Unsung Heroes - Meanwhile in Rome...
The last time we saw Maja, she was sitting having coffee with everyone in a cafe in Rome. This is what happens to Maja after that...
Maja silently follows the conversation happening at the table. The last thing she hears is: "Hold that thought, Mike,…" Then something strange occurs. Everything begins to spin. The surroundings twist and turn out of control and yet the table remains in place.
"I think I have a headache. That is causing this. Impaired vision..." Maja thinks to herself.
She decides to solve the problem by shutting her eyes tightly. Surely everything will be back to normal when she opens them up again...
She opens her eyes.
Everything still looks pretty much the same.
However, she is alone at the table. Where did everybody go?
She glances around the area puzzled but decides that it does not matter. She didn't know what she was getting herself into by accepting the invitation.
Maja looks up. "Invitation? Really? I didn't agree to anything. I was just placed here. I was merely summoned and then rejected. It serves me right for making friends with strange characters from Hubpages." Maja thinks out aloud to herself and sighs; "What now?"
There is a shriek coming from the surrounding tables. Three black ninjas appear in front of Maja. One of them tosses the table out of the way, sending Maja's beloved cappucino flying.
"We've come to get you!" One of the ninja's declares.
"Get me? Get me to go where?" Maja is very perplexed by all of this.
"Come with us or we'll have to fight you."
"I guess that's what we'll do then because surrendering to randomly appearing ninjas in Rome doesn't quite seem like a safe plan to me."
Maja stands up and forms her Karate stance. "Let's hope those lessons will pay off."
The fight ensues...
Kicks and punches are thrown everywhere. She holds her position with strengh but the odds appear to be against Maja. The ninjas have her surrounded, as the startled Italians and tourist crowds gasp.
"I'm not giving up"; she says, exasperated.
"Then you'll face the consequences. Ninjutsu is faster than your Karate anyway."
Maja is distracted by the insult to her Karate ego caused by the previous comment from the ninja in front of her. She fails to see him signal to one of the others. The other ninja strikes Maja with a blow to the head with one swift kick. In a motion that seems too slow to be likely in reality, she falls head first to the ground.
The kicking ninja asks: "Do you think I got her soft spot?"
One of the spectators, a middle-aged man wearing a red bowling hat, nudges to his less-suspicious looking friend; "Soft spot?"
"Yes. I don't know for sure but I've heard people talking... This Maja chick was bitten by a vampire when she was seventeen. She was only partially cured from the bite. Although she never became one, word has it that she's immortal. She's doomed to look seventeen forever. Nobody knows how old she really is. That and she was also growing at a slow rate when she was an ordinary human. The soft spot of her scull never fully closed."
"That must be nice. I mean, being able to act like a kid forever."
"Oh. I don't think she is acting..."
To everybody's surprise, Maja opens her eyes. It takes her only a second to realise what just happened. She jumps to her feet.
"Alright then. My Karate may not be able to beat you. In fact, I may not be able to defeat you. But... You are no match for... Bogie woman!"
"Maja slips off the leather jacket she arrived in and rips off her clothes, revealing a red and blue spandex suit with the letter "B" imprinted on the chest.
The man in the red bowler hat turns to his friend again. "Bogie woman? That's a little lame, isn't it? What's it even supposed to mean?"
Suddenly, it becomes very cloudy and misty. A voice comes from the clouds. It is a familiar voice...
Bogie woman glances up in astonishment. "Mike? Is that you?"
The voice doesn't answer her. It just starts explaining...
"Bogie woman... Our heroine's birth name is Kelebogile. It means "thank you". Where I come from, they would have shortened it to Bogie. Bogie... Boogie... Bogie woman!"
A collective "aaaahhhh" is sounded by the crowd.
"That's right", says Bogie woman. "Now it's time I used my secret weapon on you!"
"No.... Not the secret weapon. Stop her!" The ninjas shriek in unison. They attempt to run and stop Bogie woman but they don't make it in time.
Bogie woman reaches for her belt and pushes a big yellow button. The music starts playing...
The ninjas freeze in position when the button is pressed. As the music starts, they begin to dance. The crowd follows them and soon the entire street is filled with people dancing as if their feet were hypnotized.
The crowd boogies on down in a merry fashion. Everybody is dancing. Nobody is immune to Bogie woman's spell.
Soon they're all chanting. "Got to keep on dancing... Keep on dancing..."
The clouds are also moving. One can make out a figure bobbing it's head to the music.
Everybody is lost in the ongoing euphoria... The ninjas become the centre of attention as they break dance to the music.
The song begins to fade with the ongoing chanting. Bogie woman has disappeared from the scene. As the music gets softer and softer, so does the roar of a motorcycle that can be heard descending into the horizon...
© Maja Dezulovic 2011
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