Unable to speak a word, a man wearing a worn out T-shirt with the image of Yoda giving any random passerby the 'finger', drank from a half gallon of orange juice. His impulses had gotten the best of him and the deranged mage went too far, again."La, la, la. Who is that? There you go. Oh who is going to get up, today?" A woman cooed and cajoled a toddler from behind the park bench that the mage slouched in. His head throbbed in a shattered realm of stasis.Charlotte was back. He knew it would be even harder, possibly impossible, to get rid of her this time. She walked around the bench with her professional camera wrapped around her neck. Supposedly, she was a great photographer - mostly portraits. The toddler was speaking in garbled high pitched noises.Pulling the camera up to her face, she pointed it over the mage's shoulder and clicked a few shots. "That's right. La, la, la. Oooh, you are so strong. Look at you. That is right."Too focused on a painted bench, twelve feet away, The mage was distracted. She invaded his concentration. Her voice was syrupy and sunk into his entire being - haunting him with a melodic sound of estrogen and condescension. It was meant for the child, but in his condition, it cut into him like a psychopath singing love songs to their captured prey.Charlotte smiled at him, "Hi, nice day isn't it." The sweetness in her voice revolted and excited him. He started to keep track of the trees behind her that hissed with green tongues and spiraled with pine tree branches stabbing into the sun. He held vigilant and tried to remain calm. The mage said nothing. Charlotte tormented him; she knew that he was unable to speak and he was hers for the taking."The quite type, huh?" Charlotte licked her blue painted lips. "I like that," moving closer, Charlotte whispered, "I like that, a lot." Her bottom lip rubbed against the outline of the mage's left ear. The wet feel of her mouth made him shiver. The sun shined like a floppy gooey jellyfish, an egg yolk that had been perforated by a fork - bleeding sun trails of light, watered with primary colored pigments."Look at you, who wants to speak? Who wants to use his words?" Charlotte pulled the camera up and snapped a few more shots over the mage's head. "That's right. La, la, la," She ran back to the toddler. "You are so strong, and look at you - you can do it all by yourself."The mage's movements were stunted in his mind, like a low level shutter speed. He would look to the left, wrapping his fingers around each other in tight knots, to the point of almost breaking them. His left leg stretched out, defiant, as if it had a mind of its own. It wasn't until his left foot flinched out and to the right, that his focus slammed into another direction: the painted park bench twelve feet away from him. The artist had painted a 'Día de Muertos' mural on it. The fountain, behind the bench, accommodated three separate spouts of city water shooting up into the air - proud and unfaltering with motion; the light of the afternoon fell into the background as the bench thudded with deep resonant sounds of dominance. The images on the bench were dancing. Cheek to cheek, skull to skull, the skeletons held each other close, with passion, with fervor, their skinless smiles clacking with exotic ecstasy. Colorful, like their yellow, orange, and viridian costumes, their love for each other festered - frozen in time and worn down with the use of the public park bench. The mural images changed their moods and glowered at the mage: shaming him for his non-existence.The mage surrendered, I love you too.Yes, we know you do, the mural thought back to him. The mage laughed and then went dumb, shocked that he made a noise. It seemed like years had passed since he heard his own voice.In a lurid instant, the next f stop shutter speed shunted the mage into a new physical position and focal point. Two overweight girls, with bright patterned baseball caps inspected the mage as he sat alone on the bench. His hair was bedraggled and shown a common brown while his jeans were clean,but baggy and distressed. He sported a ragged moustache, full and booming, like something you would see on a highway patrolman, if it was the 1970's, or if the patrolman still lived in the 1970's, in his own mind. His cheap prescription glasses flashed, greasily, at the girls, showing faded blue eyes - friendly, yet awkward.One of the girls looked to the other and made a rude 'Phhht' noise with her lips, conveying disbelief. She said, "Psych. Psych." and walked off, ignoring the mage trapped inside his own miasma of reality.In static violence, the mage propped both of his hand behind his neck and stared up into the air; his focus was on the town square clock. Only minutes had passed, but he was already sorry for what he had done. He wished she would leave, but he knew Charlotte was not going anywhere.Her hands touched his from behind. They were cool, so soothing, so demanding. Charlotte reached further. Racing her pale hands across and down the front of his neck, she draped them around Yoda's image. "You know, I used to be a witch."Yes I know, he had heard it before."Wicca." Charlotte rubbed his chest in sweeping sensual patterns, "It is a very peaceful, harmonious and balanced way of life. It promotes oneness with the divine and all which exists."The mage's hands broke from the back of his head and slammed down on the seat of the bench, palms open and fingers stretched out. Pretty. He could not stop thinking of this word when he thought of her. He didn't have to look at her to know what she was to him.She was everything. Everything, everything, everything, it echoed in his thoughts. Her kindness resonated into him, drowning his senses with safety, with comfort.His thoughts changed and his head shifted focus, again, as his fingers re-locked around each other in contorted formations. The poison is strong. Wow, so strong.Charlotte let go of him, snapped a few more pictures of the toddler, as the clock tower swept a few more minutes away into the day. She walked in front of the mage, blocking the view of the fountain gurgling absurdities to him, "How do you feel, Samuel?" Samuel looked up at her: a face - smooth- round dark eyes, lacking pupils, little lines of powdery light blue accentuating them from the bottom of her eye lids. She blinked.Samuel spoke, "I feel insane.""Of course you do." Charlotte planted Samuel with a soft full kiss.It had been so long, too long, since he tasted Charlotte's wet kiss, a signature, a renewal of a dark contract, a bond of destruction, so he could begin, again.The farther he fell, the longer she stayed and he loved her for it.Pretty. So, pretty. Never stay and always betray - endlessly.Charlotte pulled away and said, "Come, Samuel. Get up and look at what you have wrought with your abusive magic."The madness of her and his awakening, again, distorted the city park into flames - a visual atrocity. The toddler sat before him on an indigo blanket,crackling with electric stars and swirling with persimmon colored comets. The pudgy child had the skin color of a milked down tangerine; eyes an amber brown, projecting forgiveness and untold fortune. Two eyebrows flowed into high pointed semi-circular landmarks; they were the only common features that Samuel found recognizable on him. A red tattoo of a red trident, lacking a handle, mantled the child's forehead; he lacked a nose, but furbished a thick and luxurious trunk-like snout. The toddler gooed in an unintelligible language, as his trunk reached out and encapsulated it's favorite rattle. He vibrated with a unnatural glow of health. Using two of his four arms, the toddler pushed himself up into a standing position and trumpeted a loud song of deafening joy.Charlotte mounted and caressed Samuel in a wrestler's embrace. "There he is, my sweet. You have killed Monday and we will be with you for a very long time."A willing fool,Samuel nodded, feeling his powers surging, mending, growing stronger from the pain of rupturing them.Samuel knew that he fractured this world to a point of no return. He would have to finish what he started - for the love of everyone, for the love of all.He remembered when he first met Charlotte, as an afterthought, attached to a casual friend; they were heading their way out of the theater and back to the commune. His child-of-hippies friend, Gabrielle, introduced her to him. She was calm and Samuel looked her directly in the eye, as he did with everyone. It hit, without doubt, that she was not a 'Mundane'. Samuel, soaking up her energy from those dark eyes, said, "Yes, Gabrielle, I can tell that she knows her worth." Charlotte looked back, observant, sizing him up. Her look was deviant, covetous, yet light and unassuming; she was not asleep.Gabrielle chuckled and agreed. He was used to such odd behaviors, and considered the strange response to be Samuel just being 'Samuel'.The town was small, but he soon found Charlotte, everywhere. She collected friends like purchasing bags of cheap candy and ran in social circles, similar to Samuel's circle of friends. Without thinking about it, intuitive, Samuel knew, as he entered a shop, turned a corner, or entered a class room, when Charlotte would materialize.Samuel thought he got away with it, but the stars in the sky were always watching. He was sloppy and many of the 'Mundanes' saw him bend the school's oak tree into unnatural formations with his mind. Later that night, he created an additional taboo spell and set the monstrosity on fire, purging it from existence. Those two flagrant hexes on reality locked him to her. Unknown to himself, Samuel was a marked man, Charlotte found her query; he reeked of obscene magic. Walking down a country road, late at night, walking back from the downtown area and back to the commune, Samuel remembered the bizarre bleeding of headlights behind him on a random night. The stars glared down and spoke to him. They whispered and mocked him by tutoring him with his own personal thoughts and theories."Yes I know. I know that already. Please do shut up."The sparkling sentinels refused to stop babbling in his ears. They prophesied doom, loss, and love. That is when a boat of an old beat-up luxury car pulled passed him and parked to the side of the road.Great. Here we go.Samuel's intuition was ringing. Shelly, a class mate, was waving at him and calling his name, but he already knew who was driving the car. The two girls semi-kidnapped him and took him on a ridiculous ride of misadventures, including: chasing chickens in a barn that blared red light bulbs as porch lights, snuck up on a cow that had a huge window in the side of its stomach where you could see hay being digested in one of its guts, followed by dumpster diving behind a brand name grocery store; Shelly new the exact hour they dumped all the fresh left over doughnuts from the bakery. They drove Samuel home. She, now, knew where he lived.Weeks of coincidences piled up and nature ran its course. In each others arms, they would wax poetic on how they have always known each other. Rambling nonsense, Samuel would proclaim to Charlotte things like when he was eight and she was four, they would fight over who got to sit in the 'Dog' chair.They were spies, interlopers, looking in through the 'out' door at a humanity consumed by its numbness. Their bond enhanced everything, distracting Samuel from his mystical practices, confusing him further from paths unexplored. The world was licking its minor wounds as the 'Mundanes' grew bored of being ‘aware’ and fell back to sleep.The further Samuel grew comfortable in her box of love, lost, anesthetized, and smothered in happiness, the less she respected him. Soon, Charlotte's gaze began to find faults; they were faults that were always there. Charlotte re-discovered them out of convenience to initiate the next step. Where, once, Samuel was a flawless gem, he was now a scourge of annoyance. They fought, they cursed, and they abandoned each other. Love's victims embraced each other's demise and spread their pain into others, as it was intended, forever unresolved.Charlotte was no accident, she was a debt collector for those who don't abide and respect the delicate threads that keep everyone in this world from spiraling out control - unraveling into incalculable series of chaotic oblivion. The cycle of this world was not complete and further such interruptions would snag the progress of the future, at least, according to the 'Weavers': her boss.Samuel never met these absentee landlords, but he suspected they were the ones hiding behind stars and ridiculing him with useless information about a future that could never be. What did the Weavers care about Earth, all of sudden? Why does Charlotte reappear when he gets closer to understanding things via his own impulses. Worlds are shattered and reformed as often as filthy dollar bills change hands within a given decade. String theory, M theory, mathematics, monotheism, entropy, magnetism, gravity, emotions, desires, tyrannies of the mind, insecurities of the deteriorating flesh, and a myriad vault containing the endless war of lies that keeps everything spinning, What do these Weavers want? What was the passive aggressive end game, if any?The moment was all Samuel cared about. All things had value and died forgotten deaths, over and over, again. Even his memories, a great ocean that he had a knack to contain, were flawed. He knew each time he reminisced about anything, it stank with the taint of deception, curling the corners of what occurred. His own prejudices and subjective sense of recall bastardized the truth of each moment, flushing it down the drains of yesterdays. The world was a thirsty Judas kiss and he was part of the pandemic, lost and contributing to the onslaught.That was when Samuel learned there was a price for everything. It took him a decade to disengage from his love for her. It only took tearing the variable ‘Monday’ apart from the time continuum of Earth to bring her back. As a punishment and redemption, balance had to be met and all accounts had to be paid in full. Charlotte laughed at him, hearing his thoughts. "It will be an eternity before you are rid of me, lover."Remembering how much he enjoyed her company, Samuel smirked and said, "So, how do we work our way to Tuesday?"