Live on, laugh on

Brass Ep. 84

“Do you think I’m going to keep losing memories?” asked Copper.

“I have no idea, I’m afraid,” replied Yuffie. “On the bright side. You’ll be able to enjoy the same jokes more than once.”

“The illustrator knows something about that,” remarked Fuen.

Yuffie snorted. “What’s the earliest memory you have?”

“Apples,” said Copper. “I liked apples…”

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Shored Up

Brass Ep. 83

“Where are you taking us?” asked Copper, as Yuffie led them up the dock.

“To as many artists, illustrators, writers and bloggers as we can find,” replied Yuffie. “They’re good at keeping dreams alive.”

“What if they don’t want to help?” asked Copper.

“I’ll publish their web browsers history on their blogs,” replied Yuffie.

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Village Idiots

Brass Ep. 82

They pulled up onto the beach, Yuffie was waiting for them with a boat on the shore. “This road once had hamlets everywhere,” said Copper, “each had a village idiot.”

“Yeah, I think they all ended up in Westminster,” pondered Fuen.

The trio stepped out of the car, looking back across the sands. “Our homes decayed quicker than a nineties Skoda joke,” sighed Copper.

“Let’s try and make sure the same doesn’t happen to you too,” replied Fuen.

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Interpret Hope

Brass Ep. 81

“I should tell you,” said Fuen. “As creations of the living, how we carry on past the expiration of our creators, differs for everyone. Yuffie showed Hydra to a bunch of artists to keep his memory alive. He grew from three foot tall to twelve foot tall. It’s all about how the living interprets and remember the ideas, hopes and dreams of the dead.”

“Like critics looking for meaning in a hundred year old painting,” pondered Copper. “When sometimes, the artist just wanted to paint a boat.”

“Exactly,” remarked Fuen. “However we’re interpreted, good ideas are worth keeping alive, aye?”

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Last Hopes

Brass Ep. 80

“If we’re just thoughts, perhaps should decay with this island,” mused Copper.

“What if you’re a hope? A dream? A movement?” replied Fuen.

“So we could be anything a human can dream up?” asked Copper. “Including thoughts of envy, jealousy and hate.”

“You could also be the last thoughts of a good but broken human,” pointed out Fuen. “That’s why you should keep telling jokes.”

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Last Laughs

Brass Ep. 78

“You two enjoy a joke then,” observed Fuen.

“We laugh at everything,” sighed Copper. Iron mewed.

“Keep laughing,” remarked Fuen. “A sense of humour is so often all we have left.”

“I hadn’t thought of it like that,” pondered Copper.

“Humour holds the universe together,” said Fuen. “Along with duct tape, of course.”

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Wine Breath

Brass Ep. 77

Copper reached out of the car window and swiped a bottle of wine up from the sand. She turned it over in her hands. “I remember moments with a lady,” she sighed. “she loved a bottle of wine.”

“Who’s the lady?” asked Fuen.

“I don’t know anymore,” lamented Copper. “She used to believe in giving wine first aid though. She used to say, ‘Open the bottle to allow it to breathe. If it doesn’t look like it’s breathing, give it mouth-to-mouth.’”

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Pee Hope

Brass Ep. 76

Copper rummaged through the glovebox then handed Fuen a newspaper article about the vineyard. Fuen scanned down the page. The article said not only did they create some of this countries finest wines, but they also sold grapes for medical research.

“They created an anti-diuretic with their wine to help with incontinence,” pointed out Copper. “Got it branded as well. Pinot More.”

Iron snorted.

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Ruff Pup

Brass Ep. 75

Copper spotted the sign for Vale Vineyards. “We’re nearly at Brass.”

“Know this place?” asked Fuen.

“I’d heard of it,” replied Copper. “The owner had a dog trained to sniff wine, checking its quality.”

“I see,” pondered Fuen. “So it was a Bordeaux collie.”

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Mere Pause

Brass Ep. 74

Iron re-took the driver’s seat. “Head west,” said Fuen. “My friends waiting on the shores of the peninsula. She’ll get us off this island.”

Copper hesitated at the door. “If what you said is true,” she sighed, “were merely dreams.”

“There’s nothing mere about dreams,” replied Fuen.

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