Wednesday, October 31, 2012

633. Shattered glass

The glass was in the living room.
It used to be in a bay window.
The glass was mixed with raw eggs.
It was punishment for giving out raisins instead of candy.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

632. The pitch

The lights focused on the stage were hot and bright.
The panel said nothing as they scratched at their notepads.
He was coming to the big finish.
He needed thirty million dollars to build a time machine.

Monday, October 29, 2012

631. At 37.

His father died at 37.
So did his grandfather.
He was 36.
His grandmother decided to show him the contract so this time things might be different.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

630. The ties that bind

Was it left over right or right over left?
She thought hard; back to that summer at Girl Guide camp.
The knot went together well enough.
She looped the makeshift reins over the two most prominent horns on the triceratops and hopped up on its back.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

629. Guttenberg Bible

He deferred on all the big wedding decisions.
She created the whole event to her exacting vision.
He had one simple wish: to walk down the aisle to the theme from Police Academy.
He hummed away in his head as he walked to the sounds of violins.

Friday, October 26, 2012

628. Always toll free

They peddled their wares on late night television.
The commercials were genuine in a way that made certain types of people wonder how they ever lived without the product in question.
Their orders were shipped from a massive warehouse north of Akron.
Employee number 134, the disgruntled Todd Feldon, had begun filling every twelfth order with sawdust or spiders.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

627. Climate change

One of the engineers jokingly called it antidotium.
It was going to save the world.
Eighteen massive helicopters dropped the entire world's supply in the centre of the Pacific Ocean where scientists hoped it would counteract the man-made climate disaster.
Instead, it turned every drop of ocean water on Earth into a glassy, impenetrable mass.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

626. Woman with a stroller

They gradually caught up to a woman pushing a stroller.
She was older - a grandmother perhaps.
As they passed her, they turned to admire the baby.
The basket of the stroller held only a fistful of grocery store flowers and a tiny cross.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

625. Remote control

He had no health insurance.
Desperate for relief from his wisdom tooth, he answered an advertisement in the classified section: FREE DENTAL CARE FOR QUALIFIED PARTICIPANTS.
When he awoke from the surgery, he found a strange device lodged at the base of his skull.
On the other side of a one-way mirror, a man in a white lab coat flicked an odd looking device to the 'on' position.

Monday, October 22, 2012

624. Sharks

They circled slowly.
The prize would not split two ways.
They would fight and there would be blood.
A single bacon-wrapped scallop sat lonely on a silver tray.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

623. Panic room

Flight 925 left on schedule at 3:09 p.m. - short one passenger.
Peter Peterson had barricaded himself in a bathroom stall.
An acute paranoia about the fate of the plane had lodged itself in his brain.
He was trapped between his terror and some two-ply.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

622. Trailing indicators

There is such a sameness to airports that it hardly matters that they are different.
The same halls house the same stores that sell the same magazines.
She was deep in the aura of constructed familiarity.
She didn't notice that the vaguely familiar man was the same one who'd been following her from Houston to Vancouver to Anchorage.

Friday, October 19, 2012

621. Pax Arsenio

In the dark times, the people were alone in the wilderness.
Then the word came forth from the far past.
A new golden age of wisdom reigned.
There was much whoop whooping and gladness among the people.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

620. Locusts and other calamities of biblical proportions

Tommy was six.
He loved bugs.
He kept them in a peanut butter jars with air holes poked in their lids.
One day he released them all - in the house.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

619. Algae

Around five thousand years ago - just about the time we were getting civilized - some algae in the Indian Ocean started pulling itself together.
This was a slow process.
Evolution often takes its time.
Last Thursday, a woman made entirely out of algae walked out of the ocean to tell us just what a mess we've made of things.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

618. Tiny nightmares

She nodded off for a second or two.
In her mind's eye she saw a young girl.
In a flash, the girl was at her bedside clawing at the covers.
She woke up screaming.

Monday, October 15, 2012

617. City of the future. Town of the past.

The city on the hill was shiny with progress.
Everything about it glowed with the aura of evolved humanity.
The town below the city gates lived in its shadow.
Shadows never last forever, do they.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

616. Greenbaum in the rain

He'd been having dinner with an old friend.
They'd been telling stories, so he was predisposed to reminiscing.
He was singing along to the radio when he was seized by a powerful memory.
When he was a boy, his father used to sing this song, doing the guitar parts himself.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

615. Six fifteen

The soldier's arm patch read '615'.
He was part of the fightingest unit in all the forces.
They were dropped on this rocky stretch of land 60 seconds ago.
They were here to fight some aliens.

Friday, October 12, 2012

614. Mob music

A record played sad jazz.
The music mingled with the smoke in the room.
Detectives and Treasury men were sifting for clues.
The mob was settling scores.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

613. The broadcast

Snow closed the roads into town.
But the show had to go on.
The children took the stage for their Christmas pageant.
The performance took periodic breaks so parents could relay play-by-play to friends outside town.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

612. Scippio Africanus

When we say a thing is the beginning of the end, we seldom mean it.
More to the point, we may mean it but we are seldom correct.
Even the great Roman General Scippio Africanus who fought the Carthaginians had a grandson, Scippio Africanus, who fought the Carthaginians.
This wasn't close to being over.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

611. Scar tissue

The scar on his hand had faded over the years.
He still noticed it when he wrote or checked the time.
It would be with him for the rest of his days.
The scar was a reminder of his time travelling the byways and backroads of the country to hustle fooseball.

Monday, October 8, 2012

610. Fish story

Do you think when Jonah was in the belly of the fish he prayed for God's deliverance?
Or, do you think he secured his release by his own hands?
When he laid soaking on the beach those many years ago, who did he thank?
I suppose we'll never know.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

609. Revenge of the hyper-intelligent gorillas

Professor Horton had only one solution for the hyper-intelligent gorillas he'd loosed on the world.
Working alone is his lab for weeks, he created his masterpiece: Science Chimp.
Imbued with a genius intellect and advanced combat training he was a simian force to be reckoned with.
Those gorillas were going to pay.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

608. Crystalline entity

The police were searching for the perpetrator of a series of escalating crimes.
He had left no fingerprints and didn't show up clearly on any surveillance cameras.
He was a man made of glass.
The case was closed abruptly when the criminal was shattered into thousands of pieces after falling from a fire escape.

Friday, October 5, 2012

607. Positive vibrations

I see you across the room but you don't see me.
There's a lot on your mind, so I don't expect you to.
I want you to know I am here for you, so I concentrate.
You leave without noticing me, but I feel better for doing what I could.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

606. Aunt of Frankenstein

Aunt Eunice's mysterious disease nearly killed her.
An experimental procedure replaced great swathes of her body with shark organs and computer parts.
She was released from the hospital to the care of her brother and sister-in-law.
They moved her to the basement where they realized there wasn't very much of Aunt Eunice left.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

605. Matter transference

Leaving her apartment, she noticed the mailman from her old neighbourhood walking in front of her building.
Beside the bakery she saw her cousin's dentist.
The more she walked the more she saw people from her childhood and teenage years.
Rounding the corner to her office, she was magically transported thousands of miles to her home town.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

604. What can you imagine?

What can you imagine?
Could you grow wings?
Could you assemble a jetpack from the common everyday materials in your pockets?
It's just that you're accelerating toward the Earth at 9.8 metres per second per second and some focused brainstorming would be helpful.

Monday, October 1, 2012

603. The fuel of the tomorrow

Historically, the conflicts of mankind have been a fight over resources.
Coal, real estate, the fact that your mate is better looking than mine: we've coveted what there wasn't enough of to go around.
That was true until the 22nd century when we discovered the power of belly button lint.
Egalitarian and infinitely renewable, it changed everything.