Top Side Up Outside In
Chapter 1 Mark and Hunter
Just when you think nobody is looking, we are there to witness every detail of your life. I see these people day in and day out doing all the wrongs they can do to one another. When the messenger sends me a note stating it is time for a select few, I call out my representatives to look for these clients of mine. Make no mistake that they all show up to my place for a reason.
I see on top of the list is Mark and Hunter. They have been childhood friends growing up together. Sadly, they are still up to their old tricks. Mark is 19 and Hunter is 20. They have the option to take a better path in life, but fail to see that path exist.
As far back as the fourth grade, Hunter started playing tricks on people at their expense and made Mark join him. From tripping people to throwing gum in their hair, pushing people out of line to randomly picking fights with the shorter students, they were known as the class tricksters.
Lets look at what they are doing now.
"Now that I have set the rug in place, I will see what poor saps come through here. I should call up Mark to witness one of my great works of art."
"Mark, it is me, Hunter. Meet me at the park behind your house. Make sure you come through the back way."
"Alright. I will be there shortly."
I need to find a place to hide. This bush looks big enough to hide behind. The string is covered with leaves, the rug is camouflaged and I see someone coming this way.
"Hey! Do not sneak up on me like that."
"What is going on?"
"Shhh... Stay low and watch. Just a little more. Tug!"
"AAHHHH!! Ouch! What the hect? I must have slipped on something wet."
"Hahahaha... Is that funny or what, Mark?"
"It sure is Hunter. Don't you think that someone will get seriously hurt?"
"No. It is a small tug and I am only targeting the younger people."
"You always know how to get a cheap laugh."
"Yeah. Remember the time we had dropped water balloons on people in the middle of the night? Nobody was able to find us."
"I remember. This is the middle of the day. We are going to get caught."
"We are not going to get caught. Just stay low and keep quiet. Here comes another one."
"Whooooaa! Oooww! What did I slip on?"
They never get tired of the pranks. Time to send in one of my representatives. Let me see, I should have Slikmik take care of this.
I show him the picture of those two and he will be able to sniff them out. Off he goes in a puff of smoke leaving behind a grass scent. Those two will surely show up tonight as do all the clients.
"Hey, Hunter. There is a party tonight at the corner house on Jubileen Street. You want to go crash it?"
"That sounds like a good plan. Lets go to Biffy's Nifty Thrifty store and pick up a few things before we get ready. I want to get some gum."
It will not be long till Slikmik shows up to end their stealing, cheating, bullying, prank days. Ahhh, there he is looking all dressed for a party.
"You grab a pack of soda and I will meet you at the magazine section, Mark."
"Hello, Miss October."
"I have got the sodas. Did you get the gum?
"Not yet. I am admiring every season on this magazine."
"Hello. You two look like the party type. How would you like to go to an exclusive party tonight?"
"What exclusive party?"
"It is exclusive enough that you can only get in with a private invitation. Here is a card to help you get in."
"Where is it?"
"You know where that tall, glitzy building is at the end of the street?"
"Well go to the back side and you will see a sign marked, "The First Season EC" and take the elevator up between the 20th and 21st floor. There is a hidden button behind the panel with the initials TFSEC. Push that button and you will be in the right place. Someone will be there to collect the card. The password is top side up outside in."
"Is there a dress code?"
"No. Come as you are."
"Take a look at this card, Mark. It shines. This is the first time we have been invited to a fancy party."
"Yeah. Where did that guy go?"
"I do not know. You smell grass around here?"
"Yeah, I do. Lets find this place."
"Should we get the soda?"
"Nah. A few packs of gum will do since we are invited to this party."
Ahh yes, those two could never resist attending a party whether they are invited or not. Any event that allows them to take what they want, play tricks on people and laugh all the way home. I should have the rooms ready for them.
"Here we are at the hotel. Where is that sign?"
"Maybe it is the glowing one down there."
"It is. Now where is the elevator?"
"Maybe we should push the glowing button."
"The wall opens. Lets go in."
"He said there is a hidden panel. This must be it."
"The initials are on that button. Push it."
"Is it me or is it getting colder in here?"
"It is getting colder, Hunter. You think we should go back down?"
"Why? We can handle a little cold. You want to pass up going to this party?"
"No, but does it not feel odd to you that it gets colder and colder?"
"Stop being a mouse. We will find a way to warm up."
"Here we are. Wow! This place is nice."
"Welcome to The First Season Exclusive Club. If you will walk down this hall and make a right, you will be able to sign in at the desk. May I have your card, please?"
"Yeah. Here is the card. Come on Mark."
"I have never seen this much marble and gold in my life, Hunter. Every inch of this place is carved with odd looking flower patterns."
"Welcome to the club, guys."
"Well hello there. You are looking fine as wine."
"If you will sign here and tell me the password, I will let you meet our director who will take you to your room."
"Top side up outside in."
"Thank you. Please walk through those double doors."
"Come in, Mark and Hunter. Welcome to the club. I am Rathadontus Wreckfickle. You can call me Rat for short. Let me show you to your room."
"Yes. Each of our clients get their own rooms. Soft leather seats, a private bar, personal bartender and more. Come this way. I am sure you two will look at the bartender all night.
Let me tell you all our clients leave happy. They do not leave until they are fully satisfied. I guarantee that or my name is not Rathadontus Wreckfickle."
"That is good to know. We can stay here all night if we want?"
"Yes, but you will be staying longer than a night. I guarantee that. Come on in. Meet your personal bartender, Jolie mi amore."
Nobody can resist the way Jolie looks. Not even these two who are speechless at the sight of her. In reality, it is a skeleton with hair. But for those that first come to the club, they look like the ideal woman or man of their dreams. Once they sit down, they will not be able to get up.
"Have a seat, fellows. Make yourself comfortable. Let Jolie make the house special for you tonight."
The house special is a drink that puts them to sleep and takes them to the Realm of Dreams. More specifically, The First Season EC area since there are others who share this realm too. Once they are in this realm, they can not get out till they come to terms with their lesser half.
"Here is to the good life, Hunter."
"Yes. Bottoms up, buddy."
"Hey, are you feeling sleepy?"
"Yes, I am. What is..."
Now that they are in that realm, it is time for me to give them the rest of the tour. You two have no idea what you are in for. Hahaha...
"Ugggh... Wake up, Hunter. Wake up."
"Ohhh... What has happened? Where are we?"
"Hello again. Let me give you a tour of the place."
"Where are we?"
"You are at TFSEC area in the Realm of Dreams known as the Upside-opolis. This is where you will be staying for a while."
"This looks like a prison. You can not keep us here."
"Yes, I can. You will stay here until you come to terms with your lesser half."
"Keep walking, fellows."
"I do not want to walk, but my feet are not listening to me."
"Yes. Your bodies will obey me. Take a right turn."
"Get us out of here! You will not get away with this."
"You are not in any position to say other wise. Nobody can find you here and you came to TFSEC on your own free will. Everyone who comes here is guilty of something without a doubt."
"We need to wake up from this dream, Mark. Wake up! Wake up!"
"Hahahaha... If only it is that easy. The only way you can get out of here is if you correct all your wrongs. Walk into your cells and meet your more colorful half. I am sure you will get along with yourselves well."
"He looks like me. Well half of me. The other half of him looks hideous."
"Yes, it is you. Your goal is to make your other half look nice and decent again. You keep up with your bad habits and he will turn ugly more and more. This will only prolong your stay here. You two are to be a team and keep this cell clean. You will be earning your meals and everything else. There is a captain that will keep an eye on everyone. Follow his orders or you will pay the price. I warn you not to follow your old ways. Nobody escapes from Upside-opolis. They can only leave the upright way."
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