The Totem Curse- Chapter 9: Something’s Strange…

Continued from Chapter 8…

Crawfish: “What are you land-lovers looking at?!?”

Charlotte: “Um, not to be rude, but we’re looking at YOU, pirate dude. It’s not everyday that you see a creepy pirate come out of nowhere…hehe…er…arggg?!?”

Crawfish gives them an angry look, and pulls out his sword.

Harvey: “I don’t think this guy is so nice…WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE!!!”

Charlotte: “Uh oh…we only have one choice- JUMP!”

Harvey: “But my broken leg!”

Charlotte: “There’s no time!”

Harvey and Charlotte jumped of the boat and swam away…well, the only person actually swimming was Charlotte, Harvey was just holding on to her arm. He had to abandon his crutches. After about an hour or so, they made it back to shore and started walking back to the N.I.S.S., but since Harvey didn’t have his crutches, it was challenging.  Charlotte had to go back to the National Institute of the Arts, so some of the people at the N.I.S.S. helped Harvey get back to his dorm, and brought him some extra crutches from the nurses at the university.

When he got to his room, he noticed that Silva wasn’t there. Freedom at last. But then Harvey realized that something strange was going on… Why did a pirate pop out of nowhere- one that looked like he was from the 1700s?

Then Harvey remembered that prophecy that Robert showed him before he got sucked into the time machine- one of the lines said, “The third prefers to sail the seven seas.” That meant that Captain James Crawfish was the fourth one to suffer from the Totem Curse…but it must have been too late. He already was evil. Yet, how did he get to 1997 in the first place? Then he remembered- Robert Mordred Jones. Did he mess time up? Well, Harvey didn’t find out what really happened until 10-some years later, and Mordred/Robert was only half of what really happened.

That night, when Harvey fell asleep, he had the worst nightmare in his life.

He was standing in the fake N.I.S.S. There was a woman with platinum blonde hair that he had never seen before, yet she looked familiar to someone…not Summer Sunshine, but someone else.. There was also a weird cyborg jester dude next to her.

The cyborg jester said:

“01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100000 01100001 01100111 01100001 01101001 01101110 00101100 00100000 01001000 01100001 01110010 01110110 01100101 01111001 00101110 00100000 01000001 01110011 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100011 01100001 01101110 00100000 01110011 01100101 01100101 00101100 00100000 01001001 00100000 01100001 01101101 00100000 01101110 01101111 01110111 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01000010 01101001 01101110 01100001 01110010 01111001 00100000 01000010 01100001 01110010 01100100 00101110 00100000 01000010 01100101 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01100101 01110110 01101001 01101100 00100000 01101001 01110011 00100000 01000111 01010010 01000101 01000001 01010100 00101100 00100000 01110011 01101111 00100000 01101101 01110101 01100011 01101000 00100000 01110000 01101111 01110111 01100101 01110010 00101110 00100000 01000100 01101111 01101110 00100111 01110100 00100000 01100010 01100101 00100000 01100001 01100110 01110010 01100001 01101001 01100100 00100000 01101111 01100110 00100000 01101001 01110100 00101100 00100000 01100111 01101111 01101100 01100100 01100101 01101110 00100000 01100011 01100001 01110010 01110010 01101111 01110100 00101110”

Harvey: “I don’t know binary!”

The woman sighed.

The cyborg jester said:

“01010100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100100 01110010 01100101 01100001 01101101 01110011 00101100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01101110 01101001 01100111 01101000 01110100 01101101 01100001 01110010 01100101 01110011 00101100 00100000 01110100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01100011 01110101 01110010 01110011 01100101 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01100011 01100001 01101110 00100111 01110100 00100000 01100101 01110011 01100011 01100001 01110000 01100101 00001101 00001010 01010100 01101000 01100101 00100000 01110000 01100101 01110010 01110011 01101111 01101110 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100000 01110111 01100101 01110010 01100101 00100000 01110100 01101000 01101111 01110101 01100111 01101000 01110100 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01100010 01100101 00100000 01110111 01101001 01101100 01101100 00100000 01110011 01101111 01101111 01101110 00100000 01110011 01110100 01100001 01110010 01110100 00100000 01110100 01101111 00100000 01110010 01100101 01110011 01101000 01100001 01110000 01100101”

Harvey: “What-”

And then the woman said:

“It doesn’t matter what he said. Anyway, why keep running? You’re gonna be bad any day now. Just give up, golden carrot. Just accept the fact that you’re no good, that you have no use in the world. You’re NOTHING. The only power you have is that totem. Use it for darkness, but also for power. Your destiny was already written for you, and you can not change what is fact. WAKE. UP!!!”

At that moment, Harvey woke up and screamed the loudest he ever had in his life. And then he started to cry. He lost all hope.

That morning, however, before he could realize what his nightmare really meant, he got a telephone call from one of Charlotte’s friends…and what she told him was bad. Very bad…

TO BE CONTINUED IN CHAPTER 10, COMING OUT ON SATURDAY, MARCH 19th

And yes, I know that Captain Crawfish didn’t get much screen time, but that will change in later chapters, as he will get a bigger role. There just wasn’t much for him to do at this point in the plot.

Tall Cactus AKA T-Cacti

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