Mid to late morning
Those that have read these stories before will know that Captain Beautiful is from a place called Hadesia--a mysterious place that's sort of a cross between a planet and its own dimension. Now, how Captain Beautiful ended up taking residence at The Moore Hotel in Seattle, Washington is a very long story I won't go into here. What new readers to these stories need to know is that Hadesia is a place of reincarnation...a place where many Earthlings begin their journey once they've fallen asleep upon Earth for the last time. Most are reincarnated. But there are exceptions. One exception, specifically important to our stories is the case of Mayor Spock. On Earth you knew him as Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy. When he arrived on Hadesia, however, we liked him so well, and he liked us so well, that he happily accepted our invitation for him to stay there with us. He was shortly thereafter unanimously declared Mayor Spock of Hadesia. Mayor Spock communicates with Captain Beautiful and Chester Le Crow via an extremely advanced device called a holocom...which happens to be much more than a communicator. It is also a massive database of information from all known universes--all cleverly disguised as an ordinary makeup compact.
It should also be explained before we continue on with this episode that Captain Beautiful and Chester Le Crow met one another by way of poor Chester falling off a roof and dying. The fabulous Captain resurrected the poor lovely Corvid, and they have been Hadesian brothers and companions ever since that fateful night.
Now, on a typical mid morning, Captain Beautiful would wake a sleeping Chester gently upon their bed in room 301 of the Moore Hotel. You see, the good Captain and his lovely companion often finish off their nights with Martinis at the Nite Lite lounge, attached to their hotel of permanent residency. And dear Chester, being so much smaller than Captain Beautiful, is much more effected by the potency of Fabulous Barbara's Martinis. But, alas, today was no ordinary day. In fact, today was one very big, huge day for one Chester Le Crow...for today he was to be Captain for a day--Captain Le Crow, to be specific. And now we shall discover just how this day occurred:
"Captain, Captain...you must wake up now!" Chester rustled the good Captain Beautiful with his frenetically flapping wings. "Sorry to wake you so soon, but Mayor Spock is on the holocom and he needs to talk to you right away!"
Captain Beautiful rolled over slowly, yawned, stretched, and said, "No, no trouble at all my Hadesian brother. Let me finish rubbing my eyes open for a moment...and please tell Mayor Spock I'll be right there."
Chester Le Crow had already placed the holocom in the center of the carpet, and the Captain sat down cross-legged next to Mayor Spock's holographic image, which was patiently waiting. The excited Corvid hopped happily onto Captain Beautiful's lap, and Mayor Spock began to speak, "Good morning, fabulous gentlemen! Dear Chester's enthusiasm is very apt, for today is a very big day for you two indeed. There is a crow in your city which is to discover his true potential today, and you are going to help him find it. You will change his life forever."
Chester Le Crow's chest puffed out a bit, and he looked as though he were about to burst open, "Oooh that sounds so lovely! Another beautiful crow...do I know him?"
Mayor Spock replied with a warm and thoughtful smile, "Of course you know him, dear Chester--he's YOU!"
"Me? But I'm already a super hero, and Captain Beautiful's lovely and trusted companion," the Corvid inquired.
"Yes indeed," Mayor Spock replied, "but you are a super hero and trusted companion who hasn't yet discovered his potential. That will change today, for today you are to be Captain for a day. Captain Le Crow. And your lovely and trusted companion will be Mr. Beautiful."
Formerly Captain, but now simply Mr. Beautiful finally spoke, "I understand completely Mayor Spock. Today will be a most lovely and very huge today indeed. So fabulously exciting!" Then Mr. Beautiful turned and spoke to Captain Le Crow, "We mustn't waste a moment of this precious day, my Captain. I can hardly wait!" Then Mr. Beautiful whispered quietly into Captain Le Crow's ear, "Now's when you thank Captain Spock and we sign off so we can get going."
"Uhh, thank you so much for your kindness, dear Mayor Spock," the new Captain finally spoke, and concluded, "We are off to cherish this fabulously huge and precious day. Signing off now...umm...sir."
"Lovely," Mayor Spock bowed slightly. "Enjoy to the fullest, my good gentlemen. The honor of Hadesia be with you." Then the hologram vanished, and the holocom snapped shut.
"So where do we begin, Capt--I mean, dear Mr. Beautiful, my lovely companion?" the new Captain asked.
"Oh that is completely up to you, my good Captain Le Crow. You are the Captain today," Mr. Beautiful answered quickly, and added, "I would love a glitter star painted over my right eye, as you have, my fabulous Captain--if you wouldn't mind."
"Of course not, my lovely Hadesian brother," Captain Le Crow remarked, "it would be my honor. And I'll try hard not to mess it up...for, as you know, I've never done this before."
"You have my full confidence, my lovely Captain, for you are a Hadesian filled with wondrous gifts indeed...and ALL Hadesians, as you know, are highly gifted by nature in all forms of glitter and fabulousness," Mr. Beautiful assured. "Do your magic!"
With that, Captain Le Crow retrieved makeup bags from Mr. Beautiful's backpack and laid them out carefully and orderly upon the bed. It took him only moments to give Mr. Beautiful a fabulous new face...and his work was splendid and precise--particularly the glitter star he painted upon his lovely companion's right eye--which he applied carefully using his beak-- and not a single scratch or scrape!
Mr. Beautiful was honored and more than pleased when Captain Le Crow showed him his reflection in the mirror. "Simply stunning--and without flaw, dear Captain...see you are a natural just like I said!" And after another moment or two of happy self-admiration, Mr. Beautiful finally asked, "So where are we off to now, dear Captain Le Crow?"
Captain Le Crow thought long and hard for a moment or two while he was putting away the makeup bags before he finally replied, "Well, my lovely Hadesian companion, I can hardly wait to tell Bobby about my big and huge day. Let's start there. And, of course, I'm going to want to get a GOOD coffee--which, of course, means I don't want Bobby's lobby coffee--we'll have to stop into a cafe. And I'll need you to carry my coffee as we walk, if you don't mind. Ohh, and I really really want to go to Singles Going Steady and pick through their records. We haven't gone in that one yet, you know. Ohh ohh, and I can't forget my purple glitter scarf...after all, I'm a fabulous Captain today!" With that, Mr. Beautiful opened the door to room 301, while Captain Le Crow hobbled quickly over to the chair in the corner and tossed his purple glitter scarf around him. And down to the lobby they went.
"Well, my dear Captain," Mr. Beautiful smiled warmly, "it seems as you've gotten us off to a good start already! And never did a purple glitter scarf look so at home as it does upon your shoulders. Fabulous of fabulouses!"
Bobby at the lobby desk, of course, was very happy to hear about Captain Chester's huge, big day. And he wished them well. Mr. Beautiful, at one point in the conversation, whispered secretly into the Captain's ear to remind him that perhaps it would be a good idea to have Bobby give them extra extra allowance money today...as they were likely to spend much more than usual, now that Chester was the Captain. [For those not familiar with these stories, money is never an object for the two fabulous companions, for a mysterious and extremely large trust fund account was set up through the hotel's owners when Captain Beautiful came to live there. Bobby was instructed from the beginning to always provide Captain Beautiful with anything he might request. And Bobby always happily does so]
It wasn't much longer after that, the two Hadesian brothers and companions found themselves in a cafe. It went off as it normally would, except that dear Chester, now being Captain Le Crow, ordered his own coffee--"Half filled, and no lid please. And thank you. For umm, for the good Captain Le Crow."
After that, the two lovely companions made their way toward Singles Going Steady. Mr. Beautiful was honored to carry his Captain's coffee as they walked, and he reassured his good Captain, "You did a fine job ordering your coffee, my good Captain Le Crow! Aside from my hand to hold it, I do believe you could've ordered it all on your own without me even being there. I'm so proud of you, my Captain!"
"Why thank you, my lovely Hadesian brother," Captain Le Crow replied, and almost before they realized it, they were inside Singles Going Steady picking through records. The gentleman that worked there was very kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. When Captain Le Crow asked him for suggestions of a good record for a super hero crow who was being Captain for a day, the gentlemen suggested the album "Damaged" by Black Flag. Chester didn't argue with him, and happily lifted it out of the rack with his beak, and scooted it across the floor so it lie just in front of the counter. While Captain Le Crow was busy with his own task, Mr. Beautiful selected a K-Tel record for himself called "Blast Off," and took his own selection to the counter. He saw the good Captain staring helplessly at his Black Flag record upon the floor.
Finally, Mr. Beautiful spoke, "You know, my good Captain, if you don't mind me suggesting something...you are now much much stronger than you realize. Go ahead. Pick it up. Pick it up and fly it up to the counter for the kind gentleman so that he doesn't have to bend over. You can do it. I know you can, my dear Captain."
Captain Le Crow hesitated for a moment, but finally shrugged his wings, and picked the record up with his beak...then--almost effortlessly!--lifted both himself AND the record into the air and soared over and around the counter. But the good Captain didn't stop there, being so excited at discovering his new strength. So he just kept going, soaring as high as he could without touching his wings to the ceiling, carrying his Black Flag record proudly. Not only did he make many laps around the store, but he even did slalom tricks and figure eights, carefully dodging all the trinkets & memorabilia dangling at various heights from the ceiling. His wing didn't touch even one single obstacle! Oh how proud they both were! And how amazed the record store owner was! Such a magical and beautiful sight, such a fabulous display of strength and grace! And finally proud Captain Chester landed on the counter perfectly, and gently set the record down in front of the kind gentleman. And then Captain Le Crow decided that they must pick out a record album for Bobby too, and he asked the record store owner what would be a good record for a middle-aged hotel manager in Seattle. The kind and knowledgeable gentleman suggested, of course, a rare Jimi Hendrix album of demos that had just recently arrived. And so that also ended up being paid for and loaded into Mr. Beautiful's backpack. And all were quite happy.
After that, Captain Le Crow and his lovely companion, Mr. Beautiful decided to visit the lovely park on Capitol Hill. And so they did. It was a long and pleasant walk all the way until they found themselves on a neighborly residential street upon the hill. There, they saw a car with its hazard lights flashing, and a little girl kneeling on the ground in front of it, sobbing and crying inconsolably--And--horror of horrors--there lie in front of the little girl a poor dog that had just been struck by the car. The poor dog was motionless, and appeared to be dead. Captain Le Crow sighed, "Ohh, dear Capt--I mean Mr. Beautiful. This is a most tragic sadness. My heart can barely stand to witness it."
Mr. Beautiful spoke softly and thoughtfully, "Then go go make it right, my good Captain. You must know that all Hadesians are healers. YOU, Captain Le Crow, have the power within you as all Hadesians. YOU, my dear and lovely companion, have the power not only of healing--but also of resurrection and reincarnation now. It's time for you to discover the lovely power you've been gifted. I'm going to hide here in the bushes. You must do this alone, my Hadesian brother."
"I'm scared. I...I don't know how to do this." Captain Le Crow mumbled.
"Pardon my boldness, my lovely Captain, but no fear," Mr. Beautiful admonished. "No hesitation. None whatsoever. This is your day. this is your mission. Your discovery. An exciting new beginning to your new beautiful life. And you shall shine, my dear Captain, like the brightest of stars that ever was. There is not a trace of doubt in my heart, my friend. Let it be so in yours." Captain Le Crow looked encouragingly up at his lovely and trusted companion, exhaled deeply, then puffed out his chest. "That's it, my brother! Good, good! Now go make that lovely little girl smile again. It is impossible for you to fail. You will know what to do when you approach them; the Love of Hadesia will guide you. No fear, my lovely friend. No fear." And then the lovely Mr. Beautiful kissed two of his fingers, and tapped them lovingly upon Captain Le Crow's beak. "Now, go!"
With that, the lovely and mighty Captain Le Crow flew off from out of the bushes with the might of all the universes to carry him. The sad little girl jumped a bit when she saw a mighty crow appear before her--seemingly out of nowhere--and a few passers by looked on in wonder. Captain Le Crow spoke nothing, but only landed gracefully on the pavement next to the poor dog. The mighty Captain used his head and beak to roll the lifeless dog over onto its back. The little girl had already stopped sobbing, being lost in the wonder of the moment, and the passers by continued to look on in awe, completely speechless, and almost forgetting to breathe. Mighty Captain Chester Le Crow placed his talon upon the lifeless dog's heart, and closed his eyes. He felt the Love of Hadesia enter into him--it was a feeling impossible to describe. But he was frozen in time. He felt the loving power of a thousand universes exploding within him; that was as close as he could come to describing it. Light! Yes! Infinite, mighty, and eternal Light! Ohh so wondrous and lovingly powerful. And then, finally, Mighty Captain Chester Le Crow tapped his beak gently upon the dog's snout---and the dog blinked, and wiggled its ears a bit! And then it breathed! The little girl and the passers by gasped in beautiful wonder, and perhaps jumped a bit into the air. And then the dog, no longer lifeless, rolled over and jumped up! And it wagged its tail mightily! And it jumped up onto the little girl and knocked her over out of grateful excitement. And the little girl laughed uncontrollably, and the passers by smiled and helped the little girl back up to her feet. And they all smiled, and petted the happy and grateful dog. And our dear Captain Le Crow gave the little girl one last little wink, then vanished into the bushes.
Mr. Beautiful held the Mighty Captain Chester Le Crow in his lap and stroked his feathers so lovingly. "I'm so so very proud of you, my good Captain. So very happy and honored to have the Mighty Captain Chester Le Crow as my Hadesian brother, friend, and companion. Come now, the Martinis are on me tonight, my good Captian!"
During the long walk back to The Moore Hotel, Captain Le Crow tried unsuccessfully--many times--to describe to Mr. Beautiful what he was experiencing as he resurrected the now happy and grateful dog. And after each unsuccessful attempt, Mr. Beautiful responded, "I know, my friend. There is no accurate way to describe it. And now you know truly what it is to be a Hadesian! I'm so happy and proud!"
Later that evening, and after their Martinis at the Nite Lite, our good Captain Le Crow had yet another unexpected surprise waiting for him. And Chester thought that Bobby was going to be the surprised one after receiving his rare Jimi Hendrix album! Hadesians don't know EVERYthing apparently, lol.
"Well, well, I am in the presence of greatness indeed, my friends!" Bobby shouted out from his desk in the lobby, and added, "Mighty Captain Chester Le Crow, may I have your autograph? You are Seattle's biggest star tonight!" Then Bobby pointed over toward the television, and Chester and Captain Beautiful looked over toward it. The late night news was replaying a story and video of a mysterious crow with a star painted upon its right eye that had brought a dead dog back to life and healed the heart of a broken-hearted little girl. And the clouds had suddenly evaporated, and the whole of Emerald City was happy and grateful for just that one night. And little did anyone know, many years later, that little girl would grow up to be the greatest veterinarian in all the state of Washington for many, many years to come. And she saved the lives our countless pets, and countless children smile as she did herself that fateful night.
"Wow! I really did it Captain. I really AM a super hero," dear Chester mused.
"Yes, my dear lovely companion, yes, you are," the good Captain Beautiful spoke as they returned to room 301. Just before the two fell asleep, Captain Beautiful whispered softly, "I am honored to carry your GOOD coffee for you anytime you like, dear super hero Chester."
Then the two Hadesian brothers smiled lovingly at one another once more and drifted off into a peaceful and wondrous slumber. Semba.