“Five Briefs – XIX” / Memorable Fancies #492

Strangers throw memories over our walls – false memories designed to distract and enrage us. Memories of how we lost the recent war, mingled with predictions for the next.


Statues were crowded into all the likely places and then, faute de mieux, the unlikely. General Derangeur’s statue, for instance, was erected on a street corner as if waiting for a signal that never turns to “Walk.”


At first, we thought it was just another subway train passing by underneath us, but it wasn’t. Over and over came the announcement: “We regret the inconvenience. The inconvenience. Inconvenience.” No one could figure out how to turn it off. Later, few were left to regret the inconvenience.


The flight never lands, was perhaps never intended to land. Other passengers know this, take it for granted. Why was I the only one surprised? One of the other passengers looks at me, shrugs, mutters something about “fate.”


I have invented elaborate stagecraft for our bodies together, so fantastic only some other world’s theatre could make it real.


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