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On the Rock

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"Did you see that?"

"See what? It's dark out."

"A light in that tree. There it is again."

"Like a firefly or something?"

"Something like that. Except it's just gone New Years. We don't see them around here until May, June, July, maybe August some years. And that's damn bright for a bug. Have to be nuclear powered."

"Maybe you're being signaled by a magpie or a mockingbird. You know they collect the shiny stuff. Maybe one found a wrapper for a cigarette pack of something, and it's reflecting a streetlight."

"Maybe, but as you said, it's dark. And cold. They'd be asleep. In the Caribbean, if they had any sense."

"Just a wrapper, then? Caught on a twig?"

"Maybe. I hope so. Shit like that makes me nervous."

"Only because we're out here in the park after dark, up to no good."

"Whatever, man."

"Whatever yourself, man. I'll bet it's a squirrel up there with one of those keychain LEDs, deliberately fucking with you. Trying to make you freak out."

"Shut up, man."

"You should stay off the rock, man, is what I'm saying. That shit makes you paranoid. And stupid as a pile of wood chips, you on it long enough."

"I said shut up. And pass me the lighter."

"'Nuff said. Hey, maybe that squirrel's got a lighter!"

"Now who's stupid? Squirrel paws aren't strong enough to work a flint wheel, even if it don't have a child-proof catch. And all the push-button ones have catches. They'd never figure it out."

"Lucky we're possums then, eh?"

"Damn straight. Let's burn this place to the ground and trot on out of here I'm sick of the fluffy-tailed bastards acting like they own the goddamn park, cussing and yelling and flinging shit at us all the goddamn time. Park like this? Gotta kill fifty of 'em, at least."

"Do what you gotta and let's get. Your half of what we got off that drunk we rolled ought to get you another rock...."

"Shut up, man."

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Posted by Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri

4th Jan 2009, 04:16   | tags:

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Steve says:

Cool little story and a classic shot, what Moblog is all about.

4th Jan 2009, 04:55

moka2008 says:

Nice shots.

4th Jan 2009, 19:09

Thanks!

(My wife, just barely visible by the car in the first shot, is actually in the tree in the second shot... but the mystery light was out by then. And actually it was a streetlight barely seen through the leaves.)

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5th Jan 2009, 21:25

Earthlad says:

Ha ha ha that made me giggle. Gr8 pic so funny a story :-)

6th Jan 2009, 16:41

Dhamaka says:

I love that your wife was in the tree
a good Laszlo twist indeed...

18th Jan 2009, 10:02