Well, here we go. The final chapter. I'm sure I'll be coming out with something new soon, so keep an eye out on that. Oh, and if anyone wants to watch Wonderfalls this week it's on Thursday night after Tru Calling. I highly recommend Wonderfalls; it's a great show. Last week they had an existentialist monologue on cheese. The week before that a Single White Female and the first week they had an emergency tracheotomy with a pen. It was quite amusing.

Chapter Ten: What is Normal?

Jaye slowly opened her eyes after waking up to see the walls of her bedroom in her trailer. A smile passed over her face as she realized that the Muses had actually allowed her to sleep through the night. Then she scowled as she realized that the sound that had awoken her was a tapping sound on her trailer door.

"Who is it?" she called out as she slowly climbed out of her bed. She still couldn't believe they said she could bring her car and trailer with her.

"We came to say good morning on your first day at the Pit!" Todd called happily through the door.

"We brought you breakfast!" Fred continued.

Jaye rolled her eyes and opened the door. "Come on in."

"Wow!" Adam said in awe as the teens entered the trailer. "It looks like Jeannie's bottle!"

"But not as big," Jaye replied.

"Don't worry about the breakfast," Carly said. "They didn't cook it so you won't get food poisoning like I did. They can't cook."

"We can too!" Todd said with a pout.

"No, you really can't. Wish you could, but you can't."

"Hey! No fighting in the trailer!" the adult teacher said. "All fights are to be taken outside and far away from my little space."

"We're not going to fight," Althea assured her. "You know how some people just aren't themselves until they've had their morning coffee? We aren't ourselves unless at least two of us have a morning argument. Here's your coffee."

"Are you sure you guys haven't done anything to this?"

"On our lives, we haven't done anything to the food or coffee," they chorused as the majority of them picked up the rest of the coffee cups.

"Why aren't you drinking any?" Jaye asked Carly suspiciously as she took a drink of the dark liquid. "Hmm, strong but not bad."

"I'm not a coffee person," the feral replied. "For me, it's much more potent."

"That makes sense…" she trailed off as she noticed a few of the guys' eyes getting all weird. "What's happening to them?"

"Oh, I think they got into B.A.'s special coffee," Carly groaned.


"I think I know now why you wanted me to take this job," Jaye said as she looked at the items she had on her new desk. "You wanted to drive me insane. And these people on caffeine high is the surest, fastest way to drive a person insane.

"I mean, how am I going to teach anything to some kids who aren't entirely back down on earth yet?"

"Very creatively," Roadblock said as he and a couple other Joes herded the kids into the classroom. "We have the utmost of faith in you. If there's an emergency, hit the red button on the desk. Good luck."

"Thanks," Jaye replied in a weak voice. "Well, let's get started now, shall we?" She looked around at the frenetic kids. "Okay, are we going to have to go through this every day? Is this normal?"

"What is normal?" Carly replied. "On this base, there is no normal. Everything's just weird. But no, they don't get into B.A.'s coffee every day. Generally only once a month, though, apparently, there are times when they do get into more often. But those are usually days when it's very cold."

"Hey everybody! Let's sing 'The Monkey Song!'" Adam called out.

"Oh no!" Jaye groaned, tears coming to her eyes. "Not again!"

"Who's got a monkey? I've got one! Monkeys are a lot of fun!" Adam began singing with the first verse.

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!" the others—including the smoosh-faced lion, monkey statue, and lizard—all sang in chorus.

"Who's got a monkey? I've got two! One for me, and one for you!" Pietro continued.

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!" again with the refrain.

Then it was Fred's turn for a solo. "Who's got a monkey? I've got three! Drag them down off the tree!"

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!"

Jaye couldn't believe what she was seeing. Nine mutant teens singing and dancing around, a few of them more than just a little animated.

"Who's got a monkey? I've got four! Bash their heads into the floor!"

"Apparently Xi has also had a few Chips Ahoy!" Carly snickered before she chimed in on the chorus.

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!"

"Who's got a monkey? I've got five! Four are dead…but one's alive!" Todd sang.

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!"

"Who's got a monkey? I've got six! Mark their graves with little sticks," Althea continued.

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!"

Carly took her turn next. "Who's got a monkey? I've got seven! All good monkeys go to heaven."

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!"

"Who's got a monkey? I've got eight! WHO ARE YOU TO QUESTION FATE?" Lance sang for his turn.

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!" they all sang. "Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!"

"Who's got a monkey? I've got nine! I'm feeling good…I'm feeling fine…" Wanda continued.

"Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey!"

"If you can't fight 'em, join 'em," Jaye grumbled to herself. "Who's got a monkey? I've got ten! Don't make me sing this song again."

"Yep, she definitely fits in here," Psyche-Out said with a happy smile as he and Shipwreck checked up on the class.

"One more time!" Shipwreck called out as he began the song over again.