AGENTS OF KARMA!

EPISODE 005: THE SQUID


The creature, well to be fair, that might be human prejudice to say, the candidate for recruitment into the Agents of Karma branch of the Secret Society -- sat in a chair in front of the judges as they whispered amongst themselves.

Eddie Crossbones cleared his throat that was not a throat and asked, “Any special abilities, powers we should be … aware of?”

“Basically,” said the recruit, in a slushy sort of serpentine voice, “I’m a squid.”

“Yeah,” said Lucy, “he’s … a squid.”

Dr. Atlantis eyed the being in front him closely. “Squid man,” he said, “would be more accurate.”

“Yes,” said the cephalopod humanoid, "but you can just call me ‘The Squid,’ all my friends do.”

A red light blinked on the dais and Dr. Atlantis picked up a retro-looking telephone.

“Uh huh, I see,” said Atlantis. “Thanks, Kid.

“Our resident telepath reports that you’re making an attempt to read our minds, yet he says your ability to do so is quite limited.”

The Squid sort of squeaked: “Sorry!”

Some bubbles rose in Dr. Atlantis’s helmet as he considered the strange life form.

“Tentacles,” he said, “shouldn’t you have ten, not eight like an octopus?”

“Actually,” said the Squid, “an Earth squid has eight ‘arms’ like an octopus, but it also does have two additional tentacles. Those are the longer appendages, and found only in Earth squid. My people hail from Uranus where they have evolved a long ways from the extra tentacles and have the ability to stand and speak.”

“And,” said Lucy, “to communicate telepathically?”

“Yes, but it really only works underwater.

“Oh, btw,” said the Squid, “I can emit a green knockout gas that smells like seaweed.”

Yuki Yoko Yoshimoto: “Agents L7, 86B, and 987 report to Room 7A.”





The agents, dragged out to sick bay as the judges considered their votes ...

“I’m just gonna say no,” said Lucy, “cuz I’m feeling sort of sick.”

Dr. Nemo turned to Eddie Crossbones. “Mr. Crossbones?”

Eddie shrugged his shoulders. “I’m really not sure,” he said. “There are so many questions to ask, and I don’t feel like asking any of them.

“He does remind me of my pirating days, but I’m not sure if that’s good or bad.”

“Well,” said Atlantis, “I’m kind of a sucker for sea life. I’m thinking we can find something for you to do, but I’m also thinking you’re going to have a tough time even getting as many votes as that Green Grasshopper kid -- to get on the official field team as an Agent of Karma.”

“Well,” said the Squid, even slushier than before, “thank you, sir. Thank you.”

He stood and began walking to the port side of the room. “Should I,” he said, “just go this way …”

“To the right,” said Lucy. “The door’s on the right.”

“Hard to see,” said the Squid, “sorry, all this light.”

And, during a somewhat uncomfortable silence, the Squid sort of slithered out the conference room door, making schlepping sounds as he exited.

“Seriously,” said Lucy, “I feel like crying. Can we like go fight Frankenstein 9 or something?”


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SECRET SOCIETY: AGENTS OF KARMA!

Created/written by Bradley Mason Hamlin.

Art by MORT TODD.

Secret Society: Agents of Karma Episode 005: The Squid. Published July 12, 2010 by Mystery Island.
Copyright © 2010 by Mystery Island Publications. All rights reserved.


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