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Rules: No rules other than the ones on this BB.

Here's the first line of the story.

It was a dark and stormy night...
 
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but the group looked forward to a fortnight of blazing 117 deg F hot weather and school had just broken for the summer holidays.
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Tom was eager to go home and see his dog again.
 
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On the way home, he met his new neighbour Sally.
 
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Sally looked stressed but she was all dressed up.
 
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Tom's rabid dog rounded the corner and glared at Sally.
 
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Just then, Sally's dog rounded the corner.
 
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None of them recognised each other and hurried on, avoiding the rabid dog which, luckily, Tom didn't recognise as his own.
 
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Then Tom's alarm clock screamed, "HEY TOM, WAKE UP!" And Tom new it was his re-occuring dog dream.
 
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It was a dark and stormy night...

 
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A shot rang out...
 
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Tom awoke from his recurring dream only to realize that the nightmare was just beginning. He had never seen a thunderstorm of this magnitude, at least not before the comet had struck.
 
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He ran his hands through his eyes, and began the hour long process of releasing.
 
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Unfortunately for Tom, he forgot to close the door to his meditation room and his cat came in, insisting on being fed.
 
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Tom's eyes were killing him from running his hands through them.
 
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Opened up the kitchen cabinet. "Oh shoot!" he groaned. He had forgotten to replenish Jerry's cat food.
[ July 22, 2004: Message edited by: Joyce Lee ]
 
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He chuckled to himself when he realized the irony in naming his cat Jerry.
 
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Just then he spotted a mouse caught in the rat trap. The mouse was dead already and that would have to do for Jerry's dinner. Sally's parakeet mysteriously disappeared the day following the last time he had forgotten to buy the cat food. Wisely, Tom kept his suspicions to himself.
 
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A woman screamed...
 
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"Shut up Mom!", Tom yelled. "It's just a dead mouse."

Tom always got strange looks from people when he told them he was 41 and lived at home with his mom and a cat.
 
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His mom smelled of boiled cabbage, and she didnt get many visitors.
 
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But then, after the Iquana Wars, who didn't?
 
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Tom opened the door to his spacious 250 square foot apartment cueing Lawrence to squeeze the trigger killing Tom and ending the life of another government appointed oppressor(sp?). Long live the rebellion.
 
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Tom realized he was naked.
 
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Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
Tom realized he was naked.


Realizing that, he ran into bedroom to get dressed where he saw...
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a big red thong with ...
 
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Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
a big red thong with ...


... gaping holes in it. The hungry cat had chewed on it ...
 
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at least he assumed. That was a cat furball in the crotch, right? Then he remembered he was dead and fell over, spilling his brains and feeding the cat at the same time.
 
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Tom then woke up from his dream realizing there are really sick people in this world that like killing people and animals off for no reason.
 
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However, having just recently woken up into another dream he got the distinct feeling he was probably still asleep. In order to test this theory ...
 
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Tom and his mom decided to go to Picnic Island for the day. They packed a picnic lunch and Jerry in his cat basket and climbed into their rowing boat moored on the beach. They noticed a long thin funnel of smoke over the horizon where Picnic Island was but decided a party had started grilling sardines early.
 
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Meanwhile on Picnic Island, Ranger Bill Longhorn checked the remaining rounds in his rifle. The attack had been swift and devastating. Picnic baskets lay broken all around, their contents -- chewed and nibbled -- littered the hillside. The dull, low paced thudding grew louder and he clutched his rifle closer waiting for the next pass. Yogizilla swung into view from around the hill.
 
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Still oblivious to the situation on Picnic Island, they were rowing hard, eager to reach the island fast. Tom was in such a good mood that he started to sing:
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Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
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The row boat developed a leak in the bottom of the boat and Tom's mom took off her.....
 
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Thong, the Austrailian kind, and patched the hole in the boat. But it was all for nothing as Yogizilla had just plucked the boat out of the water and was now peering hungrily at Tom, his mom and her thong.
 
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Jerry the cat snarled vicously and jumped on Yogizilla's head, clawing at his eyes...
 
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Blinded, Yogizilla, swung round still clutching the boat and with Jerry
catclawing his eyes out.He stumbled on land, Picnic Island, and the boat and it's occupants spilled on to the beach.
 
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Thunder rang out from the smokefilled but otherwise clear sky.
Startled, Tom woke up to see his mother standing over the cat's mutilated body with a smoking shotgun.
 
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"NO! NO! This must be a dream. My Beloved Jerry!" Tom shouted in anguish. "Tommy, wake up!" Then he felt someone shaking his body, urging hime to wake up.
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It was all just a dream. OR WAS IT?

No, it was a waking nightmare, for Tom was still on Picnic island. Over by the firepit were the remains of cat-shish-kebab. Poor Jerry. His mother was standing over him, the faint smell of cabbage wafting down to him. A shotgun was cradled in her arms...
 
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