Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Everyone in the world is copying me in advance. (250=1)


Everyone in the world is copying me in advance.


It made you uncomfortable to be alone with him in the subway car, not just because he was mumbling loudly enough to seem he was trying to talk to you, complaining about how everyone knew his thoughts and did the stuff before he could.

“And the waffle iron? I came up with that!” he suddenly said ferociously, and you got off the car at the next stop because that little fleck of spittle in the corner of his mouth seemed too wild to want to deal with at 3:00 in the afternoon.

The job interview didn’t go well. You were still unnerved by the whole incident, and you were pretty sure that the waffle iron was older than the subway nut. The interviewer never called.
Later on, even Gina’s encouragement (why don’t you just go ahead with that idea you had?) wasn’t enough to help you sleep and in your dreams you saw him again.

“EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD IS COPYING ME IN ADVANCE!” he yelled in your head, and it didn’t help that in the dream he was an extra on the set of Ocean Girl.

And you had to take the F train, two days later, to yet another job interview. He was there, of course, and he said “I’m going to invent an app that will scan the ears of small children and see if there is an ear infection.”

But that was your idea.

Six months ago.
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250=1 stories are stories that are exactly 250 words long.  This one originally appeared on another blog, too. I'm just rerunning it, but if you didn't see it before, you didn't even need to know that and if you did see it before, then you already knew that.  Basically this whole paragraph was pointless.  Sorry.

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5 comments:

Andrew Leon said...

I don't think you're allowed to have personal reasons.

This is actually one I would like to see longer. I think there's the potential for an interesting story here.

Briane Pagel said...

That's always an interesting way to put things.

Once, Colin Hanks was on "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me," and he talked about how people were always telling him that his movies were 'underrated,' which he said translated to "Remember that movie you made that everyone hated? I liked it."

"This story has potential" has the ability to be a compliment, or not. I take it as a compliment.

Briane Pagel said...

That's always an interesting way to put things.

Once, Colin Hanks was on "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me," and he talked about how people were always telling him that his movies were 'underrated,' which he said translated to "Remember that movie you made that everyone hated? I liked it."

"This story has potential" has the ability to be a compliment, or not. I take it as a compliment.

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, um... I kind of said that wrong way. My focus was on the word "story," which is, in my head, something longer. (Don't argue with me about it; it just how it was in my head.)

I -like- this, and I think it has the potential to be something longer.

Does that sound better?

Liz A. said...

Just do it?!? That's what I got out of this.