Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Copy of a Copy of a ..."

Tau-sub-Beta had officially lost it. "Marmalade!"

"It's lonely," ZetaPrime said. "Be nice to meet someone new."

BetaPrime grimaced at his missing left leg. "That's how it starts."

"Marmite!" Tau-sub-Beta howled.

"The Splice-o-Matic only needs 450 grams to produce an identical imprint," ZetaPrime said.

"Identical?" BetaPrime snorted. "No copy of a copy is ever as sharp."

"Marmolada!"

ZetaPrime sighed. "Back to the well, then."

Down the bunker's hall lay a tube-filled lump as mad as Tau-sub-Beta. Stubbed limbs flailed as the pair approached. "Please. I'm Spencer Bridwell. Last survivor. Phoenix, Arizona."

"We know," ZetaPrime said, brandishing the bonesaw. "We all are."



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16 comments:

Rhonda Parrish said...

LOL That was fantastic. Thank you for sharing it, I really liked it and laughed at the end.

...maybe I shouldn't admit that I laughed, but I did :)

Loren Eaton said...

Laugh all you like, JUST STAY AWAY FROM ME WITH THAT BONESAW.

Seriously, thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

Erin Cole said...

So original, and that end was brilliant. Bonesaw...it's got to be the creepiest word in the dictionary.

Loren Eaton said...

It is a creepy word, isn't it? I think its effects are best left to the imagination!

Chestertonian Rambler said...

Nice.

Loren Eaton said...

Or naughty?

Derek Manuel said...

Bahahahaha!

Man, horribly disfigured clones never get old. Good stuff.

James D Witmer said...

The Abramic story actually has an arc, from unsettling to beautiful. That's an achievement!

And the clone story feels like part of a much larger world. I'll admit the end was a creepy surprise to me, which was nice. And then it made me think of the "That's how it starts" line, and THAT made me chuckle.

Hunter F. Goss said...

Liked this one a lot, Loren.

You do dark/twisted much better than I do.

Ben Mann said...

Marmite!

Very enjoyable, Loren :)

Loren Eaton said...

Derek,

Uh oh, we're got someone else laughing. Time to confiscate all bonesaws.

Loren Eaton said...

James,

I always enjoy "remythologizing" those biblical stories that relate to Advent. There's so much heft to them, and I think that centuries of familiarity have robbed them of their impact. In my very humble way, I'd like to give a little bit of that back.

Loren Eaton said...

Hunter,

Thank you. My family always wonders how a straight-laced guy like me (I wear slacks and bow ties even when I don't have to) can write about such subject matter. Who knows? I certainly don't.

Loren Eaton said...

Ben,

I thought you'd like that ...

Leanne Stowers said...

Dr. Evil!

Loren Eaton said...

Dr. SelfMutilatingLonelyHearts!