A small town near the coast. The golden sun setting
into the ocean.
A foggy sort of town where sprinkles of sunlight have
to exist for just such an event. Forecasts earlier in
the day called
over the radio such weathering oddities as this. But
this was to
be not any normal town setting. A few people out of the ordinary
conjured up a special meeting for just such a special
event to take
part in. Just above this town, where hills roll gently
ocean, these same hills rim the clouds in the morning
and radiate warmth
in the afternoon. Roads winding sharply upwards towards
of the hills, venturing along this rim for a few miles
and then takes
deep cuts back down into the southern entrance of the
town and the
only harbor for half a days journey in either northern
directions. East lay these mountains while west breaks
It was on these hills that the people with telescopes in
await the moon in shadow colors rising. They hoped to view
this event high above the town, high above the coastal
fog that hung
all day, and for the past week. But the fog, dissipated for
this rising. "Once in seven years..", in black
print spread on papers
wrapped with a rubber band, damp from the fog of the morning.
These were special people, brought together by magic machines,
electronic bugs, keystroke happy fingers, quick,
and the wand of modems. Linked together friendships,
through these machines to wonder and ponder amazement
for the happenings
forthcoming above the dissipated fog.
Down in the town excitement grew as occasional eyes
toward the moon. People sometimes walking while necks stretched
for the better view. But it was still early in the evening
and the moon has not made its performance as of yet. In
one of the
courtyards near the towns center, were two women. In
steps they rushed towards a simple cafe, Hudson's. Recapturing
days which passed, these women were best of friends,
others comfort on such an exciting evening yet to come.
They both were
not of this town, nor of the language spoken here. They shared
the same memories of the country from whence they came
in the same old countries tongue, roughly, but without
Sharing so much of each other in the years past,
tenderhearted fathers and pesky brothers. Tough and enduring
lives for these two women. Young at heart, but tough with
the wisdom of age, almost sisters. Each had a loving
family and children
and took time every week to share together the days in each
others lives and support each other when time were
tough. One major
difference greatly divided the two friends which made it
difficult for one. Lani, was a very lonely woman, even with
a husband and two children. She worked at the nearby school,
her own children attended. Her husband worked at the
in advancement and unexcited about anything. This gave Lani
a boring but stirring desire to venture into a dangerous
Lani shared her closest feelings and adventures with only
her friend. Her husband and family was another world
which she tended
to and cared for as if they were sheep. But with this
shared all her adventures, stories and life with.
Opening her life with
the confidence that this person would absorb everything without
twisting it into a game to be played with or social harm
in such small towns. She was in her 30's with the wit and
spunk of a much younger adult woman, dressed in
fibers and colors of dark mother earth. An occasional
a smile which showed the wrinkles of age and wisdom on
her face, but
lacking all the confidence and insecure with her own
self worth for
a woman of this time.
Sitting in a smoking section of the cafe, a booth,
the two women took
turns talking and sipping their sodas. Lani comfortable talking,
but the other with intensive listening, but thoughts on
on the rim of town. She gave way the soft speech, excitedly
talking to her, to the thoughts in her own mind and focused
on the picture painted in her mind at the moment...a ruin
of rocks and rubble, the toppling fireplace and walls,
steady on the rocks and other telescopes stabled on the earth.
She was torn quickly when a burst of laughter grabbed
her back to
"Well, don't you think that was funny..."
They had there own nicknames for each other, pet
names so to speak.
"Well, Cosmic, you out in space again? You're
not yourself tonight?"
Lani puffed concerned but a bit annoyed at the lack
of attention given
by her friend. She wanted to know what was more
her funny story, what ever that was about. Cosmic, a bit
at being caught with her mind elsewhere. "I
didn't hear a word you just said, and for that I am
you have some deep insecurities about yourself which I
have felt going
on for some time, but, something about tonight is
pulling me away
from our evening and I just can't seem to sit still.
Let's go out
of here and out into the night. I have to see the moon.
"Why, sure, no problem."
Lani, crushing her cigarette carefully in the
her bag they divide the cost of the drinks and leave a minimum
tip for the waitress and walk out the door. Cosmic leads
the center of the mall and looks up into the sky. Lani
looks up at
the moon also, then starts to stare at Cosmic.
"You have this far away look in your face.
Cosmic, is something troubling
Cosmic shoves her hands deep inside her pant pockets,
the back ones,
she feels the cold of her hands on her buttocks, then realizes
her buttocks are colder than her hands after sitting on hard
seating from Hudson's Cafe. The look Lani saw on
Cosmic's face was
more curiosity for the possible better view which could
from the surrounding mountain range. Next thing Cosmic
is speaking and she doesn't hear any words, she doesn't hear
any sound at all. She knows she is not deaf, but inside
can hear herself speaking. I've got to get up to those mountains.
Something is going to happen and I want to, I have to,
feeling again. Before Lani has time to get angry with
makes friendly excuses and Lani, with nothing else
better to do demands
to come along for the ride. Cosmic invites Lani to ride along
with her to the mountain rim, to the special place, a
and hopes to share this feeling with her friend. Lani
an experience such as this. Lani could use any
experience with what
she was going through, a lover, a husband and kids was a
think about. Cosmic Charlie was going to share a higher
experience with her close friend. Cosmic needed to do
this for her
friend. Wasn't that what friends where? Lani needed this
happiness in her life. Cosmic thought for sure, Lani
needed this help
from her and tonight was the time to help her most dear
was enjoying the ride up the mountain side, she rambled
no need for tunes, Lani made up for the quiet.
The town was far below them now. Lani commented on
the beauty of the
lights. The event was nearing, Cosmic was anticipating
with so much
internal excitement that sitting was difficult. She
wanted to arrive
and not still have a mile or so to go. Lani noticed more
along the edge of the road along the mountain side.
outside in the cool night air pointing upwards and
the road of telescopes, equipment and cars everywhere.
"Cosmic, if I wanted traffic, we could have
remained in the city
Cosmic agreed, but, they were here now. Cramming the
car to a narrow
spot between two other crammed cars they parked. Cosmic leading
the way in the moon in shadow color evening and Lani huffing
and puffing to keep up with Cosmic almost running.
"Slow up, are we late or something?"
"I just want to get ...in time... for the
complete event to happen
at the castle. It's only a few more minutes along, so
Lani didn't want to race anywhere more or less in
this eerie light,
or rather lack of light. Flickering of lights, followed
embers hidden puffs and gleaming smiles summed up the
from the small groups ahead of them at the castle. Lani
quickly now to keep up with Cosmic's pace, but also
was a bit uncertain what she was about to deal with. She
Cosmic to fill her in with information about what held
up for them
"Don't talk with anyone, just follow me, go
ahead and light up if
you feel the need. I know a few of these folks, just
don't wander away,
I don't want to have to look for you in the dark."
"I don't plan to, Cosmic."
Lani knew she was going to enjoy herself. She always
did when she
was with her friend. Cosmic was a quiet sort of gal, but
strange and different and interesting friends. No harm,
They were just milling about the strange castle, a
mess of broken rubble
and query. Most of the atmosphere you would expect was
people brought with them the strangeness and curiosity
that was felt
there. Perhaps it was the containment of everyone's
the moon. The event was tense in anticipation. Then,
with all eyes
on the moon in shadow colors, the cloak began its
unveiling, as if
a curtain fighting, to open itself. Quiet then suddenly
of chilled bodies, clenched teeth in the air of prickly
gently stomping for warmth poof, then speech almost
and given way in amazement. Beams descending upon the
stones of the
decay of the rubble and eyes dancing back and forth from
stone to stone,
as if hopping boulders in a riverbed while keeping your
Cosmic sat on a rock wall, or what once was a portion of
a wall at
some point in the building of this castle. People were
much heavier now and she didn't really want all that
much more company.
Lani had propped herself amongst a group which began discussing
more in depth the darkness of the universe and black holes,
sun flares and comets and on and on. Cosmic got up, walked
to the dark side of the wall, facing the northern elements
Leaning against the wall, comfortable. This is where
you are high enough in elevation that the level view gave
you the folds of a quilt and a headboard of mountains, dusty grey and
purple, the folds met up with the shade of stars with the depth,
endless deep black and blue, halos of light, pinholes in a
Predictions pouring from mouths thirsty for
attention, bodies swaying in silent dance, cries of damnation, cursing,
chants, all in splendor for the cravings of attention for feeble
payment for their attention for so long. This gave Cosmic a hypnotic
movement of being here, at this time, once before. The movement kept
her walking around, she didn't know for any reasoning behind this
movement of her body, but it was clear to her, as if a out of body
experience, looking down at herself. She had only experienced this type
of view from a dream like state while slowly waking up in the early
dawn of morning, when the morning shadow makes outlines and
appearance fuzzy and only appear as if they moved, like only the lips
moving on a china doll sitting on her bedroom dresser. This was
uncanny, she knew she had only the soda from Hudson's and she didn't
smoke, nor did she have any drugs to increase on control this
fantasy. For this is what she believed she may have been creating in some
long drawn out dream. She wanted to wake up and shout. Wandering
along the edge of the mountain, she gazed on something. Caution
froze her feet. She turned, scanning for Lani, she bolted toward a small
group, not more than 20 feet away, grabbed on to Lani's elbow.
"Hey, where are we going?"
Lani hadn't even time to bid a proper social excuse
for leaving the gathering. Cosmic had swung her around to
follow her. Lani knew she must follow Cosmic. Curiosity pulled
Lani like a umbilical cord never cut. Cosmic and Lani passed
through all the rough passageways in the castle, made their way clear to
the pathway heading them out back to the road and the parked
cars. Everyone was looking towards the direction of the moon and sky,
even Lani glanced upwards occasionally for another glimpse.
"Don't look at the moon anymore, keep your eyes
on the path so as you don't trip."
Cosmic's caution was heeded only by Lani's
questioning. "Now, this is it? All the way up this stupid
mountain only to head back down again? What gives? Cosmic Charlie,
What the hell are we doing leaving. You afraid of something."
Cosmic, slowing up a bit realizes she can't explain
this intuition, or rather this repeating performance she
felt was about to happen, and happen all to soon. No longer had they
gone about half way to the car when the sky became full with a cloak
of quiet. No crickets or chatter from the castle behind them now.
Almost fearful the two women, while walking still, turn to glance at
the castle behind. It was very dark and they both stopped at
once. The shrubbery framed the path from whence they had come.
It formed a perfect platform view of the castle. But they had no
view from the castle. Cosmic walked further thinking she might have
a view further ahead because of the angle and possible
blocking of their view from the brush and trees. But further still, and
The hairs began to rise on her arms then travel from
the middle of her back to her neck. She didn't want to alarm Lani,
but looking at her face she knew, she couldn't cover up or
disguise the uncomfortable glance that flooded her face. Lani knew
her friend all
"Say, Cosmic? Let's just run back where we came
Lani was already turning to head back on the path.
Cosmic stood, clenched fists as if ready to defend herself
and friend. The lessons of her feeble karate learned far too long ago
and never practiced was straining to the surface of her memory,
she was only a yellow belt when she quit. Lani read her stance. She
too stood ready, her memory straining would also take it's
place, and ultimately never surface, it was lessons learned much farther
back than Cosmic.
Lani ended up using her concentration and strength to
maintain her emotions which were flooding her body with shaken
thoughts, hoping its a dream, and pinch me to wake up, this must be
awful good weed these people were smoking to effect them both in this
night air. They both were looking toward
where the castle had once been and at each other.
Scanning for clues in each others face, waiting for the other to speak
first. Cosmic just turned and walked ahead, she knew Lani would follow
just at quickly. She could hear Lani, without turning around again
they walked side by side now, almost if battling one step ahead
of the other on the path. Thoughts dancing in them of the castle,
images or just fragments of some bad bits of dinner or maybe this
was a dream.
Cosmic swung her left arm to catch hold of Lani's
right arm as they walked, checking this way so if it would catch on to
Lani's, she knew
she best be walking quicker. Her arm caught on to
Lani's and Lani's right hand grabbed quick and tightly hung on to
Cosmic's. They hurried and glanced toward each other as they broke into a
jog back to the road where at least one car would be parked. This
might prove to be even more evidence that the sodas had been drugged.
Over a small ridge, they could see the road. The road was
completely empty. Cosmic fought off the trembling throbbing hot fear. Her head
was hot and she wanted to feel the cool ocean breeze on her face,
she ran toward the edge of the mountain to gain her bearing. Things
looked a bit different. The road wasn't the same winding road from
the drive up.
Bushes were scarcely seen, and she vaguely remembered
a smell of sage and wild lavender and now only a hot dry wind pulled
her hair and smells of a hot baking valley was all that she could feel.
She stood in the direction of the valley and tried to look for the
lake. But the lake wasn't in the direction she thought it was. What was
the lake at one time was now a deep ravine with rough scrub bushes
and meager oaks.
She was fighting anger and mystery. Lani started to
look really confused, or, so scared that she froze the last
expression on her face.
"Well, come on Cosmic" it was Lani, quiet
now, the morning dampness everywhere.
Cosmic was very stiff. She had drifted off to sleep.
Lani helped get her friend up from her nest she had
created while stirring through the evening.
"You could of rolled right off of this mountain
and I wouldn't have a ride home. Boy, I was worried, then when I say
you were asleep, I decided to party with the rest of them.
Came back to see that you were all right. So let's head back
Cosmic had to look very hard at
"You mean I was dreaming all this time! Is it
"If you don't drive us down from here, somebody
is going to have a reason to suspect I'm really messing around buddy.
Let's go now while I can still explain myself out of this."
Everywhere tossed around like some after scene rock
show, were remains of trash and images of rocks, wrapped with
blankets, rocks huddled from the morning damp. Some beginning to
stir. Steam rising
in little streams here and there from the bundled
rocks. Cosmic and Lani made a path through to the main road. Cosmic
still searching her mind for what happened this evening. They climbed
into the car, started the engine and heading back the way they
drove up the mountain. Lani and Cosmic were quiet. Then Cosmic
"What the heck Lani, did you find some intimate
"Well, just so happens I ran into a buddy from
where I worked. He and I have been sort of seeing each other.
Remember I was telling you about this chap for the last month. I
think now were beginning to have some sort of relationship."
"So you sacked him huh? Were you drunk again for
"Cosmic, I can't believe it, I go and get sacked
and you think it was out of love?"
"No Lani, you told me before, you are drunk
before every time you get laid. You are sobering up now, but I can tell
that you were drunk at one point this evening. Can't say I knew
what you were doing, but I had this dream and I had to pull you
along with me. Now from this morning I can tell I was to stay
awake and keep you from making a mess of things for yourself. But maybe
you needed to
figure out this on your own."
"Cosmic, you amaze me sometimes. The games
people set up other people to play, all the while, you just lay sleeping
and dream. Tell me, did you dream all this up or do you have some
evidence of my evening that I don't know about?"
"All I want to tell you is this strange dream,
and having to pull you around with me, sort of like I had to
protect you from something or having to take you away from something.
I don't know which, but I do know, were friends and strange as it
may appear, we will never know the actions for which we take in
this point in time."
"This conversation is to heavy for this early in
the morning for me Cosmic, talked to me another time."
"Here is your car."
They drove into the parking lot at Hudson's. Lani
steps out of the car and holds her keys to her car in her hand.
She rests her arms along the door of her car.
"Cosmic, something happened to me tonight, but I
will have to talk to you about it another time. It sure is strange
that your dreams are the intensity you describe. Maybe you are
helping me, but for now I'm going to go home and into bed. See
you later today, or give me a call. Bye, till later my friend."
Cosmic waves good-bye and drives out of the parking
lot, heading north from where they traveled from the mountains,
she is tired and drunk with the smoke of the evening. All that she can
think of is the mountains and the moon in shadow colors. That evening
was a very special experience. All too real to leave alone in