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A knock at the door…

  1. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    I open it. No one is there. I look down. A package is there. Wrapped in black with white lettering it was.

    I take the package inside. It had my name and address on it. And then my social security number beneath it. No postage. Apparently it was hand delivered. The return address simply said Dept. 51.

    I decided to open it; I was in that kind of mood.

    A letter lay on top. I removed it. An instruction manual lay beneath. I removed that. Some sort of electronic device was revealed.

    I carefully remove it and place it on the coffee table. The various colored lights on it begin to flicker and blink. It gradually settles down; some lights on; some lights off. A small LED panel lights up. It says, “Standby Mode”.

    I pick up the letter…

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    [To be continued]

    * End *

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    I recently posted the above on another site that shall remain nameless. I am looking for ideas for Part Two.

  2. Sed-me profile image83
    Sed-meposted 2 years ago

    I know how it turns out. You lose the instruction manual and find a super-suit inside where upon a catchy tune begins, *Believe it or not, I'm walkin' on air, I never thought I could feel so free-e-e." And then of course, the hilarity ensues.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I loved that song. Your post actually caused me dial it up and listen to it. Thanks. big_smile

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q1Z7u6c0mQ

      1. Sed-me profile image83
        Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Flying away on a wing and a prayer, who could it be... believe it or not, it's sed-me. smile

  3. Jayne Lancer profile image90
    Jayne Lancerposted 2 years ago

    There are a few possibilities here.

    If you think the device might be dangerous, you'll probably evacuate the house and call the police, telling them there's a bomb on your coffee table, and that you suspect it could go off any minute.

    The bomb could then actually explode--perhaps with police officers in the house. Or a special squad might manage to defuse the bomb. Or the police might arrive, discover the bomb isn't a bomb at all, and arrange for a white van to take you away.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      .
      I've written parts 2 and 3, not published yet. No police. No bombs. I have now written myself into a corner where I need no less than 5 scenarios. They have to do with 5 alternate universes, dimensions, or realities. Any thoughts on those gestalts would be loved. big_smile

  4. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    I've published part 2. The vacuous fun continues. big_smile

    1. Sed-me profile image83
      Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Taunt us why don't you? How are we supposed to know what happens next?!

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I'd love to tell you, but self promotion is not allowed. big_smile

        1. Sed-me profile image83
          Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Pretend your someone else.

          1. paradigmsearch profile image88
            paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Ethics come into play on that. No can do.

            1. Sed-me profile image83
              Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              I wish everyone had your ethics.... well I don't know what the rest of your ethics are. Maybe you spit on babies when their mothers aren't looking. We don't know.

              1. paradigmsearch profile image88
                paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Most folks here do know my ethics. And there is a breadcrumb trail. HP allows that. big_smile

                1. Sed-me profile image83
                  Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  A bread crumb trail... the only thing I know about you, outside of your posts here is that you were an avid user of that floating ball place... I thought you had tired of it though.

                  1. paradigmsearch profile image88
                    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Do you mean "B"?

                    They've really gotten squared away recently. I have become rather fond of them.

  5. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    Working up to part 3.

    I really do need as the op specifies...

  6. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    We have a pause here.

  7. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    And we have a pause for those folks who don't know.

  8. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    And other realities encouraged.

    Including philosophical.

    Including all.

    Any real you care to provide.

    1. sherwani profile image61
      sherwaniposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Still thinking. The LED thing kinda stopped me, it just doesn't fit in classic stories, can't get any further from that. Maybe it is your wishing wand or something  which is there for whatever your need is. Will think about it more.

      And I am sleepy while writing to give you a response

      1. paradigmsearch profile image88
        paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Give me 10. I shall not respond in kind.

  9. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    Nor any other.

  10. tirelesstraveler profile image87
    tirelesstravelerposted 2 years ago

    The box is an alien space ship.  Welcome your new friends. They need what you can offer.

    1. paradigmsearch profile image88
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Contact 1.

  11. Kathryn L Hill profile image83
    Kathryn L Hillposted 2 years ago

    Part Two:
    I read the instruction manuel. "Push circular button located beneath the device." Music from the device plays a hypnotic melody. It transports me somewhere beyond my mind. The walls are gone, but I notice a sign in the haze: Dept. 51. There is an unknown scent. There are lights like the Aurora Borealis. Light beings greet me. They ask my social security number. I give it to them and ask, "Am I in heaven?"
    "No," they say. I look around.
    "This is a planet of light," they explain.
    "Cool!" I say. I like what I see. "How long can I stay here?"
    "Not long. Our mission is to bring you to another planet.
    "Oh?" I inquire.
    Yes, it is a planet of water. Life there is what you must experience before we release you to your ordinary consciousness.
    I hope the water is not cold.
    Of course not, they laugh.
    Did you bring the letter?
    "Why yes, I have it right here." I hold out the crumpled piece of paper clutched in my hand...

  12. Kathryn L Hill profile image83
    Kathryn L Hillposted 2 years ago

    Meanwhile, back at the farm:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3NlTpHiFwg

 
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