A leisurely Saturday is usually de rigor. There is no trip to the store purposely planned for the day. Coffee brewing and the memory of a carrot chomping bunny way in the past ensure the day’s outlook looks hopeful. With cup in hand and a check of the Ring, camera gives me the assurance that the day will go as expected. Several sips into the hot steaming stuff and an alert hits my phone. “An object has been detected on the front porch.” This is very strange since most alerts call for a person detected.
Wishing and hoping the so-called object is not a cartoon character, the unlock the front door series. Three minutes later, facing me on the porch is Pepe Le Pew holding what appears to be a black cat in advanced stages of panic. Her eyes beg for help as Pepe continues to shower her with kisses.
I smile. “How may I help you?”
Pepe takes his eyes off the cat and looks at me. “Uh-huh, monsieur. Thees lovely creature, and I have a message from Linda Hill. Can you reach into my back pocket and get it?” The cat made every effort to get away, but Pepe’s hug was secure.
The message is indeed sticking out of Pepe’s pocket. A quick snatch, and it is mine. Meanwhile, the cat manages to slip out of Pepe’s hold and makes a break for the woods. Pepe takes off after her leaving me to open the message.
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Trip by John W. Howell © 2022
“I don’t get these cartoon characters.”
“What’s not to get?”
“I mean, as long as you are doing these pitiful intros, why not do something exciting.”
“A trip to outer space or out west even. Anything but these one-dimensional cartoons.”
“Oh, stop. Weren’t you ever a kid?”
“Yeah, but I grew up.”
“Maybe you had a bad experience with cartoons.”
“No. I’m older and have given over to older things.”
“Er. Movies and drama.”
“Okay. Do you ever get a laugh?”
“With comedies, yes.”
“Did you ever really take a look at the themes in the Warner Brothers cartoons?”
“You should cause most are adult themes. Take Pepe, for instance.”
“The poor cat had some paint spilled on her, and Pepe mistakes her for a skunk.”
“He falls hard for her, but in her case, not so much.”
“I get that.”
“So the story. Boy meets girl and falls in love. Girl not interested. How many times has this been a theme in your world?”
“Hey. Let’s not get personal. You mean in my entertainment world?”
“Okay, I see what you are saying. Why don’t you have a picture of the character at least?”
“Cause I think the reader knows exactly what that picture will look like and no need.”
“Besides, the pictures are copyrighted and require a royalty.”
“The real reason comes to light.”
“Maybe. I know something that is royalty-free.”
“I hope it is barley pop.”
“Yup. You buy it, and I drink it.”
“A trip to the pup is next.”
“Lead the way.”