The-Tale-of-the-Chameleons

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Season 1 (1991-1992) 

  1. The Tale of the Phantom Cab 
  2. The Tale of Laughing in the Dark 
  3. The Tale of the Lonely Ghost 
  4. The Tale of the Twisted Claw 
  5. The Tale of the Hungry Hounds 
  6. The Tale of the Super Specs 
  7. The Tale of the Captured Souls 
  8. The Tale of the Nightly Neighbors 
  9. The Tale of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice 
  10. The Tale of Jake and the Leprechaun 
  11.  The Tale of the Dark Music 
  12. The Tale of the Prom Queen 
  13. The Tale of the Pinball Wizard

Season 2 (1993)

  1. The Tale of the Final Wish 
  2. The Tale of the Midnight Madness 
  3. The Tale of Locker 22 
  4. The Tale of the Thirteenth Floor 
  5. The Tale of the Dream Machine 
  6. The Tale of the Dark Dragon 
  7. The Tale of the Frozen Ghost 
  8. The Tale of the Whispering Walls 
  9. The Tale of the Full Moon 
  10. The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle
  11. The Tale of the Magician’s Assistant 
  12. The Tale of the Hatching 
  13. The Tale of Old Man Corcoran

Season 3 (1994)

  1. The Tale of the Midnight Ride 
  2. The Tale of Apartment 214 
  3. The Tale of Watcher’s Woods 
  4. The Tale of the Phone Police 
  5. The Tale of the Dollmaker 
  6. The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter 
  7. The Tale of the Carved Stone 
  8. The Tale of the Guardian’s Curse 
  9. The Tale of the Curious Camera 
  10. The Tale of the Dream Girl 
  11. The Tale of the Quicksilver 
  12. The Tale of the Crimson Clown 
  13. The Tale of the Dangerous Soup

Season 4 (1994-1995)

  1. The Tale of Cutter’s Treasure (Part 1) 
  2. The Tale of Cutter’s Treasure (Part 2) 
  3. The Tale of the Renegade Virus 
  4. The Tale of the Quiet Librarian 
  5. The Tale of the Water Demons 
  6. The Tale of the Long Ago Locket 
  7. The Tale of the Silent Servant 
  8. The Tale of the Room for Rent 
  9. The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner 
  10. The Tale of the Fire Ghost 
  11. The Tale of the Unfinished Painting 
  12. The Tale of the Closet Keepers 
  13. The Tale of the Train Magic

Season 5 (1995-1996)

  1. The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float 
  2. The Tale of the Jagged Sign 
  3. The Tale of Station 109.1
  4. The Tale of the Mystical Mirror 
  5. The Tale of the Chameleons 
  6. The Tale of Prisoner’s Past 
  7. The Tale of C7 
  8. The Tale of the Manaha 
  9. The Tale of the Unexpected Visitor 
  10. The Tale of the Vacant Lot 
  11. The Tale of a Door Unlocked 
  12. The Tale of the Night Shift 
  13. The Tale of the Badge

Dear Betty Ann,

I’m spending the weekend at my friend’s house, but I’m not having a good time.  It turns out that she has an evil doppelgänger, and that the doppelgänger is part of a vast chameleon conspiracy to take over the world.  It led to a situation in which I was literally compelled to murder one of them, even though I couldn’t really tell them apart:

I decided to save the one on the left.   She seemed really thankful to be alive—just like my friend would be—and now we’re back to talking about boys and fashion.  I guess it’s her!  That said, it seems kind of messed up that chameleons are trying to take over the world.  Should I call the police?  I just want to have fun.

Sincerely,

Overwhelmed

* * *

Dear Overwhelmed,

Unfortunately, you’ve killed the wrong one.  A real friend would be unlikely to downplay a chameleon conspiracy to take over the world, particularly if she’d nearly fallen victim to it.  The guilt must be overwhelming, which is likely what’s keeping you in denial about what you’ve done.  You can continue to talk with the chameleon doppelgänger about the inconsequential details of being an American teenager, but one of these days you’ll have to face up to what you’ve done.

I know that nobody wants to go to prison—particularly when they have their whole life ahead of them.  But prison is an essential part of what makes organized society function.  Some of the theories as to why this is, of course, may not be particularly satisfactory to you.  The theory of prison as a necessary means to protect society from its most dangerous members obviously does not apply here.  You do not sound dangerous.  And as far as retribution goes, nothing can replace the young woman you’ve killed—and, in any event, the chameleon doppelgänger would do a better job of that than a prison sentence.

However, there’s more than enough reason to believe that a prison sentence will, overall, be what’s best both for society and for you.  Consider the theory of deterrence: that the threat of prison is necessary to guide people to make law-abiding decisions, and that following through on the threat when people nonetheless choose to break the law is necessary to keep that threat credible.  Given that you’ve partially enabled a chameleon takeover, many more people are likely to be faced with the kind of decision you were faced with.  Society needs to send a message to these people that they must choose wisely or face the consequences.

Similarly, the theory of reformation applies well here: you need to learn not to act so rashly when murder is involved, and prison will force you to accept responsibility for your actions.  Rather than simply working the rest of your life to cover up your crime, formal punishment provides you the opportunity to confess openly to the crime–both to the world and to yourself–and to deal positively with the consequences.  The path of avoidance would likely only lead to self-destruction, but the path of formal justice allows you to move forward with your guilt and seek opportunities to become a stronger, wiser person.

Anyway, I’m sure if you just confess to your crime, the criminal justice system won’t be too hard on you.  You might even get a book deal.  I know this weekend isn’t as much fun as you’d expected, but the most meaningful experiences in life aren’t always fun.

Best,

Betty Ann

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Tale ‘Chameleon’

“Who da fuck is this bitch?” All hopes for a quiet night vanished as Daryl heard Papi, the leader of his new group, squeal the insulting question with a high pitched voice, dragging with him the body of a woman. “Found her in the bushes listening in on us.”

Waves of shock coursed through Daryl’s body as he saw Papi tightly holding onto a ghost of his past. He had never expected there still to be other survivors of the prison group, and least of all had he expected it to be her. But she was too busy fighting Papi’s wandering hands off to see her long lost companion gazing in wonder at her.
“You better let me go or…,” she warned with a persistent tone Daryl knew all too well.
“Or what?” Papi held her jaw painfully in his hand as he snarled in her face.
Her mask of bravery only faltering when her blue eyes fell on Daryl as she was unable to hide her unshed tears from his observant eyes.
“Have you seen her before?” Papi asked, noticing the Hunter’s staring. 

Daryl considered pretending not to know her. Not so much out of fear, but more out of shame. Everything had changed when the prison had fallen. Even Daryl had changed. He had become the thing he had very much despised, another ‘Randall’ who thought it was more convenient to look  away from his group’s actions when they were behaving out of control. Again.

But Daryl felt he had no choice in the matter. He simply couldn’t survive on his own anymore. And after all, ‘surviving’ had always been Daryl’s main goal in life. He might have lost both his brothers, but this apocalypse was not going to kill Daryl Dixon. Even if that meant that he had to live with a different name and a different set of morals. Daryl was a born chameleon, willing to change his colours and blend in if it held the promise of survival. 

He wondered if she’d still remember who he used to be as even Daryl had difficulties recalling the person he once was before joining Papi’s group. 
Blinking her eyes in confusion, her lips formed his name. “Da - Daryl,” she mumbled as shock stopped her from pronouncing it fully the first time.
“No one here’s called Daryl, sweetheart,” the Hispanic man teasingly whispered in her ear. “Who’s Daryl? That yer boyfriend?”
“Please,” she begged him, a single tear escaping her eyes.  
“Don’t be scared, chica. Papi’s gonna treat you right.” The girl recoiled from his lingering finger tracing the tear on her cheekbone.
“She’s my girl,” Daryl spoke up with determination, feeling like his old self again. “Nobody touches her. This one’s mine,” he spat out the last word as it held a threatening promise. “She’s all mine.”

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