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Marcus smiles. The phone rings again. JAMES: My, the show is quite popular today. James hits the button on the phone again. JAMES: Thank you, caller, you’re joining us on “Everlasting Art and Literature with James Jameson.” The voice on the phone is the deep, soothing, British accent of COLONEL ARCHIBALD RUTHFORD. COLONEL: Yes, hello poppet. I’m quite aware of who you are. JAMES: Well, that’s quite fantastic. What literary quandries have you found yourself in recently? COLONEL: Hush, you poofta. I’m not ’ere to talk about novels and the like. Darling, I’m a representative from a radio station in London. James looks to Marcus. JAMES: London. COLONEL: ’at’s right. London . . . Texas. We’ve ’eard a lot about your show and we’re dying to get a taste. JAMES: Oh . . . COLONEL: The catastrophe that your show bases itself around is a mind-boggling metamorphosis that we, here in London . . . Texas, are dying to get ahold of. Pause. JAMES: You are? COLONEL: What say you fly out ’ere next week, and we give you a show, eh? James looks at Marcus. Marcus’ eyes widen and a smile stretches across his face. COLONEL: Well, what do you say, boy-o? JAMES: I, uh, I say . . . we’ll see you in a week? COLONEL: Right-o. Chip cheerio, how’s your mum and the like. Glad ta have ya onboard. The Colonel hangs up. James continues to stare at Marcus, his mouth agape. He lowers a switch on the soundboard and the "ON AIR" lights in the room shut off. James stands and walks towards Marcus. MARCUS: Well?! JAMES: It’s not exactly what I was . . . expecting. MARCUS: But . . . JAMES: It’s a job. I mean . . . it’s not really what we were wanting. Is there much of a future in it? MARCUS: James. Who cares where the future is?

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Vortex 39 - April Online  

The University of Central Arkansas'sVortex Magazine of Literature and Fine Art is an undergraduate run publication, publishing students from...

Vortex 39 - April Online  

The University of Central Arkansas'sVortex Magazine of Literature and Fine Art is an undergraduate run publication, publishing students from...

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