Published February 2014 – Add it on Goodreads
“Maybe it’s time to set aside intellectualism and experience the wonders of things that can’t be
The Earth has stopped rotating and no one seems to notice or care, except for bleeding-heart supermodel Venetia DeMille. While Mother Earth begins to fade into a silent death, Venetia clings to hope. She solicits the help of a scientist to help, but no avail.
Not to be hindered in her quest to save the Earth, Venetia sets out on a journey around the world to find like-minded people and caring souls - an exuberant youth, a magical healer and a man of God.
Although together they are able to rekindle faith, their effort still does not provide results. It is a mysterious meeting of four horsemen that carry them to the east where they experience a connection to the earth and each other.
Could the forces that gather with their united efforts prove to be the remedy to save the planet?
Winding up the staircase, the music grew to an earsplitting level—the bass turned up so high the interior of the building shook almost as much as the previous night’s storm. At the top floor, Venetia watched pretty-boy superstar Blade Urban, with his long hair, tattoos and tight leather pants. Blade screeched at the top of his lungs and ground against the microphone stand. When she entered the room, one by one, the band stopped playing, leaving Blade singing unaccompanied.
After a few notes, Blade realized the music had stopped and that Venetia was in the doorway. “Venetia love, could it be true? Have you finally given into the Blade?” he asked, giving her a slobbering kiss.
Venetia brushed herself away from Blade’s advances. “I need your help.”
Blade released her, seeing Poindexter in the doorway. “Ah, I see you’re not alone. You brought your own protection,” he said with a wily grin.
“He’s a brilliant scientist. He discovered ARR…well, now DER,” said Venetia, waving Poindexter inside the door.
“I don’t do DER, but I am always good for ARR,” Blade growled.
“Stop your messing around, this is serious,” replied Venetia.
“Got it. We all saw your bit on the telly and we’ve already started recording a song for your benefit gig,” replied Blade.
Venetia bit her fingernail and said, “I think it’s a little more serious and will take a lot more than song.”
“How do you mean love?” asked Blade, “A song can change the world.”
Carefully stepping over electrical cords and drunk groupies, Venetia walked to the window. “I’m not sure you noticed, but take a look at the sky. Don’t you think it’s a little weird? I mean it looks like sunrise all day.”
Blade squinted out the window at the pinkish indigo and brightly lit starry sky. “Wow, look at those stars man. It reminds me of the night in Machu Picchu where we all took—” he paused and gazed at Venetia. “That’s bizarre; I’m not even on anything. What’s it all mean?”
“Poindexter, come in and explain your theory to Blade,” Venetia said and turned to Blade. “He’s rather shy about his theories. They have been controversial.”
“Controversy, now you’re speaking my language,” said Blade.
In the presence of the rockers, Poindexter squared his shoulders and pressed his glasses to his face. “Well it’s all very simple; the Earth has stopped rotating.”
Blade and his band stared at Poindexter in disbelief. “What does that mean?”
“The world has stopped spinning,” replied Poindexter. “The Earth has stopped moving.” He looked at Blade in earnest. “The rock has stopped rolling.”
“The rock has stopped rolling,” he muttered. He looked up at Venetia. “Well, even if the
rock isn’t rolling we can continue to sing.”
Inspiration comes from watching way too much Monty Python. The abstract and the absurd way of looking at normal life, not only offers humor, but questions many problems in society in a light-hearted manner. If we can laugh at ourselves, if we can laugh at life, problems do not seem quite so difficult to tackle. In fact, problems are not as complicated as they seem; everything is very simple. If you can laugh at it, write about it and read about it, most likely one would think about it.
Author Jennifer Ott has written several satire fiction, Wild Horses, The Tourist and two non-fiction books Love and Handicapping and Ooh Baby Compound Me! Her latest book about the homecoming of a Vietnam Veteran, Edge of Civilization will be released soon.
Jennifer Ott lives in Long Beach, California, enjoys the sun, the sand, the surf and lots of Mexican food.
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