Relations: Smash Your TV! (online version)
Danny Fire 
Danny Fire missed UUtopius. But there was no more UUtopius. Most of the people of UUtopius
were gone; scattered around the planet Earth --except for Jenna and Hotcha who were in outer
space somewhere. And since there was no UUtopius, there was no place on Earth that he would
rather be than here in Africa with Astasha on this grand adventure.
They were hoping that they would find a new UUtopius here in Africa. They had heard about
the tribals that lived in the deep jungles. Similar to but also different than the firsts,
the Native American people that were the foundation upon which UUtopius had been built. What
would an African UUtopius be like? They both wanted nothing more than to find out.
He looked down to find her. She was some 30 feet below him on the cliff face. Traveling
was so much easier before their Flies ran out of energy. African jungle was very hard to
traverse under your own power. And this rock shelf that they were climbing was very slow
going but afforded a beautiful view of the water fall. He stopped on a ledge and gazed
at it while he caught his breath. He had an equally beautiful view of Astasha as she climbed.
She was magnificent: Rugged, strong, beautiful, intelligent, charismatic. He missed his other
loves: Janice especially, but also Hotcha. But for right now, there was no one he'd rather
be with than Astasha, and no place better to be than the cliff face, pushing themselves to
He was about to resume his climbing but Astasha called out to him to wait up. He took a
seat on the ledge and waited for her to catch up.
"I dropped it," she huffed, trying to catch her breath as he helped her up onto the ledge.
"Our i2! It fell all the way down to the bottom. We don't have any way of communicating.
or even getting news."
She seemed more shaken than he had ever seen her get about anything. "Don't worry about it,"
he said pulling her close to him. "UUtopius never had an i2, and new UUtopius will get along
fine without one too."
"Danny. It's really wonderful the way you actually live your glass-is-half-full mantra.
But take a look around. Our odds of finding the tribals out here in all this are almost
nil. Our food is all but gone. Now we don't even have any way to call for help. This
could easily be it for us."
"If we die. We die together. I can live with that. Until I do die though, I will press on.
Have you caught your breath yet?"
"Sure," she grumbled. She loved him. Usually his sunny disposition was exactly what she
needed, but sometimes it got on her nerves. He was right though. Dwelling on the things that
were going wrong would serve no purpose. So she began climbing. He let her go ahead of him
this time. Three hours later they had reached the top of the cliff face. And as soon as they
reached the top they found a gathering of Africans there at the top. Africans with machine
guns and rocket launchers. The Africans were pointing their weapons at them and yelling in
a tribal language while the pair struggled to catch their breath.
Danny tried to communicate with them in English and they just stared at him contemptuously.
He tried to communicate with sign language and then he tried to communicate with simple
gestures. He seemed to be succeeding in pissing them off, but nothing more. He looked over
his shoulder at Astasha and flashed his boyish grin and said "Well, I think we managed to
find some tribals at least."
They shot at his feet. Their disposition seemed to indicate that they wanted him to be
silent. Apart from occasional communication in their strange language the Africans were
mostly silent. They seemed to have exhausted their curiosity and were now intent on marching
the two of them away from the cliff face. Danny and Astasha remained silent and marched
where they were led with a dozen guns trained on them.