Queens are Wild

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NOVEL COMPLETE: Resolution and coronation of birthday girl Margeaux Quigley, America's first ceremonial queen.

Chapter 34 (v.1) - A Queen at Eighteen

Submitted: July 03, 2012

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Date: May 23, 2036
Place: Washington, D.C.
As Bill Cyr had predicted, once Robert Ballentine ceased to exist, the entire hostile takeover collapsed very quickly.
The Chinese leadership, as it said it would do, called Ballentine a home-grown U.S. terrorist who paid North Korean mercenaries to do the dirty work. Though it was harshly condemned by the U.S. and its allies, China refused to admit it had been paid a huge sum to recruit North Korea, help coordinate the coup and covertly support it with military and technological aid.
With the president safe and the U.S. military able to fully flex its muscle again, all 49 of Ballentine’s royal lords and every member of the Black Death was either killed or captured by the second week of April. The prisoners would be brought before military tribunals in the coming months. On top of that, a total of 27 turncoats within the U.S. government and military were arrested, charged with treason and awaiting trials that almost certainly would result in the death penalty.
Despite the ongoing tensions with China and North Korea, President Quigley promised to focus her energy on looking inward and using the incident as a valuable lesson. America needed to get her own house in order: reduce her military presence overseas; channel more resources to paying down debts; shore up her inner defenses; root out potential traitors; and vastly overhaul an education system that was failing its children and leaving the U.S. frighteningly vulnerable to smarter enemies.
On a lighter note, young Margeaux Quigley had become a hero and instant sex symbol to the restored United States of America, which once again included Hawaii. The teen, who was now living at the White House and finishing her senior year of high school in Virginia, vowed to never show her naked body again on live TV, much to the disappointment of every teenage boy and hot-blooded male in the U.S. and beyond. Unfortunately for her, most of her ardent fans already had her memorable performance in Ballentine’s queen contest finale preserved forever on their DVRs.
Young Margeaux’s public relations team of Baker & Baker (yes, Jimmy Baker-17 and Jimmy Baker-69) came up with the idea of T-shirts that promoted both her and the president’s acts of valor at the same time. On the white shirt’s front, black letters read: “Who shot Balls?” above a photo of President Quigley and her raised gun -- a screen grab from the live TV shooting. Below the photo, in red letters, it said, “President Margeaux Quigley, commander-in-chief and savior of the USA.” On the back, there was a large photo of young Margeaux Quigley in her blue senior prom dress and gold tiara. Underneath the photo, in red letters, it said: “America’s First Queen’s Day -- May 23, 2036.”
Yes, President Quigley had decided to honor young Margeaux with the ceremonial title of queen for risking her life to save the commander-in-chief and the nation from Robert Ballentine. But the two Quigleys also had a practical strategy in mind to take advantage of the special teen’s massive popularity. Sure to be in even greater demand with her new royal role, young Margeaux would make special appearances throughout the country to raise money for both national debt reduction and college scholarship funds.
Queen Margeaux Quigley was to be crowned on her 18th birthday -- May 23, 2036 -- on a gorgeous morning in the White House rose garden. Wearing a long, cream-colored dress with her black hair flowing down her back, young Margeaux carried a bouquet of roses in her left hand as she waved to her family, friends, White House staffers, media and a select group of citizens who were allowed in for the televised ceremony. A much bigger party, complete with music and fireworks, was scheduled for that night on the National Mall. Hundreds of thousands of people already were camped out between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in anticipation of the inaugural Queen’s Night festivities.
Margeaux’s mother and brother were among those smiling back at her as she waited to be crowned. Margeaux and the president already had begun planning to throw their mother a 90th birthday party in August at the White House.
Bill Cyr, Lou Ventana and G52 also attended the queen’s coronation. Cyr was now working alongside his stepmother as a security aide at the White House. Ventana, still struggling from the effects of the CAR trips, had retired from the Navy and was taking some time off to write a book about his adventures. And G52, at the urging of young Margeaux, was revealed to the nation shortly after the country was restored to order in April. Margeaux believed the government should not be allowed to keep such secrets from its taxpaying citizens. They deserved to know if an alien life form had crashed into the Pacific Ocean and been retrieved by Navy Seals.
In late August, Queen Margeaux, Cyr and G52 would embark on an educational tour to coincide with the teen’s fundraising efforts. The trio planned to “show and tell” for kids at more than 120 schools in all 50 states. Margeaux told G52 it was a good way to repent for his role in the deaths of the five boys at Kingsbury High School. Also, she insisted that from now on G52 and Cyr would only teach kids how to play chess the old-fashioned way -- on a flat board. They both agreed and Margeaux was eager for that new adventure to begin. College and a return to the soccer pitch would have to wait until the fall of 2037, Margeaux said. She needed at least a year to regroup from her ordeal and adapt to being queen.
President Quigley, meanwhile, had a re-election campaign to think about, but her poll numbers were looking stellar ever since the nation watched her blow away Robert Ballentine on live TV. On this beautiful May morning, however, the president wasn’t worried about politics. She was just happy to be alive, free again and extremely thankful for the heroic efforts of young Margeaux on the high seas. She shed a tear and beamed with pride as she gently placed the gleaming, seven-pointed, diamond-encrusted crown atop the birthday girl’s head. After warmly embracing the new queen and whispering in her ear for nearly a minute, the president motioned for her to say a few words at the podium, which was set up in front of the media and spectators. The small crowd cheered as she smiled, waved and walked gracefully toward the podium.
When the queen stood before the microphone, everybody went silent. Only the joyful spring sounds of birds singing could be heard. Queen Margeaux took it all in as she surveyed the amazing scene in front of her -- so many friendly, hopeful faces surrounded by fragrant blossoms bursting forth in reds, pinks and whites. It was also wonderful to see the dazzling red, white and blue of Old Glory rippling in the breeze above her. The solid black flag of Robert Ballentine turned out to be only a brief nightmare in the grand scheme of things. I have my whole life still in front of me and so does America, she thought. Let’s make the most of it, starting today.
That’s when Queen Margeaux leaned closer to the microphone and spoke from her heart: “Good morning to you all on such a beautiful spring day. I am humbled and honored to be crowned the first queen of the United States of America,” she said to a rousing ovation that lasted for nearly two minutes. She blushed, grinned and blew kisses. “While all you’ve heard about me is true -- that I am from a different time, 1984 to be exact -- I still come from the same great nation as all of you. I will dedicate the rest of my life to making sure this country is the best she can be for all of her people.”
Thunderous applause filled young Margeaux with joy. She had tears in her brilliant blue eyes as she continued, but she spoke clearly: “Before we run off to celebrate tonight, I want to leave you with one thought to reflect on. The Secret Service has been letting me drive to school like a normal person at least once a week. The other day, I was waiting at a red light and I noticed a bumper sticker on the car in front of me. I was struck by what it said and I think you will be, too. Apparently different versions of this same quote have been attributed to everyone from Jimi Hendrix of America, to Sri Chinmoy Ghose of India, to William Gladstone of England. Maybe that’s because these words should ring true for every human being, every nation on this planet and every creature in the universe. The bumper sticker said: ‘When the power of love is greater than the love of power, then we will know peace.’ Let’s become a nation of powerful lovers! Thank you fellow Americans for all of your love and support, and God bless you all.”
The spectators erupted again and Queen Margeaux blew more kisses to her people. She carried herself with the elegance and poise of someone far beyond her 18 years. The president clapped with tears in her eyes. Even Lou Ventana applauded her leadership. Seconds later, the crowd began chanting, “God save the queen, God save the queen.”
Later that evening, hundreds of thousands of Americans -- many wearing the T-shirts designed by Baker & Baker -- took up that same refrain between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. Fireworks exploded on high and dazzled onlookers with a brilliant array of colors against the black sky. The Reflecting Pool on the National Mall glowed and shimmered from the lights overhead. Soon, people began jumping into the water and dancing around as patriotic music blared from massive speakers. But nothing could drown out the united chorus of “God save the queen.”
It surely was a wild scene.
-- The End --


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