Page 1 - Introduction
Hello, and welcome to the second issue of the 9/11 Fanzine 2015. In this particular issue, I talk about what happened since the events of "9/11 Averted". I'll also be interviewing Andrea Marshall Élan in the featured article section of the magazine. So all you have to do now is just sit back, relax, and enjoy this premiere issue of this magazine!
Page 2 - Short Stories: "Post 9/11"
I wondered what was happening when I went to Dicky Michaelson’s apartment and found it empty. It was like no one lived there. Dicky and his children, Lysander and Margaret, weren’t there.
For the first time in 13 years, there was no one at Apartment 484.
I wondered what happened to Dicky, as I knew he wouldn’t leave the apartment unless he was traveling the country doing book promotions. Lysander and Margaret were at the age where they spent more time with their friends than with their father. But this couldn’t be right. Nobody just leaves this apartment building without a word; that’s not how it’s done here.
Yet, that’s what happened to Dicky. He left the apartment. The sad part was that no one saw him leaving the place either.
The events of September 11, 2001 came and passed; rumors about him and his two cousins Logan Dara and Andrea Marshall Elan being kidnapped and murdered in the streets near the World Trade Center spread through the entire city like wildfire. But I would know if Dicky was dead, as I'm an EMT. On top of that, those rumors about his death couldn’t be proven.
Yet on September 15, 2001, I (along with the rest of the country) gasped when Dicky revealed that he learned about his impending death on September 11. He and his two cousins fled across state lines and hid in Boston, Massachusetts. The police arrested their would-be killers soon after they left New York. I found myself breathing a huge sigh of relief, as I didn’t want to tell Lysander and Margaret about their father’s death.
Nevertheless, I wasn’t satisfied with everything that happened; mainly Dicky choosing to hide in Boston and have the entire country wondering where he was. I mean, he could have asked the NYPD for help instead of skipping town. Yet, that wasn’t for me to decide.
Page 3 - Essays
Why I Stopped the 9/11 attacks by Sean Michael Rowes
I know that you're all asking me why I stopped the 9/11 attacks, so here it is:
There’s an alternative world where the 9/11 attacks happened and my cousins Logan, Dicky, and Andrea were killed. They, along with 3,000 other people, died when two planes hit the Twin Towers and caused them to collapse. I didn’t even have knowledge of the attacks (as I was in Rhode Island at the time) until a few days later, when the news of their deaths started pouring in.
With the attacks happening, there was also the "war on terror" and fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but that wasn't all that happened because of 9/11. Harry Potter took over the world, with a small number of Christians that were strong enough to hold back that storm. Also, the gay rights issue also re-emerged too, with no one able to stop the issue of gay marriage from becoming the center of the fight.
Still, why did I stop the 9/11 attacks from happening? Plain and simple, the attacks did NOT need to happen. Nobody needed to die on September 11, 2001; that included Logan, Dicky, and Andrea.
Yet, when I found and caught the men who plotted to carry out the attacks, I had no idea that I opened up a new world, one where many of today's problems didn't exist. I don't know what's going to happen because of me, but I know that the world is already a different place because of what myself and my cousins did on September 11, 2001.
Page 4 - Advice from Lucy Miller
I'm a mentally disabled girl who's tired of people assuming I’m weak and defenseless. Every day, I must deal with people treating me like I’m a child instead of a 12-year-old girl. Yesterday, a man told my mother that I needed to go to a mental hospital, as if I’m a creature that needs to be put away! How can I make people respect me when it's evident they don’t want to accept my existence?
Wanting to be Normal
Dear Wanting to be Normal,
While your story breaks my heart, I begin to wonder about how society's treatment of you is taking a toll on your family. You haven't mentioned your father or siblings and how your disability affects them. Also, it helps to find some charities that cater to handicapped people, such as The Autistic Self Advocacy Network. (I would use caution when approaching Special Olympics for several reasons.)
Remember that while your parents are raising you, YOU have the final say about how you live your life. Don’t allow others to tear you down because of your disability.
Featured Article - Andrea Deborah Marshall Élan
Now we have an exclusive interview with Andrea Deborah Marshall Élan. Andrea was born on February 11, 1979 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan (Canada) to Bassill Moghaddam and Joanna Marshall. In 1992, Andrea became the first handicapped person to win an Oscar for her role in the movie Child of Suffering. Despite that historic win, she did not become a big movie star until her cousin Logan Dara hired her to star in several TV shows and movies produced by Moviemagic Films.
Me: We're happy to have you here, Andrea.
Andrea Élan: Thank you.
Me: I have some questions for you, if you don't mind.
A.E.: Sure, go ahead.
Me: You said that your foster family didn’t want you to move to Hollywood when you were nine years old?
A.E.: Well, Angelina Andrews didn’t want me to make plans to be famous because “people with disabilities shouldn’t be famous”, but I wanted to be seen in movies. That’s why I ran away from home.
Me: Next question: how did you meet Logan?
A.E.: We met at one of the parties for my movie “The Operation”; when I told him about how I had a difficult time getting jobs, he hired me to play the part of Yasmine Diaz in “Temmy & Venus".
Me: And that led to you becoming the highly-demanded actress of the 90s.
A.E.: Nope, not even close. In fact, the only movies I was in were the ones that Logan directed and produced. Those movies were "Adventures in Eswoth" and "The Legend of the Wizard". Plus, I have a small part in the upcoming movie “The Frostfall”, which I hope people will see this Thanksgiving weekend.
Me: I see. What character will you play in “The Frostfall”?
A.E.: I play the part of Kristyan Jiccosop, who stands up to the Crown Prince Gerwin Moonmore when he decides to mess with her mother. Even though I only have 10 minutes of screen time in the movie, I hope that people will stick around to see me.
Me: Oh, I’m sure they will. Speaking of movies, I must ask you the same question that I asked Logan: will you allow your children to watch the new Harry Potter movie when it comes out in theaters?
A.E.: Harry Potter? Please! That’s just another useless fad that will last for a second, and then be forgotten about when something better comes along.
Me: OK then. I assume that you have heard the rumors about your death on 9/11.
A.E.: Yes, I have, and I tell you something, those rumors are the dumbest rumors that I’ve heard. None of those stories they wrote about me are true and I can’t believe that the public brought into those stories! I really wished that those tabloids weren’t allowed to exist, as half the stuff they write is untrue.
Me: I guess this concludes this interview.
Page 6 - News article - "Harry Potter: Harmless Reading or Witchcraft Promotion?"
The Mercersburg City Traveler
September 18, 2001
Unless you live under a rock, the news of a movie being made out of the Harry Potter books has been circulating all over the world for a few months. Yet, many people are concerned about the amount of witchcraft that’s rumored to be in the story; many people already oppose the Harry Potter books simply for the magic in them.
Now that a movie about Harry Potter is coming out in theaters mid-November, we believe that it's time to take a look at the Harry Potter books and determine if the books are suitable for reading or they should be destroyed.
Many people who read the Harry Potter books have discovered that the books have copied elements out of several famous books, among them Jill Murphy's "The Worst Witch", Neil Gaiman's "The Books of Magic", and even J.R.R. Tolkien’s "The Lord of the Rings". Harry Potter was accused of not only promoting witchcraft, but also being a poorly written book full of weak characters, clichés, inconsistencies, and a plot that really needs to be reworked. In short, the Harry Potter books are not good books for a targeted younger audience, as those books left older readers out in the cold.
I recommend that you skip the Harry Potter movie and find something else to watch.
Veronica Mclaughlin, who wrote this article, is the author of "The Outlaws of Methone".
Page 7 - Pop culture
Movies of the week (Theatrical releases)
1. Cheaters [PG-13]
2. Hardball [R]
4. Novocaine [R]
5. Rock Star [R]
Songs of the week
1. I'm Real - Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule
2. Fallin' - Alicia Keys
3. Where The Party At - Jagged Edge With Nelly
4. Someone To Call My Lover - Janet
5. Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) - Blu Cantrell
6. U Remind Me - Usher
7. Let Me Blow Ya Mind - Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani
8. It's Been Awhile - Staind
9. Drops Of Jupiter (Tell Me) - Train
10. Hanging By A Moment - Lifehouse
Books of the week
1. VALHALlA RISING, by Clive Cussler
2. ENVY, by Sandra Brown
3. THE SMOKE JUMPER, by Nicholas Evans
4. SUZANNE'S DIARY FOR NICHOLAS, by James Patterson
5. SHOCK, by Robin Cook
6. EMLOCK BAY, by Catherine Coulter
7. LAKE WOBEGON SUMMER 1956, by Garrison Keillor
8. CANE RIVER, by Lalita Tademy
9. THE FORGOTTEN, by Faye Kellerman
10. HOSTAGE, by Robert Crais
Page 8 - Short Story "Foiled!"
Osama bin Laden was extremely angry.
He found out that the FBI thwarted his planned attack on the Twin Towers. The police had taken 19 men into custody and accused them of plotting to attack the United States of America by hijacking four airplanes and smashing them into three buildings. The men in question were sitting in a federal prison outside Virginia awaiting their inevitable trial.
He was even angrier when he discovered that three American cousins (two of them with mental disabilities) had exposed that plot to the world. They weren’t supposed to know anything about the attacks to begin with. Many people around the world became angry upon hearing the news of said plot and they called for his arrest and execution.
The rest of the story was how he reacted to the news of the cousins thwarting the attacks, but that part was deemed unfit for publication.
Page 9 - What's in the next issue
Unfortunately, we're now at the end of this issue. But don't worry, because we have some exciting new things happening in the next issue:
1. News about the cousins's disappearance and return
2. Interview with Suzette Mullen, author of "The Destiny of Lacey Parrish"
3. Andrea's opinions about the fake stories written about her
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