Monday, 8 February 2016

Down To The Wire



After the psychotic laughter, the tape continued explaining the trap we were in.

“The bomb before you will go off once the large shaft on top fully descends down into the case. See the two wires? Red and blue? One stops the bomb. The other makes the shaft slide down.

You killed my daughter by making the wrong choice, so make another!”

I would have cut the red, until my partner pointed out that he’d want me to make the wrong choice and thus we should cut neither, the bomb must arm via wire cutting.

Bomb didn’t go off, obviously.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Power Flower



At the very top of the tallest skyscraper in the eighteenth biggest city in the country, there was, unsurprisingly, a whole bunch of masts and poles. Mobile phone, GPS, short wave radio and a few even more obscure electrical systems put waves of energy out every second, every minute, every day.

It was far away from the ground, from water, from anything natural. But storms brought enough of both that a seed could grow, and a flower form.

No-one saw it, but it grew, even under all that power and stress.

Until finally, something changed.

And The Flower woke up.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Eve’s Rib



She kept typing as she suddenly spoke at me.

“How would you react if I told you originally, Eve was the first human, given that women are the ones who give birth and what have you, and then Adam was made from her rib, which explained why women have wider hips, and then as the first human and thus the one who was in charge, she got demoted and given births as a worse punishment, and all this was flipped centuries later to bolster new male domination?”

“That’d be… I can see that.”

“Awesome, talk show circuit here I come…”

Friday, 5 February 2016

Aesop 2.0: 20. The Giant By The River



The Giant lived on the other side of a wide river from the Dryads, who would spend their days laughing at the Giant’s size, at how he was so tall and gangly. The Giant wished he was shorter, hating the way the Dryads would laugh at him. One day a Fairy came by, and the Giant asked if she could make him shorter. The Fairy was confused, as she told him she was there to ask him to make her taller. The two became friends, and ignored the Dryads completely.

“Whatever you hate about yourself, someone else wishes they had.”

Thursday, 4 February 2016

So You Want To Make Magic



So, you want to make a spell. You have two options.

One, in the nearest Magical Library you have access to, you study all the great works you can comprehend, and slowly expand your ability to sense the energy inherent in all things, then develop a new way to manipulate said energy, via the methodology explained in great detail in previously mentioned texts.

Two, you tell the Goddesses where to go and wing it.

As someone who spends their life researching magic, you might assume I advise option one. Nope.

I get so much good information when mavericks die interestingly…

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Stuffed Up




He made a show of lighting his cigar before blowing the ‘Kuban’s’ smoke in her face.

“Look Bitch, I don’t want to leave here with you screaming about your shattered kneecaps. It’s almost too much of a cliché.

Almost.”

She tried to look calm, but couldn’t hide the glance towards the stuffed toy on her bed.

The Boss grabbed it.

“Heavy…”

He ripped it open, revealing a small gold brick.

“Well that’ll do!” he said, laughing, before walking out.

She waited till they left then immediately began packing. She had maybe an hour before they found out it was fake…

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Reality Of The Situation



With no access to mind altering substances, coupled with a lack of the fortitude required for self-mutilation, she was forced to face the reality of the situation, that being she was trapped in a pitch black room just large enough for her to feel annoyingly cramped.

She spent the first few days crying out for help.

Then she spent a few days feeling out the room, working out the exact dimensions.

It then took her another day to realise she hadn’t eaten, drank or slept, and thus she began to try and work out the actual reality of the situation.