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What Will Sammy Do Now? flash fiction by cam

Updated on December 17, 2016
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Chris has written more than 150 flash fiction/short stories.Working Vacation took 21st out of 6,700 in the 2016 Writer's Digest competition.

Sammy the Singing Clown

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I must be going crazy. Either that or reality has become a very strange thing. I can't move. I can’t see, but there doesn't seem to be anything covering my eyes. I hear a crowd laughing. Someone is talking to them, and they're applauding. What's going on that’s so damned entertaining? Things are getting hazy. I’m blacking out again. It’s the same weird routine every time I wake up. What is happening to me?

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I’m awake again, and this time I can move. As a matter of fact, I’m crawling around on the floor. Why the hell did I just bark like a dog? People are laughing. The voice of the man speaking to the crowd is familiar. I remember it from the other times I’ve been awake.

“Who’s up next, Johnny?”

“Well, Steve, it’s Joe from Albuquerque. It's your lucky day, Joe, you’re the next contestant on “What Will Sammy Do Now?”

Who’s Sammy, and who is Joe from Albuquerque? This sounds like some kind of TV game show. Have I ever watched a TV game show? I don’t remember. In fact, I can’t remember anything. Who am I?

“Okay Joe, what’ll it be? What Will Sammy Do Now?”

“I want him to dress up like a clown and sing in an opera voice.”

The crowd is laughing again, laughing at Sammy. Why does Joe want Sammy to do something so stupid? And why do these people think it’s funny?

“Haha, that’s good Joe. We’ll just take a station break so Sammy can get changed into his clown outfit, hahaha, and then Sammy is going to sing for us.”

Steve has me by the arm, and he’s taking me somewhere. Why am I awake for so much longer this time? I hope I can get some answers before I black out again.

“Here Sammy, put these clothes on. And make it quick. We only have a couple of minutes. When you’re ready, a make up person is going to paint your face like a clown.”

I’m Sammy? Why am I doing what he says? I’m actually changing into the clothes he gave me. I should be running like hell right now, except I wouldn't be able to see where I was going.

“You look great Sammy. Let’s go, your fans await.”

Sammy's Restraint Chair

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“Welcome back everyone. As you can see, Sammy really likes to clown around, hahaha. Sammy, here are your instructions. We want you to take the microphone and sing like an opera singer. Don’t worry about words, just make something up that sounds Italian, hahaha”

Everyone is laughing at me. I’m Sammy, and I’m the entertainment on some kind of twisted reality show. Oh my god, I’m singing like a complete idiot, and everyone is roaring with laughter. Who are these people? Who would do something like this?

“Hahaha, stop Sammy, I can’t take any more. Hohoho. Well folks, that’s it for this week. Join us again next week when we find out, What Will Sammy Do Now?”

Steve has me by the arm again.

"Where are you taking me now, you bastard?"

“Did you just say something, Sammy? Holy crap, your voice sounds like a croaking frog. It’s no wonder, I don’t think you’ve spoken since we started this ridiculous show. But hey, your fans love you, hahaha.”

Steve is putting me into a chair and strapping me down. I hear footsteps.

“Hi Doc. Hey, I think maybe Sammy here needs to have his drug dose increased. He tried to talk a few minutes ago. We can’t have this guy waking up. We’ve still got half a dozen more shows to do this season.”

“No problem Steve. I’ll just increase the dosage by ten percent, and we’ll see how he does.”

“Thanks Doc. So, how long was Sammy in the cryo chamber?”

“Fifty years. He was in prison for life, so they decided to freeze him instead of feed him.”

“What was his crime?”

“Crimes against the State. Espionage.”

“He was a spy?”

“Yes. That’s why his memory was wiped out. He knew things that the government didn’t want anyone to know.”

“What happened to his eyes?”

“They wanted him to be as handicapped as possible in case he ever escaped. Apparently he was a slippery character. They couldn’t put him to death because capital punishment had already been repealed nationwide. So they clipped his optic nerves.”

“Well, the CryoCon program sure has been good for the new wave of reality shows. Give these guys and gals enough of that drug you’ve got there and they’ll do anything.”

Cryo chamber? Prison? Espionage? Memory erased? Blind? I was some kind of top level spy and now they have me crawling around on the floor, barking like a dog.

“You’d better give him the shot Doc. I think he can hear what we’re saying.”

“Sure Steve. I’ll do it right now.”

No, I can’t black out now. Ouch! Oh god, no. That damned drug is taking me away again. I’ll get out of this mess some day. I’ll get even.

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I’m awake again, and we’re doing another show. They may be carrying this a little too far. I’m naked, standing on a diving platform with a pool thirty feet below, and I can’t see a thing. I wonder if I even know how to swim.

Sammy's Next Gig

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      jgshorebird, Thanks for reading. Glad you liked the story.

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      Jack Shorebird 2 years ago from Southeastern U.S.

      Another good one.

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      William Thomas 2 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

      Cam8510, I must say I like this one. Its disturbing and weird. In fact, to tell you the truth, I was thinking that this is something I might expect from the late, great Philip K. Dick (science fiction writer of the 1950s and 1960s).

      This work strikes me as "Dick-ian," because Dick's bread and butter was all about characters struggling to figure out the real, the nature of reality; what do you do when you find out that up is down, right is left, black is white, and so forth?

      I should have visited earlier. I like what I'm finding.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Audrey, Thanks for reading and for the compliment. I hope the cringing subsides quickly.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Nell, Thanks for that valuable feedback and I'm glad you could laugh at the same time.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Makes me cringe a bit--really well written Chris!

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Ooh creepy stuff! yes its definitely horror, or as some others say, purely psychological terror! how horrible! lol! yep that was a laugh because I love these sort of stories! (my warped mind LOL!) great stuff!

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Good night Michael. Thanks for coming back.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      O, Chris. What a mess one makes not able to communicate properly . It supposed to mean when staying close to your imagination, after the reading "I" will come back "compos mantis". ( Feeling bad for Michael)

      Good night.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Michael, its great to see you here today. thanks for the comment, "compos mentis" being in one's right mind or being in control of one's mind. Sammy did seem to be having trouble doing that in this story. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Sara, good to see you here today. I appreciate your thoughts on the story. Sammy certainly did have some emotional turmoil to deal with. Thanks for visiting.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hi Chris.

      Ah, for a brief moment, while reading through, the best is to stay close as possible to your imagination as an assurance to come back ' compos mentis.'

      Not bad at all for a recreational parody.

      Voted up.

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      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Great imagination here, and equally great depiction of scenarios evoking the emotional turmoil in Sammy's mind. This is indeed a very successfully penned psychological thriller.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Frank, a kick in the head? Oh, anytime, no problem. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      total recall yeah.. LOL thanks for the kick in the head

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Frank, would the arnold movie be Total Recall? Thanks for your thoughts about this story. It's another one I have put a lot of time into in rewrites. There is a lot of "telling" of the story in the form of dialogue, but I haven't found another way of communicating the plot. But it seems to have my desired effect, which is to make skin crawl and people squirm. Thanks for your comments.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      John, psychological thriller, of course. Perfect category for this tale. Thanks for the insight.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, what a twisted tale! What's scary is, this could probably really happen. Maybe it does...

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is truly amazing how far out there you can get. This one is extremely disturbing. I like it.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I like the chilling feel of the empty thoughts, distortions, and general struggle to grasp reality.. the memory erased reference made me think of that old Arnold movie..hmm the name escapes me.. but I too find this to be a psychological thriller.. great flash my friend :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Chris, rather than horror or sci-fi (although the cryogenic reference points in that direction) I would tend to class this story as psychological thriller. Whatever it is though I like it.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      John, thanks for reading this story.......again. haha. I couldn't even guess how many times I've rewritten this story, but it seems to have gotten better each time. Actually, I never considered it to be in the horror genre until you mentioned it once. I'm still not quite sure whether it's horror or sci-fi. But it doesn't really matter I guess. I like the story and others seem to like it as well. Thanks again, John.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow Chris, I really enjoyed the first "Sammy" story and this was even better...very freaky stuff..but not unbelievable. I hope you turn this into a series. I want to see Sammy eventually escape and get retribution.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Ruby, thanks for letting me know that I made your skin crawl. that was what I was hoping for with this one. Thanks for reading.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a shocker! The manipulation made my skin crawl. How could anyone treat another human being like this? Creative writing at it's best. I loved it, although I loathed the inhumane treatment.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Mary, maybe it seemed a little humorous to me at some time in the writing process. But it is quite disturbing in its present form. Thanks again for stopping by. It is always appreciated.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Hmm, I'm having a bit of trouble with funny here Chris. Squirming yes, thinking of The Twilight Zone, definitely! I can feel Rod Serling's touch on this one Steve, we're hearing it but not believing it. "A state of surrealism, where things that should not make sense seem to do so." - Rod Serling.

      Great Story!

      Voted up, awesome, interesting and Google+.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Missoula, Montana

      Ann, I was hoping I would get that reaction. This is another older story that I've worked on more. I wanted something that was borderline funny, but left people a bit uncomfortable. It's an odd effect. Thanks for reading, Ann. I appreciate it.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Scary; this makes me feel quite ill. The trouble is, it's easy enough to imagine this kind of thing happening one day. Reality shows already make complete idiots out of people so where do we draw the line?

      I hope it doesn't come to this. You have a vivid imagination, Chris; you've succeeded in making me squirm!

      Ann