Slowly, the queen of the forest approached the glade. Had there been any onlookers, they would have wondered why she who owned this magni- ficent land skulked about like a common thief, hiding from the light, creeping through the few open spaces, darting behind an ancient marshall here, a gong there, or a clump of risers crowned with new spring zildjians, shimmering in the soft glow that effused the air.
Ever so carefully, slowly, quietly, gypsy, queen of the forest, lord of music, executrix of rabbits' wills, approached the darkest spot in the land. In this forbidden, out of the way spot, behind the tall, gangly, wiry musicwrack, there was an area normally frequented by none but the dreaded unionlectrishun, harbinger of evil sparks and large invoices.
Tonight, on this, the much-celebrated grand-opening eve, when the queen by rights ought to be regaling her friends and investors with drink, food, song, and zepplin-clone-troubadores, this eve of coming into formal posession of her kingdom, she ought not to be here, alone, in the dark, seeking out who knows what.
Coming closer, ever quietly, not even the soles of her hand-made moccasins (a present from a distant netter hoping for royal favors in the form of discounts at the slave market when buying roadies) whispereing as they sailed gently over the new-mown, spring-purple, shag carpet, gypsy approached the corner.
Using all her stealth, even that stealth normally kept secret for national defense (donated by the U.S. DOD), gypsy moved up next to the only sound in the land, a quiet, sucking noise in that horrid corner of the forest. As her eyes adjusted to the total darkness, she found that which she sought, and was overwhelmed with a royal, righteous fury.
With the speed of the long-lost jimihendrixfingers, the queen leapt into the corner. Grabbing the vampire bat by the throat, she snatched it from the neck of her royal slave (curled up in a ball, and snoring quietly) and beat it senseless against the nearest 50 watt rock.
"I TOLD you not to sleep here, stupid!" she yelled at the quietly-sleeping ball. Sighing, she threw the bat over her shoulder, picked up her royal helper (STILL curled into a ball and snoring like a heavy metal fuzz unit gone bad) in her royal glove, and trudged back towards her palace, looking for all the world like a very unroyal child with whom noone would play.
Last updated: 2 Apr 1994
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