Thursday, May 22, 2014

Some Zombie Stories, 6 (250=1)

Some Zombie Stories, 6:

At the zombie carnival, every spring, nobody eats anyone’s brains, nobody shuffles in a horrifying manner while moaning, and almost nobody pushes their hands up through the dirt in a terrifying metaphor or prelude to the next film.

Instead, there are games of chance and skill. Zombies toss their hands, fingers circled into an "O", and try to land them on pegs to win withered stuffed animals, or throw an eyeball into a set of goldfish bowls containing zombie goldfish, the fish circling lazily and occasionally blowing bubbles. The bubbles are not breath. They are escaping gases from the decomposing tiny pets that will not (unlike the ones you bring home) die the next day.  They are already dead.

There are rides, too, and though they are assembled by zombie carnies and not very safe, the zombies ride them without fear.  Once, the Zoomer Coaster collapsed but it didn’t make headlines; the 20 zombies just calmly put themselves back together and went to get some cotton candy. 

The cotton candy is fresh.

We all go watch the zombie carnival. We can’t get in. There’s a sign out front says "You Must Be This Dead To Enter," so we just look, and wonder what it’d be like to hang out with the zombies and watch them guess our weights through mouths with almost no teeth left, to go through the Funny House with them and watch the mirrors make them look alive again, for just a moment.
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In 250=1 I write stories that are exactly 250 words long, including the title. Here's a list of all of them.  

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4 comments:

Andrew Leon said...

"You must be this dead to enter."
That's hilarious.

And, no, I'm still not getting this in my feed. I catch them sometimes on google+, but I don't go there everyday.

Andrew Leon said...

I guess I forgot to subscribe...?

Briane Pagel said...

I think the domain thing is messing it up. I'm working on it. I wasn't going to re-up but I think I have to.

Andrew Leon said...

Oh, also, I am subscribed to the email list, but I have never received a notification.