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Short Story: Betty & The Baron
Betty & The Baron
By George Koehler
Betty had purchased the book, Mind Power - Making Your Dreams Reality by Doctor Jeremiah Fetus from the peddler on his way through town last week. The Doctor asserted that a person could concentrate the power of the mind to activate cosmic "eitherons" in the universe thereby changing one's destiny. Betty was busy concentrating on channeling "eitherons" to create her new destiny when her mother came flying around the corner of the farmhouse.
"Betty you better get those clothes moving against that washboard right this minute or your five brothers won't have a thing to wear tomorrow."
Betty directed her gaze to her mother. "Mother this is 1924. It is the modern time. Women don't have to serve men any longer."
Mother shocked at such newfangled ideas said, "Betty, you need to get your head out of the clouds and get your feet back on the ground, you're 18 years old and with an attitude like that you will never trap a man."
"Trap a man from this little town? I want an exciting man of adventure, who will transport me to thrilling times in far away places."
"An adventure man? Do you expect somebody like that to just fall out of the sky?" Mother said, shaking her head and throwing her hands into the air as she hurried back into the house. Betty grabbed her book and headed out to her secret place in the pasture over the hill. Soon Betty was concentrating with all her might on her wish when suddenly she heard a motor. As she looked around an amazing looking aeroplane blasted over her head. It had three wings and was all painted in red. It circled, then came in to land.
"I am the Red Baron. Manfred von Richthofen, at your service," the young, good looking, man said, bowing. "At least that is the character I play. My family go from town to town putting on a flying circus using these World War planes. I saw you here in the field, and for some odd reason felt compelled to land and say hello."
"Pa," Mother yelled into the farmhouse. "You better git out here and see this."
Pa came to the front door and could not believe his eyes. He'd been a Doughboy in the Great War and he reckoned he knew a German plane when he saw it landing in his front yard. "We're being invaded by Germans," he yelled, running into the house.
The Baron got down and helped Betty from the machine.
"You see Mother I had my head in the clouds, just like you said. In addition this man, The Baron, an adventure man fell out of the sky just like you said would not happen. I've come to get my duds, he's taking me away."
The Baron bowed. Just then Pa came to the door. He had on his World War uniform, and was holding a pitchfork. "Surrender to the 6th Marine Devil Dogs," he yelled at the Baron.
Well, The Baron, never did surrender that day but flew off into the clouds with Betty to start a long happy life with her. She learned to fly and flew as high as her dreams that day she left town. Which goes to show, if you have a dream and concentrate on it hard enough. Well then, even Barons can fall from the sky and lift you soaring into the clouds.
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