The Story

By Billy T. Hernandez, Guest Contributor

(Chapter 1 & 2 of “The Story” are available on


Chapter 3

In medias res (That means I’m skipping exposition).

“You don’t understand,” Will said, passively.

“What?” Penny was angered and incredulous. “No. You don’t understand the importance of this cruise.”

“There’s no difference between the boat and this hotel,” said Will. “The only differences are Maddie is replaced by Bailey, Zack and Cody are slightly older, and Mr. Moseby’s fashion sense is worse.”

Penny rebutted, “You’re just not invested in our relationship!”

Will rapidly responded, “I paid into a retirement plan for us yesterday!”

“Fine. We won’t go. Whatever,” Penny said to herself, “I don’t know why I thought this would work.”

Will thought, “Why would she think I wanted to go on a cruise to the Arctic anyway?”

Penny cried that night, but Will snored through it. Penny hated Will for not understanding her need for a cooler climate and Will began to wonder if science might hold the solution to their sticky situation.

To be continued.

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Chapter 4

It was a dark and stormy night, but it didn’t matter because Will and Penny were in space. After Suite Life on Deck turned out to be a wreck, Will began researching and experimenting for ways to dissolve the Love Glue. As the gamma rays from the sun cut through the final thread of Love Glue, Will exclaimed, “It worked! I told you it would work! I’m free!”

Penny began to say “I hate-” and then they were both struck by an asteroid and died.

This was the Story. The Story was a tragedy. The story of the tragedy of standing beside each other, but not understanding each other. The story of the tragedy of falling in love, but not being able to love.

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