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Post by 936trt » Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:00 pm

Bomber is shaking Wyman "Wake up half pint ,time to get to work."Wyman struggles to open his eyes and sees a flight attendant leaning over him with a concerned expression on her face.

"Excuse me sir you have been talking quite loudly.We are not long to Tucson .Are you feeling ok?"

Wyman: " Sorry, I haven't slept well recently.I was dreaming. I'll be fine , thankyou."

As the aircraft came in to land he recalled the previous day. Everyone wanted to thank him for volunteering to attend the Chocanaw Casino AGM. He confided to Moxey that he knew they intended this trip to be more therapy
than business. It was true he needed something in the way of a break. He still had flashbacks of Amanda's death, but less than before. More recently Bomber and Joe Saugus had figured in his dreams and he was in fact was hoping to enjoy his trip to the reservation.

Chip was there to meet him ." It's good to see you Wyman.Our family have been looking forward to your visit. I will take you directly to the hotel .Was your journey ok?"

Wyman: " It was fine Chip. Is your family well?"

Chip: " Yes ,it has taken time to get over my fathers death and as tribal head I can understand why he sometimes was distant. However you can bring us all up to date with your adventures later .We have a celebration tonight and you are an important guest."

Wyman had a quick shower ,left his room and took a walk to the transporter.In the late afternoon it was a spectacular sight. He recalled the illumination had impressed them all at their last visit. He watched as the colours changed from blue to green then yellow . He thought the folks from Hartlepool and Middlesbrough might want it back looking like this. He glanced at his watch, he was due to meet up with Chip in a few minutes.He began the walk back to the hotel.

Chip and Lanie welcomed him into the circle.The medicine man waved his eagle feathers around Wymans head and the ceremony began.

As the dancers moved across his field of vision he noticed the shaman in earnest conversation with Chip. He leaned across to Laney.

Wyman: " Is there a problem Lanie,Chip looks serious?"

Laney: " After you told us what happened to you and your friends the shaman said he had had a vision and needed to talk to you. Chip had said it could wait until after we had eaten but I think maybe he is waving at you right now."

Chip: " Wyman can you go with the medicine man, he has something for you?"

Wyman: " Sure ,what is it?" He smiled at Wyman, beckoned him then turned around and walked away into the relative darkness. He stopped ,turned to face him and spoke.

" You are bleeding Wy man, and you must stop. I saw you in the sun ,it was bad she died Wy man,but it is nearly done.
The other woman tried to kill you, she was in pain. That is finished. You have seen our last chief, that is good , and your friend the big man who was with Lanie ,they are in the same place.There is one who has asked about you, I have seen her with you. Speak with her.You need to take these Wy man." He placed two items into his open hand ,then walked off into the darkness.

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Let me guess, a blue pill and a red pill ? :ugeek:
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Barry is trying to understand why Anna was expelled.

Barry: " So tell me about the bullying Tatiana." She looked up at him.This is going to be heavy she thought, what happened to baby bear?

Tatiana: " Kids can be very cruel, I remember when I was her age."

Barry: " That was in Moscow and you father was a career criminal. Not the same as Godalming."

Tatiana: " Even so, girls have to be tough these days, or they get hurt. My father gave me a knife, you remember the one I loaned to Nev in Thailand. That type are hard to come by. He gave it back I gave it to Anna."

Barry: "Dear God pet she's only a bairn!"

Tatiana: " Listen to me Barry, I've spoken to the other girls mothers.This little toad has been on Anna's case since she started at the school. Because she wouldn't join his gang he targeted her. He had pressured some of the girls to give him certain photos ,for his collection, and you can guess the rest. Anna said no. He wouldn't listen . She pulled the knife only when he got physical. The headteacher doesn't want trouble ,the toad's father is a politician."

Barry: " Why didn't you tell me?"

Tatiana: " What would you do baby bear that I couldn't do?"

Barry: " I can't believe it. You hear about this stuff but don't expect your children to be involved."

Tatiana: " I was going to suggest we find a different school for her anyway.You know she is bright and as well she takes after Aunty Magda. I told you about her?"

Barry: " She's the one who answered questions before you asked?"

Tatiana: " Yes."



Gary and Dennis are discussing the latest news from Jamaica.

Dennis: "So when did you hear?"

Gary: " Last night. The governors office telephoned to say that Lord Wharfedale had died having suffered a massive heart attack and that our next meeting would be postponed. In the interim Mr Jeffrey Grainger would undertake responsibility for moving the arrangements forward."

Dennis: " By arrangements he means the initial order for the ore?"

Gary: "In a word,yes. We have to believe they think he has the executive authority. After all he only got a rap on the knuckles after that last business with the Russians. Friends in high places or a charmed life."

Dennis: " Talking about friends in high places is it true you and Luis Sandoro are going to be involved in the joint initiative with Jamaica?"

Gary: " Again,in a word yes."


Chrissy and Moxey are sat outside the motor home, in the sun, with a jug of ready mixed mojitos. Moxey takes off his shades and hands a glass to Chrissy.

Chrissy:" Thanks Mox, this hits the spot on a day like this don't you think?"

Moxey: " It certainly does pet. Can I ask a question ?"

Chrissy takes off her sunglasses and looks across to see Moxey with pursed lips and squinty eyes." Is this painful Moxey?"

Moxey: " It could be. Are you sure about selling the aloe business to Barry?"

Chrissy: " We've been over this, before Wyman left. If I, if we, are going to develop Chrysalis letting Barry have the aloe vera will free up a lot of our time. The income from the spoil heaps is more than enough to cover our costs.We've been over this Moxey."

Moxey: " I know but none of this is mine Chrissy. It belongs to you and Wyman."

Chrissy: " Just stop there Mox. I had a feeling there was something you weren't saying . I told you before ,you are the rock I need. All of this was given to me , I didn't work for it. It was Uncle Percy's. I want to make Chrysalis into something and I want you to be part of that and you can work with me so it will be ours."

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Heart attack ? oohhh how revolting !
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Wyman left Chip's jeep outside Lainie's cabin. The change in the scenery was spectacular. The vegetation and trees around the lake was a real contrast to the desert .

Lainie was stood by her door and waved to him." Hi Wy man , big improvement don't you think?"

Wyman: " It's unbelievable, someone's been very busy,just getting the water piped up must have been a huge job. Well worth it though."

Lainie: " The medicine man wants to see you before you leave, but come in please."

They sat by the window and Lainie offered him a glass of lemonade.

Wyman: " Thanks I am thirsty. About the medicine man, I'm sure he means well but I have a problem understanding what he says. It's true, you know I've lost two people who were close to me but I'm working on it. Sorry Lainie I don't want to bring you down ." Lainie held up her hand.

Lainie: " Bomber used to talk about you ,he said he knew your father and you had never seen him ,which was why you joined up with them in the first place to try and learn about him. That's sad. He watched all of you ,you know, after he came to live here and as he grew closer to the old man he tried to help whenever he thought you had a problem."

Wyman: " Why did he give me a pebble and a feather?"

Lainie: " Do you know the story about the stone boy? You need to learn it.The feather symbolises life balance among other things ,a feather can hold the wind, for example. See we learn such things as we are growing up."

Wyman: " He also said he saw someone with me and I should speak with her. Is that you Lainie?"

Lainie looked at him, searching his face until he felt uncomfortable." No Wy man it is not me ." Her serious expression was replaced by a smile and she rose to her feet, and put a hand on his shoulder." I have to go and visit a patient on the other side of the casino. Call in to see Mai , you remember my cousin ,she lives near the old man.Good luck Wy man."

Wyman was beginning to feel like he'd been manipulated , like when he was a small boy and Chrissy had got him to tidy his room or change his socks even after he'd refused.

In a few minutes he was on the far side of the lake where the medicine man had his cabin. He could see a familiar figure crosslegged on the porch. The figure waved him over." Come in,have a coffee Wy man. We are expecting you."

Wyman was going to shake hands but the old guy had already got up and made his way inside .It was surprisingly tidy Wyman thought ,then all was made clear when he saw Lainies cousin Mai pouring coffee ." Hello Wy man , I saw you last night at the celebration."

Wyman: " Hello Mai ,sorry I missed you .How are you ?"

Mai: " I'm well thank you. I help out keeping uncle Charlie clean and tidy .Lainie has so much to do these days.You will never know just how much our lives have changed since more folks have been coming to the casino ."

Wyman: " The landscaping and especially the lake has really had an enormous effect on the village ,its transformed it just in this last year."

The medicine man had shambled up beside Wyman while he and Mai were talking and spoke." Call me Charlie , sit here with your coffee. We have a lot to talk about."

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Hearing a noise from the next room Wyman looked up to see a little girl run in and stop in front of him ."Who are you ?" she said. Mai quickly picked up the little one and making apologies took her outside."Sorry Uncle Charlie. We'll leave you and Wy man in peace. See you later."

Charlie the medicine man drank his coffee,noisily. " I came to this late in life .But it is good. Drink up Wy man . Mai will be back to clean up.
Some time past I gave a pebble and a feather to your friend, the boss man. Trouble was on it's way. But it is now gone. These things are painful, but pass . Wy man you can't bring them back. Give your mother the feather, and the one like your father, give him the pebble. He could be the stone boy."

Wyman could see Charlies eyes had closed. Suddenly he gave an audible snore.

Wyman got to his feet and crept out into the daylight.
Remembering Lainies words he walked toward the next cabin to find it empty.Retracing his steps he walked towards the sound of voices coming from a smaller cabin in the trees. From an open door he heard "Come here and finish your drink." there followed a few words in what he thought was Chocanaw, and then " That's better,good girl."Mai turned to face Wyman. "Hello again.You can't want coffee so soon I'm sure."

Wyman: " That's very kind but I've a long drive and ..." She laughed and said ." Coffee makes you pee!" they both laughed.

Wyman : " So did you go to that college you told me about?"

Mai: " Not then but I started a few months ago."

Wyman: " So in the meantime you do babysitting and housework for uncle Charlie?"

Mai: " Yes ,he is very generous and it helps with the college fees."

Wyman: " The little girl ,is she part of Lainies family?"

Mai: " No. She's mine." Wyman could tell from her facial expression he'd just made a huge mistake.

Wyman: "Oh,I had no idea." Suddenly the interrupted college course made sense.

Mai: "......and yours."

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Wyman felt like someone had slapped him across the face. Hard.

" Hells teeth,why didn't you tell me?" Mai was startled ,she took a few steps back with a frightened expression on her face.

Mai: "Why are you shouting, why are you so angry?" The little one had started to cry. Mai bent down , picked her up and held her close." You have frightened her Wy man." She looked directly at him." I did think, when you didn't call or write I should get in touch, but by then it seemed a silly thing to do."

At this point Wyman was at a complete loss. He had no idea how to react.

"But I could have helped you . I can help you."

Mai: " I'm not sure I understand . " She wrinkled her brow and looked directly at him again." I have always had my family. Perhaps if Bomber had been with us things may have been different. You know he told me you were a good boy . I remembered that when I began to think I had made a mistake . You told me a lot of things Wy man, and that is why it seemed you had put me aside."

Wyman: " You must know my mum found she was pregnantafter my dad left, and he never came back.You can say if he had kept in touch he would have known about me. But he didn't. He didn't care. My mother doesn't see it that way. I see it as a betrayal, and now that's why I feel I have treated you badly."

Mai: " What do you think you could or would have done ?"

Wyman: "I would help as best I could ,what would you have me do?"

Mai: " Wy man we talked a lot before but you never about spiritual things . My people see life everywhere even in trees ,rocks and plants .You friend Barry spoke about animism when he was last here .Talk to him. We see a life as a precious thing of itself."

Wyman: " What do you call the little one?"

Mai: " Mai, like me. Wy man I have a lot of things to do. I must go."

Wyman: " Ok, can I see you later?"

Mai: "I thought you were going back today?"

Wyman: " How can I, without knowing where I stand with you and our daughter?"

Mai: " Maybe you should talk to uncle Charlie.I must go Wy man.Toksha."

Wyman is sat in the jeep feeling very alone. Perhaps it's true, if Bomber had been around it would have been different, he thought ,even if all he did was tell me not to treat her like a one night stand. Now I understand a bit about how Dennis must have felt when he learned about Detlef.
He looked at his 'phone and saw a missed text message from Chrissy. She asked if there was a problem .He had promised to keep in touch and she hadn't heard from him.

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Wyman is in the sweat lodge sat opposite the old man. It's hot and when Charlie pours water on the stones it gets hotter.

" I was here with your friend before .He always spoke the truth. You and your friends were his family before Lainie."

He poured more liquid on the stones and Wyman wondered if it wasn't just water. The lodge filled with steam and he had difficulty seeing the medicine man.

"Who is your spirit guide Wy man?" Wyman found himself answering " Bomber is my guide." He felt a bit light headed.

Dennis is saying " How would you feel about that, young'un , like if me and Chrissy, your mum,you know got together?"

In a mortuary."Can you identify this person Mr Norris. Yes it's Tina, Tina McKellern."

Jeffrey Grainger "Ha ,ha the hand that rocks the cradle!"

Wyman " He died, my dad,they said it was congenital."

Barry" Your dad taught me everything I know about women.He was a great bloke."

Wyman " I don't think I know what that thing is Neville."

"Nothing happened mate ,it was just a dance."

Tina "I can neither confirm or deny as we say."

Wyman" I'm a spinmeister, that's what I do. Spin."

Wyman" You do this every time Chrissy."

Wyman" That's the truck that rear ended me."

"Wyman,Wyman . Listen to me and do as I say .It's me ,Bomber I'm your guide. You have to sort out this mess. I had to tell Neville the same ,there's always a price to pay if you transgress."

Wymans shirt was stuck to his back and he had a splitting headache.The old man was sat opposite and was looking closely at him.

"Wy man you look like dead coyote . I'll take you back to the cabin for some coffee. You have a lot to do."

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Chrissy is yelling at the top of her voice.Moxey and Barry both come running in from the processing sheds.

Moxey: " What's up pet?"

Barry : " Are you ok Chrissy?"

Chrissy: " I thought I brought him up better than that,you think after the way Wayne treated me ......." She was now in tears .Moxey put an arm around her ." Tell me what happened Chrissy."
She handed him her mobile 'phone. There was a text message from Wyman briefly explaining he was delayed because he found that the girl he'd met at the Bridge anniversary had had a little girl, and he was the father.

Barry : " Bloody hell ,Wymans a dad."

Moxey: " Chrissy the lad is there ,he's let you know ,isn't this good news?"

Chrissy: " It's true what they say you can make all the plans you like and then suddenly ..........."


Nev and Pru are finishing a meal at Pru's flat.

Nev: " Well I suppose I should get used to this."

Pru: " What's that Neville?"

Nev: " Having you rushing about catering for my every whim,you know the dutiful wife etc."

Pru: " Of course my lord and master." Nev turned round to look at her and caught the end of a smile.

Nev: " I guess that's a non starter then pet?"

Pru: " Yes bonny lad." They both laughed .



Dennis is chatting to Oz.

Dennis: " You know Oz I get a lot of satisfaction from just looking at a course of bricks."

Oz : " Bloody hell Den now I know your'e off your trolley."


Dennis: " NAh,nah man, as I get older and think how many I've laid and where, it's a sobering thought. Just think about that so-called annexe we're on with ."

Oz : " What about it?"

Dennis: " Lefty started the store room wall and you started the other side."

Oz: " So what?"

Dennis: " He finished before you. I checked it over and he'd done a really good job."

Oz: " Well I had a late start."

Dennis: " Bollocks Oz, you and me we're the same man,we're getting old and we're slower " Oz was looking off into space and didn't reply.

" Aye I did the right thing spending more time managing and less on the bricks and mortar. But it's still nice to know that we can turn our hand to bricklaying eh Oz?"

Oz: " Aye I suppose so ,and anyway it was me showed Lefty the ropes you know!"


Cal had just finished a call with Chris and advised they needed to keep a closer eye on Jeffrey Grainger.

Cal: " Chris I will be talking to Chrissy when I get a chance. She is very taken with the Chrysalis project and I think hasn't noticed what our friend is doing."

Chris: " So how much control has he got over the freight and handling end?"

Cal: " Not fifty percent but I think it's time someone got a grip. I guess he wants to increase his overall share by jacking up costs where he can. I would also guess he's looking to improve things at the other end, courtesy of his Russian associates."

Chris: " Ok Cal that's a good job you've done there for Chrissy. I need to talk to her as well and I'll draw it to her attention. I think she may be a little upset with Wyman at the moment,maybe the thoughts of being a grandmother!"

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Dennis is meeting with Gary in the OED offices in Havana.

Dennis: " So what's happened since you found out that Grainger is on the fiddle again?"

Gary: " Good heavens Dennis there is no definitive proof of any wrongdoing by our colleague Mr Grainger.But we have recently heard that he is trying to get a foot hold with the latest Cuban minerals project."

Dennis: " What's that about?"

Gary: " Luis Sandoro told me that his colleagues are very taken with the potentially large profits from rare earth deposits that they heard about in Jamaica. He says their new relationship with the USA could allow them perhaps, to take advantage of Cuban rare earth minerals, which until now could not be accessed without a very large investment from a third party."

Dennis: "Are you going to tell me there is something for OED 2016 Ltd in this somewhere?"

Gary: " Absolutely Dennis. There would need to be a building programme to extend and improve existing facilities near the deposits and also at the nearest port. If we wanted to take advantage of a certain shipping arrangement out of Jamaica I'm sure it could be arranged, and it would also allow someone to keep a close eye on Graingers activities."

Dennis: " You are a devious bugger Gary,did you have someone in mind for this job?"

Gary: " Now which job would you be referring to Dennis?"

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Dennis is stacking dishes in the dishwasher and talking to Dagmar at the same time.

"So who says I can't multitask pet?" Dagmar laughed and replied." I am sure I have never said you couldn't do more than one thing at a time Dennis. However what I meant to say was I can do more than one thing."

Dennis: " This is leading somewhere isn't it?"

Dagmar: " You know everything is fine Dennis, but now we have the house the way we want it I find my days are very long."

Dennis: " So what do you want to do?"

Dagmar: " I want to have a job."

Dennis: " So what's the problem?"

Dagmar: " I have been talking to Chrissy about Chrysalis, because I think I can really help her setting it up.You remember I was involved in business administration after leaving Beco and I still have those skills ."

Dennis: " This is something you have thought a lot about ?"

Dagmar: " Yes Dennis."

Dennis : " Why aye pet,why not."

Dagmar: " I'm not sure where she is planning to have her head office but there is talk of up to eight new sites all over the Carribean. I may find I have to travel a bit in the beginning."

Dennis: " That's no problem Dagmar as long as you have my tea on the table every night I get home."



Neville is helping Pru clear away after their supper.

Pru: " So Neville have you finished that list of guests?"

Nev: " It's not very long and we may be missing a few."

Pru: " Who is missing?"

Nev: " Well it's not certain that Wyman will be back from the US, and Debbie has that show in Berlin which may cause problems. I thought Detlef would make it ok. Barry told me that they've sorted the new school for Anna so he and Tatiana will be definites. That leaves Moxey and Chrissy and Dennis and Dagmar."

Pru: " Have you confirmed if Chris can come?"

Nev: " I haven't had a reply from him yet. I did get a nod from Gary but it's not clear if he will be on his own."

Pru: " My mother and Aunty Sylvia are the only ones to confirm at present. I should start to lean on the others but it is a long way for them to come I suppose. Neville I've been thinking about after the wedding."

Nev: " So have I pet. Can't wait ." He made a grab which Pru avoided.

Pru : " Really Nev ,is it your diet or as you say just Percy Filth?"

Nev: " Think it's a bit of both petal ,come here."


Oz is on baby watch while Ofelia has forty winks. The sound of the mail van wakes her up. " Can you get that Oz it might be the letter I expected from the ballet."

Oz: " What letter is that?"

Ofelia: "You know I told you , about me returning to work."

Oz : " Oh aye I'd forgotten , but how are we going to take care of Sofie if we're both out?"

Ofelia: " I told you about that too.Don't you listen to me pet?"

Oz : " Well aye ,you said something about your mam coming over now and then."

Ofelia: " Yes that's right, and she said I just have to ask."

Oz: " There you go ,it's got their logo on the envelope."

Ofelia tears the letter open and after a brief glance jumps up in the air." Yes,yes they say I can start at my earliest convenience."

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