There is something strange about Brett Kavanaugh

“Brett Kavanaugh! “ Yelled Kanye West as he strut across the stage. His hand was up in a fist Black Panther style (the original Black Panthers) as he swagged his newest Yeezys. “For the culture ya’ll.”

My eyes were bleeding from all the Kavanaugh post on my Facebook feed. It seemed that everyone had an opinion on this guy, and that opinion was based on a) whether or not you had a penis or vagina b) your skin complexion. You either loved Brett Kavanaugh because he is a white republican, and therefor believe he is incapable of raping a drunk woman, or you hated Brett Kavanaugh because he is a white republican, and therefor lived for one purpose; grabbing women by the pussy and raping them after a couple of drinks.

I watched highlights of Kavanaugh answering questions about his past, and it became clear to me that it was one thing to talk about a middle aged frat boys past, it’s another thing to bring it up to him.

Brett Kavanaugh answering questions in front of congress

Of course Brett Kavanaugh got women drunk and raped them. The guy is Bryce Walker from 13 reasons why. He’s a walking, breathing, golem of every frat boy movie foretelling the current and future state of our country. You think the bohemian grove choose-a- president-generation was bad? Imagine what their kids are going to be like once they’ve completely taken over the political infrastructure. Imagine a group of kids who saw their parents (well, actually, their fathers) fuck over an entire country for fun and profit and now think it’s their right to do it. This is Brett Kavanaugh. A man who believes he understands the needs of women and minorities in a system that benefits from a set of rules that keep people like him in a perpetual state of power and influence. And what he represents is the future of the Republican Party, and possibly, America.

Brett Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court Justice. One of the most powerful positions in the United States. One that holds tremendous influence in corporate and social issues that a lot of first world countries figured out a long time ago. You know, like universal healthcare and drugs.

“Get ready to go back to old values.” Mitch McConnell told me as he was about to enter his cryogenic chamber. “50 years ago, we didn’t worry about things like climate change or equal pay. Those were simpler times. Times will be getting simpler again.”

McConnell, fell to his knees holding his chest. Things looked bad until his assistant rushed into the room with a syringe and stabbed it through his chest. He popped back up to his feet with the syringe still in his chest.

“No further questions.” He said as a group of secret service men escorted me out of his office. Just as I left I saw a goat being wheeled in on a hand truck. The goat had its legs tied by its hooves. It was accompanied by six men wearing robes. The chanting started almost immediately after the doors closed.

“Brett Kavanaugh, is a stand up guy. Let me tell you.” Paul Ryan said. He answered my questions between each push-up. “You have until I get to 1,000.” That translated into a full three minutes for Paul Ryan, which was two minutes more of Paul Ryan that I could take, so I slid out the exit and headed to the one place in Washington that I knew I was sure to find Brett Kavanaugh, at a keg.

Baby photo of Brett Kavanaugh

“I love beer,” Brett said as he filled his mug to the brim from the keg. There was a thick layer of foam at the top that made it look like a latte. He chugged his beer down in one gulp and poured himself another. “I still love drinking beer. I always will.”

“Why do you like beer so much?” I said.

“Beer is the ultimate wingman. Make a girl drink 6-7 of them and she won’t say no. Add in a little love pill, and it’s a done deal.”

“That’s probably because she can’t Brett. She can’t say no.”

“Same difference.” Brett said. “Want me to top that off for you?”

“I’m fine right now.” I said. “Don’t you think that’s rape?”

“Of course not.” Brett said. “Rape is when a woman says no and you keep going. You see, that never happened with me. I was never verbally refused. So that means I never raped anyone.”

“I’m don’t know about that.” I said. “But let’s get to the other problem, you believe in expanding the powers of the president. Exactly what does that entail? and given who our current president is, how would that be a good thing?”

A blank expression came over his face and then a group of secret service men rushed into the room and escorted me out agai. That was fine. Given the current administrations stance on investigative journalism, I got off easy. I decided to head back home before my luck ran out.

I ran into Kanye again at the airport, he was wearing he was wearing his MAGA hat and Kaepernick jersey.

“We got to wake up.” He said. “Uplift our consciousness so that we could move between the dimensions and overtake the simulation to rewrite it in our own image.”

“Maybe you’re right Kanye.” I said as I put in my earplugs. “Maybe you’re right.”

Poke Fiction

Okay. Now I’ve seen everything, it’s wasn’t enough that I’ve run into Ben, got sent to hell, and wrapped up in this ridiculous occult thing again. I now found myself in the backroom of some California shithole pawnshop, tied down to a chair next to my one time close friend Benjamin Beardsley, who somehow still had his fedora on while staring at our two captors in the eyes, trying to mesmerize them from under his sunglasses. Well, given who the two captors were, that was never going to work.

“Mr. B” walked into the room with all the dignity and authority of an elderly pervert who had spent every waking moment of his life satisfying his addictions. He had deep, dark eyes, not the color but what you felt behind them. He was ugly as fuck, and took his role as a villain way too seriously, with his black suit and red tie. He had a gun holstered at his waist. His slimy voice made me think of water torture.

“Well, well, what do we have here.” He said as staggered his heavyset body into the empty seat in front of us. It creaked as he leaned back. “A couple of fish.” The man was none other than Richard Bandler.

“That one was going to pee on the one with the hat.” Poke said, pointing at me.

“Is that right?” Bandler said, “You were going to pee on him?”

Mr. Bandler, was evil personified and not the person I wanted to run into at this, or any time. Bandler was carrying around an aerosol canister attached to a tube with a medical mask. He took a big hit from the mask after he sat down, and let out a bellowing “Oh Yeah! Let’s fuck!” Bandler looked over at Poke. “Get the gimp.” He said.

“Pan’s asleep,” Poke said.

“Then wake him up!” Bandler said.

We watched Poke go into the next room. There was a large black box in the room, Poke opened it, tapped someone on the head, and Pan sprung up from the box with a growl muffled under a leather mask. We could tell it was Pan because of the horns, tail, and meat-sicle popping out of holes in his leathers ensemble. Poke guided Pan into the room by chain leash and made him kneel next to Bandler. Pan’s hooves made clacking sounds as he settled in place.

“Fuck, eat, drink, smoke, fuck,” Pan said through his grunt.

“Shut the fuck up!” Bandler said.

Bandler put his hand on Pan’s leathered covered head and started tapping on it with his fingers.

“I’m going to take off your fucking gags. If either of you scream, you’re fucking dead right now and Poke fucks your decomposing corpses for the next two months.” Bandler said.

“He’s right.” Poke said. “I will.”

We both nodded.

Poke took off the gags. Both Ben and I gasped for air.

“I’m not going to beat around the bush here, both of you are getting a full man-meat injection from me, Poke, and Pan. Nothing you say or do is going to stop that from happening. No sir. Now what I want to know is, which one of you is going first?” Bandler said. “I’ll let you both state your case.”

It was clear that Bandler was trying to turn us against each other, but what he didn’t realize is that me and Ben were already at each other’s throats. It was also clear that neither of us was getting off the hook, but one of us was getting those three cream-poles at full mast and I knew from my own jimmy jam that a love-stick doesn’t always work at full capacity for men as old as Poke and Richard. Pan, was the wild card here though. That thing looked insatiable.

“Allow me a moment Richard.” Ben said.

“Fuck, eat, drink, smoke, fuck,” Pan said

“I said shut the fuck up!” Bandler said. He looked at Ben. “Mr. B. You call me Mr. B.”

“Sure. Why not? Mr. B; I’m a big follower of your work. NLP, shaped the current world we live in, and my life for the better.”

“I’m believing about 10% of what you just said.” Bandler said.

“Caution. I admire that in a person.” Ben said. “I can tell that we are building a sincere rapport and that you are starting to like me.”

“I already hate you.” Bandler said.

“Of course you do.” Ben said. “You’re not fond of me. Despite this fact, you clearly respect me as a peer.”

“What’s your name again?” Bandler asked. “It’s Ben, isn’t it?”

“Please, call me Simon.” Ben said.

“Okay, Ben.” Bandler said. “I invented NLP, why are you trying to use it on me? Did you think I wouldn’t notice?”

“Co-invented.” Ben said.

Bandler and Poke gave each other a knowing look.

“I think I’ve heard enough. We’ll do this the old fashioned way.” Bandler said.

I’m not going to lie. My asshole clenched up for a moment there when he didn’t let me make my case. Bandler pointed his finger at me, then began to to say “eeny, meeny, miny, moe.” While moving it between me and Ben. “Catch a snowfrican by the toe.” My heart skipped every time his finger pointed at me, but then he surprised both of us. “If he hollers let him go,” he began to keep the finger on Ben, lifting it and pointing at Ben with every one of the final words. “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.” Bandler stopped and smiled.

“Do you want to know a good way to fall in love, Ben? Just associate all your pleasant experiences with someone, and disassociate from all the unpleasant ones.” Bandler said with a smile. “Just a little advice for you over the next couple of hours. I have a feeling that this will test both of us.”

Bandler stood up.

“Put the gags back on both of them. Then take “Simon” into the next room and bend him over a box with his pants around his ankles.”

“What about the gimp?” Poke said.

“Bring him into the room with us. Pan, goes first.” Bandler said scoped out Ben’s butt as Poke took him out of the chair. “I imagine we are going to need a can opener for this one.”

“Fuck, eat, drink, smoke, fuck,” Pan said. His goo-hose slapped erect midway up his stomach like a 3 liter bottle of coke bouncing off the ground. Except this thing was already throbbing and veiny.

“I said shut the fuck already!” Bandler screamed at the top of his lungs.

They were in the room when Poke closed the door behind them. Less than a minute later, I heard the rustling sound of a pair of pants being removed and someone spitting in their hand.

“Fuck, eat, drink, smoke!” Pan said.

“Shut the fuck up and stuff this turkey.”

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUNGAGAUNGAHUMANAHUMANAHUMANAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

“Yeah! Io Pan! Io Pan! Io Pan! Io Pan! Io Pan!“ I could hear Bandler and Poke chanting from the other room. By the sound of it,  Ben wasn’t taking it well. As his wails continued to fill the air like the sound of a dying wolf. I wasn’t sure how this was happening, but I was sure about one thing; Pan, was cramming his thick, hot, vein-monster into Ben’s gritty, taut, bunghole. I don’t think Ben appreciated it much.

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUNGAGAUNGAHUMANAHUMANAHUMANAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Perhaps Ben would have been able to take it a little better had he known that I had managed to get free from my restrains, but I doubt it, he was getting banged pretty hard in there. I made a run for it. The idiots hadn’t locked the way out and that’s where I was going, but just as I reached the front door and turned the doorknob, something hit me. It wasn’t Ben’s screams.

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUNGAGAUNGAHUMANAHUMANAHUMANAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

It was the fact that I was leaving him behind like this. No, we weren’t close friends anymore, but could I let him get back-doored by a Greek deity? Sure I could. At least for a couple of minutes, but more of that would be bad for my Karma. And I don’t need anymore of that.i did what almost anyone else would do, I searched for weapons. I found almost everything, knives, swords, baseball bats, used tampons, but only one thing I found was suitable for what I needed to do. I grabbed it and headed for the back again.

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUNGAGAUNGAHUMANAHUMANAHUMANAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Ben was still getting it hard as I approached the door. I reached out and softly touched the door. It swung open slightly. Pan was still going at  Ben’s ass as both Bandler and Poke watched on with int new anticipation for their turn. Poke, had his hands down his pants as he watched with listful anticipation,

“Hey boys,” I said. Both Bandler and Poke turned around just in time to get a pencil, my weapon of choice, driven into each of their necks. Blood sprouted out of their arteries as they collapsed to the floor in pain.

“Holy shit!” I said. “That Worked!”

I only had Pan to deal with. I pulled the pencil out of Poke’s neck.

“Thank you,” Poke said. Which annoyed me so in stuck it in his eye. I kicked Bandler a couple of times and then pulled the pencil out of his neck. I stabbed Pan in his back with the pencil and he screamed, but wouldn’t stop fucking Ben. I kept stabbing Pan until he finally broke away from Ben and fell into the fetal position on the floor.

“Fuck, eat, drink, smoke!” Pan said. His voice was weak.

“Shut the fuck up,” I said.

“Hey, don’t talk to him like that!”

I turned, and it was Bandler sitting up, blood still spilling out of his neck, he had his gun pointed at me.

“Have more respect for the gods.” Bandler said.

I heard a click-clack.

“Step aside Jose,” Ben said. I did, and Ben shot Bandler in the nuggets. Bandler dropped his gun and grabbed his balls which were now splattered on his legs and floor.

“So that’s what shooting a gun feels like.” Ben said.

“Feels good, huh?” I said. Ben had pulled his pants up, but was walking around a little tender after getting ass rammed.

“Meh,” Ben said.

“You not going to finish them off?” I said.

“Naw,” Ben said. “Let’s just get out of here.”

“Give me that shit.” I said. Ben handed over the shotgun. I pointed it at Pan.

“I wouldn’t do that if I were you. The ramifications could terrible!” Ben said, he continued talk but all I heard was blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, as I pulled the trigger.

From close range, Pan’s brains landed on, me, Ben, and the shotgun.

“The best thing about the past is that it’s over. The best thing about the future is that it has yet to come.” I pointed the shotgun at Bandler who was still squirming in the fragments of his balls, “the best thing about the present is that I can shoot Bandler right now.”

“Hey!” Bandler said. “That isn’t my quote.”

I shot Bandler in the face. I then let the shotgun drop from my hands onto the floor.

“Did you have to kill everyone?” Ben said.

“How’s your ass?” I said.

“It feels like a Greek deity with a pretty big…” Ben said, but I interrupted.

“I’m just kidding,” I said, “I don’t care, but I’d go to the hospital before you go septic or something. He really got in there.”

We walked out onto the street without saying a word to each other. It was clear that nothing needed to be said. I pulled out my phone and checked google map.

“The hospital is that way.” I said. “I took Bandler’s wallet. You want the cash? I’m keeping his credit cards.”

I handed Ben the cash.

“Oh, and I took Poke’s wallet too. All he had was this.” I handed Ben some coke. “That should keep your mind off the pain until you get to the hospital.”

I started to walk away.

“Where you headed?” Ben said.

“I’m in LA. I’m going to a dispensary.” I said.

“Can I go with you?” Ben said.

“What about your ass?”

Ben, sniffed the coke right out of the bad. “I’m good.”

“Ok.”

We headed down the road chasing the sundown. We didn’t say anything about 33rd parallel, but we didn’t need to. That’s the way it always was anyway. The way it should be.

“Hey Jose.”

“Yeah.” I said.

“The great god Pan is dead.” Ben said.

“Yes, he is Ben.”

• The End

Sex and (Banana) Rockets

You ever get that feeling that you’re way over your head? You know what I mean? Like everything you are, everything you know, your life, is in someone else’s hands? It’s funny how being around insane people makes your life insane. When you think about it, you should be able to see that coming.

“So let me get this straight,” I said. “You’re THE Jack Parsons.”

“In the spectral flesh,” He said with a smile. “Mind if I smoke in here?”

“That’s not possible. You know it isn’t possible right? Spectral means you have no flesh.” I said.

“I was attempting to engage in witty banter.”

“That cigarette isn’t real either.” I said. “What the hell is going on here?”

“What’s going on here is atonement.” He said. “You must atone for your past in order to progress. Face the darkness and the unknown, only there can we find wisdom. This is called shadow work.”

This brought me back to Amsterdam when I was hanging out with Ben and Rob Rider Hill. Rob, looked at me at some point because of all the partying I was doing and said, “You’re like shadow work.” I should have been offended, but instead I felt bad. Then I thought, “I’m in Amsterdam, I was told only a week before that I was losing my sight, and only four people had shown up to our gig in holland and I had brought two of them. If I can’t chill now, when can I chill?”

So eat a dick Rob.

“A true initiate looks into the shadow world and faces the darkest aspects of their own humanity. Freedom is after all, a dangerous and terrifying intention. Shadow work provides this opportunity.” Jack said. He spoke with the tone of a professor who took the lecturing aspect of their job way too seriously. Whenever he spoke, I wanted to punch him. He seemed a lot like Ben.

“Why the fuck would I want to do that?” I said, “I’m fine with my humanity. I don’t need to do an ode to my regret to feel better about myself. Self introspection is an evolving part of a personal journey. It shouldn’t be forced on you by some spectral aberration.”

“Aberration? I’m real as real as you or anything else.” Jack said with anger. “And as for completing your shadow work, you choose to be a slave to your own devices. Slavery is not made possible by the slave owners, it’s made possible by the people who allow themselves to be enslaved.”

“Nice try, Parsons, but I’ve been gaslit by the best and you don’t measure up. And stop doing that! Stop teaching me! Why do magicians always try to teach you things? I don’t even know what I’m doing here, Parsons. Talon tricked me!” I said.

Right there, the attic door creeped just open enough for Talon to reveal his middle finger rising from the gleaming light below. “Fuck you dude.” He said as his finger disappeared back into the light, the attic door slammed shut.

“Look, if you’re going to try to use this as an opportunity to impart some ‘knowledge” upon me. This isn’t a good time. I will slap you with my dick. Also, I would never take advice from someone who had a threesome with two gingers. And someone who, allegedly, had a threesome with threesome with their mom and a dog as well.

Jack’s confident grin disappeared. “How did you know about that?” He said.

“Someone found the film in your magick box after you, the great explosive genius, blew yourself up because you were mixing combustible chemicals with the same care that a person has scrambling eggs.”

“Everyone makes mistakes, Jose.”

“Yeah, but I can’t get over some of yours. Sorry to bring this up again Jack, but why did you have a threesome with two gingers? How was that a good idea? I can’t even call it a threesome since it’s two dudes and one girl. Yeesh! What do you call having a threesome with your mom and a dog?”

“A beast-some.”

“See Jack. That isn’t funny. Why do all magicians think they’re funny? Not even every comedian is funny. Just focus on the questions I’m asking you. Why would anyone make their mom fuck a dog and record it? That something I feel that you should have to explain.”

“It’s deconditioning.”

“That’s it? The fact that you’re willing to do it is what is special about that? That is a really fucked up answer.”

“You could never understand.”

“No. I do understand. You want to be the person who is beyond sexual hangups. The person who brings their entire family to a swinger party. Everything is cool unless someone is physically hurt. But what about the psychological damage that you do to people? I could only imagine the amount of PTSD that you either caused or took advantage of with your mother.”

“A person like yourself could never know what it feels like to be free! My mother loved me!”

“Yeah. She clearly did!”

Jack stomped his feet. The candles shook.

“Enough of your narcissistic, bloviating pageantry. I will not stand here and allow you to ignore all of my accomplishments due to your conditioned, feeble mind not being able to recognize the honor you’ve been bestowed upon by being in my presence.”

“Will you stop trying to teach me. I’m here! What do you want? Please, just say something that I can understand. Talk to me like a person. Stop trying to NLP me. It’s so obvious, it’s sad. Yes, you use transparent and not very interesting techniques. It must be killing you that you can’t do anything to me from that triangle, isn’t it?”

Jack, raised his open right hand to the sky and screamed out, “Io Pan!” And just like that, a hairless chihuahua appeared cradled in his fingers. “Either you come over here into the triangle, or I fuck the dog, which is it going to be?”

“What’s wrong with you? What is it with you and dogs? No. You can’t fuck that animal you disgusting overrated junkie degenerate!”

“I will if you don’t come into the triangle.” Jack said. “Stay in the circle, I stuff this dog with some man meat. Come into the triangle, you’ll find yourself in hell. Make your choice Jose Atiles!”

I didn’t have much time to think, so I did what I could from the safety of the circle. I remembered I ate asparagus earlier in the day, so I pulled out my goo bazooka and aimed it at Jack. “You touch that dog, I rain down on your head.”

“You pee on my floor, and I’ll kick your ass.” I heard Talon say from below. So I put away my custard cannon and did the only thing I could do. I took a deep breath and jumped into the triangle.

I managed to wrestle the chihuahua away from Jack immediately, it tried to scramble out of the triangle but dissipated in a puff of smoke before it could get its paws on the ground. I then started started punching that self indulgent, arrogant prick in the face until I dropped him.

“Yes!” He said “Do it! Punish me!”

We were immediately transported from Talon’s attic to another place. We were now under a grey sky. Clouds formed to infinity in each direction. In the distance there was a castle with seven gates.

“Where is this place?” I said.

“It’s hell,” Jack said. “How does it make you feel, Jose? Tell me.” But something didn’t seem right about Jack. Being this close to Jack and wanting to hit him this much, didn’t seem right. Even for me. Sure, Snowfricans are annoying creatures, but why did I want to punch this one so much? He was much more annoying then your typical Snowfricans. Also, Jack didn’t know NLP. Not like in textbooks. Why was he NLP’ing me this hard? That’s when I realized it.

“You’re not really Jack, are you?” I said as I stood over him and pulled out my banana rocket.

“What are you doing?” He said. I then proceeded to pee on his face with a strong rope like stream that splashed violently over his checks. “Stop it!” He pleaded, but I had a ton of water before I’d left the house, and I was going to leave as much as I could on this demon’s face until he was ready to talk.

“Reveal yourself to me, demon,” I said. His face was now soaked with my piss. He started to convulse.

“Hey! Stop! I’ll talk! I’ll talk! Please! Stop pissing on me!” He said. I paused my stream for a moment.

“I know it’s you, Ben,” I said. “No one else I know can be this annoying.”

“You’re right and wrong again little acolyte,” He said. Jack suddenly became Ben. There was still a lot of piss dripping from his face. He put on a pair of glasses and a fedora. “It isn’t Ben. It’s me. Simon Solomon Faust.”

I just stood over him with my man-cream hose still dangling from my hand. I was in no mood for this so I zapped his face with a couple of more streams of piss.

“Benjamin, can we have a real conversation, please?” I said.

“Sure. Would that make you feel better? From a scale of 1-10, how much better would that make you feel?”

I was so angry that I didn’t notice that hell had disappeared and me and Ben were now in what appeared to be some kind of pawn shop. “At least we aren’t in hell,” I said.

“Are you sure about that? Tell me Jose, how does that make you feel?” Ben raised his eyebrow like Dwayne Johnson, looking intently into my eyes.

“Ben, I feel…”

“Better?” Ben said. He was still looking into my eyes.

“Stop finishing my sentences! That wasn’t what I was going to say!” I said.

“But it was what you wanted to say?” Ben said.

That was it. I put away my steamy goo-shooter and started wailing on his piss riddled face. This didn’t stop him from talking the whole time.

“Give me some feedback,” Ben said. “Tell me what’s on your mind.”

“You talk a lot of shit.” I said. “Autistic differences?” I continued to wail on him. “We stopped working together because of “autistic differences”? You’re telling people that? I gotta say, if you were that funny on stage we would still be doing shows together.”

“You annoyed me,” He said.

“Yeah, it was annoying helping you get to Europe and then helping supplement your lifestyle while you were there. I’m sorry, were you talking about the show? I’m sorry we couldn’t snap our fingers and have a full audience at every live appearance. Perhaps if we’d taken a couple of years to build an audience that might have happened. Also, a simple podcast might have helped build that audience instead of the self indulgent audio sigil NLP-fest you decided was the way to go. But hey, you want to control the file we record, when to upload it, and talk 80% of the time on the pod and in live shows, you might want to find better reasons why things aren’t going your way than “autistic differences” and I “annoyed you”. I have way more important things to worry about than indulging your messiah complex, as entertaining as that can be sometimes. On top of all that, we didn’t stop the apocalypse like we planned. We might have made it worst.”

“You still don’t know how to apologize,” He said.

“Fine! So be it!” I said as I stood up to try and piss on him again. That’s when I heard the unmistakable sound of a shotgun pumping a shell into its chamber.

”Halt! I say!” the voice was one I could recognize anywhere. It belonged to one Poke Runyon. ”If anyone is to urinate on Snowfricans in this abode, it will be I, or Mr. B, not you!”

Poke was decked out in redneck chic gear, with torn jeans and lumberjack shirt to go along with his ”make America great again” hat that he probably wore every day, even when he was sleeping.

”Poke, this isn’t any your business!” I said.

”Thank you my fellow mage, ” Ben said. ”My name is Simon…”

”Silence. Stay right where you are.” Poke said. He kept the gun resting on the counter, but still pointing at us as he pulled out his iphone and made a call.

”Yeah. It’s Poke. The spider just caught two bugs in its web. When do you get here? Ok. I’ll be waiting.”

Poke hung up the phone and put it back in his pocket.

”Stand up boys, ” he said. ”We are heading out back.”

Next: The Conclusion of our story with TWO surprise guest stars. Stay tuned for, ”Poke Fiction”

The Return of the 33rd Parallel

I promised myself that I would never do anything like this again, but there I was, standing in front of a ladder to a dark attic with my friend, Talon, who just so happened to be yet another occultist in my life. This was his place. I really have to stop hanging out with these assholes.

“Are you sure there’s a demon up there?” I said. Talon, creaked a little grin out of the corner of his mouth. It was the grin of alleged hidden knowledge.

“Yes,” Talon said. “All you have to do is go up there and make a deal with it.”

I looked at Talon as if he had just started speaking fluent Sumerian.

“Why would I do something stupid like that?” I said.

Talon, just smiled. “We didn’t get all dressed up for nothing. You call a demon. You make a deal with it. That’s the rule of this house.”

“First of all. I don’t believe in demons. That’s just some shit magicians say to impress other people. I’m tired of the occult, and I’m tired of occultist. Come on dude! I just wanted to drink tonight!” I said.

Talon’s grin morphed into a full blown smile. “You fucking asshole,” he said with visible disgust. “You don’t come to my house, make me put on my good robes, draw a circle complete with sigils with a triangle in front of it, take all the precautions, recite ancient incantations, and trap some demons inside said triangle and then tell me you’re not doing anything. What the hell am I supposed to do with those demons upstairs?”

“Did you miss the part where I said I didn’t ask you to do any of that?” I said. “And demons? As in plural? How the fuck did we go from one to many?”

“The lord works in mysterious ways,” Talon said. “And so do I. Now get up there before I kick your ass.”

“You first,” I said.

He led me up a ladder into the attic. It was dark except for the candles set in the four corners of the room. I saw the circle, complete with sigils, and the triangle. It felt creepy as fuck.

“Where are the demons?” I said.

“Oh, they’re here,” Talon said as he walked to the middle of the circle. “Stand over here next to me.”

I walked over to him. We were both standing in the middle of the circle.

“Have fun newbie,” Talon said. I felt a gush of wind on my face as he did a cartwheel past me, unleashed a backflip into the air, then cannonballed down the attic entrance, giving me the finger as he disappeared into the light below. The attic ladder slid back up and the door to the attic slammed shut. I heard a click-clack as the attic lock latched into place.

”Oh come on!” I said as I ran toward the attic door. I started pounding on it. ”Open the door man!”

“No,” Talon said. “Confront your demons pussy. I’m going down to my room to pray. You interrupt me and I’ll kick your ass.”

Now there I was in the middle of the circle, the only light sources coming from the candles in the four corners of the room. I felt a jolt up my spine. A small blue flame appeared inside the triangle.

“Oh no!” I said.

“Oh yes!” I heard a voice say behind me. I turned around but there was nothing there.

“Over here” the voice said. “in the triangle.”

“Why did I hear you behind me?” I said.

“I threw my voice. Not bad, eh?” It said. I recognized the voice but didn’t want to say its name.

“You could say my name.” It said. Since it was a figment of my imagination, it could read my mind.

“If I say it, will you go away?” I said.

“Bargaining with a demon?” It said. “Should you be doing that?”

“You’re not a demon.” I said. “You’re an idiot.”

“My young acolyte, you have much to learn!” The blue flame exploded into a smothering dark cloud that quickly dissipated into the air to reveal the one and only, Poke Runyon, in all his fatness.

Look, it's Col. Sanders! I'm sorry that's Poke Runyon!

“You shouldn’t say fat my young disciple, “ Poke said. “Young people these days don’t appreciate those types of labels.”

“Lick my balls, Runyon. And stop reading my mind!”

“Yes. Much better. Blue humor is still an appreciated communicative technique.”

“Can we get this over with, please?” I said. “Are you the ‘demon’ I’m supposed to be talking to?”

“Demons, there you go with the labels again. I know nothing of said demons, and find such talk an impediment to progressing your initiation into the ancient practice of Magick.” Poke said.

“Excuse me?” I said. “You just literally referred to yourself as a demon 5 seconds ago. And initiation into what exactly?”

“Your road into being a true initiate.” Poke said. He smiled. His bloated alcoholic cheeks had a red glow that reminded you of your drunk uncle on the holidays, gasping for air as he fought someone to get his car keys so he could drive home.

“Ok. I see where this is going,” I said. “Poke, I appreciate an unwanted mentor as much

As the next guy, but I politely decline your offer.”

“Then it’s settled!” He said. “Your training begins immediately. The first stage is you must answer for your past transgressions. This can take years, luckily we can begin with your recent ones! Be strong my padawon. Your trial will be difficult, but the journey shall teach you much about yourself.”

“Do all magicians talk like you?” I said. “Or just the fake ones? Talk to me like a real person and stop referring to me as your student, padawon, acolyte, god dammit!”

“Ha ha,” Poke said with bellowing jubilee. “You done did it now, bitch! Happy trails!”

Poke disappeared in a puff of green bile and smoke, leaving me once again in the dim, sputtering lights of the four candles.

There I was, standing in complete darkness for what seemed like forever. I was also confused that Poke told me as little as he did. Here he was with the opportunity to explain something, an endeavour he lives for, and he shut up way earlier than he usually did. Was he really in on the plan,? Or was there something even scarier than him up ahead? He seemed to insinuate as much.

Then it happened. The room began to shake. A cloud of smoke built up around me and started to swirl like a whirlwind, spinning and spinning until it became a small tornado that burst into a flaming figure that extinguished with a loud firecracker pop into a man in a suit. This man was tall, fitting well into his clothes, his hair looked wild, but that was deliberate as it was styled to seem that way. That wild look in his eye was natural though, and the gleaming smile that appeared from behind his manicured moustache formed into an expanding black hole as he looked up toward the ceiling and screamed at the top of his lungs.

“Io motherfucking Pan!”

It was none other than the one and only Anti-Christ himself.

“Nice to meet you,” He said. “My name is Jack. Jack Parsons.” Jack dusted some blast residue from his suit. Small puffs of smoke formed where he swiped. “We’ve got some things to talk about.”

Next: A conversation with the one and only, John Marvel Whiteside “Jack” Parsons.