vinyl
Story by ryan, Do6Mo3Y2o00



well there was a hoodian. created by hoborg, he was an average hoodian named vinyl. and he liked the neverhood, and hoborg, and all the neverhoodian friends he had there in the neverhood, but it just wasnt quite right. vinyl wanted something else. he would have maybe been more content if there was a war going on, so that he might go fight in it, and have some adventures. but there wasnt, so he couldnt.

one day vinyl went to see hoborg in his castle. on that day he was heard to say, "hoborg, i like you a lot, and all that. but i would like to go out exploring. id like to go see whats around... you know?"

to this hoborg was heard to say "hmmm". hoborg thought a little, with his hand to his chin, and then replied "where will you go, my son?"

then on that same day vinyl was heard to say, "down the drain". this is why whenever someone is a little nuts and very brave, he is said to be 'down the drain'. hoborg agreed to the idea. they discussed that vinyl would need some rope. so for seven days and eleven minutes all hoborg did was make rope, as fast as he could. when he was done there was a huge pile of white and black horizontally striped rope. the mound of rope filled the entire lake. many hoodians jumped in the rope and briefly began a sport called "spaghetti divin'". but soon vinyl tied one end to a sign by the drain that read "you will die", and fed the other end down the drain. he had to push it down for quite a while, but eventually the rope seemed to get sucked down the drain. soon there was just the piece of white and black rope tied to the sign, with a fwasheep-shank knot, that went down the dark mysterious beyond of the drain.

then as hoborg and all the hoodians gathered, vinyl, with his backpack with some sandwiches in it, grabbed the rope and jumped down. on that day he was heard to say "here goes nothin'". just below the opening above him, vinyl held the rope tight and looked around. he blew a little in a strange breeze. all around him was just empty black space with maybe little specks of whatnot floating around in it. then he loosened his grip and began to slide down. it was a nice rope that hoborg made, it didnt hurt his hands at all. he went down quickly and comfortably. vinyl looked down, he couldnt see the end of the rope. it just faded away in the black. vinyl smiled.

he traveled down the rope for 42 years. during that time the black space scenery didnt change much, but there were some interesting things floating along the way. they were: a jetpack putt-putting around with no one strapped in it, six lightbulbs in a V formation, an illustrated book about germs, 9 pairs of red shoes, a spinning chunk of land, a chip butty with a big bite out of it, a box labeled "nothing", a fepgerkin or two, a monkey's skull, 55 miniature model doors, a record collection, a walkie-talkie, and some flowers. vinyl couldnt very well grab any of these things because they were always out of reach and he would have fell if he tried.

after the years had gone by, vinyl was getting lonely and wanted friends. he thought about going back up to the neverhood since he still couldnt see the end of the rope, but going up would be a lot harder, so he continued down.

then one day vinyl came to the end of the rope. and he just dangled there in space. "what a let down" vinyl thought, but then he heard a voice. from all around him an indiscribable voice said, "hello" and vinyl said "umm.."

and then quater himself appeared in his sparkly goodness in front of vinyl. he seemed normal and plain but better than anything vinyl had ever seen.

quater and vinyl talked a bit. very soon though they had nothing to say. vinyl looked around and ended the conversation with "...high -five?"

so vinyl high fived quater and was going up on his way, when quater said "oh, heres for your trouble." and then wings grew out of vinyl's backpack. nice clean happy white wings. and with them and quaters help he flew up. and vinyl was heard to say "thanks quater". as he flew the rope streamed by so that the black and white stripes mixed, so the rope was a thin gray line. now he was able to collect all of the strange things that were floating in the space, so on his way up he picked up and put in his winged backpack: some flowers, a walkie-talkie, a record collection, 55 miniature model doors, a monkey's skull, a fepgerkin or two, a box labeled "nothing", a chip butty with a big bite out of it, a spinning chunk of land, 9 pairs of red shoes, an illustrated book about germs, six lightbulbs in a V formation, and a jetpack putt-putting around with no one strapped in it.

and when he got back to the neverhood, which didnt take that long, he flew up through the drain and spun around in the air. at the time the hoodians happened to be having an 'empty pool party', but they had no pool so it was in the bottom of the lake. so all the neverhood friends went "ooohh" at vinyl and his backpack. he high-fived hoborg and told everyone about his adventure and handed out to everyone: a jetpack putt-putting around with no one strapped in it, six lightbulbs in a V formation, an illustrated book about germs, 9 pairs of red shoes, a spinning chunk of land, a chip butty with a big bite out of it, a box labeled "nothing", a fepgerkin or two, a monkey's skull, 55 miniature model doors, a record collection, a walkie-talkie, and some flowers. and vinyl was happy, the end.


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