Chapter 4 Michael Jackson Dances back from the Grave!
April, 1980; Gary, IN
It was two days before Easter and the weather had been warm enough over the past few days to allow the group to practice outdoors.
Michael Jackson just smiles sagely as Debbie Allen also chimes in, “Yeah, he doesn’t dance. He just sits there and watches us.”
“I have my reasons,” is all Michael will say.
“So what is his job, Michael?” asks Janet. “Is he the business manager or the mascot?”
Michael Jackson looks over at Mel Brooks and considers the possibilities.
“I suppose if those are my options, then I would have to go with mascot. That’s the closest thing to the truth.”
Mel Brooks looks back at Mike.
“I could handle being the mascot.”
“I think,” said Michael, “that oracle would be a better definition of his role on our team.”
“Alright mighty oracle,” says Gregory, “predict the future.”
“Alright,” says Debbie, “what should we do to win the competition?”
“Practice,” says Mel.
“Good idea,” says Michael. “Why don’t we all work on our power moves to make them really impressive?”
Mel’s eyes begin to roll back in his head and he speaks in a lower voice.
“Bet you didn’t know that you were magic,” Janet tells Patrick.
“Beware,” Mel goes on, “it will take a lot out of you. It could end up costing you your life.”
Most of the team blows off this prediction in order to practice their power moves. Patrick works on his windmills. Debbie watches him so that she can give him a little coaching.
“What’s going on here?” Janet finally manages.
“I don’t know,” says the new Michael.
“You brought him here,” Mel tells the group.
“We did?” asks Jennifer.
“Yup,” says Mel, “Michael of the Future. And you are going to need him.”
“No,” says Michael, “but I trust him.”
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