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Strange Machine

[posted superficially for Warren's FlashMob LJ event, a shade over 200 words. I know I don't post here much anymore.. I think I'll do more stuff like this tho. It'll get me writing again, and be good for me on the Twilight front.]


Liquid Narcotics


I always liked the sea.

The crisp tang to the air, infused with energy. A buzz that rode up my spine ever since I was a child - entranced at the reflections of the holographic lights dancing in the black, inky, silt water. There’s power to the sea.

The pier fairground never used to interest me that much, with its usual mixture of freak shows and burnt out video games. It was full of people.

I hate people.

I always said that one day I’d rid the world of these hypocritical, stupid, slow morons that surrounded me. I was playing by a rock pool when I noticed it you see, the water moved with my hand. The water knew me. The sea knew me.

It’s taken me many years to really understand my gift. Many long walks under the pier, hiding within its green bars, hearing the jacked in scum turn on, plug-in, and tune out the ocean. They never hear anything anymore, too much high-frequency noise in the brain.

The funny thing is that the scientists keep trying to explain the rising tides. Global Warming they said - a sign of the times. Too much consumption, too little recycling. They’re going to have a problem explaining what’s going on when the tidal wave rolls down the Thames, and turns Glastonbury Tor into an island.

Drown you fuckers.

Drown.

Comments

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a_muse_d
15th Oct, 2004 15:22 (UTC)
hmm.
darkcryst
15th Oct, 2004 15:46 (UTC)
Hmm good? Hmm bad? Hmm... you don't know what to say?

Hmm?
a_muse_d
15th Oct, 2004 16:56 (UTC)
hmm in that i'm anal and tripped over your typo in the second paragraph:

never used to interesting me that much,

nix the "ing" on "interesting".

otherwise, a good read.
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 03:49 (UTC)
I claim late night bleary eyes.. damn, good catch *edits*

Thanks ;)
a_muse_d
16th Oct, 2004 14:49 (UTC)
you're welcome. <3
porphyre
15th Oct, 2004 15:27 (UTC)
yes
darkcryst
15th Oct, 2004 15:45 (UTC)
thanks for the positive :)
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darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 03:47 (UTC)
Aquaman! Oh my...

Yeah, it does read like that doesn't it? I hadn't thought about it like that *laughs*

Glad you liked it! :)

archaicangel
15th Oct, 2004 20:33 (UTC)
I've been reading these all day. Yours is one of the better ones in my opinion. It flows. Very nice.
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 03:52 (UTC)
aww *blushes* thank you.

I think there has been some fasinating ideas posted, and some great little stories. I just knocked this out from something I was thinking yesterday (the first line.. I was in Margate for work, and I do love the sea..). It was quite last minute...

I do think that its a great thing Warren has done, he has the power, he has the technology..
rethought
15th Oct, 2004 21:02 (UTC)
Odd, but good. Then again, I don't have any background on it. I'll look into it if I get the time. :)

And get your bum back here young man and post! Miss you and stuff. :)
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 04:05 (UTC)
awww thanks :)

Well.. there's not so much background as its a self-contained short - for Warren Ellis' "Strange Machine" FlashMob event. I might use it as an excuse to post more short stuff and get back into the writing vibe.
mind_opened
15th Oct, 2004 22:03 (UTC)
I like! Totally appeals to my bitchy green girl side. Make a great character to develope completely, good guy or bad.
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 03:54 (UTC)
Hehe, yeah.. feel the latent angst ;)

Glad you like it :D
miriammiriam
15th Oct, 2004 22:18 (UTC)
i like it alot, i think you should post more.
i am very tired right now so that's all i have to say, other than i miss you.
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 04:03 (UTC)
thank you hon *smooch*

And yeah.. I should post more, I just need to get in the mood to post...

I miss you too, hope you slept well.
radiumx
16th Oct, 2004 00:01 (UTC)
Such a nasty little story! I love the twist at the end, seems like everyone's so caught up in "Burn you fuckers!" they completely forget about the element that covers 73% of the Earth's surface.
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 03:57 (UTC)
haha, thanks! Yeah it is a bitter little nugget isn't it?

Thats what I get for writing late night and fast..

a_muse_d
16th Oct, 2004 14:53 (UTC)
d'oh.. wasn't i going to add you to my friends list for some reason? what the hell.. might as well. ;)
debxena
16th Oct, 2004 02:26 (UTC)
Really good stuff. Dark, and viscous. Lovely.
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 04:02 (UTC)
Thank you.

I try to write stuff that isn't all dark and that.. but its harrrrd to do in a super-short story.

Ah well.. I kinda like how this one turned out, not bad for about 20 mins typing.
lowkeyknight
16th Oct, 2004 05:12 (UTC)
Great story with a dark edge and a lovely structure.
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 10:08 (UTC)
thank you.

Its been really nice to to something like this and take part in the event...
redwolf
16th Oct, 2004 06:57 (UTC)
So very beautiful.
darkcryst
16th Oct, 2004 07:16 (UTC)
Wow... thank you!

Such lovely praise too :)
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