::With a noise that sounded like a siren, a mature dog dressed in an blue pullover sweater takes the stage. The crowd rises to its feet, because Plato has just given his siren howl. Detective Drake comes back out and helps Plato ascend to the podium via a stepladder::


Plato: Well, I think it’s been a smashing success so far, don’t you think?


::The crowd looks over to The J.A.M.’s seat, where he’s covered in trophies, the lot being too much for the wheelbarrow even::


Plato: Only two more awards in the story category to go, and I’m here to award the Golden Acorn for Best Drama. Quite a feather in the cap of any author who can lay claim to it, so let’s see who will win, shall we? The nominees are:


“Chip + Gadget = Yes”, by Roman Bulygin (translated by Aivars Liepa)

“Death of a Comedian”, by The J.A.M.

“Lahwhinie Goes Hawaiian”, by Rem

“Sisters”, by Aivars Liepa


::Dale runs over and grabs The J.A.M.’s Mexican flag, resting atop the pile of awards, and begins waving it furiously::


Dale: He’s got it! Give it to him, Plato!


::Plato waits while the crowd laughs and settles down::


Plato: Dash it all, Dale, wait for the announcement! The winner is The J.A.M., for “Death of a Comedian”.



¡¡¡MEXICO!!! ¡¡¡MEXICO!!! ¡¡¡MEXICO!!! ¡¡¡MEXICO!!! ¡¡¡MEXICO!!!


::As the jaguar bounds down to the stage, the band plays “In My Arms Again”, well, again. Once the audience has hushed and he has his award, The J.A.M. takes the podium. Drake brings out a second wheelbarrow::


Drake: You’re gonna need something to haul all those away in!


J.A.M.: Everyone’s a comedian…


::The audience chuckles, and the jaguar takes the podium::


J.A.M.: Well, that’s twelve in a row, so like I told Indy: I didn’t know being a Mexican could be so rewarding! I think I’m going to take Indy’s advice and build myself a bigger bookshelf! Well, what else can I say? I think I thanked everyone already, um…


::The audience chuckles a bit::


J.A.M.: Hey, I know. This time I’d like to thank *again* Roy Neal Grissom for requesting this story and for letting me use a lot of elements he created, and Natasha Kashefipour for all the effort she did to provide vital information. Well, I guess I’d also like to thank Michael W. Smith, James Horner and Barry Mann, Martha Sánchez, Mack David and Jerry Livingston, Madeline Hyde and Francis Henry, Sting, Foreigner, Jon Secada, Bonnie Tyler, John Williams, Patrick Hernandez, Wrigley’s, Bette Midler, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, and Michael

Bolton. All these artists provided a LOT (nearly 45 minutes of playing time!!) of wonderful music for this story, and a lot of inspiration as well, and thanks to everyone who voted. Thanks also to the Aivars Liepa, Roman Bulygin, and Rem, for their stories in this category as well! ¡Gracias!


::Raising the award, and the flag, he leaves the stage::


J.A.M.: ¡¡¡MEXICO!!! ¡¡¡MEXICO!!! ¡¡¡MEXICO!!! ¡¡¡MEXICO!!! ¡¡¡MEXICO…!!!


::Drake and the others laugh, as now it seems to be becoming a real habit. The police dog thanks everyone, and heads for the curtain::