Apr 20 2017

R #AtoZChallenge Regardless #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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#AtoZChallenge Regardless not Irregardless #Fiction #SFF


I hear a clunking sound in the distance. Ora snaps upright.

He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming.

Her chain scrapes the floor.

I lick my chapped lips, trying to wet them, but it’s like sandpaper on grit. My stomach audibly complains as I stand up, my fingers grabbing at the cold, uneven wall for support. I focus on the spot in my head.

It was so clear before. The shocks, the power to tap into the electrochemical properties of someone’s nervous system, I knew how to use it just moments ago.

Ora. Ora! Answer me! I pound my fist against the wall. “Ora! Don’t pretend you can’t hear me.”

A small red spotlight enters the room. It bounces as it moves along the floor.

“She can hear you, but you can’t hear her.” The voice of my captor fills the air. He sounds amused. “You’ve been down here for days. Haven’t been able to call for help yet though, have you?”

The light shines on my wrist a second before he grabs it. Cool, hard plastic with a crunchy label presses to my palm. A red liquid sloshes inside the familiar container. I spot the triple X’s of the açai-blueberry-pomegranate beverage.

“Drink it.” He releases my wrist. “Or don’t.” The red light moves, now illuminating Ora. She’s on the floor, arms wrapped around her legs, rocking back and forth. He chucks the bottle at her. She cries as it bounces off her arm.

I clutch my head, my own bottle crashing to the floor. Sounds, horrible, terrible sounds… it’s like my brain is being ripped out through my ears.

Regardless of your goal, girlie, you’re only hurting your playmate.” He laughs as he shines the light on me. “Eve Nine. Pathetic!”

I can barely make his words out. The room starts to spin. I beg for the sounds to stop.

Then I feel the chain come off my leg. He grabs me around the middle and hauls me away.

Light burns my eyes, goosebumps cover my flesh, but at least it’s quiet again. A heavy coat is thrust at me.

“Suit up or die freezing.”

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Why are you wearing whatever you’re wearing right now?

by J Lenni Dorner
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  1. “Irregardless” sets my teeth on edge as well.
    Why am I wearing hiking pants and an old black shirt that I don’t care if it gets paint on it?? Just got back from helping a friend with her remodeling job. Caulked windows and trim, sanded, painted…for three and 1/2 hours. Home now, but too tired to change into anything else.

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  2. Or die freezing… Mm, does that mean they’re going to hunt down people who use wrong words like “irregardless” and use their minds to make them use the right words? LOL. Happy A-to-Z-ing.
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    • FinnBadger on April 21, 2017 at 7:40 AM

    Glad you didn’t take the easy way out and have her zap him!

    Jeans and a black polo shirt. Casual Friday!

    Phillip | R is for Reconnecting

  3. Clealy I need to go back and get context; this short scene is really gripping!

    I’m in a button-up shirt and dress slacks–it’s an off to the office day. Normally I telecommute in yoga pants and a tshirt.

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  4. Oh no, where’s she going now? A deep freeze?
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  5. Ooooo! Is he only really a “bad man” to Ora? Is she such a high level that she’s the one blocking Anah’s shouting? I’m intrigued! And probably grasping at straws hehe.
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