Tania's Palace - A Story Shares Original

  • Chapter 1

  • Derek and Tania

  • Carlos

    So, here’s how it all went down…

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  • Carlos

    One Thursday evening in early spring, the year after the whole mess with Derek Bodley and the spray paint, my buddy X and I were throwing down some jams in my garage.

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  • We were sounding good, working through a new arrangement of some B.B. King blues tunes that our band, the People Movers, was going to play at our very first live gig.

  • The gig was a dance at Redford Union High School, where we were all sophomores, and it was coming up fast; that Saturday, in fact, April 22nd, only two days away.

  • The band consisted of X (whose real name was Xavier Maplethorpe) on vocals, me on lead guitar, Kenji Omura on bass, and Yusuf Karout on drums.

  • Carlos

    Kenji and Yusuf were due to show up soon.

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  • It was warm, really warm for April in southeast Michigan, and the trees were just starting to leaf out and the sun was shining.

  • All in all, a good day to practice.

  • Carlos

    Yeah, things were looking good and feeling even better that Thursday night.

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  • Until… Who comes sauntering down the sidewalk but Derek Bodley himself.

  • Derek Bodley in the flesh, skinny as ever, strolling along with his narrow face staring down at the concrete.

  • Carlos

    He had on scuffed blue jeans and a KISS T-shirt so faded you could barely make out the band’s logo.

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  • On his head was his trademark red baseball cap with the tired old political slogan on it.

  • The cap, once bright crimson, was now stained and faded.

  • Carlos

    Come to think of it, that cap was the perfect symbol for what political career was left of the man who’d gotten elected by that stupid, empty slogan.

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  • He was now under all kinds of indictments and investigations— the works.

  • He spent most of his time Tweeting from his bedroom in the White House while his aides ran things…sort of.

  • I’d heard that he hadn’t come out of the bedroom in three months.