Freitag, 16. Juli 2010

Arcade

When he woke up, he didn't know where he was. The floor was black, the walls were blue. His head hurt. The last thing he remembered was that chick at the bar, and the funny drink she had ordered for him. What a nice rack... had they hooked up? He hoped so. What a pity he didn't remember a thing about it.

Every surface was smooth, and the air smelled funny. Like being in one of those tiny, dusty electronics store on a hot summer day. Where the hell...? Carefully, he stumbled to his feet, turning to the wall for support. When his hand touched the surface, there was a sudden tingling, like the tiniest of electric shocks. Surprised, he drew his hand away - and almost fell to the ground again. There probably had been magic sauce in that drink.

In the distance there was a strange, howling noise, which drilled itself through his tortured brain. Damn, shut up, he thought. The sound reminded him of something... like sirens, but faster. In his memory, there were flashes and noises and tiny shapes moving around... - whatever. First, he had to get out of here.

Distances were greater than they seemed, and it took him quite a while to reach the next corner. The howling moved around, but it didn't come nearer, and he was grateful for this. But what was this?

In the next corridor, there were strange white dots on the ground. They grew brighter as he approached, and flared up when he stepped on them. All he wanted to do was get out of this strange fun house. Was this some kind of prank somebody was playing on him? He'd teach them a lesson, as soon as he was home. And had gotten some sleep.

The corridor seemed endless. Slowly his mind warmed up to operating temperature, and now he remembered where he had heard this sound before. Not this loud, of course, and with a more artificial ring to it. The arcade, where he had spent so many exciting afternoons when he was a teenager. What was that game again?

A soft vibrating sensation made the hair on the back of his neck jump to attention. The howling was closer now, and the colors gained intensity. He had almost reached the next corner. Surely the exit was here somewhere, and the noise was just to scare him off. He reached the corner, turned round - and froze. A glistening yellow sphere raced down the hallway, and wherever it passed, the glowing white spots disappeared from the ground. An obscure mint-colored shape was right behind it.

He prepared to run, but in that instance, another ghost appeared. The red one. They were closing in on him rapidly. And now he remembered what that game with this sound had been. Pacman.

Everything turned dark. Game over.

Kommentare:

pegjet hat gesagt…

Too bad he couldn't remember his last hook-up before game over.

Clever. I didn't guess until near the end, when you spelled it out for me by describing the arcade.

I love coming here, even though you are picking off the male species, one by one. ;-)

Jen Brubacher hat gesagt…

*laughs* An 80s child's dream... except when it becomes real. Nicely done. Perfect last line!

slommler hat gesagt…

Ha!! What a way to wake up!! Well done
Hugs
SueAnn

mazzz in Leeds hat gesagt…

What a COOL way to die :D

"his mind warmed up to operating temperature" - heh, that's exactly how it is after one of those nights out!

John Wiswell hat gesagt…

Haha, that's gold. Different turn from you, Diandra, and I'm tickled you took it.

Bukowski's Basement hat gesagt…

Cool! TRON meets PAC MAN... Took me a lil while but my foggy brain caught on. Inventive, Diandra...

Tomara Armstrong hat gesagt…

oooooh Pacman, do I have some stories there. Everything fell together perfectly in the end. Fun story,
~2

Laura Eno hat gesagt…

Fun! That was quite a turn of events for him.

Eric J. Krause hat gesagt…

This one was a lot of fun to read. Too bad he couldn't get to the big power pellet and turn the ghosts blue. Maybe with his next guy...

Laurita hat gesagt…

Stuck in a Pacman game. Now I'll be hearing blip, blip, blip, blip all day. :)