“Mutantism on the March”: Chapter 31 “Revolt of the Slug People”

Montenez read Mudrage’s editorial and this caused some introspection on his part concerning “clean consciousness”. Perhaps he was not seasoned enough with conflict to understand what the cures for violence might be. He was somewhat confused and wondered if he was spouting gibberish. Perhaps it was time to step down from the clouds and experience firsthand situations of repression and violence. But he was certain if brute force reigned only the most technologically advanced would rule. He had been attempting to convey to the Zortixians the ultimate but the world was not always logical and peaceful! The world as he knew most of it was rude and barbaric. His meditations were broken by the buzz of the com announcing the spacecade was ready to transport him to the waiting rocket which was going to transport him back to Earth. As he walked to his transport vehicle he was greeted by the glare of the telecameras and deafened by the cheers of the crowd shouting, “Montenez back soon! Montenez back soon!” The lime green flag of Zortixia was waving in every Zortixian’s hand. The last time Montenez’s namesake had left the planet the situation was much different!

At the rocket field he read a brief statement of gratitude and promised that he would visit regularly. The premayor of Zortixia, Algno trying to hold his emotions in check said, “ We Zortixians are proud of you William. You share many of the attitudes of your late father except your actions will be carried on in this planet called Earth. We wish you nothing but astounding and glorious victories in that galaxy for I am sure what happens there will have effects here. As a gesture of Zortixian solidarity we adopt Earth as our sister planet. We offer our help only if you ask for it. We hope they can solve their own problems. Good-bye William and safe voyage!” As the doors of the rocket were closing he heard his name being chanted. Little did the adoring crowd realize the slug people had revolted!

Who in Jakka are the slug people? They are a race of half slug and half humanoid creatures inhabiting the Irony Mountains of Zortixia. They never played a role in the development of Zortixia and quite frankly that is the way that they wanted it. In the ancient Zortixian-Zorollian War they were persecuted without mercy by the Zorollians millions slaughtered or placed in “re-education camps”. As the Zorollians were defeated they were forced to pay huge war crime settlements to the slug people. After years of trepidation they once again settled down to a peaceful existence being protected by Zortixian law as an endangered species.

The slug people had no great achievements in the annals of Zortixian history but they had a valuable role to play and that was consuming all organic garbage created by Zortixians. The entire activity of the slug people consisted of mating and consuming garbage. The had no desire for political activity so why on earth did they revolt?

Although initial reports were confused and disjointed it appeared as if thousands of heavily armed slug people broke into suburban fruit and vegetable warehouses outside the capital city consuming tons of fruit and vegetables. They had also burnt the municipal bath complex to the ground. It would seem as the slug people were incapable of planning such an attack there was some agitation involved by an outsider. Witnesses reported seeing some of the slug people waving the flag of the Opposite Party once headed by the Jiber!

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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