The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 46

The troop – minus one – waited at the rendez-vous point. The ogre was always late.

The goblin poked at a hole in the dirt with a stick.

The orc shifted his pack and stepped once more through his mental checklist. Meat. Check. Floss. Check. Tent. Check.

There was a sound of crashing trees, and Mumbles the Ogre burst into the clearing. His momentum carried him too far forward. As he reeled back there was an enormous clatter very much like an entire household of goods being slid around and banged against stiff wooden walls. There was in fact a small house strapped to Mumbles’ back.

The orc stared.

The goblin squinted at Mumbles, read his t-shirt, and frowned.

“Be Prepared,” it said.

Mumbles grinned. “Ready!”

The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 45

It was raining in Upside-Down Land. Nose plugs were practical, but to wear them was to mark oneself for the kind of ridicule that is the special purview of children who no longer think of themselves as children. So he squished about the playground, sneezing when rain dripped up from the asphalt and found his nostrils despite – somehow – the umbrella shoes his mother insisted upon.

He found his way to the basketball court, picked up the wet and lonely ball, and dropped it through the hoop. “What goes up, goes,” he muttered as the ball disappeared into the sky.

“One day,” he said to himself, “I’m just going to jump and see what’s up there.”