“The Swimming Pool” / Memorable Fancies #501

     Joe slams the phone down. Those crooks, he thinks, I can get rid of that pool crud a lot cheaper myself. Just some chemicals – the store can tell me what kind – and I can clean the damn pool myself.      He drains the pool. The discoloration, he’s surprised to discover, wasn’t just on the surface; it’s thick – gooey – and has an odd smell. OK, he says, I guess this stuff’s too much for me and I gotta get the pool service out after all.     By now, Joe has the stuff smeared all over … [Read more...]

“The Statues” / Memorable Fancies #496

     There are a great many statues in our city. The President for Life was honored, of course, and then the great men and women, then those of lesser import, then the merely rich. Eventually even I, a simple vendor, was contacted by the National Statues Commission and asked which pose I preferred of the few options still available. By this time, as the powerful had taken all the heroic and noble poses, we working people were reduced to variation of the Prone position, or the … [Read more...]