Akira sitting
She will guide him. 

“I’m your Queen.”

Akira had taken it upon herself to obtain her own garb. She sat cross-legged in front of Paul, wearing an ancient Pagan headdress adorned with raven wings, a black choker, ornate shoulder pads atop a black, silk dress, with a garter belt and a tight corset underneath.

Billy-Bob and Lasseter stood back, smiling ear to ear.

Gazing upon her, Paul felt his stomach churn and his knees weaken.

Billy-Bob obtained cameras and video equipment. They were about to go live on social media. Akira’s control of DARPA’s Cloud ensured they would have millions of views.

They were going to start a revolution, taking down the Bass administration and goons supporting him before they were captured or assassinated.

Akira’s black eyes stared right through Paul. “What are you going to need,” she asked.

“Besides a miracle?” Billy-Bob chuckled.

“Bling. Lots of Bling.”

“I thought you wanted to be like Jesus?”

“No,” Paul answered quickly. “Today, people worship wealth. Religious leaders take money from the poor—but they’re not poor themselves. In fact, they have mansions, planes, chauffeurs—if I want to look like a religious leader—and compete with you,” he leered at Akira, licking his lips before continuing, “I’m going to need bling.”

Lasseter stepped forward, pointing to the table. “We’ve gathered all the ritual artifacts and symbolism you need. It’s time to choose.”

Paul looked at the collection. Lasseter had been meticulous. It was all there. A collection of religious symbols representing every belief of mankind. Christian Crosses. Bibles. Beads. Crystals. Nine pointed stars. Hoods. Red shoes. Star and crescents. Islamic symbols, Druid symbols, Hindu symbols, all of it.

Lasseter smiled, untwisting his flask and taking a deep drink, as in celebration. “If you want to steal people’s money you dress up in a suit,” he said, laughing. “If you want to take people’s money, you dress up as tax collector, “ he paused, making sure Akira and Billy-Bob were listening, “And if you want people to give you money, you dress up like a religious leader.”

“And you, Paul, are the new Messiah,” Akira added.

“Let me remind you,” Paul answered, slowly looking over the collection of artifacts assembled before him, “This is not about money. This is about influence. This is about getting people to listen to us. To believe us.” He paused, gently reached down and retrieved up a dull silver band from the table and placed it to one side so it sat alone.

“We can do without this,” he said, pushing the silver band far from the pile.

“You don’t like Hinduism?” Akira asked, innocent.

Billy-Bob leaned over, took one look and grunted.

“It is both a Hindu symbol and a Buddhist symbol,” Paul explained, “but take a minute to access earth history…we don’t want a swastika in the mix.”

“Definitely not,” Billy-Bob agreed, flicking the silver object onto the floor.


More later.

22 thoughts on “Garb up!

  1. My WordPress app is going nuts this morning. I smashed the like button but only get a menu for navigating the web to a blank page. Or has Akira started controlling my DARPANET already? I truly find Akira’s Dark Pagan Goth Girl getup stunning and a masterpiece of feminine art. Paul is going to struggle to come across as the messiah if Akira is standing next to him. I see a challenge and wonder if Paul will rise to the ocassion and Garb up appropriately. I find the comparison of taking money from the poor in all the sneaky ways most compelling in its profound truth. There it is, laid out in the open in concise terms for all to affirm as if a plebe of the nanite cult. Grokking it deep Bro. I want to see how our new messiah, his queen and disciples crush the Bass’s of the world with stiletto fingers clutching their brass balls. Hear them scream. Oh, what music they will make.

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    1. Dark Pagan Goth…a goddess indeed…it’s gonna be hard for Paul to compete with that look…and how can Akira not take center stage…I’m gonna have to overcome that one somehow!! Let the revolution begin!!!

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  2. Love the pic! Her eyes hold your attention. Almost demands it! And the Garb — like a mix of ancient Aztec and Goth? Yet the color play down (tint?) is the master stroke here in my opinion. As well as the contrasting shock white of her hair that frames and draws attention to her face. And those eyes!

    Nice job in matching the right images in relation to your story pages. — Now as for your book cover? Any Ideas?

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    1. LOL! Miles away from thinking about a book cover bro…but thanks for the encouragement! LOL! As they say in pool….there’s a lotta green between the ball and that hole…or something like that!

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  3. Love the illustration of Akira as a pagan goddess.

    She definitely has that sensuous erotic quality that Ayesha had in H. Rider Haggard’s novel She.

    Akira is the new “She who must be obeyed”.

    I think Lassetter’s problem is his latent homosexuality (as can be seen from his constantly sucking on a phallus shaped flask of whisky).

    If he’d stop thinking below the belt and start thinking above the belt, he’d stop looking at Paul (who’s about exciting as Pope Francis on steroids – which is to say Not exciting at all!) as a Messianic figure and start looking at Akira.

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    1. OMG hit the nail on the head from across the miles…the latent homosexuality thing was right on target, but Lasseter just can’t deal with it. Akira is so hot…but do they see her? Doubtful. Will try to bring Paul to life in the next few posts.
      And what of your sexuality Dracul? Suck any “blood” lately!? Mooohahahahhaha!!!

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      1. No, I’m allergic to sucking the blood of cows, walruses, gargoyles and stoats.

        They should send all these Incel (involuntary celibates) males on social media platforms to Calgary.

        Then they’d become Volcel (voluntarily celibate).

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      1. I was once thinking about Paul and sort of conceived a Jungian Jekyll/Hyde aspect to his and Akira’s relationship.

        Carl Jung theorized that every man has an anima (feminine aspect to his soul) and every woman has an animus (male aspect to her soul).

        One of your chapters a while back started me thinking that maybe Paul had a sudden Jekyll/Hyde split to his consciousness and his evil self and feminine self both entered the sex robot that is Akira.

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    1. Thank you very much. It has been a long time since you made a comment. Didn’t realize you were hindhu, but the Goddess runs deep within your veins, more so than others. Akira, may end up having a lot in common with Shiva herself. by the end of the story. Welcome back.

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      1. Well the pleasure is all mine. Hahah yeah it’s been quite some time. Oh wow definitely looking forward to how she is going to be similar to lord Shiva. Very interesting. You know that lord Shiva removed the feminine side of the universe and placed it in goddess Shakti….

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