Apr 10 2017

I #AtoZChallenge I Couldn’t Care Less #Fiction #SFF

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My THEME for the A to Z challenge 2017 is an ongoing speculative fiction story featuring telepathy.

Each letter post is titled and inspired by a commonly misused word or phrase.

The story started with All Intents and Purposes.

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I Couldn’t Care Less

I’m not in the door for two seconds before dad grills me about my mood. He gives me the lecture about how I couldn’t share my biggest secret with a best friend who isn’t like us.

Honestly, I could care less right now.

Dad throws up his arms. Which means you do care. If less is possible, there is a quantity of care.

My finger twirls as my rage boils. NO MORE ENGLISH LESSONS TODAY! Dad’s wide eyes prove he’s taken aback. We never think at this volume, especially at home. He rubs his head, then his arms. Did I give him an actual shock? Mom’s done it to me hundreds of times, not always intentionally, but I’ve never done it to anyone. I twirl my finger, dialing to a whisper. Sorry.

I sit at the table to do my homework. My thoughts drift toward earlier, to emotions that will betray me. I shove more math and science into focus instead. Dad only comes in the room to drop off dinner. He reminds me that mom is working third shift tonight. I assure him I won’t bother her at four in the morning when she gets home.

That’s when he glimpses my memories. The split second it took me to decide not to talk to mom caused me to think about earlier. I put my head on the table and cover it with my arms.

We can talk about boys.

No. Please, no. I want to curl up and die.

You know there aren’t secrets in this house.

Oh Gouda, do I cheesy ever know that.

Are you cursing in dairy now?

We eat dinner in silence, trying not to think. He keeps picturing an indri sitting in the curio cabinet. Not a little porcelain one, but a huge animated one, which is singing. I add a pink elephant to our vision. It offers its trunk so that the indri can swing.

Dad laughs. Well, I certainly can’t sit here and not think about an elephant in the room. Come on.

We clear the dishes together. I gather my school stuff and head to the stairs. Dad stops me.

If you could change one thing about the world, other than ending the Homeland Security Mind Task Force and getting acceptance for our kind, what would it be?

I don’t know.

So sit down. Watch the news with me. Look for some inspiration.

I flop down on the sofa and clutch a throw pillow to my chest. This is going to be a stupid waste of my time.

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If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

by J Lenni Dorner
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  1. No more stupid gun violence. Tired of seeing kids in schools getting shot up. At least, that’s where I’d start.

    H is for Huey Lewis
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    • Claudia Wagner on April 10, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Love your “cursing in dairy.”

    I am old enough to be very hesitant to change anything about the world. I’ve become too familiar with unintended consequences.

    I can, however, think of many things I would change about me — mostly reactions, one at a time as they happen..

    • Pat on April 10, 2017 at 9:17 PM

    I’d really like for people to treat themselves and each other with respect!
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    • FinnBadger on April 11, 2017 at 8:06 AM

    I would change the fact that I always say this incorrectly, and haven’t been able to break the habit.

    And maybe the outcome of last year’s US election?

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    • Iain on April 11, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Just catching up with your story for the challenge. Great stuff, I’m hooked!
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  2. Hello J! Once again I want to thank you for all you have done to help promote my A to Z effort this year. What I would change is the amount of generosity people show to one another. I always get a little hostile when the holiday season (in the U.S) begins and people begin to feel this swell of generosity. Do we really think only two months of the year their are people hurting and in need?

  3. It irritates me no end when people say I could care less instead of I couldn’t care less!
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  4. Cursing in dairy. That’s hilarious!

  5. a quantity of care made me laugh.
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  6. I think dad just wanted to spend quality time together. Things seem strained.
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  7. Cursing in dairy – that’s wonderful! Where would I begin? I would eliminate hate, and the horrible atrocities that humans inflict on each other.
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  8. Lol! So cheesily clever! I think that’s the best cursing phrase I’ve ever heard.

    Let’s see… I think I would change how the world takes families for granted these days. Parents would value children more. Children would spent more time and energy in their own homes. Want to heal the world? Start at the core of society.
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    1. Not a bad idea, and not a bad place to start.

  9. I keep thinking how it would be such a weird way to live without any secrets in a household. It’s good to be open and honest, and communicate, but to have NO secrets at all… that would end up feeling so isolating, I think. To not be able to keep anything to yourself, to have your life shared in full all the time no matter if you want to or not. :/
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