Monday, March 31, 2014

820. Trench coat story

It began in a factory with thousands of copies.
It was bought by a business man who moonlighted as a vigilante.
It was found by a man down on his luck and gave warmth against the winter.
It ended in an alley amid the rot.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

819. The blood of serpents

The land outside the city is barren and dirty.
The men who live there are dirty too and they covet.
They sharpen their crude blades against the rocks as they turn an eye to the city.
A light shines on her still, so all is not  lost - not today.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

818. Jostled

The sea of people was as wide as Noah's ocean.
Everywhere she turned were more people.
The humanity was so dense, it stole her breath.
She stood gasping, waiting for the waves to part.

Friday, March 28, 2014

817. Giant Squid

When the water was anything but black, it was midnight blue.
The deep dark depths were nothing but death and pressure and constant hunting.
Occasionally shapes would pass overhead - whispers of a world outside the water.
Then came the cruel net pulling upward, upward.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

816. Remind me where we keep the blankets

The house was built in 1968.
They were its third owners.
Even though they loved its charms, they had a few upgrades in mind.
For instance, no one had told them about the wormhole in the linen closet.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

815. Landmark

Carol commuted to and from work every day along a rolling country road.
On her way home, she'd wait for a certain view of the old church.
From that vantage point, it seemed like the only building in town.
Then, one day, it was.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

814. The quality of being stubborn

The branches of the two old trees met above the centre of the street.
The winter weather had been unkind to them.
Someday, they'd succumb to their wounds and fall together.
Today wouldn't be that day.

Monday, March 24, 2014

813. We get to choose

I don't know what's beyond this fence.
No one's crossed through the gate in thirty years.
I can't tell you what's out there.
What do you say we go find out?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

812. Bone music

Then there is that old song.
The hip bone connected to the back bone.
In this version, my hand is connected to your knee bone.
And we are connected to each other.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

811. Dare

You know those parties.
The ones where dares and things happen.
It was one of those.
Guys were lining up to do the one-piece lycra fitting challenge.

Friday, March 21, 2014

810. Naked

She stood naked on stage - metaphorically speaking.
At that moment, she was as alone as any person could be.
Like a thousand stinging nettles, their words pricked and scratched at her skin.
They hated her performance, but she didn't care.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

809. T-shirts

He had over a thousand t-shirts - vintage, ironic, and nerdy.
They were kept carefully cataloged in a specially built, climate controlled closet.
Each day, he would wander the aisles, listening to the shirts.
That's when the theory came to him.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

808. Open for business

They'd spent their savings - down to the last dime.
It was perfect but, like many restaurants, theirs wouldn't last.
The night before they were to open, a freak tectonic shift left their restaurant atop a giant mountain.
In the year before they closed, they were visited by just two hardy climbers from New Zealand.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

807. Text to speech

At first, messages were relayed verbatim.
Then, they were edited for grammar.
Little by little, messages sent and messages received grew further apart.
Eventually, the car assumed control.

Monday, March 17, 2014

806. A watched pot

They say a watched pot never boils.
So he watched.
And watched.
And watched until the end.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

805. Adventure...and panthers

It was just five friends out for a walk.
In nature, they were walking in nature.
There was walking and laughing and carrying on.
They never even saw the panthers coming.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

804. Farewell Bessie

It was time to trade in their old car.
They went through it, cleaning out cds and shopping bags.
The trunk was strewn with eight years of detritus.
For some reason, they also found an avocado.

Friday, March 14, 2014

803. Oomph

They were punching him in the stomach again.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

802. Wink

The upstairs hallway was lined on both sides with pictures.
She walked past little memories, all stitched together in a way that approximated a life.
She hardly noticed them because she knew them by heart.
Then a picture of her Aunt Peg winked at her.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

801. Buried

An accent pillow lay on the side of the highway.
Whatever colour it had once been, it was brown now.
Passing vehicles gave it little notice.
In a few hours, it was covered by accumulating snow.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

800. Heat

It was warm.
But it was a good warm.
People were talking - and drinking.
There was afterglow.

Monday, March 10, 2014

799. Miscalculation

"Your fuel light is on," he said.
"It's just a test drive," she replied.
And so they went.
She was describing how many cds the cd player held when their rescuer arrived.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

798. Better

The next day was a little better.
So was the next.
It went on and on and on like that until he stopped counting.
After awhile, things didn't seem quite so bad anymore.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

797. Particle Physics

The universe is made up of particles.
Sure, there are the regular sort: Quarks, Leptons, Gluons - the whole damn mess of creation.
But, there are other sorts: Luck, Hope, Joy - that stuff matters too.
It was the second sort she was trying to attract.

Friday, March 7, 2014

796. Crush

She could feel the crushing depths of the sea closing in on her.
As she sank, she could feel her body collapsing under the pressure.
It occurred to her that she was dreaming.
She opened her eyes to find a cat, anxious for breakfast, sitting on her chest.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

795. Clarity

The window was dark as soot.
Two heads were visible - one from either side.
They were looking.
They were looking for somewhere that sold windshield washer fluid.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

794. Springhill

The town dissolved before their eyes.
It wasn't that hard really.
All it took was a single council vote.
The rest of it was handled by municipal functionaries.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

793. The More You Know

Jesse's on caffeine pills.
Carlton bought a gun.
Someone tried pot.
Oh the humanity. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

792. Fish monocle

She was confused.
Was it a monocle made of fish or made for fish?
The suggestion box had been up a week.
This was the only suggestion.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

791. Taste tester

The advertisement was tiny - not more than a square inch or so.
It's content was bizarre.
It sought a taste tester - for a waste water treatment facility.
No qualifications were required.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

790. Shrinking

Vegetables were neatly arranged in pyramids on the counter.
It had taken no time at all.
In a weird way, he was proud of it.
He'd been on a diet for - watch check - four hours.