Wonders and Wonders, Complication

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Wonders and Wonders, Complication

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Beloved Animals both feral and domesticated,

Due to complications beyond our control tonight’s

Aura Borealis will not be shown.

Instead. For your viewing pleasure:

The Milky Way.

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© Lemuel

25 May 2018

Daily Prompt, Second-helping

Complication

Two Ways One Choice

Two Ways One Choice

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Joachim, thank you for your question: I say the people you encounter will always try to infect you with the choice between their own way, or the way of their enemies.

“Way?”

How you live, what you are deep down, like, the most central part of yourself that is the truest you.

The dude thinks a little in silence. Water drips from the cave roof into invisible pools on the floor.

You want to be a Werewolf, that’s fine. Vampires won’t like that, and, that’s cool too, given the choices.

“I don’t know which I want to be.”

When given the choices, like becoming a Werewolf or turning Vampire be Batman. Always be Batman.

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© Lemuel

17 May 2018

Daily Prompt

Infect

Robot Camp

Robot Camp

 

“We have a problem.”

Robots?

“Yep.”

This is camp. There’s supposed to be a few problems.”

“Right, well yeah. That explains the sumptuous accommodations, snazzy attire, and my enviable salary.”

Jürgen, do you hear laughter? I don’t hear laughter.”

“Is that because you’re deaf to my most def comedy?”

No tricky-tricks Mr. Robotics smarty-pants.

“It’s actually on my diploma—smarty-pants.”

So, what’s the problem?

“Robot bullies are the worst, well, robot bullies are the second worst.”

Reboot, re-program, run some diagnostic-thingy, just sort it out.

“Check. No effect.”

Try turning them off-off-and-back-on-again?

“Yeah, seriously. These are Robots chief not your PC or some game console.”

There, I’m tapped-out, you sort it. Had enough managerial support for one day?

“Zing, I have, and I have. Some Oppenheimer alters my fixes and re-introduces depraved yet elegant Robot bugs that replicate explosively.”

Who? Suspects?

“Napalm.”

My kid? Never!

“Ole Napalm is in the hut just now cooking up a real tasty bully-protocol to ensure the scheduled food fight tonight in the café will be brutal with baked halibut and wicked tuna.

Can you prove this accusation?

“I mean I’m not Sherlock but I do have the smarty-pants certificate with 3-D stickers. The culprit is on CCTV. It’s confirmed. I have witnesses.”

Robots?

“This is Robot Camp, chief.”

The Chief was a little bit proud of Napalm for showing some impressively disruptive ingenuity. He was more than a little frightened of her.

© Lemuel

15 May 2018

Daily Prompt, Second-helping

Short Fiction

Laughter

Observe, a short fiction

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Observe, a Short Fiction

 

“We are here to observe. Interference is expressly against protocol.”

“You’re going to watch this situation get worse.”

“No, I will simply walk away.”

“I won’t.”

“If you interfere there will be untold consequences.”

“Abe, there are always consequences.”

“I must protest.”

“Noted, now help me get her out of this wreck before it catches fire.”

“This is wrong, Group Leader. Implicating me in forbidden actions is against the Code.”

“Look, we’re about sixty-centuries removed from this person but she’s human like us, well, mostly like us.”

“After this I will request a transfer.”

“Alright, now on three, then heave.”

“Three.”

“What’s up with jumping the gun Abe?”

“Spider!”

 

© Lemuel

03 May, 2018

Daily Prompt

Observe

Cry me a River, a Sketch

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Cry me a River, a Sketch

 

“I knew I made a bad decision.”

Her mascara formed dark rivulets at flood stage racing down her sullen face, “Well, damn, just damn.”

My heart wanted to turn back but my brain said, “Step on it!”

“Stupid brain.”

“Wait, what?”

It’s a bum ticker but I like tossing it a curve every once in a while.

“Courage, mate. Simple courage ain’t that what we learned?”

© Lemuel

29 April, 2018

Daily Prompt: Rivulet

With apologies to Oz

Rivulet

Notable, a Logical Encounter

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Notable, a Logical Encounter

A tourist walked into a nice restaurant and was escorted immediately back to the door.

“We’re full up.”

“Can I get something to go?”

“What? See, we’re a restaurant. No fast food joint. Didn’t you see the sign?”

“What?”

“The sign in the window.  The maître d’ almost smiled, “You must be new on the street.”

“There’s a sign?”

“Yeah, right, now it’s for sure, you’re a noob.”

They go out to the sidewalk and there in the window is a well made, hand-lettered sign, Notable.

“There’s no space.”

“Bada-boom.”

“You need to insert a space.”

“You kidding me? Then we’d have to buy more tables.”

 

© Lemuel

27 April, 2018

Daily prompt

#postaday

#nanostory

Notable

Elaborate the Elaborate, a Conversation

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“Right, let me elaborate. I need your 3-D design in my hands by 7:45 AM local time.”

“I see. I think my team and I can make your new cordial deadline.”

“You think? I need certainty.”

“You and the whole world sister.”

“You will forfeit your bonus if I do not receive your design on time.”

“It is an elaborate project full of complexity but production is our forte.”

“I require delivery by 7:45 AM local time. Excuses do not receive payment.”

“You get someone to your location and you can have our design by 7:15 AM local time.”

“You are bluffing.”

“Nope. Let me elaborate. We are dedicated and can do the ordinary or the elaborate, without belaboring it.”

“See your work at 7:15. Cheers!”

“You’re bluffing.”

“Nope. I always get what I want.”

© Lemuel

Daily prompt: Elaborate

Elaborate

Bestow, Last Will and Testament of a Time Lord

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“And we come to the last item on Susan’s will.”

“I, Susan Joy McCall, being of good cheer, and aged condition, bestow my last smile to all my Beloved gathered here.

They all wore her smile.

“Now get out there and give every last one of them away. Now, I’m a Time Lord.”

© Lemuel

24 April, 2018

Daily Prompt: Bestow

Bestow

Bestow: Mirror, Mirror, a Story

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“Mirror, Mirror…why do people smile?”

“Ah, a smile is a facial contortion mortals are endowed with that looks good in the Mirror but is über potent magic when they bestow it to others.”

“Then it is truly powerful?”

“It’s a super power.”

She smiled. Satisfaction complete.

© Lemuel

24 April, 2018

Daily prompt: Bestow

Bestow