“He was beautiful, that was always affirmed, but his beauty was hard to fix or to see, for he was always glimmering, flickering, melting, mixing, he was the shape of a shapeless flame, he was the eddying thread of needle-shapes in the shapeless mass of the waterfall. He was the invisible wind that hurried the clouds in billows and ribbons. You could see a bare tree on the skyline bent by the wind, holding up twisted branches and bent twigs, and suddenly its formless form would resolve itself into that of the trickster.”
The canine exhaled in short breaths, almost as if she were laughing. Easy, guys, you have all the time in the world to ask me questions. Hes scratched her ear then tried to remember their queries. I’ve been able to shift for a few months now. It was an ability Dai gave me as a reward for good behaviour, she explained, and for making him proud. Not only can I turn into a dog, but several other animals, as well, one of which is a wolf. So no, I wasn’t born with this ability, and no, it doesn’t hurt, not anymore. My body’s gotten used to it.
The children sat awed and attentive, listening to every bit they were told. “A few months.” Shyde repeated after, wondering if he’d be able to learn how to in the months to come too. “Our parents said that we’d be able to shift in the future, when our abilities grow stronger. Maybe then we’d all change into wolves or dogs and run around together!” He thought aloud excitedly. “What is it like, as a wolf?” Abaddon asked, glancing back at his brother briefly while he spoke of fun. That certainly sounded good to him too.
That sounds like fun! We’d drive the family members insane with our yapping! The dog seemed pleased about the thought, and as they spoke, turned into a wolf, which was somewhat larger and furrier than her canine form. Oh, it’s amazing. Wolves are more agile than dogs, stronger, too and also very quiet, if you’re an experienced hunter that is. You’d barely be able to hear me, if I tried to sneak up to you. The wolf circled the two of them, trying her best to appear menacing. I’d jump out of nowhere, pounce on you and pin you both to the floor…then I’d, well, isn’t it obvious? I’d nuzzle into your bellies and tickle you with you my nose! The animal seemed to chuckle silently.
Gosh, that really is awful. Anyway, I’m glad to hear you’re recovering from it.
Yeah. I’m fine. Thank you for being concerned. It isn’t necessary to be, but thank you.
You’re welcome, I guess. -Hes shrugs a little- You don’t really have to thank me.
I believe it’s necessary to thank you. Not many people show concern for someone like me.
Same here. I figure I might as well show concern for others even when they very rarely show any concern for me, but that’s mostly because I’m too proud to let my feelings show anyway, you know? I don’t actually like it when people worry about me.
//Right, I’m going to bed. G’night, guys. Let’s hope Hes isn’t as randy tomorrow.
Or, more accurately, I couldn’t save someone. But it felt like killing them.
-Dr Hannibal Lecter, biggest bullshit artist ever to bullshit
No I meant, don't you ever ask?
I never ask, no. If I find myself in the mood, I will tease Hes endlessly until she practically begs me to take her. It’s a far better way to get what I want.
May 25, 1977: Star Wars is released.
Before the release of his first Star Wars film, George Lucas was convinced that his genre-busting space opera epic would flop at the box office, so he made a bet with Steven Spielberg, whose science-fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind was also set to release that year. If Spielberg’s film made more money than his own, he would collect a percentage of whatever profit Close Encounters made, and vice versa. Spielberg’s sci-fi classic made an impressive $337 million by the end of its run, but Star Wars made nearly $800 million which, adjusted for inflation, makes it the third highest-grossing film of all time (it also spawned a franchise which, according to some estimates, has yielded a total revenue of $27 billion). Needless to say, Spielberg lost the battle of films but won the bet, and reportedly continues to benefit from that bet today.