem to be very good at judging people.” Shamrock Girl and Emeralda smiled wickedly at Truthy’s bullseye remark. Burke the Bird seemed to take Truthy’s remark as a compliment. He then rewarded Truthy with a big toothy smile as he said sweetly, “Thank you loser, I really appreciate that but now it’s time for you to make like a leaf and get the hell out of here. So long loser.” “Of course i’ll be off now but before I go can I ask what kind of contest you will be holding, Dapper?” Truthy asked quickly. “I’m glad that you asked that question Truthy.” Dapper Dance said with delight then ruffled Truthy’s rich chestnut brown hair playfully. Truthy beamed with pleasure while Burke the Bird scowled at him.

“In two years we will celebrate our 500 year anniversary of the creation of Jytrimillya and I wanted to do something special to mark the event but then I got to thinking that everyone else will also want to do something special and if the truth be told my ego can’t have that. ” he said ruefully. Then he continued, “Everyone always remember that I am no better than anyone but I am different from everyone and I would like to celebrate that difference in a unique way. I’ve decided to throw a 498 year and 2 years shy planetary celebration dance contest!” Everybody cheered including Shamrock Girl, Emeralda, Burke the Bird, Ebonnyra and Ivorysour. “The contest will have fifteen distinct categories and if you all don’t mind I am going to list them all for you now. The best supervillian dancer, male. The best supervillian dancer, female. The best supervillian dancer, superpet.” Ebonnyra, Ivorysour and Burke the Bird all looked at each other with glee. “The best superhero dancer, male. The best superhero dancer, female. The best superhero dancer, superpet.” This time it was Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s turns to look at each other with glee. “The best supervillain dance couple.” Ebonnyra and Ivorysour smiled and held each other’s hands tightly. “The best superhero dance couple, The best supervillian dance family, The best superhero dance family, The best supervillian/superpet dancer.” Ebonnyra, Ivorysour and Burke the Bird all high-fived each other. “The best superhero/superpet dancer.” This time it was Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s turn to high-five each other. “The best supervillian dancer, male, female or superpet and the best superhero dancer, male, female or superpet. And last but certainly not least, The best Jytrimillyan dancer, supervillian, superhero, male, female, superpet.” Dapper Dance said then loudly took a fresh breath of air in. Everybody laughed.

He then continued, “The contest will be held at Jytrimillya Jarnegie Hall. It will be televised all over the planet and will take place in two months time over a span of two months with the winners all being crowned the last day of the competition. And folks when I say that the winners will be crowned they will be crowned baby!” Dapper Dance said boldly then laughed merrily and gave Truthy and Burke affectionate squeezes. Truthy already beaming was now practically fluorescent and Burke the Bird’s smile was so bright that it threatened to blind everyone. “The first, second and third place winners will receive three prizes. The first item, a beautiful pure diamond crown that I will ask the winner to wear for two days. The second item, a large trophy that I am calling the Dapper Award which will be made out of pure diamonds and will feature a picture of yours truly inside of it holding up one finger for first place, two fingers for second place and three fingers for third place. The trophy will also be inscribed with your name and the dance category that you won in. And the third item will be a gift certificate for two years of free dance lessons in any style that you want at my dance studio.” Dapper Dance finished happily.

Shamrock Girl and Emeralda had stars dancing in their eyes. They temporarily forgot their troubles as they both were picturing themselves in their minds being crowned the winner and receiving large trophies in front of the whole planet by Dapper Dance, who everybody viewed on Jytrimillya as the best dancer that there ever was. They both were so happy and lost in their daydreams that they almost didn’t hear what happened next but thankfully the mention of Burke the Bird’s name jolted them right back to reality. “Since Burkie’s way too ill to do anything and his recovery will probably take several years, to cheer him up for not being able to participate in any dance contest for a long long time which is sad because he really is a terrific dancer, I decided to make him an official judge for the supervillian events for my upcoming dance contest.” Dapper Dance said a little sadly but then he brightened up a bit then said, “I’ve also made Dr. Al an official judge for the superhero events of the contest.”

Upon hearing the reason why Burke was chosen as a judge, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda started laughing loudly, clapping their hands happily and bouncing up and down on the couch excitedly especially when they saw Burke the Bird’s face after Dapper Dance’s last statement. “Aaah, revenge and comeuppance was so sweet.” Shamrock Girl and Emeralda thought happily as they now watched an incredibly unhappy Burke the Bird squirm around uncomfortably. Then to make their day even better, Dapper Dance turned around and said consolingly to Ebonnyra and Ivorysour. “And I wouldn’t dream of asking either one of you to enter any of the dance competitions even though you two are fabulous dancers with your beloved pet being so ill and all. So I absolutely insist that you have front row seats in the Jytrimillya Jarnegie Hall for the contest. That way you’ll be able to see all of the dancers upclose and have a good seat to see the winners crowned and take home their trophies and gift certificates.” Dapper Dance said then reached over and hugged them tightly. Both Ebonnyra and Ivorysour hugged him back limply.

After Dapper Dance’s last remarks both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were now laughing like loons. It was obvious to anyone watching them that both Ebonnyra and Ivorysour looked like they were about to break out into tears at any moment. Burke the Bird on the other hand looked like he was on the verge of a total collapse finally realizing the implications of his fake injuries. He was currently grasping both ends of the tiny upraised podium with his hand-like wings and he was bent over as if in agony which Shamrock Girl and Emeralda knew that he was. It was a fact that Burke the Bird, Ebonnyra, Ivorysour and everybody on Jytrimillya loved to dance. It was actually their official planetary sport. Dancing was in a Jytrimillyan’s blood. Over the years the superheros tried in vain to introduce various earth sports to the supervillians so that they could challenge them to some of the sports and beat them fair and square for all of the bad things that they had done but none of the supervillians ever participated so the superheros were stuck playing the sports against each other which was fine at first then it got to be too boring. Dance was the only sport that the supervillians would participate in. Dance contests were the supervillians only chance to beat the superheros basically fair and square in something. Burke the Bird was no exception. He loved loved loved to dance and so did Ebonnyra and Ivorysour plus they were all super competitive and Shamrock Girl and Emeralda knew that it was killing them inside to know that they were going to have to sit on the sidelines and not be a part of the glory. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda laughed even harder. Now they were the ones with big fat happy tears running down their faces.

“Burkie, i’ll call you later on this evening and we’ll start making arrangements for the contest. Also, I have just been thinking that it would be nice if you would crown the winners and present them with their trophies and gift certificates. But we’ll work all of that out later. I know that you are a busy bird and have a press conference to get back to.” Dapper Dance said briskly. For a nanosecond, Shamrock Girl was shocked. She had totally forgotten that she and Emeralda were watching a press conference and that it was taking place right across the street from them. Dapper Dance suddenly hit himself on the side of his head, “I almost forgot to tell everyone that if you want to sign up for the dance contest you’ll have two days to do it so everybody needs to sign up by Thursday no later than 5:00 pm. And if you have had any recent injuries you’ll have to bring a note from your doctor’s office stating that you have had a full physical and that you are physically well enough to participate in the contest. When it comes to our health we don’t want to take any chances, right Burkie?” Dapper Dance said pleasantly then winked affectionately at Burke. Burke the Bird winked back listlessly.

“Goodbye everyone, I really must be going and let Burke get back to his press conference.” Dapper Dance then bent down and gave Burke the Bird a hearty hug then waved at the crowd. He was about to leave when he did a double take. “I almost forgot since I am here I might as well run across the street and ask Shamrock Girl and Emeralda the Cat if they want to sign up for the dance contest.” Dapper Dance said quickly. Truthy immediately started jumping up and down excitedly. “That is a wonderful idea, Dapper. If the truth be told, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda are the best dancers on Jytrimillya next to you of course!” Upon hearing this Burke the Bird, Ebonnyra and Ivorysour became totally enraged. Even the supervillians in the crowd snorted their disapproval at Truthy’s statement but they all fell silent after that but Ivorysour didn’t. He practically scared everyone including Shamrock Girl and Emeralda when he snarled loudly and fiercely, “Truthy step the hell off!”

Truthy turned and bowed elegantly at Ivorysour then he turned around and walked back through the parting of the red sea path that all of the supervillians in the crowd had made for Dapper Dance. Dapper Dance turned around and and gave Ivorysour a consoling hug then he whispered quietly, “Be nice, Ivy.” Next he turned to Ebonnyra and gave her a peck on the cheek and lastly gave Burke the Bird an affectionate squeeze on his shoulders. Dapper Dance then waved vigorously to the supervillian crowd then he too diappeared into the parting of the red sea path.

A few nanoseconds later, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda watched in amused amazement as Ivorysour burst into tears and began to sob loudly while a slightly more in control Burke the Bird crumpled against the tiny upraised podium. A nanosecond later, Ebonnyra with tears in her eyes led both of them away. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s eyes were glued to the tv set when they both started a little by the knock on the door. They both looked over at each other with big grins on their faces because they knew exactly who it was. Simultaneously they both jumped up and ran to the door. And just as they suspected, Dapper Dance and Truthy were standing there. “Well, well, well, if it isn’t the prettiest girls in Jytrimillya City!” Dapper Dance said sweetly then picked up one of Shamrock Girl’s hands and kissed it. He then bent down and picked up Emeralda’s right paw and kissed it as well. In spite of themselves Shamrock Girl and Emeralda giggled girlishly. Truthy watched this display totally bug-eyed as if he was trying to memorize it so that one day he could do it too.

“Girls, I am so sorry to disturb you but I recently received a call from Dr. Al asking me if there was anything that I could do to help you girls out of the nasty pickle that you unfortunately got yourselves into.” Dapper Dance said then continued on. “Of course I told Dr. Al that I would do anything that I could to help you girls out and after doing a lot of thinking, I finally got the idea of throwing a 498 year and 2 years shy planetary celebration dance contest. I then quietly began making preparations a few days ago and am happy to say that I am half way through. After all of the hard work that i’ve done I decided that I needed a break so I decided to treat myself. I called and ordered myself a large supreme pizza from Jytrimillya City Pizzeria then decided to sit down and watch a little tv. Imagine my surprise when I turned on the television and saw Burkie giving another press conference so I thought what a perfect time it was to tell him the good news so I quickly ran down to the press conference and told him the good news in person on live television with a large portion of the planet watching.” Dapper Dance said then winked devilishly at them then continued on.

“Knowing how much a certain bird and his owners not only love to dance but also love the spotlight and lots of glory I have a strong feeling that you girl’s current legal troubles are about to disappear soon.” Dapper Dance winked at them again devilishly. “Thank you, Dapper Dance so much! I don’t know how Emeralda and I will ever be able to repay you!” Shamrock Girl said with tears in her eyes as she flung herself against Dapper Dance’s chest. Emeralda did the same. Truthy encircled all of them in the hug too. For a full five minutes, all four of them stood there hugging until finally Emeralda stirred and Shamrock Girl and Truthy followed her lead and all three of them released Dapper Dance. “Now I won’t take no for an answer. I’m signing you girls and Truthy up for the appropriate dance competitions.” Dapper Dance said firmly with tears in his eyes and a huge smile on his face to all of them then he looked down at his wristwatch. “Now kids, I have to be off now, preparations, preparations, preparations, so much to do and so little time to do it.” Shamrock Girl, Emeralda and Truthy watched as Dapper Dance waved at them as he moved down the hallway, he then called back over his shoulder, “Girls, I want you at your best for the contest so I suggest that you leave your apartment and get some fresh air.” He then disappeared into the elevator and was gone.

Suddenly, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda found themselves the recipients of a giant bear hug from Truthy. While Truthy was hugging the hell out of them the phone rang. Several nanoseconds went by before Truthy reluctantly released them as Shamrock Girl went to answer the phone. Emeralda and Truthy were right behind her. “Hi Dr. Al, omigod, thank you, thank you so much!” Shamrock gushed. Emeralda gently patted her on the foot, Shamrock immediately looked down. “Put her on the speaker phone, girl.” Emeralda said quickly. Shamrock Girl happily nodded her head. Shamrock Girl quickly pushed a button on the side of the phone and suddenly Dr. Al’s pleasant voice filled the room. “Hi, Dr. Al!” Both Emeralda and Truthy singsonged. “Hello dears, how are you today?” Again in unison, Emeralda and Truthy singsonged, “Terrific!” Dr. Al laughed merrily. “Listen, the reason why I am calling kids is that I want all of you to get your butts dressed in your earth’s finest because i’m throwing a party for you girls this evening at 7:00 pm at the JC Community Club in Suite 17. Okay. And Truthy I would like you to do me a favor and escort the girls to the party. ” Dr. Al said. “It would be my pleasure, Dr. Al.” Truthy said then did an elegant bow. “Thanks, kiddo! And Truthy I want you and the girls to come to the party by foot. I want the girls to have a nice long walk. After the week and a half that they have had I think that they really need it.” “No problem, Dr. Al. It’s a beautiful day for a walk.” Truthy said and boy was he right!

Shamrock Girl, Emeralda and Truthy took a long walk in downtown Jytrimillya City. As they walked they all felt light, carefree and extremely gorgeous. With Truthy in a white tuxedo and Shamrock Girl and Emeralda in matching green satin dresses and slippers and a touch of diamond jewelry they all made their grand entrance into Suite 17 at 7:08 pm to a chorus of shouts and cheers. The evening was one of the best that Shamrock Girl had ever had. It was a wonderful whirlwind of champagne, delicious food and of course, lots of dancing. Much, much later, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were each helped and tucked into their beds by Dr. Al along with Truthy who literally had taken two sips of a glass of champagne and had instantly become intoxicated. Dr. Al, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda decided that she and Truthy would spend the last three days of Shamrock Girl’s vacation with them at the apartment. The last thing that Shamrock Girl and Emeralda remembered before they both fell into a sound sleep was Dr. Al helping Truthy walk to one of the apartment’s spare bedrooms. It was 11:50 am when Dr. Al woke them the next day or if the truth be told, later the same day.

Both Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were vigorously trying to rub the sleep from their eyes when Truthy ambled in looking extremely cute and rumpled. He said a sleepy “good morning” then settled himself in a recliner against the wall. Dr. Al hurried over to him, moved the lever back and the chair itself went back too. Dr. Al then rushed out the door again and was back nanoseconds later with a big fluffy blanket which she tucked snugly around a lightly snoring Truthy who had already fallen back asleep again. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda followed Truthy’s lead and started to fall back to sleep when Dr. Al woke them again by placing trays of hot steaming bowls of grits, orange juice, cinnamon toast and coffee upon them. She then switched on Shamrock Girl’s small bedroom tv. No sooner had Shamrock Girl taken her first sip of coffee did Nano News (The Noon Edition) come on and to nobody’s surprise the lead story was about the miraculous recovery of Burke the Bird and the dropping of all charges against Emeralda the Cat. Shamrock Girl, Emeralda and Truthy let out loud whoops of joy only to be scolded a few nanoseconds later by Dr. Al who couldn’t hear the news because they were making too much noise. When it came to the news Dr. Al was very strict. Shamrock Girl, Emeralda and Truthy all continued to celebrate albeit quietly. During the broadcast they found out that a press conference by Burke the Bird was to be given outside of Dapper Dance’s Dance Studio & Emporium and would immediately follow the newscast. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda looked at each other then rolled their eyes but their smiles still remained on their faces because this was one press conference where they actually knew the outcome.

At 12:30 pm sharp a completely healed Burke the Bird appeared on the same tiny upraised podium that he had stood behind only one day before. For a half an hour he told everyone watching how much pain he had been in and how he had considered taking his own life and moving on to the after life but he knew how selfish that was so he decided to pray and when he woke up early this morning he found himself completely healed. It was a miracle. Even Dr. Spyra who they had visited early this morning had said it was a miracle too. (Dr. Spyra was the doctor supreme for the supervillian division of the planet of Jytrimillya and the most crooked doctor on the planet.) After his visit to Dr. Spyra, Burke told everyone that got him to do some hard thinking and after two difficult hours of more prayer he decided that he would repay the miracle that had been bestowed upon him by withdrawing all of the charges against Emeralda the Cat. So now everybody’s happy! A now smiling Burke the Bird said happily. Shamrock Girl and Emeralda both rolled their eyes heavenward at Burke the Bird’s lame story but quickly brought them back down to Jytrimillya when Truthy said in a loud excited voice, “It’s Dapper Dance, it’s Dapper Dance!”

Shamrock Girl and Emeralda looked at the tv just in time to see Dapper Dance stroll over to Burke the Bird. Ebonnyra and Ivorysour stood right behind him. “Well, well, well, if it isn’t the best looking bird in Jytrimillya City!” Dapper Dance said with a devilishly glint in his eye then winked at all of the cameras. Shamrock Girl, Emeralda and Truthy cackled loudly. Dr. Al eventually joined in herself. Burke the Bird looked positively glowing from the compliment. “You’re looking good, Burkie but are you sure that you are up to entering the dance contest? Some of the competitions that you want to enter are going to be tough and pretty taxing on the body. Are you sure that you’re up to it?” Dapper Dance said with a genuine worried look on his cream colored face. “Oh yeah, Dappie baby, like I said i’m totally cured! I’m fine now! It was a miracle! An absolute miracle!” Burke the Bird said loudly then lowered his head solemnly to acknowledge the miracle. “I’m sure that it was Burkie however i’m afraid that I can’t let you enter the dance contest.” Dapper Dance said with a sad frown on his face. Burke the Bird’s head instantly whipped up in shock.

Shamrock Girl, Emeralda, Dr. Al and Truthy were all speechless along with all of the people in the crowd. A few nanoseconds later, Burke the Bird’s mouth began quivering and tears started to form in his baby blues. Thirty full seconds went by before a devilish smile appeared on Dapper Dance’s face. He then extended his index finger and lifted Burke the Bird’s chin until they were looking into each other’s eyes. “I’m afraid Burkie that I can’t let you enter the dance contest without a note from your doctor saying that you were given a full physical and that you are well enough to participate. ” Dapper Dance said then winked devilishly at Burke the Bird and at the crowd. Relief spread all over Burke the Bird’s face and it quickly spread through the crowd. “Now young man do you have such a note?” The tears now gone from his baby blues and a big ol’ grin on his face Burke the Bird said loudly and proudly, “Dappie, I got it right here!” He then reached into his breast pocket and produced a folded up piece of paper and quickly gave it to Dapper Dance. Dapper quickly put his reading glasses on and studied the note. Everyone in the crowd waited breathlessly. It was four full minutes before Dapper Dance looked up from the note then looked at Burke the Bird. Burke looked terrified.

“Well what are you waiting for young man, get in there and sign up for the competitions that you want to participate in.” Dapper Dance said happily while pointing at his dance studio. He then waved the note in the air for all to see. “Everything is official here. Ebonnyra and Ivorysour you get in there and sign up too. Both of you are excellent dancers and i’d really like to see you strut your stuff. Now off you go you three!” Loud cheering arose at Dapper Dance’s words. You didn’t have to tell Burke the Bird thrice, with pure glee on his face and forgetting that he could fly he scrambled by foot into the dance studio with a very happy Ebonnyra and Ivorysour behind him to sign up for the dance contest. “And if anybody else wants to sign up for the dance contest you have until 5:00 pm tomorrow to do it. Goodbye everybody, have a good day!” Dapper Dance called out merrily as he waved to the crowd who enthusiastically waved back and walked back into the dance studio. A nanosecond after he was inside there was a mad dash of supervillians elbowing and cursing each other as they tried to be the first to enter the dance studio to sign up for the contest.

Dr. Al turned the tv off then got up from the foot of the bed. She turned around pointed three fingers all in Shamrock Girl, Emeralda and Truthy’s direction then said, “Super hot.” A nanosecond later, the food on all three trays that they all had set on the floor to watch the news and press conference were all steaming hot again and smelling delicious. “Now I want all three of you to finish your breakfasts and get some rest. I’m going to bake some cookies and do a few things in the kitchen.” Dr. Al said then blew three kisses at them then left the room. Shamrock Girl, Emeralda and Truthy quickly picked up their trays and began eating heartily. A minute later, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda were interrupted by Truthy who said loudly, “Let’s have a toast shall we.” They all raised their glasses of orange juice. “To Burke the Bird and his miraculous recovery.” Truthy said with a twinkle in his eye and a big ol’ smirk on his face. “To Burke the Bird!” They all singsonged in unison then started laughing hysterically. At one point during their laughter, Shamrock Girl and Emeralda’s eyes met and Emeralda with expert eyeball telepathy said, “Despite all of the crap that we have been through the last couple of days, there’s no place like home!” And like the cosmic twins that they were, Shamrock Girl agreed with absolute happiness, “There’s no place like home!” then she picked up her spoon and began eating heartily again!


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