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Ry had spent most of his life in one room. But he would rather have stayed locked up here along with all the delicious (cacao!) tidbits than be back in the treetops with all the other Oompa-Loompas crowded around him, eating the same green caterpillars. Life was much better here, if not best. It was a land of delight - and delights!
Ry sat up in the mint-green grass of the Chocolate Room, and realized he was on duty to be monitoring the huge chocolate waterfall. With thousands of gallons of freshly melted chocolate pouring from the machine every hour, Ry's coveted job as a monitor in the Chocolate Room was to ensure the mixing waterfall didn't break. It was a most important job, as all the chocolate in the factory went through it to be mixed. The whole business depended on it - Ry almost hadn't gotten the position, as the older Oompa-Loompas weren't happy a youngster like Ry was getting so much responsibility.

But every day, Ry's purpose was to prove that he could manage it.
Ry plopped onto a shiny white rock. It wasn't diamond, as lovely as it looked - no, it was a boulder of rock candy from the mines. Down the river of chocolate there were similarly sized hunks of the sugary delight, and the swudge-grass and the sugar buttercups. Ry leant forward and picked one of the buttercups off the grass - it melted instantly on one's tongue, and Ry loved them... almost as much as he loved chocolate.
Chocolate was divine. There was milk, white, dark chocolate to suit anyone's tastes (or at least the Wonka bars could). It was sugar. It was milk. It was made of cacao beans. This last one excited the Oompa-Loompas. Cacao was what they craved, and the reason they'd come to the Factory to work for Mr. Wonka. And rumor was, they weren't going to be working for Mr. Wonka in the near future.

Mr. Wonka was stepping down. He was too old to keep the factory running for much longer - but who would be the successor? How would he choose? Ry wondered, staring blankly, for once, at the brown river of gold - or liquid cacao beans. (They were pretty much the same in Ry's mind, but at least this was edible.) Everybody was asking it now, but Mr. Willy Wonka, with his mysterious ways, wasn't telling. Ry spotted a lone cacao bean hidden amongst the swudge-grass blades, and picked it up, rolling it in between his fingers and humming one of the Oompa-Loompa Elders' favorite songs.
The rushing, bubbling, mixing and frothing river and waterfall of chocolate aside, it was too quiet for Ry. Normally there was more noise... and then the feeling came to him.
Am I being watched? Ry turned his head quickly, and spotted someone standing on the other side of the river.

[[and a note - 'cacao' is how it's spelt in the book(s), and with this I'm trying to be as canon as possible ^-^]]

Edited by PizzyPie
 

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Kay had been out of the factory twice in his life. Though the first time was when he could barely remember just before his parents became employed by Mr. Wonka. The second time was only a year ago when the chocolate deliverers suddenly became short-staffed after an unfortunate accident in the whipped cream room. Since that cold December day, Kay had been even more thankful than ever for the hospitality that Willy Wonka had bestowed on him and his family.

Even with the gratitude that he felt towards Mr. Wonka, he often times found his job to be extremely stressful. Being the assistant manager was not an easy job. In many ways it was harder than the manager's. He was expected to not only keep tabs on the other Oompa Loompas, but to carry out any extra job that Mr. Wonka needed.

Today was a particularly special day since Mr. Wonka, who was retiring in the near future, was having guests over for the first time in, well, forever. To add to the stress, Kay wasn't allowed to tell anybody about what was going to happen today. He opened the door to the chocolate room and immediately felt more panicked than just a few moments earlier. Tor, one of the youngest Oompa Loompas to be put on harvest duty was sitting against one of the chocolate cherry trees, probably dreaming up some new way to stash away cacao beans again.

"Tor!" Kay said as calmly as he could muster. His voice must have been louder than he anticiapted, since he had to raise it a little to be heard over the roar of the waterfall just on the other side of the wall. The young Oompa Loompa's eyes widened and he stood up immediately. "This is the third time in two weeks that you've been slacking. I really appreciate the work you do here, but don't let me catch you doing it again." The look on Tor's face told Kay that he understood.

Kay walked out to the main room and scanned the vast space. Everything else seemed to be in order. Everything, that is, except for another youngster that may not be doing what he should be. There on the edge of the chocolate river was the boy they called Ry. He had shown incredible mechanical skills during his interview - Kay knew because he was on the hiring team - and became the youngest Oompa Loompa to work on the waterfall itself. What is he doing?

At that precise moment, as if he had heard Kay's thoughts, Ry looked up from the candy rock he was sitting on to stare straight at Kay. Kay raised his eyebrows.

"Don't you have something better to do?" he questioned from across the river. He looked down at his paperwork and started walking towards the bridge. Maybe putting Ry on duty on this particular day wasn't such a good idea afterwards.

Edited by Marina Thomas
 

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Ry squinted at the Oompa-Loompa who had spoken.

"Don't you have something better to do?" they'd said. But this was something better. It was absolutely fabulous, watching all the chocolate pour out of the machine and flow into the tubes downstream. But it wasn't really working, they said.

Nobody understood. When Ry fixed any problems he'd detected with the machine, he wasn't working. Ry never worked - he just fixed his fascination's problems. The whole mechanical aspect of the factory, and especially the waterfall, was Ry's fascination.

But since nobody understood, why try to explain it? He'd never been one to have actual good retorts, so like always, he kept quiet and mysterious. He stood up (after sneaking one last blade of swudge into his mouth, which was salivating - like every time he thought excessively about chocolate) and walked over the little bridge, made of a carved block of chocolate - chocolate - and walked closer to the waterfall. Ry now remembered who had been watching him.

Unfortunately, it was Kay, the Assistant Manager - instead of Mr. Wonka, today it was Kay checking up on him and Tor working in the Chocolate Room. Kay had the power to kick Ry right out of the Chocolate Room, and put him in somewhere a lot more boring - like the Waste Room, where all the garbage and bad scraps and leftovers piled up. Ry decided to at least look like he'd been working.

"I was working," Ry grumbled in Oompa-Loompish. He knew Kay wouldn't believe him. Ry chose to ignore him. He climbed up the little slope leading to the top of the fall, and lay down right over the heart and belly and brains of the mechanism. To someone like Kay, who didn't spend most of their time every day in the Chocolate Room, the roar sounded horrid, like the whine of a badly oiled cog. To Ry it was peaceful, soothing - the equivalent of a lullaby sung to the Oompa-Loompa children. He almost fell into the cascading chocolate as he peeked over the edge into the mouth of the fall, examining the interior of the metal tube.

Ry's ears were trained to the voice of Mr. Wonka, like most Oompa-Loompas by now, and when Mr. Wonka opened the doors to the Chocolate Room, he was followed by ten strangers, and one was so ridiculously fat, Ry couldn't help laughing, and this time he did fall. He tumbled into the warm chocolate river, and as he raced in the river along with the chocolate, for once, Ry sincerely hoped Kay would notice him not working.


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Kay rolled his eyes at the way Ry basically brushed him off. Someday, he'll understand why structure and timeliness are important. If it had been any other day, Kay would have had a few more words with Ry, hopefully teaching him that Oompa Loompas are meant for work, not play. Luckily for the youngster, Kay had too much work to do before...

The familiar sound of Willy Wonka's voice floated over the grassy hill. "The grass you are standing on, my dear little ones, is made of a new kind of soft, minty sugar that I've just invented! I call it swudge! Try a blade! Please do! It's delectable!" Mr. Wonka and his group of visitors all took a taste of the grass. Kay's heart skipped a beat. He had worked for the past week to get this particular room up to par. Please let everything be to his liking!

Kay snuck back behind a large candy cane tree trunk to avoid being seen. He sat down and listened. It seems as if everything is going ok! I didn't mess up! He took a deep breath and searched around for a cacao flower. Luck was on his side - these particular flowers were quite rare in the chocolate room - for there were two cacao flowers right at his feet. He let the flowers melt in his mouth and went back to evesdropping. Mr. Wonka was talking to two particular guests at this moment about their son, Augustus.

*snap, snap, snap* went Willy Wonka's fingers. Kay dropped the remainder of the chocolate flower and ran to his employer's side as quickly as Oompa-Loompaly possible. Mr. Wonka explained to Kay that the two adults standing before him were Ausustus Gloops parents - to which kay could not help himself but giggle at the large lady - and that Augustus had fallen into the chocolate river. Even though Kay had a pretty good idea of what he needed to do, Mr. Wonka gave him instructions on how to find the boy and remove him from the chocolate and the building.

Kay motioned for the two people to follow him. As they left the room, he heard the Elder choir begin their improv song. They were always coming up with something clever when things went awry. For a moment it made him miss the days when he and a group of his close friends would do the same thing in their spare time. My how time changes everything.
 

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Ry washed along with the bubbling current of brown, bobbing up and down, and unsure if Kay was even there anymore. Soon, his face was covered with chocolate, and it streamed down his face. But Ry could still see someone nearing the banks - was it Kay? Would he be rescued? No, it was the reason Ry had fallen in - the chubby child. Apparently his name was 'Gloop', Augustus Gloop. Ry wanted to scream - and not for rescue.

The child, however humongously fat he was, wanted to build upon it, and he'd started drinking from the river of chocolate. His flabby hands eagerly pulled a gulp of liquid heaven from the river, and Ry was horrified.

He'd infected the chocolate! He'd touched the purest of substances, and now he was shovelling it into the fat, neverending folds and pouches of his overworked mouth.
Ry, as an Oompa-Loompa, liked to stay fairly clean, especially when they worked with sugary confections that went into the mouths of children and adults every day. He hoped he wasn't dirtying the chocolate too much, and then he heard a tremendous splash.

Augustus Gloop was screaming for help, endangered by the very thing he'd been gulping down with glee only seconds ago. Ry sighed (mentally), thinking of how tainted all the chocolate would be after all this.
He didn't have very much time to think before he was sucked up in one of the tubes feeding off the river.

Ry was so thin, he shot up in it almost immediately. In the rush and bubbling of the chocolate in the tube, Ry could faintly hear the screams of Augustus through the reinforced plastic... and then Ry went up, up, and away, through the pipes, chocolate trailing behind him, chocolate leading him, chocolate everywhere - the rush of chocolate was all Ry could hear.

And suddenly there was a THUNK and it all stopped. Ry's head hit the edge of the vat, and chocolate surrounded him from all sides. Another PLOOSH, and Ry found himself next to Augustus Gloop himself, in all his glory, splashing and screaming despite the chocolate still in his mouth.
 

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Kay opened the door to the mixing room.

"Agustus!" Mrs. Gloop cried out and ran over to the big vat of chocolate. "Agustus, my baby!" her hands shot up to her mouth when she didn't see her "little" boy.

Kay grabbed the bottom portion of the woman's dress and tugged to get her attention. Willy Wonka had asked Kay and the rest of the higher staff not to speak to the guests while they were here. He gestured towards the vat on the other side of the room - the one that the chocolate first enters after leaving the chocolate room.

Kay snatched up the over-sized mixing spoon on his way over to the vat. He climbed up the attached ladder on the side and began mixing up the chocolate, looking for the boy. The spoon hit something. Oh there you are... he did his best to maneuver the spoon just right in order to help the boy out. He knew the spoon wasn't big enough to lift up the boy.

Or was it? Kay pulled the spoon up and out of the water. The body laying in the fetal position on the end of the spoon wasn't nearly big enough to be the Gloop boy. What the... It was an Oompa Loompa!

He climbed back down the ladder and dumped the body on the ground. He would investigate further in a moment, but first he had to get rid of Mrs. Gloop.

It took 5 minutes to find the boy and another 3 to bring him back to consciousness. He motioned for the guard to advance. He quickly and quietly explained that these two people must be escorted out of the building. As soon as they were gone, Kay turned back to help the Oompa Loompa, but only found a chocolate puddle and a trail leading off to the back entrance of the mixing room.


Edited by Marina Thomas
 

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Ry tried to clear the muffled-bubbled screams of Augustus Gloop, who was trying to yell for help even though Ry, a foot away from him in the same vat of chocolate, could not hear a single thing. It was Augustus' movements that made it so easy for Kay to find him, but surprisingly, Ry was the first of the two to be fished out.

Kay was using the superlong wooden stirring-spoon to try and poke Augustus, and to fish him out. The anxious voices of Mr. and Mrs. Gloop cut through the chocolate, almost as clear as pure rock-candy, and Augustus must have heard them, for he was writhing and sending little shock-ripples in every direction. Surely Kay must have noticed the movements first - but Ry was startled when he was prodded blindly by the end of the spoon. Kay climbed down the ladder (taking care not to fall into the bubbling brown springs, though) fished him out, using strength unknown to anyone else his age, and set Ry aside, to let the chocolate drip out of his hair and eyes. It didn't take long for the runny brown melt to be wiped/licked off his face and hands, and Ry could see properly again. Meanwhile, the two adults were screaming and yelling and being quite loud, Ry figuring Kay had poked upon their son in the chocolate-tank. It wasn't particularly amusing, though, and even Augustus was too heavy for Kay to lift up. He'd probably taken in half of the chocolate dumped into the vat along with him, because he was licking his lips and trying to stay afloat and drinking chocolate.
Ry shook his head disapprovingly, and turned away from the vat to see an open door at the other end of the room. His eyes brushed over Kay and the door guard, both conveniently distracted. With soft feet, Ry crept over to the door and hopped out of the doorframe, before pausing to explore the new land with his eyes.
This was unfamiliar territory. Ry only knew the Chocolate Room, and nowhere else. These corridors definitely weren't the Chocolate Room. But curiosity took hold of Ry, and he walked down the widest hallway, only to hear Mr. Wonka's familiar voice crackle energetically through the air in the opposite direction. Ry sprinted as fast as an Oompa-Loompa could (which was actually relatively fast, considering their height) in the rough direction of where he'd heard his voice. When he finally came to a dead end, Ry wouldn't be discouraged; he pushed open the human adult sized door with all his might-

And Ry plopped onto a thin carpet of swudge in his home, the Chocolate Room. If he'd been pushing any harder, and he honestly doubted he could've, he would have fallen head-on into the river - again. On his left, there was the rest of the Chocolate Room and more tubes and more winding chocolate river flowing. To Ry's right, there was no more swudge, just a concrete wall covered in assorted candies, and the wall soon curved into a tunnel - and passing through the tunnel, riding on a huge boiled-sweet boat, was Mr. Wonka and the other children Ry had seen wander into the room not too long ago. Ry was about to jump and try to latch on, but it was only a little bit too far. He could swim after it, but Oompa-Loompas had lived their whole lives in the treetops of Loompaland. Kay had told Ry many, many times, when he'd found Ry "not working" yet again and wanted to explain to him how the old times worked.
Of course Kay would know. He's one of the oldest Oompa-Loompas, maybe even the oldest. But he's young again because he's so important he gets to take that lucky Test 132 and have the Wonka-Vite de-age him. Ry sighed. Kay was probably the only Oompa-Loompa to ever succesfully take Wonka-Vite. Now he was as springy as a thirty-five year old Loompa (it had been five years since the ordeal) and as a thank-you to Mr. Wonka for making him young again, Kay always worked his hardest, and that included telling anybody off who wasn't working. It was mostly his pride, but then he was promoted and it all got worse.
Ry sighed again, and watched the boat sail slowly away from him, a hundred Oompa-Loompa power behind it. Ry was so entranced by it moving now, he almost didn't hear the door open behind him.
 

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