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CHAPTER 9 - GHOUL HOUSE PAGE 1

(Transcript and visual captions below}

Vitus, at length, managed to pin Tabby's attention down. She even seemed to be speaking Glennish. Victory!
      "Mind you," she said, "I don't know what young Jack did before party. ┬áCan't imagine it was too excitin' ..."

***

Seven years ago
 
Parkville was ancient at its core, a cobblestone village of lovely brick buildings, potted flowers, and colorful tiled roofs. Classically decorated ironwork lamp posts, gates, and trellises completed the scene.
      But the core wasn't all there was to Parkville. When natives thought of the place, they thought of the aftermath of the development boom, of ugly "ranch" houses, of apartment complexes that used to border on tourist spots but now just bordered on other apartments, the class of the occupants grading from poor to wretched.
      In a stretch of dilapidated old houses on sparse, scrubby lots, a small house squatted with ugly greyed wood bulging behind its blistered buttermilk colored paint. Metal poles for clotheslines sat unused in the front yard, crucifixes waiting for the bastards that made the place to come back and get theirs. The sun crowding in through the spotted windows began to fade, and Jack Ballard began to awaken.

In which young Jack uses workahol to pay for his alcohol.

 

      "...Yeah.... Never seen a grilled cheese before? It's not bad. I just don't wanna eat it."
      "Oh, of course. And thank you for the generous offer. I suppose that my constitution has become too refined
since the elevation of my own class some years ago."
      "Oh well then. Can I leave it on your dash board?"
      "Well, no... I know! I bet omnivorous wild beasts would love it. Cast it from the window, if you please."
      "Wow. You're weird." He tossed it out the window. "So if I get to be a rich grown-up, am I not gonna remember
what sandwiches look like too?"
      "Haha, well... Recall I was poor in another land. 'Grilled Cheese' was outside of my culture. Please don't consider me a snob."
      "You let me ride in a thing like this, you can call me anything you want... Y'know, I've never seen you eat, or even smoke.
What do you do, Mr. I?"
      Demetri caught Jack's gaze in the rearview mirror. "You've seen me eat plenty of times."

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     November 29th, 2012
     By:  Christopher

The top and bottom text on this baby are mostly my fault. No, self-deprecation is not appropriate. I just rule is all.

Meanwhile, observe changes to the website (new top banner) and the Cast page. Ten minor arcana added! No, we won't do the whole deck, but there will be a few more minor arcana to come in the future...

            TRANSCRIPT: This is the text of the comic, for purposes such as translation and internet searches.

1.)

(Young Jack sleeps in his bedroom, star decals on the cheap wall behind him.)

VOICE OFF-PANEL: JACK!

2.)

(Jack is in an askew fetal position in a messy room, subtle signs of his naughty ways dotting the scene.)

VOICE OFF-PANEL: JACK!      JACK. GRILLED CHEESE! Get your butt out here!

3.)

(Jack wakes up.)

VOICE OFF-PANEL: OK, I'm going in there...!

4.)

(Jack intercepted the grilled cheese bearer at the door. There are bottles
of booze on the dresser on his side of the wall, as well as family memorabilia.)

JACK: What?!

VOICE: Food's comin' up.

JACK: 'Kay.

5.)

(Jack closes the door behind him, revealing on the inside stickers of a rainbow and an obscene phrase.)

JACK: I gotta get out of here.

6.)

(Jack is on his cell phone and lighting a cigarette.)

VOICE FROM PHONE: Sorry kid, no jobs tonight, go play with your friends.

JACK: Thanks Frank.

7.)

(Jack smokes and texts on his bed.)

TEXT MESSAGE: "TO DEMETRI: do u hv a job? need 1 2nite plz thx"

8.)

(Jack is startled by a noise outside, "Rnnn.")

9.)

(He looks out the window to see a green sports car idling with a cool rumble.)

JACK: Whoa.

10.)

(On his way out, the grilled cheese bearing man puts a hand on his shoulder. They are probably not biologically related.)

GRILLED CHEESE BEARER: I know you're not goin' out for a burger, skele-ton.

11.)

(He hands Jack a sandwich, Jack's grey-haired mom visible in the background. Also visible back there is a framed family portrait. Little kid Jack is the tiniest person in it.)

GRILLED CHEESE BEARER: Take the sandwich with.

12.)

(Jack accepts it.)

JACK: Eh, thanks Joe.

13.)

(Jack slams the door leaving Joe and his mom.)

JOE: What's wrong with that boy.

MOM: Mm..

14.)

(Jack checks out the ride on the street outside.)

JACK: Daamn.

15.)

(Jack gets in, to see cool Demetri is the driver.)

DEMETRI: Hello Jack.

16.)

(Jack offers Demy the sandwich.)

JACK: Oh hey, want this?

DEMETRI: Mm. That is...      -That's a food, right.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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