“The Forever Day” / Memorable Fancies #1781

[“It seems, at certain moments, as though the universe has stopped moving.” – Lydia Davis] Something has jammed the machinery of the world. We are stuck at March 7th. This day, this same day, keeps repeating. Though most of us will probably find this distressing, it could have been worse: the weather on this final March 7th is, in most places, rather pleasant. But why this particular day? Would something have – happened – on March 8th? Something we’ve been spared? What would the headlines … [Read more...]

“The Soothing Voice” / Memorable Fancies #556

From where Ted is sitting near Gate 32 he can see six – no, seven –TV monitors. There’s about a half-second lag between the earliest shot of the jovial TV weatherman and the last. But then one of the screens begins telling a different story, something about a plane crash. The monitor quickly goes dark, as if airline people have been watching, fingers poised to interrupt any story that might cause passengers to cancel, pilots to call in sick. Then a soothing voice: “We regret to announce … [Read more...]

“After the Hurricane” / Memorable Fancies #1335

The rain-filled hurricane had passed by. I stepped outside and looked around for damage. I noticed hundreds of worms in my back yard, apparently flooded out of their burrows. I looked more closely. The worms had formed teams, some worms directing others, busy at rescuing family and friends still trapped underground. <END> Buy it at amazon.com/author/terencekuch: See/Saw. In this novel from Ink Smith Publishing, you can sell your memories for cash. And regret it. … [Read more...]

“There Was No Yesterday” / Memorable Fancies #1145

     Yesterday, there was no yesterday. It should have been a Tuesday, but there was no Tuesday. We were confused, alarmed. Had God taken Tuesday off just to show us our need for Him? Critical power loads, water levels, had nearly reached crisis by early today, but desperate hard work finally restored events to their customary disorder. It had been close. Now we’re in a rush to prepare, just in case God takes another day off. We worry about the approaching weekend. <END> Buy it on … [Read more...]

“Taste” / Memorable Fancies #732

      Survivors of the disastrous meteor strike barricaded themselves in forts, lived in giant public compounds where secret murders would be impossible. When the danger of mass starvation became too great, a portion of the refugee population was slaughtered by lottery, and a few volunteered, to be fed to the survivors. It was terrible, revolting, don’t think about it - but it was either that or all would die.      And that’s how it began, how we developed a taste for … not … [Read more...]

“Act Two” / Memorable Fancies #514

    At 7:30 the play begins. Actors come on stage and say their lines. A plot emerges, subplots. The dialog is lively and portentous, but it gradually becomes apparent that the great thing, the event that moves the plot, is never mentioned, only inferred by gaps in dialog, sidelong looks, alarm and despair.      By the middle of Act II it becomes obvious that the plot actually concerns those in the audience; all and each of them. They have been hand-picked, call that self-selected if one … [Read more...]

“A Pleasant Afternoon” / Memorable Fancies #440

[from the Diaries of Franz Kafka, page 301: “2 August [1914]. Germany has declared war on Russia – swimming in the afternoon.”]      Thousands dead in tsunami – had a very good tuna sandwich for lunch, plenty of mayonnaise.      President severely wounded in brazen attack – had another tuna sandwich, went swimming. Pool to myself.     Talks abandoned, missiles on their way here, Newsradio says. Switched to chicken salad, found tuna suddenly boring. Pool to myself again.<END>If you liked … [Read more...]

“The Re-Enactment” / A Memorable Fancy #418

[“...re-enactments. With actors recreating the postures, sounds, and ensuing mayhem ...” – Pil & Galia Kollectiv]      The producer wishes to re-enact the famous play where there was a riot, with many injured and a few dead.      “How realistic do you want this to be?” the director asks. “If we advertise it as a re-enactment, then ticket-holders will know that some of them, at least, may die. The original production wasn’t that way, of course; the catastrophe was a complete surprise. … [Read more...]

“The Soothers” / A Memorable Fancy #367

     After the disaster, emergency soothers are uncrated and rolled out, sent with their pocket platitudes to console the bereaved with words everyone knows are false, such as “It’s all right” (it isn’t all right), or “It’s all for the best” (it isn’t all for the best; much of it is for the worst), or “It’s God’s will” (perhaps, but that doesn’t make it right.)      The soothers continue to wear down the bereaved until they’ve Just Had Enough! and tell them I Feel Much Better Now, and I’ll Be … [Read more...]

“Earth-Shaker – I: The Coming of Earth-Shaker” / A Memorable Fancy #293

It was a day of three digits, like “911.” This was “410.” On April 10th, we finally caught sight of the being that had so distressed us. But long before that day we had been scourged by this Thing, this Bane that we learned to call “Earth-Shaker.” The first effects, last August, were reported as unrelated oddities: sinkholes in Florida, for instance, that sucked garden hoses, and homes, to their occasional doom. But then people in several states reported a slight shaking of the earth, not … [Read more...]

“The Sun Didn’t Rise One Day – I” / A Memorable Fancy #075

“As most of you have noticed, the sun didn’t come up this morning. Actually in weathertalk the sun doesn’t ‘come up,’ as I’m sure you know. The planet rotates under the sun each 24 hours, giving each hemisphere both day and night in one 24-hour day. That’s twelve hours of day in a day – in a 24-hour day that is, and 12 hours of night in a day. Depending on the season. You know what I mean. Well, anyway, that’s usually how it goes. “But here in the glass-encrusted broadcast booth it’s still … [Read more...]