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 bigge