Jazz Age Wednesdays ― Hullaba Lulu 12.1

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

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Iset. Art by Rob Goldstein.

Welcome to Jazz Age Wednesdays.  This is where I share stories set in the Roaring Twenties, be they cozy mysteries (like Pip’s stories) or dieselpunk, like Hullaba Lulu.

San Francisco artist, Rob Goldstein  created the pos-i-lutely swell images for this episode.  If you need a comprehensive review of this serial, I did that with a Real World Tech Review episode. 

Previously with Hullaba Lulu

Nikola Tesla tried again, to use his violet ray machine to heal Valentino. However the enigmatic man remained semi-conscious and delirious. In his ravings Valentino cried out “Sarcophagus!”

Abruptly the mysterious raven-haired woman appeared. Valentino called her “Iset,” finally showing us what he had been trying to say in his delirium with “Is.. Is.”    

Frighteningly, Iset leaned over Valentino and told him “I’ll be glad when you’re dead, you rascal, you. Oh, I’ll be tickled to death when you leave this earth, it’s true.” Just as scary, she winked at Gramps when he recognized the song from which those hateful-sounding words came.

Then, Iset with her multicolored wings flew away with Valentino! 

I think I hear the trumpet’s call.  Let’s get a wiggle on with Chapter 12.1. 

All aboard!

Hullaba Lulu

Chapter 12.1


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Valentino being carried off by Iset. Art by Rob Goldstein

The blue sky seemed to shimmer around them.  I watched helplessly as the beautiful woman Valentino had called Iset soared away on multicolored wings.  Valentino dangled in her grasp.

Valentino’s angel-bots poured out of the train, following on the ground.  They ran faster than I would have imagined possible.  It looked like they were trying to get a head of the flying woman.  Having achieved a small lead, they abruptly began to climb onto one another’s shoulders. 

They formed a triangular shape of clockwork bodies that towered skyward.  A trio of angel bots ran for momentum and began vaulting up toward the top of the formation.  One was noticeably smaller than the other two.  It had to be Wicky, Wacky, and the more diminutive Woo.

“Heroes, each one of them!” Tesla cried as he stared at the automatons in admiration.  “I always knew it was in them.”

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Tesla, as imagined by Rob Goldstein

He lifted his hand to shield his eyes from the intense sunlight, dislodging Pearl’s hold on his arm.

“But they are machines,” Pearl complained.

Tesla looked at her as if she had said something incomprehensible.

Woo climbed and jumped along with Wicky and Wacky, all three received helping hands from the automatons in the formation.  Finally, they were at the top of the triangle.  I gasped in astonishment when Wicky and Wacky each took one of Woo’s arms and threw her high into the sky!

As Woo was propelled heavenward, Iset passed over with Valentino.  Woo grabbed for the enigmatic man’s ankle.  However, she lost her hold and fell back.

Iset lost her grasp on Valentino.  Still unconscious he fell through the air along with Woo.  Woo tried again to catch hold of him as they fell, but Valentino was just out of her reach.

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Woo’s desperate grab for Valentino as Iset carries him away.  Art by Rob Goldstein

Wicky and Wacky leaned out dangerously far in attempt to catch the falling Woo.  At first, she reached toward them.  Then the entire formation of angle-bots became unstable and started to wobble. 

The tower of automatons swayed far to the left and then dangerously to the right.  It made me think of a terrifying tango as they leaned forward as if in a dip and then swayed some more.

Woo drew back her hand, apparently realizing that if the others caught her the entire group would fall disastrously.  Wicky and Wacky straightened.  The towering triangle of automatons gradually settled as each clockwork creature regained balance.

Meanwhile, Valentino’s unconscious form plummeted earthward.  Iset swooped down and caught him, barely a second before he would have hit the ground.  A few flaps of her majestic multicolored wings took them back high into the sky again.

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Lulu in Egypt, by Rob Goldstein

With so much happening, I repeatedly looked from one impending tragedy to the other. 

I saw Woo’s metal form hit the desert sands.  Her body bounced more than once.  I saw pieces of her come loose.

Cringing and unable to bear that terrible scene, I looked back to Iset and Valentino.  They had already flown beyond my sight.


Nickola Tesla screamed in horror when he witnessed Woo’s fall.

“Quickly, quickly!  There will be much to be repaired,” Tesla cried and ran toward his automobile.

The wind whipped up fiercely.

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Gramps by Rob Goldstein

“A tail wind,” Gramps commented, looking at the sky where we last saw Iset and Valentino.  “We’ll never catch up with her now.”

Gramps and I hurried after the inventor.  Of course, Pearl was right on Tesla’s heels.  Her turban almost came off as she ran.  Pearl paused to make sure her hair was hidden.

I saw the bluish gold angel-bot near Tesla’s electric automobile.  Moon always looked after the most advanced of the amazing whatchamacallits on the train.  He seldom left the train so it was not unexpected that he stayed behind when the other attendants left.  However, I was surprised to see a thick cable that ran from the automobile to Moon’s stomach.

“Moon!” Nikola Tesla called to the angel-bot.  “What have you done?” he asked in dismay.

Sparks came from Moon’s eyes.  The usual clicks and whirrs were broken by electric pops.  The automaton turned to Tesla in an unsteady motion.

Papá,” Moon began in a barely audible voice.  “There were difficulties charging your vehicle.  You must have the automobile if you are to reach Valentino in time.  I had to make sure it was charged inmediatamente,” the angle-bot said.  “So, I had to use my own lifeforce to power it.”

Abruptly Moon collapsed in a heap of blue-gold metal.


The End


Things are even worse! How is that possible? How many angel-bots were hurt when their towering triangle formation collapsed.  Woo was in pieces when she hit the ground. Can she be saved?  Plus, with the wind assisting her flight, how can they catch up with Iset?  And what does she have in mine anyway?  Be at the station again next week.  Maybe we’ll get some answers then.

Real World Notes

Nikola Tesla’s Electric Car.  There are a number of conflicting stories as to whether Tesla truly invented a working, rechargeable electric car.  However, there are also numerous accounts of his inventions and discoveries being suppressed by corporations and other entities who did so to advance their own financial interests.  I’ll leave it to you to decide.  In Hullaba Lulu, Nikola Tesla has his own fictional electric automobile.

The Tango.  Above, not your everyday tango! In the 1920s, the tango moved out of the lower-class brothels and became a more respectable form of music and dance.

I hope you will be at the station again next week to catch the diesel-punk train.

Thanks for visiting.  You’re the caterpillar’s kimono!


Now some shameless self-promotion for my other 1920s books — the original “three things” stories about Paisley Idelle Peabody, aka Pip, and her friends.

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Murder at the Bijou — Three Ingredients I

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The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story Kindle 

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Artwork Copyright © 2018 by Rob Goldstein

Copyright © 2018 by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

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78 thoughts on “Jazz Age Wednesdays ― Hullaba Lulu 12.1

        1. Oh?! Yay!!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Adele.
          I haven’t been able to finish the edits to book-2 with Lulu going on (and work… mostly work). Anyhow, **before** I ever met you, Atonement, TN had an Adelle (southerners tend to like double “L” spellings), and she shows up in book-2. She’s older than you, but I think you’ll like her. Even though there’s no connection, I would have felt bad if my Adelle wasn’t fabulous, just because the name is so close to yours. Two fabulous Adeles now (well, except the spelling). Ignore me. I’m just giddy because you loved the novel. More hugs.

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  1. Oh, those poor angel-bots. I hope they somehow are able to put themselves back together, Teagan. I’ve just finished watching the first season of Lost In Space on Netflix, and the robot on there had a great way of putting itself back together again.
    And what about Valentino? I do hope Iset hasn’t taken him to her love nest.
    Hugs to you.

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    1. Hi Hugh, it’s great to see you. I’ve recently started watching the new Lost in Space too. The first few minutes of episode one didn’t click with me (months ago) so I turned it off. Then recently I tried the show again and I do enjoy it — and Robot, a lot. I’m only a few episodes into the series though.
      Tesla might have to choose between the automatons and Valentino. Hopefully some questions will be answered next week. 🙂 Heartfelt thanks for visiting. You’re the caterpillar’s kimono!

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  2. The automatons really gave their all for the cause. That was an intense segment, Teagan. I’m pretty sure I’m leaving with more questions than I had when I got there (but I enjoyed the journey). Great illustrations (as usual throughout this series) and some excellent story telling.

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    1. Hi Dan.I’m glad we could provide an exciting episode. I hope I will answer your questions next time… serials being what they are.
      (But if you have that nagging feeling that I’ve missed something, please let me know — I wouldn’t invite just anybody to do that.) I’m pos-i-lutely glad you’re on this train. You’re the cat’s pajamas. Have a thriving Thursday!

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    1. Thank you so much for this feedback, Andrea. It means a lot to me. I’m also glad to know you felt the speed of this diesel-punk train careening away with the story.
      I’m happy to know that you got that lovely summer storm and plenty of rain (without it being too much). What a lovely post you wrote!
      Huge thanks for taking time to visit. You’re the caterpillar’s kimono!

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    1. Dear Robbie, it’s so lovely to see you. At least Papá (Tesla) is on the scene. Maybe he can help the automatons… but I fear he’ll have to choose between them and Valentino. We will know more when the train comes into the station next week. 🙂
      Huge thanks for visiting. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

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  3. There is SO much going on in this segment. Like Lulu, I am dizzy from going back and forth between the Angel Bots and Valentino and Iset. Wow! What now? I’m literally on the edge of my seat holding my breath. Will they be able to repair Woo? What about Moon? And poor Valentino! OR, is Iset his healing Angel? So many questions. Bated breath, Teagan! Hugs!

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    1. No doubt, Staci… and big corporations. In researching, it seems like Tesla was more concerned with inventing than in profiting from it. So his business decisions reflected that. And that just helped other richer people/corporations get the upper hand to make their stuff into what the public got.

      I’m so glad you’re on this train. You’re the kitten’s ankles!

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      1. Yeah, it’s my understanding he wanted to give the world free electricity. If he’d been allowed to, I have no doubt he would have succeeded.

        Love your little sayings at the end of the posts. They get me every time. 🙂 Hugs!

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  4. Such heroic angel-bots, all of them, especially Woo and Moon. I love how you’ve given them human characteristics and made me grow attached to them. Of course I’m worried about Valentino. I’ll be away on vacation next week and will need to catch up when I come back. Ack! Such cliff-hangers, LOL!

    Great artwork as always from Rob. The illustration of Iset, Valentino, and Woo is my favorite this go round, although it’s always hard to choose. I love how her wings are depicted in that one. Awesome job, you two!

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  5. Very scary chapter, indeed. I love the tango and I remember watching Valentino dance in some of his silent movies… Oh, the tower of automatons put me in mind of this…

    Thanks, Teagan. Can’t wait to see what will happen next and love Rob’s art!

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