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The Habitroll (childhood))

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:11 am
by eric_marsh
While Don waited in line, Patrick tugged at his sleeve.

"Daddy, daddy, can I play in the habitrail?" he asked.

The McDonald's playscape was surrounded by a red and yellow safety fence. "Sure son," Don said. "just watch out for the Habitroll."

"The Habitroll?" The boy stared at his father.

"Just kidding. Go on son, I'll call you when dinner's ready."

Five minutes passed before Don called out the restaurant door, "Patrick, let's eat."

The silence was interrupted by brief, furious scrambling, like claws seeking purchase on slick plastic.

Don hesitated, then started into the playscape. "Patrick?" he called. "Son?"

Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:24 am
by strawman
I'm feeling an accenture to cue the music from the Psycho shower scene.
I'm lovin' it.

Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:11 pm
by munsi
i do quite like it. a solid gag that succesfully sells the dark twist. win!

Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:49 pm
by Phenopath
I like trolls but I do not know what a habitrail is, it sounds horrid.

Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:41 pm
by munsi
Phenopath wrote:I like trolls but I do not know what a habitrail is, it sounds horrid.
no, no, they're totally fun. i recall them fondly from Chuck E Cheeses. other than the trolls, i mean

Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:51 pm
by eric_marsh
The Habitrail for hamsters:

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The Habitrail for kids:

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Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 4:11 pm
by strawman
Always though it would be cool to build one of these with a secret trap door with a slide to the netherworld.

Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:04 pm
by eric_marsh
There are just so many cool things that could be done in a story with the habitrail. Multi-dimensinal kid traps, giant ants, a tribe of cannibals living in tunnels deep inside, the mind boggles at the possibilities. The sanitary colorful exterior and "safe" suburban ambiance just makes it all work that much better, kind of like evil clowns.

Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:00 pm
by ROU Killing Time
eric_marsh wrote:kind of like evil clowns.
Isn't "evil clowns" redundant?

Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 9:49 pm
by strawman
Just got an inspirational flash connection between Habitrails and MC Escher's Moebius Strips
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Habitrail?
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...but with toddlers instead of ants
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Re: The Habitroll

Posted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 10:11 pm
by Phenopath
Ah, child containment facilities.

Re: The Habitroll (childhood))

Posted: Mon May 05, 2014 3:33 am
by eric_marsh
bump for childhood games