AGENTS OF KARMA!
EPISODE 002: THE GREEN GRASSHOPPER!
The doors to the recruiting room slid open to reveal a man dressed in a lanky green bug costume.
A notable sigh could be heard from Dr. Atlantis’s intercom [located in front of his bubble helmet, of course] as the voice of Agent Yoshimoto aired over the IMC speaker piping into the annex.
“You may enter,” she said.
Lucy sort of squeaked with fright as the man -- did not step forward -- but leapt halfway across the floor.
Eddie Crossbones, never a skeleton to conceal his feelings, started laughing …
The bug man was gangly, his bright green costume almost looking like a French cut bean, his antennae high and awkward upon his head.
[Costume upgrade by the Marvelous Mort Todd!]
After the disturbing laughter that somehow comes from a throat that holds no flesh, muscle, or even air for that matter … quieted, Eddie asked:
“Okay pal, what do you call yourself?”
The costumed applicant cleared his throat. “The, uh, Green Grasshopper,” he said. His mouth set, seemingly serious, but you couldn’t see his eyes for the bulbous goggles.
“Totally,” said Lucy, “Green Grasshopper.”
“All right,” said Eddie, “what … can you do?”
Lucy: “Obviously, he leaps!”
The man smiled. Correction, The Green Grasshopper smiled.
“Yes, I leap!”
“From a standing long jump,” said Dr. Atlantis, “how far?”
“From just standing and leapin’? Oh, about ten feet!”
Atlantis nodded his head. If you looked closely you could see the strange, clear mix of water and air moving slowly inside the helmet like a see-through lava lamp.
“Impressive. Ray Ewry set the world record in 1904 – 11.4 feet. Although no longer an Olympic event, Arne Tvervaag holds the current title, [since 1968] 3.71 meters – over twelve feet. You’ve a ways to go, friend.
It’s a ‘no’ from me, but perhaps our Devilgirl will show you more kindness.”
“Yeah,” she said, “ten feet is totally far and he can probably jump straight up, too, right?”
“Um, right! Yes, like springs on my feet, and I’m all like ‘hi-yah!’ Kickin’ people!”
Lucy smiled. “I’m going to say yes. Edward, what do you think?”
Eddie shook his head in the negative. “I don’t think so, kid.”
If you could have seen through those wild goggles you might have caught a mild look of shock, maybe a strain to the eyes trying not to show their disappointment or burst into hysterics.
“But,” he said, “you don’t understand. I can …”
Agent Yoshimoto: “You may exit now. Thank you for your time.”
“I made this costume, and …”
As The Green Grasshopper was ushered out Lucy frowned over her Secret Society tea mug [available soon in our café!]:
“You guys are so mean.”
Well, folks, that was one positive and two negatives for The Green Grasshopper, but what do you think?
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mysteryisland.net or wait until our poll is posted later on in the series.
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Created/written by Bradley Mason Hamlin.
Art by MORT TODD.
Secret Society: Agents of Karma Episode 002: The Green Grasshopper! published June 10, 2010 by Mystery Island.
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