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Pocahontas gazed up in disbelief at the slobbering fangs of the creature who, until just a few moments ago, he had thought was his new friend.

"Why?" he asked, struggling to hold onto consciousness as the poison tea slowly began to take its effect. "Why would you do this to me? I've done you no wrong, Joozgapth."

Joozgapth, his glistening mandibles spread wide, began to draw ever closer. As Pocahontas finally slid off into a deep, dark sleep, the treacherous spider explained to him his thoughts on the nature of life:

I was born in a hollow tree
I had a thousand little brothers crawling next to me
We wasn't much of a family
And it's a cold hard world ain't nothing free

It was a fight each day just to stay alive
You gotta have no heart if you want to survive
So I killed my brothers and ate them as I cried

Now I'm all grown up
And I'm out on my own
I've lived nine hundred years
And I'm all alone

I'll suck out your blood
And crush your bones
I don't need anybody I'm
Joozgapthe the Spider

I ain't got no heart
I ain't got no soul
I've lived nine hundred years
And I'm in control

Life is hard
You've got to pay the toll
I don't love anybody I'm
Joozgapthe the Spider

Listen to me boy, as I sing my song
I'm gonna tell you just where you got me wrong
You know your first mistake was trusting me
They say that life is cheap but wisdom is free

I can't believe you thought I'd be your friend
Now it's too bad for you cause this is the end
You made an error that you can never mend

It's too bad
That it's too late
Now say your prayers
Cause you've sealed your fate

I'm having a blast
And I just can't wait
To suck out your organs I'm
Joozgapthe the Spider

You poor little boy
You're all alone
Your mother will wonder
Why you didn't come home

She'll cry and she'll fret
But she couldn't have known
That you'd run afoul of
Joozgapthe the Spider

And just when it seemed that all hope was lost, the spider's hypnotic funk powers were defeated by a stranger with a completely different view of how synthesizers should be used. The dreamy, trance-inducing, analog space music washed over Pocahontas, and gradually his head began to clear.

Groggily, he opened his eyes, and saw that it was now night time in the forest, and that he was being carried by a man he did not recognize.

"Who are you?" he asked. "And why did you save me?"

"Don't you recognize me?" said his mysterious benefactor. "We've known each other for years. I'm your oldest friend, Skip Brisbee."

Pocahontas, his mind still a bit muddled from his encounter with the spider, furrowed his brow in confusion.

"My mother said you weren't real." he said.

"No, I'm quite real, I assure you." said Skip. "She just never noticed me standing there. You see, I always try to stand a little to the left of where people are looking. That way they don't see me."

"Oh." said Pocahontas.

"Now try to get some sleep." said Skip. "We've got a long journey ahead of us."

And with that, Pocahontas drifted back into the world of dreams and darkness.


from The Road to Hana: Act I: Life is Cheap, released February 11, 2010



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