I did a short story once for my nephew who loves Popeye. He has autism and always laughs when I tell him the story. So I wanted to share the story on my blog page and dedicate it to him.
I DO NOT OWN NOR MAKE ANY PROFIT FROM THE CHARACTERS IN THIS STORY. THEY ARE THE SOLE PROPERTY OF THEIR CREATORS AND TRADEMARK OWNERS. THIS IS ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF MY NEPHEWS AMUSEMENT.
One lazy afternoon while Popeye the Sailor Man was drifting along the big wide sea, he spotted a blazing spot in the sky.
“Whoa!” Popeye said. “What’s that be in the sky?” Popeye watched, as the spot grew larger and larger until the spot became a shape. A saucer shape and it was flying directly at him.
“Blow me down, it’s a flyen saucer ship!” Popeye exclaimed. The flying saucer head towards Popeye and his tiny boat until it took a nosedive and plunged into the sea. The impact caused a massive wave that nearly capsized Popeye’s tiny ship and sent him into the water. Nevertheless, being a master sailor he kept himself and his ship afloat.
“Whoa! That be a close one. What in the world was that?” He said rubbing his chin. He waited for a long time for someone to come to the surface, but no one came. Popeye began to worry and finally had to dive into the deep blue sea to find out if anyone maybe in danger.
Popeye dove deeper and deeper into the dark blue water. Light dimmed and the fish around him got bigger and stranger. However, Popeye is friends with most of the sea creatures of the ocean, so he was not afraid. Just as long as me don’t run into any blasted sharks. Popeye thought. Popeye finally spotted the flying saucer at the bottom of the sea between two coral reefs. It was bigger than it appeared in the sky, bigger than two football fields. It was black with tiny windows all around. Popeye watched as lights of every color glowed from the windows, and a soft hum sounded through the water. Popeye swam down to the sunken saucer and was about to pull himself on to it when suddenly a small hatch opened on the top of the saucer. Popeye then watched as a giant white hand attached to a metal arm reached out from the saucer and grabbed him. What in the blazes! Popeye thought as he began to pry the giant fingers away. The hand pulled the shocked sailor man into the inside of the saucer and the hatch from whence it came closed.
Popeye found himself in a room the size of his captain’s quarters on his ship. The floor, ceiling, and walls were all black and metal. The giant hand was cranked up and sitting lifeless in the corner of the room. In the room with him were some piles of trash, old tires, cans, and other things that people cast into the ocean. Popeye shook his head.
“Boy that pops my bubble when I see garbage in me oceans.” Popeye looked for a door to leave the room but saw instead bars and a tiny figure with a helmet like an old-fashioned knight. On top of the helmet was something that looked like a scrub brush he may use to scrub his deck. The figure was about three feet tall and stood at the door glaring at Popeye while holding a weird looking gun.
“My name is Commander Marvin.” The tiny figure said in the most peculiar voice. “I am from Mars, and you are my PRISONOR.” Popeye nearly spit out his pipe.
“What? Mars, prisoner! What in the blue sea are you yammerin about?” Popeye asked the Martian.
“You heard me Earthling. You are my prisonor along with these other earthling creatures.” Popeye looked and saw on the wall behind the Martian a bunch of fish, whales, and sharks that the giant hand must have caught. Popeye frowned.
“Why I oughta. I thought you were hurt. I swamed down here to help you and this is the thanks I be getten.” He said as the Martian began to walk away.
“Don’t blame me for your mistakes earthling. I will take you back to mars in a few hours to study you. Right after I set the Uranium PU-36 Illudium radioactive space modulator to go off after we are safely in orbit.” The Martian said walking down the long corridor.
“What is the Geranium PU Idioodium radio space thing?” Popeye asked. The Martian continued over to an enormous device that looked like the biggest telescope Popeye had ever seen. But at the end where glass should be was empty. The Martian began screwing a small fuse into the small end of the device.
“It is my delicious bomb to blow up your pathetic earth with one shattering KABOOM!” The Martian said with wide eyes. Seeing, as that was all Popeye could actually see of the Martian man.
“Kaboom! Oh no, what about Olive, Sweetpea, Wimpy? I can’t let them go kaboom!” Popeye said trying to think of a way out of the cell and stop the Martian.
Popeye looked for a way out when he suddenly saw on the top of the pile of garbage, a can of his spinach.
“Well whata ya know.” Popeye said smiling. “It must have fell out during that wave and the big hand grabbed it.” Popeye climbed to the top of the junk pile, crushed open the can and swallowed his spinach.
His muscles began bulging and he jumped down to the bars of the cell. Popeye pulled the bars apart and stepped into the large long corridor. The Martian looked around and saw Popeye heading towards him.
“How did you get out?” He yelled. “Seize him!” The Martian yelled and out of nowhere, four large fuzzy green Martians with necks and faces like buzzards ran towards Popeye.
Popeye punched the Martians sending them into the air and they all disappeared as quickly as they appeared. Popeye moved towards the tiny Martian commander.
“Stop there earthling. Don’t make me eviscerate you!” He said pointing his gun at Popeye. Popeye grabbed the gun and smashed it. He then pounded the Martian until all he saw was the helmet and two little feet. Popeye took the fuse out of the Martian’s Uranium PU-36 Illudium radioactive space modulator and smashed it in his hand. The Martian began to cry.
“But the earth was supposed to go KABOOM. An earth shattering KABOOM!” The Martian cried.
“You want a kaboom, I’lls give ya a kaboom.” Popeye said and kicked the helmet hard all the way down the long black metal corridor. Popeye then went and released all the fish and other sea creatures from their cells. After that, he pried open the hatch that the giant hand came out of and swam back out into the sea. He began swimming up to his ship and was nearly to the surface when the giant white hand grabbed him again. Popeye saw the Martian in the main window of the saucer glaring from a dented and scratched helmet.
“You are still my prisonor. You ruined my kaboom, and for that you shall return to Mars and stand trial.” The Martian said through speakers in the ship.
“I don’t think so mate.” Popeye said. Popeye pried the fingers away breaking them like twigs. He grabbed the hand by its metal wrist and began to spin. He spun fast and hard and a whirlpool began to form in the ocean. The Martian was slung to the side of his saucer and begged for Popeye to stop.
“Bon voyage!” Popeye yelled and hurled the saucer out of the ocean, through the air, and back into space from where it came.
As Popeye stopped, spinning the water calmed again. Popeye climbed back into his ship and looked to the sky. The sun was about to set and the sky became a serene mix of purple, pink and gold. Popeye laughed as he drifted toward the horizon.
“Ha, guck, a, guck, a guck!” he chuckled. “That little Martian thought he could kaboom the earth. Not while there’s me around.” Popeye began to dance a little as he started to sing,
“Cause I’m strong to the finish, cause I eats me spinach. I’m Popeye the sailor man. TOOT, TOOT!”