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 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 09:08 am

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“Kai you have to do something!” Stanley was clearly agitated.
“I am open to suggestions, Stanley. This is not a problem that I have any programming to deal with. There is nothing in His Shadow’s memories that indicate knowledge of your…condition.” Kai replied.
“There has to be something we can do.” Added Xev, barely able to lift a finger now. In fact the crew of the LEXX was slowly dying.
The sound of 790’s little cart drew their attention. The robot head was contacting others who lived in this shadow world to see if there was a cure. If there was some way to keep them alive.
“Near as I can tell, we are fading because the creators are no longer feeding us. If we can find a way to communicate with them, then they can help us find the energy we need. Only Kai is still strong enough. Since he is already dead and has been so all along he is not dying now. Once Xev and Stanley finally ‘die’ we will all start to fade until nothing is left.
Kai, you have to find your creator in the Other World. Each of us has a different creator, if you can find him, you can get him to tell you how to feed off of others. Norman Bates creator no longer exists, but Norman is very healthy. He is feeding somehow. You will have to get your creator to tell you how Norman does it. You will have to communicate with his subconscious mind. Wait until he is asleep and then invade his dreams.”
 
Kai looked around the bedchamber. Luckily he remembered his time on “Earth” so he was not completely lost even though it was different from the Earth he remembered. It had taken some time for him to locate the dwelling of his creator. The man was tucked into his bed, deep in the state known as REM sleep. Kai spoke “Michael…”
 
Michael McManus watched his ball sailing effortlessly through the air as the gathered crowd clapped in the background. He was enjoying the look of defeat on Tiger’s face. He already knew it was another perfect shot that would land on the green just inches away from the flag. He was already so far ahead of the competition there was no way anyone could catch up. That PGA Masters jacket was in the bag….”Michael…”
 
Michael looked around at the sound of his name and knew exactly where he was but that was impossible. The cryochamber did not exist. It was nothing more than a set on a sound stage but he was now facing a group of cryopods. Two of them were occupied. He stepped up to the closest one peering inside. Brian was inside wearing his Stanley Tweedle costume.
“That is Stanley H. Tweedle, Xev Bellringer is in the other.” Michael spun around to come face to face with something that looked exactly like he did all decked out in his Kai costume.
“You are aboard the LEXX. I brought you here. We have a problem and you must help us solve it.” Kai said taking a step toward him.
Michael began easing backward while keeping his eyes on the form in front of him. He forgot all about those nice little raised beams on the floor that the set people had included to give the cryochamber ‘texture’. He of course backed right into one and went flying ass over elbows. The brace encircled his arm a slpit second before his ass hit the floor.
“As I said we have a problem and need your help” the Kai-thing said pulling him to his feet. “We are dying.”
“This is not what I was dreaming about. I was about to win the PGA Masters how in the hell did I end up here?” Michael muttered to himself.
“You are my creator. It is why I am asking for your help.” The Kai-thing said. “I am Kai. You created me for this TV show. You gave me life and sustained that life for several years by feeding me energy. But you no longer feed me that energy” Kai gestured at the two cryopods. “Xev and Stanley are weaker than I am because they are ‘alive’. When their creators stopped feeding them they grew weaker and weaker. I am ‘dead’, animated flesh. Death does not affect me as it does them, but I too will end up fading away without your help.”
 
He found himself standing next to Kai at the bottom of a hill. A long path led to the house perched on the crest. The house looked familiar. Michael turned around on the path. The first thing that caught his eye was the “vacancy” sign. The second thing that caught his eye was the sign above it displaying the words, “Bates Motel”.
“Oh come on! The Bates Motel? I’ve seen that movie! You interrupted my tournament winning shot for this?”
“Mother doesn’t like visitors. They upset her. You would not like meeting mother when she is upset.” Said the dark haired young man who was passing by them. In his hands was a tray of sandwiches.
The man went to the motel office opened the door and went inside.
“That’s Norman Bates!”
“Yes Norman’s creator no longer exists in your world but Norman is very healthy. He is feeding somehow. You must help me determine how he feeds. There must be others that he can feed from.” Kai said.
“He’s going to put on his mother’s dress and…”
“Kill Marian while she is in the shower. Yes I am aware of that. He does it every night. That is not what is important. What is important is that he lives to do it each night. You must help me figure out how he does it.”
“I don’t know how, but I do know I don’t want to be standing here on this path when he flips out!” Michael said remembering that Norman killed anyone who got in the way of his ‘relationship’ with his mother.
“Very well then we will try somewhere else.” Kai said.
 
The alley was dark.  Michael wasn’t sure if his hair was standing on end because of the dark or the annoying sound similar to nails on a black board. 
“He should be able to help” Kai said.
Michael looked at the he in question.  The beat up fedora, the black and red striped sweater. The impossible long arms strecthing out to each wall and the sharp blades scraping on brick that was producing the sound.
“Moron! Are you trying to get me killed!  That’s Freddie Kruger! If he kills you in your dream you die for real!” Michael shouted.
“I would not allow him to kill you.” Kai said sounding almost insulted.  “If I would not allow anything to happen to Xev or Stanley, I certainly wouldn’t allow my creator to be harmed.  But we will try to find someone else.”
 
The young blond woman wearing the “FBI” windbreaker had passed them in the corridor without even looking up. The corridor was lined with cells. Kai stopped and opened the door to a cell. “Perhaps he can be of help.” Kai said gesturing Michael inside.
“Oh hell no! He’s probably got Fava beans and a bottle of Chianti on ice just waiting for a liver to go along with it.” Michael said not even trying to hide the fact that he was now using Kai as a shield.
“He is very strong. Perhaps you can figure out why?”
“He’s crazy as shit and a psychopath on top of it. He cuts people’s faces off to wear as masks. I’m not getting within 50 feet of Hannibal Lector!”
“You are actually within 20 feet of him.” Kai pointed out, then realized that his creator was no longer there but quickly fleeing down the corridor.
“Would Jason be a better choice?” Kai asked his creator.
“Jason? Would the last name happen to be Vorhees?” Michael asked suspiciously.
“Yes, he would be easy to find right now.”
“NO! No Norman Bates, no Freddie Kruger, no Hannibal Lector, no Jason Vorhees, no Michael Myers!”Michael shouted.
“Leatherface?” Kai suggested.
“Is this entire universe of yours populated only by sociopaths, psychos and serial killers?” Michael asked.
“No but they are the easiest ones to find right now; and they are after all my ‘peers’.  Have you forgotten that I am a Divine Assassin, I kill people. If the situation was not so serious I would wait until Christmas, then you could find out from Frosty or Rudolph.”
“Look you need my help, be serious. I am not getting near any of those sociopaths, so you had better find someone nice and safe for me to ask.” Michael stated.
“It is Halloween, during this time the ‘monsters’ are more easily found. I am open to suggestions on who you would find acceptable however.” Kai said.
“Wait a minute, what did you mean by feeding on ‘others’? “Michael asked. Now that he was not being dragged in front of some of the most frightening characters ever created his brain was actually working.
“790 said that Norman Bates told him that he feeds off of others, not his creator. Norman’s creator has been dead a long time but Norman is still healthy. That is what you must help me discover, how Stanley, Xev and I can feed off of others.” Kai said.
“I think that I need to speak to 790.”
 
“Well you luscious and living thing, you. We have to find a source of energy to survive or we will just fade away until nothing is left of us. You and the rest of the creators aren’t feeding us that energy anymore. Like all creators you have moved on to different things, that’s the way it works. Then the creations die. But sometimes like with Norman the creations live on because they have an alternate energy source.” 790 said.
“People still talk about Psycho and still watch it when it comes on TV in reruns. Every horror movie fan knows about the shower scene. People still talk about Alfred Hitchcock’s technical genius in filming it. Most people see a photo of Anthony Perkins and automatically think Norman Bates even decades after his death.”
“Yes! That is what we need to find!” 790 said excitedly.
“Just do a Google search for LEXX. There are fan sites for the show.”
“What is a Google?” Kai asked.
“How do we find one?” 790 added.
“You’re kidding me right? No computers around here?” Michael asked sarcastically.
“Well there is HAL, but you said no more psychopaths.” Kai said.
“Okay I have a laptop back at my house. If I show you where to find your energy source you will leave me in peace right? I can go back to dreaming about pleasant things like handing Tiger Woods his ass on a silver platter in the Master’s tournament?”
“Yes.”
 
Jeez what a night. Michael thought to himself. He could not stop the laugh that escaped him remembering a his dream of Slipping into his PGA Masters Jacket while Tiger Woods stomped off the golf course carrying a fancy silver tray holding his ass.  And then that nightmare of being on the LEXX.
He sat up and stretched noticing his laptop open on the nightstand next to his bed. It was on the LEXXVERSE site and flashing in a pop up window was the message:
“Thank you for helping us Stanley and Xev are better-Kai
PS: Congratulations on handing Tiger Woods his ass-790”

Last edited on Mon Oct 31st, 2011 09:16 am by Abby1964



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 Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2011 07:02 am

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LOL! Cute story, love the part about Tiger getting his ass handed to him.



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 Posted: Tue Nov 1st, 2011 08:39 am

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Well anyone getting busted with golf clubs has to dream about taking down Tiger Woods.

My Nephew is a golfer and he wishes he was that good all the time.  The boy sucks at it, but getting better.



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 Posted: Sat Nov 5th, 2011 06:35 pm

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Neat. Thanks for that. :)

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Glad you enjoyed it.



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That was a very creative story. Loved it.



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Bumping up for Halloween.



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OKAY NOW THAT'S A STORY, excellent and very creative..loved it.



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I had forgotten all about this one!



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