This is a scene (at least a part) in The French Salute) While Jackson is a secret observer, standing next to a girl about his age, she seems to be speaking to him: But. with no facial expression & her lips are not moving.

Girl (lips not moving & eyes staring but not focused on Jackson)

Let’s talk in private. Please, think only. Don’t look at me. I’ll think back.

Jackson (Thinking)

Righto! Where to?

Girl

Follow me, not too closely. I’ll sit at that restaurant over there. Sit alone and order at a nearby table. I’ll smile, come to me and ask to join my table. I nod & we’ll move our lips and jaw casually.

They leave together & go through the exercise. Sitting together at the Parisian sidewalk restaurant.

Jackson (Still thinking)

Who are you? How can we converse so?

Girl (no visible response)

I am an Esperanto Santo. But, call me “Chatte Noire”. I’m sitting over here, concentrating on some waste food, that’s me. I’ll follow you home, silently, unnoticed by anybody.

Tangle with that bitch. I don’t need her any more, unless you do? If you need to talk with me, roundabout, through her right brain.

(Chatting with “Girl”, Without being reported to GA3.) When Jackson arrived at his hotel, Chatte Noire [CN] was waiting near the entrance, just trotting along & entering his room with him.)

CN (Thinking, not speaking)

I’m “la agent secrete” on your case, back to now, from 2014ad & found you in the 1790s. I am also “The Cat who Travels at Night” [T2CN]. I’ll trace your biopic (life story), especially your “lifestyle” & report back to G’aven d’Amaury III [GA3], my editor.

Jackson

Can you tell me about the future, what my life causes to happen? How will it turn out?

CN

The rule is, only some Alters, like GA3, passes back-in-time “Key Data” (by me, to you) which might make better what happens in GA3’s future, mostly about (the still near) future of general Universe, mainly More Intelligent Life Forms [MILF].

Jackson

Why do you include so many Large Letters?


CN

It’s a writer’s quirk, speeds up writing, reading & thinking about Key Issues/Data [KID]. Speeding up is important for MILF. Like you have been decided (& likely) to be [B2DLT]

Jackson

I got the Idea [IGTI]. What’s tha “/”?

CN

Short for “or” [I2GT]. Enough already [I2GTEA].

BTW: Are you gonna impregnate Josephine, so Napoleon thinks he has a son, & to pass his eventual Emperorship to?

Jackson

I’ve never even thought about risking fathering outrageous Napoleonic Emperors, or risk fathering females to marry other Emperors other than there are sufficiently I2GTEA.

CN

You catch on quick. We don’t need to chatter a lot. Whada you plan to do about French Terrorism & Nappy vs Sole Male Rulers vs &/or [//] their bandits//+ Conumism?

Jackson

Now you lost me. I got the drift of Terror’s-ville & Nappy “Emperorissimo of France) but never Conmunism. My mom’s cat, “Truffle Toes” in London, kinda jollied me to read about “French Tom Cat’s Sword-Play [FTCSP]. I never before thought seriously about that.

CN

Sorry! Trouble with mistranslation between the centuries. Give a day or two, let things settle down between us. Next time we meet in public, just don’t let your lips quiver‘n wiggle, Jackson. Adieu, for nonce. Don’t bring any mice in breast pockets, doggie on a leash, or a bone for me.

Jackson

Bye… Long-tailed, short-eared, black, bunny-butts…ville. [LTSEB3…v]

[Jackson musing, several days later. Near the same French restaurant, with Girl, sitting at the same sidewalk table.]

Jackson

Alo! Commont allez-vous?

Girl

Je-suis tres bien. Mais, vous preferez parler AnglaiJackson

Pourquoi, pour moi.

 

 

Girl

Pas toi Neither you nor I are cats & we’ll have the same boss, the same editor, speaking the same language. N’est pas?

Jackson

So we are co-literate. Shall we be co-letterate as well?

Girl

Not likely. Only the oldest time vernaculars have similar first letters, mostly leading to misinterpretations, uber alles.

Jackson

Bon! Tres bien, Commont vous appellez” Mois appellez “Jackson Kinkaid” [JK].

Girl

My name is “Gia E de Norman” [GEDN]. I was supposed to be called “Tatania” after a fairy Queen, but everybody born & named in my family’s vernacular given names started with “G”, so my mum chose “Giana” and I shortened it to “Gia”. Can I call you “Jacy-ton?”

Jackson

I was named & adopted as “Jackson” I’ll call you “Gia”. I’ll answer to every version of “Jac” except “Jack’s-Y-Bub”

Gia

You are Uppsie-Daisy while you stand up so straight or Bumpsie-Dumpsie, if you act, falling downstairs dodging epee’s thrusts.

Jackson

Chatte Noire called you “B-I-T-C-H”. As hiza tom-cat, why doesn’t CN call you “Pussy” as hiz favorite-female-friend?

Gia

BTW: CN actually is (originally) a common female cat (now promoted to a two or three times higher rank) so she is also a complimentary “pussy cat”, and not a “bitch”. Just to keep us apart, I am a still higher ranking… general-short-tailed “bitch” [GSTB].

Jackson

So,... I was selected ‘n field-promoted… to be and do… what? Defeat Nappy, support the Royal Navy, survive FTCSWP?

Gia

What my step-mother (Shirltiti) wrote about, & my dad (GE) thinks about: Are my main clues, about who and what you really are. And, what & why I might have been selected to join a Critical Team, with you and CN [GJC2T], which GE & Shirltiti chose (as characters of this book) [G2SJC2T].

 

I definitely know you definitely are a character. You may know more about whether you are THE main character, and also an Alter of (your father “Jack Kincaid”, mother “Beth”) //Napoleon //Duke of Wellington //an actor acting out a Shakespearian role//a long-range-critical-team, MILF-on-Earth: Maybe, a key-role-player, in solving the puzzle of how to “get the hell out of Dodge” in time to avoid eternal extinction on Earth I, forever & ever. In all the Universes selfishly or intelligently created, our Universe, in first place, 13.7 billion years ago.

I (& hopefully you) chose to Play it the way you see it, feel it, enjoy life as long & as well as we ever lived.

Is there any mystery more interesting, more fascinating and more important to so many intelligent life forms in any actual or conceivably//conceivable universe(s)?

Jackson

I’ve tried to think a lot. Starting with all the competing claims of truth, the meaning life, trickeries to acquire & enjoy wealth, power & fame, but we do not revel in or reveal any absolute answers. You only want me to join the effort of solving the most critical question? Whether & how to sustain intelligent life?

Gia

A better summary than mine, but what’s the Critical Team’s Critical Issue in your expression?    


 

Jackson

Where the hell IS Dodge? And, why is it so important “to get the hell out of …IT”.

Gia

AFTER your time, Dodge City was a “Cow-Town” of southeast Kansas State. Town Marshall, Matt Dillon, was the TV actor-hero-star protecting innocent town residents from low-down cattle drivers from Texas to Chicago & local criminal organizers. Consistent, constant TV episodes eventually lost TV watcher’s interest becoming clear that the only way to solve (& end the challenges of) the story was “to get the hell out of Dodge”. For GE, Goggling the scope & drama, “getting 200 million the hell out of Earth I” was just as simple, assuredly successful & exciting: As a story, side issues… and colonization of Milky Way Galaxy.

Jackson

The history of my time, losing a colony, in a war, was a bigger, more difficult solution & very relevant to enmity between France & England. Dad “Jack” lost, on Geo Third’s side & only won vs France. A Critical Issue available to me is now human slavery. This Criminal Organization stirs my blood.

Gia

Your blood attracts & you might manipulate joiners, but that war was mostly, merely over sixty or seventy years later. You might save lives & fight delays in improvement of slave’s lives. My suggestion is to choose carefully, where to risk your time & soul: Likely to change results for the most, the best… But,,, will it last.

And finally, the leverage, not the near future but surely your change in the degree of success of your-ultimate-goal.

Jackson

I agree, but how can I decide, Where, how much and who to do it to? Should I kill or cure, a man, Napoleon’s mother, a ship, a gun maker, armor plate, a town or a country… or write a book, sell a drug, teach religion, or mathematical formulae?

Gia

Exactly. First, you are only one original, or one Alter. It will take many. Most are insufficient//insignificant. But, the aggregate of the few, best MILF, will tilt the direction and build up to the ultimate sum. Each choice, that you really care & do about, others you influence, encourage & collaborate with: Adds, multiplies & extrapolates… up to the Universal future.

Jackson

Is here a feed…back, to we/us MILF? How are we doin’?  

 

Gia

Certainly. MILF also reads, writes and does arithmetic. But there is no single goal, and measure of comparison of successes, but some general measures. Average lifespans, of typical lifestyles, nations, states, towns, might make pleasant readings. Extrapolation of causes of early deaths, such as malaria, polio, TB & many forms of cancer, some have to do with other life forms causing diseases.

Jackson

CN let slip there is an improvement in communication, throughout the Universe. Is that true?

Gia

Reasonably expected, but dependable feedback from your future to you, you can depend on to write about… is risky. Some care, to combat enemy life forms using deception. Eg, to convince humans that TB is dead, can lead to stop bothering to kill flies.

Misunderstanding & mistakes are nearly as dangerous as ignorance & deception. We understand and imitate keeping secrets from prey like many predators, paying off from eating prey, or killing or improving competition against other predators. And/or falsely, looking (or sounding) like a dangerous threat leaves the faker free to eat in peace or lie asleep in plain view.

 

Jackson

Ah! Faking my understanding of Class-War, may deceive my enemies. Is that what you meant?

Gia

Yes. But faking that you do not understand the danger, is even more popular, and may be more fatal for those who think they are the most dangerous, or others who think you think you are.

Jackson

Do trust only close friends?

Gia

Less often, and considered most despicable, are fake friends and collaborators are actually real collaborators of enemies// competitors. “Defeat enemies close up and hold friends at arms length” is popular advice.

Jackson

How do I judge who to accept people close to me, to learn from and know well enough to risk closeness, more close, or not?

Gia

Read a lot, as directly as possible, as many as possible of their original writing most importantly. Less useful, of second (or lower) level sources, subject to distortion by reporter’s (and editor’s) misunderstanding, ignorance, specific or general wistfulness, or deliberate deception to misrepresent original writing(s).

If the original writer is in your presence, ask for explaining his//her agreement with your understanding of their position(s) characteristics/not, even better. And how important it is to you: To spend some much of your time and risk.

Jackson

He point I’m getting is you can’t/won’t teach me how to decide. You will not, nor GA3 write the play, as Shakespeare did. For me to act: But, for me the actor’s actions will result in how the Play turns out in the end.

Gia

Of course, survival of the race (or species) depends on the starting conditions, their life styles, the Key Issues, their competitors and the aggregate results. Intelligent life form’s individuals are able to learn and apply knowledge they acquire, to improve their race by adjusting their life styles not solely by individual dying (or not) without reproduction.

More intelligent life forms cut corners by inventing and learning reading writing and arithmetic as communicating [R3C], to broaden their improved knowledge beyond their immediate associates and descendants to other readers of what they wrote.

 

 

Jackson

Whoa! You are telling me useful knowledge, which I can use to tell others without R3C, so I could improve the race.

Gia

You got me & I got you. You may helpYOU, your descendants & good friends (who listen, even if they can’t/won’t read). Shakespeare covers many more people who attend Plays including but not limited to people telling people who discuss plays face-to-face with them. Shirltiti (and others) understands and promotes many more reader’s of written publications learning about new knowledge, AND, LEARNING TO WRITE AND READ,

MANY MORE PEOPLE, OVER SHAKESPERE’S AUDIANCES.

Jackson

Anybody else, who cared & tried to improve the race, you can tell me about?

Gia

Dad, GE, was won over by Shirltiti, and tens of thousands of other writers, scientists &engineers. He supported Shirltiti &: Added known technology to her writing and publishing power, new discoveries and technology to support publishing R3D into the past and future, specially her ideas, writing… and publishing.

Jackson

Being more like GE (that you tell me about) as a “hobby horse” not only for “getting food for the table for me” and CN?

Gia

GE invented Children’s Power, to find diagnoses & cures of fatal diseases. Especially of MILF to increase the number of More MILF [M2ILF] to “get out of Earth I” & colonize the Milky Way Galaxy.

You may be one or perhaps only one of the Hobby Horses to procreate more Hobby Horses directly//indirectly, a double threat against extinction of our entire race.


Jackson

And, a multiplication of M2ILF to defend and oppose the multiplication of other lower life forms [OL2F] & especially M2ILF in population of heavens in the sky, while leaving OL2F dying in Hell & reduce reproduction of R2OL2F.

Gia

You seem occupied. Maybe you feel I’m a fake, hiding something from you, not willing or not able to let you know how you will wind up.

Jackson

Not that. A lot of things I am desperate to know, but I trust you to help me not waste our time on rubbish I can make no worthwhile use of in view of your, my & GE’s goals. No, please don’t shsh me.

I met some American, again, who pumps me about you, & tries to guard against telling you about him, I suspect he suspects you pretend to be from the future: But he’s sure you cannot be.

Gia

Who, what? What’s his name?

Jackson

He goes by “TJ” & let’s slip he wants to prevent people thinking he really is “TP”, a Brit, secretly an anti-French double secret agent. TJ is very popular here. I can easily find out who he really is, with little or no danger to me… a lot of women will tell me everything I want to know about him.

Gia

I am sure “TJ” is not Ben Franklin, this long since the Revolutionary War. I think records from history are also safe to open up to you. Some of the French women you know, may be useful to us to influence practices of terror… these days in France.

Jackson

 

If I fill you in on TJ, your American English should help us pump him about French women to implant an Alter… to deal with, say General Lafayette. Or, should we deal directly with “Altering” an important male?

 

Gia

 

One or both… Soon!

 

CN – musing alone, in the forest

Crap is a good word, I can do it anywhere, anytime, but I can’t find my way home. Har! There’s a butt-face, half asleep in & all-the-way lost I’ll try a way, not told about nor permitted, to explore on my own.

 

CN

Hey, Charlie Brown. Lost in “-----“ in the middle of Paris. Want me to help? Just think back to me. I’ll guide your way, step by step… or just track that black cat on the other side of Rue de Poo-poo. You can tell by the smell.

 

TJ

 

Is this a dream, am I asleep, dreaming about a black cat? If I follow you, I’ll get burned at a stake in Salem or thrown into an asylum as a nut case.

 

CN

 

Relax, don’t tell people about believing dream are real. Just think about having a sense of direction, the north star, & where the Sun goes down… you’re expected to know. Carry a compass in your pocket, to prove how you got home, not me. “A Cat Who Travels by Night”.

 

TJ

 

I was thinking and took a misstep after crossing the Seine to the south side, where I smelt some pancakes I learned to love. How do I get back to La-What-ima-call-it museum. I can get to L’Hotel, from there.

 

CN

 

The fancy names for piles of rock are rotten for me, but that L’Hotel is most likely on this side. Ask any teacher. Most have some English & know about hotels near the Oldest University.

 

TJ

 

Do you know Jackson, from Boston Mass? Which Hotel does he stay at? He tells me he talked to a cat he found. Are you called a Black Cat, in French?

 

CN

 

Of course, he also stays in L’Hotel, with all those stinking, weird birds, all around the place. I wouldn’t eat one, if it fell dead in front of me.

 

TJ

 

Jackson’s Shakespearian accent is hard for me to follow. I can pay you to help me get a clear meaning of what he says. Can you do that?

 

CN

 

I cain’t use much money, but my editor would reward me for passing on your ideas about Napoleon’s dealings with the French Terror. Can we collaborate, maybe with Jackson & his American Super-Spy bunny-butt. I suspect she works for George Washington. Do you work for him too?

 

TJ

 

Not directly but we do chat from time to time. We have to watch out for people thinking we chat.

 

CN

 

Right-oh. Please do not let your lips move while looking at me.

                                         (To Be Continued ASAP.)