After liberating the kangaroo flagon Lucas and Josh are making their way down the main road in their 4wd ute toward the rendezvous point with Anya Angel on the old bridge spanning the Contention River when Josh whose resting the kangaroo flagon on his lap pipes up and says, this kangaroo flagon must be pretty special.
I wouldn't have a clue why, we'll just have to wait and see, replies Lucas.
Yeah i suppose so.
A few minutes later they approach the bridge, spot Anya leaning up against the bridge railing under the second dim street light halfway across. Lucas pulls up beside Anya and they both decamp, amble over to her.
Glad to see you fellas made it in one piece, says Anya.
So what's the big deal with this kangaroo flagon?, asks Josh handing it over to Anya who tucks it safely under her arm.
All will be revealed in due course.
Reaching inside her dirty white fur coat Anya removes another large brown envelope and hands it over to Josh.
As promised your final payment of $25.000 and a note which explains the big deal as you put it, but now take a couple of steps back and sheild your eyes.
Anya opens her mouth and emits a bright, blinding beam of white light that engulfs her entire body shedding her tattered clothing transforming Anya into a slender, luminous, shimmering white angel with broad wings and with a beat of those broad wings Anya streaks off into the gloomy sky toward heaven.
Stone the crows did ya see that?, says an astonished Josh.
Are we dreaming or what?, replies Lucas.
I'll open the envelope check the money then read the note. Josh opens the envelope thumbs through the money, satisfied its all accounted for, he pulls out the note, walks over to the dim street light and starts reading.
What does it say? asks Lucas.
It says: Many centuries ago a nasty 'n' mean old wizard who lived in the Mt Contention caves vanished without a trace, imprisioned the souls of a billion red kangaroos, sealing up the spout with wax preventing them from reaching heaven and casting a magical spell so no mortal being could smash it open to release the billion red kangaroo souls.
Crikey!, that's why i couldn't smash it open.
Wait there is more.
As i am an angel i couldn't liberate the kangaroo flagon myself because the wizard also conjured up evil spirits to protect the cave and they would have detected my presence, stopping me one way or another. So to avoid the evil spirits i had to employ mortal beings to liberate the kangaroo flagon, then i could deliver it to heaven which will break the magical spell.
Meanwhile Anya has reached the Pearly Gates of Heaven, zooms through, past the gatekeeper knocking him fair and square on his bottom and he bellows, you're a ratbag Anya, but one of the good ones.
Anya parks herself on the nearest cloud, gently places the kangaroo flagon on the cloud in front of her where it begins to vibrate and crumbles into tiny shards, releasing the billion of red kangaroo souls which light up the gloomy sky like bursting fireworks on Guy Fawkes night.
Lucas looks up and says well i'll be, it worked, now all the red kangaroo souls can roam free in heaven for all eternity.
Amen to that cobber, ya know we've witnessed something very special tonight that we'll never forget until our dying day, says Josh with salty tears of joy cascading down his cheeks. The End.
(c) 2012 Windsmoke.