Perspective enlarged, Chuck Cheese finds herself in a strange place again, walking on a spiraling path upwards toward a rocky summit.
“Both of us can’t be women,” uttered Wheeler Wilson at the top. She changed.
“Right you are, Wilson Wheeler,” returned Chuck Cheese. She also changes.
“A pair of suave, swarthy dudes we make, eh?” said Wilson Wheeler.
Earie was thinking about himself: although just as swarthy, not so suave. “I am almost wholly invisible now,” he complains. “I am just an object to be seen right through. You don’t respect me as a person, Improvio. I mean, Pretty Man. I mean: Wilson Wheeler. Whatever.”
“Do you remember?”
“What happened? Yeah. A merger of church and liquor store.” He looks down into the valley to his right.
“We are the Malefic The Kidd spoke about,” continued Wilson. “With sickly, green wings; tucked in the opposite corner of her, um, building. Imprisoned even. Do you feel like you’re in jail? I do.” He indicates his outfit with a gesture. “This suit. The suit of Bowie.”
“Bowie protects you,” counters Earie. “Without Bowie you are nothing here as well. Object.”
“And who are you suppose to be?” he returns sarcastically. “Sid Vicious?”
Earie lays it out as plain as possible. “We are 2/3rds of the punk band Story Room. Banned from Olde Lapara Towne because of the noise, moved to the hidden vilage of Gaston where there was no ban, turned into pretty things there in order to survive, and then confined like flies to its Central Park. Paper.”
“Fly paper, right,” agrees Wilson Wheeler. “We burn to death again every day. Central Park is without dark and always on fire. Core of a volcano.”
“Seed into tree,” Earie continued even more abstractly. He uncrossed his legs. “Atonal punks we are, Wilson Wheeler.”
“Please,” Wilson Wheeler finally countered concerning his name. “If am that you are The Musician.”
He stops thinking about the spot marked with an “X” in the valley below and turns back toward his counterpart. “Then I am Earie…
… and you are Pretty Man.
But I also get to be Chuck.”
“Get yourself a shoulder pet and we’ll talk later,” compromises the suaver swarthy man sitting opposite him.