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Marco Hates the Banjo and Then Some
« on: August 05, 2009, 06:35:27 PM »

Just a fanfic I posted on FFNet. Thought you guys might get a kick out of it.


   My name is Marco.  You know the drill, I can’t tell you who I am or where I live.  It’s too risky and we’ve got to…wait, why am I telling you this?  You already know all of this stuff.  Besides, what I am about to tell you is not related to Yeerks.  It is much scarier.  All the horrors of the war, the killing and the bloodshed could not have prepared me for this.
   My dad was late getting home from work and I wondered what was taking him so long.  I was about ready to call when I saw my dad pull up in his car.  He walked over to the house carrying some kind of case with him.  It looked like a guitar or something.  He came in the house with some sort of a goofy smile on his face.  Uh oh.  I hadn’t seen that look since my dad met my step-mom Nora.  It was a look that scared me. 
   “So, what’s in the case?” I asked tentatively.
   “Something all three of us are going to have fun with, but don’t tell Nora.  I want it to be a surprise.” Now I was curious.
   My dad opened up the case and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  My dad had bought a banjo.  The horror!  He didn’t even know how to play the banjo, as if anyone would want to.  Something we would all have fun with?  I don’t think so.  This was going to end badly.  For me and for the banjo if I could get my hands on it.
   “Now I know you’d want to hear me play when I brought it home so I have been taking lessons.  Personally, I think I’m pretty good.  I’ve been practicing this one so here we go.”
   He took out the banjo and began playing and to my further horror, singing.  The song was Cowboy Hoedown by Billy-Bob Harris.  Let’s just say that it was bad.  In fact, if I hadn’t known better, I would have sworn that some crazy cult had invaded my house, and proceeded to torture a cat while wailing some crazy religious ritual.  It was that horrible.  By the time he was done, I was very surprised to find that I had not slipped into a coma or gone deaf.  I clapped and pretended to have thoroughly enjoyed his performance, a big fake-grin on my face. 
   He began to pull out another piece of “music” but I stopped him, saying, “Dad, don’t you think that you should practice just a little more before I hear you play?  You know, just so I’ll be able to hear you at the height of your ability.”
   “You know,” he answered, “you’re right, son.  I should get some more practice in before I play again.  Then, I’ll throw a big concert and invite the whole neighborhood to listen!”
   Oh no, please no.  Anything but that!  I would rather stand up in front of the school and give a speech on algebraic logarithms (which I know nothing about) than endure the embarrassment of watching my dad perform on the banjo in front of a neighborhood of people.  Jake would laugh his butt off of course.  So would Rachel and Cassie and everyone else I know, Animorph or not.  I could not allow this to happen.  I would have to get rid of the banjo as soon as possible, using any means necessary.  Where to start?
   I would have to be sneaky and creative.  Also, I would have to do it in a way that would not hurt my dad’s feelings.  I loved my dad, just not his singing or his banjo.  I must begin planning immediately so the problem doesn’t get worse.  I know, I’d hide it, then when he was gone, I would get rid of it for good and say that I was at the store.  It would look like someone had stolen it.  Yes, I could morph owl at night, then take it out to a dumpster somewhere away from the house.  I just had to wait for my dad to go somewhere.
   Okay, it’s been a week since the banjo incident and my dad has spent all of his time with the thing.  Whenever he leaves, the banjo leaves with him.  Nora was no more thrilled about this than I was, and decided to help me with disposing of it.  We were not very successful.  She was a math teacher and going over the area and perimeter of the house and where we could hide it while I dozed off into a stupor.
   Meanwhile, my dad had built some sort of studio in the garage where he practiced the accursed instrument for about sixteen billion hours a day.  Then, when he was done, he locked up the garage with about seven padlocks.  I think he had gone completely insane by that point.  He stayed up for hours and hours reviewing notes.  I could always hear him muttering things like F sharp and G flat and it was driving me up the wall!
   I couldn’t even sleep anymore because of the stupid freaking banjo.  By this point I had been thinking that banjos should be illegal and that all banjos in the world should be burned in public bonfires.  That just shows about how much sleep I had been getting lately.  I had even started to have dreams about banjos.  Tonight, my dream involved my dad becoming a world famous, banjo-playing superstar.  I was his servant/lackey and for my payment, I got to hear a private concert.  It was torture.  I committed suicide and everyone went to my funeral.  Then I woke up and resolved to end this once and for all.
   At midnight, I snuck out of my room, went to the garage and morphed Hork-Bajir.  I sliced the chains off the door, crept inside, then took the banjo.  I then went to some deserted alley and made sure no one could see me in my Hork-Bajir form.  I then sliced the living tar out of the banjo, beat it against the pavement, and ripped off all of the strings.  Ha, take that banjo.  I then threw the pieces away in a nearby Dumpster.   
   I demorphed, then re-morphed to owl.  I flew home, went to sleep and acted as if nothing had happened.
   The next day, my dad became very worried.  He started to put up flyers for his missing banjo, offering a two-hundred-fifty dollar reward for whoever found it.  After a week of that, he gave up and took down the flyers.  I was satisfied that I had finally disposed of the banjo for good.  I decided that if I happen to survive the war and have kids, then I am going to forbid them from ever mentioning banjos in the house.  I was going to ground them if they ever played the banjo.
   After this whole ordeal had been resolved, my dad came home late again.  This time he brought a bagpipe.  That was even worse.  A bagpipe!?  Where did he think we lived, Scotland?  I then had a mental break down.
This was never going to end, was it?

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Re: Marco Hates the Banjo an Them Some
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2009, 10:43:59 PM »
LOL!  Everyone loves a good music fanfic!

*looks at his username*

Well, at least I enjoy a good musical fanfic.  I love the idea but it did seem a tad rushed.  Next time slow down a little bit to allow the story to develop a bit more.  But overall nice job!


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Re: Marco Hates the Banjo an Them Some
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2009, 02:43:15 AM »
Thank you! I almost forgot:


   After I had stopped thrashing on the floor due to my mental breakdown, I looked up at my dad with a big fake-grin on my face.  That’s when I saw it close up.  It was even worse than I’d thought.  He had a whole packet about four million inches thick with unspeakably horrific bagpipe music.  I was ready to burn the bagpipe to the ground right then and there, but I knew I must wait till he least expected it before I struck.
   “I see you got a new instrument,” I commented,
   “You bet I did!” My dad exclaimed, “I’m going to unleash this baby at the festival next week once I’ve practiced.”
   My heart skipped a beat when I heard that.  All of the other Animorphs would be there.  Rachel would never let me live it down.  I would be utterly scarred for life.  The bagpipe would have to go. 
   “So, dad, what songs do you have?” Why in the name of all that is holy I ever asked that forbidden question, I would never know.  All I know is that I regretted it a lot.
   “Well, son, I’ll show you,” he pulled out a piece of “music” and began playing.  He played “English Folksong Fantasy”, an insanely horrible piece of swill that was obviously thought up by some crazy lunatic in an insane asylum who didn’t have his straightjacket on tight enough.  I thought the banjo was bad until I heard this.  It was so bad that there are absolutely NO WORDS to describe it in a way that makes any form of logical sense.
   I couldn’t tell my dad all of this, so instead I said, “Good job, Dad!”
   “You really think so, Marco?” My dad asked,
   “Absolutely,” I answered, my voice dripping with fake sweetness, “it was awesome.”
   My dad then strolled away to the phone to tell Nora about this monstrosity.  My dad told her all about the bagpipe and its supposed “greatness”.  I went to my room before his odd, bubbly excitement could consume my in my entirety.  I immediately started devising amazingly convoluted schemes on how to destroy/mutilate/kill the bagpipe.  None of my plans really seemed like they would work though, so I decided to sleep on it.
   I had a dream that I was in Nora’s math class and that she had invited my dad to play his bagpipe in front of the class.  While my dad played his bagpipe, Nora took a pen and started tapping on her desk.  She then looked at me and started chanting,

They’re coming to take me away,
They’re coming to take me away,
Ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-ha,
To the funny farm,
Where life is beautiful
All the time!

   “Ahhhhhhh!”  I woke up in a cold sweat.  Was I going insane?  I cursed the bagpipe for invading my subconscious, and then I went back to sleep.
I awoke again, a few hours later, to strange voices out by the front door,
“Okay, let’s get the safe in here and lay it down where the man wants it.”  I heard a thud and then, “He said he wants it in the bedroom, Larry, not the kitchen!”
I heard a groan as they picked the safe up again and dragged it into my dad’s room,
“There you go, sir, your safe is where you requested it.”
“Thanks,” I heard my dad respond, “now, if you don’t mind, I’m going to practice my bagpipe.”
The men left and I got out of bed,
I didn’t even ask about the safe.  I knew it was for the bagpipe.  After I destroyed the banjo, he would want to take extra precautions so his precious bagpipe stayed secure.  This was going to be harder than I thought. 
A few hours later, after my dad had spent all of his time off work playing the bagpipe in the garage, my dad left to go to the store.
“Keep an eye on the bagpipe, Marco,” he had told me, “we don’t want that thief to come back!”
I told him that I would, with my fingers crossed in my pockets.  When he had left, I went to the garage to go find the bagpipe.  There it was, the abomination that had caused me so much fear and pain, right in plain sight.  I morphed to osprey, poking holes in the bagpipe with my tearing beak until it was flat.  Once I had demorphed, I then took the bagpipe to the fireplace where I burned it into ash.  I then stomped on it once it had cooled to ensure that it had been demolished in its entirety. 
I decided to make it look like someone had broken in.  I completely tore apart the garage, scattering everything in sight.  I saw my dad pulling up so I quickly laid on the ground like I was afraid. 
“Dad, dad!” I screamed, “you shouldn’t have left!  The thief came and told me to sit tin the corner or he’d break my PlayStation along with the bagpipe!  I did what he said and then he just got in his car and snatched the bagpipe!  I’m so sorry.”
“No need to be sorry, son.  I thought this might happen, so I went and got this for us to share.” Oh, no.  What now?  I looked closely.  It was…AN ACCORDION!!!??? 

I threw myself on the ground and began twitching uncontrollably.  I think I had officially gone insane.

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Re: Marco Hates the Banjo an Them Some
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009, 09:46:58 AM »
lol.  Why is Marco's dad so musically adventurous all of a sudden?  And an Accordian would be a much better instrument than a bagpipe anyway.  POLKA TIME!


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Re: Marco Hates the Banjo an Them Some
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2009, 08:03:36 PM »
I have absolutely no idea what the deal with Marco's dad is. Maybe he's been drinking that weird, High Octane coffee or something. I agree, the accordion would be much better.


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Re: Marco Hates the Banjo and Them Some
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2016, 04:51:27 PM »
I was feeling nostalgic so this happened. I copied and pasted directly from the OpenOffice document, so sorry that the formatting is a bit odd.

Part One

No. This was the final straw. I could not allow this to continue. I had ripped the banjo to shreds and incinerated the bagpipes, but my dad was relentless. Like some kind of musical ****roach, he kept coming back no matter how many times I stomped on him. Look, I know I should be supportive of my dad's artistic endeavors, and maybe comparing him to a ****roach is a little too much, but if I ever have to endure that level of earsplitting horror again, I might actually find myself on a one-way trip to the loony bin. He can take up drawing, writing, knitting or whatever for all I care (Probably not acting, though. Or dancing. Definitely no dancing.), but this “music” has to stop, no matter what.
I'm not entirely sure how long my spastic twitching fit lasted. It had probably only been about a minute or so, but it felt like hours. My dad eventually stepped in and snapped me out of it.
“Marco, are you okay? You scared me half to death! Maybe we should get you to a doctor.”
Oh, I needed a doctor alright, but not the same kind of doctor he had in mind.
And then I did it again. I don't know what manner of unholy gods had taken hold of me at that moment, but the words that came out of my mouth next could not possibly have been my own. I've never been a Controller, but this couldn't be too far off.
I answered, “I'm okay, dad. I think I'm just still traumatized after the break-in. That burglar was terrifying!” Okay, that came out fine, right? So far, so good.
But then, as if suddenly possessed, I continued: “I'm sure I'd feel better after hearing a song on your new accordion!”
WHY!!!!!!!?????? WHY DID I SAY THAT??? Had the past few days not been enough already? What kind of delirious, masochistic freak of nature would ever subject themselves to such mind-altering horror after witnessing the atrocities I had? Apparently, it was me. I was that delirious, masochistic freak of nature and I was about to pay for it dearly.
My dad seemed surprised at first and paused just long enough for me to realize what I had done. Knowing it was too late and there was no turning back, all I could do was stand in place, appalled. After a couple seconds, I saw his eyes light up. I felt bad for maybe a nanosecond before I was suddenly devoured by soul-crushing anxiety. I fearfully awaited the fresh hell I had wrought upon myself.
Happily unaware of my rapidly deteriorating mental state, he chirped, “Well...alright, son. If that's what you really want, I'd love to give this baby a whirl for you!”
   No. No. Nononononononononon ono. But there was nothing I could do.
   “I've been working hard on this piece all day and I think I've just about nailed it. I'm getting pretty darn good if I do say so myself. Well, here goes!”
Maddening cacophony du jour was titled “Good Ol' Boys on the Prairie”. Needless to say, there was nothing “good” about it. I guess I shouldn't blame the music. I mean, I could at least tolerate some old grandpa song with some guy in his seventies wailing about the “good old days”, but my dad could make a Beethoven symphony sound like a stroll through the Yeerk pool. I might call it a gift if it weren't so god-awful. Maybe one day I could get him to play at a meeting of The Sharing. That would put everyone off the visser's creepy cult.
Anyway, my dad began playing. I braced myself as much as I could but it was hopeless. At first, it wasn't as bad as the others and I started to think that maybe, miraculously, dear old dad had actually gained some musical ability. Against my will, I even started to tap my foot along to the tune. It was catchy.
I fell right into the trap. The first several bars had lulled me out of my anxiety and thrown me off-guard. I should have known it couldn't last. When my dad got to the chorus, all hell broke loose. If I didn't know better, I'd have sworn I felt my brain itself snap like it was made of bone. The accordion shrieked and whined, and my dad howled like a grieving werewolf. This was the opposite of going deaf. All prior semblance of music had disappeared and instead there was only a violent maelstrom of sound, growing louder and more intense with each passing second.


   Eventually, the noise started to fade. I thought at first that the “song”, if it can be called that at all, was ending but I realized instead that I was just fading out. I thought maybe my broken mind was trying to spare my last fragments of precious sanity, but I couldn't have been farther from the truth. As my hearing faded, my vision seemed to become sharper. I stared at the accordion, that diabolical contraption that was putting me through this. That was a mistake.
I'm going to go out on a limb and assume most people have never just sat and stared at an accordion for any length of time. Because, seriously, who would do that? Well, it's not a very attractive instrument, let me tell you. The wheezing, oscillating diaphragm reminded me of the Iskoort, the psycho space-salesmen from Legoland we had met on one of the Ellimist's intergalactic joyrides. The moment I had the thought, the scene changed. My dad disappeared and I wasn't in the garage anymore. Instead, I was suddenly back on the Iskoort homeworld and Guide had taken the place of my dad. By now, the shrieking accordion had finally faded from my hearing. Completely bewildered, I looked around. My dad was gone, the other Animorphs weren't around, and there were no other Iskoort in sight. I was alone with Guide. “Wha...? How? Wh-where?” I stammered, barely able to speak. What was going on!? I mean, at least that auditory nightmare was over, but this was completely insane! I wondered if the Ellimist was somehow behind this. Did the Iskoort need us again?
Then Guide spoke: <Welcome to my nightmare theater! I'm so glad you decided to stop by! The Guild of Superstition and Magic is absolutely thrilled to be putting on this show for you today! I see you've already paid the entry fee of one human sanity. Splendid! Let's get started then.>
Guide started to...bounce. That's the only way I can describe it. The upper half of the Iskoort's body began to move rapidly up and down as the diaphragm quivered and wheezed. The wheezing grew louder and louder, the bouncing more and more frantic as the disgusting organ twitched. Eventually the wheezing reached an unbearable volume until it changed altogether.
 The cacophony was back.
At this point, Guide's entire body was flailing and shaking as the noise grew louder and louder still. My head erupted with pain as Guide began to laugh. And laugh. And laugh.
The Iskoort city vanished. I was back in the garage. Guide's insane laughter had warped into my own horrified scream as the real world came back into focus. I faintly heard psycho-dog yapping from somewhere else in the house. I looked over at my dad. The accordion was back in its case where it couldn't hurt anyone. It was over. Oh my God, it was finally over. Fortunately, I think my dad was too entranced in his own brand of flailing, screeching insanity to have noticed my breakdown.
Despite all that I had just gone through and the fact that my dad's accordion playing had legitimately induced psychosis, I still couldn't bring myself to tell the brutal truth.
“Oh man, dad, that was great! Your best yet! You're really getting good.” His face lit up and I felt a slight twinge of guilt.
“Well then, I've got good news,” he began, “because the festival starts tomorrow morning. Oh man, I really can't wait to whip this bad boy out at the open mic session. It's going to be a real blast.”
Oh crap, the festival. I then remembered why I'd been in such a hurry to destroy the banjo and bagpipes in the first place. There was a big annual festival happening tomorrow and my dad had been utterly obsessed with performing at it ever since he had brought home the banjo. There was no way I could allow him to subject half the city to what I had just been through. He had to be stopped at all costs. Rachel especially would never let me live that down. Neither would Jake or Cassie, or anyone, really. Ax already thought normal music was awful so God only knows what he'd think of my dad's accordion playing.
Maybe he'd actually like it, I thought. It wasn't very comforting.
Dad definitely wouldn't be as careless with the accordion as he had been with the bagpipes. He'd go lock that thing up as soon as he left the garage. There would be no way I could get to it in time. I don't even think my gorilla morph would be able to crack that safe. I would have to somehow dispose of the accordion while he was in transit to the festival. I'm not sure he'd trust me to carry the thing for him before he went on (as if I'd even want to touch it), so I'd have to employ Nora's services. She hated his screeching, yodeling Gong Shows almost as much as I did, so I was sure she'd be happy to assist.
Feeling better, I encouraged him some more. “Yeah, that'll be great,” I said, putting on the happiest voice I could muster, “everyone will love that. It's going to be a real treat. Maybe you should put the accordion down for the rest of the day though to rest your chops.”
“Good idea. I want to be at my best for the performance. I'll go put this baby in the safe right now. I'd like to see a burglar get in there.”
I agreed and silently thanked all the gods I could think of that the day's horrors were finally over with.

Nora got home late. There wasn't much time left to plan so I decided to act immediately. She could wind down later. I recapped the day's events, leaving out the specific details of my hallucination. I proposed my plan to intercept dad and sneakily neutralize the accordion.
“Hmm, that doesn't leave us with very much time or very many opportunities. You know he's going to be watching that thing like a hawk. I'm not even sure he'll let me carry it. Especially not after the, uh, 'burglary' incident.”
So Nora knew I had been the one who destroyed the bagpipes. No surprise, really. It's not like it was a very convincing story. She was on my side though, so I knew she wasn't going to say anything. Besides, that would completely ruin any chance either of us had of snatching the accordion.
“Well, what's your idea then? It's not like we have any hope of cracking that bank vault he's got the thing locked up in. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if he's had tripwires installed or something.”
She paused for a little while. “Maybe we should just let him have his fun.” Okay, not going well. She continued: “He really wants to do this performance. Maybe he just needs to get it out of his system and he'll be done with the whole thing. Or maybe when he sees the city's reaction, he'll realize he's been making a fool of himself this entire time. If we destroy that accordion, you know he's just going to come back” like a ****roach “with something even worse and torture us with that. God only knows how much I'd like the man to give it a rest and if one last hurrah is what it takes, then so be it. Besides, I don't think the family budget can take another spontaneous instrument purchase.”
Well, crap. That wasn't how I envisioned this conversation going. I've known my dad a lot longer than Nora has and I knew that if we let him play at that festival, it would only motivate him further. How could she think unleashing him on the masses could possibly be a good idea? No. If this was to stop, we needed to make one final push. If she wouldn't help me, I was going to need to take things a step further.
I heard my dad calling from another room, “Hey, aren't you two going to let me into your secret club?”
I answered, “Nora's just helping me with some math homework, Dad. Hey, I think I'm going to head over to Jake's after I'm done. Is that cool?”
“That's fine. And you can call her 'mom', you know.”
Yeah, refusing to help me prevent this coming disaster wasn't getting her any closer to 'mom' status. She had been losing points steadily ever since she brought that stupid poodle into the house. I swear, sometimes that thing was almost as bad as these accursed instruments. Then there was the whole might-be-a-Controller thing. That wasn't really helping either. I could tell she had already made up her mind, so I acted like I agreed (hesitantly) and left the room.
I went into my own room and put on my morphing suit. I'd be going to the woods behind Cassie's barn tonight instead of Jake's house. I needed a word with Tobias and the Ax-man. Nora's “hawk” comment had given me an idea.
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