Thursday, 27 July 2017

Hell Prince Of Lust’s Sixty-Eighth Lieutenant

Naturally I didn’t believe him when he first said, after a pint of vodka, that he was working for Asmodeus, one of the Princes of Hell. But after a few nights where fights stopped when the people involved suddenly had violent orgasms, I reluctantly believed him.

Of course, I then wanted him to not frequent my bar, I didn’t want to go to hell. When I finally gathered the courage to say this, he laughed.

He told me that his job was now to try and stop people going to hell. Too much paperwork involved, which is hell for demons…

Wednesday, 26 July 2017


His side of the phone conversation was eight yeses.

The first was immediately after he picked up, a calm, steady question.

The second was accompanied by a small nod, confirming details given.

The third was hopeful, barely contained excitement spilling out.

The fourth, fifth, and sixth came in rapid succession as the excitement boiled over.

The seventh took a while, as he needed to stop dancing before he acknowledged that the other end was trying to get his attention.

The eighth was the most important one, as it was in response to a question that invalidated all the previous yeses…

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Butterfly Effect Effect

The butterfly effect, originally, was about lack of perfect information leading to otherwise useful predictive algorithms having fatal errors. Like most scientific concepts, the general public has a totally different take, thanks to popular culture. The average person may well tell you it’s about how stepping on a butterfly in the past will mean a world war goes the other way.

But sometimes, the two overlap. For instance, I failed to take into account that my stepping on a butterfly in the past was in fact built into the timeline, and thus going back to stop myself was the problem.