by ED TEJA
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Surprise and Menace met in a bar in Oakland. Immediately they sized each other up, neither liking what they saw. They snarled and postured for about 1450 words before Menace spiked Surprises' drink. After four or five spiked drinks, heroic Surprise fell heroically unconscious on the dirty floor.
A short scene break later, Surprise woke up and found himself chained up in the hold of a ship with a ringtailed monkey, named Eloise. “Morning,” she said.
“Those rings!” Surprise shouted. “They are fake.”
“This is fiction,” Eloise said.
Surprise grabbed the startled monkey’s tail and examined the fake rings. “They are encrypted.”
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