Tales From The Town #52: Don’t Tell Me That I Am Free

The moon sets beyond the sea. The sun rises above the hills. Yet here were are, trapped forever beneath the unbreachable ceiling of the sky.

Selene has tried so many times not to look, but there she is again, watching and weeping at the turning of the moon.

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Notes:

1. Written on the 8th and 9th of June, 2021
2. The title is taken from Blown-out Joy From Heaven’s Mercied Hole by A Silver Mt. Zion.
3. This story marks the end of “Winter”
4. Which ran from Tale #28 to Tale #52
5. While “Summer” ran from Tale #1 to Tale #27
6. They have long seasons in the town
7. And very little in between

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Tales From The Town #39: The Moons Of Earth

“Look at the silly old moon,” said Ethel, as she stared out through the window that had recently appeared in the ceiling of their room. “It’s so beautiful.”

“It’s so boring, more like,” said Claire. “It barely even moves. It’s the worst moon ever.”

“It’s not!”

“It is,” said Claire. “The best moon is the moon that’s always on fire.”

“That’s the sun, Claire,” said Ethel.

“Not it’s not.”

“It is.”

“It isn’t. If it was the sun you wouldn’t be able to see it at night but you can.”

“You can’t.”

You can’t,” said Claire. “I can.”

“The actual best moon,” Daniel said. “Is the moon made of metal.”

“That’s not a real moon,” said Claire. “It’s made up.”

You’re made up,” said Ethel.

“I’m not!”

“Nor’s the moon made of metal,” said Daniel. “It’s just you have to be in Australia to see it. They have different stars and everything!”

“You’ve never been to Australia, Daniel,” said Claire. “Or New Zealand.”

“Anna’s been to Australia,” said Ethel. “And New Zealand.”

“Well, good for her,” said Claire. “I still don’t think Daniel’s favourite moon should be a moon he’s never seen.”

“Your favourite moon is a moon we’ve never seen,” said Ethel.

“My favourite moon is the ghost moon,” said Tina. Everyone thought she was asleep but she wasn’t at all. “I’ve seen that. Twice.”

“I’ve seen it, too,” said Ethel.

“We’ve all seen it,” said Claire. “And anyway there’s no such thing as a ghost moon. It’s the apparition moon.”

“That’s just another word for ghost,” said Ethel.

“It’s not. It’s totally different,” Claire said. “And why would there be two words for one thing, anyway? It’d be completely confusing!”

“And bemusing,” said Tina, quietly.

“Most perplexing,” said Ethel.

“Confoundingly mystifying,” added Daniel. “Discombobulatingly flummoxational.”

“Everyone shut up,” said Claire. “Those aren’t even words.”

She flopped back down on the bed and banged her fists against the mattress.

“And we’re supposed to be watching the silly old moon, remember?” Claire shouted up at the sky. “Not talking.”

The four of them lay quietly on the bed and stared up at that mysterious new window of theirs. The moon shone through the glass like a beacon, huge and full and as bright as snow. It seemed to fill the entirety of the sky. If you looked into it long enough you could see almost anything you wanted.

“I told you the silly old moon was boring,” Claire sighed. “It’s even more boring than no moon at all.”

But by then everyone else was asleep, and when the moon that was always on fire finally made its appearance, Claire had to watch it all on her own.

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Notes:

1. Written between May 24th and May 30th, 2021

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Tales From The Town #12: The Sky At Night

“What’s that one?” Selene asked, pointing at the brightest object in the night sky.

“Which one?” Patricia said.

“The one I’m pointing at! The brightest one.”

“Oh, that’s the moon.”

“It is not the moon,” Selene said. “I think I know which one the moon is. I lived there long enough.”

“It is the moon,” Patricia said. “It’s definitely the moon.”

“If that’s the moon,” Selene said. “Then what’s that?”

Patricia screamed.

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Notes:

1. Written on May 5th, 2021

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The Complete Violent Penguin (Series Four)

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Notes:

1. Made on May 11th, 2021

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The Concurrent Violent Penguin (Series Four)

The unbroadcast (and some say unbroadcastable) fourth series of Violent Penguin was quite a departure from earlier episodes, and proved jarring to viewers used to the classic Violent Penguin style, and harrowing to viewers unused to the moon.

In the final episode, it is implied that Violent Penguin eventually returned to earth, perhaps to undertake untold adventures over the many long years of his life to come. Yet many observers have suggested that the great tragedy suggested by The Concurrent Violent Penguin (Series Four) is that Violent Penguin never left the moon, and was trapped there forever.

Toby Vok is known to dispute the idea that this was a tragedy.

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Notes:

1. Made on May 11th, 2021

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