Ralphie looked around and, sure enough, they were. And so was everything else in the room. Oogie was trying to swim through the air over toward the bacon but only got himself completely turned around and was about to bump into the wall, nose end first.
“Oogie, my stomach doesn’t feel so good!” complained Raph.
Lucille was now floating over toward Ralphie and Oogie, “Hey, this isn’t so bad once you get the hang of it.”
“Well, maybe not for you, Lucille, but we still haven’t gotten any bacon, and it looks like you’re going to miss out on the cream you wanted too.” said Oogie.
“Don’t be too sure about that Oogie, I have myself aimed right at it and will soon have all I want. You just need to get planted on one of the walls so that you can launch yourself toward what you want and the cream is just about mine.”
Lucille was approaching the cream and opening up her mouth to capture one of the floating globs of cream.
“Yummy!” she purred. “Now to get to the other wall and launch myself back for more.”
Oogie watched closely and then twisted himself around and tried to kick off the wall so that he would be aimed at one of the pieces of floating bacon. But he pushed off too hard and flew right past the piece he wanted. It was just out of his reach.
“Darn, I need to push off a little lighter.” he said to himself as he twisted around to get another shot at the bacon of his dreams.
He was just about to push off when Ralphie sailed by and snatched the piece he wanted.
“Mmm-hmm! Thish ish really good bacon, Oogie!” Ralphie said while chomping the delicious morsel down.
“I take it your stomach is doing better now, Ralph?”
“It sure is! That bacon really hit the spot!” Ralphie said with a chuckle.
“Whee! This is fun!” squealed Lucille as she shot by gobbling up another floating blob of cream.
“It sure is!” said Ralphie as he zoomed by and snatching pieces two and three out of the air.
Oogie took aim at the last piece of bacon and was careful not to push too hard this time. He had his aim just right and was just about to snatch it when the alarm stopped sounding, and the whirling lights retracted back into the ceiling. At the same time, things stopped floating in the air and headed straight for whatever was beneath them. The gravity was back on, and Oogie missed his mark and fell to the floor instead.
The last thing he saw was the bacon dropping alongside him and then…nothing.
When Oogie’s eyes opened again, the kitchen was a complete shambles with stuff scattered everywhere on the floor, table top and counters. His head was pounding, and his stomach was growling.
“Oogie, are you ok?” Ralphie asked.
“I think so, everything is a little blurry,” Oogie replied.
“Well, it’s good to know that a knock on the head just knocks you out and doesn’t kill you. I guess your head’s too hard for that.” Lucille said with a little laugh in her voice.
“I almost had that last piece of bacon too, darn!” moaned Oogie.
“Yeah, you came mighty close.” Lucille snickered.
“Yeah, Oogie, about that last piece…um.” said Ralphie almost under his breath.
“Where is it, Ralphie? You got the other three, where is the last one?”
“Umm … well, you see it was like this—”
“Like what? I saw it falling with me. I almost had it.”
Lucille started walking away and snickered. “I’ll just let you two sort this out. Bye, fellas! Call me the next time you have a big foolproof plan.”
“Oogie, don’t get mad. It wasn’t my fault.”
Oogie stood up and moved close to Ralphie until they were almost nose to nose.
“What wasn’t your fault? Come on, Ralphie, where is that last piece of bacon?”
“It’s just that it landed … right … in … my … mouth. It was an accident!”
“What? How can a piece of bacon just land in your mouth?”
“Well, I sort of landed on top of you with my mouth up and – well – it just dropped right into my mouth. I—just—gobbled it down out of reflex. I’m sorry, Oogie.”
“Of all the bad luck …”
“Oh no, Oogie. This really was your best plan ever!”
Oogie just turned away and muttered to himself. “All my planning, down the drain. Gonna have to think of another plan now… Hmmm, that just might work!”