Tune Novel

TUNE - Chapter 16

TUNE - Chapter 16
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CHAPTER 16

         "Oh god... What have I done?" Andy moaned for the hundredth time. He lay sagging across the living room couch, head draped over the arm rest.

         "Andy, would you relax?" Yumi pleaded. "You didn't do anything wrong. It's not like you forced her to draw that stuff and leave it with you."

         She was nestled in the love seat beside Andy, typing feverishly into her laptop. She had a lot to catch up on since their startling experience in the holding cell half an hour ago. Shortly after the Praxians had abandoned the cell, the alarm ceased and the exhibits were all ordered back to their respective habitats.

         "But-- But-- She entrusted me with those drawings!" Andy protested. "I should have been more careful hiding them!"

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TUNE - Chapter 15

TUNE - Chapter 15
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CHAPTER 15

         Mo paid Andy and Yumi another visit later that evening, a couple of hours after the zoo had closed. They had agreed to reconvene after the shape-shifter had done a little investigating around the zoo as a fly. He buzzed in through the vent and morphed into his disgustingly dashing form inside Andy’s bedroom. Then he followed Andy and Yumi’s voices downstairs. Thinking it would fun to surprised them, he silently padded down the stairs. Hearing Andy and Yumi’s voices trailing from the kitchen, he sidled up to the livingroom wall like a shadow and crept closer. All he had was their voices to guide him as neither party could see each other until Mo jumped past the archway of the kitchen to surprise them. But he halted and perked up when he made out Andy and Yumi’s conversation. He clapped a hand over his mouth and stifled a laugh, his eyes bulging with puckish disbelief.

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TUNE - Chapter 14

TUNE - Chapter 14
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CHAPTER 14

         "Are you going sometime this century?" Yumi asked, staring wearily at Andy through the grid of circles punched out in the yellow plastic rack.

         "I'm thinking, I'm thinking," Andy said. Finally, he picked up one of his red checkers and dropped it into the middle slot.

         "Finally," Yumi exhaled. Then she promptly picked up one of her black checkers and dropped it into a different slot.

         The first couple of hours following Mo’s departure were incredibly frustrating. Andy's head was swimming from all the madness in the morning -- from the alarm incident and the revelation of Mo, to the mysterious pact between the obnoxious Kyderon and Yumi. Andy was dying to discuss it all with her, but Yumi immediately retreated into her writing again. If she was into her writing before, now she was on fire. There was so much to record. Her typing could not keep pace with the turbulent sea of speculation and questions churning inside her.

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TUNE - Chapter 13

TUNE - Chapter 13
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CHAPTER 13

         A piercing scream jolted him awake. It was early next morning, before the zoo had opened. He sprang up on the couch, still thick with sleep. When his head cleared a bit, he realized the scream had come from Yumi above. Suddenly awake, he tumbled off the couch and scrambled up the stairs. He stepped onto the landing of the upstairs hallway just as Yumi was crashing out of bathroom door, her face stricken with fear. She was wet and naked except for a towel hastily wrapped around her torso. Andy could hear the shower running inside the bathroom.

         He ran to her, wide-eyed and panting. "Yumi! Are you okay? What's wrong?" Without responding, she scurried behind him and pushed him toward the bathroom like he was a human shield. "What? What is it?"

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TUNE - Chapter 12

TUNE - Chapter 12
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CHAPTER 12

         The rest of that day was perhaps the most surreal hours of Andy's imprisonment yet -- which was saying a lot. This Yumi might not have been the Yumi with whom he had fallen in love, but she was still Yumi! She wasn’t an artist, but her personality and all her mannerisms were identical to his Yumi back home. The way she talked, the way she laughed, even the way she tucked her hair behind her ears...

         Naturally, Andy couldn’t deny his physical attraction to her either. It was incredibly difficult to separate his feeling for the Yumi back home when someone exactly like her was standing before him. So most of that first day together was spent trying to find ways to distract himself from her presence. In fact, having this almost-Yumi in his vicinity fueled Andy's need to see his Yumi even more. He had to figure out a way to get rid of her as soon as possible before he went out of his mind. Or before his confused lust drove him to some really stupid, regrettable antics.

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TUNE - Chapter 11

TUNE - Chapter 11
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CHAPTER 11

         Yumi's nimble fingers were a blur over the keyboard as Andy spoke.

         "Then, as you already know, Dash brought you instead, and... here we are..." he finished at last, mouth dry. He had been speaking for the last fifteen minutes catching Yumi up to speed on how this whole mess had happened. He was totally drained -- emotionally, spiritually, physically... and now, verbally. Yumi kept her eyes on the screen of her laptop, typing like she was in a race.

         "Okay, give me a second to catch up," she mumbled. "I don’t want to miss anything..."

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TUNE - Chapter 10

TUNE - Chapter 10
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CHAPTER 10

         The next morning, Andy spent an hour in a steaming shower, watching weeks worth of filth spiral down the drain. He couldn't tell what it flowed through, the water from the shower head or the tears of joy cascading down his face. Like the inside of a marshmallow emerging from a charred outer shell, he stepped out of the shower glistening and pristine. He took a long neglected razor and scraped away the unruly stubble around his mouth like he was swimming in the Olympics. Shuddering with anticipation, he nicked himself a couple of times. Then he wrapped a plush white towel around his waist and skipped into his bedroom. He had made sure to get up before the zoo opened so he could get ready for Yumi's arrival in private. Before the shower, he had swept through his bedroom like a Roomba on speed. It looked like the room of a neat freak once again.

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TUNE - Chapter 9

TUNE - Chapter 9
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CHAPTER 9

         Andy read the words over and over again. Surely, he must have misread it. He turned the book upside down and tilted it in multiple ways to make sure the angle wasn't playing tricks on his eyes. No, the words were there, as real as the swampy smell of his armpits. Yumi actually thought he was cute...

         His pulse raced. His mind reeled. All manner of blinding thoughts came flying at him. Could it be...? Did she actually... like him?

         Andy shook his head, sending greasy locks of hair slapping like dead fish against his forehead. You're jumping to conclusions, Pepe Le Pew, he thought to himself. "Cute" could mean anything. Yumi thought Baby Godzilla was cute too, but that didn't mean she wanted to date it. After all, she had never said anything to Andy or made a move!

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TUNE - Chapter 8

TUNE - Chapter 8
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CHAPTER 8

         Andy stared at his feet. One was loosely covered with a yellow sock which used to be white and the other ended in long toenails cracked and encrusted with dirt. He grabbed the naked foot, pulled it to his nose and took a whiff. His head banged against the wall behind him as he reeled back from a sickly sour stench. He cast the unwashed foot away from him in disgust and sagged into the floor. He turned his head languidly and gazed at himself in the full length mirror hanging on his closet door. He was quite a sight. He looked like an old banana, mushy and brown, rotting into the floor in a white tank top and briefs, neither of which had been changed in a week. What was the point? A trail of food stains ran down the front of his tank top like a sewage spill, and the state of his underwear was best left undescribed. His hair clung to his head, matted with grease, and the corners of his eyes were gummy with yellow crust. He yawned and scratched the prickly hair around his mouth which had grown unattended since his arrival in the C.I.S. Zoo. Dirty clothes, chicken bones, used napkins, greasy utensils, and questionable stains surrounded him on the floor of his bedroom. The resulting odor was somewhere between an open dumpster in the summer and the drain of a locker room. But Andy couldn't smell it anymore. Safe inside his poster, Darth Vader looked grateful for his gas mask.

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TUNE - Chapter 7

TUNE - Chapter 7
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CHAPTER 7

         Words, distant and muffled, slowly seeped into Andy's ears. They reached his brain at last and pulled him awake.

         "Andy Go! Are you okay?" He could finally make out the words. Dash was calling out to him repeatedly.

         Andy opened his eyes and found the ceiling light glaring at him from above. He was on the carpet, flat on his back. He had blacked out for a few seconds. Then everything came flooding back to him and he sprang up like a vampire from its coffin. His vision went white for a moment from the sudden drain of blood from his head. Finally, he found Dash at the service window when his eyes cleared. He staggered over to her, delirious with shock.

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