Monday, June 13, 2011

Spanner Chapter 3: Rock Is Dead (Final Revision)

Chapter 2

Chaos Angel Spanner — Book 1: Rock City Blues
Chapter 3: Rock Is Dead (Final Revision)

After DisneyPop SuperStar Minty Fresh gets an amorous unwanted visitor after her show (i.e. Shira), we meet Shira’s family. Jennifer arrives with her mother — and wife — Willa; they take Shira down to Bremerton’s boardwalk, where they join their friends and favorite cousins to enjoy the Blackberry Festival held every Labor Day weekend. But then a team of Moral Enforcement religious police arrive from the Church of America to crash the party, and Shira does away with a pair of Caliphate suicide agents who want to blow the whole thing up, and does it in shocking fashion. Shira and Jennifer get to their magic show and meet a new seven-year-old friend. Karen takes them out for an all-cousin lunch, only to have their afternoon ruined not just by the Church of America Prophet who sent the Moral Enforcers, but Shira’s estranged sister, her terrorist boyfriend, and Drusilla’s most fanatical acolyte...

Fourth Revision Update: Now expanded, revised, renamed (from “The Whole Point of No Return”), and vastly superior to even the Third Revision! Final version posted on July 5, 2012.

Table of Contents:
  1. The Call (July 5, 2012: new to Final Revision)
  2. Stalking Minty Fresh (June 13, 2011)
  3. Her Name Is Rio (June 14, 2011)
  4. Party Crashers on the Boardwalk (June 15-16, 2011)
  5. Your Next Trick (June 16-17, 2011)
  6. You Don’t Know What Is What (June 18, 2011)
The original introduction from the first draft:
Back during JulNoWriMo, I wrote a chapter which consisted of a bunch of episodes. This was the original version of Spanner chapter 3, which had a working title (“Playing the Angel”, as in the Depeche Mode album) that I’m not using in this final version. Some of them are related to Chapter 1 and what is now Chapter 2, and those are what make up the August section of the new Chapter 3 below. Together with the beginning of the next chapter, they make up the extended opening of Spanner. The rest are going into Chapter 5, to be posted next week. The final section with the Becket brothers is entirely new and intended to both fill out this chapter and fill a plot hole I didn’t know existed. (I originally put a title drop there, but now both the original title and the title drop are gone.)

Even earlier, I wrote a script for the first four issues of the proposed Spanner manga for Script Frenzy. Two scenes taken from that script (for the first issue), the “magic show” and “exploding café”, I appear here in condensed and hugely modified form.

If you think the story’s getting interesting (read: insane) so far, well, read on, faithful readers...
Chapter 4

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