Humpty Deb-ty/Bubble bubble toil and trouble
by Harbinger of Death
What the heck are you doing? Harbinger of Death asked, looking at the
mounds of ghost parts that were heaped outside the cell bars. Keleos and the rats stood
beside him, having escaped by some dirty play, and having told him about the other
Debs attempt to do the same.
Nothing, said Nydivas head, still on the floor. Why?
I see you cant get yourselves together again. He put his hands on his
Uh...no. Calee, who was also cut up by now, confessed he was right.
Well, if you would have asked me I would have told you that you cant. Ghosts,
once cleaved like you are, have no adhesion and cant be put together.
Wait a minute, does that mean...?
Yes, the few of you who did this to yourselves will have to stay like that until
Halloween is over and youre all reanimated.
This is all your fault! Nydiva chided Omar.
Its not! he said, pointing at Astraea. It was her idea!
Theres no use arguing about it now, said HoD. Ill have to
put your parts someplace else now. You people have really messed things up. Man, no matter
how hard I try to make things nice for you guys, its never good enough, is it?
He gathered up a few limbs in his arms. As for YOU. He looked sternly at Kel
and the rats. Ive had about enough of your meddling. Come with me. And bring
the rest of those parts.
They took the ghost pieces upstairs, where HoD dumped them on the couch. There. Now
all of you, stand still. He waved his arms and muttered an incantation. Kel and the
rats froze like mannequins. There. Youre in stasis and theres no getting
out of this. I hate to do this, because it means youll be completely incapacitated,
but if you take advantage of the nicer accommodations I set up for you, you leave me no
choice. He carried their stiff bodies to the closet and shoved them in. There
He turned back to the pieces. Should I group you by person, or by body part?
Body part, Lyric said. I want my head with the other heads so I have
somebody to talk to.
Good point, said Orlena. Me too.
All right then. HoD put the heads on the couch (so they could see the TV too),
the hands and arms on the other couch (so they could reach the remote), the legs and feet
in the foyer, and the torsos around the dining room table. It looked weird, but they
seemed happy, so he went ahead and left them while he went to catch up on his business.
I miss him, sighed Ladybug.
Me too, said Birdly.
Me three, said Castalia.
Its damned boring without the men, said Manto.
What should we do now? The revolution is on hold, most everybody else is dead, and
the rest of us are nervous wrecks looking over our shoulders. Birdly wrung her
hands. I even pressed and returned his cape, but he hasnt shown any sign of
I dont know. What if he doesnt come back? Castalias lip
Hell come back. They always do. Manto patted her shoulder.
I dont know, said Ladybug. The old Harbinger has been pretty
ruthless lately. Maybe he wont let any of them come back.
No, it cant be!
They all began to cry and cry. Theres only one way to be close to him
now, sniffled Manto, as she took up a bar of the soap Omar was in. The rest of them
We must take a shower! Birdly said. They grabbed towels and headed for the
showers, leaving a trail of clothes along the way. The room filled up with steam as they
turned on the water nice and hot. They each took a bar of soap lovingly in their hands and
lathered it all over their bodies.
He used to grab me right here, Manto said fondly as she passed the soap over
Oh, Omar, I wish this were really you. Ladybug closed her eyes and sudsed up
They sniffled and cried as they lathered themselves up with all that remained of Omar. It
was the closest they could come to having him grope them in his chancellorial way. While
it had at times annoyed them, they found that they rather missed it. It was his way of
expressing affection, after all. The bubbles covered every inch of their firm CA skin. All
four at once...even when alive, Omar couldnt have managed all four of them in the
But underneath the soapy bubbles something else began to happen. Their skin started to
bubble too. Sadly, they did not know that soap ingredients must always be pure and
pasteurized, for if any acids are in the soap, it will damage the skin. This particular
soap was full of acids, as it contained human remains, and the acids were present in
Ow! said Castalia. This burns!
Ouch! Birdly cried. "Help!"
The girls tried to wash it off, but it was too late, and they had done too good a job of
covering themselves with it. The acids ate at their bodies, dissolving away their skin and
muscle. They screamed and ran underneath the water as much as they could manage. Yet it
was to no avail. Within minutes they were piles of skinless carnage, and four new souls
were added to the cage.
Posted on Oct 25 1999, 02:28 PM