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Monday, September 13, 2010

404, Daily: Chapter Twenty-Six

Hey all!

Well, Episode #5 went live last night and, man, it's a pretty action-packed addition to the tale -- some rather massive things are starting to be revealed and it's getting pretty tense for dear ol' Marco.

Just as a head's up, I'll be taking next week off as my editor's taking some vacation time and I, well, I'll be taking a bit of time to really nail down how to make the ending happen the way I want it. It's been an amazing experience so far, getting this train running in the first place -- writing a chapter a day, pulling it all together into a full-blown 'episode' at the end of the week -- if nothing else, it's kind of exciting to think that I can show up, every day and find the raw materials to make up an interesting (and exciting ) tale.

Anyways, enough beard-stroking (for now) -- here's the Daily for Chapter 26!

Cheers!
Brandon
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*Please Note: What follows below is only the FIRST page of Chapter 26 and is considered to be 'Raw Footage' -- unedited, first-draft material that may be subject to change (even in its entirety). This is designed to keep you in the loop with my story as well as, hopefully, intrigue you enough to want to buy the full, finished episode at the end of the week. Warning: there will be mild spoilers and coarse language as well, so please keep that in mind as you read on.

Episode #6 (which collects the finished and polished versions of chapters 26-30) will be available on Sunday, September 19th for 99 cents CAD.

You are encouraged to offer feedback and/or interact with me as this process unfolds. I'd love to hear what you like, what you don't like and what you'd love to see more of.
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CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

Marco studies Alex's chubby face, taking in every detail as he watches the man's lips move, as the ends curl upward into a vicious smile.

"Once we land, we're going to make a proper show out of you -- yes, you're going to be a very famous man." Alex stands, patting the wrinkles out of his dark dress pants. "'The Man Who Killed The Internet,'" Alex says, envisioning the headlines. "You're going to be bigger than Bin Laden."

Alex turns and lifts a small wooden panel, revealing a tiny flat screen monitor. "I thought you might like to watch this -- we've had it running on a loop all day."
The screen clicks to life and, after a curt nod to Marco and Jess, Alex leaves the room with Freya in tow.

On screen, people run and scream for their lives as Tent City burns around them. A camera zooms in on a small, dirty child grasping for a flaming teddy bear, being held back by a haggard, weeping mother.

A gorgeous young blonde -- Marco blinks as he realizes it's Chantelle, the former receptionist -- turns to the camera, fighting to keep a brave face. "That was the scene in Tent City yesterday evening after wanted murderer and suspected terrorist Marco Temura detonated an explosive weapon, killing twelve respected members of the Armed Forces and igniting an inferno that razed Tent City to the ground -- leaving hundreds of thousands homeless once more."

Chantelle turns in her seat to face a dashing young man with slicked back hair and perfect, straight, white teeth.

"Haven't the people of Tent City suffered enough, Tad?"

Tad nods his head, his brow furrowed, attempting to look solemn. "That's right Chantelle, times are hard for everyone, but none as unfortunate as our beleaguered 'Tech' community. Surely --"

Marco turns away, trying to block the words from his mind as their bright, chirpy voices banter on about all of his 'atrocities'.

"You can still fight back," Jessica says, putting a hand on his shoulder. He shrugs it off, overwhelmed as he reads the feed scrolling across the bottom of the screen:

'Breaking news! Marco Temura reported as captured while trying to flee the country!'

"Now we must warn you, what's coming up next may be disturbing to some viewers," Chantelle says, her big eyes wide with warning. "But now, after the events of the last few days we here at MSFoxNET feel it is our duty to show you the fateful last interview with Senator Vanusen and the Journalist with a deadly, secret agenda."

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