Rory and Allen Get “Principled” (#16)

RORY:

What’s that on the floor?

ALLEN:

Mac and Cheese, Patti Labelle, I think. In my opinion it’s really good, try it.

RORY:

Let’s go back in the woods to eat and drink some of that stuff. Something crazy will happen.

Rory and Allen headed back into the woods and did exactly as the menu said. This time, though, they added in the mac and cheese.

RORY:

Allen, do you think there are narcotics in this? I hope not.

ALLEN:

I doubt it, but it kind of smells like a margarita. I think I’m going under its influence.

RORY:

Me, too…

The message from the goats would be different this time. Rory and Allen were taken from the James River and transported to the 9th Ward in New Orleans.

RORY:

Why are we here?

ALLEN:

I don’t know. Is this a bayou? I’m kind of clueless about this stuff. Look at that guy selling t-shirts over there.

RORY:

He looks like the carpenter from my last trip. I’ve got to know.

Rory and Allen crossed the street and approached the man selling shirts. He was wearing loose clothing and orthopedic sandals. He will not speak to Rory or Allen, but he directs them towards a fire hydrant.

RORY:

I wonder why he didn’t speak to me this time. Last time he told me about empathy. This time he blew us off.

ALLEN:

I don’t think so. Look at the fire hydrant. There is a hawk there. That has to mean something.

RORY:

Man, this is confusing. At least the goats took me right where they wanted me to go.

The hawk landed on the fire hydrant and eyed Rory and Allen like he was an assassin aiming for a shot.

THE HAWK:

Rory and Allen, I speak from your past to inform your present so that your future may influence the world.

RORY:

He talks?

THE HAWK:

Yes, I talk. Stay here (points to his eyes). Both of you know the value of shade. Both of you can see the failures and corruption of the 9th Ward. Neither of you has yet seen Marvin Gardens. Go, your “principles” are ready.

The hawk flew away and Rory and Allen awoke back in the woods at Carter’s Grove. They felt clean from their auras to their colons.

RORY:

You know what this means?

ALLEN:

We’ve got to get more mac and cheese and my goats are copacetic.

RORY:

Yep and we’ve got to go to James Blair. Something is happening there.

They got in Snowball, the old Dodge, and headed across town.

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