A New Life – Flash Fiction – June 10, 2014

Building a new life, from scratch is our business but  we at the agency have our work cut out for us sometimes.   Take the time that little fugitive from Alpha Centauri was delivered to us …

She was a cute little thing, could have been twenty universal standard years old and had a lovely pale green complexion, soft yellow eyes and her long brown hair.  She also had a great singing voice and had used it often to make a name for herself so of course she wanted to ply her trade.  Problem was, she’d sung out loud and clear about the Triade, a potent gang of contrabanders that had the habit of killing people who sang the wrong tune, and secondly, she had four arms.

We gave it everything we had, but it wasn’t enough.  We were able to finally find a way to hide those extra arms and of course, complexion was no problem at all. The real problem turned out to be her voice.  It was hypnotically sensual.  She became known as Melany Jackson. She had a really special timber that was really difficult to ignore at a subliminal level.  Over the months she became so popular that her music took over the top ten charts and her public appearances were all one long rave party with people getting out of hand.  A lot of kids were born that year.

It wasn’t the Triade that got her in the end.  They barely even know we exist out here in the backwaters of the galaxy, no, it was an irate mother.

Melany was doing a Summer Solstice fest out at the Stonehenge  for a group of neo-druids when suddenly a shot rang out. Of course, there had been guards on hand with monitoring devices to make sure none of the “outers” could get to her, one never knows with the Triade, but no one thought to look for rifles!

The woman, who was immediately apprehended by the druids, just stood there in a trance of sorts holding that damned rifle.  When she was taken to headquarters she finally began to talk.  She’d decided that the world would be a better place “without all them goings on”, her words.  Seems she had three daughters who’d gone to a concert during the spring and each had come home with a little package, and didn’t know where they’d gotten it.  People in the neighborhood began to talk.

She’d did a little research on the problem and discovered that there was something peculiar about our singer’s voice.  She went to a concert, with wax in her ears, having experienced the effects of the music at home.  She observed and then made plans.

So Melany Jackson got blown away.  We had a lot of hassle with Intergalactic Pol and Mrs.Thomas’ family grew with an addition of a son for her and three granddaughters.  We gave them a new life of course.  I think they now live somewhere near Orion’s Belt.



Written for Speakeasy #165

Sahm’s Prompt: November 27, 2013 – The Chip

WDBWP’s Wednesday Story Prompt is interesting:

Prompt: Imagine a future where the current currencies of the world have been replaced by other kinds of currency.

Ok…time for a little dystopian speculation!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Chip

Everyone is issued a social security number and a credit chip implant at birth since 2212. On every chip 10,000 credits are deposited.  That was the solution the elders invented to guarantee that all people start life out in perfect equal.  Of course if your parents are rich chances are your 10,000 credits just builds up interest and you might never really need to use them at all.

Most people by the time they reach 18  have little or nothing left on their account.  The credits have been long spent on education.  That’s not a real problem of course since  people are offered their first job by the elders when they’re 18.  Working is one of the ways to make your credits raise.

Problems begin when you can’t keep your job, unfortunately that can easily happen in this time of crisis, but if you’ve a little imagination, and you work hard, you can solve the problem.

When your credit runs out, it must be rebuilt within two months.  You can do this by getting another job or a gov-loan or priv-loan.  The alternative is that the chip “retires” you.  Once you reach a certain age, like 60,  you usually can’t find work anymore or get a loan since  you’ll never be able to pay it back, so it’s only logical that you are put into “retirement”.

Recently a lot of people have lost their jobs because the factories have closed down and no one wants to risk their credits at this moment, especially on the young and inexperienced. This means that priv-loans are nearly non-existent.  The gov is not issuing loans at this time, no credit surplus. So yes, sadly, even many young people have gone into early “retirement”.  But we don’t have those horrible social blights of the past … homelessness and welfare!

To check up on how many credits you have, you just go on-line.  When you go shopping there is a code reader in every shop so you can pay from your account.  Of course, you can also buy stuff on-line using your Social Security chip.

We live in great prosperity thanks to our free enterprise society.  Everyone is born equal.  No one is a parasite on the community!

Oh!

There must be a mistake!  My account just went into the red.  My account’s been hacked!

OH GOD NO ………….

FRIDAY FICTIONEERS: 22 November 2013

The Friday Fictioneers photo prompt this week is to say the least, interesting!

Cyber Dating

(Year 2141)

Mary looked at her MMS shaking her head. She’d been dating James for over a month but the situation was becoming tiresome.  With him, it was always drama!

She turned to Beverly:

“Would you just look at this!”

“Oh my, he’s really falling to pieces over you!  Whatever are you going to do?”

“To begin with have a recharge then call the cyberpsycologist!”

She and Beverly walked into the café.

“Can I help you ladies?” asked the waiter.

“I’ll just need a quick recharge.” Mary said.

The waiter brought her a small battery pack and she plugged in.

Word count: 100

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Just a Note: May 6th 2013

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Good morning World!

Once again it’s Monday, and as I’ve decided that Monday is the day when I’ll publish a short note on last weeks events…here I am.  To begin with, now you can go to the header menus to find a Category labeled: Haiku, Photographic Reflections and Guests…the first itwo are self-explanatory, the third houses my re-blogs.

My first piece of Science Fiction Satire

It was a full week.  I was able to write my first ever long short story, thanks to a prompt by We Drink Because We Are Poets.  It’s wasn’t what I’d been expecting as a writing prompt: Justin Bieber and his monkey…my first reaction (ahimeh!) was to ask what  (my apologies to all you Bieber fans) a Justin Bieber was and if the monkey was part of some kind of fantasy plot…but by clicking the link you can see everyone’s reaction…which told me, alas, both Justin Bieber and his monkey are part of our current reality…my only alternative, outside of not writing anything at all, was to figure out how to write intelligently about something I know nothing about.  I though about three different scenarios before I decided upon a science-fiction satire.  If you have time give it a look and tell me what you think. A special note here for Barb Taub, who not only gave me some useful advice for this story, but has also launched a challenge of her own…and fun it has been too…click the link: it will take you to her post so you can find out more about “We Fight Crime!

Fellow Bloggers

Going through the reader I’ve come across some really marvelous people! A very short list follows of just a few of the many blogs I’ve looked at and commented last week (yes, I’m a commenter, my philosophy being “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”):

The Daily Informant I’d actually read a few articles by this author…it’s tongue in cheek satire of the finest quality!

The Jittery Goat interesting razor-sharp humorous posts about daily life.

Ragandboneshop1 a versatile poet (whom I’ve liked since first I came across the post thanks to Betty Generic.)

A Word a Day is just what it says…a wonderfully humorous post which defines a word a day…fantastic idea!

Genetic fractals is an interesting thought-provoking blog with a hint of Zen.

Have a look at them, they’re really great I’m sure you will love them too!

Photography

This week’s photo challenge, which has become a part of my blog life, was dedicated to looking from above…there are some very beautiful and interesting photos this week roaming the web…have a look at the links to other participants (either of the links, the first being my contribution the second the challenge), you’ll be fascinated as I have been.  This weekly challenge is really so inspiring and has helped me look at my photos in a new light…I can only express my gratitude!

Haiku

Another regular event is a daily Haiku that I’ve decided to write inspiring myself from one of my photos…and posting them together.

Awards

I thought I’d be smart this week and write about the awards I’d been nominated for on a separate blog, absolving my debt of gratitude to those who have thought of me…alas…this was not to be!  Lovely Tazeinmirzasaad at Transcendingbordersblog has nominated me for the ABC award…thank you very much indeed!  If you want to know what it is about…have a look at the link or read my blog about this award and the Sunshine Award that I wrote yesterday.  I would dedicate this one to all those who post and delight us daily!

Alas, it had
Been but half a day
Certainly my
Duty had been completed! When
Even before I closed down my computer, I should
Find, yet another delightful Award!

“Gosh,How can this be?”
I said, “I’ve
Just finished writing about this special
Kind of award!!!”

Low and behold…
My fate is
Not to visit the
Onirico land of
Peaceful sleep…

Quietly within my head
Rhymes wanted to be
Said for
Tazein…

Unite us in
Virtue and
Wisdom in the land of
Xanadu!
Yin and Yang together in,
Zen meditation!

See you next week!