Tuesday, July 31, 2012

541. Badasses

They walked in slow motion through the neighbourhood.
It was something badass.
It was something from Tarantino.
One of them blasted music from a boom box.

Monday, July 30, 2012

540. Trailblazing

A couple of trees were down at the side of the road.
This caused a district-wide outage.
Two technicians from the power authority were called to the scene to investigate.
When they arrived, they found a massive trail extending as far as they could see.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

539. Off panel

In panel two, our hero and villain square off to do battle.
In panel three, they fling themselves through the air at one another.
These two panels are separated by the thinnest of white lines.
In that space, the two of them enjoy an espresso and a danish.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

538. Bugs

The bugs were moving in the same direction.
All of them.
They were like a black cloud of legs and wings.
And they were all moving in the same direction.

Friday, July 27, 2012

537. The things we all hate

Contrary to the signage, there was no colour cable television.
There was no television at all.
The two of them sat outside smoking.
After each one, they'd flick their butts into the pool.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

536. Mint condition

The child stood over the shreds of mint condition packaging of a rare 1980's toy.
His apoplectic father had paid a not insignificant amount to find and ship it from Japan.
With a sudden realization, he left the boy alone in the room.
He returned with other boxes containing other toys that were soon fulfilling their original mission.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

535. World's Greatest Dad

They dragged him into the courtroom in chains.
A single light hung overtop of him, obscuring everything else.
A voice asked if his shirt was true.
Was he the world's greatest dad?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

534. Movie tie-ins

The new product line sat on the boardroom table ready for final sign-off.
Here and there, an executive picked one up to examine it.
When they launched next year, the kids would go crazy.
First, they had to kill Optimus Prime.

Monday, July 23, 2012

533. City under siege

The city was in control of mad men.
There was no escape or relief.
But the city was filled with men and women with the hearts of heroes.
They'd remember that before the end.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

532. Proudly made by Zurn Industries

His mission was to destroy the blue energy crystal that powered the empire of the tyrant Zurn.
Deep in the heart of the stronghold, he vowed to see it done, no matter the cost.
'Bobby,' his father shouted,'Get away from that urinal puck!'
'We're leaving.'

Saturday, July 21, 2012

531. Glory

A day later, it all turned out to be false.
All of the moral, sympathetic words were gone.
The fiction of a decent and honest person was erased.
True intentions were revealed.

Friday, July 20, 2012

530. Guts

A hundred camera flashes lit up the night.
There were microphones everywhere.
A nation was watching.
He stepped to the podium to say something honest.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

529. An iceberg twice the size of Manhattan

Today, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan broke off Greenland.
It didn't get as much attention as you'd think.
These things are often predicted and ignored.
That being the case, there was one solitary news chopper there when the monster broke loose.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

528. Fire under the bridge

A fired burned under the bridge that night.
Four hobos were sharing a meal of chicken and black coffee.
They were waiting to hop a train the next morning.
Sixty years later, the bridge would be replaced by an on-ramp to the Interstate.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

527. Body double

Through science, many things are possible.
She believed that - passionately so.
As the gun shifted back and forth from her to her clone, she came to believe something else.
It is us humans who decide whether the gifts of science are used for good or ill.

Monday, July 16, 2012

526. Art on the wall

Hundreds of anthropologists were gathered in the dark peering at the wall.
They wondered and argued about the significance of the painted handprint.
For the most part, they agreed they might never know the answer.
Twenty-three thousand years ago - give or take - one of our ancestors used that very spot to carefully document his romantic conquests.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

525. Art on the street

The neighbourhood children covered the sidewalk in art of their own doing.
They spent the whole afternoon transcribing their imagination onto the concrete.
When the temperature dropped and the rain started, all their work was undone.
The colours swirled and mixed as they slipped down a sewer grate.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

524. Time travel

In 1886, it was the dirt basement of the town's first hardware store.
In 1928, it was a speakeasy serving bathtub gin.
In 1943, it was a storehouse for scrap metal for the war effort.
Today, it's full of old paint cans.

Friday, July 13, 2012

523. Hired guns

Two men pulled up in a black sedan.
They got out and walked to the trunk.
Gun after gun appeared from underneath an old blanket.
Shit was about to go down.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

522. The Last City on Earth

Over the course of one hundred and fifty years, they moved every last man, woman and child to Paris.
They called it 'The City of the World'.
It grew as broad and deep as Texas, a marvel of better humanity.
The world around it became a place of nature and wonder.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

521. Truck stop feminism

There were two women in the diner: a waitress and a truck driver.
The rest were men.
One of them made a less than generous critique of a woman's ability to pilot a transport truck.
She knocked out two of his teeth with a jab to the face and went back to her coffee.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

520. One man versus the end of the world

On July 4th, 2014 the United States anchored The Eye of Atlantis - the most powerful space telescope in the world - at it's final location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Thirty-two days later, it discovered a killer asteroid headed for Earth.
Within twenty minutes, the President was informed there was no contingency plan.
In Wyoming, one man continued building his rocket until the last possible moment.

Monday, July 9, 2012

519. What really matters is the size of the hole

Almost everything went in the hole.
Almost.
The soft drink container caught the roof of the receptacle,spilling Sprite everywhere.
After a minute or two, a teenaged employee appeared, dragging a mop and bucket behind her.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

518. Ghost in the graveyard

It is a widely held belief in some circles that time is the same at all times and in all places.
This is untrue.
I laid in an inch of water in the ditch, listening as voices passed close but did not stop.
I was going to win.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

517. Living in the fridge

It was inevitable, really.
The record heat wave caused rolling blackouts throughout the area.
When the power went out, they started with the oldest items in the fridge first.
The first thing to go was the room temperature gelato.

Friday, July 6, 2012

516. Swearing in other languages

She angrily pounded out "C-A-L-I-S-S-E" on her keyboard.
Closing her eyes, she hit delete, praying to the almighty for the ability to kill via email.
Her murderous daydream was interrupted by the new email alert.
It was a request for a conference call.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

515. Vertigo at two and a half feet

There's a certain brashness that comes with being a pilot that's half suspension of fear and half blind confidence.
As the plane was spiraling out of control, this pilot never - not for one second - doubted his ability to save the day.
He felt eerily calm as chaos erupted around him.
For an infinitesimally brief moment - around two and a half feet or so - he knew it was over.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

514. Relationship status: complicated

She was the greatest fiancée in the world.
Her perfection was the obsession of many men and the envy of many more women.
But she, she was his.
If he only knew.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

513. The best feeling in the world

The best feeling in the world, he thought, was that moment immediately following a hot shower.
He stood on the mat, naked and steaming.
He wandered to the living room and draped his towel over the sofa.
It was then he noticed the light in the window across the street.

Monday, July 2, 2012

512. Irrigation

It was evening in the country.
There wasn't a person in sight for miles.
The farm's irrigation system kicked on just after dinner.
It was raining.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

511. Continental drift

If you avoid the Interstate, it's ten point nine miles from Akron to Corfu.
It's been this way for quite some time.
This week, the State of New York has announced a revision to the distance between the two.
Needless to say, this changes a lot of things.