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I wish there were another way to do this. You didn’t have any warning and now I’ve changed your life, just by writing the words you are reading. Your situation won’t get much worse if you read the rest, though, so if you can do so without getting caught, I’ll try to explain. It might help you survive. My name is Dexon, and I worked in this Complex for ten years. My Social Index was never high enough for any of the sealed urbs, and I’m guessing you have the […]

Beautification ClawsFrom the Case Files of DragonEye, PI

She stood on my doorstep wearing hot pink shorts and a blouse that looked like an art fair threw up. I almost breathed fire on her just to put her out of my misery. Nothing cures the aftermath of an ethanol binge like dragon-style pyrotechnics. But I played nice. After all, she might have a job for me, though with that artificially whitened smile, I doubted it. Her type didn’t have much use for dragon detectives. "Yes?" I asked. That was about as nice as I could get with the […]

Green Gro

Administration Debuts Grocery Initiative The Obama administration announced yesterday a series of sweeping regulations intended to improve the bottom lines of grocery stores and ensure the health of all Americans. The reforms are also widely expected to reduce the environmental impact of grocery stores and enhance multicultural awareness. In the wake of last year’s bailout and nationalization of major grocery chains, the federal government, under the auspices of the Food and Drug Administration, has capitalized on the opportunity to overhaul the delivery of foodstuffs to the American people and to […]

A Soul Restored

Edmund started pushing the boys into as straight a line as he was likely to get. Henry’s crack about West Point made him remember something in a letter he’d gotten about cousin James, who’d been wounded in both legs a couple years ago at a place called Fort Donelson. James was healing up all right – he’d walk again – and he sure didn’t hold any grudge against his commander for getting him shot. He wrote home that their general had laid siege to the fort, and that the Rebs […]

A Soul Restored

"We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he has commanded us." — Exodus 8:27 Color Sergeant Edmund Findlay Churchill, Company E, 18th Massachusetts, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Corps, Army of the Potomac, was wondering why the hell the withdrawal from the battle lines had to be at 9:00 that night. He was tired – more bone weary than he’d been his whole life; and the last few years had been some life. It’s not like the march would be […]

2038: San Francisco Sojourn: The Wrath of God

I didn’t say much as I drove in the direction of I-80 and Orinda, but as the blocks slipped by I grew more and more angry. "We have laws, you know," I said to him. He didn’t respond and I felt compelled to go on. "Just because we don’t obey all your laws, doesn’t mean we don’t have any of our own." "I know all about your laws," he said, a hint of sarcasm in his voice. "Thou shall not cook your fries in trans fats; thou shall wear your […]

2038: San Francisco Sojourn: The Wrath of God

Inside they had a little waiting room with about six chairs and a water cooler. God, if that’s really who he was, and I took a seat. I saw this woman on the other side of the window looking out at us. I got up and went to the water cooler to get some water to take another Nossad. Even though I had another hour before I was scheduled to take one, I felt like I really needed it now. The woman, the Madam, I guess, was attractive, with nice […]

2038: San Francisco Sojourn: The Wrath of God

I never thought I’d meet God in person. Actually, I never thought much about him. Nobody did anymore, or mostly nobody. But one day it happened. I was driving north on 101 after work, about six PM. I had a date later on at nine with a woman I’d met at a dance a month earlier. Michelle considered herself a witch and was into Wicca, had been for years, and she occasionally participated in ancient druidic spells and ceremonies. I wasn’t into that, but it was every bit as valid […]

Free Gershwin

Sully was on a Boy Scout camping trip in New Hampshire the first time he heard Rhapsody in Blue. It was after lights out, although the boys continued to giggle and pass a rubber rat from bag to bag. As they dropped off one by one into sleep, music floated in the rustic window from a counselor’s cabin, faint, mysterious, and overwhelming. Sully poked himself with his Boy Scout knife to stay awake for fifteen minutes after the performance, so he could learn the name of the piece. Sully’s mother […]

There Are No Regrets in Skyview Towers

And so the nights passed for Stoney as he wrestled with the possibility that he would have to make a choice between staying on the outside with Merrybelle or returning to Sunshine where, increasingly, he felt he belonged. Each night he fell asleep wanting nothing more than to forget the girl and go home, and each morning he would descend to breakfast, lay eyes on her, and immediately forget his arguments of the evening before. As they awaited word from the feds, he and Merrybelle filled their days with chores […]