Friday, March 21, 2008

Story #39 - The Message, by Adam Mirvis

Sorry for missing last week, but I am making it up to you by posting a new story by Adam Mirvis! Picture the coolest person you know; Mr. Mirvis can defeat him. Yeah, I know. Here is the story.

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The Message
By Adam Mirvis

I wanted to live in the land of bad decisions. In order to live in the land of bad decisions, you have to make some bad decisions.

I pondered this thought while blinking into the blindingly bright light. After several long seconds, my pupils began to adjust, and I stopped having to squint quite so hard.

The crew stood about, some making last-minute adjustments, but most with nothing to occupy them. Nerves were apparent in their faces, but also a barely-contained giddiness. Like the equipment we were using, the crew was mostly scrounged up - some had been ungraciously retired before their time, others were young amateurs, in way over their heads.

Already, I could begin to feel the warmth of the lights creeping into my skin, my collar beginning to itch. It had taken nearly seventeen months to get everything in place - surreptitiously patching into the cable and satellite networks, assembling our broadcasting station, coordinating our assault so that all the media channels would be redirected, simultaneously, to us.

I reflected on what we had done - on what we were about to do. As I watched the hand just off the center of my field of view counting down...five...four...I indulged in a brief fantasy of the world we were about to create. Everything would be different - better. We would be treated as heroes one day. Three...a small red light came on, just to the right of the camera lens. Two...one...an index finger, pointing at me in pregnant silence.

I cleared my throat, and began to yodel.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

Story #38 - Underwater

Right, sorry this one is so late. So, for the spring of 2008, LOBD is now moving to FRIDAYS. That's right, Friday is now LOBD day, as it fits better with my schedule.

Remember, you can (and should!) submit your own LOBD entry, by following the rules, as linked to on the right.

Now then.

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Underwater
by Dan Schwartz

I wanted to live in the land of bad decisions. In order to live in the land of bad decisions, you have to make some bad decisions.

So I submerged myself in water, and told myself I would not come back up. The idea was not to kill myself, it was just to test my limits.

At first it was bad. I could hardly hold my breath for more than a minute. I had to teach myself new ways to breathe, ways that surprised myself. I read some very interesting texts.

I got to five minutes and started to feel like I'd accomplished something.

Then six. Then six and a half, then seven. Finally I worked it up to ten.

I kept going like this, in different places - swimming pools, lakes, ponds, especially large baths. Sometimes lifeguards would come and "rescue" me, which of course led to further complications.

Eventually I learned how to eat plankton.

And now I think I have a handle on things. I have learned how to do it very well. For long, long periods of time. Where do you think I'm writing this from?

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