Blah blah, it’s been a while, I’ve been busy. Well here’s a new work of writing. It’s actually a Part two to something I promised I’d finish a while ago. There’s more to come eventually.
“Well hey, my name is Morty like I said. I’m a dragon, obviously. We have some issues with your past to work out.” Morty says nonchalantly.
“Well there was that incident with that kid at Miller’s park for starters.”
“INCIDENT?? That jerk knocked me on the ground and hit me straight between the eyes. I had to wear special glasses for more than a week!” I spoke over the noise of wind.
“Yeah dude, there’s one mistake you made.”
“What, are we just going to zap back in time and fix it?”
“Hahaha. Duh.” That moment there was a bright flash of light. Nothing appeared to be changed. The sky was the same shade of blue and the clouds the same puffy white. But then I looked down from the flying dragon and realized we were flying over my home town. The trailer park where Billy was from was still standing. It had been torn down right before I left for college to be turned into a new shopping center. Morty flew over a large creek and a small patch of woods then down into the playground. It looked almost brand new. When I was a child I used to come to this park on the weekends. Mom would make me a bologna and mustard sandwich with a juice box and out the door I went.
Morty lands behind some trees and I get off his back to stretch my legs.
“Now dude, we’re going to watch what you did wrong. Then we’re going to fix it.” Morty says to me as he looks across the field. I stand waiting for something to happen.
“OLLY OLLY OXEN FREE!!” I hear from some bushes to the left of us.
“Oooooh goody, it’s about to start.” Morty says as he plops his big butt on a fallen tree. I decide to sit next to him.
A little red headed girl comes out from a bush to the right of Morty and I, in a huff. “You can’t do that Billy, You ain’t even tried to find nobody!”
“I can too. I can do anything I want.” The voice from the left comes out, and sure enough it’s Billy. And now I remember why we ended up getting in a fight.
“No you can’t. It’s a game. It has rules.” She said. I remember now, I had a huge crush on her. And there I come, from out of the tunnel slide. I always hid there because no one ever thought to look.
“Hazel, the rules are that if I can’t find anyone I yell out OLLY OLLY OXEN FREE and everyone comes out.”
“Yeah but that’s only if you can’t find them. You didn’t even try looking for anyone.” She crossed her arms.
“You don’t know.”
“I do too. I saw you.”
“Mike, what do you think?”
“I uh… I couldn’t see.” I pipe up.
“He didn’t see you because he was hiding in a really good spot. Which you would have known if you could have looked for him.” The look in her eyes was hatred for Billy. He had always been a jerk, especially to her.
“If I could just punch you right now.”
“Do it.” She said. I could see tears beginning to well up.
“No. Hit me.” I saw my eleven year old self saying. And he did it. He hit me straight between the eyes.
At that moment time stopped. Billy’s hand still in a fist over my face. My body still standing, but ready for the fall. Hazel’s hands over her mouth in shock, tears running down her face.
“See what you did there?” Morty said.
“I took the hit. What’s wrong with that.”
“He wasn’t playing by the rules, he was about to hit a girl…so you volunteer to take her place? Do you remember what happens next? You lie there on the ground, Billy runs away, then Hazel cries and apologizes to you.
“I don’t see what’s wrong.” I really don’t. I thought I was basically a hero then.
“WHY DIDN’T YOU FIGHT BACK??”
“Oh… Well I would have lost.”
“You did lose. He got away with it.”
“It was just a game.”
“And you’re a push over”
“No I am not.” I stand up and face Morty.
“Yes. Yes you are. Think about your job now. Think about your social life. I watched your entire life and all your pushover-ness begins with this moment right here.” He points to Billy. I begin to think about it, and I conclude Morty is right. I walk over to younger me and whisper in his ear.
“Do it. Punch him right back. You know you’ve always wanted to.”
I walked back to Morty who had settled more onto the tree. And time resumed. Instead of younger me falling to the ground and Billy running off, something had changed. My leg had moved back to brace myself and my hand clenched into a fist. Younger me threw a punch at Billy that knocked him to the ground. When Billy tried to get up, I punched him again. Billy began to cry and ran away. And that’s when I noticed Hazel. Not a tear in her eye, but a smile on her face. She took a step closer to me and I saw her mouth the words “Thank you” then her face got closer to mine and she kissed me on the lips. Then time stopped again.
“Good job, buddy. Now on to the next… hop on my back again.” Morty says to me. I stand in awe for a moment and step up onto the dragon’s back.