TIME TRAVELLING — MARISSA — 01

 

 

Chapter 01 — A Disappearing Act

 

Baby Marissa (photo by Ann Quinn)
Baby Marissa ( photo by Ann Quinn)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mother was 33 years old and had waited for ten long married years to finally conceive.  Together with her husband, The Magician, she was part of an exciting “Disappearing Act” with the local Circus team.  “Local” was a misnomer, as they were most of the time traveling from place to place.  Many other such teams had a similar act, but she and her husband were the only ones who did not make a mystery of it — anybody could check their paraphernalia, to make sure there were no secret traps or other means of tricking the spectators.  She was really disappearing and reappearing on cue and no one could find the secret to this incredible ACT.  That was the reason why they were in such high demand and it left little room for thinking about having a family bigger than two.

Now she was living a wonderful dream come true — when she had thought it was no longer an option, she had discovered she was pregnant.  The Disappearing Act had not suffered much.  Only the armoire in which she entered on the stage in order to perform it, had had to be enlarged to accommodate for her future daughter.

Now she proudly adjusted the head of her bed to be more comfortable when her baby girl would be delivered into her arms.  Feeding time was announced by tiny mewlings from tiny infants.

The nurse pushed the cart with the six pink and blue cocoons and started by placing a blue packet in the arms of the first of the mothers on her list.  Automatically, she picked the next bundle of joy on the cart and placed it in the next woman’s arms, intent on finishing the job in record time.  The poor mites sounded real hungry.

“Nurse,” said the woman holding a blue cocoon back to the nurse, “This is not my baby.  Mine is a girl.”

The nurse checked her list — the mother was right.  She was holding a blue cocoon though she was listed as mother of a girl.  Again, the nurse checked her list, then she checked the cart.  There were only three cocoons left out of six, but she had delivered only two.  One was missing.  She was sure she had had  six when she had started on this round, but it seemed that one had disappeared.  She ran back to the nurses’ station and announced that a baby was missing, then she ran back and placed the rest of the babies with their respective mothers, including the boy she had mistakenly placed with the wrong woman, then ran back again to check if anybody had found the missing bundle of pink joy…

The Police arrived and started by taking the nurse away for questioning.  The mothers in the ward all said they’d seen no one else aside from the nurse with her baby cart.

Security tapes were viewed and nobody could see anything but the nurse coming with the loaded cart, the six babies, and then, after some static interference, only five were left.  Even the interference could not be analysed more — just a moment’s shimmer in the video before the mysterious disappearance.

The parents were distraught, the father vocally furious, the mother crying desperately, facing total devastation.

The outside videos could not be interpreted either — too many people kept coming and going, crossing in front of moving or stationary cars, with nothing to point into a clear direction…

The nurse remained the only suspect, but they had to let her go in the end.

It became the event of the year — the baby of the most celebrated couple performing the Disappearing Act had disappeared, vanished without a sign…

 

Ttime did its duty — a year passed and almost everybody forgot about it except for the parents who, when the next miracle occurred, had the baby at home to insure no repeat could take place.

As for the nurse, she had to leave the hospital under a cloud of suspicion and had to change her specialty from pediatrics to orthopedics in order to survive.

Tips on how to write a story

 

If you wonder how some people can write stories, the answer is very simple — first you must want to do so.  Then, just looking around may give you ideas.

  • Sometimes, a fact of life brings to mind a story, or just a spark of a story.

If you have paper and pencil, or more modern, a latest model of phone cum computer, jot it down before other ideas push it out of your mind.  An active person can have a zillion of ideas a day, so it is easy to lose them.

It is interesting how once it is put down in writing, you will not forget it as easily.  Other sparks come and go, but if you continue to put them down in writing, in the end you may find out you have an outline for a real story.

  • Sometimes, you wake up from such a clear dream – thrilling or romantic or just plain bizarre…

Get it down in writing.  Dreams are notorious for getting lost, completely out of daylight memory. All you can remember is that it was funny, or threatening, or …I don’t know what…  But they are lost.  I tried to record my vivid dreams the moment I awake, but listening at my recordings after I was awake, I discovered that all I had was an unintelligible mumbling.  If you want to keep them, you have to record them in writing.  Then you can embroider on the initial dream…

  • Another time, you watch a program on TV and the spark jumps from the screen to your mind!
  • I am member in a group of writers and sometimes we need a prompt in order to produce a story.

The opening chapter of “Save Magic City” may remind you of “The Iron Giant” animation movie.  But the story is based on facts of life and politics.  And I love magic.  So, the resulting story is based on all these elements.

Now I have embarked on this “Time Travelling” new adventure.  I started with Marissa, a girl of 12 years of age, who is living in the Middle Ages and who discovers she can travel in time or space, as she needs.  She lives in the Middle Ages, but she meets all the characters from “Save Magic City” and they all become friends and traveling comrades…

If you have not yet read “Save Magic City”, you may order the e-book at iUnivers or any of their distributors.  Marissa’s story you’ll be able to read on my website blog.

“The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality” book tour – Apr. 20th — May 20th

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Author Gahan Hanmer on his Virtual Book Tour starting April 20th, sponsored by The YP Publishing.

Would if you were able venture back to the Middle Ages without going back in time? Live in a castle, become a knight and travel on horseback?

Gahan Hanmer will be joining us on May 7th. We will be talking about his book The Kingdom on the Edge of Reality.”

There will be Contests * Giveaways * Reviews * Interviews

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5 Ideas of How We, Together With our Children, Can Bring Magic Into our Lives

Author Rocsanne Shields

I finished writing this book in early 2007, but I took my sweet time deciding what to do next.

In March 2010, I heard on the TV about a town (Detroit) in which the mayor had taken over the empty houses and the lots around them, to be used for the greater good of the town. There were too many empty houses left by their owners who could no more pay their dues. According to newsmax.com “city-hall takes over 23.000 abandoned houses.”

The story is not short, but very sad and very true — there were 33,000 abandoned houses, out of which 10,000 were too decrepit to be repaired and were to be demolished, the rest of 23,000 to be taken over by the city and used to produce income and save the city.  Aside from the houses there were 91,000 urban lots abandoned and polluted by trash.  The population had declined from 2 mill. in its days of glory, to less than one mill. in 2010.

How close to my story! It is frightening to know that fantasy walks so close to reality.  Though the process had started some time before the recession, it became accelerated by the closure of the automotive factories in Detroit, Michigan USA. Detroit’s magic will be provided by the government in the guise of loans and grants for the beautification of the city and advertising for new businesses to come and bring much needed jobs with them (50% of population was unemployed in 2010, at the time the article was written).

I think that people can do a lot to improve their lot, and their children are a major factor in implementing any plan.  It is their future they should fight for.  Here are the ideas I suggest for bringing the magic back in our lives:

1. Organize teams to keep the city clean.

Many a time I come home to find somebody had thrown empty cans of pop on the side of the street, coming to roost in the side ditch.  Children and young adults can help.  They are the next generation of workers, thinkers, and artists.  It is our duty to help them understand that if we destroy the environment, there will be nothing left to save in next decades.  They may organise through school, church, or just plain by neighbourhood, and help keep streets clean and green.

2. Start buying “Made in Canada”.

Once I heard President Obama say “Buy American”.  He was right but, not politically correct!  He changed the music to “buy global”.  But he was right.  Buy Canadian and support the Canadian economy.  Without our support, it is going the way of the Do-Do bird…

Parents and children together, by buying only local products will contribute to reinforce the local agriculture and the small entrepreneurs.  There is strength in numbers. This may preserve jobs from disappearing.

3. Encourage the farmers’ markets.

If we use all arable land to build houses and malls, we’ll be always buying our food from outside our country.  Already the Canadian agriculture is suffering.  We need to encourage the farmers markets, and teach all our friends and family members of all ages to do the same.

4. Follow the example of other children.

We hear all the time about children of ten or twelve who have already started to organize their friends, and gather money to help those in need.  It is very important to support their actions and encourage others to do the same, and not only for places struck by disasters.  The way the economy is oriented, we’ll have financial disasters like the banking one in USA, or the automotive crisis in North America and Europe in their generation as well.

Children can do lots to save a community.  “Canadian children help earthquake victims” is the story of Bilaal Rajan who started his crusade of helping children in need from the age of four, when he sold clementine oranges door to door. The $350 he raised was to help the 2001 earthquake victims in Gujarat, India…  After the hurricane of 2004 that ravaged Haiti, he formed a team of 12 other children to help sell the cookies his father’s company donated for this effort.  In October 2004, Bilaal and his team-mates presented UNICEF with a cheque for $6,387 from cookies sold by them door-to-door.  He was seven. By the time of the article, in 2007, he was eleven, and had already gathered $50,000 by himself. You can read more at http://www.bilaalrajan.com/about_bilaal.html :

“What a legacy Bilaal has begun– and in 2007 he’s only now 11 years of age! Your partnering with this visionary young man will make it possible for him to raise the consciousness of even the youngest of souls on the planet, and instill in them the purpose that so many of our lives lack today. In so doing, they will learn the importance of being of service to others, and will be primed to continue this work in brilliant ways in the future, leaving the world a better place than they found it, and keeping Bilaal’s dream alive…”  He also set up a dedicated website, ( www.handsforhelp.org ) to raise awareness for children in need.

5. Children should be exposed to good examples on the media.

If we start asking for such programmes, I’m sure the TV producers will listen to our voices and will find ideas for a series of shows to encourage good deeds among children and young adults.  Today Facebook is almost more important than TV.  Let’s have short movies taken while working for a good cause, instead of movies of kids beating kids.

I like to think that young people can get organized for good just as they get organized for crime.  Instead of choosing the easiest way to obtain satisfaction, they should help each other to better themselves, not to beat or bully the weaker among them.  This is our true magic.  Together we can change the conditions — locally and globally.