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3.11 Ė Of Muintir

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Teaser:

<Pictures of marajuana fields>

Fi: Drugs...when you think of them, you think of 2 things...

<powder>

Bad drugs...

<a prescription bottle>

And good drugs.But what really are drugs?

<a pharmacist filling the bottle>

Are they just placebo's that they just SAY make us feel better?And if that's true, is sickness really all in our heads?OK, I know most illnesses are real and serious...

<closing the bottle, putting a label on it>

But it still makes you think...do we really fake being sick all the time, subconciously?If so, what DO drugs really do?

<putting it in a bag and handing it to a customer>

 

††††††††† Fi sits at her desk in her Hope Springs house, arm leaning on the desk, trying to stay awake.A cursor is blinking on her laptop's screen, but she doesn't seem to notice.Jack is in the living room, laying on the couch, listening to music.He gets a grim expression on his face, turns the music off, and turns on the TV.After a few moments of that, he sighs, and turns that off too.In the kitchen, Molly makes a pot of tea.She breathes out hard, and looks out the window.She pours a cup and walks into the living room."Hey Jack, do you think that maybe, getting out would help?" she asks in a more cheerful tone than she was really feeling."Thanks, mom, but tried that.Went with Carey to the park...I still feel down," Jack says.Fi walks down the stairs, and plops down on the couch with the rest of her family."Hey baby," Molly says."Hey mom," Fi says, closing her eyes."Oh, come on!There has to be something we can do!" Molly says."Maybe it's something in this house...you know, like gas," Jack suggests."Oh...I never thought of that...you mean maybe, um, carbon monoxide?" Molly asks, worried."Yeah, that's it," Jack says."OK, we're getting out of here...and not coming back until we can get this house inspected," Molly says, and they follow her out the door.

††††††††† "Well, Ms. Phillips, it looks like everything check out," a man in a blue jumpsuit says.On it, he has a patch "HS Appliance Repair and Inspection.""Well, thank you," Molly says, and pays him, as Fi whispers to Jack, while yawning, "There's gotta be something going on here, Jack," Fi says."Fi..." Jack beings."And I think it's something with the house...you know, nothing paranormal," Fi says."You think," Jack asks, jokingly."Yeah..." Fi laughs back, but yawns again."OK...just for safety, we'll spend the night at the Bell's, OK?" Molly says, "Let's get in there real quick to get out things...and open all the windows and doors.""OK," they say and hurry in.

††††††††† "This is some great squash, Ned," Molly says, in between bites."Thanks," Ned says, "I always think we need some Southern influence in our food.""Yeah, whatever honey," Irene says, and pats him.Fi yawns, as they sit at the Bell's dinner table."So, what was the big problem, Mrs. P?" Carey asks.Molly, with closed eyes, opens them and mumbles, "Huh?""Moll, are you sure you're alright?You look dead!" Irene says."Uh...oh, yeah, I'm fine.Carey, I'm not really..." Molly beings to say, but her head falls down as she falls asleep in her food.Everyone just looks at each other, wondering what to do.

††††††††† The next morning, Molly, feeling a little more refreshed, is on the phone with her mother."You got it too, mom?" she says, "So does Sean?Weird...it seems like it's just our family that's sick.Yeah, I know.OK, I guess I gotta go now.Yeah, I guess we can go back home.OK, yeah...bye!" she hangs up the phone."Who was that mom?" Fi asks, lying down on a couch."Your grandmother.She's feeling weird too, so I guess it's not something in our house," Molly says."So we're going home?" Jack asks, slouching on a chair."Yeah," Molly sighs.

††††††††† That afternoon, when they are at their own home, Fi is online in her room. "I don't know what's going on Candy.It's like we're dying or something," Fi struggles to type.She sends it and goes to a search engine.She types "depression" and searches.She click on the first link "Depression Symptoms."It opens, and Fi reads, "Depression comes in many different forms.One kinda is...yada, yada, yada..." she looks over the different kinds, then one strikes her attention, "Depression of the Family.A chemical disorder in Irish descendents; still in investigation."She clicks on it and it takes her to another page.She keeps on reading, "The theory is a chemical 'queale' is usually evenly distributed with a chemical 'ken' in our bodies.When the distribution becomes unbalanced, the chemicals, which supposedly controls our moods and feelings, either a depression occurs, or a spurt of happiness occurs.The happiness effect seems to be temporary, and wears off, leaving the person back to normal eventually.The depression effect is much more dangerous."She pauses."The depression doesn't wear off, and the imbalance continues to get worse as time progresses.Even though this is in the theoretical stage, you should still see a doctor if this sounds like what you have.Remember, this is still in the experimental stage.Notes: Reported cases have only been Irish or Irish descent."Fi's eyes get big, and 'runs' down the stairs, though it was more like a limp."Mom!" she yells."Fi, Fi!What is it?" Molly says, struggling up the stairs as Fi comes down."Look at this!" Fi says, and they both go into her room.Molly reads it, and says, "Fi, that's nonsense.It's not even real...it's someone's guess!But...that doctor advice sounds good.I think we'll go."

††††††††† Walking out of the doctors office, the Phillips look even more depressed and down."He gave us nothing.Nothing!" Jack says."You'd think he'd tell us to try something!Pills, exercise, something!" Molly says."All he says is to let it take it's own course.'It should go away!'," Fi says, the quote mockingly."Well, let's go home and see who's right, OK guys?" Molly says, putting her arms around them to walking to the car.As they drive off, Fi watches the doctor peek his head out the door, watching the Phillips leave.She decides to pay him a little visit by herself later.

††††††††† Fi is again, on her laptop, later that night.She is propping her head up with her hand, and forcing herself to stay awake."The so-called 'ken-queale' theory generated interested in the field," she reads.Suddenly, a window pops up "You have new e-mail."Fi opens it and sees it's from the Harvard Medical School."Yes!They replied to my e-mail," Fi says.She reads it, "Dear Miss Phillips, Yes, we are the ones studying the 'kwenkle' theory..." she stops."Kwenkle?" she thinks, then laughs a little, "ken-queale, kwenkle?Heh heh."She reads on, "The theory has reached the conclusion that the gene that holds the possibility of Irish-only people getting this disease is true, much the same idea that sickle cell anemia can only occur in African and related people descendants.So far, that is all we have.One more hypothesis being tested is that it occurs only in certain Irish families."She stops again."Irish families only..." she whispers.She closes the e-mail and searches for "O'Shannon."She gets results, but nothing she wanted.Then she remembered something.She runs to her closet and gets out the book of spells from her aunt.She flips through the pages until she reaches the "Strangling spell."She reads it down in silence, but reads aloud one of the last words, "O'Sianan."She goes back to her laptop and types in "O'Sianan."She gets an O'Sianan family tree, not a modern one like she found in "Move," but a scanned picture of an ancient one, one that dates back to the 6th century."I wonder why it starts there..." Fi thinks, and starts reading it.On the top, it is titled "Muintir O'Sianan.""Alfred O'Sianan.Born 566.Died 597 of Unknown," she reads down, and sees more than half the deaths were an unknown cause.After each "Unknown," however, there was a symbol."I've seen that symbol some place before..." she thinks.She scrolls down to the end of the page, where the symbol is, and a caption after it.Fi reads it, "This unknown disease took more than half of the muintir.The symptoms included a sadness, tiredness, and restlessness."Suddenly, she looks at it.She scrolls up and skims all the listings again.Her eyes get big as she realizes, "I just read all of this...and it's in Gaelic!And I don't know Gaelic!"After a moment, after she calms down, she goes to her Favorite Links, and opens a page she had found earlier on Depression.She scrolls down until she reaches a part that says, "Symptoms of a depression may include sadness, tiredness, and restlessness...That's so weird!"Molly walks in then, "Whatcha doing baby?""Oh, just researching," she says vaguely.Suddenly, a window pops up, "You have a post answer."Fi opens her message board as Molly reads it, "Hey, I think I know what your problem is.Check out this link: Depression of the Family.From what I know, the cure you need is called Kwenkle.""I was already at that site!" Fi whines."Fi...what are you doing?" Molly asks."What?" Fi asks."Getting medical advice from complete strangers?No, get off there now," Molly says."But mom," Fi says."Now!" Molly demands."OK, OK," Fi says, exiting the window."Don't go back there.This'll...work out in the end.It always does, OK?" Molly asks."Yeah, OK, mom," Fi says, as Molly smiles, walking out.

††††††††† The next day, Fi walks to their doctor's office, where they were the day before.She walks in, and the receptionist says, "Hi again.Here to see the doctor?""Uh, yeah, could I speak to him?If he's not busy or anything, that is..." Fi says."No, no problem.Let me go get him," she says and walks into a back room.After a few moments, he walks out."Hello, Fiona!" he says, cheerfully, "Feeling any better?""Afraid not.That's why I've come to talk to you," she says."OK, come into my office," he says, and leads her through a door.Once he closes it, they sit down."Now, what's going on?" he asks."I don't know.I think...it's a rare form of depression," she says."Depression?What makes it rare?" he asks."Well, I've done some research online..." Fi begins."Online?Don't believe everything you read.There are some real quacks out there!" he says."But..." Fi says."Fiona, don't worry about it.Just do as I say, continue to live your life, OK?" he asks, putting his hand on her shoulder."OK," she says, obviously disappointed."OK.Bye now!" he says and Fi leaves.As she walks out, she mumbles, "Nobody will listen to what I have to say, nobody!"

††††††††† "Bye mom!" Jack yells."Bye Jack!Goodbye Fi!" Molly yells."We'll be there soon, OK?" Fi yells."Yeah, see you!" Molly yells, and Fi hears the door slam.She turns to her laptop and searches for "Kwenkle" this time.She clicks the first link and it takes her to a site on it."Kwenkle is the name of a disease, but is also the name of its cure," Fi begins to read, but Jack cuts her off, "Fi, you ready to go?""Jack, I have to figure this out!It might save out lives!" Fi says."Fi!" Jack says."Jack!" Fi yells back."Fine, I'll pick you up at the intermission, OK?You better be ready," he says, and Fi hears him slam the door, and goes back to her work.

††††††††† "Jack, where's Fi?" Molly asks as Jack walks into the backstage."She said she wanted to stay home, figure something out for our lives or something," Jack says, annoyed."Jack," Molly says, wrapping her arms aroung his neck, "Maybe...she wasn't feeling to well.""Mom!" Jack says."Jack!" she says.They both hear, "OK, folks, tonight, we have for all of you Molly Phillips!" announced on stage.Molly frowns at him, and walks on stage."Welcome everybody!Hope you enjoy tonight's show!" she says, as the crowd claps.Molly turns around and nods to Chuck on guitar and Judy on the harmonica, and starts to play.

 

Eeee! Heee!

Ahh! Hooo, yeah!

Auhh huh!

Eeee! Heee!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

 

<We see Fi reading the webpage>

 

Eleanor come and wipe my brow

Only you can soothe my fevered brow

Your tender touch is all that comforts me now

Auhh huh!

Eeee! Heee!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

 

<Fi reads "Kwenkle is believed to be in certain Irish-based families.It is a disorder that either results in nothing, or death...>

Ooo! Hoo!

Auhh huh!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

Eleanor the devilís near to my door

Soon he will be cominí through that door

And when he gone I fear Iíll be no more

 

<...If it goes down the negative path, death may result.To resolve it, you must find the drug Kwenkle...>

Auhh huh!

Eeee! Heee!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

Ooo! Hoo!

Auhh huh!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

 

<...it is found in two known places in the world, in Wales, Ireland, and Colorado, USA...>

Eleanor that devil tried to steal you away

He tried in vain to take your heart away

But his gold and silver could not make you betray

 

<"Colorado and Ireland?That is WAY too weird..." Fi says>

Auhh huh!

Eeee! Heee!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

 

<You must take the root of the plant, smash it in a bowl, as you would a pill that needs crushed(the root resembles a pill, shape-wise), and suck it down with water>

Ooo! Hoo!

Auhh huh!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

Eleanor remember what I said

Donít forget these last words that I said

He canít have you so he aim to have my soul instead

 

<Fi clicks "Print" and it begins to print, along with a picture of the plany>

Auhh huh!

Eeee! Heee!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

Ooo! Hoo!

Auhh huh!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

 

<She grabs her coat, and 'runs' the whole way to the club, which is only in downtown Hope Springs>

I will not strike back in anger

I will turn the other cheek

And if I die before I wake

Let the earth inherit the meek

 

<on the way, she stops to look at a plant growing on the side of the road>

 

Yes let the earth inherit the meek

Auhh huh!

Eeee! Heee!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

 

<She pulls it out, and runs to the club>

Ooo! Hoo!

Auhh huh!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

 

<she runs through the backstage doors of the club>

If this be the last leg of my race

If this night I finish out my race

Eleanor let me spend it lookiní in your...

 

Suddenly, Molly collapses on stage.Fi crushes the root of the plant in her hand.She quickly pours a glass of water from a table backstage."Fi, what are you doing??" Jack asks.Fi ignores him, and runs on stage.She pushes through the band and Irene, trying to help her.Fi whispers, "Please, work," and opens her mother's mouth.She pours the powder of the root down, and puts the water to her lips, letting a little drip down.Molly sits up, gagging, and grabs the glass from Fi, drinking more, trying to get rid of the cough."Moll, you OK?You alright?" everyone is asking, as the audience watches, stunned and amazed."Fi...what...what happened?" Molly asks, not totally together.Suddenly, Fi feels lightheaded, and licks more of the powder from her hand, and drinks the rest of the water."Fi, what...?" Jack begins, but too feels light headed all of the sudden.Fi reaches in her pocket and pulls out the rest of the root, crushing the little she has, and putting it in Jack's hand."What?Wha...d...yo...o...wi..." Jack starts mumbling, but Fi brings his hand to his mouth, eats the powder, and she makes him drink the water.Instantly, he comes back, as Molly and Fi did."Huh?" he asks, and Fi just smiles.Molly stands up, and yells, "OK, sorry folks, but let's keep moving on!"The crowd again goes wild, and the band starts playing again.

 

Auhh huh!

Eeee! Heee!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

Ooo! Hoo!

Auhh huh!

Ooo! Hooo, yeah!

Oh Eleanor tell them whatís mine is mine

Donít let that devil take whatís rightly mine

And I will wait for you at the end of time

 

††††††††† "Fi, it was all in our heads, just like the doctor said," Jack explains to her, later at home."Jack, all three of us got better AFTER we ate the root!" Fi argues."Uh, Fi, Jack?Let's not fight, OK?" Molly says."Yeah, it's just nice to be back to normal.Be thankful for that," Jack says."OK, OK," Fi smiles.

††††††††† Fi types in her journal before going to bed that night.

 

November 20

 

I don't know.WAS it just in our heads?No, it had to more

than that, more than a coincidence.Maybe it was given

to us on purpose, to realize we should not take for

granted what we have, you know, a good way.Or was it

a bad way, trying to hurt us?I don't know...and I don't

really care to know, now that I've thought about that.

 

Fi bites her lip, and saves the entry.She hopes that it was just a coincidence, but somehow, deep inside, she knows it wasn't.

 

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