Half-realized Dreams, Dragons, And The Cord…

A lone bellman wheels his wobbly, off-kilter cart down an empty hallway that appears to stretch on forever. All around him, ghosts swirl and hover. They are echoes; the last vestiges of guests vanished and gone.

He pays them no heed. Why should he? After all, he made peace with these specters long ago.

He has traveled this path a million times before- at least – but he is lost in the winding maze of his own consciousness.

“There is so much to do,” he reflects as his cart bounces over the worn green, stainedย  carpet, “and so little time in which to accomplish it all.”

And indeed there was. A book lay unfinished, its life hanging in limbo, waiting to be shared with a world that may or may not even care. Tales of travelers, some odd, some harmless. some truly terrifying, were percolating in his mind, bubbling at the edges, screaming to be released. An unfinished home waited to be completed. There were books to be read. No, scratch that, there wereย  books to be absorbed.

But those tasks will have to wait. His progeny needs guidance if she is going to slay the first real dragon she will face in her lifetime. To be clear, there are five Dragons she will face – assuming she passes the first test, that is.

And so the day-to-day operations that occupy his existence will be put on hold, gladly. After all, some things are worth the sacrifice.

In the meantime, his small legion of merry followers will have each other to relate to – five questions at a time. And there will always be The Cord to turn to…

And turn to…

And turn to…

I’ll say this: In a world of false idols and prophets, Becca Cord never disappoints.

And so this is where the tale… halts. This is not an ending, by any means, but merely a deviation from the norm. Although, to be clear, words like “normal” have no place in the lone bellman’s world.

But he wouldn’t have it any other way.

See you in the lobby, kids… eventually.

About The Hook

Husband. Father. Bellman. Author of The Bellman Chronicles. Reader of comic books and observer and chronicler of the human condition. And to my wife's eternal dismay, a mere mortal and non-vampire. I'm often told I look like your uncle, cousin, etc. If I wore a hat, I'd hang it on a hat rack in my home in Niagara Falls, Canada. You can call me The Hook, everyone else does.
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48 Responses to Half-realized Dreams, Dragons, And The Cord…

  1. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Best of luck with the dragon slaying. I am sure the progeny is well prepared for the challenge given the support of those behind her, no matter what the battle.

    You know I’ll be here whenever you surface. I’ll definitely meet you in the lobby; I heard it has cool new furniture ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nadia says:

    Until then, Hook. You will be missed.

  3. The Cutter says:

    Slay the dragon!

  4. TJLubrano says:

    You know I will always wish you lots of luck with all you want to do and have to do. I’m definitely awaiting your return and the book that needs to be finished and well all the other fun things you will share with us! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. We’ll all be here when you return! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Hook says:

      In the meantime, enjoy the 5x5s. We have some very cool, diverse guests coming up.
      And if anyone knows Wil Wheaton, could you sing my praises? He’s the fish I can’t seem to hook!
      Yeah, I went there. Shut up.

  6. Best of luck to your daughter! I hope she is successful in all battles to come! And for her dad “the knight in shining armor” as her “protector”! Happy Sunday~ ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Awe, we were just getting to know each other! But good luck with it all and see you soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. dentaleggs says:

    Do your thing. Wishing you wonderful, creative flow.

  9. lidipiri says:

    FIVE dragons to slay? As numerous as they seem all my faith is in that you both will be a team hard to beat. You will indeed be missed. Your writing is so very readable! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • The Hook says:

      Thank you for the boost, old friend!
      I need to translate my writing style to a speaking style that I can train my daughter to emulate. She needs to relax and focus. Easier said than done, right?

  10. bardictale says:

    Good luck! Those dragons need to be taken care of.

  11. imAndre says:

    Aww man I will definitely miss your posts! Best wishes, and see you at the lobby.

  12. unfetteredbs says:

    Be well. In a world of idols and fallacies … Thanks for keeping it real.

  13. Your posts will be missed dearly. In the meantime, be well and slay those dragons! All the best for everything and we’ll see you soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. susielindau says:

    Wow Hook! So sad to hear you will be leaving. I hope all is well. I’ll be here 5x5in. It’s on my list and my week is freed up. Good luck with your book!

  15. List of X says:

    Ohhh…. I feel bad for these dragons already…

  16. I’m gonna miss you….

  17. Aussa Lorens says:

    Several things:
    I am rather selfish and because of this I DO NOT want to see you go, even if you’re planning to eventually return to us. NO NO NO.
    But I understand that there are other things going on… I just feel like a lot of people are disappearing lately.
    At the same time… I love a good dragon slaying…
    Best of luck to you, and your daughter! I do hope we see you back soon, very soon!

    • The Hook says:

      I’ll be around – here and there – over the next month or so, Aussa.
      Besides, you’re busy reigning over your won kingdom of loyal followers.

  18. stephrogers says:

    My thoughts are with you and your dragon slaying efforts. May your sword be swift and true. I will miss you while you are away. I will be here waiting to read your many adventures when you get back.

  19. Family first…. We’ll be here when you return.

  20. Slay them dragons and return!

  21. MissFourEyes says:

    Those dragons have no idea what’s coming for them.
    We’ll be here to hear all about your adventures when you get back. Lots of luck to you both!

  22. I love Becca Cord, she’s so good at making me laugh!!! Also, if you get a chance to meet Wil Wheaton will you say “Hi” for me? I dig his wisdom! XOXO! Hope you’re staying warm and I miss you! Good luck slaying those dragons, I’ll be thinking of you.

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