Machine of Death

100 word stories. Post all you like, maybe we'll dip in and use yours?
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Machine of Death

Post by LajesticVantrashellofLob » Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:56 pm

“Next! Number 49!”

I stepped forward, rubbing my finger where the Machine had drawn blood, so it could determine how I would die.

The kiosk attendant handed me a folded paper. I stared at it.

It held a short message that would change how I lived my life. I would spend my days avoiding death, to no avail - the Death Machine was persistently and unfailingly correct. Would I die by choking? Drowning? Overdosing?

I slowly unfolded it.

It read, simply, “READING THIS DEATH MACHINE SLIP.”

I frowned, and promptly died.

The attendant retrieved my paper, read it, and shrugged.

“Next!”



Inspired by http://machineofdeath.net/a/archives/18" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, which is detailed more specifically http://machineofdeath.net/guidelines.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; . I was hoping to write a piece that would work well enough without knowing all that backstory - although I recognize that it would be better if I could assume the reader does know the backstory, as it would have saved me some exposition, leaving room for more drabbley detail (in this case more worried philosophical hand-wringing). Maybe I'll rewrite it as if it were in the anthology...

I'd certainly like to see what everyone else can cook up :D
Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules. Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.

You're always the hero in your own story - life is about not being the villain in anyone else's.

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