Lost Chapters 2: The Black Cliche

Why should DVDs get all the fun? now presenting the deleted scenes* from Legacy of Ghosts! In other words, The Lost Chapters. – click the link for more info.

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Of course, since these are little snips, you don’t need to have read Legacy of Ghosts to enjoy them.

(Insert this in the middle  of Chapter Four, after the nightgown but before the dining room discovery)

Katelina stared through the darkness, her thoughts churning.  She could hear Jorick’s slow steady breathing as he settled down for the night, and she knew that any moment it would all but disappear as he dropped off to sleep. If she wanted to talk, now was her chance.

“So, what’s with the Executioner’s cliché outfits, anyway?”

Silence greeted her question, so she nudged Jorick and repeated it.  Slowly, he asked, “What?”

She was certain she’d spoken English, but she tried to hide her impatience and said for the third time, “I wondered why the Executioner’s outfits are so cliché. You know, long black coat, black clothes; even the silver medallion thing’s pretty unimaginative. They look like they came out of a Hollywood blockbuster, or an anime.”

“A what?”

Her eyes narrowed suspiciously. Jorick was getting oddly hard of hearing all of a sudden, or else purposefully obtuse. “An anime. You know, those Japanese cartoons with all the weird stuff in them?”

“No. I don’t.”

“You can get them online almost anywhere. There’s a bunch of them on youtube-“ she broke off as she realized who she was talking to. “Oh.”

Jorick was silent a moment and then he asked, “If they’re just Japanese cartoons, why are they called anime? Why aren’t they just called Japanese cartoons?”

“Because anime is short for animation,” Katelina explained knowledgably.

Jorick rolled over to face her. She couldn’t see him in the darkness, but she could feel him studying her. “All right. So why isn’t all animation called anime then?”

“Because it isn’t Japanese!” she exclaimed impatiently. “Have you been listening to me?”

“Yes, but have you?” He broke off and then repeated, “Why is it called anime?”

Why did he expect her to know that? It wasn’t as if she was an emissary for the whole human race! “I don’t know! It just is!”

“Okay then. That’s why the Executioners dress that way. Because they ‘just do’.”

Katelina ground her teeth impatiently and jabbed her finger into his ribs. “Very funny.”

“You expect me to know everything,” he pointed out with his usual too perfect perception. “So why can’t I expect you to?”

“Because I’ve never been to Japan, or made Japanese cartoons, but you’ve been an Executioner! For crying out loud! Did you used to look like something from a cheap horror movie?” She stopped as she had a sudden mental image of his current wardrobe choices; black shirt, black pants, long black coat. “My god, you’re a walking cliché!”

“Thanks very much,” he drawled, managing to sound very offended. “But, did it occur to you that cliché’s come from somewhere?”

She blinked against the darkness. “What?”

“Now who’s obtuse?” he questioned, and then went on, “Cliché’s come from somewhere. Someone has to originate every idea, and that original idea becomes a cliché when everyone else embraces and regurgitates it. So, just because it is now a cliché doesn’t mean that it wasn’t an original idea when it started. And yes, that was the basic ‘uniform’, if you will, when I was one of them. Originally it was a long black cloak, and then as time and fashion progressed it changed to a coat.  And yes, I like black. We’ve been over this before. Black is non offensive, it doesn’t clash so I never have to worry about mixing and matching clothes, and it makes it easier to disappear into the shadows. All together it’s a lovely color and I believe that’s why it rotates back into popularity all of the time. You notice that yellow doesn’t last long, but everyone likes black.”

Katelina stared at Jorick in disbelief.  “Yellow?” she asked weakly.  She couldn’t picture Jorick anywhere near yellow, let alone wearing it.  In fact, she couldn’t picture any vampire in yellow.

“Exactly,” he agreed emphatically. “Now, if you’re done, I’m afraid I’m rather tired.” As if to prove his statement, he gave a long, loud yawn. “I realize that I’m the all knowing font of knowledge, but even the wisdom of the world must sleep now and then. Unless you have any other random questions?”

She glared at him and then, in her most innocent voice asked, “Yes, all knowing font of knowledge, why is it called anime?”

He made a small noise in his throat, but didn’t bother to answer her.

*However, unlike deleted scenes, these were actually written later, for fun, so I could pull off the whole “Lost Chapters” gag. None of the Lost Chapters were ever in the original manuscript, nor were they ever deleted. Thank you for reading the small print.
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  1. Sharon

     /  November 4, 2010

    heehee. love it, but of course you knew I would 😉

  2. Amanda

     /  November 4, 2010

    Good post, Jo. I like how you had Kat mention youtube. LOL

  3. Jonathan Harvey

     /  November 4, 2010

    Heh, heh, I hear that orange is the new black.

  4. Agatha82

     /  November 4, 2010

    Loved this lol.

  5. Love these!

    Black also makes it easier to hide blood, or so I hear. 🙂

  6. LOL With black you don’t have to mix and match. 😛 Exactly my reasoning for choosing black as much as I do too. You go, Jorick!

    As for yellow, that was too funny!

  7. bonnie mutchler

     /  November 6, 2010

    Oh!! I love Jorick. I admit I’d have to kill him, but i love him.


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