Flashes of Sanity #78: School Zone

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Today’s entry: School Zone

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”We are closing in?” Their father glanced back at them in the rear-view mirror. ”Haven’t you missed school?”

Only one of the children cheered. The other ones stared blankly at their screens or out the window.

”I want to meet my friends!” The youngest said.

”Alright then, out with you before I change my mind and take you home again.”

The youngest child rushed out under loud cheers. ”Adaaaaaaaaam!”

The others zombie-crawled their way out of the minibus.

”Bye my little rascals!” The minibus disappeared.

The small group walked into the schoolyard. As they closed in on their classmates, they walked closer to each other.

”Remember,” the oldest said.

”Look at the ground and no one will notice you,” one of his brothers filled in.

”That’s right, I will see you right here after class, okay?”

”Here comes the smellfest.” a boy shouted from afar. ”Watch out, they scatter!”

One of the mothers scanned the group from the driveway. She had a phone to her ear.

”HI,” she said. ”Arthur Sooli drove here drunk again. Yes, he is still driving.”

She stood silent for a moment and observed as her son played with the youngest Sooli son. She wrinkled her nose.

”Yes,” she said. ”He has been giving them too.”

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Flashes of Sanity #77: Dirty Business

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Today’s entry: Dirty Business

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It was everywhere now. Every screen. Every newspaper. Every mouth. Everything, all the same.

That dumb grey suit, and all the theories about what was, what could be and what could have been.

None of it bothered Susanne Queen really though. It was just annoying to only focus on one thing when the whole world was so much more.

She held up the receipt. Simply Perfect Adoption Bureau. Susanne smiled, they really think about everything.

’Thanks for choosing ’Simply Perfect’ for you precious adoption. It delights us that another child in need will find a safe home. ’

An airplane docked outside the window. Soon the passengers would be flooding the airport. One of them would carry the name Dina. A homeless girl of seven years who was saved from the streets.

That was maybe the part of the truth, but most likely it was not even close.

”Who are you waiting for?” A tall man beside Susanne said.

”My child,” Susanne answered. She felt warm when saying it. ”It is the first time I get to see my adopted daughter.”

The man glanced at her in surprise. ”Then you have some great moments ahead of you.”

”Yes, ” Susanne truly thought so.

A teenage girl ran out from the gate and threw herself around the man’s neck.

”Dad!” She screamed.

”Cherish the moments,” he said to Susanne as they walked away.

After all flood waves had subsided, one little girl walked out from the gate. She was exactly like Susanne remembered her from the photos and the time she saw her in a glass tube lined up among thousand other glass tubes.

”Mother?” The girl said as her eyes locked on Susanne.

”Yes I am here,” Susanne leaned in to welcome the girl in careful hug. ”I hope you will like it with me.”

”I hope so too,” the girl said.

Susanne hugged the girl closer. She looked at the screens. As they walked away she excused herself and made one phone call.

”Buy SurgeRay,” she said and hung up.

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Flashes of Sanity #76: Shades Part 6: Normality

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity! Your weekly (during July it is daily!) dose of flash fiction on 500 words or less.

As a part of my one year with Flashes of Sanity celebration I will launch an event that will be the culmination of some threads in previous entries.
Good entries to have read/previous entries in the event:
Gray: A retailers dream
Baby boom
Bidding war

Shades Part 1: Failure
Shades Part 2: Breaking in
Shades Part 3: Cheeks
Shades Part 4: Invasion
Shades Part 5: War

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity’s first event: Shade

Today’s entry: Shade Part 6: Normality

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”We are now at 48 hours since the last ship crashed.” The news reporter starred straight at the viewer. His expression told nothing of his inner emotions. ””We can now confirm that the man seen on surveillance videos preliminary to the launch was Gary Oliviallo, owner of SurgeRay since two months ago.”

The officers watched the news report with an undivided attention.

”And who is that?” Sandell muttered.

”I guess you will find out in less than an hour.” Kim said and smiles spread across the group.

“Okay guys,” Commander Crisis said with her abnormally strong voice. “I know we are all glad to be alive, but the best way to thank Gary Oliviallo for his sacrifice is to actually make this earth a better place. Get back to work, we have a serial killer to catch.”

In an instant people started tapping on their keyboards.

“Kara?” Crisis continued. “Can you get me an updated map with all the murders?”

Kara looked up from her computer screen. “Yes, sir,” she said.

“Great! Do we have any connections between the victims?”

“Only that they are successful in their careers,” Sandell said. “But I got a lead on the tazer killer.”

“Follow that lead, but if it gives any signal of being like the other leads let it go and go back to our serial killer.”

“It is quite fascinating,” a researcher said on the TV-screen. “One man took down an entire fleet. We are only beginning to unravel how he did it. Hopefully his notes are not as sparse on the details as the remaining traces from the explosion are.”

“I got a map ready,” Kara said. She pressed two keys and her map became visible on their big screen.

“Thank you.” Commander Crisis investigated the seven red dots. “Do we have any connection between the places.”

“Except for dumpsters.” Kim smiled. “No, sir. Nothing, yet.”

The victim’s faces became visible over the dots. “Thanks, Kara.”

“Two of them seem to have been sorority queens sir,” Officer Brynk said. “I continue looking in to the others.”

“That’s a great lead,” Crisis sat down on her chair. “Popular girls who succeeded. Brynk bring up a list of sorority queens the last 40 years. I got a feeling we might have use for it later.”

Brynk leaned over his keyboard.

Commander Crisis took a deep breath. She loved the feeling of progress.

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Flashes of Sanity #75: Shades Part 5: War

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity! Your weekly (during July it is daily!) dose of flash fiction on 500 words or less.

As a part of my one year with Flashes of Sanity celebration I will launch an event that will be the culmination of some threads in previous entries.
Good entries to have read/previous entries in the event:
Gray: A retailers dream
Baby boom
Bidding war

Shades Part 1: Failure
Shades Part 2: Breaking in
Shades Part 3: Cheeks
Shades Part 4: Invasion

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity’s first event: Shade

Today’s entry: Shade Part 5: War

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Aaron stood among thousands, no hundreds of thousands, of mankind’s last line of defense. All of them hoped the brave fifty would succeed, all of them were ready if they failed, all of them were ashamed of the pain these children would endure.

In the horizon the green monsters grew every second over one of the fallen cities. Aaron corrected his face mask as he glanced at the ship hovering above the mayhem. Tentacles rose from the green mass up to the ship and small glowing pulses left the ship for the monstrosity.

Dear lord, Aaron thought. We don’t talk a lot. But this time I beg for you to spare our world. I will forever be at your service if you do.

The space ship flashed. Two jet planes went down in an instant. A face arose from the green mass. The mass smiled at them and laughed. A wheezing, evil laughter.

“Ready!” The sergeant shouted. “It has spotted us. ”

The space ship flashed again. Aaron prepared for his skin to melt of his bones.

“Dear lord,” he whispered again. “Just this once.”

The space ship became one massive sun in front of them. The green mass shrieked. Aaron looked at his friends expecting one of them to throw himself on the ground screaming that they are inside his suit. The mass shrieked again under the sun.

The sun fell.

Under a shriek that tore through Aaron’s spine, the light swallowed the green city. Aaron held his hands up over his helmet in an unsuccessful attempt to cover his ears. All his brothers and sisters did the same.

Then the world went quiet. In a moment of confusion, the troops looked at eachother before the shock wave threw them all to the ground.

Aaron supported himself on his arms and looked up. No spaceship. No green mass. It was just the sun on a clear blue sky.

“They made it!” Someone suddenly shouted. “Guys, they made it!”

Aaron took of his helmet. We did? He exchanged confused looks with those closest. Then he broke into a smile.

“They made it,” he said.

“They made it,” his friends echoed back. “The brave fifty made it.”

Aaron pushed his fingers to his mouth, then he raised them to the air. His friends did the same. Hundreds of thousands of hands arose to the sky.

“Praise to the Brave Fifty!” They all said.

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Flashes of Sanity #74: Shades Part 4: Invasion

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity! Your weekly (during July it is daily!) dose of flash fiction on 500 words or less.

As a part of my one year with Flashes of Sanity celebration I will launch an event that will be the culmination of some threads in previous entries.
Good entries to have read/previous entries in the event:
Gray: A retailers dream
Baby boom
Bidding war

Shades Part 1: Failure
Shades Part 2: Breaking in
Shades Part 3: Cheeks

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity’s first event: Shade

Today’s entry: Shade Part 4: Invasion

Enjoy!

Gary ’Gray’ collapsed on the floor. The launch had been late.

How lucky.

He picked up a note from his back pocket and crossed off ’hijack ship’. The next item was ’save the world’.

Sounded difficult on paper. Was even worse in real life.

”Okay Gray,” he mumbled. ”What is the plan?”

”Quite simple,” he continued. ”Give them the full package, they will never expect that.”

He opened his backpack and lined up bottles with a fine white powder. He took two bottles of water and filled a rubber suit with water. Just incase. The rubber suit was just as he wanted it to be. Grey.

”Let’s hope I am right,” he said and rolled in the white powder. Then he smeared it on the walls and the floor.

The rocket rumbled as Gray began prepping the room for assault. An alarm went off as the monsters pulled it in. Gray stepped into the middle of the platform. He inhaled.

These aliens had successfully bested scientists and armies. But they were not ready for Gray.

The door complained as it wrenched open from the outside. The shadows on the other side screeched. Their eyes glowed. Their tentacles flew against him. They touched his suit.

”Yes,” Gray said between his teeth. ”It is in fifty shades.”

”Just like me.”

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Flashes of Sanity #73: Shades Part 3: Cheeks

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity! Your weekly (during July it is daily!) dose of flash fiction on 500 words or less.

As a part of my one year with Flashes of Sanity celebration I will launch an event that will be the culmination of some threads in previous entries.
Good entries to have read/previous entries in the event:
Gray: A retailers dream
Baby boom
Bidding war

Shades Part 1: Failure
Shades Part 2: Breaking in

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity’s first event: Shade

Today’s entry: Shade Part 3: Cheeks

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Adam looked at the 49 other kids.

”Shit,” he mumbled. His mother hated the word, that’s why he liked using it so much. He missed her already.

“I don’t want to be a hero anymore.” From the blank eyes staring at the now closed door, he guessed he was not alone with that feeling.

”Mom…”

”We need to maximize the impact,” they had said. Too big words for Adam, but he understood them anyway. No parents.

”Dad…”

A girl went from sobbing to crying.

”Everything will be okay,” Adam said with the knot in his belly growing bigger with every one of her tears. ”We will be okay.”

”You will save us all,” they had said.

Adam felt his own tears running down his cheeks.

Who will save us?

The door lit up once again. All the children gathered closer as the shadow stepped inside.

”Okay all you little rascals.” A thousand pinches hailed upon their cheeks. ”Lets get you out of here!”

A lollipop appeared out of nothing in Adam’s mouth and two hands pushed him out from the small room.

”What are you doing?” Adam asked.

”I am taking your place,” the grey shadow answered. A second lollipop appeared in Adam’s mouth. ”Kids should live life not rescue everyone else’s.”

”Now hurry.” the shadow looked at his watch. ”We are out of time.”

The two hands suddenly lifted Adam and threw him out.

”Run!” The shadow shouted as the doors closed.

Adam wasted no time. He got up and forced his feet forward as fast as he could.

”Mom,” he screamed. His 49 friends did the same.

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Flashes of Sanity #72: Shades Part 2 – Breaking in

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity! Your weekly (during July it is daily!) dose of flash fiction on 500 words or less.

As a part of my one year with Flashes of Sanity celebration I will launch an event that will be the culmination of some threads in previous entries.
Good entries to have read/previous entries in the event:
Gray: A retailers dream
Baby boom
Bidding war
Shades Part 1: Failure

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity’s first event: Shades

Today’s entry: Shades Part 2: Breaking in

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Gary took one deep breath. He kissed his grey striped shirt.

It’s go time!

The scanner blipped as he swiped the card over it.

”Welcome Matt Domahan.”

”Sucker…” Gary whispered.

Who could have known it was so easy to break into a space station? You just needed the right leverage.

”Hey!!!”

Gary froze.  A muscular man closed in on him, fast.

”What are you doing here?”

”Me?” Gary turned around with his fingers pointing at himself and the biggest smile he could find. ”I am here to save the world.”

The guard pointed his gun in Gary’s direction. ”You are not saving anyone in that.”

”Off course I am,” Gary picked up a spraycan from his pocket. ”It is in fifty shades, just like me.” He hit the can against the wall, breaking the can just above the SurgeRay logo, and threw it across the room.

”Press two times for three hours,” he mumbled. ”For the children.”

The guard collapsed before the bottle hit the floor. Gary quickly picked up gas mask from his back pocket and ran through the thick smoke.

”Fifteen minutes,” he said as he glanced at his arm watch. ”Gray has done bigger sales in less time than that.”

A new scanner blipped and Gary ’Gray’ disappeared.

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Flashes of Sanity #71: Shades Part 1 – Failure

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity! Your weekly (during July it is daily!) dose of flash fiction on 500 words or less.

As a part of my one year with Flashes of Sanity celebration I will launch an event that will be the culmination of some threads in previous entries.
Good entries to have read/previous entries in the event:
Gray: A retailers dream
Baby boom
Bidding war

Welcome to Flashes of Sanity’s first event: Shade

Today’s entry: Shades Part 1: Failure

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”We are ready for launch.”
The two friends starred at the speaker. The button turned from red to green.
Garret swallowed. ”It’s go time then.” A phrase used so eagerly in the past it now felt empty.
He hovered above the button. ”I don’t think I can.”
”We must,” his friend said.
They both looked through the window towards the rocket.
”Do you think they will make it?”
Garret’s friend glanced at the spaceship floating above the cloud.
”It’s called a suicide mission Garret,” he sighed and rubbed his temples. ”I am sure they won’t make it.”
A tear rolled down Garret’s nose. ”I guess I should be lucky it’s not my kids in there.”
”I repeat, we are ready for launch. Confirm message delivery.”
Garret put his mouth to the microphone and pushed the button on it. ”Message delivered. Launcher is fighting with conscience.”
”We all are Garret,” the voice in the microphone said after a moment of silence. ”We all are.”
Garret looked at his friend. ”Together?”
”I was hoping you wouldn’t say that,” his friend said, then he took Garret’s hand. ”Off course, we will do it together.”
The two men raised there hands above the green button. They looked at each other. They prayed for the children to get a painless death.
”For mankind,” they said and both hands fell on the green button which immediately turned red.
”What have we done?” Garret whispered.

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Flashes of Sanity #70: Indoor Activities

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Today’s entry: Indoor Activities

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”Do you believe in love at first sight, darling.”

The voice was rough, handsome even, but most of all confident.

The blonde turned around.

“Oh yes, I sure think I do,” She answered. Her big eyelashes waved at the muscular young man.

“How convenient. I am a true believer too.”

The two looked each other in the eyes so deeply the tension turned into a fire burning between them.

“How come I’ve never seen you here before? ” The girl asked.

The man looked around in the one room apartment.

“I have been here and there,“ he said. “But right now I only want to be here.”

He took one step closer to her. Their bodies touched. She giggled. His smile melted all barriers between them.

“I want you to be closer,” she said and tugged at his pants.

“I can do as close as you want.”

He leaned over her and let his lips hoover above hers. She smiled with her mouth half-opened and ready for his.

“Come closer then,“ she said and her arm moved past his body.

Their lips met while they looked into each other’s eyes.

“I have dreamed of you since I was born,” he said.

Large hands removed her skirt and her blouse.

“Please,” she mumbled as large hands removed his trousers. “Closer.”

The two bodies met in desire and steam. They glimmered in the lamplight. Her eyes met his as the large hands lifted her legs up over his hip. Her limbs should not be able to move in this way, but in the heat of attraction everything is possible.

“Closer,” she moaned.

“I will,” he sighed and leaned closer.

Her legs popped out of their sockets, and they moved closer than their bodies limited them to.

Two large hands guided their movements.

“Closer.”

Her head popped as he kissed her to hard.

“Harder,” her head moaned as it rolled under the bed.

The man humped her furiously.

“Fuck,” he groaned as his hips dislocated in pleasure.

“Honey! Dinner is ready!”

“I am coming…”

“Honey! Don’t make me come up there and carry you down.”

“Shut it mom,” the man holding two dolls screamed. He was sweaty. “I’m playing video games.”

“Me too,” the lady doll moaned. “Just a little more.”

The two plastic bodies crashed into a pile of arms, legs, torsos and one head.

“You are perfect,” the man said and kissed the woman’s chest.

“Come down right now!” Heavy steps wandered up the stairs.

“Okay! Okay!” The sweaty man arose from the so fascinating date between his two love birds. “I am coming down!”

His mother studied him as he exited the room. “Where you masturbating?”

“Oh my God! Mom! Can’t I play video games in peace without you accusing me.” He stormed down the stairs. “You are hopeless!”

His mother glanced into his room. She saw the computer and TV, both shut off.

“Definitely masturbating,” she sighed.

 

”Do you believe in love at first sight, darling.”

The voice was rough, handsome even, but most of all confident.

The blonde turned around.

“Oh yes, I sure think I do,” She answered. Her big eyelashes waved at the muscular young man.

“How convenient. I am a true believer too.”

The two looked each other in the eyes so deeply the tension turned into a fire burning between them.

“How come I’ve never seen you here before? ” The girl asked.

The man looked around in the one room apartment.

“I have been here and there,“ he said. “But right now I only want to be here.”

He took one step closer to her. Their bodies touched. She giggled. His smile melted all barriers between them.

“I want you to be closer,” she said and tugged at his pants.

“I can do as close as you want.”

He leaned over her and let his lips hoover above hers. She smiled with her mouth half-opened and ready for his.

“Come closer then,“ she said and her arm moved past his body.

Their lips met while they looked into each other’s eyes.

“I have dreamed of you since I was born,” he said.

Large hands removed her skirt and her blouse.

“Please,” she mumbled as large hands removed his trousers. “Closer.”

The two bodies met in desire and steam. They glimmered in the lamplight. Her eyes met his as the large hands lifted her legs up over his hip. Her limbs should not be able to move in this way, but in the heat of attraction everything is possible.

“Closer,” she moaned.

“I will,” he sighed and leaned closer.

Her legs popped out of their sockets, and they moved closer than their bodies limited them to.

Two large hands guided their movements.

“Closer.”

Her head popped as he kissed her to hard.

“Harder,” her head moaned as it rolled under the bed.

The man humped her furiously.

“Fuck,” he groaned as his hips dislocated in pleasure.

“Honey! Dinner is ready!”

“I am coming…”

“Honey! Don’t make me come up there and carry you down.”

“Shut it mom,” the man holding two dolls screamed. He was sweaty. “I’m playing video games.”

“Me too,” the lady doll moaned. “Just a little more.”

The two plastic bodies crashed into a pile of arms, legs, torsos and one head.

“You are perfect,” the man said and kissed the woman’s chest.

“Come down right now!” Heavy steps wandered up the stairs.

“Okay! Okay!” The sweaty man arose from the so fascinating date between his two love birds. “I am coming down!”

His mother studied him as he exited the room. “Where you masturbating?”

“Oh my God! Mom! Can’t I play video games in peace without you accusing me.” He stormed down the stairs. “You are hopeless!”

His mother glanced into his room. She saw the computer and TV, both shut off.

“Definitely masturbating,” she sighed.

 

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Flashes of Sanity #69: A+ Assay

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Today’s entry: A+ Assay

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’This year I want to be better than the last.’
Donna looked up at clock on the wall. Five minutes had passed. She yawned.
’Thousand years ago my friend died by the hands of a cult. It was just 10 months, but when you count the hours, time curves in the most mysterious way. Days turn to months.’
Donna looked at the clock one more time. Two more minutes had passed. She forced a tear and let it fall to the page for dramatic effect.
With lectures like these every day turn into months, she thought.
‘I still think a lot about her face in the sand, in the blood, in the casket. My days with her became too few.’
Donna rubbed her eyes. She sobbed. Then she looked down on her scribbles and held back a smile.
‘I still don’t understand how they could do it. What did she ever do to them? She never deserved any of the wounds they gave her.’
Donna let her pencil break while writing the next ‘she’.
Perfect, she thought.
“I just can’t,” she sighed and suddenly arose from her seat. She ran out with her backpack over her shoulder. She glanced over her shoulder to see the teachers reaction.
Jupp, the donkey face swallowed it all.
She didn’t stop running until she was far off the school yard. Not until she was at the graveyard. It was where everybody expected her to be.
By the grave, she fell down to her knees and dug until she found a metal box.
“Thanks for holding them for me Mia,” she said and putt a pill on her tongue. “You were always so willing to help.”
Donna leaned herself against the large rock. The world turned doozy. How wonderful with a new summer.
“You know what the best part was?” She asked. “I got you to collect all their fingerprints. You even helped me gather the victims and plant the evidence.”
She giggled, both from the memory and the pill kicking in. “Two dead and ten in prison for murder. That was over expectations.”
“This summer I will hit it big! The body count will be marvelous. What do you say? Should I frame donkey face this time?”
Donna paused and let rush swallow her.
“No, you are right. Let’s stick to the plan. There are more important heads that need some rolling.”

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