If you have ever had a boss you did not care for, you will appreciate The Jacksonville Norsemen Society or Tyranny and Reprisal, a fictitious story about two rival social clubs: the Jacksonville Jackalopes comprised of the upper crust business owners and the Jacksonville Norsemen Society (a good old boy’s club) comprised of the working man and woman.The friction between the two clubs focuses on a large horn that hangs on the porch of the Jacksonville Norsemen Society’s Lodge. The horn is used to call out and inform the members when the lodge is open. The Jackalopes detest the horn and have made several unsuccessful attempts to buy, steal or outlaw the use of it. Finally, out of desperation, the Jackalopes decide to infiltrate the Norsemen with one of their own. The infiltrator is to encourage the Jacksonville Norsemen to use credit. Once the debt load is so high that there is no way they can pay the bill the Jackalopes will foreclose and shut down the Jacksonville Norsemen permanently and get rid of that horn!Mr. Demand Deville, the owner of the Mountain High Chemical Company, which employs of a large percent of the Jacksonville Norsemen, volunteers to use his clout to force entry into the rival club. The Norsemen reluctantly agree to allow a six month trial membership for Mr. Deville – after an initiation.In the meantime, the Norsemen get wind of the developing plot the Jackalopes have named “Operation Sink the Norsemen.” Rather than canceling the entry of Mr. Deville, they decide to use the initiation as a way “get even.” In the initiation Mr. Deville is to be put into a shipping crate and moved all over the valley, ending up at a warehouse for a paintball shoot out and a party. Instead, Mr. Deville’s box is unknowingly switched with a box headed to the Soviet Union. Upon reaching Russia, the communists refuse to allow Mr. Deville to leave, claiming the working class has risen up against its capitalistic master.The plant manager, Mr. Swindel Leech, forges some papers giving himself complete control of the Mountain High Chemical Company and all of its assets. Out of desperation, Mr. Deville’s family turns to the Jacksonville Norsemen and pleads with them to find a way to return Mr. Deville. If he isn’t back soon the Devilles will be forced to close down the plant which would put most of the Norsemen out of work.Follow the Norsemen in their journey into the White Sea of Northern Russia as they attempt to liberate their boss.
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Published January 1, 2008
Literature & Fiction, History.