Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Constant Waterer: A Film Excerpt

Observer #1: He's at it again.

Observer #2: As if he could beat us. As if he could beat the environment of the dimensional dome.

Observer #1: I hate his nonchalance. Can we not eat him like the others?

Observer #2: So THAT'S what happened to the others! I'd been looking for them.

Observer #1: Oh, yeah. That was me.

Observer #2: Did you eat the cute one? The redhead?

Observer #1: Uh...

Observer #2: Gorklack curse you, Brother Observer. I liked that one. She was rare!

Observer #1: Not when I was done with her.

Observer #2: Sometimes I loathe the partnership pressed upon us by The Collective.

Observer #1: Oh, you protest too much, brother Observer. It's not that bad. I let you keep the infant creatures called by the name "possum."

Observer #2: They died.

Observer #1: But you still kept them.

Observer #2: Yes, until the physical sensation called "odor" became too strong for my corporeal form to handle.

Observer #1: Yes, that sensation is rather... oh, look, our subject has a burning stick again.

Observer #2: That is called a "cigar."

Observer #1: Why does he enjoy them so?

Observer #2: Perhaps it is of religious significance.

Observer #1: Ah, like the Dance Of The Fire Ants they so often perform.

Observer #2: Exactly. It at least stems from a sense of the supernatural. But see the way he dangles the... cigar... from his lips? And how he waters constantly with such calm assurance that his own pathetic collection of chlorophyll-makers will survive?

Observer #1: Yes, I can see your irritation with this one. Though he does seem to have a gift of maintaining a collection.

Observer #2: Why didn't you eat this one, brother Observer?

Observer #1: Too bony, brother Observer. Too bony. And he has an odor of smoke.

Observer #2: Speaking of "odor," I think there's still a decaying possum baby somewhere on this station... let us close the aperture and search it out. We'll deal with the waterer later.

Observer #1: This sounds like a plan, brother Observer.

With a click and a smooth dilation of electromagnetic forces, the dimensional window closes. For a time.


At September 26, 2013 at 7:10 AM , Blogger jean said...

Yep, you need to come on down and get yourself an evergreen garden.

At September 26, 2013 at 9:24 AM , Blogger Arisia said...

Cool. Or, as I learned yesterday from Stephen Fry, book. Very book.

At September 26, 2013 at 2:03 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Thou art an unceasing temptress!

At September 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

"Book?" Doesn't have the same ring as "phat," but it's a little more hip than "rad" at this point.

At September 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM , Blogger Arisia said...

Yeah, but it has extra meaning when applied to writing. Almost a double entendre.

If you want to hear Mr. Fry's explanation, it is here:

At September 30, 2013 at 12:50 AM , Blogger rycamor said...

Love the Fry interview, Arisia. One of the better diatribes on English I have seen in awhile.

David, this little vignette of yours looks not-quite-suspiciously in tone and setting like a little something I wrote 3-4 years ago at a certain Friday Challenge. I am honored that you chose to so emulate me.


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