“Mutantism on the March”: Chapter 54 “The Greek Gods Catch up with Squid”

After Squid’s brief address to the McSwill University students a strangely attired man wearing some ancient Greek garb walked up to Squid stating he had urgent business to discuss with him. Passing the awestruck audience Squid and the man headed up to his cave deep in Mount Royal. The man spoke, “I am from the Zlano dimension and am a messenger for the Greek Gods. The Gods have been observing you with interest for some time concerning your struggles for Mutantism as you call it. The Gods represent perfection and they have an embarrassing situation that is imperfection hence what you call a mutant. Do not think the Gods are cruel and trying to dispose of this mutant in their midst as after all this Bertie Foonbean is the child of Aphrodite and Zeus. We simply can’t have the Gods deal with imperfection in an atmosphere that demands perfection. If it was known a mutant lived amongst the Gods that would pose a great reputational risk to them. The Gods receive many visitors in Zlano and word could spread far and wide about Bertie Foonbean which might damage his ego. We wish to avoid this situation and ask if you who are so well qualified in dealing with mutants can help the Gods escape their quandary. The Gods offer you 2,000 kilos of gold annually (On an indexed to inflation basis) to mind and mentor Foonbean who has the face of an old wrinkled man and he is missing a leg. Will you help us?”

Squid replied, “I deplore your attitude messenger and have a low opinion of your bosses who labour under an impression they are perfect. I have yet to see a perfect living being. The Gods seem more concerned with their shallow image of perfection than in the care and development of the lad but they don’t have the courage to admit it. You may be fooling yourselves but not me. Go ahead and send Foonbean to me and I’ll take care of him. With his lineage I believe he is destined for something special. He is better here with me instead of an atmosphere of aloofness and shame.”

The messenger was delighted knowing he would be well rewarded for sloughing off Foonbean. “Thank you, sir. You have done a great service and consider the Greek Gods your allies and friends. Mentally the lad is strong so it is unfortunate he has these mutant characteristics. You might wish to think of him being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I shall return in several days with Bertie Foonbean and the gold.”

With these words the messenger disappeared but was back in three days with Bertie Foonbean and the gold. Bertie was perceptive and intelligent. He had the usual godlike characteristics of immortality and the ability to fly. The messenger had forgot to tell Squid Foonbean was missing an eye as well which was covered with a black patch embroidered with 24 carat gold. His head was both enormous and bald not to mention facial wrinkles that made him look like an old man. Despite these qualities both Earthlings and the Greek Gods would be considered as negatives Foonbean was upbeat and proud. Squid realized the potential in the lad and appointed him as his personal secretary as the paperwork was beginning to build up. Bertie was both enthusiastic glad to be of help. The Gods had, in the brief time he was in their custody, schooled him well on the history of Earthlings. All that would be needed was to brief him on the history of mutantism and its goals.

Published by Robert K Sephen (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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