And Now, An Important Word…

The Holy Ground Highlander Forum Midweek Challenge

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MWC: AND NOW, AN IMPORTANT WORD

Posted by Leah CWPack on Monday, 31 July 2000, at 12:00 p.m.

I know it's early, but what the heck. I'm antsy about waiting for the MOVIE.

This week's challenge, should you choose to participate:

Do a public service announcement starring either:

1) The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

2) Kalas

3) Hugh Fitzcairn

4) Xavier St. Cloud

5) The Kurgan

Heh heh heh. Script or prose format is fine. Good luck!

MWC - Fitz Caring

Posted by lynnann - a heart that's true, a mind that's mush on Tuesday, 1 August 2000, at 10:37 p.m.

I don’t write K’immies very well (except maybe for K’Elmo), so that left Fitz to do my Public Service Announcement.

Date: between Chivalry and Timeless.

FITZ CARING

“MacLeod! I have something I think you might want to see.” Methos strolled into the loft above the dojo, waving a videotape in one hand, and placing two plastic sacks he carried in the other on the counter top.

Duncan MacLeod placed a bookmark in the thick volume he was reading, and rose from his chair, and wandered into the kitchen area. “You brought me beer?”

“I am NOT a professional mooch, I just play one on TV.” Methos grinned, and proceeded to restock the refrigerator, removing two cold ones in the process. “I was watching the Hysterical Channel again last night,” he tossed one of the beers to MacLeod, “and you wouldn’t believe what they said about the Celts…”

“This isn’t going to be another one of your rants, is it?”

“No, forget about the Celts, this is pure entertainment!” He picked up the video and walked to the entertainment center. “Where’s your remote?”

MacLeod followed the old immortal, and took the videotape from him. “Sit,” he said. “What is this? Your home movies from the History channel.”

“Very funny. Just put it in, and sit down. I think I found the remote,” he pulled it out from its hiding place between two cushions of the sofa. When the Highlander was settled back into his chair, Methos pointed the remote. “Comfy?”

“Just play the tape, Methos.”

“First things first,” he opened the beer, and waited for MacLeod to do the same. “Cheers!” he said, waving the beer and pushing the play button on the remote. MacLeod raised the beer briefly in acknowledgement and put it to his lips.

SPEW! The beer the Scot had sipped went everywhere except down the inside of his throat. His eyes were fixed on the screen before him. “Fitz? What the hell was he thinking?” MacLeod looked at Methos, who was grinning wider than MacLeod could ever remember before. The place would smell like a distillery for a week!

“What a waste of perfectly good beer! But pure entertainment, like I said.”

MacLeod returned his attention to the screen. Fitz was sitting in a leather wing chair, surrounded by bookshelves filled with books, just waiting. He was staring away from the camera, but then he looked directly into the lens.

“Hello, boy and girls. I am here, surrounded by thousands of my friends. Yes, these books are my friends because they take me on great adventures. Reading isn’t just school work, reading is fun, reading is history, reading is romance, and reading is adventure.” He said the last word with a flourish. “The best thing is that the stories are free. You can check them out at your local library.”

MacLeod leaned back in the chair and stared at the ceiling. "Just wait, it gets better,” Methos warned.

“If you are having a hard time learning to read, please find someone to help you. Being able to read opens up whole new worlds for you. I have a friend who didn’t learn to read until he was over fifty years old, and now he speaks at least a dozen languages fluently, and is very handy with computers. I don’t know how I would get by without him.”

MacLeod groaned. If Fitz had not already been dead… “Even I learned to read later in life, and I am very happy to say I have my very own library card, and I use it often. You can get one too. The library: where books are free. Unless you forget to take them back then the fees pile up…”

“Cut! Cut! What the hell was that?” a voice said off camera.

“Truth in advertising?” Fitzcairn said innocently. “Is that a problem?” Methos raised the remote and stopped the tape.

“You call that entertaining?”

“Well, I was hoping for beer out the nose, but yeah, it was entertaining. I’ll have to work on the timing when I show this to Dawson and the Boy Wonder. Do you want to be there?”

“This is serious! We have to worry about damage control! Someone might recognize him.”

“No, we don’t. It was never aired. Fitzcairn’s watcher stole the tape and all copies. I found this in the archives in Paris last year, right after we met. Smuggling it out of the archives was another matter.”

The Highlander’s relief was plain on his face. Then he grew thoughtful. “Damn, but I miss him.”

“We all do, Laddie, we all do.”

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Thanks for reading

lynnann -- }*o*{

MWC: "Crimestoppers"

Posted by Ghost Cat--Northlander (no, I didn't forget!) on Friday, 4 August 2000, at 3:04 p.m.

"Crimestoppers"

The following crime has been unsolved for the last 3,000 years. The Donan Wood Foundation has provided a reward for any information leading to the apprehension of the suspects. All tips are anonymous and confidential.

The incident occurred in a small nomadic village. The suspects disabled an alarm system; their intention was, apparently, robbery. When a local explained there were no valuables, the group became enraged.

Reports vary at this point: some claim there were no survivors, others say that a young woman was kidnapped. The suspects got away with various personal possessions and may have performed indignities on the bodies.

Suspect #1 is described as follows-

Caucasian male, black hair, brown eyes, with a prominent nose. Last seen on a white horse, wearing blue face paint. Suspect may answer to the alias "Methos".

Suspect #2 is described as follows-

Caucasian male, black hair, brown eyes, vertical scar across right eye. Last seen on a dark horse, wearing scale armor, with black tribal markings on his face-- possibly tattooing. Suspect may answer to the alias "Chronos" and is believed to be the leader.

Suspect #3 is described as follows-

Caucasian male, short brown hair, partially shaved skull; dark beard. Last seen on a dark horse, wearing black leather armor, black markings on right side of face only. Suspect may answer to the alias "Caspian" and is known to be mentally unstable.

Suspect #4 is described as follows-

Caucasian male, short blonde hair, partially shaved skull, heavy build. Last seen on a dark horse, wearing scale armor with black markings around eyes and in forehead area. Suspect prefers axe over sword; may answer to the alias "Silas".

All suspects are considered extremely dangerous; do not confront them. If you have any information, please call 1-800-WATCHER, that's 1-800-928-2437.

Thank you for your co-operation.

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Northlanders will be able to appreciate this, but I'll explain it for everyone else. "Crimestoppers" is set up by the RCMP and local police. It's a very low-budget television and radio campaign; just short "spots", about the length of a commercial, usually during the evening news. Picture America's Most Wanted on zero budget, and you've got it about right.

Clan Northlander HQ

Is it too late for a MWC?

Posted by Junebug on Friday, 4 August 2000, at 9:26 p.m.

Is it too late to submit a MWC? This is my first attempt, so, sorry for mistakes in form...

Junebug

----------------------------- From the Files of things we will never see on TV, even late night....

Pub. Serv. Spot. #666

(Scene opens on big white farm house in the middle of a green field. Camera moves in close to show a group of bored looking youngsters lounging on the front porch. Kronos walks into the scene.)

Kronos: What do you do when you have quite a bit of time to kill?

(there is a cacophony of conversation from the kids on the porch including "weird," cool makeup," "geez, I'll bet that tattoo hurt," " who the heck is this guy?" etc. Kronos turns to them an gives them his best End of Time smirk....there is instant silence.)

Kronos: Um, ah...A lot of young ones are discovering the fun and challenge of membership in the 4-H Club, where there is something for everyone! For example, (he points to the field in front of the house and the cameral follows) There is a chance to develop killer horsemanship skills.

(Methos rides into the picture, leans from his saddle, grabs a rolled Oriental rug and slings it over his saddle. As he rides out of the picture we hear him saying "Yessssss, I'm DEATH on horseback!")

Kronos: Or you may want to work on sports and participate in competitions.....

(the camera pans to Caspian who ties a spear head to a shaft and then hurls it at someone who looks suspiciously like Stick Boy. Stick Boy responds with a karate kick that sends the spear into the lake, and then runs up to give a high five to one of the kids on the porch.)

Kronos:.....where you will learn the value of sportsmanship.....

(the camera is on Caspian, again, who is snarling and breaking the shafts of the remaining spears and throwing the spear heads into the lake. The camera shakes a bit, and there is an extreme close-up of Kronos as he has grabbed the camera.)

Kronos: You may want to study animals, learning how to care for the 4 legged creatures that inhabit our world......

(Silas is now on camera, cuddling a tiger cub. He holds the tiger up to his face and waves the tiger's paw at the camera.)

Kronos: Remember, if you have the time, we have the club, 4-H Club....and now the females may bring in the fruit cooled in the river, and the drinks.....

(the director is yelling "no, cut, cut," and the scene fades to black.)

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