When I Burst Forth

He blew on the tinny embers that had been coaxed into life. They would glow bright orange as his breath passed over them but subside when he took a breath. The office had been stuffy the whole week. It was filled with the thick fog of the grind and it choked his mind and his vision of the future. His wife had see the dull glaze it left in his eyes and insisted he get …

The Nostalgia Cigar

“I have struggled this year.” Her engraved lighter flashed to life flame lit two cigars. Specific cigars, intentional cigars. “It is 2017 and I have struggled.” She said as she shimmied her shoulders at the night. “Really make it any year. 1983, 2017, 3045 and the human mantra will be I have struggled. Who hasn’t! The rich man struggles underneath the weight of affluence. Trying to be more than they were born into; yet always …

Rancor-Tech

The very attractive receptionist handed Jon Derch a bag with the Rancor-Tech logo on it. Bright red and all seeing. “Here is your ID, Rancor-Tech issue phone and hold out your left fore arm.” She held out her hand suggesting he should place his fore arm in it. “Why do I need to do that?” Jon asked. She smiled and raised a gun with a large needle as the barrel. “Well Jon you are going …

A Fathers Journal Of Temptation (Part 2)

Part 1 Entry #1 Dad kept a journal. Not sure where it went must have been lost in the divorce. Maybe he still keeps it hoping waiting for me to call him. I just can’t though I am not sure what went wrong with Mom and Dad but they are both so distant from one another. I don’t want that for my children or wife; or me. So here it is an open book waiting …

A Fathers Journal Of Temptation (Part 1)

Entry #10 I wonder if they had visited my father? Perhaps I should start with the strange events of the drought. We have 120 head of cattle. A modest ranch, we may never be rich but we will have food and finance for the future. The drought came suddenly. The clouds disappeared and the sky opened up to let the full heat of the sun scorch our land. We went from 120 head of cattle …

Have You Been Showered By Sewage

People are small and insignificant while being galaxies worth of complexity and the arbiters of purpose and significance. I remember feeling so small in my windowless office and daily routine. I watched so many days go by crunching data and doing what I was told. I have kids and a wife and am constantly ashamed of how that seems like not enough. How raising my son is not as fulfilling as I think it should …

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 7

I am not given to anger, it is really not my cultures way, we have always sought peace and harmony but in this moment my blood boiled … could have been the brandy, “ What do you mean a few times before! Dr. Rook I can barely remember what just happened. I passed out! Yet here I am sitting here because I know deep down inside that I have been convinced what you are doing …

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 5

I wish I could say I went into the next month with excitement. All of the stories I heard and the looks of concern from people that knew about Dr. Eldon filled me with dread. When would I finally be shown the darker, shameful side of this man. The side that I seemingly needed to be wary of. As the first month wore on, I began to enjoy the job. Maybe it’s because I did …

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 4

“ Let me show you around the lab. It is a humble place but it’s ours. This main area is the best part of our space. I had it set up to be modular so I could run multiple experiments at the same time. Some of the outcomes of other experiments affect other experiments in ways that could not be anticipated. Which is alway welcome. The room to the left is my office, the room …

Eldon Rook Dust Bunnies – Part 3

On the way to the building Dr. Deacon thanked me profusely while also shaking his head and saying small anecdotes about Dr. Rook and then shaking his head again. The science building was all sterile white or bluish grey hallways and doors with names and numbers, some labeled offices, others private labs and community labs. We made our way through the halls towards a stairwell. As we headed down, Dr. Deacon began to explain “ …