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"Well, I've had it!" Ziggy groused as he tossed away another lipstick that had been worn down to a sticky nub.  "It's Scary Monster who's doing this, I just know it!"

"What makes you say that?" asked Sers, who had come into his room to borrow some hairspray.

"No one else here uses as much makeup as I do," Ziggy explained, "and I keep this room locked when I'm away.  It would have to be someone with unnatural powers and a love of powders who'd manage to pinch my supplies!"

"Powers?  Now, now, Ziggy, there's nothing that proves Scary Monster is an actual monster much less someone who can slip in and out of a room without being noticed.  You're probably just so busy you're losing track of your supplies."

"I know I'm right!  You can never trust a clown…" They were still arguing as they left, Ziggy locking the door behind him.

From beneath Ziggy's bed, there could be heard the crinkling of delicate fabrics.  Scary Monster carefully emerged from his favorite hiding place and claimed a jar of blush and a kabuki brush to go with it, and out of the room he tiptoed, locking the door behind him...
Another short piece for the Cracked Actor Comic group. For those unfamiliar with the various David Bowie personas used there and their given names, "Sers" is short for "Serious Moonlight" -- he represents "Let's Dance"-era Bowie.
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~ Power Over You ~

There's a silence.
It's hanging in the air.
Say your right words,
Oh, clearly, if you dare.

I have the power
To make your dreams come true.
Yes, I have power
Over you.

And I will take from you
That which you claim
To wish to lack.
What would you go through
To make your way
To get it back?

Here is the moment
In which the choice is made.
Such a sweet tremble...
That your voice betrayed.

Turn back, Sarah.
Turn back, before it's too late.
There is no winning in this.
I, too, am resigned to that fate.

Oh, you cower.
I was frightening. Yes, it's true.
I have such power
Over you.

Such a pity...
It's further than you think.
Time is short,
And things can change each time you blink.

What would you give?
What do you say?
Do you have what it takes?
How can I live
This every day?
How about upping the stakes?

Don't try me.
Don't defy me.

Deny my power,
But you know it's true...
That I have power
Over you.

It's not fair?
You say that so often.
I wonder what you basis for comparison is.
Did you honestly expect that I would play nice?

Don't you dare.
Your big eyes won't make me soften.
Solving the labyrinth is a piece of cake, is it?
Let's see how you enjoy this little slice!

Oh, come now, Sarah.
Should have given up by now.
Come join this dance.
Concede.  Advance.
Accept.  Open.  Allow.

Pretty, but sour.
It's not fair what I've put you through,
Though it's my power
Over you.

Look inside.
Though it might sound implausible,
I can show you your dreams...
In a world
Where everything seems possible
And nothing is what it seems.

I'll be here, waiting,
Your defeat,
But though it hurts like hell,
I'll love you twice as well,
When next we meet.

I see your glower.
You feign as if you never knew
That I have power
Over you.

Sarah, Beware.
Sarah, behave.
You needn't be so brave.
Just love me, fear me,
Do as I say,
And I will be your slave.

- - -
Look at what I'm offering you.
The cost of everything
Is everything,
But I will be paying, too.

I ask for so little,
And I have so little left to give.
I can't live within you,
But without you is no way to live.

Poisonous flower,
You've long spelled my impending doom.
But who has power
Over whom?

By thirteenth hour,
You'll have believed your lie is true:
I have no power
Over you.

This is a poem as said by Jareth. I'm curious to know if it's alright. It's been a while since I have posted anything.

Boring Part: I don't own Labyrinth, Jareth, Jim Henson, Sarah, Crystals, Crystal Balls, words (your right ones, or otherwise), 13 hours, David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, or anything else mentioned or hinted at in this poem.
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Episode 1
The Bullets are Reloaded ++RUN++

Japanese title: Tama wa Futatabi Komerareta ++RUN++

Our friends come to a peaceful little town and wore disguises to avoid unnecessary attention. Their strange behavior roused the curiosity of Seikan, a little girl whose family runs the inn the boys are staying in. With the current rumors of young women being murdered by youkais, Seikan starts to panic when she overhears the ikkhou's strange conversation and begins to suspect that they are the youkais. Later that night, her elder sister, Seiwei did not return from running some errands. Now it is up to Sanzo and his companions to reveal themselves and save Seiwei before anything happens to her.

Comment: This episode was taken from Saiyuki RELOAD manga Volume 1, Act 1: RUN.
Rating: 7/10

Episode 2
Squirming Trap ++Wanted Dead or Alive++

Japanese title: Ugomeku Wana ++Wanted Dead or Alive++

They are hungry and tired after a long journey. All they want to do is eat and drink to their hearts contents. The food was good, but trouble breaks out when Gojyo complains to the restaurant owner that his place is unhygienic due to the amount of flies hovering around and begins swatting them with Sanzo's harisen. It seems that the people in that town are being controlled by bugs placed by a youkai. To make matters worse, Lirin pays Sanzo-ikkhou a visit only to be infected by the youkai's bug.

Comment: N/A
Rating: 6/10

Episode 3
The Most Powerful Foes in History ++Lethal Weapon++

Japanese title: Shijou Saikyou no Teki ++Lethal Weapon++

Sanzo-ikkhou vs....Sanzo-ikkhou?? Yep, this episode features Sanzo and company fighting themselves. It is always said that your strongest opponent is yourself, so lets see how Sanzo and company cleans up this mess. How do you fight against yourself?

Note: If you really want to compare the difference between the lead characters in Gensomaden and in RELOAD, this is one episode for you.

Comment: The ending's a bit abrupt but then it was logic what they said. 'We cannot lose to our past selves'. This episode is actually taken from Saiyuki RELOAD manga Volume 1 and 2, Act 4 and 5: Death Match.
Ratings: 7/10

Episode 4
A Final Promise ++Negative Energy++

Japanese title: Saigo no Yakusoku ++Negative Energy++

Minus wave have caused youkais in Togenkyo to turn wild and attack humans. But there is still few of those who are not affected by the minus wave. Rempa, a very talented youkai artist is one of those who still have the ability to control themselves and retain their personality. He had a very good childhood human friend, Rinran. In fact in the show you can see that they are very close to each other. Rempa made a promise to Rinran: A portrait of Rinran for her birthday present. Rempa vowed to himself to finish the portrait before he loses himself, if that's the last thing he would do.

Comment: A very touching episode. Love the background music.
Rating: 9/10


Episode 5
Slumbering Memory ++Voice++

Japanese title: Nemuru Omoide ++Voice++

While resting at a peaceful countryside, Sanzo-ikkhou meets a beautiful female youkai. As they pulled up their defenses, the villagers came to her aid and pleaded them not to attack her claiming that she is their Lullaby Lady. Sensing no evil intent from her, Sanzo and his companions take in her hospitality. Later, they learn that the Lullaby Lady sings every night so that everyone in the village will have a good night's sleep. She does this by taking away their most painful memories. But losing one's bitter memory can prove to be fatal.

Goku finds his friends behaving strangely the next morning and he is later abandoned in the middle of the desert when the others suddenly refused to continue on their journey.

Comment:  I really like the Lullaby Lady because she's the prettiest youkai I've seen in the whole anime. The story has an interesting plot as it delves deep into the bitter past of each character and how important it is to them.
Rating: 8/10


Episode 6
Recapture ++Sad Memory++

Japanese title: Dakkan ++Sad Memory++

The episode continues where episode 5 left off. Goku told Yaone, Lirin and Dokugakuji of what happened the day before. While the others are trying to get into the village which was protected by the youkai's vocal barrier (kekkai), Kougaiji appeared and decides to help Goku get back his friends and also their memories.

Comment: It's not everyday we meet enemies as respectful as Kougaiji-tacchi
Rating : 8/10


Episode 7
Tiny Pal ++Little Will++

Japanese title: Chiisana Aibou ++Little Will++

Think of words to describe Sanzo. Brutal, corrupt, self-centered, arrogant, haughty...
He sounds like some tough unbreakable, high-ranking priest. But who would suspect the great Sanzo-sama has a teeny little weakness?

After fighting off a group of youkai, they meet a most unexpected company. A little kitten. As Goku, Hakkai and Gojyo started playing with it, the sight of this furball sent Sanzo into a sneezing fit. (View it here -> Sneezing Sanzo by blumarine)

Despite his protest, his companions decide to keep the kitten. Sanzo later discovers that there is more to this little kitten than just a allergy-causing furball.

Comment: A comedy episode. Very refreshing from the usual battle episodes. And who wouldn't  love to see Sanzo sneeze. :D
Rating: 7/10


Episode 8
Delicious Cuisine ++Poison++

Japanese title: Oishii Ryouri ++Poison++

Have you ever tasted food that taste so bad, you'd fall after eating it? Kouren makes steamed buns for the town but her steam buns are not meant to be consumed. Instead, they are the town's defence against youkais. Her buns taste so bad anyone who eats it will definately fall. Goku was one of the victim of her buns, being one who eats watever edibles he sees. Not only her buns taste bad, but the other things she cooks taste just as bad. She's simply a bad cook. Seeing Kouren sad that she couldn't cook for her fiancee, Hakkai took to teaching her how to cook but to no avail. Youkais later attacked. Will her cooking save them from the youkais? What is the mystery behind this girls awful cooking? Will Hakkai finally be able to help her cook a good meal for her fiancée?

Comment: Quite funny episode actually especially seeing Goku, Hakkai and Gojyo fall sick after consuming Kouren's cooking (particularly one scene when Gojyo got up to tell Sanzo something then falls back to bed). Hakkai's cooking skill is amazing. The way he cuts the vegetables is so pro but then this is after all Hakkai we're talking about.
Rating: 6/10


Episode 9
The Unfallen Castle ++Self Defense++

Japanese title: Ochinai Shiro ++Self Defense++

Having Hakuryuu burnt out from the long tiring journey, Sanzo-ikkhou decided to stop by a city where there the people there live their everyday life according to the '780 Discipline'. The city is surrounded by a fortress which is said to be unbreakable. Upon arrival, Sanzo-ikkhou are greeted by flying arrows as they were thought to be intruders. The city lord, Souryu later met them and apologized for the sudden attack. They were welcomed into the city and later invited to a meal. Being used to living free and uncontrolled, Sanzo-ikkhou felt constrained and uncomfortable living in the rule-driven city. When youkais came to attack the city, they were well prepared and armed. When the city lord discovers that his son, Kensei is outside the city fortress, he decided to go by the rules and ordered his men not to open the gates of the fortress. What would become of Kensei How will the people of the city survive if they were confronted by a situation which is not in the rule-book?

Comment: How often do you actually see Goku turn down a meal? In this episode you can really see that Sanzo is going around teaching people how to live their a way...hehe.
Rating: 7/10


Episode 10
Youkai Genjo Sanzo ++Trick or Treat++

Japanese title: Youkai Genjo Sanzo ++Trick or Treat++

Fancy seeing the boys all sweaty and dressed in nothing but towels? In this episode, you'll see a lot of sexy legs and pale colored thighs. Our friends check into a five-star hotel. While enjoying the sauna, a question popped up between them. Will Sanzo turn youkai after killing a thousand youkais?

This made Goku overtly agitated about Sanzo's well being. Soon, he starts seeing a change in Sanzo from growing fingernails to pointy ears.
Is Sanzo really turning into a youkai or is this merely Goku's imagination?

Comment : A very funny episode. Just the sight of Sanzo going youkai is enough for everyone to start laughing. Plus, who wouldn't enjoy looking at his thighs? :giggle:
Rating : 8/10


Episode 11
Gentle Face ++Mother++

Japanese title: Yasashii Omokage ++Mother++

Shunto and Rikito are two orphaned child whose mother have passed recently. Being the younger child, Shunto is unable to cope with the absence of his mother and goes to a small temple to pray everyday so that his mother will come back to him, even though this was against his older brother's idea.

One day Ririn happen to pass by the small temple and saw two apples placed there as worshipping items. Being naïve and hungry, she would have taken those fruits if it was not for Shunto stopping her. After hearing Shunto's story, she asked Shunto if his mother was kind and wanted to meet Shunto's mother as her own mother wasn't very kind to her. She decided to help Shunto and Rikito to get their mother back.

Comment: Shunto and Rikito's mother looks very kind and pretty. Goku and Ririn's silliness is...unspeakable. Not much focus on Sanzo-ikkhou but quite nice.
Rating: 6/10


Episode 12
The Spirited-Away Mountain ++Tiny Dream++

Japanese title: Kamikakushi no Yama ++Tiny Dream++

In the middle of a daily youkai fight, Goku was thrown off a cliff and landed in a misty forest. The mist was so thick, Goku couldn't find his way out, nor could his companions find him. A girl, Shion later found Goku and led him to her house.

Being the usual saru who will be friendly with anyone who gives him good food, he ate a sumptuous meal at Shion's house without a single suspicion even though Shion's parents acted a little strange. Shion later brought Goku to meet his companions but Goku could sense something amiss when he met them. But before he could do anything, a rock monster appeared and said that Goku was going to be his meal. He had used Shion to lure Goku into his trap.

Why would this sweet girl be working for the rock monster? How will Goku get out alive?

Comment: A rather sad ending. Oh well, I’m just a sucker for touching episodes. Makes me wanna hug Goku and tell him "Don't cry."
Rating: 8/10


Episode 13
Just a teeny-tiny Story ++Lovely Baby++

Japanese title: Honno Chiisana Chiisana Ohanashi  ++Lovely Baby++

As the title suggests, this episode is really a little story entirely about how important Harkuryuu (or in some places he's know as Jeep) is to Sanzo and his companions.

The story starts off with the men checking into an inn that prohibits them from bringing pets in. Therefore, Harkuryuu is to be left outside in jeep form. He soon catches a little cold and sneezes in the presence of three little children. At the same time, a bunch of robbers were looking for something 'big and expensive' to steal for their boss.

When Hakkai comes out later to check on Harkuryuu, the jeep is no longer there. Worried, Hakkai goes to tell the rest of them about Harkuryuu's sudden dissapearance, leading them to wonder if the dragon had run away. Then another question arises. How are they going to continue their journey without the jeep?

Comment : A very light episode. The guys get restless without their dragon. Adapted from Act 5 Extra of Saiyuki RELOAD Manga.
Rating : 6/10


Episode 14
Murmurs of the Darkness ++Black Crow++

Japanese title: Kurayami No Sasayaki ++Black Crow++

Kougaiji had to do his stepmother's bidding in order to save his hahawe* who was cursed in by Gyokumen Kyoshu to remain as a stone statue on the pillar. Gyokumen has questioned Kougaiji's capability of obtaining Sanzo's kyomon* which was vital in reviving Gyuumoao. Gyokumen threatens that if Kou is not capable of obtaining the kyomon, his hahawe will be stuck on the pillar forever.

Meanwhile, Sanzo-ikkhou had to pass a desert in order to get to the next town. On their way there, they were attacked by a youkai who releases poisonous gas. He was easily defeated by the Maten Kyomon's demon purifying power, but not before he poisoned Sanzo. Before Sanzo's companions could make a move to rush him to a doctor, Kougaiji appeared before them and demanded a fight. This time however, he was alone. But what Sanzo-ikkhou did not expect was that the prince was having a device that will increase his power but not without certain side effects. As Sanzo-ikkhou refuse to comply to Kou's demant to hand over the kyomon, they resolve to fight. If Sanzo-ikkhou wins, they get Kou's hiryuu* which will enable them to fly to the next town to get Sanzo treated quickly but if Kou wins, he will get Sanzo's kyomon.

Comment: Art in this episode is rather bad. For some reasons the characters all look kinda weird. Sometimes their body size is out of propotion (eg. Head too small). This episode has some similarity to episode 20 of Gensomaden Saiyuki (anime, manga version chapter 28-34) as they try to continue the story from where they stopped in the manga (chapter 34).
Rating: 6/10


Episode 15
Premonition ++ Secret Ambition++

Japanese title: Yokan ++ Secret Ambition++

Kougaiji had to do his stepmother's bidding in order to save his hahawe* who was cursed in by Gyokumen Kyoshu to remain as a stone statue on the pillar. Gyokumen has questioned Kougaiji's capability of obtaining Sanzo's kyomon* which was vital in reviving Gyuumoao. Gyokumen threatens that if Kou is not capable of obtaining the kyomon, his hahawe will be stuck on the pillar forever.

Meanwhile, Sanzo-ikkhou had to pass a desert in order to get to the next town. On their way there, they were attacked by a youkai who releases poisonous gas. He was easily defeated by the Maten Kyomon's demon purifying power, but not before he poisoned Sanzo. Before Sanzo's companions could make a move to rush him to a doctor, Kougaiji appeared before them and demanded a fight. This time however, he was alone. But what Sanzo-ikkhou did not expect was that the prince was having a device that will increase his power but not without certain side effects. As Sanzo-ikkhou refuse to comply to Kou's demant to hand over the kyomon, they resolve to fight. If Sanzo-ikkhou wins, they get Kou's hiryuu* which will enable them to fly to the next town to get Sanzo treated quickly but if Kou wins, he will get Sanzo's kyomon.

Comment: The art for this episode is much better than the previous episode. Parts of this episode can be seen in the Gensomaden manga chapters 34-35.
Rating: 7/10


Episode 16
Footprint ++ Opposite ++

Japanese title: Ashiato ++ Opposite ++

This episode starts off with recaps from the previous episode. Then we see Kougaiji in an experimental liquid with tubes attached to him. Lirin has taken to another place. Dokugakuji and Yaone decided that they should go find Lirin and hope for the best of Kougaiji's recovery under Dr. Nii's 'care'.

Doku and Yaone sneaking into a secured restricted area. They were later caught and given a show of something they were just too shocked to see.

Meanwhile, weather is getting colder as it gets nearer to winter. Hakkai suggests that they have Sukiyaki* that night since Sanzo had already recover from the youkai's poison. Goku was all to excited about it as sukiyaki not only gives him eating pleasure, it also gave him sweet memories of the past...

The story goes back to the events of 3 years ago. Goku and Sanzo dropped by Hakkai and Gojyo's place while on an errand. Hakkai asked that they stayed for dinner but Sanzo declines stating that he'll only be staying a while. Hakkai promises to treat them to sukiyaku the next time they dropped by as it's going to snow soon it the weather is perfect for sukiyaki.

Soon, it has started to snow. Sanzo noted to the other two that Goku hasn't come out of his room for a few days already. He said he was afraid of the snow. Gojyo and Hakkai later asks Sanzo and Goku to join them for sukiyaki. Will Goku's appetite for sukiyaki triumph over his fear of snow? What will become of Kougaiji and his companions?

Comment: One of my favourite episodes (note the long summary ^^;). Goku's again. Makes me wonder why I like his episode so much but he's not my favourite character *winks at Sanzo*...oh well. This episode was partially (Sanzo-ikkhou's side) taken from Saiyuki RELOAD manga Act 3 Extra.
Rating: 9/10


Episode 17
Unfulfillable Desire ++ Wish ++

Japanese title: Kanaerarenai Negai  ++ Wish ++

Hakuryuu's having a high fever and Sanzo-ikkhou couldn't go any further without the jeep. Hakkai suggests that they stay in the inn for a few days and asks Gojyo to buy some groceries as he had to take care of Hakuryuu.

While he was running his errands, Gojyo came upon a group of bullies going against a young child. Not able to withstand this scene, the kappa decided to help the child.

Feeling grateful, the young lad, Ginkaku, decided to repay Gojyo's good deed: destroy Gojyo's enemies. Gojyo's 'enemies' were none other than Sanzo, Goku and Hakkai as Kinkaku had misunderstood Gojyo's rant about having to travel with those three. "I have 'Kami-sama' on my side" was what Kinkaku said.

As Gojyo reached the inn, he was in utter shock as he stepped into their room only to find his three companions lying unconcious on the floor. Will Gojyo be able to save his companions from death?

Comment: Thus begins yet another long continuous story on Saiyuki. This episode is the beginning of 9 episodes which are (in a way) linked to each other.
Taken directly from Volume 6, Chapter 36 of Gensomaden Saiyuki manga.
Rating: 8/10


Episode 18
Pitiful Ties ++ Critical Days ++

Japanese title: Kanashii Kizuna  ++ Critical Days ++

Sanzo and Gojyo are forced to team up in order to help Goku and Hakkai, whose souls have been sucked out by Kinkaku using a magical gourd. They were told by the innkeeper that there's a monster behind the mountains and goes there to find it, believing it to be Kinkaku and his so-called brother, Ginkaku.

Meanwhile, Hakkai and Goku wakes up to find themselves in a barren land with nothing but bones. 'Hell' as Hakkai calls it. However, both of them refuse to think that they're dead. At least not before Sanzo. They were soon greeted by 'guards of hell'. It was easy to kill these creatures but there were endless number of them that Hakkai had to revise a new strategy: run. They finally defeated them but then were later confronted with a bigger version of the previously fought creature.

Meanwhile, Sanzo and Gojyo were ambushed by a gang of youkais. The youkais were easily beaten but as Sanzo was about to kill the last youkai, he lurged forward, catching Sanzo and leaped off the clift, draggins the monk with him.

Will Goku and Hakkai be able to defeat that huge enemy of theirs? What will become of Sanzo?

Comment: The four are rarely seperated during a fight and this episode is a good change as we see the most impossible pair of partner to work together: Sanzo and Gojyo. The clift scene was one of my favourite part in this episode, for various reasons, that is.
Rating: 9/10


Episode 19
Kami-sama ++ Farewell ++

Japanese title: Kami-sama ++ Farewell ++

Kinkaku's brother, Ginkaku appeared before Goku and Hakkai after they defeated the huge creature. Like Goku and Hakkai, his soul was also trapped by Kami-sama's power. He pleaded to them to save his brother.

Sanzo is tied up by the magic gourd controlled by Kinkaku. Gojyo manage to get Sanzo's gun and shot the gourd, breaking it to pieces.

The monster Kinkaku treated as his brother suddenly attacked Gojyo and Sanzo but was stopped by Goku. The he and Hakkai's souls had excape when the gourd broke. Hakkai later explained to Kinkaku of his brother's fate. Suddenly, Kinkaku was hit with rosary beads, killing the child on the spot. It was the Kami-sama.

Comment: Gojyo saving Sanzo when he was being slammed against the tree? Who would have believed that! But it was nice. Good graphics and animation on this episode. BGM selected for the fighting scenes is also excellent and suits the particular scene very well.

Rating: 9/10


Episode 20
Prelude ++ Chase ++

Japanese title: Jokyoku ++ Chase ++

Gojyo had run away from the group, seeking revenge for the death of Kinkaku and Ginkaku. Sanzo insists that they carry on the journey without the kappa. Goku feels weird sitting alone behind Jeep. Hakkai and Sanzo gets on each other's nerves. They couldn't stand it any longer and decided to go back to the previous town to look for Gojyo, and kill him for the trouble he has caused.

They arrived at the entrance to the forest, which looks very much densed than it was a few days ago. A 'kekkai' had been set up at the entrance so that they were not able to enter it. In order to break the kekkai, Sanzo drew mantra and chants on Goku's body, enabling the saru to enter the forest and break the kekkai.

Gojyo is seen entering the forest and ascending a fleet of stairs leading to the castle of Kami-sama, where he is waiting for them.

Comment: This episode clearly shows that the four of them need each other that they can't go on the journey even when a single member is missing. The scene where Goku runs into the Kekkai several times without knowing it is a barrier simply shows his true nature: A bakasaru.

Rating: 8/10


Episode 21
Battle ++ Don't cry ++

Japanese title: Sentou ++ Don't cry ++

Goku found Gojyo's cigarette stub beside a river, clearly stating that the kappa had been there before. The three continue to find Gojyo, going thru an immensely dense jungle and up the endless fleet of stairs.

Meanwhile, Gojyo is still climbing the stairs, getting tired and exhausted. As he was taking a rest, his dead kaasan suddenly appeared. "Genjitsu?" Using words, his 'kaasan' convinced him that there was no reason to live as he was still alone after all these years. At the thought of this, he immideately killed the her. He wasn't alone. He has Sanzo, Hakkai and Goku with him now. He then proceed to climb the stairs and finally reaching the top, he met Kami-sama.

In another scene we see Hakkai, Sanzo and Goku going up the stairs, led by the hyper-energetic saru. As they were on their way, they saw Gojyo walking down the stairs. Being angry at Gojyo's treatment to them, the three decide to give him a welcoming 'bash'. Thinking that they saw thru his trick, the fake Gojyo reacted to attacking Sanzo, Goku and Hakkai. Now that the three know about the truth, they didn't hesitate to finish off this Gojyo, yet another way to ward off their anger at the kappa.

The real Gojyo meanwhile was having a tough time with Kami-sama, who had wanted to keep Gojyo as his new toy.

Comment: For the first time, I have no comment. Maybe coz I'm just too sleepy for it. Just...enjoy the show guys.
Rating 7/10


Episode 22
Broken Things ++ Pain ++

Japanese title: Kudakareta Mono ++ Pain ++

Kami sama wanted to keep Gojyo as his toy. This of course was out of the question for Sanzo-ikkhou. Kami-sama further irritates Sanzo by saying that he is not fit for the title Sanzo. This made the four furious and started attacking Kami-sama but the skilled man was fast in invading their attacks. He summoned his weapon which makes his rosary beads to act like bullets, hitting Sanzo-ikkhou like it was a machine-gun. That was more than enough to paralyze the four. As they lay heavily injured on the floor, Kami-sama walked to Sanzo and took his Maten Kyomon after critisizing the way they lived.

As Kami-sama was about to finish off Sanzo, Hakuryuu suddenly appeared. Gojyo who was the only one conscious enought to stand, ordered Hakuryuu to transform into a jeep. He proceeded to load his other 3 companions into the car and sped away from Kami-sama. For the first time, they were defeated.

Gojyo had taken them to the previous inn they stayed. They stayed there to treat their injuries. One night, Sanzo woke up after being unconscious for days and insisted on getting his Maten Kyomon back from Kami-sama right away. He was however, unable to even stand, end up being carried to bed by Gojyo after he collasp on the floor.

Comment: A very bloody episode. Trust me on this. The scene where Sanzo was struggling to crawl across to the door was a bit weird, maybe it was a lil too slow but then it hurts my heart to see Sanzo like that...and of course the BGM did it's best to enhance the situation of that scene.
Rating: 8/10


Episode 23
The Way We Do It ++ Dawn ++

Japanese title: Oretachi No Yarikata ++ Dawn ++

As Sanzo lay unconscious in bed, Gojyo and Hakkai discusses their defeat and their plans for the future now that they've lost the kyomon. They cannot just ignore Kami-sama now that he's got the Maten Kyomon with him and decides to go after him. Sanzo woke up and insists that that was his problem alone and that the others should not interfere. As he and Gojyo were fighting, Goku barges in holding something in his hands. "Mahjong."

Goku asks the other to join him in a game of mahjong. At first they hesitated but after some persuation, all four guys were seated and the game started. Goku surprised everyone further when he won the game one round after another. They were all beaten by that saru but none of them fare worse than Sanzo. "It's easy for someone to defeat a guy who's lost his confidence. I won't lose again. Ever." One by one they regained their game pace and were able to get back on track, winning a few rounds themselves. But not Sanzo. "Admit defeat now, Sanzo." "Don't underestimate me."

The next morning, the innkeeper opens the door to their room only to find those four guys asleep around the mahjong table. He observed the tiles laid before Sanzo. "*Kokushimusou?" Later on during their recovery period in the inn, they plan a strategy to attack Kami-sama and obtain the Maten Kyomon that he had taken from Sanzo. In response to a question by the innkeeper concerning their plan, they said that they were going to pick a fight with **God.

*Kokushimusou: Literally means 'parallel patriot', this pattern of tiles is the highest winning in a mahjong game as it is the most difficult to get.
** Kami-sama means God. So the line actually says 'Picking a fight with Kami-sama'.

Comments: You should really watch the 'ramen conversation' that took place on their way up to Kami-sama's castle. We get to find out something rather surprising about Sanzo's unique sense of taste. Ekekke. Overall I enjoyed this episode, especially the mahjong game. The bakasaru CAN teach people something after all.
This episode was taken directly from Gensomaden Saiyuki Manga Volume 9, Chapter 50, Chapter 51 and till the middle of Chapter 52.
Rating: 9/10


Episode 24
The Battle Resumes ++ Go Ahead ++

Japanese title: Saisen ++ Go Ahead ++

Sanzo-ikkhou gets to Kami-sama's castle. As they entered the castle, they were greeted by a 2 headed bunny/bear toy who can speak. They were informed that guns, cigarettes, kids and pets were not allowed. This of course is not heeded by the four and as a 'penalty', 'bad things will happen'. Suddenly pillars began fallin on them and they fled to a nearby fleet of stairs to escaped being crushed by the pillars. They ran up the stairs to find Kami-sama. "Smokes and idiots love high places." They ran up 13 floors, having to go thru challenges greeting them at each floor.

When they finally reach 13th floor, they were again greeted by the same two headed bunny/bear toy. It seems that there was an elevator in the building. When asked where Kami-sama was, the toy said that his master is at the lowest level. The floor below them suddenly opened into a trapdoor and our four guys falls WAYYYYYY down. With the help of Goku's nyoibou and the piles of toys stacked up at the ground floor, they managed to survive the fall. Kami-sama was awaiting them there.

A fight broke up between Sanzo-ikkhou and Kami-sama but this time Sanzo-ikkhou had a different approach: teamwork. During the battle, Sanzo suddenly remembered who Kami-sama was. He had met him before ten years ago. He also remembered of Kami-sama's master, Ukoku Sanzo Houshi. Kami-sama then claims that he is the rightful successor to the title Sanzo from his master. Sanzo disagrees with him. "You may have succeeded the power, the robe and the city, but you NEVER succeeded the title of Sanzo." This made Kami-sama rather angry as he sent his armies of toys at Sanzo-ikkhou.

Comment: We see really get to see the change in Sanzo-ikkhou's attack and strategy. Nice to see Sanzo being able to make Kami-sama go half-nutz over the 'right of being Sanzo' issue. He's good at pissing people off.
Rating: 9/10


Episode 25
Conclusion ++ Nothing to Give ++

Japanese title: Ketchaku ++ Nothing to Give ++

Kami-sama's toys cling onto Sanzo-ikkhou, attacking them. As they try to hit them away, more and more kept on coming. As Sanzo laid underneath piles of those toys, he begans to recite the Maten Kyomon, summoning the spell to cleanse away the 'demonic toys' when the Maten Kyomon is still on Kami-sama's shoulders. After cleansing away the spirits, the kyomon returns to Sanzo's hands.

Kami-sama demanded Sanzo to give him the kyomon but he was blocked and attacked by Gojyo then by Goku. Even though those guys were injured, they kept on going. Next was Hakkai. He was about to release one of his qi bolts when Kami-sama started shooting his rosary beads at him. Surprisingly enough, instead of opening a qi barrier, Hakkai just stopped his qi bolt attack and blocked the bullets with his own body. Stunned by Hakkai's action, Kami-sama failed to realise that he was shot with Sanzo's shoureiju. Hakkai was actually blocking the rosary beads from hitting Sanzo, not opening the qi barrier to allow Sanzo's bullets to pass.

As Kami-sama lay defeated on the ground, the castle begins to crumble. "It's a game my *sensei played. The deal he and I had. The game goes on till I lose." Kami-sama pushed Gojyo away when Gojyo wanted to help him out of the falling castle, insisting that he'd like to wait there.

As Sanzo-ikkhou made a wild dash to get out of the castle, Kami-sama's sensei paid him a last visit. When Sanzo-ikkhou reached the outside the castle, they witness as the whole castle was reduced to mere dust. They rested a while then get down to continue their journey westward. Thus marks the end of Saiyuki RELOAD.


Comment: It seems nothing much in this episode but it is rather well expended. A note of reminder is to make sure that the driver of the vehicle either has license or at LEAST proper driving lessons before you let him drive. Rather sad to get to the end of Saiyuki RELOAD already but then, hey, there's Saiyuki RELOAD Gunlock right? No promises but we'll try to do the episode summaries for that too.
Rating: 10/10 (what did you expect? It was a fitful ending :D )
WARNING: Beware of have been warned. Please do not flame us for the spoilers.

Short episode guide for Saiyuki RELOAD, sequal to Gensomaden Saiyuki.

After the harsh final battle with Homura, the Sanzo-ikkhou continues with their westward journey. And they get a makeover too.

Sanzo's hair is shinier and he wears boots instead of sandals. Goku outgrew his old pants, now wears raggedly torn jeans. Hakkai looks pretty much the same except he no longer tucks in his shirt. The most prominent change has to be Gojyo. His hair is nice shade of crimson, he wears a suede jacket with tight(was it THAT tight??..hmmm) leather pants.

The soundtrack and background music changed its style too. The opening and ending themes are more modernized and 'loud'...or shall I say 'cool'. You should really pay attention to the background music throughout the series too. There are a few really nice ones (sorry but we're still trying to find out the name of these songs. If anyone knows the title, please let us know), especially one of the song that I clearly remember played in episode 4.

Another nice thing about Saiyuki RELOAD is the Saiyuki Mini Theather: UraSai. Short entertaining sketches about the four.

A really welcomed change from Gensomaden Saiyuki. Introducing...Saiyuki RELOAD!

Screencaps of Saiyuki RELOAD Episodes are available here: Are We There Yet? A Saiyuki RELOAD Screencap Gallery
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One could almost see stink lines emanate from the Thin White Duke's creasing brow.  He had so generously offered to make dinner for the other personae, had slaved all afternoon in the kitchen, and now here the personae sat, barely nibbling at the main course.

His eyes flashed when they caught sight of Major Celliers chewing on the petals of a rose he had plucked from the centerpiece.  "Found something more palatable than my stuffed red peppers, Major?"

"Oh, I wouldn't say more palatable," Celliers replied with his own eyes twinkling and his lips half-smiling.  "But you've offered us no traditional scoop of sherbet between courses, and I have to cleanse my palate somehow."

"He has a point," said fellow military man Lieutenant Paul Von Przygodsky.  "There is a certain sameness to your cooking.  I mean, a salad of red peppers drizzled with red pepper vinaigrette followed by roasted red pepper soup followed by stuffed red peppers, with candied red peppers for dessert?  And the stuffed red peppers are stuffed with more red peppers!  It's ridiculous!"

"I told you I was cooking the foods I eat," the Duke replied.  "This diet of mine has served me well for years now…"

"Red peppers and skim milk," whispered Thomas Jerome Newton (who was already developing heartburn and unwrapping a roll of antacids) to Julian Priest.  "Now we know what makes the Duke so thin…"

"And here I thought it was just a side effect of the cocaine," Julian replied.  "Well, his diet might be…"

Sir Roland Moorecock was bolder with his commentary.  "I've seen more variety and imagination at a Steven Seagal film festival!  With cooking like this you ought to be the Thin White Dishwasher instead!"

The resulting argument between Sir Roland and the Duke was enough of a distraction for the other personae to slip out and order a delivery of Chinese food instead.
More fun in the David Bowie-character based "Cracked Actor" universe. Characters here are:

The Thin White Duke ("Station to Station"/1976 tour)
Major Jack Celliers ("Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence")
Lieutenant Paul Von Przygodsky ("Just a Gigolo")
Thomas Jerome Newton ("The Man Who Fell to Earth")
Julian Priest ("The Hunger" TV series)
Sir Roland Moorecock ("Dream On")
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Who knows what would have happened
If I were in your arms instead of you in my embrace

The trees encased for an eternity was a stark whiteness compared to you
Your pale skin was cold, but the blue water…even colder
Ripples lapped my waist and the stagnant air was still able to brush your once-pink cheeks

The flowers may die if left untended
Your dreams would become transient if they were left to sit
These troubled thoughts diffused like red blood in water

But Forgiveness would give you a pair of wings
Meeting you lit a chandelier on my faded world
You deftly colored this unchanging existence

And your smile would replay in my dreams…or nightmares?
The sky was colorless and yet, it perfectly reflected your pure innocence
You would do the same if Death took me

Tears would escape your eyes before I can fall to the bottom of the lake
You can guess who’s perspective it is, can’t you? It’s a trick question - it’s Cloud’s perspective! I wanted to convey his personal thoughts and his seemingly stoic, yet contemplative and not-sure-how-to-show-love personality. I hope I did it right.

July 22, 2011
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Sometimes, I feel so very sorry for
the letters that I write.
Born onto a blank page and
trapped there all their lives.
No new sites to see, no unfamiliar faces to meet;
standing in a lonely row
just to express my thoughts as words,
and yet, completely unable to express their own.
They lie paralyzed in their birthplace
lacking the ability to grow and learn.
Immovable to change for the rest of their lives.
And sometimes, I wonder to myself,
why I choose to be the same.
Above all things in life, be thankful you are human. For no other creature on earth possess the gift of self-denial.

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Other poetry by me you may like:
October Eyes: [link]
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Abeo Solus: [link]
Pianist: [link]
Human Nature: [link]
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cold, dark, alone
these are what the voices tell me I will always be,
who are they to judge me?
frozen, afraid, forlorn,
is this all I am,
do we only exist in words?

silent, angry, stuck,
this is how we suffer,
this is how we live,
but why?

do we have a choice,
is our fate really set in stone?

our lives are what we make them
bright, happy, warm
this is how it could be

only if we forget,
forget what we once were,
forget all the bitterness inside

noone but you can make it better,
live every day like it was your last,

             because it just might be...
a poem
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Chapter XXVII

As Ray finally slides onto the tennis court leaving a trail of slime oozing in his wake, I sigh and realize that Wazowski is right. Under the current circumstances, I'm gonna need all the help I can get. Telling myself to stop focusing on the monster in the tennis court to my right, I step to the center of the net and wait for Ray to pick up his tennis racket. Even picking up the racket takes Ray longer than it would take a normal monster to pick something up. Since it's clear that I've been waiting for him, Ray wastes no time in grabbing the ball and using his racket to bounce it over the net toward me. My hand-eye coordination is not particularly good, but I manage to stumble backward a little less than gracefully and bat the ball back over the net to Ray. This is where the real problem begins. Ray can't return my serves to save his life as I soon learn. It isn't his fault or due to lack of effort; the snail-like monster is simply too slow to play tennis.

I'm standing bored in the center of my side of the tennis court while Ray slides slowly off to his left to retrieve the runaway ball. It seems as if most of our game is spent with Ray sliding all over the place to recapture the balls that he fails to pass back to me. Slime tracks are visible all over the tennis court. I find myself wondering just how long we've been out here in the heat for. Reptiles like myself don't particularly like the scorching heat beating down on their backs. Our scales dry out and start cracking painfully.

"Exciting game going on over there, huh, Randall?" Wazowski shouts over from the tennis court next to mine.

"You bet," I reply, sarcasm dripping from my voice as I turn my emerald eyes onto the cyclops who is unfortunately pretty darn good at tennis from what I've been noticing. Wazowski grins to himself, clearly satisfied that he got me to agree with him for once.

I'm so distracted by thoughts of the one-eyed cretin that I don't realize that Ray has finally managed to retrieve the ball and has slid back to the center of the tennis court. Only once the ball is flying directly between my eyes do I happen to look up and realize that Ray has already served me the ball. I try to sidestep the flying object, but it's traveling in my direction too quickly to avoid Thud! The ball hits me smack in the forehead. It's a small thing, but my forehead still throbs dully from the impact since the ball was flying through the air rather quickly.

"Sorry!" Ray shouts from his side of the court between pants. Even if I'm not getting much of a workout, the snail certainly is since he's constantly chasing the ball around the court.

I make a hand gesture to Ray to tell him to forget it and that I'm just fine. Rubbing my forehead to try and soothe the thrumming sensation between my eyes, I smile with irony as I realize that I'm the one chasing the ball for once. I take my time in retrieving it, which attracts Wazowski's attention. ...Again. I'm starting to think that he's paying more attention to my game with Ray than to his own game with the fuchsia monster.

"Hey Randall, are you okay over there, pal? It looks like that had to have hurt," Wazowski says in a mock sympathetic voice as I lean over to pluck the ball up from the ground between two webbed fingers. Waiting for the insult that is sure to come, I don't bother responding to this. Sure enough, Wazowski is not done talking and adds, "Good thing you're thick-skulled, eh?"

I listen to Wazowski chortling at his own joke and shake my head absentmindedly at his immaturity. At this point, the little imbecile is just trying to upset me by throwing every insult possible at me. The cyclops certainly doesn't know me very well because immaturity is not the way to get me expelled from the school. If he mocks Fungus again, I might snap, but as long as Wazowski just keeps persistently insulting me on my tennis skills, I'm gonna stay calm.

"Save it for someone who actually cares," I call over to the eyeball emphatically.

"Don't you care? You were the one who just got hit on the head with the ball," Wazowski points out as if I'm too dumb to realize this.

"Yeah, I know that I got hit on the head with the ball. I'm not stupid. Do I look stupid to you? Wait, don't answer that," I say quickly, knowing what the one-eyed cretin's response would've been to my question. Smoothing my fronds, which are sticking up all over the place, I add, "You'd better be careful before I challenge you to a game of tennis."

"Bring it on!" Wazowski cheers, clapping his hands together and taking my threat as an opportunity to best me in something else. "I'm not scared of you in a tennis match. When are we playing?"

"I didn't say that I am challenging you to a tennis match. I only said that I might challenge you to one. There's a difference," I point out, quickly realizing that challenging Wazowski to a sport I lack skill in is completely stupid. "Aren't you supposed to be concentrating on your own tennis match right now? Ms. Stanley is watching you."

My timing ends up being quite good since Ms. Stanley happened to appear just behind Wazowski's tennis court only moments earlier. The squid-like teacher is giving the cyclops a steely look from behind her pointed, red-rimmed spectacles. Gulping, Wazowski quickly turns away from me and returns to his tennis match against the fuchsia colored monster as if he had never paused to stop and talk to me. Rolling my eyes, I ignore Wazowski and send the ball over the net to Ray. As usual, Ray misses the ball. It goes soaring over his head and lands off to the right somewhere.

Sighing, I fold my arms over my chest and watch Wazowski's tennis match out of the corner of my eye while still managing to keep an eye on Ray. The last thing I need is a repeat of earlier and end up getting bonked on the head with the ball again. Sadly, Wazowski's tennis match is going well. The green eyeball and his partner manage to hit the ball back and forth to one another fifteen times in a row. I can't help but admit that I'm impressed. Good thing I didn't challenge Wazowski to a tennis match after all. From out of the corner of my ear, I can hear Ms. Stanley giving the fuchsia colored monster a few pointers before praising Wazowski for his athletic talent.

By this time, Ray has managed to retrieve the ball and is sliding toward me, leaving more slime in his wake. The piercing sunlight floods down on us and causes the sickly slime to gleam in the sunlight. I ignore the slime and raise my racket just as Ms. Stanley walks from Wazowski's tennis court over to the one I'm sharing with Ray. Great. It looks like it's our turn for observation.

I shouldn't be too alarmed since I haven't missed any of the balls Ray has sent over the net toward me yet besides for the one he sent flying toward me that one time I was busy eying the one-eyed cretin. Still, I can't keep my pulse from quickening and my breaths from coming a little faster as I stand firm and try to focus on the ball, determined to hit it if it's the last thing I do.

Also all too aware of Ms. Stanley's eyes on us, Ray takes a deep breath before focusing hard and sending the ball hurtling over the net. I keep my eyes on the ball and take a step backward to adjust my position to my target. It's gonna make contact with my racket at any moment now…

"NICE SERVE, MITCHELL!" a loud shout comes from my right, completely distracting me and causing me to change my focus from the ball to Wazowski just as my target goes flying past me and hits the ground with a dull smack. I curse under my breath and glare at the ball lying a millimeter from my foot. I could have easily have hit it if it hadn't been for Wazowski. I know that he yelled aloud just to distract me. It's all part of his master plan to upset me into making a mistake that will get be expelled from the school.

Biting on my lip so hard that I end up tasting blood in my mouth, I dare to look up and find Ray flinching and Ms. Stanley giving me a patronizing look. Glad that she hasn't said anything about my performance yet, I waste no time in sending the ball hurdling back over the net toward Ray. As usual, Ray waves his racket around wildly in an attempt to hit the ball, but misses. It clunks to the ground a good ten meters to his right.

As Ray shuffles off to retrieve the ball, Ms. Stanley shocks me by actually entering the tennis court Ray and I are sharing. I have no proof of this, but I highly doubt that the teacher has entered anyone else's tennis court. I'm sure that it's just mine.

Ignoring Ray, Ms. Stanley makes her way directly over to me and says in a hard voice, "I didn't expect your partner to thrive at tennis given his unique physique, but I see no reason for you to fail tennis. Reptiles are typically quite good at sports. In fact, I had a chameleon in my class a few years ago who was one of my very best students. Are you giving this your all, Mr…?"

"It's Randall. Randall Boggs," I inform Ms. Stanley, not about to allow this teacher the liberty to call me by my nickname. Shrugging my shoulders and surreptitiously glancing around to see if there is a clock anywhere nearby since I just want to get out of here at this point, I point out, "Gym isn't my strong point. Never has been, never will be."

I fail to find a clock and resort to crossing my fingers behind my back in hopes that class will be dismissed at any moment. Unfortunately, Ms. Stanley seems much less worried about the time than I am. She folds her arms and says, "That's not the attitude I like to hear, Mr. Boggs. You can certainly improve at sports if you are willing to put some work into it. If you say that you'll never achieve something, then of course you won't. However, if you work hard at it, then chances are that you'll succeed."

I nod along silent to this lecture, wondering why I happen to be the only one getting a lecture. Just because I happened to miss the ball once does not mean that I'm a downright failure at tennis even though I will honestly admit that sports are not one of my talents. I think that the only reason I'm having such a hard time with tennis Is because of my partner. Does anyone else in class have to play with a sluggish snail? Nope.

From out of the corner of my eye, I see Wazowski snickering at me from his side of the court. I do my best to ignore him and wait for class to end. Why hasn't Ms. Stanley dismissed us yet? We only had forty minutes of class time by the time Ray and I reached our tennis court. You'd think that forty minutes would have passed by now, but apparently not.

"I believe that a lesson is in order here," Ms. Stanley decides on the spur of the moment. My insides knot up. Whatever Ms. Stanley is about to say can't be good. Giving me a grave look, the teacher continues on, "I want you to see that you can achieve anything you put your mind to. In order to do this, I want you to have personal tennis lessons once a week from one of my more talented students."

"You mean that I'm gonna to be tutored?" I ask incredulously, eyes practically popping out of my head at Ms. Stanley's words. I knew that the woman would be strict, but I didn't expect her to be this fanatical.

"That's exactly what I mean, Mr. Boggs," Ms. Stanley says, her serenity the opposite of my current mood. I'm still staring at her with wide eyes and a gaping mouth when the teacher looks over my head and calls, "Mr. Wazowski, could you come over here for a few moments please?"

I barely hear the sounds of feet padding against the tennis court to my right as I realize what Ms. Stanley's intentions are. She's planning to have Wazowski out of all people "tutor me". My god, the teacher must really be off her rocker. Is it even allowed at the school to order one student to tutor another student?

I'm still puzzling over this and am thinking about bringing the matter up to Dean Hardscrabble when Wazowski comes to a halt besides me, smelling strongly of sweat. I wrinkle my nose and take an intentional step away from him as the stinky, egg-shaped monster turns his gaze toward Ms. Stanley and asks, "You wanted to see me?"

"I did, yes," Ms. Stanley says with a smile in Wazowski's direction before she points a hand at me and says, "Mr. Boggs apparently needs a lesson or two on how to play tennis. I would like for you to act as his gym tutor this year. I'd like for the two of you to meet up once a week for an hourly tutoring session. I know that this might be a bit inconvenient for you, so if you are willing to undertake this task for me, I will give you an A at the end of the year regardless of your performance in the rest of this class. You've already proved yourself to be quite athletic as far as I'm concerned. I'm sure that your tennis skills will transfer over to other sports as well."

I have to bite my tongue to keep myself from pointing out just how unfair this situation is. Wazowski is gonna get to tutor me, waste my precious study time, and no doubt humiliate me and get an A as his final grade in gym all because of it. What am I going to get out of this? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

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Chapter XXVII to my RandyxSulley fic...
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Being the youngest child in his family, George Harrison was not used to being the babysitter, rather, the babysat.  Needless to say, when Becca called for babysitting, George was taken aback.  He left the studio early that afternoon, waving a hasty good by to Paul, John and Ringo.  George walked anxiously toward Becca's house, wondering if the two children would even listen to him.  He had only met Annie and his namesake two or three times before, and wasn't sure how they would take a near stranger telling them to eat their vegetables and to be in bed by nine.  As he approached Becca's house, he swallowed hard and knocked on the door.
"Come in!" Becca's voice came ringing in his ears and he relaxed a little.  George opened the door and was immediately hugged by a little blonde boy.
"'Ello there George!" George exclaimed, patting the boy on the head.  Little George looked up and smiled, releasing Harrison from his grasp.  The boy ran off and was out of sight.  George removed his coat and scarf and moved from foyer into Becca's kitchen.
"George, thanks so much for coming and on such short notice!" Becca said, embracing him.  George hugged her back and smiled sheepishly.
"It was no problem." George replied.  Becca returned the smile.  
"Well, anyway…They've been feed, so no worries there, um….George can bathe tonight, but no grantee that he'll corporate." Becca said. George chuckled; he remembered many a battle that he fought and lost with his own mother on the same subject.  Becca smiled and continued, "Annie really should shower, and probably won't give you any trouble about it…uh…have Georgie in bed by eight thirty, and Annie in bed by nine thirty.  Here is the number of the restaurant if you have any questions." George smirked.
"Ooooh….have a date tonight?" George asked.  Becca flushed furiously and scowled at him.
"None of your business!" She said, chuckling.  George smirked again and waved her to the door.
"Well, then love.  Don't want to keep 'im waiting." Becca lightly hit him and laughed.
"See you later." Becca said.  George waved.
George sat him self on the loveseat in Becca's living room after having flipped on the television.  The dull noise lightened the anxiety he felt as soon as Becca left the house.  He hadn't even noticed that Georgie had been sitting next to him.  George turned to find the little blonde boy staring at him.  George returned the gesture, feeling his face heat up.
"Er--hi?" George asked, unsure of what the boy wanted.  The boy must not of heard him since he was half deaf.  Instead, Georgie scooted closer to him and continued to studied him.  George was feeling more and more uncomfortable as the boy's bright, blue eyes stared into his own brown ones.  Georgie pointed at the television, and George met the gesture with confusion.  The boy sighed, got up, and turned the volume down on the set.  He then returned to George's side.
"I 'ouldn't 'ear over the telly." The boy said.  George blushed again in embarrassment.  
"Oh, sorry." He said.  Georgie smiled.
"'S kay." He said.  George chuckled.  The boy's simple words and presence were erasing his apprehension about babysitting.  Georgie scooted closer to George.
"Yeah?" George asked.  
"I'm bored." Georgie replied, absent-mindedly feeling George's calloused fingers.  George was taken aback by his statement, but then reminded himself that, as babysitter, it was his job to keep Georgie and Annie entertained.  Annie seemed to be okay on her own, probably listening to Beatles records in her room, but George had forgotten how much younger the boy was than Annie.
"Oh?  Um…." George was unsure of what to tell him.  He racked his brain to remember what his siblings used to do with him when he was bored.  Georgie was staring intently at the famous musician that was sitting on his couch, wondering what he could be thinking about.
"Mr. 'Arrison?  Wha' you thinking' 'bout?" Georgie asked.  George was snapped out of his train of thought by the boy's voice and smiled.
"I was just thinking about what we should do.  Do you have any ideas?" George asked.  Georgie stared at shoes then looked back up at the Beatle and smiled.
"Can we build a fort?" He asked.  George grinned ear to ear; he remembered doing that with his siblings while being babysat.
"Yeah, we can.  Say, are there cookies in your house?" George asked.  Georgie looked confused, but nodded his head.  "Excellent.  Alrighty, let's get started!"
Within minutes, all the beds in the house had been striped of their linens.  Even Annie had given hers to the cause and offered to help make the fort as long as she got cookies.  Annie and George pulled and dragged the kitchen chairs into the living room where Georgie sat, waiting anxiously to begin construction.  The trio then began to drape blankets and sheets over the chairs and the sofas, with the television still in view.  George was hoping that a good movie or program would be on so that they could watch it together before he had to send Georgie and Annie to bed.  
Once all the linens had been used, George sent the kids up stairs to yank pillows off the beds so that they could lay on the floor and watch the telly.  While Annie and Georgie were doing that, George began to raid the kitchen.  He found popcorn, soda, and, of course, cookies.  George began to pop the popcorn and ice the soda.  The fumes began to fill the air, and he could hear the kids running back down the stairs.
"Mr. Harrison?" Annie called, peering around the corner of the kitchen.  George was busy pouring popcorn into three individual bowls when Annie came calling.  He turned to find her standing in the door way, Georgie at her heels.
"You can call me George, you know.  Popcorn?" He asked.  Annie came over, still amazed that a Beatle was in her house, and timidly took a bowl of popcorn.
"Thanks.  Why did you make popcorn?  Are you gonna let us have soda?" She asked, her eyes wide with shock.
"Yeah…is that okay?" George asked apprehensively; he really hoped that something as simple as pop wouldn't ruin his babysitting gig.  Annie smiled.
"It's brilliant!  Thanks!" Annie said.  George smiled and handed a bowl of popcorn to Georgie.
"Let's go make use of our fort, shall we?" George grabbed the plate of cookies and sodas and followed Georgie and Annie out of the kitchen.  
The three of them were comfortable in the little fort, munching on popcorn and cookies, sipping pop, and watching some comedy show on the television.  George noticed Georgie's eyes getting sleepy, but put it off for a while; Georgie could sleep there until the program was over.  It wasn't long before Georgie was asleep and Annie was stifling yawns.
"Wanna go to bed kid?" George asked.  Annie shook her head.
"Nah, I'm good." She replied.  George chuckled to himself and continued to watch the show.  It wasn't long after that when both Annie and George had fallen sleep, full to the brim with cookies and pop.
Becca unlocked the door and walked inside her house.  The lights were out, which was odd, and the telly was like a dull noise in the background.  She flipped on the lights and saw a jumble of blankets, quilts and sheets covering her living room furniture.  Becca glanced over to the kitchen and saw that the chairs were missing from the table.  She chuckled to herself and walked over to the fort.  Becca nearly fell over at the sight; George Harrison, the famous guitarist and Beatle was sound asleep on her living room floor, with her two children sleeping next him.  Becca switched the telly of and gently began to shake George.
"Hmmm?" George said groggily, looking up at Becca.  
"Hi there." Becca said.  George sprang up, frantically.  He feel  asleep!  While babysitting!  He had meant to put everything away and put the kids to bed!  He looked at Becca, and breathed easier when he saw that she wasn't angry.
"Sorry…I had…intended to put your house back in order before you got back.  Need 'elp doing it?" He asked.  Becca shook her head and bent down to pick up Georgie.
"Nah, I got it.  Thanks so much for babysitting.  You can head out now if you want." Becca gave him his pay and George turned to leave.  He was putting on his coat when Becca said his name.
"Yes, dear?" George said.  Becca was on the stairs, Georgie in her arms, and smiled at him.
"It went well tonight." With that, Becca continued up the stairs, the boy still snoring in her arms.  George smiled and put his scarf on.  He left the house feeling more normal than he had in a long time.
Yeah, so, I've been itching to write a little Beatles thing, and here it is! George has to babysit and isn't sure what to expect, hehe:D

*Note* If you haven't read my story, "Back in 1948", you may not understand the referances and characters mentioned, besides of course George Harrison. So, just a disclaimer. :meow:

Next: Kid Beatle group shot and Venasaur (I've been having artist's block, lol)

Back in 1948 Epilouge: [link]
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I wear a red bracelet to show my strength.
My bracelet tells the people around me what I am.
The ribbon around my wrist says no to gluttony.
I use red as my code.
I feel strong in red.

I wear a red bracelet to show my weakness.
My bracelet tells the people around me that I need help.
The ribbon around my wrist says no to food.
I use red as my SOS.
I feel weak in red.
About my Ana bracelet.

Just As A Note I Am NOT Pro-Ana. I Am Not A Member Of ANY Pro-Ana Website.
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