The CAP Epilogue: The Conclusion
Omar posting on behalf
Before I take a quick nap and see the doctor for what I suspect is strep throat, I
decided to let you all off the hook and finally give you the end of this enthralling tale.
Okay, so I just finally got around to writing it because I had writer's block. The effect
is the same.
Hope you enjoy it!
Rose paused, unsure of how to begin telling the events that happened so quickly yet
changed her life dramatically. Jackie put her arm around her, and they sat together for a
Do you want me to take it from here? Jackie asked.
Just start telling about that night, she said. Ill jump in when I
Jackie smiled at her and they squeezed each others hands. She took a deep breath and
continued the story.
It was a typical Friday night at the Blue Parrot. The place was pretty packed, and the
entertainment was in full swing. Rose stood backstage watching her girls perform the
latest dance shed taught them, a mix of traditional and contemporary swing. It was
quite innovative, really. The crowd loved it.
I think I could live here forever, Jackie said to Delphus. He put an arm
Wherever you are, thats where I want to be, he said. But,
theres something I wanted to talk to you about.
Sure, hon. Whats on your mind?
He looked a little embarrassed. Well....I know Im not a young man...
Jackie shushed him. I hate when you say that. Youre as youthful and vital as
any boyfriend Ive ever had.
I know you say that, but this is a more serious matter.
Jackie frowned. Please dont talk to me about your will. I dont want a
penny from you, and I refuse to outlive you. Were going to die together, and
thats all there is to it.
Delphus laughed. Well, actually, thats all taken care of, but I wasnt
thinking about that. In fact, its quite the opposite.
What do you mean? Now she was stumped.
Well...theres something I want, but I wanted to ask your permission
You dont need to ask me permission for anything. I trust your judgment. You
can have anything you want.
Actually, for this, I do have to have your consent. I was wondering...if...if...you
would consider starting a family with me. He looked at her, a little fearful, as if
waiting for a rebuff.
She blinked. And just as the moment when hed asked her to marry him, she could not
think of a single reason to say no. Delphus, Jackie said, putting her hand on
his, I can think of no better way for us to express our love for each other. I would
love to have your baby! And she really meant it.
He embraced her fiercely, and kissed her all over her face. Youve made me so
happy, he said, almost in tears. Ive always wanted a family, but it
seemed it just wasnt meant to be. And then you came along and changed that.
Youve changed everything. He kissed her again. Jackie, I adore you.
Youre everything to me.
She laughed and hugged him. Its mutual, she said. Lets start
trying tonight. They smiled at each other, thrilled in their decision.
Backstage, Rose was getting ready to go on. How do I look? she asked O.M.A.R.
Spectacular, as always, he said, handing her the brilliant headdress she wore
for her signature hula dance.
Is this new skirt too low? she asked, concerned. It was hung around her hips
so low down that it almost looked indecent.
Of course not. Its hypnotic. It makes the dance that much more
effective. He grasped those hips in his hands. And it does things to me.
She smiled, and entered into his arms. This is the best time Ive ever had,
OMAR. She kissed him tenderly.
O.M.A.R. closed his eyes, soaking in the feel of her lips on his. He could stay like that
for hours. Sometimes hed tried. When she finally broke away, he sighed. How
long until you go on?
Umm...looks like 8 minutes. Why?
Time enough, he growled, and dragged her behind the large prop of the
Hey! she squealed. What are you doing?
Im going to make love to my beautiful wife, he said, putting his hands
underneath the skirt.
Right here, behind the stage? she gasped. He always knew just how to touch her
to make her wild for him in an instant.
Yes. Right here. He pushed her up against the back of the oven, wrapping her
legs around his waist. And he made good on his promise.
With one minute to showtime, Rose put her headdress on and straightened her skirt, looking
a little flustered and trying to un-muss her hair and lipstick. Honestly, babe, you
are so incorrigible, she said.
O.M.A.R. smiled. Its you who does it to me. I cant help it. Your sexy
curves, your eyes, your smile... You are the epitome of womanhood.
Rose just looked at him for a second. She threw her arms around him and kissed him long
and hard. I love you, she sighed.
I love you too, he said. And then the music started and it was time for her to
go on. With a smile she turned and put on her stage presence, hips wiggling in time to the
drums, poi balls flying.
Everyone watched her, entranced by her movements. Her coordination was flawless, with her
feet and arms and hips and hands all in harmony together. She had such poise and made it
seem so easy.
Jackie, sitting in the back, thought she smelled something funny. Perhaps one of the tiki
torches was low on oil again. Shed have to see about getting it filled.
But when she turned to look, she saw something that shocked her. The torch had been
knocked over and was burning the thatch on the walls!
Fire! Jackie yelled. FIRE! Help!!
At first only a few people heard her over the drums and the music. The bartender gave her
a pitcher of water, frantically filling more, and a couple of patrons tried to stamp it
out or beat it out with their coats. But it kept growing.
Finally Rose stopped, seeing what was happening. She signalled for the music to stop.
I need everybody to get out of here right now, she said. Please walk
outside the club in an orderly fashion!
But people panicked. And there were so many of them that it became utter chaos. O.M.A.R.
jumped down and tried to get people to calm down and make their way toward the doors
without hurting anyone. Meanwhile, Jackie and Delphus tried desperately to throw enough
water on the fire to keep in under control. Smoke began to fill the club, and people were
screaming and running.
Rose hurried backstage. There was a group of kids in the dressing rooms that was supposed
to perform after her. She had to get them out. She threw open the door, where they were
huddled together in fear, having heard the screams and not knowing what was happening.
Here! she said, grabbing robes and throwing them over the childrens
heads. Get down and follow me! She got on her hands and knees and led them out
to the back door. They made it in time, and the children ran to safety. Go get
help! she told them, and headed back inside, staying low with a robe over her head
to keep from breathing the smoke. She went to all the dressing rooms, checking for anyone
that may have gotten stranded or left behind.
O.M.A.R. was starting to get the crowd under control, but the fire was far from it. The
whole west wall was ablaze now, and it was too hot to get close to. The water was
ineffective, and Jackie and Delphus tried to evacuate.
Go, go! Delphus yelled over the din. He pushed her ahead of him and she held
his hand, running for the door. Somehow in the crowd she lost his hand, but kept going,
knowing he was right behind her.
Then the fire reached the bar, and the bottles of alcohol began to explode, popping and
spraying glass everywhere. Jackie pushed her way out with the rest of the crowd, and stood
by the door waiting for Delphus to emerge.
But he didnt. Jackie panicked. O.M.A.R. came out, face black with smoke. He looked
around. Where is Ladybug? he said. Have you seen her?
No! Shes not here! And Delphus is still inside! Jackie was terrified.
O.M.A.R. turned to go back inside, but she grabbed his arm. You cant go in
there! she said. Youll die!
Theyll die if I dont, he said with a steely voice, and went back
into the burning building.
Jackie was hysterical. What was she to do? To follow him inside would be foolish. But to
live without Delphus would be a worse fate. She decided to go and find him, and if she
must die, she would die in his arms.
But as she moved toward the door, Delphus came out, staggering. He carried the bartender
over his shoulders. Rescue workers had arrived by then, and they took the man from his
shoulders. Delphus dropped to the ground, and others attended to him.
Hes not breathing, said one, and his partner helped try to revive
him.They worked feverishly as Jackie stood by, trembling from head to toe, watching her
husband fight for his life.
Delphus coughed, and the men leaned back. They looked at each other, knowing that though
he was breathing now, it still wasnt a good prognosis.
Jackie pushed them aside and took his hand. Delphus, she said. Delphus!
Speak to me, darling!
He opened his eyes and looked at her. Jackie, he said weakly.
Yes! Yes, Im here, she said, crying for joy that he was alive.
I had to say goodbye, he said.
Dont say that! Youre fine, youll be fine. Youre a hero. You
saved that mans life. And Im going to throw you the biggest party. She
smile through her tears at him.
He smiled back at her. Sweet Jackie, he said. I wanted to live forever
for you. I wanted to be the best husband and father in the world.
You will! Dont talk like that. Youll be all right. She was
distressed. The rescue worker behind him shook his head at her.
Hes breathed too much smoke, he told her. Theres nothing we
NO! She was angry. Dont you tell me that!
Delphus touched her face. Youll be provided for, he said.
Dont forget me, my lovely wife. Always remember how much I loved you.
He closed his eyes. Jackie sobbed openly, nearly hysterical. Dont,
please, she pleaded with him. Dont give up on me. Dont leave me. I
love you so much. Please, please...dont leave me...
But he was gone. She laid her head on his chest and cried with the pain of a sorely broken
By this time there were scores of people working to put out the fire, and still there was
no sign of either Rose or O.M.A.R.
Suddenly there was a great crash, and the roof collapsed. Jackie looked up in fear. Was
she the only one of her friends to survive? She should have stayed inside! Better to die
with them than to live without them!
Then there was a silhouette in the smoke. It was O.M.A.R., and he carried Rose in his
arms, a blanket over her head. People screamed at the sight of him, for much of his flesh
was burnt away, exposing the metal inside. He came out from the rubble and looked around
for help, but they were all too afraid to come near. Jackie ran over and helped him put
Rose down. Two rescue workers came to look her over.
Are you intact? O.M.A.R. asked Jackie, swaying in place.
Yes. But Delphus...he...didnt make it. She choked on the words.
I am sorry, he said, and embraced her. She cried on his shoulder for a moment,
and then they looked toward Rose, where the workers cared for her.
Shell be all right, one said, as she regained consciousness. They were
all relieved, and let O.M.A.R. approach. Jackie stayed back, out of respect.
I am glad youre all right, he said, stumbling forward.
Thanks to you, Rose said. You saved my life.
I could do nothing else. O.M.A.R. fell to the ground.
Whats wrong? Rose asked, concerned.
I fear I have sustained considerable damage, he said, bionics clicking. She
saw that his major mechanisms were indeed in very bad shape.
Ive got to get you home, she said. You need repairs right
No, he shook his head. Its too late for that. He pulled away
the skin that remained on his stomach, and she gasped. His internal systems operations
center was burnt to a crisp. My neurons are nearly all fused, as well, he
said, putting a hand to his head.
Rose had learned about his engineering, so that she could help him with minor repairs and
maintenance, and she knew this was bad. Dont worry, she said, trying to
be bright and reassuring. Ill get some help. Ill even get Omar.
Hell know what to do. He can fix you.
No. I am beyond fixing. O.M.A.R. twitched, and his gears made a horrible
grinding noise. I am sorry. I wanted to stay with you. Twitch, grind.
You cant do this! She was beginning to panic. "You're my husband.
You cant just do this to me! She touched his gears, trying to force them to
work, to keep him alive for her. To keep him from leaving her alone.
Yes, my love, he smiled. Forbid me now to die. Ill obey. I will
try. He put a hand to her face. And he stopped moving, stopped making a sound.
O.M.A.R.? Rose said. O.M.A.R. Dont go! She whacked him in
the shoulder. He whirred and jolted and began again to run, for the moment.
You dont belong here, he told her. You need to go home.
This is my home, she said. My home is with you. Youre my husband.
Im not leaving you!
No. Your home is in another place. Another dimension. He clicked and whirred a
little more as he spoke.
Rose stared at him in shock. You...you know who I am?
I have known for a long time.
Why didnt you tell me? She began to cry, touching his face, metal and
skin, flesh and iron.
Your origin and identity mattered not. That I loved you was the only thing.
His speech became awkward and halted. You showed me the same kindness. No less could
I do for you.
And with a click and a shudder, O.M.A.R. ceased to function. He slumped over into
Roses arms. She looked up at Jackie in despair.
Jackie came to her, arms open, and as the men took O.M.A.R.s body away, the girls
sat on the ground in front of the ruins and wept into each other for a long, long, long
They stopped now, crying again at the memory of their loss. There was not a dry eye in the
house, for they all would miss O.M.A.R., and though they hadnt known Delphus,
hed come alive to them through Jackies narrations.
Thats all, Jackie said. There is no more.
What do you mean? Bluetopaz said. You just packed up and came
We stayed to arrange the funerals, of course, Rose said. And we tied up
any loose ends with the businesses.
What kind of business? she asked.
Well, said Jackie, when Delphus said Id be provided for, he
wasnt kidding. He left me everything. But I cant handle that kind of
responsibility. I dont belong there. So I sold the casino and some of the other
establishments he owned, kept a few personal items, and gave the rest to Delphus
close friends and family.
You...sold the casino? Bluetopaz was incredulous. It must be worth a
It was, Jackie admitted. Lets just say I wont have to worry
about how to bribe anybody any more. I can sustain myself quite comfortably now.
I guess so! Bt shook her head in disbelief.
What did you do with the nightclubs? Ladybug asked Rose.
I liquidated our partnerships and sold them to the highest bidder, said Rose.
How many clubs were there?
Oh...lets see...24 in all, plus the dance school.
They all gasped. So...you also must be... Bird began.
Filthy rich, Rose said simply. Yes. O.M.A.R. and I had made some very
smart arrangements. It paid off.
What will you do now? Ladybug asked. You can stay here with us. It might
be confusing, but maybe if we cut and colored your hair....
No, that wont be necessary, Rose said. I appreciate the offer. But
O.M.A.R. was right. I dont belong here. Im going home.
To the other Deb U? Bird asked.
To the other Omar?
Rose paused. I dont know what hes been doing all this time. He may not
be the same person. I know Im not. If were going to have a relationship again,
well have to start from the beginning. Ill have to tell him everything. And it
will take me a while to heal from losing O.M.A.R.
They all nodded. Well, said Bird, we wish you the best of luck.
Ill get in touch with the Sov and arrange for him to take you home.
Thank you, said Rose. And with that, the two young widows took their leave to
get some rest. It would be a long time before they could give their hearts to someone
again, if ever.
.......Some time later.......
Back in her own universe, Rose unpacked her bags. She had many mementos of her time in the
other world with O.M.A.R.
She took out a small black box. It was what was left of O.M.A.R.s brain: his
thoughts, memories, personality. It was badly damaged. But perhaps the information inside
was not irretrievable.
Rose hefted the box in her hand, and smiled. She stashed it in a dresser drawer before
going to the library to learn all she could about cybernetics.
If you've enjoyed this, then you must thank Jackie. She was the inspiration for this whole
thing months ago.
Remember that thing I posted way back when, asking that if you could have any wish, what
would it be? Jackie said she wanted to get married in Las Vegas and go someplace tropical
for her honeymoon. As we were in the throes of the revolution at that time, the seed was
planted, and I decided to grant her wish, so to speak, after it was all over.
Rose and O.M.A.R. got in on it purely by chance. It seemed to go hand in hand with what
I'd planned for Jackie, and thus the epilogue as you've known it was born.
I had a great time writing it. Hope it was fun for you guys too!
Posted on Dec 16 1999 02:59 PM