Thursday, May 15, 2008

When the bomb goes off there'll be a thousand mutations! Andromeda will spread everywhere! They'll never be rid of it!

Aargh. Randal's tagged me with a story meme. Worse- it's not one I can blow off tagging others with because it relies on continuing the story.

I had been shuffling around the house for a few hours and already felt tired. The doorbell rang. I opened the front door and saw a figure striding away from the house, quickly and purposefully. I looked down and saw a bulky envelope. I picked it up. The handwriting was smudged and cramped, and I could only make out a few words. (Splotchy)

"Meet me at two o'clock at Grisham Square. Don't be late!"

What? I already had an appointment at that time. In fact, that was the only reason I had even taken off work that Wednesday. But, when I saw the photos, I knew I had to go and see what the hell was going on. Oh gosh, now I wish I hadn't, but how was I to know then that Elizabeth would take this whole thing so far? (
Freida Bee)

She had exposed the nefarious Republican oil-for-neckties program, skillfully dismantling its diabolically brilliant mind control scheme, giving each man, woman and child his or her freewill back, and this had made her a national, nay, worldwide, heroine, but -- the fear -- the look of stark, otherworldly terror on the -- could they even be classified as faces anymore?

No, I had to swallow the overwhelming dread that was threatening to force me into complete shutdown, collapsing on the hallowed ground where I would silently, naively wish it all away until it came for -- me. Fruitlessly wiping away a flood of icy sweat, I knew I had to steel my resolve, look upon those photos once more and let them burn their horrific images in my psyche. Permanently. (
Randal Graves)

Yet something was tickling my psyche, trying to work it's way to the surface of my consciousness like that bad memory for grade school I buried long ago. The one where I had to give a speech to the whole class and was trying to imagine them in their underwear so I wouldn't be nervous, when I suddenly realized I was the one who was in my underwear as I had forgotten to wear pants. I realized that the faces in the picture weren't faces after all. I was holding the picture upside down. (
Dean Wormer)

I tag Overdroid, snabalus, swinebread, liberality and zaius.


Splotchy said...

Thanks for being infected!

The upside-down picture was a brilliant twist!

Freida Bee said...

Oh, this is great. This is better than a Goosebumps Pick-Your-Own-Ending Book.

Fran said...

Holy crap, I hate when people do this better than me.

No I have not fallen off the face of the earth, I am returning slowly and infrequently, but still around!

pissed off patricia said...

Having had my meme shot I am now immune to memes. Having said that, it is fun to read these things as they go along.

Dr. Zaius said...

Ack! I loved "The Andromeda Strain"! FranIAm has also tagged me with this... I shall have to attempt to combine them into one post for expediency...

Randal Graves said...

Ha ha ha, genius twist!

Life As I Know It Now said...

well this is gonna be a lot of fun :D

Dean Wormer said...


Your welcome and ick.


it is sort of like that. love your part of the story, btw.


too kind! we know you've got a lot on your plate lately.


A vaccination for memes? Do tell.


I look forward to it's awesomeness.


thank you sir!


can't wait to read your bit.

Overdroid said...

As usual I have my tagability set to off.

Don Snabulus said...

I took the bait.

Life As I Know It Now said...

Done, come over to read and let me know what you think.

Dean Wormer said...


I'll get you someday and your little dog too.




Great. Will do.

Swinebread said...

hmmm I don't know when I can do this...