Wednesday, April 30, 2014

850. Constellation

There was a legend about the changing constellation.
They said it was the story of a man who became a bear.
And they believed it.
Ten thousand light years and ten thousand years away, someone was desperately trying to send a warning.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

849. North of something

Supplies were low.
Three days earlier, they ate one of the pack horses.
It was desperate.
Then they passed over the edge of the map.

Monday, April 28, 2014

848. Bug

It started off like the stomach flu.
But, it wasn't.
Something was growing inside him.
Something evil was coming.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

847. Backpack

He carried a blue backpack everywhere.
It was old fashioned, like a rucksack.
Inside it was a tiny man.
The man gave him orders.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

846. Four-part harmony

"What does this look like kid, a fucking barbershop quartet?"
"Except for the masks, yeah, kinda."
"Kid's a real smartass."
"Get this, smartass: We're a barbershop quartet, that robs banks."

Friday, April 25, 2014

845. And jive

His alter ego woke moments later.
There was mayhem on his mind.
He pulled on the ragged suit from behind the radiator.
Then he made for the streets looking for a crowd.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

844. Heckle

He crawled into bed after a long day.
There was a tired raggedness in his bones lately he couldn't shake.
His eyes closed of their own accord.
He fell asleep dreaming of crowds and fire.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

843. If you go out to the western wall

The experiment's purpose was to understand our primitive selves.
Top scientists subjected fifty average citizens to years of tests and procedures.
Now, their descendants roam the countryside in bloodthirsty packs.
We've had a report that parts of the western wall have caved into the river - so be careful out there.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

842. To the nub

If she was a flakier person, she'd blame the universe.
But she wasn't.
Instead, it was just life.
She wasn't asking for a lot - just for things to be a tiny bit easier.

Monday, April 21, 2014

841. At the center

The maze is different for every runner.
For some, the center holds their heart's desire but is impossible to reach.
Others find every path leads to their worst nightmares.
In the end, the maze gets everyone.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

840. Wayne

Wayne smoked as he waited for his bus.
It wasn't a bad gig really.
The mall paid him $100 each weekend for four weekends a year.
It was the ears he hated.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

839. Three

She lived in a shabby apartment in a rough neighbourhood.
Her budget was tiny so she spent a lot of time looking out the window, people watching.
She watched a man - a cop - chase a woman in a trench coat down her street.
That's when the earthquake happened.

Friday, April 18, 2014

838. Two

She was a master thief.
Her crime spree was nearly complete.
The final piece was safe in her pocket as she hurried down the street.
That's when the earthquake happened.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

837. One

He was the quintessential beat cop; square jawed with a bulldog's brain.
The thief was a scant three blocks ahead now.
He'd been trailing her for months.
That's when the earthquake happened.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

836. How big is the Universe?

Even with advancements in technology, the trip to the edge of the Universe and back had taken thousands of years.
For the astronaut, it had seemed like weeks.
When he returned to Earth, everything had changed.
For instance, he'd mutated into a six foot lizard.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

835. Prime suspect

It was the jilted lover.
It was the mayor's assistant.
It was the former astronaut and hero.
To be quite frank, he had no fucking clue who killed Susan.

Monday, April 14, 2014

834. Giant expectations

My mother was a giant; a giantess to be precise.
That's what my father told me.
She left.
I like to think that when she's done having giant adventures out there, she'll be home.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

833. Reverse alphabetical

As a boy, he developed a coded language in case of spies, Prussians, and fifth columnists.
He met a girl who devised the same code - independently.
They despised each other immediately.
The two of them were married when he was seventeen and she was sixteen.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

832. Pirates

The old ship was full of scoundrels.
It groaned as it fought against the current.
A bark from the captain sparked a flurry of activity among the crew.
The ship trailed water as it rose into the sky.

Friday, April 11, 2014

831. The village and the volcano

Crust and mantle had pushed its way up through the water.
The villagers gathered on the beach to investigate.
Overnight, a mountain grew up in their midst.
The mountain smoked ominously.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

830. Hardscrabble

Hardscrabble is an old word.
It was a word for western places where people scratched out their whole lives.
The new hardscrabble places are rundown strip malls where inter-city buses idle.
You can still find people scratching out a life - if you care to look.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

829. Horses are hard to come by

They walked together, man and a girl.
He carried a rucksack and she dragged a bundle like a hobo.
They'd been walking for a week; maybe a month.
They crested a ridge and saw an abandoned ranch.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

828. Monster art

The giant beast ripped the city's largest skyscraper from its moorings.
It dragged the building out to the seashore.
The monster used the skyscraper's antenna tower to tear at the beach for hours.
Then the beast disappeared, leaving only beautiful, mysterious symbols behind in the sand.

Monday, April 7, 2014

827. Division

The next morning, the town was completely cut off from the outside world by deep chasms cut in the dirt.
Sin, said some.
Science, claimed others.
And yet, there they were, cut off from the outside world.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

826. Dishwater

Her reflection in the dishwater looked haggard.
She'd been washing the same plate for what had to be five minutes.
Wearily, she put the plate in the drying rack.
When she looked back in the water, there were eyes staring back at her.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

825. Yesterday

What if there was a phone that could call the past?
Would you use it?
Who would you call?
That phone there, the old-fashioned one on the table, pick it up.

Friday, April 4, 2014

824. Charlatan

Cheap copies; the whole lot of them.
They were all trinkets designed to ape the mystical.
The cops confiscated them when the dragged the forger woman in from her street corner.
Arrayed across the detective's desk, they seemed sad somehow.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

823. Freeze frame

Terry's job was to review the overnight security tapes each morning.
Usually, it involved fast forwarding through twelve hours of nothing.
Today was different.
Today, he was treated to two hours of choreographed dance numbers between guerrilla performance artists and mannequins.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

822. Dryer than what?

Between the two of them, they wore three pieces of clothing.
She checked her watch.
It was 7:15.
They were late and the dryer was broken.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

821. Fitz

No one knew his real name.