Friday, April 28, 2017

Unfortunate Circumstances

A man ran into next to Philip Hornbuckle and began to dial 911 after seeing Rory on the ground. This moment was strange for Philip. There was a woman lying on the ground, possibly dead, but all Philip could see was this man. She fell in love with him at first sight. She heard him say his name was Baker Shefield when he dialed 911. She stood there in awe. She still couldn't remember much about her life, but somehow she knew Baker would complete it. However, Baker did not seem to return these feelings. All his attention was on Rory, he even went to the hospital with her. Philip was filled with jealousy. She tailed Baker all day, and even stole hospital clothing and a vehicle to try and lie low. She noticed in the evening that Baker was tailing Rory even on her evening walk with her dog. Philip couldn't stand the thought of Baker falling in love with Rory. She suddenly found herself driving towards Rory at full speed, knocking her into the river. She saw Baker yell that "Jenn killed Rory!" Little did he know he was just confused by the hospital car. In reality, Philip Hornbuckle killed Rory.

A Whole New World

Philip Hornbuckle looked at the world around her. She had a distinct sense that something had changed, but she couldn't put her finger on what is was. All she could remember was that she worked at World's Best Pizza and lived in The Victorian. "I must have some friends somewhere that I can visit" she thought. She decided to walk back to The Victorian and knock on some doors there, then maybe she could figure out what was going on. She finally arrived at her apartment. When she walked in, she was shocked by what she saw. The place was a mess, pizza boxes were scattered about and bird feathers were everywhere. She began to pick up all the trash and threw it away. She saw a bird cage and decided to get rid of that too. "Who on earth would want a pet bird" she thought, "they're easily the most annoying animal out there. She folded up the blanket on the sofa, rearranged her cushions, and cleaned all the dishes in the kitchen. Once her apartment was presentable she decided to roam the Victorian and try to figure out who she was. She knocked on the door of apartment 2, only to find Rory Langely passed out on the floor.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thunder and lightning

Philip Hornbuckle searched for Paco all day in the crowd of parakeets. He was nowhere to be found. Defeated, Philip began his walk home. Storm clouds rolled in above him and rain started to drench Philip's only remaining trench coat. He didn't notice though, he could only think about Paco. Rain started to pour harder. Lightning flashed across the sky and thunder shook the ground below Philip's feet. Suddenly, Philip's vision lit up. Flashes of purple, green, blue, and red filled his field of vision. His body hit the ground with a loud thud. His eyes closed. The last thing he saw was the charred dirt and gravel below him.
Two hours later, Philip awoke. He felt strange, something was different. His ears were ringing. The only thing he could hear was the faint sound of Hannah Montana's "Rockstar" blaring from city hall. He looked at his hands, his legs, and the rest of his body. Then he knew what was wrong. Philip Hornbuckle had been struck by lightning and woken up as a woman. He was no longer a man. He had no memory of Paco or his past life. Philip was being given a second chance at life.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

On a Thursday

Philip Hornbuckle was finally beginning to become accustomed to a life without Paco. He threw away his trench coats with special pockets for Paco, he emptied out Paco's cage, and he even invited some of the townspeople over to his apartment for a bird-themed movie night. Now, he made an even larger step outside of his comfort zone. He stood in front of his sister's gravestone, the one place he vowed to never visit without Paco. In his hands, he held a fresh bouquet of roses. He slowly bent down, and picked up the brown, limp roses that stood on his sister's grave. He put down the new bunch of roses, carefully avoiding the thorns. He stopped for a moment when he was eye level with the grave, and admired the details on the headstone. Here lies Hanani, beloved sister, daughter, and friend, the gravestone read. A marble owl stood on the top of the headstone, its eyes following Philip's every move. Suddenly, Philip's train of thought was interrupted by a voice behind him.
"Hello Philip, would you like to join my confessional?" Philip turned towards the voice only to see it was Pope Michael, traveling with his walking confessional like he did every Thursday. Philip looked at his watch. He still had an hour before his shift at World's Best Pizza, and he did have a lot to get off his chest.
"Well, I suppose." Philip responded.
"Terrific!" Pope Michael yelled as he suddenly dropped the handles on the confessional, allowing the rickety stall to fall to the ground. Pope Michael opened the door, and took a seat, closing the door behind him.
"Whenever you're ready!" He called. Philip drew the curtain to the side, and took a seat.
"Well, times have been hard" Philip began, "I have finally accepted that Paco is gone, but I'm not sure how to live without him. I decided to visit Hanani's grave to try and find some answers. You see, back when I got Paco Hanani warned me not to get too attached to him. She said that if I spent all my time with him I wouldn't have any friends, which would make college, and the rest of my life hard for me if something ever happened to Paco. She offered to give me some advice on how to manage my friendship with Paco, and my friendships with others, but I turned her down at time time because I couldn't believe something would ever happen to Paco. Now I see the truth though, and I wish my sister was still here to help me."
"Ah Philip," Pope Michael began through the screened wall, "I know this must be-"
A loud squawking interrupted Pope Michael. Philip drew the curtain of the confessional to the side to see hundreds of parakeets sailing through the air, pecking civilians, and pooping on heads.
"Oh my God! Could Paco be in this crowd? I'm sorry father, I have to go! If Paco is in this crowd of parakeets I can't miss my opportunity to find him!" With that, Philip jumped out of the rickety confessional, and ran into the crowd of parakeets.