Charlie Quilt

Charlie Quilt and his Adventure
By Robert Johnson

He was stuck in the spot, frozen. All he wanted to do was run and sulk, yet his body forbade him to run, only to ask questions.
“How do they know?” He, Charlie Quilt, asked his mom.
“Well, the government said they have known for quite a long time that the star was going to explode but didn’t want to tell anyone.” His mom, Lorraine, told him.
“Why didn’t they just come out and tell us? They now have a whole world to tell about the star.”
“Well, they didn’t want people to start going mad and acting on their perverse desire, without having to worry about their consequences.” His mom replied to Charlie.
“It’s much better than this.” Charlie said under his voice.
“What did you say?” his mom asked.
“Nothing,” he replied.
His mom then looked up from painting her nails a fierce shade of roco red, and asked, “Have you heard they say the star is so big, it’s going to create a black hole?”
“Are you sure?” he asked his mom.
“No! I’m serious! They are saying the whole world will be blown into the hole.” His mom explained to him.
“Man, I hope that won’t happen,” he told his mother, “I’d never get to ask out Grace Bennett.” He told his mom sadly.
“Yeah son, have you talked to her recently?”
“No mom,” he replied. “Well, I’m going to go to bed now. Goodnight.”
“Goodnight son, sleep well.” his mom replied.
As Charlie lay in his bed, he imagined him and Grace on their first date. They were sitting in an Italian restaurant, he looked handsome, and she was beautiful. He and she had just ordered themselves a plate of spaghetti. And all was perfect. Then he saw the star explode, he fell onto the ground and spilled his spaghetti on himself, and Grace faded away with the screaming crowd, and with her, her voice yelled out something that Charlie couldn’t understand, but it sounded like a panic type of noise, so he was afraid. It was a world of chaos to him, people everywhere screaming, and his love was swept away with the wind. Then all of a sudden he is in a world of nothingness. He saw a distant light, and walked towards it. He had faced the hole, and won; found a way out of the hole. Charlie Quilt had done something that no scholars in the highest college of Charlie’s day could ever figure. Charlie ended up in a room of many doors, from the common sitting room to the advanced brain surgeon room. But there was one room that caught Charlie’s eye quickly, the door on it stated:
Charlie was fascinated by this door, so he decided to pass through the gloomy entrance.
As Charlie walked through the ghostly new land, he spotted many new and interesting things. First, he saw things that said; GRAVESTONE. He saw these and asked the air, “What are gravestones?”
“WHO DARE ENTER THE LAND OF WHO ONCE WAS?” a gloomy voice Charlie heard in the distance rose on and on.
“Charlie Q-Q-Quilt sir.” he replied.
“WHO DARE ENTER THE LAND OF WHO ONCE WAS?” the voice yelled once more.
“Me, Charlie Quilt.” he told the voice again.
“WHO DARE ENTER THE LAND OF WHO ONCE WAS?” the voice yelled again.
“I already told you, I’m Charlie Quilt.”
“WHO DARE ENTER THE LAND OF WHO ONCE WAS?” the voice yelled once more.
“Forget it.” Charlie said out loud. “I wonder what’s in this interesting world-“
“WHO DARE ENTER THE LAND OF WHO ONCE WAS?” the voice yelled once more.
“Now that is just getting annoying!” Charlie yelled.
“THANK YOU FOR ENTERING THE LAND OF WHO ONCE WAS.” the voice yelled for the last time.
And with that, the voice left, never spoke again, and most of all, never bothered Charlie again, not once the whole rest of his time as he resided in the land of who once was.
Charlie was fascinated by the land of who once was, all throughout it was “tombstones” from people who appeared to be dead. The coolest part of the whole room was that there were people there millions of years before Charlie was born, and there were people there from millions of years after Charlie was born. Then a name on a stone caught his eye. He walked up to the stone, and started reading it.
One Great Soul, met her love, and then was separated from him.
As he read the last line on the stone, he wondered, why he didn’t recognize that that was what she said. “I love you Charlie Quilt.” He was excited, to be able to go and tell her how he felt, then he remembered he ha- At that second another stone came to his attention. It read:
Charlie Quilt
As he saw this he was stricken, he didn’t know how it was possible for him to die, but to be living at the same time.
“One man can’t do it all.” Charlie thought that line was completely faulty. How could he let some quote from a man that he didn’t know let him down? He decided it was up to him to stop this horrible ending, although he had to do some research.
Charlie had enough of the land of who once was. As he walked out, he spotted another door, a far more intriguing one. It stated on its mantle:
Enter At Your Own Expense
Charlie, being a very curious boy, decided to enter the gloomy door. Inside he found rows and rows of old, new, and futuristic books. He had never seen so many books in his entire life. So, of course, Charlie decided to go and explore the vast quantity of books. He explored books titled The Red Badge of Courage, Harry Potter, Tarzan, The Night Before Christmas, The Littlest Angel, and Hotel For Dogs. He also saw authors with the names like Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling, Lois Duncan, and Christopher Paolini. But one book caught his eye quickly. The title said Black Holes. He picked it up and looked into it; he saw many things on black holes, but there was one fact-or fictional paragraph-that stated the way to stop a black hole from obliterating your world. Charlie ripped this page out of the book, set the book on the table in front of him, and went on his way.
He saw huge books that were in a section called encyclopedias and he saw books smaller than the width of his fingernail in a section called kids. But the area that popped out to him the most was called Research. Sitting in long rows, he saw small rectangular boxes that beeped at different times. He walked up to one, and sat down in the chair sitting before it. This one started beeping rapidly as he set his hands onto the different signs on small cubes, so he walked away from this one. He walked to the one opposite of the one that beeped at him earlier and sat in its chair. This one didn’t’ beep like its brother.
Charlie examined the area around it and there was a sticky note that said:
Username: land
Password: doors
Charlie soon learned that he could write onto the large “monitor” as it said on it. He typed in land at the top and ***** on the bottom and then the computer started coming alive. It beeped once, and started humming. Charlie was fascinated by the machine. There was a pad of thin paper that moved an arrow on the screen of the object. He moved the arrow around, and pressed the start button on the screen. He saw something that looked like he could type words on, so he clicked it. A large window popped up that said on it:
Charlie had a place to type onto, so he started typing out a list onto the monitor.
Charlie learned the letters on the board ahead of him would end up spelling out words, good thing he ended up dying in the 7th grade-he has a very large vocabulary now. The computer excited him; he had never seen anything like it in his life, only heard of them in the government. His plan was as follows: (time’s new roman)
1: Find out how to get back to my world
2: Get back to my world
3: Find out what I’m typing on
4: Understand what I’m typing
5: Get a turkey sandwich
6: Eat it
7: Get another sandwich
8: Eat that one
9: Stop the star from exploding.
Even though he had no clue what he was doing, he thought it sounded awesome.. He stopped to think every so often, but then continued on his mission. Soon he decided he had what he needed, so he left the room of much thought. He decided he needed to go into a room of inventions, so he looked for it. High and low, but he had trouble finding it, and then he finally found an ant sized door that said room of inventions on it. There was a riddle on the door. It stated:
How many times can you subtract the number five from twenty-five?
Charlie ruminated over the question for about 4 seconds and ended up saying, “Five times.” he said proudly out loud.
“No, try again.” the door replied.
This time Charlie pondered the question thoroughly and ended up saying, “Once, because after you subtract five from twenty-five, you can’t subtract it anymore from twenty-five!” Charlie yelled it out this time even more proud with his answer.
“You are correct; you may now enter the door.”
And with that, Charlie entered the smelly door.

As Charlie walked into the room, he felt an air of significance, as if he was supposed to be there. As he walked deeper into the massive room, he saw a device much like that of the rectangular box he wrote into earlier. This one beeped more rapidly than the one before, he decided to check this one out. As he walked closer and closer to it, he noticed it getting bigger and bigger and ended up much bigger than the one before, this one was about 3 hands high, and 5 long. He turned on the loud beeping computer, a new word he learned in the past rooms, and started typing his plan.
After he repeated typing his plan from the previous room, he added a few more steps, which all included him in the room of inventions. When he finished his typing, a new word he learned in the library, he re-read it and decided it was perfect. He decided to go and do some more research. He found a book, and it was titled: The Land of Many Doors. Charlie picked this book up and started reading it. What he learned surprised him completely. He read that all who come to this land, never leave; but may have contact with those outside on their home world.
“Wow, I can’t go down and be with Grace, or Larry, or my mom!” he said out loud sadly. “But wait, I can contact them… but how?” he asked.

“Hmmmm, you’re completely right floor!” he said to it, and patted it a few times. Then he ran out and looked for the door for contacting.
After a couple of paces, he found it, and he walked inside.
Door for Contacting
Chapter VI
As Charlie walked through to door, he was somewhat disappointed. There was only a small rectangular prism, but it was much different than the thing he typed on earlier. It flipped open, so he walked up to it, and flipped it open. And there on the bottom were the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. And a button called HOME. He decided to press the year 1515 in and then pressed the HOME button.
“Ringgggg Ringggggg” the device went.
Finally after about 4 rings a voice picked up, and it was his moms!
“H-Hello?” his mom asked.
“MOM! Is it really you?” Charlie asked.
“Charlie? I thought you were at Larry’s house.”
“No, mom this is me in the future.” he told her.
“The what? Honey, what are you talking about?” she said hurriedly. “Honey, are you okay? Do I need to come pick you up?”
“Mom, just listen to me okay?” he told her.
“Okay.” she replied.
“Okay mom, is it the year 1515 there?” he asked.
“Uhm, yeah it is, why?” she said worriedly.
“Okay mom, a large star is going to explode this year. So big it’s going to become a black hol-” he told her.
“WHAT!?! Are you sure you’re okay?” she asked him.
“Yes mom! I’m fine!” he told her.
“Okay, keep going.” she said.
“Okay, mom listen, there is one way, its not foolproof, but it’s supposed to work, to stop the star from obliterating the planet.” he told her.
“Honey, are you sure of this?” she questioned him.
“Yes mom, hold on let me get the paper with the way to stop the hole.” he said.
“Honey, I’m really sure you must be going crazy…”
“Mom I’m sure that I’m not going crazy!” he assured her.
“Okay here it is.” he told her.
“A sure way to rid your self of a time hole is to rub yourself with dirt, throw pizza sauce onto yourself and repeat the incantation on the next side of the paper, 24 hours before the star explodes. Mom did you get all that?” he asked her.
“Yeah dirt and pizza sauce I got it. But how are we supposed to know what incantations to pronounce, and when to say them.” she asked.
“Well, I’ll be right back with the words, and the date was the 45th of the 2nd season. Hold on mom okay?”
“Okay honey.” she replied.
Charlie ran out of the room, with the prism in his hand, thinking he could use it outside of the room, and he was correct. He ran to the Library and retrieved the book, now on the row of wood, and went to the page that the ripped paper was from.
“Okay, mom?” he said into the device.
“Yes?” she replied.
“Your going to have to say:
I want more dirt and pizza sauce please!
Okay mom?”
“Okay son.” she said and with that he set the device down and went back to the room of much inventions, sat down in the same area where he read the book The Land of Many Doors, and asked the floor, “Where can I view my home world?”
“Thank you sir!” he replied.
And with that, he swept away to the Door for Viewing. After a few paces to his right, he was at it. It was a huge telescope. Charlie sat on the seat for the telescope, and peered out to the star, it had blown, but his world hadn’t been sucked into the time hole. He had done it, He had saved his world from destruction!
“If only Grace was here…” he said sadly. And just like that, his whole world’s population, although a bit smelly, arrived into the area where he resided. He was now a true hero.
He spotted Grace, and ran towards her, she ran back, but tumbled along the way.
As they approached each other, they both said the same thing at the same time.
“I love you.”
And with that, they ran into one another’s arms, and kissed, not any typical kiss, but a very joyful happy kiss.

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