Book 3: The Watchmaker’s Child

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This is CEO Wendy’s Story

Wendy is the real “wizard” of the Diamond Empire, a kingdom built on gadgets, robotics and a free market society.  Using her ultracomputer and her Cadabra-wide surveillance system, she can spy on everybody and plan their futures, playing God and pulling the strings.

But Wendy’s secret is spreading quickly.  Conspiracies abound about her father being dead and her entire royal ancestry being a sham.  What will the kings of Cadabra do once they find out Wendy is just a lonely teenage girl holding unlimited resources and power?

Wendy’s villains are increasing.  Conspiracy buffs, violent protesters, witch covens, assassins, vigilantes and multinational corporations are all determined to destroy the “Diamond Standard” and break the hold that the Diamond Empire has on the Cadabra economy.

It’s going to take an act of God to prevent a World War…or at least the sharp mind of a watchmaker’s child.

Although “The End of the Magical Kingdom 3: The Watchmaker’s Child” is not an age-restricted book, the story contains controversial subject matter, horrific scenes of sadism, and emotionally violent content that may trigger traumatic memories in some readers. Discretion is advised for readers under the age of 16.

Characters

Warning: Potential Spoilers Ahead

This character section gives away a major plot point of the book, so if you want to be surprised, avoid the rest of this preview.

CEO Wendy

“I remember the first time I prayed.  I felt it a very queer thing to do, since I was told to pray aloud so that the omniscient one could hear me.  I remembered what they told me to pray for.  Things, blessings, protection and motivation.  They told me to keep my prayer honest above everything else.  So when that time came and I felt the words slowly inching out from my mouth, descending upon no one’s ears but my own, and having no earthly idea if anyone else was really listening…

You want war because you constantly look for episodes of injustice.  You make up all sorts of suffering―sad story after sad story―so you can justify creating another righteous war.  This person exploits my labor, this person charges me too much, this person hurt my child, this person hates the color of my skin, this person doesn’t obey my rules, this person doesn’t let me consume what I want to consume, this person is too rich and I am too poor…bullshit! You protest war but you create war all the time, because you insist on spreading your morals, your freedom to ‘be’, all over the earth. 

If you want people to love you, dream.  Do nothing else but dream.  Your sadness, your failure, will let you bond with other failures. But if you want people to hate you, then achieve something.  Follow your passions and check off your goals one by one.  Because the world hates successful people like us.  People who don’t stop dreaming but who stubbornly hold onto to that visualization until it comes to fruition. They hate us because we dare to stop dreaming and start creating.  We don’t ask permission.  We don’t make it a “team effort” or a community ownership project.  We succeed in spite of their cynicism.  We make them eat their words.  We make all of our own dreams come true. You have to believe in yourself because no one else will.  No one else wants you to win. When you finally do rise a notch above mediocrity, no one’s going to give you that extra boost. When you finally rise to the top of the mountain, no one’s going to immortalize your efforts.  It’s not only up to you to dream, and not only up to you to create opportunity, it’s also up to you to stay on top of that mountain and make them remember your name.

Life is suffering.  Life is sacrifice.  Life is a test.  Life is a vow.  Life is shit.  Life is unfair. We all say such vitriolic things.  So many meaningless words have been written in a desperate attempt to make sense of what we just experienced.  By the end of our lives, we hate our Gods, we tear down our country, we hurt our friends and we blame it all on our enemies.  But at the end of the line, as you breathe in your last, there is only one racing thought.  ‘If I could, I would do it all over again.’  Nobody actually has any regrets about what they are, what they’ve done.  We’re just a little sore that it has to end.  Because, like big children, all we really want is to go ride the roller coaster one more time. 

 

  • The “Smart” Princess
  • Loves to play God
  • CEO of the Diamond Empire, a free market society based on radical leisure technology
  • Her father is President Wardiz, though he’s been missing in action
  • A child prodigy and now a teenage executive with the world in her hands
  • Got rich by giving the people what they wanted, not what they needed
  • Is often called an ice queen, emotionally vacant, robotic and without a heart
  • Very often misquoted by the press
  • Possibly asexual
  • Everyone in Cadabra has a bone to pick with Wendy, since she’s seen as the arch nemesis of everybody
  • Uses a mass surveillance system and ultra-computer setup she calls the Watchmaker
  • Doesn’t get out too much
  • Hasn’t seen her former playmates Princess Mary or Princess Mary in ten years

Randian

“My name is RandianI have turned eighteen today and am now a man.  And I am not *afraid*.  I have decided that I am now too big for my home. But before I help other people, I must know for myself what I am fighting for and if this way is just.  

“It appears to me that you are playing *games* with these evil men.  Instead of *removing* them from power.  If a man abuses his power, that man must be removed.  That is *my law*.  That is *my negotiation*.”

You obviously don’t know *anything* about how to start a revolution.  I am *wasting* my time with you.

You people say that you’re unhappy.  Because they are rich and you are not.  Because they have power over your lives.  The problem is not the things these stupid men do.  The problem is that they are *rich*.  And you.  Are *not*.  That is the *problem* I see.  For any man who would see a boy starving, crying for help, and then not share his riches is not a man.  He is no man *I* would respect.”

I am going to go talk to this Wardiz.  For I am afraid of nobody, no matter his riches or *technology*. If Wardiz is too afraid to show his face then he is not a man that deserves my attention.  I will go to this *Wendy*, the one brave enough to show herself, and demand that *she* explain why people are poor and starving.”

 

  • A very tall man, in fact, a big black giant
  • Young and naive, but determined to start a revolution
  • Did he mention he’s a damn big man?
  • Likes to call people “good” and “evil”, not much for seeing the grey areas of morality and ethical behavior
  • Does not have any any family because he considers his friends his “family”
  • Doesn’t have much of a sense of humor…like at all
  • Has had a very tragic life full of strange and disturbing stories of people he knew who suffered
  • Likes to tell stories about his tragic life and the people he knew and suffered
  • Very often talks about evil people he knew, and how he made them suffer
  • Is determined to talk to either Wendy or Wardiz, about how the rich oppress the poor
  • He wants answers NOW or the rich will have to answer to him and his mob of followers

Jerry Quinn

“My writing class a long time ago taught me to use illustrations to deliver emotional highlights in a speech. I think my problem is that I do tend to exacerbate people.  I think I just have a certain profound writing ability.  The way I put words together, it inoculates people’s values and strips away their protective veil.  I masticate truth.  I’m a masticater.  Yeah, a big masticator.

I think I want to be a talk show host because that’s what the dude on the VCR does!

“Well that’s lovely I mean, Hell, in my eyes the worst thing that could have happened was that you end up with a loser like me.  Seriously.  You deserve a big house.  You deserve a nice young, ah, you know, a nice young man to call your own.  It’s what everyone deserves. Everyone but me apparently. But don’t worry about me.  I’ve got Ziggly the Squirrel.  And I admire his nuts.  Am I right, people?  He’s got great nuts.”

No, no, don’t feel bad about me.  I’m relieved.  I mean, romance is so costly, you know.  It’s so random and such a game of wits.  It’s exhausting.  Well…I find it just ruthlessly vexing.  I don’t think guys like me are manufactured for that kind of thing.  Romance.  My life as a talk show host is compatible with the, you know, the women out there.”

 

  • Bizarre sense of humor that makes no sense
  • Strange way of talking to people that makes no sense
  • Thinks he’s hosting a live talk show and often makes jokes to the studio audience…but no one is actually there
  • May be a high-functioning “Aspie”, as he has some problems with social interaction
  • Salem the witch’s long lost brother…he’s on a mission to find his family
  • Has a huge resume filled with hundreds of odd jobs, and jobs that make no sense
  • Tends to bluff his way through interviews…and his interview answers make no sense
  • Makes up words because most people don’t know a fake word from an obscure word
  • Just landed a job with Cadabra supervillain Tom Callin of the Outskirts
  • Is very gay but doesn’t seem to understand how romance works
  • Refers to men he likes as “lovely young ladies”
  • Surprisingly eloquent when he’s high on drugs (and aren’t we all?)

Gemini

I was born on shit and I’m going to die on an even bigger pile of shit.  Why do you royals feel the need to clean us up…

No one here is better than anyone else.  We’re all orphans of Cadabra.  We have no rank.  All we have is what we have in our hands at the end of the day.  That’s something you will never understand, rich boy.

Save me? I don’t need saving.  My parents died a long time ago.  People stopped caring about me a long time ago.  I am the casual bride of scum and refuse. But let’s get one thing straight.  I have never asked anyone for a favor.  Never.

Some of the orphans…I remember the day they all got dogs as presents.  It was our first pet.  The other boys and girls, they loved those furry demons and hugged them and squeezed them and pet them.  They all hurried to the front of the line and grabbed the cutest and biggest dogs.  By the time I got there all that was left for me was a cat.  A white little kitty cat with midget legs. When I first reached out to him, expecting him to love me like a dog would, he scratched and hissed at me.  I was so terrified and then angry…until I realized that he just did it because he was afraid of me.  Everyone told me to give the cat back and put it down.  There was no hope left for such a feral creature.  But I took that cat, scratches and all and I made it love me.  And I was the center of its little universe.  Ever since then…all I’ve ever wanted were cats.  Lost creatures, angry little buggers.  The ones that cry in confusion and strike out at the ones that need the most.  Because once they love, they love just as hard as they strike.”

 

  • A tough-talking prostitute that hates it when people pity her
  • Learned to kill a man when she was a teen and a kill vampire in her twenties
  • Hot-tempered Latina and swears like a sailor
  • Self-loathing and bitter about her shameful past
  • Hates royalty and the 1% of Cadabra’s rich kingdoms
  • Learned a lot of “tricks” when she was a pro, men have no complaints
  • She has a special undefined relationship with the “Witches” of the Wilderness
  • Has a heart somewhere, buried under that rough exterior…and then ten layers under that
  • Likes cats, not dogs
  • Likes to encourage men to take a swing at her because she always wins

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Author L. M. Warren Says…

“I knew that my princess war trilogy seemed to be going in ascending order.  From Princess to Saint…and so the last step to the top was God.  The Female GODDESS, or Aphrodite or Shakti, is what Wendy represents, not only metaphorically speaking but also in the sense that she is the consummate politician and what they all do is play God.  Politicians are sociopathic and they rationalize that they make these very difficult life and death decisions every day because no one else wants the job.  Blossom may have been an evil queen, but anyone taking on the role of God can’t afford to exclusively good or exclusively evil.  Wendy therefore is more of a classic anti-hero than a villain.

Wendy is playing a deadly game, one that she has to win since she is the “Watchmaker” and the one who pulls the strings of Cadabra’s political happenings.  I immediately thought of HILLARY CLINTON and BARACK OBAMA, people who have been glorified by the American press for their heroism, but who are also equally despised by the alternative media and international public for their cruelty.  I felt that in order to be honest with myself, I had to empathize with this archetype of a politician.  Why do they lie?  Why do they kill and why do they think they are doing a greater good?  Because they are essentially playing God. And in telling their story, I can hear their soul, in agony, and living with such a moral burden.

Wendy calls herself sociopathic but that might not be a technically accurate definition.  She is capable of making moral choices but she thinks like a computer.  She thinks in numbers and views mankind as mostly weaker members of her species who need micromanagement just to survive another day.  She doesn’t like to go to war but she feels she has to occasionally, or else mankind destroys each other out of boredom.  DOCTOR MANHATTAN from Watchmen certainly comes to mind when visualizing her detachment from society.

The fact that she is a technical wizard and has an empire of leisure technology is a nod to STEVE JOBS, and naturally, if someone is foolish enough to provoke her, she is a PRINCESS MOMBI disaster just waiting to happen.  But what I found most fascinating about the character was her tragedy, her pain and her complete inability to share her feelings with fellow humans. She may very well have it worse than her friends Mary and Blossom.  I compared her to classic social outcast characters like SARA from THE MAXX, MISTER JAMES STEVENS from The Remains of the Day, or even HAL from 2001, a rather misunderstood artificial being.  But when I think about the metaphor of the Goddess as Earth’s Mother, I must say that strong and manipulative female figures like BETTY DRAPER and LUCILLE BLUTH are also fitting, since they consider their conniving to be a natural attribute of motherhood…a will to survive and provide for one’s hungry children at any cost.

Author L. M. Warren Says…

Randian is a simple character at first glance and his simplicity, think JESUS CHRIST meets ALEXANDER THE GREAT, is a parallel to the simplified TV depiction of CEO Wendy.  But as the story progresses we see that something else is going on with Wendy.  She’s not petty and cruel like she pretends to be…she just thinks she’s God.  And Randian’s character also goes through a significant series of events that are not at all what we expect in the beginning.  The fact that he’s a GIANT and a pseudo-superhero is a bit of a red herring creatively.  Ultimately it’s not the “war” that matters, but what this freedom fighter actually learns on his quest.  One of my favorite things about Randian was his total lack of humor and miserable personality, which was so over the top angsty and churlish that it became rather funny.  He was a perfect straight man to play off of comedic characters like Jerry Quinn and Dark Wraith.  I can definitely hear Keith David’s GOLIATH voice when I write Randian, sounding so sanctimonious and yet he is not able to hear how absurd he sounds to other people.”

Gemini is really a difficult character to write and even to show in a book that’s rated PG-13 for general audiences.  Her backstory is so horrifying, and her anger is so vitriolic, that we really had to slap a warning label on the book for some of her extreme dialog.  She is the classic ALDONZA / DULCINEA tragic character, the prostitute everybody despises until one man sees her as a princess of honor.  She doesn’t know what to do with love or with compassion.  It provokes her.  There’s nothing funny about her past abuse, but the way that she treats people – even the people she likes – is a bit of dark humor.  She’s not just a bad ass, she’s a SCARFACE-like gangster and as sadistic or cruel as she has to be. Her murderous behavior and inability to control her psychosis recalls to mind the tragic figure of AILEEN WUORNOS.  Ironically though, when a man is strong enough to find her heart under all that rage, he truly discovers a teacher, a mother, a compassionate mentor. In her softer scenes, when she shows her true heart…it made me think of SISTER HELEN PREJEAN of Dead Man Walking fame. In the end, she really wants to help people who have suffered like her…the lost orphans of Cadabra.”

Jerry Quinn was originally designed to be a comic relief guy, and Salem the witch’s brother.  But since all of our comedy takes place in a very tragic and dangerous world, we felt it honest to explore the pain and mental disorders that actually DO create funny people.  Jerry does have a lot of funny one liners but the real joke is that he’s imitating CARSON and LETTERMAN when he talks to people.  He’s not really delusional and is aware of his surroundings…and yet he is socially awkward to the point that he just provokes everybody he meets, whether intentionally or not. He could be what you call a high-functioning Aspie (Asperger’s Syndrome).  You don’t really notice anything’s wrong with him until you actually pay attention to what he says.  It seems like he’s trolling you, the ANDY KAUFMAN rebuttal…but he’s actually just not communicating very well and is not conveying his message like a normal adult.  I also thought of COSMO KRAMER from Seinfeld because I admired the way Larry David wrote him…he’s not “slow” like Forrest Gump or Rain Man.  His brain is just operating too fast, and going places most of us can’t follow. I was also a big fan of Susan Harris’ Soap and the neurotic and un-saintly character of JODIE DALLAS, I thought, was amazing to watch. So Jerry was a huge creative challenge…not only writing a flawed gay character but also making him difficult to understand, hard to like, and yet the most poignant pathos of the series yet. ”

The WITCHES are the real wild card of the book and they’re not so easy to categorize because they bring a certain nihilism and anarchy to a very simple world.  They are metaphors for terrorists, as well as religious and political dissidents whose goal is to ultimately destroy society and undermine the ideologies that peaceful civilization holds dear.  So while Salem is what we might consider a nice “horrorist” who doesn’t want to hurt anybody, the Witches do want to uproot society and start over. Bianca Natalie and Rita believe they will rebuild the ashes of Cadabra after the “civilized kingdoms” destroy one another.  So what we have in Book 3 are several anti-conflicts.  All of these antagonists are against Wendy, making life inconvenient for her somehow, but oftentimes they don’t even realize what they’re doing.  The witches are watching Wendy’s every move, planning the uprising, and we can only presume Wendy has a backup plan that will save civilization as we know it.  Because although some of these anti-heroes may be irredeemable, recurring characters like Salem and Mary, give the trilogy its heart and soul and we DO care about how these catastrophic events affect their marriage.”

Continue on in the series with The Watchmaker’s Child. Confused about the King of when and the Empire of where?  You won’t be, after consulting our Cadabra Island Travel Guide, a Wiki page that helps you plan your amazingly safe and completely harmless trip to Cadabra Island. Just look at the locals…how could you not trust these wonderful people?

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