Our world is currently a stressful place to live, as we hear about global warming, violent uprisings, discrimination, intolerance and of course COVID! I am not a great believer in escapism as a method of dealing with unpleasant/stressful circumstances, but sometimes __________________?
The following is the Introduction from “The Odessa Chronicles” (a collection of fun short stories), and gives you some ideas about the personalities of the various characters. The book is available from all the usual on-line book retailers around our troubled world, so perhaps there is a point where escapism is a healthy approach to life? Christmas is also not too far away, so perhaps you should not only treat yourself … but others as well!
Odessa is a Barn Owl – Jaxon is a Jackalope – Dewey is a cat – Man Servant is a human
There was the familiar whoosh-whoosh sound as Odessa flew down from her roof beam, and landed on the floor very close to Jaxon. “Where are the others?” she asked.
Jaxon rolled his eyes and shrugged his shoulders. “I told them to be here for an important meeting at seven o’clock this evening.”
Odessa paced around for a few minutes, and then turning sharply to Jaxon, said, “Did you make it clear that I wanted this meeting?”
Jaxon smiled inwardly. “Of course, I did.”
Just then, the barn door squeaked open and the man-servant walked in. “What’s up, guys?” he asked, looking from Odessa to Jaxon, and then back to Odessa.
Odessa just glared at him. “You’re late! Do you have no respect for other folk’s time? By the way, where’s Dewey?”
The man-servant looked around him. “I don’t see him here, Odessa.” Then he turned to Jaxon. “Have you seen, Dewey?” Jaxon shook his head. “Well,” said the man-servant. “I think we can conclude that Dewey is not here!”
Odessa was getting a little agitated. “I know very well where he isn’t. I need to know where he is!”
The man-servant smiled at Jaxon. “Well, Odessa,” he said, “we would have to find him in order to know where he is!”
At that moment, they saw Dewey just coming around the partially open barn door.
Odessa looked straight at him. “You are late for my meeting!”
Dewey just stretched out, flexed his claws, and yawned. “So? What’s so important about this meeting? Anyway, I’m here now, so let’s get this show on the road. I have some nocturnal hunting planned for tonight. By the way, Odessa, why aren’t you out hunting now? Frightened of missing your own meeting?”
Odessa didn’t blink, but just stared at Dewey. “Are all cats as uncooperative as you?”
Dewey stretched and yawned again. “Are all barn owls as demanding as you?”
Odessa turned her back on him with a “Hrummph!”
The man-servant decided to get things under control. “Odessa,” he said, “you called this meeting, and we are all here. What’s up?”
Odessa just looked at all three of them. “Do you know that all our adventures have been documented? Did you know that we have been monitored by Carolyn and Colin?”
All three of them looked at Odessa with puzzled faces. The man-servant spoke first. “I don’t fully understand what you are saying, Odessa. Perhaps you could explain it in more detail?”
Odessa did a few circles on the barn floor, suddenly looking more agitated. “Well, Carolyn and Colin are making arrangements to have our adventures published in a book! How can they do that?”
Jaxon looked at her. “Well,” he said, “given that the two of them create our adventures, I, for one, am not surprised. In fact, I am rather excited!”
Odessa went over to Jaxon. “Don’t you think that our privacy should have been considered? Don’t you think that we should have been asked first?”
The man-servant intervened. “Look, Odessa, not only do they write our adventures, but they are also writing this discussion. Whatever they decide will happen to us … is going to happen to us! We would not exist without them!”
Dewey stretched, flexed his claws, and yawned again. “So, is that it then? Is there any other business?”
Odessa walked over to him. “Do you understand anything that I said?”
Dewey grinned. “I understand perfectly, Odessa. I understand that none of us would have lives at all without those two writers, and that includes the almighty Odessa!”
“Wait a minute,” said Jaxon. “That means that our adventures will make people happy, as they read about us. That means that we might become celebrities. Just think, Odessa, people might want our autographs!”
The man-servant was also smiling now. “Yes, our adventures will be available for everybody to read and enjoy. What a wonderful purpose we will be serving! Are you still unhappy about it, Odessa?”
Odessa ignored him and just flew up and onto her roof beam. “I don’t know whether I want to be a celebrity,” she said. “Look what happens to so many human celebrities! They go really silly and act really stupid, but then … being a celebrity does have its advantages, doesn’t it? I could probably adapt if I had to. I can just imagine… ‘Ladies and gentlemen, please give a warm welcome to a wonderful barn owl. Welcome … Odessa!’ I will have to give this some serious thought!”
Jaxon then made an announcement. “Look here, guys. While you have all been going around in circles with this thing, I have been using my magic to see what else I could find out.”
“What else did you find out, Jaxon?” asked the man-servant.
“Well,” said Jaxon, “our adventures are being put into a book that should be released soon, and will be available from major bookstores and on-line from Amazon.”
The man-servant looked at Jaxon. “Colin told you to say that, didn’t he?”
“Yes!” said Jaxon.
Odessa was still up on her roof beam, deep in thought.
Dewey looked up at her. “Odessa! Wake up! You do realize that Colin just made you go into a ‘deep in thought’ mode, don’t you? You really have no power to do anything. You’re just going to be an odd character in an odd book. Congratulations!”
The man-servant laughed. “Yes, congratulations to all of us, because we’re going to be in a book!”
“Does anybody know what the book will be called?” asked the man-servant.
“I know!” said Jaxon. “It’s going to be called ‘The Odessa Chronicles’!”
Odessa flew down from her roof beam. “Oh well, I can now understand things much better. A book about us is obviously an excellent idea! This meeting is adjourned.”
For more information about the book, please click The Odessa Chronicles book cover over to the right (may have to scroll to find it!).