"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"Now, don't get me wrong, fairies are great and fun and cute and all, and as a ninja, my daughter will have to understand the full extent of the hidden underworld and all the supernatural foes she will have to battle. But, oh, the joy it will be when she starts peering into the Microcosmos and learning all about how flowers reproduce and that the little garden has it's own ecosystem and that this all came into being through a marvelous evolutionary process that took billions of years and oh, how it happens to us every day that we evolve, change, grow, adapt to our surroundings and to expectations. How beautiful it is! I look forward to that day.
That said, here is in fact a legendary tale... or so it will be when my daughter reads it in her spacetime continuum... which is still playing out to this day and will continue for many more. Puzzled? Read on. What follows is a recent escapade which will become part of the major compilational, autobiographical spectacle that she will reference as her father's legacy. [compilational? If it wasn't a word, it's a word now; ask Erin Mckean.] Hopefully, the final text will also serve as a recipe book for slaying wicked foes.
The story so far...
In the Forgotten Empire there lives a fierce warrior, a stealth assassin, vigilantly saving the world from the mystical forces of darkness and venturing into the unknown boundaries of the Multiverse. He faces enemies with sleepy-fu, slow loris style, tricking his opponents with slow, limp yet diliberate movements, striking when least expected.
His trusted side-kick, Code Name Alice, a hyper intelligent, trans-sentient, projectile empath has traveled from the future to seek out and fight for human immortality. When she is awake, she can banish the mightiest foe with a single huff-puff, "Ha!" Her laugh is that great. When she gah's her giggly-gah, Chuck Norris implodes. Her laughter makes Jack Bauer wish he had 48 hours.
We join our heros at the gates of Epiphany, the last stronghold of consciousness before sleep. They are currently at a stand off, facing the Rolling Clouds, a billowous plume of foggy material, which acts as the gates of Epiphany, beyond which are answers to all mortal questions.
Rolling Clouds: "Halt mortals! If you dare attempt to pass through us, you will be lost in foggy mist forever."
Sleep Deprivation Ninja: "You might think so, but we know something you do not know."
RC: "What might that be?"
SDN: "What's round and invisible?"
RC: "Oh! A riddle! Um.... it's a.... a human soul! no, no wait...um... a circle that you...uh... draw... in the air... with your fingers! no... uh...well, it... uh... hmmm... we give up... what is round and invisible?"
SDN: "This cabbage!"
RC: "Oh. Why didn't we see that coming?"
Sleep Deprivation Ninja hurls the invisible cabbage straight through the clouds. The force of wind passing through rips them asunder as the ninja, carrying Alice, sprints in lightning steps after the herbaceous sphere.
The cumulous clouds part for many leagues, the foggy mist coalescing in fat drops and streams, rapidly raining down in what is becoming a torrential ocean. After several hours of running, the clouds show no sign of ending, while the ninja is now quickly tip-toe-tapping the very surface of wild and washing waves.
Code Name Alice stirs from her slumber. As her eyes open, she sees Sleep Deprivation Ninja focused on the task at hand and she smiles. A little beam of sunshine bursts through the clouds, which Sleep Dep Ninja mistakes for a military space-station assault weapon called Sol. He attepts to dodge the light but it grows as he moves. Inspecting his options, he glances down at Alice and sees her smile. All is now clear. He returns the jest and they share a hearty, bulbous bellylaugh. The clouds sublimate, instantly vanishing into the atmosphere.
Sleep Deprivation Ninja and Code Name Alice float on the open sea, staring off into the sky, laughing all the while. Epiphany.