The Western Venture - Chapter OneChapter One: Calm Before the StormSeven o'clock in the morning, and Manhattan was already bustling.At the Manson Hotel, situated on Park Avenue in Midtown, businessmen were leaving their lodgings in the direction of Wall Street. There were deals to be made, contracts to be signed, prospects to be destroyed. In a country emerging from the dark days of the Great Depression, capitalism was fast becoming a way of life once more now that people had money again, it seemed they couldn't part with it fast enough.High above them, in the penthouse of the fifty-storey hotel, a teenage girl was planning an escape.Samantha Manson was the heiress to the Manson empire, a commercial empire lucrative enough to attract the attention of the most wealthy and powerful men in the country. This lofty position naturally encouraged these men to attempt an arranged marriage with their own children, a prospect Jeremy Manson seemed all too happy to entertain. Rather than allow this happen, the M
The Western Venture - ProloguePrologueSometimes, all it takes is a bullet to change history.In this case, the bullet is fired by one Giuseppe Zangara, on the 15th of February 1933. The target and victim is President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The would-be President is killed instantly. President John Nance Garner attempts to continue the New Deal programs and lasts two terms, but loses out to Thomas Dewey in the 1940 elections.And thus, the butterfly flaps its wings.In 1934, Adolf Hitler becomes dictator of Germany. In 1938, his administration annexes Austria and steals the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia. In 1939, the rest of the country is absorbed Hitler then invades Poland, igniting the Second World War.The Blitzkrieg is like a sledgehammer against a glass pane. In just nine months, the Nazis have subdued seven countries Poland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and France. Fully half of the British Expeditionary Force is destroyed at Dunkirk. German forces march thro
12th Birthday Contest EntryFor deviantART's 12th birthday, the staff decided to throw a pretentious surprise party for Fella. They gathered at Fella's favorite restaurant, The Fancy Kangaroo, with presents in hand. Llama brought Fella to the door and once they stepped in, all of the staff screamed, "By the power of greyskull!" Fella was so shocked that he instantly burst into flames. He opened his presents to find that Llama had given him 12 ICBMs. He was amazed! He would never forget that night.
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