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Re: SHORT STORY COMP - "Whatever Happened To..." Sept/Oct
« Reply #15 on: 20 October, 2014, 11:19:02 AM »

                            DERELICT DROID

“Damn Machine, Drokk it!

Rumo Hex, Sanitation Specialist Second Class cursed loudly as he stomped angrily through the dark water. Mega City 1's sewer systems were depressing places at the best of times and having a malfunctioning Cleaning Droid break down just before the end of Rumo's night shift was not the best of times, not at all.

RUMO sweated heavily inside his Bio Hazard Suit following the grid display projected inside his grime streaked helmet. A large, red ' X' indicated the whereabouts of the hapless Droid and RUMO  suspected he was in for plenty of unpaid overtime. The Chaos Bug had  killed millions but the damage to the cities infrastructure had been so extensive that now disused and even allegedly hazardous Sanitation systems had been declared 'safe' and such utilities needed to be repaired and maintained.

It was logical from Justice Departments point of view to employ a single person as Overseer to a Robot Repair Team. There were robots but not people. Logical but not very humane; the Overseers complained of  depression and social isolation and though these complaints were noted nothing, as far as Justice Department was concerned could be done to relieve the stressful conditions under which their unhappy employees laboured. 

RUMO turned the last corner and ahead he saw reflected in his suits lights the still frame of Sanitation Droid MCS 34567-2. Smoke gently wafted from it's head frame.

'Motor neuron burn out ' thought Rumo; pleased now since it meant merely swapping one broken machine part for another. Easy.

Something large moved in the darkness behind the lifeless Droid. Rumo, alert fumbled quickly for his snub pistol side arm feeling it's familiar grip in his hands lesson, but not displace the rush of fear that had energized his system.

'Who's there, who are you ?!' snapped Rumo trying desperately to see beyond the damaged Droid, which partially blocked his cone of vision.The figure moved stiffly towards the Sanitation Specialist it's outline becoming clearer, almost familiar and yet still threatening.
The bullets struck Rumo in his centre mass and stitched a bloody line up to his head his faceplate shattering. He toppled dead into the murky sewage behind him his body floating in the bloody debris field. 

Around the the still form of the Sanitation Droid strode Rumo's killer, cold, purposeful eyes regarding Rumo's corpse with practised efficiency; target neutralized. It's damaged, mechanical voice echoed through the dark sewer, resonating with renewed power and with the promise of retribution for the city above.

'I... ARR-MM... T-THE LLAWRR-R!' toned Mechanizmo Robot Unit 5.

Have corrected loads of errors in this ditty! Probably loads left! Proof reading oh proof reading!!  Mods can you erase the first version of Derelict Droid?
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Re: SHORT STORY COMP - "Whatever Happened To..." Sept/Oct
« Reply #16 on: 20 October, 2014, 05:10:18 PM »
Hey Mods: Just like IAMTHESYSTEM above, can you delete my earlier entry? Wanted to tweak this a bit and there's no edit option…

Just like his tenth grade biology teacher had predicted - in front of the entire class, no less - Gianfranco DiMatteo had amounted to nothing with his life. He was a 53 year old part-time cab driver, was solely responsible for two failed marriages and lived in a grubby two bedroom apartment with his mother on the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey. His life was a banal routine of driving the early morning shift, smoking cheap cigars, hypochondria, and avoiding letters from the DA demanding he pay his child support.

Gianfranco was lazy and stubborn, had a short temper, hated cats with a passion and liked to floss in bed but he wasn't a bad man at heart. He wouldn't hurt a fly. He felt terrible about running the homeless looking guy over with his cab near the New Jersey turnpike. He didn't tell the cops he'd been distracted trying to find his Manilow tapes in the glove compartment while speeding but in his defense, why had that guy been trying to cross four lanes of busy highway on foot? Was he nuts?

Turns out that was indeed the case. Before he died, this guy told the paramedics he had just travelled back in time through a nuclear explosion and he needed to speak to the President. Something about an asteroid and talking animals. Real wacky stuff. The cops told Gianfranco the dead guy's name was Nick Stone, a real life Chuck Norris-type who had vanished a few months back.

Didn't make Gianfranco feel better to hear any of that exactly, but he was back driving his cab a week later, doing his best to put the whole thing behind him. His mother had helped. "I mean, it's sad what happened, but we're not talkin' the end of the world here, y'know?" she said.
« Last Edit: 20 October, 2014, 05:17:35 PM by blackmocco »
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Re: SHORT STORY COMP - "Whatever Happened To..." Sept/Oct
« Reply #17 on: 21 October, 2014, 11:48:44 PM »
Queen and Country

Most times, the pain was so much that he wished he was dead again. Other times, when his memory faded and he was denied even the recollection of oblivion's quiet bliss, he assumed that everyone was like him; a helpless monkey raging inside a cage of brittle bone and rotten sinew, dancing to order.

Then there were the times he forgot everything and gave in to the voice. So seductive, so soft, so cruel; it was easy to just bathe in her instructions, to let her whisper her vicious delights. In those moments, he followed her bidding like the slave he was and lashed out in fury.

He didn't know what he was doing in those dark spells; she had control. Only after she relented, when she released her grip on him as if lifting a blindfold, would he realise what had happened. He would see the looks on the faces of those around him and understand he had become a demon. He saw it in their eyes, when the drunks in a holding cell shied away, or when he was evicted from another shelter before the police came. Often he wouldn't know what he had done, not exactly, but the reflection of violence was in the stares.

He was alone. Alone with her, with the voice. Always the voice. Cold, calm, seductive.
She would tell him exactly how much pressure to exert in order to crush a throat, to render a man unconscious. Dispassionate, she would spell out how where to push, where to hit, as if directing a lost child.

Once, she had guided his hand as his fingers crushed the face of an old man from the North, a derelict who hadn't given up some cardboard covers. The voice had told him to spread his fingers, thin like the legs of a spider, across the gibbering man's face and she had exerted pressure - just enough - to collapse the bones underneath.

The worst of it was, he envied his victims. They could die, and only once.

He had tried to end it. When he remembered, when the past swept over her barriers, he had sought a return to oblivion. There had been a fall from a cliff, a blade in the gut, and open veins; none had worked. She would not let them.

She had brought him back when he died the first time, wrapping her fingers around the bullets that had killed him and forcing his tired corpse to come back, and each time since. She would do so again and again, driving him on while his body decayed; when his heart stopped, when his lungs gave in, she just sent signals that forced them to continue.

He was a living corpse, driven insane by the mad-woman in his head. It was all he could do to remember his name.

He was John Probe. Now, and forever.
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Re: SHORT STORY COMP - "Whatever Happened To..." Sept/Oct
« Reply #19 on: 31 October, 2014, 07:45:04 PM »
Oh darn, have I missed the deadline? It's still October! :'(