Strange Radiation

Andrew Willett, unreliable narrator.

fifty decisions

She answers the telephone.

He goes to college despite his parents’ pleas. They eat the steak. You open the envelope. You wear the shirt anyway. He cooks dinner for her at home. She goes into the dining room. They leave the room. He raises his hand. You stand up and look him in the eye. She pulls the plant out by the roots. He shaves his head and changes his name. They wrap it in paper and put it in the closet. He throws the ring off the bridge and into the gorge.

She throws the lamp at his head and screams at him to get out of her room. You kick it under the bed and say nothing. They agree to work together to find the missing girl. He orders all guns to open fire. She pays hundreds of dollars for a new pair of prosthetic eyes. He tells them to stay where they are. They run down the stairs and chase him into the woods. He decides to leave his wife. She remains at Burning Man even though she knows her mother is ill. They sell the plane. She taps him on the shoulder. She writes her name on the list. He lies. They buy the tickets anyway. They don’t tell anyone what they have seen. They set it on fire. You pour it into the bowl. You stick your hands into the murky water. You unbutton your shirt and smile.

She tells him exactly what she thinks. He burns the letter unread. He turns left instead. He initiates the computer’s autodestruct sequence. He gets in the car. She gets out of the car. She enlists in the Space Marines. He follows his master into the cave. You ignore the uncharacteristic spelling errors. It slithers out of the box and into the light. They order another round of drinks. She straightens her apron and leaves the kitchen. She puts down the gun. He buries the knife behind the rose bushes. You abandon ship without a moment’s hesitation. He fires the flare gun.

She does not answer the telephone.

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3 Comments

  1. pablo

    Somebody has a lot of different plot/action information on his mind… You forgot, “He doesn’t make it to rehearsal because of a harrowing deadline.”

  2. That one seemed too obvious.

  3. Your Sister

    You are a genius.
    Geeeeeniuuus!
    We should illustrate this and make a children’s book. Childrens’ book? Whatever.
    xoxo,
    your sister

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