Archive for January, 2014

sapid stimulator

January 31, 2014

I thought savoury only applied to taste, and couldn’t apply to smell, until I encountered this compound. It was a liquid at room temperature – barely. It’s boiling point was below body temperature so it evaporated in your mouth when you tried to drink it. And it left a horrid aftertaste.


warning roll

January 30, 2014

We were all eager for someone else to make another try at operating the welding machine. If they got it to work, great. If they died too, our helping of porridge would increase.


January 29, 2014

He had set a bomb within the soccer ball that would go off after so many collisions. Each impact removed more of the safety, like spermatozoa each removing a little bit of the outer covering of the ova. He only wanted the impacts within a game to count though. If it was jostled during transport or storage that would be a waste. So he also built in a secondary radio-controlled arming mechanism, so he could arm it only during games. He wanted to see it take off a limb or, if he was really lucky, a head, but then again it might just go off on a bounce. he tried to calculate the odds.

help flower

January 28, 2014

Help flower, measured out by the mole, chased away the irksome fellowship. You did not inject it, or snort it. You chewed it, then spit it out again, let it dry and then burned it in a bowl, like incense. It came in different mixes so that the scent was quite pleasant, but it unconsciously made others leave you alone. Great for use in dormitories. We decided to see if the two of us chewed it in turn would it leave both of us unaffected while driving away everyone else.


January 27, 2014

The chariot races determined placement in government office. In practice this meant that the wealthiest citizens or even foreigners could sponsor a winning team and driver and wield power through them as puppets. Once in office, however, they were always susceptible to bribes from others, or even to seduction.

black pepper invasion

January 26, 2014

The congratulations failed to scrape away the shame. Were they being insincere, or was I? Were they offering praise just as a salve, or had I fulfilled perfectly a role I hated? I thought the occupation might fracture my friends’ conformity, but it seemed to harden it.

kneading iron

January 25, 2014

The student’s mistakes during her reciting of the Poem of the Epic of the Bridge were at first taken for the effects of nervousness, but it as he went on they accumulated into insinuations against the authorities. The Deputy Interlocutor felt sure that there was enough there in the videos of the event to construct a prosecution. But a trial was just what the student and her until then hidden backers wanted.

curse, entreaty

January 24, 2014

This portion of the play was almost all effects. There were no lines, and even if the actors forgot their choreography there wasn’t much I could do to help from the prompter’s box. So I was able to sit back for a bit and grab a snack from the cloth wrapper that I had used to bundle up whatever I took with me when I ran away from my old life. It had been my grandmother’s prayer shawl.

designated wormwood

January 23, 2014

The overlander crumbled when criticied publicly. Point out one small pustule and he keels over. I was told this was a problem that I had to fix. The first morning I found him on the clay court practicing his serve.

individualized advance

January 22, 2014

Fixing the water table meant restoring fifty-two levels of rock and sediment. For this effort our committee chose a heroine to exalt above the others.