THE INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN TRAUMATIC – 71

“You did it Captain!” the King exclaims.”

“I did what?”

“You stopped the damned battle.”

“Impossible!  You know that written words can be read out loud to become spoken words.  Besides, what are we doing, you and I, right now, but forming spoken words?”

“Hush!” the King insists, “don’t you say anything like this here!”

But it is too late, at the Captain’s saying, the written words have just been annihilated and another strident, short and deadly scream can be heard as every single written word becomes extinct.

The King and the Captain are at loggerheads when a familiar book flies to them and lands by the Captain’s feet:

“WHAT YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE YOU READ ANY OTHER BOOKS HERE,” the Captain reads out loud.

“It’s back!” the King utters.

“Got to be a trick,” the Captain says.

“Quick, look for its name!” the King carries on.

The Captain reads:

“I am an empathic book, I feel what creatures who read me feel. I feel everything: you miss your companion, the parrot…” but then, “there’s no name.”

The King snatches the book from the Captain’s hands.

“The pages are blank,” he says, “have you lost your mind?”

“Squawk! I’m heeeeere! Capitaine, it’s me!” Labaguette shrieks as he lands on the Captain’s shoulder.

“Labaguette!  Where…?  How did you…?” the Captain asks, shocked.

“Fuck Capitaine,” Labaguette says, “admit it, you just love me!”

To be continued…©

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