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21st Century Playtime

“Amanda, what are those plastic things that those people out there walk behind?”

“Out in there in the street? I dunno. Sometimes one tells my mom which way to go in the car. It plays music and talks and stuff.”

“Geez, that’s a lot of things to do at once. Is that why they’re holding them in their hands like that? Why do they stare into them while they walk?”

“They must see forward better than eyeballs.”

“It looks like that man is talking to his. Are they alive? They must have little eardrums in them too.”

“And robot voices. My dad asked his a question yesterday and it answered and it sounded weird.”

“So they can do everything?”

“I guess so. I think that’s why everyone is always playing with them and not with each other. Rock, paper, scissors. Ready?”

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The Overpass Gospel

“I don’t know how to answer that question, sir.”

“Well you were walking by kid. You saw him collapse.”

“He didn’t. He was sitting cross-legged with his back against the concrete there when I passed him–”

“Yeah reading the Gospel aloud, you said that. We found him in the street though.”

“I heard something so I turned around and he was writhing there on the ground. He was vomiting and pulling himself along toward the street with one arm.”

“And the old Buick?”

“Didn’t see it coming. Don’t think either of us did.”

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Please Be Serious

“Yeah, I can write you a story.”

“How soon?”

“Do you have a pen?”

“Don’t fuck with me, Jake. Do you have anything going?

“Some things are going, some things are stalled. Some got caught in the morning fog on the way here.”

“Some gin-sodden?”

“Hey fuck off, Bill! Whiskey-sodden. I can’t stand the taste of gin.”

“Please be serious about this, Jake. We need something from you soon or else we might be going down with you.”

“Alright, Bill. It’s alright. I’ll pull myself together, just for you.”


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