“Five Briefs – IX” / A Memorable Fancy #405

“You’re all puppets!” the street-corner speaker ranted. “You’re slaves of liberalism!” Bystanders shook their heads and conferred among themselves. Should this be “persons who are puppets,” or “persons with puppetism?”, or what? The speaker took advantage of this distraction: the strings of the bystanders were once again jerked.


Life isn’t like the brochure said it would be. I want my mommy back.


Are they all robots? He cuts one up to see, realizes that a robot need not be gears and springs, could be blood and flesh and bone, could scream while being cut up. Go figure.


No-longer-wanted memories are discarded. The poor scrounge for those they can sell, or perhaps keep some for themselves so they can, at least once, remember laughter, warmth.


Cuts, fades, wipes, flashbacks, handsome men and beautiful women, love and betrayal, hatred and fear … yes, life is all that: life as movie. But in the movies there’s some resolution of the conflict, occasionally even an epiphany. Not in life. In life, no epiphanies.


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Terence Kuch’s speculative fiction novels * may be purchased directly from the publishers or via his Amazon author page, www.amazon.com/author/terencekuch

    *The Seventh Effect: a thriller from Melange Publications about a new kind of bioterrorist plot against the USA; praised by Kirkus Reviews.

    *See/Saw: a literary adventure from Ink Smith Publications about implanting memories, and a murder.


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