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“Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes” by P.H.C. Marchesi

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Shelby and Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes” is a Young Adult Novel by P.H.C. Marchesi. Below is a synopsis:

Who would want to have tea with mushrooms, when it’s a hundred degrees and humid out? As Shelby and Shauna Kitt find out, quite a few people. These are, of course, people from Miriax, a planet in a different dimension where nothing and no one is anything like what the thirteen year-old brother and sister twins expect. On Miriax, lilac tea is served with explosive mushrooms, agitex leaves cure motion sickness, stick insects patrol the jungle, and library books carefully choose their readers, refusing to leave the shelf for anyone else. And, if you’re not careful, the walls spit on you. Shelby and Shauna’s lives change drastically when planet Miriax recruits them to seal a dimensional hole that allows Klodians – nasty aliens – to travel to Earth. In order to succeed in their mission, Shelby and Shauna discover skills they never thought they possessed, make friends they never expected to have, and face enemies they never imagined existed.

P.H.C. has been kind enough to provide us with a sample from this story:

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Shelby and Shauna trailed, wide-eyed, behind Lendox.

“Grand Avenue,” he said, with a broad gesture. “The largest street on Valmorax.”

They were standing on an enormous branch, so thick that it could have easily fit the widest highway they had ever seen. Yet it was neither Shauna’s or Shelby’s idea of an avenue, for there were buildings of unusual shapes and colors scattered everywhere, as if no one on Miriax had ever heard of discreet colors, straight lines, or thru traffic. In fact, if there was such a thing as traffic – Shelby and Shauna saw several novians floating along in their water drop shapes – it had to go around and above the buildings, and above and below the hundreds of glass escalators that took pedestrians to nearby branches. To add to the confusion, a myriad of birds flew around, ignoring everything else but the multi-colored bugs that hovered distractedly and haphazardly everywhere. As Shelby and Shauna took it all in, a parrot-like blue and green bird with an orange beak, flying just a few feet in front of them, nearly crashed into a novian in water drop shape.

“As you can see,” said Lendox, as the novian water drop angrily attempted to swat the bird, “New York is not the only city with a lot of traffic.”

“It’d be awesome to be a cab driver here,” said Shelby.

“It takes thirty years to get a license,” said Lendox.

“Thirty years?” cried Shelby. “Who’d want to wait that long?”

“It is not that long for a novian,” said Lendox, nodding to a mirian man who went past them with a big smile on his face.

“Everyone’s smiling at us,” said Shauna, noticing that a whole set of pedestrians were looking at her and smiling cheerfully as she walked by.

“You may as well get used to it,” said Lendox. “It will be no different at the Grand Lodge.”

“There are hotels here?” asked Shelby.

“Of course,” replied Lendox. “Valmorax has many interplanetary visitors, as I am sure you will notice.”

Just then, a crab-looking being walked past them, uttering strange, low-pitched noises.

“How come he wasn’t smiling?” whispered Shauna.

“He was,” said Lendox. “That is how they smile on planet Krebs.”

“How come no one stops to talk to us?” asked Shelby.

“It is not polite to do so without an invitation,” explained Lendox. “You would have to start the conversation, since you are the guests on the planet. For now it is best to smile, and be on our way.”

“That’s brutal on the cheeks,” complained Shelby. “Can’t I just wave instead?”

Before Lendox could so much as utter a word, Shelby waved at a creature hovering near them with several tentacles.

“You can,” said Lendox, as the creature blew a puff of green cloud in their direction. “To the octonix species, however, that is considered quite rude, so we better walk quickly before the smell gets here.”

“He farted on us?” asked Shelby, shocked.

“She did,” corrected Lendox.

“At least she didn’t spit on you,” Shauna told her brother.

They hurried past the green cloud and stood across from a blue and brown mushroom big enough to fit a two-story brownstone in Manhattan.

“Is that a real mushroom?” asked Shelby.

“We do not have any fake ones on Miriax,” said Lendox.

“It’s so big, though,” muttered Shelby, touching the moist stem and quickly removing his hand. “And it’s moldy – ugh.”

“Of course it is,” said Lendox. “Not only is it a fungus, but it is also one of oldest buildings on Valmorax.”
Shelby looked up. The head of the mushroom had several round-shaped, randomly distributed windows that gave him the impression he was looking at a slice of Swiss cheese. Through the windows came the sound of chatter and excitement, and over the narrow entrance was a sign with letters hovering slightly in front:

Mushroom Tea House
Provider of the Finest Lilac Tea and Mushrooms in the Universe!

“What’s lilac tea?” asked Shauna, peeking up at the extremely narrow steps going up from the entrance.

“It is tea made out of a small flower that grows under certain mushrooms here on Valmorax,” explained Lendox.

“Can we take a look inside?” pleaded Shauna.

“By all means,” said Lendox.

Shauna rushed up the stairs: the almost impossibly narrow staircase opened up to a large, round room filled with tables so close together that she wondered how anyone could walk between them. Yet walk between them they did, for several mirians went back and forth, balancing little trays containing colorful glass pots and cups. Those sitting at tables seemed happy and excited, and everyone seemed to be eating bits and pieces of something Shauna couldn’t quite identify. As she stood there, she suddenly realized how hungry she was.

“What’s that stuff they’re eating?” she asked, seeing Lendox catch up with her.

“Mushrooms,” said Lendox. “We have over twenty thousand varieties on Valmorax.”

“Mushrooms with tea?” asked Shelby, disgusted. “That’s just not right.”

“They are quite delicious,” retorted Lendox, calmly. “Let us go in – your sister looks eager to try some.”

“Won’t everyone else be worried, though?” asked Shelby, hoping that this would be enough of a reason for them to leave – he did not like tea, and he definitely did not like mushrooms, so he could not understand why anyone would want to have both together.

“Flix is no doubt debriefing Astrax as we speak,” said Lendox. “If she were worried, she would have called me on the dedonix. Any more excuses for not going in?”

“Guess not,” mumbled Shelby, following Lendox and noticing that there were mushrooms as well as tiny yellow, pink, and red flowers sprouting all through the light blue wall. Why had he been so reluctant to go in? He admitted to himself that the place really was kind of cool – and where was that delicious smell coming from? . . .

 

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