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Promisetown Tales
Michael Walker
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All characters depicted in Promisetown Tales are the property of Michael Walker.
These characters and events are fictional and any resemblance to persons living, dead,
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Introduction

In 91, the Collywobbles purchased and began rebuilding Boonieville -- complete with a quarry and mill -- practically brick by brick. Their last contribution to urban living was an imperial three-story hotel. The town, which was renamed Collywobble in their honor, was destined to become the final stop of the Lust, York and Owyhee railroads. It began its decline one cold winter night in '17 when a fire destroyed the Collywobble Arms Hotel. During the spring of '21, the Hope family, the last in town, packed their belongings onto the last train for the Owyhee Township Theirs was the last sprig of great expectation for the town. For many years after, the only thing that remained was a large cement power plant building, the mine dump behind it, and the aural memories of gulls chasing fishing fleets.

In '37, an early-morning backpacking Art Finery turned the bend of the Crittlecraw Creek and eyed the abandoned town for the first time. He knew then that this is what he had been seeking during his lifetime. The town a she-wolf had promised him in a dream had just been delivered unto him. He saw a day when that power plant could become dwelling places for artists, outcasts, and rogues. The sight of a rainbow over the aquamarine ocean dispelled any doubts he had.

This will become, he thought to himself, a place where creative souls can work together on their crafts. Painting, music, pottery, literature -- it did not matter what the source or outcome of their creative work, this place would become the promised place he'd always dreamed about. A land where time would flow uninterrupted with the bounty of ideas. Its very seclusion would provide succor of the Muse for all.

And other disrespected classes, he reasoned, could eventually dwell here too. Lawyers, even, and realtors, and eventually unemployed architects.

Finery was not wrong in his dream. Over the next twenty years, Promisetown became the home of such artistry as Julio Pffeiffer, Barbara Tushmann, Aaron Crapland, Edwina Arlingtown Ro'daughter, and Studdis Drudgery. Local writers achieved world-class notoriety through their receipts of the Pulitzer, Pomegranate, and Rome Prizes, as well as the National and Philistine Poppcock awards. Others became Guggenheim, Fulbright, Chippendale, and MacArthur Fellows (and gals).

From a brochure printed by the Promisetown Trade Union, '98
(Winter, Summer, Fall, or Spring Promisetown Has Everything!)

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