Excited Delirium

Stories about Excited Delirium, the Shock Economy and a little fiction here and there.

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Excited Delirium Chapter 67: Aftershocks: China Scene of Devastation

Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 67 of the my online book “Excited Delirium”. Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index.

It was late in the evening, Beijing time, when the first murmurs of life started to show in what was once a great city.

Before the Olympics were set to start in August, the estimated population was 17 million, but that official number barely accounted for the 2-4 million people that inhabited the hutong, or mazes of alleyways, that surrounded the city.  That number was, thankfully, depleted significantly due a government edict that “encouraged” people to leave for holidays and to rent properties to incoming tourists and sports enthusiasts.  That, and the actual brutal program of shoving a vast majority of unwanted people out of the city so that it would be clean and presentable for the onslaught of the visitors.

These guesses and figures are important, because to this day, there is still a significant amount of disagreement concerning the number of people that were killed in the Great ’08 and most now acknowledge that we will never know how many people paid with their lives for the ambitions of a select few in North America.

Final official statements were that more than two million either died or were classified as missing (and never found) during and after the Quake.  The majority of these people were unsuspecting tourists.

In the past, China had kept the door shut on any interference from international bodies when disaster struck, be it natural or man-made, and in the hours and days that followed, the response was no different, but for reasons that many would not have expected.

The largest government in the world resides in Beijing where the President of the People’s Republic of China (PROC) chairs the National People’s Congress, a party that consists of nearly 3,000 elected seats.  These elected officials are supported by tens of thousands of bureaucrats.  Few survived the Great ’08 as few were prepared for the fierceness of this seemingly natural attack on their nation.  They were preparing to show the world how great China was and they paid with their lives as others sought to bring about a cataclysmic shock.

The original plan for Garamond, Hadlock and a long line of others that wanted China wiped from the map was to marginalize its government.  Without an official government, China would wander and fail to respond to desperate pleas from the international community as people arrived at their doors with open hands and buckets of cash.

Most officials of China were now crushed under a tomb of angry steel fingers that squeezed the life out of them when the “Bird’s Nest” – the official Olympic Ceremonies Stadium built specifically for the Olympics – collapsed after the 9.8 Richter scale earthquake and smaller, yet still significant, ripples shocked through the city.  The building was crushed as easily as a collection of toy cars get thrown when a child shakes out a small rug.

A headless state, regardless of where it’s located, results in two things:  the loss of a lot of blood and the appearance of heroes who try to squelch the pandemonium.

If there was sufficient leadership and guidance, particularly with the intent of digging into the rubble and pulling out a satisfactory status quo, the crisis in China would not have drawn as much attention as it did.

Problems would have been solved, people might have been saved and countless millions might still be with us.  Or so we in the West were lead to believe as out politicians descended on the state and began seeking ways to interject private companies and public charities on the will of the Chinese.

By Monday morning, reps from all of the divisions of the OMNINet, along with many other companies, sat in emergency boats and container ships in the Bay of Bo Hai, which is the closest body of water near Beijing.  They sat in media rooms and press galleries around the world, waiting to press the ‘enter’ button that would flood the market with stories about how evil the Chinese Empire is and how it needs to be changed.  They sat in the offices of Congressmen, EU officials and in Asian foreign affairs departments, patiently waiting for the command to proceed with plans.

All the eager personnel needed to begin their commercial and mission-like invasion of the unsuspecting and living inhabitants was the nod from OMNINet management.

For those people who were there, none will ever forget the events that transpired within just 72 hours of the worst disaster in modern history.

[Author’s Note: I conceived of this plot component in 2006 and wrote most of these chapters into the story of ‘Excited Delirium’ during the course of 2007. I was stunned like the rest of the world when a tragic earthquake struck the province of Sichuan on May 12, 2008. Please believe me that I do not want to ‘profit’ from the suffering that the hundreds of thousands in this quake experienced. I remind all readers that this is a work of fiction and that my goals are to speak to the symbolic reference that’s used in the numerology along with the viewpoint of one fictional cult concerning the fate of the Chinese.]

(Note: “Excited Delirium” is a work of fiction. Any person, place or thing depicted in this work of fiction is also a work of fiction. Any relation of these subjects or characters to real locations, people or things are an unintentional coincidence.)

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Excited Delirium: Chapter Index

Chapter 1 Prelude

Chapter 1: Kite Intro

Chapter 2: An OMNINet Employee

Chapter 3: They Call Me Mr. Kite

Chapter 4: Greyrock (Protect the Oil)

Chapter 5: Introduction to Griffith Garamond

Chapter 6: Kite Resignation Letter

Chapter 7: The OMNINet: From Good Intentions …

Chapter 8: Kite Meets an Employment Counselor

Chapter 9: The Garamond Guy

Chapter 10: Made In China

Chapter 11: Introducing the MOMYS

Chapter 12: Diversify Greyrock

Chapter 13: China – Actions in the Strait of Hormuz

Chapter 14: Kite’s Love Life

Chapter 15: INC Story – The Univists

Chapter 16: Mr. Kite – Between Assignments

Chapter 17: Greyrock, Part II

Chapter 18: MOMYS II

Chapter 19: The Death of Garamond’s Wife

Chapter 20: Kite’s New Gig

Chapter 21: MOMYS III

Chapter 22: Greyrock III

Chapter 23: China Sells Weapons to Taliban

Chapter 24: Kite: Introducing Chaos & Hummus

Chapter 25: MOMYS IV

Chapter 26: OMNINet Home Care

Chapter 27: China News (Poison Found in Kids Clothing

Chapter 28: Kite Thoughts on Religion

Chapter 29: MOMYS V – More Context

Chapter 30: MOMYS VI – Heather’s Going

Chapter 31: Kite & Eddie Meet Again

Chapter 31: Kite & Eddie Meet Again, Part II

Chapter 33: China News (SCO Grows Stronger)

Chapter 34: Kite’s Team Regroups

Chapter 35: Kite Meets Pigeon

Chapter 36: OMNINet (Greyrock IV)

Chapter 37: Heather’s Gone

Chapter 38: FAB (Female and Barren)

Chapter 39: OMNINet (Efforts with the FCC)

Chapter 40: Kite Listens In

Chapter 41: Garamond and his marvelous house

Chapter 42: Greyrock (Afghan Mission)

Chapter 43: OMNINet TRI-X IPO

Chapter 44: China News – The Dragon is Buying

Chapter 45: Kite Infiltrates the OMNINet

Chapter 46: OMNINet’s Big Meeting

Chapter 47: Kite Infiltrates the OMNINet, Part II

Chapter 48: OMNINet (Big Meeting, Big Plans)

Chapter 49: Kite Reports Back

Chapter 50: Kite’s Recording of Garamond

Chapter 51: Kite Enlists Eddie

Chapter 52: Eddie Works out the Pieces

Chapter 53: Greyrock – Bringin’ it Home

Chapter 54: Eddie Works out the Pieces, II

Chapter 55: Greyrock – Bringin’ it Home, II

Chapter 56: Eddie Confronts Kite

Chapter 57: Eddie Gets Info Too Late

Chapter 58: Garamond Meets with Daniels

Chapter 59: Diana’s Next Steps

Chapter 60: Eddie Brings Files Back to Kite

Chapter 61: Garamond on 888

Chapter 62: 888 Tremors

Chapter 63: Sasha Pigeon’s Funeral

Chapter 63: Sasha Pigeon’s Funeral

Chapter 64: The Great 08 Quake

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 61 (Garamond on 888)

Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 61 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index

August 7, 2008

“If I’m guilty of one sin, it’s my love of Arithmomancy,” Garamond exclaimed to Hadlock as he swirled a glass of 18 year-old Lagavulin scotch. They were on their way from the airport to the OMNINet building and were driving over the 59th Street Bridge. The two were reclining in the back of their custom-made Mercedes limousine, stocked with booze, entertainment, and leather seats.

“Whatever you say, sir,” Hadlock whispered sarcastically under his breath. Before Garamond could ask what he had said, Simon spoke up, “I’m not sure I know what you mean.”

“Some say that Arithmomancy, or numerology to most other people, is akin to witchcraft, but I think God was a great fan of numbers and math because they are everywhere.”

“Do you mean ‘is’?” Hadlock suggested.

“Of course. Of course,” Garamond said, mildly acknowledging his mistake.

“Speaking of numbers, we should discuss the allocation of our deposits with the Central Banks of Indonesia and Morocco. They are quite anxious to make sure that they have taken care of all of our requirements, given that we’ve transferred the economic equivalent of about half of the world’s GDP.”

“All in good time, Simon,” Garamond interrupted. “Allow me a few moments of peace before we talk about our wealth. Allow me this moment to do my monologue, if you don’t mind.” Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 60 (Eddie Brings Files Back to Kite)

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August 7, 2008

Eddie flew from the OMNINet building as quickly as he could, knowing that it was just a matter of time before someone realized what he had done. He thought for a moment about the welfare of Forest Samson, but the thought lasted about as long as an urbanite waits when a light turns green. Despite his rush, he didn’t want to look too far out of sorts, because it was still early afternoon. Most people don’t rush out of the OMNINet buildings until late in the day. Very late.

He turned towards the hotel where Kite was staying and where he had told him to go to when he was finished his ‘mission’.

Strangely, he would have never known this before now, but the last 20 minutes were probably the most insane and invigorating minutes of his life, as sad as that might sound. He now understood one of the reasons why Kite did what he did. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 59 (Diana’s Next Steps)

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What started as a simple vendetta against one of the world’s largest corporations had materialized into a great, vast disaster for Diana. She had no idea that people like Garamond were capable of this kind of hatred and viciousness, but the evidence was clearly and carefully laid out before her.

She spent most of her life trying to find weaknesses in the OMNINet and for once in her life, she felt like she had the upper hand.

Kite had done his job well. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 56 (Eddie Confronts Kite)

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As a regular, practical and protective measure, Kite kept the makers of cell phones well employed because every call that he made was from a new phone. He’d buy them hot on the market and buy them at 10 or 20 at a time, activate them using different plans and then toss them out as soon as he used them. It was tedious, costly and an administrative nightmare, but it insured that no-one would ever be able to trace a second call because he never made one.

After seeing Kite’s – or Carl Parkfield’s – name and picture on anything that was related to Sasha’s death, Eddie wanted to have a little chat with his long lost friend from university. However, after reviewing all of the security documents, and collecting any contact info he could find, none of lead him to Carl. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 57 (Eddie Gets Info Too Late)

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Edward Manchester comes from a long line of Manchesters that have had a hand in influencing the economic and political direction of America and Canada since the early days of both countries. His family has a history of having a hand in all kinds of popular activities, like rum-running to the Chicago area, funding both sides of the army during the US civil war, arming resistance movements in socialist or communist Latin America and printing the one and only newspaper in several Canadian towns, leading to a very controlled and myopic view of certain issues. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 55 (Greyrock – Bringing it Home, II)

Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 55 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index

“You’ll be in charge of a very special unit,” one stuffy looking old man said to him from across the hall.

It was still light out and the meeting that Len Daniels was invited to had assumed a formal feel very quickly. All of the chit chat and murmuring stopped quickly when a single person came to the door and clapped a very old and dusty looking book. Daniels tried to see what it was, but there were too many people around him to get a good look. He also knew that all of his actions were being closely monitored. If he looked like he was trying too hard or showed any sign of doing something out of turn, the group would become silent and he’d ruin his initiation, which is what he suspected this was. Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 54 (Eddie Works Out the Pieces, II)

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When Eddie returned to his desk, the file on Sasha had already arrived and was sitting in a closed package, a hermetically sealed history of his once youthful and attentive lover. It struck him that this was all that would remain of an exuberant and flamboyant person who could have done so much with himself had Eddie not ruined his life.

He cut open the seal and pulled out the cream-coloured folder. The only markings on it were a security number and a plain white label that read “Pigeon, Sasha.” Continue reading

Excited Delirium Book: Chapter 53 (Greyrock – Bringing it Home)

Author’s Note: The following is Chapter 53 of the my online book "Excited Delirium". Please post comments. Please tell your friends about this story. If you’ve missed a chapter, please click here for Chapter 1 (Prelude) or here for the full index

August 5, 2008

In Washington, a surprisingly large number of senior government officials have been working on a strict privatization plan for decades. Over the past 50 years, key players have been passionate about the need to integrate the private sector with government spending. 9/11 and the Iraq war became major jumping points for putting these plans into action.

The Tri-X IPO was the most recent shining example of the level of influence that this new economy held over the rest of America. Companies that produced more bodies than revenue were being heralded as the future of the United States and they were being rewarded for it. Everyone wanted to be a part of these ‘rising stars’, from pension managers right down to Joe-six-pack who saw this kind of investment as a great way to ‘support the troops’. Continue reading