“Mutantism on the March” :Chapter 84 “Reseudo and Squid Hook Up”

Wasn’t it interesting that René Hecklevesque rarely delved into the economic consequences of Quebec separating from the rest of Canada? Any realistic talk of separation should have the economics of such a move fully analyzed and explained but Hecklevesque gingerly avoided the topic despite that without the cooperation of the rest of Canada Quebec would wallow and strangle itself in debt. How would it’s currency function? What portion of Canadian debt would it have to assume? The Quebec proletariat would remain oppressed and the Quebec bosses would stuff their wallets as usual. If Canadian businesses left the province there would be a lot less to stuff in their wallets! If Quebec separated the likelihood of closer relations with the United States was far from certain. The dream of independence of Quebec was just that…a dream but there were many dreamers out there ignorant of the facts that Hecklevesque was not willing to share lest he douse the fervor of nationalism.

Garth Reseudo’s strike at the American Industrial Company in Montreal was short lived as the Americans clearly stated no missile base was to be built in Montreal. For his brave intent he was rewarded with high public acclaim even if he called himself a spaceman. The United Mutations wanted him to join their ranks as their first alien but he refused his anarchism not being supportive of joining any organization. But Reseudo did admire the mutants and their strategic actions in Quebec. Self discipline was essential for political gain and they had ample supplies of that. He praised their internationalism which they framed within local political issues. They had a concern for Montrealer’s but it was framed within a global context.

Reseudo was first attracted to Squid after reading a transcript of his famous New York Central Park speech stressing the need for daily individual struggles by each individual mutant. They had condemned rigid individual leadership. Like the passive anarchists they believed spontaneity to be the key, a sort of Sorellian view of struggle. There was no doubt this Squid was a very powerful mutant as after all he had been the founder of the movement. But no mutant cringed in fear if they disagreed with Squid. Some of his proposals were voted against but this did not anger him. In fact he appeared almost pleased when other mutants challenged him.

It wasn’t long before Reseudo and Squid met at a party welcoming the arrival of a Yukon mutant delegation visiting Montreal. They spent a good deal of time discussing the displacement and exploitation caused by oil exploration and the pivotal role Santa Claus was playing in combatting the large American oil corporations. They left the party together to go to Wartz’s Deli for a smoked meat sandwich and black cherry cola with Kosher pickles and fries. As they walked out of the meeting hall a black Lada jeep sped by ripping the air with machine gun fire. Both Reseudo and Squid were hit. Reseudo told him his alien skin structure made him immune to bullets. Only a laser gun could do him in. Squid was also immune but did not know why. Perhaps was Squid was an alien too. He had an odd background being raised by underwater creatures performing in circus freak show. How did he get there? Perhaps Reseudo and Squid shared more in common than being dedicated fighters of injustice?

At Wartz’s over a fatty smoked meat on rye Squid related some of his earlier experiences with the underwater circus mentioning that at one point he had instructed dinosaurs on the fine art of dancing. Reseudo had an equally strange past claiming he was a dissident from a distant planet Zorollia. The two parted steadfast friends. If only they had known how close the bonds between them were.

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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