From Rockybado 3: The Invasion of the Naughty Blue Aliens
Rockybado and the boys were getting everything for the picnic into the spaceship, and then they would be off to the most beautiful place in all of Texamilio. Jeremy and Johnny, however, were pulling some hilarious knock-knock jokes. They were standing by a nearby sandbox because they had watched a little kid build a sand octopus out of….well….sand.
After watching in awe, Jeremy and Johnny told some more hilarious knock-knock jokes, and then they danced the Irish jig with the same little kid. They were having a great time, while everyone else was trying to pack everything into the potentially cramped spaceship.
“Are you guys excited about going to Calignobia?” Rockybado asked all of his comrades.
“I believe we all are!” Andrew exclaimed for everyone, including the two crazy Bobinos, who were still dancing the Irish jig with the little kid.
“I brought some food for us while we enjoy the beautiful scenery.”
“Yeah, the sky is always pink,” Brody remarked.
“Well, magenta. But close enough,” Rockybado corrected.
“Magenta is a darker shade of pink, with a little purple mixed in.”
“You are correct.”
“Needless to say, I can’t wait.”
Even though the spaceship might have been a little cramped, Rockybado, the six boys, and the two crazy Bobinos were able to fit into the King of Texamilio’s prized possession. Thirty minutes later, the spaceship landed in Calignobia, arguably the most gorgeous place on the entire planet.
The boys’ eyes were staring at the beauty of the town. Rockybado took a picture of Calignobia. He then decided that he would put the picture in his copy machine and make copies for everyone. However, before that, it was time to indulge in some fried chicken and potato wedges from a really decent fried chicken restaurant in Texamilio.
“Where did we get the fried chicken from?” John asked.
“From over the hills!” Jeremy exclaimed. He apparently caught everyone off guard; they just stared at him, while Johnny could not stop laughing.
“Seriously, this fried chicken is good!”
“WE GOT IT FROM THE CHICKEN STORE!!!!” Johnny shouted.
“Really?” Johnny continued to inquire.
“Yes, in all cereal, bacon, chicken livers, and donuts, that is the name of the place.”
“Interesting name for a fried chicken place.”
“John, it is called Mr. Fry’s. It is arguably the best fried chicken restaurant in Texamilio,” Rockybado, the King of Texamilio, corrected the two outlandishly hysterical Bobinos.
“Who is it named after?”
“Mr. Mister Fry. He was my secretary until he opened this restaurant.”
In what seemed to be five minutes later, the posse had finished eating by the cerulean water and magenta sky. For a couple hours they spent swimming in the lake and then playing some card games. As always, the time went by very quickly, and then it was time to head back to Texamilio. Rockybado walked back to his spaceship and attempted to turn on the ignition.
But….after a few seconds of the engine making sputtering sounds, the spaceship completely died. Or….at least the battery was dead….for a little while. The six boys and the two Bobinos could hear Rockybado’s random exclamations and figured that something was wrong. The King of Texamilio walked slowly toward the posse, with his head toward the ground.
“Well, this is spectacular,” Rockybado remarked.
“What happened?” Adam asked the King of Texamilio.
“The spaceship won’t start. We’ll need to get it in the shop.”
“Where are we going to stay for the night?”
“Hotel Calignobia,” Rockybado remarked, somehow a little hopeful.
“Where is that?” John questioned.
“A half-mile from here.”
“That’s not too bad. But will you have to get the spaceship towed?”
“I’m afraid so.”
“At least we’ll get to explore Hotel Calignobia.”
Rockybado called a tow truck to take the spaceship to the most trusted shop in all of Calignobia, and the driver was nice enough to drive everyone to Hotel Calignobia, where they were definitely going to stay for the night. Again, this period of time appeared to be a blur since they were going from one place to another in a matter of minutes. For fifteen minutes, everyone was waiting for the tow truck. For another fifteen minutes, they sat at the shop.
“Mr. Rockybado?” a low monotonous voice spoke from the front desk at the shop.
“Yes?” the King of Texamilio responded.
“We did an evaluation of your car.”
“Well, it’s a spaceship.”
“Whatever,” the front desk receptionist remarked.
“So, anyway, what were the results of the evaluation?” Rockybado questioned.
“We will need to keep your car in the shop to get it fixed.”
“It’s a spaceship.”
“Anyway, so how long should I expect all the work to be done?”
If it was going to take two days for the spaceship to get fixed, then it was going to take two days for the spaceship to get fixed. Rockybado was not quite sure what to do, since he was hoping to speak with Claude McSmith and the Naughty Blue Aliens before they made any more moves toward Rockybado’s position as King of Texamilio. Even though he might not have been happy at the moment, everyone else was. The whole posse might have to stay in the beautiful Calignobia for an extra day.
Not a bad idea.
Fifteen minutes after that, everyone found themselves inside Hotel Calignobia. A very beautiful place indeed. What they could imagine at a four-star hotel in Chicago (Brody and David have been inside some nice hotels in Chicago when their dad went to a few conventions there for his job) was here in the amazing Hotel Calignobia. It was already eight o’clock at night, and the entire posse was assigned a room. Adam and John had a room together. David and Brody were going to share a room. Andrew and Toby were roommates. Rockybado, Jeremy, and Johnny planned to share their room. Rockybado was pretty sure that he would be surrounded by silliness for the next couple days.
Once everyone settled in their rooms, they went to the convenience store downstairs and got some necessities, and then they stayed in the common area to play cards. About an hour later, all six boys were hungry, so they ordered pizza. Toby invited Rockybado, Jeremy, and Johnny to join them for pizza, and all three said yes. After pizza was delivered to Hotel Calignobia, everyone played card games for two hours before they decided to go to bed.
They all went back to their rooms and at least tried to go to sleep. Brody and David somehow fell asleep at midnight. Normally, on a summer night, they like to stay up as late as three or four o’clock in the morning. However, everyone was very tired, so they most likely went to bed much earlier than anticipated.
Then, Brody woke up. He could not get back to sleep. Apparently, going to bed at midnight was not the best option for him. He also realized that there was a unique feature of this hotel that no one else really considered, and he wanted to bring it up to David tonight.
“Hey, David?” Brody got his older brother’s attention.
“What, Brody?” David responded.
“Want to sit on the rooftop with me?”
“Yes,” Brody replied.
“It’s two o’clock in the morning. I hope you know that,” David remarked sleepily.
“Well, I can’t sleep.”
“Now I can’t either. Thanks, B-Rodes.”
“Is that a yes?”
“Is what a yes?”
“Will you sit on the rooftop with me?”
“Okay, Brody. You asked for it. Yes.”
David and Brody got out of their beds and tried to find the “safest” way possible to climb out of the window and get to the rooftop. There were no windows that could be pried open, so the two curious young men crept out of the front door and saw that there was a ladder leaned against the building. But it was way too short for David and Brody to reach the rooftop.
David and Brody ran back into Hotel Calignobia and pressed the button to the elevator. The light turned blue, and the elevator door opened. Both boys entered the elevator, and David looked for the highest level possible. To their surprise, there was a button that said “ROOFTOP” in all capital letters.
Apparently a lot of people are fond of accessing the rooftop when spending their time in Hotel Calignobia.
Brody pushed the button, and the elevator door closed. In a matter of thirty minutes, er….thirty seconds, David and Brody had full access to the rooftop. Once they stepped out of the elevator, they instantly felt at peace. The rooftop was a wide area with a concrete floor and rock walls. There were four lawn chairs and a very soft mattress with plastic covered over it, meaning that it hadn’t been used yet. Brody called dibs on the mattress, since he was pretty sure that this could be a new addition to the furniture family.
David sat on a lawn chair and stared out in the open. There was nothing in the sky, except for the stars that lay against the beautiful excuse for a magenta sky. A few minutes later, both David and Brody walked toward the edge of the short wall and found some places on the wall to sit. When they decided to sit down, there was another wall that was supposed to be used for their feet, so that they wouldn’t just dangle in the air.
This was the perfect time to be awake. Sitting on the rooftop of Hotel Calignobia at two o’clock in the morning, looking at the stars, and contemplating the positive aspects of life. David and Brody said nothing for about fifteen minutes because they were both having a very peaceful and enlightening experience.
“What are you thinking about, Brody?” David asked his younger brother of a year.
“I dunno. Lots of things,” Brody replied half-heartedly.
“This is so peaceful.”
“Thanks, B-Rodes,” David said.
“Well, I guess I’ve been thinking about a lot while here. I’ve been mostly thinking about me and Candace and all the fun that we have together. Do you remember when you found us sleeping together on the hammock?”
“Oh yeah. I thought of doing a prank on you guys, but then I decided not to because you were both sound asleep, and you looked very comfortable.”
“Yeah, it was like two o’clock in the afternoon. Candace and I were both in the hammock listening to music, and then I fell asleep. Then, she apparently fell asleep because, when I woke up, her head was on my chest. That felt really good. After about five minutes, I fell asleep again.”
“I remember that. Wasn’t that like a few months ago?”
“Yeah. Back in April.”
David and Brody sat against the wall and continued to stare at the magenta sky and think about everything positive. About fifteen minutes later, David got up on the ledge and sat there, continuing to stare at the beautiful sky in Calignobia. Brody, however, pressed his chest against the wall so he could feel his heart beating through it. No one said a word to each other for a good twenty-five minutes.
Brody’s older brother decided to close his eyes and concentrate on what was most important to him. He wanted to take in more of the gorgeous magenta sky, but he also wanted to think about the great time that he was having at the current moment. He could feel his hair blowing in the gentle wind, and he could feel his heart beating in his chest. David was in a good place at the moment, and so was Brody, whose chest was still pressed firmly against the wall.
“What time is it?” Brody asked.
“Three o’clock. Why do you ask? Getting tired yet?” David answered with another question.
“No. I just don’t have my phone on me.”
“I don’t have my phone on me either.”
“You have your watch then?” Brody questioned.
“Yep. No need for my phone. This is so peaceful,” David remarked.
“I agree. I don’t want to go to bed.”
“I don’t either.”
“So, I guess we’re spending another day in Calignobia?”
“I think we are.”
“Fine by me.”
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