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by Scattercat
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:08 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Spring, Unwinding
Replies: 7
Views: 1551

Spring, Unwinding

The flowers clicked gently in the breeze. Intrigued, I plucked one. The stem was oddly stiff, and it broke with a metallic ping. Inside, it was hollow, a tube with a long, thin cam shaft running down it. The petals, blunt and angular, gleamed copper-bright and polished. I looked up from my prize. Th...
by Scattercat
Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:39 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: We Were Conquistadors
Replies: 18
Views: 3915

Re: We Were Conquistadors

It's worth noting that altruism is also hard-wired into our genes. We're monkeys, but we're social monkeys.
by Scattercat
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:10 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Drabble: "The Only Good Indian Is"
Replies: 9
Views: 2015

Re: Drabble: "The Only Good Indian Is"

The problem is that his uniqueness pushes him into "Magical Negro" territory, where it's okay to have heroic or wise minorities, but only insofar as they are benevolent toward the majority. They get to be exceptional, but they can't be normal; they're still locked into their "other" category. Not sa...
by Scattercat
Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Manifest Destiny (relocation theme)
Replies: 6
Views: 1285

Re: Manifest Destiny (relocation theme)

Nah, Strawman. They're not turning around. They're coming from the other side.
by Scattercat
Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:33 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Drabble: "The Only Good Indian Is"
Replies: 9
Views: 2015

Re: Drabble: "The Only Good Indian Is"

Varda wrote:This was awesome. What a way to turn that phrase on its head. :D
I dunno. It's still a pretty racist phrase...

I do like the image of the dead man charging around, silently doing superheroic feats for inexplicable reasons. I may have to steal the idea at some point.
by Scattercat
Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:31 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: We Were Conquistadors
Replies: 18
Views: 3915

Re: We Were Conquistadors

The title on this one sent me haring off, looking for other pop culture references and trying to find the "joke" that I appeared to be missing. Perhaps just "Conquistadors"?
by Scattercat
Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Sing Down
Replies: 3
Views: 800

Sing Down

This is the song that ends the world. Because it is about the end of the world, it is a sad song. Because it is a song, it is joyful. This is not a contradiction. The song that ends the world must contain the world. To end is to stop; to stop is to oppose; to oppose is to be equal to. Do you suppose...
by Scattercat
Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:35 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Here There Everywhere
Replies: 3
Views: 1450

Here There Everywhere

Joey says he’s being hunted by a therewolf. I tell him to stop being a smartass. The “were” in werewolf means “man.” Same root as “virile.” Joey’s a dork. No, says Joey, it’s not like that. It’s not a wolf that turns into a man or anything. I tell him that doesn’t excuse the pun. No, says Joey, it’s...
by Scattercat
Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:23 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: AutoNoggin3000 (Simulations Theme)
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: AutoNoggin3000

This is why it asks you if you're sure before you delete anything in the System folder.
by Scattercat
Thu Jul 18, 2013 6:03 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: On Saturday Night
Replies: 1
Views: 454

On Saturday Night

I left God in the hospital waiting room, and mostly I was honest when I told myself it was politeness. Satan was reaching through the slot on the vending machine. I stood over him, arms akimbo. “What do you think you’re doing?” “Came for a visit,” he said, rolling one eye up at me. “God doesn’t need...
by Scattercat
Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Imagination Is A Wonderful Thing
Replies: 16
Views: 6656

Re: Imagination Is A Wonderful Thing

Does anyone else own the giant twenty-pound collector's edition of *all* of the Calvin & Hobbes strips in three massive volumes? (This is on top of my full set of the softback collections, purchased with allowances and after-school job paychecks as they came out.)

Just me, huh?
by Scattercat
Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Lovecraft (you'll never guess the theme)
Replies: 7
Views: 2053

Re: Lovecraft (you'll never guess the theme)

Apropos of nothing, I still have a photo somewhere that I took while lost in Michigan. We found an, ahem, adult novelty/lingerie store. Called "Lovecraft." Clearly they were thinking "Like warcraft, but love! The craft of love! It's perfect!" It did not bring to my mind the image they were probably ...
by Scattercat
Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Dan's Pantheon
Replies: 4
Views: 1377

Re: Dan's Pantheon

Lucky it wasn't Khorne-bread...
by Scattercat
Tue Jul 02, 2013 6:36 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Masking Tape
Replies: 4
Views: 936

Masking Tape

When they finally got the awful textured wallpaper off, they discovered the door. It had been painted over a dozen times. The paint was so thick that you could barely see the outline of the frame. “Where do you think it even goes?” he asked, working with the chisel. “I thought this was basically dir...
by Scattercat
Fri Jun 21, 2013 4:18 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Life's Short, So Write Verbs
Replies: 6
Views: 1353

Re: Life's Short, So Write Verbs

Verrrrrrrrrrrrrrbs!
by Scattercat
Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:14 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Structural Decay
Replies: 10
Views: 4177

Re: Structural Decay

Nice to see you guys, too.

Bonus points if you can correctly guess what the words were before I replaced them...
by Scattercat
Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Among the Lost
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Among the Lost

The bag slipped. A potato chip fell into the crack between the couch cushions. I reached in after it. My arm went in and down. I felt loose change slide past my fingers. I found an old battery. Why stop there? I wondered. I slid deeper, down to the springs, down to the carpet, and the bare concrete....
by Scattercat
Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:30 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Structural Decay
Replies: 10
Views: 4177

Structural Decay

He got up, just like every morning, and shut off the alarm clock. He brushed his teeth and got dressed. He didn’t notice anything odd until he got to the kitchen and tried to verb the eggs. He blinked and looked down at the saucepan, where the nouns still sat, verbing. “What?” he verbed. He tried to...
by Scattercat
Tue May 21, 2013 4:58 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: Lost the Will to Live
Replies: 1
Views: 1910

Lost the Will to Live

The lamppost was tilted at a sharp angle. Glass and plastic shards littered the asphalt. Yellow police tape surrounded the wreckage. “Found it like this, sir,” said Chapman. “No sign of the occupant except for that.” He pointed to the spreading red puddle. The detective knelt and dipped a finger in ...
by Scattercat
Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: Drabbles
Topic: I'm Done
Replies: 4
Views: 1081

Re: I'm Done

Ha! Nice.