"Tragic Events - Part II" Videos
Are you crying, Evelyn?
No... Well, yes.
I was just thinking about Sandy.
And about Bimba and Kimba.
I miss them, Evelyn.
I miss them too.
Especially this time of year, Evelyn.
The year is 1991,
Terminator 2 is the highest-grossing film at the Box Office,
the first Super Nintendo Entertainment System has just been released,
and after 70 years of Communist rule
the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics has collapsed.
And on a chicken ranch just outside of Claxton, Georgia,
twin sisters are waiting for their supper.
The farm is old and operated by Alfred McClock,
an eccentric man with a fascination with Civil War weaponry.
McClock's chicken farms produces over 140, 000 chickens a year
and ships wings, thighs and legs all over the continental United States.
Despite the modest success of his business,
McClock leads a solitary life,
never marrying and tending several of the chicken houses himself.
A simple man with a not entirely bad heart.
McClock never knew how to best take care of the young girls who came into his life shortly after their birth,
so he raised them the only way he knew how -
in a two foot by two foot wire-mesh cage,
on a diet of mash, crumbles, pellets and egg booster.
One clear September day,
during the twins sixth year at the farm,
McClock does not come at meal time.
Night falls and still he doesn't appear.
The girls and the chickens cry out from hunger.
Days pass, and the chickens in neighboring cages begin to die.
The smell of rotting poultry permeates the air of the hot, humid barn.
desperate to find food and concerned over the whereabouts of their guardian,
the twins break free from their cage.
McClock's house is locked tight,
but the girls find the garden hose, which quenches their thirst.
Still half delirious with hunger,
they make their way out to the road.
Little time passes before a dusty black Cadillac Coupe DeVille drives by and pulls over.
A tall, mustachioed man with a kindly face steps out of the vehicle.
He smiles at the girls
and presents them with the first candy they have ever tasted - a Twix bar,
which they share in silent, odd delight.
The girls do not feel at all uncomfortable when the man leads them gently into the dark, spacious trunk.
In the following days the girls are transferred into the trunks of several other cars (Hello)
by many other kindly, (Hello) candybar-offering men (Hello)
until they reach their final destination at a lakeside lodge in Manitoba.
The underwood lodge is a collection of cozy, waterfront cabins with an attached trailer park along the shores of lake Winnipeg.
It is also the world headquarters of Budding Flowers Entertainment,
specializing in the production and distribution of photographs and VHS tapes for clientele with unique tastes.
The girls are welcomed by Mrs. Deborah Bulgar, the fifty-two-year-old podiatrist, (?)
(Well, hello, girls!)
a woman of enormous proportions,
who lives with her own three children in the main lodge of the underwood.
Upon finding that the girls have no names she christens them Eva and Lynn,
names which neither she nor the twins themselves are ever able to keep straight.
The twins' days at the underwood are relatively comfortable,
they are well cared for,
the food is delicious,
and there are many other girls their age.
Once a week, photo sessions take place,
convivial affairs that involve make-up,
a wide variety of dress up costumes
and inventive new games.
Every few days Mrs. Bulgar introduces the girls to one of their many uncles.
(Eva, Lynn, say hello to your uncle, Mark.)
seemingly endless in number,
travel from all over the world to visit their nieces.
The girls don't always like their new uncles,
but Mrs. Bulgar is always quick to remind them
that 'family is family' and 'blood is thicker than water'.
The conjoined sisters are not popular amongst the other girls,
however, one gentle resident, a few years their senior, befriends them and takes them under her wing.
(Hello, what's your name?)
Her name is Sandy.
She has soft blonde hair that reaches down to her knees.
Everyone says she looks like a mermaid.
Dressed daily by Mrs. Bulgar in trademark fishnet stockings and vintage attire,
Sandy is by far the most popular girl of the underwood.
She has so many uncles
that the twins lose count.
Every night after dinner and chores,
Sandy tucks the young sisters into bed and tells them fantastic stories
until they fall peacefully to sleep.
(And after three long weeks at sea, John Luke (?) the sailor finally spotted land.)
But these happy times do not last.
Shortly after the twins' third Christmas under Mrs. Bulgar's care,
never to return.
The twins remain in the underwood for the greater part of two long, miserable years.
Without Sandy to protect them,
they are ostracized and abused by the other girls.
(What are YOU looking at, four-eyes?)
The photo sessions involve fewer fancy costumes,
and over time their uncles become more peculiar.
(Did I ask you to talk?!)
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