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Chapter 106: Beam 95
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The white haired man stepped out of his apartment to find his monkeys eating the bananas. He should have told someone that these were to be shared with the monkeys in the other apartments, but then, it was god-awful in the morning when he ordered them, and there wasn’t anyone to tell. Anyway, he told Bron to let the other groups know there were bananas here for anyone who wanted them, knowing that by now enough people would have eaten two (he found it difficult to imagine eating two bananas at one sitting, but apparently people did) that there would no longer be one for everyone, and it would be first come first served.
Now, what about breakfast? Where did they eat supper? He remembered having cookies and hot chocolate with a banana, but that wasn’t supper. Oh, yes, dimly he remembered eating a bacon cheeseburger at a seafood restaurant while half his people were up the hall at a pizza place. Neither of those sounded like good choices for breakfast. He knew he could order pretty much anything delivered here. He thought of huge trays of scrambled eggs with bacon or ham cooked in them, but they were guaranteed to be a mess, and while he could leave a good part of the mess behind, a lot of it would go with him on the clothes of the children--by which he was not excluding Bron and Sophia.
He remembered that Bob could hear his thoughts. Oh, well, he shouldn’t worry about that.
“Soph,” he called, “any thoughts on what we do for breakfast this morning?”
“Restaurant?” she replied. That was always her first choice.
“I only saw seafood or pizza, and I don’t think either of those is particularly good for breakfast.”
Well, she had him there. He wouldn’t eat fish for breakfast, but he wouldn’t eat fish at all. He had certainly eaten cold pizza for breakfast, but couldn’t remember ordering fresh pizza for that meal. No, these were not good options. On the other hand, he did not want breakfast sandwiches yet again, even though he wanted breakfast.
“I’m going to go work on the computer a bit, see if I can find something we can eat ourselves and feed everyone else. It might wind up being loaves and fishes, in which case I’ll go hungry for a while.”
She gave him a very puzzled look, which he ignored.
There is a behind-the-writings look at the thoughts, influences, and ideas of this chapter, along with five other sequential chapters of this novel, in mark Joseph "young" web log entry #392: Characters Resting. Given a moment, this link should take you directly to the section relevant to this chapter. It may contain spoilers of upcoming chapters.
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